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were the motives that induced me to under­ take this Hiftorical Survey of the French part of St. Domingo, and fuch are the authorities from whence I have derived my information concerning thofe ca­ lamitous events which have brought it to ruin. Yet I will frankly confefs, that, if I have any credit with the publick as an author, I am not fure this work will add to my reputation. Every writer muft rife or fink, in fome degree, with the nature of his fubject; and on this occafion, the picture which I fhall exhi­ bit, has nothing in it to delight the fancy, or to glad­ den the heart. The profpects before us are all dark and difmal. Here is no room for tracing the beau­ ties of unfullied nature. Thofe groves of perennial verdure; thofe magnificent and romantick landfcapes, which, in tropical regions, every where in­ vite the eye, and oftentimes detain it, until wonder is exalted to devotion, muft now give place to the miferies of war, and the horrors of peftilence; to fcenes of anarchy, defolation, and carnage. We have to contemplate the human mind in its utmoft x deformity: SUCH

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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