This is the second verbal snapshot of a period in time that made it into a historical account from which I have condensed the following. It goes back to 1841 and it is quite fascinating that we can get this glimpse and perspective at this time. Tony Hadley
One hundred and sixty years ago, a schooner leaves Grenada and arrives, anchors in Kingstown Bay at “five in the morning, Sunday April 10th, 1841. On the schooner,
Henry Nelson Coleridge starts his observations.
“The view of the town and surrounding country is thought by many to be the most beautiful thing in the Antilles. Kingstown lies in a long and narrow line upon the edge of the water; on the eastern side is a a substantial and handsome edifice containing two spacious apartments, wherein the council and Assembly debate in the morning and ladies and gentlemen dance in the evening; towards the western extremity is also a substantial and ugly building, something between a hospital and a barrack which has the honour of being a church; hard by, yet opposite to it is an airy and comfortable tabernacle for the methodists and between both, but rather closer to the latter, stands the humble mansion of the hero of Curacoa”.
He goes on to write that while attending church in St.Vincent, he perspired invincibly under the eyes of Clarissa - a Creole – one of the prettiest girls in the West Indies with a figure which was rich in all of the fascinations of tropical girlishness who sat in the same pew as him.. (I hope they both asked for forgiveness). He continues:
“As to the story about rouge, I do not believe one word about it. No woman would venture such a thing in a crowded church in these countries”.
He writes the following:
“The church establishment is very defective, there being, I believe, only two churches – one built by ‘Nash of Cariacou’. There are some papists also with a South American priest of not very good character. Hence the methodists florish like a palm branch, and live and sing away in complete clover. There was legislation for building a Church in Bequia and two more in St.Vincent and I trust that this Act will not be allowed to fall asleep as some others of this sort have done.
Among others, one thing that disgusted him was the sight of ‘working’ runaway, riotous or convict slaves in chains on the streets of Kingstown.