Family and People all Well
This book is based on a rare account of Belize’s early logging days from the journal of Colonel James Lawrie, one of the most significant mahogany and logwood cutters in Belize during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Family and People all Well…
Account of the Occurrences in the Business of Mahogany and Logwood Cutting in the Bay of Honduras in 1789
Author: Roy Murray
Paperback – 118 pages
2nd Edition – December 2012
Colonel James Lawrie was one of the most significant mahogany and logwood cutters in Belize during the last quarter of the 19th century. The Journal upon which this book is based forms part of a private collection of Lawrie Papers held at the Scottish Record Office in Edinburgh. As far as we know, it is one of the only day to day accounts of the activities of timber slaves involved in the extraction of mahogany and logwood in Belize during a logging season, that has survived and as such, is a valuable insight into the nature of slavery in a colony that remained on the periphery of the sugar plantation economies of the British West Indies until well after emancipation in 1834.