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bappy moment when the views of the earls of Lauderdale and Yarthe French government shall ap- mouth, dated August 16, 1806. proach nearer to those which it had Unimportant. been supposed to entertain. It is in order to prevent the possibility of
No. XL. such a misinterpretation, that we Copy of a Dispatch from the Earl of think it incumbent on us to assure Lauderdale to Mr. Secretary Fox, your excelleney, that a step which dated Paris, August 17, 1806.would have the effect of sausing any Received August 22. obstacle to the renewal of the nego
Paris, August 17, 1806. tiation, would be very far from our Sir, intention, though, from the reasons I take the opportunity of lord which we have detailed, we find our. Yarmouth's return to England, to selves obliged to put an end to our inform you that in consequence of mission.
his majesty's pleasure signified in It only remains for us to assure your dispatch of the 14th instant, I your excellency, that if, fortunately this morning wrote to his excellency for both nations, it should hap- the minister for foreign affairs, pen that we have been mistaken stating to him, that lord Yarmouth in the inference which we have had his majesty's permission to redrawn from the silence of the French turn to England ; and that his ma. plenipotentiaries, we will wait dur- jesty had been graciously pleased, inga reasonable time for the expla- in the event of the negotiation pronations which thefr excellencies may ceeding, to confine the future ma. have to communicate to us. In or. nagement of it solely to me. der, however, to prevent the repe- About eleven o'clock, M. de tition of a demand, as painful for us Champagny and general Clarke to make, as it would be for your paid me a visit of ceremony ; lord excellency to receive, in case the ne. Yarmouth happened to be with me gotiations should not have a favour. at the time; and we mentioned to able issue, we request you to furnish them the change that had taken us with the necessary passports for place, and shewed them the note us and our suite, to be made use of which I was just about to dispatch, according to circumstances. and a copy of which is enclosed.
We have the honour to renew to The object of the visit was merely, pour excellency the assurances of to ask the plenipotentiarics, and the Our high consideration.
gentlemen attached to the mission to (Sigued) Lauderdale. dine with M. de Champagny toYarmouth. morrow.
Nothing whatever was said that Third Inclosure (C.)-Is a copy of related to the negotiation, and I be
a note from M. Talleyrand to the lieve no answer will be given either earls of Lauderdale and Yarmouth, to the note of the 11th, or to the dated August 10, 1806. Unim- note sent to the minister for foreign portant,
affairs on the 14th, till the emperor's
return from Rambouillet, which, Fourth Joclosure (D.)—Is a copy they informed me to-day, was unof a note from general Clarke to certain. The mode in which I have
mentioned to the minister for foreign all such occasions to observe, that it affairs his majesty's permission to is M. d'Oabril's treaty alone that lord Yarmouth to return to Eng. has released his majesty from the land seemed to me calculated to af. obligation not to separate in sub. ford as little opportunity as pos. stance his treaty from that of Russia; sible to the French government to an obligation to which his majesty cavil about a change of form in the had determined scrupulously to ad. mission.
here, and from which, even in point I think it proper to add, that in of form, he had departed no farther doing this, every facility was afford. than he had learnt to be the wish of ed by lord Yarmouth, who in the Russia herself. Should, therefore, handsomest manner desired me on M. d'Oubril's treaty not be ratified, this, as on other occasions, to con. the two courts would revert to their sider only what I thought most ad. former situation, with the additional vantageous for the public service, bond of union which would result I have the honoar to be, Sir, &c. from the mutual proofs they would
Lauderdale. thus have afforded to each other of
their resolution to adhere inrari. Inclosure in No. 40.--Is a copy of ably to the spirit and principles of
a note from the earl of Lauder. their alliance.
No. XLII. Yarmouth's intention to return to Copy of a Dispatch from Lord LaxEngland with his majesty's assent, derdale to Ar. Secretary For
, and lord Lauderdale's remaining. dated Paris, August 25, 1800.
Received September 3.
