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Letters on international relations before and during the war of 1870

by Karl Abel

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Their Majesties the Emperor of Austria and King of Prussia, animated with the desire of restoring to their countries the benefits of peace, have, with that view, and in order to fix the preliminaries of peace, named Plenipotentiaries, viz.

His Majesty the Emperor of Austria, Count Aloysius Karolyi and Baron Adolph von Brenner Felsach.

And his Majesty the King of Prussia, his President of the Council and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Otho, Count von Bismarck-Schbnhausen, who, after having exchanged their full powers, found to be in good and due form, have agreed on the following fundamental acts, as bases of the peace to be concluded without delay:

Art. I. With the exception of the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom, the territory of the Austrian monarchy remains intact. His Majesty the King of Prussia engages to withdraw his troops from the Austrian territories occupied by them, after peace is concluded, under reserve of the arrangements to be made at the time of the definite conclusion of peace for the guarantee of the payment of the war indemnity.

Art. II. His Majesty the Emperor of Austria recognises the dissolution of the Germanic Confederation such as it has hitherto existed, and gives his assent to a new organisation of Germany without the participation of the Empire of Austria. His Majesty promises equally to recognise the closer union which will be founded by his Majesty the King of Prussia to the north of the line of the Main, and declares his consent to the German States south of that line contracting a union, whose national bonds with the Confederation of North Germany will be the object of an ulterior understanding between the two parties.

Art. III. His Majesty the Emperor of Austria transfers to his Majesty the King of Prussia all the rights which the Peace of Vienna of October 20th, 1864, had recognised in him over the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein, with this reserve, that the population of the northern districts of Schleswig will be anew united to Denmark, if they express the desire of a freely given vote.

Art. IV. His Majesty the Emperor of Austria engages to pay to his Majesty the King of Prussia the sum of forty millions of thalers, to cover a portion of the expense which the war has occasioned to Prussia; hut from this sum is to be deducted the amount of the indemnity for war expenses which his Majesty the Emperor of Austria has still the right of exacting from the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein, in virtue of Art. 12 of the Treaty of Peace of October 20th, 1864, before cited, say fifteen millions of thalers, besides five millions as the equivalent of the expense of maintaining the Prussian army borne by the countries of Austria occupied by that army until the conclusion of peace.

Art. V. Conformably to the desire expressed by his Majesty the Emperor of Austria, his Majesty the King of Prussia declares himself ready to leave subsisting, at the time of the modifications which must take place in Germany, the territorial condition of the kingdom of Saxony in its actual extent, reserving to himself, on the other hand, to regulate in detail, by a special treaty of peace with his Majesty the King of Saxony, the questions relative to the share of Saxony in the expenses of the war, as well as the future position of the kingdom of Saxony in the Confederation of the north of Germany.

On the other hand, his Majesty the Emperor of Austria promises to recognise the new organisation which the King of Prussia will establish in the north of Germany, including the territorial modifications which will be the consequence of it.

Art. VI. His Majesty the King of Prussia engages to decide his Majesty the King of Italy, his ally, to give his approbation to the preliminaries of peace, and to the armistice based on these preliminaries, from the time that, by a declaration of his Majesty the Emperor of the French, the Venetian kingdom shall have been put at the disposal of his Majesty the King of Italy.


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