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lity againft the whites. They were affured, that the former had the fulleft fupport and encouragement from the fupreme legiflature of the mother country. They were taught to believe, that themfelves alfo were become the objects of the paternal folicitude of the king and the national affembly, who wifhed to refcue them from the dominion of their mafters, and inveft them with their eftates. It appeared from indifputable evidence, that affurances of this nature were held out to the enflaved negroes ;—affurances which could not but excite their attention, awaken their faculties, and rouze them to action. Whoever fhall calmly deliberate on thefe, and the other facts that have been ftated, will find no difficulty in accounting for the dread­ ful extent of this infurrection ; or in affigning it to its proper caufe, and tracing to the fountain-head thofe rivers of blood which ftill continue to flow in this unfortunate and devoted colony (c) ! (c) In September 1791, when the author was at Cape François, he dined with a large company, on board the frigate la Prudente, commanded by Monf. Joyeuse (at prefent a diftinguifhed admiral in the fervice of the new republick, by the name of illaret) when, in the midft of the entertainment, a loud exclamation from the crew announced that the gunner was returned. This man, who had been miffing fome weeks, was immediately brought forward, and gave the following account of the caufe of his abfence. He faid that, having gone on fhore, to collect green meat for the pigs, he was furrounded by the rebel negroes, who were about putting him to death, when Jean François, the chief, finding that he was an officer in the king's fervice, ordered that his life fhould be fpared, alledging that the king was their friend. They detained him however as a prifoner, and compelled him to load and point their artillery in the attack at M . Gallifet's plantation before-mentioned. On the defeat of the rebels in that engagement, he fortunately made his efcape from them. Some of the fhocking enormities and cruelties inflicted by the rebels on their white prifoners, as related in the preceding pages, were committed in this man's prefence.

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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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