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Proclamation of General Lake, Camo in acts of nositive rebellion; let
mander in Chief of the Nortbern them inftantly, by restoring thots Diftri&t in Ireland.
traitorously taken from the king's
forces, rescue themselves from the Belfast, March 13, 1797. severity 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 subordination to the view to supersede the laws and the laws and restoring tranquillity in adminiftration of justice, by an or their respective reighbourhoode, ganized system of murder and rob. and they may be assured of protecbery, have increased to such an tion and fupport from me. And I alarming degree, as from their atro. du hereby invite all persons who eity and extent to bid defiance to are enabled to give information the civil power, and to endanger 'touching arms oranımunition which the lives and properties of his may be concealed, immediately to majesty's faithful subjects : And communicate the same to the fevewhereas, the better to effect their ral officers commanding his majef. traitorous purposes, several persons ty's forces in their respe&tive dif. who have been enrolled under the tricts; and for their encouragement authority of his majesty's commif- and reward, I do hereby promise fioners, and others, have been for- and engage that strict and inviolacibly and traitorously deprived of ble secrecy shall be observed, withi their arms; it is therefore become respect to all persons who fall indispensably necessary, for the make such communications; and Safety and protection of the well. that every person who shall make it dispofed, to interpose the king's fhall receive as a reward the full troops under my command; and I value of all such arms and ammunido hereby give notice, that I have tion as fhall be seized in confequence received authority and directions to thereof. act in such a manner as the public Signed by G. LAKE, lieut. gen. safety may require. I do therefore commanding the northern dittrict. hereby enjoin and require all pere sons in this district (peace officers, and those serving in a military capacity, excepted) forthwith to bring Melage from bis Excellency the Lord. in and surrender up all arms and Lieutenant to the House of Cours ammunition which they may have
mons. in their polieffion, 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 of the province of Ulter, evidently to enforce it unnecessary. Let the perpetrated with a view to superpeople seriously reflect, before it is sede che law and prevent the admi. too late, on the ruin into which niftration of justice by an organized they are ruling; let them refle&t System of murder and robbery, have upon their present prosperity, and lately increased to fo alarming a the mileries in which they will in. degree in some parts of that proevitably be involved by perliding 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 majesty's troops and others, and of his majesty's subjects in that part more effectually to defeat the evil of the kingdom.
designs of those who had endanThese outrages are encouraged gered the public fafety. and supported by treasonable affo. I have the fatisfaction of informciations to overturn our happy con- ing yoni, that by the firm and temftitution.
perate conduct of the general and Threats have been held out the troops under him, and the zealagainft the lives of all persons who ous co-operation of the yeomanry fhall venture to discover fuch their corps, a very confiderable number treasonable jotentions. The fre- of arms has been taken, and I am quent treasonable assemblage of encouraged to hope that a continupersons, and their proceedings by ance of the same vigorous measures threats and force to disarm the will give confidence to the well-difpeaceable inhabitants, their endea. posed, and restore to the civil power tour to collect great quantities of its constitutional authority, which arms in obfcure hiding places, it has ever been my wish and shall their assembling by night to exer- be my strenuous endeavour to supo cise the practice of arms, their inti- port with energy ad effect. midations, accompanied by the most
CAMDEN. horrid murders, to prevent his majesty's faithful fubje£ts from joining the yeomanty corps established by law, their having fired on some of Refcript, published by Order of the his majesty's judices of the peace, King of Prussia respecting the and threatened with murder any Prusian Territories on the Left who should have the spirit to stand Bank of the Rhine. forth in support of the laws, which threats have been recently exem Frederic William II. &c. plified, 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, fituated 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, in majesty, and of regard to the welthe actual possession of the French fare of his faithful subjects, to pro- troops, that sufficient remonstrances side for the public safety by the and proteftations had not been made most effectual and immediate appli- on our part against the various in. cation of the military force en novations and oppressions which the trusted to me.
French commiffaries and agents I have accordingly ordered the exercise over our faithful subjects; general commanding in that pro. we have therefore thought it good vince to dispose of and employ those to make this public declaration, by troops under his command with means of our regency, jointly with the affistance and co-operation of our chamber of war and of terri. the yeomany, to suppress these out tory; and we do publicly declare, sages, and by seizing upon all arms that we have never ceased, nor shall and ammunition, to recover such as we ever cease, to interelt ourselves in behalf of our faid subjects, by It has already in effect given our the intervention of our envoy to envoy at Paris the most pofitive afa 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 ec. Balle, respecting the civil or finan- clefiaftics should remain in quiet cial administration of those couu- enjoyment of their goods and retries.
