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Bignon was chosen minister, provisionally, for foreign affairs, General Carnot of the interior, and Count Pelet de la Lozère of the police. On the 24th was placarded the proclamation to the French before alluded to, informing them that plenipotentiaries had set out to treat in the name of the nation, and to negotiate with the European powers for that peace which they have promised them, on a condition which has now been fulfilled. The commissioners sent to treat with the allies are Messrs. Lafayette, Sebastiani, D'Argenson, Laforest, and Count Pontecoulant, attended by M. de Constant as secretary; they left Paris on the 24th in the evening. I inclose the whole address. On the same day the government, upon the resolution of the chambers, “ that « all Frenchmen were called to the defence of " their country,” decreed “ that the remainder “ of the conscripts of 1815, and the grenadiers “ and chasseurs of the moveable national guards “ raised in the same year and the preceding years, “ should be put in activity, and enrolled with the

army of the line; whilst the stationary national guard should be completed in all the garrisons."

By a message to the chambers, the government proposed procuring the subsistence of the army by requisition, as the only means sufficiently prompt for the present emergency. By

a second message it offered the project of a law by which any individual suspected of seditious or treasonable acts could be put under inspection out of his usual residence, or arrested without being brought before any tribunal, by a law which was to have effect only for three months. Each of these projects were transferred, after some discussion, to committees, which were to give in their report the next day. The house this day heard an important communication from General Lamarque, dated the 20th of June, announcing his successes in La Vendée, and the demand of an armistice from M. Augustus Laroche Jacquelin, which he hoped would end in the general pacification of the whole country.

The pupils of the polytechnic school, to the number of 225, petitioned the government to be allowed to march in the van of the national army, to avenge their brothers, or to die, like them, under the standards of independence, These gallant youths were the first to recover from the alarm; they were followed the next day by the Parisian confederation, who addressed the chamber of representatives, and solicited arms, that they might serve their country either on the frontiers, or on the heights of the capital, or in the interior. Measures were taken by the government to reorganize the army. The minis

ter of war issued an order of the day on the 25th, commanding all the generals and officers attached to the first, second, third, fourth, and sixth corps belonging to the army of the north, to present themselves at head-quarters, in order to quit the capital in twenty-four hours for Soissons, and then to repair to their respective corps, under pain of arrest and public disgrace. The prefect of the department of the Seine placarded, on the same day, an invitation to the Parisians to provide the necessary accommodations and relief for the wounded arriving daily in the city. In the chamber of representatives, on the 25th, a warm discussion took place on the project of the law for the public safety, in which Delolme and the English habeas corpus were repeatedly in the mouths of several orators, and which ended by the adoption of the law, by a majority of 299 to 60, with the amendment of two months instead of three, and the conditions annexed, that within twenty-four hours the person arrested should receive a copy of the motives of his detention, and that a commission of both houses should be named, to take cognizance of his defence. In the peers, M. Latour Maubourg objected strongly to the measure, declared that it liad been his intention to move for the abolition of the commissions of high police, instead of adding to the executive power; and mentioned two or three facts of unjust arrests wliich had just taken place within his own knowledge. M. De Valence, also inclining to a disapproval, moved, that the subject should be referred to a committee, which was accordingly named, and the chamber shortly after adjourned. A communication was read from the commission of government to the chambers, relative to the state of the army, in which Marshal Grouchy was said to have arrived at Rocroy with 20,000 infantry, 6000 cavalry, and a corresponding train of artillery; but adding, that in three days from the 19th the enemy would be near Laon; however, the Major-General Duke of Dalmatia was taking every step for rallying the army. The armies of the Moselle, the Rhine, the Jura, the Var, the Alps, and the eastern Pyrenees, were in a satisfactory position.

On the 26th the government transmitted to the chambers a bulletin tending to confirm the favourable accounts from the army, and to assure them, that their affairs wore a more favourable aspect than at first could have been hoped; that they would neither exaggerate nor dissimulate the dangers, and in all emergencies would stand true to their country. On the same day, the following placard was affixed to the walls.

Acts of the Government.

Extract of the Minutes of the Secretary of State's Office.

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Paris, June 26, 1815. « The commission of government, upon the “ report of the minister of state, entrusted pro

visionally with the portfolio of the ministry of “justice, decrees as follows: The decrees and “ judgments of the courts and tribunals, the acts “ of the notaries, shall provisionally be intituled, In the name of the French people. The “ minister of state entrusted provisionally with “ the portfolio of the ministry of justice is “ charged with the execution of this decree, 6 which shall be inserted in the bulletin of the u laws. (Signed) “ DUKE OF OTRANTO, President.

« CARNOT.
« QUINETTE.
“ CAULAINCOURT, Duke of Vicenza.

6 Count GRENIER. “ The minister of state entrusted provisionally « with the portfolio of the ministry of justice.

(Signed) L" Count Boulay (A true copy).

“The secretary annexed to the minister secre“ tary of state.

“ T. BERLIER.”

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