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Directory will inform you of all its ideas and firm resolution upon this subject.
Citizen minister, it is the intention of the Directory, that from this moment all the territory of the Republic, comprising in it the countries united to it, be put upon the footing of the most profound peace; that the number of troops in the Republic be reduced to the simple garrisons of the fortresses, that the service of the interior be discharged solely by the national gendarmerie, and the fedentary national guards ; that the whole furplus of force be sent beyond the frontiers, or united to the triumphant armies; they will complete the defeat of our enemy, deaf to the voice of humanity and their own interests. All the troops of France thall live at their expence; all the calamities of war fhall be transferred to their territories, until they please, at last, to accept the just and moderate conditions which we have not ceased, and which we will not cease, to offer them. With respect to the interior, it is the intention of the Directory, that even the slightest veitige of military regime should be. no longer feen; it is their intention that the constitutional order should be uniform throughout the whole extent of the Republic; that the citizens should approximate, by the cares of agriculture, the relations of commerce, and the love of the arts; it belongs to them to prepare repose and songs of victory for our immortal defenders on their return.
The minister of general police will powerfully concur in obtaining this object, by the complete organization of the stationary national guards, in which he busies himself with ardour, and the citizens will easily feel the necessity, in a free ftate, of defending themfelves, and consequently that every one will perform the fervice of a national guard punctually, zealoufly, and joyfully. • Haiten, citizen minister, as much as you are able fo desirable an object, suppress these numerous eftablishments, these partial administrations, which were made necessary, which a war, begun with enthusiasm, created without method, without uniformity, and multiplied beyond pieafure.
Finally, place rapidly, and yet without violence, all the branches of your administration in that regular state which they are to preserve during the long peace, which, without doubt, will foon fucceed that terrible yet glorious conteft fuftained by a free people against the fanguinary multitude of their enemies, (Signed) REVEILLIERE LEPEAUX, president,
LACARDE, fecretary general. 23 Fructidor, ( 9 September. )
Proclamation Proclamation of the National Assembly of the Batavian People against
the Importation of British Manufactures.
The National Assembly, representing the Batavian People, to the
Batavians, Health and Fraternity, THE "HE British minister issued on the 3d of this month a royal
proclamation, by which “ the free navigation of Great Britain to the United Provinces is granted, as well as.the exportation of all kinds of merchandize, except military and naval ammunition, provided they be exported under a neutral flag.” France, however is excepted. This is an artifice which the Datavian people see and properly appreciate-a lure which they disdain. Have we not sketched to the eyes of all Europe, in our manifesto of the 2d of May of ihe present year, the perfidious traits of the conduct of this faine minister? Did we not evince in the most evident manner how this minister completed his want of faith, when on the flight of the laft Stadtholder he seized more than a hundred ships richly laden, and several ships of war; when, deaf to every representation, he dared to appropriate this booty; when, by false adviccs, he enticed into the English ports several ships which were then at sea ; when, violating the rights of nations, and considering as nothing the most folemn treaties, he changed the protection which he had promised, into a declara, tion of good and legal capture of the Dutch ships; when he endeavoured to get poffeffion of our colonies in the most traitorous manner; when he effectively established himself in several of our most important possessions; when he furnished money to the unnatural epigrants, who were more influenced by love for the Orange party than for their country, and whom he continually excited to come and tear down the standard of liberty in their own country, and to walte it with fire and sword? In a word, is not the British minister the sworn enemy to the well-being of the United Provinces, and is not he furious that the Republic still exists? Let him delude himself with the artificial calculation of the consequences of the present measure! Let him imagine that his lure of the love of gain may either open a source of finance, or in case the Batavian Republic disdain it, may low discord, inflame the fpirit of party, and alienate the hearts of the people from the legitimate government! But your representatives, 'Oh, Batavian people! are and will remain, notwithstanding, faithful to their destination; they will not engage in a measure which would render the most essential service to the enemy of the nation, check the wife and great project of their grand ally, and retard that peace which is the objects of our withes.
The Englih people are on the eve of awaking, and of forcing the minister to accept an equitable and speedy peace. To avoid carefully every thing that may prolong the most terrible war of which history makes mention, is our most sacred duty: and so spare no means that may haften the moment of a peace suitable to the interells of the Batavian people, of their faithful ally, of the British nation jiself, and of humanity-such is our most serious object.
The momentary arivantage of the few must not be balanced against the well-being of the public, the well-being and prosperity of the public which you wish, fellow - citi
, citizens, is our principal object. We know that the British minister at this moment wants specie and circulating capital. He has wasted millions of money and rivers of blood; the present measure evinces his einbarrassinent. The glorious victories of the French have shut up several ports against the English, and will ihut up still more, England, on the other hand, is full of her manufaclures, of pillaged merchandize, particularly of those articles with which our rich ships returned from the East Indies have furnished him. The British minister must besides make at this period his usual contracts in the Baltic for the maintenance of his marine, and for the supplying of his other wants; and without drawing upon the Dutch merchants, it appears, that he could not fucced in this.-Good faith, Batavian glory, feel all your dignity!
