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treasonable purposes, have affassinated divers of his Majesty's faithful and loyal subjects, who have endeavoured, and threaten to assassinate others who shall endeavour, to detect or suppress their treafun; and in further prosecu:ion of their designs, have endeavoured to deter his Majeity's loyal subjects from enrolling themselves under officers commissioned by his Majesty for the defence of this kingdom, during the present war, by maiming and destroying their cattle, and by assaulting and wantonly wounding one person, avowedly because he had enrolled himself, and by threatening assassination against all persons who should fo enroll themselves; and in further prosecution of such their purposes, have, by felonious and other illegal means, endeavoured secretly to procure ammunition and other warlike stores, and particularly, that several evil.disposed persons lately broke into one of his Majesty's stores in the town of Belfast, in the county of Antrim, and thereout took and carried away ten barrels of gunpowder.

And whereas we have also received information, that on Tuesday the ift of November inst. a considerable number of armed men, associated in the aforesaid treasonable conspiracies, entered the town of Stewartstown, in the county of Tyrone, and cut and maimed several of the peaceable inhabitants of the said town, who had refused to join in their allociations, and who had agreed to enroll themselves in the corps under officers to be commissioned by his Majeity, for the preservation of the public peace, and for the protection of the kingdom against foreign invasion.

And whereas we have also received information, that in further prosecution of the said treasonable purposes, many large bodies of men have assembled, and arrayed themselves, and marched in military order, and with military music, through several parts of the said districts, under pretence of saving corn, and digging potatoes, (though they far exceeded the number necessary to be employed in such service) to the very great terror of the loyal and faithful subjects of his Majesty.

And whereas such treasonable outrages have caused wellgrounded alarms in the minds of his Majesty's faithful subjects, and are of the most dangerous and pernicious tendency.

Now we, the Lord Lieutentant and Privy Council, being determined to maintain the public peace, and to afford protection to all his Majesly's loyal subjects, and immediately and effectually to exercise all powers with which the constitution has invested us for these purposes, do forewarn all persons of the danger they may incur, and, on their allegiance, charge them to delift from such treasonable practices.

And we do hereby ftri&tly charge and command all mayors, Meriffs, justices of the peace, and other peace officers, and all officers civil and military in this kingdom, and all other his


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Majesty's loving subjects, as they tender their allegiance to his Majesty, and their own safety, to use their belt endeavours to prevent, and where that cannot be done, to discover and bring to justice those concerned in the aforesaid practices; and to prevent and disperse all treasonable, seditious, or unlawful assemblies; the necessary orders having been already illued to the several officers of his Majesty's forces in this kingdom, to be aiding and affisting to the civil magistrates in the execution of their duties for that purpofe.

Given at the council chamber in Dublin, the 6th day of November, 1796.

RECAPTURE OF CORSICA. The Commisioner of the Executive Power with the Army of Italy at

the Alps to the Executive Direttory.

Leghorn, Brumaire, (no date) 5th year. CITIZENS DIRECTORS, AS S soon as the dispositions which the English were making to

evacuate Corsica became known, General Gentili took the resolution to send there the General of Brigade Cazatte, with the 28th division of the national Gend'armerie. He set out on the 26th Vendeiniaire, (O&tober 17) in stormy weather, and notwithstanding the very close cruize of the Englith near Leghorn, and on the coasts of Corsica, found means to throw himself into the island on the 27th Vendemiaire, (October 18.)

On the following day he was joined by a very considerable number of native patriots, and with this force he rapidly marched against Bastia, where he arrived on the morning of the 29th, (O&. 20.)

Master of the heights, and strongly supported by the citizens of the town, he summoned the English, who still occupied the fort, so surrender within an hour's delay. Their number conlifted of three thousand men. They had some fhips in the road, which threatened to thunder upon the city, but the fear of having the passage to the sea cut off, accelerated their flight. They rushed in confusion on board their thips, when General Cazarte bore down upon them with the forces he had collected. He fucceeded in taking between eight and nine hundred prisoners, among whom is almost the whole regiment of Dillon, consisting of emigrants. He took from them a great part of their magazines, which they were not able to embark.

Master of Bastia, he marched the day after, with two pieces of cannon, againit Fiorenzo, which the English likewife had poflellion of then. They found the defiles of St. Germano

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guarded guarded by the enemy, which, after a smart resistance, were forced, and in spite of the fire of two ships directed upon the road which led to the city, the republicans succeeded in seizing them, took part of the garrison prisoners, and captured several mortars and pieces of cannon, which the enemy were not able to spike.

The squadron, which is still in the gulph of St. Fiorenzo, Tetired out of the reach of cannon, and the viceroy, with troops whom he saved from Bastia, fought refuge at Porto Ferrajo.

The garrison of Bonifacio were made prisoners by the Republicans.

i know that the chief of battalion, Bonelli, with a great number of patriots, marched against Ajaccio, but I have not as · yet received the report of the events which may have taken place in that quarter.

