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SAUNDERS, Prince, attorney-general of Hay-ti, born in Thetford, Vermont, about 1775; died in Hayti, 12 February, 1840. He was of African descent, and, after receiving an excellent education and teaching in free colored schools in Colchester, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts, emigrated to Hayti in 1807. Here he was employed at once by Henry Christophe to ira-prove the state of education in the island, and sent to England to procure teachers, books, and apparatus. In that country his first name was mistaken for a title, and as he took no pains to correct this misapprehension he received much attention, and was a guest at many great houses. At that of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal society, "everybody," says Charles R. Leslie in his "Recollections" (1860), "asked to be presented to 'His Highness.' I got near, to hear what passed in his circle, and a gentleman, with a star and ribbon, said to him : ' What surprises me is that you speak English so well.' Saunders, who had never spoken any other language in his life, bowed and smiled acceptance of the compliment." The result of this mission was not satisfactory to Christophe, and immediately after its close Saunders returned from Hayti to the United States, where he studied divinity, and preached for some time in Philadelphia. A few years later he went again to Hayti. where he was made attorney-general, which office he held at his death. He was the author of the Haytian criminal code, and published "Documents Relativeto the Kingdom of Hayti, with a Preface" (London, 1816)" " Memoir oil Slavery" (Philadelphia, 1818) . "Address on Education" (1818); and "Hay-tian Papers" (Boston, 1818).
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