The History of Toussaint Louverture

The History of Toussaint Louverture


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ... clearly shewn that the letters, or pretended letters of Leclerc and Villaret, in which these charges against the Negroes are contained, are in all other respects false, almost from beginning to end; so that if these charges are true, they are almost the only truths contained in those long letters. Now if enmity and hatred, and self-interest and falsehood, in a witness, are not enough to overthrow his testimony, I know not how a false accusation can ever be rejected on account of the badness of the authority upon which it stands. The defence of Toussaint, however, need not rest here; for, thirdly, we have his former good character and humane conduct to rely upon, and these ought in reason, to protect him against the belief of a charge of cruelty, if it rested even upon much better evidence than the bare words of Buonaparte and Leclerc. It is not likely that he, who had often, as his enemies confess, prevented massacres and murders in former wars, even at the hazard of his interest with the Negroes, and of his life itself, should in his last war begin to commit such crimes; and that too against the most powerful enemy he had ever had to deal with, and whose vengeance it would seem hardly possible that he should be able finally to avoid. Fourthly, and this demands particular attention, if Toussaint was really guilty of the charges which his oppressors have brought against him, they had in their hands much better proofs of his guilt than their own assertions, and yet have not produced those proofs. They repeatedly make mention, of their having possession of letters written by Toussaint to the inferior Negro Generals and others, which as they assert, contain full proofs of his barbarous and wicked disposition and conduct. Leclerc, for...

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 1472154665
ISBN 13: 9781472154668

20 Dec 2019
Delia Owens

ISBN 10: 0717186490
ISBN 13: 9780717186495

20 May 2020
Gina Daly

ISBN 10: 0141036133
ISBN 13: 9780141036137

01 Oct 2008
George Orwell

ISBN 10: 1409181634
ISBN 13: 9781409181637

15 Jan 2020
Alex Michaelides

ISBN 10: 0571334652
ISBN 13: 9780571334650

23 Jul 2019
Sally Rooney

ISBN 10: 0241984998
ISBN 13: 9780241984994

05 Mar 2020
Bernardine Evaristo

ISBN 10: 1509858636
ISBN 13: 9781509858637

19 Apr 2018
Adam Kay

ISBN 10: 1838770011
ISBN 13: 9781838770013

20 Feb 2020
Christy Lefteri

ISBN 10: 1439199191
ISBN 13: 9781439199190

17 May 2011
Dale Carnegie

ISBN 10: 0141185139
ISBN 13: 9780141185132

03 Aug 2015
Albert Camus

ISBN 10: 0099590085
ISBN 13: 9780099590088

15 Sep 2016
Yuval Noah Harari

ISBN 10: 1781259194
ISBN 13: 9781781259191

24 Oct 2018
Robert Greene