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and acted upon prior to the termination of the session. I was the more led to this course, because the formal Declarations of the places of residence of the courts of justice do not appear to me of a nature necessary to be laid before the Houses. Under the assurances I have received respecting the delivery to me of this document, I have ventured to state it as forming actually an enclosure to my despatch of this date, No. 50, for the purpose of rendering the whole complete. Of this I should hope you will approve; it can easily be added to that despatch a few days later, upon its receipt in London. There is nothing of interest to acquaint you with from hence. The Court is at Loo, the Prince at Zoosdyke. The Duke of Wellington has written to express his wish for the renewal of our former weekly communications, which will afford me equal satisfaction, and, I flatter myself, sufficient advantage to the public to warrant the expense of a weekly journey of a messenger between this and Valenciennes. Yours, my dear lord, &c., CLANCARTY.
Lord Clancarty to Lord Castlereagh.
My dear Lord—I send you herewith enclosed the original Declaration of the Netherlands’ Plenipotentiaries, declaring Surinam to be the place where the mixed court of justice to be situated in their colonial possessions is to reside. This ought to have formed (and was noticed as having formed) an enclosure in my despatch No. 50, of the 26th instant, which accompanied the ratifications of the treaty lately concluded with this Court for the repression of the Slave Trade; and it bears date the 25th instant, the day of the exchange. I have to request, therefore, that you will have it placed among the records, as having formed an enclosure to the above mentioned despatch.
I have no intelligence to send you from hence, and we are without any recent arrival from England, the mails of Tuesday last not having yet reached us. The last from London brought us Lord K— 's letter to the Duke of Wellington, than which there has seldom been edited a more flimsy composition. This is unpardonable in the noble lord, because, unfettered as he has shown himself by the real state of facts, he had the field open before him, and might consequently have manufactured a better case for himself. If it was worth while, which I am far from thinking is the case, how easily could the whole of this piece of mystification be overturned !
A judgment has been recently affirmed by the Court of Cassation at Bruxelles, which has afforded great satisfaction to this Court. It was against a lawyer of the name of Douey, who wrote and printed an infamous libel against the King, in the form of a petition of claim for certain demands of M. Crawford, of Rotterdam. He appealed from this to the Court of Cassation ; his appeal has been disallowed, and he will pass three years in prison, and be fined three thousand francs, &c., in pursuance of the original judgment.
Yours, my dear lord, &c., CLANCARTY.
Mr. C. Bagot to Lord Castlereagh.
Washington, June 2, 1818. My dear Lord— I have not been able to obtain any further information respecting the proceedings of the French officers in the Province of Texas, of which I gave your lordship some account in my despatch No. 38, by the last mail; but the enclosed copy of a letter which I have received from Mr. Robertson, the Consul at Philadelphia, contains some intelligence connected with this subject.
I am perfectly aware that there has been some exaggeration in many of the accounts which have been given of the designs and projects of the adherents of the Buonaparte family in this country, but your lordship may be assured that they are not without a large foundation of truth.
I have the honour to be, &c., CHARLES Bagot.
Philadelphia, May 28, 1818. My dear Sir-It will not have escaped your memory what I had written to you on the 16th of December last, in regard to a schooner that had sailed from this with French passengers for Mobile. A young man who was one of the navigators on board said schooner has returned, and has given me very particular details of the voyage. He states that, while at anchor at Reedy Island the night before they sailed, a boat came alongside, and delivered 60 kegs of gunpowder, and 196 United States' muskets on board. Some misunderstanding .had taken place among the passengers, and an Italian, who threatened to divulge their secret, was run through the heart and killed. They took their departure next day, and the muskets, bayonets, canteens, &c., were distributed among the passengers. There was also a quantity of bar-lead put on board to be run into bullets. The voyage was continued until they got into the latitude of Havana, when the command was given to one of the passengers, an Irishman of the name of Stevens. The master and crew were informed that, if they did not acquiesce in this arrangement, and work the vessel as heretofore, they would all be thrown overboard.
