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(290 SUMMARY OF POLITICS. " useful to the great Gause, and will conWAR OF EXTERMINATION.--The fac “ tribute to strengthen the Government in tion, in this country, who began, and who " their measure of negociating with the have so long been such strenuous advocates " Allies. It appears to us, that the peoof, under all circumstances, the war against "ple of this kingdom, having made trial of France, have been, on many occasions, and one Peace, which was used by the Ruler upon tolerably good grounds, accused of " of France only as an interval of breathing wishing for a war of extermination ; but, I " and recruiting for levying fresh war upon do not know, that they have, until this his neighbours, bave, for years, made up time, ever openly and unequivocally avow- "their mind to the necessity of carrying on ed such wishes. Heretofore, they have " war as long as the same monster is en. visually disguised their real views under the dured by the French nation as their

of / " , safely, the independence, or the deliverance "out this prosperous nation, no call for of Europe.

Now, however, they, without " peace, as has been in all former wars. any disguise whatever, come forward, and " Persons of all classes acquiesce, with express the ardent desire never to have " patience and with fortitude, in the burpeace with France, till the Sovereign of that " dens and missortunes attendant on the country is deposed; nay, until he be pul lo defensive struggle, which is to protect us death as a malefaclor. These senti

against the slavery imposed upou others, ments are expressed in an article, publislio 6 who did not so defend themselves. liaped in the Courier nerys-paper of about a "pily the Sovereigns and the People of the forinight ago, under the title of a Meeting, “Continent have, at length, followed our held at the Thatched-House Tavern, in St." example; and the whole of Europe is James's-street, on the 12th of February. now united against the common enemy,

I shall insert this article at full length. " who appears, at last, to be at their inercy, It is a great curiosity in is way. It will“ pursued, as he is, into liis own territory, deserve attention hereafter; and, it will " where there is no sign of a disposition in certainly account, in some ineasure, for any " the people lo stand by him, and save him bitterness of hostility which may be disco " from military execulion.

- In this crivered by Napoleon against this country, "sis of Europe, it is our opinion, our earshould he chance to survive his dangers, nest prayer,

and our firm hope, that there and to triumph over a coinbination, the “ will be no contract, no treaty, no parley, greatest that ever was, I believe, known, or 56 with the Man whom the French still sufheard of, in the world. The article to o fer to be their representative among ihe which I allude, and on which I am about " Powers of Europe, He is a known linr, to comment, was published in the follow imposlor, thies, and murderer ; one who ing words : -- Ar a meeting of Gentle-" would not be borne, as a private person,

men at the Thatched-House Tavern, St. " in a low station of life froin which he had “James's-street, Saturday, 12th of Febru- " been raised during the reign of wicked

ary, 1814, the following Public Address“ ness in France. And how can Britons

was agreed to:-Approaching, as we consent that their King should enter into 66 now seem, to the conclusion of a warfare, " covenant with such a one, as his equal ! " that has been sustained for the mainte or that a British Nobleinan or Gentleman “ nance of Governinent and the social sys. " should be degraded to the office of treat“ tem, against the assaults of the French “ įng, or holding converse, with such in" Revolution, during a period of more than "struments of assassination and villany as 56 20 years, it appears to us, that a Decla- " are the Ministers and Servants of such a “ ration from the people at large, of senti " Monster: The like repugnance, we are “ ments that are suited to the circumstances " sure, must be felt in the breasts of our " of the present momeót, will be highly " Allies; because it must be wherever


