Document ReferencePw A 334/1-3
TitleLetter in French from Eberhard Danckelmann, Berlin, to William Bentinck [later 1st Earl of Portland]; 20 Jun. 1688
Date Of Creation20 June 1688
Extent5 ff
Content DescriptionSays they had no news of the success of Bentinck's voyage after their departure; have learned that Bentinck has been recalled to the Hague due to the indisposition of Madame Bentinck; comments that the elector [of Brandenburg] hopes to hear of her recovery soon; adds that the elector is also unwell, being indisposed in his hand; says he hopes it will pass before the 'huldigung' [homage] which will be in four days.

States that the Prince of Orange wrote to Mr Ham that in the present circumstances, he could not go to Halberstad before the electress's confinement but hoped [the elector] could come to Clève after the confinement; says that this will not be possible but that he will pay homage after the confinement at Magdebourg and Halberstad and hope the situation will still allow the Prince [of Orange] to go there.

Comments that everything else is going well; M. de Groot has been there for 8 days; says that yesterday they held the first conference with de Groot, M. de Meinders, Fuchs and himself, but that nothing was revealed regarding the matter of alliance with France; says de Groot assures that this liaison is not prejudicial to the empire but he is less convinced than before.

Adds a post script stating that gout has prevented the elector from writing to the Prince of Orange by that post, and that time will not allow him to do so; asks Bentinck to assure the prince of his devotion; informs him that 'M. de Xb' is there and they have taken measures to interrupt the intrigues of Spaen and Wachtendonck in favour of the Bishop of Breslau [for his appointment as Bishop of Münster], by informing the first that he should not embroil himself in the business of the election in such a manner, and that the elector [of Brandenburg] would like a free election, and by telling Wachtendonck the same, and more especially expressing astonishment that he involved himself in the negotiation without asking the feelings of the court in Berlin.

Concludes by commenting on two of the candidates for the vacant bishopric, Plettenburg and Reck.
Termmedical conditions, gout
royalty, ceremonial, homage
diplomacy, negotiations, 1688
appointments, ecclesiastical
religious affairs
elections, Münster 1688, bishop
Related MaterialN. Japikse, 'Correspondentie van Willem III en van Hans Willem Bentinck, Eersten Graaf van Portland', Rijks Geschiedkundige Publicatiën (the Hague, 1928), No. 24, pp. 123-124.

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CodePersonNameDates of Existence
NA30343Bentinck; Anne (-1688); née Villiers; m William later 1st Earl of Portland 1678-1688
NA29458Frederick I (1657-1713 ); King of Prussia; ( acc. 1701; styled Frederick III Elector of Brandenberg until 1701)1657-1713
NA30560Sophia Charlotte (1668-1705); Queen Consort; ( dau. of Ernst August Elector of Hanover; 2nd wife of Frederick I of Prussia 1684; styled Electress of Brandenburg to 1701)1668-1705
NA30553Ham; John (fl 1688-1690); -; of Berlin; probably Johan Ham 1654-1725 burgomaster of Arnhem and deputy for Guelderland; Netherlands commissioner and resident ambassador in Brandenburg 1683-1696fl 1688-1690
NA30562Groot; - (fl 1688); Monsieur defl 1688
NA30563Meinders; Franz von (fl 1688); Brandenburger diplomatfl 1688
NA30306Fuchs; Paul (fl 1688-1703); -; minister to Frederick III Elector of Brandenburg later King Frederick I of Prussiafl 1688-1703
NA30564Spaen; Alexander (1619-1692); Brandenburger; styled Baron Spaen; army general; served as liaison at the Hague between Elector of Brandenburg and William III1619-1692
NA30565Wachtendonck; Arnold (fl 1688); -fl 1688
NA30342Lenhausen; Friedrich Christian von Plettenberg- (-1706); Bishop of Münster; became bishop in 1688-1706
NA30566Reck; Adolf van der? (1650-1691); Canon; recorded by Japikse as Bishop of Paderborn but not mentioned in Bishop lists; candidate for Bishopric of Münster 16881650-1691
NA30337Danckelmann; Eberhard Christoph Balthasar von (1643-1722); minister and envoy of the Elector of Brandenburg1643-1722
NA1043Bentinck; H. William (1649-1709); 1st Earl of Portland; diplomat and adviser of William of Orange; alias Hans Willem1649-1709
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