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ments, wliere civil war has only the consumption and the wants. left to agriculture great ravages to The armies, supported by victory, repair. in several parts of the engage no longer the attention of republic, the subsistence of the the government but by the actroops

compromised; the counts of their success : all their distributions were rarely made in solicitude ought therefore to be the proportions determined by the confined to the troops in the intelaw : and often were they sup. rior, who are not less entitled to the pressed for several days; the ser. gratitude of the coupiry, and who vice of the magazines, which bas may expect from it the succours only been supported till now by the which it owes to its defenders. officers of that branch, is on the (Sigued) point of failing in all the depart. REVELLIERELEPEAUX, president. ments. In short, this is the cc.. LAGARDE, secretary general. fession most paintul to the directory. There are hospitals where it has Proclamation of the Exciutive Direcbeen found necessary to deny the

tory relative to the Events that sick soldiers the nutriment necessary

occurred during the Night of the for the recovery of their health.

111 and 121 rulidor ( Aug. 28, Discouraged by the disorganiza.

and 29). tion of all branches of the service, (12 Fructidor, August 29). the officers abandon their posts, to LET true patriots, let the friends fly from the complaints which per. of order rejoice! It is in vain that secute them, and which they are anarchy and royalism unite their unable to answer. In several places, efforts to shake the firebrands of funds designed for other purposes discord, and to dissolve the repubwere carried off by force from the lican government. Their endea. public treasury to supply the wants vours shall be fruitless. of the troops, and those illegal Some hundred villains, transmeasures found an excuse in the ported with rage at being prevented imperious law of necessity. Every from exercising their robbery and day courier follows courier, to their domination, no longer hoping bring to the directory and to the to excite the people to insur. minister at war the intelligence of rection, but by alarming them some misfortune, or the fear of for liberty, have last night spread some new danger. The directory through the streets badges of aristo. conjure you, citizens representa. cracy, and stuck up royalist protives, to bestow the whole of your clamations. Armed with sabres, attention upon the afflicting pic. guns, and pistols, they meanwhile ture which they present to you, and scoured the various parts of this to occupy yourselves respecting the great commune. They attempted sources for supplying the public to excite alarms by the sound of treasury with the means necessary fire-arms. They every where exfor the subsistence of the troops in claimed that the royalists had ral. the interior; the exactest economy lied to massacre all the patriots. shall direct the use of those funds, They invited the people to their and some reforms which the di. assistance. They imagined that, rectory prepare, will soon diminish in the midst of this disorder, they


should save their guilty accom- General Buonaparte to the Executive plices, who had all departed at this

Directory. very moment to the place where

Head Quarters at Modena, the legislative body had convoked

26 Veidemaire (08.17). the high court of Justice; they

YOU will find subjoined, citizens were then to have indulged them- directors, the letter I have received selves in all the horrors which they from General Gentili. According had conceived in devising the con- to it, the Mediterranean is now spiracy of Babeuf.

free. Corsica, restored to the reBut the people, acquainted with public, will afford resources for our their true interests, "shewed only marine, and even the means of their attachment to the republic, recruiting our light infantry. The and the constitution by which it is commissioner Salicetti departs this secured. They destroyed all the night for Leghorn, to sail from badges of despotism, which the thence to Corsica. General Genmost perfidious cunning had disse. tili is to command provisionally the minated. They bestowed upon the troops. I have provisionally au. monsters, who again wished to open thorised him to put in requisition the career of guilt, all the horror several columns, in order to enable and contempt which they deserved. the government commissioner to Confiding in a governinent with occupy the fortresses till the arrival the real and sincere intention of of French troops. which they are acquainted, all the I shall send thither an officer of citizens remained in the most pro- artillery, and one of engineers, for found tranquillity.

organizing affairs. The expulsion Thanks to the wisdom of the of the English from the Mediterra. people, and to the courage and nean will have great influence on good conduct of the troops, to the the success of our military opera. indefatigable zeal of the magistrates tions in Italy. , appointed to watch over the public (Signed) BUONAPARTE. security, and to that of the brave republican generals, the tranquil. * Leghorn, 241h Vendemcir(09.15). lity of Paris was preserved, and A. Gentili, 'General of Division, the designs of anarchy suppressed. commanding the Expedition, to Gear They all have a right to the public weral Bureparte. gratitude.

