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The humble Address of the House of which has been so eminently difa
Commons to the King, moved by played by your people, and of the Mr. Wilbraham Bootle.
conduct of your majesty's troops of
every description, which has justly Most gracious sovereign, entitled them to the additionalesteem We, your majesty's moff dutiful and admiration of their country. « and loyal fubjects, the commons of 1 And we most heartily congratu. Great Britain, in parliament assem- late your majesty on the signal and bled, beg leave to return your ma- decisive victory with which provi. jesty our humble thanks for your dence has rewarded the exertions of molt gracious speech from the your fleet under the command of throne, and for the communication admiral lord Duncan; an event of the declaration, and the other which has crowned the repeated papers respecting the negotiation maritime fuccesses obtained over all with France, which your majesty our enemies, and has, indeed, afhas been graciously pleased to di- forded a brilliant addition to the rect to be laid before us.
numerous and heroic exploits Permit us to affure your majesty, which, in the course of the present that we mhall not fail to apply our: war, have raised to the higheit pitch felves, with the utmost diligence the naval glory of the country. and attention, to the consideration It will afford us great fatisfaction of the measures which the present to find that any branches of our crifis requires; but we cannot re- expence will admit of reduction, frain from expressing, at the earliest consistently with the contiouance moment, our firm determination to of those vigorous efforts which afford your majesty the moft effec- must be necessary for our safety, tual support in resisting every un- and which, at all events, cannot warrantable pretension, and check- fail to be attended with beavy exing every attempt di&tated by inor- pence. In considering what may dinate ambition on the part of those be the best mode of defraying it, with whom we have to contend. we shall, undoubtedly, bear in mind
We entertain a firm persuasion the nature of the present crisis ; that all your majesty's faithful sub- and, in estimating the value of any jects feel as they ought the value of temporary facrifices, we fall not the bleflings which they are strug- lose hight of the infinite importance gling to preserve, and will not fail, of supporting effe&tually, our pub. in every situation, to support your lic credit
, and of convincing the majefty in defence of their essential enemy that, while we join in your interests, with the zeal, magna- majesty's anxious desire for the nimity, and courage, worthy of a conclusion of peace, on safe and great and free people: and we honourable terms, we possess the must, at the present moment, ob- means, as well as the determinaserve, with peculiar fatisfaction, tion, to support with vigour this the proofs afforded of our means arduous contest, as long as it may and internal refources in the flou- be rendered neceffary, for maintainriching state of the revenue, induf. ing the fafety, honour, and indetry, and commerce of the coun- pendence of these kingdoms. try.
We beseech your majesty to beWith the utmost gratitude we ac- lieve that our loyalty and attachknowledge the sense which your ment to your majesty, and our anxmajesty expresses of the public spirit ious regard for the interests of 1797
your subjeets, will ensure our per- Papers which passed in the late Nego severance in that line of conduct tiation for Peace as Lifke, berwees which may best preserve the ad Lord Malmesbury, Plenipotentiary vantages resulting to your people from the King of Great Britain, from your majesty's auspicious go and the Commiffioners from the vernment.
French Directory. Presented 10 The blessings which we derive the House of Commons, by Command from our civil and religious esta of his Majesty, November 3, 1797. blishments have long been deeply imprinted on our minds; and we (No. 1.) - Official Note. - Lord cannot but feel more and more, Grenville to the Minifter for Foreign from the events of every day, how Af airs of the French Republic. much they distinguish us among all the nations of Europe : we ihall The signature of the preliminanever be unmindful that they can ries of a peace, the definitive cononly be preserved by inculcating clusion of which is to put an end and enforcing a due reverence and to the continental war, appears to obedience to the laws, by represling afford to the two governments of with promptitude every attempt to Great Britain and France a natural disturb pur internal tranquillity, opportunity and new facilities for and by maintaining inviolate that the renewal of pacific negotiations happy conftitution which we in between them: a part of the obftaherit from our ancestors, on which cles, which might have retarded the security and happiness of every this falutary work, no longer exift. class of your majesty's subjects er ing; and the interefts to be treated fentially depend.
