Document ReferencePw2 Hy 688
TitleDraft letter from Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford], to Mr [Alexander] Stanhope; 16/27 Feb. 1704/5
Date27 February 1705
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionIs unable to send any further instructions as he has not been in communication with the Queen; says that the session is being wound up and that the 'affairs of commerce' [with France?] should be settled the following day; discusses the worsening relationship between England and the 'States' which the queen is attempting to maintain; believes that the machinations of the French lie at the base of this problem; says that the queen has intelligence of the naval preparations of the French; instructs Stanhope to acquaint the Pensionary with the news that their own naval forces will need to be increased in order to counteract the actions of the French.

Part 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
navies, French, augmentation of
diplomacy, with Netherlands
intelligence, reports
parliamentary business, bills, French embargo 1705
wars, War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA18608Anne (1665-1714); Queen of Great Britain and Ireland1665-1714
NA1085Heinsius; Anthony (1641-1720); Grand Pensionary of Holland from 16881641-1720
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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