Document ReferenceNe C 28/1-2
TitleLetter in French from [H. de Ruvigny] 1st Earl of Galway, Dublin Castle, Ireland, to Lady Rachel Russell; 29 Sep. 1699
Date29 September 1699
Extent3 ff
Content DescriptionAcknowledges two letters from Lady Russell and reports on letter he has written to Lord Tavistock.

Refers to their affairs in France and requests her views on having Lord Tavistock naturalised while he is in France so that he would be in a position to inherit from them both.

Comments on reports of jealousy felt towards him in England; refers to his satisfaction that the King has no designs on the nation's freedom and stresses his attachment and duty "pour la patrie que j'ai choisie"; comments that "je ne crois pas qu'il y ait au monde un meilleur anglois que moy"; refers to likelihood that his affairs will be discussed in the next Parliament and asks whether she feels Lord Hartington would be likely to speak in his favour.

Notes his opposition to reinstating Mr Prior as first secretary, and likelihood that this will bring him more enemies; states that both he and the Duke of Bolton, having given this office to another, feel obliged as a matter of honour to uphold this.

Refers to a certain Lieutenant Lloyd, recommended by Lord Bedford, but notes that he has since heard many unfavourable things about him, notably that he is suspected of being a papist and a Jacobite and states that he has resolved to do nothing further for him.

Comments that letters recommending Lord Tavistock to his friends in France would perhaps cause embarrassment without the desired effect; notes that instead he will write only to the surest who will then present him to the rest; notes the need [for Lord Tavistock] to be wary of the company he keeps.

Hopes that things will turn out well and Lady Russell will have cause to be as satisfied with him as she is with her daughters and sons-in law.
Termappointments, Irish
family relationships, Lady Rachel Russell
royalty, favour of
Jacobites, suspected

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA18591Russell; Wriothesley (1680-1711); 2nd Duke of Bedford; styled Marquess of Tavistock 1694-1700; son of Lord William and Lady Rachel Russell1680-1711
NA18615Cavendish; William (c.1672-1729); 2nd Duke of Devonshire; succ. 1707; styled Lord Cavendish 1684; Marquess of Hartington 1694c.1672-1729
NA18616Russell; William (1616-1700); 1st Duke of Bedford1616-1700
NA1124Prior; Matthew (1664-1721); poet and diplomat1664-1721
NA18617Lloyd; - (fl 1699); Lieutenantfl 1699
NA973Ruvigny; Henry Massue de (1648-1720); 1st Earl of Galway; succ. as 2nd Marquis de Ruvigny 1689; cr. 4th Viscount Galway 1692; cr. 1st Earl of Galway 1697; commanded troops in Portugal and Spain 1704-17101648-1720
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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