Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838- 1839

By Frances Anne Kemble; John A. Scott | Go to book overview

VI Observations upon Mr. Butler's Slaves

[ January, 1839]

Dear E[lizabeth],

We had a species of fish this morning for our breakfast which deserves more glory than I can bestow upon it. Had I been the ingenious man who wrote a poem upon fish, the white mullet of the Altamaha should have been at least my heroine's cousin. It is the heavenliest creature that goes upon fins. I took a long walk this morning to Settlement Number Three, the third village on the island. My way lay along the side of the canal, beyond which, and only divided from it by a raised narrow causeway, rolled the brimming river, with its girdle of glittering evergreens, while on my other hand a deep trench marked the line of the rice fields. It really seemed as if the increase of merely a shower of rain might join all these waters together, and lay the island under its original covering again. I visited the people and houses here. I found nothing in any respect different from what I have described to you at Settlement Number One. During the course of my walk, I startled from its repose in one of the rice fields a huge blue heron. You must, have seen, as I often have, these creatures stuffed in museums; but it is another matter, and far more curious, to see them stalking on their

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • General Table of Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Editor's Introduction ix
  • Title Page lxiii
  • Preface lxvii
  • Contents lxix
  • From Philadelphia To Georgia. December 1838 1
  • I - Thoughts on Slavery 3
  • II- Maryland, Virginia, And North Carolina 12
  • III - Charleston And the Sea-Island Coast 32
  • Butler Island. December 30, 1838- February 16, 1839 51
  • IV - Exploring Butler Island 53
  • V - Further Explorations 74
  • VI- Observations Upon Mr. Butler's Slaves 89
  • VII - Roswell King, Jr. 106
  • VIII - Sinda 115
  • IX- Slave Settlements 120
  • X - Psyche 132
  • XI - Shadrach's Death and Funeral 141
  • XIII - Three Days of Plantation Life 158
  • XIV - Visitors 172
  • XV - The Pine Barrens 179
  • XVI - The Move to St. Simons Island 187
  • St. Simons Island. February 16- April 19, 1839 197
  • XVII - Hampton Point 199
  • XVIII - A Furious Wind and Sea 205
  • XIX - Women in Slavery 214
  • XX - Sally, Auber, and Judy 232
  • XXI - No Trace of Pity 240
  • XXII - Visitors and Petitioners 243
  • XXIII - Visits to the Old and Sick 254
  • XXIV 259
  • XXV - Rides and Visits 265
  • XXVI - Broughton Island And Hamilton Estate 278
  • XXVII - A Planter Feud 290
  • XXVIII - Rides and Visits 297
  • XXIX - Christ Church 307
  • XXX - Rides and Visits 316
  • XXXI - A Conversation With John Couper 321
  • XXXII - A Fatal Encounter 325
  • XXXIII - The Wreck of the Pulaski 330
  • Appendixes 345
  • Editor's Appendixes 385
  • Index 417
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