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vince, for the place of meeting; and inftructions accompanied the order, concerning the mode of electing the members. Thefe instructions, however, being confidered by the provincial affemblies as inapplicable to the circumftances of the colony, were difapproved; and another plan, better fuited, as they conceived, to the wealth, territory, and population of the inhabitants, was adopted. They refolved alfo to hold the affembly at the town of St. Marc instead of Leogane, and the 25th of March was fixed for the time of its meeting. It was afterwards prorogued to the 16th of April. I N the meanwhile intelligence was received in France of the temper of St. Domingo towards the mother country. The inhabitants were very generally reprefented as manifefting a difposition either to renounce their dependency, or to. throw themfelves under the protection of a foreign power ; and the planters of Martinico w e r e faid t o b e e q u a l l y d i f c o n t e n t e d a n d difaffected. T h e trading and manufacturing towns took the alarm; and p e 足 titions and remonftrances were prefented from various quarters, imploring the national affembly to adopt meafures for compofing the minds of the colonists, and preferving to the French empire its moft valuable dependencies. O N the 8th of March 1790, the national affembly entered into the confideration of the fubject, with a ferioufnefs and folemnity fuited to its importance; and, after full difcuffion, a very large majority voted, '' That it never was the intention of the affembly to comprehend the interior government of the co'' lonies in the constitution which they had framed for the mother " country,

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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