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feel in ourselves, or to impress on Boyer the president, at our negour posterity, that we owe our lecting to recognize the indepenpresent situation, our existence as dence of Hayti, when we aca nation, free and independent, to knowledged that of the New the aid given us by commerce,
American States. But the secret from England, America, and Gere negotiations with France were many.” That the sentiments, ex- probably the true cause of this pressed in these words, was not change of policy. The amount confined to a single breast, subse- of English manufactures annually quent events clearly showed. A imported into Hayti was estmated few weeks afterwards, the president to exceed a million sterling* with his staff, and a considerable force, suddenly set off for Cape
* The following statement of the Haytien, in consequence of intelli- trade of Port-au-Prince during the year gence, secretly conveyed, that an 1824, illustrates the growing importance alarming insurrection was about of the commerce of $t. Domingo, to break out in that place. The
Tonnage. decisive measures taken by Boyer,
American......... 131 16,537
2,953 checked the spirit of revolt, for Bremen
638 the mean time, and restored the
33 6,095 place to tranquillity. He soon reAurned to Port-au-Prince, bringing
188 266,223 back with him general Profete, Importation Duties Paid. and another leader of the medi
America tated revolt, in chains, together
England with two of their aides-de-camp,
105,900 98 Bremen
39,903 13 and several other officers. General
French, &c....... 110,982 52 Touissant, brother in law of the late king Christophe, who was
458,337 08 likewise implicated in the conspi Exportation Duties Paid. racy, blew out his own brains.
Cents. At nearly the same time with American......... 242,753 15
English the date of the king of France's
129,515 84 Bremen
64,507 78 ordinance, a decree was passed by
302,312 21 the Haytian government, increasing the import duty on English
08 manufactured goods from 7 to 12
Add Import Duties 458,337 per cent, and so depriving the
Total Revenue 1,197,427 English merchants of that preference which had previously been Port-au-Prince is the capital of the granted to them over all other republic, and the place of its greatest nations. The motive assigned for other ports at which foreign vessels are
trade; but there are twelve or thirteen this decree, when it was first pro- permitted to enter. mulgated, was the indignation of
NETAERLANDS -Inundations— Treaties—Conclusion of the Session of
the States-General— Means taken for the Improvement of Education, and especially of the Education of the Clergy–Violent Opposition of the Archbishop of Mechlin and many of the Catholic Clergy–Liberality of the Catholic Clergy of the Grand-Duchy of LuxemburgNew Duties imposed by France on Articles imported from the Netherlands-Opening of the new Session of the States-General-Financial Embarrassments of the Dutch possessions in India-Insurrection in Java—SWEDEN-Germany--Prussia-Wirtemberg-BavariaGrand Duchy of Baden Switzerland--Austria ; Hungarian DietPoland-Russia-Illness of the Emperor Alexander : his Death : his Character: effects of the Intelligence of that Event - Oath of Allegiance taken to Constantine : his Renunciation of the Throne : his adherence to that Renunciation Accession of Nicholas Military Insurrection in St. Petersburg-Alleged Conspiracy-Revoll of Mouravieff Apostol -Count Nesselrode's Note to the Foreign Ministers.
great distress was produced “ The labours of the session, throughout Holland by the exten- which I come to close in the King's sive inundations which took place. name, have not been less important To repair the devastation thus than those of the preceding sessions. produced, the States-general, by an The civil code being nearly termiunanimous vote, granted a credit nated, you will be able soon to of 8,000,000 of florins.
proceed to the examination of the On the 5th of March, the other codes. An amelioration of President of the Second Chamber great importance, the draining of informed the assembly that his a vast tract of land, has obtained Majesty had concluded two trea- for you the gratitude of the counties relative to the demarcation try, which has so long wished, but of the frontiers one with the hardly dared to hope for it. king of France, the other with The King intended to lay bethe king of Great Britain, as king fore you a law relative to the comof Hanover.
