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entitled, " An act more effectually to suppress insurrections, and to prevent the dilturbance of the public peace," it is enacted, that it stall be lawful tor the justices of die peace of any county, assembled at a special setfion in manner by the laid act directed, not being fewer than seven, or the major part of them, one of whom to be of the quorum, if they judge fit, upon due confi.leration of the state of the county, to signify by memorial, by them signed, to the lord lieutenant, or other chief governor, or governors of this kingdom, that they consider their county, or any part thereof, to be in a state of disturbance, or in immediate danger of becoming so, and praying that the lord lieutenant and council may proclaim such county, or part thereof, to be in a state of disturbance, thereupon it lliall be lawful for the lord lieutenant or other chief governor or governors of this kingdom, by and with the advice of his majesty"s privy council, by proclamation, to declare such county, or any part of such county, to be in a state of disturbance, or in immediate danger of becoming so, and also such parts of any adjoining county or counties as such chief governor or governors (hall think fit, in order to prevent the continuance or extenlion of such disturbance.
And whereas twenty-four justices of the peace of the county of Down, (several of whom being of the quorum) being the major part of the justices of the peace duly assembled, pursuant to the said act, at a special sestion of the peace, bolden at Hilllborough, in the said county, on Friday the nth day oi November instant, have, by
memorial by them signed, signified to his excellency the lord lieutenant, that certain parts of the said county are in a state of disturbance, and have thereby prayed that the lord lieutenant and council may. proclaim the parishes of Tullylifh, Aghaderg, Donaghcloney, Moira, Maralin, and Seapatrick, being parts of the said county of Down, to be in a state of disturbance, of which all justices of the peace and other magistrates and peace officers of the said county, are to take notice.
Given at the council chamber in Dublin, the 16th day of November, 1796.
Decree of the National Assembly os the XJnittd Provinces for the Abolition of a privileged Church. i. THERE cannot, nor shall be
longer any reigning or peculiarly
privileged church permitted in the
2. All placards and resolutions of the former states-general, tending to oppress the dissenting churches, are revoked and rendered void.
3. No distinctive dress shall be worn, or chu/ch ceremonies be exhibited except within the respective buildings of cither religious persuasion. Nor sliall any bells be rung, in future, for the service of the church.
4. A commission sliall be appointed, as speedily as possible, to investigate all those difficulties, which are the remains of a predominant church; to examine into the funds of payment, and to devise regulations, in some wise, for the future subsistence of teachers, and others connected with the church.
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5. A circular missive shall be dispatched throughout all quarters of the republic, exhorting the proper persons to remit and do away all personal suppressive burdens laid on those ot the dissenting chinches, and requesting their immediate answer, tor the satisfaction of this assembly. . 1 yb August.
f reclamation of the National Assembly ts the Batavian People againji the Importation of Britijh Manufactures. The National Assembly, reprefentr ing the Batavian People, to the Batavians, Health and Fraternity.
THE British minister issued on the 3d of this month a royal proclamation, by which, " the free navigation of Great Britain to the United Provinces is granted, as Well as the exportation of all kinds of merchandize, except military and naval ammunition, provided they be exported under a neutral flag." France, however, is excepted. This is an artifice which the Batavian people fee and properly appreciate—a lure which they disdain. Have we not sketched to the eyes of all Europe, in our manifesto of the 2d May of the present year, the perfidious traits of the conduct of this fame minister? l)id we not evince in the most evident mariner how this minister .completed his want of faith, when on the flight of the last Stadtholder pe seized more than a hundred ships richly laden, and several ships of war; when, deaf to every representation, he dared to appropriate this booty; when, by false advices, he enticed into the Eng1 iill ports several thips which were then at sea; when, violating the rights of nations, and considering 2
as nothing the most solemn treaties, he changed the protection which he had promised, into a declaration of good and legal capture of the Dutch ships; when he endeavoured to get possession of our colonies in the most traitorous manner; when he effectively established himself in several of our most important possessions; when he finished money to the unnatural emigrants who were more influenced by love for the Orange party than for their country, and whom he continually excited to come and tear down the standard of liberty in their own country, and to waste it with fire and sword? In a word, is not the British minister the sworn enemy to the well-being of the United Provinces, and a not he furious that the republic still exists? Let him delude himself with the artificial calculation of the consequences of the present measure! Let him imagine that his lure of the love of gain may either open a source of finance, or in case the Batavian republic disdain it, may sow discord, inflame the spirit of party, and alienate the hearts of the people from the legitimate government! But your representatives, oh, Batavian people ! are and will remain, notwithstanding, faithful to their destination; theyivill not engage in a measure which would render the most eflential service to the enemy of the nation, check the wise and great project of their grand ally, and retard that peace which is the obje6t of our wishes.
The English people are on the eve of awaking, and of forcing the minister to accept an equitable and speedy peace. To avoid caresully every thing that may prolong the most terrible war of which hittory makes mention, is our most
faersd sacred duty: and to .spare no means that may hasten the moment of a peace suitable to the interests of the Batavian people, of their faithful ally, of the British nation itself, and of humanity—such is our most serious object.
The momentary advantage of the few must not be balanced against the well-being of the public, the well-being and prosperity of the public which you wish, fellow-citizens, is our principal object. We know that the British minister at this moment wants specie and circulating capital. He has waited millions of money and rivers of blood; the present measure evinces his embarrallment. The glorious victories of the French have (hut up several ports against the Englilh, and will shut up still more. England, on the other hand, is full of her manufactures, of pillaged merchandize particularly of those articles with which our rich ships returned from the East Indies have furnished him. The British minister must besides make at this period his usual contracts in the Baltic for the maintenance of his marine, and for the supplying of his other wants: and without drawing upon the Dutch merchants, it appears, that he could notluccced in this. —Good faith, Batavian glory, feel all your dignity!
