Mary's Story

The Editor- Thomas Pringle

Thomas Pringle is the editor of Mary Prince a West Indian Slave. Mary was unable to write the text herself so Pringle wrote it for her. Pringle noted that he wrote the text in a way that would get her story across without changing the story and also in a way that would appeal to a white audience during that time period. It is to also be noted that Pringle indicated that all profits go to Prince.Mary Princes story is told by Mary herself but was written and edited by Thomas Pringle. Sharpe argues that “Pringle re-formed the narrative to fit the image of the slaves that the abolitionist wanted to project. It is an image that conforms to white, Christian standards of mortality which is actually impossible under the condition of slavery.” (Sharpe, “Something akin to freedom”: the case of Mary Prince) Pringle finds a way to write the text in a way that is appealing to white readers but yet keeps the authenticity of Mary’s story.


Brief Biography:

Pringle was the third of seven children. He was born January 5,1789 in Kelso, Linton, Roxburghshire, Scotland. His mother died when he was six years old. Pringle walked with crutches his entire life due to him being dropped on his hip at three months old by his nanny. The nanny did not inform anyone in enough time so he never received the proper medical care. Due to this accident he was unable to play sports thus had a large interest in writing. His father sent him to Kelso Grammar School and Edinburgh University.


Pringle Settled in South Africa:


In 1823 he started a newspaper the South African Journal and a magazine the South African Commercial Advertiser. Pringle worked with the Anti-Slavery Society. His work with the society ended when Parliament abolished slavery on August 23 1833.


Pringles’s Death:

Pringle fell ill of tuberculosis. Doctors told him he should go to a milder climate. The tuberculosis progressed fast and Pringle died on December 5, 1834. Pringle lived to be 45 years old.