The cabin was not only our living-place, but was also used as the kitchen for the plantation. My mother was the plantation cook.
The mill was about three miles from the plantation. This work I always dreaded.
Colonel Lloyd kept from three to four hundred slaves on his home plantation
, and owned a large number more on the neighboring farms belonging to him.
He did not mention the money he owed me, but he said: `Here is a picture of your plantation
that I've painted for you.' I looked at it.
The merchant in London, vesting this hundred pounds in English goods, such as the captain had written for, sent them directly to him at Lisbon, and he brought them all safe to me to the Brazils; among which, without my direction (for I was too young in my business to think of them), he had taken care to have all sorts of tools, ironwork, and utensils necessary for my plantation
, and which were of great use to me.
In order to that I found out by inquiry the plantation
where he lived, and with a woman of that place whom I got to help me, like what we call a chairwoman, I rambled about towards the place as if I had only a mind to see the country and look about me.
Only an hour before, Jerry had come down from the plantation
house to the beach to see the Arangi depart.
I desire to depart in order to get properly drunk afar off and distant from this heavenly plantation
. Thus I shall cause no trouble."
Legree had been drinking to that degree that he was inclining to be very gracious; and it was about this time that the enclosures of the plantation
rose to view.
The match being proposed in this manner, we married them the same day; and as I was father at the altar, and gave her away, so I gave her a portion; for I appointed her and her husband a handsome large space of ground for their plantation
; and indeed this match, and the proposal the young gentleman made to give him a small property in the island, put me upon parcelling it out amongst them, that they might not quarrel afterwards about their situation.
Directly before him, across the twelve-mile channel, lay Florida Island; and, farther to the right, dim in the distance, he could make out portions of Malaita--the savage island, the abode of murder, and robbery, and man-eating--the place from which his own two hundred plantation
hands had been recruited.
None of the field hands working in the field to which Williamson was going had seen him at all, and the most rigorous search of the entire plantation
and adjoining country failed to supply a clew.