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xies of France, the undersigned serve themselves for a serious planation in the next conference lick they will have the honour proposing to the Plenipontiaries France.
Protocol respecting the Partition of the Seven Hundred Million* to be paid by France to the Allied Powers, and which Protocol is to be instead of a Special Convention on that Subject.
The undersigned Plenipotentiaries, agreeing to fix the principles of the partition of the sums to be paid by France, in virtue of the Treaty of Paris, of the 20th of November, 1815, among their respective Courts and the other allied States; and taking into consideration, that it appears to be superfluous to conclude a special convention on the subject of this agreement, have resolved 'to set forth in the present Protocol every thing that relates to this object, and to regard this Protocol as having the same force and effect, as a special and formal convention, in virtue of their full powers and instructions from their respective Courts.
Art. I. The Allied Powers, convinced of the necessity of securing the tranquillity of the countries bordering on France, by Uie for
tification of some of the most threatened points, destine for this purpose a part of the sums which France has to pay, whilst they appropriate the remainder of those sums for general partition, as indemnities. The sums destined for the erection of these fortress shall form the fourth part of the total which France has to pay; but as the cession of the fortress of Saar Louis, a measure equally founded on motives of general security, renders the erection of new fortifications on the side where that fortress is situated, superfluous; and as the sums for the above purpose were estimated by the Commission appointed by the Council of Ministers, at fifty millions, therefore this. fortress, in the amount of the sumsdestined for fortifications, shall be reckoned at fifty millions, in such way that the above-mentioned fourth shall not be deducted from the actual 700 millions promised by France, but from 750 millions, thus including the cession of Saar-Louis.
In conformity to this regulation, the sum destined for the erection of fortresses is fixed at 1874 millions, viz. at 1374 millions of actual money, and 50 millions included in the valued cession of the fortress of Saar-Louis.
Art. II. In the partition of these 137J millions, among the States bordering on France, the undersigned Ministers take into consideration partly, the more or less urgent wants of these States to establish new fortresses, the more or less considerable expense in their erection, and partly the means which these States posse.*) 2R2 or or may acquire through the present Treaty. ]n consequence of these principles,
The King of the Netherlands receives 60 millions; the King of Prussia 20 millions; the King of Bavaria, or any other Sovereign of the country bordering on France between the Rhine and the Prussian territory, 15 millions; the King of Spain T\ millions; the King of Sardinia 10 millions. Of the remaining 95 millions, 5 millions are destined for the fortifications of Mentz, and for the building of a new League Fortress on the I'pper Rhine, 20 millions. The application of these sums shall take place according to plans and regulations which the Allied Powers shall settle in that behalf.
Art. III. After the deduction of thesumsdestined forfortifications, there remain 562j millions, appropriated for indemnities, the partition of which shall take place as follows:
Art. IV. Although all the Allied States have displayed equal zeal and devotedness to the common cause, yet there are some who, like Sweden, dispensed from all active co-operation, from the first, and on account of the difficulty of transporting her troops across the Baltic, have made no efforts; or, who, actually making such, likeSpain, Portugal, and Denmark, ■were prevented by the rapidity of events, from actually contributing to the result. Switzerland, which has done verv essential service to the common cause, did not accede to the treaty of the 25th of March "under the there expressed conditions, like the other powers. As to these States, they find them
selves in a different sdttutk*. which does not permit them to be classed with the other allied Stats, according to the number of their troops; it has, therefore, bees agreed, that they shall rec-eive. as far as circumstances will perL^i:. an equitable indemnity, and thai the sum of \1\ millions shiE, with that view, be d hided among them, in such way that Spi^: shall receive five millions, Portugal two millions, Denmark rare millions and a half, Switzerhi^ three millions.—Total, 12 j motions.
Art. V. As the burthen of tk; war fell chiefly on the armies otder the command of the Duke o: Wellington and Prince Blocker, and these armies besides tool Paris, it is therefore agreed, tl^u out of the French contribution-?. a sum of 25 millions shall be assigned to Great Britain, and i3 millions to Prussia, without prejudice to the arrangements whi-S. Great Britain may conclude, in regard to the sum thus coming to her, with the Powers w hose troops formed part of the Duke of Wellington's army.
