Document ReferencePw A 336
TitleLetter in French from Eberhard Danckelmann, Berlin, to William Bentinck [later 1st Earl of Portland]; 23 Jun. 1688
Date Of Creation23 June 1688
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionExpresses his regret at the continued illness of Madame Bentinck; hopes that she will soon improve, and also expresses the concern of the elector [of Brandenburg]; refers to an attached 'obligation' expressing willingness to make any changes desired.

Informs him that M. de Cruystberg is writing to the Prince of Orange about matters in Münster by that post; states that the elector [of Brandenburg] favours Reck [for the vacant Bishopric of Münster], naming the few people who actually know of this fact; informs him that Cruystberg is leaving the day after tomorrow and will go via Münster to try to help Reck, and then on further to get the cardinal [Fürstenberg?] to do his utmost to bar the Bishop of Breslau [from the position]; comments that Spaen, who was working for the latter, was informed by the last post and by this, not to involve himself in the election; makes a reference in Dutch to Wachtendonck; says a letter from the elector to the Prince of Orange will come by the next post; adds a post script stating that Mr Ham has still not given him the cipher, and explaining that this is why he has written as he has.

The letter is dated '13/23 juin 88'.
Termpersonal relationships, Portland and Danckelmann
intelligence, reports
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, p. 126.

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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
NA30573Cruystberg; - de (fl 1688); Monsieur; sent to lobby for appointment of Reck as Bishop of Münsterfl 1688
NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
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
NA30571Fürstenberg; William Egon (1629-1704); Cardinal; Bishop of Metz then in 1682 of Strasbourg; cardinal in 1686; French candidate for Archbishop-Elector of Cologne1629-1704
NA30574Franz Ludwig (1664-1732); Archbishop-Elector of Trier; ( succ. 1716; formerly Bishop of Breslau 1683 and of Worms 1694; brother of Johan Wilhelm Elector Palatine)1664-1732
NA30564Spaen; Alexander (1619-1692); Brandenburger; styled Baron Spaen; army general; served as liaison at the Hague between Elector of Brandenburg and William III1619-1692
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
NA30565Wachtendonck; Arnold (fl 1688); -fl 1688
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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