Sir, Paris, August 25, 1806. Extract from a Dispatch from Mr. In my dispatch of the 16th in
Secretary For to the Earl of stant, I had the honour of transLauderdale, dlated Downing-street, mitting to you a copy of a letter August 23, 1806.
sent by lord Yarmouth and myself
, Downing-street, August 23, 1806. on the 14th instant, to the minister My Lord,
of foreign affairs. The contents of your last dis. I have now to inform you that patehes do not appear to require my desire to combine with firmness any particular answer, and this mes. the utmost degree of forbearance senger is sent back only that you may that appeared to me consistent with be enabled to keep us regularly in the character with which his maformed (so long as you shall still jesty has been pleased to invest me, continue at Paris) of the state of the induced me patiently to suffer the negotiation there.
silence of the French government, If, on the arrival of any intelli- without remark, froin the 14th till gence of the decision of Russia not the 22d, when I transmitted to the to ratify without the consent of this minister for foreign affairs a note, court,' the French government of which I have the honour to in. should increase their offers in order close you a copy, marked (A.) to separate his majesty from the em. No notice having been taken of peror of Russia, your lordship is on this note by his excellency, I have
this morning sent a second note, of the 9th instant, hetween the French which I have also the honour to in- plenipotentiaries and the undersignclose a copy, marked (B.)
ed, leave no room for doubt, wheI have the honour to be, &c. ther the proposition thus laid down
(Signed) Lauderdale. was perfectly understood by those The right hon. C. J. Fox.
6. The undersigned have, there. First Inclosure (A.)
fore, only to repeat, that they canCopy of a Note from the Earl of not, consistently with the instruc
Lauderdale to M. Talleyrand, tions of their government, do otherdated August 22, 1806.
wise than insist upon the previous (Translation.)
recognition of this principle. It is Paris, August 22, 1806. on this condition alone that they are Sir,
authorized to continue the negotiaThe undersigned, minister pleni. tion." potentiary of his Britannic majesty, 2ndly, That on the 14th instant, fiuds himself under the necessity of the undersigned, together with the recalling to the attention of his ex• earl of Yarmouth, had again the hocellency the minister for foreign af. nour to state in writing to his excel. fairs;
lency the minister for foreign affairs, 1st, That in the morning of the “ The silence of their excellencies, 12th instant, a note, signed by the the plenipotentiaries, in this respect, undersigned and the earl of Yar. gives us reason to presume that we mouth, and dated the 11th, was múst not, at the present moment, transmitted to his excellency general expect such an explanation on their Clarke, in which the undersigned part. observed, “ The British govern- “ Impressed with this idea, we ment, far from pretending to exact desire to put an end to the general from the French government every expectation of both nations, consirestitution which may suit their con- dering the slight appearance there is venience, without being bound to of seeing it realized. We feel that make any restitution to France, the demand which we make, under never expressed any other wish than such circumstances, of passports for that of treating with the French go- our return, may be susceptible of vernment on the basis which was , interpretations of a nature to retard proposed to her by France herself; the happy moment, when the views as it is expressed in the note of lord of the French government shall apLauderdale, viz. to trcat generally proach nearer to those which it had upon the basis of uli possidetis, which been supposed to entertain. It is was to be scrupulously observed, in order to prevent the possibility of except in the case of Hanover, which such a misinterpretation, that we was proposed to be ceded to his Bri. think it incumbent on us to assure tannic majesty, with all its depen. your excellency, that a step which dencies. They must also observe, would have the effect of causing any that if it were possible to mistake obstacle to the renewal of the negothe result which would necessarily tiation, would be very far from our follow from this principle, the ver. intention, though, from the reasons bal discussions which took place on which we have detailed, we find our.
selves obliged to put an end to our proposal, such as the ministers of mission."
