Convention signed at Paris on 2 August 1815
In the Name of the Most Holy and Indivisible Trinity.
NAPOLEON Buonaparté being in the power of the Allied Sovereigns their Majesties the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the King of Prussia, the Emperor of Austria and the Emperor of Russia, have agreed, in virtue of the stipulations of the Treaty of the 25th March 1815, upon the measures most proper to render all enterprize impossible, on his part, against the repose of Europe;
His Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and his Majesty the King of Prussia, having therefore named Plenipotentiaries to this intent; viz. His Britannic Majesty, the Right honourable Robert Stewart Viscount Castlereagh, Knight of the Most noble Order of the Garter, one of His said Majesty's Most honourable Privy Council, Member of Parliament, Colonel of the Londonderry Regiment of Militia, and His principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; and the Most noble Lord Arthur, Duke, Marquess, and Earl of Wellington, Marquis Douro, Viscount Wellington of Talavera and of Wellington, and Baron Douro of Vellesley, one of His said Majesty's Most honourable Privy Council, Field Marshal of His Armies, Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards, Knight of the Most noble Order of the Garter, and Knight Grand Cross of the Most honourable Military Order of the Bath, Prince of Waterloo, Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo, and Grandee of Spain of the First Class, Duke of Vittoria, Marquis of Torres Vedras, Count of Vimeira in Portugal, Knight of the Most illustrious Order of the Golden Fleece, of the Military Order of St. Ferdinand of Spain, Knight Grand Cross of the Imperial Military Order of Maria Theresa, Knight Grand Cross of the Imperial Russian Order of St. George, Knight Grand Cross of the Portuguese Royal Military Order of the Tower and Sword, Knight Grand Cross of the Swedish Royal Military Order of the Sword, and Knight of man other Orders, and Commander in Chief of the British Armies, and of those of his Majesty the King of the Netherlands in France; and his Majesty the King of Prussia, Prince Hardenberg, his Chancellor of State, Knight of the Grand Orders of the Black Eagle, and the Red Eagle, of that of St. John of Jerusalem, and of the Iron Cross of Prussia, of those of St. Andrew, of St. Alexander Newsky, and of St. Anne of the First Class of Russia, Grand Cross of the Royal Order of St. Etienne of Hungary, Grand Cordon of the Legion of Honour, Grand Cross of the Order of St. Charles of Spain, the Supreme Order of the Annonciade of Sardinia, of that of St. Hubert of Bavaria, Knight of the Order of Seraphims of Sweden, of that of the Elephant of Denmark, of the Golden Eagle of Wurtemberg, and of several other Orders;
The said Plenipotentiaries have agreed upon the following points and Articles:
Article I.—Napoleon Buonaparté is considered, by the Powers who have signed the Treaty of the 25th March last, as their prisoner.
Article II.—His custody is especially entrusted to the British Government.
The choice of the place, and of the measures which can best secure the object of the present stipulation, are reserved to His Britannic Majesty.
Article III.—The Imperial Courts of Austria and of Russia, and the Royal Court of Prussia, are to appoint Commissioners to proceed to and abide at the place which the Government of His Britannic Majesty shall have assigned for the residence of Napoleon Buonaparté, and who, without being responsible for his custody, will assure themselves of his presence.
Article IV.—His Most Christian Majesty is to be invited, in the name of the four above-mentioned Courts, to send in like manner a French Commissioner to the place of detention of Napoleon Buonaparté.
Article V.—His Majesty the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, binds Himself to fulfil the engagements which fall to Him by the present Convention.
Article VI.—The present Convention shall be ratified, and the ratifications shall be exchanged within fifteen days, or sooner, if possible.
In faith whereof, the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Convention, and have affixed thereto the seals of their arms.
Done at Paris, the 2d August, in the year of our Lord 1815.
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