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some degree, the contraband and ilicit couit, to the amount of the said sum $0 trade of the Americans, waxes louder attached, and the costs ofsaid attachment, and louder; and every plan which vio. which shall be allowed as a payment lence and intemperance can suggest, is to that amount, in any suit for said employed to goad the Congress to ac- debt. And so much of the treaty of tual reprisals against Great Britain.-- London, of 19th November 1804, as Some strong resolutions were proposed secures the inviolability of such debts, by Mr Raniolph, against Great Bri- as will be infringed by the attachments tain, but are said to have been rejected or recoveries hereby authorised, shall in a Committee. However, the militia not (so long as is necessary in the ex. are to be called out: a proposal has ecu'ion of this act only) be regarded as been made, and referred to a Committee legally obligatory on the Government of Congress, to prohibit the importation or citizens of the United States.” of all English produce and merchandise, It will scarcely be beiieved, that a until the grievances complained of are Bill so disgraceful t the Legislature of redressed, and a bill of a most extraor- any country calling itself civilized, ha's dinary nature has been introduced for passed to a second reading! We think the protection and indemnification of better of the Americans, than to supAmerican seamen from the impress of pose that it can eventually pass. Such British ships of war. The following are new ideas in legislation can receive no its principal provisions :
countenance from those who know the " The first clause of the bill enacts, real siate of the question. If some in. that every person or persons, who dividuals, who were horn in America, shall impress ANY seaman, on board have been impressed into our service, any vessel bearing the Aag of the Uni. where does the blame lie? Is there a ted States, upon the high sias, or in single American who does not know any river, haven, bason, or bay, under that every artifice is employed to natuthe pretext or colour of a commission ralize, as they call it, all the British from any foreign power, shali for every seanen whom they can persuade to dissuch offence be adjudged a pirare, and, grace themselves, as if an American cer. on conviction, shall suffer death. The tificate could convert a born Briton in. second clauss not only authorises pero to any thing else than a Briton. If sons attempted to be impressed to repel there be any real cause of complaint, it force by force, by killing those attempt is on our side. Let America abandon ing to impress them, but encourages the nefarious system which has led to them to resist by a bounty of 200 dol- the impressing of seamen from Ameri. lars. The third claust authorises the can bottoms. At least ninety-nine out President of the United States to reta. of an hundred seamen so impressed have liate upon any subject of any foreign been British born seamen, and it would power, in case any impressed Ameri. be easy to prove that a much greater can citizen shall suffer death, or any o- number has been dishonourably screened ther corporal punishment, by the au- and protected by false and forged certi thority of such power. By the fourth ficates of American citizenship. The and last clause, every impressed Ameri. American Government is well acquaintcan seaman is to be entitled to receive, ed with these facts, and we cannot be. for the time he is compelled to serve on lieve that it will encourage violent and board any ship, the sum of 60 dollars a hasty proceedings. The whole of this month, to be recovered in the district important question, however, will pro. court of the State in which the port bably soon come into discussion official. lics from which the vessel cleared for ly between the two countries. the voyage in which he was taken, by A Bill for abolishing the Slave Trade, attachment of any private debt due throughout the United States, was pasfrom any citizen of the United States to sed in the House of Representatives, any subject of that Government by and twice read in the Senate ; but on whose subjects he had been impressed; the third reading, the Members for and and any sums of nioney, so attached out against it were equal; the Vice Presiof the hands of any debtor, shall be a dent gave his casting vote against it, and payment of so much of the said debt, it was of course rejected. and may be pleaded in payment, or dis
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lies, and a great assemblage of all ranks,
who came to congratulate Napoleon on We are happy to mention the disco- his victories. He here wrote a letter to very and prevention of a formidable the President of the French Conservative conspiracy of the Negroes in the Island Senate, in which he siates, that his de. of Trinidad. The object of the Ne. sise to give every proof of his partigrocs (of whom, however, it appears, cular esteem for the royal house and but a small proportion were engaged in nation of Bavaria, who had rendered it) was to renew the scenes of St Do- him so many services, and his wish to mingo, to burn the towns and planta- be present at the celebration of the tions, and effect a general in assacre of marriage of his son Eugene with the the whites, without distinction of age or Princess Augusta of Bavaria, had indusex. Christmas eve was fixed for the ced him to protract his stay for some execution of the plan. To the cool days at Munich. This marriage took Ress, promptitude, and vigour of Gene- place on the 15th Jan. The marriage ral His:op, we are, under Providence, in. contract was signed by the Emperor and debied for the timely suppression of a Empress of France, and the King and conspiracy, which, had it but partially Queen of Bavaria. The ceremony was taken effect, might have eventually in performed by the Arch-Chancellor of volved the most dreadful consequences the empire. to all the Windward Islands. He had The Electoral Prince of Baden, who early intimation of it; martial law was was compelled to relinquish the hand proclaimed, all the leading conspirators of the daughter of the King of Bavaria, were seized, all their plans were disco. in favour of Eugene Beauharnois, is to vered; several of them had been tried be indemnificd with one of the nieces of and executed at the date of the last ad. the Empress Josephine ! vices, and others were under trial. We The title assumed by the Elector of are happy to add, for the satisfaction Bavaria is King of Bavaria ; that of the of those who have relatives in the Island, Elector of Wirtemberg, King of Wirthat the danger was regarded as entirely temberg. These monarchs are to be over.
