Neptune’s Execution in 12 Tweets

Stedman, John Gabriel. Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America ... Vol. 2. London: J. Johnson, 1813. (Accessed at Archive.Org; Straightened with Picasa)
Illustration by William Blake and published in John Gabriel Stedman’s Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America … Vol. 2. London: J. Johnson, 1813. (Accessed at Archive.Org; Straightened with Picasa)
  1. Neptune, fmc, stole a sheep to entertain a “favorite young woman” and killed the jealous overseer who came after him #Stedman
  2. The executioner, “also a black man,” “broke the bones to shivers, till the marrow, blood, and splinters flew about the field…” #Stedman
  3. Punished by having his left hand cut off and to be broken on the rack with no mortal blow #Stedman
  4. Stedman describes various things Neptune does as he dies…
  5. …he sings two or three songs…
  6. …he asks “a Jew” for the money owed him…
  7. …he notices a white soldier nearby eating bread with no meat and remarks how unusual that is…
  8. …and when the soldier says he has no money for meat, he says…
  9. “Then I will make you a present, sir,” said the negro; first pick my hand that was chopped off clean to the bones…
  10. “…next begin to devour my body, till you are glutted; when you will have both bread and meat, as best becomes you.”
  11. To which the crowd kikis and “thus he continued until I [Stedman] left him…”
  12. It took him three hours to die.

Source: Curious Adventures of Captain Stedman During an Expedition to Surinam, in 1773; Including the Struggles of the Negroes, and the Barbarities of the Planters, Dreadful Executions, the Manner of Selling Slaves Munity of Sailors, Soldiers, &c. London: Thomas Tegg, 1806. Accessed at Library Company of Philadelphia, October 6, 2015. Curious Adventures takes excerpts from Stedman’s Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America …. London: J. Johnson, 1813 to “but merely to relate the severities which he reports.” (Stedman’s Narrative accessed via Archive.Org on 2015 October 07 | 12:46:03)

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