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beleeve it will not be difficult for you to put all
things here in good order att yo next recesse, by
carrying a steddy and moderate hand upon yo'
affaires.

Yo' Ma" will I hope pardon the tedious and on the oppo. site page, in

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Portland.” Mr. Th’rer's 1* of y" 7" present, puts ...}. - - - - - this, & anie * This was an affair requiring delicate management, though thing else. not now so dangerous as it became two years later, when the that I shall Parliament, understanding that the Queen had pawned the o', crown jewels in Holland, ordered that whoever had, or should "“ ” ” pay, lend, send, or bring, any money or specie into the kingdom, for or upon those jewels, or accept of any bill hereafter, should be considered an enemy to the state. * De Larrey, in his characters, describes the Duke as at the head of the royalist Lords, not only from his near relationship to the King, but also on account of his personal qualities. At the early age of twenty-one he had been made a Privy Councillor, and married to the Duke of Buckingham's daughter. “His wit, his courage, and his affection for the King, made him worthy the esteem and favour of the Court. But two qualities which he had, prevented his being serviceable to the King, who loved him : the one was, his too great diffidence of himself; and the other (quite opposite) too great a haughtiness in point of honour. By the first he rendered himself too dependent; and by the latter, too ob

noxious.” * Jerome Weston, second Earl of that title; a family now

extinct.

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yo Queene in expectac'on every howre of 1" from
yo Ma" by y' Lo. Carr.
Besides y Queenes le", yo Ma" will herein
receave one from my Lo. Keeper, who humbly prayes
yo Ma"pleasure for a new Sheriff for Nottingham-
sheire, as Mr. Th’rer will acquaint yo' Ma". Ifind
alreddy that Ishall not (nowy" Parliam'isadiourned)
have much occasion to trouble yo' Ma"w"1", but I
shalbe never the lesse vigilant & industrious in my
care to approove myself
Yor Maties
Most humble & most obedient servaunt,
EDW. NICHOLAS.
WESTMINSTER, 13° Sep”, 1641.
EDEN. 17.

Sir Edward Nicholas to the King.

May it please yo' most excellent Ma",

I receaved yesterday yo' Ma" of the 13th of this moneth by Mr. ffrisoll, & in it a let to the Queene, well I instantly presented to her Royall hands, & acquainted her wo what yo' Mao comâunded me. Her Mao tells me she wrote lately by my Lo. Carr,' & intends to write againe to yo' Ma” on Munday next by Mr. Wm. Murrey, & therefore forbeares to send by this packet, w"I now dispatch for conveyaunce of the inclosed from my Lo" Keep'. I had sent the 2 let” (wo were directed to yo"Ma" & y Parliam') under yo' Ma"owne cover, but that I founde it was divulged by Withering's deputy, that there were such le" came to his hands, and by him sent to me, soe that it had beene a vayne thing for me to have concealed yo same from Mr. Th’rer, who I was sure had advertisem" of them by another hand. things here are in a great still, every one being busy in listening after the proceedings of the Parliam' in

* Lord Ker of Cesford; son to the Earl of Roxburgh,

Lord Privy Seal of Scotland, the first peer of the family,
and ancestor of the Dukes of Roxburgh,

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Scotland, where Mr. Th’rer writes the people are
stiffe, & seeme to be resolute not to recede from their
proposic’ons, wo" in my poore iudgem" is bad newes,
and of very ill example to us here.
I humbly thanke yo' Ma" for yo' gracious leave
granted me to reside at my house att Thorpe, for yo
sickness & small pox contynues very rife in London
and Westminster. I am now once a day, or att least
once in 2 dayes, att Oatlands, and intended to be att
Westminster every tuesday & wensday, to attend
what shalbe donne there by the Comittees, having
nothing in my affeccion or ambition soe much, as by
an exact dilligence & fidelity to approve myself
Y: Maties
Most humble & most obedient servaunt,
Edw. NICHOLAs.

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May it please yo' most excel' Ma",

Yesterday I sent by packet a let' to yo' Ma" from the Lo. Keeper, & should not now have troubled yo' Ma", but that the oportunity of safe conveyaunce by this gent. doth prompt me humbly to minde yo' Ma" of some things in my poore opinion worthy yo Royall considerac'on.

I am confident yo' Ma” doth by this time cleerly perceave, how it is hereinsinuated upon all occasions, that Popery (w" is generally exceeding distastefull to yo' su” of this kingdome) is too much favoured by yo' clergy here, & in yo’ owne Court, & that this opinion (how vniustly soever laid by Brownists’ on I thankeyou yo Ma" governm't) hath & doth (more than any o: thing) preiudice yo' Ma" in yo esteeme & affeccion of they: of yo: people, whose love I humbly conceave to be sosoe much yo' Ma" interest, as that it ought to be ;*

* The “Brownist” schism began as early as the time of Elizabeth ; and their founder was able to boast, on his deathbed, that he had been in thirty-two prisons during his religious warfare with the established authorities.

#... preserved & reteyned by yo' Ma", by all possible toe. meanes: wherefore I humbly offer to yo' Ma” con.* siderac'on, whether it be not requisite, that yo Ma" Bishobrikes, should now (during this recesse) give some publique *...* assuraunce to the contrary: wo". Ihumbly conceave made con may be donne by yo' p"sent conferring of such ;" Bp” and eccles" dignities as are now voyde ypon those places, persons, of whome there is not the least suspic'on of favouring the Popish partie, such as may be *"risk. Dr. Prideaux, Bromwich, Gouge, Mr. Shute, & yo like, if they will in these tymes accept of such p"ferm", for I assure y' Ma"I am vnknowne to all and every one of them. Such men thus p"ferred, would not only give assurance of yo' Ma" firme resoluc'on to maynteyne the Protestant religion here professed, but by filling vpp of y" vacant Bp” wo such persons, yo' Ma" would gayne not only their votes for Episcopacy, &c. but many more, who seei such divines p"fered, would rest confident that there is noe inten'con to introduce or connive at Popery. Also concerning the booke of Colmon Prayer, (to artes whereof i. late Declaracon of y" Co.'mons ouse shewes there is some excepcion), yo' Ma" having constituted such B", may be pleased to declare yo' reddines to reforme what shalbe thought amissein it by yo' clergy & Parliam', wo" will prevent those that (in a zeale woout knowledge) seeke to overthrow yo good government & order wisely established in this church : & thus by yo' Ma" tymely moderac'on, you will put a bitt in their mouthes, who (vpon a popular pretence of y" reliques of Popery) cry downe all that is of good order or demineno. 1 cency in the Church. iykeyour And for a further assuraunce of y' Ma" integrity §... in this reformac'on, Ihumbly offer it to yo"Ma" con

but concern- “. ing the rest, siderac'on whether it may not be necessary (before y”

1 Prideaux was Canon of Christ Church, Oxford; he was made Bishop of Worcester in 1641, and died in 1650, Dr. Ralph Brownrigg, Master of Catherine Hall, Cambridge, and Prebendary of Durham, was made Bishop of Exeter in 1641. Gouge and Shute were high in the confidence of the Puritan party, and remained steady to their old congregations.

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