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influence, he has vowed her ruin; and every artifice that Vengeance can inspire, is pursued to accomplish his dire intent. His Légions, already versed in the completion of human misery, are excited to the charge by the promise of unlimited plunder. The spoils and the riches of the Country are to be at their disposal; their licentiousness is to be unbridled, and their passions glutted to satiety. The promised Canaan is pointed out to their view; and the land flowing with milk and honey, is at the will of the proud Conqueror, to become to its inhabitants, a scene of desolation and of bitterness.
Britons! the Danger is imminent. The ferocious bands of Gaul have been too long nurtured in blood and rapine to resist the infaence of the allurements thus displayed. Like rapacious wolves they advance to the conquest as reckless of danger, as divested of humanity. The "compunctious visitings of nature," are stifled in their bosoms. In their hearts, mercy is not an inmate; and so well does this fierceness of temper accord with the disposition of their despotic Ruler, that a Public Edict directs them to the massacre of every Man whose loyalty or whose bravery has impelled him to arm in defence of the menaced liberties of this. Country!
The security which results from ignorance, or confidence unfounded in reality, is the sleep of delirium on the precipice of death. The means employed for our destruction, are great and extensive; and aided as they are by every kind of Machiavelian artifice, the only way of preventing their success, is by a kindred preparation. We know, and we feel, that DEATH is preferable to DEFEAT; yet let us not supinely neglect the precautions which tend to conquest, till the moment when the tempest bursts upon our heads. Let us prove that we deserve to live; not more by our contempt of an existence which reproach or shame would embitter, than by making the sacrifices which prudence dictates, to preserve that existence uncontaminated. Let us prove to Europe and to the World, that the insulting vaunt of the Usurper of Gaul, that Britain could not contend " single handed" with Lis enslaved Republic, was nothing more than the vapid ebullition intoxicated pride.
The bravery of Britons is proverbial; yet it rests not on the shailow basis of report. The roll of History has recorded the triumphs of our country in unfading colours. Admiring nations have beheld our victories, and wondered at the greatness of the spirit displayed in atchieving them. Can it be, that the descendants of the Heroes that obtained the Battle of Cressy, of Poictiers, and of Agincourt, should have degenerated, and become unworthy of their sires? Oh! No. No. The pages of modern times sufficiently illustrate the fal-ehood of the supposition. LINCELLES, VALENCIENNES, EGYPT, ACRES, all, demonstrate tha: British Courage is still unconquerable. But not to courage alone must we look for security: its resources must be marshalled by Discretion, and directed by Wisdom. The foe with whom we contend, has all the subtlety of his country, and it behoves us to be wary: even the magnanimous Lion may be caught in the toils, should his generous spirit occasion him to despise the craft of the hunters.
Once more, Britons, permit us to assert, that the danger is imminent! Your courage wants not animation; but the idea of the folly of an Invasion of this Country, which too many entertain, must not be suffered to paralyze your efforts, and render that cou, rage nugatory. WE MUST PREPARE FOR THE WORST. Your FOE, who never yet shrunk from a merciless deed, has told you, that army after army will be found for the enterprize. Les us remember, that these armics are inured to warfare, and must be opposed by discipline. It is not the mere register of nanies that can make SOLDIERS. We must be practised in the use of arms; we must learn to march; to sustain privation and fatigue; to act in concert; to oppose an unshaken firmness to the extreme of danger; and so to embody ourselves (if the expression may be allowed) with the threatened fate of our Country, that every other idea may be absorbed in a determined resolution to DIE, or CONQUER.
SPEECH OF ROLLA TO THE PERUVIANS. From Sheridan's Play of Pizarro.
This animated Address is so peculiarly applicable to the present Situationt. of this Country, that we think no piece can be better adapted to commence the present Selection.
My brave Associates-partners of my toil, my feelings, and my
fame!-can words add vigour to the VIRTUOUS ENERGIES which inspire your hearts?—No-YOU have judged as I have, the foulness of the crafty plea by which these bold INVADERS would delude you your generous spirit has compared, as mine has, the motives which in a war like this, can animate their minds, and OURS. THEY, by a strange frenzy driven, fight for power, for plunder, and extended rule-WE, for our Country, our Altars, and our Homes.-THEY follow an ADVENTURER whom they fear-and obey a power whom they hate-WE serve a Monarch whom we love a GOD whom we adore. Whene'er they move in anger, Desolation tracks their progress! Where'er they pause in amity, Affliction mourns their friendship!-They boast, they come but to improve our state, enlarge our thoughts, and free us from the yoke of Error!-Yes-THEY will give enlightened freedom to our minds, who are themselves the slaves of passion, avarice, and pride. They offer us their protection,-Yes, such protection as vultures give to lambs-covering and devouring them!—They call upon us to barter all of good we have inherited and proved, for the desperate chance of something better which they promise.—Be our plain answer this: The Throne we honour is the PEOPLE'S CHOICE-the Laws we reverence are our brave Fathers' legacy-the Faith we follow teaches us to live in bonds of charity with all mankind, and die with hope of bliss beyond the grave. Tell your Invaders this; and tell them too, we seek no change; and, least of all, such change as they would bring us.
THE TENDER MERCIES
BONAPARTE IN EGYPT !
