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the spectable family in Germany, the head of The eye recoils with horror on a view which was made royal by Buonaparte, of Spain. The officers of the Inquisition Such a marriage does not involve with it boarding ships to examine books, and the foreign alliances or foreign subsidies. defenders of their country suffering tor- But this event was followed by the distressture, are objects too shocking to huma- ing intelligence of dissatisfaction in seve, nity. It seems as if the legitimate sove ral counties on the price of corn, which reigns were determined to convince man- had broken into tumultuous riotings. kind that usurpation and exclusion were These were chiefly confined to parts of highly justifiable actions. Where success Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. attends the Spaniards in America, cruelty They who are at the head of affairs will tarrows up the feelings in the rear of their follow Lord Bacon's advice we trust upon armies.
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The painful subject which has so long and so imperatively claimed the exer: jions of Tac COMMITTEE OF THE DISSENTING MINISTERS, has occupied, since the last communication was prepared for press, the attention of the British Parliament,
That attention was summoned by Sir Samuel Romilly, a senator," whose prohity, intelligence, independeace of mind, and unwearied and disinterested efforts, in the Cause of Justice and Humanity," says aa eloquent writer, “ bave desi rvedly placed him in the first rank of his profession, and secured him the respect and esteem of all parties. Descended from one of those families, which, driven in former times from their native country, hy French intolerance, found an asylum in Britain, to whicla they did not come to live as drones, and to carry back all their prejudires and foibles; but lu which they transferred their attachments, and consecrated their talents, as the land of civil and sacred liberiy, the refuge of the stranger, and the sbielid of the oppressed, - he could not fail to take a deep interest in the recent occurrences in the south of France *.”
After sacrificing much of his valuable time, and taking great pains to collect infor. mation from the most authentic sources, he brouglat forward, on May 23, the fol. Jowing motion : -- “ That an lumble Address be presented to His Royal Highgess " the Prince Regent, praying that he will be pleased to give directions that there ..“ be laid before the House copies of all communicatious betwero His Majesty's “ Government and the Government of France, relative to the Protestants in the !"" southeru departments of France." On this motion it was not intended to take the sense of Parliament, should it be resisted ; but it afforded this distinguished statesman and philanthropist an opportunity of conveying information to the members of Parliament — of enlightening the public mind, which had been so mucha abused – and of procuring for the comuury any official information which the ministers of the Prince Regeot miglit possess, and might be disposed to communicale. In a speech, which occupied between two and three hours, Sir Samuel Romilly enlered, with astonishing accaracy, into the whole history of the alleged persecutions. He described the state of the Protestants, subsequently to the revocation of the Edico of Nantz, and under the acts of amelioration antecedent to the Revolution, ---under the Republicau and the Imperial Governments, and up to the period of the first restoraiion of the Bourbon family. He related the indignities and injuries to which they were exposed, aod the alarıns by which they were agitated, from that time till the departure of the king ;--and equally proved that, before that event, the Protestants were peaceable and faithful subjects; and that, during the period between that event, and the second restoration, they committed no violence, and indulged no revenge ; as in that interval, in the city of Nismes," not one house was pillaged, oply one bad the windows broken, and one individual only had lost his life, and that pot by a Protestant, but by a military man.".
He then drew a touching picture of the persecntiens of the Protestants, from July 15, 1815, to the present time; including the losses they had sustained, the morders that had becu committed, the cruelties they endised, and the oppressions they had experienced ; and proceeded to expose, with the strongest indigvation, the conduct of the local authorities. He produced niany of their proclamations, co'n. mented on thcir negligence, their deceit, and criminality, in suffering such ontrag's to be committed, and then to be 'rinpunished; and proved, from official papers, that when some of the most dreadfint massacres and ontrages took place, there were in the city ?4 companies of infautry and a regiment of cavalry. He called on the Honse to consider the present condition of the Protestants, at the mercy of arbitrary and partial tribunals-insulted by the lowest rabble-jostled, if they went into the streets, by the morderers of their wives, parents, and children threatening them with their looks, and exulting in their successful villainy, the wretcla who shot General la Garde, and the monsters Trestaillon aud Quatre • See a most able Review of the question of the persecution of the Freuch, in the Edinburgh Christian Instructor, for February and April, 1810.
French Protestants. Taillon still screened from justice : he conjured every Member to perúse the Reo port of the gentleman who had just returned from Nismes, which he saw the uoble Lord (Castlereagh) had in his hand* ; and concluded with reminding the House and the Governmet, that while the nation interfered as it had done, and continned to do in the affairs of France, it would fall under a very great degree of blame if it should not ask protection for these unfortunate people.
The motion was opposed by Lord Castlereagh, who ohjected principally to British interference; – but bis Lordship also asserted, that the disorders were local and political, and had long ceased ; and that every thing was now tran. quil and satisfactory. The Comunittee have had to brave considerable reproach, because their letters and statements could not be published with the names of the writers: but after all, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, not professing to state that any correspondence had taken place with the French Government on the subject, produced in evidence only an anonymous letter, written by a person, as he stated, a traveller to the south. Even this statement was, however, more than corrobative of the facts detailed by Sir Samuel Romilly; for it acknow. ledged that sanguinary songs had been sung during the first restoration ; that Protestants had been deprived of offices and consideration ; and that 300 had been murdered in Nismes, and 1000 in the Department,
Mr. Brougham followed in a most animated and eloquent strain of remark on the speech of his Lordship, and retorted on him the result of that interference which had been cbarged on those who disapproved of the treaty, allowing the slave trade to continue for five years.
