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of negociation, has, in truth been the subted will not consider any thing in the notes ject of several conversations between the transmitted to them, but those points which undersigned and his Excellency the Duke have a direct tendency to the works of paof Bassang ; but the forms of a negociation cification. They will likewise avoid encould not be unalterably regulated by the larging in protestations of their desire of Mediator and one of the Powers concerned peace, because, however natural it


be in the negociation, to the exclusion of the to do ourselves that honour, this desire inay other parties; and the arrival of the French regulate the spirit of negociations, but not Plenipotentiaries having experienced some the progress of affairs, which ought to be delay, the mode of negociation was touehed treated according to established usages in upon by Count de Bubna, by virtue of their proper order, and in removing diffi. orders which were addressed to him under culties as they may occur.-t -It is with date of the 17th of July, and the confer- equal surprise and regret, that the under, ences in this respect did not lead to any signed perceive that the notes, which have result.-The undersigned formally pro- been transmitted to them, had for their aim tests against the assertion, that the pretend the rejection of a proposal, which had to ed concert established on this subject, was then appeared, and which in fact is, the caused by the manifestation of the intention only proper ene for conciliating the diversity of Russia to open the negociations with a os opinions which has arisen concerning the view of compromising Austria. His Ma form of the negociations, ---In this state

, jesty the Emperor would not have charged of affairs, they address themselves with himself with the mediation between the confidence to the Mediator, to represent to Belligerent Powers, if he had not had con- him what it is impossible nat to acknowfidence in their reciprocal good faith ; and ledge, that the only overture which has ac, his penetration could no more be taken by tually tended to commence the negociation, surprise, than his impartial sincerity was made by them. In fact, the contrariThe forms of negociation proposed to theirety of sentiment of the two parties, "leave Excellencies the Plenipotentiaries of France ing the question undecided, and the 'opi, could not have been unforeseen, as being nion of the Mediator, whatever weight his specified in the overtures made in this re- wisdom and enlightened knowledge may spect by Count de Bubina; and they are give him, not having been able to decide it, so far from being unusual in similar trans- the undersigned, inšvenced as much by dea actions, that they were admitted as the ba- ference to the Mediator, as by the desire of sis of the negociations at Teschen, cited in smoothing all difficulties, liave consented support of the proposal made by the under to adopt entirely the mode which he had signed. The reasons which engaged him proposed, merely demanding that their to prefer them at that time still subsist, and proposal should be likewise admitted. he renews his invitation to their Excellen- This would then be oue step forward, for cies to adhere to them on their part,mori it would be unjust not to consider as such He avails himself of this occasion, &c. in a negociation the total sacrifice of the

(Signed) The Count de METTERNICH. pretensions of one party to the other. Prague, Aug. 8, 1813.

They were authorized to hope that after

this step on their pant, itaken in the form No. XXXVIII.Nole from the Plenipo- desired by the Mediator, he would at

{entiaries of France to Count de Melter- length have decided on giving effect to those nich.

comotives por less, founded on reaşon, than on The undersigned Plenipotentiary from custom with which they have supported his Majesty the Emperor of the French, their proposal in the frequent official conhave received, together with the two notes, ferences that they have had with Count de which his Excellency Count de Metternich, Metternich on this subject. They neverMinister of State for. Foreign Affairs, and theless see that the allied Plenipotentiaries, Plenipotentiany of the mediating Court, without combating this proposal, without bas done them the honour of addressing to replying do the considerations which have them yesterday, the copies of those of the dictated it, and even without alleging any Russian and Prussian, Plenipotentiaries, Pther reason than their own will, persist in Penetrated with the sacred obligation their pretensions, and that the Plenipotenwhich, the nature itself of their mission tiary of the mediating Court, ranges himimposes on them, thap of banishing discuss self entirely on their side, although it caus: sion which does not tend 40 the realising not be disiseinbled, that the only motive fie the dearest lopes of nations, the undersign. has been able to adduce in justification of

