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For particulars, it is good to carry yourself fair; but neither to trust too far, nor to apply too much, but keep a good distance, and to play your own game, shewing yourself to have, as the bee hath, both of the honey and of the sting.
The speech now abroad is, "My lord of Bucking"ham's head is full of thoughts: he hath a great "task; either he must break, or the match must "break. He was wont to go to the king's ways; but now he goeth cross his way, he will easily lose "his way."
There is a point nice to be managed, yea, and tender to be spoken of, which is your carriage between the king and the prince; so that you may lose no manner of ground with the prince; and yet the king may not think himself the more solitary, nor that you adore too much the sun-rising. Though this you may set down, that the way to have the king sure unto you is to keep great with the prince.
Conf. with Buc. December 17, 1623.
You march bravely: but methinks you do not draw up your troops.
You must beware of these your pardons. If we make men less in awe, and respect you, urina chiara fa fico al medico.
The points of the general advice.
If a war be proceeded in; to treat a strait league with France, under name of a renovation of the match with France. Three secret articles, the liberty of the German nation, whereof there is a fresh precedent of Henry the Second of France, that took it into protection prosperously, and to the arrest of the emperor Charles's greatness. 2. The conservation of the liberties of the Low Countries for the United Provinces, and open trade into the East and West Indies.
Offer of mine own service upon a commission into France.
My lord hath against him these disadvantages; the catholic party; the Spaniard; the envy and fear of
particular great men; the nice point of carrying himself between the king and the prince.
The knot, which is to be tied for his reputation, must either be advancing or depressing of persons, or putting by, or forwarding, of actions.
Conf. Buc. qu. and old store, January 2, 1623.
THERE is not an honester man in court than Montgomery. (a)
To have some opportunity, by the D.'s means, to speak with the prince in presence of the duke.
To think, whether it be fit for me to speak with the king, and to seek access before parliament; if then.
The offer of my service to live a summer, as upon mine own delight, at Paris, to settle a fast intelligence between France and us.
I have somewhat of the French: I love birds, as the king doth, and have some childish mindedness, wherein we shall consent.
To think of Belfast's sending over into Ireland. Those, that find themselves obnoxious to parliament, will do all they can, that those things, which are likest to distaste the king, be first handled.
It is not to be forgotten, that as long as great men were in question, as in my case, all things went sweetly for the king. But the second meeting, when no such thing was, the pack went higher.
Weeding time is not yet come.
The battery will be chiefly laid on the prince's part, if they find any entry.
To be the author of some counsel to the prince, that tasteth of religion and virtue, lest it be imputed, that he entertains him only in pleasures, like a Pe. Ga.
The things remarkable for your grace, to fix and
(a) Philip, earl of Montgomery, afterward of Pembroke.
bind in the reputation, which you have gained, must be either persons, or matters.
The doubt the prince is mollis cera, and formed di ultima impression. Therefore good to have sure persons about him, or at least none dangerous.
For the pardons to proceed, it is a tender business. First, whatsoever useth to be done in parliament is thankless. Then it is not good for his grace. It will make men bolder with him. Urina chiara fa fico al medico. Lastly, remove the envy from others, it may beat upon my lord himself, or the king.
Conf. B. January 2, 1623.
You have now tied a knot, as I wished you; qui en no da nudo, pierdo punto; (a) a jolly one, the parliament. Although I could have wished, that before a parliament, some remarkable thing had been done, whereby the world might have taken notice, that you stand the same in grace and power with the king. But there is time enough for that between this and parliament. (b) And besides, the very prevailing for a parliament sheweth your power with the king.
You march bravely. Do you draw up your troops so well?
One of these days I shall turn my lord Brooke, and say to you, O brave Buckingham.
I will commend you to all others, and censure you only to yourself.
You bowl well, if you do not horse the bowl an hand too much. You know the fine bowler is knee almost to ground in the delivery of the cast.
Nay, and the king will put a hook in the nostrils of Spain, and lay a foundation of greatness here to his children, in these west parts. The call for me, it is book-learning. You know the king was wont to do me the honour, as to say of me, de minimis non curat lex:
(a)" He that tieth not a knot upon his thread, loseth his stitch." (b) It met February 19, 1623-4.
if good for any thing, for great volumes, I cannot thread needles so well.
The chamberlain : (a) for his person, not effectual; but some dependences he hath, which are drawn with him. Besides, he can take no reputation from you.
Montgomery is an honest man, and a good observer. Can you do nothing with Naunton? (b) Who would think now, that I name Naunton to my lord of Buckingham? But I speak to you point-blank : no crooked end, either for myself, or for others turn.
The French treaty, besides alliance, is to have three secret articles: the one, the protection of the liberty of Germany, and to avoid from it all forces thence, like to that which was concluded between the princes of Germany and Henry II. (c) the last king except Henry IV. of value in France; for the race of the Valois were faitneants; and, in the name of Germany, to conclude the Grisons and Valtoline. The second, the conserving the liberties of the Low Countries. The third, the free trade into all parts of both East and West Indies. All these import no invasive hostility, but only the uniting of the states of Europe against the growing ambition of Spain. Neither do any of these touch upon the cause of religion.
am persuaded, the hinge of the king's affairs, for his safety and greatness, is now in Spain. I would the king had an abler instrument.
Above all, you must look to the safety of Ireland, both because it is most dangerous for this state, for the disease will ever fall to the weakest part; and besides, this early declaration against Spain, which the popish party call abrupt, and is your grace's work, may be thought to be the danger of Ireland. It were good
(a) William, earl of Pembroke.
(b) Sir Robert Naunton, who had been secretary of state, and was now master of the court of wards.
(c) This league first arrested the greatness of the emperor, and cloistered him. Note of Lord Bacon.
you called to you Belfast (a) and Grandison, (b) and
ask their opinions, what is best to be done for the safety of Ireland, either by increasing the list of companies, and by contenting those that are in arrear, by paying; or by altering any governor there; or by having companies ready mustered and trained here, towards the coast of Ireland; or by having shipping in readiness, &c. For this gown commission, I like it well; but it is but paper-shot for defence.
If the Papists be put in despair, it both endangereth Ireland, and maketh a greater difficulty in the treaty and alliance with France.
To think of a différence to be put between the Jesuits and other priests and Papists, as to reduce, in some moderation, the banishment of the one, though not of the other: but to remember, that they were the reasonablest, as I take it, in the consult; and it may draw the blow of an assassin against Buckingham.
At least the going on with the parliament hath gained this, that the discourse is ceased, "My lord "of Buckingham hath a great task. His head is "full either the match breaks, or his fortune breaks. He has run his courses with the stream of the king's ways; but now he goeth cross-way, he may soon "lose his own way.”
If your grace go not now constantly on for religion, and round dealing with Spain, men will either think they were mistaken in you, or that you are brought about; or that your will is good, but you
have no power.
Your grace hath a great party against you, and a good rough way. The Spaniards hate you: the Papists little better. In the opinion of the people, you are green, and not yet at a gage. Particulars are, for the most part, discontented friends or reconciled enemies and that nice dividing between the sol orient and occident.
(a) Arthur Chichester, baron of Belfast, who had been made lord deputy of Ireland in 1604.
(b) Oliver St. John, viscount Grandison, made lord deputy of Ireland in August, 1616.