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INTELLIGENCE.

DOCUMENTS.

FOREIGN.

issued by the Mayor of Nismes, reFrench Protestants.

specting the opening of the Protestant churches. The Marquis de Vallon

ques, by whom it is signed, was not Royal Ordinance.

appointed to his office by the King, Louis, by the Grace of God, King of but by M. de Bernis, one of the ComFrance and Navarre, &.

missaries of the Duc d'Angouleme, “ We are informed that our Ordi. who displaced, for that purpose, M. nance of the 21st of Nov. last, has re Donant, a most faithful Royalist and ceived in the town of Nismes the re Protestant, who had been nominated spect and submission we expected ; by the King immediately on his rethat though the criminal whom jus- turn :tice demands is not yet secured, strict searches have been made ; that they Notice to the Inhabitants of the City of

Nismes. have been seconded by the National Guard and the inhabitants; and that will of the King secure the exercise

“ The laws of the realm and the every thing announces that the assassin of General Lagarde has neither of the Protestant worship. I tell you

so, I, who am your magistrate, your asylum nor protection at Nismes.

On the other hand, the article of mayor-I, who have surely some the Constitutional Charter, which, claims to your confidence. The Proin recognizing the Catholic religion Thursday next, and that day wilt

testant churches will be opened on for the religion of the State, secures to other religions liberty and protec- prove to the King, to France, and to tion, has been faithfully executed. the blindness of a few women and

Europe, who are our accusers, that The temple of the Protestants is open, children is not the crime of the city and they enjoy therein all the security which is guaranteed to them by the of Nismes, which has distinguished laws.

itself on so many occasions, and even "After so marked a return to prin to the King.

recently, by its fidelity and devotion ciples and order, we will no longer

“ Women who are blinded by your postpone the revocation of the rigorous measures which necessity drew zeal, and perhaps excited by your from us.

enemies, you will not once more ruin “ For these reasons we have order- your city, and gratify by your errors ed and do order what follows :

the enemies of the Royal cause. I am “ Art. 1. The troops quartered in assured, and for that reason I have a garrisonoron the inhabitantsof Nismes,

pleasure in informing you, that conshall be without delay withdrawn; minated, with the Consistory of the

ferences are opened, and nearly terand distributed in the barracks, and Protestant worship. Their object is in such parts of the department of the to restore, by common consent, to Gard, as our Military commandant the worship of the State, the churches may judge necessary.

« 2. Our Prefect shall declare to the which have been conceded to the Pro inhabitants of Nismes, that we are

testant worship. Two churches will satisfied with the zeal with which be built, and that very shortly, in they concurred in the maintenance of lieu of that concession. During that

short interval, the Protestants may tranquillity, and the re-establishment of order in our said good city.

enjoy, undisturbed, the churches thus "3. Our Minister, Keeper of the conceded. The people of Nismes need Seals, and our Ministers for War, and only know the will of the King, and the Interior, and General Police, are

hear the voice of the Royal Authoricharged with the execution of the ties, to do their duty. present Ordinance.

“ Marquis de VALLONQUES, Mayor." (Signed) « LOUIS.”

Nismes, Dec. 19, 1815." « Given at Paris, Jan. 10, 1816.”, The Official Gazette of this day an

nounces, that tranquillity is restored Paris, Jan. 12. in the South ; notwithstanding which The following is the Proclamation assertion, we have authentic accounts

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of the following transactions having Royal Authorities of that place. The recently taken place in that part of Prefect of that city having learned the kingdom

that the President of the Protestant At Sommières, the Protestants, Consistory had received letters from having attempted to celebrate their the English Society for the Protecworship on the 24th of December, tion of Religious Liberty, called up the power of which they had been that minister before him, compelled deprived of since the month of July, him to deliver them up, and threatenthey met with the most barbarous ed him with a criminal prosecution treatment on that account.

for corresponding with the enemies of The royal troops, which do not the State. cease to infest the environs of Nismes, It may not be unworthy of notice, exercise continual vexations on the that the soldiers, who, by the late Protestants. On the 22nd of Decem- Royal Ordonnance are removed from ber a detachment of about fifty men Nismes, were quartered solely on the broke into the house of M. Mourier, Protestants during their stay in that a gentleman of property at St. Blan- city; and that the whole weight of card, lately returned from emigration, extraordinary contributions is made who had just time to effect his es to fall upon the Protestants, of which cape. Failing in their main object, the following is a striking instance: these brigands completely pillaged The Marquis de Calvieres, a Catholic the premises, and daily continue their gentleman, enjoying a landed estate depredations in the neighbourhood. of 60,000 livres a year, is assessed at

