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cable, not only on account of the old proverb of a bird in the hand, but because I hear they are easily discounted at Paris, as low as at four per cent.; and the money so raised might be employed very advantageously in improving the exchange. I am told the Prussians have realized a very large sum (fifty millions) in that way. In any arrangement of this kind, you would find Rosenhagen of use.

Lord Liverpool to Lord Ccutlereaph.

Walmer Castle, October 5, 1815.

My dear Castlereagh—Bathurst will have communicated to yon officially the Prince Regent's approbation of all your proceedings, and particularly the memorandum of conditions on which the pacific relations of the Allies with France are to rest, which are certainly more favourable than those to which your instructions would have authorized you in agreeing: you will now, therefore, have only the trouble of settling the treaty in its detail. My letter from London will have apprised you of the importance we attach to the stipulation for the return of the fortresses occupied only to the lawful Sovereign, as we are persuaded a provision of this nature will have the most beneficial effect, in reconciling the French nation to the existing Government, as the necessary instruments for recovering those places which they must otherwise have submitted to the humility of losing.

If the nation can be brought to submit for five, or even for three years, to Louis XVIII., this Government will have become habitual, and it is not likely to be overturned, unless by the folly of his successors. I shall be curious to hear what are the first proceedings of the new Assemblies.

Is the Puke of Wellington likely to remain at Paris much longer? I put the question because I understand he has written to the duchess to say he was going to take a house, and to desire that she would come over.

I send you enclosed a memorandum of Harrowby's, on the subject of the claims of the British creditors in France. The suggestion appears to me to be a good one, and at least deserving attention, in bringing this matter to a conclusion. You are aware we have Guadeloupe and the Saintes in our hands, which have in fact been conquered. We have no desire for any more colonies, but it may not be amiss to consider them as fair pledges for the just claims of our own subjects. The loyalty of Martinique ought to be respected, and the island surrendered to the King as soon as he can send troops to take possession of it.

How much longer do you think you are likely to stay at Paris? I was happy to find that you were able to walk out. Ever most truly yours, Liverpool.

Lord Bathurst to Lord Castlereagh.

Downing Street, October 6, 1815.

My Lord—I have the honour of enclosing to your lordship the projet for placing the United Ionian Islands under British protection, with the modifications which it has appeared desirable should be introduced. The absence of the King's Advocate and of the Attorney and Solicitor-General from London, has prevented me from availing myself of their assistance; but, as the first-named is at Paris, your lordship may consult him, if you think proper.

It appears so very desirable that this matter should be definitively arranged, either before the signature of preliminaries with France, or at least at the same time, that your lordship will not think it necessary to suspend the conclusion of the business, if you should find any serious objection to any of the modifications herewith recommended to your Lordship's consideration.

I have the honour to be, &c, Bathurst.

Lord Exmouth to Lord Castlereaph.

Boyne, off Marseilles, October 9, 1815.

My Lord—I have the honour to inform your lordship that Captain Bastard, of the Meander frigate, joined me this morning, from Corsica, with the report of Marshal Murat having departed from Ajaccio the night of the 28th, accompanied by three small vessels, and about one hundred persons, generals and other officers.

I beg to enclose for your lordship's information a letter addressed to Murat by Colonel Macirone, with the reply to it. I have the honour to be, &c, Exmouth.

T. Macirone to the King of Naples [Murat].

Gènes, Septembre 28, 1815.

Sire—J'ai l'honneur de mettre sous les yeux de votre Majesté une pièce officielle, munie de la signature de son Altesse le Prince de Metternich, renfermant les conditions sous lesquelles sa Majesté l'Empereur d'Autriche offre à votre Majesté un asile dans ses états. Je les propose à l'acceptation de votre Majesté, et je suis autorisé à lui notifier qu'en cas qu'elle y obtempère, j'aurais a ma disposition un officier Autrichien, qui accompagnera votre Majesté à travers la France et la Suisse; et dans le cas qu'elle se déciderait pour le voyage par mer, j'ai pour sou usage un passeport achevé par les Plénipotentiaires Anglais et Autrichiens, qui la servira de saufgarde jusqu'à son arrivée à Trieste, où les autorités sont déjà prévenus pour sa réception.

