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I have thrown hastily together these few remarks upon an imperfect recollection of the despatches to which they apply. If they are not sufficiently matured to direct your conduct, they may at least assist you with topics for deliberation. I shall not fail, however, to write by Adamberger what may, upon a more attentive perusal of your despatches, appear wanting.
I am, &c., CASTLEREAGH.
Sir Charles Stuart to Lord Castlereagh.
Paris, August 8, 1816. My dear Lord—It is necessary to state to your lordship that several Russian officers, who, I have reason to think, are not connected with the legation accredited to this Court, have lately arrived at Paris, and are employed in obtaining and copying all the maps placed in the Dépôt de la Guerre by the late Government, which relate to the countries between the Russian frontier and India.
I remain, &c., CHARLES STUART.
Lord Castlereagh to Sir Charles Stuart.
August 9, 1816. Sir-It is with much regret that I feel myself called upon to transmit to your Excellency the enclosed official letter received from Lord Bathurst, covering one from his Royal Highness the Commander-in-Chief to his lordship, both marked secret.
Although the statement therein made can form no justification of Sir R. Wilson's conduct, it nevertheless appears to his Majesty's Ministers so materially to affect your Excellency's public character, in the highly responsible situation you now fill, as to render it incumbent upon them to call upon you for those explanations which they feel confident your Excellency will be enabled to afford with respect to the transactions to which it has reference: and, in order that you may furnish information upon those parts of Sir R. Wilson's representation which appear to his Majesty's Ministers most necessary to be satisfactorily cleared up, I beg leave to direct your attention to the following points
Ist.' That it may be distinctly ascertained whether any part of the statement which was professedly withheld by Sir R. Wilson from the Duke of York, in consequence of his Royal Highness declining to bind himself to secrecy, related to your Excellency; and, if so, that Sir R. Wilson should be called upon to declare the purport of that statement.
2ndly. That it may be ascertained whether the passport that was procured by Sir Robert Wilson from your Excellency's office, for La Valette, under a false name, viz., that of Major Losack, was so furnished with your Excellency's privity, consent, and knowledge of the person for whom it was really intended, or with that of any person attached to your embassy or family, and, if so, of whom.
And 3rdly. That your Excellency, adverting to the statement made by Sir R. Wilson, should declare whether, previous to the escape of La Valette from prison, or after his escape, and before the period of his leaving Paris, you held language in the presence of Sir R. Wilson, or of any other person, which might be understood to give countenance to a British subject becoming the instrument of assisting a French subject to escape from the public justice of his country.
I have marked this despatch “secret," but your Excellency will not feel yourself thereby precluded from making such use of it, or of its enclosures, as you may deem expedient for the purpose of claiming from Sir R. Wilson, or from any other persons, the information necessary to the full elucidation of the subject.
'In the original MS. by Lord Castlereagh, this ist paragraph is struck through with the pen, evidently in consequence of an afterthought, as the numbers of the 2nd and 3rd are unaltered: and as it mentions a circumstance perhaps nowhere else recorded, it has been here retained.-EDITOR.
Count Capo d'Istrias to Lord Castlereagh.
St. Petersbourg, ce 11 Août, 1816. Mylord—J'ai reçu la lettre que votre Excellence m'a fait l'honneur de m'adresser, en date du 22 Juillet. Le témoignage qu'il a plu à son Altesse Royale de me donner de sa bienveillance et du suffrage qu'elle accorde à mon zèle à l'occasion de la signature du traité relatif aux États Unis Ioniens, m'inspire une vive reconnoissance. Veuillez, Mylord, mettre sous les yeux de son Altesse Royale, Monseigneur le Prince Régent, l'hommage de ma respectueuse reconnoissance.
Les expressions dont votre Excellence s'est servie dans sa lettre, et qui m'assurent de ses dispositions personnelles à mon égard, m'ont procuré une satisfaction d'autant plus grande que je me flatte d'avoir droit à réciprocité par les sentimens que je vous ai voués, Mylord, et qui vous sont connus.
