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likewife be tranfmitted to all the parifhes and diftricts of the c o ­ lony, and be notified to the governor general." T H A T a decree of fuch comprehenfivenefs and magnitude fhould have excited very general difquifition in the colony, and have produced mifreprefentation and clamour, even among men of very oppofite fentiments and tempers, is no way furprifing. It muft be allowed, that fome of the articles are irreconcileable to every juft principle of colonial fubordination. T h e refusing to allow a negative voice to the reprefentative of the k i n g , is repugnant to all the notions which an Englifhman is taught to entertain of a monarchical government, however limited : and the declaration that no decree of the national affembly con­ cerning the colony, in cafes of exterior regulation, fhould be in force until confirmed by the colonial affembly, was fuch an ex­ travagant affumption o f i m p e r i a l a u t h o r i t y , in a fubordinate part of the French empire, as I believe is without a precedent. ALL that can be urged in extenuation, feems to be that the cir­ cumftances of the cafe were novel, and the members of the colo­ nial affembly unexperienced in the bufinefs of legiflation. T h a t they had any ferious intention of declaring the colony an indepen­ dent ftate, in imitation of the Englifh American provinces, it is impoffible to believe. Neverthelefs, the decree was no fooner promulgated, than this notion was induftrioufly propagated by their enemies from one end of the colony to the other; and when this report failed to gain belief, it was pretended that the colony was fold to the Englifh, and that the members of the general affembly

CHAP. III.

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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