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ment, I could not acquit myself of assurances of their high conside. trifling, 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

Lauderılale to M. Talleyrand, First Inclosure (A.)

dated Paris, 27th August, 1806. Copy of a Note from Messrs. Champagny and Clarke to the Earl of

(Translation.) Lauderdale, dated August 25th,

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 ence, and hopes that his excellency prospect of a happy issue will bring with him to dinner, gotiation, I shall at least have the Messrs. Goddard, Stewart; and satisfaction of having again maniMaddison.

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 lord Lauderdale, the those of my government, and with Vol. XLVIII.

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* Lord Lauderdale's note of the 11th inst.

ide p. 759,

29, 1806.

that eagerness I avail myself of being bound to make any restitu. every opportunity of giving to the tion to France,' never expressed persons, with whom this negocia. any other wish than that of treating tion has procured me the advan. with the French government on the tage of being acquainted, fresh basis which was proposed to her by marks of the distinguished senti. France herself ; as it is expressed in ments which I shall never cease, un- the note of lord Lauderdale, viz. to der any circumstances, to entertain treat generally on the basis ofuli pos. towards them.

sidetis, which was to be scrupulously I am, &c.

observed, except in the case of (Signed) Lauderdale. Hanover, which was proposed to be

ceded to his Britannic majesty, with Fourth Inclosure (D.) all its dependencies." Copy of a Note from the Earl 6. That cven if it were possible to

of Lauderdale to Messrs. Cham- mistake the result which would ne. pagny und Clarke, dated August cessarily follow from this principle,

the verbal discussions which took (Translation.)

place on the 9th inst. between the Paris, 29th August, 1806. French plenipotentiaries and the The undersigned plenipotentiary undersigned, leave no room for of his Britannic majesty, being on doubt, whether the proposition thus the point of renewing with their ex- laid down was perfectly understood cellencies the French plenipoten- by those plenipotentiaries. tiaries the conference of the 26th “ The undersigned have, there. inst. thinks himself obliged to lay fore, only to repeat, that they can. before their excellencies the state of not, consistently with the instructions the negotiation, such as it stood af. of their government, do otherwise ter the note transmitted on the part than insist upon the previons recogof the undersigned and of the carl nition of this principle. It is on of Yarmouth, on the 12th instant. this condition alone that they are Their excellencies, the French ple- authorized to continue the negotia. nipotentiaries, will perceive from tion." this statement, that the discussion is This note remained without come to a pomt which will no longer answer till the 25th of that month, permit the undersigned to continue when their excellencies the French it, unless, by the admission of the plenipotentiaries informed the unonly basis on which he is authorised dersigned by a letter, that, “ The to negotiate, their excellencies should plenipotentiaries of his majesty the afford him fresh motives to justify, emperor of the French, king of such a determination.

Italy, wishing to conter with his exIn the official note transmitted to cellency the earl of Lauderdale, his their excellencies the French pleni. Britannic majesty's plenipotentiary, potentiaries, on the 12th of August, upon the subject of the last note his it was observed to them, “ That excellency addressed to them, re. the British government, far from pre- quest his lordship will call at the of. tending to exact from the French fice of the minister of the interior government, every restitution which to-morrow, about three o'clock in may suit their convenience, without the afternoon, where they will meet,

provided

go any farther.

land was resolved not to make peace from the courier Basilico, th at he without obtaining for Russia all the received it ten minutes before he objects on which she insisted, I got into his carriage to go to Mentz. thought the more natural order About six o'clock, I received would be, to resume our conversa. from M. de Champagny a note, of tion on these last topics.

which, as well as of my answer, I A long discussion accordingly en. enclose copies to your lordship, sued, which ended in his informing (marked B. and C.) me, that on the subject of conces. Whilst I am writing, I have resion to Russia, he was authorised to ceived the note, which I enclose, communicate to me, that the govern. (marked D.) ment of France was willing, in ad- I have the honour to be, &c. dition to the treaty made by M.

(Signed) Lauderdale. d'Oubril, to cede to that power the I open this dispatch to enclose a full sovereignty of the island of Cor- note, (marked E.) I have this mofa, but that he had no anthority to ment received from M. de Champag

ny. I then informed him, that I was sorry to learn that the negotiation First Inclosure (A.) Copy of a note was at an end, for that my instruc. from the Earl of Lauderdale to tions were precise, and that I should M. Talleyrand, dated September feel it my duty, the moment I left 26, 1806. Demands passports to him, to state to M. Talleyrand, that return, as the conference with M. all hopes having vanished of bring.

Champagny, unfortunately ing the negotiation to a favourable leaves me no hope of being able issue, I had only now to request. to bring the negotiations, on the passports for my return to England. part of Great Britain and of Rus.

After strong expressions of mu- sia, to a favourable issue.tual regard, he attended me to the outer room, where he again pro. Second Inclosure (B.) Copy of a posed a renewal of our conferences, note from M. de Champagny to in case his government should give the earl of Lauderdale, dated him new instructions.

