Document ReferenceNe C 32
TitleLetter in French from [H. de Ruvigny] 1st Earl of Galway, Dublin Castle, Ireland, to Lady Rachel Russell; 21 Nov. 1700
Date21 November 1700
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionReports news that Lord Rochester is to govern Ireland; comments that he has always held him in high esteem but anticipates that he will take different measures from his own; notes he is torn between his inclination to retire and his sense of duty in the King's service; believes he will be asked to remain as head of the army but notes that he has time to reflect and asks Lady Russell for her advice.

Refers to the thoughts evoked by the death of the Spanish King and the difficulty of expressing these in a letter; comments that the French King has acted less in the interests of the state than in those of his own glory but notes that after his death the new King of Spain or his successors will have much to contribute to the downfall of France.
Termfamily relationships, Lady Rachel Russell
appointments, Irish
royalty, loyalty to
foreign relations, France and Spain 1700

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA18620Hyde; Laurence (1641-1711); 1st Earl of Rochester; statesman; cr. Viscount Hyde of Kenilworth and Earl of Rochester 16811641-1711
NA432Louis XIV (1638-1715); King of France; (the Sun King)1638-1715
NA18621Carlos II (1661-1700); King of Spain and the Indies1661-1700
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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