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Pw2Hy - Papers of the Harley Family, 1602-1738, in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection
Pw2 Hy 757
Draft letter from Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford], Whitehall, London, to Mr [Alexander] Stanhope; 9/20 Aug. 1706
20 August 1706
Expresses the unease in England that the fleet is delayed by wind at Spithead; says that Lord Hertford and Mr Vernon arrived the previous night; refers to the negotiations which Lord Halifax is conducting; has received a letter from Mr Vryberge stating that the States are going to winter their fleet in the Mediterranean and Portugal and wishes to know whom the queen is going to appoint to command her ships; wishes to know from Stanhope the quota which the Dutch are thinking of for the winter; says that it will be difficult for the queen to name a commander until they know more of the condition of Spain and the progress of the expedition.
This document has been identified as being in the hand of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford.
Old Style dating on letter.
armies, English, manoeuvres
navies, Anglo-Dutch, wintering of
navies, Anglo-Dutch, command of
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Dates of existence
Vernon; - (fl 1705-1706); Mr; diplomat?; Danish?
Montague; Charles (1661-1715); 1st Earl of Halifax; cr. Baron 1700; cr. Earl 1714
Anne (1665-1714); Queen of Great Britain and Ireland
Vryberge; - (fl 1705-1706); Mr; representative of Grand Pensionary of Holland?; diplomat?
Seymour; Algernon (1684-1750); 7th Duke of Somerset
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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