September 26th, 1806. My answer was, that I had no thinks it may tend to advance choice in immediately applying for that

very

desirable object, peace, passports; but that, as long as I re. to converse again on the subject mained in this country, I never with his excellency, and he has would refuse to see him ; and that if, the honour to propose to his exbefore my departure, he should cellency to receive him at his come with powers to grant all the house on Monday next.” objects on which I had explained myself, I should feel the greatest sa- Third Inclosure (C.) Copy of a tisfaction, though at that moment, I note from the earl of Lauderdale thought any appointment perfectly to M. de Champagny, dated Sepunnecessary.

tember 26th, 1806. Accepts the On my return home I sent to M. appointment. Talleyrand a letter demanding my passports, a copy of which (marked Fourth Inclosure (D.) Copy of a A.) I enclosc; and I understand note from M. d'Hauterive to the Vol. XLVIII.

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with which you must receive the serving in general that they did not intelligence, that I am now under know whether, if we should come to an engagement to renew the con. a particular explanation, we might ference with the plenipotentiaries not arrive at a conclusion coincident of France on Thursday, the 4th of in its effect wit. the object I had in September.

view, when I insisted on the general On going yesterday, at three principle, they entered into a deo'clock, to the office of the minister tail with respect to the necessity of of the interior, I confess I did not some immediate determination on foresee the possibility of any thing the subject of Hanover, and after. occurring that could prevent my ex- wards stated their views as to the ecuting the resolution I had formed, French possessions in the East In. of demanding passports this morning, dies, the Dutch colonies, St. Lucie, and of returning immediately to and Tobago ; ou all of which they England. I trust I need scarcely talked in a style so perfectly dif. assure you, that I have as strong an ferent from any thing I had before impression as any man can have, of heard, that I should not be more the bad consequences that may at. surprised if, at our next conference, terd exhibiting any thing which they were to give them up, than I looks like versatility of conduct: was at the change of tone manifested and yet, under the circumstances in on this occasion. which I found myself placed, I am A great deal more passed in the satisfied I had no choice, and that I way of general conversation ; all of could not refuse, with propriety, the which tended to shew me, that, al. solicitations of the French plenipo. though they were still at a wide distentiaries to renew the conference. tance from such terms as I could ac.

At the commencement of our in. cede to, they had wonderfully retrrview I perceived a disposition to laxed from the tone they had ante. greater cordiality than I had hitherto cedently assumed. experienced. To M. de Cham- M. de Champagny then invited pagny's inquiry, whether they had me to name a day for resuming our been fortunate enough, by what they conference. To this I decidedly had said, to induce me to deliver the objected, admitting, at the same project of a treaty, I answered, by time, that they had made conces. recalling to his recollection thc rea- sions in the course of our discus. sous I had formerly stated, for de. sion; but adding, that they were cliving such a proceeding, till the still so far from agreeing to admit basis that had originally been pro. what the English government oni. posed, was again formally recog. formly conceived the original pro. nized ; and I informed him, that, in position to have conveyed, that I order to give them an accurate vier could not yet indulge any hopes of of my conception of the subject, I our coming to an agreement, and had prepared a note which I wished should, therefore, feel it necessary to submit to them, delivering to to terminate my mission. thein the note, a copy of which I M. de Champagny asked me with had the honour of inclosing in my some warmth, whether I wished for dispatch of August 29th

terms which I myself After reading this note, and ob- had stated whether I thought my.

self authorized, after the concessions without some departure from the
they had jiist made, to refuse them, ground on which they have hitherto
time to consider how much further stood.
they might go? and whether I If the Russian treaty shall not be
might not reasonably entertain hopes ratified, his majesty is then, (as I
that, with a little time, the dif. have already observed to your lord -
ferences which appeared now to se. ship) replaced, with respect to the
parate us might vanish ?

emperor of Russia, in the same si. On receiving such a remon. tuation as before the signature of strance, I thought it impossible not M. d'Oubril's treaty; but with the to agree to a renewal of the con. additional tie, which the two courts ference; and, after some conversa. would in that case feel from the tion, Thursday was fixed for the day fresh proofs each will have given to of our meeting.

the other, of a steady adherence to

the system of alliance : and it will No. XLV.

then be necessary that our peace Extract from a Dispatch from Earl shall be so far made dependent on

Spencer to the Earl of Lauderdale, that of Russia, as is pointed out in dated Downing-street, Sept. 4th, the instructions originally given to 1806.

lord Yarmouth. Downing-street, Sept. 4th, 1806. Since the above was written, My Lord,

we have received the important in. I am commanded by his majesty telligence contained in the in. to inform your lordship that he is dorsed papers *, copies of which I pleased to approve entirely the con- have thought it necessary to forduct you have held, in the circum. ward to you, without a moment's stances detailed in your last disc delay, for your information ; thc patches, and to express his majesty's case is already provided for in this satisfaction in the good effect which dispatch, and in the present state of appears to have resulted from it. our information on the subject, I

It is proper, however, to remark, have nothing to add to what is above that as the French plenipotentiaries stated. A few days will now prohave not bound themselves as yet bably put us in possession of the by any written note, nor have, even further views and intentions of in conversation, agreed to replace Russia, to which reference must of the negotiation on its true basis ; the course be had in every succeeding present appearances of greater faci. stage of the negotiation; and as I lity on their part, may probably shall lose no time in transmitting to arise only from their desire of keep your lordship such fresh instructions ing your lordship at Paris, till the as these may give rise to, so we answer from St. Petersburgh shall shall be anxious to hear as soon as be received ; an object which your possible froin you, what effect this lordship’s last note had shewn them event may produce on the disposithey could no longer accomplish tion of the French government.

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No. XLVI.

Intelligence of the refusal of the emperor of Russia to ratify M. d'Oubril's Treaty.

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