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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 4, 15th edition. 3 3 Browse Search
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turned to Russia; and with as much blindness to the interests of their country, as indifference to every thing but the possession of place, they instructed Sir Hanbury Williams, the new envoy at St. Petersburg, a diplomatist boastful of his powers of observation, and yet credulous and easily deceived, to introduce Russia as superhap. IX.} 1755 of the affairs of Germany. Seize the opportunity, such was the substance of the instructions given Instructions from Lord Holdernesse to Sir Hanbury Williams, 11 April, 1755. Von Raumer's Beytrage, II. 286. by the British ministry to the British ambassador of that day, seize the opportunity to convince the Russchef, would be extremely agreeable. Fifty thousand pounds for the private purse of the empress would put her and her court at his majesty's management. Sir Hanbury Williams to Holdernesse, 9 and 11 August, 1755. So venal were the princes of that day, that the aid of the Russian empire was for sale; and the empress herself in t