Folio 32. Stepney to Sir Paul Rycaut [English resident for the circle of Lower Saxony and for Hamburg and Hanse towns]. Has laid a letter of a Col. Rocke [? O'Rourke], turned into a 'French sort of memoir' before Prince George of Hessen-Darmstadt (now at Vienna) whom he gave to understand that he had been asked to apply [? on behalf of O'Rourke] to margrave Louis and general [Guido] Starhemberg, but out of deference turned first to the prince who was 'their colonel' and [at the same time] employed in the King's service. Conveys compliments of Sig. Antonio di Mamucha, the Emperor's interpreter for the Turkish language.
Date and Place: 1693 Jan 31 Vienna
Prince George II held, from his service in the expedition to Ireland, 1690-1, field rank in the English army. He thereupon served the Emperor in Hungary, 1692, as colonel of the Irish regiment and now wished to serve under margrave Louis on the Rhine before returning to the English colours. Stepney describes him as 'a young man lyable to forgetfullness'.