Document ReferencePw A 2124/1-5
TitleCopy letter in French and English; 4 Jan. 1688
Date4 January 1688
Extent10 ff
Content DescriptionThe first part of the letter, in French, refers to preoccupation and speculation concerning the Prince of Wales; describes the queen's [Mary of Modena] condition in her pregnancy and concerns for her health; notes that Fagel's letter has been sent to a printer [in England] with permission from Amsterdam to print; comments on attitudes towards the repeal of the Test Acts and the qualities of the Prince [of Orange, later William III] as potential king; refers to a dispute between Mr Sydney and Lord [Hunsdon].

Notes that another, undated letter was joined to the above; this was written in English and asks if the recipient reads his letters, and if so if he reads them all, and if he washes them; asks if 'they' [Prince and Princess of Orange??] are happy for him to 'mix advices with matters of fact'; notes that the advice and reflections included in the letters are his own, and do not come 'from such hands as ought to make them to be valued'; comments how difficult it is to write in this way since the ink dries so fast 'that one has neither the time to chuse ones matter nor ones words'; observes that Dr Burnet will prove to be very useful but notes that he must be told when matters are to be kept secret.

Refers to the paper about the Test and the 'Letter to a Dissenter', which 'did you more service, than ever was done you in England'; comments that whatever they are told, 'people here are afraid, and they stand in need of a bold triumphing way of writing, to keep them in heart'; gives assurances that he can distinguish his duty to them [the recipient's 'friends', i.e. the Prince and Princess of Orange?] from his friendship to Dr Burnet; says Burnet wishes to be written to once every three weeks; says Sydney is unhappy that the recipient has not written to him; describes Sydney as 'one of the best men in the world'; states a means by which they can communicate to each other the last letters they have written and received.

Concludes by stating that Dr Burnet should give careful consideration to his answer to the Bishop of Oxford, since 'they eyes of all the Nation are on him for one'; refers to a rumour there [i.e. in England?] that the States will banish him.

Copy of Pw A 2125/1-3.

Copy made in 1733 and forming part of a bundle of papers sent from Holland to England and referred to in the papers of the 3rd Duke of Portland (Pw F 1261).
Termrevolutions, Glorious Revolution 1688, preparations
intelligence, reports
parliamentary business, acts, Test Acts 1673 and 1678
medical conditions, pregnancy, rumours of
disputes, personal, Sydney v Hunsdon 1688
ciphers, use of
religious affairs, England

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA30414Mary of Modena (1658-1718); Queen Consort; (Queen of James II)1658-1718
NA31477Fagel; Gaspard (1629-1688); -; Grand Pensionary of Holland1629-1688
NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
NA30377Sydney; Henry (1641-1704); 1st Earl of Romney; styled Viscount Sydney of Shepey 1689-1694; modern spelling Sidney1641-1704
NA31701Hunsdon; - (fl 1688); Lordfl 1688
NA18601Burnet; Gilbert (1643-1715); Bishop of Salisbury; attended Lord Russell on the scaffold; Bishop of Salisbury 1689-17151643-1715
NA31699Parker; Samuel (1640-1688); Bishop of Oxford1640-1688
NA31702Carey; Robert (-1692); 6th Baron Hunsdon; succ. 1677; followed James II to France-1692
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