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this preference, has no longer any founda- | he has communicated to the undersigned, tion, since that the undersigned have ad that which will assist in conciliating all mitted the form proposed by him.--A'll minds; they will, no doubt, likewise rethe objections which could be made against mark, that the proposals made by the unthe mode which they have pointed out by dersigned, have on the contrary been a fresh their note of the 6th, will fall to the ground proof of their constant desire to remove all of themselves, if we reflect that it concili- difficulties in the way of peace, even when ates all pretensions, that it unites all the their adversaries appear to' have renounced advantages of the different forms, the au-| it. They therefore renew the proposals thenticity of negociating in writing, with which they have not ceased to make, of exthe facility and celerity of a verbal nego-changing their full powers, 'in order inne.' ciation ----It would be superfluous to at diately to open the negociations, according

. tend to the strange assertion, that this inode to the form proposed by the mediating is unusual, 'as the most simple examination Power, without, however, excluding the of facts would be sufficient to destroy that form of conferences, in order to preserve objection. No person can be ignorant that the means of explaining themselves verbally. in the principal congresses of which history —The undersigned have the honour, &c. makes mention, in those in which, as at (Signed) GAULINCOURT, Duke of Vicenza. present, interests, equally complicated and

L. NARBONNE. various, were to be discussed at Munster, Prague, Aug. 9, 1813. at Nemeguen, at Ryswick, this double form was always employed. Would not to re- No. XXXIX. --Nole from his Excellency fuse it at this present time be evidently to

Count de Mellernich to the French Ple+ shew that the pacific intentions which so

nipotentiaries. much pains are taken to announce, are not The Minister of State and for Foreign those which are actually meant? It is af- Affairs to his Imperial and Royal Austrian fected continually to instance Teschen, and Majesty, Plenipotentiary from the wediatto take for a rule that which has been an ex-ing Court, yesterday delivered to the Pleception, and constantly to appeal to the re- nipotentiaries of Russia and Prussia the sult of this negociation, as if those which Note of the 9th of this month, which their have been cited had had a less favourable Excellencies the French Plenipotentiaries issue, and as if they had not equally regu- did him the honour of addressing to him. lated the interests of sovereigns, and the He has just received, in reply from · Baron tranquillity of states. Whatever it may d'Anstett and Baron de Humboldt, the be, we ask again for 'the' motive which Notes of this day's date, of which the angives preference to a form which was solely nexed are copies, and which he is desirous followed under a circumstance where there not to delay transmitting to the French Plewas only one object to treat upon, and of nipotentiaries. The undersigned seizes which even the basis had already been sét- this opportunity, &c. tled beforehand. It is easy to judge, from

(Signed) 1 METTERNICH. the actual state of the question, who ought Prague, Aug. 10, 1813. to be accused of the delays occasioned to the negociation, those who, by raising a Nole from M. d' Anslelt to Count de Metpretension opposed to the received usage,

ternich. reject a proposal which ensures to them all The undersigned has just received the the advantages they desire, or those, who Copy of the Note, which the French Plenihaving on their side the usage universally potentiaries have addressed, under yesterfollowed, consent to adopt entirely the day's date, to his Excellency Count de form adopted by the adverse party, and Metternich, Plenipotentiary of the mediconfine themselves to demanding, that la ating Court. It has not been surprised to mode of treating, which in despite of all see, that endeavours are made, on the last allegations to the contrary, can alone pro- day of the negociations, to throw all the ducé speedy results, should not be exclud- blame both on the Mediator and on the Pleed. The undersigned Aatter themselves, nipotentiaries of the Allied Powers. This that these cousiderations will be so much proceeding is nothing novel. On the whole, the more felt by his Excellency Count Met all that this paper affirms to-day, has been ternich, as it cannot have escaped him, that refuted beforehand. But when the French if the exclusive form of written negocia- Plenipotentiaries say, that our official notes tions offer some advantages, it is not, at have not been of the proper nature to conleast if we may judge from the notes which ciliate men's minds, it will be necessary to

