« AnteriorContinua »
TRANSACTIONS, both Civil and Mili-
Wherein is contain’d,
to the Articles of Impeachment exhibited against him.
of Scotland, in the Year 1715.
between Philip V. King of Spain, and the States-General.
peror and the Most Christian King.
Kings of Spain and Portugal.
as they stood at the Beginning of the Year 1715.
France and the Catholick Cantons of Sawitzerland.
ftood at the Beginning of the Year 1716..
LONDON: Printed, and Sold by C. Meere in the
Old Baily. M.DCC.XXIV,
ARTICLES of Impeachment of High Treason and
other High Crimes and Misdemeu nours, againji Henry Viscount Bolingbroke.
HEREAS a Treaty of Alliance was made and concluded on or about the 7th Day of
Sept. 1701, between Leopold, then EmpeW
ror of Germany, his late Majefty King William III. of ever glorious Memory, and their High Mightinesses the States-General of the United Provinces, for repelling
the Greatness of the common Danger which threaten'd all Europe, from the Duke of Anjou's having taken Possession of the Monarchy of Spain; wherein it was, among other things, agreed, That in case the feid Confederates shall be forced to enter into a War, they mall communicate their Designs to one another, as well in Relation to the Actions of the War, as all other things wherein the common Cause is concerned ; and that it shall not be permitted to either Party, when the War is once begun, to treat of Peace with the Enemy, unless jointing and by a Communication of Councils : And in and by a defensive Treaty and Alliance, made and concluded in or about the Month of Norember 1701, becween his said late Majesty King William III. and the Scaces-General, it was, among other things, expreny agreed, That when the War is begin,' the said Confederates fall act in Concert, according to the 7th and 8th Articles of the Treaty of the 3d of March 1677, between England and Holland, and that no Peace, nor Truce, or Suspension of Arms, pall be negociated or made, but according to the gth and 10th
Articles of that Treaty, by which it was agreed, That when the Allies came' once to open War, it shall be lawful for neither of them afterwards to come to any Ceration of Arms with him who shall be declarell and proclaimed an Enemy, without it be done conjointly and with common Consent, and that no Negociation of Peace Mall be set on foot by one of the Allies, without the Concurrence of the other, and that each Ally Sall continually and from Time to Time impart to the other every thing that pafes in the Said Negociation. And in and by a Treaty enter'd into and concluded, on or about the Month of June 1703, between her late Majesty Queen Anne of ever blefsed Memory, and the States-General, it was, among other Things, agreed, That all Treaties and Alliances then subfifting between them should be returned and confirmed: And whereas a long, bloody, and expensive War, had been carsy'd on by her late Majesty, in Conjunction with her faid Allies, and other Confederate Princes, against France and Spain, as well in Resentment of the Indignity offered to these Kingdoms, by their having acknowledged the Pretender King of these Realms, as for obtaining a juft Sariffaction to his Imperial Majesty, and for the Preservation of the Protestant Religion and the Ballance and Liberties of Europe ; and from the great Successes with which it had pleased Almighty God to bless the Confederate Arms, they had just Reason to hope for an honourable, safe, and lafting Peace; and altho' the French King was encouraged, in or about the Month of April 1711, to make Propofitions of Peace to her late Majesty, signed by Monsieur de Torcy, his Secretary of State, which her faid Majesty having pleased to communicate to the Ministers of the StatesGeneral, the did, however, graciously declare, by. Henry Viscount Boling broke, then Henry St. Folin Efq; and one of her principal Secretaries of State, her Sentiments to them, that the said Propositions were too general, and, at the same Time, the said Viscount did, in her Majesty's Name, and by her special Command; give them her utmost and most foiema Assurances, that in making Peace, as in making War, she would act in perfect Concert with them : In which Sentias ments the States concurring with her Majesty, reciprocal Assurances of mutual Confidence, so necessary to prevent the D-signs of the Enemy, were returned by them to her Majesty: Notwithstanding which,
Art. I. He the said Henry Viscount Boling broke, then being one of her Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, and of her most honourable Privy Council, but having enter'd into a most treacherous Confederacy with the Mini
sters and Emissaries of France, to frustrate the just Hopes and Expectations of her Majefty and her People, by disuniring the Confederacy, at the most critical Juncture, when they were ready to reap the Fruits of so many Triumphs over the common Enemy, and most wickedly intending, as far as in him lay, to enable the French King, fo exhausted and vanquished as he had been, on all Occasions, to carry bis Designs by a Peace glorious co him, and to the Ruin of the victorious Allies, and the Destruction of the Liberties of all Europe; and having no Regard to the folemn Treaties her Majesty then stoof engaged in, nor to the Honour or Safery of these Kingdoms, did, in or about the Months of Fiely or Auguft, in the Year of our Lord 1711, maliciously and wickedly form a most tretcherous and pernicious Contrivance and Confederacy with other evil-difposed Persons, then also of her Majesty's Privy Council, to set on foot a private, separate, dishonourable, and destructive Negociation of Peace, between Great Britain and France, without any Communication thereof to her Majesty's Allies, according to their faid several Treaties; and was not only wanting in his Duty and Truft to her Majesty, by not opposing, and, as far as was in his Power, by not advising her Majesty against going into any private, feparate Negociation with France, but in Execution of his purposes aforefaid, he the faid Henry Viscount Poling broke, Jid advise her late Majesty to fend Matthew Prior Esq; directly to the Court of France, to make Propositions of Peace, without communicating the fame to her Majesty's Allies; and accordingly the said Matthew Prior, by the Advice and with the Privity of him the said Henry Viscount Boling broke, and other false and evil Counsellors, in or about the Months of Frily or August, in the Year of our Lord 1711, was sent in a clandestine Manner from England to France, and did communicate the said Propositions of Peace to the Minifters of France, in which the particulas Interests of Great Britain, as well as the common Interest of Europe, were framefully betrayed; and in Manifestation of his faid Design to exclude her Majesty's Allies from their juft Share in the said Negociation, an express Article was inserced in the said Propositions, ly the Privity and Advice of him the said Hening Viscount Boling broke, that the Secret Should be inviolabing kept till allowed to be divulged by the mur sual Consent of both Parties; altho' the French King had, in the Propofitions figned by Monsieur de Torcy, and tranfmitred in the Month of April preceding, offered to treat