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longing to our respective departinents. I am moreover desirous to reCall to your excellency’s recollection, that I at the same time of fered the palace, cf the Boschetta for the residence of the grand master, a situation which, in every respect, I thought suitable to his eminence, until the time arrived for his assuming the direction of government. But as the palace of the Boschetta is not at present furnished, I took the liberty of suggesting that it might be more convenient for his eminence to remain some time in Sicily, the more so, as his residing there would keep his eminence only a day's journey distant from this island. For the rest, his eminence ma be assured that as soon as I shal deem myself authorised to give up the government, I shall give his eminence immediate information of it. . I have the honour to be, with the highest consideration, Sir, Your excellency’s most obedient, Very humble servant,

(Signed) Alex. J. BALL.

Address of the IIouse of Lords, on the Discovery of the treasonable Plot of Colonel Despard and his

Accomplices.

Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, your majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the lords spiritual and temporal in parliament assembled, humbly beg leave to approach your majesty with our warmest congratulations upon the discovery . failure of a wicked and treasonable conspiracy formed

against your majesty's sacred person and government. We beg leave to express to your majesty our horror and detestation of so atrocious and unnatural a design to destroy our free and happy constitution, by an attempt against your majesty’s most sacred life; a life endeared to us by your majesty’s uniform and constant endeavours to preserve that constitution inviolate, and by the manifold blessings derived to all your people from your majesty’s mild and beneficent reign ; an attempt which furnishes a fresh proof of those flagitious principles which are alike subversive of all the duties of private life, of legitimate authority, of public order, and of civil liberty. Whilst we trust that the punishment which has been inflicted upon the conspirators will have the effect of preventing traitorous machinations in future, we acknowledge, with the utmost thankfulness and humility, the interposition of Almighty God, who, in detecting and defeating these wicked designs, has afforded your majesty a fresh instance of that all-powerful protection upon which your ma#. has invariably placed your re1411Ce. Your majesty may be assured that it is our fixed resolution, as it is our sacred duty, to defend and protect your majesty's person, to second your majesty's uniform endeavours to maintain and preserve that excellent constitution under which, this kingdom has so long flourished, and to transmit it unimpaired to our posterity.

His Majesty's most gracious Answer. My Lords,

I receive, with peculiar satisfac

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tion, this dutiful and loyal address, in addition to the many sigmal proofs which you have given me of your cordial attachment to my person and government. The strong and just sentiments

of hatred and indignation which you have expressed against this conspiracy, will, I doubt not, produce the most salutary effects, in preventing the renewal of such desperate and wicked attempts against our common interests.

The warm, steady, and unshaken loyalty of my people will, I trust, through the continuation of the Divine protection hitherto vouchsafed to me, render effectual my endeavours to maintain and to transmit to the latest posterity, that freedom, security, and happiness, which experience has shown us to be inseparably connected with the preservation of our established constitution.

Convention between the Commanders of the French and Hanoverian Aronics.

The king of England having refused to ratify the convention of Suhlingen, the French general found himself under the necessity of declaring that convention null and void. In consequence of this, lieutenant-general Mortier, commander in chief of the French army, and his excellency count de Walmoden, commander in chief of the Hanoverians, have agreed on the following capitulation, which shall be put into immediate execution without being submitted to the two governments,

Art. I. The Hanoverian army shall give up their arms; they shall, with the artillery, be put into the hands of the French

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II. All the horses belonging to the Hanoverian cavalry and artillery shall be given up to the French army by one of the ministers of state; for this purpose, there shall be nominated, by the general in chief, a commission, whose business it shall be to ascertain their present situation and description. III. The Hanoverian army shall be dissolved. The troops shall repass the Elbe, and return to their homes. They shall previously engage, on their parole, not to carry arms against France, or her allies, unless exchanged for an equal number of French soldiers, taken by the English in the course of the present war. IV. The Hanoverian generals and officers shall retire, on their parole, to whatever place they choose to take up their residence, provided they do not leave the continent; they shall be permitted to keep their swords, and take with them their horses, baggage, and effects. V. There shall be sent, with the least possible delay, to the French commander in chief, a muster-roll of the Hanoverian army. VI. The Hanoverian soldiers sent home shall not be allowed to wear their uniforms. VII. The Hanoverian troops shall be allowed subsistence till they return to their homes. The officers shall also be allowed forage for their horses. VIII. The 16th and 17th ar. ticles of the convention of Suhlingen shall be applicable to the Hanoverian army. IX. The French troops shall immediately occupy that part of the electorate of Hanover which is situated in the district of Lau

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- Exchanged on the Elbe this 16th
Messidor (June 5), year 11 of the
French republic.
(Signed)
ED. Morti ER.
Marshall Count DEWALMoDEN.

The 16th and 17th articles alIuded to in the preceding convention refer to the favourable construction of the articles, and state, that the present convention shall not create any prejudice against any future arrangement respecting the electorate, which may be formed betwixt the first consul and any mediating power.

