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The Petition of Belinda, servant of Isaac Royall, Esq.

[Read before Sarah Bradlee Fulton Chapter, D. A. R., June 6, 1904.]

Commonweath of Massachusetts.
To the Honourable the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled.
The Petition of Belinda an Affrican, humbly shews:

That seventy years have rolled away, since she on the banks of the Rio da Valta, received her existance—the mountains Covered with spicy forests, the valleys loaded with the richest fruits, spontaneously produced; joined to that happy temperature of air to exclude excess; would have yielded her the most compleat felicity, had not her mind received early impressions of the cruelty of men, whose faces were like the moon, and whose Bows and Arrows were like the thunder and the lightning of the Clouds.—The idea of these, the most dreadful of all Enemies, filled her infant slumbers with horror, and her noontide moments with evil apprehensions! But her affrighted imagination, in its most alarming extension, never represented distresses equal to what she hath since really experienced—for before she had Twelve years enjoyed the fragrance of her native groves, and e'er she realized, that Europeans placed their happiness in the yellow dust which she carelesly marked with her infant footsteps,—even when she, in a sacred grove, with each hand in that of a tender Parent, was paying her devotions to the great Orisa who made all things-an armed band of white men, driving many of her Countrymen in Chains, ran into the hallowed shade!—could the

Tears, the sighs, and supplications, bursting from Tortured Parental affection, have blunted the keen edge of Avarice, she might have been rescued from Agony, which many of her Country's Children have felt, but which none hath ever described,—in vain she lifted her supplicating voice to an insulted father, and her guiltless hands to a dishonoured Deity! She was ravished from


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