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CRAWFORD'S STATUES AT RICHMOND.

Long I owe a song, my Brother, to thy dear and deathless claim ; Long I've paused before thy ashes, in my poverty and shame : Something stirs me now from silence, with a fixed and awful breath; 'T is the offspring of thy genius, that was parent to thy death.

They were murderous, these statues; as they left thy teeming brain,
Their hurry and their thronging rent the mother-mould in twain :
So the world that takes them sorrowful their beauties must deplore;
From the portals whence they issued lovely things shall pass no more.

With a ghostly presence wait they in a stern and dark remorse,
As the marbles they are watching were sepulchral to thy corse;
Nay, one draws his cloak about him, and the other standeth free
With his patriot arms uplifted to the grasp of Liberty.

Shall I speak to you, ye silent ones? Your father lies at rest,
With the mighty impulse folded, like a banner, to his breast;
Ye are crowned with remembrance, and the glory of men's eyes;
But within that heart, low buried, some immortal virtue lies.

When with heavy strain and pressure ye were lifted to your height, Then his passive weight was lowered to the vaults of sorrowing Night : They who lifted struggled sorely, ere your robes on high might wave; They who lowered with a spasm laid such greatness in its grave.

In the moonlight first I saw you, — with the dawn I take my leave;
Others come to gaze and wonder, — not, like me, to pause and grieve:
Sure, whatever heart doth hasten here, of master or of slave,
This aspect of true nobleness makes merciful and brave.

But I know the spot they gave him, with the cool green carth above, Where I saw the torchlight glitter on the tears of widowed love, And we left his garlands fading ; to redeem that moment's pain, Would that ye were yet in chaos, and your master back again !

No! the tears have Nature's passport, but the wish is poor and vain,
Since every noblest human work such sacrifice doth gain;
God appoints the course of Genius, like the sweep of stars and sun:
Honor to the World's rejoicing, and the Will that must be done!

JOURNAL OF A PRIVATEERSMAN.

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all our guns on the other side to give her

a heel, & sent the boat ashore for the DocWe left our privateer, the Revenge, tor, a man having been hurt by the lightCaptain Norton, of Newport, Rhode Isl- ning. When we got her on a heel, we and, making sail for New Providence, tried the pumps, not being able to do it with her lately captured prize. There before, for our careful carpenter had ne'er was an English Court of Admiralty es- a pump box rigged or fit to work; so, had tablished on this island, and here the it not been for the kind assistance of the prize was to be condemned and sold. man of war's people, who came off as soon The Journal begins again on Monday, as they heard of our misfortune, & put 10th August, 1741.

our guns on board the prize, we must

certainly have sunk, most of our own Monday, 104. Fine breeze of wind hands being ashore. This day, James at N. W., with a large sea. At 5 A. M. Avery, our boatswain, was turned out for saw Hog Island & the island of Provi- neglect of duty. dence. Fired a gun & lay to for a pilot Friday, 14h. This morning came on to take us in. At 8 a pilot boat came board Cap' Frankland to see the misforoff, & Jeremiah Harman, Master of our tune we had suffered the night before, & prize, in her, having arrived the day be- offered to assist us in all he could. He fore. Passed by the Rose man of war, sent his carpenter, who viewed the mast stationed here. We saluted her with 7 & said he thought he could make it do guns, & she returned us 5. Ran aground again. The Cap', hearing of a piece of for’ard & lay some time off of Major Stew. timber for his purpose, waited on bis Exart's house, but the man of war sent his cellency to desire him to lay his comboat to carry out an anchor for us, and mands on Mr Thompson to spare it him. we got off. The Cape went ashore to wait He sent Mr Scott, Judge of the Admiralon his Excellency, & sent the pinnace off ty, to get it in his name, promising to make for the prisoners, who were immediately it good to him in case of any trouble put in jail.

