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STAT E PAPERS,
RELATIVE TO THE
WAR against FRANCE
į Now carrying on by GREAT-BRITAIN and the
several other EUROPEAN POWERS.
Containing COPIES of
OF THE WAR, &c. &c. &c.
Many of which have never before been published in ENGLAND.
Printed for J. DEBRETT, opposite Burlington-House, Piccadilly.
Flitchel 9-15.47 .
W INTRODUCTION. BEFORE any thing is said of the present Volume, it is new cessary to notice some observations which have been made oni the one published last year. It is not intended to point out its utility as a book of reference, for that is now well understood; nor is there a wish to enlarge on the flattering eagerness with which it has been fought by all those who pay much attention to politics, and particularly by the Members of both Houses of Parliament. To dwell on the acknowledged usefulness of the work would justly be deemed an unnecessary display of vanity; but it is the Editor's duty to answer those who have charged it with errors.
Some gentlemen have asserted the treaty of partition signed at Pavia to be a forgery: and others who have been inclined to doubt this assertion, have nevertheless discovered that the substance of it, inserted in the former volume, is evidently spurious, because it is not in the usual form of such instruments : This informality the Editor perceived on first reading it, and for that reason it was not inserted as the treaty itself, but expressly as the substance of the treaty; and a number of circumstances, both in the declarations and conduct of the allied powers, strongly concur to establish its credit. In July, 1791, the Emperor was in Italy, and invited all the principal powers in Europe to join in a confederacy, (see Vol. I. p. 169.)" In the October following his Imperial Majesty “ requested the “powers to whom he addressed himself, to declare, by their “ respective ministers at Paris, that their Coalition existed.” (see Vol. I. p. 152.) And on the 18th of March, 1792, the court of
Vienna “ refused to agree to the dissolution of the confederacy i " in which the King of Hungary was engaged with the most p" respectable powers in Europe,” (p. 177.) I Such are the proofs of the existence of a confedea
racy, the conditions of which are thought unfit for the public eye. And if we compare the conduct of the allies with the articles of the treaty of Pavia, we must either be confirmed in the truth of some such transaction, or conclude that those who
forged the instrument knew and described the real views of the. I princes concerned; for, as far as it has been in their power,