“ there is any thing royal, any thing noble, ought to continue the war, until we have " any thing honest. But we having been killed Napoleon, or caused the French lo " the leaders in this war, it seems peculi. kill him. Motives of safety for ourselves; “arly our province to give the word, and safety for Europe ; motives of conquest, of

be the first to proclaim our opinion, with honour, are all laid aside; we are now to “whom it can, and with whom it cannot, spend our money and shed our blood, in “ be terminated. While we declare this holy war, for the destruction of one “thus peremptorily against peace with the man, and for the forcing upon the French “ hateful Ruler of France, we are conscious nation, that great, populous, gallant, po" that we speak only from a desire and a lite, and ingenious nation, a government, “ love of peace; being fully persuaded, or, at least, a ruler, whom they now have " that such happy state is never to be en- chosen to set up over them. This “joyed while that man has the power of impudent faction say, that they have a “ disturbing it, whenever it suits his pro- great majority of the people of this country “jects of rapine and desolation so to do; with them. I do not believe it; but, if it “ and being convinced, as we are, that were so, that would not change the nature “ such a sentence of disqualification, pro. of the doctrine which they promulgate. It " nounced against him by the Allied would only prove, that it is more extensive“ Powers, is the last step that need be ly prevalent, and would, to every just "taken for terminating the war, and re- mind, afford additional cause of regret. " storing the former state of things in Eu The French people are appealed to by " rope. I would be a signal to the French this impudent and bloody faction. This

people to do justice on their oppressor, faction, who only want the courage to make "'whom they have long delermined not to them murderers and assassins, tell us, that,

spare al home, when they once see him if the whole of this nation were to join them “ thoroughly beaten and discredited abroad. in an expression of their sentiments, it "The contempt, the hatred, the ab- would be a signal to the French people “ horrence of that man's character, have " lo do justice on their oppressor, whom " long been general throughout this coun " they have resolved not lo spare at home, "try; and, on the present occasion, we be. " when once they see him thoroughly "lieve it to be a general sentiment, that he " beaten and discredited abroad." "ought not to be recognised as a Sovereign Now, how impudently false are these facts! “ Prince, and treated with for peace; but Napoleon, owing to his having con Gded in " ralher, that juslice should be done upon his German allies, has been thoroughly 36 him as a malefactor. If this is really a beaten abroad: his enemies, consisting of

general sentiment, we trust it will be ge- all the old governments of Europe, and all nerally declared. It is a time for the their feets and armies, have driven him people to raise their voice through the into France; they have invaded France on country. When the French first made both sides, and nearly all round; they have war upon us with their revolutionary marched 10 within 40 miles of Paris.

principles, and their revolutionary hosti- And, have we seen any one symptom of his “ lities, the people spoke for theinselves, being hated by the French people? If “ in support of the King and Constitution ; they had been resolved not to spare him, " and it was their public declarations and why have they spared him? Does not an 56 associations that gave a tone to the exer- army rise up, as it were, by magic, at the « tions of Government, which has been sound of his voice? Is he not now exposed our main

support through this long war to that vengeance, which we have so long “ fare. The contest seems now to be re- been told the peuple of France have in store • duced to one single object, the overlhrow for him? And yet, this blood-thirsty fac" of the odious Tyrant himself. Let the tion would persuade us, that the people of “ people now shew themselves, to put a France are, above all things, desirous of his “ finishing hand to their own war. Let destruction ! -But, we are cold, that they " then declare against a peace with the are to do justice upon him; that is to say, *** Tyrant of France. When the popular assassinate him; or, at least, kill him someopinion of this nalion is once declared, how or other; whence we may fairly con

we shall see what will be the conduct of clude, that the same faction have approved, " the King's government; and, very soon if not been the instigators, of all those "safier, we shall see what will happen in bungling attempts at assassination, which " France.-Pro Rege Et Populo."' have been made by persons going from Here, then, it is openly avowed, that we this country; and we can hardly help ad