arising from the timber not belonging to Thursday, 13. Landed all our corn, him. Unloaded all our provisions & put and made a clear hole of the prize. them on board the prize, in order to get 9 P. M. it began to thunder & lighten very ready for the carpenters to repair the hard. Our sloop received great damage sloop. from a thunderbolt that struck our mast Saturday, 154. A court was called at & shivered it very much, besides tear- 4 o'clock P. M., Cap' Norton's petition ing a large piece off the bounds. As it read, and an agent appointed for the fell, it tore up the bitts, broke in the hatch

The Company's Quartermaster way, and burst through both our sides, & myself were examined, with John Evstarting the planks under her wale, melt- ergin & Samuel Eldridge, the two Enging several cutlasses & pistols, and firing lish prisoners, concerning the prize, and off several small arms, the bullets of so the court was adjourned till Monday, which stuck in her beam. It was some at 10 of the clock, A. M. time before we perceived that she leaked, Monday, 1714. The court met accordbeing all thunder struck; but when the ing to adjournment. Jean Baptiste Domas Master stepped over the side to examine was examined concerning the freedom of her, he put his foot on a plank that was the prisoners, and his deposition taken in started, and all this time the water had writing. All the evidence and deposibeen pouring in. We immediately brought tions were then read in court, sworn to, VOL. VIII.

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and signed, after which the court ad. seize this sloop & cargo on the high seas, journed to Wednesday at 10 of the clock. & bring her here for condemnation. There are no lawyers in this place, the There is a late act of parliament, made only blessing that God could bestow on in the 12th year of his nt Majesty's such a litigious people.

reign, wherein it says, that all vessels beWednesday, 194. At 10 A. M., the court longing to His Majesty's subjects of Great being opened, & the libel read, I begged Britain or Ireland, which shall have been leave of his Honour to be heard, which taken by the enemy, and have been in being granted, I spoke as follows: * their possession the space of 96 hours, if

retaken by any private man of war, shall May it please your Honour, As there belong one half to the capturers, as salis no advocate appointed by this Honble vage, free from all charges. As this has Court to appear in behalf of the Captur- been fully proved in court, that the time ers of a sloop taken by Don Pedro Estra- the enemy has had her in possession is do July the 5th, belonging to some of His above 96 hours, I don't doubt but the one Majesty's subjects of Great Britain or Ire- half, free of all charges, will be allotted land, and retaken by Cape Benj. Norton us for salvage. The thing about which & Comp' in a private sloop of war called there is any dispute is the three mulattoes the Revenge, July the 20th, & brought in- & one negro, all slaves, taken by the to this court for condemnation, I, as Cap- prize, & said to belong to some vassals tain's Quartermaster, appear in behalf of or subjects of the King of Spain; and the owners, Cap', & Comp', to prove that it is put upon us by this court to prove the said sloop & cargo, together with the that they are so, which I hope to do three mulattoes & one negro, which are by several circumstances, and the inall slaves, belonging to some of the vas- sufficiency of the evidence in their fasals or subjects of the King of Spain, vour, which amounts to nothing more ought to be condemned for the benefit than hearsay. & use of the capturers as aforesaid. The first evidence in their favour is

I'm certain I 'm undertaking a task that of John Evergin, a native of No Carfor which I am no ways qualified. But olina, who professes himself to be a child as I have leave to speak in a court insti- of the Spirit. In April last, having been tuted by the laws of England, and before taken prisoner by the said Don Pedro a judge who I am certain is endued with Estrado, & brought to Si Augustine, be the strictest honour and justice, I don't consented, for the value of a share in the doubt, that, if, through ignorance, I should profits, to pilot them in the bowels of his omit any proof that would be of advan- native country, and betrayed his countrytage to us, your Honour will be so good men to that cruel and barbarous nation. as to aid & assist me in it.

