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atonal mind, by transforming proofs of his Majesty's intea to abandon Portugal all se political events which had ared for some time, and the pular rumours consequent upon and his excellency having Part from some of the accomrs, that at the head of this infrasi plot was the Lieut.-Gen. mez Freire de Andrade, aided the Baron d'Eben, and that altogether had directed, and mued to direct, all their efforts seduce all they could of the tops and other classes of the inantants: and as it was no longer panouie to doubt the existence of at after the fortunate seizure of me proclamations, all ready prited, in the name of a selfved regenerating council (such was their assumed title); in conBeration of these discoveries, the
governors of the kingdom conceived that they owed it to the monarch who had intrusted them with the government of the kingdom, to the inhabitants themselves, to their own characters, and to the preservation of public order, to prevent without delay those consequences with which all were threatened; and it was with this object that their excellencies determined to arrest, without loss of time, on the night between the 25th and 26th of May, not only the two general officers before named, but other persons also who were known to be acquainted and implicated in the horrible project. All possible efforts were made to learn every circumstance, and to procure every proof, in order to proceed forthwith according to law, to execute justice on the guilty.
Clergy, calumnious against true religion, blasphemous, tending to idolatry, injurious toFerdinand VII. subversive of the monarchical Government, incentive of rebellion against legitimate Sovereigns, injurious to the doctrine of the holy sacrament, and filled with satires against husbands fond oftheir wives. In this second class are included the following works: Principle of Policy, applicable to all representative Governments, &c. by M. Benjamin de Constant, Counsellor of State; as containing maxims and propositions false in politics, and to the hierarchical order; contrary to the spirit of religion; captious, subversive of the power of the Church; anti-dogmatic, tending to schism and to religious toleration, and pernicious to the State (Literal translation.)
Felix and Paulina; or, The Tomb of Mont-jura, by P. Blanchard, translated into Spanish.
Elements of the Rights of Nations; by Lacroix, translated into Spanish; as containing propositions inconsonaut, subversive of good order, false, reprobate, injurious against the holy office, and contrary to the rights of the church and of the sovereign.
The Comedy Les Visitandines; an opera, in two acts, and in verse, translated into Spanish.
The Cousin of Mahomet; printed at Constantinople, as being in decent.
Adele and Theodore, or Letters on Education: printed at London, in French, without the name of the author; as containing propositions inconsonant, captious, false, tending to error, and exciting bad idens
The Apostolic Inquisitors of er
ror, depravity, and apostacy, wishing, by virtue of the apostolic, royal, and ordinary authority with which they are invested, to prevent the evil which might result from the reading of the works contained in this edict, hereby ordain their prohibition; and that those which are already distributed over the nation shall be collected: they also expressly forbid the reading, selling, or keeping in possession, these books.
CONSPIRACY IN BARCELONA.
On April the 5th a plan was laid for a conspiracy in the city of Barcelona, which. from the persons engaged in it, had the appearance of a deeply laid plan for effecting some important change in the state. The purpose was no less than the re-establishment of the Cortes and the constitution; and the principal persons concerned were the generals Lacy and Milans, who had distinguished themselves in the late war against the usurpation of Buonaparte. Just before its inter.ded eruption, the government obtained knowledge of the design; and the Captain-gen, of the province made public the following account of the transaction :—
"A horrible conspiracy, which appears to have been formed by individuals of different classes, and in which are implicated Generals Lacy and Milans, who, at a former period had rendered signal services to their country, was to be executed on the 5th at night. The object of the conspirators was to overturn the government, to restore the abolished constitution, and to deprive me of the authority entrusted to me by the King. Eut the energetic measures 1
aped at the moment when, by particular favour of Proviurtce. I had the first news of the meejuracy, have defeated the vain pects of the seditious. Purmund on all sides, the greater part ✅ those whom public notoriety had marked as guilty, have been arrested The most active search soon discover their accomThose who have fled to mountains, and have found there a temporary asylum, have been traced with so speedy a step that they must be overtaken. In 12 mist of the painful sentiments ween have aill.cted my mind durng these days of trouble, I have
the consolation to see the inhattants of Barcelona, and those of the rest of the province, not renounce all alliance with the trators, but testify a just indig matan against them, and enter
zeal into the execution of Lame orders which have been issed to apprehend and punish the I be conduct of the troops amb eỂ their officers has been V praiseworthy. The dispse of all the corps has shown if to be deserving of the highest credit. Two companies only de the battalion of the light infantry
I arragona have been deceived a seduced by the second in commard, Don Joseph Quer. No etter ofå er has taken part in the „fe- tion, which lasted only for
Such was the foundation of the forlash hopes of those wretched per suns, who, in spite of all their efforts, have not succeeded in interrupting Lent the public tranquillity.
** Ihere is no longer any subject farm All the first authores of the province have pressed
forward to co-operate with the arrangements made by me to assure the good order of the state, and to fulfil the good wishes of the King. I announce with satisfaction to the whole province and to the army, that the conspiracy having been discovered, and the principal actors in it having been arrested or pursued, there no longer remains any cause of alarm: and the conspirators only await the punishment which the laws shall award to such criminals, after the result of legal proceedings, which have been already commenced, and which will not be of long duration.
XAVIER CASTANOS. "Barcelona, April 12, 1817.”
