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legal profession, especially from the solicitors of Kingston, I invariably received the most prompt attention to any application I had to make for the assistance of their counsel, in cases of legal difficulty; and when I state that these services were rendered gratuitously, impartially, and at all times most willingly, I need hardly say, that the members of the legal profession there are men of liberality-I might add, even where liberality is prejudicial to their interests.

After a twelvemonth's struggle with the difficulties of my situation, I resigned my appointment, and in November, 1834, proceeded to America.

The approbation of my superiors was the only advantage I derived from my arduous employment. I had the satisfaction of receiving the following testimonials from them, the last from the Earl of Mulgrave, since my arrival in England; and as the statements I have made are of a nature that render


corroboration of them desirable, I have reluctantly given publicity to documents that, under other circumstances, I might have considered only personal to myself.

From His Excellency the Marquis of Sligo.

The King's House,
My dear Sir,

Nov. 11th, 1834. It is with much regret, that I have learned from you your unalterable determination to leave Jamaica, and give up your office of Special Justice. I can assure you that I shall deeply feel the loss of your services in this island, and shall be ready on all occasions to bear testimony to the able and honest manner, in which you have, to your own detriment, conducted yourself since the administration of the affairs of this island has devolved on me. I feel fully your services, and grieve that they have been attended with so much inconvenience to yourself personally.

My dear Sir,

Very truly yours, To Dr. MADDEN, &c. &c.


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From the Hon. Sir Joshua Rowe, Chief Justice,

Kingston, Nov. 14th, 1834. My dear Sir, I am very sorry to find you are determined to leave Jamaica, as I am sure the island will experience a great loss, by being deprived of your zeal and assiduity. Of your anxiety to discharge honestly and justly the difficult and responsible duties of a Special Magistrate, I can speak with confidence ; and I hope you may be successful in obtaining some consular appointment, as you possess talents and acquirements which might be employed in that capacity beneficially to the public service, and honourably to yourself,

Believe me,

Very truly yours, To Dr. MADDEN.

J. Rowe, C. J.

From his Honour the Attorney-General.

Spanish Town,
My dear Madden,

Nov. 14th, 1834. Permit me to express to you how sincerely I regret your departure, the more particularly as I view it as a loss and injury to this island at the present moment. Yet I cannot feel at all surprised at your quitting Jamaica, for, since the commencement of the discharge of your duties, you have been subjected to a system of insult and annoyance the most harassing.

Under these vexations, however, you have done your duty so as to merit the sincere approbation of your Governor; and I will say for myself, that it never has been my lot to see difficult duties performed more efficiently, more honourably, or with more intelligence.

I cannot refrain from expressing to you how sincerely your leaving this island has caused unmixed regret to

Your faithful friend, To Dr. MADDEN.

DowELL O'Reilly.

From his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

Vice-Regal Lodge, Dublin,

6th June, 1835. My dear Sir, Understanding that it would be agreeable to you to receive some testimonial from me, with regard to your conduct in Jamaica while I administered the govern

ment in that island, I have great pleasure in stating, that although, as the Act for the Abolition of Slavery had not come into operation before my departure for England, you had not, up to that time, had an opportunity of entering upon your duties as a Special Magistrate, yet I felt so satisfied of your qualifications for that office, and of your anxious desire to discharge its important functions with strict impartiality, that, in fixing upon the different stations for the several Special Magistrates, I took care to appoint you to a district which I considered to be a very important one, and likely to afford an extensive field for the exercise of magisterial duties. I am happy to learn that the opinion I had formed of you was not disappointed, and that you are in possession of testimonials of the most favourable character from the principal authorities of the island, as to the manner in which those duties were performed. Believe me to be, my dear Sir, very faithfully yours,



A very few days before my departure from Jamaica, I received a letter from an inmate of the Kingston Madhouse, complaining of being immured in that receptacle of the insane for certain political peccadilloes of a poetical kind, which had given offence to a high and mighty personage in Kingston; and the result of it was incarceration (in a madhouse) without judge or jury. On inquiry into the man's history, I found he had formerly been a planter of St. Anne's; subsequently had become a school-master, and latterly a song-writer. In the latter capacity, his zeal in the cause of negro emancipation made him a marked man; his ballads were adapted to negro tunes, and became very popular with the blacks; one of these songs, called "Bonnie Lady Mulgrave,' was in the mouth for many weeks of every negro in Kingston. These songs were written with a great deal of eccentric talent, but there was no trace of insanity to be found either in his poetical or prose productions. This poor fellow wrote under the signature of the • Fairy of the Hill.' There is difficulty in Jamaica in prosecuting a man for libel or seditious writings-Lecesme and Lescoffery to wit; therefore, the summary proceeding was adopted of banishing these men of colour from the island at a moment's notice. It

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