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Frerich Protestants. verted is however esident; for the assas. from Uzes, near Nismes, of the 10th of sin has not yet been arrested, and the Decemher :soldiers who, by a Royal Ordonnance of • The chief persons of the Protestant the 10th inst. were removed from Niemes, families bave fled from their babitations, were quartered during their stay in that which had considerably suffered. Our city, principally, if not solely, on the church is now in the most deplorable ronProtestant inhabitants. The weight of dition: no public worship is celebrated. the extraordinary contributions, by the Ministers of our persuasion at Paris, who most partial and arbitary exactions, has are so near Government, forgrt not your been also made to fall on the Protestants, brethren of the South !--We have lost though equally protected and assessed M. Ricourt, President of the Con-istory. by the Charter promulgated by the King. Phe late events have hastened his end;- he Thus out of 940 thousand francs, the con- had been obliged to desert first his house tingent of the Gard, 600 thousand were in town, and then that in the country: jaid on the Protestants, 2011 thousand on the latter has been pillaged.' the Jews, 140 thousand only on the Ca- Fro:n Uzes, same date :tholics ; though these last form nearly B inforins us, that his son set. the two-thirds of the population of the tled at Arpaillargues, ncar l'zes, after department. The Marquis de Calvieres, having fled, and wandered in the woods a Catholic gentleman, enjoying a landed for two months, has been arrested, and estate of 60,000 livres a year, is assessed conducted into the prison of Uzes, where at 600 livres; while M. Brosse de Pier. he still remains. A great many other don, a Protestant, whose income amounts Protestants continue in the same predicato about 10,000 livres, has paid within inent.' this last year the sum of 15,000 livres 10 The efforts of the people, and the press wards those contributions.

of this country, aided by the additional The following facts, on which full re- energy of the French Government, caused liance may be placed, will prove that in the temples at Nismes to be opened, by the order of time, up to the date of our order of the anthorities of that city, on latest accounts, the Protestants have been the 21st December ; but it was necessary the victims of bigotry and persecution. to the possession of this boon, that the

In consequence of the King's Ordon. Proiesiants should comply with terms nance of the 21st November, which was directly contrary to the spirit of the promulgated at Nismes on the 29th, seve- Constijutional Charter. The following ral of ihe murderers of the Protestants is the Notice of the Mayor,so remarkable and depredators of their property, were that it is worthy of a careful perusal. It taken into custody ; but on the 6th of acknowledges that Europe accuses the December they were all set at liberty. Catholics of great crimes, it endeavours On the 7th they spread over the neigh, to charge them on a few women and bouring country. A party of them re- children, and it acknowledges that the paired to the house of a Monsieur Pey. worship of the Protestants is to be resumron, a rich farmer at Brossan, who, from ed, less as a consequence of the Royal av. the beginning of the persecutions, had thority, than the result of u negaiation heen greatly exposed to the fury of the pacifying to the Catholics :fanatics : not finding him, they cominand

NOTICE ed his three soos either to give up the father, or pay a sum of 50,000 livres. To the Inhabitants of the City of Nismes. As the young men could not comply with

Nismes, December 19, 1813. either demand, they were dreadfully 'The laws of the realm and the will beaten by these villains (one of thein of the King, secure the exercise of the heing left for dead) and both house and Protesiant worship. I tell you so.-1, farm were pillaged.

who am your Magistrate, your Mayor• On the same day, another party, of I, who have surely some claims to your the same description, went to a country confidence. The Protestant Churches house inhabited by three respectable old will be opened on Thursday next; and men, brothers. After having offered them that day will prove in the King, to every indignity that fanaticism could sug France, and to Europe, who are our acgest, they proceeded to acts of violence, cusers, that the blitidaess of a few women Upon these unfortunate men attempting and children is not the crime of the city to resist, they were instantly charged with of Nismes, which has distinguished itself rebellion to the King; and, upon this on so many occasious, and even recently, pretence, seized, and carried hy these by its fidelity and devotion to the King. fanatics before the King's Attorney Ge Women, who are blinded by your neral; who, indignant at the ouirage, zeal, and perhaps, excited by your enerefused to commit them. They were then mies, you will not once more ruin your dragged before the Prefect, who ordered city, and gratify by your errors the enethem to prison, par mesure de suretè, mies of the royal cause, which was immediately executed, amid • I am assured, and for that reason I sbouts of Vive le Roi !'

