Imágenes de páginas

ing the ordinance made respecting them. God forbid that, in taking such a r solution, I should pretend to set bounds to the munificence of my Sovereign,'or the generosity of his subjets; which, I hope, will exist as long as the monarchy itself. We have always, Magnificent Lords a confidence that our means will be increased by Divine favour, in proportion as they are employed in affiting the unforrunate.

“ But it is my duty, in this unforeseen cafe, to take no steps without having previously communicated to my Court all the circumstances which have preceded, accompanied, and followed this measure; and intreated his Majelty to give me the most diftinct orders for the regulation of my conduet, in all that relatey to this business. I do not heli. tate to avow, that I have not been without hope, that he delays which might be caused by my resolution in the execution of the order againit those who have no other asylum but England, would have offer d to your Lordships an opportunity of conlidering of every mitigating cir. cumstance, of which this case is capable. Perhaps, alo, this di Jay may lead those persons who have urged this measure, to think deliberately both upon its nature, and the consequences which may entue from it.

“ Whatever may be the event, Magnificent Lords, in adopting and communicating this resolution to your Lordthips, if I can be the ineans of laving any one of those respectable families from exhausting their lait resources in taking a long and dangerous voyage, I thall think that I have performed my duty to my God and my King; and I dare answer, that whatever may be the affection and friendship which the King, my master, (after the example of his august predecessors,) fels for your

Lordships, these sentiments must be much strengthened when I thall have laid before him a fresh act of your's, of that generous and enlarged humanity which forms the distinguishing character of his reign, and which our two nations have formerly exercised to the unhappy refugees from the same Country.

" With the fincerest wishes for the prosperity and happiness of your State, I am, Magnificent and Powerful Lords,

“ Your Lordships molt devoted servant,
. (Signed)


Proclamation of General Kleber, commanding the left wing of the

Army of the Sambre and Meuse, to the inhabitants of the right bank of the Rhine.

June 30. THE pride and the obstinacy of your Sovereign Princes compel us

| again to fight them. The French armies are on the point of tra. versing your country; the most rigid discipline will be observed on their march, for the preservation of order, and the security of the persons and property of the inhabitants. You will never have reason to rejest the confidence you repose in them by remaining quietly at your respective houtes, and prosecuring your ordinary occupations. I shall pro. teết your peaceful habitations from all the evils which attend a itate of warfare, and all I require in return is, that you will not quit your houses. Those that reject this offer, and fly with the enemy, thall be treated as hoftile; they fhall be confidered as having endeavoured to proinote their cauie, or engaged in their defence; their property shall be given up to fire and pillage. Inhabitants of the right bank of the rhine, your fate is in your own power! You are apprised thar it will wholly depend upon the mode of conduct you think proper to adopt. It will give me much satisfaction to treat you as friends, and not as enemies; not to be compelled to resort to acts of severity, which will unfortunately be provoked by your implacable resentment againit the troops under my command.



Proclamation. Gordon Forbes, Major General, and Commander in

Chief of all his Britannic Majeity's Forces at St. Domingo, to all the Planters of the Spanish part of the said Ifand.

Spanish Planters, VOUR King has ceded to the actual government of France, the valt

T and rich territory occupied and cultivated by your forefathers and you upwards of three centuries. This treaty is on the point of being carried into execution. Commissioners, lent by the Executive Directory, are already arrived in your colony, and prepare the destruction of your property in the same manner as they have etfected it in the rich French Colony contigious to yours. Beware, brave Spaniards, of the treacherous infinuations of those enemies of all moral and religious principles, which form the basis of social life. High-minded, loyal, and ge. nerous, like your forefathers, you want but a hint of what awaits you. Zealously attached to the worship of the true God, and the august blood of your kings, you, no doubt, prefer the loss and facrifice of your property to the misfortune and disgrace of submitting to the yoke of those new masters of your territory. Follow, then, gallant Spaniards, that noble impulse of reason, honour, and feeling. Depart !—The dominions of the Spanish Monarchy are open for you: go, honourably to live and die there, in the shade of your altars, and under the protection of your King.

But if any among you, chained down by necessity to the soil they cul. tivate, should not be able to leave it, let them not be uneasy ; his Majesty lends them his powerful and protecting hand. I wish they would, for their own happiness, fully rely on the generosty and beneficence of so great a Monarch. What Other Sovereign has fought with more zeal and glory for the support of the sacred cause of religion, royalty, and humanity, against th: fool-hardy innovators, who are bent on extermi. nating them from the whole surface of this globe?

“ I have read, brave Spaniards, the oitensible instructions given by the Directory to the Commissioners of the Republic; I have peruied the proclamations of those hypocritical and perverse agents, whose first mis. fion to St. Domingo was marked with insurrections, with the firing of the plantations, and i he assassination of their owners. The choice of such men sufficiently shews the misfortunes you have to expe&t.

