Page 269

AND

ILLUSTRATIONS.

237

" The means left us for our defence are but few and feeble, and it is indeed furprifing that we have been able to refift our enemies for fo long a time; we owe much to the power of opi足 nion, and to the fuperiority the negroes have been accuftomed to yield to the whites. T h e forces we have to defend every part of the colony, conflits of about 1000 men of the regiments of Artois and Normandy ; 700 of the regiment of the Cape, in足 cluding the fick, who are in great number; 1200 ftipendiary troops, paid by ourfelves ; and 6000 or 7000 militia, which have been without the leaft difcipline or order ever fince our fatal political divifions. Our maritime force confifts in one fhip of 74 guns, two frigates, and two floops of war. " It is with fuch feeble means that we are to face the free people of colour, and the flaves in rebellion. W e have applied for relief to our neighbours and allies, the Spaniards; but it has been refufed by the Spanifh government,with inhumanity and infult ; private men among them, and fome of the commanding officers on the lines between us and them, appear to have seconded the rebels,by supplying them with ammunition, and by deliver足 ing into their hands fome of the wretched inhabitants, who had fled to them for refuge. " Our publick treafury is not only free of debt, but there is even money due to it, yet it is abfolutely empty ; it being impoffible at prefent to collect the taxes, or otherwife to provide for the vaft expence occafioned by the war, and the neceffity of giving relief to unfortunate families in w a n t .

"The

C H A P . VI. P. 77

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...

Profile for scduag
Advertisement