The 29 November 1803 declaration of independence (post by David Geggus)

This is the controversial 29 November 1803 declaration of independence as it appeared in English translation in London in the 6 February 1804 edition of The Times. This was a month after its first appearance in the United States. It thus circulated more quickly than did the 1 January declaration. Sailing times to the US and Europe were shorter from Fort Dauphin, where it was drawn up, than from Port-au-Prince. And as it probably was distributed in manuscript, it was not delayed by the need for a printer. The January declaration did not appear in The Times until 28 April 1804 (and the third section not until May 21). This appears to be the version used in Rainsford. It presumably arrived on a slow merchant ship, whereas the copy Julia Gaffield found that reached London via Jamaica on March 10 no doubt came on the packet boat.

The Times, Monday, Feb 06, 1804; pg. 3; Issue 5938; col F St. Domingo. Category: News

The Times, Monday, Feb 06, 1804; pg. 3; Issue 5938; col F St. Domingo. Category: News

About Julia Gaffield, PhD

Assistant Professor of History, Georgia State University
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One Response to The 29 November 1803 declaration of independence (post by David Geggus)

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