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I testified to N-much astonishment that a man so refle&to ing as M. Degelmann should suffer himself to announce so “ paltry a declara ion."

Report of the Council of Five Hundred, on the 29th Brumaire,

(November 19.) THE report yesterday presented by Daunon, on the mode of

renewing a third of the convention, and on the mode of distributing the new de puties named by the departments, is a specimen of wisdom, impartiality, and the most deliberate refle&tions. He spoke upwaruis of iwo hours, and presented a number of confiderations appropriate to the subject, but which it is impollible to give in detail. The first question he considered was, whether, on the principle of the decree which unites Belgilim to France, the nine departments who took no fare in the last election, ought, on the ist of Germinal, to name the whole number of deputies whom they are authorised to chuse in consequence of the extent of their population? He referred to the conftitution, which determines that the legislative body shall be renewed one-third every year; in consequence 250 members go out on the ist of Germinal; if ci-devant Belgium should appoint the whole number of deputies in proportion to its population, it would send 22 ; the number of members to quit the legislative body wond in that case amount to 272 instead of 250, and the number of those renewed would exceed the third stipulated by the constitution. The reporter admitted that the department united 10 the Republic, from the moment of union, acquired an incontestible right to concur in the formation of the legislative body; but the union of Belgium is posterior to the convocation of the last electoral assemblies; the right of appointment could only apply to what had not yet been determined, and not to what had already been ascertained.

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Extract of the Process Virbal of the Sitting of the 10th Frimaire,

( November 30,) Official, THE Exccutive Directory admitted into the hall of its fittings

the Prince of Belmonte Pignatelli, minister plenipotentiary of the King of the Two Sicilies. He made the following speech:

“The King, my malicr,, orders me, Citizen Directors, to confirm to you his fentinents of sincere friendship and high con. uderation for the French Republic. The treaty we have just concluded will transmit them folemniy to posterity. Fulfilling

this honourable task, and fulfilling it towards you, whose movieration and wisdom are personally known to me, my mind looks joyfully forward, and forms the happiest presages for the general peace of Europe. May this peace foon reconcile folidly the grand interests of nations, and crown the wishes of humanity !"

The President, Barras, made the following answer :

* Monseigneur, the minister plenipotentiary of the King of the Two Sicilies, the Executive Directory has heard with satisfaction the affectionate sentiments you testify to it on the part of the King of the Two Sicilies. Affure him, Monseigneur the amballador, of a sincere friendship and attachınent. . This promise is inviolable; it is founded on sincerity, the first of republican virtues. Up to this time the victories of the French nation have attracted all the attention of astonished Europe. The Republic is known by its laurels and its triumphs only. In peace it will be still admired by the constancy of its friendship, and its fidelity in the cxecution of treaties.

“ The Executive Directory invites, by its wishes, that day of peace, that delightful day, when all the hoftile governments, after the example of the King of the Two Sicilies, abjuring their horrid system, will at length consent to extinguish the blood-gored torches of discord : and these wishes will be crowned, if all the ministers charged to bring about this general peace, bring into this honourable mission the sentiments and the zeal you have employed in re-establishing a good understanding between the two nations."

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Copy of the Letter from the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Lord

Mayor.
My LORD,

Downing-Street, ist December.
I TAKE the liberty of transmitting to your lordship a copy of a

letter which I have thought it my duty to write to the governor and deputy governor of the bank, and of the memorandum therein referred to, which it is their intention to lay before a court of proprietors this day, I have the satisfaction of thinking that the plan therein suggested is likely to receive the greatest countenance from many great mercantile bodies and respectable houses in the metropolis.

The repeated proofs which the citizens of London have given of their zeal and public spirit, leave me no doubt, that, if it appears likely to promote the interests of the country at this important crisis, it will receive their chearful support in their individual capacity, as well as that of the corporate body, and of the different public companies. It is unneceilary for ine to state

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pite effect which such an example would produee throughout the kingdom. With this view I would request your lordship, if Jou see no impropriety in the measure, to take as speedily as possible such steps as you may think most adviseable for bringing the subject under the consideration of the common council, and of the different public companies, and for ascertaining to what extent they may be inclined to contribute to the success of the plan, in the event of its receiving the approbation of parliament. I have the honour, &c.

.W. Pirt.

Copy of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Letter read at the Bank.

THAT under the present circumstances it seemed peculiarly Aeceffary that provision should be made for the services of the ensuing year, without having recourse to the accustomed way of railing money by a loan, at the present price of the funds. It was therefore in contemplation to propose to parliament that onefourth of the income of individuals of a certain class should be applied to that purpose, to be repaid according to the terms specified in the inclosed memorandum. There were strong reasons to believe that many gentlemen would voluntarily subscribe a larger proportion than what might be required of them, but the extent of contribution greatly depended on the examples that might be given, particularly on that which might be held out by the bank of England. He therefore earnestly hoped that the court of directors of the governor and company of the bank of England, and the proprietors, impressed with that zeal which they had always manifested for the public good, and convinced of the importance of the present crisis, would be induced to take the lead in a measure so highly conducive to the maintenance of public credit, and which would strongly tend to the acceleration of a permanent and honourable peace.

