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|The next person
that caught his attention was a pregnant woman. He wished to be made acquainted
with the history of her situation; but, not knowing any language which she
could understand, he applied to a black interpreter, of the name of Asou,
who was then on board. By means of this man he was informed, that she had
visited a friend in a neighbouring village, but that, returning in the night,
she was seized by a party of ruffians, who sold her to a black trader the
next day. That this traders sold her to another; and that, being passed
through various hands, she came at length to the water-side, where she was
sold to the ship.
The third person, with whose history he became acquainted, was kidnapped in his own sight. A black [p.39] trader had invited a countryman to come and see him, and when the repast was over, to see a ship. The countryman consented. He stepped into the trader’s canoe, and was conducted to the side of the vessel. He was looking up to her with wonder and surprize, when two or three other traders, who were then on board, and in the secret, jumped instantly into the canoe, seized him, brought him up, and sold him. He bore his captivity with great fortitude and resignation.
The next person he noticed was a pregnant woman. He wanted to know her story but since he did not speak any language that she could understand, he had to use an interpreter called Asou. He found out that this woman had been returning home at night after visiting her friend in a neighbouring village when she was seized by a group of ruffians who sold her to a slave trader the next day. This trader then sold her to another trader. After passing through various hands, she arrived at the waterside where she was sold to the ship.
The third person was kidnapped in front of him. A black trader had invited a countryman to visit him, and when their meal was over, to see a ship. The man agreed. He stepped into the trader's canoe and was taken to the side of the ship. He was looking up at her in wonder and surprise when two or three other traders, who had been hiding on board, jumped into the canoe, captured him and sold him. He bore his captivity well.
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