Document ReferencePw2 Hy 769
TitleDraft letter from Robert Harley [later 1st Earl of Oxford], to Mr [Alexander] Stanhope; 24 Jul. 1706
Date24 July 1706
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionComments on the difficulties which the D[uke] of Marlborough is facing; says that the duke must 'not only conquer the enemy, but he must do it whether our friends wil or no, and sometimes their opposition is greater than yt of the enemy'; encloses an extract of a letter [not present] discussing the inappropriate behaviour of Mr Feggel and Mr Schonenberg in relation to Lord Galway; complains that the Portuguese seem to be excusing the States for 'their doing nothing'; gives instructions to Stanhope as to how to deal with this affair; comments as to the status of Lord Galway as commander of the [allied] army; says that it is necessary for Stanhope to convince the States to leave their fleet 'in those parts' in case there are any 'hopes of success'; believes that Lord Peterborough has written to the Pensionary on this matter.

Comments on the slowness of the resolution of the contraband issue; does not believe that the Russian minister 'goes to France only to show his fine lady that country'.

Parts of text missing due to damage to document.

This document has been identified as being in the hand of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford.
Termmilitary campaigns, Duke of Marlborough 1706
diplomacy, with Netherlands
armies, Anglo-Dutch, command of
trade, embargoes, against France
diplomacy, with Portugal

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA13806Churchill; John (1650-1722); 1st Duke of Marlborough; created 1702; Marquis of Blandford1650-1722
NA29509Feggel; - (fl 1706); Mr; Dutch diplomat attached to Portugal?; Fagel?fl 1706
NA29482Schonenberg; - (fl 1705-1706); Mr; ambassador of Netherlands to Portugal?fl 1705-1706
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
NA1085Heinsius; Anthony (1641-1720); Grand Pensionary of Holland from 16881641-1720
NA18610Mordaunt; Charles (c.1658-1735); 3rd Earl of Peterborough; succ. as Viscount Mordaunt 1675; cr. 1st Earl of Monmouth 1689; succ. his uncle as Earl of Peterborough 1697c.1658-1735
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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