Conspiracy against the Czar — prominent parties implicated.
From a letter published in the Paris
papers, and containing the most circumstantial details, it appears that at St. Petersburg
a tragedy was on the point of being enacted, the effects of which, had it been accomplished, would have spread at least over one half of Europe
A plot against the life of the Emperor Alexander, as well as against the lives of the different members of the Imperial
family, has lately been discovered, in which some of the highest members of the nobility and State function aries were implicated.
For some time past the house of a great functionary was the rendezvous of a large number of persons, who assembled there under divers pretexts.
They were, for the greater part, government functionaries, retired officers, landed proprietors, discontented with the late reforms, and individuals belonging to the different coteries into which the court is now divided.
These personages, it is stated, became the centre of a conspiracy which aimed at the lives of the Emperor
and his children, as well as the establishment of a constitution.
The complicity of two ladies of the highest rank show whom the conspirators had in view as their future Czar.
Relations were also formed with some exiles, who were brought round by the promise of the immediate proclamation of a liberal Constitution; a Senator, who, on account of the favor he enjoyed at Court
, was considered to be the most fitting intermediary between the different malcontents; and the correspondence on the subject was carried on through him. However, the frequency of the meetings drew the attention of a servant to them, and a gossipping propensity on his part was the means of putting the police on the track, which they pursued, with the Emperor
's orders, with the greatest circumspection.
The letter further states that several persons who visited the re-unions were suddenly dismissed from their situations.
This had the effect of at once arousing misgivings that they were discovered.
Some strove to leave the country, and the ringleader in the plot became utterly deprived of reason.
When all this was known to Government, M. Patkul
, the chief of the Russian
police, paid a domiciliary visit to the house of the Senator
, for the purpose of taking possession of all his papers.
While doing so, a colonel in the Russian
army, and secretary to one of the ladies in question, came and displayed an order which empowered him to take possession of the treasonable correspondence.
A warm contest ensued, but Patkul was the victor, and in the letters which he found was discovered the clue to the conspiracy.
The two ladies were immediately ordered to leave St. Petersburg
, and also forbidden ever to return there.
But the fate of all the others has not yet transpired.