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miring the magnanimity of the people of and reasoning on the side of the man, whose France, who have never attempted any act blood they thirst for. They do, however, of retaliation. These men of blood do not know of them and feel their weight; but seem to reflect on the example that they are this only excites their rage, as it usually giving, which example, if the people of happens with those, who find themselves France were base and bloody enough to beaten in argument. They have read the follow it, might lead to the horrible deed answer to the Bourbon Proclamation ; they of murdering our own sovereign. It must have read the articles upon the subject of have occurred to most people to observe, Moreau ; they have read the several articles that while our public prints are filled with upon the subject of the state of France and such abominable sentiments as those above the disposition of the people towards Naexpressed ; that, while our prints call the poleon. They know, they must know, Emperor of France all sorts of foul names; that these articles contain facts and arguthat, while they assert, in so many words, ments that entitle them to an answer ; but, that the sovereign, to whom our great and unable to answer, they fall, like the lowest good Ally, the Emperor of Austria, gave of the vulgar, to vile and odious railing. his daughter in marriage, and by whom They are not ignorant, that men of sense she has a son, heir to her husband's throne, and candour are on our side, because sense is “a liar, an imposlor, a thief, a tyrant, and candour yield to convincing proof in

a murderer, and a monster,” the French spite of prejudice; but, they are aware, at prints never utier a syllable of personal the same time, that the mass of the people abuse of any of our Royal Family, but as are guided by their prejudices, cherished carefully abstain from it as if the authors by the mass of the public prints; and, were liable to even our own libel laws for though the men of blood know that the such abuse; and that while our prints are sense and candour of the country hold them incessantly inculcating the right and the and their doctrine in abhorrence, they care duty of the French people to assassinate little for that, provided they secure the mass their sovereign, the French prints express of the people, and thereby keep alive the regret at the unhappy state of our good old delusion that keeps alive the war. ---Bit, king, and leave us in quiet to bestow our upon what ground, again, do these men of love and admiration upon him and all his blood presume, that a declaration of their family, contenting themselves with cen- sentiments, supposing it to become general suring, and that, 100, in the most dignified in England, would influence the people of tone and manner, the views, the policy, France, and induce them to abandon, or to and the acts of our government; so that, murder, Napoleon? It is presumption in the Paris papers scarcely ever contain an the highest and most ridiculous degree to article, which our libel laws would not let suppose, that the French nation, consisting pass, and which even I myself might not of thirty millions of men, the most active, publish as my own production with impu- most intelligent, most brave, and most nity. This contrast is no less striking proud of national glory in the world, than it is humiliating to us as a nation would kill their sovereign merely because and, if the iwo nations were to be judged the thirteen or fourteen millions of people of by it, how little, how low, how con- in these islands wished them to do it. If temptible must England appear by the side we could suppose it possible for such a deof France ! And, upon what ground claration to have any influence at all upon do the men of blood accuse Napoleon their minds, we must suppose that it would of being an oppressor of the people of be to make iliem love him more than ever ; France ? It has been shown, that his code and I have, for my part, not the smallest of laws is admirable; it has been shown doubt, that, if they ever do hear of the that the Bourbons themselves, in order to publications of the blood-men, those pubpave their way to restoration, have been lications are very useful to Napoleon, as induced to promise the French people the they must say to the people of France : continuance of that code ; it has been shown,

" this is the man whom you ought to chethat he has done a great deal for the hap “rish, because, you see, that those who piness and even for ihe liberty of France. “ wish your humiliation, and who boast of Why are not these statements answered? being the leader of your invaders; 50 Why does not some one of the men of blood anxiously desire his death.” Besides, show, that these

statements are false ? They suppose the people of France to receive and never enterthe field of argument with us. They read such a declaration, might they not, never appear to take any notice of the facts and would they not, answer in somewhat'


