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Austrian Chancery, which I have shown to Sir Charles Robinson, who sees no objection to its form, and I enclose a copy to your lordship, in order that you may consult upon it with the Chancellor. If his lordship approves, it will be a matter of great convenience, and will enable us to have the Treaty ratified, so as to be ready for Parliament, which could not well be the case, if the Treaty at full length were to be set out in the ratification we are to give, as well as in those we are to receive in exchange.

If the Lord Chancellor should think it necessary that the Treaty, with its annexes, should formally be ratified under the Great Seal, the same may be done in a separate instrument; but I should hope the usual form may be dispensed with in the Act of Ratification to be exchanged with the signing Powers, and the draft adopted which I have enclosed.

Castlereagh. [Enclosure.] Projet de la Ratification de la Grande Bretagne et de TA utriche.

A mettre en Latin. Nous George, &c,

Nos Georgius, &c Les puissances qui avoient signe:

le traits de Paris du 30 Mai, 1814, s'étant reunies a Vienne, en conformite de l'article 32 de cet acte avec les Princes et Etats, leurs Alliés, pour compléter les dispositions de cette transaction, il a €ti conclu et signe' en la ville de Vienne, le neuf Juin, de la présente annee mil-huit-cent-quinze, entre— (A)N.B. ChaquePuis- La Grande Bretagne; (A) sauce ratifiante se mettra L'Autriche; en première, et les six La France; autres dans l'ordre alpha- Le Portugal; bt*ti(|iie des Cours. La Prusse;

La Russie; et
La Suede;

(B) Dans lea cinq autres actes de ratification il sera fait mention, au lieu des plénipotentiaires d'Autriche, de ceux de la Puissance, à laquelle l'instrument de la ratification sera destiné.

un traité général et commun, en huit exemplaires originaux, tous de mot-à-mot les mêmes et entièrement conformes entr'eux, dont sept exemplaires pour chacune des sept Puissances signataires, et le huitième exemplaire se trouve déposé en exécution de l'article 121 de cet acte, aux archives de cour et d'état à Vienne, pour servir de titre commun tant aux signataires ci-dessus mentionnés qu'aux autres Puissances et États accédant, et le dit traité général, ayant été revêtu entr'autres signatures,, de celles de nos Ministres plénipotentiaires et de ceux de Sa Majesté l'Empereur d'Autriche. (B)

Nous, après avoir lu et examiné tant le traité général du neuf de Juin, que les traités, conventions, déclarations règlemens, et autres actes cités dans le 118e article et joints à la transaction commune, lesquels sont, les uns et les autres, censés insérés ici de mot-à-mot, les avons trouvés, en tout point, conformes à notre volonté: en conséquence Nous les avons approuvés, confirmés, et ratifiés, comme par ces présentes Nous les approuvons, confirmons, et ratifions, promettant, tant en notre nom qu'en celui de nos héritiers et successeurs, d'en accomplir fidèlement le contenu.

(G) Dans les autres expéditions destinées à être délivrées aux cinq autres Puissances signataires, il sera fait mention du Souverain auquel l'acte est destiné.

(D) On est convenu de faire expédier les actes de ratification sous la date du 15 Septembre, parceque l'acte du Congrès doit être ratifié sous une date antérieure aux transactions actuelles de Paris.

En foi de quoi, Nous avons signé et fait munir de notre sceau les actes de ratification en sept expéditions conformes, dont une sera réunie au traité déposé, comme titre commun, aux archives impériales à Vienne et remise à cet effet au ministre des affaires étrangères d'Autriche; les six autres seront échangées avec les six Puissances signataires entre les quelles expéditions la présente sera échangée contre les actes de ratification (C) de Sa Majesté l'Empereur d'Autriche.

Fait à Londres, le quinze Septembre, (D) l'an de grace mil-hnitcent-quinze.

(Signé) George.

(Contresigné) N. N.

Lord Liverpool to Lord Castlereagh.

Fife House, October 31, 1815.

My dear Castlereagh—Your despatch No. 84, of the 24th instant, has been received and read by the Prince Regent. In conveying to you the approbation of the Government of the projet of the Treaty which you have transmitted, and which, it is supposed, you will sign without delay, I have only to call your particular attention to the concluding stipulation of the fifth Article, by which it is agreed that, in all events, the places and fortresses occupied by the Allies within the French territory shall be evacuated at the expiration of five years.

It had, I conceive, been clearly understood that, either in the body of this Treaty, in one or other of the Conventions regulating the occupation and contributions which are to be signed at the same time, an engagement should be introduced to make the evacuation of the fortresses at the expiration of five years, or any other term, dependent on the final payment of the whole of the contributions agreed to be paid by the French Government.

It is indeed expressed in Prince Metternich's projet, annexed in the Protocol of the 20th, that the prolonged occupation of those places forms one of the guarantees we are to have for the liquidation of the demand; but we conclude that such agreement must be stated in a more formal manner, before it can be binding upon France or we can be authorized to continue the occupation on the ground of non-payment alone.

I trust I shall not be too late in bringing this consideration before you, and beg you will consider it as one of the most urgent importance. As we cannot but contemplate the possibility that delays may occur in the payment of what France agrees to furnish, even without any intentional fault on the part of the Government, it is most desirable that we should have in our hands the strongest and most effectual of all guarantees, that is, the right, under certain circumstances, to continue in possession of her fortresses until her other engagements by Treaty are fully executed.

It would be preferable, if not too late, that this engagement should be in the general Treaty; but the purpose may be answered by its being in the Convention for contributions, (or even an additional Article, if necessary) provided it be so expressed as to admit of no cavil.

I am, my dear Castlereagh, &c, Liverpool.

Mr. Brackenbury to Mr. Planta ( Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs).

November 4, 1815. Mr. Brackenbury presents his best compliments to Mr. Planta, with the enclosed Paper, which contains some information relative to the Bordeaux claims, in addition to the communication which Mr. Brackenbury had the honour to make to Lord Castlereagh.

In the midst of Lord Castlereagh's most important avocations, Mr. Brackenbury entrusts the delivery of the enclosed entirely to the discretion of Mr. Planta.

[Enclosure.]

References to certain Letters and Documents concerning the Bordeaux Claims, under the Decree of the King of France.

November 8, 1815.

OBSERVATIONS.

This letter contains a proposition, which is replied to in the letter of his Excellency Sir C. Stuart, July 5, 1814.

In this letter his Excellency Sir Charles Stuart happened to omit the word insurance. On my discovering the error, he immediately wrote to have it rectified (vide note, Aug. 4 or 5); and M. de la Bernardiere personally assured Mr. Bidwell, then Secretary, and myself, that we might charge the assurance, and the payment of it would not be disputed, as the error had been noticed.

REFERENCES.

The letter of his Highness the Prince de Benevente to his Excellency Sir C. Stuart, July 2, 1814.

The letter of Sir C. Stuart, of the 5th July, contains the ultimatum of the British Government, and details the principles upon which alone he can consent to the proposition of the French Government.

In this letter, it will be observed that the demand of Sir C. Stuart includes the entire fulfilment of the Tariff in every case which occurred between the 24th of March and the 24th of May—the admission of British manufactures alone excepted, and upon them an indemnity of 5 per cent.,

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