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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
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: lstly, 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
and Cantillon. But, in my mind, the apparent amelioration of the public mind in the southern provinces rests principally upon the thorough reconciliation between the King and Prince.
In a former letter, I mentioned to you the good taste with which the Prince had, on his Majesty's last journey thither, proposed to accompany his lather to Bruxelles, for the purpose of showing how sincerely they were reconciled. His Royal Highness has latterly sent through me a letter to the Duke of Wellington, the substance of which, as I can learn from his Grace, was to propose a meeting between them, in order that the world should see that they also continued on the most intimate terms; and the Duke has answered this by offering to go to Zoosdyke (a country house where the Prince and Princess now are) at the close of the present month.
M. de Nagell has, some time since, acquainted me with his intention of immediately answering my note on the money question, but his silence on this subject still continues. That they are under considerable embarrassment upon this point I do not doubt. It was their policy to endeavour, during the last session of their States-General, to settle their finances for two years, that is, till the sessions of the States shall be again held here, so as to avoid having any difficult questions of this nature at least to discuss at Bruxelles. Their Budget, therefore, was passed with some difficulty, till the year 1820; and, this demand of payment for arms and clothing furnished in 1814, and to such an amount, coming upon them subsequently to the enactment of their Finance Law, they naturally enough feel embarrassed to discover the mode of disposing of it. They had, as I believe, supposed that, by making an effort to satisfy the i?200,000 of money lent, they would thereby have led you to let the subject of indemnification for arms and clothing drop, and thus precluded the necessity of their recurring to their States-General.
Yours, my dear lord, &c, Clancarty.
Lord Clancarty to Lord Castlereagh.
The Hague, June 5, 1818.
My dear Lord—The Austrian Envoy, Baron Binder, called upon me yesterday, and stated that he had just received a despatch from Baron Vincent at Paris, respecting the approaching reunion of Sovereigns; that the Russian and Prussian missions here had also received despatches from their respective Ministers at Paris on the same subject; and he asked me whether I had not also received one relative to this matter from Sir Charles Stuart.
Upon my telling him I had not, he then acquainted me with the substance of that received by him. The purport of it is, after announcing the probability of the reunion of certain Sovereigns during the summer, to deprecate its being considered, in any sense, as a Congress; that the meeting is to be confined to the Sovereigns, immediately contracting parties to the treaty of peace with France in November, 1815; and its object will be limited to the consideration, under the 5th Article of that treaty, of the state of France, with a view to the removal or further continuance of the Army of Occupation, and arrangements consequent thereon, without entering into any discussion on other matters, or interfering with the negociations in esse at Frankfort or other places.
The despatch therefore recommends this language to be held, especially when conversing with persons in authority under this Government, with a view to prevent its being considered necessary to send accredited Ministers from other Courts than those of the contracting Sovereigns, and particularly from hence, to that meeting. This was the substance of the communication made to me by Baron Binder.
Aware of the wishes of my Government upon this subject, from the despatches which passed through my hands under flying seal, some six or seven weeks since, addressed to Lord Cathcart, I have always acted in conformity with the view stated by Baron Vincent, by holding it out as my opinion that, though a reunion of the Sovereigns, immediate parties to the Peace of Paris, might possibly occur, such meeting, I was very sure, would be far from assuming the title of a Congress; as its functions, confined probably to the examination stated in the 5th Article of that treaty, would differ much from those which had heretofore acquired that appellation, and which, subsequently to the general settlement at Vienna, could now neither be necessary nor desirable.
I am happy to add that, in all the private conversations I have had with M. de Nagell and others, in any of which the approaching reunion of Sovereigns has been noticed, I have never yet heard the slightest suggestion of a design to accredit any Minister from hence to that meeting.
The packet of Tuesday has just arrived. I will formally
acknowledge the receipt of the despatch conveyed by it by the
Yours, my dear lord, &c, Clancarty.
PS. The King, as we hear, has had a regular fit of the gout at Loo.
Mr. C. Bagot to Lord Castlereagh.
Washington, June 6, 1818. My dear Lord—Since my letter of the date of the 2nd of June, I have ascertained indirectly that M. Gallatin is the person who has been selected by the President to act as joint Plenipotentiary with Mr. Rush in the proposed negociation.
I have the honour to be, &c Charles Bagot.
Hie Chevalier Guerreiro to Lord Castlereagh.
South Audley Street, ce 8 Juin, 1818.
Mylord—J'ai l'honneur de vous adresser une lettre de
Monsieur le Comte de Palmella pour votre Excellence. J'ai
celui en mfime terns d'ajouter que les reponses que l'on avait
demandees a Lisbonne, relativement aux relations que le Baron