Eylau: Precis Des Travaux de la Grande Armée
Letter from Lauderdale, British Pleniportentiary to Paris to Charles Tallyrand, French Foreign Minister: August 11, 1806
No. XX. – Sir, We receive at the moment a note signed by their Excellence Mr. of Champagny and Mr. General Clarke, which, in any other circumstance, we would have answered at once.
But our duty is to note to Y. Exc. that since six-thirty p.m. of the evening before yesterday, we have remained without response to the request of a mail passport, likewise that of our own passports, though this request was reiterated successively and up to three times during this space of time.
It is of the highest importance, in the position where we are, to ensure a perfectly free and unstopped communication, and affairs as we consider it necessary with our government.
We thus request Y. Exc. to satisfy us on this subject, so that we know if in all the possible cases where we would judge in connection with asking for passports, either for ourselves, or for mails; we are sure to obtain them without any delay.
It is also necessary for us to observe that we do not have any response to the credentials that we presented to Y. Exc. on Mr. Goddard.
We have the honor of restate for Y. Exc. the insurances of the high consideration with which we are,
Paris on August 11, 6 thirty p.m.
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