Document ReferencePw2 Hy 1409/1-2
TitleCopy of letter from H. St John [later 1st Viscount Bolingbroke], Whitehall, London, to [Richard Savage] 4th Earl Rivers; 5 Oct. 1711
Date5 October 1711
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionInstructs Lord Rivers on behalf of the Queen relative to his diplomatic mission to Hanover; refers briefly to the letters given to Rivers to present to the Elector and Princess Sophia; asks him to present the Elector with the steps the Queen has taken in relation to the peace; explains why the Queen feels it impossible for her to continue the war, shouldering as she is the greatest burden of all the allies; asks him to transmit the paper signed by Monsieur Mesnager and says the Queen believes the basis upon which the French wish to open peace negotiations are reasonable; comments that it is unfair to the people of England for the Queen to continue the war at such an 'exorbitant and disproportionate' charge; stresses the actions of the Queen to subvert those in Britain who speak out against the Electoral family.

Comments on the Queen's diplomatic correspondence with Denmark regarding the possible winter quartering of the Danish troops in Brimon; says he will also represent this to M. Rosenkrantz and urge the Danish King to refrain from such an action; asks him to represent to the Elector the problems caused by the large loan to Denmark, as without this the invasion could not have gone ahead.
Termdiplomacy, with Hanover
diplomacy, with French
diplomacy, with Denmark
diplomacy, between Denmark and Hanover
financial affairs, loans, from Hanover to Denmark
armies, Danish, winter-quarters
foreign policy, towards Hanover
wars, War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714, finance
financial affairs, Crown, war effort

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NA18608Anne (1665-1714); Queen of Great Britain and Ireland1665-1714
NA19598George I (1660-1727); King of Great Britain and Ireland1660-1727
NA18684Sophia Dorothea (1687-1757); Queen Consort; ( dau. of George I; m Frederick William I of Prussia)1687-1757
NA30082Mesnager; Nicolas Le Bailly (1658-1714); -; French ambassador to Utrecht1658-1714
NA29485Rosenkrantz; Iver (1674-1745); Monsieur; Danish statesman and diplomat; ambassador to England 1709-141674-1745
NA30083Frederik IV (1671-1730 ); King of Denmark; ( acc. 1699)1671-1730
NA19002St John; Henry (1678-1751); 1st Viscount Bolingbroke; statesman1678-1751
NA30078Savage; Richard (c.1654-1712); 4th Earl Rivers; succ. 1694; M.P.; diplomat; styled Viscount Colchester c.1680-1694c.1654-1712
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