HC Deb 07 May 1819 vol 40 cc228-9
Mr. Sinclair

said, that he was desirous on this occasion to put a question to the noble lord, which he had been prevented, by want of a proper opportunity, from asking at an earlier period. It related to a transaction which had excited considerable interest, not only in this country, but throughout the whole of Europe. A treaty had been entered into between the courts of Munich and Vienna, for effecting, in behalf of the former, an eventual dismemberment of the grand duchy of Baden; and it was understood that this arrangement had received the sanction of several other powers. In order to avert this calamity from his subjects, the late grand duke of Baden executed a formal deed of settlement, by which he declared his dominions to be indivisible, and called to the succession a regular series of heirs. He (Mr. S.) therefore wished to know from the noble lord, whether this solemn act had been considered and recognised by the congress at Aix-la-Chapelle, and whether the courts which had entered into a conspiracy for despoiling a defenceless ally, had been induced to renounce this unjustifiable design?

Lord Castlereagh

replied, that if the hon. member would wait until the treaties connected with the territorial arrangements of Europe were before the House he would be better enabled to form an opinion on this subject. In the mean time, he could assure him, that no such communication as he had alluded to, was made to the congress at Aix-la-Chapelle.