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Senate, not agreeing to this summons, passed to the order of the day, refusing to occupy itself on it till 10-day.
In the mean time 21 members of the Senate retired, and declared to the Government that they gave their consent to the law, such as it was.
According to the constitution, the Senate did not consist of a fufficient number to deliberate; in the mean time, a number, nearly equal to those who opposed it, joined on the 20th Thesmidor, in the morning; and, after a very animated discussion, in a secret committee, declared they could not adopt it, and separated peaceably.
The Executive Committee, supported by all the Grand Council, a great part of the Senate, and the whole nation, did not stop at this partial opposition. It chose 35 legislators, who are to remain, among whom are some who opposed the inealure.
They proceeded in the evening of the 20th (August 8) to the nomination of eight members, who are to be taken from every part of Helvetia: they are the Citizens Schmidd, national prefeet of the canton of Balle; Ruttiman, national prefeet of the canton of Lucerne; Fulli, ancient magistrate of the canton of Zurich; Schuler, ancient magistrate of the canton of Schwitz; Wittenbach, a man of letters of Berne, and ancient magistrate; Lang (clu Valais), of the administrative chamber; Sacei (de Belinzona), ci-devant chancellor; Berrenschwand, president of the administrative chamber of Fribourg.
To-morrow it will be occupied in the nomination of a new executive council.
The public tranquillity has not been disturbed for a moment. Not a single act of violence has taken place. Some patroles Have been ordered, by way of precaution; but there are no disorders to repress; and the ordinary course of affairs has experienced no interruption.
August 9. All the troops in garrison in this commune are on foot. Numerous detachments passed through this place yesterday and last night. Good order has constantly prevailed. We observed that the strongest of the detachments kept themselves, during the 'whole sitting, near the Councils. The hall of the Council was shut yesterday afternoon: we are affured it was by order of the Executive Committee.
The seven members of the new Executive Council have been named; they are the Citizens Frisching, Savary, and Dolder, ex-members of the Executive Committee, and Zimmerman, of the Grand Council; Glayre,, of the Executive Commission; Schmidd, national prefect of the canton of Bille; and Ruttiman, prefect of Lucerne.
Order imposing a Contribution on the Circle of Franconiai THE *HE General in Chief requires the states of the circle of
Franconia, occupied by the French army, to pay into the office of the paymaster-general of the arıny the sum of lix millions, as a war contribution.
The payment to be made within a month of this tiine by inftalments every fix days.
The sums already paid during the campaign, in virtue of requisitions formerly made by the General in Chief or his lieutenant-generals, thall be deducted from the amount of the said contribution.
Bills of exchange upon France, Helvetia, Holland, Frankfort, and Hamburgh, thall be received in payment of this contribution, but only in the proportion of one third.
This order will be rigoroully executed, and the General in Chief declares, that in default of payment by the states of the circle of Franconia, cvery fix days, he will have recourse to diftraining and hostages. The members of the government shall be responsible for any delays that may occur in the payments.
The Commissary General is charged with the execution of this order, and the generals of the army shall aslift him by force of arms. Done at the head-quarters, Augsbourg, July 19. The General in Chief, (Signed),
Official Communication made by the Batavian Directory to the Legif
lative Body on the 4th of Auguft. Citizens Representatives, As it has long been the first wifh of suffering humanity to see
the deep wounds inflicted by war healed by a peace, which has been obtained by the glorious fuccesses of the French arms in the plains of Marcngo, aided by the no less fortunate events which have happened on the banks of the Danube, which, in the first instance, produced an armistice between the two armies, we have now the satisfaction of announcing to you the important news, that on the evening of the 29th the batis of the preliminaries of peace between the French republic and the House of Austria was signed at Paris. This peace will at least put an end to the horrors of war on the continent. We hasten to communicate this happy intelligence to you, and doubt noi, like every friend to humanity, you will participate in our joy, as it holds out the well-grounded expectation that Europe will at length be freed from the scourge of war, and the people reitored to their
former enjoyments. If our own country does not by this means recover all its losses, they will henceforward be greatly mitigated,
Health and respect.
General Augereau to the Magifirates of Frankfort.
Head-quarters, Hæchft, Aug. 7. I AM informed that attempts are made to spread alarms among
the merchants of Frankfort, on account of the presence of the French army in the environs of your city. Please to assure them that order, tranquillity, and the most facred regard to property, thall be scrupuloully observed; and that I pledge my honour they may attend to their business with the most perfect security.
I salute you, &c.
Article published by the Danish Consul at. Hamburgh.
