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THE

CONSTITUTION OF

THE REPUBLIC OF HAYTI; TO WHICH IS ADDED

noCUMENTS RELATING TO

THE CORRESPONDENCE OF HIS MOST CHRISTIAN MAJESTY, WITH

THE PRES1DENT OF HAYTI: PRECEDI:D BY A

PROCL.!lJJ'I.!lTlON TO

THE PEOPLE AND THE ARMY.

NEW·YORK: PUI3L1SHED BY JAMES TREDWELL•

1818.

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TO THE RE.ilDER. IJ AYING lately visited the island of Hayti, to satisfy myself and some particular friends respecting the present situation of those (once oppressed) sons aud daughters of Africa, it was a matter of great consolation to me, not only to find them freed from the cruel bondage which they once laboured under, but by strict inquiry to find them fast improving in their morals. While I W:;iS in Port au Prince I had frequent interviews with the Secretary-General of government, Mr. B. Inginac, from whom l received the following documents, which I take the liberty to present to the public for the encouragement of those who are zealous for the prosperity of Africans. To you, dear friends, who labour for the abolition of slavery, that cursed traffic, is not the day fast approaching when you will see your labours recompensed; when the monsters in human shape shall no more haunt the coast of Africa, to deprive the wife ofher husband, and the husband of the wife, the parent of the children, and the children of the parent; when they shall enjoy the bles3ings of peace, and the Jove of God shall fiil their hearts, and Ethiopia stretch out her hands to heaven with the rest of the Christian world? But to you, proud monsters, who deal in human flesh and blood, as though

4 they were beasts, have you not reason to fear lest the wrath of God should burst upon your heads, while your slares are supplicating the Throne of Grace in behalf of your souls? Yes, poor wretches! your cases are more pitiable than that of your slaves. But I leave you· to the mercy of God. The following letter was given to me in Port au Prince by 1\'lr. Inginac, as an invitation to the oloured people iu America to emigrate to that country: Liberty.

REPUBLIC OF IlAYTI.

Equality.

PortauPrince, Nov. 21,1817, 14th year of Independence. The Secretary-General near his Excellency the President of Ifayti, to Mr. James Tredwell. Sir, I have communicated to H. E. the Presiuent of Hayti the verbal message which you brought me from your fel]ow countrym£;n, the black and coloured men of the city of ew-York, who groan under the dominion of a barbarous prejudice, an,J desire to become partake~s of those blessings which the Constitution we have giren ourselves affords. 'fhis message, Sir, could not but be recei,•ed \'l'ith the greatest satisfaction by those who have sacrificed eight and twenty years of their life, in order to efface the traces of a yoke to which other men, who pretenu to virtue and justice, haLl too long enchained them. The patriots who have iought to erect the Republic of Hayti, and render it indepenJcnt of a despotic monarchy, have never for2"ott n, during the period of their painful labours, that far from them there eiisted bretbren of the same complexion with themselves, who, sooner or later, would neeu a helping hand to draw them from the infamy prepared for them

5 'by certain men

priding thcmsel res on account of a white skin. 'Vho would Lave thought, Sir, d1at in the Legislature of the United States of Amerit:a, a resolutiDn should have gone forth tending to expatriate ~under a preteuce of benefitting them) a portion of nsen, whom its fundamental Ia w, the Constitution of the country, has recognized as members of the Union in common with others, as citizens, equals, free and independent ; a portion of men who have helped to acquire and defend this very independetJce, whicb tbe members of the N a tiona! Legislature boast that they will maintain inviolate! 0 shame!if, !'rom the bosom