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89.

To Mayor Lambert.

Gentlemen my very worthy friends,

I suppose you may haue heard ere this of the Conference we desir'd with the Lords last Tuesday wherein we gaue them two votes One that their taking cognizance & proceeding originally upon the Petition of Skyner against the East India Company was contrary to law And the second of the like nature as to that Island belonging to the king of Jamba wch Skyner complained of particularly. It was Friday in the afternoon ere the Lords desired a Conference of us 10 wherein with a preamble in writing of a seuere & high sense they gaue us two votes in Exchange. That our interteining a scandalous Paper of the East India companys & proceeding thereon was a breach of the privilege of the house of Peers & of the good union that ought to be betwixt the two houses. That what the Lords had don upon Skyners petition was agreable to Law & consonant to precedents both ancient and modern. These votes were backt with discourses of the Duke of Buckingham, Earle of Essex, Earle of Bridgewater, Lord Lucas, Earle of Anglesy, Lord Hollis, Lord Andover who held us almost fiue hours. We went from thence back to our 20 house where we sat without intermission till fiue a clock this morning. Our votes were That the East India Petition contained nothing scandalous That in interteining & proceeding thereon we had broke no privilege of the Lords nor the good union, & had don nothing but what became us. That a message should be sent up to the Lords as soon as they sate that the house taking notice of their desires of a good union & not being satisfyd with their reasons giuen at the conference is of opinion the best way of preserving that union would be the Lords surceasing all proceedings upon their order or sentence against the East India company & setting at liberty the members thereof 30 that were in custody. This message was accordingly carryed. The Lords answered they would return answer by messengers of their own wch the House taking for a refusall voted That whosoeuer should be aiding or assisting in execution of the Lords sentence or order against the East India Company shall be deemed a betrayer of the libertyes & rights of the Commons of England & an infringer of the Privilege of Parliament. The Lords went on in the debate of our message & voted they would not agree with us The King came & past the Wine Bill wch takes force from the 24 of June. A bill for liberty of transporting Leather A Bill providing further against im40 porting Irish Cattell A bill to cause receiuers of the late taxes

to pay in their monyes to the king (nothing else of publick concernment) wch shall take care to send you when printed. The Bill providing further for the City of London had not time to passe nor the Bill for continuing the Act of Conventicles. The King took notice of the difference betwixt us & the Lords and hoped to find an ex-* pedient in this intervall to compose the matter. and bad us goe to our house & adjourn till the 11th of August & if he had not need of us at that time would advertise us by Proclamation. We went & adjournd presently but the Lords sat on & sentencd Sr Samuel Barnardiston upon his knees to pay 300li fine and be under the black 10 rod without baile till he payd it. Sr Andr: Ricaut was dismist. Mr Roland Win dismist. Mr Boon (these foure being members of the East India company and of the Committee for drawing up the petition to us) to be under baile till our next meeting. Hauing done this the Lords likewise adjourned.

Colonell Gilby & I haue been with Sr John Bennett the Post-master who promist to us to write this night to Mr Mawson (wch letter you may please to call for) to redresse any error And I am sure that nothing will be exacted of you contrary to the Act. If there should I will undertake upon the least notice again from you to see it rectifyd. 20 This day foure persons were hangd drawn & quarterd for the late insurrection of Apprentices. I haue no more news nor time. I take great pleasure in writing to you, more in serving you to my ability, and shall always remain.

Gentlemen my very worthy friends

Your most affectionate friend to serve you

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This is onely to acquaint you that I have received your dispatches, that my Lord Generall comes not to town till to morrow, that I haue been with Mr Recorder & we shall with the first opportunity giue you the best account we are able.

I am Sir

Your most affectionate friend to serve you
Andr: Marvell.

London Sept: 29. 1668.

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91.

To Mayor Lambert.

Gentlemen, our very worthy friends

My Lord Bellasis hauing received a Copy from Hull of the information wch you transmitted to us against Lt Wise, did by Sr Jeremy Smith desire to speak with us before we presented your Letter to my Lord Generall concerning that businesse. And the Generall not being then in town we thought so much the rather that we could not decline my Lord Bellasis. Upon discourse therefore with him yesterday wherein my Lord seemd much concernd for that rudenesse used by To the Lieut toward Mr Mayor, he did also wish that rather then move

