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your lordship's hands. Yet, thus much I am ship drew it with caution, I dare not venture it glad of, that this course, your lordship holds with upon my memory to carry level what your lordme, doth carry this much upon itself, that the ship wrote, and, therefore, despatched away this world shall see in this, amongst other things, that messenger, that so your lordship, by a fresh post, you have a great and noble heart.

(for this may hardly do it,) may send a warrant For the particular business of York House, Sir to your mind, ready drawn, to be here to-morrow Arthur Ingram can bear me witness, that I was by seven o'clock, as Sir Arthur* tells me my lord ready to leave the conditions to your lordship’s marquis hath directed : for the king goes early to own making: but since he tells me plainly, that Hampton Court, and will be here on Saturday. your lordship will by no means have to be so, Your bookst are ready, and passing well boạnd you will give me leave to refer it to Sir Arthur up. If your lordship’s letters to the king, prince, Ingram, who is so much your lordship's servant, and my lord marquis were ready, I think it were and no less faithful friend to me, and understands good to lose no time in their delivery; for the value well, to set a price between us.

printer's fingers itch to be selling. For the reference his majesty hath been gra- My lady hath seen the house at Chiswick, anil ciously pleased, at my lord marquis's suit, to make they make a shift to like it: only she means tu unto your lordship, touching the relief of my poor come to your lordship thither, and not to go first : estate,* which my Lord of Falkland's letter hath and, therefore, your lordship may please to make signified, warranting me likewise to address my- the more haste, for the great lords long to be in self to your lordship touching the same; I humley York House. pray your lordship to give it despatch, my age, Mr. Johnson will be with your lordship to. health, and fortunes, making time to me therein morrow; and then I shall write the rest. precions. Wherefore, if your lordship (who Your lordship's in all humbleness knoweth best what the king may best do) have

and honour to serve you. thought of any particular, I would desire to know from your lordship: otherwise I have fallen myself upon a particular, which I have related to Sir Arthur, and, I hope, will seem mo

TO THOMAS MEAUTYS, ESQ. dest, for my help to live and subsist. As for Good Mr. MEAUTYS, somewhat towards the paying off my debts, which For the difference of the warrant, it is not are now my chief care, and without charge of the material at the first. But I may not stir till I king's coffers, I will not now trouble your lord- have it; and, therefore, I expect it to-morrow. ship; but purposing to be at Chiswick, where I For my Lord of London'sť stay, there may be have taken a house, within this sevennight, I hope an error in my book ;S but I am sure there is none in wait upon your lordship, and to gather some in me, since the king had it three months by him, violets in your garden, and will then impart unto and allowed it; if there be any thing to be you, if I have thought of any thing of that nature mended, it is better to be espied now than herefor my good.

after. So, I ever rest, etc.

I send

you the copies of the three letters, which you have; and, in mine own opinion, this demur, as you term it, in my Lord of London, maketh it

more necessary than before, that they were deliTIIOMAS MEAUTYS, ESQ., TO THE LORD VISCOUNT | vered, specially in regard they contain withal my

thanks. It may be signified they were sent before MAY IT PLEASE your Lordship,

I knew of any stay; and being but in those three I have been attending upon my lord marquis's hands, they are private enough. But this I leave minutes for the signing of the warrant. This merely at your discretion, resting day he purposed in earnest to have done it; but Your most affectionate and assured friend, it falls out untowardly, for the warrant was drawn,

FR. ST. ALBAN. as your lordship remembers, in haste at Gorham- March 21, 1621. bury, and in as much haste delivered to Sir Edward Sackville, as soon as I alighted from my horse, who instantly put it into my lord marquis's hands, so that no copy could possibly be taken Good Mr. Matthew, of it by me. Now his lordship hath searched I do make account, God willing, to be af much for it, and is yet at a loss, which I knew Chiswick on Saturday; or, because this weather not till six this evening: and because your lord- is terrible to one that hath kept much in, Monday.



