Page images
PDF
EPUB

shall be tried by their peers. Their Art. XXXIII. The members of fortune shall not in any event be military or religious orders who confiscated, but the revenues may, shall lose their incomes, or whose during the life-time of the criminal, common property shall be secularisbe sequestrated.

ed, shall receive during life a yearly Art. XXIX. The confederate stipend proportioned to their former states shall contribute to the pay- income, their dignity, and their age, ment of the debts of their circle, as and which shall be secured upon well for their old as their new pos. the goods of the revenues, of which sessions. The debts of the circle of they were in the enjoyment. Suabia shall be put to the account » Art. XXXIV. The confederates of the kings of Bavaria and Wir- renounce reciprocally, for them. temberg, the grand duke of Baden, selves and their posterity, all claims the princes of Hohenzolleru, Hech. which they might have upon the ingen, and Siegmaringen, the prince possessions of other members of the of Lichtenstein, and prince of Leven, confederation, the eventual right of in proportion to their respective succession alone excepted, and this possessions in Suabia.

only in the event of the family hav. Art. XXX. The proper debts ing died out, which now is in pos. of a prince or count who falls under session of the territories, and objects the sovereignty of another state to which such a right might be ad. shall be defrayed by the said state, vanced. conjointly with the now reigning Art. XXXV. Between the em. prince,in the proportion of the reve. peror of the French and the confe. nues which that state shall acquire, derated states, federatively and in. and of the part which by the present dividually, there shall be an alliance, treaty is allotted to attach to thc by virtue of which every continental attributes of the present sovereigos. war in which one or either parties

Art. XXXI. The present reign. shall be engaged shall be common to ing princes or counts may determine all. the place of their residence where Art. XXXVI. In the event of they will. Where they reside in any foreign or neighbouring power the dominions of a member or ally making preparations for war, the of the confederation, or in any of contracting parties, in order to pre. the possessions which the hold out vent surprise, shall, upon the requi. of the territory of the con ederation, sition of the minister of one of them they may draw their ren : or capi. at the assembly of the league in tals without paying any tax what. Frankfort, arm also. And as the erer upon them.

contingent of the allies is subdivided Art. XXXII. Those persons into four parts, the assembly shall who hold places in the administra. decide how many of those shall be tion of the countries which hereby called into activity. The armament come under the sovereignty of the however, shall only take place upon confederates, and who shall not be the invitation of the emperor to each retained by the new sovereign, shall of the contracting parties. receive a pension according to the Art. XXXVII. His majesty the situation they have held.

king of Bavaria binds himself to 3 G 4

fortify

- Berg

fortify Augsburg and Lindau ; in our important duties, as chief of the the first of these places to form and German empire, conformably to maintain artillery establishments, the capitulation of election. and in the second, to keep a quan- The consequences, however, tity of muskets aud ammunition which ensued from some articles of sufficient for a reserve, as well as a the treaty of Presburg, immediately baking establishment at Augsburg, after its publication, and which sufficient to supply the armies with still exist, and those events generally out stop in the event of war.

known, which have since taken Art. XXXVIII. The contingent place in the Germanic empire, have of each is determined as follows :- convinced us, that it will be impos. France

200,000 sible, under these circumstances, to Bavaria

80,000 continue the obligations contracted Wirtemberg

12,000 by the capitulation of election, and Baden

3,000 éven, if, in reflecting on the politi.

5,000 cal relations, it were possible to Darmstadt

4,000 imagine a change of affairs, the conNassau, Hohenzollern, vention of the 12th of July, signed and others

4,000 at Paris, and ratified by the conArt. XXXIX. The contracting tracting parties, relative to an en. parties will admit of the accession tire separation of several considera. of other German princes and states, ble states of the empire, and their in all cases where their union with peculiar confederation, has entirely the confederation may be found destroyed every such hope. consistent with the general interest. Being thus convinced of the im.

