THE new legislature, or fourth assembly of the French, enters upon its office. It is composed of a legislative body of 500 members; of a council of ancients 250; of an executive directory of 5 members; and of 6 ministers, viz. for the interior department, for the war, for justice, for the admiralty, for foreign affairs, and for finances. The five members of the executive directory are, La Reveillere, le Paux, la Tourneur, Carnot, Rewbell, and Barras; all ex-deputies of the national convention.
Nov. The legislative body is
employed in discussing a
decree passed in the last sitting of the
convention, which imposed a tax of six milliards on
the landed property, and two milliards upon
The criminal tribunal acquits Gen. Menon, suspected
of having taken part in the, rebellion of the
The depreciation of assignats is at this time so
great, that a pair of shoes costs 300 livres, a
yard of cloth 3000, a bushel of potatoes 120, a
pound of bread 40, a pound of coffee and of sugar
175, a pound of candles and of soap 80 livres each;
a louis-d’or is worth 4,600 livres.
The executive directory obtains a grant of three
milliards, to be at its discretion distributed
among the different offices.
The subsistence of Paris not being assured, it is
decreed, that 250 quintals (each 100lbs. weight) be
levied on the departments bordering on Paris.
The Cape of Good-Hope is taken by the English.
The trial of Comartin, one of the chiefs of the
Chouans, occupies at present the military tribunal,
and all Paris.
The republican generals, and many deputies of the
convention are implicated in this affair.
A ship full of emigrants, among whom are the Duke
de Choiseul and the Count de Montmorency, is driven
by a tempest into Calais. They are given up to the
criminal tribunal of that city.
Besides the sum above granted to the executive
directory, twenty-one millions more are allowed to
them. Thirty millions more added for the expences
of the legislative body.
23. Public and formal audiences are given by the
executive directory to foreign ambassadors.