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The partitioning of Virginia. --When the Emperor Leopold was on a visit to his Italian dominions, in the year 1791, he had an interview with Lord Elgin, envoy from the younger Pitt, at that time Premier of Great Britain, and M. Bischofswerder, envoy of the King of Prussia, the object of which was to concert a plan for the dismemberment of France, then agitated by the throes of that mighty Revolution which threw down all the old landmarks of nations, and shook Europe from its centre to its circumference, as though it had been smitten by an earthquake. In conformity with the views expressed at that interview, it was asserted at the time, and was no doubt true, that the Emperor of Germany and the King of Prussia, at an interview held at Pilnitz a few months after, (July, 1792,) actually signed a treaty to the effect indicated. In pursuance of this treaty, the Duke of Brunswick and the King of Prussia entered France with an army of 110,000 men within less than a mouth after; and th