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After much haggling, the British envoy offered £400,000 for this purpose and it was accepted. 20 Prussia balked at the demand that the Maritime Powers have absolute control of the subsidized force, as if it were a corps of Hessian mercenaries. The text of the treaty, which was signed on April 19, left this important question in some confusion. Provision was made for the creation of a military commission, representing Britain and Holland, to arrange with the Prussian commander for the employment of the subsidized army 17.
Without a moment's hesitation he replied that, so far as he was concerned, the treaty was as effective now as on the day it had been signed. Let there be no doubt about that. The hard fact was, however, that without money from the allies, Prussia could no longer make war on France. Very solemnly the King assured Malmesbury that "on the faith of an honest man . I have not in my treasure enough to pay the expenses of . " So completely was he dedicated to the good cause that not even Austria's treacherous conduct toward him had weakened hls zeal.
Terms of the treaty, Britain was to appoint a member of the special military commission which would direct the operations of the subsidized force. For this post the prime minister selected Lord Cornwallis who had just returned from service in India. All Britain's obligations under the treaty had been met by the end of May when Malmesbury left England to resume his diplomatic duties at the Prussian headquarters. At Maastricht the British envoy encountered Count Haugwitz, from whom he learned that Frederick William was still in Poland but was expected to return to the Rhine within a few weeks.