Art. XL. The ratification of possibility of being any longer enathe present treaty shall be exchang- bled to fulfil the duties of our impe. ed between the contracting parties, rial functions, we owe it to our on the 25th of July, at Munich. principles and to our duty, to re

nounce a crown which was only

valuable in our eyes, whilst we were Resignation of the Office of Emperor able to enjoy the confidence of the

of Germany, by Francis, Emperor electors, princes, and other states of Austria. - Dated at Vienna, of the Germanic empire, and to August 6, 1806.

perform the duties which were im

posed upon us. We declare, there. We, Francis Second, &c. fore, by these presents, that we, Since the peace of Presburg. all considering as dissolved the ties our attention and all our care have which have hitherto attached us to been employed to fulfil, with scru. the states of the Germanic empire, pulous fidelity, all the engagements that we, considering as extinguished contracted by that treaty, to pre- by the confederation of the states serve to our subjects the happiness of the Rhine, the charge in chief of of peace, to consolidate every where the empire; and that we, consider. the amicable relations happily re- ing ourselves thus acquitted of all established, waiting to discover whe, our duties towards the Germanie ther the changes caused by the empire, do resign the imperial peace, would permit us to perform crown, and the imperial government.

We

We absolve, at the same time, of justice will be extended to those the electors, princes, and states, individuals who have hitherto been and all that belong to the empire, employed in the general service, particularly the members of the who have been chosen in all parts of supreme tribunal, and other magis. the Germanic empire, and many of trates of the empire, from those du. whom have quitted other profitable ties by which they were united to places, looking forward to an ho.. us as the legal chief of the empire, nourable subsistence for life, and according to the constitution which should not be wanting to

We also absolve all our German them on account of their fidelity, provinces and states of the empirc and the integrity and capacity with from their reciprocal duties towards which they have executed their functhe Germanic empire, and we desire, tions, in incorporating them with our Aus. We have, therefore, taken the trian states, as emperor of Austria, resolution of preserving to those of and in preserving them in those our imperial servants, who have amicable relations subsisting with hitherto drawn their salaries from the neighbouring powers and states, our chamber, the same appoint. that they should attain that height ments, reserving to ourselves to of prosperity and happiness, which place them in employments in the is the end of all our desires, and the service of our hereditary states, and object of our dearest wishes. we hope, with so much the more

Done at our residence, under the confidence, that the electors, prin. imperial seal.

ces, and states, will provide for the Francis. imperial chamber of justice of the

empire, and the chancellerie of the

chamber of justice, by charging Address of the Emperor of Austria themselves voluntarily with this ex

on resigning the Office of Emperor pence, as it will be trilling in of Germany.

amount,and will diminish every year. We, Francis Second, &c. As to the chancellerie of the In abdicating the imperial govern. Aulic council of the empire, the mont of the empire, we, considering funds destined for its support will it as the last effort of our care, and be employed to provide for the as an absolute duty, do express thus wants of those individuals who have publicly a desire, equally reasonable hitherto drawn from thence their and just, that the persons who have salaries, this will serve them until hitherto been employed in the ad other measures may be taken. ministration of justice, and in diplo. Pone in our capital and residence of matic and other affairs, for the good Vienna, under our imperial seal, of the whole empire, and for the the 6th of August, 1806. service of the chief of the empire,

Francis. should be suitably provided for.

The care which all the states of the empire took of those persons Speech of the Lord Chancellor to both who lost their places by the affair Houses of Parliament, on the Part of the indemnity in 1803, induses of the Commissioners, July 23, w to hope, that the same sentiments 1806,

My My lords and gentlemen, ment to him, in the provision which His majesty has comminded us to you have made for enabling the acquaint you, that the state of the younger branches of his royal family public business enables his majesty to meet the necessary expences of to close this session of parliament. their stations.

We are, at the same time, direct. My lords and gentlemen, ed to express to you the great sa. His majesty being always apxious tisfaction which his majesty has de- for the restoration of peace, on just rived from your unremitting zeal and honourable terms, is engaged and diligence, and from that atten. in discussions with a view to the ac. tion to the most important interests complishment of this most desirable of his 'empire, which has been so end. Their success must depend on conspicuously manifested in all your a corresponding disposition on the proceedings.