Several families at Nismes have ab- 600 livres-while Mr. Brosse de Pier. jured their religion, the motive of don, a Protestant, whose income awhich is evident. They are families mounts to about 10,000 livres, has of mechanics and workmen, who are paid within this last year the sum ' without bread in consequence of the of 15,000 livres towards those contripersecutions they have undergone. butions. The Protestant manufacturers have, for the most part, fled, and the Ca (From the Journal des Debats.) tholics will not employ Protestant Protestant Society of London. workmen ; besides which, the looms The anxiety and inquiries of the and frames of the latter have been Protestant Society of London have destroyed, and they are reduced to at least produced one good effect.the alternative of recanting or starv. These inquiries have become, to a ing.

very considerable class of Frenchmen, This system of persecution has ex an opportunity for manifesting sentitended to Bordeaux and its neigh- ments, respecting which the most bourhood. Its effects have also been perfidious malevolence cannot any felt at Nantz, the President of the longer express a doubt. From all Consistory of that city having been sides, the heads and the members of sent into exile. Tristaillon, Quatre- the Consistories are eager to prove, taillon, and another brigand of that by the most authentic protestations party, made their entry lately into and the most formal declarations, that Lyons. They wore in their hats white no real cause existed for the proceedcockades of a preposterous size, in the ings of the Society in London, and midst of which was displayed a large that an excess of zeal alone inspired red cross, the characteristic badge of that Society with its fears and suspi. the fanatics of Nismes. These crusa- cions. The following is the extract ders met with a very ill reception from a letter which M. Martineau de from the people of that city, several la Zalgue, President of the Consistory of whom have been arrested upon a of the Reformed Church at Clairac, charge of having insulted them. In has written to his Excellency the consequence of the spirit of the Lyon- Minister of the Interior, sending to nese being so unfavourable to these him at the same time the letter which culprits, the latter have been trans-' the Society of London had addressed ferred to some town in the province to all the Consistories of France:of Bourbonnais. The refugees from “ Full of an entire confidence in his Nismes have been warmly greeted by Majesty Louis XVIII. my well-hethe people of Lyons; which circum- loved King, I look for peace and transtance has given great disgust to the quillity on the earth from him alone.

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177 The finest promises of protection and nesty, proposed in your name, by aid from a foreign goveroment cannot your ministers, has subdued all ha make any impression on my heart; treds, dissipated all alarms, calmed God, my country, and the Charter all resentments, re-establisher univerof my King, are my sacred signs of sal confidence, and blended into one rallying, and I would die rather than common sentiment of gratitude and abandon them.

love, the differences of opinion which These, Sir, are the sentiments party spirit had fomented. which I unceasingly endeavour to for “ Siré, posterity will place the tify by my discourses and my exam name of Louis XVIII. between those ple, in the minds and hearts of my of Louis XII. and Henry IV. The flock, and where they have long since latter, who was your ancestor and been engraven ; and I dare affirm, your mudel, has always been, to the without fear of contradiction, that the Protestants of France, the object of King has not any subjects more de- a sort of adoration. We love, Sire, voted than the Protestants of Clairac." to discover him again in you ; and if

We think it our duty to add to this our ancestors had the glory of pownew testimony, the following extract erfully contributing towards placing from an address sent to the king by him on a throne which has become the President, Pastors, and Members your inheritance, we will prove, by of the Reformed Consistories of the our conduct towards your sacred perDepartment of the Ardeche.

son, that the Protestants of the pre* Sire, your faithful subjects, pro. sent day have the same love and the fessing the reformed religion in the same fidelity for the august family of department of Ardeche, conie to lay the Bourbons which animated the at the foot of the throne the respectful Protestants of two centuries back. homage of their gratitude and love. “ We are, Sire, with the most proThey form no body in the State ; they found respect, your Majesty's most do not harbour the guilty thought of humble and most obedient servants forming one ; united together by the and faithful subjects, the Presidents, single bond of a common worship, Pastors, and Members of the Reformthey are also united to all your sub-ed Consistories of the Department of jects hy their sentiments for your au the Ardeche." gust person ; and the precious title of [Here follow the signatures.) Frenchmen is sufficient for their happiness and glory.LIt is in this quality, Proclamation of the Prefect to the InSire, that they come to swear to your habitants and the National Guard of Majesty an unlimited fidelity.

