Document ReferencePw A 265/1-3
TitleLetter in French from William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland, Kinsington [Kensington], London, to Sir Henry Capell; 10 Feb. 1696
Date10 February 1696
Extent3 ff
Content DescriptionAcknowledges receipt of Capell's letters and expresses his irritation at the behaviour of the lord chancellor [Sir Charles Porter], but believes that as the king [William III] has instructed him to pass the patents he refused, Capell's credit and authority are undamaged and it is very much in both the king's and his own interest that he get along with him; reports that he has spoken to a friend of the lord chancellor's who has undertaken to write to him and do all he can on Capell's behalf.

Reports Lord Coningsby's protests that Capell is dissatisfied with him, having instructed the Attorney General [Robert Rochfort] to investigate the validity of his patent; reports his own concern to see such differences between genuine servants of the king.

Reports on the conduct of Lord Essex and his daughter and the effect of this on relations between them and other members of the family; discusses his fears concerning the likely outcome and his inability to do any more.

The original letter is dated '31 janvier/10 fevrier 1695/6'.
TermIrish affairs, politics
disputes, political, Capell v Porter 1696
family relationships, Portland and Lord Essex
Physical DescriptionOriginal no. 18
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. 54-55.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1083William III (1650-1702); King of England Scotland and Ireland1650-1702
NA28984Coningsby; Thomas (1656-1729); 1st Earl of Coningsby; cr. 1719; cr. Baron Coningsby of Clanbrassil 16921656-1729
NA29270Capell; Algernon (1670-1710); 2nd Earl of Essex; succ. 1683; styled Viscount Malden until 1683; Constable of the Tower of London 1706-101670-1710
NA30465Capell; Elizabeth (1636-1718); Countess of Essex; née Percy; m Arthur 1st Earl of Essex 16531636-1718
NA30110Porter; Charles (1631-1696); Sir; Irish Lord Chancellor; knighted 16861631-1696
NA30485Rochfort; Robert (1652-1727); -; Irish judge; joint Commissioner of the Great Seal; Attorney General; Chief Baron of the Exchequer1652-1727
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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