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meafore; or, if you cannot confent to what I defire to folicit, that you will fend me immediately to France, in order that the French government may treat directly with the English government on this
The lives of 50,000 men are at stake, who may be destroyed without any motive, fince, according to the folemn treaty made with the English, Ruffians, and Turks, all hoftilities had terminated.
I have not powers ad hoc for the flep I have taken; but there is no neceffity for claiming what would be confidered as a right between nations the leaft civilized. The demand appears to me fo juft and fo fimple, and befdes fo urgent, that I have not thought it neceflary to wait for the orders of general Kleber, who, I am certain, would not confent to the smallest modification of the treaty, though his fidelity in executing it has rendered his poftion much lefs advantageous.
At the moment we concluded the convention at El-Arifch, under the fimple pledge of English good faith, we were far from fufpecting that obftacles would be started by that fame power, the moft liberal of thole with whom we had to
For the reft, my lord, I am not a military character, and all my functions have ceafed. Two years of fatigue and fickness have rendered my return to my country difpenfable. I afpire only to repofe with my wife and children, happy if I can carry to the families of the French I left in Egypt, the news that you have removed the only obttacle to their return.
Lord Keith's Anfuer.
Minotaur, April 25.
I have this day received the letter which you have done me the honour to write. I have to inform you, that I have given no orders or authority against the obfervance of the convention between the grand vizier and general Kleber, having received no orders on this head from the king's minifters. Accordingly I was of opinion, that his majefty fhould take no part in it; but fince the treaty has been concluded, his majefty, being defirous of thowing his refpect for his allies, I have received inftructions to allow a paífage to the French troops, and I loft not a moment in fending to Egypt orders to permit them to return to France without moleftation. At the fame time I thought it my duty to my king, and thofe of his allies whofe ftates lie in the feas through which they are to pafs, to require that they fhould not return in a mafs, nor in hips of war, nor in armed fhips. I wifhed likewise that the cartel fhould carry no merchandife which would be contrary to the law of nations. I have likewife atked of general Kleber his word of honour, that neither he nor his army fhould commit any hoftilities against the coalefced powers; and I doubt not that general Kleber will find the conditions perfectly reafonable.
Captain Hay has received my or ders to allow you to proceed to France with adjutant-general Cambis, as foon as he arrives at Leghorn.
Kleber, Commander-in-Chief, to the to fuch infolence by victories-preArmy. pare for battle. .
"I inform you, that I have received pofitive orders from his majefty, not to confent to any capitulation with the French troops which you command in Egypt and Syria, at leaft unless they lay down their arms, furrender themfelves prifoners of war, and deliver up all the hips and ftores of the port of Alexandria to the allied powers.
"In the event of this capitulation, I cannot permit any of the troops to depart for France before they have been exchanged. think it equally neceflary to inform you, that all vellels having French troops on board, and failing from this, with paffports from others than thofe authorized to grant them, will be forced by the officers of the flips which I command to remain in Alexandria: in fhort, that fhips which shall be met returning to Europe, with paffports granted in confequence of a particular capitulation with one of the allied powers, will be retained as prizes, and all individuals on board confidered as prifoners of war.
(Signed) Kleber. The general of divifion, chief of the ftaff, (Signed)
Letter from General Menou to Sir Sidney Smith, informing him of the Affaffination of Genera! Kleber, and of his having taken upon him the chief Command.
J. Menou, General in Chief, to Sir
Sidney Smith, Commander of his Britannic Majesty's Ship of War the Tigre.
Head-quarters at Cairo, 1 Meffidor (June 19), Year 8, of the French Republic, one and indivifible.
Have received the letter which you did me the honour of writing to me, under date of the 9th of June, from on board the Tigre, off Rhodes. Since the French army is deprived of its leader, by the atrocious affaffination of the generalin-chief Kleber, I have taken upon myself the command of it. Your allies the Turks, not having been able to conquer the French near Malarich, they have, to be revenged, made ufe of the dagger, which is only reforted to by cowards. A Janiffary, who had quitted Gaza about forty-two days ago, had been fent to perpetrate the horrid deed. The French willingly believe the Turks only to have been guilty. The account of the murder fhall be communicated to every nation, for all are equally interested in avenSoldiers! we know how to reply ging it. The behaviour which you,
fir, obferved, with regard to the convention concluded at El-Arisch, points out to me the road which I have to purfue. You demanded the ratification of your court: I must also demand that of the confuls who now govern the French nation, for any treaty that might be concluded with the English and their allies. This is the only legal way, the only one admiffible in any negociations that may ever take place. As well as you, fir, I abhor the flames of war; as well as you, I wish to fee an end put to the mifery which it has caused. But I fhall never, in any point whatever, exempt myfelf from what the honour of the French republic and of her arms requires. I am fully convinced that these fentiments must allo be yours. Good faith and morality muft prevail in treaties concluded between nations. The French republicans know not thofe ftratagems which are mentioned in the papers of Mr. Mories. They know not any other behaviour than courage during the combat, magnanimity after the victory, and good faith in their treaties. One hundred and fifty Englishmen are prifoners of war here; had I followed only the dictates of republican magnanimity, I would have fent them back, without confidering them as prifoners, for they were taken on the coaft of Egypt, not with arms in their hands, and I am fully convinced that the confuls would
approved of it; but your allies have
detained citizen and chief of brigade Baudet, adjutant of general Kleber, whofe perfon ought to have been held facred, as he had been fent with a flag of truce. Contrary to my principles and my inclination, I have, therefore, been forced
to reprifals against your country men; but they shall be fet at li berty immediately on the arrival of citizen Baudet at Damietta, who fhall there be exchanged againft Muftapha Pacha, and feveral other Turkish commiffaries. If, fir, as I have no doubt, you have some influence over your allies, this affair will foon be fettled, which interests your honour, and evidently endangers one hundred and fifty of your countrymen. I have the honour to repeat to you, fir, that with enthufiaftic pleasure I fhall fee the termination of a war which has, for fo long a period, agitated the whole world. The French and English nation are deftined mutually to efteem, not to destroy one another; but when they enter into negocia tions with each other, it must only be done on conditions which are equally honourable to both, and promotive of their welfare. Receive, fir, the very fincere affurances of my esteem and high re fpect. I have the honour to be, &c. (Signed) Abdallah Bey J. Menou.
