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FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. :
The non-arrival of the Hamburgh Mails leaves us : without any information as to the state of affairs on the Continent, except what we derive through the channel of the French Papers.
We have indeed little reason to doubt the truth and accuracy of the accounts which these Papers afford, as they are conformable in every respect to all that we have hitherto seen, and to all that we have been accustomed to expect, from the spirit and character of the present Government of France, whether in War or in Peace, or in Negotiation, in its relation with its Allies, or in its intercourse with Independent Nations.
The discussion with Switzerland seems drawing to a crisis: and a system of more atrocious and tyrannical wickedness, of more profligate and impudent contempt of Right and Justice, than marks the whole of the conduct of the Directory towards that devoted Country, the history of human depravity cannot furnish.
To excite and foment disaffection, in every State to which their emissaries have access to offer, by general declarations, the protection of the French Government to all who would throw off their: Allegiance to the Government under which they were born, has indeed been the constant and uniform practice of the Rulers in France, since the beginning of their Revolution. , But in no instance, perhaps, has their interference with the internal. affairs of another Country been so direct and insulting, or their object so shamefully avowed and pursued, as in their treatment of the Swiss Cantonse
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ANTI-JACODIN; [N° 9. The two following Decrees will shew, with how very little even of the shew or pretext of Justice, they think it necessary to veil their designs of subverting the constitution, and confiscating the property of these States — a design which it is yet to be hoped they may find some difficulty in accomplishing, if there remains unextinguished one spark of that spirit by which the Swiss originally acquired, and have so long maintained, their freedom and independence.
PARIS, 7TH NIVOSE. · The Executive Directory to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The Executive Directory, Citizen Minister, charged you some time ago to make to them a speedy Report on a Petition of several of the Inhabitants of the Pays de Vaud, tending to obtain, in virtue of ancient Treaties, the guarantee of the French Republic for the re-establishment of their Rights.
You have not as yet made this Report, although it greatly interests the Executive Directory to determine, as soon as possible, on the Petition in question.
The Executive Directory invites you to give them an account of this affair without farther delay.
(Signed) BARRAS, President. For the Secretary General,
François (de Neufchateau.)
Decree of the Directory, of the 8th Nivose, 6tb Year.
The Executive Directory having heard the Report of the Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Decrees, that the Minister of the French Republic to the Helvetic Cantons shall declare to the respective Governments of Bern and Fribourg, that the Members of these Governments shall be personally answerable for the individual safety and properties of the Inhabitants of the Pays de Vaud, who have addressed themselves, and may hereafter address themselves to the French Republic, to reclaim, in virtue of ancient Treaties, its mediation, to maintain and reinstate them in their Rights and Privileges.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs is charged to execute the present Decree, which shall not be printed.
(Signed) Barras, President. For the Secretary General, REVELLIERE-LEPAUX.
There does not appear to have been any progress made in the negotiation with America, nor any alteration in that mode of treating the Negotiators, which the French Directory conceives to be peculiarly calculated to mark their just contempt for the present Government of that Country. By the dignified and manly tone of the Speech of the PRESIDENT of the United States, we are induced to hope that the time may not be far off, when the American Government and People will make some other return to the insults and injuries heaped upon them by their “ Sister Republic,” than humility and acquiescence.
While such is the conduct of France with regard to Nations to whom she stands professedly in the relations of Peace and Amity, we are not surprized to find, that in her Negotiation for the termination of Hostilities with Portugal, she thinks it proper to take some steps not exactly conformable to the usual practice of Countries in an ordiX2
nary state of civilization. The Portugueze Minister, M. d’ARAUJO, who is at Paris for the purpose of arranging the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace, has been suddenly arrested, and his Papers seized. We make no comment on this proceeding, of which the details, and the official justification, are not yet known. - On the face of it, it is an outrage, such as till now was unheard of among Nations and if the defence to be set up for it, is that which we find hinted in some of the French Papers (though not, as we have observed, coming avowedly from the Directory) “ that M. d'Araujo has re« ceived from Portugal, and paid over to unauthorized u persons, sums of money for the purchase of a Peace, " the Directory being no way concerned in the transac« tion, nor privy to it,” -- this pretence will probably turn out to be as false and fraudulent, as the proceeding grounded upon it is insolent and unjustifiable.
BUONAPARTE is still at Paris. The Congress at Rastadt apparently waits only for his presence, to begin the system of pillage and confiscation, which is universally understood, and by the French pretty clearly avowed, to be the object of it.
.A Plan is in circulation at Hamburgh, and has been received and transcribed into most of our English Newspapers, which is said to mark out the nature aud extent of the dismemberment, exchange, compensation, extinction, and creation of States and Countries, which the Directory intend to propose and to carry into effect, for the settlement of their own limits, the punishment of their Enemies, the subjugation of their Allies, and the
establishment of the final dominion of France over Europe. Whether there be any, and what truth, in this Plan of gigantic innovation, amounting, in fact, to little
less than a new distribution of the territory, the reveo nues, the population, the internal power, and the po
litical relations of half of the Governments of the civilized World, is not yet known. It can only be said as yet, that it is no unnatural end and object of the same principles which have produced in France, and in every Country through which the arms of France have propagated her system, a subversion and confusion of all ranks and orders of men, of all custoros, manners and institutions, civil, religious, or moral, and of all sentiments, relations, and connexions, whether in public or private life - it is no unnatural effect of these principles operating upon a greater scale in the disarrangement of Europe, to subvert and confound whatever they do not utterly abolish, of the moral elements of other countries ; to shake and loosen the links of society, where they have no pretence for breaking them altogether; to unfix the minds of the people, where they have no opportunity or interest wholly or immediately to subdue them; and to transplant the Governments, which it does not suit them instantly to destroy, into soils where they can take no fast root, and where they may hereafter be overturned at leisure, or must fall by their own feeblencss, and by their disconnection from all that has hitherto upheld them.
All that need be said of this project is, that if it be not the true and genuine offspring of the French Directory, it is the best impostor that ever passed itself upon the world. It has the gait, and manners, and language, of its pretended Parent to a miracle. The likeness of imitation never before came so near to the resemblance of blood.