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English Historical Review NO. XIV.?APRIL 1889 Hugh Elliot at
Naples, 1803-1806 IN the second volume of the Historical Review we
gave an account of the later years of Queen Caroline of Naples, of
her collisions with Lord William Bentinck, her exile from her
country, and her unhappy death. We propose now to take up the
narrative at an earlier date, and to relate the circumstances which
led to the withdrawal of the royal family from Naples to Sicily.
The period is treated slightly both by Colletta and Fyffe;
materials for its study are to be found in the ' Nelson Despatches'
and in Lady Minto's ' Life of Hugh Elliot'; but the main sources
must be found in diplomatic archives. The following relation will
be mainly based on the Foreign Office papers in the English Eecord
Office. After the rupture of the peace of Amiens war was declared
by England against France on 20 May 1808. The instructions given to
Hugh Elliot, the new minister, are dated two days before. They
point directly to the occupation of the island of Sicily by the
English. They state that we do not object to English ships being
excluded from Neapolitan ports if French ships are excluded also;
but if the king of Naples is forced to admit French ships into his,
harbours on the mainland we cannot allow this to be extended to the
island of Sicily. We shall garrison the forts of Messina, and
retain them as long as a French military force shall remain hi the
kingdom of Naples. Assurances are, however, given that tho English
will confine themselves exclusively to military occupation, and
will not interfere in any way in the civil administration of the
country. Those who have read our previous article will have seen
how little this undertaking was observed. Mr. Elliot set off from
England at two days' notice an...
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