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The undersigned Plenipotentiaries, having come together in conference to determine the general treaty relative to the redemption of the Scheldt(1) dues, and having judged it useful, before drawing up this arrangement in due form, to be enlightened with respect to the treaty concluded the 12th of May, 1863, between Belgium and Holland, have resolved, to this end, to invite the Minister of the Netherlands to take a place in the conference.
The Plenipotentiary of the Netherlands presented himself in response to this invitation, and made the following declaration:
"The undersigned, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of His Majesty the King Of the Netherlands, declares, in virtue of the special powers which have been delivered to him, that the extinguishment of the Scheldt dues, consented to by his August Sovereign in the treaty of the 12th May, applies to all flags; that. these dues can never be reestablished in any form whatsoever; and that this extinguishment shall not affect in any way the other provisions of the treaty of the 19th April, 1839."
Note has been taken and record made of this declaration, which shall be inserted in or annexed to the general treaty.
Done at Brussels, the 15th July, 1863.
Treaties, Conventions, International Acts and Agreements Between the United States of America and Other Powers 1776-1909.
Compiled by William M. Malloy
Under Resolution of the Senate of January 18, 1909
Washington : Government Printing Office, 1910.