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Colonial Cases

Anonymous [1799]

slave court

Slave Court, Jamaica

1799

Source: Observer  (London, England), 24 February 1799, issue 374, from the British Library's site, 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

At a late Slave Court, at Kingston, Jamaica, two men and a woman, the property of Messrs. Pennock, Ried, and De la Coeur, were found guilty of a robbery on Hardy's Wharf, when one of the delinquents was sentenced to death, and the other two ordered to be transported for life. This system of transporting a slave from native or habitual misery by way of punishment, however paradoxical it may appear, is stated, by a Northern correspondent, as by no means novel in criminal jurisprudence.

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