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erly recommended to your Excellency, by his Majesty's com mand, to assist him in that affair, I am to desire your Excellency will continue your endeavours to procure Mr. Churchill satisfaction in his demands.

I am, with great respect, my Lord,
Your Excellency's most obedient and
Most humble servant,





Trusty and well-beloved, We greet you well. Having thought fit to recall you from your employment of our Resident with the Republic of Geneva, in order to employ you in our service at the Hague, we herewith send you our letters, notifying the same to the senate of Geneva; you are to deliver these our letters in the usual manner, accompanying them with such expressions of our friendship and assurances of our regard for their interests, as you shall judge proper. After which, you are to repair with all convenient speed to the Hague, where you will meet with our instructions and other despatches necessary for your guidance in our affairs there. And so we bid you farewell.

Given at our court at Hampton Court, the ninth day of September, 1717, in the fourth year of our reign. By his Majesty's command,

(Endorsed) To our trusty and well-beloved James Dayrolles, Esq., our Resident at the Republic of Geneva.




(Composed by Addison.)

Dei gratia Magnæ Britanniæ, Franciæ, et Hiberniæ, Rex, fidei defensor, &c., Amplissimis consulibus et senatoribus civitatis Genevensis, amicis nostris perdilectis, salutem. Amplissimi consules et senatores, amici nostri perdilecti, cum nobis visum fuerit revocare fidelem et dilectum Jacobum Dayrolle, armigerum, qui Residentis nostri munere apud vos fungitur, ut ipsius operâ in aliis negotiis uteremur, id vobis hisce nostris literis significandum duximus, rogantes ut ami

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citiæ nostræ, quâ vos et rempublicam vestram studiosè complectimur, contestationem, quam nostro nomine facturus est, plenâ fide accipiatis, persuasumque habeatis nos idoneam quamlibet occasionem haud prætermissuros, quâ animi nostri in utilitates vestras admodum propensi uberiora exhibeamus indicia. De cætero, vobis et civitati vestræ fausta omnia apprecamur.

Dabantur in Palatio nostro apud Hampton Court, die nono mensis Septembris, anno Domini, 1717, regnique nostri quarto. Vester bonus amicus,

Georgius R.



à Whitehall, ce 9me Sepbre, 1717.

Votre Memoire touchant les pretensions de Sa Majesté Danoise sur l'isle de St. Thomas et autres petites isles adjacentes ayant été remis aux Seigneurs Commissionnaires du Commerce pour l'examiner, je vous envoie par ordre du Roi, la Rapport qu'ils ont fait là dessus à Sa Majesté, et suis, avec beaucoup de respect,

Monsieur, votre trés humble et trés
obeissant Serviteur,




Hampton Court, Sept. 2nd, 1717.

I am commanded by his Majesty to acquaint your Excellency, that it is his pleasure you should insinuate to the Regent his desire that H. R. H. would look on the late Lord Bolingbroke as under his Majesty's protection, to prevent any insults that may be offered him on account of the inclination he has shown to serve his Majesty and reconcile himself to his royal favour. H. M. likewise desires your Excellency to make no difficulty in granting a pass to Mr. Brinsden,2 in case he should apply for one, in order to come for England, &c.


1 The MS. of this letter is dated Sept. 2nd, but Miss Aikin refers to a "minute" of it, as dated Sept. 12th. The difference between O. S. and N. S. would make it 13th.

2 Mr. Brinsden was in Lord Bolingbroke's service.



Whitehall, September 16th, 1717.

Mr. James Auchmuty, chaplain to the Commander-inChief of the island of Minorca, having been sent express hither from the said island, with letters relating to his Majesty's service, and having given me the enclosed account of the charge of his journey hither, and back again to Minorca, amounting to seventy-eight pounds, ten shillings, and fourpence; it is his Majesty's pleasure, that your Lordships should give the necessary orders for paying to the said Mr. James Auchmuty the said sum of seventy-eight pounds, ten shillings, and four-pence.

