Document ReferencePw A 306/2-3
TitleLetter from Sir Thomas Coningsby [later 1st Earl of Coningsby], to William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland; n.d. [c. 1690?]
Date1690 (c)
Extent3 ff
Content DescriptionRefers to proposals made by Mr Vanhummery [Vanhomrigh] for providing the army with bread in the next campaign; thinks that if there were 'two undertakers instead of one the army would be much better served and ye king att much a less expense'; comments that of the 1300 horses sent over, only 400 can now be accounted for, and that of 400 waggons, only 120 are capable of repair; comments on how all the meal goes from 'this town' [Dublin?] to places as much as 120 miles away; observes that this results in vast expense for the king and adds that it makes supply very difficult; says he is sending some proposals regarding a commission of prices? and gives his opinion on the matter; comments on provisions sent to the enemy in Ireland and says that if the coast were full of privateers, the harbours would be more safe and it would be almost impossible for a ship to escape them.

Comments that this would be the most proper time to publish an act of pardon; informs him that Lord Lisburn has gone out with 1000 militia; comments that the mistake of not making the line of forces stronger and nearer the [river] Shannon 'has bin of ye most fatall consequese imaginable'.

The beginning of this letter is missing; it was originally miscatalogued as being the end of Pw A 306/1.

The document is not dated; the date provided is based on that of related papers.
Termarmies, British, provisions
armies, British in Ireland
expenses, military
Irish affairs, general
parliamentary business, acts, Act of Pardon (Ireland), proposals for

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA30470Vanhomrigh; Bartholomew (fl 1690-1695); -; commissioner of the Irish revenue; confidant of 1st Earl of Portland?fl 1690-1695
NA30506Loftus; Adam (-1691); 1st Viscount Lisburn; cr. 1686-1691
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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