have a pleasure in informing you, that The following is an Extract of a Letter conferences are opened, and pearly ter


French Protestants. minalel, siti the Consistory of the Pro- Sunday again, the 24th of this month, testanı koralip. Their object is to re:

there were fresh troubles at Sommieres, store, by common consent, io the worship four leagues from Nsmes. I must sup. of the State', the churches which have press details for the reasons I have been conceded to the Protestant worship. mentioned. Many persons, pillaged Two churches will he buill, and that and injured at Nismes and other places, very shortly, in lieu of that concession. liave greut need of the succours which During that shorunterval, the Protestants you have offered in so Christian a man. may enjoy hodisturbed the churches thus ner. conceded. The people of Nismes need

• Blessed be God, who has put our only know the vill of the King, and ingratitude to shame by the love of onr hear the voice of the Royal Amborities, l'espectable brethren of England. The to do their duty.


comfort we derive from it is as inde. • Marquis de VALLONQUES, Mayor.'scribable as our gratitude. I embrace The Temples which the Protestants re

with affection all our dear benefactors.' linquished, were not parachial churches,

One of the most fearful symptoms in but conventual: and as all the property of the more recent events, is the public Abbeys and Convents had been confiscale notification, in the papers of Le Gard ed at the Revolution, one of these was

aud Paris, of the abjuration of the Pro. purchased by the Protestants puebly south. The Journal des Debats of the

testant faith, by many families in the years since, and the other was given to them eleven years back, by the Head of 10th instant, contained the following the then existing Government.

article, extracted from the Journal du At the very time that apparent security Gard, published at Nismes :was given to the Protestants, they were

* An interesting ceremony took place actually exposeil to fresh injuries. The on the 26th ult. in the church of St. Royal troops which infested the environs Paul, at Nismos. Two Protestant fa. of Nismes, exercised continual vexalions milies, forming altogether about 20 per-, on the Protestants. On the 22d of Decem- sons, made a public abjuration between ber, a detachment of about fifty men the hands of the curè of the parish, broke into the house of M. Mourier, a and returned to the bosom of the Roc gentleman of property at St. Blancard, mish church. Some families had al. Jately returned trom emigration, whó ready given an example of this in the had just time to effect his escape. Fail- parish of St. Baudille ; and others are, ing in their main object, these brigands it is said, preparing to follow.' completely pillaged the prenises, and Paris papers of the 18th inst. contain daily continue their depredations in the also additional notice on this subject. neighbourhood.

They say, ' Many Protestant families 'At Sommieres, the Protestants have of the south embrace the Catholic re. attempted to celebrate their worship on ligion.' the 2411 of December, the power of:

On this subject we have authentie which they had been deprived of' since accounts, which must demonstrate to the mouth of July. They met with the the most incredulous and prejudiced most barbarous treatment on that ac

the prevalence of a religious persecu. count.'

tion. The persccution at Sommieres is

One latter has the following passage: mentioned by two more Correspondents.

Several families at Nismes have abA letter from a distinguished Pro. jured their religion, the motive of which testant of the Department of the Gard, is evident. They are families of medated so late as the 28th of December, chanics and workmen, who are without states, that tranquillity was not esta: bread in consequence of the persecublished. He says,

tions they have undergone. The ProI have seen the Letter and the Re. testant maonfacturers have for the most solutions of the Nonconformist minis. part tied, and the Catholics will not emters, who have liad the true Christian ploy Protestant workmen ;- besides charity to interest themselves in the which, the looins and frames of the disasters of the poor uptortunate peo

latter have been destroyed, and they ple, devastated by the popalar perse. are reduced to the alternative of recantcutions at Nismes and elsewhere. ing or starving. • I have received, with singnlar con.

