The final rupture seems to have arisen on the question of the declaration of "the armed neutrality of the North;" but we know that Potemkin and the English ambassador, James Harris (afterwards 1st earl of Malmesbury), were both working against him some time before that.
GRIGORY ALEKSANDROVICH, PRINCE POTEMKIN (1739-1791), Russian statesman, was born at Chizheva near Smolensk.
Raised Potemkin to the rank of a prince of the Holy Roman Empire.
A whole mass of facts testify to the enormous and extraordinary influence of Potemkin during the next ten years.
Catherine's famous expedition to the south in 1787 was a veritable triumph for Potemkin; for he contrived to conceal all the weak points of his administration and to present everything in a rose-coloured light.