* The Lord Viscount St. Alban, in a letter to the king, hom Gorhambary, 20th of March, 1621-2, thanks his majesty for referring the consideration of his broken estate to his good kord, the lord treasurer.

Ingram. † History of the reign of King Henrv VII. 1 Dr. George Mountain. 8 Ilis History of the reign of King Henry Vij


In my letter of thanks to my lord marquis, SIR EDWARD SACKVILLE, TO THE LORD VIR. which is not yet delivered, but to be forth with delivered, I have not forgotten to mention, that I My very honoured LORD, have received signification of his noble favour and Longing to yield an account of my stewardaffection, amongst other ways, from yourself, by ship, and that I had not buried your talent in the name. If, upon your repair to the court, (whereof ground, I waited yesterday the marquis's pleaI am right glad,) you have any speech with the sure, until I found a fit opportunity to importune marquis of me, I pray place the alphabet (as you some return of his lordship’s resolution. The can do it right well) in a frame, to express my morning could not afford it; for lime only allowed love faithful and ardent towards him. And, for leave to tell him, I would say something. In the York House, that whether in a straight line, or a afternoon I had amends for all. In the forenoon compass line, I meant it his lordship in the way he laid the law, but in the afternoon he preached which I thought might please him best. I ever the gospel; when, after some revivations of the rest

old distaste concerning York House, he most Your most affectionate and assured friend, nobly opened his heart unto me, wherein I read

FR. ST. ALBAN. that which argued much good towards you. March 21, 1621.

After which revelation, the book was again sealed up, and must, in his own time, only by

himself be again manifested unto you. I have TO THE QUEEN OF BOHEMIA.

leave to remember some of the vision, and am IT MAY PLEASE your Majesty,

not forbidden to write it. He vowed, not courtI find in books (and books I dare allege to like, but constantly, to appear your friend so your majesty, in regard of your singular ability to much, as, if his majesty should abandon the care read and judge of them even above your sex) of you, you should share his fortune with him. that it is accounted a great bliss for a man to have He pleased to tell me, how much he had been leisure with honour. That was never my fortune, beholden to you; how well he loved you; how nor is. For time was, I had honour without unkindly he took the denial of your house, (for so leisure ; and now I have leisure without honour. he will needs understand it.) But the close, for And I cannot say so neither altogether, consider- all this, was harmonious, since he protested be ing there remain with me the marks and stamp would seriously begin to study your ends, now of the king's, your father's, grace, though I go that the world should see he had no ends on you. not for so much in value as I have done. But my He is in hand with the work, and therefore will, desire is now to have leisure without loitering, by no means, accept of your offer; though I can and not to become an abbey-lubber, as the old assure you, the tender hath much won upon him, proverb was, but to yield some fruit of my private and mellowed his heart towards you; and your life. Having therefore written the reign of your genius directed you right, when you wrote that majesty's famous ancestor, King Henry the Se- letter of denial unto the duke.* The king saw it; venth; and it having passed the file of his and all the rest; which made him say unto the majesty's judgment, and been graciously also marquis, you played an after game well; and that accepted of the prince, your brother, to whom it now he had no reason to be much offended. is dedicated, I could not forget my duty so far to I have already talked of the revelation, and now your excellent majesty, (to whom, for that I know am to speak in apocalyptical language, which I and have heard, I have been at all times so much hope you will rightly comment; whereof, if you bound, as you are ever present with me, both in make difficulty, the bearert can help you with the affection and admiration,) as not to make unto key of the cipher. you, in all humbleness, a present thereof, as now My Lord Falkland, by this time, hath showed being not able to give you tribute of any service. you London from Highgate. If York House If King Henry the Seventh were alive again, I were gone, the town were yours; and all your hope verily he could not be so angry with me for straitest shackles cleared off, besides more comnot flattering him, as well pleased in seeing him- fort than the city air only. The marquis would self so truly described in colours that will last, be exceedingly glad the treasurer had it. This I and be believed. I most humbly pray your ma- know; but this you must not know from me. jesty graciously to accept of my good will; and Bargain with him presently, upon as good condi. so, with all reverence, kiss your hands, praying tions as you can procure, so you have direct mo19 God above, by his divine and most benign pro- tion from the marquis to let him have it. Seem vidence, to conduct your affairs to happy issue; not to dive into the secret of it; though you are and resting

