The tendency of the society to abolish the slave-trade by means of its African
colony has been strenuously urged by its friends.
But the fallacy of this is now admitted by all: witness the following from the reports of the society itself:—
‘Some appalling facts in regard to the slave-trade have come to the knowledge of the Board of Managers during the last year.
With undiminished atrocity and activity is this odious traffic now carried on all along the African coast
Slave factories are established in the immediate vicinity of the colony; and at the Gallinas (between Liberia
and Sierra Leone
) not less than nine hundred, slaves were shipped during the last summer, in the space of three weeks.’1
April 6, 1832, the House of Commons of England
ordered the printing of a document entitled ‘Slave-Trade, Sierra Leone
,’ containing official evidence of the fact that the pirates engaged in the African slave-trade are supplied from the stores of Sierra Leone
with such articles as the infernal traffic demands!
An able English writer on the subject of Colonization2
thus notices this astounding fact:—
‘And here it may be well to observe, that as long as negro slavery lasts, all colonies on the African coast
, of whatever description, must tend to support it, because, in all commerce, the supply is ’