CHARLES II (1630-1685). King of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Fine Autograph Letter Signed to Sir William Temple (1628-1699, diplomat and author), 1 page 4to with integral blank leaf in excellent condition, Whitehall, February 1680/1.
The letter evidently relates to events of some years earlier. Charles II's own connection Breda was significant since he had spent much of his exile (1649-1685) living there. The treaties concluded at Nijmegen between 1678 and 1679 were intended to bring to an end the war between various countries including France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Denmark. Sir William Temple had been ambassador to the Netherlands from 1668 to 1670, but his closeness to the Prince of Orange (later to become William III of England) did not make him popular back at home. It was his support for William which led to his dismissal from office and from the council on 24 January 1681, and it was perhaps in consequence of this that he had raised a final complaint, dismissed in the present letter, with regard to gifts exchanged with the Swedish ambassors on an earlier occasion.
'I finde you were mistaken in the Swedish Am[bassado]rs not haveing had presents from me upon there mediation at Breda, and that Sr L: Jenkins having receaved yours at Nimeguen though without your consent, they cannot well be returned after so long a time, and therefore I will have you make no more difficulty of takeing them, nor the others which I heare are intended you by the rest of the partyes upon the same occasion, Whitehall Feb: 1680 / Charles R / For Sr Will: Temple.'Autograph letters signed by Charles II are rare on the market.
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