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municipal agents, and all the civil functionaries of his district. He fhall correspond directly with the extraordinary committee.
6. The present impofts shall be maintained, as already established, for the 8th year. The committee ihall, in future, be at liberty to create new ones with the formal consent of the Consulto,
7. All the public functionaries are bound to remain at their polt, and to continue their services under the authority of the provisional government, until it shall be otherwise ordered.
The Commander in Chief of Lombardy to the Milanese.
Milan, 28th Prairial, June 17. AT
T the same time that the battles of Montebello and Marengo
gave rise to the convention which was signed yesterday, the castle of Placentia, pressed on all sides, capitulated, and the 1200 men, who formed the garrison, surrendered prisoners of war.
Here follow the articles of the capitulation, which are in the usual terms. The garrison were to march out with the honours of war, and to be allowed to retain their baggage, &c.]
Order by Moreau, imposing a Contribution on the States of the Circle
of Franconia. THE Commander in Chief requires the states of the circle of
Franconia, occupied by the French army, to pay to the receiver-general of the army the sum of six millions of livres as a war contribution. The payment of the above sum to be made in one month from this day ; one third every ten days. The sums already paid during the present campaign, in consequence of requisitions already made by the Commander in Chief, or his lieutenant-general, Thall be deducted from the above sum. Accepted bills of exchange upon France, Switzerland, Holland, Frankfort, and Hamburgh, are to be received in payment of this contribution, but only in the proportion of one third. The above-mentioned delay is the utmost that will be granted ; and the Commander in Chief declares, that if the inhabitants of Franconia do not pay this contribution regularly every ten days, recourse will be had to military execution, the taking of hostages; and the members of the government shall be personally responsible for any delay that takes place.
The commissary-general is charged with the execution of this order; and the generals are to assist him with their troops if neceffary. Head-quarters at Augsburgh, the 19th June.
(Signed) MOREAU. E 2
Speech of Benjamin Constant in the Tribunatı, 22d June. TRIBUNES, I join my homage to that which your coinmittee
has so justly rendered to the immorial army of Italy. I join my sorrow 10 that affecting regret which it has expressed on the loss of the intrepid and modeit Deifaix ; but I urge the necessity of manifesting, with ftill more force, the national gratitude, the universal gratitude of all the friends of humanity, for the deliverance of those Italian patriots, the deplorable remains of the vengeance of royalty, feudal power, and priesthood. After two years of a shameful proscription, crushed by every species of ty, ranny, the butt of every species of persecution, they come from their dungeons, to prove, as it were, to republicans, that their cause is never desperate, and that miracles arise when miracles are necessary for their deliverance. Happy presage for those prisoners of Ireland, whom a timid senate have given up to England, in violation of the rights of nations, and the French uniform, but whom the Ægis of liberty and the fortune of liberty will no doubt protect*. Certainly I wish to celebrate this grand act of justice, this duty of fraternity, this republican payment, this debt of the French people, discharged by the first magistrate of the republic at the head of our defenders. Glory then to that magnanimous army which has crossed the mountains, vanquished the elements, and overthrown the last enemies whom an exhausted coalition had at great expense collected against France! Glory to those republican proclamations which have made resound in our ears the language of liberty, equality, of the sovereignty of the people ; a language worthy of heroes, but which some impious voices would drown in vain clamour ! Health to those honourable victims of the foundeft cause, proscribed illustrious, whom the destiny of the republic calls from the depth of dungeons to teach us memorable lessons !
The Nore of Benjamin Conftant in the Moniteur. Some have thought that by ihis phrase I asserted the independence of Ireland, and that I thought France would lavish her blood and treasure to obtain it. They will see, on reading my fpeech, how unfounded is such an interpretation. Every thing that can weaken England appears to me, no doubi, at this moment, delirable for my country. Every thing that can lecure the independence of nations, appears to me to be useful to liberty ; but I did not wish to touch upon this important question. I wished only to raise my voice for the life of the two officers in the service of France, delivered up to England contrary to the right of nations, and with respect to the carrying off of whom my censors have forgotten that the First Conful has manifested the most lively indignation. Read the letter of the First Consul to the senate of Hamburgh. I thought that in the midst of songs of liberty, Humanity should raise her voice in behalf of unfortunate republicans; and as I feel a profound conviction that in doing so I have only done my duty, I find no difficulty in consoling myself under a cenfure' which I have often braved, and will continue to braye.
My colleagues, the army of Italy has conquered peace, for 1 cannot suppose new insults will be offered to a nation always invincible. At the approach of this wilhed-for peace, the clouds which fitted on our horizon are going to vanish. At its approach, this rear-guard of the republican army, the purchasers of national doinains are filled with confidence: they begin to feel secure that their properties will be in future sacred and indefeasible. Peace will secure the private rights of citizens : peace will consolidate the representative system, and the rights of the people. Peace, bringing with it the indispensable liberty of the press, will restore to reason its native force, to the enlightened man the hope of being useful to its glorious independence.
Ancient Europe, then regenerated, will be proud of possessing in its bofoin the most perfect of free governments, and France will be able to present to her youthful rival beyond the seas, the formidable association of 30,000,000 of citizens; of 600,000 heroes, and of names consecrated to national veneration, like those of Franklin and Washington in America. I move that mention be made in the message of the national satisfaction on the deliverance of the Italian patriots.
