« ZurückWeiter »
pressor of the human race; this monster proposed by William, the latter, who emwho had made his Dutch subjects, in par-ploys invective instead of calm argument, ricular, experience more terrible inflictions must be an infinite loser by the comparison. than had been“ imposed since the Spanish There are many other points in the Prince times ?" And how happens it, when nearly of Orange's declaration, which, in my opithe whole combined powers of Europe at nion, must determine the question against this moment have carried the scourge of him; but these I cannot enter upon at prewar into the very heart of France, that we sent. The reader who considers what do not find among these numerous armies, has already been remarked with an unpreany troops belonging to Holland; any of judiced mind, will, I think, be at no loss those men in arms against Bonaparte, who, to conclude, that our interference at first in if we believe his Orange Highuess, made the affairs of the Dutch, was no way warthem suffer such terrible evils when he was ranted by any favourable symptoms appearin the plenitude of his despotic power, and ing among ihat people; that it was the could exercise his tyranny with impunity? | height of folly in us to attempt, with a mere Either what the Prince of Orange tells handful of troops, to drive the enemy out us is true, or it is not true. It true, of Holland; and that, considering the unthe Dutch must be the most stupid and willingness of the people themselves to take insensible people on earth, and totally up arms even in defence of the Prince of unworthy of the notice of his High Orange, and their known partiality for the ness. Ít is, indeed, surprising that Einperor of France, it is idle to expect that he continues to risk his personal safety any assistance we can give, or any sacrifices amongst a set of men who are so indifferent we can make, will render Holland an inabout their own affairs, and so passive as dependent country. to the lerrible sufferings they have endured, as to let slip an opportunity, so favourable THE EMPEROR NAPOLEON AND HIS ARMY. as that which now offers, of being revenged -" Honest John Bull," has of late been on their oppressor. But if these representa- rather somewhat restless, and dissatished tions as to the situation of the Dutch under with his situation; so much so indeed that Bonaparte, are highly coloured and exagger his keepers have found it necessary to apated; if, in short, they are not true; and ply some of their artificial stimulants, in the Hollanders, as there is good reason to order to exhilarate hin, and restore him to believe, “ manifest a partialily rather than his wonted meek, quiet, and passive, teina hatred for the French," it certainly did per. It has been said of the people of not display a very profound policy on the England, that they are the greatest deceivpart of the advisers of the Prince of Orange, ers, and the easiest deceived of any nation to designate the sway of Napoleon " a fo- in the world. -It may be added, with reign lyranny which acknowledged no right, equal truth, that they are the inost di conwhen it wanted means (for its owu mainte- tented under affliction, and the most elenance by violence."-This sort of language vated under prosperity, of all other people. is extremely well calculated to excite dis- They hailed the counter-revolution in Holgust, and bring those into contempt who land as the bright era which was to restore use it ; and however fair the promises that to afflicted Britain her long lost happiness, accompany it; however anxious the indivi. and put an end to all the miseries she had dual to make it be believed, that he is a suffered during the long continuance of this betler man than his rival, and will be destructive war. Commerce, the soul of inore careful of the liberties of his peo. Britain's glory, of Britaiu's former prosple, it is clear that the purpose generally perity, was to revive, and give an outlet intended by the use of scurrility and to our manufactures, and to that vast accuabusive language, will always have a mulation of Colonial produce, with which contrary effect to that intended by those our docks and our warehouses were alınost who employ it. Notwithstanding all the entirely filled. A market was no doubt abuse which is unceasingly poured by found for our cottons, our coffee, and our his enemies upon the name of Bonaparte, sugars. This had the effect of raising the Dutch people cannot be such fools as the price of these articles about 25 per not to perceive that these injuries are not cent. But then it obliged the man of reasons, and that they are never resented limited income to deny his fuinily many of by the Emperor of France, nor even reta- the comforts to which they were accustomliated by any of the French writers. Con- ed, in order to enable hi o 10 meet ile exsequently, in drawing the contrast between orbitant increase upon his dress, and upon the government of Napoleon and that now I aruicles which habit had long rendered ne
