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leagues from the frontiers, by land municipal administrators and com or sea, the preceding declaration to missioners of the executive direc. be made to the nearest office of tory, in all cases where their pre. customs, and the goods deposited sence is appointed by the law. in magazines appointed for the XII, Of English manufacture purpose,
are considered all goods, whether VIII. After the expiration of the directly brought from England, or period fixed to make the declara. coming indirectly from other coun.. tion, the officers of the customs, tries. accompanied by a municipal admi. 1. All kinds of cloth and stuffs nistrator, may visit the houses sus. of wool and cotton, or mixtures of pected to contain or conceal ariicles these materials; tamboured nan. fabricated in England. Visits dur. keens, muslins, striped woollen and ing the day inay also be inade by cotton cloths, and English tapestry. the proper officers, to discover whé. 2. All kinds of cotton or wool. ther any articles prohibited by this len caps, simple or mixed. decree are concealed in inagazines ;
3. Buttons of
kind. and if any such are found, the whole 4. All kinds of metal ; all house of the owner of the magazine 'wrought iron, cutlery, clock.work, may be searched.
steel, copper, tin, white iron, po. IX. All military corps stationed lished or rough, pure or mixed. on the frontiers, and all public 5. Tanned leather, dressed hides, functionaries, are enjoined to stop or plain for carriages or boots, har any article of English manufacture ness, and all sadlery wares. found on the territory of the re- 6. Ribband, hats, gauzes, known public.
as English wares. X. Violations of this decree to 7. All kinds of skins for gloves be punished with arrest (the cri. or breeches, and these articles in a minal 1o be brought before the tri. manufactured stałe. bunal of correctional police) and 8. All kinds of glass and crystal, confiscaticn of the goods, vessels, except vases of glass used in chycarriages, horses, and beasts of mistry, and glasses for spectacles burden; and the delinquent, be. and watches. sides, to be condemned to pay 9. Refined sugars. not less than double the value of 10. Ali kinds of pottery known the object seized; and imprison. by the name of pipe.clay. ment for a period not less than five XIII. The refined sugars com. days, nor more than three months. prehended in the preceding arti. In case of a repetition of the of. cle actually in the interior, are fence the fine to be double, and the not subject to these declarations, imprisonment for the space of six and to be lodged in the maga. months.
zines according to the preceding XI. The value of the goods con. articles. fiscated sh:ll be given as a reward XIV. All the objects of foreign to the seizers, or to those who' manufacture different from those have assisted in the arrest.
pointed out in Article XII. of A sixth of the confiscation is which the import is not prohibited granted ac an indemnity to the by former laws, shall not be ad.
as VOL. XXXVIII.
mitted unless accompanied with service experiences the utmost dis. certificates, that they are the pro. tress.
of the troops re. duce of countries, .at peace with mains unsetticd; the deferiders of France.
the country suffer all the horrors .- XV. Certificates shall be deli. cf nakedness; their courage is de. vered by the French consuls, or by creased by the painful sense of the public offices; they shall con- their wants; the disgust arising tain a formal attestation that the from them naturally occasions de articles have been mantactured in sertion; the hospitals are in w.no th:said country, ant shall menti in of fuel, medicines, and all other the name of the artist.
necessaries; he public alms and XVI. In addition to the penal. workhouses experience the same ries above pronounced, the names, want, and for this rason they re. sirnames, ages, professions, and j et the needy and infirin citizens, places of abode of the violators of who usually fuid on a ylum in the law and of their agents, shall
them. The créditors of the state, by the special interference of the the contractors, who daily supply minister of the interior, be stuck the wants of the armies, with up in all public places, and inserted great difficulty obtain only a small in the periodical papers, under the part of the sums due to them, and general title of brokers of Eng. the distress which they experience land, destroy is of French industry. on this account deters others who For this purpose the commissioners might supply the e wants with of the executive directory, with more exactress, and on terms more the tribunals of correctional police, advantageous for the republic. The shall be bound to send to the mi. public roads are impassable, and nister of the interior the names,
the communications interrupted. sirnames, ages, professions, and The salaries of the public func. places of bode, of all those against tionari's remain unpaid. From whom they shall have pronounced one end of the republic to ihe sentence in conformity to the pre- other, the judges and administra. sent law.
