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Publication: Anti Gallican Monitor May 21, 1815

Anti Gallican Monitor (Newspaper) - May 21, 1815, London, Middlesex TUB MONITOR No. 996 e of ! Revolution from its first commencement to the present time, in order to idiew that all the Rcvnl utionists have followed th" same plan, though trie mode of carrying th-'ir schemes into execution was necessarily varied, accordm;. to circnmslanee.h. 1 premise 1 shal'. bean brief .-ubjeet matter is ex-- ober of jeara, it muat 1 -udeiisiug it. My ob-.�. niers the means of judging for themselves, whether or no it "19 possible for us, morally speaking, to make or beat peace tvith Napoleon Bu..napa�te, with Carnot, with Sieves, or any of their Revolutionary associates. Now as I am convinced we cannot, in other words that they will not permit ua to enjoy one day of real peace, I think that the only conclusion we can arrive at. is, that this war io at length to be carried on on the only true principle, namely, the alter destruction of Buonaparte and the entire military system arising out of the Revo-la lion. It may however be necessary to remove an objection which applies personally to myself, as a writer hostile to the principles of the French Revolution. I was, when it broke out, (for no it may properly be termed,) though but a school boy, an ardent admirer of the principlesof general liberty : it was not wonderful, therefore, that I fell into a snare covered by such a specious appearance of liberty as was the French Revolution. 1 confess that I, as well as many othfrs, was can�ht in that snare, and professed myself to be one of the advocates of a system which hua been since discovered^ to have been pregnant with mischief. It might be t� consolation to say that i erred in common with great iiumea, and if I mistook the nature of the French Revolution ufirst, it is not surprising, when such men as the present Lord Erskme ant! Mr. Fox mistook it so far as to become it* advocates,, 1 tru^t, however, my honest endeavours to remove that veil which had1 blinded roe as well as oth era, will be considered-a sufficient expiation, ior an error which an over ardent zeal far the cause of liberty had ler| me into. One circum-stance should not be forgotten, viz. that it is to that over ardent zeat that I am indebted for the most valuable part of the information which I possess on this subject. By the means of it 1 became acquainted not only with facts which escaped the researches of others, but what is of more importance, with the chief actors in the great drama; the value of this opportunity, I hope, has been duly appreciated by my countrymen. I have not been an idle or a careless ?p c-tator� nor iuve I ke^t my observations locked up in my own bosom-such as they were I gave them freely-The conclusions to vvhich they always led are now sufficiently obvious to the plainest understanding-almost every man must now'see that the destruction of the Buonapar-teati or Revolutionary system must take place, or the subjugation of Europe to a Gallic yoke is inevitable. But it may be said, as this is an obvious truth, the public neither wish nor call for any additional information on a subject upon which they are already sufficiently enlightened. To this I reply, that the Revolution, as is said of the ca-meleon, varies its hues according to the lights in which it is viewed ; and from its commencement to the present day we find public writers, either from perversity of understanding or of patty, (some 1 fear from worse motives,) labouring most assiduously in its support. A free constitution and a free press are blessings.which Kng-lishmen do not possess entirely bee from alloy. Our free press in particular is a weapon which is at this moment as openly wielded in support of our great enemy as it is in our own defence- Nay more, 1 will venture to assert that the cause of Buonaparte is more ably pleaded in Farmland than in France, ami that if he should ever succeed so far in to mislead the public opinion of European to his views and pretensions, he will be more indebted for it to the columns of English newspaper* than to those of the Monitntr. The prcud eminence to which this country has risen, and the dig nit)' of the English character, the freedom and influence of public opinion here, have drawn the attention of Europe to the sentiments of tie; people of this country in no common degree. To retard, if possible, the measures and operations of our own Government and the different Government?; of Europe, to excite jealousies among them by mean is of falac or conjectural staK'tnent.% lo misrepresent their motives of actios), and this through the medium of the English, press, it; an object ait very desirable to Buonaparte sia ahoulde.r those circuinstances the unattainableneita of the object which we have in view, are unecessively held forth or pourt rayed and diversified, accord� big as the different shades of news or reports from the Continent may make them most con� venient to be adopted. The difficulties of the Allies are formidably increased by the nature of that Government which they a re about to attack, for if we attend to the writers* alluded to, the present Government of France is and should be popular with all Frenchmen, and of course, as it eats call forth the energies of millions of freemen and of warriors, it cannot be overturned. The enemy we see is actively employed in eiery department-in