|Content Description||Is thinking of publishing another volume of memoirs for his book ['Memoirs of Great Britain and Ireland from the dissolution of the last Parliament of Charles II until the Sea Battle of La Hogue', published 1771]; encloses part of this and hopes he has not mentioned Lord Portland in any way that might offend the duke; wants to prove first that if the Partition Treaties had taken place, the calamities of 'Queen Anne's' war would have been avoided and the national debt halved; secondly, that Lord Oxford's Treaty of Utrecht saved England from bankruptcy; thirdly that the present royal family owe their crown to Lord Oxford because if the Duke of Marlborough had continued 2 years longer at the head of the army he would have settled with King James as General Monck had done with Charles II.|
Asks duke to judge whether there is anything wrong with him seeing Lord Portland's and Lord Oxford's papers in possession of duke; mentions consequences that might follow, with relation to his involvement with the East India Company; found within King William's papers 30 or 40 letters from Lord Portland to the King about the peace of Ryswick; reports that Lord Hardwick or Mr Philip Yorke can let the duke know whether Lord Hardwicke took copies of them; if he did not, cannot think that the secretary of state would prevent duke from taking copies of his own letters; last saw 'King William's box' in the secretary of state's office.
Comments on case of Mr Philip Yorke and the creation of a dozen peers 12 years ago; at that time had told Lord North about Mr Charles York's patent which King consented to; despite consultation between himself, Lord North and Lord Hardwicke, Lord Marchmont asked Lord Hardwicke for a peerage for his son Lord Polwarth; had sent all the notes relating to this to Mr Andrew Stuart to pass onto Mr York, but he never received them and was surprised when he [Dalrymple] recently told him of case; comments on the 'Prince' and the better image he is now portraying; comments that the 'business' has given him a 'golden opportunity' to gain support, particularly if he speaks to the House of Lords.
If the duke agrees to let him read papers, will come to England if necessary; asks on the condition of the papers; mentions that he heard of Lord Oxford's papers from the late Archbishop of York.
Date estimated by internal references.
Paper wrapper for letter numbered Pl C 27/66/2.