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 ge. and the French republic was put an neral, a renunciation of all those end to, it was never our intention to destructive innovations relative to grant them more than a mere mili- our dominions. tary pofleffion of our provinces on We shall not by any means rethe left side of the Rhine, till peace cognise as valid the sale of woods, should be concluded with the em. which have already taken place to peror; and this intention, which our great astonishment; and we has been taken as a balis in the new are positively determined to have gotiations, is sufficiently manifest recourse to the purchasers for restiby the tenor of the sth article, tution in kind, or for the value at which expressly declares, " that which the property sold shall be the troops of the republic shall. estimated by our agents, and for occupy these countries belonging to the damages which shall result to us."
from the waste committed on these The difference between proc' woods. vinces conquered from an enemy, In those cases where the purand those which belong to a power chasers cannot be found, we fall in alliance, and which have been exercise our severity on all those merely corceded for a temporary who are employed by these laứ 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 same subjects of the said provinces to remanner.
main assured of our lasting and ef. It is therefore impoffible 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, lo subfifting between us and it, will highly to be desired. still oppole such evident reasoning. At Werel, in our chamber of war It cannot fail to conceive, that nei. and territory, 29th of December, ther sequestration nor confiscation 1796, in the name and on the of the goods of the clergy, nor the behalf of bis majetty. projected sale of woods, nor the Baron DESTEIN, first president. enormous contribution of three Given at Emmeric, in our regency, millions imposed on the country. the 29th December, 1796, in between the Meuse and the Rhine, the name and on the behalf of his which would entirely ruin that majesty. country, can take place with any
ELBERS. regard to appearance of justice.
Letter of Convocation addressed to this blefling, that it is the mere re..
the Plenipotentiary Envoys of the sult of the indefatigable exertions Asociated States of Northern of his majesty, by which he has Germany, by Von Dobm, the laid a safe foundation for the neu, Pruffian Minister.
trality of Northern Germany, and
mult effectually protect it by a corps The undersigned is charged, by of his own troops, and of those of the express coinmand of the king the two allied courts. His majesty of Prussia, his moft gracious fove- has further consolidated this neutra. reign, to make the following over- lity, by the formal accellion of his tures to all their excellencies, the serene highness the elector of Saxe plenipotentiaries of the associated ony, and the whole circle of Upper ftates of Northern Germany, dele. Saxony, in virtue of a supplemengated to assemble in convention tary article added to the convention at Hildesheim : The general cons of the sth of August, 1796, by which cerns of Germany, with regard to a line of demarcation, extending the continuance of the war, still from the utmost coasts of the North remain in a mo& undecided con. Sea, to the Lower Rhine, and from dition, and the consolatory hope of hence to Silesia, encompassed the a general peace, so devourly to be 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 separate, 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. "Saxony by a corps belonging to the clufion. In this perplexing fitu. elector himself; but with regard, ation, it certainly is a happiness to their common design they join which Northern Germany cannot hands, and by this enlargement; sufficiently praise, to see itself en. effected by his majesty, the neutra. tirely freed, not only from the mi. lity of Northern Germany receives series of this ravaging war, but also a new and manifest importance. from all the inconveniencies con. The king is likewile 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, Gimilar burdens. the associated states, to protect them It needs but a flight comparative and their territories against every glance at the most piteous state of power, and to defend them in para the countries of Southern Ger, ticular at all times, and in the most many, formerly flourishing and effectual and powerful manner, now ruined for a long tiine 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 demand of military ern parts, which have for the two requisitions, of whatever sort, and Jaft campaigns enjoyed the most the levying of chose requifitions perfect tranquillity.
which inight be attempted by exe : The king is fully convinced, cution, and against all fimilar bur. that it can be unknown to none of dens of war; likewise to screen his co-states, who participate in them by his most forcible interpg
fition, during the period of this the corps of troops which is drawn neutrality, froin all the subsequent out, covering the line of deniarca. demands 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 precin&ts, to fulfil their prodefinite and most explicit assurances. miles previously given. Yet in this It affords infinite pleasure to his he will not compromise himself re. majesty, to have thus secured the specting those very poffible events jovaluable benefits of the neutrality which accompany the viciffitudes to all his co-states, connected with of the fortune of war. But wherehis dominions by their topographic as the king is under the neceffity of cal locality, in the same manner as setting boundaries to the great fait has been done to his own terri- crifices he has already made; and tories, and to have thus given them whereas the concurrence farther so strong a proof of his friendly demanded of the protected counsentiments. Besides the gratifying tries for the maintenance of the consciousness of having hitherto troops who defend them, is so exaccomplished this happy end, his tremely just and equitable; the unmajesty requires no oiner proof of dersigned has also express orders, gratitude on the part of his co- herewith to declare, that in the Itates, than that they should conti- unexpected case of the majority of que as heretofore to co-operate in the states not displaying the neces. the maintenance of the troops. The fary zeal and alacrity, his majesty king flatters himself the more, to will forthwith withdraw his troops, find the moft perfect readiness on renounce entirely all the obligations their part, Gnce the burden which which he has voluntarily taken upwill arise from this measure to the on him from motives of patriotism; countries thus protected, does not suppress totally, the convention bear the most diftant 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 iwo dominions, abandoning all the rest courts allied with his majesty, and to their own means and resources, furnishing 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 circumstance must strike all corps be withdrawn, no circumthe associated states with the most stances, of what complexion foperfect conviction, that the conti. ever, thall 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 indispensao is obliged to announce beforehand, ble neceffity. But the underfigned that his majesty will at no rate has his majesty's direct commands, interest himlelf again in the fate of to declare in the most positive man. those of his co-states, who shall 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 necessary for the present, as friendship, and so many personal he will only find himself enabled by facrifices.