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this way: 'Why do you wish us to destroy ; ' in re-establishing Bishops and Priests, ' Napoleon ? Ai the beginning of the war, • Napoleou has not restored the monks and

you professed to fight against us, who • friars to their convents and their immense • had then declared ourselves republicans, property, by the means of which they led ' in order to prevent the extension of our such easy lives and wore such fat and disorganizing principles to yourselves. rosy cheeks, while those who tilled their • There were some amongst us who said, land were skin and bone. Their lands

that your government feared the effect of were divided amongst us by the republi'the example of freedom that we were can assemblies, and Napoleon has con

giving to mankind; but, at any rate, all'firmed their grants. Is it for this that your public declarations professed your you so hate him? Is it for this that object to be to prevent the overthrow of • you so becall him? Is it for this that regular government. Well! We have you lay on him with fouler mouths than given up those disorganizing principles. those which have heretofore been regarded

Our government is as regular as that of as the exclusive possession of your own • England, or any of her numerous Allies, dames of Billingsgate? Is it for this that • and, it is Napoleon who has made it so; you would have us cut his throat while

why, therefore, would you have us as he is asleep ?-Or, are you offended, 'sassinate Napoleon ? Ai a later period, that he did not restore the lithes along

the war, on your part, assumed a garb with the parochial clergy? Is your zeal • of holiness. You were shocked at our • for the Church so very great, that you

irreligious principles, and you received, cannot abide the idea of her being robbed with open arms, those priests, nionks, of any portion of her inheritance ?and friars, whom you formerly denomi. Coine, coine, do not shuffle at this point, ' nated cheats and impostors, and for listo at any rate, give us a direct answer. *ening to whom you abused us very “We have read, with very erroneous eyes,

grossly. You shed tears of pious pity if you yourselves do not regard tithes over the fall of the Pope, whom you had monstrous grievance; if great formerly called Anti-Christ and the Scar numbers of your leading men have not • let Whore of Babylon. Your war against been forining schemes for their aboli

us now became a war for regular governation in England ; if one of your prin• ment and holy religion ; and you listened cipal noblemen has not stated, to a with the zeal of converts to those who great meeting of farmers and wool-deal. told you, that if you did not freely pay

you laboured under the disad. • for the support of the war, we should de vantage of tithes, which neighbouring • prive you

is of the blessed comforls of re countries were free from. Is it, therefore, ligion.-Well! We are no longer possible, that this can be the cause of of our, then, way of thinking, or, at your calling Napoleon a tyrant, an op• least, we do not shock you with our Depressor, and a man whom we ought to • istical notions. Religion, our old reli- murder, and a man whom we must and • gion, is on foot again; masses are sung shall murder, before you will let us have

in all our churches ; the good wives and peace? Would you, indeed, have us • their daughters go regular 1o confess their butcher our ruler in cold blood, because • sins, and they count their beads, as former he has not compelled us to pay the holy 'ly; and your religion, too, is fully tole • church her dues? If this be the cause,

rated amongst us, and, indeed, enjoyed, or any part of the cause, of your bloody

not as an indulgence, but as a righi. minded purpose, let us, at any rate, never . This change has been made by Napolcon. · hear any more of your own grumbling • Why, therefore, do you call upon us to mur- l about tithes ; for, we are not aware of • der him? Why do you so eagerly seek his any law of God, of Nature, or of Nations, • life at our hands? Why would you have making that oppression in England which • us assassinate him, who has relieved is not to be deemed oppression in France.

you from all danger of being deprived by · So much for your war for "holy reus of those "blessed coinsofts of religion, on ligion," as it was called by Mr. Joha • for which that worthy veteran George · Bowles, the Dutch Commissioner. • Rose, called on you to pay and fight, and Your next object, or rather, objects, of • who has restored those inestimable bless-war were, as expressed by that heaven

ings even to us? Why, you men of born minister, Mr. Pitt, "indemnity for • blood, would you urge us to stick our the past and security for the future.' • knives into his heart? __ It is true, in- . Have you not got indemnity in the thirty . deed, that, in restoring religion to France; millions of subjects which you have

