Excerpt from Justification of General Moreau, From a Charge of Conspiracy: Exhibited Against Him by the Imperial Republick of France Among the many persecutions of innocence which have arisen from, and attended the progress of, the French Revolution, from the murder of the royal family to the present day, there has not one occurred which has excited such general sympathy as that of the celebrated, the brave, and the patriotick general Moreau. During a period of time, and in a nation, which seemed to regard a total ...
Excerpt from Justification of General Moreau, From a Charge of Conspiracy: Exhibited Against Him by the Imperial Republick of France Among the many persecutions of innocence which have arisen from, and attended the progress of, the French Revolution, from the murder of the royal family to the present day, there has not one occurred which has excited such general sympathy as that of the celebrated, the brave, and the patriotick general Moreau. During a period of time, and in a nation, which seemed to regard a total renunciation of all the milder characteristicks of humanity as the nearest approach to perfectibility; in which men appeared to contend for pre-eminence in barbarity; in which the honours of the legislator, the magistrate, and the soldier, were crimsoned with the blood flowing from the harmless victims of fanaticism or rapacity; in which all sought for power only to excel their predecessors in the abuse of it; Moreau, like a comet, pursued the eccentrick march of probity, honour, and virtue. The career of his life has not been rendered more glorious by the splendour of his military achievements, than singular by the generosity of his nature, and the disinterestedness of his publick services. That such a man, who, in every station, seemed to hold himself in estimation only in proportion to the good he could render to his country, should, after a series of the most brilliant services, become the object of a prosecution on a charge of treason, at first excited the wonder, and has ended in fixing the indignation, of the world. The events which have recently taken place in France, have, to every person of the least discernment, fully explained the motive of this no less extraordinary than unjust proceeding: the whole detail of which has only served to establish the innocence of the accused; and the criminality of his accuser. Moreau was a real republican; he had fought to establish the liberties of France, on a rational and secure basis. He had seen and mourned the ravages which the struggles of successive parties had occasioned in his distracted country. He knew that the sources of those disorders were in the imbecility of the government; and the only part he ever took in civil affairs was when he endeavoured to remedy this radical evil. It was with the hope of effecting a good so desirable, that he voluntarily assisted, on the 18th Brumaire, to place Buonaparte in that situation which he nobly rejected when offered to himself. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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