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terms, he was arrested, and imprisonK-jd in the 'senipltz though it was xvtll known that he had becnimposed upnii, znzd made-to believe that _ the (lirefiory- was willing to iisten to his propolssals. As he had not ylxttod against the state, this was certainly against the laws os nations, and was considered, as such, in all Europe. D'Aranjo was duped by a sharper, who had deikaurletl him of immcnst: lsiuins, by

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relate, in the next chapter. There were no earthly bounds to their rapacity and ambition. If' a small or weak state lay contiguous to France, they snapped it up, and either incorporated it with the French republic, always taking care to avail themselves, in their personal or private capacities, os the accesiions that were made by such incorporatious to the resourccs os the rcpublicyor, it' such a. state did not lie conveniently' for being incorporated, as one or more departments os France, they drew _it into the vortex os the republic by asiimilation, and, as they called it, affiliation. If a state, kingdom, or empire, was placed beyond their_ immediate controul, by political power, or remoteness of' situation, they attempted to spring revolutionary mines, by various intrigues, and proper lodgements of the combustibles _0s liberty and equality. si To the small state of Geneva, that had long enjoyed its political

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by a spirit apparently more generous * former liberty, but, on the contrary, _

and equitable in the legiflatixre authorities. But the project, though

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independence, a considerable num

ber of them began to look-with indifference on the form by which they held their liberties, whether as part of the sovereign people of Geneva, or as a portion of the sovereign and more powerful people of the French republic. The agents of the French government had fostered this traternizing spirit, and made considerable progress in proselytism, by representing the benefits which would accrue from av more intimate alliance between the two nations. " Geneva, relieved from a cumbrous and stormy independence, would become, as the Capital of a province or department. the most flourishiiwg place of' the frontiers. Its inhabitants would find more eafl' outlets sor the produce of their industry. As a portionos a powerful state, their city would have nothing to fear, hereafter, from the ambition os neighbouring siates; nor be placed under the disagreeable necessity ot" asking asiistance from encroaching allies.

enjoy a grea-ter portion of it, in peace and tranquillity. From' the moment of their union with France, the various partZ-s, 'whip-II osten distracted their little state, would

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' [ent yea,- of 3739', in his way m Turin, where he staid for fix months. Being asked, by

the Engsiish minitter, a: the court of his Sardunian majesty, what he thought ctof the present disputes in Cencva, Paul, then archdukc of Ruffia, replied, that ** They suggcsted

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