Art. VI. The 500 millions, which still remain, after the deduction of the sums fixed in the preceding articles, shall be so divided that Prussia, Austria, Russia, and England shall each receive * fifth.
Art. VII. Although the States. who acceded to the treaty of the 25th of March last, set ou foot i less number of troops than each of the Allied Chief Powers, it is nevertheless determined, that Do regard shall be paid to this inequality. Iu consequence, the># tes shall receive conjunctly the h, which remains after the ap•priatiam of the 500 millions, itained in the preceding article. A.rt. VIII. The partition of this h among the different acceding vtes shall be regulated by the rnber of troops respectively set i foot by them, and also in conrmity to treaties, and particurly to the way in which they isired in the sum of 100 millions, hich were assigned by the French overnment for the pay of the •oops.
Art. IX. As the King of Sarinia recovers that part of SarLinia, and the King of the Neherlands, besides the fortresses »f Marienburg and Philipeville, >btains that part of Belgium, ivhich the treaty of Paris of the 20th of May left to France j and is these two Sovereigns in this enlargement of their territories find a fair indemnity for their efforts, they, therefore, shall have no share in the money-indemnities, and their proportion, as fixed in the table adjoined to the preceding avticle, shall be divided between Prussia and Austria.
Art. X. As the payments of the French Government are to be made at periods fixed by the treaty of the 20th of November, 1815, and the conventions thereto annexed, it is agreed that each state, which, according to the present protocol, shares in these payments, shall receive at each of these periods the pro rata part of his proportion; and the same also shall be the case, when a State has its share thereof under different titles at the same time: as, for instance, Austria for her fifth and
for her allo'tted share of the proportion of Belgium and Sardinia. This principle shall, in like manner, be followed, when in the event of the default of payment by the French government, it should be necessary to sell a part of the inscriptions which serve as pledges.
Art. XI. As Prussia and Austria have urgently represented the advantage, which they would naturally derive from the receipt of a larger sum than the general division assigns to them, in the first months, Russia and England have agreed, in order to facilitate the general arrangement, that each of these two powers shall, from the date of the first payment, receive an advance of 10 millions of francs on their shares, under the condition that they account to them for this sum, in the following years.
Art. XII. This repayment shall be made by instalments, so that Austria and Prussia shall pay each, from its share in each of the four following years, the sum of 2J millions of francs to Russia and England.
Art. XIII. To avoid the numerous inconveniences which might arise from want of unity in levying the sums to be paid by France, it is resolved, that a Commission residing at Paris shall alone be charged with the receipt of those sums, and that none of the powers which have a share in these payments, shall negociate for itself on this head with the French Government; none shall ask or receive from the French Government the bons in which the payments will be made immediately,
and and without the intervention of the said Commission. This Commission shall consist of Commis-' sioners named by Austria, Russia, Great Britain, and Prussia, ■who shall negociate with the 1'rench Government. The other Allied States shall be at liberty to name Commissioners in the same manner, in order to concert for their interests directly with the said Commission, which will be charged to deliver to them the effects, or the money which it shall receive for them. Regulations shall be drawn up without delay to fix their functions more exactly, to which shall be added a table of the " pro rata," which every party will have to claim in each payment, according to the bases fixed in the present Protocol.
Art. XIV. The 50 millions of francs fixed for the pay and other necessaries of the armies occupying a part of France, according to the Article of the Mili
tary Convention annexed to tie
If France, as will be the C*k In the first years, shall pay atuy 30 millions, or any other sua than 50 millions, for the abort object, the same proportion shiZ take place in the partition of lie sums thus modified.
The money here mentioned shall be received and divided ej the Commission to be appointed according to the 13th article d this protocol, to receive the "hdemnity in money.
Art. XV. Four copies of this protocol shall be made out, wkics shall be provided with the signatures of the undersigned Plenipotentiaries, and shall have the force and validity above mentioned.
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