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vulfions in every part of the French empire; and the ill-fated Ogé became the tool, and was afterwards the victim, of their guilty ambition. H E had been led to believe, that the whole body of coloured people in the French iflands were prepared to rife up as one man againft their oppreffors ; that nothing but a difcreet leader was wanting, to fet them into action ; and, fondly conceiving that he poffeffed in his own perfon all the qualities of an able general, he determined to proceed to St. Domingo by the first opportunity. T o cherifh the conceit of his own importance, and animate his exertions, the fociety procured him the rank of lieutenantcolonel in the army of one of the German electors. As it was found difficult to export a fufficient quantity of arms and ammunition from France, without attracting the notice of the government, and awakening fufpicion among the planters re­

sident in the mother country, the fociety refolved to procure thofe articles in North America, and it was recommended to Ogé to make a circuitous voyage for that purpofe. Accordingly, being furnifhed with money and letters of credit, he embarked for New England in the month of July 1790. B U T , notwithftanding the caution that was obferved in this inftance, the whole projeft was publickly known at Paris pre­ vious to Ogé's embarkation, and notice of the fcheme, and even a portrait of Ogé himfelf, were tranfmitted to St. Domingo, long before his arrival in that ifland. H e fecretly landed there, from an American floop, on the 12th of October 1 7 9 0 , and found means

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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