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home Essex. I heare he is a very good Man, & serves you well”; King sayd I never had such a thought, he is the best man I have, & I wish I had some more of them, so she lett /* discourse fall again. I heare y Ld: Northumberland doth saye y' Portsmouth will never forgive the deniall. She is the Divell of a woeman, but the truth is Portsmouth sleighted her Jewells; I hope all is quiet for this time, & y you will over live the 3" year, wol. I assure Esser is the greatest Mark of favery" can befall Esser, & upon wo" all men will fira their thoughts as to yo fareur wo King; And as soon as you receare King's Letter send him an Answer, & take notice what past between King & Harbord about Essea. Coll. Grace sent me this Letter & List of names yesterday. I found him very buissy to get y' king's Letter, & by it to appoint a Sheriff for y' king's County, wo" would have been uneasy to you, & knowing y' you are now buissy in yo naming of Sheriffs I inclined him rather to take this way, w” perhaps is to late, or at least w"out such unkindnesse you may quickly make it so, & have an undeniable answer for this yeare, & he being great wo Duke, & abundantly Knavish, tis best to keepe him quiett.
I feare I have quite tyred y' Excellency: when Ranelagh comes I will watch him the best I can. He is a dangerous Man.
P.S.—Since my writing what I have before troubled you wo, his Maj, hath cofianded mee to lett y' Exce"; know y' hee is enformed there is a booke lately come out at Dublin relating all the particulars of the massacres and all other bloodshed cofiitted during the late warre or immediately preceding it, that it seemeth already has done much harme by encreasing the present animosity betwixt the English and Irish ; sure there needeth not much paynes to make men remember that which all the addresse of the Government hath not as yet beene able to make men forgett; her Majoy therefore hath cofianded mee to write to y Exc"; y if this information bee true, & y any booke or bookes of this nature have beene printed, y' y' Exc"; cause them to bee suppressed as judging the times neede rather remedy to reconcile the two partys then any way to exasperate them by the repetition of former hostilitys: this is what I had in comand from his Maj's.
CLXXXIII.-WILLIAM HARBORD TO THE EARL of Essex.
MAY IT PLEASE Y" ExcELLENCY, 25 Nov: 74: London. -x- + + + +
I did advise wo S Charles Harberd of some way to engage Treasurer to Esser, & thought of Saule & ingaging Trear: to grant a preferment for him here upon what Esser had begun there; concluding that if he did it Ise would loose Duke, & that Esser would be thought the occasion of his preferment, being his Chaplain, if he did not I should take my measures better wo him for the Time to come; I did propose it to him as an Act w" would gaine him great Creditt here woo the nation, and convince the world of his care of the protestant Religion; He embraced it, & told me y' he would ever be ready to embarke in any Thing woo Esser ; 3 doe any Act to convince Esser of his sincerity in that point; & I intend to encourage him in this of Saule, for I heare that King said to one yo other day, who was reading 2 or 3 Lines of his Sermon, that Saule was a Madman. Every body clamers against him e.ctreamly for his difficulty of Accesse ; and indeed his Buckingham IIours are insufferable, & destroy his Health; He hath bin ill, & kept his bed these 2 dayes; I hope you have settled ye Matter wo" y' Farmers, & will comply woo that method wo" Trear; tells King is best for King his Service, as He thinkes; for I finde that King & Chiffing are impatient for their monys, & have bin angry woo him about it; who now lays the blame on Essea, wondering at the Difficulty he makes, and tells King that out of Cicility he will heare once more from you & then settle their defalcations, & therefore I would not have him gett King & Chiffing from Esser in this point, won he will doe though Essex oppose it; I hartely wish that W. Harbord was one month woo Essea, for I believe that now the French Affairs are in so ill a posture, W. Harbord being well instructed might procure the calling of parliament there, & if soe Essex will be not only safe, but gaine great honour; but since Essex, desires W. Harbord his being here to watch Ranelagh, W. Harbord will doe what Essee thinkes best, & If Essex can but overlice his 3 years in his Government all pretenders will give over, & the Farme of necessity be renewed in Essed his Time, and consiquently have an opportunity to make his condition easy at his Returne, for believe me, unlesse . Esser have a good Summe of Money in his purse, as Rents are now paid Esser his Estate will not support him woo any the least pleuty. I finde poor St Nicholas Armorer disturbed least Mr Loftus should Disturb him in his Lodge; he is a very honnest silly creature, & loves Essea. I think, & does what he can for him on all occasions, & therefore I pray take him into y' care, & not suffer him to be put out.
CLXXXIV.-THE EARL OF Essex To WILLIAM HARBORD.
MR HARBORD, Dublin Castle, Novem" 28th, 74.
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I am very well satisfied wo" y Acc you give me in yo dated y” 14", of y" severall discourses you have had won his Majestie, & thanke you for y” pains you take in my Affaires. As for what you write concerning Dutchesse of Portsmouth, Mr Elliott, Mr Chiffins, I conceive y' only use to be made of them is to learne out a litle what is doeing, but by no means will I fix my relyance & dependance upon litle people. If I can enjoy my place wo his Majesties favor & good Liking, & doe him & y Kingdome service, no pains can ever be anxious or uneasy to me to bestow, but without it a Life in yo Hurry of buisnesse will be very uncomfortable to me, & such as I am sure a private one is far preferable to it. As for y” Letter wo" you mention y King should write, a favor of that kind can never be unwellcome, yet I would not have you make any business to seekey" getting one, for ye being preserved in his Majesties reall Esteeme is that woo I desire, & so long as I find my selfe possest thereof, there needs not y' Trouble to yo King of any Letters of this sort.
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I assure you did Essea, but see what care I take to avoid imbarking him woo any Interest whatsoever, much less w” Portsmouth, I am confident he would never mistrust my care of him, nor think his honour unsafe in my hands; & I beseech Essex to believe that no considerations whatsoever shall ever tempt me to expose it, & though I suffer Chiffing to talke to Portsmouth of y" being a worthy Man, & one whoe loves & serves King well; yet though he offered Sir H. Capell & Mr Harbord to dine with her at his Lodging, & only by his means Keepe faire woo her; neither doe I in any buisnesse incline either to Trear: Arlington or Coventry more then just the matter will beare, & Ever take So H. Capell or Ch. Harbord’s Advice wo me; I feare Essee may believe that W" Harbord hath some Ends of his owne in the Advice he gave ab' the Farmers : God knows I never yet see one penny of the money, but finding King & Chiffing extreame uneasy for the want of their Money, stopt till the defalcations were adjusted, and y' Trear: to save himselfe did sacrifice Essex, & in my Soule stopt it till Ranelagh could make a good bargaine for him or both, & thereupon I interposed my thoughts to Essea earnestly & faithfully, & having donne my duty submitt it to you; but it is most Certain that the better creditt I have w” King the better I shall be able to serve Essex. + + + + +
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King of France is growne fearfull of every Man he sees, & rageth at the opposition he finds, & it is believed that he will not be able to support the chagrin of it. There is little probability of peace. Those that come later from France say that the scarcity of men there is incredible ; that y” people refuse to take the base
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