crowned at Paris. Their Majesties, it The Philadelphia Gazette contains appears, have already quarrelled, and an extract from the Gazette of Hayti, several squabbles have taken place to in which it is made to appear, that the bout demarcations, in which the troops Government of the sable Chief of St of his Majesty of Wirtemberg were oDomingo is as well founded, and as bliged to give way. The Bavarian arlikely to continue, as that of his brother my was to be increased to eighty thou. Napoleon. The island is represented sand men; a force, if properly disciplinas in a state of confirmed and growing ed, sufficient to prove a most effectual prosperity.
barrier to any'sudden movement here. GERMANY.
after on the part of Austria.
We have seen that the Electors of On the 27th of December, the Empe- Bavaria and Wirtemberg have had the for Napoleon issued from his residence title of King conferred on them by Bo. in the palace of Schoenbrun, two pro- naparte, with a very considerable aeelamations; one to his army, announ. cession of territory. I'o the former it is eing the signing of peace, and another the reward of most unkingly treacheryto the people of Vienna, expressing his to the latter it is much otherwise. It satisfaction at their conduct, imputing appears, from an address which he delithe war to the Austrian Minister devoted vered to the Deputies of his States in to England, and making them a present Oct. last, that his situation was truly of the arsenal, which by right of conquest pitiable. He was beset on all sides by he said belonged to him.
Austria and France; his appeals to PiusThe same day at noon, he set out sia were disregarded; he requested of with his staff, on his return to France, Bonaparte that ke might be allowed to and arrived at Munich on the 31st. He maintain an armed or a simple neutraliwas here met by the Empress, the new ty ;-"No," returned the Tyrant," he Kings of Bavaria and Wirtemberg, the that is not with me is against me; you Elector of Baden, with all their fami- must furnish me with 10,000 men, and
half a million in specie:"_“ I cannot miliation which the lustrian arms have
Against them,” rejoined Napoleon, former Minister, Baron Thugut.
corps of Turks, consisting of 700 meni, The Elector of Saxony has had the had, however, penetrated to Schabatz, sense to refuse the title of King, which of which they had made themselves was pressed upon him by Bonaparte.- masters, and massacred great numbers If this Maker of Sovereigns proceeds as of the juhabitants. he has begun, in a few years the Royal The free city of Frankfort has been dignity will scarcely be so respectable occupied by French troops: nor have as a German Principality..
they been idle. Angereau sent a letter The French troops have evacuated to the Senate, intimating, that it was the Austrian States. The last column the pleasure of his Master that the in. left Vienna on the 12th Jan, but they habitants should pay him a contribution are not returning to France. A large of four millions of livres! No pretext army is still to remain on the right for this act of extortion is advanced bank of the Rhine, with a view of con- no pretence is assigned. The Marshal, trouling Prussia, should she evince any in the name of his Master, prefers the disposition hostile to certain arrange- demand in the most courteous manner, ments which Bonaparte has in contem. without troubling himself to fabricate plation.
