Document ReferencePw2 Hy 679
TitleDraft letter from Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford], to Mr [Alexander] Stanhope; 1 Aug./12 Aug. 1704
Date12 August 1704
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionProvides an account of a sea battle in which the squadron of Rear Admiral Whetstone lost fifty men whilst challenging merchants bound for both France and England; suggests that Stanhope use this information during his conferences [at The Hague]; wonders what the Dutch states will think of it; believes that some people are looking for an excuse for the King of Sweden to come out of Poland and into Germany.

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.
Termdiplomacy, with Netherlands
naval actions, English Channel 1704

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA29447Charles XII (1682-1718 ); King of Sweden; (acc. 1697)1682-1718
NA29457Whetstone; William (-1711); Sir; rear-admiral; knighted 1705-1711
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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