As the avowed purpose of BONAPARTE, is the subjugation of this Country, it becomes a matter of considerable interest to know his actual Character, and to what extent his promises may be confided in, and his humanity trusted, should he ever obtain footing in England. The ensuing relations will enable us to form a tolerable idea of these circumstances:
SIR ROBERT WILSON, in his "History of the British Expedition to Egypt," gives the following Narrative of the cruelties committed by order of GENERAL BONAPARTE, now First Consul of France.
"The Turks justified themselves for the massacre of the French by the massacre at Jaffa. As this act, and the poisoning of the sick, have never been credited, because of such enormities being so in credibly atrocious, a digression to authenticate them may not be deemed intrusively tedious; and, had not the influence of power interfered, the act of accusation would have been preferred in a more solemn manner, and the damning proofs produced by penitent agents of these murders; but neither menaces, recompence, nor promises, can altogether stifle the cries of outraged humanity, and the day
for retribution of justice is only delayed. Bonaparte having carried the town of Jaffa by assault, many of the garrison were put to the sword, but the greater part flying into the mosque, and imploring mercy from their pursuers, were granted their lives; and let it be well remembered, that an exasperated army in the moment of revenge, when the laws of war justified the rage, yet .heard the voice of pity, received its impression, and proudly refused to be any longer the executioners of an unresisting enemy. Soldiers of the Italian army, this is a laurel wreath worthy of your fame, a trophy of which the subsequent treason of an individual shall not deprive you! Bonaparte, who had expressed much resentment at the compassion manifested by his troops, and determined to relieve himself from the maintenance and care of 3800 prisoners*, ordered them to be marched to a rising ground near Jaffa, where a division of French infantry formed against them. When the Turks had entered into their fatal alignment, and the manifold prepa rations were completed, the signal gun fired. Vollies of musquetry and grape instantly played against them; and Bonaparte, who had been regarding the scene through a telescope, when he saw the smoke ascending, could not restrain his joy, but broke out into exclamations of approval. Indeed, he had just reason to dread the refusal of his troops thus to dis ́honour themselves. Kleber had remon
*« Bonaparte had in person inspected, previously, the whole body, amounting to near 5000 men, with the object of saving those who belonged to the towns he was preparing to attack, The age and noble physiognomy of a veteran Janissary attracted his observation, and he asked him sharply Old man, what did you do here?' The Janissary, undauntedly replied, "I must answer that question by asking you the same your answer will be, that you come to serve your Sultan; so did I mine." The intrepid frankness of this reply excited universal interest in his favour. Bonaparte even smiled. "He is saved," whispered some of the aids-du-camp. You know not Bonaparte,' ob
served one who had served under him in Italy; that smile, I speak from experience, does not proceed from the sentiment of benevolence; remember what I say.' The opinion was too true: the Janissary was left in the ranks, doomed to death, and suffered.” B
strated in the most strenuous manner; and the officer of the etat-major who commanded, (for the General to whom the division belonged was absent,) even refused to execute the order without a written instruction; but Bonaparte was too cautious, and sent Berthier to enforce obedience. When the Turks had all fallen, the French troops humanely endeavoured to put a period to the sufferings of the wounded; but some time elapsed before the bayonet could finish what the fire had not destroyed, and probably many languished days in agony. Several French officers, by whom partly these details are furnished, declared this was a scene, the retrospect of which tormented their recollection; and that they could not reflect on it without horror, accustomed as they had been to sights of cruelty. These were the prisoners whom Assalini, in his very able work on the plague, alludes to, when he says, that for three days the Turks shewed no symptoms of that disease, and it was their putrifying remains which produced the pestilential malady which he describes as afterwards making such ravages in the French army. Their bones still lie in heaps, and are shown to every traveller who arrives; nor can they be confounded with those who perished in the assault, since this field of butchery lies a mile from the town. Such a fact should not, however, be alledged with out some proof or leading circumstance, stronger than assertion, being produced to support it; but there would be a want of generosity in naming individuals, and branding them to the latest posterity, for obeying a command when their submission became an act of necessity, since the whole army did not mutiny. against the execution: therefore, to establish further the authenticity of the relation, this can only be mentioned, that it was Bonn's division which fired: and thus every one is afforded the opportunity of satisfying
themselves respecting the truth, by enquiring of officers serving in the different brigades composing this division.
"The next circumstance is of a nature which requires, indeed, the most particu lar details to establish; since the idea can scarce be entertained, that the commander of an army should order his own coun trymen (or, if not immediately such, those amongst whom he had been naturalized) to be deprived of existence when in a state which required the kindest consideration. But the annals of France record the frightful crimes of a Robertspiere, a Carriere; and historical truth must now recite one equal to any which has blackened its page. Bonaparte, finding that his hospitals at Jaffa were crowded with sick, sent for a physician, whose name should be inscribed in letters of gold, but which, from weighty reasons, cannot be here inserted: on his arrival, he entered into a long conversation with him respecting the dangerous contagion, concluding at last. with the remark, that something must be done to remedy the evil, and that the destruction of the sick in the hospital was the only measure which could be adopted. The physician, alarmed at the proposal, bold in the confidence of virtue and the cause of humanity, remonstrated vehemently, representing the cruelty as well as the atrocity of such a murder; but, finding that Bonaparte persevered and me naced, he indignantly left the tent with this memorable observation: "Neither my principles, nor the character of my profession, will allow me to become a human butcher; and, General, if such qualities are necessary to form a great man, I thank my God that I do not possess them." Bonaparte was not to be diverted from his object by moral consider-. ations. He persevered, and found an apothecary, who, dreading the weight of power, (but who has since made an atonement to his mind by unequivocally con