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thus revolutionised, into confusion,
and embroiling the French with se-
veral princes, the amityofwhom they
were defirous to obtain, and were
at that time earnestly seeking. But
a measure of this kind must at once
have rendered these princes irrecon-
cilably averse to any connections
with a state evidently bent on the
destrućtion of every species of so-
vereignty, but that of the people
at large; and determined to abolish
every where the rights of princes
and reigning families, and every
trace of hereditary government.
The real truth was, that the situ-
ation of France, at this period, was
extremely critical. The pecuniary
wants of the republic were such,
that it could not provide the sup-
plies required by the commanders
of their numerous armies abroad,
which, though victorious, were fre-
quently reduced to the most deplor-
able need of the commonest neces.
saries. It was therefore indispensi-
bly requisite to procure them at
any rate, and with the most effec-
tual expedition, for men who nei-
ther would, nor indeed could, wait
for them, and who thought them-
selves entitled to a comfortable main-
tenance, and some remuneration for
the services they were continually
performing for their country.
The German people, in conse-
quence of the depredations exer-
cised upon them by the French ar-
mies, became their most invete-
rate foes, and lost no opportunity
of doing them every species of de-
triment. They joined in crowds
the Imperial armies; they formed
themselves into bodies under chiefs
of their own chufing, and fell upon
the French wherever they could do
it with advantage. They proved,
in short, the most useful auxiliaries

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gust, and his troops diven from the advantageous post they occupied here and at Neumark, a town in the vicinity.

These repeated disasters, in Germany, rendered more grievous by the intelligence daily arriving of the victorious progress of the French in Italy, ão an alarm at Vienna, almost equal to that which had been experienced in the commencement of the reign of the late empress, Mary Theresa, when she was compelled to quit her capital, to avoid the danger of falling into the hands of her numerous enemies.

The emperor Francis seemed on the eve of being in the like manner forced to abandon Vienna. His hereditary dominions, Bohemia particularly, were menaced with a fpeedy invasion by the French, unless an immediate stop were put to their career.

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