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I pretend not to afeertain. It is certain, that the Abbe Gregoire was considered by the negroes in St. Domingo as their great advocate and patron; a fort of guardian angel or tutelary deity; of the goqd effects of whofe benevolent interpofition and friendly offices their mafters unjuftly deprived them, and on whofe fupport and affiftance they might confidently rely, in the attempt, through rebellion and murder, to obtain juftice for themfelves. BOTH claffes of people being thus inftructed and prepared, the decree of the 15th of May was the fignal of revolt, the warhoop of maffacre. From the clamour which it excited amongft all orders of the whites in St. Domingo (the lower claffes efpe­ cially) the people of colour, as I have fhewn, had reafon to ap­ prehend that mifchiefs of an extensive and alarming nature were meditated againft them. They were thus furnifhcd with a plaufible, and, had they meant to have acted folely on the de­ fenfive, a juftifiable caufe for reforting to arms; but, unhappily, the ftrong tide of popular prejudice which prevailed in the mo­ ther country againft the planters, and the great majority which voted for the fatal decree in the national affembly, were circum­ stances that infpired them with fo dangerous a confidence in their own refources, as overpowered all confiderations of pru­ dence, policy, and humanity. I T muft be confidered, at the fame time, that the enflaved negroes (ignorant and depreifed as we fuppofe them to be) could not poffibly be unobfervant of thefe combined and concurring circumftances. They beheld the coloured people in open hosti­ lity

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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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