Daniel Defoe: Minutes of the Negotiations of Monsr. Mesnager

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The full title of this work is Minutes of the Negotiations of Monsr. Mesnager at the Court of England, towards the Close of the Last Reign. Wherein Some of the most Secret Transactions of that Time, relating to the Interest of the Pretender, and a Clandestine Separate Peace, are Detected and Laid Open. Written by Himself. Done out of French. It thus purports to be the private memoirs of the French diplomat Nicolas Mesnager (1658-1714) from his time in England in 1711-12 negotiating the end of the War of the Spanish Succession between Britain and France. These negotiations were highly secret at the time: by the terms of the Grand Alliance Britain was not allowed to treat with France independently of her allies, most importantly …

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Seager, Nicholas. "Minutes of the Negotiations of Monsr. Mesnager". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 September 2016
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