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William Fisher in Halifax, St Mary's, Jamaica to his father. These letters graphically describe the conditions he is working under as a planter's clerk on a plantation.He also describes the treatment of the negroes and the conditions they work under. He comments that 'I was sick when I first came here and say the negroes flogged every day, they are divided into gangs & every gang has two drivers...who stand over them all day with a large whip in their hands, if they loose a moment or give the least offence the Driver calls four negroes & seizes the offender , lays her or he naked on the ground & flogs their backsides...'