Sketches of Hayti: From the Expulsion of the French, to the Death of Christophe

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L.B. Seeley and Son, 1827 - 416 pages
 

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Page 266 - As far as I had an opportunity of ascertaining, from what fell under my own observation, and from what I gathered from other European residents, I am persuaded of one general fact, which, on account of its importance, I shall state in the most explicit terms, viz : That the Haytians employed in cultivating the plantations, as well as the rest of the population, perform as much work in a given time, as they were accustomed to do during their subjection to the French.
Page 15 - ... could not long withstand the skill and bravery of their own troops. Disappointed in this expectation also, and regarding the blacks as a species of brutes, they had immediate recourse to such methods of cruelty and death, as would be selected only for the purpose of exterminating a dangerous and destructive race of animals ; to barbarities worse than had ever before stained the annals of any people pretending to the character of civilization. All the male negroes and mulattoes they could...
Page 212 - A considerable number of the Haytian youth were now instructed in Latin, English, and French composition, history, geography, and mathematics, and were assisted in these pursuits by tutors whose attainments fully qualified them to direct their studies. The classical professor, on whom at first devolved the entire charge of the college, devoted himself to a task at once laborious and irksome, with the utmost zeal and diligence. He strove to simplify his instructions, so as to render them intelligible...
Page 267 - Haytiens employed in cultivating the plantations, as well as the rest of the population, perform as much work in a given time as they were accustomed to do during their subjection to the French. And if we may judge of their future improvement by the change which has been already effected, it may be reasonably anticipated that Hayti will erelong contain a population not inferior in their industry to that of any civilized nation in the world.
Page 72 - On the arrival of the ship at Brest no time was lost in hurrying him on shore. On the deck only was he permitted to have an interview with his wife an<l children, whom he was to meet no more in this life.
Page 210 - ... regulations for its superintendence.' " The more especial objects of this Board were, to provide that ' education be founded on good principles, viz., those of religion, respect for the laws, and love to the sovereign ; to confirm the regulations already ordained for this purpose, and to appoint such others as should be deemed expedient ; to maintain order, discipline, and the observance of the rules, in the national establishments for public instruction already existing ; and to found new...
Page 202 - The place appropriated to this purpose was a large building, situated in a retired and elevated part of the town, and was as properly arranged and as perfectly furnished with all the necessary apparatus, as the best schools conducted on this system are prepared in England. This school contained from one hundred and fifty to two hundred boys, from eight to sixteen years of age. When I entered the room, they were regularly divided into their classes, all busily engaged at their lessons ; and their...
Page 203 - The master of this school, who was an intelligent young man. had conducted it from its commencement, and his ability and attention appeared from the perfect order which prevailed throughout. My inquiries of him respecting those placed under his instruction related to the following particulars: Whether they displayed common aptness for learning; whether they readily remembered what they acquired; and whether they were capable of the application expected from boys in general of their age? To these...
Page 201 - ... of youth in the rudiments of knowledge, had been acted on with great success in this country; he also knew that a society had been formed for the purpose of establishing schools on this system, and for preparing young men to superintend them, and it was further stated, that if he was desirous of introducing it into Hayti, that society would readily furnish him with schoolmasters duly qualified for the work. In consequence of this information, he caused an application to be made to the British...
Page 372 - You have not violated this fundamental principle, which establishes between governments those necessary communications which are required by their political relations. You have done that which renders you estimable in your own eyes : you deserve to appear so in the eyes of other nations. Victory ever accompanies the cause of justice. Is not this telling you that it is yours, if the French venture to molest you. Should this be the event, you shall see me at your head, proud to lead you on to victory,...

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