Document ReferencePw A 300/1-2
TitleLetter from Sir Thomas Coningsby [later 1st Earl of Coningsby], Dublin, Ireland, to William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland; 28 Sep. 1690
Date28 September 1690
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionSays that Mr [Greyt?], whom Portland sent into enemy quarters, has been with Lord Sydney; he will accompany the letter and explain matters to Portland; comments that the majority of the enemy would wish to come to an accommodation but cites reasons against this course of action; for example, advises waiting two months, when the enemy will 'inevitably fall ... without conditions'; says no peace is ever kept by the Irish for long; believes the Irish will expect free exercise of their religion, but feels this should not be tolerated; thinks the Irish have never been so near to entire submission, and that if they are given time to recover, they will surely do so; refers to Irish alliances with France or Spain, depending on who was 'most powerfull to assist them'.

Comments that on the other hand, there are reasons why an early settlement might be useful, for example, being able to turn the whole force of England against France; bringing England to an internal settlement; allowing England time to recover; concludes by apologising for 'riting thus tediously'.
TermIrish affairs, rebellion
foreign policy

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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
NA30501Greyt?; - (fl 1690); Mr; consulted with Portland on Irish affairsfl 1690
NA28984Coningsby; Thomas (1656-1729); 1st Earl of Coningsby; cr. 1719; cr. Baron Coningsby of Clanbrassil 16921656-1729
NA1043Bentinck; H. William (1649-1709); 1st Earl of Portland; diplomat and adviser of William of Orange; alias Hans Willem1649-1709
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