Document ReferenceNe C 14
TitleLetter from G. Burnet, [later Bishop of Salisbury], Hague, Netherlands, to Lady Rachel Russell; 1/11 Jun. 1686
Date11 June 1686
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionComplains of his treatment by the Princess's chaplains who 'speak of me as an obnoxious and dangerous person'; asks for the Bishop of London to intervene as they claim to be under his authority; reports that the Countess of Argyll has gone to Scotland; regrets all the trouble he causes her and tells her of the kindness of Mr Daranda, an English merchant in Amsterdam; comments favourably on the Duke of Savoy's defeat in Piedmont; explains why the Pope [Innocent XI] is not pleased with the King [James II].

Describes a naval encounter between the French and Dutch; discusses morale in England and Scotland; urges her not to dwell on 'that dismall subject which I see comes ever into your way upon the remotest hints' and to take pleasure in her children's education; comments on various ecclesiastical affairs and appointments; observes that he has studied the Princess' 'true character' and that she has excellent understanding and wit, sweet temper, modesty and gentleness 'and without any affectation she is a most extraordinary devout person'.

Dating on letter '1/11 June 86'.
Termnaval actions, French v Dutch 1686
exiles, English 1686
appointments, ecclesiastical

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA15001James II (1633-1701); King of England Scotland and Ireland; succ. 1685; also styled Duke of York1633-1701
NA18602Daranda; - (fl 1686); Mr; English merchant in Amsterdamfl 1686
NA18600Campbell; Anna M. (c.1621-c.1706); Countess of Argyll; née Mackenzie dau. Earl of Seaforth; m 1st 1640 Earl of Balcarres; 2nd 1670 Earl of Argyllc.1621-c.1706
NA18603Vittorio-Amedeo II (d 1730); King of Sardinia; Duke of Savoy 1675-1730 and King of Sicily 1713-18d 1730
NA1084Mary II (1662-1694); Queen of England Scotland and Ireland1662-1694
NA18604Innocent XI (1611-1689); Pope; Pope 1676-16891611-1689
NA18601Burnet; Gilbert (1643-1715); Bishop of Salisbury; attended Lord Russell on the scaffold; Bishop of Salisbury 1689-17151643-1715
NA18590Russell; Rachel (c.1636-1723); Lady; née Wriothesley; 2nd dau. of 4th Earl of Southampton; m 1stly Lord Francis Vaughan, m 2ndly Lord William Russell 1669c.1636-1723
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