Between Slavery and Freedom: Special Magistrate John by Barbara Currie Dailey, John Anderson

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Vincent's urban and rural worlds intersected: more and more apprentices travelled back and forth between them, exploiting the easier accessibility of towns occasioned by the termination of slavery, and 48. Anderson Report, 22 September 1837, CO 260/55, 399-402 verso. " Anderson Report, 15 November 1836, CO 260/55, 264. He also addressed this issue at some length in his journal (p. 147). 49. Anderson Report, 22 September 1837, CO 260/55, 399-402 verso. "51 In his reports, Anderson also distinguished between the problems he encountered among rural apprentices and their urban counterparts.

Vincent legislature passed acts for the "Punishment of Idle and Disorderly Persons, Rogues and Vagabonds," House of Commons: Sessional Papers, 1839, vol. 36, p. 450. 71. Martin, History of the Colonies, p. 55. 34 Between Slavery and Freedom ties of town-based apprentices were criminalized, as compared to those of their counterparts working on the island's estates, plantations and pens. Disparities between the urban and rural contexts reveal the priorities and values that guided the authorities' reconceptualization of crime.

Anderson claimed "it too frequently happens, the Planters rigidly exact this enforcement," whereas he felt that "a reasonable period" should be allowed the apprentice who, after all, may have come "from the most remote corner of St. Vincent to Kingstown, where all appraisements are made," to deposit the arbitrated sum. "47 46. Anderson Report, 22 September 1837, CO 260/55, 402 verso. " 47. Anderson Report, 8 February 1838, CO 260/56, 294-95. 22 Between Slavery and Freedom In this instance, Anderson's castigation of the planters and his renunciation of the solidarity between white Vincentians that enabled such trickery to succeed in the first place, evinced a sense of fairness and justice.

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