cessaries of life. Had a suitable return Tower guns, should have produced the been made for this; had the numerous wished for effect; and, however improbable vessels which have arrived from the ports the event, that it should be received with of Holland, poured into this country a por- the most unbounded rapture. If the public tion of the products of the Continent, at a were displeased before; if they then felt fair price, in return for the extensive ex- chagrin, disgust, and disappointment, they ports of sugar, of coffee and of cotton, which have now reached the other extreme, and we have made, no one, I believe, would seem as happy at the “glorious news," as have felt disappointed ; no one, I am per- if sugar, coffee, and cottons had never suaded, would have complained of a change risen ; as if the opening of the ports of Holof circumstances, so well calculated, in one land had not inihanced the price of butter, view, to promote the general interest. cheese, and tallow; and as if Paris was But instead of the expected advantages actually in flames, Bonaparte on a gibbet, proving reciprocal; instead of the high, and the dear, the loving Cossacks revelling, price of sugar, coffee, and cotton, pro- in all the gaiety of their hearts, upon the curing us cheap butter, cheap cheese, rich viands which were formerly in use to cheap candles, cheap soap, cheap iron, or regale the Parisians. But leaving these cheap flax, every one of these articles have dupes of a cunning and interested policy,
ond what they were to enjoy for a little their fancied triumph, prior to the opening of the ports of Holland ! let us turu our attention to the military and the Baltic. The effect produced on the operations of Napoleon. In these we are public mind by this unlooked for change, was sure to find something more substantial to create chagrin and disappointment among than the ephemeral successes of his oppoall classes, particularly among the middle' nents: it is to the warlike exploits alone of ranks, with whom there is a greater de. this extraordinary character that we ought mand for the above articles than any other to look, at this critical inoment, for a soluclass; and the late disasters in Holland, tion of the many importaut questions which combined with the other unfavourable cir- agitate the public mind to a greater degree cumstances which have transpired respect than at any former period. In the last ing that country, no way tended to reinove Register, I lest Bonaparte on his way from the general dissatisfaction. Perhaps, too, Troyes, to attack Marshal Blucher, who the prolongation of the march to Paris, and had penetrated to within 25 miles of Paris. the delightful conflagration of that city by Since then official accounts have been rethe “unimitated and inimitable Cossacks,” ceived from France, which bring Bonawho, according to the Times and the Cou- parte's operations down to the 9th instant, rier, were prepared to “ destroy this den and by which it appears that Blucher, on of the Corsican," had a share in exciting hearing of the approach of Napoleon, abanthe disgust and chagrin which so much doned his advanced position, and retreated prevailed on account of the overthrow of to the neighbourhood of Laon, a distance our commercial hopes. But be this as it of 80 miles from the capital. Here, at a may, John Bull was not altogether himself small village called Craone, he was atof late. It was found necessary therefore tacked by Bonaparte, and, after sustaining to soothe him; to pat him on the head; to a signal defeat, he again retreated, and aluse him with some splendid, some glo “ was pursued four leagues.” " On the rious victory, that he might not, by brood- next day, the 8th, (says the bulletin) we ing too much over his misfortunes, be led pursued the enemy to the defile of Urcel. to make his guides repent the inany scurvy The result of these operations is a loss to tricks they have served him. Accordingly, the enemy of from 10 to 12,000 men, and it was thought advisable, in pursuance of 30 pieces of cannon." But these accounts this plan, to announce to the good people do not rest entirely upon the credit due to of London, another total defeat of Bona- the Moniteur. They have, in substance, parte and another approach of the grand been confirmed by our own bulletins, in Allied army to Paris. Knowing the cha- which it is stated " that Blucher had reracteristic credulity of Englishmen; recol- tired on Laon; had been pursued with great lecting the observation, with which I set activity by the French army commanded by out, that they are more depressed under Bonaparte in person, and had an affair of affliction, and more elevated under pros importance with him on the 7th." -If to perity, than any other nation ; it will not 80 miles we add four leagues, the distance appear surprising if this intelligence, ap- wbich Blucher was pursued after the battle, parently authenticated by an official bul- we shall find that he was compelled to reletin and by the firing of the Park and tire at least 92 miles from Paris on the
