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concerning this officer; and to what has been faid of his ge足 neral character, and his intemperate zeal for the re-eftablifhment of the regal authority in its fulleft extent, it may be added, that he was the more dangerous, becaufe he was generous in his difpofition, and even profufe in his bounty towards his foldiers. In return, the attachment of his regiment towards his perfon appeared to exceed the ufual limits of obedience and duty (b). THE maffacre of this man by thofe very troops, a fhort time after the notification of the aforefaid decree, affords fo ftriking an instance of that cruel and ungovernable difpofition, equally im足 petuous and inconftant, which prevailed, and I am afraid ftill continues to prevail, amongft the lower claffes of the people throughout all the French dominions, that I conceive a brief re足 cital of the circumftances attending his murder will not be thought an unneceffary digreffion. I HAVE, in a former place (c), given fome account of the pro足 ceedings of M . Peynier, the late governor, against certain perfons who compofed what was called the committee of the Western provincial affembly, and of the attempt by M . Mauduit to feize by force the individuals who compofed that committee. This happened on the 29th of July, 1790; and I observed that the circumftance of M. Mauduit's carrying off the colours from a detachment of the national guards on that occafion, ultimately terminated in his deftruction. ( b ) After his example they had rejected the national cockade, and wore a white feather in their hats, the fymbol, or avowed fignal, of the royal party. (c) Chap. iii. p. 34.

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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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