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Privy-Seale, & foure or fiue others were for finding it manslaughter. I expect certainly to see Mr Atturny Generall for his coolenesse in some things that require his opinion and activity, make place for another. Here are diverse books come out lately The Catholick Naked Truth, by a Papist. A modest Survey of a discourse intitled the Naked Truth (the poore mans book) by Burnet. The Conference before the Lady Tirwhit by Burnet and Stillingfleet. Dr Stillingfleets answer to Godwin, where in his prefatory Epistle to the BP of London dated May the 30th he seems to haue read the sheet so seditious and defamatory to Christian Religion. the book said to be Marvels makes 10 what shift it can in the world but the Author walks negligently up & down as unconcerned. The Divines of our Church say it is not in the merry part so good as the Rehearsall Transpros'd, that it runns dreggs the Essay they confesse is writ well enough to the purpose he intended it but that was a very ill purpose. The BP of Londons Chaplain said it had not answerd expectation. Dr Turner first met it at Broom's went into a Chamber & though he were to haue dined which he seldome omits nor approues of Fasting yet would not come down but read it all over in consequence. The BP of London has carryed it in his hand at Councill seuerall days, showing his friends 20 the passages he has noted but none takes notice of them. No man in the Town appears more curiously & studiously concerned against it then Dr Bates (most upon the score of the Nicene Councill) But why? It dos not against his Corporation Oath teach that it is lawfull to take arms against persons Commissionated by his Majestys authority. But some years agoe I heard that he said Marvell was an Intelligencer to the King of France. Twas about the same time that the Doctor was in pension to another Monarch. I know not what to say: Marvell, if it be he, has much staggerd me in the busnesse of the Nicene & all Councills, but had better haue taken a rich Presbyterians mony 30 that before the book came out would haue bought the whole Impression to burne it. Who would write? What saith the poor man.

Deare Will,


Your humble servant.
July 1. 1676.

[To William Popple.]

I reckon yt by this time my quatre fueille letter is arrived to you & yt ye bookes will speedily overtake it, Cave omnino ne vel minimum offendam vel abbatem vel uxorem tuam plurimi enim facio utriusque erga me affectum et meam apud illos existimationem. liber autem iste 40

non est pfects in suo genere sed strictim et desultoriè agit; sed neque est mutilis1. apices rerum tangit si autem pfectis aliqd desideras oporteret ipsum Cornelium Agrippam de vanitate scientiarum consulere et præcipuè Picum Mirandulanum contra Astrologos qui tamen mortus est año ab illis prfinito. I doe not pceive ye foole hath any harme nor yt although they talk of it they will or can answer him according to his folly I send you these copyes

Sr I choose to run some hazard of this (haveing noe certaine information) rather y" incurre ye hatefull censure of ingratitude to yt person Io whoe hath set forth Mr Smirk in soe trim & proper a dresse, unto whose hands I hope this will happily arrive to render him due thanks for yt humane civility & christian charity shewed to ye author of naked truth soe bespattred wth ye dirty language of foule mouthed beasts whoe though he feared much his owne weaknesse yet by gods undeserved grace is soe strengthned as not at all to be dejected or much concerned wth such snarling currs though sett on by many spightefull hands & hearts of a high stamp but as base alloy. I cañot yet get a sight of what ye Bishop of Ely hath certainly printed but keeps very close to put forth I suppose the next approaching session of parliam 20 w there cañot be time to make a reply for I have just cause to feare the session will be short sr this assures you that you have ye zealous prayers & hearty service (in voto & would gladly be in actu) of Sr, the Author of naked truth your humble servant [noe I am wrong tis your faythfull servant] Thus answered. my Lord. upon tuesday night last I received yr thanks for that weh could not deserve yr pardon soe great is yr goodnesse to professe a gratitude where you had a justifiable reason for yr clemency, for notwithstanding the ill treatment you have received from others tis I that have given you ye highest provocation. a good cause receives more injury 3o from a weake defence yn from a frivolous accusation & ye ill yt does a man noe harme is to be prferred before ye good yt creates him a prjudice. But yr Ldships generosity is not I see to be reformed by ye most exquisite patterns of ill nature & while perverse men have made a crime of yr virtue yet tis yr pleasure to convert ye disobligation I have placed upon you into a civility

indeed I ment all very well but tis not evry ones good fortune to light into those hands where he may escape for a man of good intentions lesse then this I could not say in due & humble acknowledgement of yr favourable interpretation of mee, for ye rest I most heartily rejoyce 40 to understand yt ye same god whoe hath chosen you out to beare soe eminent a testimony to his truth, hath given you alsoe that christian

magnanimity to hold up wthout any depression of spirit agst its & yr opposers, wt they intend further I know not neither am I curious my soul shall not enter into their secrets, but as long as God shall lend you life & health I reckon or church is indefectible, he therefore long prserve you to his honour & further service wch shall be ye constant prayer of my Lord yr Ldships most humble & most faythfull servant Andrew Marvell

London. July 15.

Ignoscas Gulielme curiositati meæ sed non opus est ut satisfacias tametsi si faceres secretum apud me inviolabile maneret Cuperem scire quantum effeceris pecuniæ et in solido collocaveris ut spes aliqua 10 mihi etiam senescenti effulgeret te coram aliquando videndi fruendi antequam in pulverem nativum dissiper, imminuar, revertar, at saltem vano hoc prospe[ctu] liceat sumo meo erga1 affectui adulari. after soe many fires in ye country at York at London, last saterday night there was another here in Warwick lane, some persons burnt & houses

Mr Jinks will not petition ye king might soe come out but keeps his prison as his fort & molests all judicatures wth requireing habeas corpus & offring baile, yet in vaine & perhaps may be prisoner till michaelmas terme, noe matter he is a single brave fellow. Dr Stubbs 20 physician atheist found dead I meane drowned betwixt Bath & Bristol. 23 guinnies & 3 broad pieces in his pockett suppost drunk. es magne Deus: July 17. 76.

