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Presented to the House of Commons by Command of Her Majesty, in pursuance of

their Address dated February 28, 1860.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY HARRISON AND SONS.

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SUBJECT.

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Anxiety of Swiss Government as

to projected annexation of Savoy

to France

1

Conversation with Count Walewski 1

1

Answer to above. Regret of Her

Majesty's Government at this

2

Emperor has abandoned design of

annexation

2

Satisfaction at abandonment

3

Swiss Government has asked Go-

vernments of Paris, Vienna, and

Turin, whether Savoy will be

alluded to in Congress of Zurich 3

Swiss Government have drawn up

a Memorial respecting importance

of neutrality of Savoy being pre-

served

3

Swiss Government will ask Great

Powers whether neutral territory

of Savoy will form part of Italian

Confederation

4

Note from Federal Council, and

Memorial alluded to in despatch

of the 12th instant

4

Conversation with Swiss Minister

as to Swiss Mémoire

8

Austria and Sweden have answered

favourably inquiries of Swiss Go-

vernment respecting neutral terri-

tory

8

Answer to despatch of 21st instant.

Her Majesty's Government are

alive to the necessity of preserving

neutrality of Savoy

9

Dr.Kern's conversation with M.Ba-

roche ..

9

Correspondence with Federal

Council

10

Interview with President

11

Further conversation with Dr. Kern 12

Observations on article in “Patrie" 13

Asks instructions .

16

Instructions as to language

18

Copies of Lord Cowley's despatch

of the 27th, and answer of the

28th instant

19

Copy of despatch of the 28th instant

to Lord Cowley

19

Government of Chambery deny

report of cession to France 20

Feeling in Switzerland and Savoy. 24

Conversation with Baron Schleinitz 24

Article from the “Constitutionnel” 25

Views of Her Majesty's Govern-

ment

26

Count Cavour denies truth of re-

ports

26

Conversation with M. Thouvenel . 27

Meeting at Geneva

29

Declaration of Contamines in favour

of union with Switzerland

34

Conversation with Emperor

35

Answer to M. Thouvenel's argu-
ments

36

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28. Earl Cowley

29. Captain Harris

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31. Earl Cowley

32. To Earl Cowley

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RETURN to an Address of the Honourable the House of Commons, dated February 28, 1860;

for

Copies or Extracts of the Correspondence which has taken place between

Her Majesty's Government and the Governments of the Emperor of the French and the King of Sardinia, in respect to the proposal for annexing Savoy and Nice to the Empire of France.”

No. 1.

Captain Harris to Lord J. Russell.—(Received July 5.) (Extract.)

Berne, July 1, 1859. HAVING been confined to my room by fever during the last fortnight, I have not had my usual interviews with the President of the Confederation ; but this morning he called upon me by appointment, being anxious, he said, to converse with me on the rumour of the projected annexation of Savoy to France, in the event of the King of Piedmont obtaining an extension to his dominions in Italy.

The President said, that the Swiss Chargé d'Affaires in Paris had been instructed to demand explanation on the subject; that ihe Sardinian Minister here positively denied that there was any such engagement.

I pointed out to the President the despatches Nos. 480 and 507 in the Blue Book on the Affairs of Italy, showing the steps which Her Majesty's Government had taken, through Lord Cowley, to ascertain the truth of this report, which had, however, not led to a very distinct refutation of it on the part of the French Minister.

The President said he wished me to impress on Her Majesty's Government that it was of vital importance to the safety and independence of Switzerland that Savoy, and especially “Haute Savoie,” should never be annexed to France; that if that were to take place, her flank would be laid completely open, and that, probably, Geneva would soon follow.

The President said he did not wish Her Majesty's Government to take steps in the matter at present; but, in the event of the question being raised hereafter, that the above statement should be borne in mind by them, and that England would prove the same fast friend to Switzerland in the hour of need as heretofore.

I cannot believe that the King of Piedmont would give up a territory from which his family derive a name, illustrious in statesmanship and war for so many centuries, and a district which supplies his bravest and most loyal troops ; whilst the poverty of its soil would render it but a poor acquisition to France.

It is probable, therefore, that the rumour is not true, and surely it would be better that France and Sardinia should at once, by an open disclaimer, allay this cause of suspicion and disquiet.

No. 2.

Earl Cowley to Lord J. Russell.-(Received July 5.) (Extract.)

Paris, July 4, 1859. I HAVE afforded Count Walewski an opportunity of giving me as much information as he might choose respecting the intentions attributed to the Emperor of annexing Savoy to France, to which Captain Harris' despatch of the 1st instant, forwarded by this messenger, relates.

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