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In spite of the instruction to use all possible discretion the secret of his journey reached Stockholm almost as soon as Campbell himself; which was the less surprising, since not only had Campbell talked freely about it in London , but Holdernesse himself had revealed it to Wynantz ,29 Campbell's denials that he came in any official capacity thus served only to discredit him with the Swedish ministers, who knew better. His personal connections in Sweden discommended him to Gedda on the one hand and to the Swedish ministry on the other; in particular his sister's favor at court was enough to wreck the enterprise from the beginning.

It was already a question whether they would be able to weather that storm, if it came, without splitting. A prudent statesman might think the time had come to prepare alternative options; a timid one would be casting around for friends against the evil day that might come upon him. An approach to England, a hint in good time of willingness to talk peace, could do no harm—provided that it were kept secret. 89 But now there was more reason to believe him serious. In 1759 Choiseul propounded his great plan for a concerted invasion of England and Scotland, the Scottish half of which was to be based on Swedish ports and carried out by Swedish forces.

Von Diiben, or through van Marteville, to Frederick the Great. 80 (v) Thus armed with information about Swedish conditions; well dug in at Copenhagen, and having the confidence of the Danish ministers; strategically situated at a vital point on the line of communications between Lovisa Ulrika and her brother, Goodricke was in a better position than might have been expected to try to help Frederick by encouraging those elements in Sweden that were working for peace. The problem was how to do this without getting himself, and still worse his government, involved in the purely domestic controversies of that country.

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