This system of persecution has exsolatiou, your letter. This town is at tended to Bourdeaux and its neighbourpresent quiet; but we cannot say that hood. Its effects have also been felt at furious persons have returned to chari-. Nantz, the President of the Cousistory table and Christian sentiments towards of that city having been sent into exile.' the Protestants. The troops only re. The following Extract of a Letter from strain them; but if they should be re.. Nismes, received from a most respect. moved to other places, no one would able Protestant Lady, and on which be safe from the return of disorders. the utmost confidence may be placed,

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French Protestante. will further illustrate the above cited Since this paper rds put to pres, a articles :

mass of importint documents has been Nismes, January 3. trunsmitted to the Committee, by prirate • One's mind is weighed down at hands, from eye-witnesses, and persons af seeing the oppression and misery to unblemished reputation, not only confirawhich the Protestants are subjected, ing the facts they hare alreviy published, and from which they cannet relieve but detailing enormities which surpess themselves. We are, however, allowed former accnanis, iad such as the rincteenth to pray to God with some tranquillity. century could unt expect to huce witnessed ! The first time the Mayor, appointed by the King, expressly ordered is to ring To oppose the prevalence of the bell, I said to my husband, This is such evils, lo endeavour to annihilate done to furnish an article for the jour. then, or at least to alleviate their ef. nals. I was not mistaken, and it has ferts; is so evidently the duty of all gone forth to France and to foreigu Christians, and specially of all Christian cúuntries that we are as happy as we can Ministers, that the Dissenting Ministers be. The policr, on the other hand, will have not ceased to prosecute it since not suffer what has happened at Som their preparatory meeting, held on the mieres to be spoken of. There the Second of November last, nor can the vilest of the mob, instigated by our

Coinmittee but persevere, per.

approsing secutors, attacked the assembly of the themselves the Ministers of God, by faithful at the moment of their perfor. evil report and good report, by havour mance of Divine Worship. The Officers and dishonour, as deceivers, and yel of the Regiment of Maria Theresa en

true!' dravonred to re establish order ;-one This determination the Committee of the fanatics in the crowd snapped a have svlemnly proclaimed to their controsket three times at one of the officers; nections, and to the world, by the cirhat it nissed tirr, and the officer's life cular letter, and the Resolutions wlaich was saved. The man who attempted immediately follow. this assassination is known, but he has not been arrested ; on the contrary, two

Library, Red Cross Street, peaceable individuals, known to be rea

Jun. 15, 1816. sportable, have been arrested, one of The events which have taken place 1,0m is accnse of having cried fire since our last communication, have l'Empereur, as if it were probable that rendered expedient the adoption of the persons capable of crying Vive l'Em- annexed Resolutions ; and in transmitperunt ! would declare against the Pro. ting them to you, we avail onrselves of testauts. You will readily believe, the opportunity of conveying to you that a department whirh abounds in information, wlich will abundants de assassins and robbers, will not be fonnd monstrate the utility of our past exerwanting in falsc witnesses. Persons tions, and the demand which exists for are always to be found who are ready vigorons and liberal efforts on the part to atır any thing, no matter what; of all who are interested for the security and these people can themselves Chris.. of the Protestant faith. Attempts, as tians, par excellence! Every thing done disgraceful as unexpected, have ocagainst a Protestant is regarded as a rasioned is additional labonr and expious art by those who are in office. pence; but happily they lave led to

