wait the orders of the Governor, to whom I have
dispatched one of my Aid-de-camps, to apprize
him of your arrival, and that of the French army,
and cannot permit you to land until 1 have receiv¬
ed his answer. If you put in force your threats
of hostility, I shall make the resistance which
becomes a general officer ; and, should the
chance of war be yours, you shall not enter
Cape Town till it be reduced to ashes ; nay,
even in the ruins will I renew the combat.
You say that the French Government has
sent to St. Domingo forces capable of subdu¬
ing the rebels, if any such be found; it is your
comingr and the hostile intentions you manifest,
that alone could create them among a peacea¬
ble people, in perfect submission to France.
The very mention of rebellion is an argument
for our resistance.
As to the troops which you say are this mo¬
ment landing, I consider them as so many pieces
of cards which the least breath of wind will
How can you hold me responsible for the
event ? You are not my Chief; I know you not,
and can therefore make no account of you till
you are recognized by Governor Toussaint.
For the loss of your esteem, General, I as¬
sure you that I desire not to earn it at the price
that you set upon it, since to purchase it I must
be guilty of a breach of duty.
I have the honour to salute you.
(Signed) H. Christophe.