[The Tribunate adopted the proposition, and ordered the above speech to be printed.]
The Cammiffary of the Austrian Government published the following
Notification on the 25th June, at Ancona. HIS Imperial Majesty, ever animated with those generous sen
timents which have induced him to spare no sacrifices to rescue the territories of the Holy See, has resolved to restore the illustrious Pontiff, Pius VII. to the full posseflion of his authority; he therefore hereby gives notice to all the magistrates and officers, established under the Austrian civil commission, that they are henceforth to act according to the orders they shall receive from his Holiness.
(Signed) ANTONIO DE CAVALLAN,
Proclamation at Jaffa, relative to the Asasination of General Kleber,
published by the Grand Vizier, 28th June. The Grand Vizier and Generalissimo of the Sublime Porte, to the Offin
cers and Soldiers of the French Army in Egypt. Frenchmen, N assassination has been committed upon the person of your
Commander in Chief, and by the most atrocious of importures it is imputed to the Ottomans, under the pretext that the 4
afsallio was a Mussulman and a Jani Tary. But what interest have we in fuch a crime? Of what utility can the death of Kleber be to us? His place is filled by another general, as that general's would be by a third. The existence of one individual more or Jess cannot influence the lot of Egypt. But Kleber had as many enemies in France as in Egypt. He had given his opinion againit the invasion of this province, and the majority of the thinking part of his troops hail adopted it. Others saw him with pain at the head of the army: they dreaded his return to France, and the Teports he would make there : they found it was useful to destroy hiin, and convenient to accuse the Sublime Porte.
Frenchmen! fuffer not yourselves to be seduced by a calumny as impudent as absurd. It is among your countrymen that you must search for the true authors of the assassination of your general. It is upon them you are to take vengeance for his death, if you lament his loss.
Article relative to the English Expedition to the French Coaft. The Mayor of the Commune of Ise d'Yeu to the Sub-prefect of Des
Ile d'Yeu, July 1. ON N the 26th of last month there appeared in our road an Eng
lith squadron, composed of a ship of the line and two frio gates. As soon as they were at anchor, a flag of truce was sent from the Commodore's thip, and landed two officers, who, having been introduced to the commune-house by the commandant of the national guard, delivered to the mayor a letter, which is subjoined. You will fee that its object is an injunction to the magistrates to furnish to the squadron the quantity of cattle pointed out, with water and other refreshments. The magiftrates acquiesced with this demand. The English General demanded fifty oxen ; but upon a representation of the small number of these upon the island for labour, he took only thirty, and 100 sheep. The whole were paid for. This morning the enemy, the number of whom was yesterday evening increased by three ships of the line, under the orders of Admiral Warren, set sail, and they are at this moment out of sight, steering for Belleille.
Order sent to the Mayor, &c. by the Flag of Truce. You are ordered to furnish to the thips of his Britannic Majeíty at this anchorage, water, and such live stock as they require, at a price that shall be agreed on between the parties. Given under my hand on board his Britannic Majesty's lhip Canada, in the road of Itle d'Yeu, June 27. (Signed) DE COURCY.
You are further ordered to shut up all houses where wine or spirits are sold, to prevent the accidents which may result froin drunkenness.
(Signed) DE COURCY,
Captain of the Canada.
Letters relative to the Want of a British Agent for Prisoners at
Amsterdam. Sir, BEING a passenger in the Dolphin packet, taken some time
ago by the French, justice obliges me to return my sincere thanks to Sir Robert Barclay, whose friendly exertions to serve all the passengers must ever leave the warmest impression of gratitude on their minds.
Enclosed I send you a copy of a letter from the French consul at Amsterdam, in reply to one that Sir Robert wrote to him in behalf of the captain and crew of the Dolphin ; which letter throws some light on the situation of our countrymen, prisoners there.
The greatest humanity, friendliness, and attention to the unfortunate, was displayed in the conduct of Sir Robert Barclay, to whom I think it but just thus publicly to return my sincere thanks.
I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
BENJAMIN Wilson. London, Thursday evening, Aug. 21.
Amsierdam, 14 Melidor (July 3). I received the letter with which you honoured me yesterday, respecting the Dolphin packet-boat, taken on the 10th Mesidor, in the North Sea, by the privateer the Bonaparte of Dieppe, commanded by Captain Pollet, and on board of which you were a passenger.
You request me, if it coincided with my duty, 10 release the packet-boat and crew, and you pledge your word of honour that an equal number of French priloners, detained in Britain, fhall be set at liberty in exchange.
I must own that such an arrangement would prove equally advantageous to the seamen of both nations, whom the chances of war have deprived of their liberty; and you are well aware that, in the neutral ports, the consuls or commillaries of the belligerent powers are authorized, reciprocally, to deliver up to each other, upon granting their respective receipts for the same, such prifuners as may be brought into their district. There would, therefore, be no difficulty in my acceding to your request of setting your countrymen at liberty, if the British government had in Batavia any agent appointed to receive the British prisoners carried