British Colonial Developments, 1774-1834

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par le passé; on attendait cette loi sur le régime municipal; des réglements sévères sur le vagabondage; enfin des mesures qui feraient voir aux colons que le Gouvernement s'occupait aussi de leur sécurité: mais au lieu de cette compensation si juste et si désirée, on apprit tout à coup que le noirs devaient être réunis chez commissaires civils, y entendre certains discours, et y recevoir on ne sait quelles instructions sur la manière de se conduire vis-à-vis de leurs maîtres, et notamment sur ce qu'ils avaient à faire pour les dénoncer ou lea accuser. Cette nouvelle était de nature à causer les plus vives inquiétudes; mais lorsque parut l'ordre du jour de votre Excellence, daté du 13 Féviler, l'alarme devint générale, et jamais elle ne fut mieux fondée.

Dans cet état, lea colons privés des justes compensations qu'ils devaient attendre, portant leurs regards sur le passé, n'y voyant pas ce que leur soumission leur a valu jusqu'à présent, voyant au contraire leurs observations rejetées entièrement, humiliés de n'être jamais appelés clans les conseils du Gouvernement, de n'être jamais consultés sur des lois d'où dépendent leur fortune et leur existence, de voir les charges, les taxes's'accroltre de jour en jour et passer toute mesure, de voir le peu de lois municipales qu'ils avaient autrefois entièrement méconnues, routes leurs garantiea détruites, lea campagnes sans magistrats, sans force armée, lea habitants de Maurice ne peuvent étouffer le cri de désespoir dont leur cceur est oppressé; et ils ont encore la douleur de protester devant votre Excellence de l'impuissance clans laquelle ils sont d'exécuter routes lea dispositions de la Proclamation No. 43. Ce serait peu que leur fortune fût compromise; il y va aujourd'hui de leur existence et de celle de leur faromille.

Les habitants soussignés ont l'honneur d'être avec respect, De votre Excellence, &c. &c. &c. [106 signatures.]


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MAURITIUS: JAMES STEPHEN TO SIR GEORGE MURRAY, 3 May 18311

SIR,

In obedience to your commands, signified to me by Mr. Twiss, I have perused and considered several Ordinances passed by the Governor in Council of Mauritius in the months of April, May, September, October, and November 1829.

I enclose a list of the titles of these Ordinances, with their numbers.

The Ordinance No. 512, regulates the weight of the chains and

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1
C.O. 323/147, ft. 211-13.
2

This Ordinance repealed that of Governor Cole in December 1826 which did not forbid fetters and chains but attempted to regulate their use. Murray had been under the impression that the 1827 draft of the Trinidad Order in Council which Huskisson had sent back for revision had superseded Cole's Ordinance.

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