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CXXVII.-NAMES OF YE CORPORACONS WHO BROUGHT IN

PETITIONS TO YE LORD MAYOR, ETC. Feb. 15th, The Trinity Guild, not Sr John Totty, Knt,

Masters. 1673. signed, but brought Natha : Philpott, in by

Willa Gressingham,

Wardens.

William Eager, March 4th The Corporacon of Matthew Nulty, Master. Taylors,

Willm Crawford,

Wardens.

John Kennedy, March 5th The Corporacón of Willm Wemersley, Master. Glovers, signed, Will® Miles,

Wardens.

Willm Metcalfe, March 5th · The Corporacon of

Forster,

Master. Brick Layers, not

signed. March 16th The Corporacán of Nich: Banks, Master. Smiths,

Borland,

Wardens.

George March 16th The Corporacón of

Painters & Stayners,

not signed. March 19th The Corporacón

of Willm Lingar,

Master. Sheermen, signed & John Prue,

Wardens. brought by

James Carr, March 19th The Corporacon of

Shoemakers under

their Seale. March 19th The Corporacón of John Walker, Master. Weavers, signed. Tho: Mitchell,

Wardens.

Daniell March 19th The Corporacón

of Richard Long, Master. Goldsmiths, under their seale.

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CXXVIII.-WILLIAM HARBORD TO THE EARL OF Essex.

MAY IT PLEASE Y EXCELLENCY,

24 March, 1673. I gave you an Account by the last post at large of what I had donne in pursuance of y Directions, since wch yesterday, after ye King's Dinner, I went with my Lord Arlington to reade yr Excellencie's Report to his Maty about ye Mills of Kilmanham, who was pleased to heare it wth patience & Attention, saying yt he had now gratifyed St Mauricea by hearing what were his pretension, but y you should now goe on to Recover his Right by Lawe, & bid my LArlington & my self signifye his pleasure to y'

. Excellency accordingly; his Maty was very well satisfyed wth ye Account you had given, & said my L' of Essex is a man yt may be believed blindfold; whereupon I tooke ye liberty to saye, yt I was extreamly glade to finde his Maty satisfied wth ye Goverment; he answered, not only satisfyed, but abundantly satisfyed. I further told his Mats, that ye Voyce of ye Towne was yt you were to be Recalled ; his answer was, yt they wch said so were Rogues, & bid me Laye a Wager of it, & yt he would

goe my halves.

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CXXIX.-WILLIAM HARBORD TO THE EARL OF Essex.

MAY IT PLEASE YR EXCELLENCY,

28 March, 74. I receaved yesterday yrs of ye 11th instant, & according to yo Excellencie's Directions I have comunicated ye Contents of it to Sr Henry Capell, & wth him discoursed ye same wth

my

La Arlington,

- Sir Maurice Eustace, formerly Lord Chancellor.

who gave me a sight of those 2 yExcellency wr'tt to him upon the undertaking & ye seditious petition. I gave you my weake opinion by ye last post as to y proceeding upon ye first, & how cautiously yt matter is to be handled ; but I finde my Lord Arlington resolved to show y* Letter upon y subject to his Maty by ye very first opportunity, so yt you will quickly finde what Impression yr thoughts make upon his Mat thereupon. I can not well judge, I confess, of any thing Ranelagh saith, finding him a very bold affirmer of things & as forward to sweare as to speake of ym; but I know 'tis his Interest to keepe Essex in his place, & I feare that Ormond is not of yt mịnde as to his particular, nor 82, who is Extreamly Sick of ye Gout & not out of great danger, as likewise is Treasurer, I can not tell whether ye latter will dye; but he will not last long, labour. ing under greater difficulties then I feare he will ever master. The other day, discoursing wth Ranelagh upon ye generall opinion how unable he would be to goe through wth his undertaking, he said yt by his Mate's orders he could quickly discharge himself, & if. would dispose of ye money any way 'twas all one to him, & yt he could produce orders for what he had donne, & prayed you to dispatch his account, & yt if he thought himself in any danger he could quickly gett himself d charged. Pray saye nothing of this, for I make good use of these things here to doe you service, I assure y' Excellency, & I hope yr Excellency wilbe no looser by my being here. The other day, walking in ye Mall wth King yt I might discover whether Ormond was tampering, w'h ye assistance of Duke, to give Essex his place, being informed that Carlingford had bin imploy'd to Duke for yt purpose, I asked King whether it was pleasing to him ye removeing of ye Troops; he said Yea. I asked him whether he thought it not best to remove some of ye Companies of y® guards upon duty to ye Frontiers of ye Irish ? He said Yeas, by all means, for yt he heard

