Ulterior Convention with the Hereditary Prince of Hesse Cassel

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HOUSE OF COMMONS.

Tuesday, May 7, 1776.

The Lord North presented to the House, by his Majesty' s command,

Copy of the Ulterior Convention between his Majesty and the Hereditary Prince of Hesse Cassel, concluded at Hanau, the 25th of April, 1776, and Translation.

And the Titles of the said Copy and Translation were read.

The said Copy is preserved amongst the other Papers of this Session; and the said Translation is as followeth, viz:

Translation of the Ulterior Convention, between his Majesty and the Hereditary Prince of HESSE CASSEL, concluded at HANAU, the 25th of APRIL, 1776.

Since the conclusion of the Treaty between his Majesty the King of Great Britain and his Most Serene Highness the Hereditary Prince of Hesse Cassel, reigning Count of Hanau, signed by their respective Plenipotentiaries, at Hanau, the 5th of February last, his Most Serene Highness having caused it to be signified that he would furnish a detachment of his Artillery, to wit: the Company of Artillery of one hundred and twenty-eight men, according to the establishment hereunto annexed, with six field-pieces, one ammunition-wagon, three carts, one forge, and the necessary harness for the draft horses, which Artillery has always made part of the Regiment of Infantry furnished by his Most Serene Highness, and in British pay, his Majesty having readily consented thereto, promises and engages, by the present Ulterior Convention, that he will cause to be paid to his Most Serene Highness the Levy Money for each man of the said detachment, according to the eighth article of the abovementioned Treaty; and that the whole tenor of the said Treaty shall extend to the Artillery, as far as it is applicable thereto; and his Most Serene Highness promises and engages, on his part, by these presents, to hold the said detachment of Artillery, of one hundred and twenty-eight men, in readiness to march by the 15th of May next, or sooner if it can be done; which detachment of Artillery shall be provided at the place of its destination with the necessary horses, and every other part of the train not above specified, of which it may have occasion, at the charge of his Majesty; and it shall constantly serve in the same army in which the abovementioned Regiment is employed. His Britannick Majesty engages, also, that this Company of Artillery shall enjoy the same pay, and all the emoluments which have been or shall be hereafter granted to the Hessian Artillery, and particularly such as are stipulated for the Regiment of the Most Serene Hereditary Prince, by the seventh, ninth, tenth, and eleventh articles of the Treaty. And if it shall unfortunately happen that any of the pieces of artillery, or other effects with which this Company is provided, shall be taken by the enemy, or lost, whether by accidents on the sea or otherwise, his Majesty promises to be accountable for the same to his Most Serene Highness, and consequently to cause the value and price thereof to be paid; his said Majesty and said Most Serene Highness have therefore thought proper to authorize their respective Ministers, to wit: his Britannick Majesty, Colonel William Faucitt, Captain in the Guards, and his Most Serene Highness the Hereditary Prince of Hesse Cassel, his Minister and Privy Counsellor actual, Frederick De Malsbourg, to sign the present Ulterior Convention, which shall have the same force as if it were inserted word for word in the Treaty signed at Hanau, the 5th of February last, and it shall be ratified in the same manner; and the ratifications thereof shall be exchanged within the space of six weeks, to be computed from the day of the signature.

In testimony whereof, we, the undersigned, being furnished with the full powers of his Britannick Majesty and his Most Serene Highness the Hereditary Prince of Hesse Cassel, have signed the present Ulterior Convention, and have caused the seals of our arms to be put thereto.

Done at Hanau, the 25th of April, 1776.

WILLIAM FAUCITT, [L˙ S.]

FREDERICK Bn DE MALSBOURG, [L˙ S.]