Le More-Lack, ou Essai sur les moyens les plus doux & les plus équitables d'abolir la traite & l'esclavage des Nègres d'Afrique, en conservant aux Colonies tous les avantages d'une population agricole
London & Paris
Abolition Campaigns;Travel Writings
Bibliothèque Nationale de France. British Library.
Essay Abolition Slave Trade Black Slavery Africa Colonies Agriculture French
Le More-Lack is a French essay, addressed to "the Philanthropic Societies and to all feeling souls" (i), which appeals for the reform of colonial slavery, and the abolition of the slave trade. Le More-Lack emphasises the complicity of European consumers in the cruelty of slavery: "one can't drink even a sole cup of coffee in Europe that does not contain a few drops of African blood" (vii). The anonymous narrator describes a chance encounter with a former slave (More-Lack) in Jersey, and re-tells his return voyage to Africa, in order to awaken anti-slavery feelings among French readers.
Includes an illustration, 'Celui qui Boit mon Sang, mes Sueurs, et mes Larmes, me refuse un morceau de Pain...' Anonymous, often attributed to Lecointe-Marsillac. Cites early British and French writings on Africa, including Adanson's Voyage to Senegal, the journal of the eighteenth-century colonial administrator André Brue and John Atkins's Voyage to Guinea, Brazil and the West Indies.