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And whereas farther the then King of Sicily, whom it is now agreed to call by the name of King of Sardinia, according to the intention of the treaty and articles above inferted, has been invited to accede fully and amply to all and fingular of them, and to join himself in due form to the contracting parties, as if he himself from the beginning had been one of the contractors: and whereas the faid King of Sardinia, having maturely weighed the conditions particularly expreffed in the treaty and articles above inferted, has not only declared himself willing to accept the fame, and to approve them by his acceffion, but has likewife granted fufficient full powers to his minifters appointed to perfect the faid work. That therefore an affair fo beneficial may have the defired fuccefs, we the under-written minifters plenipotentiaries of his Imperial and Catholic Majefty, of his Britannic Majefty, and of his most Christian Majefty, in the name and by the authority of their faid Majesties, have admitted, joined, and affociated, and by these presents do admit, join, and affociate, the aforefaid King of Sardinia into a full and total partnership of the treaty above inferted, and of all and fingular the articles thereunto belonging; promifing by the fame authority, that their aforefaid Majefties, jointly and feparately, will entirely and exactly perform and fulfil to the faid King of Sardinia, all and fingular the conditions, ceffions, contracts, guaranties, and fecurities, contained and fet forth in the treaty and articles above-mentioned; it being far ther provided, that all and fingular the things agreed upon by the fecret articles against the faid King of Sardinia, fhall by this his prefent acceffion wholly ceafe, and be abolished. On the other hand alfo, we the under-written minifters plenipotentiaries of the King of Sardinia, by virtue of the full power in due form exhibited and allowed, a copy whereof is added at the end of this inftrument, do hereby teftify and promise


in the name of the faid King, that our King and mafter aforefaid doth accede fully and amply to the treaty, and to all and fingular the articles therein above inferted. That by this folemn acceffion he doth join himself to the contracting parties abovesaid, as if he himself from the beginning had been a party contracting: and that by virtue of this act, his faid Majefty the King of Sardinia doth mutually oblige and bind himself, both for himself, his heirs and fucceffors, to his Imperial and Catholic Majefty, to his Britannic Majefty, and to his moft Chriftian Majefty, and to their heirs and fucceffors, jointly and separately, that he will observe, perform, and fulfil all and fingular the conditions, ceffions, contracts, guaranties, and fecurities, in the above-written treaties and articles expreffed and set forth, towards all of them jointly, and each of them feparately, with the fame faith and confcience as if he had been a contracting party from the beginning, and had made, concluded, and figned, jointly or separately, the fame conditions, ceffions, contracts, guaranties, and fecurities, with his Imperial and Catholiq Majefty, his Britannic Majefty, and his moft Chriftian Majefty.

This inftrument of the admiffion and acceffion of the faid King of Sardinia fhall be ratified by all the contracting parties, and the ratifications, made out in due form, fhall be exchanged and mutually delivered at London, within the space of two months, or fooner, if poffible, to be reckoned from the day of the figning.

In witness whereof, we the plenipotentiaries of the


parties contracting, being on every part furnished with fufficient powers, have figned these presents' with our hands, and thereto have put our feals namely, the plenipotentiaries of his Imperial and Catholic Majefty, of his Britannic Majefty, of his Majefty the King of Sardinia, at London, the

28th day of Of. 8th day of Nov.

28th day of Oct. and the plenipotentiary of his most

8th day of Nov.

Christian Majefty at Paris, the
November, in the year 1718.

day of

(L. S.) C. Provaná.
(I. S.) C. de la Perroufe..
(L. S.) Parker C.
(L. S.) Sunderland P.
(L. S.) Kent.

(L. S.) Holles Newcastle.
(L. S.) Bolton.
(L. S.) Roxburghe.
(L. S.) Stanhope.
(L. S.) J. Craggs.

(L.S.) Chrif. Penterridter ab Adelfhaufen.

(L. S.) Jo. Phil. Hoffman.

The Treaty between Great Britain and Spain, concluded at Madrid, June 13, N. S. 1721.

