James Hastie shares his experience in Poyais
The first who was called upon to state his case was a man named James Hastie. He said he had been brought up to the plough, and to agriculture gene-rally, and that he had besides learnt tlie trade of a sawyer. II e had been induced by flattering promises, which were made to him at the Poyais Land Office, at Edinburgh, to sell all he had, and leave Scotland with his wife and family for Poyais. They shewed him the beautiful picture of a town called San Josef, where they said there were 2,000 inhabitants. The Lord Mayor Well, did you find a town there ? Hastie answered in the Scotch dialect There were two houses or huts found belonging to two persons who were cast away. That was all the town found, but there were no inhabitants... They.h,ad. fled, for if they had stayed they would have been starved.