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as if no answer ought to be expected to so scurrilous a book. Sir, I would intreat you to put the learned Scotch gentleman neare you in mind of drawing up a succinct full narrative of wt he remembers concerning the man we spoke of in Ireland. I intend by the end of the next week to betake my selfe some fiue miles of to injoy the spring & my privacy. If you please to favor me with any letter I pray (till you find that the Posts are cleare) inclose it under a Cover to Mr Richard Thompson at the Signe of the Golden Cock in Wooll-Church Market: London. Our Fleet was faln down in order to haue sailed toward Portsmouth to take up the rest there and to meet with the French 10 when they should come. But the news is certain to day at Whitehall that the Holland Fleet is of Albrough and it is reported they are 70 saile. I am

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Mon tres cher Monsieur Edouart Thompson

I thanke you for yours of Nov: 2. and particularly for the care you 20 haue of George wherein you much oblige his father and me. I hope, by the good acquaintance you haue among those spirituall people you 'will be able to bring him of without a scratchd face. Sure the Old man dos not put them upon it dos he? But it is onely their stickling for Fees. Sr Jer: has acquaintance with Dr Watkinson Mr Aslaby and those kind of men if necessary but I hope you are more then sufficient: and that all may be slubberd ouer with the lest noyse or any need of Sr Jer: appearance. George is not carefull to write any particulars, nor one word of this matter. Insomuch that we haue no intelligence how things haue passed & how the Old man demeans him selfe, what 30 he thinks saith or doth that we might better judge how to write to him & what counsells to take. Yesterday Sr John H: appeard first in the Hall as spruce as any Bridegroom & we saluted one another passing the first complements. I intend to giue him the Visit to morow morning & whensoeuer we fall to talke any thing to the purpose I will giue Sr Henry notice of it. In the mean time pray present him my service. The most remarkable thing among us here is that the King has caused seuerall of the Bishops to be writ to to come up to town as Winchester, Salisbury &c: omitting others, to conferre with him concerning some

what. But truly what it is I do not yet understand: but it must of consequence be about some religious matters. I suppose it is to try their tempers as to some regulation of proceeding toward the seuerall dissenting partyes. Carleton the B: of Bristow hath playd the madman in that City and is come up to complain and be complained of. The E of Ossory (some ad the L: Arlinton) is gone ouer for Holland (they say too as Ambrs but that I know not. Indeed things stand as I heare but ticklish & insincere betwixt us and Holland. I do belieue the Pr: of Orange will come ouer this winter hither and marry the D: of Io Yorks daughter. I conceiue the Campayne to be at end on all sides and that they haue parted without any further blows. Tis said the Emperors Confessor was of the conspiracy with Lobkowits to haue poisond him & you know the Religious were in that too with Rohan against the K: of France. I am glad that Clergy begin to show their good affection to King-killing and Emperor-killing. E of Pembroke marryed to Madame Querrouals sister. The King giues 10000li first peny. I am yours Nov: 5. 1674.

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For S Henry Thompson At Escrick.

to be left with Mr Edward Thompson, Merchant At Yorke.

I haue the favour of yours of the 12th, which ere this I should haue answerd or prevented but that I stumbled always at the first step of writing, which must be about Sr John Huly For, whether out of consciousnesse or modesty, I could not frame my selfe to giue you an account all in ciphers; and to tell you that in a businesse which you are concerned in, I haue, with all my intentions, yet done just nothing. But I must get over this listlesnesse. Truly I never found a naturall opportunity of beginning to him, neither did he among all our freedome 30 ever open to me. If he had in the lest, I would haue been sure to haue pledg'd the discourse. As to what you say of dealing with his sollicitors that race of men you know are not easy to discourage a cause wch brings them grist, and they will claw any mans humor as long as he feeds them with mony. That they reckon to be but Justice, be the businesse never so indirect-But truly Hartlib is a man of some ingenuity and Rushworth I thinke of much honesty: the first my acquaintance but this my Friend. And I do not see but that I may, and I can do it more freely then with Sr John, discourse the thing

very plainly with Mr Rushworth ouer a pint of wine and I will doe so and that ere long. Though I belieue 'twill be many a day yet before that Cause or any of that kind come to a Triall. I thank you Sir very much for your mindfulnesse of Georges matter. Whatsoever you are pleasd to contribute to it let it be slowly and accidentally. For Sr Jeremy knows the mans humor perfectly and intends not to presse or apply to him much but giue him line and expect what things of themselues will work to: in the mean time owns his great obligation to you

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Forain news I can tell you nothing publickly considerable. The Duke des Vermandois (the Kings son by la Valiere) gaue the Prince of Condè a visit since he came home to Chantilly. The Prince told him that he gaue him the upper hand in his own House because it was in his own House. This the King took very ill and declared that he would haue that Duke take place of all the Princes of the Blood. Tis very well I wish he would pursue the point: it would make good Blood. Yet his complement to the Prince was not amisse at his returne from the Campagne thanking him and the Prince excusing the litle he had bin able to do, the King replyed Ouy mon Cousin ce que 20 vous auez fait est peu de chose pour vous, mais beaucoup pour moy et le bien de mon estat. A match being concluded betwixt the D: of Nauailles his son and Mademoiselle d'Aligre heire to the Chancellor of that name the King absolutly broke it by his countermand & marryes her to Mons de Saignelay Colberts son.