• The Protestants have been very un. results directly contrary to the designs fortunate in having saken tiom them of our opponents, who have stood for what they had enjoyed for 20 years. — ward as the ralumniators of the Dissent. Twenty Protestants were employed in ers of England, and the apologists of the receipt of the imposts; these have the perseciitors of France.--A letter all been dismissed. The old and veger- from the Duke of Wellington, written able Laune had the posts: his place in acknowledgment of a communication has been takin from him. He demand. from the Surretaries of another Body, od of the Mayor a rertificate, t'at he has been published iu the Times News. had always acting with honour in that paper, as a document of importance, situation, and it was refused hiin. When improperly suppressed. Withont enthe wives and children of those detai- tering at all into the policy of withed in custody supplicate for their li-- holding from the Public the entire berty, they are told that they must turn contents of that document, we cannot Cutholics! Yon have no idea of the but inform you, that the only part thousand petty vexations that are heap. which in the least contradicts our preed in every shape upon our poor bre- vious statements, was printed in para. threa. When will our miseries be at an graphs in all the Journals, by the per. end? God only knows! Our oppres- sons who received it. It stated, ' That sors are supported by the fanatics, and the salaries of the Protestant Ministers by nersons who live by disorder. Gen. had not been discontinued by the King.' ta Garde has been for some days worse,' If, by this was intended, what the pay.

French Protestants. ment bad not been forbidden by a Royal Persecution being religious, and not Ordonnance, the statement is true; but political,--at last only political as far if it was designed to convey an assare as the intolerants bave endeavoured 10 ance that the salaries had been regu- deprive the Protestants of those poli. larly paid, it is a fulse and anworthy tical rights and advantages whiela since effort to stitle the sympathy and be the Revolution they have enjoyed. nevolence of the British Pablic, while the intervention of the Catholic the ministers are at this moment at Priests, where they have been well-dis. least nine months in arrears. By is it poser, at the same time proves, that was never inentioned as a proof of the Protestants could not have con. persecution from the government; brit ducted theinselves improperly towards as an a gravating cireunust 190e in ihe the professors of the Catholic religion ; calamity which has befallen the Re- and that their authority as priests was formed Churches, that while their flochs important in preventing or lessening - bave been scattorrd--their merchants evils which religious fury had inspired. and manufacturres exiled and their The aduitional Accounts which we resources draind by foreign tronps and now furnisli, will prove that your Conheavy imposis, their ministers should tributions(our intention to solicit which, have been destituite of that stipendi va was, in the first instance, submitted to which for so many years they bad re. the Prime Minister of his Royal Higlignlarly depended for their ministerial ness the Prince Regent) are even more support ;-and though this defalcation necessary than we could have anticiLuas been common to the ministers of all pated, from the authentic letters we I ligions, it must be considered, that had received, but which suppressed, t . Protestant ministers have not those thro' fear, many important details ; and means of eltaining money, whirh the as the efforts of our enemies have occa. Catholic priests, by their various cere- sioned a serious increase in our expen, movies, always possess.

diture, we must re-urge on you the proAnother Letier has been published priety of making those Contributions as in the same Journal, which had beeu early, and as liberally as your conveni. sent to os by M, Marron, President of ence will allow. the Consistory of Paris, declining our As it will not be possil.le for us to aid and censuring our interference; provide an antidote to the poison daily but you will, doubtless, hare seen by diffused, we shall be content to assure other Journals, that another letter was you, that whenever any Intelligence received by the same conveyance, from arrives which alters our opinion, ur the same person, stating, that our exer- renders your exertions unnecessary, you tions had made a strong sensation in shall have immediate information, Paris, and were likcly to produce the By Order of the Committee, most beneficial results: in addition to THOMAS MORGAN, Sec. which, it is now evident, that the letter in question was written by M. Marron,

RESOLUTIONS. after an examination by the Police, and

Williams's Library, bed Cross Street, under the fi ar ofindividual persecution.'

