|Content Description||Refers to the speech given by the king [William III] at the beginning of the last session of parliament; says when the oath was brought into the House of Commons, Seymour and many of the court were violently against it; notes a similar situation occurring when Lord Devonshire took a like oath to the House of Lords; claims the dispute between Mr Russell and Lord Nottingham was managed to the prejudice of the king's affairs; one of the results of this was the 'clamour concerning the miscarriages of Ireland'; refers to the conduct of the ministers during the session, and to the fact that the king was accused of breaking his word; comments on the turning out of Lord Bellamont and to the appointment as privy councillor of Lord Conningsby.|
Concludes with the observation that the descent is now carrying on, but without possibility of success since there is no money for the army; observes that 'the whole government is loose, no respect paid to it, no order in any of the counsells, nor care of any thing'; says the king went away thinking he had done too much.
The letter is not dated; the date provided is that given N. Japikse, 'Correspondentie van Willem III en van Hans Willem Bentinck, Eersten Graaf van Portland', Rijks Geschiedkundige Publicatiën (the Hague, 1928), No. 24, p 819.
Pw A 1219/2-3 is a transcript of the memorial.
Enclosure at Pw A 1220.