General Lacy, with his principal accomplices, was capitally condemned by a court martial assembled near the end of April at Barcelona. Gen. Milans had not yet been apprehended. The project of an insurrection seems to have been more extensive than at first appeared; and it is asserted that three hundred officers were arrested at the same time with Lacy as participators in his designs.
Lacy, after his capture, was taken over to Majorca, probably to prevent any designs in his favour. On arriving there, it was uncertain whether he would have undergone the punishment of death, or have been indulged with a commutation; but finding himself upon the beach with only his escort, he attempted to make his escape by flight. The soldiers pursued him, and in striving to defend himself, he was killed.
affords a strong proof of the accumulation of wealth in that class, and of the necessity under which the state labours. It is of the following tenor.
"The Roman Pontiffs, incited by their paternal love for the whole Catholic flock, have never suffered the Apostolic benignity to be accused of having refused, in seasons of distress, to furnish assistance to the necessities of the State, even from the patrimony of the Church.
good-will wherewith we are ani-
"Pius, Bishop, Servant of the us by our dear son the Chevalier
"Our dearly beloved Son in Jesus Christ, Ferdinand, Catholic King of Spain, intimately united by the bonds of love and veneration to us, and the Holy Apostolic See, in his present painful circumstances; being well persuaded that God has committed to the Clergy alone, the care of managing the property of the Church, as had teen clearly and unanimously published in the declaration of the Fathers assembled in Rowan Council, under the Pontiff Symmachus; this Prince has solicited the necessary power for the purpose of meeting the necessities of his treasury, occasioned by the general agitation of affairs. And as the means and fortunes of the laity are already oppressed with charges, by reason of which the sad King Ferdinand has not ventured to make new demar ds, he has thought proper to require an annual sum of 30,000 000 reals, money of that country, on ecclesia tical property, for only six years in which time the number of pensions will be diminished, and the value of the revenues augmented.
"Thus, from our certain knowledge, and after mature consideration, making use of the plenitude of the Apostolic power with which we are invested, we grant by these presents to the said King Ferdinand an indulto, that validly, freely, and law fully, he may, during the space of six years, exact, but only for the purpose of succouring the royal treasure, the extraordinary subsidy of 30,000.000 reals from all the property, fruits, rents, and products, of the Clergy, as well regular as secular.
"By these presents we commission and authorize our dear Sons, the Prelates, &c. &c.
"Let no one dare then to oppose the execution of our present act of concession, power, indulto, commission, mandate, establishment, declaration, derogation, and will. And if any one have the temerity to commit such an attempt, let him know that he incurs the indignation of the All Mighty God, and of the most blessed Saint Peter and "In consequence, we, with the Saint Paul, his ap stles.
Done at Rome at Saint Peter, the 16th of April, in the year of the Incarnation of our Saviour, 1817, and of our Pontificate the 18th."
QUEEN OF ETRURIA.
it had been mentioned in our natorical report of the year before met, that certain reclamations had been made on the allied powers trative to the claims of the Queen of Etruria, and her son the infant Don Carlos Louis, in respect to the chars of Parma, Placentia, and Guastalla. King Ferdinand was now enabled to settle this impurtant affair, and at the same ame to announce the incorporation Spart, to the grand European allitre by the following official article. "Ihe King, on being restored to the throne of his ancestors, could to take the deepest interest a the glory of a crown which Price had preserved for him, reward of the generous efforts and beruse constancy of his subjects. ita rares were constantly directed
the re-establishment of order, at for the purpose of repairing eesis of a devastating war. Nevertheless his Majesty could not se satrobed unless he fully comerated with the other Powers of brate in fixing the basis of a general prace, destined henceforth in seure their repose, and the sammunity of their rights. The great work, which was inward to be the result of the lators of the congress united for that perpree, presented, however, are execution those obstacles wish were the immediate effect of the general confusion into which trazes and power had thrown the
rests of the different nations: und the fate of the Infanta, the
Queen of Etruria, was connected with these interests. The King, her august brother, therefore, could not regard with indifference an object so essential and so worthy of his policy.
"Don Pedro Gomez de Labrador, his Majesty's Plenipotentiary to the Congress, conformably to his instructions, endeavoured to fix the lot of the Queen of Etruria, and to regulate other points connected with the rights of her Majesty, exerting for that object his talents and information in so far as circumstances permitted. Finally, the Duke of Casa Fernan Nunez, his Majesty's Ambassador at Paris, having been charged to continue this important negoti ation, has succeeded in bringing it to a happy termination. His activity and zeal for the honour of the King have procured his Majesty the satisfaction of seeing this affair concluded by solemn treaties entered into with the said great Powers, and signed at Paris on the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th of last June. By one of these treaties, his Majesty accedes to the acts of the celebrated congress at Vienna, and Spain is incorporated with the great European confederacy. Another treaty sanctions the reversion of the Duchies of Parma, Placentia, and Guastalla, in favour of his Serene Highness the Infant Don Carlos Louis; and the surrender of the states of Lucca, with the stipulated assignments, until the said reversion takes place, in favour of her Majesty the Serene Infanta of Spain, Queen of Etruria, and mother of the Infant Don Carlos Louis.
Thus is terminated an affair equally complicated and essential to the high policy of his Majesty,