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is no other than a factious person who wishes to deceive and seduce you . JEvery secret association , although even its members should be actuated t > y good sentiments , is dangerous on account of the facilities which it
affords for disturbing the public tranquillity . Upon these grounds the king orders that every secret association , whatever may be its apparent or presumed object , shall be immediately dissolved , and his Majesty prohibits the organization of any of that
description . I enjoin you specially , M . le Mayor , and on your personal responsibility , to look to the execution of this formal order . If the persons already initiated in associations of this description , or disposed to be so , are truly attached
and faithful to the king , they will be eager to obey ; but if , notwithstanding your injunctions , they should be contumacious , they will become factious persons , whom you will immediately denounce to me , that I may proceed against them with the just severity of the law .
I rely , M . le Mayor , on all your zeal to conform exactly to these instructions , and to render me precise account of what you shall have done in this respect . It is indispensably necessary that I should receive this Report before the SOth of the present month . I have the honour to be , &e . The Prefect of l ' lsere , Count de Montlivault .
The following has been handed to us ns an extract of a letter from France relative to the Protestants of the South . We hope the highly laudable exertions of the friends of humanity in
this country have at length had their intended effect in compelling the French government to adopt effectual measures for restoring the persecuted Protestants to all their former
privileges . «« The Prefect of the Department of Gard having invited to his house two ministers of the Protestant' communion , and two members of the
Consistory , with the Mayor of the city of Nismes and his adjunct , informed them that the French government took the greatest interest in the opening of the temples , and seemed even to accuse him , the Prefect- of
The Lancasterian System of Education had commenced in France under the happiest auspices ; but its great end * universal education , is defeated . The Directors , the mouthpieces of superior power , have refused
to admit Protestant Children . The affairs at Nismes was not an isolated act , but essentially connected with the religious policy of that horde of bigots who dictate to the crown . My next will convey further particulars . —M . Chron . Dec * 26 .
Dulte of Wellington ' s Letter . Paris , Nov . 2 & , 1815 . Gentlfmen , I have had the honour of receiving your letter of the 24 th inst . and I take the earliest opportunity of replying to
it . T have every reason to believe that the public , and the society , of which vou are the secretaries , have been misinformed regarding what is passing in the South of France . It is natural that there should be violent
contests in a country in which the people are divided , not only by a difference of religion , but likewise by a difference of political opinion , and that the religion of every individual is in
general the sign of the political party to which he belongs , and at a moment of peculiar political interest , and of weakness in the government on account of the mutiny of the army , that
58 Intelligence , —Duke of Wellington ' s Letter .
before the Revolution , Catholic Churches , it was agreed , in order that there might be no pretext for disturbance , that there should be new temples . The city would give the land for building them on : one to be situated to the North and to the South , and to cost 110 , 000 franes , towards
negligence in this respect ; he therefore invited and even enjoined them to re-open their temples , assuring them of every protection , but added , that the Roman Catholics , seeing with dissatisfaction that these temples were
which , he informed them , the Duke d'Angouleme would give 15 , 000 francs The proposition has been accepted , and the work is about to be commenced . The temples will be without the city , and until-they are finished the Protestants will have peace able possession of the present temples . " — M . Chron . Jan . 3 .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 58, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/58/