Read and consider, brave Spaniards, the papers I have juft quoted ; compare the promises which they hold out, with those the republic has made to every nation it wilhed to seduce. What advantages did it not announce to its own Colonies, to Savoy, Belgium, Holland; in thort, to all countries wherein it has established its strange regimen! Well, contemplate the horrid and deplorable lituation to which are now reduced those provinces, once 10 populous and flourishing, and judge, brave Spaniards, what would be the result of your credulity.

Impressed with your danger, and feeling for your misfortunes, I offer you my support. A faithtul interpreter of the beneficent dispohtions of his Majesty. I promile and guarrantee to you, under his banner, fafety of your persons and property. Wha'ever is sacred to you, your religious worship, your priests, your laws, your customs, your privileges, Iball be preserved to you, and you shall enjoy the advantages of the moft ex. tenlive and flourishing commerce in the world. You have frequented our posts, and know the liberty, good faith, and plenty, which reign there. Calculate the extent of those advantages, and prepare yourselves to receive the only power able to grant them.

As soon as the protection of your king shall be withdrawn from you, and you are given up to the new masters of your territory, arm against them, and on the first signal you give me of your determination, I will fly to your affillance, and unite my whole force with yours, to repel and exterminate our common enemy.

Given in the King's House, at Port-au-Prince, the 12th of July, in the year of our Lord 1796, and the 35th of his Majesty's reign. By order of his Exceilency,


Armistice between the French Republic and the Circle of Franconia. W E the underligned Members of the General Convention of the cir.

V cles of Franconia, charged in the nam", and with the full powers of all the countries of the said circle, including the immediate Franconian Knights of the Empire of all the fix places, and Auguftus Ernough, General of division, &c. furnished with proper powers on the part of the Citizen and Commander in Chief Jourdan, animated with the defire of securing the tranquillity of the inhabitants of the circle of Franconia, and of consolidating the possessions which the victorious armies of the French Republic have gained, have made an agreement confitting of the following Articles :

Art. I. The strictest orders shall be given for the most scrupulous ob. fervance of the proclamation, publicly printed and promulgated by the Commander in Chief, respecting the security of person andproperty, the maintenance of religious worship, and the laws and customs of the Country.

II. By virtue of the preceding article, every inhabitant is authorized to arrelt, or cause to be arrested, such soldiers or other persons belonging to the army, as shall be found plundering or committing other excelles, and they shall be delivered up to the next Commandant, and pu. nished according to the rigour of the law.

III. All the inhabitants of the circle of Franconia, even the illustrious ftates, who have left their respective residence, to avoid for a moment all the horrors of war, are at liberty, with their families and servants, as likewise with all their property, to return within two decades (20 days) to reckon from the publication of the present instrument. They shall then enjoy the same security and the same protection, as the o her quiet inhabitants, who take no part in the events of the war. After the expiration of the two decades, none of them shall be allowed to return without spe. cial permission from the Commander in Chief.

IV. The cirele of Franconia thall pay to the French Government, a contribution of eight millions of livres in ready fpecie, of which, however, two millions may be set off by furnishing neceffaries or provisions for the Armies.

V. The payment of the six millions in specie, is to be made to the Paymaster-General of the French Army, (according to the several terms fixed) the whole within forty-five days.

VI. and VII. Relate to the manner of discharging the two remaining millions in necessaries, provisions, &c.

VIII. The circle of Franconia shall also furnish 2000 horses for the Cavalry, in two stated terms.

IX. and X. Relate to the re-partition of the contributions; for which all military Commanders shall, if required, afford every assistance against such as shall refuse to make good payment.

XI. From the period appointed for the payment of the contribution, that is to say, from this present day, every thing that shall or may be furnished for the French Army, (except free quarters) Thall be deduct. ed from the contributions.

XII. The Margraviates of Anspach and Bareith, belonging to his Prussian Majesty, and the principality of Schmalkalden, belonging to his Serene Highness the Landgrave of Helle Caffel, according to the status quo in which they were before the war, shall be exempted from their share of the contribution.

XII. In cale another Republican Army, exclusive of that of the Sambre and Meuse, should enter the territories of the circle of Franco. nia, it snail most lirialy obterve the present Convention, which is, pro. perly speaking, concluded with the French Government.

XIV. The Convention of the circle of Franconia reserve for themselves to de'ermine further by separate articles, every thing relative to the diftributing and levving of the contribution. . (Signed)

ERNOUF, General of Division.

Manifesto or Declaration of the Queen of Portugal against the Republic of the United States of the Netherlands.