· part of the enemy; and in every The measures which have been event his majesty looks with the adopted for the permanent improve. fullest confidence to the continuance ment of the various branches of our ' of that union and public spirit military system, your attention to among all-ranks of his people, which combine these arrangements, with can alone give energy to war, or se. the great object of public economy, curity to peace. and the regulations which you have Then a commission for proroguing established for the speedy and ef. the parliament was read: After fectual audit of the public accounts, which the lord chancellor said : call for his majesty's particular ac- My lords and gentlemen, knowledgments.

By virtue of his majesty's comGentlemen of the house of mission under the great seal, to us commons,

and other lords directed, and now We have it in command from his read, we do, in his majesty's name, majesty to thank you for the provi. and in obedience to his commands, sion which you have made for the prorogue this parliament to Thurs. various exigencies of the public ser- day, the 28th day of August next, vice, particularly by raising within to be then here holden; and this the year so very large a proportion parlament is accordingly prorogued of the necessary supplies ; a mea. to Thursday, the 28th day of Au. sure in itself highly advantageous, gust next. and which must create, both at home and abroad, the most favourable im. pression of our national resources, Speech of the Lord Chancellor deli. and of the spirit which animates the vered, in his Majesty's Name, to British people. You may be as both Houses of Parliament, Dec. sured that the utmost attention shall

19, 1806. be paid to the frugal administration of those supplies which you have so My lords and gentlemen, liberally granted,

His majesty has commanded us to His majesty is particularly sepsi. assure you, that in the difficult and ble of the fresh proof he has re- arduous circumstances under which ceived of your affectionate attach- you are now assembled, it is a great

satisfaction to him, to recur to the calculated to unite their councils firmness and wisdom of his parlia. and interests against the common ment, after so recent an opportu. enemy. The rapid course of the nity of collecting the sense of his calamities which ensued, opposed people.

insurmountable difficulties to the exHis majesty has ordered the pa. ecution of this purpose. pers which have been exchanged in In the midst of these disastrous the course of the late negotiations events, and under the most trying with France, to be laid before you. circumstances, the good faith of his His majesty has employed every ef. majesty's allies has remained un. fort for the restoration of general shaken. The conduct of the king tranquillity, on terms consistent of Sweden has been distinguished by with the interest and honour of his the most honourable firmness. Bepeople, and with that inviolable tween his majesty and the emperor good faith towards his allies, by of Russia the happiest union sub. which the conduct of this country sists ; it has been cemented by rehas always been distinguished. ciprocal proofs of good faith and

The ambition and injustice of the confidence : and his majesty doubts enemy disappointed these endea. not that you will participate in his Fours, and in the same moment anxiety to cultivate and confirm an kindled a fresh war in Europe, the alliance which affords the only re. progress of which has been attended maining hope of safety for the conwith the most calamitous events. tinent of Europe.

After witnessing the subversion Gentlemen of the house of of the ancient constitution of Ger

commons, many, and the subjugation of a His majesty looks with confi. large proportion of its most consi- dence to your assistance in those derable states, Prussia found herself exertions which the honour and in. still more nearly threatened by dependence of our country demand. that danger which she had vainly The necessity of adding to the pubhoped to avert by so many sa- lic burtbeos will be painful to your crifices. She was, therefore, at feelings, and is deeply distressing to length compelled to adopt the reso. his majesty. In considering the lution of openly resisting this unre- estimates for the various branches of mitted system of aggrandizement the public service, you will best con. and conquest. But neither this de. sult his majesty's wishes, by combin. termination, nor the succeeding ing all practicable economy with measures, were previously concerted those efforts which it is necessary to with his majesty, nor had any dis- make against the formidable and position been shewn to offer any increasing power of the enemy. adequate satisfaction for those ag. My lords and gentlemen, gressions, which had placed the two The long series of misfortune countries in a state of mutual hos which has allicted the continent of

Europe, could not fail to affect, in Yet, in this situation, his majesty some degree, many important inte. did not hesitate to adopt, without rests of the country. But under delay, such measures as were best every successive difficuky, his ma

jesty

tility.

« PreviousContinue »