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STATE PAPERS,
COMPRISING THE WHOLE OF THE

CORRESPONDENCE
RELATIVE TO THE LATE NEGOCIATION FOR PEACE

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GREAT BRITAIN AND FRANCE, AS LAID UPON THE TABLES OF THE TWO HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT,

ON THE 27TH AND 28TH OF DECEMBER. (No. 1.)

not permitted him to return an Answer in writSIR,

Downing Jireet, Sept. 6, 1796. ing, but that lie was directed to espress himself 1 N obedience to the o ders of the KING, my verbally to this effect :

Master, I have the honour to transmit to you “ That the Executive Directory of the the inclosed Note, and to request of you that “ French Republic would not, for the future, you will forward it to His Danish Majesty's " receive or aniwer any Overtures of ConfidenMinister at Paris, to be by him communicated “ tial Papers, transmitted through any interto the Executive Directory.

!! mediate channel from the Enemies of the The sentiments of your Court are too well Republic, but that if they would send Perknown to the KING to admit of His MAJES- a fons furnished with full powers and official TY's entertaining any doubt of the satisfaction

papers, these might, upon the Frontiers, with which His DANISH MAJESTY will see “ demand the Passports necellary for proceeding the intervention of his Min kers employed on to Paris.” such an occasion, or of the earneftnets with London, Sept. 23, Co. de WEDEL JARLSBERG. which you, Sir, will concur in a measure that

1796. has for its obje& the re-establishment of Peace.

( No. 4. ) To the Count de Wedel Jarlberg:]GRENVILLE. NOTE. (No. 2.)

SIR,

Paris, Sept. 19, 1796. HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY, animated

I WAS indisposed at my country house when with the same desire which he has already mani- your Excellency's Courier brought me the Letfeited, to terminate, by juft, honourable, and

ters which your Excellency did me the honour permanent Conditions of Peace, a War which

to write to me on the 7th init. together with the has extended itself throughout all parts of the Note of Lord GRENVILLE encloled therein. I World, is willing to onit nothing on his part after demanding an audience of Citizen DELA

set off for Paris on the following day, where, which may contribute to this object.

It is with this view that he has thought CROIX, Minitter for Foreign Affairs, I preit proper to avail himielf of the confidential in. sented the No:e above men ioned, accompanied tervention of the Ministers of a Neutral Power, by another in my own name, in which I exto demand of the Executive Directory, Passports plained the mctives that had induced me to unfor a Person of Confidence, whom His is dertake a meafure for which I had no authority JETY ,would send to Paris with a Commision from my Court. He promised to submit the to discuss with the Government there, all the

two Notes to the inspection of the Government, means the most proper to produce lo desirable and to return me an answer immediately. Have

ing waited for three days without receiving as And His Majesty is persuaded that he antwer, I went a second time to wait upon the shall receive, without delay, th:ough the fame Minister, who, in a very dry tone, informed me, channel, a satisfactory antwer to this demand,

that the Executive Directory had not permitted which cannot fail to place, in a fti!l clearer light, him to return an answer in wiiting, but that he the just and pacific dispositions which he enter- was directed to express himielf verbally to this tains in common with his Allies.

eficet : Wejiminfier, Sipi. 6, 1796 ] GRENVILLE. " That the Executive Directory of the French (No. 3.)

" Republic would not for the future receive or

« answer any co:fidential overtures, or papers, I HAVE the honour to inform your Excel. “ transmitted through any intermediate channel lency, that the Note addressed to the Executive

o from the Enemies of the Republic ; but that, Directory of France, in date of the 6th of the "s if they would send persons furnished with present month, was transmitted by Mr. KOENE- “ full powers and official papers, there might Man, Chargé d'Affaires of His DANISHMAJES- upon

the Frontiers, demand the paflports neTY, to M. DELACROIX, Minister for Foreign “ ceffary for proceeding to Paris.” Affairs, at Paris, who promised that an Answer Such, fir, is the result of a measure which I fhould be returned to it, after it had been fub- have taken at your request. I wish, for the mitted to the confideration of the Government. sake of humanity, that we may meet with betThree days having elapsed in expectation of this ter success, at some future period ; but I fear Answer, Mr. KOENEMAN went a second time that this period is still at a great distance. to the Minister above mentioned, who gave

him

KOENEMAN. to underftand, that the Executive Directory had To his Excellency the Count de Wedel Jarijberg:

