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Addresses to the First Consul after his Return from the Army in Italy. ON being presented, the President of the Conservative Senate ad

dressed the Chief Consul as follows:

« Citizen Chief Consul, “We come to express to you how cordially we share the general joy at the new triumphs with which you have astonished Europe. It is particularly natural for those who are invested with the con. servation of the constitution, to feel the importance of these great events.

“ Every one of us, Citizen Consul, is proud to be the guardian of that constitution, when you so gloriously secure to the French people the high deftinies which they have merited by so much valour, so

many efforts and sacrifices.

You have fulfilled your promise, to render victory unnecessary by peace, or to command peace by victory.

We recollect with pleasure that our country is indebted to you for its safety ; that the republic owes to you its consolidation, and the people that happiness and prosperity which in one day you shall have established, after ten years of the most stormy revolution that ever took place.”

Citizen Jard Pauvilliers, President of the Tribunate, addressed the Chief Consul as follows:

“ The members of the Tribunate take the earliest opportunity to mingle their expressions of joy with the acclamations of public rejoicing, on the immortal campaign you have performed, and on your happy return.

ir Permit us to join the testimonies of our admiration of the exploits of the brave men who have so gloriously executed what your genius had planned.

“ The first part of the wish of the Tribunate is fulfilled. It is the presage of the accomplishment of the second*. You are returned conqueror; you are about to be the pacificator of Europe, and the benefactor of mankind, as you are the glory of the French nation."

At one the prefect of the department, the secretary-general, the counsel of the prefecture, the twelve mayors of Paris, and their adjuncts, repaired in procession, and in grand costume, to the consular palace, where, on being presented by the Minister of the Interior, the Prefect spoke as follows:

* Before the departure of the Chief Conful the Tribunate had expressed the formal with, " That the Chief Consul might return a conqueror and acificator."

General

« General Consul, " In the history of the world we find that the most celebrated victories, splendid calamities for the conquerors, were always attended with protracted misery to the vanquished. The cotemporaries of the conqueror turned from him, and the most remote posterity will weep his blood-stained laurels.

“ It belongs to you, General Consul, to create a new kind of glory; to render your triumphs dear to surrounding nations; to combine their unfading remembrance with the blessings of ages; to give them as an example to the heroes, who, like you, ihall be called to defend the independence and the happiness of their country. " It is for

peace

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you have never ceased to fight and to conquer; it was for peace that you have twice conquered Italy. It was given to you to rally all parties at home ; abroad, to triumph over the greatest captains; to be at once conqueror and pacificator, and at a period of life when men love glory for its own fake, to support it only for the happiness of your age.

“ With what pride does France hear even her enemies, in some measure, taking credit for their defeat, and indulging the hopes of a speedy peace by the interesting expression of their admiration and esteem, and by wishes for the welfare of the conqueror!

“ Enjoy, General Consul, enjoy the adoption of all Europe ; you do not belong only to France. There are men of whom the whole world has a right to be proud.

Yet, happy beyond all cities, Paris in future is to have the honour of possessing you., Certain of your return, so anxiously desired, her walls re-echo with public joy; and we, magistrates, witnesses of her happiness, organs of her gratitude, if we are unable to offer you laurels worthy of your glory, can at least present you wishes worthy of your affection.

“ Every one of our fellow-citizens blesses with us the chief magistrate of the republic, who, for the accomplishment of its glorious destinies, is about to give peace to Europe, and to restore France to the universe."

Substance of the alleged Plan of a Royalif Conspiracy at Paris. THE HE counsellors of state, Chaptal, Champagney, and Emery,

appointed to inquire into the royalist conspiracy, mention the following circumstances in their report:

The royalist committee which directed the conspiracy resided at Paris, from whence it corresponded with England and the interior of the republic. The persons who coinposed it were Hide the elder, known in the correspondence under the name of Paul Berri Dubois, a well-known character, who directs every thing, and has the entire confidence of princes; and Frand, who performed journies from Paris to London. This committee was organized before the 18th Brumaire. At this period Hide and Frand were at London, arranging the plan for an attack against the Directory. The 18th Brumaire fufpended these measures : but they were afterwards' resumed, Hide organized the conspiracy at Paris, under assurances of allistance from the English minister. He bribed the journalists, he entered into a correspondence with Pichegru and Lan, he deceived the English government with regard to the fate of France, and represented the inhabitants as enger for the restoration of monarchy; he prefled the Count d'Artois to put himself at the head of the insurgents of the Welt; he laid plans for getting poífellion of Brest, and he organized a small army at Paris, the command of which he intrusted to the Chevalier de Joubert. The correspondence with England became more frequent. Vauxnoir and Dandreville went to the British government to press the adoption and ensure the execution of the plans determined on. The royalists returned in crowds, from the idea that Bonaparte wished to restore royalty.--The committee voted all its attention to the following objects: 1. To push the war of the West with activity. 2. To feed it by disembarkasions. 3. To place Pichegru at the head of the royalists of the Weft. 4. To get poffeffion of Breft according to the preconcerted scheme. 5. To bring over the Count d'Artois and the Duke de Berry. 6. To seduce the military; to deceive the people; and to render Bonaparte odious by journals, by proclamations, and by hand-bills. 7. To rob the treasury. 8. To promise peace the moment royalty fhould be restored, and to assure the purchasers of national duinains of their safety.' 9. To organize a small army in Paris, under the command of Joubert.

