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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), The conflict with slavery (search)
ult followed this wide and instantaneous emancipation. It cost not one drop of blood; it abated not one tittle of the wealth or the industry of the island. Colonel Malenfant, a slave proprietor residing at the time on the island, states that after the public act of abolition, the negroes remained perfectly quiet; they had obtained all they asked for, liberty, and they continued to work upon all the plantations. Malenfant in Memoirs for a History of St. Domingo by General Lecroix, 1819. There were estates, he says, which had neither owners nor managers resident upon them, yet upon these estates, though abandoned, the negroes continued their labors wy betook themselves to the planting of provisions; but upon all the plantations where the whites resided the blacks continued to labor as quietly as before. Colonel Malenfant says that when many of his neighbors, proprietors or managers, were in prison, the negroes of their plantations came to him to beg him to direct them in thei