Planting Cotton (?) Seeds, Surinam, 1805-07

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Albert Sack, A narrative of a voyage to Surinam; of a residence there during 1805, 1806, and 1807 (London, 1810), following p. 100. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Shows a black man, wearing a hat, planting seeds (cotton?) by dropping them through a tube; a dibble for making holes dangles from his right wrist. The text describes various labor saving devices that could be used by slaves, and it is unclear if this device was actually observed or a device suggested by the author.