At the moment the prince landed, they were to have disorganized the police, assassinated Bonaparte and his colleagues, and to have dispatched couriers to every part of the republic with the intelligence that royalty was restored, and that the people were intoxicated with joy. The agents of the committee, however, who were at London, experienced delays on the part of the Eng. lith minister, the army of the West talked of peace, the republican army became stronger and stronger every day, and the chiefs of the insurgents laid down their arms. Thus vanished the hopes of a set of brigands and affaffins, ferocious enemies of their country, and base deceivers of foreign nations, as to the state and dispositions of France.

Hide defrayed the expenses of the conspirators, which amounted to 100 louis-d'ors a month. This money was fupplied by the English minister, who employed an agent to transact business for him, under the name of Alexander the Great! All those concerned in the plot assumed false names in their correspondence : they embezzled the public money to a very great amount: they forged passports, and thus facilitated the journies of their agents to foreign countries, and through different parts of the republic.Duperron was to have raised insurrection in Paris; and the confufion was to have been rendered general by others excited in the country. Twelve thousand men were to have been collected at the distance of ten leagues from Brest. Forged" orders were to have been sent to the commander at Brest, to march all the

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troops from the town, to oppose a threatened invasion of the enemy at a distance; and the royalist army was then to have taken possession of the fortifications. The telegraphs were to have been destroyed, and the port immediately opened to the English fleet. Proclamations would then have issued in the name of the king, and three millions of copies of these distributed among the people. Monsieur at the head of 12,000 Russians was to have landed as soon as poffible, and to have consolidated these advantages by concentrating the different commands by sea and by land in his own person.

Translation of a circular Letter from the Admiralty to all the Officers

commanding Vessels belonging to his Britannic Majesty. WHEREAS, in consequence of the communication which we

have made to the Right Hon. Henry Dundas, one of his Majesty's secretaries of state, of a letter which the Board of Transport has received from Citizen Otto, commissioner for the exchange of French prisoners, to inform it, that the minister of the French marine had announced by circular letters, in all the ports of France, that in future the English fishermen should not be taken by any French ship of war, unless they should be armed, or discovered to have made signals of communication ; Mr. Dundas has notified to us the intention of the King, that the orders which had been given to the commanders of his Majesty's ships, to take French and Dutch fishermen, and their veflels, should be revoked for the present, and that the said officers should be enjoined to treat the said French and Dutch fishermen in the same manner as before the publication of the said orders. In consequence, we require you to conform to the intentions of his Majesty. (A true copy.)

The Commissioner of the French Government

for the Exchange of Prisoners, (Signed)

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Al of the Consulate.
The First Conful to the Alinifer of Justice.
T'IE.Confuls have received, Citizen Minifter, the last report

of the
means satisfied. The particular office which you had charged
with the duty of preparing the report of the commission, has
Ahown an example of partiality. The commillion proposes to
erase the names of fome emigrants, who not long lince were in
arms against the republic; the government is therefore obliged to
order a new report. Dilmiss the Citizen Le Page; he has thown
himself to be unworthy of your confidence. Present to the go.
vernment, in the course of the next decade, a new plan for the
formation of your ofhces. Retain there none of those who were
members of the first office; they poffefs not the public confidence.
Let your office, in particular, be filled by men who are just,
steady, and of tried integrity. Let them underltand, that the in-
tentions of the government are, not to shut the door against the
applications of such individuals as may have been victims to the
ineoherency of the laws respecting emigration ; but to be ever in-
exorable with respect to those who have shown themselves to be
the enemies of their country. It belongs to you to watch over the
execution of the laws. Do not present, for the signature of the
First Consul, any act which they condemn.

(Signed)

BONAPARTE.

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Minijier of Police.
Copy of a Letter from the Minister of General Police to the Prefeil

of the Police. I

DIRECT you, Citizen Prefect, to fee removed from the

walls of Paris the placards of a pretended prospectus of the College of Navarre.

If the fanaticism of an intolerant fedt be permitted to corrupt the source of public opinion, and to excite in the hearts of our young citizens dangerous ferments and religious diffenfions, in vain would the government endeavour to bring back all parties to concord : time itself could not establish that internal peace which the blessings of our republican institutions thould secure to us, and in future generations men would still continue tu destroy each other in the name of Ileaven.

The police ought to direct the public opinion with more propriety, and conttantly lead it back to the maxims avowed by rea. son and philosophy.

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