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Pw2Hy - Papers of the Harley Family, 1602-1738, in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection
Pw2 Hy 738
Draft letter from Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford], Whitehall, London, to Mr [Alexander] Stanhope; 30 Apr./11 May 1706
11 May 1706
Discusses the delay in the reception of reports from Sir John Leake regarding the campaign in Portugal; refers to the ongoing negotiations with Mr Vryberge regarding the fleet; says that Vryberge's arguments 'seeme only to relate to the command of the fleet'; states that he did not think it proper to lay this before the queen as it is 'contrary to all former practice'; comments as to whether the 'merit of officers' should be judged 'by their antiquity'.
This document has been identified as being in the hand of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford.
Old Style dating on letter.
diplomacy, with Netherlands
navies, Anglo-Dutch, command of
military campaigns, Iberian Peninsular 1705
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Dates of existence
Leake; John (1656-1720); Sir; admiral; M.P.; lord of Admiralty 1709
Vryberge; - (fl 1705-1706); Mr; representative of Grand Pensionary of Holland?; diplomat?
Anne (1665-1714); Queen of Great Britain and Ireland
Harley; Robert (1661-1724); 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; M.P.; speaker 1701-1705; P.M. 1711-1714
Stanhope; Alexander (1638-1707); Mr; English Envoy Extraordinary to the Netherlands 1700-6; father of 1st Earl Stanhope
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