KEPPEL, Arnold Joost van, 1st Earl of Albemarle. 14717



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Albemarle’, to Monsieur Hill, about Treasury payments, discussing what is due to Dutch regiments of cavalry, which are to be reformed for the King’s service. In French. A good one page example, 8½ x 7 inches, one minor repair, integral blank leaf. Kensington, 30 October 1697. The uncommon autograph of a colourful figure at Court. Arnold Joost van Keppel, 1st Earl of Albemarle (c.1670-1718), Dutch confidant and favourite of King William III. He became page of honour to William III in his mid-teens, possibly as early as 1685. Gossips inevitably spoke of an improper relationship, while in parliamentary opinion Keppel was regarded as a sinister Dutch influence on the king. William created Keppel Earl of Albemarle in 1696, and in 1699 he was given the command of the First Life Guards. After the death of the king, Albemarle returned to Holland and commanded the Dutch forces in the allied campaigns against Louis XIV. He fought at the Battles of Ramillies and Oudenarde.