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Gentz ; Ompteda, Ludwig Karl Georg von
An Ludwig Karl Georg von Ompteda, Prag, März 1807, GStA PK, Berlin-Dahlem. I. HA Rep. 94 A, Sammlung Adam, Schuber Nr. 117 1807

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Ompteda, Ludwig Karl Georg von
DateMärz 1807
Handwritten recordGStA PK, Berlin-Dahlem. I. HA Rep. 94 A, Sammlung Adam, Schuber Nr. 117
Size/Extent of item3 Bl., F: 183mm x 117mm; 4 ¼ eighd. beschr. Seiten
Places of printOmpteda-Nachlass, II, Nr. 166, 271-273
IncipitJ'ai trouvé dans la feuille
Type of letterBriefe von Gentz
Digital item: TextAn Ludwig Karl Georg von Ompteda Prag, März 1807 J'ai trouvé dans la feuille ci-jointe un article sur le H a n o v r e, qui, quoique peu rédigé dans Votre sens, mérite cependant que Vous le lisiez, puisqu'il présente la quintessence des argumens du parti de l'opposition, ou ancien parti Pitt, contre le système de Fox, et du Ministère actuel. Je Vous prie de me renvoyer ensuite la feuille. G. Beilage auf eigenem Blatt aus dem Courier vom 30. December 1806: On Hannover. The recovery of Hanover was insisted upon with such preeminent desire in the late negociation, that much inquiry is naturally on foot respecting its value to the British Empire, or to the system of Europe. That it is of any value to Britain cannot be shewn; on the contrary, its connexion with this country has been most injurious to our interests on the Continent. Treaties have been made at different times with Powers, which could have less the welfare of England in view than the protection of Hanover, and which have led, or threatened to lead, England into wars. But to go no further back than the present war, as its commencement France could touch our interests in no quarter but Hanover. She overran it, thereby insulting Austria and Prussia, bound by treaty to afford it protection. The Power tamely submitted to the insult, and France, emboldened by this pusilanimity, proceeded to make other acquisitions such als Genoa, etc. The war on the Continent followed. If Hannovre had but a small share in occasioning that war, she was a chief cause of its disastrous consequences. Prussia saw the dangerous ambition of France und would have succoured Austria, had she not been bribed to neutrality by the promise of Hanover. The hopes of gaining Hanover bound Prussia up from the common cause, left Austria at the mrecy of France, and Europe fell.France gave -Prussia the price of her neutrality, by ceding Hanover, and Prussia joined France in the war against Britain. Gerat Britain negociated for peace with France, and insisted as a s i n e q u a n o n that Hanover should be restored. France took Hanover from Prussia that she might give it to Great Britain; and thereby provoked Prussia to a war, which has annihilated her as a great power. Thus within a year we have seen Hanover neutralise Prussia enabling our greatest enemy to subjugate our greatest ally. We have since seen it change a powerful friend into an enemy; and lastly we have seen it leade to the destruction not only of that powerful friend, but of the whole of our connexions military and comercial in the north of Germany. And what more mischief shall Hanover do to Britain ? Is the King of Britain to become a vassal of France, like the Kings of Wirtemberg, Bavaria etc. Is he like them so hold territories during the pleasure of the Corsican usurper ? In what other way but as a vassal of France can the King of England hold Hanover under the present circumstances of Europe ? Wil he in future be able to make war upon France with the same independence and spirit he formerly did, knowing that Hanover will instantly ne seized and pillaged ? Mr said "the sphere of my duties is my country." A patriotic King can have no other country but the one he governs. Shall we have a vassal of France for a King ? Yes, if you please, says Talleyrand, who never once refused Hanover in the negociation, well knowing the influence, which through it the French would be likely to obtain over this Empire. Our own King is too patriotic to endanger the interests of England for the recovery of Hanover, and no doubt would have relinquished akk claim to it, had he had wise and spirited advisers to point out the consequences, If Mr Fox thought otherwise, then he was "a pander to all the base passions of the King" as he had been, according to Mr Windham, at hte beginning of the war "a pander to all the base passions of the people." For, mark the importance into which Hanover is magnified in the course of the negociation ! It is a s i n e q u a n o n Forsooth, and apparently the only one. It is spoken of as if it were. Portsmouth and the Isle of Wright; as if it were something the possession of which by the enemy annihilated the independence of England. And, for God's sake let us know of what use Hanover is to this Country, besides furnishing some foreign recruits who can be had elsewhere ? With all his courtly and servile spirit, on this occasion, could Mr Fox have made it more ? Can his Whig and Tory friends in the Cabinet make it more ?In the approaching discussions on the negociation, is there a member of Parliament who will speak out sturdy truths on this subject ? They can abuse one another. One party may loose their places and another get them; but the Royal family cannot be changed. By opposition Ministers may be supplanted; but who dare provoke the ill will of permanent power ? - H: GStA PK, Berlin-Dahlem. I. HA, Rep 94 A, Sammlung Adam, Schuber Nr. 117. 3 Bl. F: 183mm x 117mm; 4 ¼ eighd. beschr. Seiten. D: Ompteda-Nachlaß, II, Nr. 166, 271-273.