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P R E F A C E . under their philofophical preceptors, ferved only to render them pre-eminent in mifchief; for having been taught to read, they were led to imbibe, and enabled to promulgate, thofe principles and doctrines which led, and always will lead, to the fubverfion of all government and order. L E T me not be underftood, however, as affirming that nothing is to be attributed on this occafion to the Slave-trade. I fcorn to have recourfe to concealment or falfhood. Unqueftionably, the vail annual im­ portations of enflaved Africans into St. Domingo, for many years previous to 1 7 9 1 , had created a black population in the French part of that ifland, which was, beyond all meafure, difproportionate to the white the relative numbers of the two claffes being as fixteen to one, Of this circumftance the leaders of the rebels could not be unobfervant, and they doubtlefs derived encouragement and confidence from it. Here too, I admit, is a warning and an admonition to ourfelves. The inference has not efcaped me:—it conftitutes my parting words with the reader, and I hope they are not urged in vain. HAVING

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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