TALLEYRAND-PÉRIGORD (Charles-Maurice de).... - Lot 18 - Osenat

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TALLEYRAND-PÉRIGORD (Charles-Maurice de).... - Lot 18 - Osenat
TALLEYRAND-PÉRIGORD (Charles-Maurice de). Piece signed for true copy as Minister of Foreign Relations, entitled "Petition of the nobility and of the principal citizens of the State of Lucca, to General in Chief Murat in Milan" and dated Lucca October 7, 1801. 3 pp. 1/2 in-folio. "The excess of the evils under which the unhappy country of Lucca groans forces the petitioners to ask you in the name of their fellow-citizens for some relief from the despair to which one is ready to abandon oneself. Oppression and violence have reached their peak, while in all of France and in a large part of Italy a system of equity is established and only honest people are employed, would there be only THE SMALL STATE OF LUCCA, where INDIVIDUALS DESPISED BY THE WHOLE PEOPLE EXERCISE IMPUNITIVELY ON US THE MOST AFFRAUDING TYRANNIA, which is excepted? We do not want to bother you with the account of all the revenges and injustices that the rulers have committed since their installation, but what has added to the general execration is their last conduct on the occasion of a horse race, the Lucchese soldiers having killed a horse that the rider could not stop in his ardor and having committed disorders, all the people cried out against their indiscipline and their brutality. The day after one put to the arrests several of the first citizens and it took all the authority of the civil commissioner Delmer to deliver them.... But the evils, general, to which these same French authorities of Lucca cannot bring any remedy, it is the total exhaustion of the finances, the alienation of all the resources of the State, the awful waste which is exerted every day. IT IS NOT TO PROVIDE FOR THE NEEDS OF THE FRENCH ARMY, BUT TO SUPPORT THE INSATIABLE AVIDANCE OF THE GOVERNMENTS TO ENRICH THEMSELVES AND THEIR SATELLITES THAT THEY EXERCISE THE MOST INCREDIBLE VIOLENCE ON THE OWNERS TO GET MONEY FROM THEM... They are forcing us to pay the ordinary four years' taxes in one payment..." The petitioners then propose a list of names to form a provisional government and a committee of police.
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