Copenhagen, Aug. 16. AS S the public opinion and judgment might be too easily mil
led by premature rumours respecting the occurrence with his Majesty's frigate the Freya, which now engrosses every body's attention, we may this day announce, with pleasure, that the said occurrence has hitherto occasioned no hostile act or measure on any part, but that it is only the subject of ministerial discuffions, and there is reason to hope that it will have no farther prejudicial consequences, either to our trade or the security of our navigation.
Answer of the Senate of the City of Frankfort to General
Monsieur the General in Chief, Frankfort, Aug. 19. THE letter with which you honoured us on the 29th Ther
midor (Aug. 17), in order to silence the alarm which began to be noised abroad respecting the presence of the French army, affords a new proof of the vigilance with which you watch over the security and freedom of commerce, which your answer fully and unequivocally confirms.
We make no doubt but that foreigners, in reading your de. claration (which we have taken the liberty to make public), will replace the distrust they appeared disposed to harbour by the mot thorough confidence; and we entreat you kindly to accept the affurances of gratitude which the inhabitants of our city feel for you, and of which they have charged us to be the interpreters. We have the honour to be, with profound respect, Your very humble and very obedient servants, The Burgomaster and Magistrates of the
Free Imperial City of Frankfort.
Arrest of the Editors of the Censeur at Hamburgh. THERE have been various accounts of the arrest of the edi.
tors of the Censeur; but the following, which has been directly received from Hamburgh, contains details that are altogether new :
« For a long time past, the editors of the Censeur, a journa} which enjoyed a considerable circulation in the north of Germany, were unrestrained in their attacks on the French government. They generally censured with the utmost severity the existing abuses in the republican system; they misrepresented with the groffest partiality the most justifiable actions, and set no bounds to virulence and calumny. But the moment of explanatign at length arrived, and Citizen Bourgoing demanded, in the name of his government, the apprehension of the editors,
6. On the evening of the 21st of July, the magistrate presiding over the police of the city, sent for Messrs. Bertin d'Antilly and de Mesmont, both suspected of being the editors, and asked them repeatedly if they acted in that capacity. M. Bertin made no anfwer, but M. Mesmont candidly avowed that he had a share in the conduct of the print. In consequence of this avowal, the magistrate ordered them to be taken into custody, and seals to be put upon their papers.
« In the mean time, M. Moravieff, the Ruflian minister, was informed of the transaction, and having fent for the magistrate and inquired into the cause of their apprehension, was apswered, that they had been arrested in pursuance of the requisition of the French minifter.
• M. de Moravieff replied-Ist, That M. Bourbo not residing at Hamburglı in any public character, the politici not have admitted his requisition.-2d, That the prisoners not being any longer Frenchmen, in confequence of the dec209 which banished the emigrants for ever, M. Bourgoing, even if hd were accredited as a public character, had no right to demand their apprehenfion.--3d, That his master, the Emperor, having declared himself the protector of the virtuous and unfortunate, among whom
the the prisoners were ranked, he, M. de Moravieff, demanded that they should be released ; and, mould his demand be refused, that he and the whole of the Russian legation would retire to Altona, and immediately acquaint his court with what had passed.
« The editors are, however, still in custody ; and this diplomatic affair will, probably, be productive of much embarrassment to our little republic."
The Government Commission have ordered to be published the following
Letter from General Maslena, Commander in Chief of the French
Genoa, August 4.
SHOULD have been anxious, Citizens Governors, that the
circumstances in which I am now placed would perinit me to go to Genoa. I should have reviewed, with the most lively interest, that city, for ever memorable for the heroic constancy with which its inhabitants have endured the privations of every kind, during the time of the blockade, when the enemy directed their efforts almost as pointedly against that city, as against the army.
Never shall I forget, Citizens Governors, the generous efforts exerted by the Genoese people, as well for the assertion of their own independence, as for a cordial co-operation with the French troops. While I signify to them my grateful acknowledgments of their services, give them also to understand how warmly I with for the internal tranquillity and welfare of the country. In order to maintain that tranquillity, and the public liberty, I will devote those arms which I have fo often wielded for their defence.
Accept, Citizens Governors, the assurances of my high confideration.
Minister of the Marine.
Colonies, to the maritime Prefeets.
bety: withe French republic and the Dey of Algiers. They we: How at Algiers on the 21st of July, by Citizen Thionville, intrusted by government with the proper powers. The Dey has issued ord u to the vessels navigating under his flag, to respect that of t. French republic.
The First Consul directs me, in pursuance of this act, to cause the Algerine flag to be respected by the French navy. You will notify, in all the ports under your superintendence, the formal VOL. X.