. This reference is presumably to Henry IV's “grand design” to unify Europe under his
authority and leadership that was forestalled by his assassination in 1610, but with
which Elizabeth I was reportedly in essential agreement. Pownall's borrowing of this
as a model for his plan was probably due to his reading of bk. 30 of the Mémoires
of Maximilien de Béthune, Duc de Sully, superintendent of finances under Henry IV.
That work is the only known source for Henry's plan and the absence of any corroboration
makes its existence debatable.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.