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equally apply to thefe. They are neither polilhed by focial intercourfe, nor improved by education ; but pafs their days in gloomy languor, enfeebled by floth, and depreffed by poverty. From fuch men, therefore, great as their antipathy is to the French nation, and however averfe they may be to a change of laws and government, I am afraid that no cordial co-operation with the Britifh can ever be expected. T h e beft families among them, rather than fubmit to the French dominion, will probably remove to Cuba, or feek out new habitations among their countrymen on the neighbouring continent; while thofe which remain will neceffarily fink into the general mafs of coloured people, French and Englifh ; a clafs that, I think, in procefs of time, will become mafters of the towns and culti­ vated parts of the ifland on the fea-coaft ; leaving the interior country to the revolted negroes. Such, probably, will be the fate of this once beautiful and princely colony ; and it grieves me to fay, that the prefent exertions of Great Britain on this blood-ftained theatre, can anfwer no other end than to haften the cataftrophe ! I M I G H T here expatiate on the wonderful difpenfations of Divine Providence, in raifing up the enflaved Africans to avenge the wrongs of the injured aborigines : I might alfo indulge the fond but fallacious idea, that as the negroes of St. Domingo have been eye-witneffes to the benefits of civilized life among the whites ;—have feen in what manner, and to what ex­ tent, focial order, peaceful induftry, and fubmiffion to laws, contribute to individual and general profperity (advantages which were denied to them in their native country ; fome fuperior

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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