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Les Amis des Noirs in Paris. A fhort review of the conduct of thefe focieties will ferve not only to leffen the furprize which may be felt at the revolt of the negroes of St. Domingo, but alfo raife a confiderable degree of aftonifhment that the enflaved negroes in the Britifh iflands had not given them the example. I HAVE obferved, that the fociety in London professed to have nothing more in view than to obtain an act of the legiflature for prohibiting the further introduction of African flaves into the Britifh colonies. I have faid, that " they difclaimed all in" tention of interfering with the government and condition of " the negroes already in the plantations ; publickly declaring " their opinion to be, that a general emancipation of thofe " people, in their prefent ftate of ignorance and barbarity, inftead " of a bleffing, would prove to them the fource of misfortune and " mifery." But although fuch were their oftenfible declarations as a publick body, the leading members of the fociety, in the fame moment, held a very different language ; and even the fociety itfelf (acting as fuch) purfued a line of conduct directly and im足 mediately repugnant to their own profeffions. Befides ufing every poffible endeavour to inflame the publick of Great Britain againft the planters, they diftributed at a prodigious expence throughout the colonies, tracts and pamphlets without number, the direct tendency of which was to render the white inhabitants odious and contemptible in the eyes of their own flaves, and ex足 cite in the latter fuch ideas of their natural rights and equality of condition, as fhould lead them to a general ftruggle for free足 dom through rebellion and bloodfhed. In many of thofe writ足 ings, arguments are exprefsly adduced, in language which canM 2

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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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