Lilbon, July 16, 1796. VITHEREAS the Portuguese Enyoy Extraordinary with the Republic

V of the United States of the Netherlands, has in his report of the 15th of June, transmitted to her Majesty the copy of a letter which he received from the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Republic, in which has been no ifi:d to him the fixed resolution of abitaining from all political communication wib him, as representative of her Majeity, the Queen of Portugal, till the conclusion of a Peace with the French Republic,

Besides which, the said Envoy ultimately signifies in his letter, that ali commercial transactions had also been suspended; her Majesty has therefore reiolved, under the present circumítances, to fufpend in a like manner, on her part, all commerce with the States General of the Netherlands, to prohibit her subjedis all transactions, or mercantile connections with the subjects of the Republic, and to forbid them all Navigation to the harbours of the said Staies.

Her Majesty has been farther pleased to ordain, that all transactions in the interior of her dominions, with the subjects of the United Provinces be suspend: d; and that their capitals shall, under no pretence, be car. ried out of the kingdom.

The departure of all Dutch ships, which are in the harbours under the dominion of her Majeitv, is also entirely stopped, because there they muit remain under embargo, till further orders.

That this resolution inay reach the knowledge of every one, and be put in force, it has been publicly poited up.


the Secretary of the Tribunal of Commerce.

Armistice concluded with the Duke of Wurte mberg. " 1. The Duke of Wurtemberg fhall intantly withdraw the troops

whom he has furnished to the coalition for his contingent. These troops shall remain armed, and the Duke fhall employ them as he thinks proper, for the maintenance of the police, in the interior of his dominions,

2. The Fr nch troops shall in future have a free palage through the towns of the Duchy. Such of the troops as in virtue of the present article thall be ordered into any of the towns, shall be lodged either in the houses of the inhabitints, or in barracks, according to circumstances, but always in such a manner as to cause no danger to the inhabitants.

3. The General in Chief in passing through the Duchy with his troops, in order to continue his military operations, will caule respect to be paid

to persons and property. He will also take the necessary precautions to prevent any injury being done to the religion, and civil and military laws of the country.

4. If it is necessary for the maintenance of the troops, palling or so. journing in the Duchy, to draw fubfiftence from the Country, such as corn, Bread, meat, hay, oats, wood, carriages, or horses, requifitions for which shall be made by the Generals, or Commissaries of War, thele articles shall not be refused; but they th:all be received on account as contributions in provisions and ready money, which the Duke of Wurteinberg is to furnish to the army. Every other article purchased from pri. vate persons shall be paid for in ready money by the treasurer of the army. The articles furnished, from the date of the present armistice, to the French troops under General Duchesne, thall be deducted from the con. tribution of provisions demanded.

5. The Duke of Wurtemberg shall pay into the chest of the treasurer of the army of the Rhine and Moselle, a sum of four millions of French money, in the following manner-a million in ten days; two millions in the next ten days : the fourth million shall be paid in two months after the date of the present Armistice.

The Duke of Wurtemberg shall, besides, furnish provisions and other objects, as it shall be stipulated in private.

6. The Duke of Wurtemberg Thall send to the Directory at Paris a plenipotentiary to negotiate Peace with the French Republic.

7. The towns of Esslingen and Keuthingen being under the special protection of the Duke, and the Seignores of Sindhingen and Bechingen, belonging to the Dutchess Dowager, are comprised in the present armirtice, and in coníequence are subject to the contributions demandud for their quota in proportion to their revenues.

8. The General in Chief will listen to all proposals for negotiations which may be made by the Duke of Wurtemberg, in the name of the States of the circle of Suabia, that may delire to treat with the French Republic.

Head quarters, Baden, 29 Messidor, 4th year of the French Republic, (17th July).


MOREAU. General in Chief of the Army of the Rhine

and the Moselle.

Declaration of the Elector of Saxony. UJIS Serene Highness the Elector of Saxony has taken no part in the IT present war as a Belligerent Power. It is only in his quality of an Imperial State, that he has fulfilled the conditions exacted of him as a duty by the Germanic Constitution; and animated by the most lively desire to behold the cellation of the calamities of this destrustive war, he has ftriven more than once to advance the conclusion of peace by his fuffrage at the Diet of the Empire, and by pressing representations. These are facts generally known

The measures dictated by prudence, and the actual situation of affairs, are not less analagous to the principles constantly manifested by his Highness. He will in no instance depart from them; and the resolution he has taken to assemble a body of troops on the frontiers of his States and the Circle of Upper Saxony, from which the theatre of war is so little diftant, mult not give rise to any falle interpretations. But not to leave any doubt upon the subject, the Elector has found it expedient to dea clare expressly

That this assembling of troops has no other object, than to guarantee from any foreign violence the States of his Electoral Highness, and thole of the other Princes of Upper Saxony, in concert with him in this affair.


« AnteriorContinuar »