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COLLECTION

OF

S T A TE P A P E R S,

RELATIVE TO THE

WAR

against FRANCE

Now carrying on by GREAT BRITAIN and the

several other EUROPEAN Powers:

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Printed for J. DEBRETT, opposite Burlington House,

Piccadilly.

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PREFACE.

IN fubmitting to the Public the Seventh Volume of this Col

lection, the Editor flatters himself that it will be found to include documents of equal, perhaps of superior importance, to any of thofe contained in the preceding volumes.

As he has been singularly fortunate in procuring a considerable number of State Papers, which, he trusts, have never yet been published in England, he thinks it necessary to direct the attention of the Public in a more particular manner to them. Of the negotiation at Paris between the United States of America and the Rea public of France no complete account had hitherto been collected ; the Editor therefore obtained from America an official copy of the proceedings printed by order of Congress. The very detailed letter from the American ministers upon the differences between the two nations, and upon the conduct of France towards the United States, has never yet been published in this country. The same affertion may be made with respect to the answer of the American ministerst to the letter of the French minister for foreign affairs. But the Editor has also been able to render the narrative of the negotiation still more complete even than the official publication of the American government. That publication concludes with the departure of General Pinckney and General Marshall from Paris. From the French official papers the Editor has extracted all the fubsequent correspondence between Mr. Gerry and the French minister to the departure of the former from France, and the final rupture of the negotiation.

Hitherto the Public have only seen a short and unsatisfactory account of those disturbances at Vienna which led to the departure of the French ambassador Bernadotte from that capital. The . reader will here find an official account of the event by Bernadotte

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himself, which the Editor has translated from the German papers.

The changes which have taken place in the government of the cantons of Switzerland, the destruction of the Papal power, the negotiations at Rastadt, and the expedition of Buonaparte to Egypt, have engaged the attention of all Europe. It has therefore been the fedulous attention of the Editor to procure every of ficial document relative to those important events.

The affairs of Ireland, and the recent rebellion in that country, promoted and encouraged by the French government, come naturally within the scope of a publication whose professed object is to collect every state paper that relates to the war with France. The Editor has inserted all the Proclamations published during the progress of that rebellion, together with the very interesting Reports upon it presented to both Houses of the Irish Parliament : to these are added the able and satisfactory Report on the treatment of French prisoners in England, a document highly gratifying to the national character.

It has hitherto been usual to arrange the Proclamations, Correspondence, and Papers relative to Neutral Powers, under distinct heads. That arrangement having been found inconvenient, all the papers in this volume have been classed under one general head: but as a very copious Index has been added, no person can experience the smallest difficulty in finding any paper he may want, whether it relates to the neutral or belligerent powers.

In the preceding volumeș, the Appendix, containing the history of the war from the Gazettes, has always been brought down to as late a period as possible. In the present volume that rule has been departed from, for two reasons: ift, the size of the volume was already fufficiently large ; and, 2dly, the Editor had every reason to believe that its publication was impatiently expected. The Appendix therefore has only been completed to the beginning of March. The remainder of the Gazettes are reserved for the succeeding olume.

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