|Content Description||Reports that news has come from Holland that the king [William III] is at Breda, set for Dieren, and that he [Portland] was well received at the Hague; refers to a number of letters, particularly one which praises Portland's success in the negotiations with Boufflers; notes the opinion that the two kings [William and Louis XIV] are content; states that Portland would be well received in England, and if, like last year, he came only to request more money it would be willingly granted so he could return and complete his great work of peace; it is thought that the final conclusion of peace waits only on the emperor's response and even Spain is content with what Portland has negotiated.|
His [Portland's] friends would like to see him return in advance of the king - anticipates greater numbers at his house than on the occasion of naval victory of La Hogue; says he will get public acclaim for his role in the negotiations if he returns at present, but if he comes with the king, all the acclaim will go to him - 'le soleil fait eclipser les etoiles, et cela est juste'.
Notes his concern that there is too much joy at the idea that peace is as good as concluded - this suggests that they were not in position to continue the war; the king makes no statement without the agreement of the allies, who all need to be treated sensitively; after the peace he will form them into a strong union - necessary to Europe and particularly to England, so that King James and his successors will never be assisted by France, either directly or indirectly.
Reports that news of the peace is reflected in an increase in bank shares from 60 to 72 and a decrease in the price of banknotes to 6 or 7.
Admiral Almonde has informed him that he is returning to sea; confirms that he gave him the packet from Portland.
Reports on the progress of the Duke of St Albans' son, who was bitten by a rabid dog.
Notes that Lords Feversham, Arran and others are concerned at how the French ambassador at Constantinople will extricate himself regarding the peace and the attendant complications of Christians and Turks.
States that he is asking the Treasury to arrange to provide lottery tickets on malt, to the value of the arrears due to the Landgrave of Hesse [20,000 coins], following approval by the king; is concerned that nothing has been delivered so far, although the lottery is due to be drawn in ten days' time.
Encloses a gazette which has limited news of sea ports and a few small seizures.
Reports that the Jacobites are upset by the peace - letters leaving them in little doubt that King James will be forced to leave France, as he and his brother were forced to do formerly.
Notes that he has been informed by Mr LionCrone [Leyoncrona] that despite Mr Trambal's [Trumbull] statement to the admiralty judge, two Swedish ships have been judged and unjustly condemned, and he hopes the Committee of the Council will take this into consideration.
Dating on letter 'le 9 aout/30 Juillet 1697 Vendredi'.