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ceed, in company with a floop of war, forthwith to Cape Francois. The Centurion was foon afterwards ordered to Port au Prince. The Blonde being com­ manded by my amiable and lamented friend Cap­ tain William Affleck, who kindly undertook to con­ vey the French commiffioners back to St. Domingo, I was eafily perfuaded to accompany them thither; and fome other gentlemen of Jamaica joined the party. W E arrived in the harbour of Cape Francois in the evening of the 2 6 t h of September, and the firft object which arrefted our attention as we approach­ ed, was a dreadful fcene of devaftation by fire. The noble plain adjoining the Cape was covered with afhes, and the furrounding hills, as far as the eye could reach, every where prefented to us ruins ftill fmoking, and houfes and plantations at that moment in flames. It was a fight more ter­ rible than the mind of any man, unaccuftomed to fuch a fcene, can eafily conceive.—The inhabitants of the town being affembled on the beach, directed all their attention towards us, and we landed amidft a crowd of fpectators who, with uplifted hands and ftreaming eyes, gave welcome to their deliverers (for fuch they confidered us) and acclamations of vivent les Anglois refounded from every quarter. THE

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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