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his plenipotentiary, such proposals ville to the Minister for Foreign or ftipulations as he shall think pro Affairs. per for her moft Faithful majesty, as in return the plenipotentiaries of The undersigned has laid before the republic will do for their allies the king, the official note of the his Catholic majesty and the Bata. French government, which he revian republic.
ceived the 23d of the present The directory consents that the month. negotiation fliall be opened with As to the two first articles of this lord Malmeibury. Another choice note both parties are agreed. On would, bowever, have appeared to this point, therefore, there is no the directory to augur more favour- thing to be added to the explanaably for the speedy conclusion of tions already given ; in confe. peace.
quence of which explanations lord The directory requires that it Malmesbury will, without delay, hall be established as a princi- proceed to Lille to enter into a neple, that each Engliflı packet-boat, gotiation with the French plenipo.' whi a Mall have brought over tentiaries for the completion of a either the plenipotentiary or a cou- definitive treaty ; the remark of rier, shall return without delay, and the directory upon the choice which shall not be allowed to make any his majesty has thought fit to make stav. The directory will give or of his plenipotentiary, being cerders that a French packet-boat shall tainly of a nature not to require be furnished, without delay, to each any answer. of the couriers whom the plenipo The British government agrees tentiary of his Britannic majesty to the arrangegrent proposed for Mall dispatch. The directory de- the packet-boats, provided that a fires, i at the same time, that the French packet-boat fall be furcouriers fhould not be sent too fre- vihed regularly, and without the quently; the frequent sending of least delay, for each courier which them having been one of the prin- the British plenipotentiary fhall find cipal causes of the rupture of the it necessary to dispatch the exer. former negotiations
cise of his incontestable right in After the above explanation, it this refpect being to be governed becomes unnecessary to transmit to by his own discretion only, with lord Grenville a new passport ;, the a view to bringing the negotiation reftrictions which he apprehended with which he is charged to a were to be found in that which has
speedy and successful end. been addressed to him being entire With regard to the rupture of Jy done away.
the last negotiation, the circum. The French plenipotentiaries will stances and the motives of it are have arrived at Lille by the time at known to all Europe ; and it is not which lord Malmesbury can himfelf at the moment of entering into a new be there.
pacific discussion, that the British (Signed) CH. DELACROIX. governme t conceives it can be of Paris, 2 M fidos,
I any use to recall them to recollec. (fune 20, 1797.)
Lord Malmesbury will set out (No.8.)- Oficial Note.--Lord Gren- from London on the zob of this
month to proceed to Calais; from conference with the French pleniwhence he will arrange his depar- potentiaries, and having mutually ture according to the notification he exchanged our full powers, I think may receive of the day on which the it my duty to dispatch a messenger, French minister may reach Lille. in order that his majesty may have
(Signed) GRENVILLE, the earliest information of this cir. We minster, June 26, 1797.
cumstance. My dispatch, however,
must be confined to this alone, as (No. 9.)-Oficial Note. --The Mi. nothing whatever has yet passed re
nifter for Foreign Affairs to Lord lative in the negotiation itfelf. Grenville.
(No. :11.)- Copy of the full Powers The underligned minister for fo of the French Plenipotentiaries. reign affairs loft no time in laying
Equality, Liberty. before the executive directory the Extract from the Registers of the Delia official note addressed to him by berations of the Exzcutive Directory. lord Grenville, dated the 26th June Paris, the 30th Prairial, 5th Year of (O.S), 8th of the present month the French Republic, one and indiMeffidor.
