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DEFENDERS' of the country, the moment approaches when you are again to take up your victorious arms; the moment approaches, when you are to quit a repose to which you consented, in the hope alone that it would lead to an honourable peace; but the seas of -blood which have flowed have not yet satiated the rage of your ene‘mies. They unquestionably imagine, that we are about to abanRion the fruits of our vićtories, at the very moment when success is -ready to crown them. They imagine that we are about to demand of them as cowards a peace which we have offered them as generous enemies. Let them conceive these unworthy expectations: we will not be surprized; they have never iconibated for liberty—but what they cannot be ignorant of, is, that the brave armies with which they wish again to try their strength, are the same by which they have been so often subdued. No; they have not forgotten the prodigies of French valour; they still recollect with terror, both the redoubts of Gemappe, and the plains of Fleurus, and the frozen rivers of Holland: they recollečt that the Alps and Pyrenees have opposed to you but feeble barriers, and that the peninsula of Quiberon became *the tomb of all the parricidal slaves, who in the hope of subjecting you to the yoke of a matter, dared to -o-; their feet on the soil of the re
nour. However painful the sacrifice may be to our opinion, we invite you to give up, into the hands proposed for that purpose, the arms that we cannot any longer engage you to preserve, without becoming the executioners of your relations and friends. This clause fulfilled, your persons and property will be under the safeguard of the laws: you will remain quiet at home: nor will you in any respect be troubled for the past. This assurance concerning your fate has alone induced us to consent to a condućt contrary to the wishes of our heart, but dićtated by the neceflity of the circumstance. Decreed 15th May, 1796. (Signed) LE Vicomte De ScrPEAUX, general in chief. Count DE CHATILLoN, Lieut, gen, of the army of St. Scepeaux. LE CHEv All ER DE TURPIN, Inspector general.