By William Noy Wilkins Mrs, Anon, Gordon Wilkins Kerr, Lise Winer, Bridget Brereton, Rhonda Cobham, Mary Rimmer, Karen Sanchez-Eppler
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56). 9. She may have been related to Maria Nugent, the wife of General George Nugent, governor of Jamaica 1801–5. Her famous journal of her years in Jamaica is a rich source on the social history of that island, and reveals her as a sharp, perceptive observer, sympathetic to the free coloureds and not without concern for the plight of the slaves. 10 Marcella Fanny Nugent married a painter, William Noy Wilkins,11 though it is difficult to say whether she met him in Trinidad (or elsewhere in the West Indies) and left for England with him or met him in England.
Wilkins’s depiction of the Dorsets reveals the credulous incompetence of English perspectives on slavery – a critique that rebounds on her English readers. The distinction Wilkins makes between “African born” slaves and those “raised as slaves” is absent from the vast majority of anti-slavery writing in the United States. There is some romantic predilection for African royalty among the stories published in abolitionist gift-books like The Liberty Bell, but for the most part nineteenth-century accounts of slavery in the United States reflect the historical reality that these plantations were largely worked by American-born slaves.
This Mrs Nugent may have been John Nugent’s widow, and the child Marcella Fanny, born in Dublin in March 1816. Or this Mrs Nugent might have been married to a son (or nephew) of the John Nugent described above, and her child his granddaughter (or great-niece). See Anthony de Verteuil’s Sylvester Devenish and the Irish in Nineteenth Century Trinidad (1986, 12–14) and James Millette’s The Genesis of Crown Colony Government: Trinidad, 1783–1810 (1970, 154, 198, 209, 221). 11. In Wilkins’s letter of 1 June 1858, to the Council of the Royal Literary Fund, she writes: “My husband Mr William Noy Wilkins, is known as a landscape painter, his works have appeared in the Exhibitions of the Royal Academy, the British Institution, the Society of British Artists, the Royal Hibernian Academy, and the Manchester Academy .
Adolphus, a Tale (Anonymous) & the Slave Son (The Caribbean Heritage Series) by William Noy Wilkins Mrs, Anon, Gordon Wilkins Kerr, Lise Winer, Bridget Brereton, Rhonda Cobham, Mary Rimmer, Karen Sanchez-Eppler