TO THE COURT OF AVA..
anee ; and whatever property may remain, in case of shipwreck, shall be restored to the owner."
The whole of this treaty was agreed to, with the exception of the second article, regarding which the following conversation took place :a
B. We wish again to call your attention to the necessity of our annexing to the second article the clause respecting fire-arms and ammunition.
E. This, as I stated to you yesterday, is wholly inadmissible. Fire-arms, I repeat, are not an article of merchandise. You have yourselves often insisted upon striking out every thing that was not so. The condition is not mutual. You would insist upon our selling you fire-arms and ammunition, and in your country you prohibit us and all the world from dealing ln these articles.
B. As you reject our proposal on the plea of fire-arms and ammunition not being articles of commerce, we must reject the clause respecting the free exportation of gold and silver, as this also is not of a commercial nature._E. Very well. Is the treaty then, in other respects, to be considered as settled?
B. We wish to take the draft with us, and consider it further. The *'hole matter will be finally arranged in three days.aE. I assent to this.
B. You observed yesterday, that you would report A truly" to your Government what might be stated by us in regard to our request for the restoration
the ceded provinces, and said, that if we could prove our inability to Pay the third instalment when it became due, you would take it upon yourself to postpone the period of payment. We have now to state, that the country has been in a state of war for three or four years, that our treasury is exhausted, and that no revenue has been collected for a long time from the people.
E. In regard to the postponement of the money payment, you will re-AAect that my promise was made on the condition of your executing the Commercial Treaty according to the draft, to all appearance agreed upon atE. In regard to the postponement of the money payment, you will re-A A A A ect that my promise was made on the condition of your executing the Commercial Treaty according to the draft, to all appearance agreed upon at