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1796.] State Papers relative to the late Negociation with France. 923 NOTE. ( No. 5. )

The Minister for Foreign Affairs is charged IN demanding of the Executive Directory of to deliver the necessary Paliports to the Envov the French Republic, through the intervention of England, who shall be furnished with full of the Ministers of a Neutral Power, a Passport Powers, not only for preparing and negociating for a Confidential Person to be sent to Paris, the the Peace between the French Republic and that Court of London accompanied this demand Power, but for concluding it definitively bewith express declaration, that this Person should tween them. be commissioned to discuss with the Government

( No. 7*. ) all the means the most proper for conducing to LORD MALMESBURY, who is appointed the re-establishment of Poace.

by the King to treat with the French GovernThe King, persevering in the same fenti- ment for a just and equitable Peace, calculated ments which he has already so unequivocally to restore repose to Europe, and to ensure the declared, will not leave to his Enemies the public tranquillity for the time to come, will smallest pretext for eluding a discussion, the re- have the honour of delivering this Letter from sult of which will necessarily serve either to me to M. DELACROIX. produce the happiness of so many Nations, or The distinguished rank and merit of the Miat least to ten er evident the views and dif- nister of whom His MAJESTY has made positions of those who oppose themselves to it. choice on this occasion, makus it unneceslaly

In is therefore in pursuance of these sen- for me to say any thing in his recommendation ; timents, that the undersigned is charged to de- at the same time that it furnishes a freth proof of clare, that, as soon as the Executive Directory the desire of His MAJESTY to contribute to shall think proper to transmit to the underligned the success of this Negóc ation : for which ob. the neceffary Patsports (of which he, by this ject I entertain the moit sanguine wishes. Note, renews the demand already made) His

GRENVILLE, BRITANNIC MAJESTY will send to Paris a W Aminler, Etober 13, 1796. Person furnished with full Powers and Official To the Minister for Foreign Affairs, at Paris. Instructions, to negociate with the Executive

( No. 8. ) Directory on the means of terminating the prefent War, by a Pacification, just, honourable, ERITANNIC MAJESTY, as his Plenipoten

LORD MALMESBURY, named by his and folid, calculated to restore repose to Europe, tiniy to the French Republic, has the honour to and to ensure for the time to come the general tranquillity.

announce, by his Secre'ary, to the Minister for GRENVILLE,

Foreign Affairs, his arrival at 'Paris ; and to Westminster, Sept. 27, 1796.

request of him, at the same time, to be so good To the Minister for Foreign Affairs, at Paris.

as to appoint the hour at which he may wait ( No. 6. )

upon him, for the purpose of communicating to I HAVE the honour to transmit to Lord

him the object of his miffion. GRENVILLE a Copy of the Decree of the Exe

Paris, Ociober 22, 1796. cutive Directory of the French Republic, in To ihe Minister for Foreign Affairs. answer to his Note of the * 27th September,

( No. 9.) 1796 (O. S.) He will there see a proof of the earnest de- fatisfaction the arrival of Lord MALMESBURY,

THE Minister for Foreign Affairs learns with fire of the French Co srnment to profit of the Plenipotentiary of His BRITANNIC MAJESTY. Overture that is made to them, in the hope that

He will have the honour to receive him toit may lead to Peace with the Government of England.

morrow, at eleven o'clock in the morning, or at I have the honour to send to him, at the same any later hour that may fuit him, till two

o'clock. He hopes that Lord MALMESBURY time, the Passports required for the Minifter will forgive him for thus limiting the time, on Plenipotentiary whom His BRITANNIC MAJESTY proposes to name to treat; and I request his occupations.

account of the nature and the multiplicity of Lord GRENVILLE to accept the assurance of my personal wishes for the success of this Negocia

If Brumaire, An. 5. (October 22, 1796.) tion, as well as that of my most perfect con

( No. 10.) sideration.

