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that the clerks had only jast arrived, Third Inclosure (C.) and that M. Talleyrand was gone to Copy of a Note from Messrs. ChamSt. Cloud, not to return till four pagny and Clarke to the Earls of o'clock.

Lauderdale and Yarmouth, dated At half after five we received from August 11, 1806. Messrs. Clarke and Champagny an

(Translation.) official note (marked C.) Immedi

Paris, August 11, 1806. ately upon the receipt of this note, The undersigned ministers pleni. we wrote the inclosure (marked D.) potentiary of his majesty the em. to M. Talleyrand, and received from peror of the French, king of Italy, him at nine o'clock an answer have read with attention the note (marked E.) which is also inclosed. dated the 9th of August, addressed

The inclosure (marked F.) is the to them by their excellencies the reply to the official note which we plenipotentiaries of his majesty the intend to send the moment it can be king of the united kingdoms of copied.

Great Britain and Ireland, in which Addition by the earl of Yarmouth. they again propose the uti possidetis

As the French government has in as the basis of the negotiation. every instance admitted the exact. The French plenipotentiaries ness of the communications made by know not, whether, by the adop. me, I beg leave, in addition to this tion of this principle, England would dispatch, to remark that the inten- obtain the right of exacting from tion expressed to me by the French the French government for herself government, as that which made and her allies, every restitution them prefer communicating through which may suit her convenience, my channel rather than on paper, without being boand to make any was the expressing to his majesty's restitution to France and her allies government their readiness to restore of the conquests which she bas his majesty's German dominions in made. This demand would be so toto, but that for obvious reasons extraordinary, that it would be this could not be expressed on paper equivalent to saying that France till every other condition of the should sign all the conditions which treaty should be settled.

it may please the English plenipo.

tentiaries to commit to writing, First Inclosure (A.) is a Copy of a One cannot suppose that such is

Note from the Earls of Lauderdale really the intention of the English and Yarnouth to M. Talleyrand, ministry. They have not sent over dated August 10, 1806, demanding plenipotentiaries for the sole pur. passports.

pose of requiring the admission of

an indefinite basis, which would Second Inclosure (B.) is a Copy of a render them masters of all the con.

Note from the Earls of Lauder. ditions of the treaty. In a state of dale and Yarmouth to M. Talley. things so obscure, the French plerand, dated August 11, 1806,- nipotentiaries demand such expla. Stating that passports were de- nations as may enable them to un. manded for themselves on two derstand, and to proceed in the ,several days, and no answer re. negotiation. These consist in mak. ceived, and renewing the demand. ivg known what are the conquests

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which England wishes to keep, tunity of renewing to their excellenwhat are those which she will re. cies the plenipotentiaries of his mastore to France and her allies, and jesty the king of the united kingdom what conquests of France she re. of Great Britain and Ireland, the quires to be restored. This will assurance of their high consideraunfold a system of compensation, tion. which may give a clear idea of the

(Signed) Champagny. principles and intentions of the

Clarke. British cabinet. The French pleni. potentiaries will then know what Fourth Inclosure (D.) engagements they contract in adopt. This letter declines answering ing the basis which is proposed to the note, and mentions the delay of them ; for they can certainly never passports. consent to this adoption without knowing what is demanded of Fifth Inclosure (E.)- Is a copy of a them.

note from M. Talleyrand, to the Ia laying down the principle of carls of Lauderdale and Yar. uti possidetis, have the English plc- mouth, dated August 11, 1806, nipotentiaries had it in view to pro- apoligizing for the delay of pass. pose a means of exchange and of ports. compensation ? If this is their meaning the emperor adopts it, be- Sixth Inclosure (F.) cause it appears to him conformable Copy of a Note from the Earls of to the two principles already agreed Lauderdale and Yarmouth to upon by both parties, in the letters Messrs. Champagny and Clarke, of the French minister for foreign dated August 11, 1806. affairs, and of the English secretary

(Translation.) of state for the department of foreign

Paris, August 11, 1806. affairs, viz.

