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HEADQUARTERS OF THE CAPE, le 28 Pluviose, an 10. (17th February, 1802.)
"INHABITANTS OF SAINT DOMINGO,
"I have come hither, in the name of the French Government, to bring you peace and happiness; I feared I should encounter obstacles in the ambitious views of the chiefs of the colony; I was not in error.
"Those chiefs who announced their devotion to France in their proclamations, had no intention of being Frenchmen; if they sometimes spoke of France, the reason is that they did not think themselves able to disown it openly. At present, their perfidious intentions are unmasked. General Toussaint sent me back his sons with a letter in which he assured me that he desired nothing so much as the happiness of the colony, and that he was ready to obey all the orders that I should give him.
"I ordered him to come to me; I gave him an assurance that I would employ him as my lieutenant-general: he replied to that order by mere words; he only seeks to gain time.
"I have been commanded by the French Government to establish here prosperity and abundance promptly; if I allow myself to be amused by cunning and perfidious ciruumlocutions, the colony will be the theatre of a long civil war.
"I commence my campaign, and I will teach that rebel what is the force of the French Government.
"From this moment, he must be regarded by all good Frenchmen residing in Saint Domingo only as an insensate monster.
"I have promised liberty to the inhabitants of Saint Domingo; I will see that they enjoy it. I will cause persons and property to be respected.
"I ordain what follows:--
"Article 1.--General Toussaint and General Christophe are outlawed; every good citizen is commanded to seize
Page 181 them, and to treat them as rebels to the French Republic.
"Article 2.--From the day when the French army shall have taken up quarters, every officer, whether civil or military, who shall obey other orders than those of the Generals of the army of the French Republic, which I command, shall be treated as a rebel.
"Article 3.--The agricultural laborers who have been led into error, and who, deceived by the perfidious insinuations of the rebel Generals, may have taken up arms, shall be treated as wandering children, and shall be sent back to tillage, provided they have not endeavored to incite insurrection.
"Article 4.--The soldiers of the demi-brigades who shall abandon the army of Toussaint, shall form part of the French army.
"Article 5.--General Augustin Clervaux, who commands the Department of the Ciboa, having acknowledged the French government, and the authority of the Captain-general, is maintained in his rank and in his command.
"Article 6.--The General-in-chief of the Staff will cause this proclamation to be printed and published.
"The Captain-General commanding the army of Saint Domingo.