HC Deb 22 May 1815 vol 31 cc303-6

In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity.

His Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and his Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias, having taken into consideration the consequences which the invasion of France by Napoleon Buonaparté, and the actual situation of that kingdom, may produce with respect to the safety of Europe; have resolved, in conjunction with his Majesty the Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, and his Majesty the King of Prussia, to apply to that important circumstance the principles consecrated by the Treaty of Chautmont.

They have consequently resolved to renew, by a solemn Treaty signed separately by each of the four Powers with each of the three others, the engagement to preserve against every attack, the order of things so happily established in Europe, and to determine upon the most effectual means of fulfilling that engagement, as well as of giving it all the extension which the present circumstances so imperiously call for.

For that purpose his Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland has named, to discuss, conclude, and sign the conditions of the present Treaty with his Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias, Arthur Wellesley, Duke, Marquis, and Earl of Wellington, Marquis Douro, Viscount Wellington of Talavera and of Wellington, and Baron Douro of Wellesley, a Peer of the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and one of his Britannic Majesty's most honourable Privy Council, Field Marshal of his Forces, Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards, Knight of the most noble Order of the Garter, and Grand Cross of the most noble Military Order of the Bath, Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo, a Grandee of Spain of the First Class, Duke of Vittoria, Marquis of Torres Vedras and Count of Vimiera in Portugal, Knight of the most illustrious Order of the Golden Fleece of Spain, of the Military Order of St. Ferdinand, Grand Cross of the Imperial Military Order of Maria Theresa, of the Imperial Russian Order of St. George, of the Portuguese Order of the Tower and Sword, of the Swedish Order of the Sword, his Britannic Majesty's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Most Christian King, and his First Plenipotentiary to the Congress at Vienna: and his Majesty the Emperor of all the Russias having appointed on his part, the Sieur Andrew Count Rasoumoffsky, his actual Privy Councillor, Knight of the Orders of St. Andrew, and of St. Alexander Newsky, Grand Cross of that of St. Wolodimir of the First Class; and the Sieur Charles Robert Count de Nesselrode, his Privy Councillor, actual Chamberlain, Secretary of State, Knight of the Order of St. Alexander Newsky, Grand Cross of that of St. Wolodimir of the Second Class, Knight of the Supreme Order of the Annunciation, Grand Cross of Leopold of Austria, of the Red Eagle of Russia, of the Polar Star of Sweden, and of the Golden Cross of Wurtemberg.

Art.1. The High Contracting Parties above mentioned, solemnly engage to unite the resources of their respective States for the purpose of maintaining entire the conditions of the Treaty of Peace concluded at Paris the 30th of May, 1814; as also, the stipulations determined upon and signed at the Congress of Vienna, with the view to complete the dispositions of that Treaty, to preserve them against all infringement, and particularly against the designs of Napoleon Buonaparté. For this purpose they engage, in the spirit of the Declaration of the 13th of March last, to direct, in common and with one accord, should the case require it, all their efforts against him, and against all those who should already have joined his faction, or shall hereafter join it, in order to force him to desist from his projects, and to render him unable to disturb in future the tranquillity of Europe, and the general Peace, under the protection of which the rights, the liberty, and independence of nations had been recently placed and secured.

Art.2. Although the means destined for the attainment of so great and salutary an object, ought not to be subjected to limitation, and although the High Con- tracting Parties are resolved to devote thereto all those means which, in their respective situations, they are enabled to dispose of, they have nevertheless agreed to keep constantly in the field, each, a force of 150,000 men complete, including cavalry in the proportion of at least, one tenth, and a just proportion of artillery, not reckoning garrisons; and to employ the same actively and conjointly against the common enemy

Art. 3. The High Contracting Parties reciprocally engage not to lay down their arms but by common consent, nor before the object of the war, designated in the first Article of the present Treaty, shall have been attained; nor until Buonaparté shall have been rendered absolutely unable to create disturbance, and to renew his attempts for possessing himself of the supreme power in France.

Art. 4. The present Treaty being principally applicable to the present circumstances, the stipulations of the Treaty of Chaumont, and particularly those contained in the 16th Article of the same, shall be again in force, as soon as the object actually in view shall have been attained.

Art. 5. Whatever relates to the combined armies, to supplies, &c. shall be regulated by a particular Convention.

Art. 6. The High Contracting Parties shall be allowed respectively to accredit to the generals commanding their armies, officers, who shall have the liberty of corresponding with their governments, for the purpose of giving information of military events, and of every thing relating to the operations of the armies.

Art. 7. The engagements entered into by the present Treaty, having for their object the maintenance of the general peace, the High Contracting Parties agree to invite all the Powers of Europe to accede to the same.

Art. 8. The present Treaty having no other end in view but to support France, or any other country which may be invaded, against the enterprizes of Buonaparté and his adherents, his Most Christian Majesty shall be specially invited to accede hereunto; and, in the event of his Majesty's requiring the forces stipulated in the second Article, to make known what assistance circumstances will allow him to bring forward in the furtherance of the object of the present Treaty.

Art. 9. The present Treaty shall be ratified, and the ratifications exchanged in two months, or sooner if possible.—In faith whereof, the respective plenipotentiaries have signed it, and affixed hereto the impression of their arms.

Done at Vicuna, the 25th of March, 1815.