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Proclamation of General Lake, Com- in acts of positive rebellion ; let

mander in Chief of the Northern them instantly, by restoring those Difritt in Ireland.

traitorously taken from the king's

forces, rescue themselves from the Belfast, March 13, 1797. feverity of military authority.-Let Whereas the daring and horrid all the loyal and well-intentioned outrages in many parts of this pro- act together with energy and spirit, vince, evidently perpetrated with a in enforcing fubordination to the view to fuperfede the laws and the laws, and rettoring tranquillity in administration of justice, by an their refpe&tive neighbourhoods, organised system of murder and rob- and they may be assured of proiecbery, bave increased to such an tion and support from me.-And I alarming degree, as from their atro- do hereby invite all persons who city and extent to bid defiance to are enabled to give information the civil power, and to endanger touching arms or ammunition which the lives and properties of his ma- may be concealed, immediately to jesty's faithful subjects. And communicate the same to the levewhereas the better to effect their ral officers commanding his majeltraitorous purposes, several persons ty's forces in their respective di. who have been enrolled under the itricts; and for their encouragement authority of his inajeity's cominis. and reward, I do hereby promise fioners, and others, have been for. and engage that strict and inviolacibly and traitorously deprived of ble fecrecy fall be observed, with their arms; it is therefore become respect to all persons who fhall make indispensably neceffary, for the fuch communications; and that safety and protection of the well- every person who shall make it shall difpofed, to interpose the king's receive as a reward the full valle troops under my command ; and I of ail such arms and ammunition do hereby give notice, that I have as frall be feifed in consequence received authority and directions o thereof. act in such a manner as the public Signed by G. LAKE, lieut gen. fatety may require. I do therefore commanding the northern district. hereby enjoin and require all persons in this district (peace officers, and those ferving in a military capacity excepted) fortlıwith to bring. Mesage from his Excellency the Lord in and surrender up all arms and Lieutenant to the Ilouse of Comammunition which they may have in their pofTefTion, to the officer commanding the king's troops in

CAMDEN, their neighbourhood. I trust that The dangerous and the daring an immediate compliance with this outrages committed in many parts order may render any act of mine to of the province of Ulster, evidentenforce it unnecessary. Let the ly perpetrated with a view to fuperpeople ferioully reflect, before it is fede the law and prevent the admifoo late, on the ruin into which niftration of justice by an organised they are ruling ; let them reflect system of murder and robbery, have upon their present prosperity, and lately increased to so alarming a the miseries into which they will in- degree in some parts of that proevitably be involved by perästing vince, as to bid defiance to the ex.


ertions of the civil power, and to had been traitorously taken from his endanger the lives and properties of majesty's troops and others, and his majesty's fubjects in that part of more effettually to defeat the evil the kingdom.

designs of those who had endanger These outrages are encouraged ed the public safety. and supported by treasonable allo I have the satisfaction of inform. ciations to overturn our happy con- ing you, that by the firm and ieinftitution.

perate conduct of the general and Threats have been held out the troops under him, and the zeal. against the lives of all persons who ous co-operation of the yeomanry ihall venture to discover such their corps, a very considerable number treasonable intentions. - The fre of arms has been taken, and I am quent treasonable asemblage of per- encouraged to hope that a continufons, and their proceedings by ance of the same vigorous measures threats and force to difarm the will give confidence to the well-dis peaceable inhabitants, their endea- posed, and restore to the civil power vour to collect great quantities of its constitutional authority, which it arms in obscure hiding places, their has ever been my wish and fuall be assembling by night to exercise the my strenuous endeavour to lupport practice of arms, their intimida- with energy and effect. tions, accompanied by the most

CAMDEN. borrid murders, to prevent his majetty's faithful subjects from joining the yeomanry corps established by law, their having fired on fome of Refiript, published by Order of the his majesty's juftices of the peace, King of Prujia repreling the Pruf and threatened with murder any

han Territories on the Left Bank of who should have the spirit to stand the Rhine. forth in support of the laws, which threats have been recently exempli

Frederic William II. &c. fied, their attacks on the military, We having been informed, that by firing on them in the execution an opinion has been propagated of their duty, have so totally bid through a part of our state of Westdefiance to the ordinary exertions phalia, situated on the left bank of of civil power, that I found myself the Rhine, to wit, the provinces obliged by every tie of duty to his of Cleves, Meurs, and Guelders, majesty, and of regard to the wel in the actual posetion of the French fare of his faithful subjects, to pro- troops, that fufficient remonftrances vide for the public safety by the most and protestations had not been made effectual and immediate application on our part against the various in. of the military force entrusted to novations and oppressions which the me.