On the following munal guards, but it has become day, a royal message was read, the subject of fresh observations, announcing that the Minister of which have delayed it. His Mathe Interior was commissioned to jesty hopes that this law, which close the session of the States- is still wanting to complete the general. The two chambers were execution of the fundamental law, then united in the usual manner, will be passed in the next session. and the Minister of the Interior His Majesty has withdrawn the delivered the following speech. three projects of law intended to
modify some taxes : it is with regret with the spirit of the most fiery that he sees the moment delayed, bigotry, or in such provincial eswhen the wish for a better propor- tablishments for education within tion in the distribution of the bur- the limits of the Low-countries as dens being fulfilled, will reconcile were entirely under the influence the interest of the subject with of the more narrow-minded portion that of the Exehequer. Meantime, of the priesthood. To correct these till this affair can be again sub- evils, decrees, were published, on mitted to your consideration, the the 14th of June, suppressing some King will make use of the means of the existing colleges, erecting a offered by the existing laws to new college at Louvain, and proattain as far as possible the end he viding more ample means of inproposed, and to fulfil the hopes struction in the established univerwhich he had conceived.
sities. “The last part of your session In furtherance of the same has been marked by misfortunes object, another deeree was issued a deplorable disaster has desolated on the 14th of August, which several provinces. The nation has contained the following articles : shewn itself, as it always has done 1st. No young Belgians who, on such occasions, patient, coura- after the first of October next, shall geously and eminently charitable. have studied the “humanities” out The
government has endeavoured of the kingdom, shall be admitted to fulfil its duties; you have nobly in any of our Universities into the seconded it; and from this three-Philosophical College, instituted fold union of sentiment and care, by our decree of the 14th of June will result, with the aid of Divine last. Providence, the prompt and entire 2nd. Those who are to be exareparation of all the disasters, and mined by the Faculty of Letters, the relief or alleviation of all the before they can be admitted as misfortunes that have been occa- students, shall first of all produce sioned.
certificates from their professors “He indulges the hope that, on that they have received the opening of the next session he those professors, for some years will be able to assure you, that in without interruption, instructions this respect there remains nothing in the ancient languages and the for the government to perform, or principles of the sciences.” the nation to desire.”
3rd. Those young Belgians, who, The difference of religious opin- after the first of October next, shall ion, which existed in the two divi- have studied the “humanities” sions of the kingdom of the Nether- out of the kingdom, or who shall lands, had been felt to be so serious have pursued their academical an inconvenience, that the atten- studies out of the kingdom, shall tion of the government had been not be appointed by us to any emstrongly drawn to a circumstance ployments, or admitted to exercise which was likely to increase the any ecclesiastical functions. mischief. That circumstance was These measures produced great the education of the clergy, and of dissatisfaction among
the moro many of the children of Catholics bigotted portion of the clergy; in foreign seminaries, where every who, headed by the archbishop of endeavour was used to imbue them Mechlin, and encouraged by the
approbation of the pope* and the copacy- to the free exercise of the sympathy of France, protested Catholic religion, and the protec, loudly against a course of proceed- tion guaranteed to it by the fun, ing, which they denounced as “in damental law—and finally, to the direct opposition (to quote the several declarations and promises words of the archbishop himself) made to us by his majesty." These " to the interests of our holy reli- sentiments, however, were not gion—to the orders of the council universal, even among the Caof Trent, concerning the formation tholics of the kingdom. In the of a virtuous, regular, and ortho- grand duchy of Luxemburg, in dox college-to the rights belong- particular, the Catholic clergy preing, of divine right, to the epis- sented an address to the king,
breathing a most liberal and en* In consequence of the discussions lightened spirit. “ The decree of concerning the Philosophical college the 14th of June,” says this aderected for the clergy, the following dress, “has fulfilled the hopes of letter was sent by the court of Rome to the archbishop of Mechlin:
those Catholic priests, who are sin“My Lord, I find it my duty to give cerely attached to the doctrines of you an account of the examination made their holy religion. Those of the by order of the Holy Father, of the two grand duchy, who present their rethe 14th of June last, and I have heard spectful homage, see in it a new with satisfaction that all the heads of cause of prosperity to the Catholic the dioceses have united with the arch- church. In all civilized states, inbishop of Mechlin in making a protesta struction spreads with astonishing tion against these decrees, and that M. Chamberlane has followed the same
