Madrid August 13 1806
A Courier arrived here last Night to the French charge d’affaires who brings news to the 5th Inst: Contrary to all Reasonable Expectation the peace between England & France is arranged. Telegraphick news had reached Paris from Calais that Lord Lauderdale had landed who is sent on the part of Great Britain to begin the preliminaries.
I am Dear Sir, with true respect & very faithy your obliged & obt St
George W Erving
P S As a Courier sets out this moment for Lisbon I have supposed that this important news may reach you sooner thro this than any other Channel.
Postscript Augt. 14th. I dispatched the foregoing (by original & duplicate) in great haste yesterday for Lisbon by a special Courier of the Portuguese Ambassador. The intelligence referred to comes from General Bournonville, & I presume may be relied upon. I learn nothing respecting the terms of the Treaty, Excepting only that Prussia is to lose considerably, at least that Hanover is to be restored to the King of England.
G W E
MHi: George W. Erving Papers.