of being, after this event, neither so
extensive nor fo complicated as ANSWER
they were before. Gentlemen,
The court of London, always I return you my warmest thanks
desirous of employing such means for this loyal and dutiful address, as are best calculated io contribute and for the expressions of your af- to this obje&, so interesting to the fectionate attachment to my person happiness of the two nations, is unand government. The allurances willing to omit renewing to the of your firm determination to re. French government the assurance fift, to the utmost, the unwarrant of the continuance of its disposi. able pretensions and inordinate am- tions on this subject. And the unbition of the enemy, afford me the dersigned is authorised to propose highest satisfaction at this impor. to the minister for foreign affairs to tant conjuncture. They justify the enter without delay, and in such reliance which I have un formly manner as shall be judged the most placed on the vigour and wisdom expedient, upon the discussion of of your councils, and leave me no the views and pretensions of each room to doubt that the strength party for the regulation of the preand resources of these kingdoms liminaries of a peace, which may will be effe&tually employed in sup- "be detinitively arranged at the fuporting our dearest interests, main. ture congress. taining our happy conftitution, and As soon as the form of this nevindicating the honour and inde. gotiation shall bave been agreed uppendence of the country.
on, the British government will be
ready to concur in it, by taking on ed, with the greatest satisfaction, its part such measures as are the the assurances of the dispositions of molt proper for accelerating the re. the executive directory to entertain eftablishment of the public tran- with eagerness the pacific overtures quillity.
of Great Britain, as well as of its (Signed): GRENVILLE. desire to re-establish, as soon as Weiminfter, funt 1, 1797.
poffible, peace between the two
powers. (No. 2.)- Official Note.-The Mi Anxious to contribute to it in
nister for Foreign Affairs to Lord every thing which can depend upGrenville.
on itself, the British government The vnderfigned minister for will not delay to send to Paris, or foreign affairs of the French re, to such other place, upon the conpublic, loft no time in laying be- tinent, as may be agreed upon, a fore the executive directory the minister, to treat and conclude with note which was transmitted to him the plenipotentiary, who shall be on the ift of June (О. S.) by lord appointed by the executive direc. Grenville, in the name of his Bri- tory. tapnic majesty. He is directed to
Íhe underfigned is directed to answer it.
desire to know the wish of the di. The executive directory fees rectory, as to the place of the newith fatisfaction the desire which gotiation, in order that a speedy de. the cabinet of St. James's expresses termination may be taken here upto put an end, at length, to the ca- on that subject; and to request the lamities of war. It will receive minister for foreign affairs to send with eagerness the overtures and him, without delay, the necessary proposals which fball be made to it passports, to enable the king's pleby the court of England.
nipotentiary to repair immediately · The executive directory desires, of form.ng preliminary or definitive
to his destination. The question notwithstanding, that the negotiations (hould be set on foot at once articica, will necesarily depend up. for a definitive treaty. This pro
on the progress and turn of the ne. ceeding appears to the directory gotiations, to which, on the part of preferable to a congress, of which Great Britain, will be brought the the result must be remote, and most fincere desire for the speedy which does not correspond with re-establishment of peace. the ardent desire that it has to re- Westminfter, June 8, 1797.
GRENVILLE. establish, as quickly as possible, Weftminfter, June 8, 1797. peace between the two powers. (Signed)
CH. Delacroix. (No. 4.)-- Official Note:-The Mi, Paris, 16 Prairial, 5th Year of the French Republic, one
nister for Foreign Affairs to Lord
The executive directory of the (No. 3.) - Official Note. - Lord French republic has seen with fatisGrenville to the Minister for Foreign Grenville, dated June 8tn (0.S.),
fa&tion, by the official note of lord Affairs.
that the court of London thews it. The court of London has receive self disposed to set on foot, without
delay, the negotiation, for which Given at Paris the 23d Prairial, it has lately made an overture. 5th year of the republic, ont Filled with the fame eagerness, and indivisible. convinced that the intentions of the The minister for foreign affairs, British government are such as it (Signed) CH. DALACROIX describes them, the directory has By the minifter, directed the underligned, minifter (Signed)
T. GUIRADET. for foreign affairs, to tranfmit to lord Grenville the necessary paftports for a minister furnished with (No. 6.) - Official Note. - Lord full powers for the purpose of ne Grenville to the Minister for Foreign gotiating a definitive and feparate Affairs. treaty of peace with the French republic.
The undersigned has received The executive directory has fix- from the minister for foreign affairs ‘ed upon the commune of Lille as of the French republic his official *the place of meeting for the respec- note, with the passport which active plenipotentiaries.
