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a very wise and discreete answeare to y” same, as (I beleeve) her owne pen will very speedily acquaint yo' Matie. It is said there is a new designe discovered of a later intenc'on then Mr. Percyes to have debauched y" late Army, but what it is I cannot learne. My Lo. Keeper sent to me this day to acquaint yo' Ma", that y” p"sent new Lo. Mayor lately sworne (named Rich. Gurney), being not in y” comission of Lieutenn'cy for London & liberties, it wilbe necessary so in that y' comiss'on be renewed & his Loo put into it, w” may soone be donne, if yo' Ma" please to signify yo pleasure to my Lo. Keeper to that purpose. The B” of Chichester humbly desires yo' Ma" licence to be absent from P'liam', for wo" pu'pose I have (at his I have syned Lo" request) herein sent a warr' for yo"Ma" signa... ture, if you shall think fitt to signe it. It was of ordered on Friday last by y” Com’ons that there ow..." should be heads p"pared for a conference concerning :* a pet to be sent to yo Mao to stay y making of y, - new Boo", but this hath not hitherto beene proceeded in any further, and some thinke it wilbe let fall. There is newes, come to my Lo. Lieutenn’t of Ireland of a rebellion in yo north of that kingdome, raysed (as it is said) by Papistes, whereof one Macguire' is one of y" chiefest; I have not seene yo le" concerning it, but y' Lo" of yo' Ma" Privy Councell sate yesterday (when I was at Oatlands) in close Councell about it, & this day they were wo y” House of Com’ons to advise concerning it as Iheare: I beleeve yo' Ma" hath before this receaved advertisem' of y" certeynty of this busines out of Ireland, & I doubt not but y' Lo" of yo' Privy Councell here, or my Lo. Lieutenant, will forthw" give yo' Ma" an account, what they have advised upon when forced to fly from Whitehall. De Larrey, a French historian, says of him that he possessed greater genius than his brother, Lord Warwick, who was “a person of an agreeable wit, perhaps a little too much libertime, but knew very well how to dissemble, and imposed on the people by an affected devotion, and going regularly to sermons.” 1 He was brother to the Lord Macguire, who was afterwards tried by order of the Parliament, and hanged, drawn, and quartered, notwithstanding he pleaded his Irish Peerage. herein: if their Lo" doe it not speedily, I shall write further of it, as soone as I may see y' 1" or know some certeynty of it, being unwilling to trouble yo Ma" in an affayre of that nature, but upon good grounds, & knowledge of p’tic'lars. I hope thi If yo' Ma" could settle yo' affaires well there, soe o: as yo"might be here y next weeke, yo' best servaunts o here conceave it would then be in yo' Ma” power, parament, by yo' presence, to bring this Pliam' to areasonable ...


- - - may expect good conclusion, w” that it may be soe, is & shalbe me '...'. every" earnest prayer of, ...”

Yo' sacred Ma”
Most humble and most obedient servaunt,

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Since my lt' sent yesterday by Mr. Barclay, I have receaved by Mr. W." Murray yo' Ma" com’aunds by apostile of y" 28th of Octobo & have delivered yo' Ma" to my Lo. Keeper, together woo a packet from Mr. Th’rer, conteyning y” exa’iac’ons of y' busines touching Marq. Hamilton, &c. All wo" were this morning read at y” Councell Boorde, whereupon their Lo” resolved for y” p"sent to make knowne in the generall, that they id receaved a faire dispatch concerning that busines, & that it was like to have a speedy, & quyet conclusion; & their Lo", being then to goe to yo Parliam' House about yo Irishe busines, sealed uppy" examinac'ons, & appointed too morrow in the afternoone to consider further of y" same, & to advise in what manner to acquint y' Parliam' therew". I heare that my Lo. Lieuten'nt of Ireland hath by a dispatch this morning sent yo' Ma" an accompt of all y” partic'lars touching y' Rebellion

in that kingdome,' wo" y' Parliam' here takes to hart, & there is a Com’ittee of 12 Lo" together w” some of y" House of Com’ons appointed this evening to goe into London to treate w” y” Lo. Mayor, Aldermen & Com’on Councell to borrow 50" to be forthw" sent to Irland, to pay & encourage y” old Army & alsoe such new souldiers as are there lately taken up to make head to y' Rebells, for wo" somes y Citty is to be secured by Act of Parliam', both for principall & interest.

