Document ReferencePw A 2139/1-2
TitleCopy of a letter [from James Johnston]; 30 Jan. 1688
Date30 January 1688
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionAsks the recipient to advise Sir David Colzeer [Colyear] to write to Mr Sydney; says he should write about himself and his brother; suggests that if there are vacancies, Mr Baillie should be made a captain; recommends consulting Mr Bentinck on this matter; refers to Baillie's service record and good character; says Hume will come over 'if they will give colours'; comments that he will get himself killed there, since he is constantly fighting; notes that at court the regiments are expected over in rank and file, and says all six are to be mustered in Hyde Park; notes that some people are suggesting that they will be sent to Ireland and disbanded there; says there are three drafts for a test for the army.

Quotes from a letter which was sent to Sydney the other day, warning him that he did not have many days to live; thinks Lords Dorset, Halifax and Shrewsbury have all received similar letters; comments that it has been a week of upheaval - 'the Troops recalled; A price on Dr Burnets head; MyLd Chancellor's Chaplain set on to be assassinated; and such letters, all in one week'; says there is a rumour there that Fagel is disowning the letter; has heard that a paper is being circulated which 'commends the Prince [William of Orange] mightily'; thinks this will give the Papist occasion to 'print what they have to print'.

Adds a post script giving an account of the attack on the Chancellor's chaplain; notes that the attackers got the wrong man; states that the story is being suppressed; supposes they meant to get Tennison.

The author is identified from internal evidence and by the hand of the original.

Copy of Pw A 2140.

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).
Termpatronage, military, requests for
armies, British, musters
intelligence, reports
revolutions, Glorious Revolution 1688, preparations
political intrigue
religious affairs, England
assassinations, Lord Chancellor's chaplain 1688

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA30377Sydney; Henry (1641-1704); 1st Earl of Romney; styled Viscount Sydney of Shepey 1689-1694; modern spelling Sidney1641-1704
NA1043Bentinck; H. William (1649-1709); 1st Earl of Portland; diplomat and adviser of William of Orange; alias Hans Willem1649-1709
NA18601Burnet; Gilbert (1643-1715); Bishop of Salisbury; attended Lord Russell on the scaffold; Bishop of Salisbury 1689-17151643-1715
NA31477Fagel; Gaspard (1629-1688); -; Grand Pensionary of Holland1629-1688
NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
NA29265Tenison; Thomas (1636-1715); Archbishop of Canterbury; Archbishop of Canterbury 1694-17151636-1715
NA15021Colyear; David (c.1656-1730); 1st Earl of Portmorec.1656-1730
NA1126Sackville; Charles (1638-1706); 6th Earl of Dorset1638-1706
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
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
NA31711Baillie; - (fl 1688); Mr; relative of James Johnstonfl 1688
NA30375Johnston; James (1655-1737); 'secretary Johnston'; studied law at Utrecht and sent to prepare way for William of Orange's invasion1655-1737
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