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this occafion by the fuperior officers in the adminiftration of the government, has never been clearly made known. Suppreffed it certainly was, and the miserable Ogé hurried to immediate execution; as if to prevent the further communication, and full difclofure of fo weighty a fecret! CHRISTIAN charity might lead us to fuppofe that the commiiTioners by whom Ogé's examination was taken, difregarded and neglected (rather than fuppreffed) his information con­ sidering it merely as the fhallow artifice of a miferable man to obtain a mitigation of the dreadful punifhment which awaited him, and utterly unworthy of credit. It does not appear, how­ ever, that the commiffioners made this excufe for themfelves; and the caution, circumfpection, and fecrecy which marked their conduct, leave no room for fuch a fuppofition. T h e planters at large fcrupled not to declare, that the royalifts in the colony, and the philanthropick and republican party in the mother country, were equally criminal; and themfelves made victims to the blind purpofes, and unwarrantable paffions, of two defperate and malignant factions. O F men who openly and avowedly aimed at the fubverfion of all good order and subordination, we may eafily credit the worft; but it will be difficult to point out any principle of ra­ tional policy by which the royalifts could have been influenced to concur in the ruin of fo noble and beautiful a part of the French empire. Their conduct therefore remains wholly in­ explicable, or we muft admit they were guided by a fpirit of Machiavilian policy—a principle of refined cunning, which al­ lí ways

49 CC HHAAPP. . IV. IV.

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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