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Order of the Day of the nith Brumaire.

The General in Chief, Brune, to the Army.
Comrades,
FROM the moment the Executive Directory entrusted me with

the command of the army of Italy, I applied myself to relieve all your wants, and every day your confidence and my zeal have made new progress. A witness to your generous devotion, I burnt to conduct you to the field of glory. If ill-advised kings are weary of peace, this advantage is reserved to General Joubert. I shall applaud your success, wishing that the word Victory may echo on the banks of the Texel.

(Signed) BRUNE,

Extract of a Letter from Citizen Fleury, Conful of the French

Republic at Bucharest, dated the 23d Fructidor (Sept. 29). SELIM III. has dispatched into all parts of his dominions,

firmans, declaring war against the French republic, and announcing, that the Sublime Porte has requested the assistance of Ruflia. This union of the Porte with its natural enemy is a political monstrosity at which the inhabitants of this city loudly express their astonishment.

In consequence of the declaration of war, and by orders from the Porte, I have been arrested, and confined in a monastery, where I must wait the decision of my fate, respecting which there are different opinions. Some think that I shall be sent to Constantinople, to share the lot of Citizen Ruffin, whilst others believe that, after a few months detention, I shall be permitted to return to Paris. There are others still who entertain conjectures of a more alarming nature. I am resigned to either event; and in every situation I shall maintain an appearance becoming a republican.

Army of England. 24th Military Division.

PROCLAMATION. Barthelemi François Berguinot, Commandant of the Departments of

the Dyle, of Jemappe, and of the two Nethes, to the Inhabitants of the Canton of Malines and the neighbouring Communes.

Citizens, THE *HE sacred tree of liberty has been cut down on the spot. The tricoloured flag has been torn down. The prisons have been The sanctuary of the laws has been violated,

and

thrown open.

and the archives which it contained burnt and destroyed. The
republicans have been assassinated, and frightful scenes are passing
under your eyes. These are nevertheless the inhabitants of Bela
gium, who have thus despised the laws of the French republic.
Whatever may be their senseless project, whoever have been the
perfidious agents who incite them, I declare the place of Malines
in a state of liege, as well for the purpose of preventing the effects
of this dreadful insurrection, as to grant protection to the peace-
able inhabitants against all attacks of the ill-disposed. I direct
in consequence that the well-difpored retire peaceably into
their houses after night-fall, unless they should be provided with
lights. Those who Thall be found without them shall be conducted
to the commandant of the gendarmerie. I consequently require
that the municipal administration of the canton of Malines shall
cause the prefent proclamation to be printed, published, and
posted up in both languages, to the number of two thousand co-
pies.
Head Quarters, Malines, the ift Brumaire,

7th year of the French republic, 22d of
October.

(Signed)

BERGUINOT.

Buonaparte, Commander in Chief, to the Pacha of Cairo. THE intention of the French republic in taking possession of

Egypt has been to expel the Mamelukes, who were at once rebels against the Porte, and avowed enemies of the French government.

At this moment that she finds herself mistress of it, in consequence of the signal victory obtained by her army, her design is to secure to the Pacha of the Grand Seignior his revenues and his existence.

I entreat you, therefore, to assure the Porte, that it Mall ex. perience no loss, and that I shall take care it shall receive the same tribute which was previously paid to it.

(Signed)

BUONAPARTE.

Arrété of the Executive Directory, on the 8th Brumairé (Oct. 29). THE Executive Directory, in consequence of the report of the

minister of foreign relations, observing that the squadrons, privateers, and ships both of England and of Ruflia are in a great measure equipped by foreigners ;

Seeing moreover, that this violation is a manifest abuse of the law of nations, and that the European powers have taken no Steps to check it, decrees :

Art.

Art. I. That every person, either native or originally from the countries in amity or alliance with France, or in a ftate of neutrality, who is bearer of a commission granted by the enemies of France, or who composes a part of the crews of the ships of war or others belonging to the enemy, thall, by virtue of this act alone, be declared a traitor, and treated as such, without his being permitted, in any cafe whatever, to plead that he was compelled into such service by force, threats, or otherwise.

Art. II. The Executive Directors of the Batavian, Ligurian, Cisalpine, and Roman republics, shall be informed of such threat.

Art. III. The provisions contained in the first article shall be notified to neutral, and to the powers allied with the French republic.

Art. IV. The minister of foreign relations is charged with the execution of the present arrêté, which shall be published in the bulletin of the laws.

