Document ReferencePw A 1219/1-3
TitleMemorial by Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland; n.d. [Jun. 1693]
DateJune 1693 (c)
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionRefers 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 Publicatiƫn (the Hague, 1928), No. 24, p 819.

Pw A 1219/2-3 is a transcript of the memorial.

Enclosure at Pw A 1220.
Termparliamentary business, speeches
parliamentary business, management
governments, England 1693
Irish affairs, general
disputes, personal, Nottingham v Russell 1693
parliamentary business, reports

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NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
NA29226Russell; Edward (1652-1727); 1st Earl of Orford; creat. 16971652-1727
NA25973Finch; Daniel (1647-1730); 7th Earl of Winchilsea1647-1730
NA29198Seymour; Edward (1633-1708); 4th Baronet; M.P. speaker of the House of Commons; succ. 1685; Lord of the Treasury1633-1708
NA30361Cavendish; William (1641-1707); 1st Duke of Devonshire; cr. 1694; styled Lord Cavendish till 1684; Earl of Devonshire 16841641-1707
NA31188Coote; Richard (1636-1701); 1st Earl of Bellamount; M.P.; governor of New York; styled Lord Coote to 16891636-1701
NA28984Coningsby; Thomas (1656-1729); 1st Earl of Coningsby; cr. 1719; cr. Baron Coningsby of Clanbrassil 16921656-1729
NA30385Spencer; Robert (1641-1702); 2nd Earl of Sunderland1641-1702
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