Birmingham City Council

Slave Trade Pack- Doc 5/3

Document 5.3

I beg you to suffer me thus publicly to express my grateful acknowledgements for their Favours and for the Fellow-feeling they have discovered for my very poor and much oppressed countrymen; these Acts of Kindness and Hospitality have filled me with a longing desire to see these worthy Friends on my own Estate in Africa, when the richest Produce of it should be devoted to their Entertainment; they should there partake of the luxuriant Pine-apples and the well-flavoured virgin Palm Wine, and to heighten the Bliss, I would burn a certain kind of Tree, that would afford us a Light as clear and brilliant as the Virtues of my Guests.

I am Sir, your humble Servant,

GUSTAVUS VASA, the African.

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