Annals of Our Time: A Diurnal of Events, Social and Political, Home and Foreign, from February 28, 1871 to March 19, 1874 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Annals of Our Time: A Diurnal of Events, Social and Political, Home and Foreign, From February 28, 1871 to March 19, 1874
Feb. 24. - Earl Granville, on the part of her Majesty's Government, endeavours to obtain some modification in favour of France of the war indemnity of six milliards of francs said to be demanded by Prussia. Government, he wrote, felt the difficulties which arise from their ignorance of the offers made on the side of France, and they bear in mind that this country is one only among the neutral powers, all bound by the obligations of friendship to both parties. But her Majesty's Government are willing, in consideration of the extreme pressure of time, to make representations to Germany on the amount of this indemnity, and to tender their good offices in the spirit of friendship to both parties, under the conviction that it is the interest of Germany, as well as of France, that the amount of the indemnity should not be greater than that which it is reasonable to expect could be paid.
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