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where a very different reception awaited them. They had the: mortification to difcover that their enemies had been beforehand with them. Deputies were already arrived from the provincial affembly of the North, who, joining with the agents of Peynier and Mauduit, had fo effectually prevailed with M . Barnave (a), the prefident of the committee for the colonies, that they found their caufe prejudged, and their conduct condemned, without a hearing. The national affembly had iffued a peremptory order, on the 21ft of September, directing them to attend at Paris, and wait there for further directions. Their prompt obedience to this order procured them no favour. They were allowed a fingle audience only, and then indignantly difiniffed from the bar. They folicited a fecond, and an opportunity of being confronted with their adverfaries: the national affembly refufed their re足 quest, and directed the colonial committee to hasten its report concerning their conduct. On the 11 th of October, this re足 port was prefented by M . Barnave. It comprehended a detail of all the proceedings of the colonial affembly, from its firft meeting at St. Marc's, and cenfured their general conduct in terms of great afperity; reprefenting it as flowing from motives of difaffection towards the mother country, and an impatience of fubordination to conftitutional authority and good government. T h e report concluded by recommending, '' that all the preff tended decrees and acts of the faid colonial affembly, fhould be " reverfed, and pronounced utterly null and of no effect; that " the faid affembly fhould be declared diffolved, and its mem" bers rendered ineligible and incapable of being delegated in. (a) Guillotined December 1, 1793.

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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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