Early attempts to negotiate a peace settlement failed and French and Spanish diplomats signed the Family Pact, a treaty that put Spain at war with Britain. The British Prime Minister, Lord Bute, continued secret and informal discussions with the French diplomat Étienne-Franéois de Stainville, Duke of Choiseul, and they reached an informal agreement in June 1762. Mr. Bute promised fairly generous terms and the two countries agreed on an ambassadorial exchange in September. Lewis, by the grace of God, King of France and Navarre, salute all who see these gifts. While the preliminary work signed in Fontainebleau on November 3 of last year laid the foundations for peace between us and our dear beloved brother and cousin, the King of Spain, on the one hand, and on the one hand our dear and beloved good brother, the King of Great Britain, and our dear brother and cousin, the King of Portugal on the other side and our dear and dear cousin and brother and , the King of Portugal, on the other side and our beloved and beloved good brother of Portugal on the other side and our beloved good brother and loved of Portugal on the other side and our dear brother and dear cousin, the King of Portugal, on the other side and our dear brother of Portugal on the other side and our dear brother of Portugal and the most popular good brother and cousin , the King of Portugal, on the other hand and our dear and beloved good brother of Portugal on the other side and our dearest and most beloved brother of Portugal, and our dear brother and cousin, the King of Portugal, on the other side, and our good brother preferred and loved from Portugal on the other side and our dear and dear brother of Portugal since that happy time , we have had nothing more in our hearts than to consolidate and strengthen in the most lasting, beneficial and important way, a work by a solemn and definitive treaty between us and the powers in question. For these reasons, and other good reflections move us, we fully trust the ability and experience, zeal and fidelity to our service, our dear and beloved cousin, Csar Gabriel de Choiseul, Duke of Praslin, peer of France, knight of our orders, lieutenant general of our armed forces and the province of Britany, advisor in all our councils Minister and Secretary of State, and our orders and finances We have appointed him, appointed and elected, and through these gifts, signed by our hand, appoint, appoint, and depote our plenipotentiary minister, give him the total and absolute power to act in this quality, and give him, negotiate, treat and agree with the plenipotentiary minister of our dear and beloved, the plenipotentiary of our dear and dear brother and good brother , the King of Spain and the plenipotentiary of our dear brother and cousin of the King of Portugal, endowed with full power, in good shape, to conclude, conclude and sign such articles, conditions, conventions, declarations, final treaties, accessions and other deeds. that he will judge just for the safeguarding and strengthening of the great work of peace, of the whole with the same leeway and the same authority that we could do ourselves as we were there, even though there should be something that might require a particular order than what is contained in these gifts, and that promises the faith and the word of a king What he says. to approve, to keep solid and stable forever, to accomplish and execute in time, all that our truest cousin, the Duke of Praslin, would have established, promised and signed, in accordance with the present power, without ever acting against them or anything that opposes it, for any cause or under any pretext, also to expedite our letters of ratification in good form.
, and deliver them to be exchanged within the agreed time frame.