William Blathwayt Papers (Addenda)

Finding aid prepared by Olga Tsapina in 2002 and updated by Dorothy Auyong and Diann Benti.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: William Blathwayt papers (addenda)
Dates: 1668-1734
Bulk dates: 1668-1672
Collection Number: mssBLA 1-195
Creator: Blathwayt, William, 1649?-1717
Extent: 195 items in 3 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection consists of 195 pieces of business, diplomatic, and personal correspondence and accounts primarily accumulated by English civil servant William Blathwayt (1649-1717) during his service as a clerk in The Hague (1668-1672) and his tour of Europe in 1672, with some items dated 1682 and a few pieces relating to colonies in East and West Indies. Approximately twenty items are secret diplomatic correspondence and intelligence reports from agents throughout Europe, dating from 1720 to 1734 (after Blathwayt's death).
Language of Material: The records are in English, French, and Dutch.

Administration Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Blathwayt papers (addenda), The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Sotheby's through the agency of Maggs Bros. on December 6, 1984.

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Biography

English politician and administrator William Blathwayt (1649-1717) was one of the most distinguished civil servants of his time. Blathwayt was born in London, England, in 1649. Beginning in 1665, he attended the Middle Temple and in 1668 entered public life as clerk in the embassy of Sir William Temple at The Hague (1668-1672). The Embassy was established with the purpose of implementing the Triple Alliance (1668) and was closed in 1672, following the secret treaty between Charles II and Louis XIV (1670) and the outbreak of the Third Anglo-Dutch War (1672). In 1672, Blathwayt toured Germany and Italy, before returning to England.
Through the influence of his uncles, Thomas and Richard Povey, both of whom were prominent in colonial affairs, Blathwayt secured a position in the Plantation Office in 1675 as a minor clerk. Advancement came rapidly, and among the offices administered from that time on, were: Clerk Extraordinary of the Privy Council (1678); Secretary of the Lords of Trade (1679-1696); Surveyor and Auditor General of Plantation Revenues (1680-until his death); Under-Secretary of State to Lord Conway in the Northern department (1681-1683); Secretary at War (1683-1704); Clerk in Ordinary of the Privy Council (1686-1689); acting Secretary of State with William III, during his campaigns in the Low Countries in Flanders (1692-1701); member of Parliament for Bath (1693-1710); and a member of the Board of Trade (1696-1707).
During the reign of Queen Anne, he gradually lost his posts: in 1704 he was dismissed as Secretary at War, in 1707 lost his Board of Trade position, and three years later, his seat in Parliament. In 1712, Blathwayt, driven from active public life by ill health, withdrew to his seat at Dyrham Park, where the last five years of his life were spent in retirement.
Blathwayt married Mary Wynter (1650-1691) of Dyrham Park in December 1686, and the couple had two surviving sons and a daughter. William Blathwayt died at Dyrham Park on August 16, 1717.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 195 pieces of business, diplomatic, and personal correspondence and accounts primarily accumulated by English civil servant William Blathwayt (1649-1717) during his service as a clerk in The Hague (1668-1672) and his tour of Europe in 1672, with some items dated 1682 and a few pieces relating to British colonies in the East and West Indies. Approximately twenty items are secret diplomatic correspondence and intelligence reports from agents throughout Europe, dating from 1720 to 1734 (after Blathwayt's death).
Blathwayt Correspondence, 1668-1682
The correspondence of William Blathwayt primarily pertains to the affairs of the English Embassy in The Hague, international affairs, and the personal affairs and professional duties of Blathwayt, including his acquisition of rare books and antiques, particularly his dealings with Daniel Elzevir.
The documents related to the affairs of the English Embassy in The Hague date from 1668 to 1672 and include negotiations about the release of ships and goods seized during the Second Anglo-Dutch War; affairs of English sailors and merchants in the Low Countries; and the salvage of a cargo of tin sunk off the port of Ostend (1666-1669).
The documents related to international affairs primarily concern the secret treaty of Dover (1670) and the events leading to the Third Anglo-Dutch War (1672-1674); foreign relations with Sweden, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire, and Russia, as reflected in letters to Blathwayt from English diplomats and memoranda submitted to King Charles II by the Ambassador of the Holy Roman Empire in London (1682).
Among the correspondents represented are Amsterdam lawyer Paulus Buys (18 items); Amsterdam book commissioner and agent J. D. Benoist (3 items); English factotum in Amsterdam Edmond Custis (15 items); Thomas Downton, the 1st secretary of William Temple (8 items); E. Jollyvet (4 items); Tannegui Lefebvre (2 items) Edward Meredith, an English diplomat in Spain (3 items); Sir William Temple (11 items); Count Franz Sigmund von Thun (6 items); Amsterdam merchant Dirck Van Pas (7 items); Sir John Werden (7 items); and Robert Wolseley (3 items).
Diplomatic and intelligence reports, 1720-1734
The collection also includes letters and dispatches (including ciphered messages), written between 1720 and 1734 (after Blathwayt's death), from intelligence agents in Berlin, Hamburg, Cambrai, Paris, Port Sainte Marie (Spain), and Madrid addressed to Alexander Hume-Campbell, 2nd Earl of Marchmont, Charles Withworth, Charles Townshend, and Thomas Pelham-Holles, 4th Duke of Newcastle. The documents contain information on affairs in Brandenburg-Prussia, Russia, Spain, France, and Italy. Correspondents include: Giovanni Battista Paretti, Charles du Bourgay, and Sir Cyril Wich, although most dispatches are anonymous.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically and organized in the following manner:
  • Box 1: Blathwayt correspondence (1668-Nov. 1669)
  • Box 2: Blathwayt correspondence (Dec. 1669-1670)
  • Box 3: Blathwayt correspondence (1671-1682 and undated) and diplomatic correspondence and intelligence reports (1720-1734)

