pose of H. E.'s report to his government, the undersigned will not omit to acknowledge that note in writing.
H. E. does but justice to the british government when he presumes their views and intentions to be still the same as were stated to H. E. in the note of the undersigned of the 2doi August 1824 l) with respect to the establisment of a system of commerce, in which the liberal principles adopted equally by the government of Great-Britain and of the Netherlands should be „carried into effect in the most extensive and beneficial marmer for thè mutual accomodation and advantage of the subjects of both governments".
The only possible différence between H. E. and the undersigned is as to the mode of executing the intentions, and the undersigned admits, without difficulty, that, upon that point, the opinions of his government have undergone some change since his correspondence with M. Falck last year.
This change has been produced not by any diminution of attachment to the principles, mutually recognized in that correspondence, but by the fact, that so much has been done in the interval by the british government to carry those principles into general effect towards all powers, who may be willing to adopt the system of the british government, as to leave comparatively little to be adjusted specially with any one particular power.
There were two ways in which such a system might be established. Either the benefits of it might be conceded in return for special equivalents to single powers, or they might be offered generally to all, but withholden from those who should refuse such equivalent return.
The note of the undersigned of August 2d 1824 was framed in reference to the former mode; and could all points in discussion between Great Britain and the Netherlands have been at once adjusted, the result would have been a treaty giving specially to the Netherlands, in return for equivalent concessions, advantages, which have since been offered, on the like condition, to all nations, the Netherlands included.
Such offer, however, is considered to have been made by the acts passed in the last session of parliament. These acts have not only lowered the scale of british duties generally upon the pro-
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