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fully perfuadcd that the negroes belonging to it Would remain firm in their obedience, determined to repair thither to en足 courage them in opposing the infurgents; to which end, he defired the affiftance of a few foldiers from the town-guard, which was granted him. He proceeded accordingly, but on approaching the eftate, to his furprife and grief he found all the negroes in arms on the fide of the rebels, and (horrid to tell!) their ftandard was the body of a white infant, which they had recently im足 paled on a flake ! M . Odeluc had advanced too far to retreat undifcovered, and both he, and a friend that accompanied him, with moft of the foldiers, were killed without mercy. T w o or three only of the patrole, efcaped by flight ; and conveyed the dreadful tidings to the inhabitants of the town. B Y this time, all or moft of the white perfons that had been found on the feveral plantations, being maffacred or forced to feek their fafety in flight, the ruffians e x c h a n g e d the fword for the torch. The buildings and cane-fields were every where fet on fire; and the conflagrations, which were vifible from the town, in a thoufand different quarters, furnifhed a profpect more fhocking, and reflections more difmal, than fancy can paint, or the powers of man defcribe. CONSTERNATION and terror now took poffeffion of every mind; and the fcreams of the women and children, running from door to door, heightened the horrors of the fcene. All the citi足 zens took up arms, and the general affembly vefted the gover足 nor with the command of the national guards, requefting him to give fuch orders as the urgency of the cafe feemed to demand. ONE

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

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