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requires me to continue them in ye same state They were in before y” making of these Rules, then I must put out all ye new Magistrates and replace all that serv’d last year; it will inevitably cause great disorder and confusion, and therefore I forbear acting any thing in y' particular till I shall receive his Majoie further pleasure therein; but for y" future there will be no new occasion of making use of these Rules till Michaelmass next, wch is ye Time for yo Elections of all y” considerable Corporacions in this Kingdome, so that upon y” matter They may be look'd upon as in yo mean time suspended. The Elections of y" Citty of Dublyn are not indeed as yet perfected according to yo Rules, nor shall I suffer them to proceed therein, only I thinke it fitt to acquaint y! Lo! that in this late Election there were eight or ten of ye Roman persuasion chosen into y" Cofion Councell, whom I should have readily dispenc'd wo, and qualified to have bin of y' number, without exposing them to yo Oath, wo". They so much scruple, had not his Maji” Lie interpos'd, w" has hindred my further proceedings in this Affair. The whole Cofiñon Councell of this Citty lies at this time at great uncerteintie; For ye old Cofion Councell, we were for life, and all Protestants, cannot meet by reason of this new Election, and Those newly elected cannot meet by reason of this suspension. I desire y" Lop to move yo King for an Aunswer as to this particular Rule, w" concerns yo Citty of Dublyn, in regard yo Citty may not too long continue as it were wo out Governm'. One thing more I cannot omitt, wo". I am apt to thinke may be some little mistake in yo Letter, for by a Clause there I am forbid to intermedle in yo passing of any Charters to Corporacions, wo" for yo present stops that of Dundalke, for won I had granted a Warr', and it now stays at yo Seale till I can receive some directions from y LoP. I doe observe that this his Majio Lie is not enterd in yo Signett Office, and yet some out of England have bin so industrious as to send Copies of it hither, wo" are spread all yo Kingdome over, and that before I had health enough to peruse it, won I had not till whin this weeke. * × >k # >k I have now prepar’d Aunswers to yo objections ago y Rules, but They are so voluminous as they will require some time to transcribe. I hope to send them by yo next.
XXX.--THE EARL OF EssEx To THE MARQUIS OF
DEARE BROTHER,” Dublyn Castle, Dec. 14th, 1672. My indisposition will not yet permitt me to use my owne hand, tho' I hope I am now in a faire way of recoverie. If you please to let me hear from you how my case stands in England, and who are my friends there, wo" is necessarie for me to know, you may safely communicate any thing of that nature to this Gentleman, Mr. Godolphin, one of my Secretaries,” his is a secure hand, and wever you thinke fitt to acquaint him woo I dare promise for him hee'll faithfully bring it to me.
My Lord, I must once more desire y LoP to get me an Aunswer to y' one Rule won relates to yo alteration of ye Cofiñon Councell in Dublyn, for there are great practices on foot here to put this Citty in disorder, and this morning, there being an Assemblee of ye L” Mayor & Aldermen, The Mayor declar'd y' he would have none of those of y" Roman persuasion who have bin elected to serve of y" Coñon Councell, but none of y" Aldermen, except So John Tothill, as I am told, would joyne woo him, nor can he now if he would put them by (if once they had my dispensation from taking yo Oath of Supremacie), for he himself, in yo presence of a Table of Aldermen, has allready allow'd Them. My Lord, I have given you yo Trouble to make a narration of these particulars, because I make no doubt but some of my good Friends here will write to their Intimates in England and make this w" y” Mayor has done to-day to be my Act, because I happened to send in yo morning before their meeting to speake won him. I doe assure y LoP it was upon other business, nor did I in ye least knowe
* His wife was Essex’s eldest sister Mary, widow of Henry, Lord Beauchamp.
* This is Frank, elder brother to Sidney, the Lord High Treasurer of Queen Anne's reign. He was secretary to Lord Berkeley, Essex’s predecessor. He died Aug. 13, 1775, at Dublin. Much of his correspondence with Essex is in the MSS. He signs himself Fra: Godolphin.
he intended to offer any such motion.
XXXII.-FRANCIs GoDolphin To THE EARL OF Essex.
MY LORD, London, Dec. 24th, '72. I arrived here with much difficulty Saturday last ; my L. A." raises more scruples against your proposal then I expected, whereof hee promised mee to write your Exo his sence by this post. I hope either to find out some expedient to make it passe, or to bee able to give your Exo satisfaction that there will bee noe need of it; ye best light I have yet had in your Exo" affayrs here has been from So H. Capel," who has been very curious and industrious in all your concerns. I can onely say in general, that every thing is better then I expected to find it, & I hope your Exo has but one enemy among us here, whom you will easily guesse." My L. M. of Worcester sayes he will make it his busines to give your Exo yo satisfaction you expect from him." I have not yet had time to Sollicite my L. A. upon any of ye other points wo" your Exo gave mee in charge. I was this day at Chiswick & Zion, where I learnt that my Lady has a quantity of thea that has layn some time at Worcester house, w” I will take care to have sent to Chester by yo first convenience. Lies from Flanders confirme ye relief of Charleroy, & y yo P. of
* Arlington. * Younger brother of Essex, and his loyal supporter.
Orange & yo Spaniards are much dissatisfied with one another. # * + + +
XXXIII.--THE EARL of ARLINGTON TO THE EARL of Essex.
MY LORDE, Whitehall, Decemb. 24th, '72. In my last leter by yo last post I told yo Ex: that Mr Godolphin was newly arrived, since when I have had leisure to heare from him what you intrusted him with to offer to mee, with circumstances of much advantage to my selfe, of which I cannot make any other use then in assuring my selfe anew of y' friendship which I have never misdeserved yet nor will willingly doe as longe as I live, of which I conjure y' Ex" to bee most confident, and I say it the more earnestly now because I heare others have malice to suggest yo contrary. As to y” thing it selfe I have had an oportunity of acquainting his Maj's with y” pressing instances made to yo Ex: to allowe of an Agency to support y” Protestants’ interests in that kingdome, and to bee intrusted with some well qualifyed person neare his May, yo supposition of which neede hee lookes upon as an offensive and injurious one, woo I told M. Godolphin I knew hee would doe at his first opening the matter to mee, his Mao added, if they have any thing to complaine of, why doe they not doe it by my Lorde of Essex to mee, from whome I cannot but take well whatever hee represents to mee of that or any other kinde: in a worde, my Lorde, you will doey" selfe the greatest wronge in yo world if you bee over shie in this. His Mao added further, what are these men apprehensive of? it is true I have isseued a Cofiission to make enquiry after all landes unwissly posessed by any body, that I might apply the benefit of it to those who weare frustrated of their expectations given them by yo Act of Settlement, but have upon all occasions declared I would protect and stande by yo Act it selfe whatever it hath established, knowing what a confusion the breach of it would cause. Hee was pleased to adde further, I have autorised the bringing Roman Catholiques from abroade to live in the Corporate Townes, but I have been content to qualify their admission to beare offices woh stricter rules then weare imposed upon Rome in my father's time, and such as yo counsel there have in effect advised. My Lorde I neede adde noe more of his Ma" discourse upon this subject; by this little y' Ex: sees his minde therein, and consequently you must resist with all y' might the nomination of any kinde of Agency as before expressed, and charge y selfe entirely won making such representations to his Mao of all kinde of grievances, assuring yo selfe and them that you shall procure them full satisfaction upon them. >k : ; >k #: sk
* Probably Ranelagh, Orrery, or Anglesea. * See Letter XXX.