of

ym were Tapsters, Hostlers, & Shopkeepers, wch would be easily seen. Then I proposed to him ye Removing 4 Companies at first, wch he Exceedingly aproved off, & bid me tell you so. I had

* Orrery.

many

some particular reasons for this, web I will give you at my comming over, & by divers other discourses of yt kinde I finde that King will never heare of Ormond's his pretensions ye way.

I have by ye Tuesday post to give yr Excellency an Answer about ye Friars, &c., & if not yt day by ye next of ye other affaires, & to see yo promoters of yt petition put into y' Hands y owne way after a long & chargeable journey..

I will not stirr till I receave yleave for yt purpose, but most readely doe you all ye service in my power, either here or there.

St Maurice Eustace hath been wth me, & desires y Excellency not to take any ill Impression of him, but yt he willingly will submitt

ye Mills to you ; however, I advise yr Excellency to goe on & Seize ym into his Maties hands. Arlington had a Cruel dispute wth Anglesey yesterday, & told him yt he was a Knave, wch is too true. His Ma'y went this day to Hampton Court, & Returns to night. Next Thursday he intends to Newmarkett for 20 dayes, & La Arlington promiseth to give his resolution about ye petitioners before his departure. I dout not but yt his Maty will stick to y Excellency* & bring ym to reason, to their shame. This is all at present from, &c.

CXXX.-CHARLES R. TO THE EARL OF Essex.

Charles R.

Right Trusty and Right Welbeloved Cousin and Councellour, Wee greet you well. Whereas Wee have been informed of certaine disorders fomenting in Our Citty of Dublin to create disturbances upon ye account of ye late Rules for regulating that and the other

* Confirmed by letter from Arlington, of March 31.

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Corporations of Our Kingdome of Ireland. And Whereas the procuring of hands to a Petition against a Law is in it self an Act of Sedition, especially when prepared to be addressed to such a Power as cannot change the Law, though never soe greivous. Wee having taken the same into Our consideration, and that the said Rules, as farre as wee can take notice of them, are extreamely usefull to Government in many respects, and that if Wee should think fit to give way against any complaints, though they may seem very specious, might yet in the consequence disturbe Our whole Government there. And that the said Rules are of equall credit and Authority with the Act of Settlement, the attempt of breaking any part whereof Wee look upon as very dangerous and prejudiciall to Our Service. Wee have, therefore, thought fit to direct and require you, as Wee doe by these Presents, to use such means as you shall think fit for the effectuall suppressing all Preparations to such a Disorder in the same manner as you would doe any other Sedition, and that you give Order to Our Atturney or Sollicitor Generall there to proceed by information against the Principall movers in this businesse, if you should think it for Our Service. Neverthelesse, Our pleasure is, that you enquire and certify unto Us, with what convenient speed you may, what Numbers there are of persons living in any of the Corporati ons of that Our Kingdome within the benefit of the words (and others] in the second Rule, that may give occasion of offence, to the End that Wee may be informed whether there may be any seeming grounds for these complaints. And for soe. doing this shall be your Warrant. And soe Wee bid you heartily farewell.

Given at Our Court at Whitehall the 31st day of March, 1674, in the Six & Twentieth yeare of Our Reigne.

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