Agréez en de nouvelles assurances, et recevez celles de l'estime et de la haute considération avec laquelle j'ai l'honneur d'être, Mylord, de votre Excellence le très humble et très obéissant serviteur.
Le Comte CAPO D'ISTRIAS.
The Hon. Charles Bagot to Lord Castlereagh.
Washington, August 11, 1816. My dear Lord—I am much disappointed in not being able to acquaint you by this packet, that I have already concluded the convention on the subject of the fisheries—but the fault is in the Government, or rather the no-Government of this country: for it can scarcely be said that a Government exists here during the summer months.
Immediately after I received your lordship’s instructions, I requested an interview with Mr. Monroe, at which, after a long conversation upon the subject, I brought forward the first proposition contained in Lord Melville's letter to your lordship, which allots to the use of the United States such part of the southern coast of Labrador as lies between Mount Joli and the Esquimaux Islands. Mr. Monroe told me that, if he could procure in Washington any circumstantial information respecting the proposed coast, he should be able to proceed immediately in the business: but, on the following day, I received a note from him, stating that he had been under the necessity of writing to the Secretary of the Navy, then at Salem, beyond Boston, for the information which he required. After repeated interviews with Mr. Monroe, he told me that he imagined that the Secretary of the Navy had sent to have the coast in question examined, and Mr. Monroe himself then went into the country, from whence he only returned yesterday. I immediately waited upon him, when he told me that the tract of coast which I had proposed had several settlements upon it; and, though convenient in point of position, it appeared to the persons who had examined it to want many of the requisite advantages. He then expressed his wish that an allotment should be given up on the eastern coast of Labrador, above the Straits of Belleisle. I told him that I could save much useless discussion upon that point by assuring him that there were insuperable objections to granting any part of that coast; but that, if the one proposed was really unsuitable, I would not disguise from him that I was authorized to offer part of another coast, which unquestionably afforded every convenience which the United States could require. I accordingly offered the second proposition, which gives the unsettled part of the southern coast of Newfoundland, from Cape Ray to the Ramen Islands. This is the state of the business at this moment, and I expect that, in a few days, we shall come to some final agreement upon the subject; but I have already detained the packet so long, in waiting for Mr. Monroe's return to Washington, that I do not think it right to delay it any longer. From the manner in which Mr. Monroe received the second proposition, I entertain hopes that it will be accepted, and that I shall be able to annex to the acceptation an express abandonment of all pretensions to fish or dry on any other of the coasts of British North America—at all events, that I shall not be under the necessity of yielding the two propositions, which your lordship may be assured that I shall not do, excepting in the very last resort.
By a letter which I had received from Admiral Griffith, I learnt that he had already given orders for the seizure of all American vessels found fishing within our limits; but I wrote to him on the 6th of last month, (the day after I had first seen Mr. Monroe upon this business) requesting that he would abstain as much as possible from taking any steps which might, at the present moment, embarrass the negociation, which I confidentially acquainted him was then on foot.
I have the honour to be, my dear lord, your lordship's sincerely faithful servant,
Intelligence from Paris.'
Paris, Mercredi, 21 Août, 1816. On assure que le Gouvernement demande aux étrangèrs un délai de cinq ans de plus pour payer les six cent millions de contributions restant, et qu'il consent à ce prix à solder et entretenir aussi pendant cinq ans de plus l'armée étrangère d'occupation. Ce serait emprunter six cents millions, à cent cinquante millions d'intérêt par an. Je vois que cette mesure du Gouvernement serait fort désapprouvée, mais je ne vois personne en proposer de meilleure, ou même d'équivalente.
Le Pavillon Marsan et ses amis ont un maintien et une conversation singulière et bizarre ; ils ne demandent pas mieux
The only information given concerning this sensible Paper is conveyed in the indorsement - Received from Sir C. Stuart, 1816."EDITOR