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Blathwayt, William, 1649?-1717 -- Archives.
Marchmont, Alexander Hume-Campbell, Earl of, 1675-1740, correspondent.
Newcastle, Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of, 1693-1768, correspondent.
Temple, William, 1628-1699.
Townshend, Charles Townshend, Viscount, 1674-1738, correspondent.
Whitworth, Charles Whitworth, Baron, 1675-1725, correspondent.
Great Britain. Embassy (Hague, Netherlands), 1668-1672 -- Correspondence.

Subjects

Anglo-Dutch War, 1664-1667.
Book collecting -- Great Britain -- 17th century.
Diplomats -- Great Britain -- 17th century -- Correspondence.
Dutch War, 1674-1678.
Intelligence service -- Great Britain -- 17th century.
Maritime law -- History -- 17th century -- Sources.
Antiques -- Great Britain -- 17th century.

Geographic Areas

Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 17th century.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- History -- Stuarts, 1603-1714 -- Sources.
Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Sources.

Genre

Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 17th century.
Professional papers -- Great Britain -- 17th century.
Personal papers -- Great Britain -- 17th century.


Container List

Box 1

Blathwayt correspondence (1668-Nov. 1669)

 

Blathwayt, William. To Tannegui Le Febvre? (1668, Apr. 30), London.  BLA 1 

In French. Endorsed: "À M. Febvre."
 

Blathwayt, William. To Tannegui Febvre. ([1668, Apr. 30]), [London].  BLA 2 

Endorsed: "Letter to M Febvre."
 

Chabrol, A. To William Blathwayt. (1668, May 9), Saumur, [France].  BLA 3 

In French.
 

Davidson, Sir William. To William Blathwayt. (1668, Sep. 7), Amsterdam.  BLA 4 

Endorsed: "7 Sep 68 Davidson."
 

Rogiers, Carel & Co. (Firm). To George Shaw. (1668, Oct. 18), Lilloo Ady [i.e. Lillo], [Belgium].  BLA 5 

In Dutch. With separate English translation endorsed "Concerning my lord's goods."
 

Benoist, J. D. To William Blathwayt. (1668, Oct. 25), Amsterdam.  BLA 6 

In French. Endorsed "Benoist."
 

Thompson, William. To Sir William Temple. (1668, Oct. 27), Brussels.  BLA 7 

Endorsed: "Wm Thomson's letter from Bruxells 27 Oct. 68."
 

Benoist, J. D. To William Blathwayt. (1668, Dec. 2), Amsterdam.  BLA 8 

In French. Endorsed: "Mr Benoist Amsterdam."
 

Benoist, J. D. To William Blathwayt. (1668, Dec. 18), Amsterdam.  BLA 9 

In French. Endorsed: "Benoist"
 

[-----]. To William Blathwayt. ([1668-1671]).  BLA 10 

Outer wrapper only.
 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (16[68]/69, Jan. 11), Amsterdam.  BLA 11 

In French.
 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (16[68]/69, Jan. 31), Amsterdam.  BLA 12 

In French.
 

