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The Free French to their Canadian Brothers

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Man was born free. By which fate did he become the subject of his own brother? How did this strange upheaval of ideas, which made entire nations voluntarily subject themselves to remain the property of only one individual, take place? It is by the ignorance, the weakness, the pusillanimity of some, the ambition, the perfidy, the injustices, etc of others. But today when by the excesses of an unbearable domination, entire peoples, by rising up against their oppressors, have revealed the secret of their weakness and unveiled the iniquity of their means, how guilty are the nations which voluntarily remain in degrading irons and which, frightened by the sacrifice of a few moments of rest, devote themselves to a shameful inertia and voluntarily remain in servitude. Everything around you invites you to freedom; The country in which you live was conquered by your fathers. It owes its prosperity solely to their care and to yours, this land belongs to you, it must be independent.
Break away from a government which degenerates day by day and has become the cruelest enemy of peoples's freedom. Everywhere one finds traces of the [[Wikipedia:despotism|despotism]], the greed, the cruelties of the [[Wikipedia:King of England|king of England]]. It is time to overthrow a throne where onto which hypocrisy and imposture hat sit has been for too a long time, that the vile courtiers who surrounded him be punished for their crimes or that dispersed all over the Earth the opprobrium of which they will be covered attests to the world, that a late but bright revenge has taken place in favour of humanity.
This necessary revolution, this inevitable punishment prepares quickly in England. Everyday the [[Wikipedia:Republicanism|republican principles]] make sharp progress there and the number of the friends of liberty and France increases in a significant way; but do not wait the outcome of this event to reclaim your rights, work for yourselves, for your glory, do not fear anything of [[Wikipedia:George III of the United Kingdom|George III]], of his soldiers, in too small a number to successfully oppose your value, its weak army is retained in England around him by the murmurs of the English, and by the immense preparations of France, which do not allow him to increase the number of your torturers. The moment is favourable, and the [[Wikipedia:insurrection|insurrection]] is for you holiest of duties, so do not hesitate and remind the men who would be coward enough to refuse to give their arms and their weapons to such a generous endeavour the history of your misfortunes. The cruelties exerted by England to make you pass under her authority. The insults you were given by agents who fattened themselves out of your sweats. Point out the odious names of [[Wikipedia:James Murray|Murray]] and [[Wikipedia:Frederick Haldimand|Haldimand]]; the victims of their ferocities. The obstacles that were put up to block your trade; the odious monopoly which irritates it and prevents it from increasing; the perilous trade missions which you undertake for the sole advantage of the English: Finally remind them that having been born French, you will always be envied and persecuted by the English kings, and that this title will be more than ever before a reason to exclude you from all employment.

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