visible. In answer to this note, he has the honour to declare to lord Gren The executive directory, after ville, that the plenipotentiaries having heard the report of the micharged by the directory with the nister for foreign affairs, decrees as negotiation are already assembled at follows : Lille, and that the conferences may
The citizens Le Tourneur, herebe set on foot as soon as the pleni- tofore member of the executive dipotentiary of his Britannic ma: rectory, Pleville le Pelley, and jefty shall have arrived there. Pro- Maret, are authorized to negotiate vifion has been made, that there with the minister plenipotentiary shall never be a want of packet- of his Britannic majesty, the treaty boats for the couriers which he of peace to be concluded between thall think proper to send to London. the French republic and Great Bri
The underligned at the same time tain. The directory gives them the apprizes lord Grenville, that a copy necessary full powers for agreeing of this note will be delivered to upon and signing the articles of the lord Malmesbury on his arrival at treaty to be made. They mall Calais, in order that there may be conform themselves to the instrucnothing to hinder his immediate de. tions which have been, or thall be parture for Lille.
given to them by the executive direc(Signed) Ch. Delacroix. tory, to whom they shall render an Paris, rith Mefidor, 5th Year. account of the progrels and the issue (June 29, 1797.)
of the negotiations.
They are equaily authorized, and (No. 10.)-Extract of a Disparch under the same conditions, to stifrom Lord Malmesbury to Lord pulate for the allies of the republic, Grenville, dated Lisle, July 6, his catholic majesty and the Bata Thursday, 8 P. M. 1797.
The citizen Colchen, appointed My Lord,
secretary general to the French leHaving had this morning my first gation, is authorized to allist at the
conferences, to afford the informa- full powers I had given in, as in tion which shall be required of him, due form and sufficient; but that and to take a note of what shall be they also reserved to themselves the agreed upon and settled.
same right, in regard to instructions The present decree shall not be they might receive from the direcprinted for the present.
tory on this subject, as I had claimA true copy:
ed in regard to my court. The president of the executive To this, of course, I assented. directory,
On Saturday the 8th inftant, I
CARNOT. gave in the projet precisely as I had By the executive dir tory, the received it from your lordship; a secretary general,
copy of which (A), as it is transLAGARDE. lated into French, I think it my
duty to inclose. (No. 12.)–Extracts of a Dispatch One of the French plenipotenti
from Lord Malmesbury to Lord aries proposed, that some time Grenville, dated Life, July il, fhould be given them to take the 1797.
proposals I had made into confide
ration, and begged of me, merely I had the honour in my last, by for the sake of accuracy, and to Brooks, of the 6th instant, to inform help their memory, that I would be your lordship of my arrival here, good enough either to let Mr. Colof the manner in which I had been chen put down on paper, or myself received, and of my having, in the send them a note containing the vfual form, exchanged my full words with which I wished the ar. powers with the French plenipo. ticles left in blank to be filled up. tentiaries.
I readily acquiesced in the latter On Friday the 7th at noon we mode, and immediately on muy reheld our second conference. turn sent them the inclosed note
I opened this second conference (B). with the French plenipotentiaries, On Sunday evening I received the by saying, that I myself had no ob. inclosed note (C) from the French servations to make on their full plenipotentiaries, and in confepowers, which appeared to be con- quence of it went to the proposed formable to those usually given by conference yesterday: the directory to their plenipotenti One of the French plenipotenti. aries, and of course must be confi- aries informed me on the subje&t of dered as fufficient for the purposes the prajet I had given them, and the expressed in them : that I, however, note with which I had accompanied had transmitted them by a messenger it, that as these papers contain many to my court, and reserved to myself points on which their instructions the right of communicating any did not enable them to answer, they objections or remarks which I had, after having given them a very might receive by the return of my serious attention, fent them, with such merlenger relative to them. obfervations as they had thought it
M. Le Tourneur, to whom, as their duty to make on them, to the prelident of the commission, I ad- directory, and that the moment they dressed myself, replied, that they received an answer, they would had taken precisely the same steps as communicate it to me. But that myself; that they considered the in the mean while, not to delay the