What Batavian heart is not filled with indignation, on considering, that the enemy of our country would offer us for sale thole very effects which he has robbed us of so lhamefully? And is it permitted to us to hesitate a single moment, in consoling ourselves for this loss of gain, and in frustrating the grand object of this enemy? Citizens, his object is no other than
to exchange for money innumerable British merchandize; the faculty of being able to dispose of the price of these purchased to his own advantage: to put an end to the just murmurs of the English people; to prolong the war, and, above all, to excite the indignation of the French republic, which the proclamation excludes from the free navigation. It is therefore, in virtue of all these motives, that we have thought proper to determine upon what follows, as we do determine by these presents.
Article, i. It lhall not be permitted to import into the United Provinces any British manufactures whatever, any British merchandize in general, and particularly any effects ot whatever nature they are, which proceed from the effects laden on board the ihips of the East India company, seized or carried to Great Britain, in any manner, or under any pretext, whether the said effects come directly from Great Britain, or by any other channel.
2. Upon the importation of all effects of this kind, they mail be first confiscated to the proset of the Batavian people, and deposited it* proper magazines, in order to remain there in depot, and not to be fold until it thai! be ulteriorly demanded on the part of the Batavian people.
.5. All persons who may have participated directly or indirectly in such importation, or who may have favoured it, or to whose consignment such effects may have been addressed and expedited with their knowledge, lhall be not only responsible, independently, and besides confiscation of the effects, but shall be proceeded against before the judge of their do,
j. A circular missive shall be dispatched tliroughout all quarters of the republic, exhorting the proper persons to remit and do away all personal soppressive burdens laid on thole of the dissenting chinches, and requesting their immediate answer, for the satisfaction of this assembly.
\ lib August.
Proclamation of the National Astern1
The National Assembly, re ,' a
mi' -V the affairs
the jd of thisni' . ;/(V particular clamation, by ■ ^ no means ,0 navigation of *" importation,
*f$e seizure ot the effedts proved in Art. I. to order de piano Jn'ffrout form of process) upon its l'.n,itiilbility, the confiscation, and ro effect the depolit in the necefjiry magazines mentioned in Art. 2. ' In consequence, in this respect, the ordinary form of proceeding is suspended in cafes of frauds committed with regard to the marine rights, and to every contravention \>t the placards issued on that subject, which stiall remain suspended with respect to those who shall prelent themselves as defenders Iu the affairs above-mentioned. 7. The present proclamation
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'/'fl? jn to the accomplifli
•>/ ihe duties imposed on our
.nttee, by our present pro
8. This proclamation shall be
sent to the committees for the
affairs of the marine, and for the
Kali India trade, in order to serve
as information and advice to them.
Pone in the national assembly at the
Hagw, Sept. 16, 1796, second year
os' Ba'trvtan liberty.
(Signed) J. J. Cambism.
D. Van Laer.
Proclamation of the States General of the United Provinces.
THE states general of the United Provinces to all those who mat fee or hear these presents, health and fraternity: Be it known, that in compliance with the with and desire of the Batavian people, and the approbation of the respective confederates, we have passed an aft, according to which a general national assembly for the admini. stration of fœderal affairs, as well as to form the plan of a constitution for all the republic, to be submitted to the approbation or refusal of the Batavian nation, fho:;)i| be convoked and put in activity: that this important work, of so great an interest for our country, has been conducted actually, under the divine benediction, by the
tizcns having the all the republic, 'Tiembcrs who •■al national represent oeople, 1, or Tin e , ^ Hie .ouch as .veil here, at .pair there immeurder to assemble on ., the first of March next, . the place destined, by eleven o'clock in the forenoon, that they may be enabled, by a commission to be named by us, conformably to the act passed to open their assembly; that thus on the point of terminating our proceedings, at the moment when this assembly shall be constituted, we have thought it our duty solemnly to inform, by our prelent proclamation, our fellow-citizens thereof, and to testify, in the first place, our gratitude to the Supreme Being, that in the midst of all the difficulties which have weighed down this republic since the revolution of the month of Jan. 1795, and which have menaced even tne total loss of its liberty and of its independence, we behold at last the desired issue of our continual cares, that our political liberty and independence have been continued, and that also the nation will fee itself perfectly and really represented by an assembly elected by herself, and which will be in effect honoured with her confidence, a circumstance which never yet happened to our ancestors; for which reason we may with good cause expect from it such a plan of
a constitution, under the approbation of the whole people as may be proper to regulate and establish its happiness on a stable fooling, and may also'assure ourselves firmly that this assembly will employ the power and authority which have been trusted to it. in such a manner as may be necessary for the safety and well-bring of our country; by means of which all and each will be able to enjoy individual liberty, under the protection of the law to defend their own interests in union with the general interests, and to assist the prosperity of the republic to advance in such a manner as that she may be restored to her ancient splendour, and that her importance abroad may be re-established and defended as in former times.'
We pray and require, therefore, the representatives of the people in the respective provinces, the country of Drenthe and Batsvian Brabant, to publish and affix our present proclamation in all places where it is the custom to make such publication and affixing: w; order at the lame time, all and every ohe whom it may concern, to acknowledge the said national assembly as Inch, and to obey it according to the act palled before; and we inform by the present, the military as well as others, that as soon as this national allembly shall be solemnly constituted, they will pass immediately into the service of the said alsembly, and will be obliged to pay it the same obedience they have until now owed us; forasmuch as we declare, by our present proclamation, public!/ and solemnly, that all authority which may have belonged to our assembly will then pass, with our consent