La Baye, Grenada
An erroneous idea has prevailed, that the insurrection in Grenada originated with the French inhabitants. On its first breaking out, the rumour was that the French had landed at La Baye; but on the same morning, (the 3d of March, 1795,) a letter from Mr. Home, President of the Island, and then unfortunately in the neighbourhood of La Baye, was brought to his Secretary Mr. Byles, at St. George's, of which the following is an extract. "No French have landed at La Baye, but the free people have risen against the whites ;" and on the 7th of May, Mr. M'Kenzie, who had succeeded to the Presidency, in consequence of the massacre of Mr. Home, who with many other of the white inhabitants had fallen into the hands of the insurgents, addressed the Council and Assembly in a speech beginning with these words: " It is a very sensible affliction to me, to meet you for the first time in a season of great public calamity. A general insurrection of the French free coloured people, broke out here on the 3d of March." Victor Hughes, and his brother Commissioners at Guadaloupe, had signed commissions, appointing Julien Fedon, a mulatto coffee planter, commandant-general; Stanislaus Besson, a mulatto silversmith at La Baye, second in command; and Charles Nogues, and Jean Pierre de Valette, two other free coloured men, captains in the French Republican service ; and had given them a flag, on which the words Liberte, Egalitie, ou La Mort were inscribed in large characters; an inscription which well denoted the sentiments by which they were actuated. One of their first acts was to murder a French priest, the Abbe Peissoniere, which shewed they had no particular predilection for Frenchmen; and no commission was given by Victor Hughes to any of the French white inhabitants, although most of them afterwards joined the insurgents, either encouraged by their successes, or intimidated by their menaces.
Source: Thoughts on the Abolition of the Slave Trade - Joseph Marryat - 1816