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turcs, read to them, in a ftrain of diabolical mockery, the procla­ mation aloud; affecting to confider it as a pardon for the cruelties they had juft committed. THE unlimited and indefinite authority which the commiffioners feemed to claim, alarmed the colonial affembly, who defired to be informed of the nature and extent of their powers. T o this requeft no fatisfactory anfwer being given, the commifiioners loft ground in the publick opinion daily ; and their perfonal conduct, as individuals, contributed by no means to acquire them refpect. Mirbeck fpent the greateft part of his time in the practice of low debauchery, giving indulgence to his vicious propenfities without reftraint or decency. St. Leger confidered his appointment as an authority to exact money, in which he was little fcrupulous, and laid the few mulatto people who remained faithful, under a moft unmerciful contribu­ tion. Roome alone conducted himfelf without reproach : he was a well-meaning inoffenfive man, and attempted, though without effect, to act: the part of mediator between the different factions which defolated the country. This praife at leaft was given him—that if he did no good, he did no harm. AFTER a fhort ftay at Cape François, the commiffioners vifited other parts of the colony ; but finding themfelves every where very lightly regarded, and having no troops to fupport their authority, they returned feparately to France in the months of March and April. TROOPS

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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