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rades of Alexandria ; we shall afterwards defend, or we shall cross, the Tesino together.” Most assuredly the constitutional party would have made every sacrifice which loyal fellow-citizeris and endeared comrades might have demanded of them in the interest of their common country. Re-united, the Piedmontese would have been in a situation to hope for a happy pacification, or they could have been at Milan in twenty-four hours, and Charles Felix would not now be the least independent of Princes, and his subjects would not be the most unfortunate of nations.
It was by a discharge of cannon that the constitutional army was received under the walls of Novaro, whilst it was in the act of tranquilly defiling, with no other object but that of presenting to their comrades the opportunity of a moral and political reconciliation. How many touching scenes does history present us on this subject! Novaro might have become immortal in our own history ; but the men who were capable of soliciting the assistance of foreigners to enslave their country, cannot be sensible of the pleasures of a national reconciliation.
I shall dispense with giving an account of the battle of Novaro, as the particulars are already before the public : the brave of all countries and of all parties will not insult unfortunate valor. The constitutional troops of Alexandria yielded only to numbers, and to a concurrence of deplorable circumstances, the union of which is rare even in revolutionary times.
When the news of our defeat arrived at Turin, in the evening of the 8th April, the minister of war gave prompt orders to retire upon Alexandria, where he thought that we might for a moment arrest the progress of the enemy, in order afterwards to retire to Genoa, and there defend ourselves to the last extremity; but on learning some hours later, that St. Marsan and Lisio had only been able, notwithstanding all their efforts, to bring to Turin some feeble remains of cavalry ; informed at the same time, that Regis had no longer the means of maintaining Casal, which was expected every moment to be occupied by an Austrian column, whilst another had marched on Voghera, Santa-Rosa feared all was irretrievably lost.
He assembled the junta,' announced to it that he was about to set out for Genoa, there to organise, if it were possible, the last means of defence, and invited the members of the junta to repair
· The Prince of Cisterna was present at this sitting, of doleful memory. He had just arrived from Genoa with the Marquis of Prié. Both of them, on being informed that the constitutional government prolonged its existence in the midst of its dangers and misfortunes, came to devote themselves to its defence: they arrived at a cruel moment, but they had the satisfaction of having performed their duty.
there themselves. “ It is there," said he, « that our common duties call us." But the Minister of War was too loyal to dissemble the extent of our disaster : thus the junta did not decide taking a step which appeared useless, and the event proved that it judged correctly.
The junta took the resolution of consigning the reins of government to the Magistrates of the capital, and the Minister of War announced to them at the same time that the care of the citadel would be remitted to a battalion of the national guard. A numerous deputation of the decurional body assisted at this last sitting of the junta, at which all the measures proper for ensuring the maintenance of public order, in this moment of crisis, were carefully concerted between men, who, if they had not all the same political opinions, all sincerely desired the welfare of their country, and mutually rendered justice to the purity of their intentions.
There were still considerable sums in the royal treasury, notwithstanding the extraordinary expenses which the circumstances required, but these were not touched upon. The Minister of War demanded only of the junta, and obtained, the sum of 150,000 francs, to secure the subsistence and the pay of the troops which set out for Turin, on their march towards Alexandria and Genoa.'
General Guillaume de Vaudoncourt arrived at Turin the very evening of the 8th of March ; he came from Lausanne ! to offer his services to a free government : spontaneous devotion! and as noble as it was unfortunate! The junta gave him the command of the wreck of the army; we believe there were still some remains left us !
* This measure (adopted by the Minister of War to prevent the march of several battalions, which had to go through a great part of Piedmont, from being at the charge of the country, thereby causing disorders so much to be dreaded in such critical circumstances), has been the pretext of an insidious calumny repeated by many Journals, and by M. de Beauchamp in particular, viz.: that these 150,000 francs were the price of the surrender of the Citadel. I here affirm, with the conviction that nothing can be said in contradiction, 1st., that the officers who had the command of the citadel and the garrison made no difficulty in obeying the order of evacuation which was given to them by the minister of war, and that they put no kind of conditions upon it; 2d, that the sum in question was paid by the Treasurer of war to Major Enrico, charged by the minister, as is expressed in the ministerial letter addressed to the Iniendant-Generalcy of war, to dispose of it for the pay and subsistence of the troops who were to set out for Turin, with the obligation to render an account of it, and to vest the remainder in the Treasuries of Alexandria and Genoa.
Thus whoever shall say, or repeat, that the citadel of Turin was remitted to the national guard, either for the value of money, or any other conditions whatever, will say or repeat a falsehood.
• The constitutional troops quitted Turin in the morning of the 9th April; two single battalions set out. A battalion of the royal light legion, commanded by Colonel Vercelleni, refused to put itself in order of march; the artillery testified very nearly the same dispositions and remained. Turin was in a melancholy but tranquil state. The national guard entered into the citadel at noon, in presence of the Minister of War, who set out the last.
We took the route for Acqui, on account of the rumour which prevailed that the route from Asti to Alexandria might be every moment intercepted. St. Marsan, Collegno, and Lisio, arrived there shortly with a troop of cavalry: it was there they learned a last misfortune. The fear of sustaining a long siege had alarmed the
young soldiers of the battalion of Genoa, which formed the garrison of the Citadel of Alexandria. They revolted and drew their sabres on their officers, who were obliged to restrain them by turning two pieces of cannon against them. The Commander at last came to the resolution to open a passage and leave the mutineers to escape. Ansaldi, whose courage nothing could intimi. date, made dispositions to enclose himself in the Citadel with the national guard ; but discouragement every where prevailed; but few men wished to sacrifice themselves for a desperate cause. Ansaldi was then obliged to take the route for Genoa with a remnant of soldiers who would not abandon him.
