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What right bas France to dictatė to tage that may result from it to his enco Four High Mightinefses the arrangements my; but his Majesty orders me to add, fou ought to make with England ? that he cannot depart from the neceflity

When, and how, has that court obtain- he is under of excluding the transpor, ied any such right? The treaty which tation of naval stores to the ports of

your High Mightinefles do, and which France, particularly timber, even if they the King might reclaim, contains no- are escorted by men of war. thing of that kind; it most therefore be The example which France has set of fought for in the ambitious views of that favouring some members of the republic power which has made a league with the to the detriment of others, to directly rebels of America, and now endeavours contrary to the union and independence to bring other states into it with them. of your High Mightinesses, the King

la October laft, the King, in an ami. hopes never to be obliged to follow, uncable manner, communicated his fitua. less a condescention to the views of ton and sentiments to your High Migh- France obliges him to take that method tinelles, by a memorial delivered to your of making amends to thofe members of envoy Count Welderen, by the late Lord the republic who are hurt by the partiaSuffolk 40. 575.), in which he explain-lity of his enemies. His Majesty always de bis views, and the necessity he was thought it derogatory from the dignity

under to defend himself against an ene- of fovereignty to row difcord in any - or, who had attacked him by surprise neighbouring states.

in an unjuft manner; and although that The last ediêt published by the court cremy has gone so far as to dietate to of France, which excepts the cities of foar High Mightinefles what they were Amsterdam and Haerlem from certain sio do during the present troubles, his duties inposed on the other members of : Majeliy, far from imitating any such ar- the republic, to punish them for having Abitrary conduct, only proposed to your made use of that sovereign right which High Mightinesses to confer with his belongs to them, cannot but shew all amballador upon what was most proper Europe the motives which have engaged to be done for the security, &c. of the France to league with America. two countries. Your High Mightineffes, The King is always ready to do all in R is true, to my great regret, thought his power for the advantage and tranproper to decline this offer [40. 639.), quillity of the Republic, provided it is adto infift upon the literal and ftri&t obnot incompatible with the interests of his

plavadce of a treaty, which you your kingdoms. - feres must see is imcompatible with the He flatters himself, that your High

fecarity of Great Britain, and contrary Mightinesses will, on this occasion, conto the spirit and ftipulations of all the fu- fult your true interests, without suffer.

ture treaties between the two nations. ing yourselves to be intimidated by fo- What object can be more important, reign views; and that you will co-ope

more indispensable, than that of deprie rate by that means to keep up the good ving the enemy of any materials which intelligence between the two nations, may enable them to redouble their ef- and that his Majesty may never be obliforts during the war? and how can a ged to take other measures towards the protection of those materials be recon. Republic than those which friend thip and ciled to the alliances so often renewed good harmony may dictate. between the two nations, or with the

JOSEPH YORKE. assurances of friendhip which your High Hague, April 9. 1779." Mightinesses are continually profesling to the King? To prevent future bad con

FRANC E. [105.] Sequences, and to assure the Republic - Paris, March 23. The Viscount of the unequivocal friendship his Maje- d’Arrot, colonel of infantry, is arrived fty entertains for this republic, the King here, with advice, that a squadron of has ordered me to assure your High his Majesty's ships have taken the forts Mightinefses of the ardent defire he has and establishments of the English at Seto cultivate good harmony between the negal, on the coast of Africa. The fol. two nations, to renew the promises he lowing are the particulars of that event. made to them to maintain the liberty of The Squadron under the command of legal trade to their subjects, agreeable the Marquis de Vaudreuil arrived before to the orders given the King's íips and Senegal. It was composed of the Fenprivalcers, notwithftanding the advan- dant, of 14 guns; the Sphink of 64;



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