König von Frankreich (1638-1715). Letter signed ("Louis" in secreterial hand). Saint-Germain-en-Laye. 9 SS. auf 6 (= 3 Doppel-)Blatt. Folio. Mit Adresse.
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To Isaac de Pas (1618-1688), Marquis de Feuquières, French ambassador to Sweden. In French, but mostly written in secret cipher, above which the recipient has transcribed the French meaning. Louis explains that, despite appearances, France cannot continue to support Sweden due to the superior naval power of England and is unable to send a flotilla of ships in her aid. Instead, he orders movement of French land forces; he also approves the suggestion of marriage between the King of Sweden and the daughter of the Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg: "[...] A squadron of 20 or 30 ships that I might send to Sweden's aid would be too weak to withstand the forces of England; nor is it suitable to the state of my affairs to [...] support this war by putting to sea a flotilla equal to that Crown's [...] Sweden's affairs are everywhere in such a bad state, yet she does not blame her own ill conduct.