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the French government. The gene- to send a letter, of which a copy is ral result of what passed, impressed inclosed, (marked C.) me with the conviction, that the On the 27th, after dinner, I had a French plenipotentiaries no longer very long conference with the ministhought on making peace, upon the ter for foreign affairs, the substance grounds of which France was un- of which confirmed me in the opini. derstood to desire it, at the time of on I had antecedently formed, in Jord Yarmouth's communication; consequence of what passed at the and I am confident, that the part I meeting with the plenipotentiaries of bore in the discussion, thoroughly France, that there is at present no satisfied them, that I was resolved disposition to make peace on the firmly to adhere to the ground terms tendered for his majesty's ac. which I had taken in the note of the ceptanæ; and I am convinced you 11th, on which I was invited to hear will have the same impression, when their remarks.
I state to you that M. Talleyrand, The hour of dinner terminated in the course of our conversation, our conference, a renewal of which, repeatedly made use of the following on any day I should name, was, af- marked expression : “ Jamais l'Em. ter dinner, anxiously solicited by M. pereur ne cedera un grain de pous. de Champagny. I objected to it, as sière du territoire François." apparently unnecessary, and only In the course of this conference, calculated to protract my stay in this the minister frequently alluded to country, to no purpose; but, before the situation of Hanover, and stated I left him, expressed my willingness that, within eight and forty hours, to comply once more with the wishes its fate must be determined for ever. of the French plenipotentiaries, as a He seemed much surprised that nofarther mark of my anxiety to do thing appeared to make any impresany thing which even they could sion on me, frequently repeating, think had a tendency to produce that, in getting the Cape, Malta, and that peace, which his majesty was so bis majesty's Hanoverian dominions, anxious to accomplish. on equitable I should make a glorious peace; and terins : and another meeting was fix. assuring me, that if this opportunity ed, to take place on Friday the 29th should be lost, he did not foreses at three o'clock.
any means by which peace could Late on the evening of the 26th, be ever attained, as the emperor was I waited on the minister for foreign determined to make war all his life, affairs, for the purpose of informing rather than yield any part of the ter. him, that, at the request of the ple- ritory of France, the integrity of nipotentiaries of France, I had a- which he bad sworn to maintain. greed to a renewal of the conference. Our conversation ended, by my He had gone to St. Cloud, and, as assuring him, at the time I was about by the minister's absence, I had no to retire, that while these sentiments opportunity of explaining my rea. continued to prevail in this country, sons for not waiting on him, for the it was impossible peace should be purpose of asking passports, as an made, and that, with the knowledge nounced in my note of the 25th, I I now possessed of the opinions enthought it right, early next morning tertained by the French govern
ment, I could not acquit myself of assurances of their high conside. triling, if I should remain any ration. longer to carry on what I must con. (Signed) Champagny sider as a farce.
Clarke. After a full consideration of all that has taken place, I have, there. Second Inclosure (B.)-Is a Copy fore, this morning, resolved to bring of a Note from the Earl of things to a point, by delivering to Lauderdale to Messrs. Champagny the plenipotentiaries of France, the and Clarke, dated Aug. 25, 1806. detailed note, of which I inclose a -Unimportant. copy (marked D.) I am, &c.
Third Inclosure (C.) (Signed) Lauderdale. Copy of a Note from the Earl of
Lauder,lale to M. Talleyrand, First Inclosure (A.)
duted Paris, 27th August, 1806. Copy of a Note from Messrs. Cham. pagny and Clarke to the Earl of
(Translation.) Lauderdale, dated August 25th, Sir,
Paris, Aug. 27, 1806. 1806.
I called yesterday evening at your (Translation.)
excellency's house, that I might Paris, 25th August, 1806. have the honour of seeing you, and The plenipotentiaries of Kis ma- informing you that, in consequence jesty the emperor of the French, of the request which was yesterday king of Italy, wishing to confer made to me by their excellencies the with his excellency the earl of Lau. French plenipotentiaries, of another derdale, his Britannic majesty's ple. conference on Friday next, the 29th nipotentiary, upon the subject of inst. I have postponed my demand the last note* his excellency ad. for passports, which I intended to dressed to them, request his lord- make this day to your excellency. ship will call at the office of the Their excellencies the French pleniminister of the interior to-mor- potentiaries appeared to attach so row, about three o'clock in the much importance to my consenting afternoon, where they will meet, to another interview, that I gave provided the hour is convenient to with pleasure this new pledge of the his excellency.
pacific and conciliatory spirit by M. de Champagny has the honour which I have ever been guided; and of inviting the earl of Lauderdale if I cannot flatter myself that there to dine with him after the confer- will result from this demand the cnce, and hopes that his excellency prospect of a happy issue to the newill bring with him to dinner, gotiation, I shall at least have the Messrs. Goddard, Stewart, and satisfaction of having again mani. Maddison.
fested, in the most unequivocal man. The French plenipotentiaries ner, how much my personal senti- . have the honour of repeating, to his ments agree in this respect with excellency ford Lauderdale, the those of my government, and with Vol. XLVIII,
* Lord Lauderdale's note of the 11th inst. vide p. 759,
place since the negotiation was en- rival has brought the negotiation to tered upon and nearly brought to a an unequivocal issue, and has put an conclusion, in concert with his ex- end to those misunderstandings, cellency the earl of Yarmouth. without doubt real, which tare
The undersigned avails himsclf of taken place, and which never could this opportunity to assure their ex. have occurred if the same method cellencies the earls of Lauderdale had been adopted at the commenceand Yarmouth of his high considera. ment of the negotiation. tion.
