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An Insight into Slave Resistance
FO 705/108, pp. 53-4


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Among these Slaves, were ten of a fierce, and warlike nation, the Corramantees. They appeared to acknowledge one of their countrymen, named Cudjoe, as their Chief. Two or three days after this event, Cudjoes behaviour made me very sensible of the risk I had ran during my confinement in the Shed.
The Overseer was giving some directions about felling a particular tree, when Cudjoe snatched off his hat, and threw it away with every mark of contempt; making a sign to him with one hand, to quit the place, and at the same time drawing the edge of the other, across his own throat, a very significant intimation of what he would do if he were not obeyed.
The alarmed overseer immediately ran off to an estate in the neighbourhood (that of Mr A. Steward) where I was at dinner; and bursting into the room, pale, and breathelss, related what had passed.
I was much at a loss how to act. Were the slave to be given up to the law, his life might have been forfeited; and yet it was evident that the poor fellow had only committed an offence ...


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