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fresh instance of Jacobin Morality and Republican Vire tue. But Mr. ERSKINE assures us, that the French Re. public is “ more sinned against than sinning;” - and BUONAPARTE protests, that “ France never interferes u in the concerns of other countries.
It appears from the last Paris Papers, that the Minis, ters sent by the President of the United States of America, to endeavour to preserve Peace with France, meet with a reception not much more cordial than that which Lord MALMESBURY experienced in his two Mis. sions for a purpose of the same kind.
They have not yet been allowed the Honour of seeing the Directory, and are treated (as the Official Paper of the French Government states it) “ with that contempt " which the conduct of the present Administration in « America deserves.”
But poor France, we are told, is “ more sinned against « than sinning;” and “never interferes in the concerns « of other Countries !!”
Every account from Switzerland represents the state of that Country as more and more alarming. Confiding in the partiality which they had hitherto shown to the French in their greatest difficulties, the Cantons had hoped to escape the storm. But the fate of Avignon, Genoa, Geneva, and Venice, is preparing for them. The French are threatening them without, and are raising disturbances in the interior of their Country; and it will not be long before they pay, like every other Nation which has acted in the same manner, the price of their confidence in the promises and assurances of neutrality and friendship from
the French Republic. — But France, indeed, as we all know, is “ more sinned against than sinning ;” and « never interferes in the concerns of other Coun« tries !!!”
Decius Mos, and A BACHELOR, are received, and shall have a place on the first opportunity.
The fullness of our Paper of this Day, must plead our excuse to A.B. - We have complied with his directions.
M. would require more room than we can properly allot to one Article. We would recommend a separate Publication.
N° VIII.-MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 1798.
Sit vobis in animo, tueri mænia vestra, nec pari hæc omnia Galliam ficri.
O n the necessity of great and unusual exertion in the
present unexampled crisis, we think it superfluous to repeat what has been so often urged, and not once contradicted. Facts indeed speak for themselves; and if they needed any Comments, we should find them every day in the language and declarations of the Enemy. As soon as the last Revolution at Paris had produced the rupture of the Negotiation at Lisle, under circumstances which are fresh in the memory of all Europe ; the first step of the new French Government was to avow and proclaim
the extent of their views against this Country. They · professed it to be their object to dictate, on the Banks of
the Thames, such Conditions of Peace as should humble our Naval Power - extort from us a Fine and Ransom suficient to reimburse their Expences in conquering us — and finally secure to their Auxiliaries and Confederates here, the full benefits of a RADICAL REFORM, the particulars of which they have not (any more than Mr. Fox) condescended to explain, but which has on the face of it this recommendation, that it will be the joint work of the Il'big Club, the London Corresponding Society, and the French Executive Directory.
This benevolent Project they intend to execute by means very conformable to the end. They have publicly.
formed, and (as they term it) organized their “ ARMY OF « ENGLAND.” Its Advanced Guard is to be formed from a chosen Corps of Banditti, the most distinguished for Massacre and Plunder. It is to be preceded, as it naturally ought, by the Genius of French Revolutionary Liberty, and it will be welcomed, as they tell us, “ on the " ensanguined Shores of Britain, by the generous Friends “ of Parliamentary Reform.” In the interval, however, till these Golden Dreams are realized, it is necessary that this “ Army of England ” should be fed, paid, and clothed. For this purpose, a new and separate Fund is provided in the same spirit with the rest of their measure) and is to be termed « The LOAN F ENGLAND,” to be raised by anticipation on the security and mortgage of all the Lands and Property of this Country. This Gasconade, which sounds too extravagant for reality, is nevertheless seriously announced by a Message from the Executive Directory; and we are told that the Merchants of Paris are eagerly offering to advance, on such a security, the money which is to defray the expences of the Expedition.
While the Enemy are thus insulting us with these Menaces, and dividing their Prey beforehand, there are found persons in this Country, who are recommending the only measures which can render such Menaces serious and formidable, instead of being (as they must be otherwise) contemptible and ridiculous. That the Force and Power of this Country ought to enable us to laugh to scorn these insolent Bravadoes, no man who knows our Means and Resources, and who has the Heart of an Englishman, can doubt. But if we inagine this can be accomplished without great and immediate exertion, we deceive ourselves ; and we shall purchase a short interval of present ease and indolence at the expence of our future security and of our existence.
Nearly six weeks have now elapsed since a Plan has been in discussion, calculated to raise, within the Year, such a portion of the Supplies as may enable us to make this indispensable Effort, without manifest inconvenience and injury to our Public Credit. The necessity of some such measure has (as we have repeatedly observed in the progress of this discussion) never been contested on any rational ground. No other practicable System has to this hour been proposed.
The present Plan is not, nor, indeed, ever has been, pretended to be free from difficulties and objections. But those difficulties have been obviated and lessened, by a perseverance and patience in modifying and adjusting the details, of which there are few examples, even in any measure of regulation in times of leisure and security. — We have been minutely discussing in what instance the proportion of the new Assessment, on each particular class, will exceed the proportion of one-fortieth, onetwentieth, or one-tenth of disposeable Income, on the different classes over whom it is distributed, after totally exempting all the poorer Classes of Society. And all this, while an Enemy is almost at our gates, not demanding the Fortieth or the Tenth as a Ransom, not offering to discuss the modification of the TRIBUTE which he requires, but devoting our whole Property to Confiscation, and our Commerce, our Power, our Constitution, and our Independence, to ruin.
In this situation, the Partizans of Opposition, even though driven from all their original pretences, are still endeavouring to maintain a clamour against the measure, because they believe it the only one which can save the