Document ReferencePw2 Hy 703
TitleDraft letter from Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford], Whitehall, London, to Mr [Alexander] Stanhope; 20/31 Jul. 1705
Date31 July 1705
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionEncloses an extract from a letter [not present] from Mr Huguetan to a contact of his in Holland relative to Bills of Exchange [for paying the armed forces]; can see no reason why everybody should not agree to the proposal once it is fully explained; explains how France pays her armies; says that the queen is ready to assist the 'Covennors'; states that England has made several sacrifices regarding Dutch ships which have been seized; says that if the 'States' knew this they would not be so stiff as regards the issue of contraband, especially as the Dutch plans would assist the 'naval commerce' of France; hopes that there will be an agreement that Lord Galway will have the command of the forces destined for Portugal and provisionally for the next campaign; says that there will be time before next Spring to settle the matter.

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

Old Style dating on letter.
Termarmies, Anglo-Dutch, command of
trade, embargoes, against France
armies, French, financial affairs
diplomacy, with Netherlands

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA973Ruvigny; Henry Massue de (1648-1720); 1st Earl of Galway; succ. as 2nd Marquis de Ruvigny 1689; cr. 4th Viscount Galway 1692; cr. 1st Earl of Galway 1697; commanded troops in Portugal and Spain 1704-17101648-1720
NA29472Huguetan; - (fl 1705); Mr; proposed method of payment to Anglo-Dutch forcefl 1705
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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