Letter from Sir Sidney Smith to Ge
neral Menon, Commander-in-Chief of the French Army in Egypt; originally written in French; dated Jaffa, June 22, 1800.
verici edulis evening the better writing to me on the 20th inftant. At the inftant when I expected to fee general Kleber under the moft favourable and fatisfactory aufpices, I learned with the livelieft concern and the moft heart-felt forrow his tragical fate. I immediately com. municated
municated the intelligence to the grand vizier and the Ottoman minitters, in the terms in which you announced to me that fad event; and nothing less than the certainty and detail with which you communicated it could have induced their excellencies to credit the information. The grand vizier has declared to me, formally and officially, that he had not the flightest knowledge of those who have been guilty, of the affaffination; and I am perfuaded that his declaration is true and fincere. Without entering into the particulars of this unfortunate event, I fhall content myfelf with anfwering the articles of your letter that relate to our affairs.
If the grand vizier has detained in his camp the aid-de-camp Baudet, difpatched to him at Jebil-il-Illam, it was becaufe his excellency did not think proper to fuffer any perfon to quit his camp at the moment when he faw himself furrounded by his enemies. Baudet was detained at Jebil-il-Illam in the fame manner as the Turkish officers deftined to ferve reciprocally with him as hoftages, were detained at Cairo.
This aid-de-camp was fent to the Ottoman fquaaron to be exchanged, according to your defire; and during that interval his excellency the captain Pacha having arrived here, the exchange was poftponed in confequence of his abfence from the fquadron. When his excellency fhall have joined the fquadron, the exchange may be carried into effect, fhould you think proper, as the aidde-camp Baudet is off Alexandria; but I cannot perceive why you make the release of one hundred and fifty English, who were fhipwrecked at Cape Brulos, depend upon a tranfaction relating only to
yourself and the Porte. I expect from your good faith and your juftice, according to the regulations fettled between both nations relative to the reciprocal exchange of our prifoners, which we are authorized to enforce, that you will allow captain Buttal, his officers and crew, to return.
Your promiles expreffive of the hope of reciprocity on my part cannot apply to this circumftance, and I think it fuperfluous to offer you in return the affurance of my good offices in favour of any perfon who may be reduced to the painful fituation which I have myself experienced. I am convinced that the grand vizier will fanction with his generous and dignified approbation all the humane proceedings which we may adopt with refpect to one another. The tricks of warfare are unknown to us both, and while I fhall continue to behave to you with the fame candour and the fame good faith which I have manifefted to the prefent moment, I fall earneftly employ all my means to prevent any perfon on whom I may poffefs influence from purfuing a contrary line of conduct. Be af fured that the hoftile difpofitions, which have been recently announ ced, and which have acquired extent and publicity, may be appeafed by the opportunities furnifhed to both parties by the present circumftances of mutual correfpondence and communication, and that we fhall at length be united by the ties of fincere friendship. In the mean time we shall profecute hoftilities against you with the means which we have hitherto employed against you, and we shall endeavour to render ourselves worthy of the efleem of your brave troops. Q 3 The
The hoftilities which you have committed without waiting for admiral Keith's anfwer, who was unacquainted with the convention concluded for the evacuation of Egypt, have furnished us with a rule for our conduct. I had not demanded of my court the ratification of the convention; I merely was defirous to remove fome obftacles that might have oppofed the return of the French to their country,
As general Kleber did not, in the late preliminaries which were agreed to, give us to underftand that it was neceffary the treaty which was to have followed them fhould be ratified by the confuls, this condition now introduced by you in your preliminaries has the appearance of a refufal to evacuate Egypt, and the grand vizier has commiffioned me to require of you on that head a clear and precife anfwer. You with, as I do, for a termination to the war which defolates the whole world:
It is in your power to remove one of the obftacles in the way of peace by evacuating Egypt according to the terms agreed upon with general Kleber; and if you refufe, we fhall exert all our means, and thofe of our allies, in order to compel you to accept conditions which may not prove fo advantageous. I cannot fupprefs my regret at being fulfil duty; but evacuation of Egypt being at the ject of fo much intereft to the caufe of humanity, the mode of accomplishing it by correfpondence and conference is ftill open.
As the admiral, under whofe orders I am, is at a confiderable diftance, I am authorized to agree to fuch arrangements as the neceffity
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Head-quarters at Cairo, 14th Meffidor (July 3.) a horrible event, of which there are few examples in hiftory, has provifionally raised me to the command of the army of the east. General Kleber was affaffinated on the 25th of last month (June 14). A wretch, fent by the Aga of the Janiffaries of the Ottoman army, gave the general-in-chief four tabs with