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Lloyd's Evening-Post (Newspaper) - January 2, 1799, London, Middlesex L L O Y.D's EVE IN G- POST. Vol. LX^ TV XII]. From WEDNESDAY, January 2, to FRIDAY, January 4, 179^. [No. 6452. Thursday, Jan. .3, STATE PAPER. AUKIFESTV of the FRENCH DIRECTORY acaikst the KINGS or NAPLES and SARDINIA. (In a Message to the Council Five Hundred, , dat.d December /4th}. TEE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORY TO THE CIL OF FIVE HUNDRED. Gtixtr.: Rcfreftntativcs, HE Executive Directory, in their Meflage of the 6th inft. announced, to you, that they mould (hortly tr.anfmit to you the details, wiiich make manifeft the long train of perfidy of which the Court of Naples tuve teen guilty x brought to its height by irj audacious attack on the French Republic. It this
. :, -guhhed for ptr.-Sdy and hatred t> . . . ;t .' .u Treaty was iigncd, and the Co.... : from motives of refpect for the C.. ; .� . Vienna.-The fevcuth article pro;. .1 French, who were detained for 'poiit. . m�v. :.iJ ui. the Neapolitans fufpefted of having a j Dexjon witn them, who were imprifoncd--At the !b:..;.t.\unn of our Agents, fomecfthe peaceful friends ot the French Republic were- rettored to liberty j bu,t upon the mojl i-ai?i prc.ences they were loaded with frefh chains. At length the French, whom commercial affairs alone dct:inedin the States of the King of Naples, were every day,, m .rely be-caufe they were French,-'publicly injuhcd, attacked, and even-a!Ta.Tinate.d, and thefe attempts remained unpu-nifhed. The third Article of the Treaty ftipulated, that " His Ma'fefty, the King of the Two Sicilies, fhail obferve the moft ftriit neutrality towards all the Belligerent Powers, and he therefore engages to forbid, without dr.tinction, the entry into his ports, of all armed veflels belonging to the hoftile Powers, exceeding the number of four, at leaft, according to the known laws of neutrality. All ammunition or merchandise, known as conrrabitnd-, thall be refilled to them." How has this Article, the fenfe of which is by no means ambiguous, been executed ? -forty days after the conclufton-jjf the Treaty, the Er.g-ifh' had feven frigates in -the port m" NafU-s ; on the 9th prevent the Englirh from getting proyiiions,. t$s Neapolitan Government gave orders, to the Governot of OrbJ-tello to hinder them from pafiing,. while he fuffcred a conliderable corps of Emigrants, who were in thelfervke of England; to be difembarked ? Is it not notorious, that the fleet of Admiral Nelfon was firft victualled in the ports of Sicily, that on its return afterwards to Naples, it received from the arfenal of the King, the ftores of which it ftood in need ? Is--.it not notorious, that long before this epoch� on.the foth Prairial, the whole of the Englim fleet having appeared before Naples, a brig was detached, which li T/.ermieisr the fourteen veflels of Admiral Nc-'fon entered at full fail ttw ports of Augufta and Syr;Kjfe, and in whatever manner this article be interprf:tcv;, it"].-, obvious this was an infraction of it. T-hc Government of Naplc thought themselves obliged juftify this proceeding, by reprefenting, that it was not in their power to reiiit force a contemptible fubtcrfuge, bffiaufe it did not even atttmpl refiftancc, and becaufe the Senate of Syracufe received the Engiifh Admiral with honours. About tru-- period tiw, the 17th T/:ernridor, five Pot tuguefe mips of war, and thicc Engliih fhi'ps^ were received with.equal tagerntfs in the port of Naples. With refpect to the.furr.ifh'mg of articles forbidden by this Treaty, is it ftot notorious that, imrnediately after the coticlu/icn of the Peace, the French, attempting to board it, had a converfation with General Acton and the Queen, in order to. fecure whatever might be neceflary t� the fuccefs,of titt attack upon the French fleet ; that in addition to the afliltance and the ajluraqce that they received from them, pilots were alfo furniihed to clear the 8treightS"of Meflina, a paffage which-nVfquadron, without fuch afhftancc, would n?ve dared td attempt, and in confe-quenceoff wiiich they hoped to be abfe' to-cut of the French fleet, which were fuppofed to-be yet at Malta ; in a word, is it not clear that nothing that could be injurious to France, has been reiufed, by the Court of Naples, to our mplcaablt enemies ? In addition to this, if the conduct which Naples has directly manifeited towards us be confidered, if it be recoV lected" that in fpiteofthe 4th article of the Treaty, which Stipulates �that the King of Naples fliall be bound to-grant, in all hi j Roads and Forts, fumy arid protection to ait French merchant-fhips, however numerous, and to all fhips of war, which fhall not exceed four;" feveral of the convoy of the French fleet having been, obliged to anchor in the Roads of Sicily, commotion's, evidently excited the Government of Naples-, broke out at Trapani, at Ge"r-gonti, and arMeffina, in which feveral of the Fretich tot- . diersTwho. went on fhore were aflaflinated ; if k Be recollected that fince Malta has been in the kande of the French* the Maltefe boats which came as afual, to take in provi- ( fion: in Sicily, were prevented, the gatesthut againft thes,f and they were repulfed with fire-arms; that the planbf furprifing Malta while it remained ia" the hands of the French, was not even dHJembled by the Neapolitan Government.,; and that a Maltefe bark -which was carrying French C6iropi(fa� is? font to the Viceroy of Sicily, having been forced by the tngii .h.;ihal!o.p to-take refuge at Alciata, . the crew, having landed, were irwnediately' puriued with mufketry by the Sicilians, and forcedto re*e�Rbark> wheh the bark was immediately taken by the Engliffi^ without the Neapolitan Government makir.g the fmalteffc r^tefen-tatjort to caufe the Neutrality to be. refpected. If^pxfit added, that on another occasion one of our opriairs. Having been- carried off by force in-the port of BaraSto, the Governor of that place did not condefcend tataks any meafures to prevent f-uch an-attackuponthefovereignty the King of' the Two Sicilies, and irt Ihortthat tiich is the hoftile delirium and hatred of tlie: King of Naples towards the French and their allies, that m contempt of all the ties which mould bind him to th* King of Spain, he has had the impudence to receive in his pots a Sganifh prize taken by the-Engliih.. If-too we. recoiled?- the inconceivable joy which was. manifeited at Naples on the fight of thx Engiiih fleet, the public honours which the Court kfslf tUvifhed 4w Adtnirai: Nelfoa, v\ going oat to welcome him ; his triumphal entry, the large reward granted to the Meflcnjer" who brought the firft account of his victory, and thfe-itllimitations,and rejoicings which took place on the oceaf-fion ; If it be remrmbered, that from the time of this Vi&ory? the audacity of the Neapolitan Government ius knowrl no bounds ; that lately an unreArainedpopulace broke the windows of our Conlul at Naples, without, the Neapoli-. tan Gqv ernment ha-sing^taken any meafures to re^refs fuch an ir.fult; that the late lsdition at Malta was openly protected in the Neapolitan -Staiei; tfiat the markets, and all. the public placed .Mffiunde'd ifl'ued by the King uf Naples, menacing with death whoever fhould carry ptoviuoi^s tQ the French, at Malta; If all thefe circumfUnces are confidered, it mull be-allowed, that more hoftile fcinrtments never were mani-feficd than on, oflc-6des ovf more patienc? ftewa thaa.o� 1 th? other, [Pdee Sixpence.J
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