It is said that one Owen Conelles' (a servant of So Jo. Clotworthies) for making y' first discovery of y" Rebellion, & for some services donne against it, shalbe rewarded by yo Pliam' w” y” gift of 500" presently,&berecommended to yo"Ma" for a penc'on of 200. There is a Com’ittee of ye Peers appointed to peruse all 1" that are come out of Irland, to consider of y" p"sent state of Irland, & to further examyne Owen Conelles touching that Rebellion upon interrogatories to be exhibited by y” Comons, who are to be p"sent at y” examinac'on, & y” same Comittee is further to consider of y" Recusants in Engl: that are of estate & quallity & not convicted: the Lo. Lieut' of Irland is desired by y' Parliam' (as I heare) to get together some Cap" and Off" here of Englishe to send over forthw" into Irland, & his Lo” himself is pressed to hasten over w” all possible dilligence. This day father Phelipps (one of y"

1 In vol. vi. of Somers' Tracts, p. 378, is the Report of the Lord Keeper to the House of Commons on the 1st of November, 1641; drawn up from the dispatches of the Lords Justices to the Lord Deputy, who was then in England.

* Conally's (Conelles) discovery arose from some accidental conversation, in a tavern, with Hugh Macmahon, grandson to the “Great Earl of Tyrone,” on the night before the intended seizure of Dublin Castle by the conspirators, and which was to have been followed by a general attempt upon all the fortresses in Ireland. Burton says that both the gift and the annuity were voted to him by the Parliament, on the recommendation of the Lords Justices. He was also recommended to preferment. His master, Clotworthy, in 1640, was the seconder of Pym's first motion against the Earl of Strafford; he was also one of the great supporters of the self-denying Ordinance.

Queenes priestes) was com’itted by y' Lo" of Parliam' for refusing to be sworne vpon y” Bible, saying it was a false translac'on. There is to be too morrow a conference between y”2 Houses, vpon severall heads; 1. touching y' dissolving of y" Covent of Capuchins; 2. about y' list of y" Queenes priests; 3", about a list of y" Princes servaunts, to y' end that such as are suspected in religion or otherwise may be removed; 4". about y' governm' of y" Isle of Weight, that y” same may be sequestred.” If yo Houses of Parliament were full it is conceaved it would be much for y” advantage of yo' Ma", & yo good of the kingdome, & therefore I humbly offer it to yo"Ma" considerac'on, whether it may not be fitt I beline for yo' Ma" to write to my Lo: Keeper to cause a ...'...". proclamac'on to be forthw" issued to require all y' = o: members of both Houses respectively (all excuses set #. o apart) to attend y” Parliam' in person to consider of ..." such affaires as concerne y” peace & good of this to the Keepkingdome & other yo' Ma" dominions. o” Wee hope now shortly to heare of yo"Ma" speedy & certeyne returne from Scotland, & that it may be w" hon’ & safety shalbey” dayly prayers of, Yo' sacred Ma" Most humble & most obedient servaunt, Edw. NICHOLAs. The Com’ons are p"paring a declarac’on of y" state * On the preceding day several resolutions had passed the Commons respecting the Capuchin House in the Strand. Orders were also given that the Foreign Ambassadors should be sent to, to deliver up such priests as were the King's subjects, then in their houses. Phillips was brought before the House as an evidence upon the business of Benson, the member for Knaresborough, charged with selling protections: first refusing the oath on pretence that it was too general, and might criminate himself; and, when the Bible was brought, saying, “that the Bible used by them was not a true Bible, and therefore his oath would not bind him.” His committal, after repeating this, was on the principle that the words were used without any occasion given, to the scandal of the Protestant religion, and in the face of Parliament. *The Parliament, soon after, removed the Earl of Portland from the government of the island, and appointed the Earl of Pembroke in his stead.

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on the is very cruell to yo Englishe Protestants, and have .."; for donne much mischeifalreddy in y” country:-There

yo is order here for sending p"sently 2000 foote & 500 ; : "... horse from hence into Irland: and S. Ja. Ashley,'

o & Seriant Maior Merrick and other Officers are §oice forthw" to goe away for that kingdome. The hast of

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o | Sir Jacob Astley was Serjeant Major General of the King's

cunn to Army-royal; he distinguished himself much during the Civil London. Wars, and was created Lord Astley of Reading. Merrick was afterwards knighted by the King; yet he joined the Parliament forces, was made Serjeant Major General by the Earl of Essex, and afterwards, at the siege of Reading, was appointed General of the Ordnance, being superseded in his former office by the famous Skippon, by order of the Parliament. 2 It is a fact deserving notice that the leading party in the

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