Document ReferenceNe C 31
TitleLetter in French from [H. de Ruvigny] 1st Earl of Galway, Dublin Castle, Ireland, to Lady Rachel Russell; 15 Jun. 1700
Date15 July 1700
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionReports arrival of Irish Chancellor and uncertainty felt in view of King's wish to replace him with the Chancellor, leaving him as army general; comments that he will do what he can to avoid this but will above all ensure that he gives the King no cause for complaint and his enemies no cause to say that he abandoned the King's service at a time when affairs were not in good order; refers to need for time to reflect on the right decision; asks Lady Russell's advice as to his best course of action, suggesting that if the King were to replace him with the Chancellor, he might request a special commission, details of which he outlines; states that the best option for him, if the King would agree, would be his retirement.
Termappointments, Irish
royalty, loyalty to
family relationships, Lady Rachel Russell
resignations and dismissals

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
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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