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so prudent at this time to foment dissensions among the officers of his Mtys Fleet and reflecting upon the former hearing of this matter before his Mty the Duke of Yorke Prince Rupert & the Duke of Albemarle wherein Sr Jeremy had bin acquitted thought not fit to examine the matter till they should receiue the commands of the House whether they should proceed further & I belieue the House will be of opinion to cease all inquiry therein most men almost all being satisfyd that S Jeremy did nothing but what befitted a person of courage and experience & that the charge against him proceeded rather from animosity then any good ground. Since my last to you the House 10 upon new informations from some members of the multitude of people in seuerall places frequenting Conventicles orderd a Bill to be brought in for continuing the former Act against Conventicles. To day the Comrs of Accounts gaue in their narratiue of their proceedings hitherto. The house thanked them & approvd wt they had don & promist them their assistance. I remain

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The House rose yesterday till Thursday next What they haue done in the Matter of Supply hitherto, stands thus. They have voted 100000li to be raised upon wines in the way I haue writ you formerly. 18 moneths time giuen for levying it but if the summe be collected in lesse time then to cease immediately. For the 200000li remaining another Poll Bill in which all that are not worth 20li shall pay nothing either for themselves or children. They haue not yet declared any further restrictions onely if this Poll Bill shall not rise to 200000li then 30 that it shall be made up out of an additionall duty that shall be layd on wines at the Custom house. Yesterday the Lord Mayor Aldermen and Common Council of the City of London sat from eight in the Morning till three in the afternoon & ended their debate in a resolution to attend the House of Commons at their next sitting with their thanks for what they haue done formerly in examining about the burning of the City, petitioning further that the House will take it again into consideration by reason of certain further informations they have receiud which they intend to present at the same time with this

Petition. Munday last the Petition of the Irish Adventurers against the Commissioners of Claims & the Explanatory Act was read, & orderd that the Petitioners should that day moneth be heard at the barre of the House. 'Tis a businesse of very high concernment. The Act of Conventicles not yet brought in. I remain

Gentlemen &c:

Your most affectionate friend to serve you
Andr: Marvell.

Westm: March 19. 1667

83.

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To Mayor Lambert.

Gentlemen my very worthy friends,

You know that we returned to sit on Thursday. We are yet no further in the preparatory Votes for the Poll Bill then that Lay Dignityes shall pay but halfe what formerly. And a Debate adjournd whether children under sixteen shall pay their Poll. To day Mr Sollicitor brought in the Bill for raising 100000li upon wine, upon the retailer. 'Twas read once & appointed the second time on Tuesday next. It seem'd at the first reading too seuere much to the House neither is it probable it can passe us without being polished & pared, though 20 when we are forced to search for such ways of supply, tis difficult to make them effectuall without some strictnesse extraordinary. I haue litle more worth your notice at present but remain

Gentlemen &c:

Your most affectionate friend to serve you

Westm: March 28. 1668.

84.

Andr: Marvell.

To Mayor Lambert.

Gentlemen my very worthy friends,

Although it is I think a week since I writ last to you and we haue 30 bin day by day upon the Kings supply, we haue not made any very considerable progresse as yet upon that Bill. The cause whereof is onely the due care to make this Excise upon wines as tolerable to the subject and practicable for the Kings occasions as the nature of such an imposition will admit. I think I haue acquainted you already that the House hath layd by their thoughts of a Poll and chosen to raise the whole 3000ooli on wines, giuing two years space according to the

rates I writ you, for the collection unlesse the sum shall rise in a shorter time; but if not in that time then that for a third year there be an additionall duty at the custome-house not exceeding foure pound a tun, & the Commissioners that execute this Act to giue account from time to time to those Commissioners of Accounts of monyes giuen for the late warre. The Bill wch is committed to the Committee of the whole House lyes all upon the retayler We haue made a late vote to direct us in the progresse hereof that it is not intended by this bill that any wines shall pay twice which is in respect of the first seller unto such as shall buy any quantity of wine successively from one to 10 another. Truly this is all that I find materiall for the present to acquaint you with. On Munday 'tis intended to call the House.

I am Gentlemen &c:

Your very affectionate friend to serve you

Westm: Apr: 4th. 1668

85.

Andr: Marvell

To Mayor Lambert.

