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CLXV.—THE EARL OF Essex to THE EARL OF DANBY.
MY LORD, Dublin Castle, Aug. 14, 1674.
By the hands of my Lord Ranelagh I received yo favor of y' Lo most oblieging Letter, dated yo 30" of July, wherein you are pleased to give me so many assurances of y" kindnesse, as I confesse I cannot wish for more, &, indeed, Tis one of y" greatest satisfactions could befall me, who have long desired ye honour of a firme & settled friendship w” y LP, to find it now so well established; & since those Two worthy persons you name, my Lord Conway & So Arth. Forbese have bin instrumentall & usefull to me herein, I doe assure y' LP that this part they have done shall much endear them to me.
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CLXVI.--WILLIAM HARBORD TO THE EARL OF Essex.
MAY IT PLEASE Y" EXCELLENCY, Windesore Castle, 22 Aug. 1674. + % -x- + - + This day I gave his Mao y Letter wo" he was pleased to reade wh great patience, & afterwards expressed all the kindnesse Imaginable for you, saying That he was abundantly satisfyed wo your cominge & care of His affaires, & y' he heartely wished he could have you both there & here. King told me y' he would in a few dayes discourse wome about the regiment, & privately betwict us two give you directions int, & that he had spoken somwhat to Forbese of it already. Fa. Patrick was extremely inquisitive wheither that I had not brought him any Letters from Conway, & wheither Conway had not writt to Kg by me, whereby Essex may be able to finde y' tis a plot laid by Conway to runn Essea: " into some inconvenience about Fa. Patrick, and undoubtedly Con., Ran., Or., & Trea. endeavour all they can to weaken Esser wo King and people; & though I could not, by reason of y" great Company, speake much to Arl, yet he told me y' he was wounded by his Enemies, but y Essex was wounded by his friends, & promised me this evening to come to particulars, but the post going away by 7 o' Clock, I must differ it till yo next post. + + + + +
* The first distinct notice that Conway is in the scheme against Essex. CAMD. SOC. 2 K. WOL. I.
CLXVII.--THE EARL of Essex To THE EARL of DANBY.
MY LORD, Dublin Castle, Aug. 23, '74. On Fryday last I received yo favour of y' LP dated ye 14th of this moneth, yo substance of it relating to a Comission intended to be granted to yo Earle of Orrery, wo", importing more then was designed by his Majestie or known to y LP, has, I finde by yo Letter, receivd some stop. I must also acquainte y' LP that some or other have not dealt well woo you in telling y' LP that my Lord of Orrery did voluntarily surrender his patent of y" military power in Munster, whereupon y' LP writes that his Majestie would be glad to gratify his LP herein, especially because his LP did surrender that patent of y" Goverm' of Munster without being demanded of him, & wo" He might have kept wo very extraordinary powrs, whereas indeed his Military Comission, as well yo others, was by his Majesties Comand to be vacated, and had he refused to surrender, care would have bin taken to supersede it, as will appear by my Instructions, & M" Atturney & Mr Sollicitors Advice how to execute them (here inclosed). The words of my 18" Instruction are these: Whereas we have thought fitt, for divers good considerations us thereunto moving, to suppress yo Civill Courts & Military powrs of yo Two Presidents of Conagh & Munster in that our Kingdome (as (we shall more particularly by our royal Letters signify to them), we have thought fitt hereby to direct you to proceed to yo suppressing of y" so powers accordingly. And we doe therefore hereby authorise & impowr you to conforme ye practice of Civill causes in those our said provinces to yo method of y" Laws generally observed through yo whole Kingdome. And for yo due regulation & ordering of y" Military powr there, to erect, instead of y" said Presidents, Governors or Deputys of Countys for that purpose, won such pow'rs & Instructions for ye Administration of their respective charges as you shall thinke necessary for that end, & as near as you can agreeable to yo powrs given to yo Deputy Lieutenants in England, & to name thereunto persons of known Loyalty, Courage, & prudence in that our Kingdome, To be continued during our pleasure. By all wo". It is apparent that his Maties resolutions were totally to suppress these Presidencys, & for yo Military