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remind them of the serious insult offered what the undersigned thinks he has shewn to Russia, in their Note of the 6th, to judge by his Note of the 7th of this month; he who has departed from 'received usagés in would nevertheless enlarge still more on the conduct of a' work, in which all that this subject, were he not prevented by the calmness and dignity ought to preside date of the Note of the French Plenipotenwhich are required in negociations of this tiaries, and that of his reply to it. Forced kind. It''is a new reason to convince the again to explain himself on the mode of the Plenipotentiaries of the Allied' Powers, negociations, on the very day when they that the form by writing is the only admis ought to have terminated, he thought it sible one, because the papers would be useless to enter into a more ample detail. read, and such unjust charges recoil upon That date, the continuance and the tenór of their authors. Finally, if the example the papers, which have been exchanged, of the Congress of Utrecht is so strongly and the entire progress of the negociation, insisted on, why then have not the French equally dispense the undersigned from rePlenipotentiaries judged it proper to adopt plying to the different charges, direct and its preliminary forins, by causing their indirect, which are contained in the Note powers to be countersigned by the Media of the French Plenipotentiaries. Ever ator. This would have been effectively esteeming himself fortunate when he can one step taken, But it'is not for the under-avoid replying to communications so little signed to discuss 'a question which directly adapted to conciliate'men's minds, he conconcerns the mediating Powers, and he fines himself simply to renew to his Excelhastens to avail himself of this opportunity lency Count de Metternich the assurances to renew, &c.

of his high consideration.
(Signed 1. D'ANSTETTE:

(Signed) HUMBOLDT. Prague, 29th July (16th Aug.) 1813. * Prague, 101h Aug. 1813. :2,421

(A true copy) (Signed) METTERNICH, Note from M. De Humboldt to his Excel

lency Count de Metternich. No. XL.- Nole from the French PlenipoThe undersigned Minister of State and

Il tentiaries to Count de Metternich. Plenipotentiary of his Majesty the King of The undersigned, &c.' have just received Prussia, has seen by the Note of the the Note which his' Excellency Count' de French Plenipotentiaries, of the date of Metternich, &c. has done them the honour which his Excellency Count de Metternich, of addressing to them, to which is annexed Minister of State and for Foreign Affairs, that of the Plenipotentiaries of Russia and and Plenipotentiary of his Majesty the Em-Prussia. They might begin by observing, peror of Austria, has done hiin the honour that these Notes cotitain sundry imputations of communicating to him, by his Note of upon them, which, to say the least, are the same daỹ, that the French Plenipotén- not accurate, such as that they demanded tiaries continue to decline the form of nego- the form of the negociations of Utrecht, neciation which has been proposed to them by gociations whicli they have 'not cited, as the mediating Court, and which those of they could not be ignorant that they took Prussia and Russia were willing to accept: place without the intervention of a 'medi

It is true that the French Plenipoten-" ator; and that they refused to have the tiaries have said, in their Note, that they copy of their full power's attested by the entirely adopted the mode proposed, by de- Plenipotentiary of the mediatory Power. manding simpły' tliat their proposals should But faithful to their resolution of setting likewise be admitted. But it being evident aside every thing which might obstruct the that the form of transactions by writing, progress of the negociations, they conhne and some conferences had been proposed by themselves with replying toʻ assertions no Count de Metternich, as two forms entirely less incorrect, but which are of much different and even opposite, in his Note of greater importance, contained in the said 29th July, it is clear that their union could Notes. The Allied Plenipotentiaries not be effected without the mode of trans- ground the advantage of the form which acting by writing conjunctly with confer- they have proposed on the facility it gives ences losing its whole characteristic," and for all the papers of the negociation to be being in reality sacrificed to the other; read. Far from having it to be laid to which, in its turn, if the transactions by their charge, that they wished to envelope writing were joined to it, would no less themselves in a véil, as "'appears to have prevent all the inconveniencies so clearly been intimated, they have rather shein a stated in the Note before cited. This is desire for this publicity, because they have


