An English diplomat in the low countries: Sir William Temple and John De Witt, 1665-1672

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Clarendon Press, May 15, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 334 pages
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Sir William Temple, the most important English ambassador of the 17th century, negotiated the famous Triple Alliance of 1668 when he, with John de Witt, took steps to hinder the expansion of Louis XIV's France. Temple's cooperation with de Witt, the Grand Pensionary of Holland, throws light not only on the workings of diplomacy but also upon domestic affairs in Britain. This study of the most significant period in Temple's diplomatic career will contribute much to an understanding of the writer whose best known work, Observations on the United Provinces (1672), arose from his dealings with the Dutch Republic.

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Contents

The Origins of a Diplomat
1
The Intemational Situation
25
Mission to Miinster 16651666
53
Resident in Brussels 16661667
92
The War of Devolution MaySeptember 1667 1 2 1
121
The Triple Alliance September 1667February 1668
142
The Treaty of AixlaChapelle FebruaryJune 1668
183
Ambassador at The HagueI lune 1668September 1669 2
212
The Fall of De Witt 16701672
277
Observations on the United Provinces
292
13
315
Temples Letters 3 19
319
Index
329
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