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commodore of the Alarm, behaved I am persuaded, that after what in a manner equally insolent and has passed at Genoa, your Republic scandalous in the island of Trinidad, will consider the Imperial troops as where he landed with drums beat. friends. Far be it that they should ing and flags Alying, to attack the do you the least injury; their ob. French, and to avenge the injuries ject is only to prevent the enemies which he pretended to have re- of good order from invading your ceived, disturbing, by the viola- states, the defence of which is comtion of the rights of my sovereignty mitted to me. the tranquillity of the inhabitants of
The republic may be assured that the island.
I shall consider its territories as a By all these insults, equally deep friendly country, and that the and imparalleled, that nation has strictest discipline shall be main. proved to the universe, that she tained. All provisions, wood, and recognizes no other laws than the straw, shall be paid for in ready' aggrandisement of her commerce ; money. I require only quarters and by her despotism, which has and a free passage for my troops ; exhausted my patience and mode- and I trust the most Serene Repube ration, she has forced me, as well to lic will issue proper orders that support the honour of my crown, the troops of his Imperial Majesty as to protect my people against her may meet with no obstacle, and attacks, to declare war against the that every occasion of dispute may King of England, his kingdom and be avoided. vassals, and to give orders to take (Signed)
BARON BEAULIEU, the necessary measures for the de
General of Artillery. fence of my domains and my subjects, and to repulse the enemy. Address of the French Minister FaySigned by the King, and the Se
poult, at Genoa. cretary of the Council of War.
Mosi Serene Doge, Done at the Palace of St Lau- THE executive directory of the renzo, Oct. 5, 1796.
French Republic have made choice On Saturday, the 8th of October, of me to reside at the Republic of war was proclaimed at Madrid in Genoa in quality of minister plenithe usual form.
On their part I assure the most Letter of General Beaulieu, sent to serene government of Genoa, of
the Genuese Government on enter- the lively interest the Republic of ing the Genoese Territory.
France takes in the prosperity and Head Quarters, March 30, 1796. safety of the Genoese nation. Most Serene Republic,
This sentiment is merely the THE circumstances of the war, consequence of the natural and reand, above all, the insolence of an ciprocal esteem of two people sig. enemy whose unjust pretensions nalised by their courage and enknow no bounds, compel me, at ergy in the defence, and for the length, to enter your territory, recovery of their liberty. Other with a part of that force which has powerful considerations ought to been entrusted to my command by contribute to cement for ever the bis Imperial Majesty.
good harmony that subsists between O 8
Genoa and France, the proximity alone, but also to extend them to of the two countries, the indus- the happiness of those nations trious activity of the inhabitants, which have shewn themselves the the antiquity of their commer- sincere friends of the French. cial and political connection, and, They may henceforward regard in fine, the remarkable situation of their equity and power, as forming the Genoese territory, bordering on the tutelary guide of their presertwo nations who have long medi. vation. tated to divide it between them, I bave the honour to present my and France who could reap no ad. credentials to the most Serene vantage in aggrandizement at her Doge, and to assure bim, that in expence.
the exercise of my function, I shall The Genoese nation, and its most ever be animated with an atdent serene government, may rely on a desire to be personally agreeable constant succession of good offices to the serene government of Genoa, on the part of the French nation, and to obtain the confidence and and reciprocally the French nation the esteem of the Genoese nation. has a right to expect a loyal and sincere return on the part Copy of the Note of the Entoy E.tof the most serene government of traordinary and Plenipotentiary of Genoa. They have a right to think the French Republic, dated 22 the latter will never give protection Messidor (July 10), fourth year, to to those perfidious French, who the Secretary of State. are the contempt of the whole FOR several days past movements universe, to those emigrants who have manifested themselves among cowardly Aed their country to the inhabitants of Genoa and its conspire against it. The executive environs, the cause of which could directory feel the full extent of not escape the undersigned, because the duty imposed on them by the it is injurious to the French Repubconfidence of a great nation, from lic. It is falsely insinuated to the a free, a generous, and magnani- people, that the French wish to mous people.
their property, their The executive directory are
arms, their churches. about to crush the remains of those Under the eyes of the most seenemies who disturb the tranquil. rene government the priests deviate lity of France, while their ener- from the spirit of peace, which getic measures have already gua- should be peculiarly charicteristic ranteed to Europe their immovable of their speeches and actions ; they stability, and announce to all that inflame the imaginations of the the national power confided to them, people by religious ceremonies, ought and will be faithful and sin- grounded on the danger which the core in respect to foreign nations. Genoese nation is supposed to run.
