HL Deb 10 March 1808 vol 10 c1043
Lord Hawkesbury

presented the following Message from his majesty; "G. R. His majesty thinks it proper to acquaint the house of peers that the king of Sweden having resisted every threat that had been employed to induce him to join the hostile continental confederacy against. Great Britain, and having thereby exposed his dominions to increasing and imminent danger, his majesty felt it his duty to afford that monarch the most prompt and efficacious support and assistance. His majesty has, therefore, entered into a convention with the king of Sweden, a copy of which he has directed to be laid before the house; and he relies on the wisdom and liberality of his faithful commons, that they will enable his majesty to make good his engagements with an ally of such approved firmness and fidelity."

His majesty's message was ordered to be taken into consideration on Monday, on the motion of lord Hawkesbury, who stated that copies of the treaty would probably be delivered to their lordships before they separated. The earl of Lauderdale asked if there was any article in the treaty, for imposing duties, similar to those in the bill for carrying into effect the orders of council? Lord Hawkesbury answered in the negative.

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