The new commander shaped her course for Galveztown, where having arrived, they landed and erected their tents. They found at Galveztown the celebrated Lafitte the pirate, with several prizes taken from the Spaniards ; he had with him upwards of 100 men, principally St. Domingo negroes. Rigaud was the commander of the French, and Joimetre his aide. During the stay of my informant, he states that he learnt that this party expected to be joined by various others, who had been collected in the United States for the object, and would, when collected, amount to 10,000 men ; that their first object was to make a dash at La Vera Cruz, to plunder that city, by which they would obtain sufficient booty to execute their grand scheme, which was the release of Bonaparte ; that vessels were constructing for them in the United States, of which two were at New York, each to carry thirty-two guns.
From the non-arrival of the reinforcements expected, a good deal of discontent appeared among them, and that several duels had been fought, three of them fatal, and six or seven wounded. Their resources were getting low, and that in order to support themselves, they were selling off their clothes and gold watches. Some of them declared they were inveigled away, and that their view was the settlement in the Alabama country ; that the deception practised upon them was abominable, as, in order to deceive them, certain implements of husbandry accompanied them; however, the majority appeared to be well aware of the real intention ; that their songs, &c., were all the popular airs of the times of Bonaparte's successful days, and that they hoisted the tri-coloured flag in honour to him.
Allemand (the younger I believe) arrived from New Orleans, and was received and hailed as a superior among them; that he appeared quite disconcerted at the non-appearance of the expected force; and that he has now come to the States to find out the causes of the failure. The foregoing is pretty nearly what has been detailed to me by the young man mentioned above, who is very intelligent.
There can be no doubt as to the intention, corroborated by so many facts as we know: however, it seems to me that the scheme is now frustrated, unless they can rally again by the force of money. Perhaps I may receive some more information through the same channel ; if I do, I shall not fail to advise you.
I remain, &c., Gilbert ROBERTSON.
Lord Clancarty to Lord Castlereagh.
The Hague, June 2, 1818. My dear Lord-In my letter of the 22nd, I acquainted you with Prince Hatzfeldt's intelligence, as communicated to me, of Teste, Cauchois le Maire, and Guyet being in England, with the view of establishing a periodical publication there, for the edification of the Continent. From subsequent inquiry, I am led to believe that Teste is returned to the neighbourhood of Aix-la-Chapelle and Liege, and that Prince Hatzfeldt has been misinformed relative to Cauchois le Maire, who, it should seem, has not been in England at all. I have, however, little doubt of Guyet and Madame Guyet being both there. The latter went over about the same time with Lord K— , and is now there, as I am credibly informed, under his lordship's protection : she is said to have embarked at Ostend. This lady was suspected of being implicated in the conspiracy to assassinate the Duke of Wellington, and was for some time imprisoned at Bruxelles, with a view to examination, but latterly enlarged, on her undertaking to appear when called for: from this she has, however, escaped. Her husband, who does not seem to be over scrupulous, is also, as it is believed, assisted by the noble lord.
The Duke of Wellington writes to me that he received much satisfaction, during his short residence at Bruxelles, from the apparently improved state of the public mind there, which he, and I think justly, attributes principally to three causes : 1stly, the harmony and confidence which at present subsist between the King and Prince; 2ndly, the vigour of those now charged with the maintenance of the police, greatly aided by their discharge of two Jacobinical commis, who were formerly chefs de bureaux, the one to the Minister of Police, the other to the Civil Governor of Bruxelles; and 3rdly, the strong and persevering efforts made by this Government to discover the parties implicated in the assassination plot and to develop the folds of this mysterious transaction, to which the Duke does ample justice.
Upon this latter subject, the French Minister here seems to entertain no doubt that the evidence now in possession of the French Government is amply sufficient to convict Marinet