The Black Man

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Page 87 - ... of the high esteem in which he was held by his countrymen ; for whatever may have been his errors, he was honest and brave, having enlarged and liberal views of government.
Page 64 - ... invested nearly twelve months, Pedro left Seville early in March, 1369, and passed by Calatrava towards Montiel, with the intention of waiting for some reinforcements advancing from Murcia, before he ventured an action with his rival. His motions were already watched by the count of Trastamara, who called a council of war, in which it was decided that the latter should leave a small force to prosecute the siege ; and, with the rest, force Pedro to accept battle before the arrival of the expected...
Page 201 - Ye mountains, that ye leaped like rams, and ye little hills, like lambs! The earth trembled at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.
Page 159 - Art. 180, Every person attached to the country as a cultivator, who shall on a working day, and during the hours of labour, be found unemployed, or lounging on the public roads, shall be considered idle, and be arrested and taken before the justice of the peace, who shall commit him to prison for twenty-four hours for the first offence, and shall send him to labour on the public works upon a repetition of the offence.
Page 125 - President, this is a methodist," as if the president did not know it. Immediately the president replied, "You are fanatics." "Pardon me, president, we are not." "Why, you have changed your religion." "If I have changed my religion, president, it is the government which has made me do it." "How is that?" said he. "It was the late president who sent for the missionaries. I heard the letter read, and saw the late president's signature: this is what I can tell you.
Page 77 - May those arms confided to the people for the defence of liberty, be pointed to my breast, if ever I conceive the audacious and infamous project of violating their rights ; or if ever I forget that it is after having punished with death a tyrant, whose existence was an insult to the nation, and after having aided to proscribe another, whose ambition has lighted up civil war among Us, that I now find myself President of Hayti.
Page 183 - ... opposed to the public good. Often did we hear from intelligent Haytiens, serious complaints of this tendency in the executive ; and often was the wish expressed to us, that the public press of England and France, might be induced to set forth their national grievances to the world. " If you publish * If we examine, at the present moment, the instability of certain laws, we shall be astonished to see them stopped suddenly, as if struck with inertia, after having taken a rapid stride. Of this number...
Page 204 - ... being rescued, the continuance of the shocks, the rush of the sea towards the ruined city; in fine, think of one of the finest and most strongly built cities in the West Indies, with a population of about nine thousand, cast down in a moment by Omnipotence, and twothirds of the population buried in an instant, in one common grave, and you will have some faint idea of a scene which it wrings my heart with anguish to think of. In the night which succeeded the earthquake, the fallen timbers among...
Page 128 - Grand Juge,' who is the Chief of all the Judicial establishments. " This High Court of Justice can only be constituted to act by a proclamation from the Senate ; it must be held in a place designated for its sittings, which must not be more than twelve leagues from the Senate ; it is composed of, at least, fifteen Judges, taken by lot from the different
Page 297 - Being persuaded that a full and free expression on the subject of religious liberty, cannot be offensive to a Government which has avowed itself to be the friend of toleration ; I take the liberty as the friend of humanity, to address a few remarks to you on that subject. " We only ask for the extension of virtue and Christian knowledge, the same liberty which is accorded to many things which are pernicious to society, such as the African dances, which can have no other effect than that of encouraging...

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