LEGGE, William, 1st earl Dartmouth (1672–1750), politician. LS to the Earl of Northampton. 1713

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LEGGE, William, first earl of Dartmouth (1672–1750), politician. Letter signed Dartmouth, to the Earl of Northampton Constable of the Tower, Whitehall, 25 June 1713, 1 side 4to,  conveying that "Her Maty. commands me to acquaint your Lordship that when the French Ambassador makes his public Entry, it is her pleasure he should be treated with all the marks of respect that are usually shewn to persons of his Character on the like occasion". Manuscript endorsement on integral blank leaf 'June 25th 1713. Ld Dartmouth's letter concerning ye reception of the French Ambassador at ye Tower when he made his Public Entry'.

On 5 September 1711 William Legge 2nd Baron Dartmouth and secretary of state for the southern department, was created Viscount Lewisham and earl of Dartmouth, and later that month signed the preliminary articles of peace with France. Prince Eugene (François Eugène 1663 –1736) visited England in 1712 hoping to divert the government away from its peace policy but, despite the social success, the visit was a political failure. The Prince found Dartmouth ‘very pliable, a great stickler for the tory party, but not much bred to business, of a tolerable sense, and easily led’ (ODNB). The treaties which helped end the War of the Spanish Succession were concluded between the representatives of Louis XIV of France and Philip V of Spain on the one hand, and representatives of Queen Anne of Great Britain, the Duke of Savoy, the King of Portugal and the United Provinces on the other. The main treaties (Treaty of Utrecht) were finally signed on 11 April 1713, although the French continued to be at war with the Emperor Charles VI and with the Holy Roman Empire itself until 1714.

The Constable of the Tower was George Compton, 4th Earl of Northampton (1664-1727), who served as Constable of the Tower of London from 1712 to 1715. The French ambassador evidently was landed by boat at the Tower of London.

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