...are likewise ordered to use their endeavours to induce the Catalans to join with them in their undertakings; and, to animate that people to prosecute their liberty with more vigour, they are impowered to assure them of the Queen's support, and to promise them, in the Queen's name, that she will ….
p. 383, 347, 345
Book XXVI. p. 11
… they found an opportunity, which indeed hundreds of them did in a very short time, the Valencians, Aragonese, and Catalans, who were all zealous of in king Charles' interest, assisting them in their escape and march to us.
The day after the battle, the Duke of Orleans come to Almanza, and…
...with orders from the Queen to leave immediately the army of Count Staremberg, and march to the sea-.side near Barcelona, and there to wait the arrival of Sir John Jennings, who was to transport them to port-Mahon. This surprising news (says the Author of the manuscript account) caused a great consternation among our confederates, and very much enraged the Catalans, who found, they were going to be foresaken by those they had most reason to trust. To prevent the effects…
Book XXVI 29. p. 707
But, when letters arrives at Lisbon from turin and Genoa, advising fo the good disposition of the Catalans in favour of Charles III, that four thousand of them had actually taken up arms, this broke his Lordship's former measures…
… King Charles resolved to go on shore… +++
Who can mention the Catalans, and forebear lamenting their severe and horrible usage? We not only nbeglected their securities and privileges, though they had been true to all their engagements, but assisted in compleating their ruin [see the case of the Catalans, Numb. II, at then end of this reign]. …
… As to the Catalans, it was alleged, “That the landing of the Earl of Peterborough in Catalonia, and her Majesty's entering into that part of the war, were in consequence of the sollicitations of the the Catalans, and other Spaniards, affected to the House of Austria...
4. That when those rigoruous measures were forming against the Catalanms, Lonrd Bolingbroke write word to Mr. Prior, “That by whatve in the Catalan Agent here, of whom we have never taken the least notice as a public man, it is pretty plain, thateasonable accommodation might be made, as he expresses it, with that turbulent peopñle”. What was called turbulency in the Catalans, may appear by their answer to the Duke of Popoli, the King of Spain's general, who summoned them … They told him they would rather die rather than be slaves; but if their ancient liberties were confirmed to them, they would open thei gates, and receive him with all gladness.
The House of Lords expressed their concern in a public manner for the miseries of the Catalans, …. “That she would be graciously pleased to continue her interposition in the most pressing manner, that the Catalans may have the full enjoyment of their just and antient privileges continued to them”. …
...to treat with the Catalans: “So that, says he, it would appear, that though the King of Spain has all the advantages of the Queen's ships...”
debate about the Catalans
… The papers, which had been addressed for, being laid before the house, those relating to the Catalans were read on the 2d of april. Then the Earls of …
… To this the Lord Bolingbroke answered: “That the Queen had used all her endeavours to procure to the Catalans the enjoyment of their ...”
...and moved, that addresses be presented to the Queen … “Thirdly, an account of what instances had been made for restoring to the Catalans their antient privileges, and all letters relating thereto.”
See also extracts from
Committee of Secrecy, with Papers concerning the Catalans. R. Walpole. 1715. http://estudiscatalans.blogspot.com/2016/09/history_6.html