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our extraord" Ambassad’ with our good brother the French King, in the gouernment of our Realme of Ireland, as our Lieutenant generall there, and to that end being now to recall him from his employment in France: Wee haue that confidence of your fidelity, and abilities, and particularly of your experience in those parts, that wee haue thought fitt to make choice of you for to be our Agent there, and that you may the better acquitt your selfe in that charge, you shalbe provided w” the Instructions following: First vpon your arriuall in that kingdome, you shall addresse yo"selfe vnto our said Ambassad' extraord” for to be by him presented vnto that King, to whom you shall deliuer yo' l’res of Credence, and impart your charge : And when you shalbe thus admitted to his presence, you shall in due, and the best manner, lett him know the great affection wee beare to his person, and the good aduancement and prosperity of him and his affaires, and how much wee doe desire, according to the antient friendshipp and strait obligations betweene us, to maintaine all good intelligence and correspondence. To wo end, that there may be nothing wanting on our part, We haue now, vpon the comming away of our Ambassad', sent you to reside there: And soe you are accordingly to make this your principall aime, as it is indeed the proper charge of all Amb", Legats, and Agents, to nourrishe and maintayne a good correspondence betwixt the two Crownes. And therefore you are to informe yo"selfe of all former Treatyes, and more especially of the last and most freshe in practice, betweene these Crownes, being the rule by wo"the proceedings of the subjects of both sides are to be regulated. And that you may better know wherein Wee, or our subjects, are any wayes concerned in those parts, whether in suites, processes, or otherwayes, you are to take all fitting and necessary information from our said Ambassad', and what businesse shalbe left in agitation by him for o'" seruice, you are in our
name to continue the prosecution thereof, and to giue account of yo' proceedings therein.
Another part of your charge is, that you watch carefully ouer the motions of that State where you are, what treaties, alliances, assistances, or ennemityes shalbe moued wo other States openly, or vnderhand, wherein our affaires may be any wayes concerned; and for yo' better light and information herein, you are to keepe intelligence wo our Ambassad" and Agents w” other Princes and States, to whom wee will giue orders to correspond woo you.
And as there shall further occasion arise for you to negotiate in, for our seruice, you shall receiue directions, either immediately from our selues, or from our principall Secretaries in our name, wo" you are to obserue & follow, as if it came vnder our owne hand, and from time to time to aduertise them (or vs as the importance of the occasion may require) of all yo” proceedings, and what soeuer else may come to yo” knowledge, wo" may be usefull and necessary for the good of our affaires.:—Whitehall the 23* of July 1641.
“Instructions for Mr. Browne.”
Nostre feal et bien amé Richard Browne, Gentilhom’e de Nostre Chambre Privée, Secretaire en Nostre Conseil Privée, etNostre Resident en France, salut. Comme ainsi soit que ceux contre qui Nous avons a faire presentem' touchant le reste des derniers Dotaulx de Nostre tres chere Epouse la Reyne, se veulent servir contre Nous de certains pretendus Ordres donnez l'un au mois d'Octobre 1633, par feu Nostre Grand Thresorier:* l'autre par
* This resumption in regard to the Queen's dowry was to facilitate supplies from the Continent; her Majesty at this precise period transmitting to the King a considerable sum of money raised upon the pawned jewels of the Crown. She had gone to Holland on the 23rd of February preceding.
* Richard Weston, Earl of Portland.
Nous du 20" Juin 1639 a Barwick. Nous vous declarons & tous aultresqu'il appartiendra, que Nous desavouons celuy pretendu du dit N're Grand Thresorier, com’e estant donné hors son pouvoir, et contre le bien de Nos affaires et interests, & contre Nostre intention, Et pour celuy donné au dict Barwick, Nous le revoquons absolument, com’e ayant esté tiré de Nous par surprise & dutout contre N" intention & le bien de Nos affaires. Ce que vous declarez et notifierez quand ainsivous adviserez éstre affaire. Et pour ce faire, ces Nos Lettres vous seront Garrant et Authorité suffisante. Donné soubs Nostre signet le dixneufiesme jour de Juillet a N* Cour a Beuerley, 1642, l’an XIIX" de N're Regne. A Nre feal et bien amé Richard Browne, Gentilhom’e de
Trusty and well beloued Wee greet you well. Whereas one Walter Strickland hath bin very lately sent in y” name of both Houses of Parliam' heere with credentials to treate with o' Allyes the States G'rall of the Wnited Netherlands, as pretended, for the publick good, though without any concurrence or knowledge of Us, which We must interprett the highest act of affront & disobedience w” hath bin committed against o' Royall person & dignity; And this example leading us to abeleefe of what W. haue bin told, but were not apt to creditt whilest there was anyshew of reverence of o' knowne Regalities yet remaining, that Augier,” or some other person, is by the said Houses sent with their usurped comission into France; Wee haue thought fitt hereby to authorise & com’and you to use y”
* Strickland was afterwards a member of the House of Commons, and strenuous in the affair of the “Self-denying Ordinance.”
* Augier had formerly been engaged in the diplomatic negotiations on the Continent with regardtothelelector Palatine.