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revolution, we should have accepted the offers which they incessantly repeated to join to the French army an arıny of listy tlousand men, to entertain them at their own expense, and to advance to France the specic of which she stood in need.

But have we ever seen those fifty thousand soldiers who were to join our army as soon as the standard of liberty should be displayed in Belgium ? IIave we ever seen thosc treasures which they were to count into our hands? Can we cither accuse the sterility of their country, or the penury of their trcasure, or the coldness of their love for liberty ? No! despotism and anarchy, these are the benefits which we have transplanted into their soil. We have acted, we have spoken, like masters; and from that time we have found the Flemings nothing but jugglers, who made the grimace of liberty for money, or slaves, who in their hearts cursed their new tyrants. Our commissioners address them in this sort: “You have nobles and priests among you: drive thein out without delay, or we will neither be your brethren nor your patrons.” They answered : “ Give us but timc; only leave to us the care of reforining these institutions.". Our answer to them was: “No! it must be at the moment, it must be on the spot; or we will treat you as enemics, we will abandon you to the resentment of the Austrians.”

What could the disarıncd Belgians object to all this, surrounded as they were by seventy thousand men? They had only to hold their tongnes, and to bow down their heads before their masters. They did hold thcir tongucs, and their silence is received as a sincere and free assent.

Hare not the strangest artifices been adopted to

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prevent that people from retreating, and to constrain them to an union ? It was forcsccn, that, as long as they were unable to effect an union, the States would preserve the supreme authority amongst theinselves. Under pretence, therefore, of relieving the people, and of exercising the sovereignty in their right, at one stroke they abolished all the duties and taxes, they shut up all the treasuries. From that time 110 moro receipts, no moro public money, no moro means of paying the salaries of any man in office appointed by the States. Thus was anarchy organized amongst the people, that they might be compelled to throw themselves into our arms. became necessary for those who administered their affairs, under the penalty of being exposed to sedition, and in order to avoid their throats being cut, to have recourse to the treasury of France. What did they find in this treasury ? ASSIGNAT'S. These assignats were advanced at par to Belgium. By this means, on the one hand, they naturalized this currency in that country, and on the other, they expected to make a good pecuniary transaction. Thus it is that covetousness cut its throat with its own hands. The Belgians have seen in this forced introduction of assignats nothing but a double robbery; and they have only the more violently hated the union with France.

Recollect the solicitude of the Belgians on that subject. With what earnestness did they conjure you to take off a retroactive effect from these assignats, and to prevent them from being applicd to the payment of debts that were contracted anterior to the union !

Did not this language energetically enough signify


that they looked upon the assignats as a leprosy, and the union as a deadly contagion ?

And yet what regard was paid to so just a de. inand ? It was buried in the Committee of Financo. That committee wanted to make anarchy the means of an union. They only busied themselves in making the Belgic Provinces subservient to their finances.

Cambon said loftily before tlıc Belgians themselves: The Belgian war costs us hundreds of millions. 'i'heir ordinary revenues, and cven some extraordinary tax... es, will not answer to our reimbursements; and yet we have occasion for them. The mortgage of our assignats draws near its end. What must be done? Sell the Church property of Brabant. There is a mortgage of two thousand millions (cighty millions sterling). Ilow shall we get possession of them? By an immediate union. Instantly they decrccd this union. Men's minds were not disposed to it. What does it signify? Let us make them vote by means of money.

Without delay, therefore, they secretly order the Minister of Foreign Affairs to dispose of four or five hundred thousand livres (20,0001. sterling) to make the vagabonds of Brussels drunk, and to Imuy proselytes to the union in all the States. But even these mcans, it was said, will obtain but a wcak minority in our favor. What does that signify ? Revolutions, said they, are made only by minorities. It is the minority which has made the Revolution of France; it is a minority which has made the people triumph.

The Belgic Provinces were not sufficient to satisfy the voracious cravings of this financial system. Cambon wanted to unite everything, that he might sell cverything. Thus lic forced the union of Savoy. In

the war with Holland, he saw nothing but gold to seize on, and assignats to sell at par. * “Do not let us dissemble,” said he one day to the Committee of General Defence, in presence even of the patriot deputies of Holland, "you have no ecclesiastical goods to offer us for our indemnity. IT IS A REVOLUTION IN THEIR COUNTERS AND IRON CHESTS + that must be made amongst tho DUTCH.” The word was said, and the bankers Abema and Van Staphorst understood it.

Do you think that that word has not been worth

Ꭰ an army to the Stadtholder ? that it has not cooled tlie ardor of the Dutch patriots ? that it has not com. manded the vigorous defence of Williainstadt?

Do you believe that tlie patriots of Amsterdam, when they read the preparatory decreo which gavo France an exccution on their goods, --- do you be. lieve that those patriots would not have liked better to have remained under the government of the Stadtholder, who took from them no more than a fixed portion of their property, than to pass under that of a revolutionary power, which would make a complete revolution in their bureaus and strong-boxes, and reduce them to wretchedness and rays ? † Robbery

Tho san.c thing will happen in Savoy. The persccution of the clergy las soured people's minds. The commissaries represent them to us as good Fronchmen. I put thicın to the proof. Where are the legions? Howl thirty thousand Savoyards, - are they not armed to defend, in concert with us, their liberty ? BRISSOT.

Portefcuille is the word in the original. It significs all movable property which may be represented in bonds, notes, bills, stocks, or any sort of public or privato sccurities. I do not know of a singlo word in English that unswers it: I have therefore substituted that of Iron Chests, as coining ncarcst to the idea. TRANSLATOR.

In the original les réduire à la sanscuasttcrie.

and anarchy, instead of encouraging, will always sti. fle revolutions. “But wliy,” they object to me," have not you and

, your friends chosen to expose these measures in the rostrum of the National Convention? Why have you not opposed yourself to all these fatal projects of union?” There are two answers to make here,

one gen. cral, one particular.

You complain of the silence of honest mon! You. quite forgct, then, honcst men are thic objects of your suspicion. Suspicion, if it does not stain the soul of a courageous man, at least arrests his thoughts in their passage to his lips. The suspicions of a good citizen freeze those men whom the calumny of the wicked could not stop in their prog

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You complain of their silence! You forget, then, that you have often established an insulting cquality between them and men covered with crimes and inade up of ignominy.

You forget, then, that you have twenty times left them covered with opprobriun by your galleries.

You forget, then, that you have not thought yourself sufliciently powerful to impose silence upon these galleries.

What ought a wise man to do in tho midst of these circumstances? He is silent. Ile waits the moment when the passions give way; he waits till reason shall preside, and till the multitude shall listen to her voice.

What has been the tactic displayed during all these unions ? Cambon, incapable of political calcu. lation, boasting his ignorance in the diplomatic, flat

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