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An impartial 'RELATION of all
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 Switzerland.
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 Misdemeanours, against Henry Viscount Bolingbroke.
HEREAS a Treaty of Alliance was made
Sept. 1701, between Leopold, then Empe-
ror of Germany, his late Majesty King,
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 faid Confederates shall be forced to enter into a War, they fall communicate their Designs to one another, as well in Relation to the A&tions 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 November 1901, becween his said late Majesty King William III. and the States-General, it was, among other things, exprelly agreed, That when the War is begin,' the said Confederates Shall 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, Ball be negociated of made, but according to the gth and 10th VOL. II.
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 Cesation of Arms with him who shall be declared and proclaimed an Enemy, without it be done conjointly and with common Confent, 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 Mall continually and from Time to Time impart to the other every thing that pases 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 blero sed 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 carry'd on by her late Majesty, in Conjunction with her said Allies, and other Confederate Princes, against France and Spain, as well in Refentment of the Indignity offered to these Kingdoms, by their having acknowledged the Pretender King of these Realms, as for obtaining a just Sacirfaction 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 ic had pleafed 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 Majefty, signed by Monsieur de Torcy, his Secretary of State, which her said Majesty having pleased to communicate to che Ministers of the StatesGeneral, the did, however, graciously declare, by. Henry Viscount Boling broke, then Henry St. John Esq; and one of her principal Secretaries of State, her Sentiments to them, that the said Propositions were to general, and, at the same Time, the faid Viscount did, in her Majesty's Name, and by her fpecial Command; give them her utmost and most foiemn Assurances, that in making Peace, as in making War, she would act in perfect Concert with them : In which Sentiments the States concurring with her Majesty, reciprocal Assurances of mutual Confidence, so necessary to prevenc 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 Scate, 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 difuniting 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 to him, and to the Ruin of the victorious Allies, and che Destruction of the Liberties of all Europe; and having no Regard to the folemn Freaties her Majesty then stoot engaged in, nor to the Honour or Safety of these Kingdoms, did, in or about the Months of fuely or Auguft, in the Year of our Lord 1711, maliciously and wickedly form a moft tretcherous and pernicious Contrivance and Confederacy with other evil disposed Persons, then also of her Majesty's Privy Council, to set on foot a private, separate, disho nourable, and destructive Negociation of Peace, between Great Britain and France, without any Communication thereof to her Majesty's Allies, according to their faid feveral Treaties; and was not only wanting in his Duty and Trust to her Majesty, by not oppofing, and, as far as was in his Power, by not advising her Majesty against go ing into any private, separate Negociation with France, but in Execution of his purposes aforefaid, he the said Henry Viscount Peling broke, did advise her late Majesty to fend Matthew Prior Esq; directly to the Court of France, to make Propofitions 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 faid Henry Viscount Boling broke, and other false and evil Counsellors, in or about the Months of Fuly or August, in the Year of our Lord 1711, was sent in a clandestine Manner from England to France, and did communicate the said Propofitions of Peace to the Minifters of France, in which the particular Interests of Great Britain, as well as the common Interest of Europe, were Thamefully betrayed; and in Manifestacion of his faid Design to exclude her Majesty's Allies from their just Share in the said Negociation, an express Article was inserced in the said Propositions, by the Privity and Advice of him the said Henry Viscount Boling broke, that the Secret should be inviolabiny kept till allowed to be divulged by the mu. sual Consent of both Parties; altho' the French King had, in the Propofitions signed by Monsieur de Torcy, and tranfmitced in the Month of April preceding, offered to treat