The undersigned, the earl of Yar. (Signed)
Clarke. mouth, finds himself compelled to
recur to the manner in which it has Fifth Inclosure (E.) been stated to him, that he landed Copy of a Note from the Earls of at Calais inrested with a public cha
Lauderdale and Yarmouth, to Ge- racter to treat for peace. He only neral Clarke, dated August 9, came to give in person and viva roce 1806.
the answer to a communication that (Translation.)
he had been requested to make to Paris, August 9, 1806. the English government, founded The undersigned plenipotentiaries upon the basis of the uti possidetis, of his Britannic majesty cannot in conformity with the following allow themselves to enter into a de- words of his excellency M. Talley. tailed consideration of the official rand : “ We ask nothing from you;" note, dated the sth August, which accompanied with positive assurhas just been delivered to them on ances that the restitution of the pos. the part of his excellency general sessions of his majesty in Germany Clarke. From the manner in which would meet with no opposition. the different points which form the The same sentiment also recurs in subject of this note are treated, it the letter from M. Talleyrand to would be impossible for them to dis- Mr. Fox of the first of April in cuss them with that calmness and these terms : “ The emperor covets that regard to propricty, which the nothing that England possesses." character with which their sovereign The earl of Yarmouth .feels himhas invested them, demands. But the self under an equal necessity of not subject of this note is of a nature, so passing over in silence the remarks general and so foreign to the object made by his excellency general under discussion, that it would be Clarke, on the subject of the delays perfectly useless to take it into con. of the negotiation, and of the fre. sideration at the present moment. quent communication by messen
The undersigned, the earl of Lau- gers. The answers of his Britannic derdale, far from thinking that the majesty have ever been frank and manner of discussing in writing the prompt; and if the number of mes. fundamental points of a negotiation scngers has been considerable, it can in any shape encrease the difii. can only be attributed to motives culty of coming to an understanding, foreign to the wishes of his majesty. is on the contrary of opinion that he 'The undersigned the earls of Lau. already perceives evident proofs of derdale and Yarmouth, can by no its utility, inasmuch as the ofiicial means subscribe to the opinion held pote presented by him since his ar. out by his excellency general Clarke
in the said note, that the negotiation rives from the loyalty and affection “ had been begun and nearly of his subjects. He will never listen brought to a conclusion," in the to any proposals of negotiation interval which elapsed between the whatsoever, upon terms incompatitime when lord Yarmouth officially ble with the honour of his crown communicated his full powers, and and the real interests of his subjects. the arrival of lord Lauderdale; on (Signed)
Lauderdale. the contrary, they consider the ne
Yarmouth. gotiation as having scarcely com. menced. The conversations to which Sixth luclosure (F.) is a Copy of a allusion has been made, consisted, Note from the Earls of Lauderon the part of the French plenipo dale and Yarmouth to M. Talleytentaries, in making demands which rand, dated August 9, 1806.the undersigned, the earl of Yar- Demanding their passports, mouth, has uniformly declared to be inadmissible ; and on the part of
No. XXXVI. lord Yarmouth in keeping strictly Extract from a Dispatch from the within the bounds of the uti possi. Earls of Lauderdalc and Yarmouth detis, not having any instructions on to Mr. Secretary Fox, dated Paris, tho part of his government to admit August 1lth, 1806. - Receited. any other conditions of negotiation; August 13th conditions suggested by France in
Paris, August 11, 1806. the communication made by the earl In our last dispatch of the 9th of Yarmouth, and previously an. instant, we had the honour of in. nounced in M. Talleyrand's letter forming you, that on that cvening of the first of April.
we had applied for passports to reThe undersigned earls of Lauder- turn to England, and also for a dale and Yarmouth think it unne. passport for a courier we intended cessary, in this place, to repeat the to have dispatched immediately. motives set forth in the official note We have only now to mention presented by lord Lauderdale, and that, on Sunday at eleven o'clock, which induced his majesty to consi. we sent the inclosure (marked A.) der the basis of the uti possidetis renewing our demand ; and that proposed by France peculiarly this morning, having received no an, applicable to the respective situation swer to either application, the inclo. of the two countries. It is to them sure (marked B.) was sent to M. a subject of deep regret that, by Talleyrand's house, Ruë d'Anjou. so absolute and decided a departure The courier Basilico, who carried from that basis on the part of the the note, returned soon after to inFrench government, the hopes and form us, that he was directed at M. expectations of the two nations Talleyrand's house to go to the must be entirely frustrated.
foreign office, where he accordingly It only remains for the earls of went, but was told that no commu. Lauderdale and Yarmouth to de. nication would be received there clare, that his majesty, ever ready till between twelve and one. to listen to just and honourable con- We then begged of Jr. Goddard ditions of peace, relies with confi- to go himself to the foreign office, dence upon the means which he de- and deliver the letter; he found
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 board 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 has his majesty's Germani 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 Yarmouth 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 ple. rand, 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