Deare Mr Robert Thomson,

July 17.

The backside of this letter deliver to my nephew yr Mr you not

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to be left with the Post-master of Ludlow.

Sir, I promised you when you went out of Towne to giue you the first news of the Battell betwixt the Duke of Loraine and Crequy which was then expected. But I will not lose the benefit of writing to you so long till that may happen. For Crequy avoids the maine chance and will as long as he can. Some disputes haue happened indeed, 1 Perhaps te has been inadvertently omitted.


in which the French haue not been superior. Yet we imagine that within ten days we may haue news of importance from one side or other, the severall confederate Troopes all now pointing to their respectiue designes. Some Germans here in town tell me they looke not for any vigour on the Hollanders part although there should be sincerity: for that the French & Hollander are perfectly agreed upon all their Articles though not to ratify them untill the Confederates also haue satisfaction. I remember in the Treaty of Munster the French highly complained of the Hollanders for managing the Project of their own 10 peace with the Spaniard in the same manner. And at last it did turne into an effectuall Treaty betweene them two, the French being left out of it. I do not perceive that the foraine Ministers here advance one step in negotiating us into the Confederacy. What wants in this news I must supply with the Story of the Common hall last Sunday when the City, it falling out to be Midsummer day, were by Charter to chuse their Shrieues, Chamberlain & other officers. But heretofore in ciuility to the Lords day they had been used in the like case to put it of till the day following. Yet now hauing an influenced designe (some add there was a letter, but upon view of the physiognomy 20 of the Hall forborn out of discretion) to out Sr Thomas Playor, and imagining that the Fanaticks might be absent upon scruple of profaning the Sabbath they would celebrate the Election with that advantage. But there was neuer seen so full an hall crowded from one end up to the other & many forced to stand without doores so that when Loads (a loyall Orange-merchant) was nominated by some of his friends for Chamberlaine he was universally decryed and Sr Thomas confirmed with all the vanity of publick applause and fauour. That which I tell you this principally for, is onely to introduce that when after all other officers were chosen till they descended to that of Ale-cunner, then 30 Loads his Adversaryes in a malicious City jeere cryed him up as eagerly as they rejected him before to that Preferment till the Common Sergent apologized for him as a person of greater dignity. If I should goe still back to tell you old news, the Wednesday before this I saw Sr Jo: Robinson march through Cheap-side in the head of the Artillery company, Sr Thomas Player hauing declined that pompe out of a modest consciousnesse of the Kings and Duke of Yorkes displeasure. It was but an houre before that a great Swarme of Bees had light upon the Signe of the three Boars heads in Cheapside & was there fortunately hived. Still backward, Browne was tryed at Guild-hall very accurately, 40 all the Kings Councill laying on all their Art and Load. Horrible libells read in the Inditement But acquitted of them by the Jury, onely found guilty of publishing the Long Parlt dissolved: for they

thought they must in ciuility find somthing, though there was the lest reason for this, it being a packet broke open by a Knave who should haue carryed it to East India. Brown has since petitiond the King abjectly enough: but hauing no Answer has moved an Arrest of Judgement. Judge Rainsford had told the Jury that what verdict they should) bring in would be the Test of the Loyalty of the City. The Sport was asking them at their returne What do you find the Foreman simply answerd these indiuiduall words the Long Parliament dissolued so that it was necessary to explaine them. Mallet (who with Williams and Tremaine was Browns Counsell) said twas a Moot 10 point whether the Parlt were not dissolued & that he was ready to argue it But was told it was not a question of that place. But the great businesse was yesterday, Shaftsbury at the Kings Bench upon his Habeas Corpus. I am afraid to launch into it at the end of a Letter, I am so subject to be particular. People were at twelue a clock at night beating up the Hall doore to get in. By foure in the morning there were no places left. It lasted debate from halfe an houre past seuen till Noone. He was remanded as committed by the Superior Court yet sitting with wch the Kings Bench had nothing to doe. Severall were carryed out of Court for dead. Shaftsbury 20 himselfe had spoke as well as Williams and Wallop his Counsell. The King has giuen my L: Salisbury two moneths more. D: of Buckingam last weeke had two days to see Cliueden & returned. Sr John King went sick from the Bar a weeke agoe and dyed yesterday. I do not belieue the Dutch fears that fourteen of our men of war are gone to intercept their East India Fleet: yet so they write. I am told de Boyes has a letter that twelue Papists are clappd up at Dublin hauing a Designe at the jollity & carelesnesse which should be at the D: of Ormonds Coming ouer to seize and fire Castle Magazine &c. at Dublin. He goes next moneth, D: Lauderdale next Tuesday. My lord Obrians 30 Son married this weeke to the Treasurers daughter. Some of Quality of which wisdome is not one pay not the Tax but upon Distresse. I am Sr your most affect. Servt. June 30.


For St Edward Harlay
At Brampton Castle

to be left with the Postmaster of Ludlow.

Sir, I suppose you may not be uncurious to know what passed yesterday which I shall therefore giue you as I haue it from seuerall hands. The Parliament men in Towne met at the House: none scarse came on

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