11 o'clock, P. M. 1st, 'To the principle laid down The undersigned plenipotentiaries by Mr. Fox in his letter of the of his Britannic majesty would not 26th March Jast, “ that the object have delayed their answer to the of both parties ought to be that the note of this day's date, addressed to peace should be honourable for them by their excellencies the pleni. both, and their respective allies; potentiaries of the French governand at the same time of a nature to ment; but as their reiterated de. insure, as far as should be in their mands to his excellency the minis. power, the future tranquillity of ter for foreign affairs for passports Europe.”

even for their messenger, remained 2d, To the principle subjoined to unanswered, they thought it right the preceding by the minister for first to ascertain whether they were foreign affairs, in his letter of the still to enjoy an open and uninter2d June following, which consists rupted communication with their goof an acknowledgment, in favour of vernment, such as, in similar cases, the two parties, of the full right of in- has always been permitted by every tervention and of guaranty in conti. government in Europe. nental and in maritime affairs.

The explanations which the un. The undersigned take this oppor. dersigned have received from his ex. cellency the minister for foreign af. the other points mentioned in the fairs, induce them to hope that a like note of lord Lauderdale. delay will,on no occasion wbatever, It only remains for the underagain take place.

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signed to add, that if the French goAfter having maturely considered vernment expresses a disposition to the note of their excellencies the adhere to the proposal, suc as his plenipotentiaries of the French go. Britannic majesty understands it to vernment, the undersigned have to have been made by them, they shall remark, that the British govern. congratulate themselves as on a most ment, far from pretending to “exact fortunate event; an event which from the French government every promises, (according to the expres. restitution which may suit their sion of Mr. Fox, quoted by their convenience, without being bound excellencies,) “ a peace honourable to make any restitution to France,” for the two nations, and at the same never expressed any other wish than time of a nature to insure the fature that of treating with the French go- tranquillity of Europe.” vernment on the basis which was

(Signed) Lauderdale. proposed to them by France her.

Yarmouth, self; as it is expressed in the note of lord Lauderdale, viz. “ to treat

No. XXXVII. generally upon the basis of uti pos- Extract from a Dispatch from Mr. sidetis, which was to be scrupulous- Secretary For to the Earls of Lanly observed, except in the case of derdale and Yarmouth,

dated Hanover, which was proposed to be Downing-street, August 14, 1806. ceded to his Britannic majesty with Downing-street, August 14, 1806. all its dependencies."

MY LORDS, They must also observe, that if it The messenger, Basilico, arrived were possible to mistake the result here early this morning, with the which would necessarily follow from dispatches with which your lordthis principle, the verbal discussions ships had charged him; and, alwhich took place on the 9th instant, though it appears most probable, between the French plenipotentiaries that, before he can again reach and the undersigned, leave no room Paris, your lordships will be no for doubt, whether the propo:ition longer there, yet, as there is still a thus laid down was perfectly un. possibility, from the last note from derstood by those plenipotentiaries. the French plenipotentiaries, that

The undersigned have therefore the negotiation may proceed on the only to repeat, that they cannot, basis pointed out for it by your in. consistently with the instructions of structions, it has been judged protheir government, do otherwise than per that no time should be lost in insist upon the previous recognition redispatching him, in order that you of this principle. It is on this con. may be apprised of his majesty's dition alone that they are authorized full approbation of the tenour of the to continue the nogotiation.

dillerent notes which have been deAs soon as this principle shall be livered on your part since the earl agreed to, the undersigned will be of Lauderdale's arrival at Paris. As ready to proceed to the discussion of no other point but that of the ge.



neral basis of negotiation has yet offered, the French government has, been brought into discussion, no. on the other hand, not only refused thing need be added to the for- to adhere to those offers, but has exmer instructions, by which the pressly declared, that they never course of any further discussions can even have entered into their that may take place is still to be thoughts. “ * Jamais il n' a pu entirely guided.

venir dans la pensée de sa majesté

l'empereur des François Roi d' No. XXXVIII.