Custis, Edmond. To William Blathwayt. (16[68]/69, Feb. 13), Flushing, [The Netherlands].  BLA 13 

 

Peyton, Margaret. To William Blathwayt. ([1669-1672], Feb. 22), York.  BLA 14 

 

Benoist, J. D. To William Blathwayt. (16[68]/69?, Mar. 6), Amsterdam.  BLA 15 

In French. Endorsed: "Letter Benoist."
 

Custis, Edmond. To Thomas Downton. (1669, Mar. 22), Flushing, [The Netherlands].  BLA 16 

 

Downton, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Apr. 4), Hague.  BLA 17 

 

Downton, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Apr. 9), Hague.  BLA 18 

Endorsed: "Downton 9 April."
 

Downton, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Apr. 19), Hague.  BLA 19 

Endorsed: "19 April Downton."
 

Downton, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Apr. 26), Hague.  BLA 20 

Endorsed: "Downton -- 26 April." Postal hand-stamp "H3S."
 

Jackson, John and 6 others. To Sir William Temple. (1669, Apr. 29), London.  BLA 21 

Also signed by: Peter Mathews, Russell Alsopp, Joseph Prickman, [----- Hateman?], John Adrian, Elias [V--ois?]. Names of some of the signers illegible.
 

Downton, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1669, May 11), Hague.  BLA 22 

Endorsed: "Downton 11 May."
 

Downton, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1669, May 15), Hague.  BLA 23 

 

Blathwayt, William. To Thomas Downton and [-----]. (1669, May 17), Amsterdam.  BLA 24 

Draft.
 

Coles, William. To William Blathwayt. (1669, May 20), Amsterdam.  BLA 25 

Endorsed: "Mr. Coles."
 

Downton, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1669, May 23), Hague.  BLA 26 

 

Downton, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1669, May 24), Hague.  BLA 27 

Endorsed: "Downton 24 May."
 

Wolseley, Robert and unknown authors. Drafts of four letters. ([?1669-1672], May).  BLA 28 

Letter 1: Robert Wolseley to an unknown recipient. The authors and recipients of letters 2-4 are unidentified; letters 3 and 4 are in French and letter 4 relates to the purchase of books.
 

Strode, Barnard. To William Blathwayt. ([1669-1672], June 5), London.  BLA 29 

 

Benoist, J. D. To William Blathwayt. (1669, June 7), Amsterdam.  BLA 30 

In French. Endorsed: "Benoist 7 June."
 

Van Pas, Dirck & Hendrik. To William Blathwayt. (1669, June 14), Amsterdam.  BLA 31 

In French. Endorsed: "14 Jun Mrs. Van Pas"
 

Decker, [-----?]. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Jul. 9), Amsterdam.  BLA 32 

In Dutch. Endorsed: "Decker". First name illegible.
 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (1669, July 13), Amsterdam.  BLA 33 

In French. With unrelated scrap "Miscella[neous?]"
 

Benoist, J. D. To William Blathwayt. (1669, July 20), Amsterdam.  BLA 34 

In French.
 

Casteleyn, [-----?]. To William Blathwayt. (1669, July 25), Haarlem, [The Netherlands].  BLA 35 

In Dutch. Only the author's surname is given.
 

Vanderlan, Catharn. To William "Blasset," i.e. Blathwayt. ([1669-1672], July 25), London.  BLA 36 

 

Hacket, William. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Aug. 7), Amsterdam.  BLA 37 

 

Decker, [-----?]. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Aug. 13), Amsterdam.  BLA 38 

In Dutch. First name of author illegible.
 

Casteleyn, [-----?] . To William Blathwayt. (1669, Aug. 15).  BLA 39 

In Dutch. Only the author's surname is given.
 

Downton, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Aug. 17), Harwich.  BLA 40 

 

Van Susteren, Giusbert. To Thomas Downton. (1669, Aug. 19), Amsterdam.  BLA 41 

In French. Endorsed: "Susteren the Bylanders Affaire."
 

Fittz, Hugh. To Thomas Downton. (1669, Aug. 21), Amsterdam.  BLA 42 

Endorsed: "Mr Fitz about the Bylanders."
 

Casteleyn, [-----?]. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Aug. 29), Haarlem.  BLA 43 

In Dutch. Only the author's surname is given.
 

