Document ReferencePw2 Hy 1184
TitleLetter in French from Willem Buys, Amst[erdam], Netherlands, to [Robert Harley] 1st Earl of Oxford; 25 Aug. 1711
Date25 August 1711
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionAcknowledges Harley's two letters, expressing gratitude for the friendship shown him; notes his satisfaction that [Harley] acts in accordance with the same maxims as previously and refers to assurances received; refers to his belief in Harley's zeal for the Common Cause and his passion for the good of the two nations; notes that St John, Secretary of State, has the same maxims; refers to the importance of the union between their two nations to ensure freedom in Europe and the preservation of the Protestant religion; refers to Harley's proposal for an 'Alliance offensive et defensive' and his support for this.

Notes his satisfaction at receipt of the French response to the 'grande affaire' and hopes it will be favourable; refers to moves to transfer negotiations to Holland and anticipates Lord Strafford's arrival with full details of events; gives assurances that they want peace as much as England and will do everything reasonable to facilitate the process.
Termpeace negotiations, with France 1711
treaties, Utrecht 1714
diplomacy, with Netherlands
European affairs, politics 1711

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA19002St John; Henry (1678-1751); 1st Viscount Bolingbroke; statesman1678-1751
NA29956Wentworth; Thomas (1672-1739); 1st Earl of Strafford; succ. as Baron Raby 1695; 1st Earl of of 2nd creation; cr. Earl 1711; ambassador to Hague 1711-17141672-1739
NA29481Buys; Willem (1661-1749); -; Pensionary of Amsterdam 1693-17251661-1749
NA893Harley; Robert (1661-1724); 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; M.P.; speaker 1701-1705; P.M. 1711-17141661-1724
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