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   Lloyd's Evening Post (Newspaper) - September 25, 1797, London, Middlesex                                L L OYD's [ 289 ] EVENING-POST. Vol. LXXIX.]   From MONDAY, September 25, to WEDNESDAY, September 27, 1797.    [Numb. t2$$. Tuesday, Sept. 26. FRANCE. jp r.ocl a M atio.v OF the executive directory  to   the   french  people, " 7 hit ihj French Armia be complete and ready tr, mar.b ca the 1       Vendemi.iu e {\th Odobrr)." 4th Complementary I>ay, ;och Sept. 5-h yar. 1TIZENS ! the 18th FruJ.dor (4th September) has impofed filence on the London orators rending at Paris. " The Engiifh Am-baffacor being preffed upon that memorable day to explain himlelf -a in a pofitive manner on the fir!1, obj.dt cf his miflicn, has returned to England. " Auliri.i, on her p^rt, lufFcrs herfelf to b; governed by ihe Cabinet of St. .amei's, which ccn'inucs it? endeavours >o convulfe al. Europe, and to..^i;atr the Con.i.nrn:. Tne E.nperor, in oppofit'on to the wifli; s of his iubj^ls and thofe of nib own he-rt, is wholly rr.p.oy-'d in war-Ilk" prop,raiions. His armaments mfo'^i us of what we have to do f.:r ourfe.'ves. " If the generrfit)'and good futh whirh induced us to fun 1 he articles of Ler.ben, are to he abafed ; if with peace on their lips, nothing but war is breathed, the i?rrncn nation, which only fpe.ks of war becauft- i: dirties lor ptace, mud ad'.'pt fucii meafures as are necciTary to fup-port i-.s dir>iiitv, and the v,:lour 0! our armies mu!l regain their former adv.. nt.;ges. " Above all, it is important to convince the Enemy, that there exifts in Franc- bu: one party, one fentiment, find one intereft, namely, that of the Sovereign People, which is fenlVole of its greatnefs, and dcu-rmined to preferv-e its liberty. " The Executive D:rrclory corcfults folely thefe mjtives. Author tied by the Confti'.utional Act to provide (or the fafcty of the State, it thinks proper to enable you to judge of the rea-fons which have induced it to make ufe of that facrcd right. " Your enemies, unable to refill your courage, thought they could conquer yo.i by cunning. They deceived you by delulive negotiations. If thty had fincerely wifhed for what they appeared todefire,peace would havebeenconcluded. The Executive Directory haitened to check the progrefs of the French Armies. It cherifhed the hope of reconciliation, held cut by your Enemies, and felt happy in the reflexion that it fficuld fcon be pof felled of the necefTary means to render liberty beloved, and to procure France as much happintfs in Peace as fhe had acquired glory in War. *' But after having obtained this interruption of the victorious career of our Armies, w hat were they dtfirous of ? Why, to gain time ; to foment arnong us interline divifions, and to improve-them for the purpofe of c^ufing Frenchmen to be murdered by Frenchmen, until they fhould find the fit moment to fall upon their remains, to parcel out among themfelves a country thus divided in itfelf, and to blot out France from the lift of nations. Republican franknefs did not perceive this fnare, laid by the policy of Courts. But you are witneffes, Citizens, whether this plan has been faithfully proved. Moft of your Public Functionaries formed an auxiliary army, which, within the bofom of France, fought for your^moft cruel enemies. They had called in h.rdes of the barbarous Emigrants, who ardently defire to convulfe their native land, and of fanatical Priefts, able to diffufe every where the murderous zeal of homicidal piety. The national tribune refounded with the fpeeches of the Deputies of Auftria and England, calumniating your defender?, infulting your Generals, making it their bufinefs to paralyfe your Government, and to reduce it by degrees to that abfolute nullity4 which a-nfwered their Royal in-ltructions, and the wifti of their conftituents. " At length the veil is deltroytd; the parti-fans of Foreign Powers are no longer the organs of the national will ; the helm of the Republic is in Republican hands, and the people of France have French Reprefentatives. " Under thefe circumftances, Citizens, what is the conduct your hrft Magiftrates ought to purfue ? Animates by a fincere defire of procuring .France a peace worthy of her, that is to fay, a peace, folid, fuiting her interefts, and conformable to her engagements, how are they to repel the pretenfions, and elude the frauds of the Cabinet of London ? How are they to put a perio i to the un ecifive flowDefs of the Cabinet of Vienna, and refcue Auftria from En�;lifh. influence, the