The Algerine captive; or, The life and adventures of Doctor Updike Underhill: six years a prisoner among the Algerines. [Three lines from Shakespeare] : Vol. I[-II]. : Published according to act of Congress.
Tyler, Royall, 1757-1826., Humphreys, David, 1752-1818, dedicatee.
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If perchance thy home
Salute thee with a father's honoured name,
Go, call thy sons, instruct them what a debt
They owe their ancestors and make them swear
To pay it, by transmitting down entire
Those sacred rights, to which themselves were born.


The Author feels that he is indeed a Slave.

I NOW found that I was in|deed a slave. My body had been en|thralled, but the dignity of a free mind remained; and the same insulted pride, which had impelled me to spurn the vil|lain slave driver, who first struck me a disgraceful blow, had often excited a sur|ly look of contempt upon my master, and the vile instruments of his oppression; but the terrour of the late execution, with Page  79 the unabating fatigue of my body, had so depressed my fortitude, that I trembled at the look of the overseer, and was meanly anxious to conciliate his favour, by at|tempting personal exertions beyond my ability. The trite story of the insurgent army of the slaves of ancient Rome, be|ing routed by the mere menaces and whips of their masters, which I ever scep|tically received, I now credit. A slave myself, I have learned to appreciate the blessings of freedom. May my country|men ever preserve and transmit to their posterity that liberty, which they have bled to obtain; and always bear it deep|ly engraven upon their memories, that, when men are once reduced to slavery, they can never resolve, much more achieve, any thing, that is manly, virtu|ous, or great.

Depression of spirits, consequent upon my blasted hope of escape, coarse fare, and constant fatigue reduced me to a mere Page  80 skeleton: while over exertion brought on an haemoptysis or expectoration of blood, and menaced an approaching hectic; and soon after, fainting under my bur|then, I was taken up and conveyed in a horse litter to the infirmary for slaves, in the city of Algiers.