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what had been done ; and informed them, that the BATAVIAN PEOPLE were now free.
It is hardly necessary to mention, that the whole of this Revolution is founded on a complete subversion of the Ancient Constitutions and Privileges of all the Provinces; that it violates all the prejudices and feelings of their Inhabitants. But such was the Will of France !
List of the Names of the Arrested Members ; Bikker, Hahn, Gueysen, de Berern, Jordens, H. Gevers - Members of the Committee for Foreign Affairs.
C. L. Von Beyma, Van Castrop, Hamelsveld, Kantelaar, Van Masle, de Mist, Pacteur, Scheltema, de Sitter, Van Hooff, Van Maanen, Vitringa, Van de Spyk, Bromver, Stoffenberg, Van Eck, Byleveld, C. de Vos Von Stenwyck, Bultman, C. Van der Hoop, Van Kleffens, Cambier — Members of the Assembly.
We have not heard whether the French intend that they should be put to death, or deportés to Batavia or Surinam.
HAMBURGH, Jan. 23. - A Meeting of the FRENCH CITIZENS here, took place on Saturday last, at the FRENCH CONSUL's house, when he proposed to them, to raise a Subscription, for the purpose of contributing to defray the expence of the Expedition against England; and to bind themselves, in virtue of the measure lately adopted by the French Government, not to wear any articles of British Manufacture. The amount of the Subscription was extremely trifling, and the proposal, with segard to the latter object, gave rise to much ludicrous, Gg 4
and even abusive conversation, between the French Con-
FLORENCE, JAN. 1. — Yesterday the French Minister to the Court of Rome, BUONAPARTE (brother to the French General) arrived here with all his family, in consequence of an Insurrection in that City against the French Inhabitants, on account of the scarcity and high price of Provisions, which the populace rightly judged to originate with the Contributions and Depredations of the Republican Armies.
The Populace assembled in considerable numbers on the night of the 28th ult. without any other apparent design than that of riot and plunder; and, upon the Military endeavouring to disperse and repel them, they made a resistance. It was then judged necessary to fire upon them, when, unfortunately for Rome, a French General (DuPHOT) who was engaged to marry the Sister of BuonaPARTE, was killed, and another French General (CharLOT) wounded in the shoulder.
This happened not far from the French Minister's residence.
It is evident, from the situation of these Officers when fired upon (being at the head of the Insurgents) that they were the exciters of the tumult in which they suffered. But as plunder is the object of France, this unfortunate event will probably furnish an occasion for fresh demands, which, under the pretext of Justice, will merely tend to gratify the Avarice, and minister to the inordinate Ambition of the Directory.
The Minister BUONAPARTE took refuge from the fury of the Roman People in the House of the Chevalier
ANGIOLINI, the Grand Duke's Minister at Rome ; whose Palace was immediately surrounded by the mob; but the Chevalier was able to prevail upon the People not to violate the privileges allowed to the residence of Foreign Ministers; and at the same time to procure a safe retreat for the French Minister and his Family.
Bern, Jan. 8. — Revolutionary hand-bills, printed both in German and French, having been a-new distributed among the Cantons within these few days, the Diet at Arau bas sent a Deputation to Paris, demanding to know categorically, whether these inimical publications were sanctioned by the Directory, or were only the unauthorized measures of their Agent, MenGAUD, at Basle? - They add, that if the former is avowed, they must consider it as a Declaration of Hostility; and if otherwise, they desire the removal of the offending Agent. .
JAN. 13. - The Bourgeois Classes of the principal Towns of the Pays de Vaud are in a state of actual disobedience and revolt. In Lausanne, they have mounted a Garde Nationale; and, at Vevay, the Insurgents have seized on the Chateau de Chillon, and suspended their Bailiff.
BASLE, JAN. 15. — A Revolutionary Club has been formed here, and the whole Country seems to be in a state of insurrection. The Council had the imprudence to send Deputies, with a view to restore tranquillity ; but one of them having behaved rather indiscretely at Liechstall, the whole Town rose in arms -- Even the Inhabitants of the Villages, who have hitherto conducted themselves with great propriety, have laid before the Government Seventeen Grievances, which they say must be redressed.
A LISBON Mail arrived yesterday, with letters of the 20th ult. Accounts had been received there from Paris of the imprisonment of their Minister (M. D’ARAUJO) sent to negotiate a Peace with the French REPUBLIC
which had occasioned no little surprize and consternation.
M. D’ARAUJO was sent for by the Minister of Police on the night of the 27th December, and was taken from his bed, to which he had been for some time confined by illness. When he was suffered to return home, a Guard was set over his house; nor was he permitted to stir out till the 29th, when, by an order from the Directory, he was committed to the Temple; his Papers seized, &c. &c.
These circumstances (the reason of which has not been assigned) occasion most of the People at Lisbon to doubt the sincerity of the Pacific Dispositions so often and so loudly declared by the Directory.
We have received French Papers, and some private accounts, from France, up to the 27th of January. From the contents of the former, it is impossible to form any opinion of the present situation of affairs at Paris. The Liberty of the Press is now so completely crushed by the power of arbitrary transportation; and the wanton recurrence to this new System of Terror so frequent, as to banish entirely from the French Journals all observations and conjectures on the public occurrences of their own or
other countries, except such as obviously flatter the views, and coincide with the sentiments of the Directory. The few facts they are allowed, and the numerous falsehoods they are compelled to publish, are daily measured out to them by Government — they are never suffered to be in advance upon the former, or to run into arrears upon the latter ; – to add to the one, or to curtail the other.
Under this restraint, many circumstances of general notoriety and public interest remain unpublished, and falsehoods the most outrageous and barefaced, pass uncontradicted. Of this last description, are the infamous Reports made to the Council of Five Hundred by VilLERS and Riou, and several statements officially published by the Directory, respecting the treatment of French Prisoners of War in England. It is impossible to suppose that such incredible and monstrous allegations as they have brought forward on this subject, can be conscientiously believed by the Frenchman the most inveterate against this Country. Whether this base and detestable policy, working upon the fears, the passions, or the prejudices of the people, will materially assist the threatened vengeance of the Directory against England, remains to be seen ; but whilst we lament and apprehend the consequences to which our own Prisoners in France may be exposed, under the pretext of retaliation, we observe with satisfaction the impressions these charges have made upon the Public Mind of this Country. The contempt and abhorrence of a Government that can recur to such unjustifiable expedients, is, we believe, universal. Even our Jacobin Papers dare not any longer dissemble or deny the general feelings on this occasion. After countenancing and supporting the Directory in their calumnies, until they could no longer be maintained against the incontro