Plantation owner’s wife Mrs Carmichael lived in St. Vincent and Trinidad for more than five years during the 1820s. Unsurprisingly, she believed slaves were well-treated, contented, and not over-worked; many labourers in Britain, she thought, would envy their lot.
She acused plantation workers of lying, cheating, drunkenness, violence, stealing and much else besides. Her remedy for their wickedness was to dose them with the right sort of religion, anglicanism.
Her opinion of Methodists missionaries engaged in charitable works was that they had done little for the cause of true religion, and had helped foster dangerous delusions. [Next]