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Handwritten note from Auguste-François Perrinon (1850)

Handwritten note from Auguste-François Perrinon (1850)

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"There is nothing more precious to Man than the freedom of his being."

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

Portuguese translation

There is nothing more precious to Man than the freedom of his being. No sacrifice should cost you anything to win it, when it was stolen. If black people have been slaves for so long, it is because their eyes have been blindfolded by ignorance, to prevent them from reading this truth in all the places where it is written, and because it has been stifled in their hearts, with the degrading coercion of the whip. , 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 published in 1847 a book in which he explains that "the work being carried out by slaves It could very well be carried out by free people and at an equal cost."

Consequently, he was invited to join the Commission for the Abolition of Slavery, organized by his friend Victor Schoelcher. Perrinon wrote this vibrant, historic text to celebrate his great victory, the official abolition of slavery in the French Caribbean colonies in 1848. An exceptional document.

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