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Reply to the Commander in Chief of the French Forces in Italy. THE laws of honour and of duty compel me to defend, to the la t extremity, the place entrusted to me.
I have the honour to be, with perfect esteem and consideration, Sir,
(Signed) LE COMTE CANTO D'IRLES.
(A true Copy.)
The General in chief (Signed)
BUONAPARTE. Mantua, July 20, 1796.
Resolution of the Council of Five Hundred, on the 8th Thermidor,
( 26th July) respecting Mandats. *HE last quarter of the price of the national domains sub
seribed for, shall be paid in mandais, according to their current value, in the manner and at the periods hereafter fixed.
II. The currency of the mandats thall be declared daily by the treasury: the executive directory thall proclaim the average of the five preceding days, and shall address this proclamation to each de pariment, which shall immediately transmit it to the receiver.
III. Each payment shall be regulated by the receiver, according to the last currency which shall have been proclaimed, and the seceiver shall be obliged to close his register every day, immediately after the last payment shall have been registered.
IV. Of the 4th quarter a discount of ten per cent. shall be made on the houses which, in execution of the law of the 6th Floreal, have been valued feparately.
Arret of the Executive DireEtory, an the 8th Thermidor ( 26th July.) THE executive directory having heard the report of the mini
Considering that the maritime armaments of the French Republic have required levies of seamen in the ci-devant Belgium, as well as in the other united departments, and that those levies cannot be attended with all the success which there was reason 10 expect, on account of the enormous bounties for enrolment, which the Batavian government seemed to grant to the Belgians and the Liegeois; and that by virtue of the general dispositions of the resolution of the executive directory, of the 12th Germinal, 4th year, which permits the sailors of the Maese, and of the other rivers that open into it, to man the ships of the said Republic.
The executive directory cancel their resolution of the 12th Germinal, in the 4th year, which authorises the ministers of the marine and the colonies to expedite passports for such Belgic or Liegeois sailors, as wish to serve on board the ihips of the Batavian Republic, and charges the minister of the marine and the coJonies with the execution of the present resolution. This present resolution shall be printed. (Signed) CARNOT, president.
LAGARDE, secretary gen.
Resolution of the Executive Directory of the 12th Thermidor, (Fuly:
30) fourth Year of the Republic, respecting the Western Departments. THE
HE Executive Directory, finding it expedient that the de
partments of the west, formerly infelted by the chouans, and subject to the military governinent, should enjoy the benefits of the constitution,
Resolve as follows: The state of siege is raised in all the communes of the departments of the west, who had been subjected to it in execution of anterior resolutions of the Directory.
The ministers of the interior, of general police, and of Finances, are charged with the execution of the present refolution, which shall be printed. (Signed) REVEILLIERE LEPEAUX, president,
LAGARDE, secretary general.
Paris, 13 Thermidor (July 31 ) 4th Year
of the French Republic. The Executive Directory to Citizen Buonaparte, Commander in Chief
of the Army of Italy. THE
HE Executive Directory, who cannot but praise, Citizen
General, the indefatigable activity with which you combat the enemies of liberty ; the Exccutive Directory, who participate with all the good citizens, with all the true friends of their country, with all the sincere republicans in the admiration which the great military talents you display do inspire, and which give you a juít claim to national gratitude, fee with indignation the efforts which libellers, under different masks, are daily making to millead the public. and to fecond the enemies of our country, by rumours which can have no other end, than to dilleminate dissention among the friends of order and peace. The Directory see with indignation the perfidy with which those confederate libellers have dared to attack" the loyalty, the constant fidelity of your Vol. V. 1
services; and they owe to themselves the formal denial which they give to the absurd calumnies which the necessity of fostering malignity has made them hazard, by accounts which tended to prove a stimulus to the Directory to read their productions.
Some, avowed royalists, flatly circulate a falsehood; others, calling themselves prime patriots, but pursuing the same end, com. ment upon it, and eke it out in their own way, under the pretence of combating their pretended antagonist. Both parties are thus at work to stop the progrefs of order, which is establishing; both second the enemies of the revolution; both wilh to low discord, and to disorganize the armies; both with thus to sport with the good faith of their readers, of those who afford them sublistence, and indecently present to thein, as facts, accounts which are nothing but the fruit of a disordered imagination.
