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wards their once-loved commander, indicated not only that he had loft their confidence, butalfo that he was the object of me­ ditated mifchief. Mauduit foon perceived the full extent of his danger, and fearing to involve the governor (M. Blanchelande) and his family, in the ruin which awaited himfelf, with great ge­ nerosity advifed them to make the beft of their way to Cape François, while they could do it with fafety; and Blanchelande, for which he was afterwards much cenfured, followed this ad­ vice. Mauduit then harangued his grenadiers, to whom he had always fhewn great kindnefs, and told them that he was willing, for the fake of peace, to reftore to the national troops the colours which he had formerly taken from them ; and even to carry them, with his own hands, at the head of his regiment, and de­ pofit them in the church in which they had been usually lodged ; but he added, that he depended on their affection and duty to protect him from perfonal infult, while making this ample apoiGgy. T h e faithless grenadiers declared that they would pro­ tect him with their lives. THE next day the ceremony took place, and Mauduit reftored the colours as he had promifed, before a vaft croud of fpectators. At that moment, one of his own foldiers cried aloud, that he muft afk pardon of the national troops on his knees; and the whole regiment applauded the propofal. Mauduit ftarted back with indignation, and offered his bofom to their fwords:—it was pierced with a hundred wounds, all of them inflicted by his own men, while not a fingle hand was lifted up in his defence. T h e fpectators ftood motionlefs, either through hatred to the man, or surprize at the treachery and cowardice of the foldiers. Such indeed

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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