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FRANCE. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. Paris, Ofiober 17. ON WednefJay the 14th, a deputation from the Jews of Alsace and Lorraine desired to be heard 011 the peifecutions to which they are fubjeifl; and after fame debate, being admitted to the bar, prefentedthe following ADDRESS. " Gentlemen, " IT is in the name of the eternal author of justice, and of truth ; in the name of that God, who, by giving to all the fame rights, hath pre scribed to all the fame duties ; in the name of humanity, outraged for so many ages, by the ig nominious treatment which the unfortunate de fendants of a people the nioftantient of all have undergone, iu almost every country 011 earth, that we this day come to conjure you to vouchfafe to take their deplorable deltiny into conlideratioi\. "Every whereperfecuted, everywhere delpif ed, and though always held in fubjet'tion, never rebellious ; among all nations, objects of indig nation and contempt, though del'erving tolera tion and pity—the Jews whom we represent at your feet, have ventured to hope, that, in the niidft of your important labours, you willnotre jecft their prayei-s, you will not disdain their com plaints ; that you will listen with some degree of feeling, to the timid remonstrances which they dare to form iu the bosom of that profound hu miliation in which they are buried. " We should waste your time, gentlemen, by enlarging on the nature and jultice of our claims. They are recorded in the memorials which we have lubmitted to your infpedtion. " May we be indebted to you for an exiltence, less miserable than that to which we are con demned ! May the veil of obloquy, which hath covered us so long, be at length rent from our heads ! May men look upon us as their brethren ! May that divine charity which is so particularly recommended to you, extend also to us ! May a complete reform take place in the ignominious institutions by which weave enslaved ; and may this reform,hitherto so in effectually defired,which , we now solicit with tears in our eyes, be the work of your labor, the gift of your country !" The President returned for answer : " THE grand principles to which you appeal in support of your demands, do not permit the Aflembly to hear them with unconcern. The Aflembly will confideryour request, and be hap py to restore your brethren to tranquility and happiness ; and of this you may inform those whom you represent." The committee of enquiry reported, that ;hey had found no proof of the charges a ;.in(t the Baron de Bezenval, and moved that he be dif cliarged. The motion meeting witli oppoficion, the Duke de Liancourt offered to pledge hiinfelf for the Baron's appearing to take his trial, if re quired. M. de Mirabeau proposed appointing a new committee, to collect the proofs against the pri soner. which v ere fufllcient to support a charge of high crimes against him, in order that he might be tried by the new tribunal, to be eftab li/hed by the constitution. But the number of persons in custody for similar offences, andtheex penceo'f guarding the Baron, induced the Aflem bly to resolve, " That the Chateht of Paris shall be authorised provisionally, to institute and prosecute to judg ment, criminal procefles against all persons ac cused of, or in custody for, treason." LONDON, Nov. j. In consequence of the number ofprifonei s held in custody iu the goals of Paris, for various crimes, M. de la Fayette made a virtuous and seasonable attempt to reform the criminal process in favor of the culprits. At his instance the representa tives of the Commons of Paris sent a deputation to the National Alfembly, requesting them to con firm a relblution, which they had come to for granting the accused the right of cliufing their own counfcl—that the prosecution should be pub lic—that persons accused should have the right of furnifliing proofs of their innocence ; and that sentence should be given with the consent of a ma jority of the Judges on the bench. The Nation al Aflembly referred this application to a com mittee of seven. An extraordinary mode of depredation was prac r tifeda few evenings fmce upon a gentleman that was going through Stepney-fields between fix and seven o'clock. He was accosted by aper fon of genteel address by his moving off his hat, and telling him that as he believed that the trifle he lent him at the last Epsom races, had flipped his memory, he should thank him now to repay it. The gentleman, struck with surprise, protest ed that he had never been there ! but was prevent ed from proceeding, by the coming up of another confederate, to whom, as the firlt appealed, he swore he remembered the Gentleman and the circumstance perfectly well, when two other fhab by looking fellows coining up likewise, the gen tleman being intimidated, thought it prudent to fay he recollected fometliing of the debt, which they being plealed to fay was three guineas and a half, lie fufFered them to take it within a tew (killings, [all he had about him] after which, wilhinghim a good evening. A manuscript, said to be found in the Baflile, aflerts, that the man with the iron mask, was Lewis de Bourbon, Count de Vermandois, born the 2d Ocflo. 1667, of the Duchess of la Valliere. A Hint.—A friend to humanity begs to inform the public, that in the dangerous cafe of pins swallowed by accident, swallowing one egg, un drefTed, and in the course of an hour after ano ther, is an infallible remedy for carrying oft the pins, if done immediately after they have been swallowed, i. e. before the pins have worked tliemfelves into the coats of the stomach. The King of the Two Sicilies, the oldest Mo narch in Europe, is yet the youngest man in it who wears a crown, except Selim 11 Id. and Lewis XVI. He has been a King since the year 1 759, and was born in 1 751, so thai he has worn a crown ever since he was eight years old. His father, the late King of Spain, governed more countries successively, than any Prince that ever lived before him. He was Sovereign of Par ma, and ceded it to his brother, Don Philip. He was Sovereign to Tufcany, and ceded it to the Emperor. He was Sovereign of the Two Sicilies, when his eldest brother Ferdinand VI. King of Spain, died without ifliie ; theSpanifh Monarchy thus devolv ed upon King Charles, who gave his two king doms of Naples and Sicily to his third son, Ferdi nand, thenachild, who uow reigns over them. The prefentKing of the Two Sicilies had two elder brothers, Don Philip, Duke of Calabria, who being an ideot, was declared incapable of in heriting his father's