Document ReferencePw2 Hy 673
TitleDraft letter from Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford], to Mr [Alexander] Stanhope; 7 Jul./18 Jul. 1704
Date18 July 1704
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionIs still awaiting the post and details of the progress of discussions [at The Hague] regarding the prohibition of commerce [with France]; believes that this will be a slow process; is sending the Duke of Marlborough's 'admission into the alliance?' with a man who is travelling to The Hague; believes that the 'affairs in ye north are in such a situation' that great care will be needed to 'prevent any Rupture'; says that it is in France's interest to promote such a rupture; hopes that the Pensionary will 'seriously deliberate' the affair of Lubec and Darthig; believes that some latitude should be left to Sir G. Rook regarding the stationing of troops at Lisbon throughout the winter; says that no fewer than 'sixteen English and Dutch' should be left there; asks that this be communicated to the Pensionary.

Parts of text missing due to damage to document.

This document has been identified as being in the hand of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford.

Old Style dating on letter.
Termtrade, embargoes, against France
diplomacy, with guarantors of the Treaty of Travendahl
diplomacy, with Scotland
diplomacy, with Netherlands
foreign policy, Lübeck, bishopric of
wars, War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714
armies, Anglo-Dutch, wintering of

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA13806Churchill; John (1650-1722); 1st Duke of Marlborough; created 1702; Marquis of Blandford1650-1722
NA1085Heinsius; Anthony (1641-1720); Grand Pensionary of Holland from 16881641-1720
NA29455Rooke; George (1650-1709); Sir; admiral; knighted 16931650-1709
NA893Harley; Robert (1661-1724); 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; M.P.; speaker 1701-1705; P.M. 1711-17141661-1724
NA29446Stanhope; Alexander (1638-1707); Mr; English Envoy Extraordinary to the Netherlands 1700-6; father of 1st Earl Stanhope1638-1707
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