Document ReferencePw A 1538/1-2
TitleLetter in French from Baron Arent van Wassenaer [also Heer van Voorschoten en Duvenvoorde], the Hague, Netherlands, to William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland; 1 Feb. 1704
Date1 February 1704
Extent3 ff
Content DescriptionComments on problems concerning a lawsuit relating to the Webbenum [Weibnom] legacy; says the 'misérables prisoniers', soon to be executed, have been in court for the whole week but were not to appear until the following morning; hopes it will be concluded to the satisfaction of those who are looking after his [Portland's] interests; believes d'Allonne will have told him that nothing would contribute more to his success than his presence there; comments on the likely timetable of events and hopes he will be able to come although knows that he may be prevented by his lawsuit in England; refers to his wish to know the thinking in Albemarle's [circle] and says he has discovered certain things, which have been revealed to him in strict confidence; says he feels he should tell him so he can use [this information] as he sees fit.

Says he has been advised that the lawsuit will be delayed until the arrival of Albemarle and that whatever he [Portland] does, nothing will happen until he arrives; says he has also been told that Lord or Lady Marlborough are taking an interest in this affair and warns him to beware of the Lord High Treasurer [Godolphin]; says they are having trouble finding evidence against him and their only hope lies in depositions of Henning and the merchant, named in his note found amongst the king [William III's] papers; believes his name may be something like 'Els' and says both he and Henning are to be examined under oath and are expected to declare that the money in question was from the king's 'privé burs' or elsewhere; says he must take precautions against what these two may say and warns of intrigues being plotted.

Referring to a previous letter, notes an end to the disorder in Middleburg over disputes within the magistracy; informs that the party of the old magistrates has been chased out by the new and gives details; considers the implications for Guelders and expresses concern for the effect on the health of M. de Rosendael [Arnhem]; says he has seen Lord Marlborough and Mr Stepney but has not been able to find 'l'amiral Michel' [Mitchell?]; refers to a meeting between Marlborough and the Estats; reports rumours that the enemy is gathering at Namur; reports that 'Top' [Dopff] has asked to resign, Slangenburg [Baer] swears he will not serve unless he is marshal and Coehoorn is suffering from fatigue after two attacks of apoplexy; observes that the generalship will cause problems.

Refers to letters from Germany with details of news from Vienna where there is less anxiety about the threat from the Elector of Bavaria [Maximilian II], and comments on the Emperor [Leopold I]'s attitude and actions regarding proposals for peace with the 'rebelles'; reports advice from Spain that things are continuing to go well for the common cause; comments on the 'furieuses et continuelles tempestes' and sends compliments to the Countess, Lord Woodstock and the 'jeunes ladies'.

See also Pw A 318/1-3 regarding the lawsuit with the Earl of Albemarle.
Termlegal cases, re. Weibnom legacy
legal cases, Albemarle v Portland 1704
Dutch affairs, general
military campaigns, v France 1704
armies, Dutch
appointments, military (Dutch)
Related MaterialN. Japikse, 'Correspondentie van Willem III en van Hans Willem Bentinck, Eersten Graaf van Portland', Rijks Geschiedkundige Publicatiën (the Hague, 1928), No. 24, pp. 471-473.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA30391Alonne; Abel Tassin d' (1646-1743); -; rumoured to be an illegitimate son of William II half-brother of William III; secretary to Queen Mary from 1677 and from 1695 to William III and 1st Earl of Portland; 1702 entered the service of Heinsius1646-1743
NA19276Godolphin; Sidney (1645-1712); 1st Earl of Godolphin; M.P.; Lord High Treasurer 1702-17101645-1712
NA13806Churchill; John (1650-1722); 1st Duke of Marlborough; created 1702; Marquis of Blandford1650-1722
NA18706Churchill; Sarah (1660-1744); Duchess of Marlborough; née Jennings; dau of Richard Jennings of Sandridge; m John Churchill 1st Duke of Marlborough 16781660-1744
NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
NA29944Keppel; Arnold Joost van (1670-1718); 1st Earl of Albemarle; member of Nobles of the States General1670-1718
NA31382Henning; Caspar F. (fl 1704); -; keeper of William III's privy pursefl 1704
NA31383Els; - (fl 1704); -; merchant named in note found amongst William III's papers after his death and witness in the lawsuit against Portland 1704?fl 1704
NA30525Arnhem; Johan van (1636-1716); Heer van Rosendaal; member of Dutch nobility; executor of the will of William Bentinck1636-1716
NA29490Stepney; George (1663-1707); Mr; diplomat; poet1663-1707
NA29488Mitchell; David (c.1650-1710); Sir; knighted 1694; vice-admiral; lord commissioner of Admiralty 1699-1702c.1650-1710
NA31384Dopff; Daniël Wolf (c.1655-1723); Baron von Dopff; Dutch officer; 1701 lieutenant general in the cavalry; 1712 governor of Maastrichtc.1655-1723
NA31376Baer; Frederick Johan van (-1713); Heer van Slangenburg; lieutenant general in the Dutch army-1713
NA30253Coehoorn; Menno van (1634-1704); Baron Coehoorn; lieutenant general; master general of Dutch artillery 16971634-1704
NA30070Leopold I (1640-1705 ); Holy Roman Emperor; ( succ. 1658)1640-1705
NA30266Bentinck; Jane Martha (1672-1751); Countess of Portland; née Temple; 2nd wife of 1st Earl of Portland m 1700; formerly widow of 3rd Baron Berkeley of Stratton1672-1751
NA1044Bentinck; Henry (1682-1726); 1st Duke of Portland; 2nd Earl of Portland; cr. 1716; styled Viscount Woodstock 1689-17091682-1726
NA29946Maximilian II Emanuel (1662-1726 ); Elector of Bavaria; ( acc. 1679)1662-1726
NA30295Wassenaer; Arent van (1669-1721); Heer van Voorschoten en Duvenvoorde; also Baron van Wassenaer; m Anne Margaret d. of William Bentinck 1st Earl of Portland 17011669-1721
NA1043Bentinck; H. William (1649-1709); 1st Earl of Portland; diplomat and adviser of William of Orange; alias Hans Willem1649-1709
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