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SERIES THE THIRD.
Art. I.—Historical Account of the Black Empire of llayti : comprehending a View of the principal Transactions in the Revolution of St. Domingo; with its Ancient and Modern State. By Marcus Rainsford, Esq. late Captain Third West India Hegiment, Sic. csc. &Sd Cundee. 1805.
TH E extensive and fertile island of St. Domingo has had the fortune to attract much of the attention of mankind at' different periods, and for causes as nearly opposite as can be well imagined. In the times of the French kings, the happy fate of this noble country excited the envy of sur» rounding nations,who beheld, without a hope of rivalling, its vast and precious productions. Its while inhabitants were numerous, wealthy, and polished, and its negroes, though bowed beneath the yoke of slaveiy, received all the mitiga-> tion of their hardships which a humane and liberal policy could devise. Under the republic and empire of I'rancej a total change .has been .effected..in all these things 5 the white populaiipr; is einost'wholly extinct, the victims of sanguinary warfare an/J savage massacre; the negroes, having cast away their fqUeis.have established their power and independence in spite of'ali' die resistance which has been hitherto opposed to tnx-'tn/aiid .no*, present to the world a new spectacle of successful- revolt,"ami of a negro government having some pretensions to a degree of civilization. Whether we consider this revolution as an opportunity afforded to demonstrate the equalityor inferiority ot the negroes with regard to the whites, or as the focus of a rebellion which threatens our neighbouring colonies with endless d-tnger of tremendous destruction, ttie subject is in every poiut of view of the highest interestand importance.
In the ponderous' work now before tis, the history of St. Domingo is pursued from the «ra of its discovery, and. ninety-four pages are allotted 10 an investigation of its early h'ntory, without much regard to considerations of propriety. This part of the volume we may justly sty!? a copied compilation, of which the disjected fragments are connected by.com
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