IT having pleased the Divine Providence to difpofe the hearts of the moft Serene and Potent Princes, George, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, &c. and Philip V. by the grace of God, King of Spain, the Indies, &c. to forget all the grounds of diffatisfaction and misunderstanding that have given occafion to interrupt, for fome time, the friendship and good correfpondence which before flourished between them; and their Britannic and Catholic Majefties being now defirous to renew and reestablish them by the strongest ties, have ftipulated and agreed, by their under-written minifters plenipotentiary, named for that purpose, the following articles.

I. That, for the future, there fhall be, between his Britannic Majefty, his heirs and fucceffors, and his Catholic Majesty, his heirs and fucceffors, as alfo between their kingdoms, dominions, fovereignties, fubjects, and vaffals, a good, firm, and inviolable peace,


and a perpetual, and fincere friendship, and a general oblivion of every thing that has been done, on both fides, upon occafion of the last war.

II. The treaties of peace and commerce, concluded at Utrecht on the 13th of July, and the 9th of December, in the year 1713, wherein are comprehended, the treaty made at Madrid in the year 1667. and the cedulas therein mentioned, fhall remain ratified and confirmed by the prefent treaty, except the third, fifth, and eighth articles of the faid treaty of commerce, commonly called explanatory; which have been annulled by virtue of another fubfequent treaty, made at Madrid, the 14th of the month of December 1715, between the minifters plenipotentiary, named for that purpose, by their Britannic and Catholic Majefties, which treaty remains likewife confirmed and ratified; as alfo the particular contract, commonly called The Affiento, for the importation of negro flaves into the Spanish Indies, which was made the 26th of March, in the faid year 1713, in confequence of the 12th article of the treaty of commerce of Utrecht; and likewife the treaty of declaration, concerning that of the Affiento, made the 26th of May 1716: all which treaties, mentioned in this article, with their declaration, fhall remain in their full force, virtue, and vigour, in every thing wherein they fhall not be contrary to this; and, to the end they may have their entire effect and accomplishment, his Catholic Majefty will caufe his circular orders, cedulas, to be difpatched to his viceroys, governors, and other ministers, to whom it fhall belong, of the ports and towns in America, that the fhips employed for the traffic of negroes by the royal company of Great Britain establifhed at London, may be admitted, without hinderance, to trade freely, and in the fame manner as they did before the laft rupture between the two crowns; and the above-mentioned cedulas fhall be delivered as foon as the ratifications of the present treaty fhall have been exchanged; and at the fame VOL. II. time


time his Catholic Majefty will give his orders to the council of the Indies, that the junta, composed of minifters taken out of that council, and appointed for the cognizance (exclufive of all others) of the causes that refpect the faid Affiento, may again have its course, admit of, and confult upon thofe affairs, according to the rule established at the time of its appointment; and as to what regards the obfervation of the treaties of peace and commerce, circular orders shall be dispatched to all the governors of Spain, to the end that they may, without any of their interpretations, cause them to be observed and accomplished: as in like manner shall be given, on the part of his Britannic Majefty, the orders which fhall be demanded and judged neceffary for the accomplishment of every thing that has been stipulated and agreed between the two crowns in the above-mentioned treaties of Utrecht; and particularly as to what may not have been put in execution of the points fettled by the eighth, eleventh, and fifteenth articles of the treaty of peace, which mention the leaving to the Spaniards the free commerce and navigation to the West Indies, and the maintaining the antient limits in America, as they were in the time of King Charles II. the free exercise of the Catholic religion in the island of Minorca, and the cod-fifhing in the feas of Newfoundland; as well as with regard to all the other articles which may not hitherto have been put in execution on the part of Great Britain.

III. Forafmuch as by the feventh article of the treaty of commerce of Utrecht it was agreed, that all the goods confifcated at the beginning of the former war fhould be restored, in regard the confifcation thereof had been made contrary to the tenor of the 36th article of the treaty of 1667, his Catholic Majefty, in like conformity, will order, that all the goods, merchandizes, money, fhips, and other effects, which have been feized, as well in Spain as in the -Indies, by virtue of his orders of the month of September

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