Long live the republic!--our Let the enemies of France at country is rendered five ! length discover the inutility of their THE Viceroy having announced efforts to minlead the mass of the that he was going 19 evacuate pcople, Let iis friends rally round Corsica, the commune at Bastia the constitution, which secures at formed in consequnce a commitonce our repo-e und our liberty, and tee, which set at liberty all the relet them secud the efforts of a go. publican prisoners, and has formed vernment resolved to maintain it a deputätion, which has arrived with equal firmness against the at. with that ct Corsica, and other tempts of all parties.

cançons, to renew, in the naine oli (Signed)

all the citizens, the oath of fidelity REVELLIERE LEPfaux, pres. to the republic. Tonly wait a ta By order of the Directory, vourable wind to put to sel, and LACARDE, secretaria


secure to the republic the most im. orders to go and occupy it, and portant posts in the island. bastia, render it back to the mother its forts, and St. Fiorenzo, are al. country! ready guarded by their inhabitants, (Signed)

GENTILI. conjointly with the English, who depart in three days.

Message of the Executive Directory I hope we shall find artillery and to the Council of Five Hundred, magazines.

Vendemaire 25 (Oct. 16), Fiftbe (Signed) GENTUI.


Citizens representatives, Gentili to the French Commissi:ners. THE British cabinet, for the

Leghorn,24 Vendemairi(07.15). purpose of inducing the parliament THE plan long ago settled by our to grant the necessary supplies for compatriots to deliver Corsica from the ensuing campaign, has adopted the tyranny of the Englislı, the iwo measures : the one has for its movements of the interir s prepared object to open the way for an inby the republicans, the dispositions mediate and direct n'gotiation with taken here by the patriots for sup- the republic; and the other, to re. porting them, the debarkation al. store the course of exchange be. ready effected on the island, of a tween Holland and London, and to great many of our fellow citizens, authorize the exportation of Eng. and the numbers preparing here to

lish merchandize to the ports of follow them, have struck terror the United Provinces, and the coun. into the hearts of the English. try which it still affects to describe They were sensible that they could as Austrian Flanders.. not long maintain themselves in a The Batavian government, sen. country conquered by treason: sible of its real interests, has already Elliot is therefore evacuating Cor. seen the latter measure in its true sica, and re-embarking all the light. It has rejected the pre. English troops.

tended favour, and by an energetic At this moment, when we are proclamation has taken the neces. about to put to sea, a nunerous sary precautions to prevent the in. depuiation of the communes of troduction of English merchandize, Bastia, and other places, have ar- and to look upon those who shall rived, to give to us this happy purchase or use them as enemies 10 news, which we are desirous of their country, a circumstance which communicating to you.

has spread constemation over the The town of Bastia, faithful to E:glish commerce and manufacirs vows and attachment to France, cories. has formed a provisional committee, The executive directory, on its which has named a deputation to part, has published in the nine come and offer the oath of fidelity united departments, the 1, 2, 3, 5, to the French republic. Bistia, and 6th articles of the isih of and its forts, as well as St. Fio. the 2d year, and has roosed, by renzo, are guarded by the citizens, particular orders, the attention of We are assured that in three days the officers of the customs in every there will be no more English in part of the repub:ic, who have al. the country. Hasten to give the ready made many seizures and cori


fiscations. But it is in vain that and promptitnde of the measures every effort is made to hinder the you shall take on this occasion. introduction of English merchan. Do you desire to re-animate your dize, if no steps are taken to pre- commerce, to relieve your manu. vent their consumption in the in. factories, and to re-establish your terior of the republic.

trade? Would you deprive our The fourth article of the abore. enemies of their great resources mentioned law specified, that every for carrying on war against us? person who introduced or sold Would you force the British go. such merchandize, should be deem-' vernment to treat sincerely for ed suspected persons, and punished peace, and would you have it accordingly, pursuant to the de. brought to a conclusion ? One of cree of the r7ih September. This the most powerful means of pro. law can no longer be in force ; it moting this great end of public is for your wisdom, citizens repre. prosperity, would be to take the sentatives, to substitute sume others most efficacious measures for pro. in its stead.

