[Reinier & Benjamin Arrenberg] - Rotterdamsche Courant No. 285 to 309 [Slavery]

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[Reinier & Benjamin Arrenberg] - Rotterdamsche Courant No. 285 t/m 309 [Slavernij] - Rotterdam - bij Arrenberg & Van Reyn - 1855 - 1st edition - 25 parts - [c. 100] pp - Folded sheets - 27,5 x 43 cm.

Condition: Good set - Protected in removable plastic cover.
Antiquarian newspaper from the mid-19th century with foreign and domestic news, politics, sea tidings, information about ships in the port, sold homes, birth announcements, obituaries, stock market reports and exchange rates. The Rotterdamsche Courant (not to be confused with the NRC) existed between 1738 and 1867. This is the complete month of DECEMBER 1855 (no episode appeared on Sunday and Boxing Day). The front pages focus on the final phase of the Crimean War (1853-1856) and Florence Nightingale, but despite the extremely objective nature of the reporting, the newspapers also contain entertaining 'letters from readers' (for example against "fake news" about a fire in Klaaswaal) and results of the STATE LOTTERY.
Furthermore, reports about the French Foreign Legion, advertising for a brochure by a certain "Dr. Leo" with proof that Martin Luther never existed, Princess Victoria and Marie Antoinette's fan, yellow fever in Suriname and Curacao, the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorwegmaatschappij, Indians in America and the oldest man in the world there (Elyah Denny, who turned 118 years old on September 10). Vincent's uncle (J. van Gogh, lieutenant ter Zee 1st class) also turns up somewhere and in the last issue of the year the Dutch translation of an anonymous French pamphlet was printed that was essentially a plea for the future E.U. ('Een Staatsman', 'De noodzakelijkheid van een congres tot bevrediging van Europa').
The most important, however, is the Supplement of December 3, containing the minutes of the session of the House of Representatives of November 29, on the issue of SLAVES:
Parliamentary questions are asked about the state-owned sugar plantation 'Catharina Sophia'. Mr Van Bosse proposes to 'emancipate' slaves owned by the Government, as was already suggested in 1849. Mr Van Lynden says that we are lagging behind countries such as France, England and even Egypt. He also points out that 302 punishments take place every year ("almost one every day") at the Justice picket, in addition to the domestic punishments suffered by the slaves. He "wenscht dat die schandtooneelen ophouden."
The Minister of Colonies [Charles F. Pahud (1803-1973)] acknowledges that the number of punishments is great, BUT "it is less than before" and runaway slaves are no longer traced as before. The latter should not be made known to the slaves, because then they would more likely escape.
Ultimately, a motion by Thorbecke was adopted stating that it was the wish of the House to protect slaves against 'the whipping post', pending final 'emancipation' (it was only on July 1, 1873, the day of 'Ketikoti', that slavery in Suriname was abolished). But the vote is not unanimous. Among the list of names of opponents we find Jacob van Lennep (1802-1868); the man who later stole the copyright of 'Max Havelaar' from Multatuli.
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