[Paris?]. 1790. 61pp. Modern marbled wrappers. A fine copy. Item #WRCAM16270
An exceedingly important decree of May 28, 1790, effectively granting supreme internal governing power to the General Assembly of Saint Domingue. Acting on the National Decree of March 8, 1790, which had authorized each colony to formulate its own internal laws, the General Assembly began the work of framing a constitution for Saint Domingue. In an ironic revolutionary twist, the Assembly asserted the power of the colonists over the National Assembly, with the resulting "Constitutional Bases of the General Assembly" implying secessionism. This anxious act of independence served to alienate the General Assembly from both the Crown and the National Assembly, thus causing further political division in the face of more important questions regarding the Black population: "...at the very moment of its defiance to Revolutionary France, the General Assembly declared war upon its one natural ally [the King], and embarked on a desperate strife of faction when the greater struggle was already looming on the horizon" - Stoddard. Stoddard, THE FRENCH REVOLUTION IN SAN DOMINGO, p.101.