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9th. T H E colonial aiTemblies, immediately after their formaCHAP. VIII. tion, fhall fignify, in the name of each colony refpectively, their fentiments refpecting that conftitution, thofe laws, and the adminiftration of them, which will bell promote the profperity and happinefs of the people ; conforming themfelves neverthelefs to thofe general principles by which the colonies and mother country are connected together, and by which their refpective interefts are beft fecured, agreeably to the decree of the 8th of March 1790, and inftructions of the 28th of the fame month. 10th. T H E colonial affemblies are authorized to fend home delegates for the purpofes mentioned in the preceding article, in numbers proportionate to the population of each colony, which proportion fhall be forthwith determined by the national affembly, according to the report which its colonial committee is directed to make. 11th. FORMER decrees refpecting the colonies fhall be in force in every thing not contrary to the prefent decree." I T may be fuppofed that the men who (rejecting all preten足 sions to confiftency, and defpifing the leffons of experience) first propofed this decree, and finally prevailed in carrying it through the legiflative affembly, had duly considered of the means for enfuring its execution in the colonies, and were provided with fit inftruments for that purpofe. T h e new commiffioners no足 minated for St. Domingo were Meffrs. Santhonax, Polverel, and Ailhaud, all of them among the moft violent of the Jacobin faction ; and it was refolved to furnifh them with fuch a force as (if properly employed) would, it was alledged, not only eftabliih their authority, but put a fpeedy end to all the diftur足 bances

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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