Document ReferencePw2 Hy 701
TitleDraft letter from Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford], to Mr [Alexander] Stanhope; 10/21 Jul. 1705
Date21 July 1705
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionSays that he has laid Stanhope's letters before the queen; discusses the progress of the conference regarding 'contraband'; comments on the discussions regarding Denmark and Sweden; expresses concern over the implications which these arguments may have on the strength of the alliance [between England and Holland]; says that France is suffering from a want of 'naval stores'; explains the queen's position with regard to the Dutch continuing free trade with France during the war; is unsure why the Dutch are being so objectionable to the wishes of England in this matter; believes that the issue of 'contraband' will not be solved until the 'root of bitterness is discovered'; suspects that Stanhope will have received a letter from Mr Robinson regarding the 'dangers which threaten Dantzig'.

Relays the queen's order to renew the conference regarding the 'security' of that place'.

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

Old Style dating on letter.
Termnaval actions, Portugal 1705
foreign policy, Danzig
trade, embargoes, against France
navies, French, provisions for
diplomacy, with Netherlands

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA18608Anne (1665-1714); Queen of Great Britain and Ireland1665-1714
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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