Toussaint Louverture 1802
Source: Victor Schoelcher, Vie de Toussaint Louverture. Paul Ollendorff Editeur, Paris 1889;
Translated: for marxists.org by Mitch Abidor;
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Toussaint also addressed himself to the Minister of the Marine, who was directly responsible for his conditions of detention.
I was arrested with all my family on the orders of the Captain-General, who had nevertheless given his word of honor and who'd promised me the protection of the French government. I dare to ask of it justice and benevolence. If I made any mistakes I alone should suffer the penalty. I ask you, Citizen Minister, to take up for myself and my family with the First Consul.
Salut et respect.