An Account of the Insurrection in St. Domingo, Begun in August 1791, Taken from Authentic Sources

William Blackwood, 1833 - 59 sider
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Side 12 - By this decree it was declared and enacted, " that the people of colour resident in the French colonies, born of free parents, were entitled to, as of right, and should be allowed the enjoyment of, all the privileges of French citizens, and, among others, to those of having votes in the choice of representatives, and of being eligible to seats both in the parochial and colonial assemblies.
Side 9 - March, 1790, entered into the consideration of the subject ; and after a full discussion, a very large majority voted, " That it never was the intention of the assembly to comprehend the interior government of the colonies in the constitution which they had Aained for the mother country...
Side 9 - That it never was the intention of the assembly to comprehend the interior government of the colonies in the constitution which they, had framed for the mother country, or to subject them to laws which were incompatible with their local establishments: they therefore authorize the inhabitants of each colony to signify to the National Assembly their sentiments and wishes concerning that plan of interior legislation and commercial arrangement, which would be most conducive to their piosperity.
Side 48 - Of the 82d regiment, no less than 630 became victims to the climate within the short space of ten weeks after their landing. In one of its companies no more than three rank and file were fit for duty. Hompesch's regiment of hussars was reduced in little more than two months from 1,000 to 300, and the 96th regiment perished to a man ! By the 30th of September, 1796, the registers of mortality displayed a mournful diminution of no less than 7,530 of the British forces only...
Side 59 - ... seem disposed to put aside. Yes, Sir, if the condition of the slave is to be improved, that improvement must be introduced through the medium of his master. The masters are the instruments through whom, and by whom, you must act upon the slave...
Side 31 - ... last ten years) with an anxiety of which you will find no example in Europe. The sincerest attachment connected the master and his slaves. We slept in security in the midst of men that were become our children, and many of us had neither locks nor bars to our houses. Not that we would disguise to you, that there did exist, among the planters, a very small number of hard and ferocious masters ; but what was the lot of these wicked men ? Blasted in their fame, detested by men of...
Side 50 - Reinstated in the fulness of your rights, you will in future participate of the sovereignty of the people. The decree which the national assembly has just published respecting you, is not a favour ; for a favour is a privilege: and a privilege to one class of people is an injury to all the rest. They are words which no longer disgrace the laws of the French.
Side 58 - ... Samuel Sharp belonging to Mr. Gray, Taylor to Mr. Boyd the saddler, Johnstone to Retrieve (who was afterwards killed in the battle of Montpelier), Guthrie to Colonel Grignon, Dove to Belvidere, Tharp to Hazelymph, myself, and some others of the head people were present; General Sharp spoke first, he said, 'The thing is now determined upon, no time is to be lost; the King of England and the Parliament have given Jamaica freedom, and it is held back by the whites; we must at once take it. The King...
Side 22 - who had been most kindly treated by their masters, were the soul of the insurrection. It was they who betrayed and delivered their humane masters to the assassin's sword ; it was they who seduced and stirred up to revolt the gangs disposed to fidelity. It was they who massacred whomsoever refused to become their accomplice. What a lesson for the Amis des Noirsf " ' Upon this part of the address,
Side 30 - Egypt, seem to rival, in ferocity and barbarity, the hyaenas and tigers which nature has there created. Slavery is, with them, a title of honour ; and life, in these horrible climates, is a possession unprotected by any laws, and held only at the will of a sanguinary despot. Let any man of feeling and information compare the deplorable state of the negroes in Africa with the mild...

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