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Anti Gallican Monitor (Newspaper) - June 25, 1815, London, Middlesex ANTTGAIJLICA1N MONITOR No. 931 .-Price Bd.] WELLINGTON and VICTORY J The Rewsoflast week has excited such lively feeling* in the breast of every true Briton that the excess of our joy disturbs that serenity of tiiind so necessary in every man who*: duty it is to comment oh passing events, and to add the tribute of his talent* to the general information. Thank*, under Providence, to the energies of British Councils, and to British Arms ! Thiuiks to* the great talents of our con sum-mate Com-tnander, we have one more Victory to add to the glorious roll which ndoms the British annals ; rnd that too a victory of such importance, as to ensure to the world the confident expectation of he speedy return of all the blessings of Peace and of regular Government. The Tyrant who, three years ago, openly threatened to subjugate the whole civilized worFd, is now again fighting for existence, and, though I have no doubt that lie will for some time struggle bard, a-iwi1 light desperately, yet that hit* catastrophe is fast approaching is morally certain-. The legitimate Sovereigns of Europe will not now be slow to correct the errors of their former policy, and by one simultaneous exertion, in putting forth all their energies annihilate the power, and also do justice on the person of the criminal. The example which the talentr of a Wellington and a Blucueb, and the valour of the British and Prussian armies have given them, will, it ia to fee hoped, be quickly followed fry sueh� decisive energies on the part of Austria and of Russia, as will let us see, that they deserve to participate in all the glories of the present day. They will surely press forward in this race of glory, and ^mutate the fame of Britons and of Prussianr. Wellington a name synonymous with victory, has at length attained the very summit $f military fume ; after defeating the veteran' armies of France, and the lirst Marshals of the devolution, only one remained, and he, the Great Captain of all--the man who was indebted far. the eminence on which he stood to the universally believed opinion of superior talents-lie loo must now acknowledge the superiority of Wellington ; and in order to appreciate justly the vast merit of this great man, and the bravery of his army, let it only be considered, that he fought under many circumstances of disadvau-Sage, when compared with hisj adversary-The General who acts on the defensive, and who is at the head of a considerable army must always do so. On an extended line of operations, and where the necessity of procuring provisions obliges a General to divide bh army into separate cantonments, his adversary ia a| Itberty to select the weakest part of the line, on which to make his attack. The circumstance of this scattered and1 disjointed condition of ait army acting on the defensive, atfords an active and enterprising enemy, a wonderful advantage. Yet, with this advantage on the part of Buonaparte, and disadvantage on the bide of Lord Wellington, the latter was victorious ! But let the readers of the jintiguUiean recollect, that 1 have frequently remarked, that the belief of the transceudant talentaof Buonapartewas founded in ignorance of the many circumstances which mainly contributed to his successes. Not adverting here to the advantages which, in the early days of the Revolution, puhlie opinion gave to the arms of the Republican Generals, when whole nations were more disposed to receive them as friends than to oppose them as enemies, it is not sufficiently considered how much they, and Buonapartk in particular, were indebted to their very extensive means of corruption. These means have always been, and, i am sorry to say, for the most part, successfully employed. On the late occasion cor- ** Peace be to France, if France in Pence permit �* The just and lineal entrance to our own : � If not, bleed France-and Peace ascend to Heaven."- ruption could not take place, and we find, that with considerable advantages on his aide, Buonaparte is defeated. It is also deserving of \ notice in this place, that tlm quondam hero of the age, this redoubtable Buonaparte, at the battle of Austerlitz, addressed his soldiers in the following words :-" SoFilats, je diri-gerai moi-m('tne% tons vos battalions; je me-tiendrai loin de feu.'% Courage we know is , always reckoned a secondary quality in a General, but he is a despicable wretch who will thus openly say* that he will not expose himself to the same dangers as he does his soldiers, yet it is well known that on many ocea*. sions when it would be honourable to him to share every danger with them, BcoNAPARTF, has basely deserted the companions of his former victories. This shewn that tlureis not a particle of the hero in hischavacter. Let the reader �on-trast the above language and the pnsillanimoos conduct of this modern Attlhs On various occasions, with that noble ricvotedness of Wellington in the battle of the ISih. It must make us shudder when we think how the fate ci the country was exposed, though we admire-the herobni from which it sprung. Where now nrc those em ply boatings, m