.companied it. (Signed)
CH. DELACROIX. The court of London willingly à Paris, 23 Prairial, 5th Year
accepts the proposal of the French of the French Republic.
government with refpect to the (June 11, 1797.)
place of negotiation, and confents that Lifle shall be appointed as the
place of meeting for the respective (No. 5.) Form of Palsport. plenipotentiaries:- it being always
understood, that the king's plenipoLiberty, Equality. Fraternity, Union.
tentiary fhall have liberty to difIn the name of the French re- patch 'kis couriers direétly from public.
Liile to Dover, by way of Calais; To all officers, civil and military, and that the Englifi vellels
, apcharged to maintain public order pointed for keeping up this comin the different departments of inunication, shall be allowed freely France, and to make the French to go into, and come out of, the name respected abroad.
port of Calais, and to pass in perAllow to pass freely
fe&t Cafety between that city and furnished with full Dover. powers of his Britannic' majefty for With respect to the paffport, the the purpose of negotiating, concluding, undertigned finds himfelf under and figning a definitive and separate the necessity of remarking that the treaty of peace with the French repub- terms in which this inftrument is lic, native of, &c. &c.
drawn up, differ from the usual
form, by the particular description, going to Lisle, department of the north, which is inserted in them, of the the place appointed for the negotiation, nature and extent of the powers,
and of the omiffion of the king's without giving or suf- 'plenipotentiary. fering any hindrance to be given This new form appears liable to to him.
produce, in many instances, conThis passport shall be in force fiderable inconvenience; and acfor decades only.
cording to the terms used in this
particular instance, it would have is persuaded that the directory will the disadvantage of not answering not delay to transmit to them a exa&ly to the powers and the mil. passport for the British plenipoten. fion of the minister in question. tiary and his suite, in the usual
His full powers, drawn up in the form, and such as was sent in the usual forin, will include every month of October last for the mifcase; and without prescribing to fion with which lord Malmesbury him any particular iñode of nego- was then charged. tiation, will give him the most un In this expectation, and for the liinited authority to conclude any fake of avoiding all delay, bis maarticles or treaties, whether prelimi- jesty has already made choice of nary or definitive, as might beft the same minister to represent him conduce to the speedy re-establish- on this important occafion. And ment of peace, which is the sole ob- the underligned is charged to in. ject of his misfon.
quire on' what day the French pleBut the court of London does nipotentiary will be at Lille, in ore not by any means make a point of der that lord Malmesbury may arconcluding a preliminary treaty, rive there at the same time. and would prefer only that mode, (Signed) GRENVILLE. whatever it may be, which thali Westminster, June 17, 1797. be found the best caculated to accelerate the conclusion of peace. (No. 7.)- Official Note.— The Mini
The kiog's plenipoteptiary then fter for Foreign Affairs to Lord will be equally ready, and autho Grenville, rised to begin the negotiation with"out delay, upon either footing; up The undersigned minister for foon the footing of a preliminary reign affairs has laid before the ditreatymor should such continue to rectory, immediately upon its rebe the with of the directory, upon ceipt, the official note addressed to that of a definitive treaty.
him by lord Grenville, dated June As to what regards the question 171797 (0. S.). He loses no of a separate treaty - there would time in replying to it, according be no objection to settling, by a to the orders which he has retreaty of this kind, whatever relates ceived, . to the respective interests of France The directory, partaking most and of Great Britain, as has been fincerely in the pacific sentiments usually the practice in similar cases: which his Britannic majefty anbut the king cannot allow any nounces, and wishing to bring the doubt to subift as to his intention negotiation as quickly as poflible of providing for what is due to the to a happy issue, perfifts in requirinterests of his ally her most Faith- ing that the respective plenipotenful majefty. And in pursuance of tiaries shall begin immediately upthe same principles, his majesty on their meeting, to treat of a dea will not refuse to enter into such finitive treaty. The directory acexplanations with respect to the in- cepts, with satisfa&tion, the con. terests of Spain and Holland as may fent of his Britannic majesty upon appear necessary for the re-esta- this subject, expreffed in the note bliximent of peace.
of lord Grenville. After this frank and precise ex The directory confents that his planation, the British government Britannic majesty shall make, by