Custis, Robert. To [-----?] (1669, Sep. 2), Rotterdam.  BLA 44 

Name of recipient illegible.
 

Temple, Sir William. To College de L'Admirauté d'Amsterdam. (1669, Sep. 10), Hague.  BLA 45 

In French.
 

Temple, Sir William. Memorial (draft) for appeal in case of the Bilanders. (1669, Sep. 10), Hague.  BLA 46 

In French. 2 hands.
 

Temple, Sir William. Memorial (draft) for appeal in case of the Bilanders. ([1669, Sep. 10]), Hague.  BLA 47 

In French.
 

Custis, Robert. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Sep. 11), Rotterdam, [The Netherlands].  BLA 48 

 

Custis, Edmond. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Sep. 16), Flushing, [The Netherlands].  BLA 49 

 

Van Pas, Dirck & Hendrik. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Sep. 22), Amsterdam.  BLA 50 

In French.
 

Van Pas, Dirck. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Sep. 26), Amsterdam.  BLA 51 

Endorsed: "Van Pass."
 

Temple, Sir William. To Mr. Buller. (1669, Sep. 28), Hague.  BLA 52 

Endorsed: "Sir W Temple's letter to Mr. Buller for Mr. Taylour."
 

Custis, Edmond. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Oct. 1), Bruges, [Belgium].  BLA 53 

 

Casteleyn, [-----?]. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Oct. 3), Haarlem.  BLA 54 

In Dutch. Only the author's surname is given.
 

Lloyd, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Oct. 4), Amsterdam.  BLA 55 

 

Casteleyn, [-----?]. To William Blathwayt (1669, Oct. 17), Haarlem.  BLA 56 

In Dutch. Only the author's surname is given. Fragments: middle portion torn out.
 

Fittz, Hugh. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Oct. 17), Amsterdam.  BLA 57 

 

Custis, Edmond. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Oct. 19), Flushing.  BLA 58 

 

Taylor, Humph. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Oct. 27), Rotterdam.  BLA 59 

 

Custis, Edmond. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Oct. 28), Bruges, [Belgium].  BLA 60 

 

Casteleyn, [-----?]. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Oct. 29), Haarlem.  BLA 61 

In Dutch. Author's first name illegible.
 

Blathwayt, William. To Mr. Carew. (1669, Nov. 4), Hague.  BLA 62 

 

Collegio Ter Admirauteijt. Extract from register. (1669, Nov. 11), Amsterdam.  BLA 63 

Notarized Jan. 31, 1670.
 

Taylor, Humph. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Nov. 19), Leyden.  BLA 64 

Endorsed: "Mr. Taylour."
Box 2

Blathwayt correspondence (Dec. 1669-1670)

 

Custis, Edmond. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Dec. 3), Bruges, [Belgium].  BLA 65 

Endorsed: "Mr Custis."
 

Van Pas, Dirck. To [-----?] (1669, Dec. 10), Amsterdam.  BLA 66 

Name of recipient not given.
 

Fittz, Hugh. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Dec. 10), Amsterdam.  BLA 67 

Endorsed: "Mr Fitz."
 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Dec. 19), Amsterdam.  BLA 68 

In French.
 

Custis, Edmond. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Dec. 19), Bruges, [Belgium].  BLA 69 

 

Van Pas, Dirck. To William Blathwayt. (1669, Dec. 21), Amsterdam.  BLA 70 

 

Gerard, Henry & Charles. To Sir William Temple ... "Met een sack gelt WT" (1669, Dec. 24), Amsterdam.  BLA 71 

Endorsed: "Mrs Gerard ltr."
 

Buys, Paulus. Memoire Justicatif. ([circa 1669, Dec.]).  BLA 72 

In Dutch. Endorsed: "Papers about Amsterd[am] marchants."
 

Admiralty Court, Amsterdam. Extract from Register. ([1669-1672]).  BLA 73 

In Dutch. With memorandum on verso in French.
 

Buys, Paulus. Interrogation (9 questions). ([1669-1672]), Amsterdam.  BLA 74 

In Dutch.
 

Buys, Paulus. Response to objections re release of ships and goods seized in [second Anglo-Dutch] war. ([1669-1672]).  BLA 75 

In Dutch and Latin. With English translation.
 

Temple, Sir William. To Court of the Admiralty, Amsterdam. Memorial. (Draft). ([1669-1672]).  BLA 76 

In French. Endorsed: "Memorial for ye Bylanders."
 

