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"Declaration of Sovereignty of the [German] People Between the [Rivers] Meuse, Rhine, and Mosel" (November 13, 1797)

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This declaration shall be published and made known in the entire territory between the Meuse, Rhine, and Mosel. It shall be sent to the National Legislature of the French people, to the Executive Directory, to the National Legislatures of the Batavian and Cisalpine Republics, to the Executive Directory of the same, to the Supreme Comander of the Army of Germany, to the President of the National Institute in Paris, to the President of the Intermediary Commission in Bonn, and to the Congress in Rastatt.

Issued in Bonn, on the 23rd day of Brumaire, Year 6 of the French Republic (November 13, 1797), in the name of the plenipotentiary General Committee of all Central Committees of the Federation of Patriots of the Left Bank of the Rhine.

Source: Joseph Hansen, ed., Quellen zur Geschichte des Rheinlandes im Zeitalter der Französischen Revolution 1780-1801 [Sources on the History of the Rhineland in the Era of the French Revolution 1780-1801]. Vol. 4. Bonn: Hanstein, 1938, pp. 321-26.

Reprinted in Walter Demel and Uwe Puschner, eds., Von der Französischen Revolution bis zum Wiener Kongreß 1789-1815 [From the French Revolution to the Congress of Vienna 1789-1815]. Deutsche Geschichte in Quellen und Darstellung, edited by Rainer A. Müller, Volume 6. Stuttgart: P. Reclam, 1995, pp. 255-64.

Translation: Ben Marschke

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