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this period of anxiety and alarm, the mulattoes were not inactive. Intructed by their brethren in the metropolis in the nature and extent of their rights, and apprized of the fa­ vourable difpofition of the French nation towards them, they became, throughout the colony, actuated by a fpirit of turbulence and Sedition; and difregarding all confiderations of prudence, with regard to time and feafons, determined to claim, without delay, the full benefit of all the privileges; enjoyed by the whites. Accordingly large bodies of them appeared in arms in different parts of the country but acting without fufficient concert, or due preparation, they were eafily overpowered. It is faid, that the temper of the provincial affemblies at this juncture,—how much foever inflamed againft the inftigators and abettors of thefe people in the mother country,—was not averfe to m o ­ deration and conceffion towards the mulattoes themfelves.Thus, when the party which had taken arms at Jacmel was defeated, and their chiefs imprifoned, the affembly of the Weft interpofed with effect in favour of the whole number; and at Artibonite, where the revolt was much more extenfive and alarming, a free and unconditional pardon was alfo chearfully granted on the fubmiffion of the infurgents. DURING

AGAINST fuchoofthe whites as had taken any part in thefe difturbances, in favour of the people of colour, the rage of the. populace knew no limits. Monf. Dubois, deputy procureur general, had not only declared himfelf an advocate for the m u ­ lattoes, but, with a degree of imprudence which indicated infanity, fought occafions to declaim publickly againft the flavery-

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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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