Temple, Sir William. Memoire pour les Bylanders. ([1669-1672]).  BLA 77 

In French.
 

Temple, Sir William. Statement re Bilanders. ([1669-1672]).  BLA 78 

In French.
 

[-----]. Deposition. ([1669-1672]).  BLA 79 

Endorsed: "Concerning the Bylanders."
 

[-----]. Endorsed: "Memr Bylanders." ([1669-1672]).  BLA 80 

In French.
 

[-----]. Memoir for Mr. Hugh Fittz. ([1669-1672]).  BLA 81 

 

[-----]. To [-----]. Account of Mr & Mrs Boddens, notorious cheats. ([?1669-1672]), [Hague?].  BLA 82 

 

[-----]. To [-----]. ([?1669-1672]).  BLA 83 

In French. Regarding Bengal commerce.
 

[-----]. To [-----]. ([?1669-1672]), Hague.  BLA 84 

Draft of a letter regarding the depositions of six witnesses and the mediation with Genoese shippers.
 

Wilde, David De. To Admiralty Court, Amsterdam. (1670, Jan. 1), Amsterdam.  BLA 85 

In Dutch.
 

Custis, Edmond. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Jan. 3), Flushing.  BLA 86 

 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Jan. 5), Amsterdam.  BLA 87 

Endorsed: "Bylanders"; in French.
 

De Pompone, Arnauld. To "Their Lordships." (16[69]/70, Jan. 8), Hague.  BLA 88 

In French.
 

Fittz, Hugh. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Jan. 10), Amsterdam.  BLA 89 

 

Van Pas, Dirck. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Jan. 10), Amsterdam.  BLA 90 

 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Jan. 15), Amsterdam.  BLA 91 

In French.
 

Blathwayt, William. To Paulus Buys. (1670, Jan. 18), Hague.  BLA 92 

In French; date in new style. Endorsed: "LRE to Mr Buys[-] Byland[ers]"
 

Van Pas, Dirck. To William Blathwayt. (1669/70, Jan. 24), Amsterdam.  BLA 93 

Endorsed: Mr Van Pass.
 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Jan. 25), Amsterdam.  BLA 94 

In French. Endorsed: "Mr Buys Bilanders."
 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Feb. 13), Amsterdam.  BLA 95 

In French.
 

Freeman, Samuel. To William Blathwayt. (1669/70, Feb. 24).  BLA 96 

Dutch postal marking.
 

Muijsk, Jan Hendrick; Fittz, Hugh, et al. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Mar. 1), Amsterdam.  BLA 97 

Endorsed: "Letter about ye Bylanders"
 

Admiralty Court, Amsterdam. Proceedings re Ship Judith. (1670, Mar. 2), Amsterdam.  BLA 98 

Extract (copy); in Dutch.
 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Mar. 5), Amsterdam.  BLA 99 

In French.
 

Van Hoorn, W. C. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Mar. 5), Amsterdam.  BLA 100 

In Dutch. Endorsed: "Bylanders."
 

Van Hoorn, W. C. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Mar. 11).  BLA 101 

In Dutch.
 

Jollyvet, E. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Mar 11), Stockholm, [Sweden].  BLA 102 

In French.
 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Mar. 14), Amsterdam.  BLA 103 

Ms partially damaged
 

Muijsk, Joan Henrick. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Mar. 15), Amsterdam.  BLA 104 

In Dutch.
 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (16[69]/70, Mar. 24), Amsterdam.  BLA 105 

In French.
 

Richards, John. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Apr. 8), Whitehall.  BLA 106 

Endorsed: "Mr Richard."
 

Bridges, Jno. To William Blathwayt. (1670, May 3), Amsterdam.  BLA 107 

 

Scott, John. To William Blathwayt. (1670, May 10), Dort.  BLA 108 

 

Buys, Paulus. To William Blathwayt. (1670, May 17), Amsterdam.  BLA 109 

In French.
 

Cook, John. To William Blathwayt. (1670, May 27), London.  BLA 110 

 

Bridges, Jno. To "Vos Grace." (1670, May 28), Amsterdam.  BLA 111 

(Torn)
 

Bridges, Jno. To William Blathwayt. (1670, June 12), Amsterdam.  BLA 112 

 

Feroni, Franc. To [-----]. (1670, July 6), Amsterdam.  BLA 113 

In French. Endorsed: "Feroni."
 

