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Toussaint Louverture letters (RLC.Ms.532)

Redwood Library and Athenaeum

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Scope & content

This collection consists of two letters written by Touissant Louverture in Saint Domingue to a Citizen Dupuch regarding accounts that he wanted to have paid. Both letters are written in French and dated according to the French Revolutionary calendar with was created during the French Revolution (1788-1789) and used by the French government for twelve years from late 1793 to 1805. Due to the way these letters are dated and the inability to decipher some of the writing, the actual dates of these letters are uncertain. In the first letter Louverture writes in his capacity as General and Chief of the Army of Saint Domingue. This letter was written during the eighth year of the French Republic, which was 1800. The month and date of this letter is obscured by an inkblot. Louverture writes to Dupuch as the Governor of Saint Domingue in the second letter, which is dated the seventh day of Vendémiaire of the tenth year of the French Republic, which was likely September 29, 1802.