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Sir Edward Nicholas to the King.
May it please yo' most excell" Ma",
Yesterday I receaved yo' Ma" com’ands by an apostile vpon my le" of y"24" of y' last moneth, & forthw" posented yo' Ma” to y Queene, and sent that to my Lo. Keeper; & woo this yo' Ma" will receave 2 let" from y” Queene, & one from my Lo. Reeper.
It hath bene here confidently said, by those that holde correspondency w” y” Engl. Comittees in Scotland, that y” Ea. of Arguile shalbe at length Chauncellor, & that y' Lo". Amont' shall not be Th’rer; &, if I am not much misinform'd, they are here as peremptorily resolved to presse & put upon yo Ma" a Lo. Th’rer & some other officers before Though I they will settle yo' returne, & nothing can brake.” their designes here but yo' Ma" presence; & if soone as I yo Ma” do not hasten to be here some dayes before :::::::: ye next meeting in Parliam', I doubt there wilbe few fident that that will dare to appeare here to oppose y” party or that now swayeth; & I pray God there be not some of designe in deteyning yo Ma" there till yo' affaires o' here be reduced to the same state they there are in. ..., I assure yo' Ma" y” opinion of wise men here is, that there ends. to have what officers you desire in that kingdome cannot make soe much for your service there, as yo' absence hence at this tyme will preiudice you in businesses of more importaunce here: and as for the Lo. Montrosse” & y” rest, some here (that pretend
1 This was Levingston, Lord Almont, who had the first command under Lesley in the Scottish army, and was afterwards created Earl of Callendar. Charles had certainly intended to give him the office of Lord Treasurer, but was obliged to put it into commission, naming the Earls of Argyle, Glencairn, Lothian, and Lindsey, as Commissioners.
3 Montrose, it is hardly necessary to remind the reader, had very recently quitted the Covenanting party, and joined the King.
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This may be to understand y” condic'on of their case) are of to opinion, that ther innocency is such, as they will say, but I am - to it?” not fare yo worse for yo' Ma" leaving them to yo .* ordinary course of justice there. int of . I am credibly assured, that y” Citty of London §: growes very weary of y" insolent carriage of y" Hot releued, Schismaticks, finding their way of governm' to be }...” wholly arbitrary. Alderman Gourney [Gurney] (according to his right and place) is elected Lo. Mayor notw"standing y” opposic’on of y" factious party, throughey" stoutnes and good affecc’on of one of yo new Sheriffs (called Clerck), who while y' factious persons were making a noyse, & would not proceede to y elecc’on, proposed Ald'man Gourney (who I heare is very well affected & stout), & carry’d it, & yo Schismaticks (who cryed noe elecc’on) were silenced w” hisses, & thereupon y” Sheriff dismist
* The new-made Bishops were: BRISTOL . . Thomas Westfield, Archdeacon of St. Alban's, of Jesus College, Cambridgo. CHICHESTER. Henry King, Dean of Rochester, of Christ Church College, Oxford. ExETER . . Ralph Brownrigg, Prebendary of Durham, Scholar and Fellow of Pembroke Hall, and Master of Catherine Hall, Cambridge. NoRwich . Joseph Hall, Bishop of Exeter. SALISBURY. Brian Duppa, of Christ Church, Oxford, Bishop - of Chichester, Tutor to the Prince, translated to Winchester. WoRCESTER. John Prideaux, Rector of Exeter College, Oxford, and Canon of Christ Church, died 1650. York. . . John Williams, Bishop of Lincoln, Lord Keeper, died 1650. CARLISLE . James Usher, Archbishop of Armagh, ob. 1655.
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not forth from hence till too-morrow noone at soonest,
* Westminster was at present vacant, in consequence of John Williams, Bishop of Lincoln, afterwards Archbishop of York, having been suspended by the Court of Star Chamber. John Earl was the next holder of the Deanery.
Maistre Nicholas, I send you the names of the Lords that I thinke fit to be send for. You must to aduertice the Bishops to be heer, so hauing no more to say I reste Your assured frend, IHENRIETTE MARIE R.
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* The Peers here meant may be easily understood, notwithstanding her Majesty's royal grant of new names. The last, which has suffered the most, is evidently intended for the Lord Cottington.
* This most probably was Sir Orlando Bridgeman, then Master of the Court of Wards, and Attorney to the Prince of Wales; or it may have been one of his brothers, sons of the Bishop, two of whom were married into Lancashire faSir Edward Nicholas to the King.
May it Fo yo' most excellent Ma",
Since my last of y" 7th present, I receaved yo' Ma” comaunds apostiled yo 2" of this moneth, & have presented yo' Ma"let" to y Queene, whereof I have here" sent an aunsweare from her Ma", wo" came this day to my hands. I have acquainted her Ma" (as you were pleased to comaund) that yo' Ma" wished that some of yo' servaunts here would meete to countermyne y” plots here, but yo Queene saith, that cannot be done in yo Ma", absence. I have on written let" to all such Lo", as I have had direc" but yet'." to send unto, to attend att y' downe sitting of y" . .” Parliam'. Touching yo' Ma" Collar of Rubies, y' good, ther. Queene wishes that nothing be donne in it till y” o next weeke, when S. Job Harby saith he shall receave answeare to his le" sent into y' Low Countries, & in yo meane tyme I am privatly to informe ..., myself by what warrant that iewell was put into So do so. Job Harbyes or any other hands.
Yo Ma" will herew" receave a le" from my Lo: Ilieutenant of Ireland." The insolency & disorders of y" disbanded souldiers in & neer this towne is soe great, as y” Lo" of y" Councell (who met this day at Whitehall) have thought fit that some course should be forthw" taken to disperse & send them away, & to that purpose their Lo” humbly desire to know yo Ma" pleasure whether a proclamac'on shal be . . . issued by y Lo" Comissioners (whome yo' Ma" did ..." authorise to set forth proclamac'ons upon certeyne occasions in yo' Ma" absence) to y” effect of y" inclosed printed order of y" Com’ittees of both Houses, (whereof yo' Ma" had formerly a coppy sent); but this their Loo" intend should be without taking any notice of that order, unlesse yo' Ma" shall expressly direct that menc'on be made of it; by anie in this particolar their Lo" pray yo' Ma" speedy * resoluc'on & order.
* The Earl of Leicester had received the appointment, but he never went over to take possession of his Government.