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tachment difcovered, on their landing at Port au Prince, that they came—not to participate in the glories of conqueft, but—to perifh themfelves within the walls of an hofpital! So rapid was the mortality in the Britifh army, after their arrival, that no lefs than forty officers and upwards of fix hundred rank and file met an untimely death, without a conteft with any other enemy than ficknefs, in the fhort fpace of two months after the furrender of the town.

GENERAL W H Y T E , his health much impaired, and hopelefs, it may be prefumed, of further triumphs, with an army thus reduced and debilitated, now folicited and obtained permiffion to return to Europe. H e was fucceeded in the chief com­ mand by Brigadier-General Horneck, who arrived from Ja­ maica about the middle of September; and if the requifite qua­ 1794. lifications for fuch a ftation—firmnefs without arrogance, and conciliating manners without weaknefs, could always enfure fuccefs to the poffeffor, General Horneck would have brought good fortune with him. But the difficulties which the former commander would have had to encounter, had he remained in his ftation, devolved with aggravated weight on his fucceflbr. The only reinforcement which followed General Horneck, confifted of fifty men from Jamaica. Whatever troops were promifed or expected from Great Britain, none arrived, until the expi­ ration of feven months after General Horneck had taken the command, Inftead, therefore, of attempting new achieve­ ments, he was compelled, by irrefiftible neceffity, to act chiefly Oct, 1794 on the defenfive. The rebel Mulattoes, under Rigaud, even became mafters of Leogane, and fatiated their vengeance by putting

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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