progress of the negotiation, they not conceive, after its having been wified that several points which be used for so long a period without termed insulated, bụt which, though any claim or pretension being sec not referred to in our projet, were, forth in consequence of it, how it he said, inseparably connected with could now affect either the dignity, the general subject of peace, might security, or importance of the rebe discussed and got rid of now if I public--that in fact such titles have had no obje&tion, and that it was with ever been considered as indefeasible, this view they had requested me to and as memorials and records of meet them. On my not expressing former greatness, and not as preany disapprobation to this mode of tensions to present power-and I proceeding, one of the French ple- quoted the titles of the kings of nipotentiaries began, by saying, Sardinia and Naples, &c. as examthat in the preamble of the treaty ples exactly in point. the title of king of France was used; however in vain. They treated it that this title they contended could very gravely, and made so strong a no longer be insisted on, the aboli- stand upon it, that I could not avoid tion of it was in a manner effential taking it for reference, which I to the full acknowledgment of the thought it better to do, than, feeling French republic, and that as it was as I did at the moment, to push the merely titular as far as related to his conversation farther, majesty, but quite otherwise in the The second insulated point was sense in which it applied to them, a very inaterial one indeed, and he hoped it would not be consider- which, although it had been adverted as an important concession. ed to as a proposal that might polli
I informed him, that on all former bly be brought forward, I confefs occafions a separate article had been came upon me unexpectedly.--It agreed to, which appeared to me to was to ask either a restitution of the answer every purpose they required, tips taken and destroyed at Tou. and which it was my intention, as lon, or an equivalent for them. the treaty advanced, to have pro- They grounded this claim on the posed, as proper to make part of preliminary declaration made by this. The article (the first of the lord Hood on his taking poffeffion separate ones in the treaty of 1783) of Toulon; and on the eighth artiwas then read ; but they objected cleof the declaration of the committee to it, as not fully meeting their of the sections to him. They said, views. It was to the title itself, as peace they hoped was about to be well as to any right which might be re-establimed; that his majesty, in supposed to arise from it, that they acknowledging the republic, adobjected. I could scarcely allow mitted that a lovereignty existed in myself to treat this mode of reason- the French government; and of ing seriously. I endeavoured to course that the ships, held only as a make them feel that it was cavilling deposit hy England till this legal aufor a mere word ; that it was creat- shority was admitted, ought now to ing difficulties where none exifted; be restored. I replied, that this claim and that if all the French monarchs was so perfectly unlooked for, that in the course of three centuries had it was impotlible for me to have allowed this to stand in the pream- been provided for it in my instrucble of all treaties and transactions tions, and that I could therefore between the two countries, I could only convey my own private senti
call be mixeci . In - in gars; tha conferences, to afford the tion which shall be require
y had taken te Lone Coz. and to take a note of wine
they ffusa casrgari viia agreed upon and settled.
incumbranter. zerre csaiti
► doubt whatere sronds maar, The present decree 1 printed for the present.
and sat ie na zgecoton mas fized A true con
a the first initazze TOIE Could z The president
trade with a retrouve ea.
The Frenc. Desnintentiaria directory,
obowever, were z visus on tä By the exec des
s point as on the acier; and al secretary
$ found to every Erascat I used
that they conffacciy opposed theiz *s inttructions, I had nothing to do
*w but to defire that they would gire (No. 12.)-E. from Lord
ut me a written paper ftating their Greneille, i
szes three claims, in order that I might
memmediately transmit it to your 1797
lordship; and on this being pro
<e- mifed, our conference broke up. I had this
TIS Beiween four and five P. M. yelBrooks, oi :
*** in terday, I received the inclosed note
uch (D), and I bave lost no time since of the
- at it is in my poffession in preparing receivel, usual f.
20:re, to send away a messenger, as, inde
"fal pendent of the disagreeable subje&s powers tentia!..
*** and brought forward in this last confer
one ence, and which it is material should
er be- be communicated without delay, I held
cre bis am anxious his majesty should be
berus to informed of what has passed in gewith
23. -neral up to this day, as it may per
to any haps furnith some ideas as to the serv
... on the possible event of the negotiation.
.tence of for
they had (No. 13. A.)- Projet delivered by 7-es charged Lord Malmesbury to the French Ple
:1:"ces, they nipotentiaries in their Conference, h
- thould not July 8th, 1797
vut replying it shall or may in any manner con-
"heir the grace of God king of Great