(Signed) TREILHARD, President.

LAGARDE, Sec. Gen.

Arrété of the Executive Directory. THE Executive Directory, desirous of determining the mode in which its arrêté of the 8th of Brumaire is carried into execution, has resolved as follows:

Art. I. In execution of the 3d article of the arrêté of the Executive Directory, of the 8th of this month, the allied or neutral powers shall be invited to adopt the necessary measures to recall within a certain fixed time those seamen of their respective nations, who are actually employed on board ships and other vessels belonging to England.

Art. 11. The ambassadors, ministers, and envoys of the republic with the said powers, shall receive peculiar instructions on this subject.

Art. III. The epocha of the execution of the arrêté of the 8th Bruinaire shall be fixed by a subsequent arrêté.

Art. IV. The minister for foreign affairs is directed to attend in concert with the minister of the marine to the execution of this present arrêté.

PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS.

IRISH PARLIAMENT.

Speech of his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant from the Throne,

on the 16th Jan. 1798, at the Meeting of Parliament. My Lords and Gentlemen, 1 HAVE his Majesty's commands to assemble you in Parliament

at this important period, and to resort to your deliberation and advice.

When I reflect on the tranquillity which attended the late general ele&ion, I have just ground to believe that the wisdoin and firmness which were manifested by the late Parliament were felt and approved by the nation at large, and that your conduct will be actuated by similar principles in defence of our happy constitution.

It must have given you great concern to learn that his Majelly's endeavours to restore the blessings of peace have been again frustrated by the desperate ambition of the French government. I have his Majesty's commands to lay before you his royal Declaration, and the various papers which passed in the course of the late negotiation, in which the magnanimity and moderation of his Majesty were so eminently displayed, as to leave no pretext or colour for the insidious conduct and fallacious ftatements of the enemy

His Majesty relies with confidence on the spirit of his people of Ireland, who are fenfible of their duty to their God, their sovereign, and their country. He knows they are incapable of being intimidated by any threats, or deluded by any offers; and he implicitly depends on the valour of his regular and militia forces, the active loyalty of the district corps, the courage of the nation, and the prowess of his fleets and armics, for defeating every hostile attempt which may be made on this kingdom.

The late fignal victory of Admiral Lord Duncan over the Dutch squadron, achieved on their own coasts with such prafessional skill and heroic gallantry, has not only added fresh lustre to the glory of his Majesty's navy, but has given new strength and security to all his Majesty's dominions.

Gentlemen

Gentlemen of the House of Commons, I have ordered the public accounts and the estimates for the ensuing year to be laid before you. I lament that additional burdens are still neceffary, in order to maintain the honour and fecurity of the empire in the present exigency; and although from the state of preparation in which this kingdom stands, some of the demands of former periods will not recur, yet I fear the general expense of the ensuing year will not admit of any confiderable reduction. When you reflect on all you have to preferve, and all you have to expect from the enemy you have to combat with, I doubt not the fupplies will be cheerfully granted. I fall endeavour, on iny pari, that they shall be faithfully applied.

My Lords and Gentlemen, In consequence of the afidresses of the Houses of Lords and Commons in May last, I directed immediate and vigorous measures to be taken for represling disaffection in the northern parts of the kingdom, and for restoring security and confidence to the loyal and well-disposed; the effect of which has been manifested in the return of subordination and industry in that quarter. Other attempts have since been made by the leaders of the difaffected in some parts of the midland and southern distries with too much success, and emissaries have been employed, and publications have been circulated by them, to revive religious animofities, and to open prospects of plunder, by which means the lower classes have been excited to commit acts of the most horrid outrage and barbarity. I have to lament that the diligence and activity of the magiftrates, though assisted by the troops which have been ordered into that part of the kingdom, have not yet been able entirely to put a stop to those disturbances. Constant vigilance and unremitting exertions continue to be necessary when all means are tried to excite the people to rebellion and revoltwhen a systematic plan of affailination is adopted and encouraged, and when the most audacious attempts are made to impede and prevent the administration of justice.

Amidit your exertions for the defence of the kingdom, I muft not omit to recommend to you not to relax your attention to its commerce, its agriculture, and its manufactures, and especially to that of the linen ; nor will your liberality be less conspicuous in continuing that protection to the Protestant charter schools, and the other charitable institutions under which they have so long flourished.

His Majesty has coinmanded me to declare to you, that his firin resolution is taken in the present arduous contest. He will not be wanting to his people, but with them will stand or fall

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