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their negroes with greater humanity and tendernefs than the Britim, I know to be groundlefs; yet no candid perfon, who has had an opportunity of feeing the negroes in the French iflands, and of contrasfting their condition with that of the peafantry in many parts of Europe, will think them, by any means, the moft wretched of mankind. ON the whole, if human life, in its beft ftate, is a combi-nation of happinefs and mifery, and we are to confider that condition of political fociety as relatively good, in which, notwith­ standing many difadvantages, the lower claffes are eafily supplied with the means of healthy fubfiftence and a general air of cheerful contentednefs animates all ranks of people,—where we behold opulent towns, plentiful markets, extensive commerce, and increafing cultivation—it muft be pronounced that the go­ vernment of the French part of St. Domingo (to whatever latent caufes it might b e o w i n g ) w a s n o t a l t o g e t h e r fo practically bad, as fome of the circumftances that have been ftated might give room to imagine. With all the abufes arising from the licentioufnefs of power, the corruption of manners, and the fyftem of Slavery, the fcale evidently preponderated on the fa­ vourable fide and, in fpite of political evils and private grievances, the figns of publick profperity were every where vifible. were the condition and fituation of the French colony in St. Domingo in the year 1788—an eventful period; for the feeds of liberty which, ever fince the war between Great Britain and her tranfatlantick poffeffions, had taken root in the kingdom of France, now began to fpring up with a rank luxuriancy in all parts 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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