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character. At length, a motion was made to annul the ob­ noxious decree, and (ftrange to tell!) on the 2 4 t h of September its repeal was actually voted by a large majority !—At this re­ markable change of fentiment in the fupreme legiflature, it is neceffary to paufe, and remind the reader of what was doing at the fame time in St. Domingo; where, as we have feen, on the 11th of that very month, the concordat, or truce, took place between the people of colour and the white inhabitants of Port au Prince ; and on the 2 0 t h , the colonial affembly of Cape François publifhed the proclamation mentioned in the latter part of the preceding Chapter. Thus, almoft in the very moment when the juftice and neceffity of the decree were acknowledged, and its faithful obfervance promifed by the colonial affembly, its repeal was pronounced by the national legiflature in the mother country! T o fuch repugnancy and abfurdity muft every government be driven that attempts to regulate and direct the local concerns of a country three thoufand miles diftant. Of the two measures that have been mentioned, it is difficult to fay which produced the greateft calamities; the decree of the 15th of May in the firft inftance; or its unexpected repeal, at the time and in the manner related! Doubts had already arifen in the minds of the mulattoes of the fincerity and good faith of the white people, with refpect to the concordat. Their fufpicions and apprehenfions had indeed grown to such a height, as to induce them to infift on a renewal and confirmation of its provifions; which were accordingly granted them, by a new instrument or treaty of the 11th of October, and a fupplementary agreement of the 20th of the fame m o n t h :

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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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