Document ReferencePw A 1256/1-3
TitleLetter from Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland, to King William III; 30 Apr. n.y. [1697]
Date30 April 1697 (c)
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionSays they have heard of his safe arrival and hope it will be followed with success; comments on how much he thinks Sir St[ephen] Fox should stay in the king's service and says he has taken great pains to ensure he does so; informs him that he was approached by Lord Cornwallis, wishing that something could be done 'to save the present disgrace' and proposing that he might be made a privy councillor; states that there have been few other commissioners of the Treasury who were not; comments that the Treasury has created some difficulties regarding his [William's] intentions for Lord Coningsby; informs him that Lord Stamford is 'easy as he ought to be concerning Plymouth', and that Lord Winchester has promised to be gone within a fortnight.

Refers to the dissatisfaction felt by Sir H. Hubbard, stating that it was such that he and Lord Shrewsbury felt moved to intervene and assure him that if there were no vacancy in the customs, they would ask him [William] to add him to the number; comments that he [Hubbard] has 'gone into the country to day very well pleased'.

The letter has no year; the year provided is that given in 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 1256/2-3 is a transcript of the letter.
Termroyalty, favour
appointments, customs and excise
appointments, privy council
political intrigue
government departments, Treasury

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA29015Fox; Stephen (1627-1716); Sir; statesman; knighted 1665; Commissioner of the Treasury1627-1716
NA31169Cornwallis; Charles (-1722); 2nd Baron Cornwallis-1722
NA18622Talbot; Charles (1660-1718); 1st Duke of Shrewsbury; styled Lord Talbot; succ as 12th Earl of Shrewsbury 1668; created Duke of Shrewsbury 1694; son of the 11th Earl of Shrewsbury of the 2nd creation1660-1718
NA28984Coningsby; Thomas (1656-1729); 1st Earl of Coningsby; cr. 1719; cr. Baron Coningsby of Clanbrassil 16921656-1729
NA31104Grey; Thomas (1654-1720); 2nd Earl of Stamford; statesman1654-1720
NA15019Powlett; Charles (1661-1722); 2nd Duke of Bolton; acc. 16981661-1722
NA31205Hubbard; H. (fl 1697); Sirfl 1697
NA30385Spencer; Robert (1641-1702); 2nd Earl of Sunderland1641-1702
NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
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