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on of the Northern Crowns, for the security of the Trade of their respective Subjects being so well Establish?d, and enjoying the Privil<dges of Neutrality, that the continuation of the War might very much encrease the Riches of their Majesties Dominions ) the publick Welfare of Europe, and the delire to fee a just and lasting Peace restor’d, have prevailid above all other Conliderations. Wherefore the King, my Master, has represented to the most Christian King, That the Proposals which he has made hitherto towards a Gencral Peace, have been look'd upon by the Confederates rather as a means to difunite them, and to crush and subdue them one after another than as a Mark of his fincere Intentions of settling the publick Repose. But his most Christian Majetty, to remove all manner of Distrust, has not only by repeated Protestations, assured the King, my Master, of the Sincerity of his Sentiments in this Affair, but lias likewisé deliver'd a Project of General Peace, and added to the Conditions that concern the Empire, and which are already known to Your Majesty, some others relating
to the rest of the Allies, which are compre. hended in the following Heads.
1. That notwithstanding the Advantages his Arms have gaind this Campaign, no Alteration; shall be made in the Conditions his most Christian Majesty has already offer'd to the Emperor, the Princes and States of the Empire, and the Dukes of Lorrain and Savoy.
II. His Majesty shall restore to the Catholick King the Important Place of Roses, that of Belversy and whatever has been Conquer'd in Catalonia during the present War.
III. Towards the forming a Barrier in the Low. Countries, which may remove all manner of Jeas loufie and Uneafincfs from the States of Holland, his most Christian Majesty shall, upon that Consideration, restore the Places of Mons and Namur to the King of Spain, and caufe Cherlcroy to be razed.
IV. Hiis said Majesty ihallr-fore to the Bishop, of Liege the Town and Castle of Huy, and recom
pense him for Dinant and Bouillon, by annexing uson that Account, to his Bishoprick, luch a Por tion of the Country of Luxembu qi as Thall be most convenient to that Bishop, and judgd equivalent by Arbitrators.
V. His Maj fty consents that the Treaty of Commerce, made at Nimeguen with the States, be renewed without any Alteration.
VI. His Majesty thinks the States of Holland will be glad to obtain such important Restitutions, and to put an end to the War by a Peace so advantageous both to Spain and all the Allies, especially after the prosperous Campaigns of France, which may still be attend d with others no less successful. But that neither Holland, nor any other State of Europe may have any Ground of apprehension, that upon Pr tence of 'new Rights, his Majesty will extend the Boundaries of his Dominions in the Low-Countries beyond what shall be regulated by the Treaiy his Maj-sty declares. That, in café the King of Spein dies without Issue, he consents that the Lw Countries fall to the share of the Duke of Ba. varia, upon Condition that the Emperor makes the í me Declaration ; And his Majesty shall, as well for hin fe f as for the Dauphin his Son confirm the I id Renunciation by all the Formalities necessary for that purpose, in behalf of his Electoral Highnefs.
His most Christian Majesty hopes, that this laft Engagement will,more than any thing besides,fecure to the Confederates the firmn is of the Peace they shall make with him ; And he thinks that after lo advantageous Proposals, the World will soon know whether Europe may hope to see the publick Tranquility restor'o, or whether the Preparations of War are to be renew d.
This Sir, is what the most Christian King has Communicated to the King, my Master, and which his Majesty has commanded me to impart to You. He does in no manner pretend to prescribe Rules to Your Majuty, fince Your Prudence will best judge what is moft for Your Glory and interest ;
but however He thinks these Proposals deserve a serious Confideration. And because there is no mention made of England, the King, my Master, has made it already his Business to encline the most Christian King not to insist upon that which might put a stop to the General Peace. In the mean time the King, my Master, thinks it neceffary, that in order to advance a Work fo Profitable and Beneficial to all Europe, a Negotiation be set on Foot; And his Majesty is the more connfirm'd in this Opinion, by reason the Winter will soon be over, and that 'tís to be fear’d, left by delaying till the next Campaign, an opportunity be given to France either of enlarging her Conquests, or by a powerful Irruption into Germany, and the Superiority of her Forces to divide the Confederacy ; which would give a just pretence to that Crown of recalling the Offers The has already made, and render a Peace very difficult, if not altogether imposible. The King, my Master, does not only offer to become Guarantce with all the Princes and Potentates that will concur withi him, but likewise to unite himself in particular with Your Majesty by a must strict and indissoluble Alliance.
Upon the whole Matter the King, my Master, is perswaded, that no body has more Reason to contribute to this Peace than Your Majesty, fince it will confirm to You the Glory and Advantages You have gain'd during the War; and wili, besides, make Europe to be cternally beholden to Your Majesty for the Peace she groans after. If Your Majesty thinks that there is any thing defective, in relation to the security of the Peace, or that wants to be either alter'd or explain'd, the King, my Master, engages to procure to Your Najcity all the Sas tisfaction imaginable; and if you are pleas'd to confide in his Mediation, He will manage it to Your Majesty's entire Satisfaction. Laltly, the King, my Master, has commanded me to af sure Your Majesty, that being, upon leveral Accounts, concern'd in the Prosperity of Your Royal Family, He will to the utmost of his FEE
Power, Power, promote its Interest and Advantage, and desires Your Majesty to be perswaded, that all the Advances He has made in this Affair have no other Aim, and are grounded upon no other Principle.
London, December the 19th.
Old Stile, 1693.
Note, This is the true date though it is o
therwise set down in Page 78.
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, committed by the Soldiers, p. 89
354, 355, 357, 379, 383
Bill for Accainting Jeveral Persons, p. 122, 128
Bank of England estaWifkd, p. 387