only real obftacle to the peaSe of Europe ? " There is but one means of obtaining this end. As your enemies, under the appearance of negotiations, maintain a hoitile attitude, they force you by their example to refume arms, and acquit you before-hand of all the calamities which mult befall their countries, as the unavoidable confluences of a rupture of the fuf-penfion of arms. " Ah ! if war is a fcourge, which cannot be too much detefted, but the horrors of which recoil on thofe who provoke them ; if humanity revolts againft thofe who fhed dreams of blood, (ire towns, and defolate provinces, without the lead neceffity; if the author of an unjuft war is anfwer^ble for the death of the (lain, for the definition of the cottages burnt down to the ground, for the interruption of commerce, for the deftruction of provilions, and for all the violent, diforderly, and criminal arts committed by armed men ; if ihofe who cheri/h the rage of war, without any reafon or pretext, are ferocious mongers, unworthy of the nime of men, and not only enemies of the countries which they caufe to be laid wade, but cf the whole human race-you, who have for fix years b.en forced to fight for your independence ! you, on wham certain perfidious men endeavoured to bcltow the fatal gift of civil war 1 you, who, conquerors and triumphant, laid down your arms to propofe and hear the words of peace ! you will not have to dread the imprecations, the legitimate atu- themas which natnre and juftice addrefs to your enemies. In returning, againft your -will, to> the bloody conteft from which you had with* drawn yourfelves, you may proteft, in the face of the whole world, what your intentions have been, and cali on Heaven to witnefs the juftice of the caufe you are about to defend. Thus, then, Ci.izens, again take up your arms, without ceafing to be defirous of peace. Your Government perfeveres in offering it on the conditions which appeared to be :^eet and compatible. Perhaps the warlike appearance you are about to refume, will fuffice to obtain a confent to thefe conditions ; but if they fhould be refufed, you will maintain the honour and the laws of the Republic. It is in the name of the Nation, it is to fulfil its will, to fecure its rights, and to pre-ferve its glory, that the Executive Power recalls to their fiandartis all the foldiers of the country who have withdrawn from them on any caufe whatever. The Executive Directory accordingly enjoins its Commifiioners ftationed in the Departments to caufe to be executed, without delay, and without reftridlion, the laws of 4 Fri;r.airr and 4 Niir/e, of the 4th year, together with the refolutions of 4 Ventofe, and the fubfequent ones, and to caufe all the foldiers and requifi;ions� whatever, who are now at their horres, to join-by the 15th Vendemiaire (Oct. 6). Frenchmen, it is neceftary that at this epoch your Armies fhould be complete, that they fhould be ready to> march, and that their awful and terrible afpecT: fhould inflantly command that .glorious peace, which, for fix months part, ought to have beta the fruit of their triumphs. Tne Executive Directory refolves, that the above Proclamation fhail be printed, folemnly pubhirred. and fixe i up in all the Co-r.mures of the Republic, by its Commiffioners ftationed at the Centra! Departmental Administrations: and that the War Minister fhall take all the neceflary meafures for its fpeedy execution, of wnich he fhall give an account every three days to the Directory-(S gned) " Revellieke Lepaux, PrefTdenr. ""Lagarde, Secretary-General." COUNCIL OF FIVE HUNDRED. Silting of Sr/t. t $\ The Order of the Day being read, to refiims the difcuflion on the project of Villers, which has for its object th: payment of the two-thirds ot the National Debt by notes to the bearer, ful::!t Soucnit fpoke in favour of the project, which he contended wps favourable to tne public creditor, and weil calculated to terminate th* falc cf the National domains. Bey'z thought, that the project went to de-ftroy the eng.-igements folemnly contracted ia the name of the People with the National creditor.   He therefore oppofed it. The p eject was adopted, and the following are the principal articles of it: - " Art. 91. The reimbur.;rwjr. of the two-third-, Halt he ma.ie by notes to the Bearer, Jelivered by the Natioail Trcifury. " q2. The nof-s d iivered To. t^e bearer ft the rctm-burfement if' th� Public Debt, fhall b- taktn in piy-i.enC r'-.r National property, a; the periods ao
                            

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