purblind if you see not through it. I have told Your majesty's most humble

Mr. Meaulys, how I would wish your lordship to and devoted servant,

make an end of it. From him, I beseech you. FR. St. Alban.

* Of Lenox, of the 30th of January, 1621-2. April 20, 1622

+ Probably Mr. Meautys.

and way.

take it, and from me only the advice to perform a subject and as he that took once the oath of it. If you part not speedily with it, you may counsellor, to make known to your lordship ar defer the good, which is approaching near you, advertisement which came to me this morning. and disappointing other aims, (which must either A gentleman, a dear friend of mine, whom your shortly receive content, or never,) perhaps anew lordship cannot but imagine, though I name him yield matter of discontent, though you may be not, told me thus much, that some English priests indeed as innocent as before. Make the treasurer that negotiated at Rome to facilitate the dispensabelieve, that since the marquis will by no ineans tion, did their own business, (that was his phrase ;) accept of it, and that you must part with it, you for they negotiated with the pope to erect some are more willing to pleasure him than anybody titulary bishops for England, that might ordain, else, because you are given to understand iny and have other spiritual faculties; saying withal lord marquis so inclines; which inclination, if the most honestly, that he thought himself bound to treasurer shortly send unto you about it, desire impart this to some counsellor, both as a loyal may be more clearly manifested, than as yet it subject, and as a Catholic; for that he doubted it hath been; since, as I remember, none hitherto might be a cause to cross the graces and mercies hath told you in terminis terminantibus, that the which the Catholics now enjoy, if it be not prenarquis desires you should gratify the treasurer. vented: and he asked my advice, whether he I know that way the hare runs; and that my lord should make it known to your lordship, or to my marquis longs until Cranfield hath it; and so I lord keeper,* when he came back to London. I wish too, for your good, yet would not it were commended his loyalty and discretion, and wished absolutely passed, until my lord marquis did send, him to address himself to your lordship, who or write, unto you, to let him have it; for then, might communicate it with my lord keeper, if you his so disposing of it were but the next degree saw cause, and that he repaired to your lordship removed from the immediate acceptance of it, and presently, which he resolved to do. Nevertheless, your lordship freed from doing it otherwise than I did not think mine own particular duty acquitted, to please him, and to comply with his own will except I certified it also myself, borrowing so

much of private friendship in a cause of state, as I have no more to say, but that I am, and ever not to tell him I would do so much. will be

Endorsed, Your lordship’s most affectionate friend My letter to my lord marquis, touching the business

and humble servant, of estate advertised by Mr. Matthew.t

Received the 11th of May, 1622.

TO THE LORD KEEPER, DR. WILLIAMS, BISHOP OF of thanksgiving for the continuance of your ac.

I come in these to your lordship with the voice MY VERY GOOD LORD,

customed noble care of me and my good, which I understand there is an extent prayed against overtakes me, I find, whithersoever I go. But me, and a surety of mine, by the executors of one for the present itself, (whereof your lordship Harrys, a goldsmith. The statute is twelve writes,) whether or no it be better than that I was years old, and falleth to an executor, or an execu

wont to bring your lordship, the end only can tor of an executor, I know not whether. And it prove. For I have yet no more to show for it than was sure a statute collected out of a shop-debt, good words, of which many times I brought your and much of it paid. I humbly pray your lord-lordship good store. But because modicefideans ship, according to justice and equity, to stay the were not made to thrive in court, I mean to lose extent, being likewise upon a double penalty,

no time from assailing my lord marquis, for which till I may better inform myself touching a mat- purpose I am now hovering about New-hall, I ter so long past; and, if it be requisite, put in where his lordship is expected (but not the king) a bill, that the truth of the account appearing, this day, or to-morrow : which place, as your such satisfaction may be made as shall be fit. So