dominions. And DonCarlos, now KingofSpain, whom the late King, his father, took with him from Naples to Spain, created Prince of Afturias, and declared Heir Apparent to theSpanifh Monarchy, to which Providence was pleased to make him lately suc ceed. When the Auftrians took pofleffion of the fort refsof Belgrade, they found 1280 of the garrison dead, who had been killed in the course of the three preceding days, but whom the garrison had not time to bury. During the fame period 1700 of the Turks were drowned. Good men, in all ages, have 6een indued with a prophetic spirit ! HOUSE OF COMMONS, Dec. 21, 1775. LONDON. LORD NORTH'S PROHIBITORY BILL. MR. HARTJ.EY. Q U IR, upon this pause which is offered to you by the return of this bill from the Lords, I con fefs that I feel a kind of superstition to wish for one lait word to deprecate the fatal blow, and that our unremitted oppofitionandremonftrance from the firft to the very last stage of this bill may remain as a memorial, thatfomeof us, atleaft, la ment this fatal separation of America with an af fectionate regret. We are overpowered by num bers, and all our entreaties and remonstrances are in vain. An inflexible majority in Parliament have now declared all America to bean indepen dent hostile State. Disputes originally between administration, and America, are become, thro ministerial influence, the ground of a parliamen tary war with America. The fenfeof the nation is not with that war, and I trust it never will be. However speaking in Parliament to ministers as they seem determined to drive all things to ex tremities, I mult alk whether you are to expedt that while you burn their towns, take ordeftroy their ihips, and property, they will set with their arms folded, or whether they will not be driven to repel injury by injury. You have found their acftive powers of defence by the experience of the last campaign, when by your orders the shedding of the fiift civil blood was precipitated on the fa tal 19th of April, before your pretended concil iatory motion could be proposed to any of the American aflemblies ? Why were you found un guarded i» Canada ? Two regiments are taken prisoners. Your officers are hostages, and yet you procced in this unjust and unnatural war, with fire, sword, and rapine. What farther hos tages may fall into their hands at Boston, or what blood of our fellow fubjccls may be shed there, I contemplate with horror. I dread some fatal event there. Public report threatens. When the provincials shall of their late and lult petition, and wlien tliey lee all profpetfl of peace become desperate, what can you expe<ft but that they should exert every power to destroy your land forces in America during the severity of the winter, before you can support or relieve them. Who will be answerable for these things.- When this bill of rapine, which now lies before you gets to them, they will set themselves to re taliate upon your fleet. Your land force has been disgraced and annihilated in the firft campaign, notwithstanding all your boastings ; are we not then to expedt, that those ministers of vengeance who shall prefson a naval war with America, (hall be responsible to their country, for the conse quences of their head-strong and wilful measures, if the navy of this country should be brought to disgrace and defeat ? Weigh the confequencesr. If you fend large ships they will not be able to acft. Iffmall ones may they not be overpowered ?— Confiderthe diftanceof your operations. Every port in America will be a Dunkirk to you. We know their /kill and bravery as privateers in the last war. In any cafe you are laying the founda tion of an hostile marine in America, which, has been, and ought to be the source of the marine of Great-Britain. I cannot bean adviser, or a well-vrifher to any of the vindiiftive operations of the adminifh ation against America, because I think the cause unjust ; but at the fame time I niuft be equally earnest to secure British property and interests from destruc tion ; neither a vidlory of Great-Britain over America nor of America over Great-Britain can afford to us any matter of triumph. Both are equally deftrudtive. If nothing can abate your fury against the Americans in this ministerial war, wefhall expetfi at least that you should guard our own vulnerable parts. Are you guarded at Newfoundland ? Are you prepared against any expedition of retaliation if the provincials should meditate any thing to the deftruftion of your fifheries there ? Administration have been the aggreflors in every thing, step by step. By this fatal bill of separation you now declare the Americans to be enemies in form, therefore it is yourselves that force upon them the rights of enemies. You must now be responsible to your country for the events of your own war, to which they have been forelucftant and you so precipitate. When this country shall come to open its eyes, to fee and feel the consequences, they will know of whom to require an account. Sir, I shall now move you, inlleadof agreeing to the amendments of the Lords, to adjourn the consideration of them for fix months ; I confefs with very little hopes of averting this bill, but from a supersti tious feeling in my mind, to perform the last ce remonial office of affection and everlasting fare wel to peace, and to America. The fate of Ame rica is cast. You may bruise its heel but you cannot crush its head. It will revive again. The new world it before them. Liberty is theirs. They have pofleflion of a free government, their birth-right and inheritance, derived to them from their parent state, which the hand of vio lence cannot wrest from them. If you will cast them off, my last wish is to them ; may they go and prosper. When the final period of this once happy country ihall overtake ourselves, ei ther through tumult or tyranny, may another Phoenix rife out of our ashes ! When The bird of wonder dies, the maiden Phoenix, Her alhes new'create another heir, As great in admiration as herfelf. So (halt (he leave her bleffednefstoone, (When Heav'n shall call her from this cloud of darkness) Who from the sacred ashes of her honor, Shall ftarlike rife, as great in fame as Ihe was, And so (land fix'd. Peace, plenty, truth, love, terror, That were the servants of this chosen infant, Shall then be his, and like the vine grow round him* Wher'er the bright fun of heav'n shall ihiue, His honor, and the greatness of his name Shall be, and make new nations. He (hall flourifh, And like the mountain cedar, reach his branches To all the plains about him. Children's children Shall fee this and bless Heav'n.