are reduced to the dreadful XVII. All the regulations of dilenuma, cither to expose them. the former laws, contrary to the selves and their families to the ut. present, are repealed.
most mi'ery, or disgracefully to The above re: olutions were af. sell themselves to intriguers. The terwards sanctioned by the council disaffected agitate every part of of ancients,
the republic; murder and assassi.
nation are organized in many Message of the Executive Direttory places, and the administration of 10 the Council of Five Hundred. police, without activity and with.
out force from want of provisionary 20 Frimire, Dec. 1o. mrans, is unable to check these dis. THE multiplied wants of the orders. republic call imperiously upon you It is in your power to make this to d'splay and employ all her re- afflictive picture disappear ; you sources. You are not ignorant, can diffuse new life through all that every branch of the public che parts of the public administra.
tion, and re-establish the social mulgation of a law to be passed for harmony, the springs of which are the purpose, in his department; impeded, but not destroyed. those sums are to be paid at the
An important work, a simple expiration of each term of payment work, but which tends directly to stipulated, unless the purcha-er will the end which you will wish to come forward sooner with his paya propose to yourselves, has already ments, and thus benefit his capital been presented to you on this sub. by receiving interest. The bills of ject, and you have adopted it. securities are to be mortgaged upon Wise principles, equitable bases, the property bought by the pur. have been submitted to you for the chaser, who, in case of default, is establishment of contributions, and to suffer forfeiture; the estate is, means suficient to provide for the of course, to be put up to sale by ordinary and extraordinary ex. auction. If any administration neg. pences, which the consolidation of lects to enforce this payment, by the republic and the happiness of putting up the estate to sale, its the people require.
members are to be personally re. But until the laws which you sponsible. The bills thus issued by are to lay down on those bases are the purchasers of national domains enacted, until the reimbursements as aforesaid, are not to have any are in activity, until by a certainty forcible circulation, but they are of receipts the necessary order can to pass by confidence, at the rea be established for giving an invari. sponsibility of the drawers and en able application to every branch dorsers, for metallic specie, their of the public revenue ; waiting the actual and natural value being happy instant which is near, it you mortgaged and secured upon choose, you ought by a provisional value of the estates in payment of sesource to foster and re animate which they were issued). all; you must restore motion to
BARRAS, President: the divers departments of administration, which all hold together, Proclamation published by Citizen and second each other, and which Salicetli, the Commissary of Go: it becomes indispensable to exui. vernment with thé Armies of Italy cate from the dangerous state of de- and the Alps, to the Citizens of clire in which they are plunged. the Department of Corsica. (Here the directory points out
CitizENS, the employments of the
AFTER a train of events, as due upon ihe last fourth part of extraordinary as calamitous, you the national domains sold by the are at length restored to the unity law of the 28th Ventose, as the of the republic. I am now, in the means of obtaining that desirable name of the government, to bear end : every purchaser of national to you the tidings of peace and domains, by virtue of the said law, consolation; the constitutional act, who has not paid the whole amount which the people of France have of his purchase, is to pay the same acceptedi will soon be presented in bills pay able to order, and in to you, and your happiness will ready specie; ten days after the pro- depend only on your execution of
it. It is by submission to the law republic has treated you, in restor. that you are to find your liberty ing you to the plenitude of your secured, the destruction of faction rights. May you make such use accomplished, and the conclusion of this indulgence, as is worth of of your miseries.
men who wish for freedom, with. Profit at length by the lessons of ont acquiring it by the horror of experience ; let the sources of divi. anarchy! who are disposed to subsion among you, which have been mit, without meanness, so the laws, the spring of all your miseries, be and to acknowledge no other au. dried up; and the spirit of party, thority than that which may ema. which has been ever the forge in nate from the republic.
