Final Act of the Congress of Vienna/Act V

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ACT, No. V.—Declaration of the King if Saxony, on the Rights of the House of Schönburg of the 18th May 1815.

His Majesty the King of Saxony, being willing to conform to the arrangements made by the Courts of Russia, Austria, France, Great Britain, and Prussia, relative to the House of Schönburg, as contained in the following Article, which forms the 33d of those Articles that have been communicated to his said Majesty at Presbourg, viz.:

"ARTICLE. The High Contracting Parties, in expressly reserving to the House of the Princes of Schönburg the rights which shall in future belong to that family, in consequence of the rank it holds in the Germanic Confederation, confirm and guarantee to them, respectively, in regard to their possessions in the kingdom of Saxony, all the prerogatives which the Royal House of Saxony has recognized in the recess of the 4th of May 1740, concluded between Saxony and the House of Schönburg;"


1. That he engages to the five Powers above-mentioned, to acknowledge the advantages and rights which shall be secured, in the Germanic League, to the Princes and Counts of Schönburg; which shall, however, not affect the rights which the Court of Saxony exercises over the possessions of the said House.

2. His Majesty the King of Saxony engages also to the five Powers, for himself and his successors, to fulfil, and to cause to be fulfilled, for ever, and in their full extent, the stipulations contained in the recess of the 4th May 1740.

The present Declaration shall have the same force and validity as if it had been inserted in the Treaty concluded this day between his said Majesty and their Majesties the Emperor of Austria, the Emperor of Russia, and the King of Prussia.

Done at Vienna, the 18th May 1815.

Signed (L. S.) The Count Schulenburg.
(L. S.) De Globig.

Act of Acceptation.

The undersigned Plenipotentiaries of Austria, Russia, France, Great Britain, and Prussia, formally accept, on the part of their respective Courts, the above Declaration, made in the name of his Majesty the King of Saxony; to the end that the engagements therein contained, shall have the same force as if they had been texlually inserted in the Treaty concluded on the 18th of May, between the above Courts and his Majesty the King of Saxony.

Done at Vienna, the 29th May 1815.

Signed (L. S.) The Prince de Metternich.
(L. S.) The Prince de Talleyrand.
(L. S.) The Prince de Hardenberg.
(L. S.) Clancarty.
(L. S.) The Prince de Rasoutnoffsky.


  1. Hansard (1816)


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