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now bee sold at so good a rate as they may improve to after a general peace.
To Lord Digby.
Writes earnestly for money—inevitable ruin must befall him—has not wherewithall to provide himself out of mourning, a new Coat and Liveries, w” will much tend to his Ma” disreputation—“I appeall to all the world whether I have not in this absolutely dearest part of Christendom for these three yeares maintained his Ma" honour beyond what could be expected from my quality in these distracted times, my estate lying all in Kent and Essex yielding little or nothing, the moneys I take upp comeing uppon much disadvantage, and a constant great interest paid.”
To Lord Jermyn.
Right Hon” my singular good Lord.
Accordinge to y' Lo” command to send you the Inglish newes, I now begin by this opportunity of Mr. Besse's departure: What London affords this inclosed printed will acquainty' Lo". Besides which the letters containe little or nothinge, onely some hopes of misunderstandinge and diuisions amonge the Parlamentary Generalls.
Yesterday the Pr: Elector Pal, his Agent came to acquaint mee that His Elec: High: hee thought was by this time in London: and to declare the cause of his iourney thither to bee, partly to see what aduantages he might reape to himselfe from his Ma" and Parl: according to both their promises, in case they treated an accommodac'on; & partly to sollicit some supplies of money for y” Queene his mother and himselfe, without which o can neyther of them subsist any longer. And this hee desired mee to write to their Ma". . And I thinke the same excusatory account will bee brought within fewe dayes to y;
Court by Pr. Edward, who was also yesterday with mee to consult where he might most speedily and most conueniently find His Ma".
The Duke of Orleans is on his way hither, and yf what I heare be true, will visit his Mao ere long at Bourbon. Of the Duke d’Anguien's action at Fribourg, I will nott giue an account till the lame Post bee come, and then I shall send it by a speedier conueyance. It shall suffice that by this sure hand I present my humble seruice to y' Loo. and giue assurance of my diligentendeauours to obey y' commands. Beseeching y' Lo" to take some speedy care for the subsistance of a creature of yours whose sole ambition it is to bee vsefull to you : Many haue allready passed by and pitied his condition; * y Lo” is the Samaritan from whom alone his vrgent necessities expect that balme must cure them. In which happy omen I take the boldnesse to kissey" Lop" hands in quality off,
Yo Lo?”, Most faithfull humble Ser', RICHARD BROWNE. PARIS 19 Aug. 1644.
After seuerall negotiations betweene the Palais Cardinal and the Court of Parlament, the Queene Regent vppon Tewsday last signified to the Parlam' that being well informed of their good intenc’onsand sincerity, she approued of theireproceedings, willinge them to meet frequently and to continew dilligently their consultations for the publique good; w”all acquaintinge them, that the Ennemy was vppon the ffrontier, and that the King wanted mony, wherefore they might doe well to bring theire resolutions to maturity wooin the space of 8 dayes: since wo" satisfactory answere the Parlament is uery busy in finding meanes how to reforme the abuses in the gouvernement chiefly in that of the Kings reuenews, in which worke the rest of the Parlaments of france will doubtlesse comply woo this of Paris. And some great Ministers may perhaps be sacrificed to the people, who have already confessed their fearesby disfurnishinge theire houses of their choicestmoueables. Heere is all possible care taken to furnish the Prince of Condé wo mony, and heere is also much seeking after horses to sende to him, wherewith to remount his Caualiers; the Prince is wo his army neere Guize, where he hath lately arrested agent' of Piccardy (whose name is Ragny) for hauing giuen intelligence to the Spaniard, and hauing drawne great pensions from them any time this 6 or 7 yeares. The french fleet consistinge of 13 shipps and 19 gallies hath presented it selfe vppon the coast of Naples, but as yet w"out any success at all. This weekehath safely brought hither Mr. Langton, with all your noble tokens, for all which (particularly for the rare booke to mee) I render you my hearty acknowledgements, as also your two letters of 15. & 19. June, containinge (as allways of late) feares and hopes. God in his mercy direct thinges to some tolerable end or other. I wrote to Mr. Spencer this day seauenight, as to you also ; and hope it went safe, though I find some of the former Post (none of mine, for I wrote nott) were intercepted. Our Prince being disappointed of the somme of money hee expected from the French for his iourney, goes the beginninge of the next weeke to Callice, butt with lesse traine than hee intended, which is all I can say to you of that matter, onely that all his Ma” Priuie Councellors in France haue orders to attend his High"at Callice: my Lord Treasurer, Lord Bristoll, Sir Ed. Nicholas, are on their way thither. Our best respects to the good company with you in the Country; where I hope you injoy yourselues, and amongst other diuertisments with that of haymakinge, the season for which now approaches; and ought (yf you haue there had soe wett a growinge time as here) to afford you store of exercise. Farewell, D. S. Yours for euer.