the City of Nismes. “ They have no complaints to

Nismes, Jan. 20. make; no petition to offer : they re “ At last, brave and loyal Inhabi. ly implicitly on your justice and good- tants, aud National Guards, after so ness. The tribute which they pre- much solicitude for your happiness sume to offer to you is equally pure and your renown, I perceive a bright and disinterested ; and their language day shine upon this city, whose pomust be that of unalterable gratitude pulation has given so many proofs of and entire devotion. While the torch its unalterable fidelity to legitimate of fanaticism, repressed by your Ma- monarchy, to the August House which jesty, has been shaken in less happy reigned so long over our happy andistricts, they have constantly enjoy- cestors, and who, if our vows are ed all the liberty guaranteed by that heard by the Supreme Arbiter of naCharter, the immortal offspring of tions and monarchs, shall reign for your noble wisdom, and the pledge ever over our descendants. of your gooduess. No attempt has “ The King is satisfied with your been made to check the impulse of conduct; he has fulfilled all my wishtheir conscience, to oppose their de- es and rewarded all my efforts, by votions which they publicly practise, ordering me to make known his soveand in which they fervently pray for reign and paternal satisfaction. your safety and happiness.

« Thus are obliterated a few er“You come, to secure to us for rors, into which perfidious agitators, ever that internal tranquillity which abusing even your attachment to your can alone serve as the basis for the king, had drawn you. Thus are anni. public prosperity. That tutelary am- hilated those calumnious reports, which

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Intelligence. French Protestants. a vain attempt has been made to cir- quivocal testimonies of the confidence culate in the bosom of our country, of the Protestants in his paternal goeven to the foot of the throne of our vernment, of their attachment to his august monarch; but which had person, and of their love for the counbeen spread with too much success try. among foreign nations, which are « The Protestants may also rely upnow undeceived as to our true feels on the Protection of the King, who ings.

only sees in his subjects, whatever “ I conjure you tben, brave Nis- may be their religion, children to mois, brave National Guards, continue whom he bears an equal affection, to deserve, by your fidelity to the “ I have the honour, Mousieur le King, by your obedience to his sa

Prefect, &c. cred orders and the laws of the king “ The Minister Secretary of State dom, by your respect for liberty of for the Department of the Interior, worship and conscience, the favour (Signed) “ VAUBLANC." which the King has just conferred on you-and your justification in the The following audacious calumny face of all Europe, which his Majes. appeared in the French papers. Hy has pot disdained himself to pro « The Prefect of Calvados has pubclaim, by his Royal Ordonnance of lished at Caen a letter from M. de the 10th of this mouth. Live the Vaublanc, Minister of the Interior, to King! May our great, our good King the following effect : live for ever!

Paris, Jan. 31, 1816. “ The Prefect Marquis

“ I received the letter wbich you d'ARBAUD JOQUES." wrote to me, enclosing the reply made

by the Consistory of Calvados to the Extract of a Letter of Jan. 12, 1816, missives from the Protestant Society

of his Excellency the Minister of the of London. I have recognized with Interior to the Prefect of the Gard.

pleasure in this answer the patriot“ I learn with joy the happy con- ic sentiments which animate all valescence of M. the Count de La Frenchmen of the Protestant commugarde. May this good servant of the nion. They may depend on the proKing yet for a long period consecrate tection of the King ; tell the Cousiato him his loyal services."

tory, at the same time, that to my

certain koowledge, the persons who Strasburg, Jan. 29. have formed a society at London, in The Journal of our departmeut has order to throw a correspondence into published the following circular of the France, enjoy little credit or confiMinister of the Interior to the Pre- dence in their own country ; they are fects, dated Paris, Jan. 17.

there justly considered as belonging “ A circular, printed and dated at to a party of jacobius, enemies of reLondon, has been, Monsieur le Pre- pose and of every government. The fect, addressed by a pretended Pro- sessions of Parliament about to open, testant Society to the French Protes- will furnish proofs of this." tant Ministers. This paper, under This is the manner in which the the pretext of persecutionis, to which avowed agents of the French governit supposes the latter to be subjected, meat dare to speak of the respectable may spread disquietude amongst them, body of Dissenting ministers, and of and induce them to emigrate.

