Bilhete manuscrito de Auguste François Perrinon (1850)

Handwritten note by Auguste François Perrinon (1850)

The French abolitionist deputy writes, with passion, that free work is possible and necessary.

Text written by the French abolitionist deputy Auguste François Perrinon. In French. One page. 26.2 cm x 37.5 cm. Paris, the 6th of July 1850. Excellent condition.

There is nothing more precious to man than the freedom of his being. No sacrifice should cost you anything to get it when it's been stolen. If blacks have been slaves for so long, it is because their eyes have been blindfolded by ignorance, to prevent them from reading this truth wherever it is written, and because it has been stifled in their hearts, with the degrading coercion of the lash. , the feeling of your strength and your right.

Raised in a black family on the Caribbean island of Martinique, Auguste François Perrinon (1812 - 1861) completed a prestigious military training in France, became a deputy and in 1847 published a book in which he explained that "the work being carried out by slaves could just as well be done by free people and at equal cost".

Consequently, he was invited to join the Commission for the Abolition of Slavery, organized by his friend Victor Schoelcher.

Why is this document rare?

Perrinon wrote this vibrant and historic text to celebrate his great victory, the official abolition of slavery in the French Caribbean colonies in 1848.

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