Document ReferencePw A 239
TitleCopy letter in French from William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland, Kinsington [Kensington], London, to Sir Henry Capell; 12 May 1695
Date12 May 1695
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionHopes that Van Humrigh [Vanhomrigh] will have arrived before this letter and informed him of the matters affecting him [Portland]; comments that when one loves one's children it is difficult to watch them take the road to ruin, as he is doing, having tried in vain to remedy the situation [conduct of 2nd Earl of Essex].

Reports that the king has asked him to write to Capell concerning the affairs of that country [Ireland]; states that since he anticipates being successful in parliament on the basis of promises given by those who had opposed Lord Romney during his term of office, it is feared that they might attack those who advised insistence on the 'sole right' and Lord Coningsby in particular; reports that the king wishes him to do everything possible to prevent this; adds his own wishes for Capell's success in these matters and his hope that he will not be let down by the promises of the people there.

Comments that adverse winds have detained them until now, but that the king is resolute about crossing the tide in adverse winds if possible and reports that to this end they are planning to set off by carriage for Gravesend.

Sends regards to Lady Capell.

The date is likely to be old style.
Termfamily relationships, Portland and Lord Essex
parliamentary business
Irish affairs, government
Irish affairs, politics
travel, channel crossing
weather, wind
Physical DescriptionOriginal no. 10
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. 49-50.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
NA30470Vanhomrigh; Bartholomew (fl 1690-1695); -; commissioner of the Irish revenue; confidant of 1st Earl of Portland?fl 1690-1695
NA28984Coningsby; Thomas (1656-1729); 1st Earl of Coningsby; cr. 1719; cr. Baron Coningsby of Clanbrassil 16921656-1729
NA30463Capell; Dorothy (-1721); Baroness Capell; née Bennet; m Henry Baron Capell 1659-1721
NA30348Sidney; Henry (1641-1704); 1st Earl of Romney1641-1704
NA29270Capell; Algernon (1670-1710); 2nd Earl of Essex; succ. 1683; styled Viscount Malden until 1683; Constable of the Tower of London 1706-101670-1710
NA1043Bentinck; H. William (1649-1709); 1st Earl of Portland; diplomat and adviser of William of Orange; alias Hans Willem1649-1709
NA30467Capell; Henry (-1696); Baron Capell; cr. 1692; Lord Lieutenant of Ireland-1696
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