hibiting, until the return of peace, In England, the public execute the sale or consumption of English severe justice on those who affect merchandize in every part of the to prefer the produce of foreign republic. to their own national manufacto. The executive directory invites ries. Can there be found in France, you to take this object into imme. men, who are so far the enemies diate consideration. of their own country, as to oppose (Signed) a measure só essentially necessary

REVELLIERE LEPEAUX, to the industry and prosperity of

president. the nation, and which tends--to

LAGARDE, sec. general. lessen those resources

we furnish our enemies for prolonging the On the 26thof Oftobor, the Executive war they have excited against us? Directory of the Frexch Republic You have still, citizens represen- presented a second Message upon the tatives, legislative acts to form, subjeft to the Councilor Five Hune against those, who, in despite of dred. the law, have, by their speculation of mercantile avidity, obtained stores Citizens representatives, of English merchandize. If you do IT is of moment that the exenot think it proper they should in- cutive directory should not conceal cur the penalty of confiscation, and from you, thai, by thế official coro the other punishments prescribed respondence of its agents, and by by the law, you may at least ap- private informations which they point a short period for their re. receive from all parts, they are exporting the goods, which they cerrain, that if the legislative body ought not to have introduced, and does not take speedy measures to that under such penalties as you prevent the importation and sale may dictate. Yes, citizens repre. of English goeds in France, the sentatives, the safety of the repub. Batavian convention will not delay lic, perhaps, depends on the rigour revoking the decree which it enacted, to extend the same prohi. prohibited throughout the whole bition of Holland.


of the republic. From the date The executive directory ought of the publication of this law, a!l 10 enable you to observe at the persons are forbidden to expose same time, that the uncertainty such articles to sale, or to give nga respecting the resolution you will tice that they are to be sold. deem proper to take on that sub. II. No article, containing articles ject, stops the progress of the hap- of English manufacture, shall, unpy effects, which had been prodaced der any pretext, enter the poris of* by the sole proposition of seconding the republic. the measures taken by the Dutch, III. The necessity of putting into by reducing a pound sterling to 21 a port shall not furnish a plea for livres, 10 sous, which had been any deviation from the preceding raised at that epoch to 24 livres, article, where the vessel exceeds 5 sous, by the exchange.

ten tons in burden. They ought finally to remark, IV. With respect to vessels above that if ihe prohibition they request ten tons, proved to have been is not decreed soon, if the delays forced into port, the captain, on on that point, or the modifications the moment of his arrival, shall which destroy the main end of the produce to the commissioners of principal object, should occasion the customs an exact statement of the revocation of the measures the quantity, quality, and value taken by the Dutch, England will of English merchandize according soon see vanish the embarrassment to the inventory; it shall be dea she feels to procure the supplies posited in a magazine with thrce she stands in need of, if she wishes keys; one to be kept by the capto prosecute the war, and that the tain, the other by the commis. British commerce would even then sioners, and the third by the mu. feel a mighty interest to see it pro. nicipal agent of the commune ; longed.

and the ship shall not depart till The determination which you the captain has proved that they are about to take, citizens repre- have been all re-embarked exactly sentatives, will thus have a most as they were delivered. striking influence on the success of V. Articles of English manufac. the negotiations which occupy ture in vessels taken from the enes, that government at this moment my, or shipwrecked, or those for the restoration of peace,

which arise from confiscation, shall (Signed) REVELLIERE Lireaux, be deposited in magazines till they president.

are again exported. LA GARDE, sec. general, VI. Erery person who shall have

occasion to visit a magazine where On the 2d of November the Council of English manufactures are deposited,

Five Hundred passed the following shall, within three days after the Resolutions.

publication of the law, give in to

the municipal administration of the Art, I. All articles manufac. canton a detailed account of their tured in England, or in English quantity, quality, and value. establishments, shall continue to be VII. Within the extent of three


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