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certificate shall be produced, within fix months from the date of the bond, under the hand of the British conful or vice-conful refiding at the port or place at which fuch goods or commodities fhall be landed; and if no vice-conful fhall be there refident, then under the hands of two known British merchants refiding there; and if no British merchant fhall refide there, then under the hand of the chief magiftrate of the place, teftifying that the faid goods have been all duly landed at that port or place.
Provided alfo, that nothing herein before contained fhall be conftrued to licence the exportation, fale, fending, fupplying, or delivering of, or in any manner to relate to any arms, ordnance, ordnance ftores, gunpowder, bullets, pitch, tar, hemp, mafts, timber, fail-cloth, cordage, faltpetre, or any naval or military ftores whatsoever, nor to relate to any store or article whatsoever, intended for the ufe of the armies, troops, fleets, fhips, or veffels of the enemies of his Majefty; or any articles which are specially prohibited by any other act or acts of parliament, other than the acts before mentioned, to be exported, fold, fupplied, or delivered, as aforefaid; or in any manner to affect the provisions of any other act or acts of parliament; or to licence or authorize the feveral acts, matters, and things aforefaid, further or otherwise than as the fame might be affected by the feveral before-mentioned acts of parliament.
Provided alfo, that every perfon who fhall take the benefit of this licence and authority, fhall take the fame upon condition, that if in cafe of any proceeding, civil or criminal, under the provifions of any of the acts herein before mentioned, or any thing alledged to have been done contrary thereto, any question thall arife whether the thing done was authorized by the licence hereby given, the proof that fuch thing was done under the circumstances, and according to the terms and conditions of this order, fhall lie on the perfons claiming the benefit hereof.
And his Majefty, with the advice aforefaid, is hereby further pleased to order, that this licence and order fhall remain and be in force and effect until the 25th day of December next enfuing, unless the fame fhall be fooner revoked.
And the Right Honourable the Lords Commiffioners of his Majefty's Treasury, and the Lords Commiffioners of the Admiralty, are to give the neceffary directions herein, as to them may refpectively appertain.
Proclamation ifjued at Frankfort on the 3d September 1796, by General Duvignot.
THE general of brigade, Duvignot, commanding at Frankfort, informs the inhabitants, as well as the strangers and merchants who vifit this city upon mercantile business, that they may depend upon the most perfect fafety, and that the report of the pretended retreat of the army of the Sambre and Meufe, circulated by the malevolent, is totally unfounded. This army is advancing again vigorously, and the army of the Rhine and Mofelle has completely defeated the enemy, and entered Munich on the 30th ult.
Frankfort, 17 Fructidor, (Sept. 3,) 1796.
The general and commandant of Frankfort,
Decree of the Council of Five Hundred, of the 6th September, 1796, refpecting the Amnesty.
1. EVERY profecution begun, or to be begun, every action, purfuit, and judgment, on account of offences committed on occafion and during the courfe of the revolution, up to the 4th Brumaire, 4th year inclusive, are extinguished and annulled, civil action for reftitution being still referved.
II. The ci-devant French emigrants, and those against whom transportation has been pronounced, are alone excepted from the general amnesty introduced by the preceding article.
III, Every time an individual fhall be fued in judgment for a fact prior to the 4th Brumaire, the point fhall be afcertained whether it was connected with the revolution. In the cafe of the affirmative, the amnefty fhall be applied; in the contrary cafe, the instruction fhall be followed out.
V. The party accused may have action to have the judgment annulled, when the amnesty is refufed. And the commiffioner of the Directory shall have the faine privilege when the amnesty is mifapplied.
V. Offences pofterior to the 4th Brumaire fhall be profecuted according to the rigour of the laws, under the penalty of forfeiture.
Refolutions of the Common Council of Newcastle, relative to the Emigrant Priefts.
AT a fpecial common council, held here this day, for the purpofe of taking into confideration the beft means of providing for the accommodation of the French ecclefiaftics, about to be removed from the island of Jersey to this port.
It was unanimoufly refolved,
That it appears to this body, that the cafe of thefe unfortunate exiles is truly deplorable, and that their fituation calls for every. attention which humanity can fuggest.
That their removal into the interior parts of the country is highly expedient, and particularly recommended by government, ho allow a reasonable fum for the expence of their removal, and for their maintenance.
That a committee be appointed to provide proper dwellings, and other neceffary accommodations for them; and that fuch committee confift of the right worshipful the Mayor, Sir M. W. Ridley, bart. and the other Aldermen, the Sheriff, and the other members of the common council, and of all who thall be difpofed to give their affiflance to this charitable work.
That it be earnestly requested of the noblemen, gentlemen, clergy, and other inhabitauts of this town, and of the adjoining counties of Durham and Northumberland, to communicate to the committee their fentiments on the means which appear most con~ ducive to the end propofed, and leaft burdenfome or inconvenient to thofe parts of the country where thefe unhappy perfons shall be received; and to give information of any vacant buildings which may be converted into dwellings for them: and that all written communications on the fubject be addreffed to Sir M. W. Ridley, bart. M. P. Blagdon, near Newcastle.
