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in default of sufficient security, may be directed against the defaulters, in the ordinary course, before the tribunals of the countries wherein the persons accountable have settled.
Art. 25. In the countries ceded by the Treaty of the 30th of May 1814, and by the present Treaty, such persons who have accepted bills negotiable, to the advantage of the Royal Treasury, or of the "Caisse d'Amortissement," (not receivers of direct contributions), and who should not have honoured the same, when they become due, may be proceeded against for payment, before the regular tribunals of the country, where they are settled, unless they should have been compelled to pay them before the 30th of May 1814, or, with regard to the countries ceded by the present Treaty, before the November, in favour of the Agents of the new possessors of the countries.
Art. 26. All that has been agreed to by the present Convention, with respect to the period within which the creditors of France are to deliver in their claims for liquidation, the time when the Abstracts of Liquidations are to be drawn up, the interest to be allowed to the respective classes of debts, and the manner in which they are to be paid, applies equally to those debts which France may have to claim from the Governments of the countries detached from France.
Done at Paris, the 20th of November, in the year of our Lord 1815.
Between Great Britain and Prussia, respecting the Ionian Islands; signed at Paris 5th November 1815.
In the name of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity.
HIS Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, His Majesty the King of Prussia, His Majesty the Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, and His Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias, animated by the desire of prosecuting the Negociations adjourned at the Congress of Vienna, in order to fix the destiny of the Seven Ionian Islands, and to insure the independence, liberty, and happiness, of the inhabitants of those Islands, by placing them and their Constitution under the immediate protection of one of the Great Powers of Europe, have agreed to settle definitively by a Special Act, whatever relates to this object, which, grounded upon the rights resulting from the Treaty of Paris of the 30th May 1814, and likewise upon the British Declarations at the period when the British arms liberated Cerigo, Zante, Cephalonia, Santa Maura, Ithaca, and Paxo, shall be considered as forming part of the General Treaty concluded at Vienna on the 9th June of the year 1815, on the termination of the Congress; and in order to settle and sign the said Act, the High Con
tracting Powers have nominated Plenipotentiaries; that is to say, 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, a Member of His said Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, a Member of Parliament, Colonel of the Londonderry Regiment of Militia, and His said Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; and the Most Illustrious and Most Noble Lord Arthur, Duke, Marquess and Earl of Wellington, Marquess of Douro, Viscount Wellington of Talavera and of Wellington, and Baron Douro of Wellesley, a Member of His said Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, a Field-Marshal of His Armies, Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Horse-Guards, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Prince of Waterloo, Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo, and a Grandee of Spain of the First Class, Duke of Vittoria, Marquess of Torres Vedras, Count of Vimeira in Portugal, Knight of the Most Illustrious Order of the Golden Fleece, of the Spanish Military Order of Saint Ferdinand, Knight Grand Cross of the Imperial Military Order of Maria Theresa, Knight Grand Cross of the Imperial Order of Saint George of Russia, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Black Eagle of Prussia, Knight Grand Cross of the Portuguese Royal and Military Order of the Tower and Sword, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal and Military Order of Sweden of the Sword, Knight Grand Cross of the Orders of the Elephant of Denmark,
of William of the Low Countries, of the Annunciade of Sardinia, of Maximilian Joseph of Bavaria, and of several others; and Commander of the Forces of His Britannick Majesty in France, and of the Army of His Majesty the King of the Low Countries; and His Majesty the King of Prussia, the Prince Hardenberg, His Chancellor of State, Knight of the Great Orders of the Black Eagle, of the Red Eagle; of that of St. John of Jerusalem, and of the Iron Cross of Prussia, of those of St. Andrew, of St. Alexander Newsky, and of St. Anne of the First Class of Russia, Grand Cross of the Royal Order of St. Stephen of Hungary, Grand Cordon of the Legion of Honour, Grand Cross of the Order of St. Charles of Spain, of the Supreme Order of the Annunciade of Sardinia, and of that of St. Hubert of Bavaria, Knight of the Order of the Seraphims of Sweden, of that of the Elephant of Denmark, of the Golden Eagle of Würtemburg, and of several others; and the Sieur Charles William, Baron Humboldt, Minister of State of His said Majesty, His Chamberlain, His Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of His Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty, Knight of the Great Order of the Red Eagle, and of that of the Iron Cross of Prussia, Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold of Austria, and of the Order of St. Anne of Russia, and of that of Danneburg of Denmark, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Bavaria, and of that of Fidelity of Baden; who, after having exchanged their full powers, found to be in good and due form, have agreed upon the following Articles :--
Art. 1. The Islands of Corfu, Cephalonia, Zante, Maura, Ithaca, Cerigo and Paxo, with their dependencies, such as they are described in the Treaty between His Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias and the Ottoman Porte, of the 21st of March 1800, shall form a single, free and independent State, under the denomination of the United States of the Ionian Islands.
Art. 2. This State shall be placed under the immediate and exclusive protection of His Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, His heirs and successors. The other Contracting Powers do consequently renounce every right or particular pretention which they might have formed in respect to them, and formally guarantee all the dispositions of the present Treaty.
Art. 3. The United States of the Ionian Islands shall, with the approbation of the Protecting Power, regulate their internal organization; and, in order to give to all the parts of this organization the necessary consistency and action, His Britannick Majesty will employ a particular solicitude with regard to the legislation and the general administration of those States, His Majesty will therefore appoint a Lord High Commissioner to reside there, invested with all the necessary power and authorities for this purpose.
Art. 4. In order to carry into execution, without delay, the stipulations mentioned in the Articles preceding, and to ground the political re-organization which is actually in force, the Lord High Commissioner of the Protecting Power shall regulate the forms of convocation