15119

AMBASSADOR REPORTS ON HIS MEETING WITH GEORGE II ON SARDINIA

SEYSSEL D’AIX, Count

Retained manuscript copy of an important letter written in French to the King of Sardinia reporting at length of his meeting with King George II and further meetings with English diplomats.

Published
Londres 21 Juillet

Description
Folio, written in one neat hand, 9 pages with 3 integral blank pages, final page docketed, has been folded, signed at end by the Count.

£550.00

SKU: 15119

Product Description

An important letter written by Count Seyssel d’Aix, Ambassador to London of the King of Sardinia (Victor Amadeus II of Savoy), reporting at length on his meeting with George II only a month after his accession to the throne. The letter goes on to describe a meeting with Secretary of State Viscount Townshend who, remarkably, encourages Sardinia to annex the Austrian-held town of Vigevano in Northern Italy with Townshend implying that British military support would deter any Austrian reaction. This is important evidence of the serious differences of opinion in England concerning the policy to be adopted towards Austria at this time, with Townshend appearing to advocate a strike by Sardinia against Austria- advice for which there is no sense of either royal approval or of Sardinia taking heed. Townshend retired in 1730 after opposing improved relations with Austria, thus removing himself as the final obstacle to the sealing of the Anglo-Austrian Alliance which became the centrepiece of George II’s foreign policy. The Kingdom of Sardina at this time included Savoy, the Piedmont and Nice. Vigevano was later ceded to Sardinia by the 1743 Treaty of Worms.