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tion bow at the feet of the king it measures which are to be taken, if has subdued. In affairs of state, you put off your decision for a moextreme measures can be estimated ment, all will be loft, both you and by circumftances alone: you will the Republic. Thé conspirators form a judgment of those which have been upon the watch. Your have determined the Executive Di- filence has given them courage and rectory, and which have produced audacity; they are intriguing afresh, the happiest consequences. The and are misleading public opinion 18th Fructidor (September 4) will by infamous libels. The journabe a celebrated day in the annals of lists of Blackenbourg and London France ; it is the more memorable continue to disseminate their poibecause it enables you to fix for son. The conspirators do not atever the destinies of the Republic. tempt to conceal the fact, that their Lay hold of this occasion, Citizens plot extends to the legislative body Representatives; convert it into a itself. They already speak of pungreat epoch, reanimate patriotism, ishing the republicans for the comrevive public spirit, and hasten to mencement of the triumph they close up the abyss in which the think they have obtained. Is it friends of kings had flattered them- possible to hesitate still as to the fnlyes they would bury even the re- measure of purging the soil of the membrance of our liberty.

very few known and avowed chiefs P. S. The Executive Directory of these royalist conspirators, who will transmit to you without delay wait for the convenient opportuniother papers, from which it results to destroy the Republic, and to dethat Iinbert Colomes, one of the vour you yourselves! You are at new third of the Council of Five the brink of the volcano; it is about Hundred, was the principal agent to swallow you up; you may close of the soi-disant Louis XVIII, at it; and can you hesitate ? ToLyons.

morrow it will be too late. The

least hesitation is the death of the Another Mcfago, dated Sept. 5, 1797. principles ; formalities will be re

Republic. You will be told of

sorted to; excuses will be invented; Citizens Representatives,

delays will be called for ; time will THE 18th Fructidor (Sept. 4) is be gained; and the constitution will destined to be the salvation both of be assassinated, under pretext of the Republic and of yourselves. keeping within its limits. This The people expect this. You wit- commiseration, implored in favour nessed yesterday their tranquillity of certain men, to what will it lead and their joy. This day is the you? to see these very men take 19th Fructidor (Sept. 5) and the out of your hands -the thread of people ask of you where the Re- their criminal conspiracies, and colpublic is; and what you have done lect in your bosom the horrible firefor its consolidation. The eye of brands of civil war, to set fire to the country, Citizen Representa- the country. What a misconceivtives, looks towards

you. The ed pity! what a fatal sentiment! moment is decisive; if you allow what limited views would, in that it to pass by, if you hesitate on the case, draw the attention of the

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is the danger of anarchy, that if it dence; by, in some measure, setting triumphs, it leads to royalty through up a counter-revolution in each decalamities and crimes, and can only partment and in each commune, it be fubdued by causing the public fought at once to pave the way for authorities to assume a carriage in the elections, and to secure a mili. variably more or less favourable to tary force which it might bring inthe partisans of despotifin. This to action at its pleasure. Such, cilast maxim has been but too much tizens, from the month of Pluviose, verified during fifteen months past; was the power of royalism, that the and royalism, strengthened by the discovery of the conspiracy of Brotdefeat of a few brigands, whole rage tier, Dunan, and Villernois, merely it had itself organized, and whose augmented its audacity, and fortifiattempts it had directed, would, ed its means even by their manifefsince the commencement of that tation. Never did conspirators, so period have made a progress if not fully convicted by their writings more extensive, at least more rapid, and confessions, find more apoloprovided one of its orators had not giits, supporters, and protectors, been in too much haíte to point who did not hesitate to manifest the out the aim in view. This orator, lively interest they took in their named Lemerer, has been, as well cause. In serving them, it was as Mersan, acknowledged by Du- found to be more useful than danverne de Presle to be known and gerous to display the full extent of established intermediary agent be- the different resources of the party tween a part of the legislative body under which they acted, It canand the agents of the pretender. not be doubted, citizens, but that When, in the month of Fructidor, in the majority of the departments of the 4th year, Lemerer undertook, the elections were the work of this in one of the national tribunes, to party. In proof of this you have point out the constitution of 1791 only to refer to the debates of the as the object of the regret of his military tribunal; to the two declaparty; when he rafhly insulted the rations which Duverne de Presle triumph which liberty obtained on has placed in our hands, and which the 10th of August, 1792, the eyes we publish this day; and, finally, to of all the faithful deputies were in the sentiments and conduct of the stantly opened, and from that time new deputies, whom corruption to the 11t of Prairial last, they con- and intrigue gave to the Republic. stantly opposed to every counter- Emigrants inundating Paris and the revolutionary propofition, their zeal, departments more and more; retheir energies, and their votes. Ob- publicans either butchered or forcliged to adjourn on the 1st Prairial, ed to fly from their homes : superthe epoch of its legislative fway, ftition and fanaticism recalled by royalism. gave a new direction to those even who, under the monarits efforts. It encircled the seat of chy, contributed the most effectualgovernment more closely than ever; ly to proscribe them; the patriotic and by establishing agents, guards, inftitutions abandoned and insultand emissaries on all sides ; by or- ed; the symbols of royalism displayganizing their connections, their ed audaciously; the licentiousness subordination, and their correspon- of the press carried to an unexam