Truth and justice are the only The women collect in great numbasis of their diplomatica. In bers, and repair in crowds to the fine, they trust they are worthy of churches, praying Heaven to prothat greatness and national gene- tect them against the bandiiti who rosity, not merely to limit their are come from the mountains. to the interest of France These movements bave been dia
(199 rected against the French, in such dressed to the senate, and of the a manner, that last Wednesday, general motives on which they were July 6, a band of women assailed, founded. on the bridge of Lavignano, two The undersigned begs the most Frenchmen, who were peaceably serene government to communitaking a sketch of the bridge. cate to him the effective measures
The undersigned cannot believe which, in its wisdom, it shall that the most serene government resolve on, to prevent the conseis provoking by any particular quences of the present ferment, in measure this alarm, which has no order that he may be able to acfoundation, since the French Re- quaint the Executive Directory, public is the friend of nations and the general of the army of that are at peace with her; since Italy, with its real dispositions. she respects their liberty, their (Signed) FAYPOULT. commerce, and their property. These truths must be demonstrated Letter from the Commissary Direc. to the senate of Genoa ; and it can tor Sucy, to the Commandant of not but be by some base perfidy Fort La Lauterne. that the instigators of the present St. Pierre d'Arona, 25 Fructidor. ferntent speak to the people of the Sir, just fate of Arquata, and divers THE agents of the government places which the insurrection in here have guaranteed our landing Lombardy had changed into dens goods in the harbour of St. Pierre of assassins and robbers.
d'Arena, nevertheless two English As it is important to stop in its sloops have gone out of port, and growth an evil which might prove passed before your post, in order to fatal in its consequences, the un. carry off our vessel, and it was not dersigned requests the most serene till the sloops were at a distance government to take the measures in with their prize that you comits power to undeceive the people, mcnced firing, which you did not respecting the false impressions en. keep up, and which you discondeavoured to be made on them. tinued when the English ships The men who mislead them are were within reach. Yet you can. known; the Genoese government not be ignorant of the fact, because can no longer suffer their plots and we fired more than thirty times beinsolent declamations against the fore you were disposed to oppose French, without offending the this violation of neutrality. French Republic, and becoming You will, Sir, acknowledge the responsible for the misfortunes receipt of the present. which might attend upon a reci. (Signed)
S. Sucy. procal irritation of minds. It ought to deprive the impostors of the fa
R E P L Y. culty of deceiving, by all the ex. COMMISSARY DIRECTOR, aggerations which they do not cease THE commandant of Fort Lau. to devise and to circulate, by in- terne has the honour to acquaint forming the people of the demands you that he could never have ima.. which General Buonaparte and gined that the English sloops of the undersigned have really ad. war which came out of the har,
bour would be guilty of a violation have of my sentiments for all the of neutrality, and the rather, as members of the illustrious Helve. they had given their word of ho- tic confederation, will leave you nour not to make reprisals for 24 no doubt of my zeal to cultivate hours after their departure; and the confidence of which you
have even then not within cannon shot already given me such satisfactory of the garrison.
proofs ; and I also hope, magnifi. For these reasons I could not in. cent lords, that you will be per. terdict the departure of the sloop suaded beforehand, that, as the alluded to from this harbour. faithful interpreter of the constant.
As soon as I received the ac- ly amicable dispositions of the counts of the violence committed French government to your coun. on the French tartan, I gave di. try, I shall not cease to exert my. rections for my batteries to pre. self zealously in concurring to the vent the accomplishment of the success of its views, in whatever attempt began on the said tartan, may be the best calculated to streng. and at the same time to maintain then the indissoluble ties which our neutrality.
constitute the happiness of the two If the effect of these directions nations, and to secure the tranhas not answered my expectation, quillity and prosperity of the Helthe miscarriage is not to be ascrib- vetic body. ed to any neglect of mine.