I know not yet what judgment to make, or what the euent will bee of the affaires now in agitation betweene our Royall and our pleadinge Pallace heere. For notw"standinge that the exiled members of the Parlament be restored ; that the reuocation of the Intendants out of the Prouinces bee resolued (three onely excepted) namely, in the Lyonnois, in Champaigne, and in Piccardy, where theire employment is restraned onely to the affaires of the armies and that y' Queene hath condescended to y” erection of a Chamber of Justice, as they terme it, wo is to consist of a selected number of Parlament men, whereof the Kinge (to saue the reputac'on of his authority) is to haue the nomination, and is established to inquire, and informe against financiers, partisans, and others that haue misbehaued themselves: yet it will be a difficult matter to reconcile other differences, for there is much dispute about the remittinge y” arrears of the Tailles of y" yeares 44, 45, and 46, and about abatinge of the 8* part of the Tailles of the yeare 47, and the fourth part of 48 and 49; about the regulating the impositions uppon the entry of merchandises, about the reuokinge those Edicts by which the rents vppon the Towne house and the wages of Officers are diuerted to the Kings vse, and generally whatsoeuer almost hath passed w”out the verificac'on of the Parlament, is subject to question. Noris the Counsell altogeather complyant w" the Court of Parlament, hauing lately by their arrest cashiered an arrest of Parlament against the Dutchesse of Aiguillon. Nor is the Parlament vndiuided in ittselfe, the Kinge hauinge a party there amongst whome the So Boulanger, Conc. in the first Chamber, two daies since pleadinge very earnestly on the Kings side, in behalf of the Partisans in whose handes he is sayd to haue great sum'es of money, fell downe dead in the House, wherevppon the Duke of Orleans retired, the meeting dissolued, and the people conclude this blow to bee a judgment of God vppon him for defendinge soe bad a cause. Mars" de Gramont is come hither, whose privat businesse being not yet knowne, what appears is that he hath addressed himselfe to the Parlament to acquainte them w” the necessityes of the army, and to demand supplyes of them, seeing all other meanes of raysinge monyes are now, by their stirringe, soe disordered, that the new sur-intendant can neither by intreatyes or threats dispose the partizans to aduance one penny till they see farther what settlement these disputes will produce. The french fleet is returned from the coast of Naples (not hauinge made any impression at all vppon that people) to Piombino & Portolongone. Nor doe I heare that Prince Thomas is yet embarqued. My Lord Jermin went hence towards Callice Munday last. The Queene is returned to St. Germains. My Lord Marq' of Ormond prepares for Irland. And my Lo Marq' of Newcastle goes next weeke towards Holand by the way of Flanders, with his Lady, &c. God blesse you and vs. And send vs a happy meetinge. Yours euer to loue and serue you. PARIs, 18 July 1648. From Sir Ri. Browne.
The businesse of the Parlament this weeke hath been to deliberate vppon, and examine the declaration wo" the King brought them, hauinge appointed fower of theire members to make report thereof vppon the 16" of this moneth ; in the mean §. they make great difficulty to obey that part thereof, wherein the Kinge com’andes them not to assemble any more in the Chambre St. Lewis; and this notw"standing that the Duke of Orleans hath seuerall tymes beene woo them to maintaine the Ring's authority, and to vrge the conueniency, yf not the necessity, of theire obedience; so that, by what yet appeares, the Parlam' yf they meete not