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but no fooner was authentick information received of the pro- CHAP. VII. ceedings in France, in the repeal of the decree, than all truft and confidence, and every hope of reconciliation and amity between the two claffes, vanifhed for ever. It was not poffible to perfuade the mulattoes that the planters in the colony were innocent, and ignorant of the tranfaction. They accufed the whites of the moft horrid duplicity, faithlefsnefs and treachery ; and publickly declared that one party or the other, themfelves or the whites, muft be utterly deftroyed and exterminated :— There was no longer, they faid, an alternative. IN this difpofition, exafperated to frenzy, the coloured people throughout the Weftern and Southern provinces flew to arms. In the Southern province, a body of them became mafters of Port St. Louis ; but the inhabitants of Port au Prince, having been reinforced, a fhort time before, by the arrival of fome troops from Europe, were better prepared, and drove the revolters from the city with great flaughter. They took poft in the parifh of Croix des Bouquets ; but found means, however, before their retreat, to fet fire to the city, and a dreadful conflagration enfued, in which more than one-third of the buildings were confumed. OPEN war, and war in all its horrors, was now renewed. All the foft workings of humanity—what Shakefpeare calls the compunctious visitings of nature—were now abforbed in the raging and infatiable thirft of revenge, which inflamed each clafs alike. It was no longer a conteft for mere victory, but a diabolical emulation which party could inflict the moft abominable cruelN 2 ties

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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