General Gentilli, with all the Corsican refugees who still Temained on the continent, failed last night; and though the English have a great number of cruizers out to intercept our paffage, I hope he will be so fortunate as to reach the place of his destination.

I expect to set out in three days for Bastia. As soon as I shall have arrived, I shall take care to give you a more circumstantial account of the situation of the country, as well as of the measures

I shall 'deem it proper to adopt for the maintenance of good order.

It is certain, that the English are in want of provifions; that their ships are not well manned, and that their whole army is in the most deftitute condition.

Greeting and Fraternity!


Bulletin of the Army of Italy. DEPUTIES from the department of Corsica have arrived at head quarters, and announce, that the patriots of that department, for a long time in a majority, after having driven away the English from the two departments, and particularly from that of Seamore, have also rendered themselves masters of Bastia and Ajaccio, which the English have evacuated. The French General

Cazatte, who had embarked at Leghorn, at the head of the gendarmerie of that department, and who had received orders from the general in chief to put himself at the head of the patriots, landed at Cape Corsica, and arrived at Bastia time enough to prevent the English from embarking their artillery.

A warm


A warm firing took place at the embarkation of the English at Ajaccio, who, to revenge themselves, fired cannon upon the

The isle of Caproga is again occupied by the Genoese. General Gentili has also sent thither a French detachment to reinforce the garrison.

General Massena has made a reconnoitre in force upon the Peava, and has obliged the enemy to remove all their posts be. yond that river. He took some husfars,

General Vaubois having perceived that the enemy had passed the Levis, proceeded with his infantry, dislodged the enemy from all their posts, and forced them to repass that river.



Extract of the Bulletin of the Army of Italy.

Head Quarters at Verona, Brumaire 233,

(Nov. 13.) fifth year. THE general of division Gentili, commander for the Republic of Corsica, has made himself master, at the head of a column of light troops of that department, of the important height of La Mortela, which has obliged the English Aeet to evacuate the gulph of St. Fiorenzo.

Three English ships of war have been burnt in the harbour of Ajaccio.

(A true copy.) The general of division, chief of the general staff.



Office of the Minister of General Police. The Minister of the General Police of the Republic to the Commissioners

of the Executive Directory with the Central and Municipal Administrations of the Departments of the Republic.

Paris, 22 Brumaire, (Nov. 12,) 5th year. THE law of the roth of Brumaire, which prohibits the impor,

tation of merchandize manufactured in England, or confined to the English trade, delivers, citizens, into the hands of the public functionaries charged with its execution a powerful weapon with which they may personally combat and force our foreign enemies to make a peace ; if the fplendour of victory does not accompany their labours, they may at least share in the

glory glory of the defenders of their country, and, like them, acquire the proud conviction of having contributed to consolidate liberty, and to lay the foundation of public happiness.

Such, citizens, are the ideas which ought to animate you in exercising the special fundions which that law delegaies to you; such are those you ought constantly to prefent to the members of the administrations near which you are placed, so that the latter, cager themselves to accomplish so noble an object, may regulate their vigilance by that continual energy, and that unshaken rigour, without which the will of the law cannot be fulfilled.

Tell them, citizens, that even then, when they think they exercise a rigorous office over thofe unto whom they adininiiti, they only exercise a paternal act; for it is not only in this instance that the general interest exacts a sacrifice from the private interest, but private interest, well-guided and enlightened by wisdom, insposes upon itself a momentary loss, to secure for the approaching regeneration of commerce, and its full developement, greater and less precarious resources of wealth and prosperity.

Let the administrations immediately charged with the interests of the citizens, and, endowed with their confidence, render familiar all those truths which malevolence or error alone can contest; let them rouse in every mind that patriotic pride which scorns to be tributary, in any point, to an hostile people; in fine, let them zealously profit by this extraordinary state of things, to emancipate entirely the national commerce from fuch a degrading slavery, which is less the result of a real fuperiority on the part of our rivals than of daitardly indifference on our own parts. By these means they will display in our industry a falutary revolution, which our political change ought necessarily to effect, but which depends on them to accelerate and to render complete; by so doing they will also have fulfilled the principal object of administrative police, by preventing transgressions, because they will no longer have occafion to arraign before the tribunals any persons but those in whom the voice of duty and that of interest Thall not have been powerful enough to conquer a sentiment of enmity to their own country:

May those degraded Frenchmen engross all the vigilance of adminiftration, and its just severity! Without them, without their covetousness, it would have been sufficient to thut the channels of importation by a prohibition in general terms. But the legislative body foresaw, that there was no barrier, which the thirft after gain, and the desire of gratifying luxurious inclinations, which are the more violent in certain minds, because they militate against the laws and the welfare of the Republic, would not attempt to force. It is therefore necessary, that those who may have eluded the vigilance of the custom-house officers, may not likewise escape the eyes of those whom the law enjoins to warch,

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