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sembly, or from other moit respectable sources. We have endeavoured to state facts with the utmost impartiality; and though we profess to be the friends of freedom in general, the reader will find that we have not been sparing of our strictures on the conduct of borbi partes; whenever the principles of justice lere outragėg; and whenever the cause of liberty was dilgroceds up in too many instances it was, by the.populace of France and their deinagogues. One effect we are led to hope for confidently from the representation we have drawn of these affairs, which is, that it will serve to abate the violence of both parties on the subject-Such is ever the effect of truth. The favourers of the French revolution will learn from our statement, that though the principle is impregnable, the conduct of the actors in this great event was not always immaculate ; and those who are, in the general, hostile to it, may perhaps be induced to allow that such an amazing change in a despotic government, the abuses of which so many were interested in preserving, could not be conducted without some acts of violence and outrageWhere the people are to do every thing, they will do some things wrong.
Another principle which a fair view of this subject will establish, and which may also serve to diminish the animosity of parties in this country, at least, is, that no grounds of comparison exist between
the present state of this nation and that of France, previous to the revolution ; consequently there is no necessity for a revolution here, nor ought any apprehention of it to be entertained. The monarchy, the hierarchy, the aristocracy, of France were all totally different from ours, indeed formed
ala most opposite principles. We would not be understood to infinuate that our present constitution is per
but the vices of our government are entirely different from the vices of the old government of France, and must be reformed in a different ner.
The increasing information and sober sense of the people will gradually produce a legal reform in whatever parts of our constitution are decayed; but corruption and tyranny were so rooted in the old government of France, that it could not be corrected, but must be necessarily overthrown.
We have also, in different parts of the narrative, given our sentiments very freely on the errors and imperfections which we think we have discovered in the new constitution of France : and in all discussions which appeared of general importance or utility we have endeavoured to condents the arguments and opinions on each side, so as to present the question to the reader, as nearly as we could, in that precise view in which we conceive it must have appeared to the national assembly.
In the debates of our own parliament we have proceeded upon nearly a similar plan, and have studied to give a concise view of all the arguments which were adduced on both sides on every great or important question ; and this we trust is done with fairness and impartiality.
The other departments of the work have been executed with the usual attention, and we flatter ourfelves will be received with the usual candour.
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Emigration of the Aristocratic Members of the Assembly. Title of King of
the French. Duke of Orléans retires to Englend. A Baker hins eit by the
CH A P T E R IV.
tion of the Chatelet, againsi M. M. d'Orleans and Mirabeau. Provincial
. Affairs of Avignon. Ejectment of the non-juring