The Present State of Hayti (Saint Domingo): With Remarks on Its Agriculture, Commerce, Laws, Religion, Finances, and Population, Etc., Etc

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J. Murray, 1828 - Dominican Republic - 411 pages
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Page 46 - Dorfiingo." 2. No act of the legislative body, in what relates to the internal concerns of the colony, shall be considered as a law definitive, unless it be made by the representatives of the French part of St. Domingo, freely and legally chosen, and confirmed by the king.
Page 94 - To mark more strongly the distinction between the two classes, the law declared that if a free man of colour presumed to strike a white person of whatever condition, his right hand should be cut off; while a white man, for a similar assault on a free mulatto, was dismissed on the payment of an insignificant fine.
Page 128 - At a whistle, a whole biigade would run three or four hundred yards, then separating, throw themselves flat on the ground, changing to their backs or sides, keeping up a strong fire the whole of the time, till they were recalled : then they would form again, in an instant, into their wonted regularity.
Page 144 - Assist with your counsel, your influence, and your talents, the Captain-General. What can you desire ? — the freedom of the blacks ? You know that in all the countries we have been in, we have given it to the people who had it not.
Page 77 - They are also authorized to procure every information possible, in order to discover the authors of the troubles in St. Domingo, and the continuance thereof, if they still continue ; to secure the persons of the guilty, and to send them over to France, there to be put in a state of accusation, &c. 6th. The said civil commissioners shall be directed for this purpose, to transmit to the national assembly, minute's of their proceedings, and of the evidence they may have collected concerning the persons...
Page 138 - French people too, have embraced each other, and have sworn to be all friends and brothers. Come also, embrace the French, and rejoice to see again your friends and brothers of Europe.
Page 265 - ... following account of the present state of the island : " Oppressed with the weight of an overwhelming debt, contracted without an equivalent, with an empty treasury, and destitute of the ways and means for supplying it; the soil almost neglected, or at least very partially tilled; without commerce or credit. Such is the present state of the republic ; and it seems almost impossible that, under the system which is now pursued, there should be any amelioration of its condition, or that it can arrive...
Page 89 - ... endearing relations which render it desirable; averse to labour, though frequently perishing of want; suspicious of each other and towards the rest of mankind : revengeful and faithless; remorseless and bloody-minded; pretending to be free while groaning beneath the capricious despotism of their chiefs and feeling all the miseries of servitude without the benefit of subordination.
Page 138 - Rally all of you around him. Whoever shall dare to separate himself from the Captain-General, will be a traitor to his country, and the indignation of the Republic will devour him, as the fire devours your dried canes. " Done at Paris, &c. (Signed) " The First Consul, BONAPARTE. " The Secretary of State, HB MARET.
Page 142 - ... than his usual rapidity, he did not arrive at Ennery till after the middle of the second night. The two sons ran to meet their father, and he, with emotions too big for utterance, clasped them silently in his arms. Few, it is to be hoped, are the partakers of our common nature, who on witnessing the embraces and tears of parental and filial sensibility, could have proceeded, at least without powerful releptings of heart, to execute the commission with which Coisnon was charged.

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