An Authentic Copy of the Minutes of Evidence on the Trial of John Smith, a Missionary, in Demerara: Held at the Colony House, in George Town, Demerara, on Monday, the 13th Day of October, 1823, and 27 Following Days; on a Charge of Exciting the Negroes to Rebellion. Copied Verbatim


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Side 55 - Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
Side 170 - ... he, the said John Smith, thereby intending to excite the said negroes to break out in such open revolt and rebellion against the authority of their lawful masters, managers, and overseers, contrary to his allegiance, and against the peace of our Sovereign Lord the King, his crown and dignity.
Side 56 - ... and account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation ; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you ; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things ; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Side 131 - America, do hereby certify, that on the day of the date hereof, personally came and appeared before me AB, the deponent named in the affidavit hereunto annexed, being a person well known and worthy of good credit, and, by...
Side 170 - November, 1823. The Court having most maturely and deliberately weighed and considered the evidence adduced in support of the charges preferred against the prisoner, John Smith, as well as the statements made by him in his defence, and the evidence thereon ; with respect to the first charge, to wit, — " For that he, the said John Smith, long previous to and up to the time of a certain revolt and rebellion which broke out in this colony on or about the 18th of August, now last past, did promote,...
Side 178 - Chapman, who has taken a warm interest in my cause ; but the pious and independent principles of these gentlemen prevent them from having much influence in these matters ; and Mr. Arrindell, whose friendship I must not forget to name. " Under my persecutions and afflictions, it affords me no small consolation, that the Directors cherish the assurance of my entire innocence. That I am innocent of the crimes which they have laid to my charge, I have not only the testimony of my own conscience in my...
Side 55 - Now all these things happened unto them for examples : and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Side 175 - Lieutenant-governor allowed the sentiments of those persons to operate on his conduct — and that he has already been persuaded into acts which your petitioners ever must lament. " On the 21st of August, Mr. Smith was taken from his house, his private journal and all his papers were seized ; and notwithstanding his ill health, he was kept closely imprisoned, prohibited from...
Side 133 - ... that he then knew him to be a rebel, or a reputed rebel, nor that he gave him the least encouragement to proceed in the revolt; but there is satisfactory evidence on the contrary, for Mrs. Smith took a solemn oath before the Governor, that Mr. Smith said to Quamina that he was sorry and grieved that the people had been so foolish and wicked, and mad, as to be guilty of revolting, and hoped that...
Side 175 - ... all his papers were seized ; and notwithstanding his ill health, he was kept closely imprisoned, prohibited from all intercourse with his friends, precluded from correspondence with this Society, and exposed to such treatment aa is unknown to English prisoners, whatever be their crimes.

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