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Collationné à l'original, par nous préfident et fécrètaires de la Convention Nationale, à Paris le 22 Germinal, an fecond de la République Françaife une et indivifible. Signé, Amar, Préfident. A. M . Baudot. Monnot. Ch. Pottier, et Peyffard, Sécrétaires.

As moft of the French iflands fell into poffeffion of the EngHlh foon after that this extraordinary decree was promulgated, the only place where it was attempted to be enforced, was in the fouthern province of St. Domingo, and the mode of en­ forcing it, as I have heard, was as lingular as the decree itfclf. The negroes of the feveral plantations were called together, and informed that they were all a free people, and at liberty to quit the fervice of their mafters whenever they thought proper. — T h e y were told however, at the fame time, that as the R e publick wanted foldiers, and the ftate allowed no man to be idle, fuch of them as left their mafters, would be compelled to enlift in one or other of the black regiments then forming. At firft many of the negroes accepted the alternative, and enlifted accordingly; but the reports they foon gave of the rigid difcipline and hard fare to which they were fubject, operated in a furprifing manner on the reft, in keeping them more than ufually quiet and induftrious ; and they requefted that no change might be made in their condition.

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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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