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in the Chambre St. Lewis yet they will doe theire businesse in some other place, and perhaps at last make a foule house; for that is certaine, that some other Parlaments of fi'rance doe manifestly declare and followe theire example.
The Prince of Conde lindinge great difficultyes in the reliefe of Tourne' is encamped at Bethune, there expectinge the succors y' Erlack, Vaubecour, and others are to bring to him.
At Naples the affaires betweene the King and people (ill satisfied wu the Spaniards non-performance of treaty, and murmoriuge by reason of the Bcarcety of bread) are againe fallen into great disorder: insomuch as it is thought tho ffrench ffleet may therevppon make yet an other journey to attempte some new impression in that Kihgdome. The niiues of the seidge of Cremona is confirmed, not w"out hopes of the speedy takinge thereof.
The Marquis .of Ormond is vppon his departure for Irland, Wee are here, God be praysed, in good health. Butt when will our deare Brother William come? I am glad to heare our cottage hath beene dignified with such good company as your brother, to whom I longe to present my seruice. Our honest cousin Stefens (who will well deserue your acquaintance, and whom I recommend vnto your affection) will perhaps by that time these come to you, bee arriuea. Which yf hee bee, I pray present my seruice to him, and soe with our relatiue cordiall affections, I rest
Our Court wants money, and Hues very quietly at
1 Note sppended: "Which is tort."
Since y* Com'ittinge of the King's declaration to fower Members of the Parlament, to bee by them examined w* order to make reporte thereof on Munday next, the Parlament hath followed theire ordinary course of businesse, and this interim seemes to bee a kind of truce betweene the Royall and y* pleading Pallace.
The losse of Tourne' hath not yet exasperated y* Prince of Cond^ into any newe vndertakinge against the Spaniard, w* now vppon y* joyninge of Erlack's troops vnto him, it is expected hee shoulde, soe that probabily wee shall soone heare of his remoue from Bethune. In this stationary, or rather retrograde, condition of the ffrench affaires in danders, the certaine expectation of the taking Cremona, and the weaknesse of the Spaniard in Catalonia, are very considerable supports: but aboue all, the relaps of Naples into (as they heere thinke) a more desperate state than euer, doth raise their mindes, and giues here great hopes of the losse of that Kingdome to the Spaniard. In order to w* the ffrench fleet hath set saile for L'Abruzzo, there to joyne w" the Conte de Conuersano, who hath reuiued y' rebellion and is at the head of a considerable army.
The Com'andeur de Souuray prepares for his journey into Holland, in quallity of Ambassador from the Beligion of Malta, there to demande restitution of the Com'andaries, w*the States of Holland doe possease.
The Duke of Beaufort (who'tis thought hath not beene out of ffrance) attended w* 40 or 50 horse, hath lately (as is saide) appeared in Brittany, wherevppon there are some troopes sent thither, and iuto Normandy, to secure those Provinces. And to Card" Mazarin they speake of giuinge a guard of 100 horse, for the safety of his person.
The Marquiss of Ormond two daies since begane hisjourney towards Ireland.
Thankes for yours of 28 & 31. moat wellcome. All your relations here salute you most cordially. To my brother yf nott com away, & to my cousin S'. yf arriued, present my loue and seruice, the like to all the good company with you. Farewell, my deare S.
Yours for euer louinge.
Pabis. 15 Aug. 1648.
Yf thorough the difficult and hazardous passage, these lines come safe to you, they will conuey my serious and hearty congratulations of that condition you are now in neere his Ma,r, wherein his gracious fauour and yourowne merit haue concurrently placed you. Though I haue receiued noe letter from you since your arrivall in Schotland, yett I injoy the fruits of your care and kindnesse towards mee, witnesse the two warrants of his Ma"*, dated y* 4 Aprill 3° Car. 1651, directed to Prince Rupert and to Mr. "Windam in my behalfe, for which as I render all humble acknowledgements to my most Gracious and Eoyall Maister, soe, I giue you also my hearty thankes for beinge soe happily instrumentall in a concernment of mine, though hithertoo neyther of them haue prouued any wayaduantageous unto mee, for I can giue noe account where Pr. Rupert is since his comminge into the Ocean, and takings some rich shipps belonginge to the Kinge of Spaine, and to the Genoese: And when I addresse any demands to Mr. "Windham, hee makes mee noe returne butt these kind of warrants, such as the inclosed, of which he hath many. Soe that unlesse his Ma* be pleased eyther to thinke of some other way of supply for mee, or direct some more effectuall commands to Mr. Windam, your kindsman and his family must (for ought I see) begge bread (or starue) in the streetes of Paris. lu March last Mr. Windam assigned mee a thousand guilders of Dunkirke money, which makes little aboue foureecore pistolls