in the French
army, against Victor Hughes
He had command of a fort, and remained in the army until the close of the war. After that period, there were symptoms of insurrection among the colored people, because the French
government revoked the decree abolishing slavery in their West India Islands
Etienne was a man of talent, and had acquired considerable influence, particularly among people of his own color.
He exerted this influence on the side of mercy, and was the means of saving the lives of several white people who had rendered themselves obnoxious by their efforts to restore slavery.
Affairs were so unsettled in Guadaloupe, that Etienne determined to seek refuge in the United States
; and an old friend of his master procured a passport for him. A man by the name of Anslong, then at Guadaloupe, had two slaves, whom he was about to send to the care of Dennis Cottineau
, of Philadelphia
, with directions to place them on a farm he owned, near Princeton, New-Jersey
When it was proposed that Etienne should take passage in the same vessel, Anslong
manifested much interest in his behalf.
He promised that he should have his passage free, for services that he might render on board; and he took charge of his passport, saying that he would give it to the captain for safe keeping.
When the vessel arrived at Philadelphia
, in March, 1803, Etienne was astonished to find that Anslong