Document ReferencePw2 Hy 694
TitleDraft letter from Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford], Whitehall, London, to Mr [Alexander] Stanhope; 10/21 Apr. 1705
Date21 April 1705
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionHas acquainted the queen of the 'good success'; hopes that this bodes well for the 'ensuing campaign'; hopes that Stanhope can use this to England's advantage and press the 'States' to increase their 'marine preparations'; expresses his desire that this may lead to an 'end to this warr in a lasting peace'; will not repeat any orders previously sent as Stanhope has 'our oracle' the Duke of Marlborough with him; relays the queen's directions that the English fleet should be prepared to sail in three weeks; instructs Stanhope to press the issue with the 'States'; says that the Marquis of Carmarthen has arrived and 'take's no notice of any action he in his return with any French ships'.

This document has been identified as being in the hand of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford.

Old Style dating on letter.
Termdiplomacy, with Netherlands
trade, embargoes, against France
naval actions, 1705
wars, War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714, attitudes towards

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA13806Churchill; John (1650-1722); 1st Duke of Marlborough; created 1702; Marquis of Blandford1650-1722
NA29469Osborne; Peregrine (1659-1729); 2nd Duke of Leeds; succ. 1712; M.P.; vice-admiral; styled Marquess of Carmarthen 1694-1712; styled Earl of Danby 1689-16941659-1729
NA893Harley; Robert (1661-1724); 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer; M.P.; speaker 1701-1705; P.M. 1711-17141661-1724
NA29446Stanhope; Alexander (1638-1707); Mr; English Envoy Extraordinary to the Netherlands 1700-6; father of 1st Earl Stanhope1638-1707
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