Downton, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Aug. 14), Hague.  BLA 114 

 

Wolseley, Robert. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Aug. 18), Antwerp.  BLA 115 

 

Wolseley, Robert. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Aug. 25), Antwerp.  BLA 116 

The word "Amsterdam" is written in over "Hague" on document in contemporary hand.
 

Webster, Sir John. To Sir William Temple. (1670, Sep. 5), Amsterdam.  BLA 117 

In Dutch.
 

Coles, William. To [-----]. (1670, Sep. 8), Rotterdam.  BLA 118 

 

May, Benjamin. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Sep. 8), Amsterdam.  BLA 119 

 

Davidson, Sir William. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Oct. 21), Dordrecht.  BLA 120 

Endorsed: "Sr William Davidson."
 

Werden, Sir John. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Oct. 22), Stockholm.  BLA 121 

 

Feroni, Franc. To [-----]. (1670, Oct. 27), Amsterdam.  BLA 122 

In French.
 

Webster, Sir John. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Oct. 30), Amsterdam.  BLA 123 

 

Finch, Sir John. To [-----]. (1670, Nov. 15/25), Florence.  BLA 124 

 

Werden, Sir John. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Nov. 19), Stockholm.  BLA 125 

 

Volckersh[---?]n, P. de. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Nov. 26), Amsterdam.  BLA 126 

In Dutch. Final letters of author's surname illegible.
 

Werden, Sir John. To William Blathwayt. (1670, Dec. 17), Stockholm.  BLA 127 

 

Vanderkerz, Joahn. To William Blathwayt. (1670, [-----?] 11), Rotterdam.  BLA 128 

In Dutch. The name of the month is illegible on document.
Box 3

Blathwayt correspondence (1671-1682, and undated) and diplomatic correspondence and intelligence reports (1720-1734)

 

Werden, Sir John. To William Blathwayt. (1670/71, Jan. 21), Stockholm.  BLA 129 

 

Meredith, Edward. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Feb. 4), Madrid.  BLA 130 

Enclosure missing.
 

Jollyvet, E. To William Blathwayt. (1670/71, Feb. 11), Stockholm.  BLA 131 

 

Meredith, Edward. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Mar. 4), Madrid.  BLA 132 

Enclosure missing.
 

Luce, Lucas & Puttor, Jan De. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Mar. 12), Amsterdam.  BLA 133 

In Dutch.
 

Freeman, Samuel. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Apr. 20), London.  BLA 134 

Endorsed: "Mr Freeman."
 

Wiat, Raph. To William Blathwayt. (1671, May 19), London.  BLA 135 

London postal marking.
 

[-----]. To [-----]. ([1671, May-June?]), Hag[ue].  BLA 136 

Draft of letter to unidentified recipient related to the Dutch and German preparations for war.
 

Werden, Sir John. To William Blathwayt. (1671, June 3), Stockholm.  BLA 137 

 

Wiat, Raph. To William Blathwayt. (1671, June 9), London.  BLA 138 

 

Werden, Sir John. To William Blathwayt. (1671, June 10), Stockholm.  BLA 139 

 

Jollyvet, E. To William Blathwayt. (1671, June 10), Stockholm.  BLA 140 

In French.
 

Werden, Sir John. To William Blathwayt. (1671, July 8), Stockholm.  BLA 141 

 

Meredith, Edward. To William Blathwayt. (1671, July 22), Madrid.  BLA 142 

 

Davidson, Peter. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Aug. 2), Leyden.  BLA 143 

 

Davidson, Peter. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Aug. 8/18), Amsterdam.  BLA 144 

 

Davidson, Peter. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Aug. 21), Hague.  BLA 145 

 

Davidson, Peter. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Sep. 19/29), Dort.  BLA 146 

 

Custis, Edmond. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Sep. 20), Harwich.  BLA 147 

 

Custis, Edmond. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Sep. 22), London.  BLA 148 

 

Wiat, Raph. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Oct. 10), London.  BLA 149 

London postal stamp
 

Hallingh, [-----?]. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Nov. 14/24), London.  BLA 150 

In French.
 

Wolseley, Robert. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Nov. 28), London.  BLA 151 

 

Scott, John. To [-----]. (1671, Dec. 25), Wesel, Germany.  BLA 152 

 

Vernon, James. To William Blathwayt. (1671, Dec. 30), Brussels.  BLA 153 

 

Scott, John. To William Blathwayt. ([1671]).  BLA 154 

 

Blathwayt, William. To Daniël Elzevier. ([1672], Jan. 1), Hague.  BLA 155 

In French. With notes of books in another hand.
 

