Contents and Arrangement

Letter to Madame Chaussée à Nantes with News of the Haitian Revolution, 1802

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Description

Consists of an incomplete 4-page manuscript letter from a Frenchman recently arrived in Saint-Domingue describing uprisings on the island to his sister Madame Chaussée à Nantes, dated 1 Brumaire 11 [i.e., 23 October, 1802] and written from Cap-Français. He begins by sharing the news of his safe arrival in Cap-Français and reporting that the island was fraught with unrest. He writes that the French colonials are trapped in the nearby coastal towns and that the army is helpless without reinforcements. The writer was evidently a plantation owner or investor, mostly with interests in coffee, and notes the need to get the family finances from local business in order. The document ends mid-sentence.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.

Collection History


Purchased from Maggs Bros. in January 2023 (AM 2024-029).


The collection is open and will continue to grow.


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

Item processed by Lauren C. Williams in November 2023, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Letter to Madame Chaussée à Nantes with News of the Haitian Revolution; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Box B-002048

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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Subject Terms:
Plantations -- Haiti -- 19th century
Genre Terms:
Letters -- 19th century.
Haiti -- History -- Revolution, 1791-1804 -- Sources.