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Dudley Cosby, Robert Gunning 1764–1771


Dudley Alexander Sydney Cosby was the son of Pole Cosby, tenth holder of the estates of Stradbally, Queen's County, acquired by Francis Cosbie in 1562. He came to Copenhagen in March 1764, with the character of minister resident, to help the aged Titley in his work, but after a year a cerebral affection obliged his return home.

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page 175 note 1 Baron Achatz Ferdinand von der Assenburg, first in the service of Hesse-Cassel, had been brought by Bernstorff to Copenhagen in 1751 and became his most trusted adjutant. His principal missions were to Stockholm in 1755, where he concluded, on Bernstorff's conditions, the maritime treaty of 1756, and to Petersburg, 1765–8. There he gained the full confidence of Catherine II and of Panin (an old friend) and carried through Bernstorff's policy of accord with Russia. Returned to Copenhagen, he declined the place on the Council offered him. After his patron's fall he left the Danish service for the Russian.

page 177 note 1 Major-General Mikhail Filosofov had arrived as envoy from Catherine II on 4 December.

page 179 note 1 The decision to call a diet, forced upon the Senate by the “Hats ” party, see The Cambridge Modern History, VI, 765–6.

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Royal Historical Society Camden Fifth Series
  • ISSN: 2398-7405
  • EISSN: 2042-1710
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