STATE PAPERS. The following is the Proposition made by his Majesly the Emperor and

King to the States of the Kingdom of Hungary in Diet assembled,

at Presburg. His Majesty the Emperor and King doubts not that the states

of this kingdon are sufficiently convinced, by the contents of his letters patent, with what afsiduous care he has made all the efforts which his folicitude dictated to him, to guard the different nations_submitted to him, as well as his hereditary dominions,

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and consequently the kingdom of Hungary, from the fury and the incursions of the enemy. Never have dangers inore immia nent threatened this kingdom than at the present epoch, when the French nation, having emigrated as it were from her dwellings, is seeking to prepare by an obstinate war, which it has undertaken four years ago, without any just pretence, the destruction of lawful governments, of the christian religion, and of all the nobility; and that with the design of being enabled, after having obtained that end, to overwhelm the more easily the other clafles of society with their tyrannical yoke. That nation, formerly fo famed for the gentleness of her manners, surpasses, at this moment, the most barbarous nations in cruelty, savage ferocity, and irreligion. We have before our eyes the most convincing proof of that barbarifm, both in seeing the French people themselves languish under the pressure of the evils which they have prepared for themselves, and in contemplating the ravages, the devastations, committed upon the towns and villages of the Germanic territory, and the sad and deplorable situation of fubjugated Italy.

In the mean time his Majesty has hitherto neglected nothing to check the audacity of that licentious enemny, and to comfort, as much as possible, his faithful subjects for the heavy burden of this disastrous war. His Majesty has been satisfied with the voluntary gifts of a great number of them, animated by the laudable example which the states had set in the diet of 1792, furnished by their own accord; his Majesty supplied himself with the exigencies of the royal treasure all the other expences of the war. All those free gifts, which shewed the zeal for, and the real love of the country, were far from being sufficient to check the boldness of the enemy, who felt himself impelled to make efforts still more considerable. However, his Majesty has never been dismayed, either by the issue of battles, or by the instability of affairs. He had an unfhaken confidence in the Hungarian nation, who, by their hereditary valour, had it always in their power to ward off all danger, and to force an enemny, who despises all divine rights, as well as those of humanity, to lay down arms, and to conclude a peace worthy of his Majesty's august house, and of his hereditary crown-a peace which that enemy has always haughtily refused.

His Majesty has not forgotten that it is solely owing to the bravery and loyalty of the Hungarian nation that the monarchy has been preserved, under the reign of his august grandmother, Maria Therefa, at the critical epoch of 1741 ; and on this account he has no doubt but the worthy descendants of those fupporters of the throne will preserve the dignity of his illustrious house with equal folicitude and energy, and rescue the country from the ruin with which it is menaced. It will be roused again,

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that ancient warlike spirit which fielded from so many hoftile enterprizes the crowns' of his Majesty's illustrious ancestors; it will exceed, by new exploits, the great hopes of his Royal and Apostolic Majesty, and the expectation of all Europe.

This is what his Majesty the Emperor and King wished to propose and communicate to the states, farther requesting thein io make the sole objects of their deliberations the means the most proper to ftrengthen at this moment the throne, the defence of the ancient constitution of the kingdom, the protection of the sights and privileges of the nobility, and the maintenance of holy Ieligion, against the machinations of the enemy, which tend to the fubversion of every constitution and every worship; and that, in consequence, they take a refolution which shall form another monument of the unihaken faine of fidelity towards the illustrious house of Austria, which their ancestors have acquired, and of that ardent love of the country and the constitution, which they have equally inherited of their forefathers.

In other respects his Majesty the Emperor and King is most graciously pleased to allure the estates of his royal grace and affection.

Resolution presented to the Emperor by the States of Hungary, in

Answer to his Majesty's Propositions. THE proposition addressed on the part of his Apostolic Majesty to the states furnishes them a fresh proof of the confdence which bis Majesty always reposed in the unshaken fidelity of his faithful Hungarian nation, in deigning to recolled and confirm the bravery which their ancestors have always displayed in fupport of the august house of Austria: his Majesty has given a farı her testimony of his paternal confidence, in representing to the grandees and the states in diet assembled, the magnitude of the danger of the present war, in which a destructive enemy threatens the hereditary kingdoms and provinces; the states, therefore, animated with the example of their ancestors, havę se folved fully to realize the expectation not only of the hereditary dominions, but of all Europe. The states, wishing to follow the footsteps of their ancestors, will neglect no means in their power to avert all future danger, and to compel the enemy to make a peace suitable to the dignity of his Majesty, and to the honour of the nation.

It is very fiattering to the states that his Majesty deigned not to question the devotion and the fidelity of which they have not long ago given assurances at the foot of the throne, when they made oath to facrifice their blood and their lives for his Majesty and the

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