Document ReferencePw2 Hy 1322
TitleLetter from Charles Whitworth [later Baron Whitworth of Galway], Mosco[w], Russia, to Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford]; 31 Jan./11 Feb. 1706/7
Date11 February 1707
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionThanks Harley for informing him of the satisfaction with his endeavours; discusses the difficulty of pleasing all of the merchants; thanks the duke for considering him for a 'less remote' position; regrets the postal system which means that he becomes aware of events at the same time as Harley and is unable to produce anything more than 'lame and confused' information; says his applications on behalf of the merchants are often ineffectual because he has not seen the Czar or his ministers for over a year; explains that the 'scene of action and Councill' is over 1000 English miles away; explains that he only knows that which Mr Schapfiroff 'thinks fit to let me know' and that he is not always well informed.

Requests that he be removed; complains of the lack of intelligent conversation, opportunities and convenience of his position; says the taxes are very high as a result of the war; discusses his progress in obtaining an account of the 'manuscript's in the Czar's library'.

Letter marked 'Private'.
Termdiplomacy, with Russia
postal service, international
appointments, diplomatic, applications for
libraries, Moscow, of Peter the Great
manuscripts, Moscow, of Peter the Great
taxation, Russian
social life, of English Envoy in Moscow
trade, with Russia

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6169Peter I (1672-1725); Emperor of Russia; ( succeeded 1682)1672-1725
NA30012Shafirov; Pyotr - (1669-1739); Mr; Russian diplomat1669-1739
NA30006Whitworth; Charles (1675-1725); Baron Whitworth of Galway; envoy-extraordinary to Russia 1704-10; cr. 17211675-1725
NA893Harley; Robert (1661-1724); 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; M.P.; speaker 1701-1705; P.M. 1711-17141661-1724
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