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Anti Gallican Monitor (Newspaper) - May 7, 1815, London, Middlesex MONITOR ** Peace be to^rance, if France u* Ytece permit " The }aat lineal eriUraace t� out own : �' If not, Weed Prante-and Peace aacend to Heaven>"-S�AiCEsPRARr. MAY 7. �^15. TREACHERY OF MURAT. supply them with the means of judging of the nature of that Government which has'"lately re-appeared-of investigating and discovering its essential difference, if any, front those that wont before, in order.that we might )v able to fonn a practical conclusion as to what ouv conduct should be towards that heterogeneous Government which again threatens u-ition,and the Editor �f the Morning Chronicle, have heard theireonfes-aton, and pronounced their absolution, and wc sire henceforth to consider them as mild, as virtuous, and as devoid of ambition as any of their apologists in this country-in fact, their motto is to be-" Peace, on earth-good-will towards men." But then, as none are so truly brave as the truly peaceable man, we are threatened with the dreadful effects of republican vengeance, when roused. ~VVe thought, perhaps, that the lion wasdead, and qifon pent p- sur (uit but we are gravely assured, by the Opposition, that we are mistaken-that he means no harm unless provo ked, but if he is-let us beware. Indeed no human testimony could so strongly prove the sincerity and attachment of some men in this country, to the cause and person of Buonaparte, as the events which have taken place since the beginning of March last. To the catalogue of bis former crimes (and the list was pretty long) be has added, during his exile, and since, ingratitude, perjury, treason, and usurpation, and yet with such an accumulation of additional guilt does this man appear perfectly harmless, and unobjectionable to certain writers and politicians in this country. A few Revolutionists, a* Jed by a ferocious soldiery, recall their former Leader, aud overturn a harmless Government, that he might lead them out to a fresh harvest of universal spoil and plunder, (for their object and bis cannot be mistaken for a moment,) and while be is making ready for bis expedition, he professes that he is disposed to be at peace wiih all the world, aud his partizaus in this country de- clare that they are convinced of his sincerity, nay, more, they labour incessantly to bring over others to their opinion-to make proselytes to the cause of despotism. Now, as my object was to shew the consistency of conduct in all the Revolutionary Governments-the uniform direction of all their plans and schemes, it would he more systematic to begin with the Resolution, and proceed regularly onwards, but I feel myself compelled to deviate a little in my present number, in order to call my Readers attention to the expos/' of Revolutionary treachery-(t might say politics, for the words in Revolutionary language are svnonimous) which has been exhibited to the British Fhnpire in the course of last week. I allude to the debate on Mr. Homer's motion in the House of Commons, ou Tuesday last, and particularly to my Lord Castlercagh's speech, a pretty full report of which will be found in another part of this paper. Murat, honest Joachim Marat, has at length been completely unmasked, and his friends here are. confounded and silenced. This is the man whose services and good faith have been so long the theme of praise with all the patriots of England-the man with respect to whom the bad faith and ingratitude of the Allies were tabe made apparent to all the wen-hi and above all whose case was to exhibit the very character of the British Government, and to cover our ministers and negoci Uors with shame, with confusion, and disgrace. One eminent Statesman (Mr. Pousonby) had, in a sort of judicial character, tried our Ministers in the House of Commons, desiring the Speaker to look at the countenances of the criminals, but unfortunate* lv one, and he the greatest state criminal, (Lord Castlereagh,) was absent at the tunCj but as the proofs of his guilt were abundant, nothing but his presence was necessary for his immediate conviction and condemnation. How impatient were his accusers ? Indeed so great v/au their ardour aud impatience, that it occasionally ov;�r, flowed all boo ink of parliamentary decorum, and their tropes and figures, like those of old Pistol? gave them a most redoubtable appearance--in the absence of ih>* enemy. The adversary has appeared, and !