Document ReferencePw A 680
TitleLetter from Patrick Hume, 1st Earl of Marchmont, Utrecht [Netherlands], to Prince William of Orange [later William III], the Hague [Netherlands]; 2 May 1687
Date Of Creation2 May 1687
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionStates he is giving an account of 'what I meet with in following my bussiness of serving the interest of the nation I belong to, and of Your Highness'; considers these inseparable; refers to British people based there [in Holland?] who give their thoughts and time to the worshipping of God, to considering how to support the Protestant religion in Britain and Ireland, and to 'keeping correspondence theravent with the best and most significant in the nations'; states that he has spoken with these, and encloses some papers detailing the results of his conversations.

Comments that some people would 'make haiste' [William going to England?] and do not think the difficulties will be great; others are of the opinion that there will be many difficulties 'both in respect of the King of Britain and of this State and other protestant powers'; says all look upon William as 'the great wheel which under God must give life and motion to any good project'; refers to a paper, recently sent to William, concerning 'sex regiments', and also to the Scots proclamation and the formation of some observations upon it; explains how he assured an acquaintance of his that he [Hume] could secretly get papers to William and obtain news of his response, and that this is how he has come to send the enclosed papers.

Informs him that Torretley and Westsheils are about to leave for Scotland and asks William to see them before they go; refers to the attitudes of Sir James Dalrymple and Lord Melville towards William; concludes that he will continue to inform William of any information which concerns him.

Adds a post script stating that he has heard that some Englishmen have prepared a memorial to be presented to William; says he will attempt to send an advance copy of this, and that if he thinks it unfit to be presented, he will do all he can to hinder it.

The letter is dated '22 April/2 May 87'.

Enclosure at Pw A 680.
Termintelligence, reports
revolutions, Glorious Revolution 1688, preparations
religious affairs
politics, England
Related MaterialN. Japikse, 'Correspondentie van Willem III en van Hans Willem Bentinck, Eersten Graaf van Portland', Rijks Geschiedkundige Publicatiƫn (the Hague, 1928), No. 24, pp. 13-15.

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NA15001James II (1633-1701); King of England Scotland and Ireland; succ. 1685; also styled Duke of York1633-1701
NA30453Dalrymple; James (1619-1695); 1st Viscount Stair; cr. Baronet 1664; cr. Viscount of Stair, Lord Glenluce and Stranraer 16901619-1695
NA30454Melville; George (1634-1707); 1st Earl of Melville1634-1707
NA30848Torretley; - (fl 1687); -; went to Scotlandfl 1687
NA30849Westsheils; - (fl 1687); -; went to Scotlandfl 1687
NA30850Hume; Patrick (1641-1724); 1st Earl of Marchmont; styled Lord Polwarth 1690-1697; cr. Earl of Marchmont 16971641-1724
NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
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