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XXXIV.-THE EARL of Essex To THE EARL of ARLINGTON.
MY LORD, Dublin Castle, Jan. 18", 1673. The last Tuesday's post brought me in 4 Lies of y' Lo", being of ye 14th, 21", 24th, and 31* of Decemb'. ..I presume I need say no more then what I directed M. Godolphin to tell y Lop of ye confidence I have of y' favor and friendship, and that nothing that ever I may hear shall ever alter me from that opinion. As to y Agencie" won has bin propos'd, I did before I writt to y" Lop give some discouragement to it by telling some of those who have offer'd at yo Proposition, that I could assure them in his Majesties name that yo Act of Settlement would be supported, a breach into wo" is yo thing they most apprehend, as also that they need not suspect yo King's care of them in all things; but I found them so instant upon it as I am apt to thinke some particular men will employ persons in yo Court to be a little watchfull of businesses relating to this countrie, tho’ I am very confident I can hinder any from being sent as an Agent for yo Interest of y' Adventurers and Soldiers in generall, woo I shall take care to doe. I long very much for an answer concerning y” Rules. I must needs say that y' Letter for y” suspending of them, as y” matter has bin order'd, has bin of great disadvantage to me," for numbers of Cöpys (as I have formerly given y LoP an Acc) have bin sent over, and read in all y Coffee Houses in Towne, and yo People by some instruments here have bin dealt with to Petition me for an abrogation of these Rules, woo a clause that if I did not doe them right in this particular, according to yo King's Letter, they would immediately have right in England. I have, indeed, by some of y" soberer sort, prevented any address of this nature; but I am sure I need not say any thing more to y' Lo" to urge y” "inconvenience well will come to his Majesties Affairs here, if once those who are employ'd by him in yo goverment, should become
* See preceding Letter. b See Letter XXVI. CAMD. SOC. H WOL. I.
XXXV. — THE EARL of Essex To THE EARL of ARLINGTON.
MY LORD, Dublin Castle, Jan. 20th, 1673.
I have just now receiv'd y Lot" of ye 14th instant, together wo y" Letter from his Majestie concerning ye Rules," and yo Acts of Setlement, both wo" are very wellcome to me, and especially that w" relates to y Act of Setlement, for, tho' I have ever since my coming into this Countrie made it my business to confirm all men in yo belief that these Acts would never be in ye least measure violated, yet have I allwaies found that ye generalitie of y" English who enjoy their estates upon these new titles could not shake off their apprehensions of loosing them again.
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XXXVI.- THE EARL OF Essex To SIR JOSEPH WIL-
S*, Dublin Castle, Jan. 21", 1673.
passage relating to this place, and I thought yo more strange of its
being inserted into yo Gazett, in regard yo self, who is Agent for Ireland, has yo inspection of them before they are made publick; whereas yo Intelligence it self is a very great falsitie, St John Tottye having bin presented won a chain, but by one Single Guild, cal'd yo Merchants Guild, and not by ye whole body of ye Citty. The ground of presenting him wo it, however it may be cloath’d with fine words, was for his opposing me, and y Govermo here, and, whereas y” Gazett cals him a person of known Loyaltie, I know him to be a person of as much disloyaltie as any about this Citty; and one, who with yo assistance of some others, as ill men as himself, has brought a considerable part of yo Citty to that mutinous temper, as 1 fear twill put yo King for some considerable time to yo necessitie of keeping more Troops here then has formerly bin needfull. I think I might justly expect from ye Agent of Ireland, That no intelligence concerning this place should be put into yo Gazett, unless it comes from me, or one of my Secretarys; and I hope for ye future there will be better care taken, and as to this w" is past, I desire yo justice of you, to examine yo matter strictly, who it was that occasion'd yo putting of it in, and that it may [be] trac'd out who gave yo intelligence from Dublin. I thinke it very possible you'll find one who now cals himself Nevill, and has gone here by 3 severall names, to have y” principall hand in it; if you desire a litle character of yo man, he was first a Prompter to Plays, afterwards S' Ellis Layton's" Broaker to make his bargains, and ye principall person who put this Citty into that disorder that I found it at my first coming, and continues still by his intelligence to doe what mischiefs he can to yo Goverm' here. Tho' this matter may seem but a Trifle (and perhaps is no other in it self), yet I cannot but tell you yo divulging of it in y” publick News booke, who those characters of advantage to persons who oppose y” Governm', is a thing wo" may produce very ill effects in this Countrie, where most of yo Cittys and Towns are apt to take example from this, and therefore I think it may not be amiss, after you have examin’d and found out y' persons from whom this fals * Leighton.
* The Privy Council had approved the Rules, though to save appearances they are to be put in action by degrees.
* Afterwards succeeded Arlington as Secretary of State. He was one of the English plenipotentiaries at the Cologne conference, of which he sends a full account to Essex.
intelligence came, that something contradictory to it be inserted in some other Gazett. I have used a great deal of freedome woo you upon this occasion, but in my apprehension his Majesties Affaires here require that you should have yo Knowledge of all these particulars, therefore I doubt not but you will take it with yo same good intention as it is
My Lord, Dublin Castle, Jan. 25th, 1673. I have communicated his Majesties late Letter to the Lords of yo Privy Councell, with whose advice I thought fitt to publish a Proclamation declaring his Majesties resolution not to infringe yo Acts of Settlement and Explanation, and tho’ I think it an unreasonable doubt in any that should suspect y” contrary, yet certeinly 'twas no less then necessary to declare his Majesties intentions in this particular, especially since yo Irish doe almost universally discours that they will have their lands agen; and some of them in yo remote parts of this Kingdome have forcibly enter'd and taken possession, for proof of wo". I herewith transmitt to y LoP 1 or 2 depositions wo" have bin taken before yo Justices of Peace in ye countrie, wo" among some others of y" like nature have bin sent
XXXVIII.—THE EARL of Essex To SIR ARTHUR FoRBEs.
S*, Dublin Castle, Jan: 25th, 1673. His Majesties Letter concerning y” Rules for Corporacions, but especially that Clause won relates to y Acts of Setlem' and Expla– nation, is receiv'd here with infinite satisfaction, and, that this latter part may be made publick to all people in this kingdome, we have thought fitt to issue out a proclamation, wo" does as closely follow yo words of y" Kings Lie, as could be fram'd into a Declaration of that nature, a copy of woo Proclamation I herew" send you. By a Lie lately writt to my Lord Conway, who is newly arriv'd here, you desire directions from me in order to yo returne; ye presence is of great use to me in relation to all our Affaires here, and especially that wo" concerns yo army; but I thinke, however, since you are on that side yo water, it may be not amiss that you stay’d a litle ye beginning of this Sessions of Parliam', won is now neer at hand, unless his Majestie should otherwise command you. By Lies from Mr Godolphin I perceive there is much difficultie made of furnishing this Kingdome w” Arms and Añunition ; I desire you would make his Maj" sensible of y" necessitie of a supply, and especially for that of Powder wo wo" I found yo stores (as you know) very slenderly provided as to yo proportion, and that litle weh did remain grown naught w" keeping. I cannot but much wonder at y” pretence wo" is used to avoid yo furnishing us will these so necessary Provisions, w" is, that Ireland must maintain it self, won no doubt it would doe were not much of ye money dis. pos'd of, part for gifts, and part for other occasions out of this Kingdome. And it were worthy yo representing to his Majestie, that y” whole revenue is by y” Establishment dispos'd of, and no sufficient reserve of money to answer yo supplies of this nature; as also how unreasonable a thing it is to dispute whether Powder and Armes should be paid for with English or Irish money, when as at