British Newspaper Coverage of the French Revolution:
The September Massacres

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September 8, 1792

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[ . . . ] "Can we go with confidence to meet the enemy, and leave traitors in existence behind us?" [ . . . ] —"Let us cut the throats of every traitor!" Such was the horrid proposition made in the Assembly of the Federates, in the Hall of the Jacobins!—Such were the exclamations of the [---] that crowded the streets! The blood freezes in our veins while we relate the effects of this monstrous proposition. The mind revolts from the [---], as a horrible calumny on our common nature, but truth demands the sad and shocking reality.

[ . . . ] The feelings of our Readers will have no need of commentary on this heard-rending scene [of the September Massacres]. The history of man does not furnish its parallel. [ . . . ]

[---] = illegible in the copy of the newspaper on which this transcription is based

Alan Liu, English Dept., U. California, Santa Barbara (transcribed 2/17/00)