Custis, Thomas. To William Blathwayt. (1671/[1672], Jan 16), Harwich.  BLA 156 

With London Postal Marking for Jan. 17.
 

Jollyvet, E. To William Blathwayt. (1672, June 12), Stockholm.  BLA 157 

In French.
 

Stuart, Charles, 3d Duke of Richmond and Lennox. To William Blathwayt. (1672, Aug. 3), Copenhagen.  BLA 158 

Endorsed: "Duke of Richmond."
 

Stuart, Charles, 3d Duke of Richmond and Lennox. To William Blathwayt. (1672, Sep. 6), Copenhagen.  BLA 159 

 

Swann, Sir William. To William Blathwayt. (1672, Dec. 18), Hamburg.  BLA 160 

In French.
 

Gascoigne, Sir Bernard. To William Blathwayt. (1673, Mar. 19), Vienna.  BLA 161 

 

Cony, C. To William Blathwayt. (1673, Apr. 22), Genoa.  BLA 162 

 

Thun, Franz Sigmund, Graf von. Memoir applying for the liberty of Forstal, a prisoner in Ireland. (1681, Dec. 19/29), [London].  BLA 163 

In French. Endorsed: "...the Envoy ... of the Emperor Aboot one Forstall. De Cem. 19/29 1681."
 

Thun, Franz Sigmund, Graf von. Memorandum. ([1681]).  BLA 164 

In Latin. Endorsed: "The Empers: Envoy."
 

Thun, Franz Sigmund, Graf von. To Charles II, King of England. (1682, Oct. 2/12), London.  BLA 165 

In French. Endorsed: "----- 82. ----- truction of the Emperor's Envoy."
 

Thun, Franz Sigmund, Graf von. To Charles II, King of England. Memoire. (1682, Oct. 24/Nov. 3), London.  BLA 166 

In French.
 

Thun, Franz Sigmund, Graf von. To Charles II, King of England. (1682, Oct. 24/Nov. 3), Westminster.  BLA 167 

In French. Endorsed: "... oriall of Count Thun."
 

Leopold I (Holy Roman Emperor, 1658-1705). Memorial (Copy). ([16]82, Nov. [16]/26), Vienna.  BLA 168 

In French. Endorsed: " ... of the ... Envoy." This is a duplicate of the memorial annexed to Thun's letter of Nov. 26/Dec. 6, 1682, although the date differs.
 

Thun, Franz Sigmund, Graf von. To Charles II, King of England. (1682, Nov. 26/Dec. 6), Westminster.  BLA 169 

In French. Endorsed: "26 Nov: / 6 Dec: 1682 Memoriall of the Emperour's Envoy."
 

Thun, Franz Sigmund, Graf von. To Charles II, King of England. (1682, Nov. 26/Dec. 6), Westminster.  BLA 170 

In French. Annexing copy of memorial from Leopold I, dated Vienna, Oct. 26. The whole endorsed: "[The Em]peror's letter ... Count de Thun, & of ... memoriall in pursuance of it."
 

Leopold I (Holy Roman Emperor, 1658-1705). Sommaire de l'Intention de sa Mjté Imple. ([?1682]).  BLA 171 

In French. Endorsed: "The Emperour's Intentions."
 

[-----]. Notes re: Dutch ship "St. Jean," taken by English ships in the West Indies. (n.d.).  BLA 172 

In French. Verso contains a representation to "Mons. Le Pensionnaire" regarding freedom of shipping.
 

Unknown author. "Papers concerning the East Indies." (n.d.).  BLA 173 

3 fragments.
 

[-----]. To [-----]. (n.d.).  BLA 174 

Small slip relating to the German Ambassador and to M. Patigno.
 

[-----]. To [-----]. (1720, Mar. 23), Danzig.  BLA 175 

In French. Endorsed: "Copie lettre de Dantzig 23 Mars 1720."
 

Du Bourgay, Charles. To Alexander Hume-Campbell, 2nd Earl of Marchmont, and Charles Whitworth, 1st Baron Whitworth of Galway. (1725, May 22), Berlin.  BLA 176 

Letter to the joint ambassadors to the Congress at Cambrai (1722-25). Endorsed: "Coll Dubourgay. 22. May N.S. Px 4 June 1725."
 