&! all this predictions and denunciations of those clamorous politicians arc fa hi* fieri and set at nought,and nothing now remain3 to them but that sort of paasjou or frenzyj in which uncandid aud prejudiced accuser'- always take refuge, when defeated in a bad cause. The situation of these panegyrists of Bnona-parte and Joachim, is rather uncomfortable at present; for patriots of former days, (I mean those who, like Whitb.ead and Co. affected pa- rt is surely some cause of triumph to a.- public writer to find events to corroborate his opinions, though, he may sometimes feel sorrow for the consequences to his country. But I should beg leave to ask, what is there, surprising in the discovery of Marat's treachery ? Does not the whole history of the French Revolution, from the commencement down to the present day, exhibit a lengthened series of low fraud and villain, especially towards this country ? The Debate of Tuesday has produced, and will still produce, admirable effects : Not only is the conduct of the Revolutionists exposed in its proper light, but when we. shall hereafter hear, as we have hitherto, men with lengthened speeches--men who may fairly he considered the organs of the di>alfected of all countries-* when we shall hear them endeavouring,to defend, and protecting French Spies-depreciating our paper currency-.i-xeiting, or endeavouring to excite mutiny in our army or navy, we shall be able to appreciate the motives of these gentlemen, and perhaps be able to reward them according to their deserts. But one circumstance attending, this Marat**; situation has excited much surprise and iudig-* nation in my mind--d mean that species of recognition and support which his. cause hao occasionally received from the free press of Britain, and from a shale, in the following manner--'' It is with Si triotism, (used to contrive to cover the disgrace 4 daughter of Lueien ; this ia only reports but I of defeat in a blaze of ^popularity, but unfor- ' ' ' ' ' tunately for those of the present day, they have not even a transient gleam of popularity to comfort them under their defeat. The people of England are plair aud honest, and detest unfair dealing and underhand practices ; they therefore cannot bear that the men who censured and defamed our Allies,and our Ministers, for acting unjustly towards one whom we may now consider a convicted traitor, should assume any longer the mask of patriotism, or pretend, or hope to cover their personal hostility, by an aifected regard for British honour or British interest. Some may, perhaps, think, that the case is not closed, because certain documents are to be examined, but the statement of Lord Castlereagh is quite sufficient to make the cau^e of altogether desperate. His friends here, with all their effrontery, will be obliged to give it up as quite hopeless. But with regard to my own opinion of tins man, as it was not formed on the events of the last or preceding year-it was never doubtful. 1 trust it will not be considered vanity in me to restate the opinion which I formerly expressed respecting him and Bernadotte, and all others of the Revolutionory school. I always said that a sincere peace with any of them was incompatible with the situation 0/ [{evolutionists, aud that whether they offered terms or not, it was all the same. Murat and Bernadotte were therefore always objects oi my suspicion-I always have ra^ed my voice, feeble it may be, but srill inde-1 pendent, against such an unnatural connexion. pleasure that I find myself Mirrouuded by " thofkC who have so often led the French to e{ victory ; I am sure they would do �;o again if 84 I should have need of their con rage " Muni-I ear, Jan. 4-"*miy, on that very ..ay, who raised Jourdan (the Jacobin General Jonrdan,) to the" dignity of a Count, (and tins too not necessary in itself, as he was bound to nufnwi the titles of Buonaparte's creation, hut not to raise his creatures to honours)- -1 say, to speak of his feelings, is indeed preposterous. The perfidy of Mural may, indeed, be considered a fair specimen of the general system of revolutionists, and should serve as a L-son to us to guard us against any other connexion of the same nature or kind. So base ha-., tb;;t conduct been, that it excited the surprise of the Opposition themselves, when it was fairly exposed, as may be seen from the observation:-; made by Mr. Whilbread ; but if Mural's treachery is so great as almost to have transcended the belief of those gentlemen, though they must now. admit that it is clear this only shews that they were always ignorant of those characters, whose cause they honoured with then support, and that they were; ignorant of the character of Revolutionary ;