Document ReferencePw A 1491
TitleCopy letter from William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland to James Vernon; 7 Oct. 1698
Date7 October 1698
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionAcknowledges receipt of his letter; comments that from what he [Vernon] has written to the king [William III] about the Count of Auersperg's discourse, he can 'judge what was to be expected from Spain', and can justify to the emperor [Leopold I] what the king has done; anticipates that he will 'exclaime against the thing', but hopes he will be the only one to do so; states that by the terms of the treaty [with France re. the Spanish succession] they were aware that Spain may invite the King of France in, and so they took steps to avoid this; comments that words alone do not provide security, but they will at least 'obviate all excuses if the case should happen'.

In answer to Sir Edward Seymour's argument, observes that 'Kings, princes and States do make and have ever made treaties and kept forces for the maintenance of them'; hopes they will not have much need of them.

The letter is not in Bentinck's hand.
Termdiplomacy, with France 1698
treaties, with France 1698
diplomacy, with Holy Roman Empire 1698
royalty, succession, Spain
Related MaterialN. Japikse, 'Correspondentie van Willem III en van Hans Willem Bentinck, Eersten Graaf van Portland', Rijks Geschiedkundige Publicatiƫn (the Hague, 1928), No. 24, p 106.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
NA30288Auersberg; Leopold (1662-1705); Count of Auersberg; imperial ambassador1662-1705
NA30070Leopold I (1640-1705 ); Holy Roman Emperor; ( succ. 1658)1640-1705
NA432Louis XIV (1638-1715); King of France; (the Sun King)1638-1715
NA29198Seymour; Edward (1633-1708); 4th Baronet; M.P. speaker of the House of Commons; succ. 1685; Lord of the Treasury1633-1708
NA1043Bentinck; H. William (1649-1709); 1st Earl of Portland; diplomat and adviser of William of Orange; alias Hans Willem1649-1709
NA30381Vernon; James (1646-1727); Mr; traced out Sir John Fenwick's plot 1696; principal secretary of state 1698-17021646-1727
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