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Living in the British empire - Africa
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Extract from an Admiralty document of 1850 on ways to stop the slave trade
(Catalogue ref: ADM 7/606)
Although I seem to give a very good character to the native Africans who don't have the bad habits of civilisation, it is very difficult to say exactly what they are like. They have been described in many different ways. Though I have lived among them for fifteen years, most of that time I didn't know what to make of their many wonderfully good actions and many extraordinarily bad ones. Probably the truth is that they are not the innocent unsophisticated sons of nature described by philosophers. They are not the mixture of treachery, sensuality, laziness and cruelty described by other writers. They are a strange mixture of good and evil, as man appears to be everywhere else.
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