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R. v. Fidelle and Goodluck [1803]

slave court

Slave Court, Jamaica

25 June 1803

Source: Cobbett's Annual Register  (London, England), 24 September 1803, from the the British Library's 19th Century Newspapers site

On the 22d of June, a slave court was held at Kingston, Jamaica, for the trial of two negroes, for a conspiracy against the inhabitants of the island, and being found guilty, were sentenced to die. Accordingly they were executed on the following morning, and their heads stuck upon poles, in the high road.

 

Source: E. Johnson's British Gazette and Sunday Monitor  (London, England), 25 September   1803, issue 1247; see also The Aberdeen Journal  (Aberdeen, Scotland), 5 October 1803, issue 2908, from the the British Library's 19th Century Newspapers site

A letter from Kingston, dated June 25, says - "On Tuesday a Slave Court was held at the Court House of this city, when two Negro men, named Fidelle alias Dundo, and Goodluck, were tried for forming a rebellious conspiracy against the white inhabitants of this island; of which being found guilty, after a long trial, and on the clearest evidence, they were sentenced to be hanged on the following morning, and afterwards their heads to be severed from their bodies and stuck upon poles. This was accordingly put in execution on Wednesday, between the hours of ten and eleven o'clock in the forenoon, on the Parade. Their heads were afterwards stuck upon poles, one on the Slipepan roads, and the other on the Windward road, which we hope will deter others from hereafter engaging in similar practices."

Published by Centre for Comparative Law, History and Governance at Macquarie Law School