evening of the 8th instant. But I shall be read at school, which begins with “ This told, and our Extraordinary Garette will is the house that Jack built." We be referred to as proof of the fact, that even know that the surrender of Dresdeu was, a admitting all the previous advantages of few months ago, announced in our Gazette, Bonaparte to be true, they are now of no and the Park and Tower guns fired to seleconsequence, because he was TOTALLY ROUT- brate the event; yet this afterwards turned ED on the day following by Blucher, and out a false report. I do not, however, say, compelled to Fly with only 15,000 troops. I that Captain Smith's letter contains a false do not mean to say that this is an impossible statement, nor do I say that the defeat of occurrence. I am not so stupid as to pre- Bonaparte is impossible. But, taking the tend that Napoleon is invincible. But I do above circumstances into view, and connot think in the present case, that there is necting these with the fact, that Blucher sufficient grounds for believing that the French was actually defeated on the 7th, at or near Emperor has been lotally defeated. I have Laon, and was in full retreat on the eveneven my doubts as to the correctness of the ing of the 8th ; it does appear to me rather information which has reached this country improbable, that he should have returned as to any engagement having been fought on the same day (as Captain Smith has it) on the 9th. With regard to Bonaparte lo his former position, conceutrate bis himself being in the supposed action, it is forces, and be able not only to defend said in a postscript to the dispatch that "it himself, but to obtain a splendid and deciis not known positively if Napoleon com- sive victory over the French. Supposing, wanded in person. Most of the prisoners however, he did return, and supposing a assert they saw him ; but deserters say that battle was fought, it is evident this must he set off on the night of the '8th, with bave been of a partial nature only. 15,000 men in the direction of Paris, the Whether, therefore, Blucher engaged the grand Allied army under the orders of French on the 9th or not, I bave no hesitaPrince Schwartzenburg having taken Fon- tion in saying, that the result of this battle, tainbleau.” If a battle had been fought on even admitting the loss to be as great as the 9th, in which Bonaparte commanded stated, will, in my opinion, have little or no in person, it is very clear the fact might effect on the grand scale of operations upon have been easily ascertained by Blucher, which Napoleon now appears to be acting. who would have announced it in positive
OCCURRENCES OF THE WAR.-An attack language, instead of leaving us to guess British army in Holland, consisting of about
was made on the 8th instant, by a division of the at the truth between the opposite state- 3,500 men, upon the almost impregnable fortress ments of the prisoners said to be taken, of Bergen-op-Zoom, which our troops, after and the deserlers. As to the accu- scaling the walls and entering the towu, were racy of the intelligence, it comes through compelled to relinquish, with the loss of 300 so indirect a course, that I find myself
com- the officers killed were General Gore who compelled to suspend giving my unqualified manded the division, % Lieutenant-Colonels, and assent to it, till further accounts are re. 8 others of inferior rank. Seventy-three officers ceived. The communication to Govern- were wounded, and 10 missing, ment, it will be observed, has not been on the 3d, the enemy having previously evaca
The main army of the Allies
reoccupied Troyes made by Colonel Lowe, our accredited ated the place in terms of a convention. It is agent with Marshal Blucher, and from not pretended, that the French threatened to set whom only we have been in use to receive fire to Troyes if they were pot allowed to escape. intelligence of the operations of the Sile-Augereau had obtained possession of Geneva,
It is said, in a minor French paper, that Marshal sian army; but from a Captain Hamilton and was advancing, at the head of a numerous Smith, residing at Brussels, who saw 90- army, in the rear of Prince Schwartzenberg. thing of the affair, and who merely trans of the 20th ult. it appears that some dispositions
By dispatches received from Lord Wellington mits" an extract of a letter," to a Count had been made with the view of crossing the Lottum, from the Duke of Saxe Wei- Adour, ia consequence of the French having been mar, containing another “ extract of a driven from several of their positions. The letter,” without a date, from Marshal Blu- enemy (says his Lordship) retired in the night cher.; the whole having been forwarded to position in the neighbourhoud of Sauveterre, in
across the Gave d'Oleron, and took up a strong the War-Office by Admiral Young. The which they were joined by other troops." number of persons through whose hands che accounts are said to have come, will
Capt. Campbell will, in the next Register, naturally bring to the reader's recollec- just beg, the attention of the public to a few ţion the pleasant little story he has often publication.
words, in answer to one part of Mr. Mant's last Published by G. BAGSHAW, Brydges-Street, Covent Garden. LONDON: Printod by J. M'Greery, Black Horse-Court, Fleet-street.