City ADDREss. June 9. To the King's most excellent Majesty. * The humble Address of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons qf the City of London in Common Council assembled. May it please your Majesty, We, your majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the lord mayor, aldermen, and commons of the city of London in common council assembled, beg leave to approach the throne, at this important crisis, with our renewed sentiments of fidelity and allegiance to your majesty's person, crown, and government. We are fully persuaded of the necessity for the decisive and dignified measures adopted by your majesty, by the recal of your majesty’s ambassador from France, . the vigorous posture of defence of the united kingdom to repel the designs of that government, whose inordinate and insariable views of restless ambition are manifestly directed to overthrow the glorious constitution of

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these realms, and give a mortal stab to our existence as a free and independent nation. The justice of your majesty's cause, and the moderation of your claims, must be felt and acknowledged by every surrounding power; and we are convinced that the brave and happy people of this land, conscious of the purity of their freedom, and the inestimable privileges they enjoy under your majesty’s mild and paternal rule, will, with one hand and heart, resolve to defend and maintain them. Your majesty's faithful citizens of London feel a teful pride in this assurance of kindred loyalty, throughout your majesty’s dominions, and are deeply sensible of the eminent distinction they are invested with, by this opportunity of testifying their fidelity and attachment to their beloved sovereign. It is their earnest prayer that every blessing may attend and prosper your mijesty’s zeal and exertions for the welfare of your people; and should substantial peace not be attainable but by the decision of the sword, may the calamities of a war not to be averted be lost in the success and -glory of its achievements. Your majesty's faithful citizens cannot, however, refrain from expressing their satisfaction at the disposition manifested by your majesty, of availing yourself of any favourable circumstance of terminating the subsisting differences,

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pleased to return the following most gracious answer:

I receive, with t satisfaction, this dutiful Af. address from my city of London. My endeavours to preserve peace have been unhappily frustrated, by the restless spirit of aggrandisement which actuates the councils of the French government; but I trust the united and vigorous exertions of the nation at large, in support of the just cause we are engaged in, will, under the protection of Divine Providence, enable me to maintain the dignity of my crown, and to defend the rights and interests of my people against every aggression.

By the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of the united Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, &c.

The right honourable lord Pelham, one of his majesty’s princijal secretaries of state, #. transritted to us two addition instructions under his majesty's signet and sign manual, dated the 24th instant, to the commanders of his majesty’s ships and privateers that have or may have letters of marque and repris.ils against the French and Batavian republics, directing them not to detain or molest any vessels belonging to any state in amity with his majesty, on account of their having on board any organised, thrown, and raw silk, the growth and production of Italy, coming consigned to any merchant of the united kingdom ; or to seize (under the provisions therein mentioned) any neutral vessel which shall be carrying on the trade di

rectly between the colonies of the enemy and the neutral country to which the vessel belongs, , and laden with the property of inhabitants of such neutral country: We send you herewith printed copies of his majesty's instructions above mentioned, and do hereby require and direct you to pay the strictest regard and attention thereto. w Given under our hands the 30th of June, 1803. To the respective captains, commanders, and commanding officers of his majesty's ships and vessels. Dy command of their lordships,

A Convention between his Britannic Majesty and the King qf Steden, signed on the 25th of July, 1803.

His majesty the king of the united kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and his majesty the king of Sweden, being equally desirous of promoting the good understanding which happily subsists between them, and of preventing the recurrence of those differences which have heretofore arisen respecting the cleventh article of the treaty of alliance concluded and signed at Whitehall on the 21st day of October, 1661, have named and authorised for that purpose, viz. his Britannic majesty, the right hom. Robert Banks Jenkinson, Lord Hawkesbury, one of his said majesty's most honourable privy-council, and his principal secretary of state for the foreign department, and his Swedish majesty, George Uldrick baron de Silverhjelm, his envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to his Britannic majesty, and

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knight of the order of the polar star, who, after having duly communicated to each other their respective full powers, have agreed upon the following articles: Art. I. In the event of one of the contracting parties being neutral during a war in which the other contracting party may be belligerent, the vessels of the neutral party shall not carry to the enemy or enemies of the belligerent party, money, arms or bombs with their fusees and other apurtenances, fire-balls, gunpowder, matches, cannon-balls, spears, lances, pikes, halberts, guns, mortars, petards, adoes, musketrests, bandaliers, saltpetre, muskets, musket-bullets, helmets, head-pieces, breast-plates, coatsof-mail, commonly called cuirasses, and the like kind of arms; or troops, horses, or any thing necessary for the equipment of cavalry; or pistols, belts, or any other instruments of war; or ships of war, and guard-ships; nor any manufactured articles immediately serving for the equipment of the same, under the penalty, that, if either of the contracting parties shall seize the same, these articles shall be liable to confiscation. II. The cruisers of the belligerent power shall exercise the right of bringing in the ships of the neutral going to the ports of an enemy, laden with cargoes of provisions, or with cargoes of pitch, tar, hemp, and generally all unmanufactured articles whatever, serving for the equipment of ships of all descriptions, and likewise all manufactured articles serving for the equipment of merchant vessels (herrings, iron in bars, steel, rose-copper, brass and brass wire, deal, planks not being oak, and spars, however, excepted), 1803.

and if the cargoes so exported in the bottoms of the neutral power are produce of the territories of the said neutral power, and goin on account of the subjects thereof, the belligerent power shall, in that case, exercise the right of purchasing them, upon condition of paying a profit of ten per centum upon a fair invoice price, or the fair market price in England or in Sweden respectively, at the option of the owner, with an indemnification for detention and necessary expenses. - * -III. If the cargoes specified in the preceding article (not being enemy's property) are proceeding with a professed destination to the ports of a neutral country, and are brought-in under suspicion that their true destination is to the ports of the enemy, and it shall turn out, upon due inquiry, that they were really bound to neutral ports, they shall be at liberty to ursue their voyages, after being indemnified for their detention and necessary expenses, unless the government of the belligerent country, from a reasonable apprehension of their falling into the hands of the enemy, should desire to purchase them; in which case the full price shall be paid, which they would have obtained in the ports of the neutral country to

which they were going, with an

indemnification for detention and necessary expenses. IV. Herrings, iron in bars, steel, rose-copper, brass and brass wire, deal, planks not being of oak, and spars, shall not be liable to confiscation or pre-emption on the part of the belligerent power, but shall be permitted to pass free in the ships of the neutral country, provided that they are not enemy's

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