Document ReferencePw2 Hy 704
TitleDraft letter from Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford], to Mr [Alexander] Stanhope; 27 Jul./7 Aug. 1705
Date7 August 1705
Extent1 f
Content DescriptionReports on a letter received from Portugal containing comments from the King of Spain; says that the Spanish pretend to fear the 'want of assistance' from their allies more than the strength of the enemy; says that the king states that success could be assured; reiterates the need to convince the Dutch to agree to allow Lord Galway to command the forces; says that it would be 'fatal' if the Dutch withdrew their ships as they did the previous year; orders Stanhope to take notice that the 'States' are falling behind 'as to Portugal'.

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
naval actions, Portugal 1705
diplomacy, with Netherlands

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA18625Philip V (1683-1746); King of Spain1683-1746
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
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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