Gentlemen, my very worthy friends,

The successe of Wednesdays debate upon the Kings speech in reference to composure was a Question to desire his Mty to call be- 20 fore him some persons of the different persuasions to receiue their proposalls The House dividing it past in the negatiue 167 against 70. After that they debated long concerning taking of the Declarations of Assent & Consent & concerning the Couent & something of Ceremonyes wch Debate at last was adjourned till Wednesday next. The House hath this week made some but no great progresse (I mean the Committee of the whole House) upon the bill of supply not hauing yet gon through above seuen sheets of seuen and twenty. Leaue hath been given to day to bring in a bill for reducing interest lower from six to fiue or foure in the hundred But it is a businesse of that weight 30 that I scarse belieue it can haue a passage this session. The Commissioners of Accounts sent in a narratiue concerning the breaking of bulke of the two East India prizes. It lights very heauy on my L: of Sandwich & others. The House adjournd the debate till Tuesday next & in the mean time desird the Comrs to send them in what more they could prepare on that subject. It is probable the House will then come to a seuere resolution against seuerall remarkable persons. Also Harman arriving in the Downs the Duke of York sent an expresse to hasten him up to appeare before the house to be

examind about the not prosecuting the first victory. It is a businesse of great expectation & in common opinion rests hitherto at Bronkards doore. Harman probably will be with us by Munday or Tuesday at furthest. News comes from so good hands that it can scarse be discredited, that the Peace betwixt France & Spain is signed on both sides.

I remain Gentlemen &c:
Your most affectionate friend to serve you

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The Bill of 3000ooli upon wines proceeds still but many publick businesses intervening we shall be much straitned neither do I belieue we can finish it and the rest within the time limited us by his Majesty. To day the Bill for the City of London was committed which contains further directions for the building, large powers to be invested in the mayor & Aldermen to that purpose, and more years then formerly 20 allotted for that worke. The passing of it requires much time. Last week an Impeachment was orderd to be brought in upon Tuesday next against Sr W: Penn for breaking bulke in the East India Prizes On Munday next the Irish Adventurers will be heard at the Barre, a great cause, complaining of the settlement there as destructive to the Protestant interest. Yesterday Harman was brought to the House to giue account of slackning saile in the first victory. He had a very good reputation at his coming in, but when he said that Mr Bronkard onely used arguments & justifyed the thing himselfe saying that he had bin a mad man had he not done it, & other witnesses clearly 30 contradicting this & proving that Bronkard brought him orders in the Dukes name he lost all credit with us, & yet more when upon recollection he confest that Bronkard did bring orders as from the Duke. So he is committed to the Sergeant & will doubtlesse be impeacht Both he & Mr Bronkard who also was heard will probably on Tuesday next tast the utmost severity of the house. I am Gentlemen Your most humble servt

Andr: Marvell.

1 April 18, 1668.

87.

To Mayor Lambert.

Gentlemen my very worthy friends,

His Majesty has this week sent another message to us, signifying that because 'twas possible he might haue occasion to call us together again before winter and many weighty matters were before us, he intended it should be but an adjournment for about three moneths & therefore desird us to dispatch the Bill of Supply and what else might be ready to passe by the 4th of May. The Committee of the whole House hath now gon through that bill and to day entred upon the Report of it to the House. The Impeachment against Sr William 10 Penn is carryd up to the house of Lords who haue thereupon orderd that on Munday he appeare at their Barre. The Impeachment against Mr Bronkard who fled away is not yet finisht by the Committee. The Act for continuing the Act against Conventicles is ingrost ready for its third reading and will I belieue passe our House next week. I remain Gentlemen &c:

Your most affectionate friend to serve you

Apr: 25. [16]68.1

88.

Andr: Marvell.

To Mayor Lambert.

Gentlemen my very worthy friends,

20

Tis nine at night & we are but just now risen & I write these few words in the Post-house for surenesse that my letter be not too late. We have now past the Wine bill wch is to be sent to the Lords on Munday morning. So we can not keep our day. And another reason too comes very unseasonably to detain us the longer. I haue no more time then to tell you that the Lords hauing judged & fined the East India company as we think illegally upon the petition of one Skyner a merchant & they petitioning us for redresse we haue imprisond him that petitioned them and they have imprisond seuerall 30 of those that petitiond us. And we on Munday send to the Lords seuere votes against their proceedings. It is a businesse of very high & dangerous consequences but I hope we shall find out ere long some way of composure though it appears very ill at present.

I am Gentlemen &c:

Your very humble servant

Westm: May 2.

1668.

1 Corner torn away.

Andr: Marvell

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