Document ReferencePw2 Hy 1313
TitleCopy of letter from C[harles] G[oodfellow], Mozco [Moscow], Russia, to Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford]; 1 Jun. 1704
Date1 June 1704
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionIs glad to hear from Harley's letters that Her Majesty is sending an 'Envoy for this place'; says the Court takes no notice of the offers he makes with the authority of the English Crown; comments on the [Muscovy] company and public grievances relating to the obstacles to trade created by the Russians; explains how a delay in the arrival of the envoy could affect the customs payments; reports that Alexander Danielewitz has confiscated tobacco imported by the English, imported tobacco from Circafsianland to sell to the army and forbidden the English to bring or sell tobacco in those parts; says the Company has not been compensated and may have to allow its tobacco to rot; will travel to St Petersburg and attempt to intervene, but does not expect to meet with success.

Will ensure he is in Mozco [Moscow] to greet the new envoy; asks that Harley's cousin keep him informed; comments on the Czar's tax on hemp; hopes that the envoy has instructions to make 'Articles of Commerce' with the Czar or they 'shall be always under the lash'; fears the situation will revert to its present status after the envoy leaves.

Endorsed on verso in hand of Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford].

Writer identified from internal evidence.
Termdiplomacy, with Russia
taxation, Russian, customs duties
appointments, diplomatic
trade, with Russia, restrictions to
armies, Russian, provisions for
trade, Russian, hemp
imports and exports, Russian, tobacco

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA30003Moscovy Company, merchants, fl 1704-1707 ( Russian Company; founded London 1555)fl 1704-1707
NA30004Danielewitz; Alexander (fl 1704); -; Russian; governor of Ingermenlandfl 1704
NA29971Harley; Thomas (c.1667-1738); Mr; nephew of Sir Edward Harleyc.1667-1738
NA30005Goodfellow; Charles (fl 1701-1712); english merchant in Moscow; English consul 1701-12fl 1701-1712
NA893Harley; Robert (1661-1724); 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; M.P.; speaker 1701-1705; P.M. 1711-17141661-1724
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