CH. DELACROIX.

LORD MALMESBURY has the honour to Paris, 11 Vendemiaire, 5h Yzur

thank the Minister for Foreign Affairs, for the of the French Rjublic.

obliging Answer which he has just received ( No. 7. )

from him.

He accepts with pleasure the first moment proDECREES OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORY. posed, and will wait upon him to-morrow morn

The gth Vendemiaire, şth Year of the French ing, at eleven o'clock precisely.
Republic, One and Indivisible.

Paris, October 22.
THE Executive Directory, upon considera- To the Minijter for Foreign Affairs.
tion of the Note addressed to the Minister for

( No. 11.) Foreign Affairs, by Lord GRENVILLE, dated THE Minister for Foreign Affairs has the ho. Westminster, September 24, 1796, wishing to nour to appiize Lord MALMESBURY, Commif. give a proof of the desire which it entertains, to sioner Plenipotentiary of His BRITANNIC MAmake Peace with England, decrees as follows : JESTY, that he has received from the Executive * Sic in Orig.

Directory, the necellary Powers for negociating MONTHLY MAG. No, XI.

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It is with this view that the Underligned was or the proposal, on the part of the Executive Dcharged to propose at first, and at the very com- rectory, of some other principle which mighmencement of the Ne otiation, a principle, which equally serve as the basis of a Negotiation for a the generosity and good faith of His MAJESTY general Peace, the Underligned cannot be aucould alone dictate to him--that of making thorised to designate the objects of reciprocal compensation to France, by proportionable refti- Compensation. tutions, for the arrangements to which she will As to the proof of the pacific difpofitions given be to consent, in order to satisfy the just preten- to the French Government by His MAJESTY fions of the King's Allies, and to preserve the the EMPEROR and King, at the opening of the political Balance of Europe.

Campaign, the Underfigned contents bimself 'The Executive Directory has not explained it with a reference to the following words contain. self in a precise manner, either as to the accept- ed in the Note of Baron d'EGLEMAN, on the ance of this principle, or as to the changes or 4th of June last. modifications which it may defire to be made in “ The operations of the war will in no wild it ; nor has it, in short, proposed any other prin- “ prevent His IMPERIAL MAJESTY from beciple whatever to answer the same end.

“ ing ever ready to concur, agreeably to any form The Undersigned, then, has orders to recur to “ of Negotiation which shall be adopted, in conthis point, and to demand, on that head, a frank “ cert with the Belligerent Powers, in the dii. and precise explanation, in order to abridge the “ cufiion of proper means for putting a ftop ! delays which must necessarily result from the dif- " the farther effusion of human blood.” ficulty of form which has been started by the Ex- This Note was presented after the Armiftie ecutive Directory

was broken. He is authorised to add to this demand the ex- Paris, Nov. 12, 1796. MALMESBURY. press declaration, that His MAJESTY, in com

( No. 19.) municating to his auguít Allies every successive THE Minister Plenipotentiary of His BaiNep which he may take, relative to the object of TANNIC MAJESTY requests the Minister for the present Negotiation, and in fulfilling, to- Foreign Affairs to inform him, whether he is no wards these Sovereigns, in the most efficacious consider the Official Note which he received from manner, all the duties of a good and faithful him yesterday evening, as the Answer to the: Ally, will cmit nothing on his part, as well to which Lord MALMESBURY delivered yesterday

! dispose them to concur in this Negotiation, by morning to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, by the means the most proper to facilitate its pro- order of his Court ? He applies for this informgress, and infure its fuccess, as to induce them ation, that the departure of his Courier may not always to persist in sentiments conformable to the be unnecessarily delayed. wishes which he entertains for the return of

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Paris, Nov. 13, 1796.

