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Motion For Papers

Volume 203: debated on Friday 5 August 1870

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moved for Copies of the Treaties of Vienna, the Treaty of Paris, 1815, &c.

Motion made, and Question proposed,

"That Copies of the following Treaties,—the Treaty of Vienna, in which a separate guarantee of the Saxon Provinces is given by Great Britain to Prussia; the Treaty of Paris, November 1815; the Supplementary Treaty, of the same date, excluding the Buonaparte family from the Throne of France, and to maintain which the contracting Powers bound themselves to employ the whole of their Forces; the Protocol defining the territories coded by France,—be reprinted."—(Sir Wilfrid Lawson.)

said, he must decline to accede to the Motion. He had to observe that the Treaty of 1831 was incorporated in the Treaty of 1839; the question, however, with regard to the Treaty of Paris was a very different one, because the Treaty had practically become defunct by the circumstance that a member of the family excluded from the country of France under its provisions had been reigning over that country for 18 years. Were he to consent to the reprinting of the Treaty at this particular juncture, the action might be open to misconstruction.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

House adjourned at a quarter before Two o'clock.