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THE

CRITICAL REVIEW

OR

ANNALS OF LITERATURE.

VOL: IX.

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THE

CRITICAL REVIEW;

OR,

ANNALS

OF

LITERATURE

SERIES THE THIRD.

VOL. IX.

FERMUTET, DOMINOS, ET SEDAT IN ALTERA JURA.

LONDON :

PRINTED FOR J. MAWMAN, 22, POULTRY:

AND SOLD BY J. DEIGHTON, CAMBRIDGE ; HANWELL AND PARKER,

AND J. COOKE, OXFORD.
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SERIES THE THIRD.

Vol. IX.

SEPTEMBER, 1806.

· No. 1.

Art. I.-An Historical Account of the Black Empire of

Hayti : 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 Regiment, &c. &c. &c. Cundee. 1805.

THE 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 surs rounding nations,who beheld, without a hope of rivalli.g, its vast and precious productions. Its white inhabitants were numerous, wealthy, and polished, and its negroes, though bowed beneath the yoke of slavery, received all the mitigile tion of their hardships which a humane and liberal policy could devise. Under the republic and empire of Trance, a total change has been effected in all these things; the white populacions is almost-wholly extinct, the victims of sanguinary warfare and savage inassacre; the negroes, having cast away their fçuiers, have established their power and independence in spite of all the resisļance which has been hitherto opposed to thein, and now present to the world a new spectacle of successful revoit, aird of a vegro government having some pretensions to a degree of civilization. Whe ther we consider this revolution as an opportunity afforded to demonstrate the equality or inferiority of the negroes with regard to the whites, or as the focus of a rebellico which threatens our neighbouring colonies with endless danger or tremendous destruction, the subject is in every point of view of the highest interest and importance.

In the ponderous work now before us, the history of St. Domingo is pursued from the art of its discovery, and ninety-four pages are allotted to an investigation of its early history, without much regard to considerations of propriery. This part of the volume we may justly style a copied coinpilation, of which the dispected fragments are connected by como CRIT. Rev. Vol. 9. September, 1906.

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