16 JANUARY 1864, Page 3

Mr. Thomas Barnes, M.P., made a speech to his constituents

at Bolton, on Thursday evening, in which he gave a remarkable account of his own experience of negroes. In December, 1862, he purchased 200 acres of land in Jamaica, and confided it to an -agent who believed in freedom for the cultivation of cotton. He paid cash wages, and the first week 50 negroes applied for work, next week 50 more, and-then 230. They worked mast willingly, so much so that frequently 100 applicants were turned away, and in one year they had cleared, fenced, and planted 210 acres of cotton, samples of which were then upon the table. This is practical sense, but it is odd that such an illustration should be necessary to convince an English audience that a negro, like everybody else, works hard whenever it is made worth his while. Nobody ever saw an English- man working till that point had been settled.