As for things at home my L: Arlinton is still expected. Neither can I yet heare that the Bishops are come to a result of their consultations how to hinder the progresse of Popery or to preserve the Church as now established according to Law. I can not speake with any wise man indeed that can guesse what the mystery is of such a meeting. 30 The event must teach us whether it hath more of Prudence or Folly. You haue heard doutlesse that the Duchesse of Portsmoth has 10000li a yeare setled out of the Wine Licenses she of Cleueland hauing chosen hers out of the Excise as the more secure and legall fond. The Dutchesse of Portsmoth is in deep mourning for the Chevalier de Rohan as being forsooth of kin to that family. Her sister was on Thursday married to the Earle of Penbroke he being prity well recoverd of his Clap. The King pays the portion. There is also 4000li a yeare setled on Nells Children. And last Wednesday my L: Lauderdales Patent past for 3000li a yeare to be payd here quarterly out of the Customs. 40 Som Ladyes tell me that there is a Collection of Pearls making in all Parts to make a Necklace of 800oli wch the King will present to the Countesse of Sussex Yesterday the L: Mayor & Common Councill

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came to Whitehall & presented the King his Freedome in a golden box of 1000li value. They will afterwards proportionably to the Duke the Treasurer & his two sons & the L: Barclay who were all made free the same day the King dined in the City The Treasurers second son the Lord Dunblane is certainly to be marryed to Mrs Hide, Viners daughter in law. The Earle of Clarinden you heare is dead, they say the same day that Judge Vaghan It is prity if Death reconciled two such Enemyes. I can remember nothing else but that I am Your most affectionate and

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Andr: Marvell.

Westm: Dec: 19. 1674.

My L: Castleton hath at last fully secured both his mariages. The businesse between my L: Lauderdale & Mr Burnet as also between Betty Howard and Felton would each require a distinct Leter. The Priest that was condemnd is reprievd & will doutlesse be conveyd beyond Sea.

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Sir,

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For S Henry Thompson At Escrick.

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it is long since I had the honour to heare from you; which, if it proceed, as you said in a former Letter but which I can scarse handsomly mention, from your tendernesse of troubling me, is the cruellest piece of your Ciuility: to me especially who haue no imployment but idlenesse and who am so oblivious that I should forget mine own name did I not see it sometimes in a friends superscription And yet if to retaine things past be the worke of memory, mine sure must be none of the worst, who, hauing so long since promised you to speake with 30 some persons in your concernment, am so mindfull as, when I belieue you had in your thoughts giuen me over, now to send you an account of it. As for Hartlib, who was Sr Johns eagerest Sollicitor, he hath a moneth ago shot the pit. For being a vaine fellow and expensiue beyond his incomes, he hath thought convenient to passe ouer into Holland with no intention of returning. And so unhandsomely as to goe away euen in Mr Rushworths Debt who good man stood not in need of such an accident. But with Mr Rushworth himselfe I haue discoursed the whole matter very deliberately and fasting. He tells 1 End of January, 167 (Postmark: SA 28).

me, and I dare say with a very plain and honest heart, that he hath frequently advised Sr John to desist, urging upon him both the weakenesse of his pretense so ill founded, and the reflexion that he dos and will ly under as stickling onely upon the Treasures interest; beside the unavoidable temptation if he could possibly get in, of prostituting his vote to the discretion of his Lordship. Insomuch that he looks upon him as wavering in his resolution; unwilling indeed to let goe, yet wishing he could handsomely come of. So that from Mr Rushworth I perceive he is like to haue but cold comfort and weake assistance; who tells me too that Sir John 10 comes not up this terme, which, considering the present noise of the Parlts sitting and his usuall attention, makes me thinke that he begins to hope ill of his own businesse. I haue not spoke indeed to Mr Rushworth of writing to him to the same purpose as yet, it being something hard for a man of his ingenuity to obtrude a blunt advice against the haire of his friend without a fresh occasion: but I am now enterd into so free a way of talking these things with him that at lest in Easter terme when Sr John comes up, I doubt not but that he and I my selfe may both set upon him. Yet that is with the latest and by that time he will be too much involv'd in his own resolu- 20 tion so that I will watch if any thing may be said hence sooner and if you in the mean time can find how he may be sounded at Yorke 'tis possible it might not be unsuccesfull. My L: St John is in the Hall and saith he is come up to justify himselfe against the calamnyes & contrivances of his Enemyes. The L: Mordant went down (and) I imagine not altogether officiously) to invite my Lord Shaftsbury to Town. But my Lord gaue him a dextrous insignificant answer, yet perhaps may this Terme bring up his daughter Ashly to ly in at London. The D: of Lauderdale saith openly at his Table they say he shall goe Embr for Spain or France but he will not stirre his 30 ground unlesse to Scotland. He was sworn the Test this Terme for his new Pension of 3000li a yeare. There has been an Habeas Corpus granted for bringing Sr R: Viners daughter forth whom he detains and inveagles, Dunblane nightly visiting and his sister lying with her the Treasurer not being able to despaire of nulling the mariage The Keeper Treasurer and Lauderdale spend yet whole days with the Bishops at Lambeth: We shall at last sure know the bottome of it The BPs are upon their guard and very jealous of being trepannd. We are very desirous to set out a Fleet of 50 saile and there is a new Article discoverd to assist Sweden they say with 20 ships & 40 6000 men whensoeuer any of his territoryes are invaded: but it will be difficult to cary through. France also offers us great conditions

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