rapidity. Letters, sciences and course with the clergy of Holland. The arts become accessible sovereign pontiff bas, on his part, or classes ; and shall that which by dered a strong representation to be its essence is called to diffuse made to the government of the king of the knowledge most necessary to the Netherlands, in a note put into the the human race remain behind ? hands of M. Reinhold, envoy at the court of Rome.' His holiness will judge Such an order of things is evihereafter, according to circumstances, dently subversive of the spiritual what it is proper to do; in the mean and temporal welfare of man." time, he is of opinion, that all the The whole of the address was ordinaries ought to act with one common accord, and remain quite passive, should written in the same spirit of sub, the Belgian government proceed to the mission to government and respect execution of its orders. His holiness, for the system of public instruction. whose heart has been filled by the most lively regret by these two decrees, is
The ultra journals of Paris cenconvinced that the general protestation sured it as deficient in reverence will be worthy of the heads of the dio- for episcopal authority and in subceses from whom it emanates, and that mission to the see of Rome. it will be modelled on that made by the ordinates of Belgian in 1787, against an ordinance, issued by the king,
Great complaints were made of the general' seminary erected by the emperor Joseph at Louvain, and that of France, about the beginning of they will not have lost sight of the de July, by which additional duties claration made by the king of the were imposed on several producNetherlands in July, 1815, in virtue of tions of Flemish industry, and eswhich he guaranteed the Catholic religion its dignity and security.”
pecially on the importation of [By order] (Signed)
linen. Petitions were immediately "R. Masio.”, presented to the government, call,
ing upon it to make reprisals, by Moluccas, Sumatra, Celebes, and adopting similar measures against elsewhere, rendered military armaFrance.
ments necessary. To these causes On the 17th of October, the were added the failure of the crops, new session of the States-general and contagious diseases, which had commenced. It was opened by carried off several thousands of the the king in person, accompanied natives, so that many tracts of land by the crown prince and prince remained uncultivated. Frederick. In the speech which Till 1824, the distress was ashis majesty delivered on that occa- cribed in India to temporary causes. sion, after alluding to the marriage Under this idea, every thing was of his second son with a princess conducted on a large scale, and of Prussia, which had been solemn- even considerable domains, alienatized since the close of the last ses- ed in former years, were re-pursion, he gave a very favourable ac- chased ; but, in that year, a concount of the state of the kingdom, siderable fall in the price of coffee and touched lightly upon the various taking place, reduced at once the branches of the administration, in large stock in the hands of governwhich improvements had been made, ment to one half of its value, so or were making (see Public Docu- that a great embarrassment ensued, ments p. 89*].
which rendered it necessary to isThe most important measure, sue paper bearing 9 per cent inwhich was brought before theStates- terest. These circumstances ingeneral, was the project of a law for duced the government in October, providing for the financial distresses 1824, to make retrenchments; and of the East-Indian possessions of it was at the same time resolved to the Netherlands, by a loan to the negociate a loan in Bengal. The amount of 20,000,000 of florins. latter project, however, was reFor the payment of the interest jected by the government at home, and for the redemption of the prin- from an apprehension that one cipal, a sum of 1,400,000 forins effect of it would be, to cause the was to be annually set apart for produce of the Dutch possessions the colonial service, commencing to be remitted to foreign merfrom the 1st of January, 1826, chants. and this annual sum of 1,400,000 The scheme of raising a loan in florins was to be guaranteed, as Bengal being rejected, the only far as necessary, by the state, for alternative was, to procure asthe period of thirty years.
sistance from the mother country; The causes of the financial em- and though her guarantee was rebarrassments of the Indian govern- quired only for the satisfaction of ment were stated to be, the incau- the Indies, yet the government tious issue of paper-currency, the stated that they confidently expayment of large sums for goods pected that the Indian treasury taken by agreement from the Bri- would be able to provide the tish government, the loss of ships annual sum of 1,400,000 florins laden with produce, &c., the great for the payment of interest and expenses incurred by the erection capital. From 1817 to 1824, the of military works, and the main revenues amounted to about 152 tenance of a colonial marine ; and millions of florins, and the expenthe serious disturbances in the diture to about 151 millions. The