the Parliament of England. In every “ I have before me the answers of way, and by all descriptions of the the Presidents of several Consistories; constituted authorities in France, all of them are marked by the good England and Englishmen are treated disposition which prevails in them, with illiberality. The fact is, that and by the sentiments which they ex. while these proclamations are pubpress ; and I doubt uot that those lished, and that the unprotected vicwhich bave uot yet come to hand time of persecution are forced to write have repelled with the same indigna- letters denying the miseries they entiou these dangerous josinuations. I dure, every man who gets away from pray you, Monsieur, to send me co- the horrid scene makes known to us pies of all these answers, which I shall the grievous truth, that their suffer. lay before the King. His Majesty ings are not at an end, and that their will see with satisfaction these une only hope is in the exertions of the

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179 friends of civil and religious liberty day accumulates the proofs of a desoin England.

lating persecution in the southern proMorn. Chromi, Feb. 7. vinces of France, it is a duty as grateA letter from Switzerland contain, ful as indispensable, to prevent all the following particulars :

unnecessary agitation and distress. “ During the last tbree months we I embrace, therefore, the earliest have had here several persons, who moment, through your Magazine, to had left Nisines on account of the allay public apprehension as to the persecutions to which they were ex- fate of the Rev. 0. Desmond, Presiposed. Among others, I have con- dent of the Consistory of Nismes. versed with four or five mjuisters; From a letter received this day, the they all agree in painting their situa- following paragraph is extracted : tions as extremely critical; they de “ I render a sad homage to truth, clare most solemnly that the present by confirming the frighful accounts of evils are not the result of any political the massacres in the South. How mamisconduct on their part, but arise uy widows inconsolable! How many solely from the hatred and jealousy of orphans wanting bread!! Notwith: their Catholic brethren ; that they standing the number of Protestants are so surrounded by enemies, and who have been assassinated is great, all their actions so misrepresented, we cannot count among the victinis that they are afraid to take any steps, the venerable Olivier Desmond, Prelest, on their proving insufficient, sident of the Consistory." they should be exposed to an increase Having been informed by another of malice and persecution; they are correspondent that the reformed therefore quite at a loss to know how churches have sustained a great loss their miseries are to be remedied. On by the death of the Rev. Mr. Armond, a late occasion, when the Duke d'An. one of the pastors of Nismes, it apgouleme visited Nismes, a, memorial pears probable, in the distracted state was drawn up, beseeching him, in of the country, that the event has octhe humblest manner, to grant them casioned an erroneous report to obtain bis protection, and to accept their considerable circulation. assurances of loyalty; but though not By order of the Committee, a single complaint was made of all

T. MORGAN, Secretary. they were actually suffering, their bitter enemies, who surrouuded the Assassin of Gen. Lagarde. Duke, intercepted the memorial, and The following paragraph from the threatened tenfold vengeance on its French papers proves, what we sus. authors.

pected, that the military employed at “ The persons here are most anx. Nismes to protect the liberties of the ious for the fullest investigation, but Protestauts, are the volunteers, or nathey deeline furnishing any details in tional guard of the town, who swore, writing, lest they should commit their when the Protestants some months unfortunate companions. Such is the ago wished to shew their loyalty by state of terror and alarm.

joining that corps, that they would “ Last week a letter was received have no Protestant rascal among them.”' here from a Protestant Minister in "A votice, published by order France, where he had officiated for of the Prefect of Vauclusc, says, that twenty-five years, informing his friends the assassin of Gen. Lagarde is a man that the French government had de- of the name of Boissin, a grenadier of creed that none but natives should con- the national guard of that city." tinue in its offices, and that himself and many other Swiss ministers must

The Times. leave their churches and throw them The most decent part of society selves upon charity. This respectable must feel so instinctively and strongly, man, between 50 and 60 years of that any remarks of ours on the scurage, is anxious to obtain bread for his rilous language of The Times may be children."

well omitted. We need only record

the fact, that that Journal bad the MISCELLANEOUS.

indecency (to say no worse) to describe Rev, O. Desmond.

the ministers of religion, who preside Williams's Library, Redcross Street, over the Dissenting congregations in Sir,

Dec. 9, 1815. the metropolis of the British empire, While the correspondence of every and any individual of whom would,

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