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elected for that purpofe, to the number of eighteen (fix for each province) who forthwith, without any authority either from the French miniftry or the colonial government, embarked for France, as the legal reprefentatives of a great and integral part of the French empire. arrived at Verfailles the latter end of June, about a month after the States General had declared themfelves the na足 tional affembly. But neither the minifter nor the national affembly were difpofed to admit the full extent of their claims. T h e number of eighteen deputies from one colony was thought excessive; and it was with fome difficulty that fix of them only were admitted to verify their powers, and feat themfelves among the national reprefentatives. THEY

prevailed at this time throughout the cities of France, a very ftrong and marked prejudice againft the inhabitants of the Sugar Iflands, on account of the flavery of their negroes. It was not indeed fuppofed, nor even pretended, that the condition of thefe people was worfe at this juncture than in any former period: the contrary was known to be the truth. But declamations in fupport of perfonal freedom, and invectives againft defpotifm of all kinds, had been the favourite topicks of many eminent French writers for a feries of years : and the publick indignation was now artfully raifed againft the planters of the Weft Indies, as one of the means of excitinp commotions and infurrections in different parts of the French dominions. This fpirit of hoftility againft the inhabitants of the French colonies, was induftrioufly fomented and aggravated by the meafures of a fociety, who called them足 felves THERE

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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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