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ADELAIDE ZAIRE,

OF GUADALOUPE ;

(AN EMANCIPATED NEGRESS.)

BY

THE REV. THOMAS SIMS, M.A.

OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE ;

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LONDON: 1
JAMES NISBET AND CO. BERNERS STREET.

1839.

Entered at Stationers' Hall.

LONDON : PRINTED BY W. BLANCHARD AND SON,

62, Millbank Street, Westminster.

PREFACE.

During several years past, the welfare of the Negro race has excited great interest in the public mind. This short Memoir of Adelaide Zaire, of Guadaloupe, may be regarded as a plain, unadorned monument to the memory of an emancipated slave who was one of that longoppressed portion of mankind.

Whilst engaged in writing, I was induced to read and to reflect on many topics connected with the improvement of the condition of Negroes,-on their own continent,—on the continent of America, and in the West Indies. At first, I thought of inserting remarks, under different sections, in this Memoir of Adelaide Zaire; but have since deemed it preferable to throw them into the form of a pamphlet, entitled “ Africa, and her Children." If opulent friends of the degraded

PREFACE.

Africans should be disposed to distribute copies of each of these small Works, especially that entitled “ Africa, and her Children,” amongst different classes of persons, may they not very materially promote deep sympathy in their favour? May not that sympathy impel persons of the higher classes to render generous aid to Christian Missionary Societies ? May not worthy young persons of the middle classes be induced to become teachers amongst the Negroes, and advance civilization in connexion with christianity?

This humble narrative of Adelaide Zaire, if put into their hands, will be read, perhaps, with profit and pleasure, by sick persons, by servants, and, -if given as a reward-book,- by children in Sunday-schools. It is now committed to the press, in dependance upon the Divine blessing; and in the hope that many readers will endeavour, like Adelaide Zaire, to adorn the christian faith by christian practice.

ADELAIDE ZAIRE,

OF GUADALOUPE.

SECTION I.

THE ISLAND OF GUADALOUPE DESCRIBED-ITS HIS

TORY-ADELAIDE ZAIRE BORN A SLAVE IN THAT

ISLANDEMANCIPATED AT PHILADELPHIA.

GUADALOUPE, one of the Caribbee islands in the West Indies, was discovered by Columbus on the 4th November 1493, and named Guadaloupe on account of the resemblance of its mountains to those of the same name in Spain. This island is forty-five miles in length by thirty-eight in breadth, and is divided into two parts by a strait crossed by a ferry-boat, but not deep enough for vessels. The mountains are high, the plains beautiful and fertile. One of the mountains is of

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