my Lord Generall in it at present there might first some tryall be made whether the Lt would make a satisfactory civill reparation to Mr Mayor for the affront done him. Which, all circumstances considerd, seeming not refusable, my Lord Bellasis writ this letter presently to Colonell Gilby and red us it over. Wherein he tells the Colonell that he had prevaild with us to suspend the delivery of my L: Generalls letter that Lt Wise might haue the opportunity to make a deserved acknowledgement to Mr Mayor for his incivility & desire him to passe it over. He further saith that although it so chances that there is no 20 witnesse to attest the particulars yet Mr Mayors own affirmation is of sufficient & undoubted credit. He tells him that unlesse Lt Wise shall speedily addresse himselfe in the most decent manner to Mr Mayor herein, that your Letter will forthwith be deliverd to the Generall. And therefore requires Colonell Gilby to dispose the Lt to make amends in time for this miscarriage. One thing more Colonell Gilby having acquainted my Lord that he heard you had complained too of him to the Councill, my Lord lets him know that there is no such matter. This Letter therefore of my Lords we haue inclosed that you may as you thinke best either send it to him by one of your officers or leave 30 it for him at the Post-house. And we hope that as to this particular complaint against Lt Wise you may find hereby an effect not unproportionable to your expectations. If not we haue but lost this experiment & shall be ready to proceed in that way which you haue chalked out to us, or in such other as you upon recollection of all the materiall accidents of this nature, shall advise as the most proper means to prevent the frequent returns of the like inconveniences. For it were a most happy thing if there could be such a line drawn betwixt you and the soldiery as you might both keep your own way

without molesting one another. But we shall not inlarge at present: onely hoping that what is done thus farre will not be unacceptable to you we shall expect your further order, remaining

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Wee cannot write at lardge to you, not having spoke with my Lord General till late this evening, Sr Jeremy Smith did you the favor to goe along with us, and we delivered yor letter The Generall assoone as he saw the length of the papers, and we told him in short what were the contents of them, asked if we had spoken with my Lord Bellassise, we therefore told him how all that had passed as you know, and alsoe what had bene done since uppon my Lord Bellassise his letter my Lord then asked if any thing were uppon oath agt Lieutent Wise, we sayd noe But mr Maior whos[e] information was inclosed, is ready to make oath of it my Lord was then pleased to say that there 20 should be order taken to make the Lieutent know him selfe better. Inquiring more particulerly whose company it was and being told that it was Captain Vaughans he sayd that the Duke of Yorke would be very farre from countenancing any such miscariages in his officers. In conclusion he would speake wth the Duke of Yorke in it and there should be care taken to redresse you in this. And moreover that if there were any officers of the Garrison that were failing in payment of there debts to the townesmen He would take care whosoever they were that they should dischardge them This is the summe of what passed And we doubt not but that you will finde an effect pportion- 30 able to yor complaints and his graces favour to the Corporation so we remain

yor faithfull servants

Will: Lister

15th 8ber 1668.

1 See notes.

Andr: Marvell

Sir

93.

For the right worpfull, Humfry Duncalfe, Mayor of Kingston upon Hull.

On Saturday last my Lord Bellasis, Sr Jeremy Smith, Mr Recorder, and my selfe had another meeting about your businesse. My Lord was very much displeased that upon his former letter there had not been something more effectuall done concerning Lieutenant Wises submission and therefore was pleased to consult with us what further might be done toward your just satisfaction. So we drew up a forme 10 wherein the Lieutenant should be commanded before your selfe and the Aldermen to declare to you and Mr Lambert that he is very sory for the affront done lately by him to the Corporation and particularly to Mr Lambert being then your chief magistrate That he requests you to passe over his fault therein for the present & that for the future he shall take care so to carry himselfe that he may giue no offense to you or the Corporation. With this my Lord went to his Highnesse and the Generall. Since when I haue not met with Mr Recorder but we then agreed because of the distance of our lodgings and the casualty of finding one another to giue you account by our particular Letters 20 according as things should come to either of our notice. Which I doubt not but he dos conformable to what I now write. Yesterday I waited on my Lord Bellasis who tells me that upon inforceing this matter with his Highnesse he had prevaild with him who otherwise might very well haue bin partiall toward his own officers to admit that Wise should be injoynd to make the foresaid recantation: my Lord Generall being very much concernd that you should haue a very full and satisfactory reparation. My Lord Bellassis further tells me that he has hereupon writ down this Post to the present Commander in town to take care that Wise in due manner as aforesaid do appear before you and hath 30 giuen his Letter to Captain Vaghan, that he sending it down may also admonish his Lieutenant at his further perill, to take hold of this opportunity to make his peace with you. So that I do not see why probably you may not come to an honorable conclusion of this businesse For though if we could be our own carvers we might perhaps aime yet further, yet all things considerd, I thinke you will haue gaind herein a very good point. And I therefore hope and it is my best advice to you, that if the Lieutenant do now conforme to these orders, you will thereupon rest and signify to him that you are satisfyd. Whereby as you haue justly signify'd your resentment before so you 40 will approve your equanimity at present and neverthelesse obtain

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