Italie de prendre pour base de la né, Copy of a Dispatch from Mr. Secre- gociation l'uti possidetis.

tary Fox to the Earls of Lauder. In this state of things, the king's dule and Yarmouth, dated Down. servants are not aware of any being-street, August 14, 1806. nefits that would be likely to result Downing-street, August 14, 1806. to his majesty's service from imposMy Lords,

ing on lord Yarmouth any further His majesty's servants have ob. duty in this respect; nor do they served, from the dispatches received wish that any such ground for cavil this day, that some insinuation has as I have before alluded to, however been thrown out by the French go. unfounded it would bc, should be vernment, of a disposition on the left to the enemy. part of this country to gain some They have, therefore, submitted unfair advantage by the employment it as their humble advice to his maof two plenipotentiaries in the pre- jesty, that, in case of the continusent discussions. That government ance of the negotiations, the French has since taken the obvious mode of minister should be informed, that counteracting this advantage (if any they will henceforth be conducted such there was) by naming, on their by the carl of Lauderdale alone, the part also, a second plenipotentiary. earl of Yarmouth having obtained But, the king's government is desi. his majesty's gracious permission to rous, while it adheres stoadily to the return to England; but that, his masubstance of those points which are jesty does not, on his part, make thought fit to be insisted on for the any objection to lord Lauderdale's honour and interest of his majesty's treating with both the persous who crown, to leave no pretence for cavils have been named by the French go. as to the form in which these dis. vernment for that trust :-A proof cussions are carried on. The ad. perfectly decisive, in all its parts, vantage which was to be looked to that no unfair advantage, such as the from the personal share which the French governinent appears to apearl of Yarmouth originally had in prehend, can have been in the king's these transactions, as the bearer of contemplation. the overtures made by France, has

I am, &c. now ceased ; and, while his lordship

C. J. Fox. has, on the one haud, properly ree corded his decisive testimony as to

No. XXXIX. the reality of these overtures, and Copy of a Dispatch from the Earl of as to the exact terms of peace so

Lauderdule to Mr. Secretary Fox,

dated It never could have entered into the thoughts of his inajesty the emperor of the Frencla, kiug of Italy, to take for basis of the negotiation, the uti possidetis. dated Paris, August 16, 1'806.- state of a transaction so important Received August 19.

in its consequences. Paris, 16 August, 1806. I have the honour to be, &c. Sir,

(Signed) Lauderdale. The note to the plenipotentiaries of the French government, dated First Inclosure (A.)—Is a copy of the 11th, of which a copy marked a receipt, dated August 12, 1806. (F) was sent in my dispatch of the Unimportant. 11th instant, was delivered early in the morning of the 12th, as you

Second Inclosure (B.) will see from the inclosed receipt Copy of a Note from the Earls of (marked A.)

Lauderdale und Yarmouth to N. No answer having been received, Talleyrand, dated August 14, it was thought proper, on the 14th, 1806. to send to his excellency the minis.

(Translation.) ter for foreign affairs, a letter, of

Paris, August 14, 1806. which a copy is also inclosed (marked

2 o'clock, P. M. B.)

Sir, No answer to the official pote We think it our duty to acquaint transmitted to the plenipotentiaries your excellency, that early in the of the French government on the morning of the 12th instant, we morning of the 12th, has yet been transmitted to their excellencies the given; and general Clarke, upon French plenipotentiaries, a note in whom lord Yarmouth and I waited answer to that of their excellencie this morning merely for the purpose received on the 11th instant. In of shewing him a mark of attention, this answer, we endeavoured again informed us, that it was in the pos- to set forth the points which appearsession of the emperor, who had noted to us to require, in some form or as yet signified his pleasure on the other, a previous explanation, to ausubject.

thorize us, in conformity to our isAt one o'clock we received a note structions, to pursue the present nefrom M. Talleyrand (marked C.), gotiation. and nearly at the same time ano- The silence of their excellencies ther (marked D.), from general the plenipotentiaries in this respect, Clarke.

gives us reason to presume that we Copies of both these are herewith must not, at the present moment, transmitted.

expect such an explanation on their I think it evident from what ge. part. neral Clarke says, that no commu- Impressed with this idea, we de. nication will be made for two days. sire to put an end to the general er.

There is perhaps nothing suffi- pectation of both nations, considerciently important to authorize mying the slight appearance there is of sending a courier. Indeed, my prin- seeing it realized. We feel that the ei pal motive for doing so is to quiet demand which we make, under snch the anxiety which you naturally circumstances, of passports for our feel from receiving no information return, may be susceptible of interfor so many days, concerning the pretations of a nature to retard the


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