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  • Terry Foreman
    Pepysians, Can you help date a very interesting undated letter described in the Cartes Calendar? The King to the States-General of the United Netherlands Date:
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      Pepysians,

      Can you help date a very interesting undated letter described in the Cartes
      Calendar?

      The King to the States-General of the United Netherlands

      Date: October? 1666

      Shelfmark: MS. Carte 72, fol(s). 651-652

      Document type: Copy

      Recites that the propositions by way of mediation for peace recently
      offered by
      the Ambassadors Extraordinary of France were accompanied by a disavowal of
      authority from the Hague to intervene, yet upon reprisal of those propositions
      they stated on departure that the King, their master, would deem himself
      obliged by
      such refusal to assert the United Provinces in the prosecution of the war.
      Asserts that England has no cause of quarrel with France, other than that
      arising out of
      the course taken by His M.C. Majesty in relation to the disputes between
      England and the Netherlands; and that, as to Denmark, that power could have
      taken no part
      whatever in those disputes without incurring the guilt of a double
      violation of public faith,
      first towards the Netherlands, & then towards England. The King adds that
      he now
      feels himself constrained to make public declaration that the expedition to
      'Berguen'
      would never have been thought of, but for the express invitiation of the
      King of Denmark,
      and for his proposition to share with England the spoil of the Dutch ships
      [The attack on the Dutch merchantmen which had sought refuge in the Harbour
      of Bergen
      was made in August 1665]. This however, nothwithstanding, in order to the
      future strengthening
      of the Protestant interest the King will not refuse the mediation of the
      United Provinces
      for the conclusion of a peace with Denmark upon just conditions.

      French.

      http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects/carte/carte44.html

      Terry Foreman
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