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that she could afford him the protection which he would rather receive from her than from any other Power; but he has felt strongly, since the last negociation with respect to the Bishopric of Salzburg, that a protector was necessary to Bavaria ; and, although he fears the power of Austria, he yet appreciates the moderation of the principles which direct her Government. Prussia and Russia, on the contrary, are the objects of his unmixed suspicion and apprehension, and from these motives arose his wish for the marriage and his joy upon its conclusion. The same causes may be expected to determine his influence in favour of the alliance with Austria, as long as the present situation of Europe continues, nor can I perceive any reason to change this opinion, although the circumstances which I have detailed have led very generally to an opposite belief. I do not regard this as a matter of indifference, as I consider him to have so many advantages over his adversaries, that, in spite of the attacks to which he will always be exposed, it is highly probable that his power will last as long as the life of the King. The Prince Royal is among the most bitter of his enemies. The feeling of the country is very adverse to Austria, and, as far as I can judge, is not at all altered by the marriage.
I ought to apologize for so long a letter on such trifling details; but they sometimes lead to important results, and unexpected ones—at all events, I would rather be blamed for tediousness than negligence.
Believe me, &c., F. LAMB.
The Hon. C. Bagot to Lord Castlereagh.
Washington, November 10, 1816. My dear Lord-I am again disappointed in not being able to acquaint you by this packet that the Convention respecting the fisheries has been concluded.
Immediately on my return to Washington, on the 14th of last month, I called upon Mr. Monroe, who had arrived a few
days previously, to inquire whether he had yet received the information which he had been so long expecting, in regard to the portions of coast which I had offered for the purposes of the American fishery; and whether he was then prepared to proceed with the Convention. He told me that he had received a great mass of information, and, he believed, nearly all that was requisite on the subject, but that he had had so little time to examine it, that it would not be possible for him to go then into the question ; but he assured me that, before the meeting of Congress, the 2nd December, he would acquaint me positively whether it was the intention of the President that the business should be proceeded in, or whether the offer which I had made would be rejected.
I have as yet only offered the choice of one of the two proposed coasts; but I begin to suspect that Mr. Monroe is alarmed at the idea of accepting any proposal by which the pretension of right which has been made must be for ever renounced. I shall certainly know the determination of the Government in the course of this month.
In the despatches which I have sent home by this packet, your lordship will see the course which has been taken by this Government in regard to that abominable proceeding of Captain Warrington's. In the note which I have returned to that of Mr. Monroe, enclosing the Report of the Court of Inquiry, I have endeavoured to show how little satisfactory such a Report is, but have tried to lay the ground for abandoning or reserving the business, as your lordship may direct.
I have the honour to be, &c., CHARLES BAGOT.
Sir Charles Stuart to Lord Castlereagk.
Paris, November 11, 1816. My dear Lord-In compliance with the directions conveyed in your lordship's letter, respecting the papers of the late Mrs. Jordan, the French Government yesterday directed the seals to be taken off the press in which they are said to be deposited. As they have merely found three small chests, of which the keys are in the possession of a lady, who is expected to arrive very shortly from England, they wait till her arrival again to take off the official seals which have been replaced on the press, and to deliver the letters in the three little chests to the person I shall authorize to receive them,
Ever, my dear lord, &c.,
Count Fernan-Nuñez to Lord Castlereagh.
Foreign Office, ce 19 Novembre, 1816. Vous me permettrez, mon cher Castlereagh, que je vous addresse ces deux mots, pour me rappeler à votre souvenir, et vous témoigner combien votre absence m'est pénible sous tous les rapports.
Vous savez le changement qui a eu lieu chez nous dans le ministère et Monsieur de Pizarro ayant obtenu la place du Bureau des Affaires Étrangères, il m'a confié une lettre Particulière pour vous, que je serais bien aise de vous présenter au plus tôt. Vous y trouverez certainement des sentimens qui, j'ose me flatter, devront vous convenir; et moi, j'aurois la satisfaction d'être commandé à travailler avec vous pour l'intérêt réel et réciproque de deux nations qui sont faites pour s'estimer mutuellement. Vous avez connu Pizarro pendant la campagne, et lui, il n'a pu oublier les attentions qu'il vous a dû— voilà donc des assurances pour moi, qui ne peuvent que vous confirmer dans mes annonces.