I pray God, &c. I have the honour to be,
(Signed) BARTHELEMT. With the most sincere esteem, Basle, March 2, 1796. 'sir,
Letter of the Executive Directory Your obedient humble servant, to the Highly Respectable HelseBEDIANI, Lieutenant-colonel.
tic Body. Fort Lauterne, 12th Sept. 1796. Very dear, great friends, allies,
and confederates, Letter from his Excellency M. Bar- THE wish we entertain to keep
thelemy, Ambassador of the French up and cultivate a friendship and Republic, to the Rurgomasters, good understanding with you, inChief Megistrates, Landamman, duces us to appoint citizen Barand Council of the Twelve Swiss thelemy to reside in Switzerland in Cantons.
quality of ambassador of the Magnificent lords,
French republic. THE executive directory having The knowledge we have of the thought proper to renew the cre- principles and sentiments of citidentials of several of the envoys zen Barthelemy, authorises us to of the French republic to foreign think that the choice we have powers, has just transmitted to me made of him to fill this important those by which has been pleased post, cannot but be agreeable to to accredit me to the very respec- you.
It is with this persuasion table Helvetic body, in quality of that we pray you, very dear, great ambassador of the French republic. friends, allies, and confederates, I enclose them in this,
to grant him a full confidence in I flatter myself, magnificent whatever he may be charged to say lords, that theknowledge you already to you from us, and more particu
larly when he shall express to you ever concerns the Imperial armies, our wishes for the prosperity of the and the interest of the emperor. Helvetic body, our anxiousness to Thus it must be supposed, that concur in whatever may contribute if, in the execution of that to its satisfaction, and to strengthen plan, the enemy violated the the bonds which unite the two re- territory of the canton of Basle, publics.
the magistrates who compose the Given at Paris, under the scal of government of this city would the French republic, 15 Pluviose, endeavour, by plcading the im. fourth year of the French republic, possibility of resistance, to ward off one and indivisible.
the consequences of the violated REUBEL, President. neutrality of the canton ; of course, By the executive directory. there does not exist at present, suf. The secretary general. ficient security that its neutrality
LA GARDE. will be respected. Under these By the minister of external relations, circumstances, the directory finds Cu. Delacroix. itself obliged to declare to the ma.
gistrates of the city and canton of Declaration of the Executive Direc. Basle, that, unless they adopt vi. tdry, dated Paris the 16th Germinal gorous, sufficient, and unsuspicious (5th April) to the Senate of Basle. measures for the defence of their
THE executive directory is cre- own territory, and the mainte. dibly informed, that last year a nance of the respect due to their plan was formed to attack the neutrality, it is resolved to take French frontiers, by marching the every step that shall be requisite for corps of emigrants commanded by the protection of the frontier dethe prince of Conde, first into the partments against every kind of inFrickthal, and from thence through sult; and the directory renders them the territory from Basle, against answerable for all the unhappy con. the department of the Upper sequence that may result from the Rhine, the Mont-terrible, Doubs, military operations which circumand Jura ; that this plan, so far from stances may require. being laid aside, is again resumed; and that preparations are ac- Letter from the Sovereign Council of tually making to carry it into ef. Basle to his Excellency M. Barthefect. This plan is supported by lemy, Ambassador from the French several inhabitants of Switzerland, Republic in Switzerland. who employ all their interest and influence to facilitate its execu
WE have received, with your tion. The known sentiments of excellency's letter of the 16th Gerseveral magistrates of Basle, and ninal, (5th April) a paper, coming other inhabitants of note, are by from the executive directory, and no means qualified to appease the as it appears extracted from their solicitude of the directory on this registers—we pass over this unuhead, it being notorious that they sual form, because it is to be suptreat with as much aversion the posed that it was through mistake friends of the French republic that the paper was so transmitted they shew predilection for what to us, and that without doubt the