Secret Correspondence of the Spy Daniel Defoe in 1706 #History #Scotland

Spy 1706

Daniel Defoe in Edinburgh to Robert Harley, English Northern Secretary, Wednesday 13 November, 1706:

‘At Dumfries they have burnt the Articles [of Union] in the market place, at Glasgow, they were about it, but the magistrates prevailed with them to forbear on promise to sign an address against it. It would amaze you [i.e., Harley], if I should give you the trouble of repeating the ridiculous notions people here have entertained against their own happiness, the libels, the absurdities, and the insults on that head are intolerable.

The High Commissioner [to Parliament, i.e., the Duke of Queensberry] has had letters sent to threaten him with pistol, dagger, and variety of assassination, and the unusual numbers of Highlanders [i.e., potential Jacobites] makes some people very uneasy here; there being more of them here now, than has been known.’ (Manuscripts of His Grace the Duke of Portland, IV, 349.)

For Defoe’s earlier letters from Edinburgh in the Union Crisis, see here.

For Defoe’s next secret letter of 16 November, see here.

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2 Responses to “Secret Correspondence of the Spy Daniel Defoe in 1706 #History #Scotland”

  1. […] For Defoe’s next letter of 13 November, see here. […]

  2. […] For Defoe’s earlier letter of 13 November, see here. […]

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