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Leclerc, Charles (1772-1802) to General Jean Rochambeau [in French]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04032 Author/Creator: Leclerc, Charles (1772-1802) Place Written: Haiti Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 August 1802 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Dated 18 Thermidor, year ten. Written during the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804). Leclerc, French commander at Haiti, informs Rochambeau that General Antoine Richepanse has reestablished slavery in Guadeloupe, and there are slight signs of unrest. Predicts that the insurrection is in its final stage. Advises using examples of severity to inspire terror. Written on Armee de Saint-Domingue stationery. LeClerc died of Yellow Fever in November 1802; Rochambeau was his successor.

People: Leclerc, Charles, 1772-1802.
Rochambeau, Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de, 1725-1807.
Richepanse, Antoine, 1770-1802.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Haitian Revolution, Rebellion, Caribbean, Government and Civics, Military History, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, France, African American History, Slave Rebellion, Slavery

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison