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tannic majesty's envoy-extraordinary and minifter-plenipotentiary. It only remains, therefore, to agree upon the place at which the plenipotentiaries fhall meet, which will doubtlefs be eafily fettled. In order to facilitate the intercourfe of the plenipotentiaries with their refpective governments, his majesty thinks that it would be advifeable to give the preference to fome place nearly central, fuch as Schelftadt, Luneville, &c. or fome other, with refpect to which, in order to fave time, the French government might come to an understanding directly with the British government. According to the declarations which, by his majesty's exprefs orders, I have now the honour to tranfmit to your excellency, and according to the equally pacific difpofitions which his Britannic majefty has teftified, it will henceforward depend upon the French government alone to accelerate the happy moment of the restoration of repofe to Europe, fo cruelly mangled by a deftructive war. (Signed) BARON DE THUGUT. M. Talleyrand.
Lord Minto's Note, inclofed in the above.
The undersigned, his Britannic majefty's envoy-extraordinary and minifter-plenipotentiary, did not fail to transmit to his court all the communications which have been made to him by the emperor's direction, by his excellency baron Thugut, relative to the correspondence which has taken place between his majefty the emperor and the French government refpecting overtures for peace. The underfigned has, in confequence, been directed to intimate the fatisfaction which his majefty has re
ceived from this mark of confidence on the part of his imperial and royal majefty. The undersigned does not delay, after the authority which he has just received, to declare that his Britannic majefty, delirous at all times of giving to the emperor and to all Europe the cleareft proofs of his perfect and cordial union with his imperial and royal majefty, and of the value which he attaches to the conftant prefervation of the intimate concert and friendship which are fo happily eftablished between their crowns and their fubjects, is difpofed to concur with Auftria in the negotiations which may take place for a general pacification, and to fend his plenipotentiaries to treat for peace in concert with his imperial and royal majefty, as foon as the intentions of the French government to enter into a negotiation with his Britannic majefty hall be known to him.
General Kleber, Commander-inchief of the French Army in Egypt, to his Excellency the Kaimakan of the Sublime Porte, illuftrious amongst the great, the enlightened, and the wife; may God grant to him a long Life, full of Glory and of Happiness. Health and Friend fhip.
Your excellency has, without doubt, been informed of the progrefs and refult of the negotiations which I had concluded with his highnefs the fupreme vizier Youffef Pacha; and according to the affurances to that effect which I have received from perfons of diftinction
of your nation, I have reafon to think that the treaty of El Arisch has obtained the approbation of his majefty the emperor, Selim the Second.
Several articles of this treaty had already been executed, and the French army in particular was faithfully fulfilling its engagements. - I was upon the point of evacuafing Cairo, when I received from lord Keith, commander-in-chief of the English fleet in the Mediterranean, a letter, which excited the furprise and, above all, the indignation of all the French. I herewith annex a copy of it. This paper, which evinces the most perfect ignorance of my fituation, and the neglect of every thing due to allies, rendered illufory not only the convention of El Arisch, but also of every kind of treaty which I might thenceforward conclude with the Sublime Porte. With regard to the injurious conditions contained in that letter, your excellency will readily perceive that the French army in Egypt can never be reduced to fubfcribe to them.
I had communicated thefe obfervations to the grand vizier, and I proposed to him to poftpone the evacuation of Cairo until this unexpected difficulty fhould be removed. I could not demand a more moderate pledge of the execution of our conventions; his excellency refused to confent to this proposal, and chofe rather to expofe to the fate of a battle the poffeffion of a country which was abfolutely affured to him. This battle took place on the 29th of Ventofe, and heaven, protecting the juftice of my caufe, conferred victory on me. Nevertheless, the fincere defire which I have always had to re-establish the ties of friendship and of intereft, which during fo many centuries
have united the two nations, is not altered by that event. The SublimePorte will still find me disposed to: deliver up to him the poffetion of Egypt upon the conditions ftipu-, lated at El Arifch, with the excep tion of fome modifications, which the exifting circumftances have rendered neceffary. Thus all motive for a fresh effufion of blood would be obviated, and a regular negotia tion (the effect of which would no longer be prevented by unforeseen orders) would restore to the Ottoman empire thofe provinces of which it would be in vain to attempt to deprive us by force of arms. If your excellency fhares thefe-fentiments of peace and concord, you will com municate them to his majesty the emperor Selim the Second, and with out doubt you will obtain orders to refume, without delay, thofe conferences which would conduct us to the object which we are equally defirous of attaining. I beg your excellency to believe in the high con fideration I entertain for you.
ledge of the loyal and open character of that general, and the general with which he has to give to the fupreme vizier the moft pofitive proofs of his good faith, that, whatever may be the fortune of war, the French army fhall evacuate
Paffed in the Fourth Seffion of the Eighteenth Parliament of Great Britain.
October 12, 1799.
AND and malt bills.
arranang a certain sum
by loan or exchequer bills for 1800.
To allow the warehoufing of British plantation fugars, and certain drawbacks on fugars exported.
To extend the terms of the landtax redemption act.
To prohibit the making of low wines or fpirits from wheat, barley, malt, &c. in Scotland.
Egypt immediately after the arrival
To continue the act for preventing and punishing attempts to feduce perfons ferving in his majefty's forces: alfo the act to empower his majesty to accept the fervices of militia regiments offering to ferve in Ireland: and the acts relative to the admiffion of merchandize in neutral fhips; the regulation of the trade of the Cape of Good Hope; the establishment of courts in Newfoundland; theimportation of goods in neutral fhips; the importation and exportation of corn; and the importation of other articles of provifion, without payment of duty.
To empower his majesty to shorten the time for the meeting of parliament in cafes of adjournment. Feb. 20, 1800.
An act to continue the act em
powering his majesty to accept the fervices of militia regiments offering to ferve in Ireland.
For continuing the act for preventing feduction of his majesty's forces.
For continuing the act refpecting the courts of judicature in Newfoundland, the merchandize of neutral fhips, the trade to the Cape of Good Hope, and the importation of goods in neutral fhips into this kingdom.
The indemnity qualification act. An act to prohibit the felling of bread which fhall not have been baked a certain time. Feb. 28.
To prohibit the ufe of wheat in difembodied non-commiffioned of making ftarch.
ficers of militia.
To extend the time for the redemption of the land tax. For granting bounties on the importation of grain.
A&t for appointing commiffioners of the land-tax, &c.
For indemnifying the volunteer corps from the hair-powder tax. May 1.
For the iffue of exchequer bills. For granting a bounty on the importation of oats.
To enable courts of equity to compel a transfer of ftock in fuits, without making the governor and company of the bank, &c. party
To permit the importation of goods from America in neutral Thips. May 16.
For repealing the act refpecting the warehoufing of falt-petre. For defraying the pay and cloathing of the militia.
To enlarge the powers of the directors and guardians of the poor.
To increase the rates of fubfiftence to be paid to inn-keepers and others on quartering foldiers.
For explaining and amending feveral acts of Henry VIII. and Elizabeth, refpecting ecclefiaftical leafes. For the better obfervance of Good Friday.
For repealing the duties on fugar and coffee exported, and regulating the average and drawback.
For eftablishing new rates and fares of hackney coaches.
An act to confirm the agreement granting an annuity to the duke of Richmond, in lieu of the duty on coals.
For granting an allowance to
To perpetuate the act securing feveral laws relating to British and duties upon glass, and to continue Irish linens exported, linen, yarns, fail-cloth, &c. fees of the cuftoms, &c. in America; encouragement to the fisheries of Newfoundland, Greenland, &c.
For recovery of small debts.
For amending of the income act. For granting a bounty on the importation of rye.
For regulation of blubber, duties on opium, turpentine, &c.
For the regulation of public ac
To authorise bakers to fell to his majefty's forces bread which shall not have been baked twenty-four hours.
To amend feveral acts regulating the price and affize of bread.
For the recovery of fmall debts, and to extend the power of the Court of Requests in London.
For raifing the fum of 3,500,000l. by loan or exchequer bills.
Another for raifing 3,000,000l. Another for the fame fum. A&t concerning the perfonal property of their majetties.
For new duties on foreign hops imported.