Document ReferencePw A 2131/1-3
TitleCopy letter in French and English containing secret intelligence [from James Johnston] to Dr John Hutton, the Hague [Netherlands]; 23 Jan. 1688
Date23 January 1688
Extent6 ff
Content DescriptionThe first section of the letter in black ink is in English; states that the news at court is that peace is expected with the Turk; notes that the queen [Mary of Modena] has moved apartments and is believed to be growing big; says that 'Price' [Penn] and 'Seaton' [Sunderland] are now friends and notes that this was brought about by Barrillon; informs him that 'your old pupil, who you know should have married your Patron's daughter, is to marry his Brother's daughter'; discusses when the groom will be made a viscount; mentions several military appointments he would like to be made if there are vacancies when the troops are recalled; states that he will speak to 'Mr Sturton' [Sydney] on behalf of a nephew of 'Jones' [Johnston].

The second, major part of the letter is in 'white ink' [i.e. invisible ink]; refers to news of orders to recall the troops and sees this as a response to Fagel's letter; states that Lord Melfort is delaying publication of the amnesty for Scotland in order to earn money from individual pardons; refers to assurances from Halifax that he has not been involved in secret meetings with the king [James II]; comments on the position of Lord Arran [later Duke of Hamilton]; notes that 'Nevil Pain', a well-known papist, has replied to the 'Letter to a Dissenter' and will shortly reply to Fagel's letter; refers to anger against Burnet and [Pain's] attempts to have him removed or killed.

The letter is dated '13/23 Jan.'.

The author has been identified by the hand of the original.

Copy of Pw A 2132.

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).
Termciphers, use of
intelligence, reports
revolutions, Glorious Revolution 1688, preparations
religious affairs, England
medical conditions, pregnancy, rumours of
disputes, personal, Penn v Sunderland 1688
patronage, military, requests for

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA31477Fagel; Gaspard (1629-1688); -; Grand Pensionary of Holland1629-1688
NA30399Drummond; John (1649-1714); 1st Earl of Melfort; also titular Duke of Melfort; Secretary of State for Scotland 1684; outlawed 16941649-1714
NA25767Saville; George (1633-1695); 1st Marquess of Halifax; cr. Baron Saville of Eland 1668; cr. Earl of Halifax 1679; cr. Marquess of Halifax 16821633-1695
NA15001James II (1633-1701); King of England Scotland and Ireland; succ. 1685; also styled Duke of York1633-1701
NA31704Pain; Nevil (fl 1688); Mr; papistfl 1688
NA18601Burnet; Gilbert (1643-1715); Bishop of Salisbury; attended Lord Russell on the scaffold; Bishop of Salisbury 1689-17151643-1715
NA30414Mary of Modena (1658-1718); Queen Consort; (Queen of James II)1658-1718
NA1830Penn; William (1644-1718); Mr; colonist1644-1718
NA30385Spencer; Robert (1641-1702); 2nd Earl of Sunderland1641-1702
NA545Barrillon d'Amoncourt; Paul de (-1691); -; French diplomat-1691
NA15001James II (1633-1701); King of England Scotland and Ireland; succ. 1685; also styled Duke of York1633-1701
NA30377Sydney; Henry (1641-1704); 1st Earl of Romney; styled Viscount Sydney of Shepey 1689-1694; modern spelling Sidney1641-1704
NA30400Hamilton; James Douglas- (1658-1712); 4th Duke of Hamilton; styled Earl of Arran until 1698; the titles had remained with his mother since 1694 - she resigned them in his favour 16981658-1712
NA30375Johnston; James (1655-1737); 'secretary Johnston'; studied law at Utrecht and sent to prepare way for William of Orange's invasion1655-1737
NA29773Hutton; John (-1712); Dr; 1st physician to Queen Anne; M.P.-1712
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