Can your Honour confide in a man who It will be needless, I believe, Sir, to bas betrayed his countrymen, robbed them bring any further proof than what has of their lives, and what was dearer to been already brought & sworn to in Court them, their liberty? One who has exto prove the right & power we had to posed his brethren to imminent danger

& reduced them and their families to exThe speech of Peter Vezian is character

treme want by fire & sword, can the eviistic of the times and of the privateering spirit. It gives expression to the popular hatred

dence, I say, of such a vile wretch, who of the Spaniards and the Romanists, to the has forfeited his liege to his King by encommon false charges against the brave Ogle- tering the enemy's service, and unnatuthorpe, to the general inhuman feeling toward rally sold his countrymen, be of any negroes, and to the distrust of the pretenders weight in a court of justice ? No, I am to religious experience during the “Great Revival" under the preaching of Wesley and certain, and I hope it will meet with none Whitefield. Its faults of diction add to its to prove that these slaves are freemen ; genuine flavor.

for all that he has said, by his own con

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fession, was only but hearsay. The other and went unpunished. It was headed evidence is of a villain of another stamp, by this Francisco, that cursed seed of a French runnagado, Jean Baptiste Do- Cain, cursed from the foundation of the

His evidence is so contradictory world, who has the impudence to come that I hope it will meet the same fate as into Court and plead that he is free. I think will befall the first. I will own Slavery is too good for such a savage ; that he has sworn to it. But how? On nay, all the cruelty invented by man will a piece of stick made in the shape of a never make amends for so vile a prothing they name a cross, said to be blest ceeding; and if I may be allowed to speak and sanctified by the polluted words & freely, with submission, the torments of hands of a wretched priest, a spawn of the world to come will not suffice. God the whore of Babylon, who is a monster forgive me, if I judge unjustly! What of nature & a servant to the Devil, who a miserable state must that man be in, for a real will pretend to absolve his fol- who is under the jurisdiction of that vile lowers from perjury, incest, or parricide, & cruel colour! I pity my poor fellow and canonize them for cruelties commit- creatures who may have been made pristed upon we heretics, as they style us, oners in this war, and especially some and even rank them in the number of that were lately sent to the Havanah, those cursed saints who by their barbar- and all by the treachery of that vile felity bare rendered their names immortal low, John Evergin, who says he is pos& odious to all true believers. By devils sessed with the spirit of the inward man, such as these they swear, and to them but was possessed with the spirit of Beelthey pray. Can your Honour, then, give zebub, when he piloted the cursed Spancredit to such evidence, when there is no iards over the bar of Obricock, as it has doubt that it was agreed between the been proved in Court. witnesses to swear that the negroes were I don't doubt but this tragical act, actfree? This they might easily do, for ed at St Augustine, has reached home there is no question but they told him so;

before now. This case, perhaps, may and to swear

was but a trifle, when ab- travel as far; and when they remember solution can be got so cheap. It does the sufferings of their countrymen under not stand to reason, that slaves, who are the command of this Francisco, whom in hopes of getting their freedom, would we have got in possession, together with acknowledge themselves to be slaves. Do some of his comp' who were concerned not their complexion and features tell with him & under his command in that all the world that they are the blood of inhuman act, they will agree, no doubt, negroes, and have sucked slavery & cru- as I hope your Honour will, that they elty from their infancy? Can any one must be slaves who were concerned in think, when we call to mind thai barba- it. I hope, therefore, that by the conrous action * committed on his Majesty's tradictions which have been shown in brave subjects at the retaking of the fort Court between this Jean Baptiste Domas, at S. Augustine, which was occasioned who affirms he never saw them till on by the treachery of their vile General, board the privateer, and the evidence when he sacrificed them to that barbarous of Francisco & Augustine, which proves colour, that it was done by any who had that they knew him some months before, the least drop of blood either of liberty and conversed with him, is proof enough or Christianity in them? No, I am con- they are slaves; and I hope that by the fident your Honour can't think so; no, old law of nations, where it

says that all not even of their Gov', under whose vile prisoners of war, nay, even their poscommission this was suffered to be done, terity, are slaves, that by that law Pedro * It was reported that the English and Amer

Sanche & Andrew Estavie will be deemed ican prisoners of war had been barbarously

such for the use of the capturers. So I mutilated and tortured.

rest it with your Honour.

