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felves to reftrain, limit, and finally abolifh the further introducツュ tion of enflaved men from Africa;窶馬ot indeed by meafures of fudden violence and injuftice, difregarding the many weighty and complicated interefts which are involved in the iffue ; but by means which, though flow and gradual in their operation will be fure and certain in their effect. T h e Colonial Legislaツュ tures, by their fituation and local knowledge, are alone competent to this great and glorious tafk : and this example of St. Domingo, and the dictates of felf-prefervation like the hand-writing againft the wall, warn them no longer to delay it ! Towards the poor negroes over whom the ftatutes of Great Britain, the accidents of fortune, and the laws of inheritance, have invefted them with power, their general conduct for the laft twenty years (notwithflanding the foul calumnies with which they have been loaded) may court enquiry and bid defiance to cenfure. A perfeverance in the fame benevolent fyftem, progreffively leading the objects of it to civilization and mental improvement, preparatory to greater indulgence, is all that humanity can require ; for it is all that prudence can dictate. Thus will the Planters prepare a fhield of defence againft their enemies, and fecure to themfelves that ferenity and elevation of mind, which arife from an approving confcience ; producing affurance in hope, and confolation in adverfity. Their perfecutors and flanderers in the meantime will be difregarded or forgotten ; for calumny, though a great is a temツュ porary evil, but truth and juftice will prove triumphant and eternal !

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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