Anti Gallican Monitor (Newspaper) - July 16, 1815, London, Middlesex
THE ANTIGALUCAN MONITOR So- 234v- Price 8d.] " IVnce he Jo Fr.tuce, if France in lVace permit ** The just en�l lioeul entrance to onr own : " If nut, bleed France-and IVhcc nscrnd to Heaven."-Sua KFbprarV. JULY 16, 1815, TREASON, REBELLION & REGICIDE TRIUMPHANT? APOLOGY TO MY REJDERS. Readers of the Aatigalltcanf During ncnrly fiv� years that this Paper has been conducted by \m\ I seldom have had an occasion to offer any apology on account of neglect of duty. Illness, if I recollect right, obliged me twice or thrice during that period to offer an apology for not contributing my usual portion to the columns of the Anligallican. Indisposition is pleading hard at this moment for a similar in-dfclgence to that which has been already granted; but indisposition of a different description from that with which 1 have been hitherto afflicted. Mv present indisposition is not physical--it is mental; and as, of all human maladies, your mental malady is, beyond comparison, the worst and most grievous, my case merits your com-misseratiou. 1 am indisposed to write, because 1 am unwilling to say that I have been in error all this time--that I have cherished and inculcated wrong notions respecting political vice and virtue. My apology, gentle Reader, is of a peculiar nature--I have been endeavouring to enforce doctrines which I find are now exploded ; and still, though I feel that I must be in error, because the King of France, and, 1 believe, all the downed Meads in Europe, and most of their Ministers, Jitter with nie, I cannot, 1 fear, bring myself to make my apology, or read my recantation with all the marks of penitence and contrition which are necessity for the occasion. For five years have the coin nine, of the Anttgal-litum been devoted to one principal object--to unmask and expose the system of Buonaparte and the French Revolution-to pursue that system through all its ramifications, and exhibit it in t�lt its odious colours, my object being not inertly to assist in writing down IJuonaiwkti;, but to proceed more roundly to work, to lay the axe to the root of the tree, by exposing the revolutionary system in all its native deformity. 1 thought, for instance, and wished you, my Readers, to consider, that rebellion and regicide were crimes! 1 thought the name respecting robberv, murder, and assassination, and that it made no difference whether they were committed by Sovereigns, by Ministers, or mere unaccredited individuals. Thinking that virtue and vice, innocence and crime, were words that i.tood for certain established notions, I made no distinction, nor did 3 attempt to alter their common definitions on account of the rank of the offenders, but equally exposed the offence, whether the criminal was rich or whether he was poor, whether he was powerful or whether he was weak. Readers of the Antigallican-3 have been deceived ; and have contributed to deceive you. I crave your pardon-most humbly crave your pardon. The King of France, and the Sovereigns above alluded to, are inculcating quite different doctrines, and, of course, they must be (right. From our earliest youth we have been taught that to imagine or compass; the death of a King, and overturn his Government--to bring him to a scaffold, and to cut off his head-to -excite and take a part in civil war-to take away the life of another with matiee prepense- to forcibly possess oneself of property belonging to another, were great crimes-that they were called by the names of treason, murder, and robbery; that the perpetrators of such crimes were unfit to live-that all Saws, human and divine, forbade them under the most heavy penalties, and that the peace and well-being of society were maintained by cherishing these notions respecting law and justice. But let us only ca9t an eye upon what is doing in France, and we cannot fail to discover our error in tt moment, for what we miscall by the name of crimes, are there found to be none whatever ; and I, poor simpleton, what n driveller must I now appear to be, who. in the Antigallican of the last and preceding Sunday, foolishly recommended that not only Boomai arte himself, but many of his accomplices, of whom I furnished a list, should be brought to condign punishment- I was �ven weak enough, not long since, to publish a tract, recommending this very thing to the Allied Sovereigns ; namely, to bring Buonaparte to a solemn trial-But in all this I hare been wrong, for rebels and regicides are not only pardoned (I beg pardon for using the term as applied to such honourable men) but they are promoted, and they are " the very men whom it delighteth the King to honour." Much injured Desparo, you only imagined the death of a King, and were hanged ! How differently, and how much better do they order these matters in France!! In that country those who murdered a King, and Princes of the Blood, are not only pardoned, but rewarded and honoured by the relatives of the victims! ! But treason and murder are not the only crimes which have been overlooked. Who will now speak of highway robbery as a crime ? Let him look to a French Marshal, with his coffers filled from the wholesale plunder of whole cities and districts, and be silent. Shades of AtiF.itstiAW and of martyred Schindeiuians,* with what indignation must you now look on what is passing here below. But you, drivellers, you robbed and murdered without diplomacy ! You possessed no estates-no hotels-no titles to excite feeling and compassion in your favour, and to cover the enormity of your offences. You wore hanged, not because you deserved it, but because you were poor. Poverty in not only one of the greatest of all evils, but the greatest of crimes also. flail you been rich you might have escaped with impunity, as we see your fellow labourers, the Ni.Ys, the Soults, the 1.)a-voust's and the e the unshaken loyalty of the men who attached themselves to the fortunes of the family--through every chance and every change, through evil report �* The Austriaiis also ai rested on neutral territory, and kept in clone confinement, Semouville aud Maret (now Duke of Hassano) inertly lt> (murc tiny were Ambaws-ador;) from the Government which condemned LoUS X V I to o urrcBted and kept prisoner JDrouet, the Postmaster, who btout Louis XVI. ul Vureuuvj.