January 12, 1816. The effect ot' ibe Public Mertings which At a Meeting of the Committee, appointed by have been held, has been highly impor the General Body of i'rolest int Diseenting Vi tant, and the arrival of the report of the

nisters of the Three Denominations,' for the Proceedings of the Common Council of

Furpose of Inquiry, Superiutendance, and

Distrioution of the Funds which may be con. London in Paris, was the coumeme tributed for the Relief of the French Protesta ment of exertions wy the French autho. auts, suffering for Conscience-sake,' rities, which had not been previously It was unanimously Resolved, made. While some persons have depre 1. That this Committee have obcated these Meetings and Discussions, served, with astonishment avd regret, it will always be a subject of satistace that attempts ará making, throngh the tion to us, that they originated with the medium of the Press, to defeat their Dissenting Ministers of London ; and object, by nisrepresenting their mx. the paper which we liad the honour to tives ; and altho' the Commitiee know address to you, and which was produced too well what is due to that respectable in Court by all the speakers, was the body by which they are deputed, to en. document on which the public proceed. gage in useless warfare with those wlio ings of that day were founded, which are labouring to stifle that public symhave been succeeded by similar pro. pathy, which it is the wish of the body cedings in Hall, Edinburgh, Glasgow, to excite, they yet owe it to their own Gosport, Newcastle, Plymouth, and character, and to the cause they have other places.

undertaken, to state candidly, once for No doubt, we presume, can now rest all, the motives by which tbey have beco ou your minds, as to the fact of Le guided and the end they have in view.

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French Protestants. 2. That this Committee, therefore, their own Government, or rather, lest utterly disclaim for themselves and their it should expose them to the fury of a Constituents all party teclings ou a faction, which sets the Government question which they conceive to be itself at detiance; and the Committee purely and exclusively Religions ; but are of opinion, that it complaintz: are that if they must be ranked with a cautiously uttered, they deserve, the Party, they are happy in ranking, on more, the consideration and sympathy this occasion, with that of the Govern. of those who are aware of the cause in ment which listened so candidly to their which this valtion originates, representatious, - enterer! so warmiy 6. That while they have been acting into their feelings, – and pledged itself consistently with their own prioriplos: $0 readily to employ its good offices for in expressing their abhorrence of all the same humane purpose to which their religious persecution, by whon soever intertorence has been directed.

practised or countenanced, they cannot 3. That if any man, calling himself but suppose that in contributing to ala Protestant, can impute to Dissenting leviate the distresses of the French ProMinisters, as a crime, that they have testanis, they are coinciding with the in. shewn themselves peculiarly forward, tentions of the French Government, on this occasion, he should remember which has been taking measures to snp. that they are the descendants of those press those ontrages, which, if noi sapo who, for conscience-sake, suffered the pressed, most occasion its own disgrace, spoiling of their goods, and the loss of and compromise its own safety. their lives ; and to whose constancy, î. That, in the subscriptions and collerunder persecution, it is chictly owing tions already made-in the spirit which that religious liberty is now firmly esta- is spreading thronghout the kingdom,blished in this favonred land.

and in the prospect that this spirit will 4. That, feeling the value of this ultimately enable them to grant imporinestimable Blessing, they could not tant Relief to their suffering treibres, hut be deeply interested by any occur. and to the widows and orphans of the rence which might threaten its loss to victims of Persecution, the Committee those ezpecially, with whom they are have the most flattering enconragement united by the tie of a common faith, to persevere. They do, therefore, care and a common worship; nor could they nestly request the unremitting co-oper: refuse their sympathy or their relief to ation of Protestanis of every denomis men bleeding in the same canse which nation, but especially of Protestant Dis. rendered the memory of their fathers scnters, in this labour of love; and they immortal.

express their confident assurance that • 5. That thongli letters have been re. in contributing to this objeet, withoat ceived from Ministr's in France, ex. suffering their zeal to be damped by pressing objections to the interference any insinuatious or assertions whialever, of their Protestant brethren in England, they are promoting the spread and pse the Committee have ascertained, troní tablishment of that Christian Liberty unquestionable evidence, that some of which is the greatest earthly boon that those letters have been written under Heaven can bestow on man. constraint, and that others have been dictated by an apprehension it is hoped

Sigried (by order of the Committee) erroneons) lest such an interference

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