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Then the Judge gave his decree, that sail to get clear of the keys & brought the sloop & cargo should be sold at ven- to under our ballast mainsail, the wind due, & the one half thereof should be blowing a mere hurricane. paid the Capturers for salvage, free from Sunday, 6. Out both reefs our mainall charges; that Jean Baptiste Domas, sail. Hope to God to have fine weather. Pedro Sanche, & Andrew Estavie, ac- Got clear of the reefs, and stood out the cording to the laws of England, should hurricane, which was terrible. Very few remain as prisoners of war till ransomed; godly enough to return God thanks for and that Augustine & Francisco, accord- their deliverance. ing to the laws of the plantations, should Sunday, 136. The Captain gave the be the slaves, & for the use of the Cap people a case bottle of rum, as a tropick turers. So the Court broke up.

bottle for his pinnace. The people Friday, 21". This day made an end christened her and gave her the name of selling the cargo of the prize. Sold of The Spaniard's Dread. At 11 A. M. 55 bush. corn, 41 bbe pork, 6 bb• of beef, made the land of Hispaniola & the island 4 bbø of oil, and then set up Signor of Tortugas. We are now on cruising Capi Francisco under the name of Don ground. The Lord send Blass. He was sold to Mr. Stone for against our enemies ! 34£ 8s. 8d. Pork & beef very much Monday, 144. Hard gales of wind. damnified.

Brought to off Tortugas under our foreThursday, 274. Got all our sails & sail, and about 5 A. M. saw a sloop bearpowder from on shore, and took an in- ing down upon us. Got all things ready ventory of the prize's rigging and fur- to receive her, fired our bow chaser, niture, as she was to be sold on Saturday hoisted our jib & mainsail &

gave chase, next. Capt Frankland came on board and, as we outsailed her, she was soon to view her, intending to buy her, I be- brought to. She proved to be a sloop lieve.

from Philadelphia, bound to Jamaica; Saturday, 294. To-day the sloop & fur- and as it blew a mere fret of wind from niture was sold, & bought by Cap' Frank- N. E., we brought to again under our land.

ballast mainsail. Monday, 31". The captain settled Thursday, 170. Still cruising as above. with everybody, intending to sail to At 7 P. M. saw 2 sloops, one on our Star

He took bills of Exchange of board and the other on our Larboard Capt Frankland on his brother, Dlessrs. bow, steering N. W. We fired several Frankland & Lightfoot, merchants in shot to bring them to, but one of them Boston, and endorsed by the Company's was obstinate. Capt. Hubbard, the Com” Quartermaster, for 540£, New England of the other, came to at the first shot. currency. The first bill be sent to Cape He was from Jamaica & bound to York, Freebody by Capt Green, bound to Bos & informed us that there was a large ton in the prize, with a letter.

fleet just arrived from England to join Wednesday, Sept. 2nd. This morning the Admiral; that Admiral Vernon was at 8 A. M. weighed anchor, having a pilot gone to St. Jago de Cuba ; that there on board. The man of war's barge with was a hot press both by sea & by land; their Lieut came on board to search our & that the Spanish Admiral was blown bold & see that we did not carry any of up in a large man of war at the Havanah, his hands with us.

which we hope may prove true. The Thursday, 3d. At 10 A. M. had a ve

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other sloop, he said, was one under Cape due at the mast of the plunder taken in Styles, bound also to York, and had the prize, which was sold to the amount sailed in comp' with him. Styles reof 509.

ceived some damage for his obstinacy in Friday, 4*. Moderate weather till 4 not bringing to, for our shot hulled him A. M., when we hauled down our main- and tore his sails. At 5 A. M. saw a

morrow.

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