Robert [Rev.]
Notices of Brazil in 1828 and 1829
F. Westley & A.H. Davis
'Voyage au Brésil, 1828-1829' (abridged version, in Voyages en Amérique, Paris: J. Bry aîné, 1854). French.
Travel Writings
British Library. Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
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Notices Brazil Slavery Irish Rio de Janeiro Slaves Travel Chaplain
Robert Walsh, an Irish clergyman, was appointed Chaplain of the British embassy in Rio de Janeiro, and wrote his Notices of Brazil during his two year stay there. Walsh describes his voyage, the recent history of Brazilian independence and the society of nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro, with its large slave population. He contrasts the slaves working on the docks with the free black Brazilians that he sees, and notes the degrading nature of slavery. He also describes the life of the city docks, including taunts and fighting between the slaves and Irish migrants.
Two illustrated volumes. Volume II is also available online: http://www.archive.org/stream/noticesofbrazili02wals#page/n7/mode/2up An extract from Walsh's Notices of Brazil in 1828 and 1829 was published in the Anti-Slavery magazine The Tourist (vol. 1, no.8, November 1832), describing the free mulatto and black populations of Brazil. Another extract was published as an eight page abolitionist pamphlet entitled: Degradation and civilization, or, Landing at Rio Janeiro (Bristol: Wright & Bagnall, 1830).