Vol. XXV. No. 13,] LONDON, SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1814.
cruel torture, the judicial murder, of this THE CASE
innocent and most virtuous father of a faOr Lord Cochrane, MR. COCHRANE JOHN. mily, upon the ground of his having been
STONE, AND MR. BUTT, RELATING TO THE the assassin of his own son; this abomiLATE HOAX ON THE STOCK EXCHANGE.
nable act, committed to appease the infuri
ated rabble of Toulouse, urged on by a The answer to all those, who, in this horde of sanguinary priests; this act was, country, at any time, complain of public indeed, much more horrid, but it was not, grievances, of abuses in the government, of in the smallest degree, more unjust, nor the want of a reform, of the number and did the perpetrators proceed upon grounds weight of the taxes, or of any other politi- less probable ang more absurd, nor was cal evils the standing answer is, “ what their conduct in that proceeding more par66 you say may be true ; but, where will stial, more malevolent, or more contrary to " you find justice so impartially adıninis- the settled rules of morality or of law. os tered as it is in England ?” This is our
In this case every artifice, which cungreat national boast ; this is held out as a ning, sharpened by malice, could devise, compensation for all sorts of political evils; appears to have been brought into play, in that every man's property and character are order to excite in the public mind a prejuunder the safe-guard of the law, and, that dice too strong to be removed by any thing it is the habitual, and almost instinctive, which the accused might produce in their bent of an Englishman's mind, to abhor defence; in order to dam up the entrance to whatever is unjust or unfair.
reason and truth; in order so to commit the Yet, I will venture to say, that, under no whole mass of the public themselves, that wild democracy, under no military despot- it should become with each individual a ism, under no hypocritical and cunning point of consistency to persevere in the eroligarchy, under no hellish tyranny upheld rers adopted; and thus, with an act of by superstition, was there ever committed atrocious injustice, to associate the means an act more unjust and more foul, than ot effectually preventing the injured parties what has, within these three weeks, been from ever obtaining a chance of redress. committed, in the city of London, through The motives to an act like this are but too the means of the press, against the three clearly pointed out by every man's experiGentlemen, whose names stand at the head ence in the world. The rage, the envy, of this paper. The death of CHALAS; the the thirst for revenge, 'which always, in a
degree proportioned to his loss, fill the the falsehood, I mean the absolute falsebreast of the losing gamester, were quite hood, of every material assertion which has sufficient to urge the seeking of a victim of been made in support of the charge against some sort or other; and this anxious de- them, I will be ready to acknowledge, that sire to accuse being met by an equal desire the accusation was just. in the public to see those who had duped
Before, however, before Istate, as I shall by them detected, the work of exciting a wide and by, in distinct propositions, the several spreading prejudice required very little in- grounds upon which the charge in question genuity or time. And, we shall, I think, has been made, it will be necessary to rein the course of this statement, see instances vert to the transactions, which were the of credulity (on the part of those who have
cause of the charge, and to trace the several believed in the accusation), to which no
heads of accusation to their source. What parallel has ever been witnessed, even with has beeu inserted in a former Register, in the walls of the Mad-house or the Meet
may, possibly, never meet the eye of some ing-house.
of the readers of the present. Therefore, Notwithstanding, however, that this pre- in order that this statement may be as comjudice has spread so widely, and has taken, plete as my time and room will allow me to apparently, so fast a hold upon the public make it, I shall preface the refutation of the mind, I have that opinion of what is fairly charge with a short narrative, or history, of considered as the public in England, which the case. induces me to believe, that, when they are The subject of complaint is a thing callclearly shown, that those premises are false, ed, in the slang of the day, a HOAX, meanupon which they have been led to build ing a deception; and this hoax, which their injurious conclusions, they will be took place on the 21st day of last month, ready, not only to confess their error, but and which consisted of an account of the to resent the conduct of those, by whom destruction of Napoleon and the entrance of they have been misled into a participation the Allies into Paris, appears to have been in an act of flagrant injustice. And, not intended to have, and certainly had, the withstanding the difficulty which must al- effect of raising the price of the several sorts ways attend the proving of a negative ; and descriptions of Slock in the public notwithstanding the well-known maxim, funds, whereby those, who were privy to that every man is to be presumed to be in the hoax, and who dealt, or gambled, in nocent, till he be proved to be guilty; not the funds, were enabled to gain, without withstanding that every man is to be re- any risk of loss, sums of money proportiongarded as a mere calumniator, who makes a ed to the extent of their dealings. The charge, or insinuation, against another, hoax was practised by a person, who came which he does not or cannot prove to be from Dover, very early in the morning of true; notwithstanding that to rest a defence the 21st Feb. pretending to have come over upon the proof of the negative of the mere in a buat from the coast of France. He assertions of an accuser, is to forego the use hastened, after dropping his news at Doof the best arms, with which the rules of ver, on to London in a postchaise and four, law have furnished calumniated innocence the last chaise being taken at Dartford. for its defence, even this I am ready to do, He personated, in point of dress, an officer on the part of the accused upon this occan in the army, said he was the aid-du-camp sion; and, if I fail in producing proof of of Lord Cathcart, and called himself Go