Document ReferencePw2 Hy 1230
TitleCopy of letter from [Robert Harley] 1st Earl of Oxford, to Pensionary Heinsius; 24 Jul./4 Aug. 1711
Date4 August 1711
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionApologises for not replying to Heinsius' letter; explains that he has suffered a great loss by the 'sudden death' of the Duke of Newcastle; values Heinsius' offer of friendship as 'the most valuable present'; assures the Pensionary that he will be kept informed of all events which concern the relationship between England and the Netherlands; believes that their allies will become more reasonable if their union is seen to be stronger; suggests a 'League Offensive and Defensive' after the Peace; believes that this would create a balance to the power of France; will instruct Lord Orrery to speak to the Pensionary regarding the Duke of Savoy and to offer reasons for 'increasing his power in Italy; discusses various diplomatic appointments and missions.

Warns that they may only be able to 'find funds for another year'; speaks of the danger should France discover this fact.
Termdiplomacy, with Netherlands
foreign policy, against France
appointments, diplomatic
diplomacy, with Savoy
wars, War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714, finance
wars, War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714
bereavement, personal

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA488Holles; John (1662-1711); 3rd Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne; cr. Duke of Newcastle upon Tyne 1694, 1st Duke of second creation; also 4th Earl of Clare1662-1711
NA29478Vittorio-Amedeo II (fl 1675-1720); King of Sicily; Duke of Savoy 1685-1720; King of Sicily 1713-1718fl 1675-1720
NA29806Boyle; Charles (1676-1731); 4th Earl of Orrery; edited religious tracts; diplomat1676-1731
NA893Harley; Robert (1661-1724); 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; M.P.; speaker 1701-1705; P.M. 1711-17141661-1724
NA1085Heinsius; Anthony (1641-1720); Grand Pensionary of Holland from 16881641-1720
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