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sck and Lunenburgh, which might prejudice the union Lurer and elector of the happily re-established. suman empire, and the exe Immediately after the exchange
directory of the French re-' of the ratifications of this treaty, .. being equally desirous to orders shall be sent to the armies
an end to the war, which has and squadrons of both parties to - tome time paft fubfsted between stop all hoftilities; and for the exe": dominions of the two parties, cution of this article, sea-passes shall bave named and constituted for be given on each side to the thips their plenipotentiaries, charged with dispatched to carry the news of the concluding and figning of the peace to the poffeffions of the two definitive treaty of peace; viz. the parties. king of Great Britain, the lord ba. II. The treaties of peace of Nison of Malmesbury, a peer of the meguen of 1678 and 1679, of Ry. kingdom of Great Britain, knight swick of 1697, and of Utrecht of of the most honourable order of the 1713; that of Baden of 1714; that Bath, privy counsellor to his Bri- of the triple alliance of the Hague tannic majesty, and the executive of 1717 ; that of the quadruple allidirectory of the French republic, ance of London of 1718; the treaty
who, of peace of Vienna of 1736 ; the after having exchanged their re definitive treaty of Aix la Chapelle spective full powers, have agreed of 1748; the definitive treaty of upon the following articles : Paris of 1763; and that of Ver.
1. As soon as this treaty shall be failles of 1783, serve as a basis and
every flep has been taken by your manner in which your majesty is majesty which could tend to acce- pleased to express your gracious lerate that object; and that it is to acceptance of our best endeavours the unwarrantable pretencions and to testify by our conduct our anxinordinate ambition of the enemy, ious regard for the interests of our and, above all, to their inveterate country, and our invariable aitach. animosity against these kingdoms, ment to your majesty's person and that the long delay and final rup- government. ture of the negotiation are to be Sensible of the bleffings which, afcribed.
under your majesty's paternal care, We intreat your majesty to be. are derived to us from our civil lieve that, impressed as we are with and religious establiments, and the neceflity and the magnitude of which diftinguish us from among the contest in which we are engage all the nations of Europe; and ed, as well as of the value of the perfuaded that these blessings can interests, which we have at stake, only be preserved by inculcating no exertions will be wanting on our and enforcing a due reverence and part to enable your majesty to pro- obedience to the laws, and by resecute the war with vigour, until a presting with promptitude every atmore just and pacific fpirit Thall tempt to disturb our internal tranprevail on the part of the enemy; quillity, - it shall be the first object and to employ, in the defence of of our attention to contribute, bv every thing that is dearest to us, every means in our power, to the those meals and resources which maintenance of that happy constithe present situation of our country tution which we inherit from our holds out.
ancestors, and on which the secuWe assuse your majesty that we rity and bappiness of every class reflect with peculiar fatisfaction on of your majesty's subjects essentially the public spirit which has been depend. displayed by your majesty's subjects, and on the cooduct by which
ANSWER. your majesty's troops, of every de. scription, have acquired fresh My Lords, claims to our esteem and admira I thank you for this loyal, dutition.
ful, and affectionate address. We are particularly defirous of In a crisis of so much import. embracing the earliest opportunity ance to the security and happiness to offer to your majesty our warm of every class of my subjects, it is and heartfelt congratulations on a great satisfaction to me to know that Ggnal and decisive victory that you entertain a just sense of which has crowned the series of the nature, magnitude, and necessplendid successes obtained by your sity of the contest in which we are majesty's fleets over all our different engaged ; and that I may rely with enemies in the course of the present confidence on your support in my war; a vigory no less important in fixed and unalterable determination its consequences, than glorious in to maintain to the utmost the laws, the circumstances by which it is liberties, and religion of my peodiftinguished.
ple, and the dignity, honour, and We are deeply fencible of the independence of my kingdoms.
The humble Address of the House of which has been so eminently dif
Commons to the King, moved by played by your people, and of the Mr. Wilbraham Bootle.
condud of your majesty's troops of
every defcription, which has justly Most gracious sovereign,
entitled them to the additionalesteem We, your majesty's moft dutiful and admiration of their country. < and loyal subjects, the commons of 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 provijesty our humble thanks for your dence has rewarded the exertions of moit 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 fuccefles 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 reat to be laid before us.
numerous and heroic exploits Permit us to affure your majesty, which, in the course of the present that we shall not fail to apply our. war, have raised to the highest pitch selves, with the utmost diligence the naval glory of the country. and attention, to the confideration It will afford us great fatisfa&tion of the measures which the present to find that any branches of our crisis requires; but we cannot re- expence will admit of reduction, frain from expressing, at the earliest consistently with the continuance 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 refifting every un- and which, at all events, cannot warrantable pretension, and check- fail to be attended with heavy exing every attempt dictated 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 blessings which they are strug- lose fight of the infinite importance gling to preferve, and will not fail, of supporting effectually
, our pubin every situation, to support your lic credit
, and of convincing the majesty 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 resources in the fou- be rendered neceffary, for maintain. rishing state of the revenue, indus. ing the safety, honour, and indetry, and commerce of the coun- pendence of these kingdoms. try.
We beseech your majesty to beWith the utmolt gratitude we ac lieve that our loyalty and attachknowledge the sense which your ment to your majesty, and our anx. majesty expresses of the public spirit ious regard for the interests of 1797.
your subje&ts, will ensure our per- Papers which passed in the late Nego severance in that line of conduct tiation for Peace at Liske, between which may best preserve the ad Lord Malmesbury, Plenipotentiang vantages resulting to your people from the King of Great Britair, from your majesty's auspicious go. and the Commisioners from the vernment.
French Directory. Presented to The blessings which we derive the House of Commons, by Command from our civil and religious efta 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 Minister for Foreign from the events of every day, how Affairs of the French Republic. much they distinguish us among all the nations of Europe : we shall The signature of the prelimina. never be unmindful that they can ries of a peace, the definitive con. only 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 repressing 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 constitution which we in-between them; a part of the obstaherit from our ancestors, on which cles, which might have retarded the security and happiness of every this salutary work, no longer existclass of your majesty's subjects er. ing; and the interests to be treated fentially depend.
of being, after this event, neither so extensive nor so complicated as
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&t, 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 dispofi. 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 discusion 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 definitively arranged at the fu• porting our dearest interests, main. ture congress. taining our happy conftitution, and As soon as the form of this nevindicating the honour and inde. gotiation Mall have 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 difpofitions of moft proper for accelerating the re. the executive directory to entertain establishment 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 Westminster, fune 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 Britifh government The underfigned 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 fhall be on the ift of June (О. S.) by lord appointed by the executive direcGrenville, in the name of his Bri- tory: tannic majesty. He is directed to
The undersigned 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 subjeét; 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 fhall
be made to it passports, to enable the king's pleby the court of England.
nipotentiary to repair immediately · The executive directory desires, to his destination. The question notwithstanding, that the negotia offering preliminary or definitive tions (hould be set on foot at once articles, will necessarily depend upfor a definitive treaty. This pro.
on the progress and turn of the neceeding 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-establiment of peace. the ardent desire that it has to re
GRENVILLE. establish, as quickly as possible, Wejminfter, 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
Grenville. and indivisible. (June 4, 1797.).
The executive directory of the (No. 3.) - Oficial Note. - Lord French republic has seen with fatisGrenville to the Minister for Foreign faction, by the official nota of lord
Grenville, dated June 8th (O. S.), Affairs.
that the court of London thews it. The court of London has receive self disposed to set on foot, without