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not only adopted this form, but besides, in the mediating Court, has the honour of requesting some conferences for the purpose transmitting to their Excellencies the Duke of adding the advantage of verbal discus de Vicenza and the Count

, de Narbonne, sion, they proposed that a protocol should Plenipotentiaries of his Majesty the Em: be held, which might preserve the very peror of the French, King of Italy, a copy words of each of the negociators.---The of the papers which they have just received passage which regards the date of the Notes, on the part of the Plenipotentiaries of his and which appears to prejudge the period Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias, at which the negociations shuuld be terminand of his Majesty the King of Prussia, by nated, does not seem to be a fresh proof of which they declare to him that the term of the fear which the Allied Plenipotentiaries the Armistice being expired, they consider appear always to have had of their being the Congress united, met for the negociation opened? The words, lust day of the ne- of peace, as dissolved. It is with singociations, carry with them a very mourna cere regret that the undersigned sees, in ful reflection, by seeming to signify, that consequence, his functions as a Mediator at for this present all ideas of conciliation are an end, without deriving any other conserenounced, while the Convention signed at lation from his fruitless endeavour to bring Neumarkt, by establishing a term before the pacification of the Belligerent Powers which it is not permitted to denounce the to a satisfactory conclusion, than that of not Armistice, makes it by no means an obli- having on his part neglected any means to gation, nor does it otherwise in any manner consummate so salutary a work.- -The announce, that when that time is arrived undersigned embraces with avidity the opthe negociations should cease. Will not portunity of this last official communica, the Mediator consider it his most sacred tion, to offer their Excellencies the assurduty to concur in causing an interpretation ances of his high consideration to be rejected which would destroy the hope (Signed) Count de METTERNICH. of a nearer approach to reconciliation, Prague, Aug. 11, 1813. which the undersigned wish to hasten by all their efforts.The replies of the Al. Nole from M. D' Anslelt lo Count de Mellied Plenipotentiaries do not even wish,

ternich. still less refute, the reasons presented by The final term of Mediation and the ne the undersigned in their note of yesterday a gociations opened at Prague having expired they think they ought to insist with the before the day of the 10th, the undersigned Mediator, and request him with all the has express orders to declare formally, that means placed in his power, by the part his full powers cease from this moment. with which he is charged, to engage the -Being on the point of leaving this city, Plenipotentiaries of Russia and Prussia to he could not do it without acquitting him, discuss the questions, instead of abruptly self of the sacred duty of offering to the breaking them off, and in fine, to adopt the Count de Metternich, the expressions of his only proposal which can produce a happy lively remembrance, for those marks of result, as it excludes no means of concilia- confidence and kindness, with which he has tion, and assures to each party all the ad been pleased to honour him personally vantages it wishes to preserve.

-With regard to the impartiality, the dersigned Hatter themselves that these ex- nobleness, the spirit of conciliation, and the planations will determine the Mediator to purity of principles, which his Excellency convince the Russian and Prussian Pleni. has manifested in his quality of Mediator, it

, petentiaries that reason, the spirit of con- does not belong to the undersigned to anticiliation and a sincere desire of peace, are cipate the assurances which the, allied on the side of those who defend the princi- Courts will reuder of them to Count de ples and usages of all times. They avail Metternich. He confines himself to renewa

themselves, &c.

ing to him those of his highest considera. (Signed) CAULINCOUR7, Duke of Vicenza. tion. L. NARBONNE.

(Signed) D'ANSTETT, Prague, Aug. 10, 1813.