which this Bujn ap-ahtr affected to despise the valour of our soldiers and the wisdom- of our councils ! This is the man who addressed himself to his soldiers in thcTollowing manner > �* Soldiers, nrarch S and if the debilitated battalions of the tyrant of the seas wait for yo�.i, drive them into that ocean over which they tyrannise." -The very same who said to then*,($)44 Soldiersr I require your services! the Leopard coittamU nates by his presence the shores of Spain & Portugal, but at y-our presence he will flee affri$y@d*n The same whoj thus thanked Piovidence fov our interference iu continental affairs :(3)~**Itio a peculiar blessing of that Providence which has evor befriended ou* arms, that passion ha& so far blinded the English councils, as to roduct them to relinquish the protection of the sea, Slid to land at hist their army on the Continent*" *; Thanks to those councits, we have.given hitta a sample of British wisdom, and of British valour, which he, or rather those of his gang who may happen to survive their master's fate, will long remember, They now know what, we can do iu the field: we can proudly refer them to ItaVy, to Portugal, and to pain9 to France her* self, who witnessed what we were able to dc there iu 1814, and to Flanders,, for what we were able to do in IQISo Let Frenchmen, who have listened to hi.a empty boasting, and who have witnessed the heroism which hay dutiu� guished the English character;, hiuoh for having once more submitted to the ignominious yoke of this vile Usurper Much has been said of the co-operation of Frenchmen in the glorious cause ; but that was before the day of trial and of danger had arrived. Where are now the battalions of His Most Christian Majesty ? All is as quiet on the side of Ghent, as if the parties there were totally unconcerned in what is going forward.- It is now plain, therefore, that as to the co-operation of Frenchmen, very little dependence is to be placed on it. I am, certainly, di..posed to thinkjthat the affairs of Buonaparte are desperate, from the circumstance of the desertion of some of his Officers, But let it not be thought that there is much of principle in all this know enough of French character to be convinced that there is no public principle in any of them, whether they be [loyalists, Buonaparthts, lie-publicans, or Jacobins. They act not from principle, but a species of instinct-exhibit a great love for life and self-preservation, 1 smile when I hear a Frenchman talk of his political virtues. On such occasions I neither believe the Royalist or the Republican: all they want is money. To every general rule there are,, doubt- -SllAKK*rFA1tlC. JUHE sr., tsi5> (l) Moniteur, 31st January, 18o6. (2) Buonaparte's Address to his Soldiers), on parole, o;< the mh of September, VMS.-Monitcur, \<)th Sept. (3) Buonaparte's Speech to the Legislative Body.- Moniteur, we �nust nly on British, Prussian, Austrian, and BussiMR valour9 and not on any eo-opurc.tioti of French^ men. Now, certainly, iw the fcimv for the Iloy� al.btg to-ftjiert themselves-nov/ fo.v -a'.vi:. I*Ja*;W�j>al Guard-to act a patriotic part, and to save their country ; if they ik the gmtter part of the French population (now that their owti .�rmien are oiu the frontiers) were to rise against the Usurpers, they would terminate his career at oticg, and preserve their country from the multiplied horrors of invasion and destruction. I 4o not mean the horrors of War as inflicted by the �uei�y aloneD iiiii those which are inflicted by a retreating; soldieryo Lei ihem alec reflect upon the cha-racteir of thin Modern Alilla 1 they should know him well-1 know hins9 and of what he io capable If he playti his laot Ktake-at Pario& Frenchmen may be assured that the destruction of Paris will be comprehended in his catastrophe -�-Let them recollect Maiusont's Memorial 1 long before the publication of that Memorial I have myself saidp (in the Secret History., page 330P) that lie would make no difficulty in burning that City in one of hiu paroxysms of rage and despair. But, after alio is it not a melancholy consider^ ation that the mistaken lenity of the Allieo in .1814 should this year be atoned for by such am immense sacrifice af� the/ olumna of this Paper hnve to record this day ? That the Felon whom the Allied Sovereigns condemned to perpetual exile at Elba has again been the means of spil� ling torrents of human blood ! Well, well9 the oniy way in which they can make amends to their subjects is by bringing the present war to speedy issue, and by one act of substantial justice on the Criminal, when once more in their power, for ever to rid the world of the mischiefs of the military and plundering system of the French Revolution. Let his trial, as I recommended whrin the Allies, entered France iu 18M, be open and public, let him not suffer iu private. " Justice," .says Burke*, " is grave and de-oroi:>, and in its pun-ishments rather rjeems to submit to a necessity than to make a choice." L't the solemnity o the proceeding- at the downfall of this tyrant correspond to the enormity of his offences, and the majestic dignity of liberated Europe, LEWIS GOLDSMITH,

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