French commillaries and agents I have accordingly ordered the ge- exercise over our faithful subjects; neral commanding in that province we have therefore thought it good to dispose of and employ those to make this públic declaration, by troops under his command with means of our regency, jointly with the atiistance and co-operation of our chamber of war and of territothe yeomanry, to fuppress these out- ry; and we do publicly declare, rages, and by feifing upon all arms that we have never ceased, nor shali and ammunition, to recover such as we ever cease, to interest ourselves



in behalf of our said subjects, by It has already in effect given our the intervention of our envoy, to envoy at Paris the most pofitive af. the French republic; and that it is surance, that the measures taken far from our intention to depart with respect to the clergy should from the basis of the treaty of be put an end to, and that the ecBalle, respecting the civil or finan- clebaftics should remain in quiet cial adminiftration of those coun. enjoyment of their goods and re. tries.

venues. We therefore constantly In concluding the treaty by expect the revocation of the order which the war between our state for the sale of woods, and, in geand the French republic was putan neral, a renunciation of all those end to, it was never our intention destructive innovations relative to to grant them more than a mere mili- our dominions. tary poffeffion of our provinces on We mall not by any means rethe left side of the Rhine, till peace cognise as valid the tale of woods, should be concluded with the em which have already taken place to peror; and this intention, which our great astonishment; and we are has been taken as a basis in the ne positively determined to have regotiations, is sufficiently manifest course to the purchasers for restiby the tenor of the 5th article, tut on in kind, or for the value at which expressly declares, “ that which the property fold fall be the troops of the republic thall oc estimated by our agents, and for the cupy these countries belonging to damages which mall refult from

the waste committed on these The difference between pro

woods. vinces conquered from an enemy, In those cases, where the purand those which belong to a power chasers cannot be found, we Niall in alliance, and which have been exercise our severity on all those merely conceded for a temporary who are employed by these last for military occupation, is sufficiently cutting and carrying wood. We, evident, and it is obvious that they in consequence, exhort our faithful ought not to be treated in the faine subjects of the faid provinces to re: nianner.

main assured of our lasting and efIt is therefore impossible for us ficacious protection, and to wait to believe that the French govern- with confidence for the return of ment, considering the amicable ties that ancient order of things, so fubfitting between us and it, will highly to be desired. ftill oppose such evident reasoning. At Wesel, in our chamber of war I cannot fail to conceive, that nii and territory, 29th December, ther fequeftration nor confiscation 1796, in the name and on the of the goods of the clergy, nor the behalf of his majesty. projected sale of woods, nor the BARON DE STEIN, first president. enormous contribution of three Given at Emmeric, in our regenmillions, imposed on the country cy, the 29th December, 1796, in between the Meuse and the Rhine, the name and on the behalt of which would entirely ruin that his majesty. country, can take place with any

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Letter of Convocation addressed to the this blessing, that it is the mere re-
Pleniporentiary Envoys of the sf- fult of the indefatigable exertions

iciated States of Nortern Ger of his majefty, by which he has ' many, by Von Duhm, the Prujian laid a fate foundation for the neuMinifier.