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acquired at Java ? In all your immense " and commerce to the enemiy, and have conquests of territory and of people ? In " silently withdrawn from both ourselves ?" • the Dutch and Danish fleets ? Or, do'-(Times news-paper, March 1). Oh,

you pretend to say, that all these put "Oh! That is it, is it? What, this same

together are not worth a millionth part of Napoleon, whose character, but now, • the hundreds of millions that you have you said you held in contempl, is all of a ' expended in the war? Be it so, then; sudden, become a chief, who well knows • but, would you have us murder Napoleon · how to make use of a veteran army! • for that? Did he cause you to expend • Here you let your real motives peep out. • all these hundreds of millions ? And, if you do not wish that our veterans, who

he did, is that a reason why we should are prisouers of war, should be restored • cụt his throat while he is asleep, seeing to their country; and, therefore, you

that the money was expended in a war' would keep on the war; which, by the • against us? And, as to sécurity for 'by, seems not to square very well with "" the fulure," you cannot, surely, now be all the pity, which you are eternally exé • apprehensive upon that score, seeing that, pressing for our conscripls, whom, one as you say, all your nation hold Napoleon would suppose, you would wish to see in contempt;" seeing that you

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weeping mothers," • him to be fallen ; seeing, that from being whose " bleeding bosoins" your Mr. Cana conqueror, you now regard him as a ning, in the true Green-Room style, so desperate wreich struggling for bare ex-pathetically described, in one of his 'istence. Why, then, not suffer him, so speeches to the wise men of Liverpool. contemptible a thing, to exist, it being -What of

your war-tares?" Do so obvious, that a poor contemptible ruler you love those taxes so much, then, that in France inust tend more to your

future you wish the war to continue for the security than any thing else could ? Why, pleasure of paying those taxes ? Or, do then, not let us remain unstained with you mean, that they will be continued in his blood? And, if all this be, at bottom, peace, and that they will not be so easily

affected, on your part; if you fear that paid as they are now, the sources whence 6

he will not only deliver France, but again they were derived, having been dried up? carry the French standards into the terri But, kind friends of ours, why should tory of her numerous invaders, and, in you keep up " the same arney and the the end put you in danger ; if this be the same navy as at present ?" You do not case, if you think that be will retrieve mean to say, surely, that your soldiers his fortunes and our glory, and if you

do 6 and sailors will not suffer theinselves 10 not think us the greatest of fools, or the be disbanded? Oh! we have it now! . basest of mankind, can you expect, that, what you mean is, that, if Napoleon con

for this reason we should become his 'tinue to be our sovereign, you will not • murderers? -Your war, in its last dare to disband, he being so formidable stage, became a war for the deliverance of an enemy to you, he" understanding so Europe." And is not Europe now de- ' well how to make use of a veteran ariny." "livered? Is not Napoleon now ready to · That is it, is it ? and so, you would have us

make peace even upon the basis proposed 'murder him, you would have us not only ! by the Allies themselves ? What more becomie assassins, but run the risk of a . do you want of him? Would you have civil war and the loss of laws and prous murder him because he has consented 'perty, you would wish to return to Lettres

to ratify your declared wishes? No, this de Cachet, Gabelles, Corvées, Seigneui is not the true reason why you want him ' rial Courts, Provincial Judges, Tithes,

assassinated, That reason we must look and Game-laws, and to kill Napoleon,.co ' for in another of your publications, where cut his throat or stick him while asleep,

you say: " Is this the time for us to pur. l. in order that some weak and unwarlike "'chase peace for the satisfaction of re. sovereign should render us too contempoo “ storing a veleran army lo lhe Chief whoible to put you 19 the expense of main« so well knows how to make use of them ? taining a large fleet and army in peace, and " Or is it our wish to try how productive thereby expose yourselves to pecuniary " lhe war-laxes will become when we have ruin? No, thank you ! It is your buthe same army and navy to maintain us al •siness to kill him (not , by the hands of " present, without the means of reaping assassins) on this account ; but, it is nur “ laurels for the one, or finding prizes for business to stand by him; 10 support his

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