part thereof to leave it wholly to me to erect & nominate Govern” of Countys w” such powrs as I should thinke necessary for that end. I did proceed to yo execution of that part, wo" related to y” presidencys ; my Lord of Orrery being then in yo Kingdome did readily resigne, my Lord Berkeley & Lo Kingston being both in England, I transmitted copies of what my Lo of Orrery had done, as formes for their resignation, they making some difficulties have not yet as I hear complied, nevertheless my, Lord of Kingston hath obtained a Letter for a compensation, altho' y” patent be still in being. For ye constituting of Govern” of Countys in pursuance of y" latter part of my Instruction the paper I have herew" enclosed will show y' LP what progress I have made in it, & upon what Acco. I desisted. If his Majestie shall thinke fitt to grant my Lord of Orrery a Comission, as others have for y” Goverm' of Countys, & this to extend to two, three, four, or all yo Countys within y” Province of Munster, that his Majestie may be acquainted w” y” formes (now in Use) of these Comissions, & yo scope of y" powers conteyned in them, I have herew" transmitted a Copy of one (There are some few others of an antiquated Stile, of that sort my Lord of Donegall has one for Carrigfergus). I confess I doe much wonder why my Lord of Orrery, being Major Genr" of ye Army, should desire any such Comission, wo" is looked upon here as very insignificant, & indeed is soe ; for I believe a man may be chiefe Govern' seven years, & not know unless by Accid' who are Governors of Countys. I have bin now above Two years in this place, & I am sure I cannot tell who they all are, for they never act or doe any Thing. However I concieve for his Majesties sake it may be most proper that y' Comission doe pass here, & this because it may be enquired whether some nobleman (as, for instance, my Lord of Tyrone hath for yo County of Waterford) have not already comissions for yo same, wo" should they be thus superseded, would unnecessarily disobliege those persons, who are at present possest of these Comands, how inconsiderable soever in themselves, yet could not but take it a litle to heart to be turned out of them. I cannot conclude without giving y' LP my humble thanks for y” favor you express in these words of y" Letter, That you are ag' any Thing new without my approbation to it.
I am more & more convinced y' Tr: Orr; Con: & Ran: are in Combination against Essex & endeavour to put all the tricks Imaginable upon him, & have attempted to set up an Irish secretary for that purpose, but I cannot as yet learne the man.
At Windesore I found great Complaints, y' Esser his lady had not visited Queen, & y! If it were not donne It would be ill taken, where upon I gave my thoughts freely to her about It, and she doth intend to doe it.
If you have not already, I think It necessary that y' Excellency send y thanks to M' Secretary Coventry for his great Care of y" Concerns at Court on all occasions, & particularly about Orrery; To-morrow Sr. Arthur, Sr. Henry, & my self meen to put things in a way upon his going away, wo" he designes on Thursday next ; I dare assure you that Ran: is much weakened in his Interest both wo Kg. & Trea: & y Orrery is much worse then he, & Kg. hath declared his thoughts of both upon this last occasion frankly, & to me he called it a dirty trick ; This is all at present from &c.
All my Letters shalbe sealed this Seale to y Excellency, & I will use it to nobody else.
CLXIX.—THE EARL of Essex To M.R. WILLIAM HARBORD.
MR. HARBORD, Dublin Castle, Aug. 31, '74. I have reëd y” of yo 22 & 25 of Aug. I approve well of what my brother proposes concerning Mo Coke, & have writt to him to that purpose. - On Saturday last Mr Justice Johnson & Mr Justice Cusack, returning from their Circuite, gave me an Acco that among other persons condemned there was one whose name was Brown at Trim convict for murder in Time of y" Rebellion, & accordingly sentenced. Enquiring of y" particulars they made me this relation. This person, being a soldier in yo English Army, was appointed w" others by yo Govern' of Trim for yo guard of a litle Castle neer that Towne, for yo convenient bringing in of Corne & other provisions to that Garrison, & he finding an opportunity to deale wo some of y" Irish betrayd that place to them, who, when they enterd, putt all yo others to yo sword. I asked y” Judges whether they