MALMESBURY. meral Peace, upon juít, honourable, and perma,

( No. 20.) ment conditions.

THE Underfigned, Minister for Foreign Af. Paris, Nov. 12, 1796. MALMESBURY. fairs, declares to Lord MALMESBURY, Ministe: ( No. 17.)

Plenipotentiary from His BRITANNIC MAJETHE Undersigned is charged, by the Execu- TY, that he is to consider the Official Note tive Directory, to invite you to point out, with- sent to him yesterday as the Answer to tha: out the smallest delay, and expressly, the ob- which Lord MALMESBURY had addrefied to jects of reciprocal compenfation which you pro- him on the morning of the same day. pole.

CHARLES DELACROIX, He is, moreover, charged to demand of you, 23 Brumaire, No7, 13, 1796. what are the difpofitions to trcat, on a just and

( No. 21. ) equitable basis, of which His MAJESTY the LORD MALMESBURY has just received the EMPEROR and KING, gave to the French Go. Answer of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in vernment so itriking a proof, at the very com- which he declares that the Oificial Note which mencement of the Campaign? The Executive he sent to him yesterday is to be considered as the Directory is unaquainted with it.-It was the Answer to that which Lord MALMESBURY adEMPEROR and KING who broke the Armistice. dressed to him on the morning of the fame day.

CH. DELACROIX.

Lord MALMESBURY will transmit it this Paris, 22 Brumaire (Nov. 12.)

day to his Court.

Paris, Nov 13, 179€. ( No. 18.)

( No. 22. ) THE Undersigned does not hesitate a moment THE Undersigned, in reply to your second to aniwer the two Questions which you have Note of yesterday, is ordered, by the Executive been instructed by the Executive Directory to Directory, to declare to you, that he has nothing

to add to the Answer which has been addreid The Memorial presented this morning by the you.

He is also instructed to ask you, wheUndersigned proposes, in express terms, on the ther, on each official communication which shall part of His MAJESTY the King of Great Bri. take place between you and him, it will be netain, to compensate France, by proportionable ceflary for you to lend a Courier to receive fperestitutions, for the arrangements to which the cial instructions ? CHARLES DELACROIX. will be called upon to consent, in order to satisfy Paris, 23 Brumaire, Nov. 13. the just pretensions of the King's Allies, and

(No. 23.) to preserve the political Balance of Europe. THE Undersigned will not fail to transmit to Before the formal acceptation of this principle, bis Court the Note which he bas just received

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1796.] State Papers relative to the late Negociation with France. 925 ly, as he was formally authorised by the tenor of With regard to the offensive and injurious inhis Credentials, the Negotiations' might have finuations which are contained in that Paper, been considerably abridged ; that the necessity of and which are only calculated to throw new obbalancing with the interests of the two Powers, stacles in the way of the accomodation which those of the Allies of Great Britain, multiplies the French Government professes to desire, the the combinations, increases the difficulties, tends King has deemed it far beneath his dignity to to the formation of a Congress, the forms of permit an Answer to be made to them on his which, it is known, are always tardy, and re- part in any manner whatsoever. quires the accession of Powers which hitherto The progress and the result of the Negotia. have displayed no defre of accommodation, and cion, will sufficiently prove the principles by have not given to Lord MALMESBURY himself, which it will have been directed on each side; according to his own declaration, any power to and it is neither by revolting reproaches, wholly Aipulate for them.

