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May it please yo' most excellent M'tie, I wonder of Yesterday S. Job Harby.” & I attended the .3;

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1 This order of Roman Catholic priests had been introduced on the marriage of Charles with Henrietta Maria, and had been allowed to form an establishment here.

2 He was of an ancient Northamptonshire family, the Har

of Adston. His sister Emma was married to Robert

Charlton, of Whitton, Esq., who suffered much for his loyalty in the cause of Charles the Second. Their son Sir Job was a Judge in the Common Pleas, and created a Baronet.

* This Crisp appears to be the same person afterwards engaged, in 1643, in the plan to seize the city of London for the King; to which Edmund Waller was a party, according to Rushworth's account, though Clarendon considers their plans as completely distinct.

rting from saith there is alreddy 25". Her Ma" hath let him ovnderstand yo Ma" pleasure concerning y' dis...b." posing of it, whereupon he hath promised that he £o. and S. Jo. Nulls (who hath beneformerly imployed tyle. There in the pawning of it) will forthw" write to y' partiein #...of Holland wo whome it lyes engaged, to see what more this mis, monny may be had vpon it, and if that man will not to lend any further considerable some, then S. Job i.o. promiseth to doe his best to procure elsewhere as iyomy wife much more vpon it as he can, & therew" redeeme it in this. out of the hands where it now lyes, & get yo overplus for yo' Ma", & he assures the Queene, that he will doe this wo secrecy, and all possible dilligence. It is so, & This inclosed from my Lo. Keeper was brought to one me the last night to be conveyed to yo Ma", & will - I hope give yo' Ma" an account of yo' last let to his Loop. Yo Ma" may be pleased to procure from yo I lyke your P'liament there some further reiterac'on of their *..." declarac'an, that what yo' Ma" hath consented vnto gettas much concerning y” election of Officers there may not be *::::#1 drawne into example to yo' Ma" preiudice here, for *:::: if I am not misinformed there wilbe some attempt uériment to procure the like Act heere concerning Officers .. yo Act of Tonnage & Poundage wilbe passed to yo' Ma" for lief. łoś. I heare that y' Comittee of the Com’ons hath apłoś. pointed to take into considerac'onyo Ma"Revenue ... yo next weeke, and that they will then set at least in it. twice a weeke.' I am vnwilling to give yo' Ma" in I command yo' great affaires there too long an interruption with }... the tedious lynes of

In my name

to aii those' Yo' sacred Maie"

o Most humble & most obedient servaunt, shall tell you EwB. NICHOLAs.

of, that they

faile not to THORPE, 24° Sep”, 1641.

attend at the

to, o ' The powers given to these Committees, during the recess, #ji.m. were almost unlimited. In vol. ix, of the Parliamentary His

tory, page 537, a copy of them is inserted.

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Sir Edward Nicholas to the King.

May it please yo' most excellent Ma",

Being yesterday at Oatlands to attend the Queenes com’aunds, her Ma" gaue me this paper inclos'd, wo comaund to send it this day to yo' Ma": it was brought to yo Queene by y' Lady Carlile, who saith she had it from y” Lo. Mandeville.” I confesse it were not amise to have it published, but I had rather it should be donne by any other hand than yo' Ma" or y Queenes, & therefore I could wishe yo' Ma" I shall would conceale it for a day or 2, by wo" tyme I know there wilbe other coppies of it sent into Scotland.

The late crosse orders, & Vnusuall passages in P'liam't a little before y' Recesse, are so distastfull to y" wiser sorte, as it hath taken off y" edge of their confidence in parliamentary proceedings, & I verily beleeve, that if y" Houses (when they next meete)

* This was the Dowager Carlisle, Lady Lucy Percy, second wife, and, at this date, widow of James. Hay, first Earl of Carlisle; a famous woman in her time, celebrated by Waller and others, and supposed to have become as intimate with Pym as she had previously been with Strafford. Clarendon accuses her of perplexing the King's affairs, and what Nicholas states of her above seems to exhibit an equal readiness to perplex the affairs of Parliament. But, being upwards of forty, she had now perhaps wholly given up amatory for political intrigues.

2 Son to the first Earl of Manchester of the Montague family, and formerly a personal friend of the King, having accompanied him on his romantic journey to Spain. The nature of the paper here alluded to, may be surmised from the fact that Lord Mandeville was at this time an active member of the Parliament party, and deep in the counsels and confidence of Pym. In the preceding year he had been one of the Commissioners to arrange all causes of dispute with Scotland. He was now best known, however, as the Lord Rimbolton, having at this period been called to the Upper House for his father's barony, though retaining the title of Wiscount Mandeville by courtesy. A little later, he was impeached with the five members. His brother, Walter Montague, was a bigoted Catholic priest, Abbot of Pontoise, in France, and Confessor to the Queen after the death of Father Phillips; he is further noticed in subsequent letters.

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