an excuse for the robbery. The Senate The Emperor of Austria returned to have had recourse to a forced loan, to his capital on the 16th of Jan. The raise half the imposition, which they Archduke Charles also entered Vienna have paid, and to avoid the pestilence on the isth, at the head of 25,000 men, with which they were menaced, the inwho are to compose the future garrison troduction of a fresh garrison of ten of that city. The Imperial Chancery thousand men, and its unavoidable conlikewise returned, together with all the sequence-military execution. foreign Ministers, except the Russian Nor has French rapacity been limited Minister.
to Frankfort. The county of RodelThe Emperor's return was preceded sheim, adjacent to that city, is also to by a Proclamation to the inhabitants, pay a contribution amounting to 100,000 inculcating the necessity of resignation. rix-dollars. The Elector of Hesse will, The Archduke Charles has also addres. it is said, be required to furnish a consed a Proclamation to the army upon its tribution of eight millions of livresa going into peace quarters. He endea. Saxony will be taxed as high. The vours to reconcile the troops to the hu. Prince of Salm is to pay a million, and
the Arch-Chancellor of the Empire one to be defrayed by the Electorate. The million also, for which Frankfort, aiter troops took possession on the 5th Feb. being drained, will be made over to him. and immediately after the Russians Nor is this all. Germany is not only were to evacuate the electorate, and reto furnish France with money, but with turn to their own couätry by Prussian men, and several of the German Princes Pomerania. The Swedish troops have are to raise regiments for the French witndrawn to the right bank of the Elbe; service!
but the Swedish General has published The King of Sweden has published a proclamation, in which, after stating a Declaration to the Diet, in which, af- it to be bis Sovereiger's pleasure to reter rebuking the Members of the em- move the greatest part of his troops pire for having acted contrary to the further into the Mecklenburgh terriprinciples of honour, virtue, and the tory, and adding, ihat the chief com. German constitution, he declares, that mand of the Swedes, posted on the he shall consider it beneath his dignity right side of the Elbe, has been confided to take any part in the deliberations of to him; he declares, “in pursuance of the Diet, so long as its decisions shall be his Majesty's command, that the said under the influence of selfishness and countries still continue under the prousurpation.
tection of Sweden, tili, in this respect, a Bonaparte, it appears, persists in his Convention between his Majesty and endeavours to induce the King of Prus. his High Ally the King of Great Britain sia to shut his ports against the com- shall be concluded." merce of England. His Majesty, we At present, therefore, it would ap. trust, knows his own interest better. pear that the occupation of Hanover is Were it otherwise, appearances do not merely provisional; but strong doubts at present seem to be favourable to Na- are entertained, whether that which has poleon's views. In the mean time, ac- only a provisional appearance now will 'cording to letters from Dusseldorff, it not soon assume a very different attiseems to be his determination to seize tude and aspect, A proclamation was British manufactures throughout every issued by Count Munster, upon quitpart of Bavaria. A French Custom- ting the Electorate, which shows that house Officer arrived at Dusseldorff on his Britannic Majesty wholly disapproves the 5th Feb. insisted upon taking away of the measure adopted by Prussia. books and letters belonging to the mer- That Court had proposed conditions by chants, and wished to seize British which Hanover was to be secured from goods, although they had never been attack. Those conditions were strictly prohibited in that country. The Go fulfilled on our part; but in the mean vernor firmly resisted the outrage, and while, Prussia was 'n gociating a treaty the robbers desisted, but it was feared with France, by which she was to be that violence would ultimately prevail. put in posession of ihe Electorate.-
His Britannic Majesty has in consePRUSSIA E HANOVER.
