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with theire bells and pleids in (the) street as makes me end, but am euer your most affectionat frend.
I pray remember my humble seruise to the King, and in my name make an humble suit to him in Thom: Killegrews' behalf. It is to recommend him to Pr. William for Captaine Morgans companie who is dead, the companie lyes at Orzo and is under Eri... e, it will make him to subsist untill the King be able to doe for him, and his wiues frends haue putt him upon it. I woulde not trouble his Ma" with a letter since you are in the place. Thom: writes himself to the King about it; it will be a great honnour for him the Kings writing because his wines frends will by that . . . . his Ma" favour to him.
Mr. Secretarie, Ihaue receaued yours. My sweet Nephue is not yett gone from Anwerp, but I hope now the weather is better, and Ishall see him I hope shortlie, for as soon as he comes to Teiling I will be there. I hope it is a good prophesie of the Electrice of Brandebourg’ hauing a sonne, but she doth looke to be deliuered before the end of this month or the
* Killigrew, so well known in the private history of Charles's reign, was groom of his bedchamber after the Restoration, and happened to be engaged one morning with a volume of his own plays, which he took up in the window, whilst his Majesty was shaving. “Ah! Killigrew,” asked the King, “what will you say at the last day, in defence of all the idle words in that book?” To which Kiligrew replied, that he would give a better account of his “idle words” than the King would be able to give respecting “his idle promises” and “more idle patents,” which had undone more than ever his books did.
* The Electress Elizabeth Charlotte was daughter of Frederick W. Elector Palatine, and therefore sister-in-law to the Queen of Bohemia.
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beginning of the next. The letters out of England say Cromwell is bringing his armie to London, and doubles his gardes, plants cannon in manie places in London and at the Toure; it is saide he will make himselfe King by force since he cannot be it otherwise : this is written to the P. of Torente. I doe not heare that Bariere is at Bruxelles. I will tell Thom. Killegrew what the King answeres. As for the Archduc he may thanke God to be ridd of the Queen of Sueden, who is lodged at the Count of Egmonts house in Bruxelles, where she stays all winter. My Lord Norwich has got news that the Archduc goes for Spaine, and Don John of Austria comes in his place andmarrieth the QueeneofSueden, and to haue the Low Countries as the Archduc Albert, but I beleeue it not : there is nothing else that I have to say to you but ame euer Your most affectionate friend,
HAGH, Jan. 18.
18° Jan: 1654-5. R: 11-12. Queene of Bohemia.
To her Royall Highness the Lady Princesse Dowager of Orange, from the States of Holland and WestVriesland.
Most excellent Princesse,
We were informed by some that the Lord King Charles your Royall Highnesses Brother should haue betaken himselfe within the limitts of this State, and particularly that he should at this present shelter himselfe in the house at Tylinge: And although we cannot by any meanes belieue or expect from the wisdome and reason of the said mighty Lord the King that he would or durst vndertake contrary to the Treaty of Peace made the last yeare with the Commonwealth of England to come within the limitts of this State, and directly against our particular orders compreholed in our Resolutions of the 30" of July, 2" and 4" of August all in the year 1653, and the writing made by the vertue thereof to be giuen to your Royall Highnes within the Province of Holland and West Vriesland: So haue we after good reasons, and for settling our selues in entire rest, found meete with these to set before the eyes of your Royall Highnes what is said before, with a desire and demaund that you will speedily declare, and assure vs of the truth hereof, nothing doubting, but desiring and requiring your Royall Highnes as much as in her lyes by all good offices and duties to be willingly helpefull to take heede and effect that the said mighty Lord the King doe not cast himselfe within the limitts of their high mightines: and referring our selues thereto
Most excellent Princesse, We committ your Royall
The STATEs of Holla ND and WEST-VRIESLAND.
The superscription. “To her Royall Highnes the Lady Princesse Dowager of Orange.” Indorsed by Sir Edw. Nicholas. 8° Martij, 1654-5. Copy of the translation of ye let' written by ye States of Holl'd to ye Pro* Rol concs ye Ko being reported to be at Tylinge.
* The obscure editor of Grebner, in his astrological guesses, has the following curious one. Speaking of Charles I., he says, “The old Prince of Aurange [Orange] he almost beggar'd, and yet to no purpose; the Parliament one time or other getting all armes and ammunition which ever came over to him. It's confidently averred, if the King had ecome absolute here in England, Aurange had been King, &c.” In the margin this political conjuror adds—“It’s pittie Aurange lived not to master the Jew Hollander.”