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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 france doe manifestly declare and followe theire example.
The Prince of Condé findinge great difficultyes in the reliefe of Tourné" is encamped at Bethune, there expectinge the succors y' Erlack, Waubecour, and others are to bring to him.
At Naples the affaires betweene the King and people (ill satisfied w” the Spaniards non-performance of treaty, and murmoringe by reason of the scarcety of bread) are againe fallen into great disorder: insomuch as it is thought the french fleet may therevppon make yet an other journey to attempte some new impression in that Kingdome. The newes 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 P 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 o Which yf heebee, I pray present my seruice to him, and soe with our relatiue cordiall affections, I rest
Our Court wants money, and liues very quietly at St. Germains: wheere no peere appeares but my Lord Jermin. The Lord Marq. of Worster, the Lords Digby & Hatton, though yett in France, yet liue for the most part in Paris. From Sir Ri. Browne,
* Note appended: “Which is lost.”
So, Since y' Com’ittinge of the King's declaration to fower Members of the Parlament, to bee by them examined wo 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 Tourné hath not yet exasperated yo Prince of Condé into any newe vndertakinge against the Spaniard, wo" now vppony" joyninge of Erlack's troops winto him, it is expected hee shoulde, soe that robabily wee shall soone heare of his remoue from }. In this stationary, or rather retrograde, condition of the ffrench affaires in flanders, 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 wo" the french fleet hath set saile for L'Abruzzo, there to joyne woo the Conte de Conuersano, who hath reuiued y' rebellion and
is at the head of a considerable army. The Com’andeur de Souturay prepares for his journey into Holland, in quallity of Ambassador from the Religion of Malta, there to demande restitution of the Com’andaries, wo"the States of Holland
doe possesse. The Duke of Beaufort (who 'tis thought hath not beene out of france) attended w” 40 or 50 horse, hath lately (as is saide) appeared in Brittany, , wherevppon there are some troopes sent thither, and into 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 his journey towards Ireland.
hankes for yours of 28 & 31. most 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.
PARIS. 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", wherein his gracious fauour and yourowne merithaueconcurrently 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 yo 4 Aprill 3" Car. 1651, directed to Prince Rupert and to Mr. Windam in my behalfe, for which as Irender all humble acknowledgements to my most Gracious and Royall 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 proulled any wayaduantageous unto mee, for I can giue noe account where Pr. Rupert is since his comminge into the Ocean, and takinge 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 Mao 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. In March last Mr. Windam assigned mee a thousand guilders of Dunkirke money, which makes little aboue fourescore pistolls