No, Citizen General, never have the friends of Austria been able to prepossess the Directory against you, because the friends of Auftria have neither access to, nor influence over the Directorys because the Directory know your principles, and your inviolable attachment to the Republic. No, never has your recal been the question ; never have any of the members wished to give a succeffor to himn who fo glosivusly leads on our republicans to victory. The libeller, who would feign to be your defender, dares assert that he knows the intrigues hatched against you, and of which some money affair was only the pretence : who affuming a virtue not his own, dares add, that delicacy made him pass in silence events which would only have made our enemies laugh; such a man imposes upon, such a man deceives the public, and is evidently unworthy their confidence. If this well-informed man, who, like hiş fellow calumniators, wishes to give himself an air of importance, pretending to know all the secrets of state; if this man knows of an intrigue of such a nature as he states, let him discover it; let him make it known to the Directory: it is important enough; it has, no doubt, sufficient interest for the public welfare. The march of our arınies--for him who can bring it to light, not to dispense himself from denouncing it to those whom it is destined to lead into error. But the silence of that man, his silence, which will be his condemnation, will open the eyes of the public respecting the confidence they ought forthwith to give to his infinuations. You poffefs, citizen general, the confidence of the Directory; the services you render every day entitle you to it; the confiderable fums which the Republic owes to your victories, prove that you at once occupy yourse!f with the glory and the interests of your country; all the good citizens agrce on this point: you will not find it difficult to consign the boasts and calumnies of the rest to the contempt they from themselves merit, and still more from the spirit which dictates them. (Signed) REVEILLIERE LEPEAUX, president,
LAGARDE, secretary general.
Proclamation issued at Copenhagen by the French Minifter, Citizen
of the French Republic, one and indivisible. IN conformity to a resolution of the Executive Directory, every
Frenchman resident in Denmark, from principles which are not rejected by the laws of the French Republic, and who, not having taken the oath of allegiance to any other government, wishes to preserve the rights of citizenship, and the advantages of national protection, is obliged to appear before the minister of the Republic at Copenhagen, or before the French conful whose residence is nearest to his own abode, to legitimate his quality of citizen, and have his name inserted in the protocol prescribed by the faid resolution. He must also conftantly wear the French national cockade. Every one who does not fulfil this double ftipulation, will not be considered as a Frenchman, nor shall he, in any case, have a claim to the good offices of the agents of the Republic.
The minister plenipotentiary of the French Republic with
Dresden, July 30. THERE has been published here, both in French and German,
the following state paper : His most ferene highness, the Ele&or of Saxony, has taken no part in the present war, as a principal belligerent power. As a co-estate of the empire, and in that character only has he fulfilled those obligations which the Germanic conftitution ima posed on him as a duty; and his Electoral Highness, being fully impressed with the wish of seeing the miferies of this defolating war terminated, has often endeavoured to accelerate a pacification by his vote in the Germanic Diet; and by other means. These are'facts of public notoriety.
The measures which are dictated by the present state of things, and by the precaution of his Electoral Highness, agree with the principles which he has uniformly manifefted. He will in no respect deviate from them; and the resolution of collecting a corps of his troops on the frontiers of his territories, and those of the circle of Upper Saxony, which are now fo contiguous to the theatre of war, will prevent any misunderstanding with respect to his motives.
In order, however, that no doubt may remain on this subject, his Electoral Highness has thought proper hereby expressly to declare, that the assembling of those troops has no other object than to cover his territories, and those of the other states of Upper Saxony, agaipit all foreign violence.
They are, of course, mere measures of defence, unconnected with a design of acting offensively with them against any power, beyond the skirts of his territories, and of those of the said circle, whose first prince heis. Given at Dresden, July 26, 1796.
By his moit ferene highness the Elector of Saxony's
most gracious and special command.
Republic, one and indivisible.
Government of St. Domingo, to the Minister Plenipotentiary of the
inform you of the delegation which the Executive Directory have made us of their powers, by virtue of the CLI V article of the new French constitution. We are to exercise them to their discharge in this colony; and that the important authority with “which we are vested, may turn to the utmost advantage of the people under our government, we think it our duty to make use of every means which circumstances afford to minds desirous of doing good, and anxious solely for its attainment.
If the endeavours of the late French Ambassador had but a partial success, it was owing to a series of events infeparable from a great revolution, the colonists in Paris had a momentary influence; but the deceptive illufion, with which they had surrounded the government, diflipated as a vapour, and the Legislative Body, as well as the Executive Directory, pronounced themselves
, in a molt decisive tone, against those external enemies of the principles of France, and of its sacred laws.
An active correspondence between you and us appeared to us well calculated to attain this end. It was the frequency and the intimacy of the communication between the last commiflion to St. Domingo and your predeceffors, which at that time most contributed in frustrating the infamous plots of our emigrants, in preventing their arm. ing against this colony, and in neutralizing the effect of their ma.