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The principall cause y' Lo" meeting this day in Councell was to consider of some let” from Irland concerning Londonderry, whereupon they have sent to y' Lo". Justices for further informac'on before they can doe anything in it. I pray for yo' Ma" happy dispatch of yo' great affaires there, & safe returne for England, as being

Yo' Sacred Ma”
Most humble & most obedient servaunt,
EDW, NICHOLAS.
WESTMINSTER, 9° Octo”, 1641.
EDEN. 13.

Sir Edward Nicholas to the King.

May it please yo' most excellent Ma",

I receaved (by young S. Rob: Pye') on Satterday last yo' Ma” com’aunds by apostile of y' 5" p"sent, & am much ioyed, that there is hope of yo' Ma" returne sooner then is generally reported here, where it is confidently said (amongst yo most authentigue intelligencers in Scottish affaires), that yo' Ma" will not be here till Christmas, & I assure yo' Ma" they give forth, as if yo' Ma" were likely to receaue but an ill harvest of ally" paynes yo' Ma" hath taken: But I hope y” happy conclusion of yo' businesses there, shall now very shortly, by good effects, contradict and falsify their stories.

I humbly conceaue that it may be for yo' Ma" honour & advantage, that y' Lo: Mayor of London wayte on yo' Ma" attyo returne, that you may have thereby opportunity to shew yo'self gra'cous to yo' people, by speaking a short word now & then to them as you passe amongst them, to cheere & encourage them in their dutifull affecc’ons to yo" Royall person; & therefore Ibeseech yo' Ma", that by yo next I may receave yo' pleasure, whither I

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a expect that he & his brethren attend yo' Ma" ac

cordingly: And I humbly desire to know to whome Ishall addresse let"for yo' Ma", when you shalbe on

1 Of Lockhamsted, Bucks, Baronet; a title now extinct.

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yo’iourney hither, for that I beleeve Mr.Thre’or will to the Duke not ride soe fast as yo' Ma". The occasion of this ja) dispatch is y” inclosed from my Lo: Keeper.

The Queene sent me word even now that she shall not write by this packet. We hope yo' Ma" next I” will satisfy yo' good servaunts expectac'on here w" the desired newes of yo' Ma" happy & speedy returne, wo" is yo earnest prayer of

Yo' sacred Ma"
Most humble & most obedient servaunt,

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Sir Edward Nicholas to the King.

May it please yo' most excellent Ma", Yesterday I sent to yo' Ma" in myne a let’r from my Lo" Keeper by packet : and this is to give yo' Ma" advertisem', that y' Lo" of yo' Ma" Privy Councell met here this morning, to consider of some Irishe businesses, when they agreed upon a let” to beforthw" sent to yo' Ma" woo their Lo"advise, for divers reasons expressed in their said let” (a coppy whereof for better expedic'on is here inclosed), to giue order to yo"Ma" Justices in Irland to prorogue yo parliam' there (w" is to meete y' 9th of No") till february next; the originall under y' Lo" hands shalbe sent to yo' Ma" as soone as it can be got signed, if yo' Ma" shall approve of their Lo" advise, cu may be pleased for better expedic'on to send one let under yo' Ma" handimediatly from Edenbur into Irland by an express messenger to y' Lo". I have done Justices, forthw" to set forth a proclamac'on to that this aireddie, purpose: & another by the way of West Chester or thereabouts, least y” former should miscarry or receave delay. The Lo" of yo' Ma" Privy Councell here have also this day giuen order to the Justices of Peace (in & neeere London) to take a course, that a more effectuall and strict order be taken for present sending away all y” disbanded souldiers (w" still pester this city): & for shutting up of all houses

