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for all things and the change of life in thefe men confirms C H A P . IX. the obfervation of an elegant writer, " that as there is no foil " which will not fhew itfelf grateful to culture, fo there is no " difpofition, no character in mankind, which may not, by " dexterous management, be turned to the publick advan" tage (c)." It was a happy circumftance in the infancy of their eftablifhment, that while they were too obfcure for the notice of the government, they had no check given to their induftry by the chill influence of poverty. T o a fortunate exemption from the hand of power, and the facility with which they were fupplied with the common neceffaries of life, they were indebted for their prefervation and profperity. A mediocrity of condi­ tion, and equal freedom, excited the fpirit of emulation among t h e m ; but oppreffion would have produced difcouragement, and penury is the parent of floth. O F the progreffive purfuits of thefe people in extending the footing which they had obtained, until the French government accepted their fubmiffion, acknowledged them as faithful sub­ jects, and availed itfelf of their labours,—and the final ceffion to France of the weftern part of St. Domingo, by the peace of Ryfwick, the reader will find an ample account in the history of this ifland by Pere Charlevoix. It is therefore unneceffary to detail what an author fo well informed in the ancient tranfactions of the colony, has written. All that the Englifh reader will expect from me, is an account of the political and topographical fate of the colony; its population, produce, and exports at the (') European Settlements, Vol. II. p. 109.

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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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