trality of Northern Germany, and

must effectively protect it by a corps The underligned is charged, by of his own troops, and of those of the express command of the king the two all'ed courts. His majesty of Prussia, his most gracious fove- bas further consolidated this neutralireig, to make the following over ty, by the formal acceflion of his setures to all their excellencies, the rene bigliels the elector of Saxony, plenipotentiaries of the allociated and the whole circle of Upper Sax states of Northern Germany, dele. ony, in virtue of a supplementary gated to assemble in convention article added to the convention of at Hildesheim : The general con- the 5th of Augu!t, 1796, by which cerns of Germany, with regard to a line of demarcation, extending the continuance of the war, fill from the utmost coaits of the North remain in a most uudecided con. Sea, to the Lower Rhine, and from dition, and the consolatory hope of hence to Silesia, encompassed the a general peace, lo devoutly to je whole north of Germany. The wilhed, remains as yet uncertain two associations in this vast extent and remote, to the last degree, fince of territory must remain keparate, the negotiations entered upon for with respect to the maintenance of that purpose may, alas! produce a the troops, drawn out to cover their farther and more obstinate war, ra-, neutrality, which is done in Upper ther than bring about its final con Saxouy by a corps belonging to the clufion. In this perplexing fitu- elector himselt; but with regard ation, it ci rtainly is a happiness to their common design they join which Northern Germany cannot hands, and by this enlargement, ef. sufficiently praise, to fee i felf en fected by his majesty, the neutrality tirely freed, not only from the mi- of Northern Germany receives a series of this ravaging war, but also new and manifest importance. from all the inconveniencies con The king is likewise firmly re. nected with it, such as the requi- solved to secure farther, and until fitions of the belligerent powers, the conclusion of the war, the full the passage and marches of troops, enjoyment of the neutrality to all and many other similar burders. the associated states, to protect them It needs but a light comparative and their territories against every glance at the most piteous state of power, and to defend them in parthe countries of Southern Ger- ticular, at all times, and in the many, formerly Aourishing, and moft effetual and powerful manner, now ruined for a long time to against the incursions of the troops come, in order to feel, in its whole of the belligerent powers, against extent, the happiness of the north- each and every denand of military ern parts, which have, for the two requisitions, of whatever fort, and last campaigns, enjoyed the most the levying of those requisitions perfect tranquillity:

which might be attempted by exeThe king is fully convinced, cution, and against all fimilar bur, that it can be unknown to no of dens of war; likewise to screen his co-states, who participate in them by his most forcible interpo.

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Gation, during the period of this the corps of troops which is drawn neutrality, from all the subsequent out, covering the line of demarcadeinands of supplies for the war of tion, maintaining farther, in the the empire.

most efficacious manner, the neutra. The underligned is expressly in- lity of the countries situate within structed to give once more these their precivets, to fulfil the prodefinite and most explicit allurances. mises previoully given. Yet in this It affords infinite pleasure to his he will not compromise himself remajesty, to bave thus secured the specting those very possible events invaluaiale benefits of the neutrality which accompany the viciiftudes to all his co-states, connected with of the fortune of war. But where. his dominions by their topographi- as the king is under the neceility of cal locality, in the same manner as setting boundaries to the great fait has been done to his own territo crifices he has already made; and ries, and to have thus given them whereas the concurrence farther fo strong a proof of his friendly demanded of the protected counfentiments. Besides the gratifying tries for the maintenance of the consciousness of having hitherto troops who defend them, is so ex. accomplished this happy end, his tremely just and equitable; the unmajelty requires no other proof of derligned bas also express orders

, gratitude on the part of his co- herewith to declare, that in ihe states, than that they should conti- unexpected case of the majority of nue as heretofore to co-operate in the Itates not displaying the necesthe maintenance of the troops. The fary zeal and alacrity, his majesty king flatters himself the more to will forthwith withdraw his troops, find the most perfect readiness on renounce entirely all the obligations their part, since the burden which which he has voluntarily taken op. will arise from this measure to the on liim from motives of patriotism; countries thus protected, does not fupprefs totally the convention bear the most difiant comparison made for that purpose with the with the manifold evils, and the French republic, and confine himprobable and entire ruin averted self solely to the defence of his own from them, especially since the two dominions, abandoning all the rest courts allied with his majesty, and to their own means and resources, furniliing troops in a like manner, and making known his intention to made the major part of the facri- the belligerent powers. Should such fices required for that end. This a resolution once be taken, and the latter circumftance must strike all corps be withdrawn, no circumthe associated states with the most stances, of what complexion soperfect conviction, that the conti. ever, shall induce his majesty to nuance of those measures will not recur again to the adoption of fimi. be prolonged a single moment be- lar measures; and the underligned yond the period of their indispensa- is obliged to announce beforehand, ble necesity. But the underfigned that his majetty will at no rate has his majesty's direct commands, interest himself again in the fate of to deciare in the most positive man. those of his co-states, who fhall not ner, that his majesty deems the now accept of the friendly proffer continuance of those measures ab- of protection, made with so much solutely neceffary for the present, as friendship, and so many personal he will only tind himself enabled by facrifices.


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