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the weaker party should suffer , and that much injustice and violence should be committed by individuals of the more numerous preponderating party . But as far as I have any knowledge acquired during my residence at this court last year , and since the entry of the allies into Paris , the
government have done every thing in their power to put an end to the disturbances which have prevailed in the South of France , and to protect all his Majesty ' s subjects , in conformity with his Majesty ' s promise in his Royal Charter , in the exercise of their religious duties according to their . se veral persuasions , and in the
enjoyment of their several privileges , whatever may be their religious persuasions . In a recent instance , an officer , General JLa Garde , was sent down to Nismes , specially by government , to inquire into the state of affairs in that country , and upon his first report he had orders to open the Protestant Churches , which , in the course of the contest between the
parties , had been closed . He was severely wounded when in the execution of these orders ; and I have been informed by good authority , that his Royal Highness the Due d'Angouleme has since marched at the head of a body of troops against those who had opposed themselves to the
execution , by General JLa Garde , of the orders of the government . I enclose the copy of the King ' s Ordonnance , issued in consequencp of this event which sufficiently shews the views and intentions of government . I have further to inform you , that it is not true that the salaries of the Protestant ministers have been
discontinued by the King of France . I trust that what I have above stated will convince the society of which you are the Secretaries , that , the King of France ' s government , at least , are not to blame on account of the unfortunate circumstances which have
occurred in the South of France . I have the honour to be , &c . ( Signed ) WELLINGTON Mr . J . Wilks and Mr . T . PeJIatt , Secretaries to the Protestant Society for the Protection of Religious Liberty .
Copy of a Letter written by M . Marron , President of the Protestant Consis-
tor ?/ at Paris , and addressed to M M . of the Committee for . the Affairs of the French Protestants . Paris , Dec . 7-Gentlemen , I have made it a duty to oppose every proposition tending to foreign interference in the affairs of the French
Protestants . I cannot , therefore , see with satisfaction what passes in England on this subject , and I cannot concur in it . If the zeal of your fraternal love edifies and affects me , it appears to me , nevertheless , to go beyond the line of true prudence , and even the spirit of true charity . It is
not thus that the latter virtue proclaims its assistance , especially when it may have reason to dread , that by such a conduct it may compromise the very interests of the cause which it undertakes to support and defend . I am far from admitting that there can be , as you imagine , any thing hostile in the conduct or in the
intentions of the French government , with regard to the Protestants . The sufferings at Nismes are great , doubtless , but they are local ; and local causes , however unfounded , may have contributed to provoke them and to
prolong their duration . The French government laments them as much as you or I . The king has pronounced , in the most unequivocal manner , his displeasure , his horror at the late events . His wishes and his efforts to
remedy the evil , to calm the lamentable exasperation of public feeling are attested by the Royal Ordonnance , by what the Due d'Anguoulcme said to the deputation of the Consistory , and
by the flattering distinction with which one of the pastors of the Cevennes ( M . Maliues ) was lately honoured , in receiving the decoration of the Legion of Honour .
I do not know , gentlemen , who could take it upon him to excite your commiseration for the delay which the ministers of the reformed religion experience in the payment of their stipends . What we experience iu this respect , we only participate with
all other public functionaries . They do not impute it , any more than ourselves , to any other cause than to the deplorable situation into which we have been thrown . We ought rather to bless the government for what it has done , than blame it for
Intelligence . —Mons . Marrons Letter , 59
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1816, page 59, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2448/page/59/