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(Belgium and Holland.)

Belgian accountants, and the judicial deposits and consignments, shall equally be restored to the parties entitled thereto, on the presentation of their proofs.

Claims called French Liquidations. If, under the head of what are called the French Liquidations, any Belgian subjects should still be able to bring forward claims to be inscribed, such claims shall also be examined and settled by the said Commission.

Evacuation of Territories, Towns, dc. Art. XXIV. Immediately after the exchange of the Ratifications of the Treaty to be concluded between the two Parties, the necessary orders shall be transmitted to the Commanders of the respective troops for the Evacuation of the Territories, Towns, Fortresses, and places which change domination. The Civil Authorities thereof shall also at the same time receive the necessary orders for delivering over the said territories, towns, fortresses, and places, to the Commissioners who shall be appointed by both Parties for this purpose.

This evacuation and delivery shall be effected so as to be completed in the space of 15 days, or sooner if possible.

Guarantee of Execution of Treaty by 5 Powers. ART. XXV. The Courts of Great Britain, Austria, France, Prussia, and Russia guarantee to His Majesty the King of the Belgians the execution of all the preceding Articles.*

Peace between 5 Powers and Belgium. Art. XXVI. In consequence of the stipulations of the present Treaty there shall be Peace and Friendship between their Majesties the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the Emperor of Austria, the King of the French, the King of Prussia, and the Emperor of All the Russias, on the one part, and His Majesty the King of the Belgians, on the other part, their heirs and successors, their respective States and subjects, for ever.

Ratifications, Art. XXVII. The present Treaty shall be ratified, and the Ratifications shall be exchanged at London in the space of two months, or sooner if possible. * See Treaties of 22nd October, 1832; and 19th April, 18393:T

(Belgium and Holland.]

In witness whereof the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed the same, and have affixed thereto the Seal of their Arms.

Done at London the 15th day of November, in the year of Our Lord, 1831.

(L.S.) PALMERSTON.
(L.S.) ESTERHAZY.
(L.S.) WESSENBERG.
(L.S.) TALLEYRAND.
(L.S.) BULOW.
(L.S.) LIEVEN.
(L.S.) MATUSZEWIC.
(L.S.) S. VAN DE WEYER.

[Russian-Dutch Loan.)

No. 154.-CONVENTION between Great Britain and

Russia, relative to the Russian-Dutch Loan. Signed at London, 16th November, 1831.

ART.

TABLE. 1. Payments by Great Britain on account of Dutch Loan. 2. Russia not to contract any other engagement without the consent of Great

Britain. 3. Ratifications,

(English version.*) Their Majesties the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the Emperor of All the Russias, considering that the events which have occurred in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands since the year 1830 have rendered it necessary that the Courts of Great Britain and Russia should examine the stipulations of their Convention of the 19th May, 1815 (No. 18), as well as of the Additional Article annexed thereto—considering that such examination has led the two lligh Contracting Parties to the conclusion that complete agreement does not exist between the letter and the spirit of that Convention, when regarded in connection with the circumstances which have attended the Separation that has taken place between the two principal divisions of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands ; but that, on referring to the object of the above-mentioned Convention of the 19th May, 1815, it appears that that object was to afford to Great Britain a guarantee that Russia would, on all questions concerning Belgium, identify her policy with that which the Court of London had deemed the best adapted for the maintenance of a just Balance of Power in Europe, and on the other hand to secure to Russia the payment of a portion of her Old Dutch Debt, in consideration of the general Arrangements of the Congress of Vienna, to which she had given her adhesion, Arrangements which remain in full force:

Their said Majesties being desirous at the present moment that the same principles should continue to govern their relations with each other, and that the special tie which the Convention of the 19th May, 1815 (No. 18), had formed between the two Courts

* For French version, see “State Papers," vol. xvüi, p. 928.

[Russian-Dutch Loan.]

should be maintained, have, for this purpose, named as their Plenipotentiaries, viz. :

His Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the Right Honourable Henry John, Viscount Palmerston, Baron Temple, a Peer of Ireland, a Member of Ilis Britannic Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, a Jember of Parliament, and his Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs;

And His Majesty the Emperor of All the Russias, the Sieur Christopher, Prince of Lieven, General of Infantry in his Armies, his Aide-de-Camp General, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to His Britannic Majesty, &c. ;—And the Sieur Adam Count Matuszewic, Privy Councillor of His said Majesty, &c.:

Who after having exchanged their Full Powers, found in good and due form, have agreed upon and concluded the following Articles :

Payments by Great Britain on account of Dutch Loun.

Art. I. In virtue of the considerations above specified, flis Britannic Majesty engages to recommend to his Parliament to enable him to undertake to continue on his part the payments stipulated in the Convention of the 19th May, 1815 (No. 18), according to the mode, and until the completion of the sum fixed for Great Britain in the said Convention.*

Russia not to Contract any other Engagement without the Consent of

Great Britain. ART. II. In virtue of the same considerations, His Majesty the Emperor of All the Russias engages that if (which God forbid) the arrangements agreed upon for the Independence and the Neutrality of Belgium, and to the maintenance of which the two High Powers are equally bound, should be endangered by the course of events, he will not contract any other engagement without a previous agreement with His Britannic Majesty, and his formal assent.

* See Note next page, 874.

[Russian-Dutch Loan.]

Ratifications. Art. III. The present Convention shall be ratified, and the Ratifications shall be exchanged at London within the space of 6 weeks, or sooner if possible.

In witness whereof the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed the same, and have affixed thereto the Seals of their Arms.

Done at London, the 16th day of November, in the year of Our Lord, 1831. (L.S.) LIEVEN.

(L.S.) PALMERSTON. (L.S.) MATUSZEWIC.

Note.—An Act of Parliament was passed on the 3rd of August, 1832, [2 and 3 Will. 4, cap. 81], to enable His Majesty to carry into effect the above Convention. The Loan will be extinguished by the Sinking Fund in June, 1915 (see House of Commons' Returns, 1872, No. 357, and 1875, No. 20). See, also Convention between Great Britain, Netherlands, and Russia of 19th May, 1815 ; and between Great Britain and Russia of the 30th August, 1850; and note, page 152.

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