London: Jamaica Committee, 1867. 8vo. 53, iii, pp. Disbound pamphlet (soiled, some small chips and tears at the edges of the title page); final leaf detached and chipped (not affecting text). Item #37581
First edition. "Jamaica Papers, no. v." In an atmosphere of discontent on Jamaica under the burden of a new tax levy, "on the 11th of October 1865 the Negroes rose at Morant Bay and murdered the custos [a local official] and most of the white inhabitants. The encounter which followed filled the island with terror, and there is no doubt that many excesses were committed on both sides. The assembly passed an act by which martial law was proclaimed, and the legislature passed an act abrogating the constitution" (ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA). Edward John Eyre, the governor, was recalled to England and a prosecution, later dropped, was instituted against him, "resulting in an elaborate exposition of martial law by Chief Justice Cockburn." In these published letters, Harrison emphasizes the importance of governing the colonies by constitutional means.