JOURNAL OF AN EMBASSY
shipwreck, we wish to know what assistance will in such case be required, and whether we incur any responsibility ?aE. We only expect such assistance as one friend would render to another in distress. You will incur no responsibility beyond what is implied in the necessity of your rendering such assistance as it may be in your power to afford.
J5. Will the expenses attending such assistance be repaid?aJE. Those who ask for assistance, or stand in need of it, will of course pay the necessary expenses.
After the perusal of the fourth article, the following observations were made :a
B. We object to your amendment, proposing to extend the privileges of this article to the " country people of India," "as well as to English merchants ?aE. Our Indian subjects must be included. In such cases, we cannot legislate for the few, and exclude the bulk of our subjects.
B. We cannot admit of this privilege extending to the natives of India; and the article must be struck out, if you insist upon it.aE. Very well-Then the negotiation of this treaty is now at an end. The treaty, as it now stands, consists of three articles of no great moment. Is this treaty such an one as you promised to make at Yandabo ?
B. Yes it is. In what is it wanting ?aE. You engaged that there should be no " molestation or hinderance," and the trade will now be overwhelmed with all sorts of " molestations and hinderances."
B. Do you approve of the three articles of the treaty that now remain E. Yes, I accept of them as the treaty which you are pleased to grant, but it is not such an one as is provided for in the Convention of Yandabo.
B. Are these three articles conformable to the Treaty of Yandabo ?a The articles are well enough, as far as they go ; but they do not fulfil the stipulations and promises made at Yandabo.
B. If this treaty be incomplete, what do you want?aE. I wrant nothing more than the insertion of the second and fourth articles, with the corrections I proposed.B. If this treaty be incomplete, what do you want?a E. I wrant nothing more than the insertion of the second and fourth articles, with the corrections I proposed.