I am, my Lords, your Lordships'

Most obedient and most humble servant,


TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE JOSEPH ADDISON, ESQUIRE, ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S PRINCIPAL SECRETARIES OF STATE. The Memorial of James Auchmuty, chaplain to the Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the island of Minorca, humbly showeth, That your Memorialist, being appointed by the Lord Forbess (who commands in Minorca) to bring thence his Lordship's expresses to this court, and in the way, having the charge of others from his Excellency the Lord Stair, (both which, because of your Honour's late indisposition, he delivered in to my Lord Sunderland,) begs leave to set forth the expenses of his journey by the following particulars:

That having no affairs of his own that called him to England, and consequently desirous of returning immediately, your Memorialist further represents the reasonableness of having his charges back again allowed him also; and therefore has presumed to add them to the account.

From Ciudad (where the Packet landed

me) to Marseilles

From Marseilles to Calais, 133 posts at

3 livres per post in chaise

To crossing of rivers

To the hire of a post-chaise

To 19 days on board the Packet between
Mahon and Ciudad, at 5 per diem

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Hampton Court, Sept. 19th, 1717.

I have received the honour of two letters from your Grace, of the 7th and 10th instant, both of which I have laid before his Majesty, who approves your Grace's answer to the persons who applied to your Grace for leave to present a petition to the House of Commons, in behalf of the College of Dublin, for a sum of money to finish their library. At the same time H. M. is pleased that you should let them know, that he is willing, by this mark of his royal favour, to encourage those honest and loyal principles, which (as he hears with great satisfaction) begin to revive among them.

As to your Grace's letter of the 10th instant, containing an account of the proceedings of the House of Lords, in relation to Mrs. Sherlock's petition, H. M., having received the opinion of the Lords of the committee upon that matter, is pleased to direct, that your Grace should use your utmost endeavours to hinder that affair from being brought to any decision till the money-bills are passed the House of Commons. And, as H. M. is sensible of the ill consequences which may arise from a rupture between the House of Lords in this kingdom and that in Ireland, and as the sum of money which gives occasion to this dispute is too inconsiderable to be put in balance with the good understanding that ought to be kept up between the two kingdoms, H. M. had rather allow it out of the public revenue of Ireland than that the peace and tranquillity of the kingdom should be endangered. If therefore your Grace can by this means procure the petition to be withdrawn, or, by any other private application to the parties contending, moderate the proceedings in this case, it is H. M.'s pleasure that such a sum should be employed for so good an end. And whatever assurances your Grace

The Duke of Bolton.

shall give on this occasion, will be made good here by an order from H. M. on the Treasury.

I am commanded by H. M. to transmit to your Grace the enclosed answers to the addresses of the House of Lords and of the House of Commons, that your Grace may communieate them to the two Houses in the usual manner.

I am, &c.,




Hampton Court, Sept. 19th, 1717.

Mr. Cornish, one of the most eminent citizens of London, has informed some of his Majesty's ministers, that Mr. Anthony Cornish, his son, having lost a great sum of money at play, has gone off with £2500 of his father's, and sailed from Dover on Sunday last, with a design, as is supposed, to proceed to Paris. His father makes it his request, on this occasion, that your Excellency may be desired to give such orders as you shall think proper for the finding out of the young gentleman. And it will be looked upon as a great favour, if your Excellency will be so good as to persuade him in private conversation to return to his father, who will receive him with all possible kindness, and freely excuse what is past. His interest is so highly concerned in this point, that one would not think it should be difficult to bring it about; and the father hopes the more from your Excellency's good offices, as his son has boasted of the civilities you were pleased to show him when he was at Paris about a year ago. But, in case he refuse to comply in that particular, you are, in his Majesty's name, to desire leave of the Regent, if it be necessary, to secure his person, and send him over to England.

I am, &c.,




Whitehall, Sept. 26th, 1717.

His Majesty having been pleased to appoint Captain Woodes Rogers' to be governor of the Isle of Providence and

1 See note, page 477.

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