pled pers relative to the royalist confpi- displayed in the French camp; if racy. These papers, the authenti- the Rhine was not crossed by the city of which is incontestable, de- hostile army ; if your strong holds tail the plots, name the conspira- were not delivered up and taken tors, and develope the thread of poffeffion of, in the king's name, the treasons. These texts are too by imperial troops; if Pichegru positive and clear to need any com- did not march to Paris; if he did ments. It is sufficient that the Di- not come hither in the space of a rectory should retrace to you, in a fortnight,--citizens, it is dreadful to few words, the events to which have to state to you, that it was these papers refer. There are facts Condé who refused to put in exeso palpable, that no imposture can cution Pichegru's plan. This plan disguise them in the eyes of nations: would not, however, have succeedsuch was the conspiracy of Vende- ed: the brave soldiers whom the Gemiaire. It was in vain that tribu- neral dared to insult would not have nals, which in the first instance did permitted it to have been carried not deny its existence, declared af- into effect. They were calculated terwards that there was neither re- to obey the voice of patriotism volt nor sedition: royalitm itself alone ; and would have repulsed blushed at this lie. All the circum- and overcome the treason. stances of that event too clearly “ I shall leave nothing unfinishproclaimed its aim, nature, and cha- ed,” said Pichegru; “ I do not wish racteristics; and the opinion of Eu- to be the new third volume of rope would have been invariably La Fayette and Dumourier.” He fixed on this head, provided even no was desirous to resemble them in discovery had been made by the perfidy: but he wished also to surcorrespondence of Lemaitre, by pass them in success, and in the the papers of the emigrant Gelin, completion of his guilt. Behold and by the palpable and convincing then the secret of that favour which proofs of the intercourse which the royalism constantly afterwards grantprincipal agitators, the plotters and ed to Pichegru. This is the reason the libellers of Vendemiaire, kept why he was the first to be chofen up with the exterior royalists. An president of the Council of Five important circumftance, however, Hundred, after the entry of the of that epoch was long concealed third. And this explains the cafrom us; and in laying it before lumnies which were heaped on the you we fulfil a painful duty, since Executive Directory, when it mere. we have to denounce to you a ly, however, accepted of the resigtraitor in the person of a man, who nation of that General, whose insometimes led your defenders to fidelity it scarcely began to see victory. While the diffolution of through and fuspect. Subdued on the national convention was plot- the 13th Vendemiaire, royalism for ting in Paris, and the faction en- a moment yielded to the storm : for deavouring to seize on the fupreme several months after, it displayed itauthority, Pichegru, stationed on self under the hideous features of the bank of the Rhine, received the terrorism alone, perfectly certain of propofitions of Conde, and replied profiting almoft equally either by to them by plans of invasion and the success or defeat of this new royalisin. If the white flag was not kind of manquvre. · Such, citizens,

