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CHAP. part of the nation, the conduct of thofe deputies is perfectly contraVII. dictory. Ardently foliciting their own ad miffion among us at Verfailles ; fwearing with us in the Tennis Court not to feparate from us, until the conftitution fhould be eftablifhed, and then declaring, when the decree of the 15th of May was paffed, that they could no longer continue to fit with us Î This defertion is a defertion of their principles, and a breach of their folemn oaths. ALL thofe white inhabitants of the colonies who are worthy the name of Frenchmen, have haftened to abjure fuch ridiculous prejudices, and have promifed to regard you in future as brothers and friends. With what delightful fenfations do we cite the words of the citizens of Jacmel. " We fwear to obey, without referve, the decrees of the national affembly " refpecting our prefent and future conftitution, and even fuch of them " as may fubftantially change it !" The citizens of Port au Prince tell the national afTembly the fame thing, in different words. " Conde" fcend, gentlemen," fay they, " to receive the oath which the muni" cipality has taken to you, in the name of the commons of Port au " Prince, punctually to obey and execute all your decrees, and never to " fwerve from them in any refpect whatfoever." THUS has philofophy enlarged its horizon in the new world, and foon will abfurd prejudices have no other fupporters than a few inferior ty­ rants, who wifh to perpetuate in America, the reign of that defpotifm which has been abolifhed in France. W H A T would thefe men have faid, if the people of colour had en­ deavoured to deprive the whites of their political advantages ? With what energy would they not have exclaimed at fuch an oppreffion ! In­ flamed into madnefs at finding that your rights have been pointed out to you, their irritated pride may perhaps lead them to make every effort to render our decrees ineffectual. They will probably endeavour to raife fuch difturbances, as, by wrefting the colonies from the mother country, will enable them to defraud their creditors,of their juft debts, They have inceffantly alarmed us with threats that St. Domingo will b e loft,

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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