his Britanic majesty understood it to The undersigned, on finding that have been made on the part of the no answer was made to these com. French government, since it is thus munications, persuaded himself that alone that the expectatios of both this delay might proceed from dispo- nations can at last be realized. Eren sitions favourable to the progress of if these hopes should not be well the negotiation, and that he should founded, the undersigned will never be at length rewarded by an answer regret a delay which has afforded conformable to this expectation; him the opportunity of manifesting, even when he found that no answer in an unequivocal manner, the sinarrived, he still persevered in a con. cere desire of a solid and honoura. duct, which must have incontestibly ble peace, which his majesty his proved the sincerity of the desire he never ceased to entertain, and of had evinced, to receive explanations which his majesty has given the most which might enable him to follow convincing proof, in authorizing the up the objects of his mission. But undersigned to negotiate on the basis if, so early as the 14th instant, the proposed, in the first instance, by undersigned, together with the ear! France. It is with this view that of Yarmouth, found himself obliged the undersigoed has borne so long a to observe to his excellency, the mi- state of uncertainty, without making nister for foreign affairs, that he the least observation on the unac. feared, (from the silence of their ex. countable delay. cellencies, the French plenipotentia. The undersigncd, in now request. ries) that no answer would be given ing his excellency, the minister for on the subject; and if, at that pe- foreign affairs, to transmit to him riod, they thought it incumbent on provisionally, and for the purpose them to declare the necessity they of being made use of in the cases al. were under, in pursuance of their ready pointed out, passports for sovereign's orders, of demanding himself and his suite, conceives that passports for their departure, the he lias adopted the only means for undersigned has no occasion to re- preventing the necessity he might mark to his excellency the minister otherwise find himself ander (if he for foreign affairs, how imperiously was forced to repeat this demand) the fresh delays that have taken of accompanying it by representaplace since that date, prescribed to tions, such as would be authorised the undersigned the pressing renew. by the law of nations, and by the al of this demand.
dignity of his sovereign. The undersigned must at the same
(Signed) Lauderdale. time add, that, not being able to persuade himself, that in case an un. Second Inclosure (B.) favourable answer had been intend. Copy of a Note from the Earl of Laxed, his excellency the minister for derdale to M. Talleyrand, dated foreign affairs, would have so long August 25, 1806. deferred the adoption of the only
(Translation.) alternative, namely, the sending
Paris, August 25, 1806. passports, he does not even now The silence still maintained by give up the hope of a renewal of the their excelleocies the French pleni
potentiaries, potentiaries, as well as by his excel- on the part of the French govern. fency the minister for foreign affairs, ment, of a nature to enable him to after the official note delivered by carry on the negotiation, although the undersigned and the earl of Yar. from the continued silence of that mouth on the 11th instant, after the government, he can scarcely retain letter addressed to his excellency, hopes of so favourable an issue. the minister for foreign affairs, on It will not, therefore, be until the the 14th instant; and after the offi- morning of Wednesday the 27th in. cial note of the undersigned, dated stant, that the undersigned will have the 22d instant, appears clearly to the honour of calling on his excelannounce, that the French govern. lency the minister for foreign affairs, ment has abandoned every wish for for the purpose of making a formal peace, on the conditions which they and definitive demand of the neces. themselves had, in the first instance, sary passports for himself and suite. proposed ; and which the undersign. He has only to add, that the passports ed has uniformly declared to be the which he proposes to demand, will sole basis on which he was autho. be for his immediate return, and not rised to negotiate with that govern. to be made use of according to cir, ment.
cumstances, as he lately demanded In this state of affairs, the under them. signed cannot flatter himself with the
(Signed) Lauderdale. possibility of any advantage result. ing from the prolongation of his stay
No. XLIII. at Paris; he feels, too, that farther Copy of a Dispatch from the Earl of delay would necessarily give to both Lauderdale to Mr. Secretary Fox, nations, and to all Europe, reason dated August 29, 1806.-Received to believe, that peace, the object of September 3. their desires, is on the point of be.
Paris, August 29, 1806. ing concluded, at the very moment Sir, when all reasonable hope of attain. In my last dispatch, dated August ing it, appears to be completely at 25th, I had the honour of stating to an end.
you the detail of the negotiation till The undersigned, strongly im. the afternoon of that day. At pressed with this idea, finds himself eleven o'clock at night, I received obliged to terminate his mission, by from the plenipotentiaries of France making to his excellency the minis. a note, intimating their desire of ter for foreign affairs, the formal de having a conference on the subject mand of passports for bis return into of the note written by lord Yarthe presence of his sovereign. mouth and myself, on the 11th of
At the same time, and in confor. the month. Of this, as well as of the mity with the spirit of conciliation, answer agreeing to the proposal, I which has constantly characterised have the honour to inclose copies, his whole conduct since his arrival (marked A. and B.) at Paris, the undersigned, at the mo- On the 26th, at the hour appointment when he feels himself obliged ed, I went to the office of the minis. by his instructions to demand his ter of the interior, where I found passports, cannot resolve to prevent M. de Champagny and general the possibility of a communication Clarke, the two plenipotentiaries of