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the Constitution remains on one side, and the neglect and discontent of the Belgians exist on the other, little harmony can be looked for in the administration of these amalgamated countries.

If it were possible to impress the King with the idea that many of his most enlightened subjects entertain of the imperfection of this Constitution, which unfortunately he regards as a chef d'æuore, (probably because it is the production of his own imagination) an advantage might be taken of the present composition of the Chambers to effect a salutary change, when' it would not be less important, perhaps, that he should be also impressed with the idea that he holds his countries from and for the interest of Europe, and not from and for the interest of the Hogendorps, Maasdams, Maanens, and half a dozen others, who compose the party I have above alluded to.

I should not omit to mention that the Duc d'Ursel and De Thiennes have been led to remonstrate with his Majesty upon many points concerning the management of Belgium. The latter showed me the letter he addressed to the King upon the subject, and which, allowing for the natural partiality of his feelings, appeared tolerably just; and the immediate journey to Brussels has, it seems, been the consequence of these proceedings.

Of all the Ministers, Falck is the only one who may be said to have credit with all parties, or who is supposed to possess fair and conciliatory views for the government of the country. As a man of low birth, however, he is too much taken up with the attention that the preservation of his own situation demands to allow him the weight that it is perhaps desirable he should have in the affairs of this kingdom.

Trusting you will receive this long letter with indulgence, I remain, my dear lord, ever most gratefully and truly yours,


Count de Fernan-Nunez to Lord Castlereagh.

Portland Place, ce 15 Fevrier, 1816. Mon cher Castlereagh—Je vous envoie ci-joint la traduction des deux derniers Décrets portés par le Roy mon maître. Il me semble que vous pourrez y trouver quelque fondement pour annoncer un changement plus doux dans les dispositions du Cabinet de Madrid. J'ai tout lieu de croire d'autant plus que mes dépêches doivent avoir arrivé trois jours après cela. Je ne crains point de vous faire remarquer que ce n'est pas commun que les Souverains reconnoissent publiquement et sans y être forcés par aucune commotion qu'on les a trompés. Le Roy mon maître l'a dit très clairement comme vous voyez; et cela à mon avis est la marque la plus certaine de ses sentimens de faire le bonheur. de son peuple, ainsi que de son cæur porté pour des dispositions très contraires à ce que l'on prétend faire croire ici.

C'est en vous assurant de ma parfaite tranquillité sur vos sentiments, vos talents, et dispositions naturellement oratoires, que je vois arriver la soirée d'ajourd'hui, et votre triomphe sera d'autant plus brillant pour celui qui comme moi connoit que vous avez à lutter contre une opinion trompée, mais par malheur trop générale dans ce pays.

Agréez, je vous prie, mon cher Castlereagh, les sentimens de la plus haute considération, estime, et particulière amitié de votre dévoué.

Le Comte Duc de FERNAN-NUÑEZ.

Madrid Gazette Extraordinary, 27th January, 1816.

OFFICAL ARTICLE. The first duty of Sovereigns is to restore repose and tranquillity to their subjects: when they are judged by tribunals legally established, they repose under the cover of their protection; but when sentences are pronounced by commissions,

my conscience cannot feel free from all responsibility; my subjects cannot have confidence in the administration of justice, without which men cannot enjoy tranquillity in society. To avoid evils which may be attended with such important consequences, I order that all the commissions employed on criminal proceedings be instantly suppressed ; that the said proceedings be immediately handed over to the competent tribunals; and that the informers be held to appear, in order that there may be no doubt as to the motives of public good which they allege, they being made rigorously responsible for the consequences of their denunciations.

During my absence from Spain, two parties have formed themselves, under the appellations of the Liberal and the Servile. The division which, from the first, existed between them, has extended itself through the most part of the provinces of my kingdom. One of my most sacred duties, in my character of Father of my people, is to put an end to these dissensions. I order, therefore, that the denunciators be held to appear before the tribunals, and to give there legal security; that the appellations of the Liberal and the Servile disappear from common discourse ; and that within six months all affairs of this nature be terminated, the ordinary modes of justice being, however, always observed with respect to them.

Signed by the hand of the King. To Don Pedro Ceballos.

The Palace, January 27th, 1816.

Further Decree for the re-establishment of M. de Ceballos in the

Office of Minister for Foreign Affairs. Being satisfied of the fallacy of the motives which had determined me to dismiss you from the office of my Prime Minister, and being well convinced of the zeal, the exactitude, and the attachment, with which, in the most trying times you have served my person and the State, I re-establish you in the exercise of the functions of the said employment of my first

Secretary of State, of which you will immediately retake the portfolio.

Signed by the hand of the King. To Don Pedro Ceballos.

The Palace, January 27th, 1816.

Statement of Sums paid on account of Subsidies to Foreign

Powers in the year 1815, and to the 13th of February, 1816, inclusive.


To complete en Under the
gagements prior Treaties of Sub-
to 1815.

sidy, 1815.


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8. d. 355,555 11 2 1,388,888 17 6 1,744,444 8 8 308,278 14 9 1,701,389 13 6 2,009,668 8 3 355,333 6 8 1,388,888 17 6 1,744,222 4 2 687,728 10 5

687,728 10 5 100,000 00

100,000 0 0 117,748 6 8

117,748 6 8 175,000 00

175,000 0 0

Bills of Credit

to Russia and

Prussia Minor Powers? under Engagements made by the Duke of Wellington, as specified in the accompanying Paper

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£ 333,333 6 8 381,944 8 10 29,515 8 6

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Statement of Sums paid on Account of Subsidies to Minor Powers, under Engagements made by the Duke of Wellington.


£11 2s. per Man, per

Number of

Number of
Men, at




Hanse Towns
Saxe-Coburg, Hildburg-

hausen, and Meiningen
Waldeck and Pyrmont

480 1,120 60,000 16,000

7,149 15,000

750 7,500 8,000 26,400 3,000 1,600

194 386 1,000 3,800

800 3,050

900 15,000 1,804 2,200 1,600 8,000

650 650 300

800 20,000


S. d. 3,996 0 0

9,324 0 0 555,000 0 0 133,200 0 0

30,000 0 0 138,750 0 0

6,243 15 0 62,437 10 0 66,600 0 0 170,940 0 0 24,975 00 13,320 0 0 1,615 10 3,213 90 8,325 0 0 31,635 00

6,660 0 0 25,391 5 0

7,492 10 0 124,875 00 15,018 6 0 18,315 0 0 13,320 00 66,600 0 0 5,411 5 0 5,411 5 0 2,497 10 0

6,660 00 166,500 00

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The whole of the above-mentioned Powers have been paid in full, with the exception of Brunswick, upon whose Subsidy the sum of £29,515 88. 6d. remains to be paid, unless it has been paid from the Military Chest at Paris.

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