The memoirs of Anton Reinhardt Falck 1828-1837

Published with an appendix by H.T. Colenbrander

Anton Reinhardt Falck (1777-1843) is considered to be one of the most influential politicians of the Netherlands during the first half of the nineteenth century. Following the collapse of the French regime in 1813, Falck was appointed General Secretary of State. He played an important mediating role between the new king, William I and the various political figures with whom the latter had surrounded himself. As author of the so-called Eight Articles, Falck was one of the main architects behind the reunification of the Northern and the Southern Netherlands. In 1824, he was appointed as Dutch Ambassador to London where he was closely involved in discussions on the revolt in the south of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and the subsequent declaration of independence by Belgium.

His memoirs date from the time he spent in London between 1828 and 1837. They deal primarily with the period after 1813. Most of the memoirs are in Dutch, although a few are in French or English.