Wich, Sir Cyrill. To Alexander Hume-Campbell, 2nd Earl of Marchmont, and Charles Whitworth, 1st Baron Whitworth of Galway. (1725, May 25), Hamburg.  BLA 177 

Letter in French to the joint ambassadors to the Congress at Cambrai (1722-25). Endorsed: "Mr. Wych. 25 May. N.S. Px 4 June. 1725."
 

Pareti, Giovanni Battista, Abbé. To [-----]. (1725, June 1), Cambrai.  BLA 178 

In French. Endorsed: "L'Abbé Pareti 1me. Juin N.S. Px 4 Juin. V.S. Ad. 16 Juin. 1725."
 

Pareti, Giovanni Battista, Abbé. To [-----]. (1725, June 7), Paris.  BLA 179 

In French with 3 lines in cipher, deciphered. Endorsed: "L'Abbé Pareti, 7 Juin. N.S. Px 7 Juin. V.S. Ad. 10 Juin 1725."
 

Pareti, Giovanni Battista, Abbé. To [-----]. (1725, June 16), Paris.  BLA 180 

In French. Endorsed: "L'Abbé Pareti, 16 June N.S. Px 10 June O.S. Ad. 10 June 1725."
 

[Blank sheet] (1725).  BLA 181 

Endorsed: "1725 Letters from Abbé Parreti, Mr Wych & C."
 

To Senor Angelo Federico Bleagini [?] à Madrid. (1727, Mar. 27).  BLA 182 

In French.
 

Memoir of application to the English government for a grant of the exclusive privilege of making potash ... sent to Milord Townshend. (1727, June 14).  BLA 183 

In French.
 

Statement re M. Rottembourg. ([1727-1728]).  BLA 184 

In French, partly in cipher.
 

To [-----]. (1728, Jan.).  BLA 185 

In French, with note (in English): "This and what is in the next column dashed out by my Ld Town[shen]d's order." With separate sheet in cipher, deciphered in French.
 

Letter of intelligence. (1728, Sep. 13), Madrid.  BLA 186 

In French, with two lines in cipher.
 

To [-----]. (1729, June 23), Port S[ain]te M[arie], Spain.  BLA 187 

In French. Endorsed: "Sent 19 July 1729." Enclosing a cipher, in French, endorsed: "In the letter of 23 Juin 1729."
 

Copies of 3 letters to Thomas Pelham-Holles, 4th Duke of Newcastle, and Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend. (1729, June 29-July 19), Cesnok.  BLA 188 

First letter, dated June 29, 1729, to Thomas Pelham-Holles, 4th Duke of Newcastle, with letter to Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, on verso with an enclosure (to Newcastle) of an unsigned, undated intelligence report in cipher [from Port Ste. Marie], deciphered in French. Third letter, dated July 19, 1729, to Newcastle (enclosing a document, not found).
 

To [-----]. (1729, July 14), Port de Sainte Marie, [Spain].  BLA 189 

In French. Enclosing: passage in cipher, deciphered in French. Endorsed: "In the letter of the 14 July. Sent to t[he] D[uke] of N[ewcastle] 8 Augt."
 

To [-----]. (1729, Aug. 4), [Port Ste. Marie], Spain.  BLA 190 

In French. Enclosure: 2 pages in cipher, deciphered in French. Endorsed: "Not sent becaus not material and containing a complaint ag[ains]t Mr. Keene."
 

To Thomas Pelham-Holles, 4th Duke of Newcastle. (1729, Aug. 8), Cesnok.  BLA 191 

Signature of author illegible. Enclosure: Two letters from Port Ste Marie: (a) undated, in cipher; (b) July 21, 1729, in French.
 

To [-----]. (1729, Aug. 11), Port Ste Marie, [Spain].  BLA 192 

In French. Endorsed as forwarded "To the Duke of Newcastle. ... 30 Augt. 1729. Seal the letter of the 11. Augt."
 

Wrapper: "Correspondence from Port St. Marie 1729 Sent." (1729).  BLA 193 

Endorsed [in a modern hand]: "Secret Correspondence, etc."
 

To [-----]. ([c. 1729]).  BLA 194 

In cipher, deciphered in French.
 

To Alexander Hume-Campbell, 2nd Ear of Marchmont. (1734, May 24), Madrid.  BLA 195 

In French.