Lord Binning defended the line of argument adopted by his noble friend, the Foreign Secretary.--Mr. W. Smith thought it very remarkable, that, after the long duration of these persecutions, and the deep interest which a large portion of the British nation had taken in the situation of the Protestants, that nothing was said of any existing correspondence between the respective governments; and that all that had been brought forward was a letter, without any name, being given to the House,
Sir Samuel Romilly closed the debate with a most able and energetic reply. He disclaimed the motives which had been charged on him, and reminded Lord Castlereagh, that he himself first brought the subject into Parliament, and on a discussion quite foreign, had unhandsomely reflected on those benevolent persons who had taken up the cause of suffering fellow-Christians. He denied that the outrages were confined to the Gard,—though that department alone contained between 3 and 400,000 inbabitants. They had extended to several, particularly l’Herault and l'Aveyron. In the latter, the temple of St. Afrique, 80 miles from Nismes, had been burnt. He compared the conduct of this Government, on the occasion of the riots of a few days in 1780 (to which the eight months' persecution in the sonth bad been compared) to that of the French Government; and could not hold the latter free from censure. He thought the Duke of Wellington's letter unjustifiable, The Duke professed to speak from his own knowledge, – but his assertions were not borne out by facts.
“ Whatever imputations might be cast upon him (lic said) for the discharge of bis duty, it was some consolation to the cause of humanity, that so obscure an in. dividual as himself, could bring into public discussion a topic of such an important nature, and that there was one place at Icast in Europe, where the oppressed could appeal, and where so long as public justice lingered in the world, acts of atrocity could be stamped with infamy, and men, who were suffered to go uppunished, lie visited with public detestation."
“One of the prefects had observed, that the charges against the fanatics of the south, had been made in the face of Europe. He felt therefore, that when the whole question was brought before Europe, the best results might with confidcace be anticipated.”
The Committee had presented copies of the Report to the principal members of administration, previous to the debate,
3 While the friends of the Protestants in and out of Parliament, were thus endeavouring to obtain for them redress and protection, – and while those who opposed their measures, were assuring the public that all was tranquil, and that interference was unnecessary,-the Committee have the melancholy duty to state, that the dreadful ontrages were renewed, and the lives and property of peaceable and unoffending members of society sacrificed to the most barbarons fanaticism. The Committee, who have neither allowed themselves to be indifferent or inactive, nor lulled the minds of others into apathy and neglect, feel that they are bonnd to employ in this cause fresh energy, and to invite every friend to humanity and religion, as well as every Protestant Dissenter, to cast his mite of infuence and property, into tbe common treasury of benevolence and exertion. The following are extracts from the information which the Committee have lately received
“ Before the renewal of the opeu outrages, which have replunged the Protestant “ population of the city of Nisines into the deepest consternation and distress ; and " though their persons were not assaulted, or their worship interrupted, yet the " negligence and the revolting partiality of the local authorities and the tribunals « contributed, together with the more secret menaces of the populace, to keep all "" classes of the Protestants in a state of depression; and, from the most respectable
to the poorest individuals, every one was rendered miserable by indefinite appre" hension and alarm.”
“ As soon as the enemies of the Protestants heard the news of the commotions “ which had taken place at Grenoble and in Dauphiny, though the newspapers "made not the most distant allusion to difference in religious opinions, nor men. stioned the terms Protestunt and Catholic, the populace eagerly seized the pretext, “ and proceeded to the renewal of their acts of violence and persecution agaiust "onr unfortunate brethren. Two houses, one belonging to the Sieur Crouset, on “the Placette, and that of Paulet, were broken into and plundered. Many of the “ Protestants were attacked in tlie streets, and beaten in such a cruel manner, that “ four or five of them are now lying in their beds, at the point of death.
“ On Sunday, May 12, the city was in a dreadful situation. Many, alarmed at " the dangers which menaced them, had fled ; and the poor, and those who were
not able to leave, barricaded themselves in their houses. Only a few of the “most conrageous ventured to attend public worship, which, however, they were " allowed to celebrate without being assaulted.
“On the 13th, the populace rar about the fauxbourgs, knocking at the houses of * all the Protestants, whom fear kept close prisoners, crying, with imprecations, " that an ordonnance of the king had just arrived, hy which he commanded all the “ Protestants to embrace the Catholic religion, and that there should be only ong "faith aad one law, throughout the kingdom.
“ The mob broke into several houses where the persons whom they had so unmer"cifully beaten were confined to their beds. One of them, of the name of Tesso“ vier, was near being mordered by the ruffians, who rushed into his room. About " a dozen of these monsters pressed upon this wounded map's body, with the inten« tion of strangling and suffocating him, when a woman, who lodged in his house, a « Catholie, came to his assistance, and after having broken two chairs in endeavour“ing to beat them off, fetched her child, and thrust frim on the bed, between them
and the body of her host, exclaiming, “If you kill him, you sliall kill my child !'
“ We had great rejoicings on acconnt of the arrival of two of the deputies of is the Gard, M. de Bernies, and M. Jules de Calviére. The women of the " Bourgades went ont to meet them, and to celebrate their arrival, having at their "head what they are pleased to call the Company of Whippers.* Their cries, their “ vociferations, their gestures and their conduct, gave them the appearance of "* furies, and filled us with horror. Some ladies, who had ventured to returp « to Nismes, were so terrified, that they immediately quitted it. Conversions cod" tique ; and the Catholics bave every day some one of which to boast. That
! Alluding to their having whipped and abused the Protestant females.