fetters have been forın. The fatal error, of which during ed, give place to the bonds of fra- three years you have been the vic
. ternity; and, above all things, let tims, should instruct you how far what has pissed teach you not to you ought to give credit to the pro. give credit to men, unless when fession of those who are the en'. they speak the language of prin- mies of the republic. The English ciple ; and let him, who would could nor prevail on you to berray hereafter substitute liis will for law, your duty but by a promise to prebe considered as a traitor, and a. serve your liberty; and yet, while bandoned to the vengeance of free. they loaded you with contempi, men.
they plunged you in slavery. They It was a boundless confidence re.
to have prevented posed in one of your fellow-citi. crimes by the punishment of those zens, who was far froin deserving who committed them; yet they it, that misled you so much as to encouraged every wickedness, by cause you to betray your dearest giving impunity to assassins. They interests, to detach yourself from had sworn to defend you against your mother country, not only at the French, whose just indignation the moment when she was bestow. you had provoked ; yet, when their ing on you the estimable boon of interest called them elsewhere, they liberty, but while she was lavish- abandoned you to the mercy of ing her treasures for the increase of the republic, which you had mis. your industry, for the formation of trusted. your havens, and for the cultiva. What a contrast does the gene. tion of your fields. It was a blind rous conduct of republicans forin obedience to the will of a incan, to that of their eneinies! Ther re. ambitious inan, rhat ked you to turn to you with the olive-branch the cominission of the most atroci. of peace in their hands--they forous crime that republicans could get the injuries which they have suf.
. commit, that of submitting to a fered-and if ever the recollection king.
of them crosses their minds, it is Citizens, you have great crimes, only when they are anxious to for which you should make separa. caution you against new errors, by tion. The stigina with which you which new attempts may be made are branded can only be done away to seduce you from your duty. by a conduct such as to justify the Let not those days of horror and of generosity with which the French calamity pass from before your
sight, in which the general council and who would corrupt public opi. of the department lighted the torch nion by the poison of fanaticisin; of civil war, and reared the stand such are men to whom the rigour of ard of rebellion in the sai.dis.int as. republican laws extends its severest sembly of Corsica. If you had then punishments --a rigour enjoined been commanded by energetic pa. both by policy and by respect for triots, they would, by enlightening religion. the people, have neutralized the Ye numerous patriots, who dar. influence of the traitor, who, while ing three years have groaned un. preaching liberty, sought only the der the rod of those proud masters means of ensiaving you; and, if the to whom you were sold, while you adninistrators hat then done their sighed for the moment in which duy, they would have prevented you might take up arms to vindi. those evils which have been the cate your rights; and above all, nécessary result of this first act of ye who, to secure the happin'ss of rebellion, and you would not now your country, have preferred exile liave had occasion to blush at those to the shame of obeying a king ; disa trous events which have been whose generons devotion to the ser. the conse:ļu ince of the errors into vice of your country has overcome which by degrecs you were mis- all obstacles, has endured all wants, led.
and has braved all dangers--it is The constitution insured to you your's to give the first example of not only the free exercise of your civic virtue. civil and political rights, but also At the approach of the arms of that of religion, which has been so the republic, those traitors, who strangely abused for the purpose of had been most guilty, disappeared ; deceiving you. The English had no longer would they tread the become the friends, the protectors ground they had sought to disho. of the pope ; thus men without nour, without finding death at probity, and without virtue, de hand; and should any be found to
. plored the decay of religion, and remain in the country, the law will the cry of impiety was raised by speedily overtake them; but in those whose days were numbzred others it behoves you to see mis. only by the crimes they had com. taken brethren, who, returning to mitted, and by the immoral ac. their right reason, will merit by tions which disgraced them. republican conduct your virtue and
Ye ministers of religion! the your estcem. Be united ; forget constitution secures to you the free. your divisions, and unanimously dom of worship; the governinenc swear in the altar of your country, respects those who protess th: doc. and by the mines of ih
your compa. trines of the gospel; and the con. nions in danger and in glory, who sciences of citizens are a sacred died in batile in defence of the re, asylum into which the eye of its public, cternal harred ro royalty: agents does not penetrate : but those who would preach discord in Given at Bastia, the 24th of Nov. the name of the Gid of
those 5th year of the republic, one who would abuse the sacred mini. and indivisible. stry which they are called to fill,