In the Preface, the Public is referred to the Directors of the Sierra Leone Company, for the authenticity of the Author's assertions, who now thinks proper, as a further vindication, to annex the following letter, which speaks for itself.
Moreover, she avails herself of this supplement to express her vexation at the number of typographical errors throughout the forgoing pages; besides those enumerated [in the Errata, not reproduced here] she has discovered several others, such as – Preface, allmost for almost; page 35, spinnage, for spinage; page 80 maddern for madder; page 176, least for last – and one or two more, which she hopes the reader has mercifully looked over, and not charged to her pen.
BRISTOL, August 11, 1794.
Your not answering my last letter, and the disdain you have shown me on other occasions, since I came last to England, has not deterred me from doing what I considered honourable and upright.
Conscience, never wandering Monitor, advised me I should fall short of that sincerity I now boast to possess, and proudly nourish, if I omitted sending you a copy of my Voyages to Africa, before they were presented to the World.
This admonition (which no doubt grew from a desire “to hide the fault I see,” and a persuasion of having adhered most scrupulously to truth) prompted me to present a Copy to that valuable and ever to be esteemed Divine Mr GILBERT, who will give the same to you, for your perusal, immediately on his arrival in London, for which place he sets off this morning.
Would to God! y you may read with calmness! but I fear a prepossession of the author's obscurity and insignificance will betray you; nay, I already anticipate your reproachful smiles at my mean diction and trite remarks, but remember, Sir, Truth, though unadorned, never fails to attract notice – it carries its own value – always shelters the innocent, and brands conviction on the malefactor's threshold.
Search the secret recesses of your bosom, and enquire if the Directors’ conduct to me, has not been a violation of those fundamental principles, which should govern the actions of every man, or body of men? – Yes, Sir, ask there, if I am not an injured Woman?