is the danger of anarchy, that if it dence; by, in some measure, setting triumphs, it leads to royalty through up a counter-revolution in each decalamities and crimes, and can only partment and in each commune, it be fubdued by causing the public fought at once to pave the way for authorities to assume a carriage in- the elections, and to secure a milivariably more or less favourable to tary force which it might bring inthe partisans of despotism. This to action at its pleasure. Such, cilaft maxim has been but too much tizens, from the month of Pluviose, verified during fifteen months past; was the power of royalism, that the and royalism, itrengthened by the discovery of the conspiracy of Brotdefeat of a few brigands, whole rage tier, Dunan, and Villernois, merely it had itself organized, and whose augmented its audacity, and fortifiattempts it had directed, would, ed its means even by their manifef-s since the commencement of that tation. Never did conspirators, so period have made a progress if not fully convicted by their writings more exte at least more rapid, and confessions, find more apoloprovided one of its orators had not giits, supporters, and protectors, been in too much haite to point who did not hesitate to manifest the out the aim in view. This orator, lively interest they took in their named Lemerer, has been, as well cause. In serving them, it was as Mersan, acknowledged by Du- found to be more useful than danverne de Presle to be known and gerous to display the full extent of established intermediary agent be- the different resources of the party tween a part of the legislative body under which they acted. and the agents of the pretender. not be doubted, citizens, but that When, in the month of Fructidor, in the majority of the departments of the 4th year, Lemerer undertook, the elections were the work of this in one of the national tribunes, to party. In proof of this you have point out the constitution of 1791 only to refer to the debates of the as the object of the regret of his military tribunal; to the two declaparty; when he rashly insulted the rations which Duverne de Presle triumph which liberty obtained on has placed in our hands, and which the 10th of August, 1792, the eyes we publish this day; and, finally, to of all the faithful deputies were in- the sentiments and conduct of the stantly opened, and from that time new deputies, whom corruption to the 11t of Prairial last, they con- and intrigue gave to the Republic. stantly oppofed to every counter- Emigrants inundating Paris and the revolutionary propofition, their zeal, departments more and more; retheir energies, and their votes. Ob- publicans either butchered or forcliged to adjourn on the 1st Prairial, ed to fly from their homes : superthe epoch of its legislative fway, ftition and fanaticism recalled by royalism. gave a new direction to those even who, under the monarits efforts. It encircled the seat of chy, contributed the most effectualgovernment more closely than ever; ly to proscribe them; the patriotic and by establishing agents, guards, institutions abandoned and insult. and emissaries on all sides; by or- ed; the symbols of royalism displayganizing their connections, their ed audaciously; the licentiousness subordination, and their correspone of the press carried to an unexam

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pled excefs; the purchasers of na- the legislative body, and give the tional domains menaced, and even law its course; without which your stripped of their properly; public generous impulse, affuming an irre. credit almost annihilated; com- gular and improper direction, and merce paralyzed; industry precari- proceeding in the midst of tumult ous; private transactions without towards an object but faintly reeither rule or pledge; the national cognized, you will lofe the whole treasury left without resources in fruit of your exertion, if you do not the midst of numberless and ur- experience the fatal effect of such gent wants; discontents of every conduct as you already have so of description at their greatest height; ten experienced them.' Never fordiscords rekindled; the defenders get, citizens, that we are placed beof the country rewarded for their tween two dangers equally great, triumphs, facrifices, and wounds, by that of leaving behind the germs of insults and profcriptions; and, fi- an evil which infallibly would pronally, external peace retarded by a duce new shocks, and that of

pedeclaration of new innovations. rishing by the too violent effect of Such, citizens, is the picture which the remedy. the Republic pretents; and it is

LAREVEILLIERE LEPAUX thus that the hope of the establish

President. ment of the constitutional act, which had been increasing for some months,

LAGARDE, Secretary. has been daily diflipated. No, it is not to return to so much wretched- The Executive Directory to the Citizens ness and disgrace that you have en

of Paris, Sept. 4th, 1797. countered the perils of a revolution. Your children, your brothers, your

Citizens, friends, shall not in vain have dif- ROYALTY has just threatened persed the armies of kings, and ac- the constitution by a new attack. quired the admiration of nations. After having for a whole year shakThe factious will not be allowed to en, by their dark manquvres, all the overthrow the work of the national foundations of the Republic, they will. The constitution of the third thought that they were sufficiently year shall not be wrested from us. powerful to consummate its deftrucSome of the representatives of tion. They thought themselves Blankenbourg, usurping the title of sufficiently protected to venture to the chosen representatives of the aim its first attacks against the supeople, emigrants, chiefs of Chou- preme depositaries of the executive ans, heads of conspirators, men who authority. Arms were daily distri. have constantly betrayed their duty buted to the conspirators; and all in the most eminent functions, fhall Paris knows, that one of the distri. deprive you of the fruits of your la- buters was arrested with a great bours. The legislative body will number of bonds, upon which he doubtless make a wise distinction. had already delivered a great num It is upon its patriotism and its ta- ber of firelocks.

Cards stamped lents that you ought to rely for the Legislative Body, and marked with an accomplishment of this great at of R, were circulated, in order to serve justice and neceffity.- Confide in as rallying Signs to the confpirators

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