L'affaire du Brésil à arranger, et plusieurs autres de considération ainsi que la détermination dernière du Roy mon maître, de s'en rapporter au jugement et médiation de la Grande Bretagne, ainsi que des alliés du Portugal et de l'Espagne, sur une affaire où sa dignité royale est outragée, vous prouvera combien il aime la paix, et la confiance qu'il a dans le Cabinet que vous dirigez.
Cette nouvelle, que, je crois, vous sera agréable, me fait
espérer que peut-être elle anticipéra votre retour, Milord; et si vos occupations vous empêchoient, au moins vous y trouwerez le désir qui m'anime à correspondre avec vous, de la bonté duquel j'ai lieu de tout espérer pour le bien de ma patrie. Permettez que je profite de cette occasion pour vous prier de me rappeler au souvenir de Milady et de M. Planta, et soyez assuré des sentimens très sinceres et respectueux avec lesquels je serai toujours votre très humble serviteur
et ami, Le Comte Duc de FERNAN-NUSEz.
Mr. G. W. Chad to Lord Castlereagh.
My Lord—The Prince of Orange has announced his intention of dining on Wednesday next at the house of Lord Kinnaird. The mark of favour thus to be conferred by his Royal Highness upon that nobleman has created much sensation: it is cited with triumph by the French refugees, with censure by M. de la Tour du Pin, and with regret and jealousy by those of the natives of this country who are attached to the House of Orange.
The Prince's frequent visits to Lord Kinnaird, and his intimacy with that nobleman, whose house is the resort of many partisans of Buonaparte, had already caused some animadversion; and the Baron de Nagell mentioned the subject to me this morning, with undisguised regret.
General Alava has also conversed with me upon this point; he ascribed the Prince's determination to want of reflection, and offered to endeavour to dissuade his Royal Highness from carrying his intentions into effect. It appeared, however, to me that, as it had been made public, his Royal Highness could not now retract, without giving increased importance to the matter. I therefore advised the General rather to induce him to remove the singularity of the measure by giving a similar
mark of favour to some other private English gentleman of less exceptionable political opinions.
I observed to the General that the Prince's intimacy with Lord Kinnaird appeared no proof of the sincerity of his rejection of the overture made to him by the enemies of Louis XVIII. For as his Royal Highness had been dragged into notice by the Jacobin writers, and pointed out as a fit person to occupy the throne of France, it seemed peculiarly urgent that he should scrupulously avoid affording any sort of countenance to the members of that party.
The General, in reply, stated his entire belief in the sincerity of the Prince's late declaration on that point, and adduced, in corroboration thereof, repeated assurances lately given to him by his Royal Highness of his monarchical feelings, and of his firm attachment to the system of close union with Great Britain, and of his conviction that, on that system alone, could the Government of the Netherlands rest any reasonable hopes of prosperity. The General concluded by citing, as a proof of the Prince's imprudence, some marked censures directed by him, at dinner, against the Government of Louis XVIII., in presence of servants and attendants.
The sincerity of his Royal Highness does not, however, appear to me quite unquestionable. He is extremely inimical to M. de Falck, and lately expressed in strong terms to General Alava his dislike of that Minister; and yet, a few days after this conversation, I observed that the Prince of Orange was marked in his notice of that gentleman, and that he addressed him with an air of satisfaction and regard, which was no evidence of sincerity.
I have the honour to be, &c., G. W. CHAD.
The Hon. F. Lamb to Lord Castlereagh.
Munich, November 29, 1816. My dear Lord— The King leaves this place for Vienna on the 20th of next month. He professes to intend remaining