Slike strani

William, Hereditary Prince of Wirtemberg, shall be solemnized in person in the Kingdom of Great Britain, according to the due tenor of the Laws of England, and the Rites and Ceremonies of the English Church, as soon as the same may conveniently be done after the arrival of the said Prince in the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Art. 2. His Majesty the King of Great Britain will give a Portion of Eighty Thousand Pounds to Her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotta Augusta Matilda.

Art. 3. In case there shall be any Children, from this Marriage, whether two or more, the Portion shall be equally divided between them, without distinction of sex or age. If there be but one Child, the whole Portion shall go to that Child, whether Son or Daughter, provided, however, that the said Princes or Princesses who may be born from this Marriage shall enjoy such incomes or dowers, exclusively of these arrangements, as are by custom establised in the most Serene House of Wirtemberg.

Art. 4. The Children arising from this Marriage shall live and be brought up in the Dutchy of Wirtemberg, but they shall not marry without the consent of His Majesty the King of Great Britain, or His Successors.

Art. 5. In case the Princess should die without issue, one half of the Marriage Portion shall remain with the head of the House of Wirtemberg, the other half shall be at Her Royal Highness's disposal; but if Her Royal Highness leaves no disposition of it, that Moiety shall return to His Majesty the King of Great Britain or his successors; provided, however, that the survivor shall enjoy, during his or her life, the whole

annual interest or produce arising from the portion above-mentioned.

Art. 6. The whole of the Portion shall be placed in the English Funds, in the names of Commissioners, to be jointly empowered for that pupose by the King and the Duke of Wirtemberg, with the power to lay out one half of it, when a proper security (approved by His Majesty) of the possessions of the House of Wirtemberg shall be found. The interests or produce arising therefrom shall be paid every six months to the persons authorized to receive them, on the part of the Prince, during his life and that of the Princess: in case of the decease of either, the survivor shall enjoy them for his or her life. In case of the decease of both, the Commissioners shall dispose of the capital and interests of the whole Portion, according to the stipulations contained in the 3d and 5th Articles of this Treaty. It being well understood, that if the case should occur, in which one Moiety of the Dower is to return to the King and the other to remain with the Head of the Serene House of Wirtemberg, and that one Moiety of the Dower should have been laid out in a Mortgage, according to the regulations above-mentioned; in such case, the Moiety returning to the King shall be that which is vested in the English Funds, and that remaining to the House of Wirtemberg, the one so laid out in Mortgage.

Art. 7. Should the Prince die before the Princess, whether they have issue or not, the Princess shall be at liberty to return to England if she thinks proper, and to bring with her her property, paraphernalia, rings, jewels, &c. as well those which she took with her, as those

she may become possessed of during her Marriage.

Art. 8. His Majesty will moreover, in consequence of his tenderness and affection for the Princess His Daughter, grant unto His Commissioners, named for that purpose by His Majesty, with the advice and consent of His Parliament of Ireland, an Annual Pension of Five Thousand Pounds sterling upon His Royal Revenues of that Kingdom, during the life of Her Royal Highness, to be by them received for the sole and separate use of the said Princess, notwithstanding Her Marriage State, without His Serene Highness having any power over it. And the Princess may not, either separately or conjointly with the Hereditary Prince, alienate, mortgage or anticipate this Annuity; but the receipt or order of the Princess alone in writing, under her hand, shall be a sufficient discharge for the said Annual Pension of Five Thousand Pounds sterling, from time to time, as the payments shall become due.

Art. 9. In consideration of this Marriage, His Serene Highness the Reigning Duke of Wirtemberg obliges himself to make a suitable settlement upon Her Royal Highness, in case of her having the misfortune to become the Widow of His Serene Highness, whether that event should be during the life of the Duke His Father, or after coming to the Government of His Estates. The lands upon which this settlement shall be charged, the Castle or Jointure-House for Her Royal Highness, in case of her Widowhood, and all other relative circumstances, shall be regulated and agreed upon previous to the Marriage, by a German Contract, to be concluded between

the Electoral Ministers Plenipotentiary of the King and those of the Serene Duke.

Art. 10. The Princess shall have liberty for herself and Her servants to exercise and celebrate Divine Service according to the Rites of the Church of England.

This Treaty shall be ratified by the High Contracting Parties, and the Ratifications shall be exchanged within one month from its signature.

In Witness whereof, We, the Plenipotentiaries of His Majesty the King of Great Britain and of their Serene Highnesses, the Reigning Duke and the Hereditary Prince of Wirtemberg, in virtue of our respective full powers, have signed the present Treaty, and have thereunto put the Seals of our Arms.

Done at London the Third Day of May, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-seven.

[blocks in formation]


As by the demise of the late Duke of Portland, Peer of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; of the Right Honourable William Pitt, Chancellor of the Exchequer; and of the late Baron de Rieger, Envoy Extraordinary and

Minister Plenipotentiary of His Serene Highness Frederick the late Duke of Wirtemberg, at the Court of London, being three of the Commissioners specially named on the part of their respective Sovereigns, for the dowry of her Majesty, Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Queen Dowager of Wirtemberg, born Princess Royal of Great Britain, it is become necessary to complete the original number of Commissioners, and at the same time to confirm, in good and due form, the different acts made to the present time by the surviving Commissioners.

The undersigned Plenipotentiaries, that is to say, on the part of His Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the Right Honourable Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, one of His said Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, a Member of Parliament, Colonel of the Londonderry Regiment of Militia, and His Principal Secretary of State for the department of Foreign Affairs, &c. &c. &c.; and on the part of His Majesty the King of Wirtemberg, Major-General de Neuffer, Grand Cross of His Civil Order of Merit, Commander of His Military Order of Merit, Commander of the Imperial Austrian Order of Leopold, a Member of the French Royal Order of the Legion of Honour, and His Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of His Britannic Majesty, having met and exchanged their respective full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon the following Articles;

Art. 1. His Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and His [1818.]


« PrejšnjaNaprej »