quence protested, through his Minister, The affairs of the Continent seem to against this violation of his territories. be still in a very unsettled state. In a This unexpected accession of territory proclamation issued by his Prussian Ma. and influence to the Court of Berlin, jesty upon occupying Hanover, it is as- has produced great jealousy in the Aug. serted that this occupation is merely trian Government, in as much as the provisional. His Majesty states, that a latter has lost in the same measure that Convention has been entered into be- the former has been aggrandized. There tween him and the French Emperor, in is, however, a general persuasion, that pursuance of which, the States of his the secret articles of the treaty of Pres. Britannic Majesty in Germany will burgh promise to Austria a compensanot again be occupied by French or tion for the enormous sacrifices to which other troops combined with them; and, she has been forced to submit. These till the conclusion of a general peace, articles relate to the annexation of the will be wholly occupied and governed Turkish provinces on the Austrian by Prussia.--The extraordinary ex. frontiers to the dominions of the Empepences attending the occupation of the ror Francis ; a measure which has arous. Electorate by the Prussian troops are ed the jealousy of Russia and Prussia,
ad will, it is believed, be resisted by vying with each other in decreeing him both.
honvuls. A column is to be erected, This is the object of France in ob. bearing on the top of it a statue of the tainaig possession of Venetian Dalma. Emperor-the inscription is to be “Na. tia. it ! vowedly to overawe the puleon the Great, from his grateful Turkish Enpire, and to counteract the country." Medals are to be struck, views of Russia. It is expressly de and a national fete is to be celebrated clared, either that the French armies are yearly on the anniversary of the Empeto support and improve the Turkish ror's birth. troops, and prop their declining empire, The honours of a public entry into or that the latter should be overthrown. Paris, decreed to Bonaparte by his fawnFRANCE.
ing Senates, and Legislative Bodies,
and Constituted Authorities, were deBonaparte, with his Empress, return. clined by him, because he returned vic. ed to Paris on the 26th Jan. His arri. torious. He gave them to understand, val had been preceded by a letter to the that he would have made a public and Senate, announcing his adoption of solemn entry, had he come back dis. Eugene Beauharnois as his son, and his comfited and degraded, “ that the accla. intention to call him to the throne mations of the people might shew how of Italy-the crown of Italy after the he was beloved !" He, however, receia present possessor, to be for ever se para ved the full measure of their adulation, ted from the crown of France, to which at an audience which he deigned to Eugene and his descendants are to wave grant them after his return. The ad. all claim and pretension. But the most dresses presented to him on this occa. important part of this communication sion are such a combination of servility, to the Senate is that in which Bonaparte impiety, and meanness, that they even hints at the ulterior dispositions which compelled the personage to whom they he intends, and speaks of the federative were addressed to put on the semblance states of the French Empire. “ The of modesty. different parts, though independent of Bonaparte's first Levee, after his re. eacz other, have a common tie.”- turn to Paris, was indeed a splemn one. What can this mean, but that Bonaparte The Prefect of the Police sent a billet intends to break and divide Germany to those who were to attend, intimating into federative staies, which, created that they would be permitted to testify by France, shall depend upon France, their veneration to their Imperial and and shall look to her as their common Royal Majesties, seated on their thrones. parent and protector. The Senate The persons summoned, accordingly, at caught the meaning of the expressions the appointed hour, passed by the to which we have alluded, in a moment, thrones one after another. The eti. The President Neufchateau in his speech quette was to make three obeisances upon the Imperial letter uses these the first standing opposite the throne ; words—“ The order of succession to the second on approaching near to it; the crown of Italy is fixed. The Iron and the third after retiring a few paces Crown will never be united to the Im- from it.-Not a word was spoken perial Diadem; but by the same pro- In Paris, on the 5th Feb. a rigorous vident wisdom that keeps them sepa- ordinance, concerning dangerous offenrate, are woven before-hand, the federa sive weapons, carried in secret, was pubtive knots of which the French Empire lished by the Prefect of Police. It prowill be the tie and centre.” Thus, the hibits armourers, cutlers, merchants and Crown of Italy, though separated from others, to manufacture, expose to sale France, will not be a bit the less subser- or issue, and the public to carry, weavient to her will, and will still, as be. pons prohibited by the laws, such as fore, be connected with her fate and air.guns and pistols, poignards, daggers, fortunes; whilst Germany, recast and sword-sticks, or canes, &c. under serecreated, and divided into comparative- vere penalties. All persons, not military,
small monarchies or republics, will wishing to carry pocket or common depend upon the power of France for pistols for self-defence, must have a liprotection and support.
cence for so doing. All persons of the Bonaparte's Senate and Tribunate are above description shall be subject to vi