METTERNICH, No. XLI.-Note from Count de Metternich Prague, July 29 (Aug. 10), 1813, to the French Plenipotentiaries.

at midnight. (A true copy.) The undersigned Minister of State and Nole from Mo,de Humboldt to his Excelfor Foreign Affairs to his Imperial and Royal lency the Count de Mellernich. Austrian Majesty, and Plenipotentiary from The term of the negociations: which had

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been opened under the mediation of his Im- still remains for it; and they should have perial and Royal Austrian Majesty having expected that the Mediator would have expired with the day of the 10th August, used his whole influence to preserve to the the undersigned Minister of State and Ple- négociation moments which might bring nipotentiary to his Majesty the King of about the tranquillity of Europe. The uniPrussia, is charged by express orders from dersigned, convinced of their not having his Court, to declare formally to his Excel neglected any thing to fulfil the pacific inlency Count de Metternich, Minister oftentions of their August Master, of whicka State and for Foreign Affairs to his Majesty they have again giver an instance, by rethe Emperor of Austria, that his full newing, in pressing terms, in their Note of powers, as well as his eharacter of Pleni- yesterday, the most conciliatory proposals, potentiary, are now at an end.--The un- unfeignedly regref, that there now remaitis dersigned, in consequence, would not lose a to-themy no other duty to fulfil, than to lay moment in requesting his Excellency Count before his Imperial and Royal Majesty the de Metternich to assure his Imperial Ma- Notes which have been addressed to them jesty how greatly his Majesty the King of by Count de Metternich. Prussia, whilst feeling the most lively and (Signed) GAULINCOURT, Duke of Vicenzá. sincere regret, that the beneficent intention

L. NARBONNE. of the mediating Court has not been able to Prague, 11th Aug: 1813. produce the desired results is sensible of the fresh marks of interest and confidence which his Majesty the Emperor has been

PARIS PAPERS. pleased to give him on this important occa- Extract of a Letter written to His Excelsioni-These efforts, made with common lency the Minister at War, by General, accord, to give a lasting and solid peace to Count Decaen, commanding the CataloEurope, could not fail to add to those senti

nian Army. ments of friendship and attachment which

Gerona, 0cl.7, 1813. both Sovereigns mutually feel; and his Ex- Monsiegneur, I had ordered the Genecellency the Count de Metternich knows of ral of Division, Lamarque, to march upon how much value every thing which related Olot Petit's brigade, composed of the 67th to his sentiments is in the eyes and dear to and I' 13th regiments, and a squadron of the heart of his Majesty. - The under the 29th, in order to observe the movesigned avails himself of this opportunity to ments of the Spaniards, who were said to present to his Excellency Count de Metter- have some designs upon La Cerdagne, or nich the expression of his most particular the frontiers of France General Petit gratitude for all the proofs of kindness and manquvred according to the instructions he confidence which his Excellency has per- had received.- On the 28th September he sonally shewn him; and begs him, at the was at Campredon ; on the 29th he resame time, to accept the assurance of his turned to Olot; on the 1st and 28 October high consideration.

he marched to the foot of the Grau and to(Signed) HUMBOLDT. wards St. Privat, and took advantage of (A true copy) METTERNICH. presence of his, troops, to exact payPrague, 10th Aug. 1813, at midnight. ment of the contributions, and collect some

requisitions for the subsistence of his briNo. XLII.--Nole from the Plenipotentiaries gade. The Spaniards, annoyed by those of France to Count de Metternich.

movements, approached Olot on the 2d, Prague, 11th Aug. 1813. and took a position, in number from 3.10 The undersigned Plenipotentiaries of his 4,000 mien, upon the heights of Saint PriMajesty the Emperor of the French, have vat.-General Petit reconnoitred them received with the Note which his Excel-t on the 3d, he resolved to attack them on lency Count de Metternich has this day the 4th, and drive them from his neighdone them the honour of addressing to bourhood, which was executed with vigour them, the copies of those which his Excel and judgment. General Petit set out lency Itas just received from the Russian from olor at break of day; he arrived and Prussian Plenipotentiaries. They have about 7 in the inorning, in presence of the with pain, but without surprise, perceived enemy; he found him stronger than on the by this communication the eagerness with preceding evening ; the regiments of Burwhich the Allied Plenipotentiarieb. lrave gos, Tarragona, Ansonia, &c., crowned seized the opportunity for depriving the with two lines of infantry the mountains to work of pacification of the little time that the right and left of Saint Privat; a squa



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