N. CLAYTON, town clerk.
Proclamation of the Emperor.
BY the increafing and urgent neceffity of profecuting this expenfive war with vigour, his majefty the Emperor fees himself constrained to demand extraordinary fupport from his fubjects, in order not only to keep off an all-defolating enemy from his frontiers, but also to obtain by force a peace fo long defired in vain. But his Imperial Majefty conftantly directing his thoughts towards treating his beloved fubjects with all poffible lenity, and choofing always fuch means as are the leaft burdenfome, expects that every good fubject, equally convinced of his duty, and of the preffing exigencies of the state, will ftrive to alleviate thofe wants by contributions, voluntary and proportionate to their means, in money,
money, grain, horfes, oxen, common clothes, linen, leather, irun, fteel, lead, and arms.
Vienna, 18th Septemver.
Proclamation of his Royal Highness the Archduke Charles to the Inhabitants of the re-conquered Districts of the Germanic Empire.
Head-quarters at Windecken, Sept. 11, 1796.
WHEREAS the enemy, in their prefent retreat from several countries and diftricts of Germany, have carried with them. feveral perfons as hoftages, on account of contributions by them ordered, and partly left unpaid; and whereas fome cities or districts might really feel a difpofition to pay the arrears of fuch contributions, in order to liberate their fellow-citizens,
We, as commanding general, field-marshal of the Emperor and the Empire, for ourfelves, induced, by the advantage which might arife to the enemy from it, to remind the people in a general way of the Imperial edicts promulgated to that end in the Empire, and the proclamation of the commander in chief of the Emperor and the Empire, founded upon it, and to forewarn earnestly every body not to fend off any fuccours in ready money, nor in bills of exchange, nor in any other manner, either to redeem the hoftages carried off by the enemy, or for their relief, as in cafe of contravention to thefe prefents, the fums deftined for that purpofe fhall not only be confifcated, agreeably to the laws exifting, but as all thofe who fhall make fuch payments, or fhall co-operate to that end in any other manner, thall be inevitably fined to double the amount, and, according to circumftances, put under arreft, or brought to fome other marked punishment.
Letter from the Executive Directory of the French Republic to the Minifter of War.
THE reforms already determined by the Executive Directory in the war department, have informed you, citizen minister, of its intentions to reduce, without delay, all expences in this department, but fuch as are abfolutely neceffary; and it obferves, with the most lively fatisfaction, the efforts you daily make to fecond its views of economy.
It appears, by the accounts that you have given to the Directory upon the different branches of your adminiftration, that the fervice of your offices, including the war-office, may be made after the fuppreffion already ordered in the armies of the interior,
and the fimplification which may be introduced in the mechanif of your labour, with a third of the officers now employed.
The most preffing reform, citizen minifter, appears to us to refpect all thofe employments not abfolutely neceffary. From fuch a reform, it follows, you will be able to make an excellent. choice of fuch as remain; that it will be easier to pay them; that you will have a right to exact more affiduity from them; that there will be more connection in their operations, and more difficulty in indulging the fpirit of diffipation and intrigue, which is the fource of diforganization, venality, and injuftice; that, laftly, being confined within narrower limits, you will obtain more ease for communications, more union in your labours, and a more active vigilance. The refources of the citizens will become lefs difficult; and, in fine, you will be able to let buildings to the nation, which will become ufelefs to yourselves.
This meafure may occafion a ftill greater diminution of the expences of the officers, and you will do well in this refpect to prefent the amount of the expences after the new system is adopted. You will likewife do well not to accommodate any one from this time, on any pretext, with either horfes or coaches but, on the contrary, to oblige those who fhall have obtained them, to return them into the depots of the Republic.
Citizen minifter, the Directory invites you, with refpect to your choice of perfons to be employed, to confult only the public good, and to lay afide every perfonal confideration. Talents, republicanism, conftant attention to the conftitution of the third year, and good conduct, are the only titles which should determine your choice, and it is only to merit you will have a regard, not to recommendations, from whomsoever they may come, but to the individual fituation of the candidate, as may be more or lefs unfortunate with refpect to their families, or the fervices they fhall already have rendered the Republic.
In requiring you, citizen minifter, to fhew yourfelf rigorous and inflexible in remedying every abufe, the Directory would at the fame time be juft; it is better that reform thould be carried on gradually with refpect to thofe to be deprived of their employments. The Directory, therefore, authorifes you to preserve their falaries to them for the fpace of three months, in order to give them time to feek fome other means of existence, and for the purpose of avoiding a too fudden fuppreffion, and too immediate interruption of habitual labours: that the first reform should be made on the aft Brumaire next, and the other in the course of the fame month..
This firft reform, citizen minifter, is fundamental, and all the others, which are forced by the neceffity of a rigid economy, fhould be conducted upon the fame principles. The Executive VOL. V.