France he is employed in one way-his friends in England in support of the %he same cause are employed in others. To expose the sophistries of the latter, nothing in my mind will be so effectual as to pursue the plan which I have proposed to myself, namely* to lay before my Readers a concatenated system of the different ruling parties in France, the measures they followed, their characters and principles, in order that we may see plainly that the same Hydra of the Revolution stands again before us, and, as I before stated, its'destruction or our's is inevitable. Had the effects of the French Revolution been confined to that country alone--had the objects of its authors been a mere change in their own Government, the other nations of Europe anight have looked upon it with the same indifference as one of the revolutions in Turkey ; it is noffor me to exhibit the fiequeut instance? in which the first principles of justice were violatfd by the leading characters in that busy sen�; no further than as it may be an ex- emplification of their system : but when thfl French Republicans and philosophers extended that same system of unjust aggression to foreign nations-when they professed to carry on war in a manner different, from what had been known among civilized nations, when subjects were ex-cited to rise against their Governments, and when the spoils of the privileged orders and of the wealthy were, held out as a premium to the indigent.'of all countries, then indeed it behoved the different, powers of Europe to adapt, their,*,, mode of warfare to the nature of the enemy, and to have proportioned their exertions accordingly. But. for the. sake of historical order it may not be improper to slate as briefly as possible the first steps of the French Uevohition. The declaration of the Parliament of Pari.% in 17';7. that, they had no right to register tuxe* not. consented to by the nation, and their demand of the convocation of the States General, which demand was seconded' by the then Prime Minister, the Cardinal de Lomeuie, may be considered as the first and principal cause which led to all that, followed. The shape and (orin that was given to that, body when assembled, was previously settled by the assembly of Notables. From the States General emanated the Nabniud Assembly, which virtually overturned the monarchy. [Vow as the States i Jeneral weir convened for representing the grievances u!' ihe nation, they of course had no inst run 1011 irons, the people either to subvert the old Government or to form a. democratieal constitution, and yet they proceeded, under is different name, to do both one and the other; proceeding 0:1 a kind of mathematical principle, (an eiroi common to the French Reformers) they seemed' U:- think that they should set. to work on a new CouuU-| tution, in' the same manner with carpenters, liiniths, and ta'ylors, and oih�-r operators on dead substances, whereas there is a closer analogy which it would be well to keep iu view, between societies or Governments and plants or uuimtd--,, which require particular �oils, food and culture .No man in hi� Reused thinks of ma kit. g a need or a plant ; he digs round it, he waters it., tie feed v. It with proper manure, but he ne'er thiukc; oi' creating such another on an improved plats by' any chemical or mechanical proeesw, yet, in op" position to nature, the Constituent Assembly proceeded to form a constitution, a eouutitufknj stmt springing like ripe fruit out of the eircutrt-Ktances, habit., and wishes of the people, but shaped after fancied mode la of perfection, and to be approved by the general will afterwardi;.*-- In order to procure a nhew and semblance 6f ihio will, they invited armed federates, as they were called, to Paris, iu July 17.91� for the celebration of the third anniversary of the lie volution, from all the departments but armed fede~ rates were not the proper representatives of a free people. Thnii the Constituent Assembly violated the rights of men in the very means they employed for their establishment. Nothing could be peeted but destruction to a system 8o'incom>e� quent and absurd. But the concurring testimony of all the journals of the times will scarcely render it credible to posterity, that, the very act of the Legislative Assembly, after swearing to maintain to the utmost of their power the Constitution of the Kingdom decreed by the Constituent 'Atisembf vD was to seize on the small territory of Avignon (Oct. 17,91), which had been ceded to the Popep and the cession repeatedly ratified, and'the Bishopric of Basle, which secured ceita'uvdeiilew which open a passage into Switzerland. A. chosen baud of assassins, under the command of one Jourdeu, distinguished by the name of coupe tele, whose history will be found, by way of illustration, to follow this article, was dispatched to that beautiful spot where the nature of the inhabitant* was congenial with the mi id benignity of the climate. They began the system of their operations by instituting a club, and gaining partisans among the people. After massacring the most peaceable and respectable inhabitants, they compelled the remaiudet to meet, and vote their union with the kingdom of Fiance. Those assassins were gent, under the nurueol Commissaries, for settling cerium Uif� ;

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Publication: Anti Gallican Monitor

Location: London, Middlesex

Issue Date: May 21, 1815