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Whitehall. May 7th 1702

Sir, The Queen having been pleased to Constitute me one of Her Principall Secretarys of State, It is necessary that I Should inform you of it, that for ye future you may direct to me such letters As relate to Her Majestys service, and I desire you from time to time to acquaint me with such things as occur in your parts.

And I am commanded to acquaint you that Her Majesty has declared War against France and Spaine as you will see by the enclosed declaration and to Signify her Majestys pleasure to you, that you cause it to be proclaimed in the Places under your Government, that Her Subjects having this notice may take care to prevent any mischiefs wch otherwise they might Suffer from the Enemy, and do their duty in their Severall Stations to annoy the Subjects of France and Spaine. I must also acquaint you, the Emperor and ye States Generall of ye United Provinces have also declared War against France and Spaine.

I am. Your most humble Servt [illegible, torn]