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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

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Olaudah Equiano

or

Gustavus Vassa

the African

THE

INTERESTING NARRATIVE

OF

THE LIFE

OF

OLAUDAH EQUIANO

OR

GUSTAVUS VASSA,

THE AFRICAN

WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid, for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people. Isa. xii. 2. 4.



NINTH EDITION ENLARGED


LONDON:

Printed for, and sold by the AUTHOR.

1794.

PRICE FIVE SHILLINGS,

Formerly sold for 7s.

[Entered at Stationers' Hall.]


To the Reader

To the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and the Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain
To the Chairmen of the Committees for the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Letters and Reviews
Subscribers


CONTENTS


PAGE
CHAP. I.
The Author's account of his country, their manners and customs, &c. 1
CHAP. II.
The Author's birth and parentage — His being kidnapped with his sister — Horrors of a slave ship 30
CHAP. III.
The Author is carried to Virginia — Arrives in England — His wonder at a fall of snow 58
CHAP. IV.
A particular account of the celebrated engagement between Admiral Boscawen and Monsieur le Clue 84
CHAP. V.
Various interesting instances of oppression, cruelty, and extortion 117
CHAP. VI.
Favourable change in the Author's situation — Surprised by two earthquakes — He commences merchant with three pence 149
CHAP. VII.
The Author's disgust at the West Indies — Forms schemes to obtain his freedom 181
CHAP. VIII.
Three remarkable dreams — The Author is shipwrecked on the Bahama-banks 207
CHAP. IX.
The Author arrives at Martinicc — Meets with new difficulties, and sails for England 232
CHAP. X.
Some account of the manner of the Author's conversion to the faith of Jesus Christ 262
CHAP. XI.
Picks up eleven miserable men at sea in returning to England from Spain 295
CHAP. XII.
Different transactions of the Author's life — Petition to the Queen — The Author's marriage — Conclusion 333


This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.