Memoirs of the Kings of Spain of the House of Bourbon: From the Accession of Philip V. to the Death of Charles III. 1700 to 1788. Drawn from the Original and Unpublished Documents, Volume 4

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1815 - Spain
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Page 189 - Lordships are further of opinion, that satisfaction should be given to Spain on the complaints touching the establishments made by the subjects of England on the Mosquito shore and in the Bay of Honduras, since the treaty concluded at Aix la Chapelle in October 1748 ; that all establishments so made be evacuated.
Page 191 - I pass to the execution of the plan now opened, that the day is come when the very inadequate benefits of the treaty of Utrecht, the indelible reproach of the last generation, are become the necessary, but almost unattainable wish of the present, when the empire is no more, the ports of the Netherlands betrayed, the Dutch Barrier treaty an empty sound, Minorca, and with it, the Mediterranean lost, and America itself precarious.
Page 216 - ... her death without issue in August 1758, Ferdinand sunk into hopeless melancholy, immured himself in the secluded palace of Villa Viciosa, and refused to transact any public business. His situation is thus described by the British Ambassador, Lord Bristol : " The Catholic King will ' not be shaved, walks about without any covering but ' his shirt, which has not been changed for a surprising ' time, and a night-gown. He has not been in bed for ' ten nights, nor is he thought to have slept five...
Page 273 - British government, is what made, in the same instant, the declaration of war, and attacked the King's dignity. Your excellency may think of retiring when, and in what manner, it is convenient to you; which is the only answer that, without detaining you, his Majesty has ordered me to -give you.
Page 235 - ever," writes a British Ambassador at his Court, " pre" fers carrying a point by gentle means, and has the " patience to repeat exhortations rather than exert his " authority even in trifles. Yet with the greatest air of • " gentleness, he keeps his Ministers and attendants in
Page 268 - Two ships have lately arrived at " Cadiz with very extraordinary rich cargoes from the " West Indies, so that all the wealth that was expected " from Spanish America is now safe in Old Spain.
Page 187 - ... leave nothing more to desire, for the proper and ablest discharge of a commission of such high moment, and which peculiarly demands the utmost circumspection, vigilance, delicacy and address. ' It is judged the most compendious and sure method of opening and conveying to your Excellency, with due clearness and precision, the scope and end of the measure...
Page 188 - Nieuport, their lordships are most humbly of opinion, that nothing can so effectually tend, in the present unhappy circumstances, to the restoration of Europe in general, and in particular to the successful prosecution of the present just and necessary war, until a peace can be made on safe and honourable terms, as a more intimate union with the crown of Spain. In this necessary view their lordships most humbly submit their opinion to your Majesty's great wisdom — that overtures of a negociation...
Page 195 - And for greater and clearer indication on matters of this extreme importance, I am, though unnecessarily, expressly to acquaint you that the king can in no supposed case ever entertain the thought of putting Gibraltar into the hands of Spain, until that Court, by a junction of their arms with those of His Majesty, shall actually and effectually recover and restore to the Crown of England the island of Minorca, with all its fortresses and harbours.
Page 191 - Majesty's consummate wisdom from the proper interests of Europe, or divert his generous cares from endeavouring to prevent the final overthrow of all Europe, and independency amongst the powers of the continent. In this salutary view it is that the King has, in his great prudence, come to a resolution of ordering the dispositions of the court of Madrid, in this alarming conjuncture, to be sounded ; and, as the same shall be found favourable, a...

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