destitute of foundation, nor by reciprocal invecThus, without prejudging the intentions of tive, that a sincere wish to accomplish the great Lord MALMESBURY; without drawing any work of pacification can be ewinced. conclusion from the circumstance of his declara- The Undersigned passes, therefore, to the first tion not appearing to accord with his Credentials; object of discussion brought forward in the An. without supposing that he has received any fe- lwer of the Executive Directory jmthat of a recret instructions which would destroy the effect parate Negotiation, to which it has been supof his ostensible powers ; without pretending, in posed, without the smallest foundation, that the short, to allert, that the Britih Government Ordersigned was authorised to accede. have had a double object in view—to prevent, by His full Powers, made out in the usual form, general propositions, the partial propositions of give him all necessary authority to negotiate other powers, and to obtain from the People of and to conclude the Peace; but these Powers England, the means of continuing the War, by prescribe to him neither the form, the nature, throwing upon the Republic the odium of a de- nor the conditions of the future Treaty. lay, occafioned by themselves; the Executive Upon these points, he is bound to conform Directory cannot but perceive, that the propo. himfelf

, according to the long established and rehtion of Lord MALMESBURY is nothing more ceived custom of Europe, to the intructions than a renewal, under more amicable forms, of which he hall receive from his Court; and acthe propositions made last year by Mr. Wick cordingly, he did not fail to acquaint the MiniRAM, and that it presents but a distant hope of iter for Foreign Affairs, at their first conference, Peace.

that the King his Mafter had expressly enjoin. - The Executive Directory farther observe, with ed him to listen to nu Proposal, tending to feregard to the principle of retrocessions advanced parate the interests of His MAJESTY from by Lord MALMESBURY, that such a principle, those of his Allies. prefented in a vague and isolated manner, cannot There can be no question, then, but of a Negoserve as the basis of Negotiation; that the first tiation which shall combine the interests and

prepoints of consideration are, the common necef- tensions of all the Powers who make a common fity of a juft and solid Peace - the political equi. cause with the King in the present War. librium which absolute retreceffions might de- In the course of the present Negotiation, the ftroy and then the means which the Belligerent intervention, or, at least, the participation of Powers may poflefs ;--the one to retain conquests these Powers, will dubtless become absolutely at a time when it was fupported by a great num- necessary; and His MAJESTY hopes to find at ber of Allies, now detached from the Coalition; all times, the fame dispositions to treat, upon and the other, to recover them at a time when just, and equitable basis, of which His MAthose who were at firt its enemies, have almost JESTY the EMPEROR and King, gave to all become either its Allies, or at least neuter, the French Government fo ftriking a proof, at

Nevertheleis, the Executive Directory, anj- the very moment of the opening of the present mated with an ardent desire of putting a ftop to Campaign. the scourge of War, and to prove that they will But it appears, that the waiting for a forral not reject any means of reconciliation, declare, and definitive authority on the part of the Allies that as soon as Lord MALMESBURY Thall exhi- of the King, before Great Britain and France bit to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, sufficient begin to discuss, even provisionally, the princiPowers from the Allies of Great Britain, for iti- ples of the Negotiation, would be to create a pulating for their respective interests, accompa. very useless delay. nied by a promise on their part to subscribe to A conduct wbolly different has been observed whatever ihall be concluded in their names, the by these two Powers, on almost all fimilar occaExecutive Directory will hasten to give an an- fions; and His MAJESTY thinks, that the best fwer to the specific propofitions which shall be proof which they can give, at the pace ent mosubmitted to them, and that the difficulties shall ment, to all Europe, of their mutual desire to be removed, as far as may be consistent with the put a stop, as soon as poslible, to the calamities {afety and dignity of the French Republic. of War, would be to feitle, without delay, the ( No. 16.)

basis of a combined Negotiation, inviting, at THE Undersigned has not failed to transmit the same time, their Allies to concur in it, in to his Court, the Answer of the Executive Di- the manner the most proper for accelerating the rectory, to the Proposals which he was charged general Pacification. to make, as an opening to a pacific Negotiation,

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Campaign, the Undersigned contents himself 'The Executive Directory has not explained it with a reference to the following words contain. self in a precise manner, either as to the accept- ed in the Note of Baron d'EGLEMAN, on the ance of this principle, or as to the changes or 4th of June last. modifications which it may defire to be made in « The operations of the war will in no wise it; nor has it, in short, proposed any other prin- prevent His IMPERIAL MAJESTY from beciple whatever to answer the same end.