infected, for that y' sicknes disperseth very much & dangerously hereabouts. There wasthis day nothing donne by the Comittees ... " of either House worthy yo' Ma” notice. There is a strong report (spred by persons of best creddithere for intelligence & knowledge of y" proceedings in Scotl:) that yo'Ma" will not be here these2moneths, but what ground they have for it, I cannot learne. Thereisawhispering here,asif yo' Parliam' (whenit meetes) would adiourne for some moneths, or tosome other place: Itould my Lo: Keeper this day that if y" Pliam'should adiourne to a further day, (thoughe iMo but for a moneth or two) before they passed y: Bill intention of Tonnage & Poundage to yo Ma", (the same being {j}, graunted only to y' first of Decem: next.) it would would be put yo' Ma" to a great streight for want of monny to best. uphold yo' house, & for divers other occasions: and ... I humbly offer it to yo Ma" considerac'on, whether :... it may not be fitt for you to let my Lo: Keeper, & Koz some other of yo' Ma” best affected servaunts of others of my either House of Pliam' know, what you would have jace them to insist upon in case there should be any initieaving moc'on for a further adiournem', before yo' Ma" §., returne, by reason of y" sicknes, wo" growes soe rife too & dangerous, as will make such a moc'on willingly ...ut I hearkened unto. My humble & earnest prayers i. shalbe still for a prosperous dispatch of yo' affaire into there, & for yo' Ma" speedy & safe returne, there ..., being noe man so much obliged to yo Ma" for ye Así haug, grac'ous favour, as

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as being Murrey, and reco back by * post boy of Barbican the 23*at resolved, at West at 9 at myg". His Mao is constant in ye doctrine & my retoo discipline of ye Church.”

to alter the forme of the Churche, gouernement in England to this heere: therfor I com’and you to asseure all my seruants there that I am constant for the Doctrine & Disepline of the Churche of England as it was established by Queene Elis. & my Father, & resolues, (by the grace of God) to liue & dey in the maintenance of it.

Sir Edward Nicholas to the King.

May it please yo' most excellent Ma",

I receaved yesterday yo' Ma" apostile of y' 9th p'sent by Mr. Barkley, & have (according to yo" Ma” com’and) addressed this packet to y' Duke of Richmond, & shall soe contynue my addresses, untill I shall understand of Mr. Th’rers returne to Court. Yo' Ma" com’aunds me to advise wo some of yo' best servaunts here, how to povent the intenc’ons of some here to presse yo' Ma" at yo next meeting in P'liam' for y' like Act touching y' eleccion of officers & councellors here, as you have graunted in Scotland. I (w" all humility) assure yo' Ma", that I conceave it no lesse difficult for me (now in yo' absence when y” awe of the Parliam' is upon all in generall) to discerne who are yo' Ma” best ser- If your owen vaunts here, then it is almost impossible for such yo' . servaunts, to know what to doe or advise, to povent into to soe plausible a designe, wo in my poor opinion of nothing can soe well divert, as yo' Ma" speedy direction returne; but of this intend forthwo to speake win #"y"?". the Queene. It will be

This inclosed is yo let from ye Lo" of yo' Mao: "** Privy Counsell, whereof in my last by Mr. Mungo Murrey' I sent a coppy: their Lo”, as soon as they rose from Councell, (& before yo let' was drawne) dispersed themselves to their severall homes in y” country, w" is y' cause (as I am tould), that it was

* Murrey (Mungo) was a confidential servant and gentleman of the bedchamber to the King, who often entrusted him with private correspondence. In February, 1646, whilst the King was in the power of the English Commissioners at Newcastle, Murrey, having obtained leave of absence on pretence of visiting Scotland, was admitted to his Majesty's presence before witnesses for the purpose of kissing his hand. The Commissioners, however, observed something put into his hand by the King; and having followed him, when out of the presence, they searched him, and found a letter in cypher directed to Montreuil the French agent. The letter was immediately sent up to the Parliament, and Murrey committed to prison, but admitted to bail after two days’ confinement.

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chaunts dare not have a hand in the engaging of it, but they say they will take order that, upon receipt of yo"Ma"warraunt, it shalbesafely delivered accordingly. I hauetould If yo' Ma" shall stay long from hence,” I humbly ony pray yo' Ma" wilbe pleased to let me understand w” Dispaches whome you would have me to advise concerning yo'

* Boswell seems to have been an old confidential servant of the King, who mentions him as his agent in 1634, in a letter to the Queen of Bohemia. See Bromley's Royal Letters, p. 67. He was also in the confidence of the Palatine Princes about the same time. Bromley, p. 79. He was at this;period the British Resident at the IIague, but afterwards fell into disgrace, as we find by a subsequent letter of the Queen of Bohemia.

* On this day the King wrote a letter to the Lord Keeper, desiring him to inform the Parliament that he was unavoidably detained, but that he would make all diligence to return. This was read to the Lords on the 26th.

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