Chaumont, treaty of

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Chaumont, treaty of, 1814. Even after Napoleon's defeat at Leipzig in 1813 he remained dangerous, and Castlereagh, Britain's foreign secretary, was concerned lest he succeed in breaking the fifth coalition and signing a separate peace with one of the eastern powers. In March 1814 Castlereagh negotiated the treaty whereby Britain, Russia, Prussia, and Austria agreed to put 150,000 men each in the field until victory was achieved, and to guarantee Europe against French aggression for twenty years. The treaty was subsequently renewed.

J. A. Cannon