Je suis autorisé aussi à prévenir votre Majesté que M. Bastard, Capitaine de la frégate de S.M.B. le Meander, se trouve dans ce moment à Bastia, prêt à se rendre à mon invitation dans le port d'Ajaccio, pour recevoir à son bord votre Majesté ainsi que moi-même, et nous conduire en toute sûreté à Toulon, lieu du rendezvous que j'ai assigné pour l'officier supérieur Au


trichien qui devait accompagner votre Majesté jusque dans les états de sa Majesté Imperiale et Royale.

J'ai trouvé à Paris deux domestiques qui avaient appartenu à votre Majesté, tout-à-fait sans œuvre et manquant les moyens d'existence. Il m'a convenu de les prendre à mon service. Maintenant je viens d'être instruit que votre Majesté se trouve tout-à-fait dépourvu des aises et des commodités que les services de ces hommes pourraient lui apporter, étant entièrement dépourvue de valets de chambre, et quelle désirerait les reprendre à son service. Je me fais, Sire, un vrai plaisir d'assurer votre Majesté qu'ils sont tous les deux parfaitement à sa disposition, d'autant plus que je puis très bien en attendant me prévaloir des services de mon palefrenier; et si votre Majesté le désirerait ils pourront, dès ce soir même reprendre leurs fonctions auprès de la personne de votre Majesté.

Je prie votre Majesté de vouloir bien me rendre une réponse décisive sur ses intentions, et de daigner agréer les sentimens de respect et d'estime avec lesquels j'ai l'honneur d'être de votre Majesté le très humble et très obéissant serviteur.

T. Macirone.

The King of Naples to T. Macirone.

Ajaccio, Septembre 28, 1815.

Monsieur Macirone, Envoyé des Puissances Alliées auprès du Roi Joachim, je viens de prendre connaissance des pièces dont vous êtes porteur. J'accepte le passeport, que vous êtes chargé de me remettre, et je compte m'en servir pour me rendre à la destination qui y est fixée. Quant aux conditions que sa Majesté Imperiale et Royale impose à l'offre d'un asile en Autriche, je me réserve de traiter cet article important à l'époque où je serai réuni à ma famille.

La sommation peu mesurée qui m'a été addressée par M. le Capitaine de la frégate de sa Majesté Britannique m'empêche d'accepter l'offre que vous me faites en son nom de me recevoir à son bord.

Persecute, menace^ meme en Corse, parcequ'on avait pu me supposer des vues sur cette Isle, j'avais deja prepare mes moyens de depart. En effet je pars cette nuit. J'accepte avec plaisir les valets-de-chambre que Tous voulez bien me céder.

Sur ee, Monsieur Macerone, je prie Dieu qu'il vous ait en sa sainte et digne garde.


Lord Castlereagh to Lord Liverpool.

Paris, October 16, 1815.

My dear Lord—In answer to your private letter of the 2nd, enclosing one from Mr. Wilberforce, suggesting the propriety of further instructions being given to his Majesty's Minister at Madrid, to urge the Spanish Government anew to direct the cessation of the slave trade on the part of their subjects to the north of the Line, I beg to refer your lordship to the despatch enclosed, which I addressed to Mr. Vaughan, on communicating to him the unqualified abolition of the slave trade by the French Government.

You must be aware that any further representations which I might direct to be made at this moment, and under the present circumstances of the Spanish Government, would probably not produce any more satisfactory result.

I have, &c, Castlereagh.

Lord Liverpool to Lord Castlereagh.

Walmer Castle, October 17, 1815. My dear Castlereagh—Hamilton, and Fagel the Ambassador, paid me a visit here, on their way to town, and I have since received your letter of the 12th inst., with the account of the unpleasant transaction that had occurred at Naples, in consequence of Lord William Bentinck's arrival there.

I am informed by Bathurst that he had no special authority whatever to go there, for the purpose he assigned. His name

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