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rior fpirits may hereafter rife up among them, by whofe en­ couragement and example they may be taught, in due time, to difcard the ferocious and fordid manners and purfuits of favage life ; to correct their vices, and be led progreffively on to civi­ lization and gentlenefs, to the knowledge of truth, and the practice of virtue. This picture is lb pleafing to the imagina­ tion, that every humane and reflecting mind muft wifh it may be realized; but I am afraid it is the mere creation of the fancy—" the fabrick of a vifion !" Experience has demon­ ftrated, that a wild and lawlefs freedom affords no means of improvement, either mental or moral. The Charaibes of St. Vincent, and the Maroon negroes of Jamaica, were originally enflaved Africans ; and what they now are, the freed negroes of St. Domingo will hereafter be ; favages in the midft of fociety— without peace, fecurity, agriculture, or property ; ignorant of the duties of life, and unacquainted with all the foft and en­ dearing relations which render it defirable; averfe to labour, though frequently perifhing of want; fufpicious of each other, and towards the reft of mankind revengeful and faithlefs, remorfelefs and bloody-minded; pretending to be free, while groaning beneath the capricious defpotifm of their chiefs, and feeling all the miferies of fervitude, without the benefits of fubordination! IF what I have thus—not haftily, but—deliberately predicted, concerning the fate of this unfortunate country, fhall be verified by the event, all other reflections muft yield to the preffing confideration how beft to obviate and defeat the influence which fo dreadful an example of fuccefsful revolt and trium­ phant.

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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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