What Batavian heart is not filled with indignation, on confidering, that the enemy of our country would offer us for sale those rery effects which he has robbed us of so shamefully? And is it permitted to us to hesitate a single moment, in confoling ourselves for this loss of gain, and in frustrating the grand obje& of this eņemy? Citizens, his object is no other than to exchange for money innumerable British merchandize; the faculty of being able to dispose of the price of these purchases to his own advantage : to put an end to the juft murmurs of the English people ; to prolong the war, and, above all, to excite the indignation of the French Republic, which the proclamation excludes from the free navigation. It is, therefore, in virtue of all these motives, that we have thought proper to determine upon what follows, as we do determine by these presents.
Article 1. It hall not be permitted to import into the United Provinces any British manufactures whatever, any British mer. chandize in general, and particularly any effects, of whatever nature they are, which proceed from the effects laden on board the Mips of the East India Company, seized or carried to Great Britain, in any manner, or under any pretext, whether the faid eflects coine directly from Great Britain, or by any other channel.
2. Upon the importation of all effects of this kind, they fhall be firft confiscated to the profit of the Batavian people, and
deposited deposited in proper magazines, in order to remain there in depot, and not to be sold until it thall be ulteriorly deinanded on the part of the Batavian people.
3. All persons who may have participated directly or indirectly in such importation, or who may have favoured it, or to whole consignment such effects may have been addressed and expedited with their knowledge, 'hall be not only responsible, independently, and besides cuntiication of the effects, but shall be proceeded against before the judye of their domicile, as having entered into a connection with the enemy to the ruin of the country, in case it appears, that after the promulgation of the present proclaination ihey have had any knowledge of it, and have not informed the office of convoys and licences within twenty-four hours, or have not informed the administration of the place where they dwell.
4. It is also forbidden, under the same penalties, to the inhabitants of this Republic to accept or pay any bills of exchange drawn from Great Britain.
5. The exact execution of our present serious resolution is confided to our committee for the affairs of the marine, with the particular injun&tion to neglect no means to watch over such an importation, with the authority to establish in the necessary places, either in the towns or in the flat countries, such extraordinary surveyors, receivers, or clerks, as they thall judge necessary, in order to fulfil our intentions.
6. The Committee for the affairs of the marine is qualified, in case of the seizure of the effects prohibited in Art. 1. to order de plano (without form of process) upon its responsibility, the confícation, and to effect the deposit in the necessary magazines, mentioned in Art. 2. In consequence, in this respect, the ordinary form of proceeding is suspended in cases of frauds committed with regard to the marine rights, and to every contravention of the placards issued on that subject, which shall remain
suspended with respect to those who Thall present themselves as defenders in the affairs above-mentioned.
7. The present proclamation Thall be published and stuck up, We direct and entreat the supreme authorities to make the necessary dispositions, in order that our prefent object may be duly effected; and more especially to direct all the municipalities in each province, to lend every assistance to the commiitee for the affairs of the marine, and to support it, against all opposition to the accomplishment of the duties impofed on our committee, by our present proclamation.
8. This proclamation shall be sent to the committees for the affairs of the marine, and for the East India trade, in order to serve as information and advice to them.
Done in the National Assembly at the Hague, Sept. 16, 1796, second year of Batavian Liberty,
(Signed) J.J. CAMBIER,
P. VAN LAERO
Copy of a Dispatch from Count Osterman, Chandelior to the Empress
of Ruflia, 10 M. Bulzow, Ruffin Chargé d'Affaires at Madrid, dated Petersburgh, December 25, 1795.
SIR, THE Empress was already informed, through the public prints,
of the treaty of peace concluded between Spain and the French, and the unpleasant sensations which this unexpected and disagreeable transaction had produced in her Imperial Majesty's mind, were grcally increased when this intelligence was confirmed by the minister of his Catholic Majesty. The Empress, however, has during the new connection which to happily fubfifted between her and his Catholic Majesty, met with too many opportunities of learning the true sentiments of that prince, not to be thoroughly convinced that 'the concurrence of the most imperious circumstances can alone have determined hiin to act in direct opposition to his principles. No doubt it has been for him a task infinitely hard, to enter into negociations with those, who with their own hands murdered the chief of his illustrious family, and to conclude a peace with those disturbers of the tranquillity and safety of all Europe. No one knows better than her Imperial Majesty to value and appreciate all the difficulties and obstacles, which his Catholic Majesty must have had to surmount, before he could prevail upon himself to adopt a measure, which to all appearance has been brought about through the most urgent neceflity, and the most threatening danger.
Her Imperial Majesty being at a loss to account for the motives which can have determined his Catholic Majesty thus to infulate his interest from that of the coalition, cannot but persevere in the opinion, that notwithstanding this sudden change, his Catholic Majeły will continue fincerely to interest himself in the success of the operations of the evangelic powers; and so far from throwing any obitacle in the way of the new measures which those powers may find it neceifary 10 pursue, rather support them by every means, which the system of neutrality he may, perhaps, think proper 19 adopt, does not preclude.
His Catholic Majesty cannot yet have forgotten the high importance of the cause for which the coalesced powers are contending--to restore order and tranquillity, to lead the nations back to a sense of their duty, and to thield all Europe from the most dangerous infection.-' hese are the inportant motives which have induced the coalesced powers to unite their counsels, and exert their joint efforts to render them triumphant.
It is for ihis purpose, that the three courts have just now, by means of a folemn 'treaty of alliance, strengthened the ties by which they were opited. Their reciprocal interest is therefore fo intimately connected and interwoven, and their determination fo