“ ing ever ready to concu', agreeably to any form The Undersigned, then, has orders to recur to ~ of Negotiation which shall be adopted, in conthis point, and to demand, on that head, a frank « cert with the Belligerent Powers, in the disand precise explanation, in order to abridge the " cufiion of proper means for putting a top te delays which must neceffarily result from the dif- " the farther effusion of human blood.” ficulty of form which has been started by the Ex- This Note was presented after the Armistice ecutive Directory

was broken. He is authorised to add to this demand the ex- Paris, Nov. 12, 1796. MALMESBURY. press declaration, that His MAJESTY, in com

(No. 19.) municating to his august Allies every successive THE Minister Plenipotentiary of His BriMep which he may take, relative to the object of TANNIC MAJESTY requests the Minister for the present Negotiation, and in fulfilling, to- Foreign Affairs to inform him, whether he is to wards these Sovereigns, in the most efficacious consider the Official Note which he received from manner, all the duties of a good and faithful him yesterday evening, as the Answer to that Ally, will cmit nothing on his part, as well to which Lord MALMESBURY delivered yesterday dispose them to concur in this Negotiation, by morning to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, by the means the most proper to facilitate its pro- order of his Court ? He applies for this informgress, and insure its success, as to induce them ation, that the departure of his Courier may not always to persilt in sentiments conformable to the be unnecessarily delayed. wishes which he entertains for the return of a ge- Paris, Nov. 13, 1796. MALMESBURY. neral Peace, upon juít, honourable, and perma,

(No. 20.) ment conditions.

THE Underfigned, Minister for Foreign Af. Paris, Nov. 12, 1796.

MALMESBURY.

fairs, declares to Lord MALMESBURY, Minister ( No. 17.)

Plenipotentiary from His BRITANNIC MAJESTHE Undersigned is charged, by the Execu- TY, that he is to consider the Official Note tive Directory, to invite you to point out, with- sent to him yesterday as the Answer to that out the smallest delay, and expressly, the ob- which Lord MALMESBURY had addrefled to jects of reciprocal compensation which you pro- him on the morning of the same day. pose.

CHARLES DELACROIX, He is, moreover, charged to demand of you, 23 Brumaire, Nov. 13, 1796. what are the difpofitions to trcat, on a just and

( No. 21. ). equitable basis, of which His MAJESTY the LORD MALMESBURY has just received the EMPEROR and KING, gave to the French Go. Answer of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in vernment so itriking a proof, at the very com

which he declares that the Official Note which mencement of the Campaign? The Executive he sent to him yesterday is to be considered as the Directory is unaquainted with it. It was the Answer to that which Lord MALMESBURY adEMPEROR and KING who broke the Armistice. dressed to him on the morning of the same day.

CH. DELACROIX. Lord MALMESBURY will transinit it this Paris, 22 Brumaire (Nov. 12.)

day to his Court.

Paris, Nov. 13, 1796. ( No. 18.)

(No. 22. ) THE Undersigned does not hesitate a moment THE Underligned, in reply to your second to answer the two Questions which you have Note of yesi erday, is ordered, by the Executive been instructed by the Executive Directory to Directory, to declare to you, that he has nothing

to add to the Answer which has been addressed The Memorial presented this morning by the to you. He is also instructed to alk you, wheUndersigned proposes, in express terms, on the ther, on each official communication which shall part of His MAJESTY the King of Great Bri. take place between you and him,

will be netain, to compensate France, by proportionable cellary for you to send a Courier to receive spereftitutions, for the arrangements to which she cial instructions ? CHARLES DELACROIX. will be called upon to consent, in order to satisfy Paris, 23 Brumaire, Nov. 13. the just pretensions of the King's Allies, and

( No. 23.) to preserve the political Balance of Europe. THE Undersigned will not fail to transmit to

Before the formal acceptation of this principle, bis Court the Note which he bas just received

put to him.

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