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the flames. T h e commiffioners themfelves, either terrified at beholding the lamentable and extenfive mifchief which they had occafioned, or afraid to truft their perfons with their rebel allies, fought protection under cover of a fhip of the line. The pro­ clamations which they publifhed from time to time in pallia­ tion of their conduct, manifeft a confcioufnefs of guilt which could not be fuppreffed, and form a record of their villanies, for which the day of retribution awaits, but ftill lingers to overtake them (f) ! SUCH was the fate of the once flourifhing and beautiful ca­ pital of St. Domingo !—a city which, for trade, opulence, and magnificence, was undoubtedly among the firft in the Weft I n ­ dies,—perhaps in the new world : and here I fhall clofe for the prefent, the difgufting detail of confpiracies, rebellions, crimes, cruelties, and conflagrations (a uniformity of horrors !) through which the nature of my work has compelled me to travel rejoicing that I have at laft Efcap'd the Stygian pool, tho' long detain'd In that obfcure fojourn; MILTON.

And have the pleafing tafk to perform of rendering due homage to the gallant and enterprizing fpirit of my countrymen in their noble—but alas ! hitherto unavailing—endeavours to reftore peace, fubordination, and good government on this theatre of anarchy and bloodshed. Previous to which, however, it will be a relief and (f) When this was written, the author did not know that Santhonax alone furvives. Polverel died in 1794, in fome part of St. Domingo. Santhonax has lately appeared before the national aiTembly, and been pronounced guiltlefs !

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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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