This disastrous news, and the general disbanding of troops, which had reduced to a very small number those who had not taken part in the affair of Novaro, decided the chiefs assembled at Acqui to repair directly and promptly to Genoa.
But the scene was also changed there, and the Constitutionals would have been loaded with chains, had the Genoese fulfilled with less generosity the duties of hospitality, at the very moment in which they were obliged to abandon the cause of liberty.
General de la Tour had hastened to announce to the Genoese authorities the event of the 8th of April, and had enjoined them to surrender ; Genoa obeyed. The first movement was that of indignation ; but we must be just :--The state of the fortifications, the small number of troops, the dispositions of some of their chiefs, all contributed to augment the difficulty of a defence. Besides, from whence could assistance arrive, and would there have been time to wait for it ?
The command of Genoa was remitted, with the consent of the national guard, to Count Desgeneys. His noble character en. couraged the Genoese ; they believed him to possess the greatness of soul to forget every thing, and I imagine they were not deceived.
I have said that Genoese hospitality saved us: it grieves me to
be unable to enlarge on this subject, and impose silence upon the sweetest emotions of the heart. Let me be permitted to say that the respect due to misfortune was religiously observed by the people of Genoa. Vessels were found ready, and generous succours were given to those persons into whose wants they were enabled to penetrate : Genoese solicitude supplied every thing.'
Genoa had not the misfortune of seeing the Austrians within its walls. This grief was also spared the city of Turin, where the Count de la Tour made his entry on the 10th of April.
The people gave him a cold reception, which the principal counter-revolutionists remarked with ill-disguised disappointment. A dreadful foreboding prevailed in all hearts. The people but too well felt that it was for them that the revolution was intended, and against their wishes that it had been defeated. Turin, it is true, wanted energy, and quietly remained under the gravity of circumstances; but that city, where so much learning exists, where the judgment is so sound among all classes of society, will never be able to see, without repugnance, the yoke of arbitrary power weigh over its head ; and its wishes will always be favo rable for the establishment of sound liberty.
The Austrian troops occupied the Citadel of Alexandria, Voghera, Tortona, Casal, Verceil and Novaro. The Count de la Tour, who had so well served absolute monarchy, was not judged worthy of avenging its injuries : this office was reserved for the Chevalier de Revel, Count Bratolongo, whom the King named his Lieutenant-General in his states belonging to the mother-country.
The sentence which has been pronounced at Turin against the greater part of the Piedmontese exiles has not astonished them.? The arbitrary government which rules Piedmont are less inclined to pardon them for the moderation with which they have exercised
"To believe the author of the “ Thirty Days," Victor Emmanuel distributed considerable sums to the Piedmontese who enbarked : 110 one is more per. suaded than myself of the excellent heart of the Prince, but this circumstance is absolutely false.
2 When this was written I was yet ignorant of the judgments of the 13th August, which condemned to death the Prince of Cisterna, the Marquis of Prie, and the Chevalier Hector de Penon, as guilty of being accomplices in the Piedmontese Revolution. I have declared in this work, and I again de. clare in the most solemn manner, that these three persons took no part in the conspiracy of the month of March; that they were not even informed of it, for this expression cannot be applied to the vague rumours which might have reached them. The Marquis of Prié was the only one who heard of it, in any way positive, some days before his arrest, and by whom? by the Prince of Carignan.
Ou what proofs have they condemned the Prince of Cisterna, Prié and Penon? Hatred alone can have dictated such judgments,--but here the word judgment is misplaced.
their power, than for what they are pleased to term their rebellion, that is to say, the reclaiming the rights of the nation. That nation well knows that the conduct of the Constitutional chiefs will long live in its remembrance, to reply to the calumnies of the enemies of liberty. This reflexion is the only one which can support the exiled chiefs in misfortune.
I have now finished my painful task; I am sure of having fulfilled it with fidelity; and I have neglected no means of performing it usefully. It was necessary to prove that the Revolution took place because the Piedmontese people were subjected to an entirely arbitrary government, under which the absence of all protecting laws left the property and the persons of the citizens without guarantee; it was necessary to prove that the object of our enterprise was also the aggrandisement of the house of Savoy, the consolidation of its power, and at the same time, the emancipation of the Italian country, in a manner that our most sacred duties and our dearest affections were identified in our designs ; it was necessary to prove that this enterprise, however audacious it might seem, presented, notwithstanding, great chances of success ; it was necessary to show in what way the inaction of the Prince of Carignan during his Regency hindered us from profiting by the sole advantages of our situation, how his unworthy flight overwhelmed the nation which in him had placed all its hopes, and in what way our courage would have restored those hopes, had not the unexpected fall of another betrayed nation lost all; it was necessary to demonstrate how men who fluctuate between two parties become fatal to their country, and how much the liberal Prince whose arm does not serve his opinions, must expect the reproaches of posterity, and humiliation on the part of men against whom he has not dared to fight, and to whom he has prepared victory by his feebleness and irresolution ; it was necessary again to show that true patriots know how to sacrifice their attachment to this or that political theory, when the interest of their country requires it, and to show that had the Liberals of Piedmont, after the conduct of the Neapolitan Parliament, been attached to any other Constitution than the Spanish, they would have made themselves the artisans of discord in Italy; it was also necessary to show that the justice and moderation of the Constitutional Government, having conciliated the affection and esteem of the people, the cause of liberty, in spite of the misfortunes which befel it, could only be vanquished by the assistance of foreigners ; it was necessary, in fine, to show how much the totality of circumstances which enfeebled unfortunate Piedmont, rendered the consequences of the disaster of Novaro irreparable.
All this, I believe, I have performed in the eyes of honest men,