Dr. Williams, Bishop of Lincoln. I rest

+ The date of this letter may be pretty nearly determined Your lordship's affectionate

by one of the lord keeper to the Marquis of Buckingham,

dated August 23, 16:22, and printed in the Cabala. to do you faithful service,

script to that letter is as follows: “The Spanish ambassador Fr. St. Albax.

took the alarm very speedily of the titulary Roman bishop, May 30, 1622.

and before my departure from his house at Islington, whither I went privately to him, did write both to Rome and Spain to

prevent it. But I am afraid that Tobie will prove but an TO THE MARQUIS OF BUCKINGHAM.

apocryphal, and no canonical, intelligencer, acquainting the MY VERY GOOD LORD,

state with this project for the Jesuits' rather than for JERONA I thought it appertained to my duty, both as * In Essex. VOL. III.-19





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bördship adviseth, may not be ill chosen for my memorial to my lord treasurer: that your lordship business. For, if his lordship be not very thick offered, and received, and presented my petition of hearing, sure New-hall will be heard to speak to the king, and procured me a reference: that for me.

your lordship moved his majesty, and obtained And now, my good lord, if any thing make me for me access to him, against his majesty comes diffident, or indeed almost indifferent how it suc- next, which, in mine own opinion, is better than ceeds, it is this; that my sole ambition having if it had been now, and will be a great comfort to ever been, and still is, to grow up only under me, though I should die next day after : that your your lordship, it is become preposterous, even to lordship gave me so good English for my Latin iny nature and habit, to think of prospering, or book. My humble request is, at this time, that receiving any growth, either without or besides because my lord treasurer keepeth yet his answer your lordship. And, therefore, let me claim of in suspense, (though by one he useth to me, he your lordship to do me this right, as to believe speaketh me fair,) that your lordship would nick that which my heart says, or rather swears to me, it with a word : for if he do me good, I doubt it namely, that what addition soever, by God's good may not be altogether of his own.

God ever providence, comes at any time to my life or for- prosper you. tune, it is, in my account, but to enable me the Your lordship's most bounden more to serve your lordship in both; at whose

and faithful servant, feet I shall ever humbly lay down all that I have,

FR. ST. ALBAN. ur am, never to rise thence other than

4th of November, 1622.
Your lordship's in all duty
and reverent affections,
T. Meautys.

September 11, 1622.


Since my last to your lordship, I find by Mr. TO THE COUNTESS OF BUCKINGHAM,* MOTHER Johnson, that my lord treasurer is not twice in

TO THE MARQUIS OF BUCKINGHAM. one mind, or Sir Arthur Ingram not twice in one MY VERY HONOURABLE GOOD Lady,

tale. For, Sir Arthur, contrary to his speech but Your ladyship's late favour and noble usage yesterday with me, puts himself now, as it seems, towards me were such, as I think your absence a in new hopes to prevail with my lord treasurer for great part of my misfortunes. And the more I your lordship’s good and advantage, by a proposifind my most noble lord, your son, to increase in tion sen: by Mr. Johnson, for the altering of your favour towards me, the more out of my love to patent to a new mould, more safe than the other, him, I wish he had often by him so loving and which he seemed to dissuade, as I wrote to your wise a mother. For if my lord were never so lordship. I like my lord treasurer's heart to your wise, as wise as Solomon; yet, I find, that Solo- lordship, so much every day worse than other, mon himself, in the end of his Proverbs, sets especially for his coarse usage of your lordship's down a whole chapter of advices that his mother name in his last speech, as that I cannot imagine taught him.

he means you any good. And, therefore, good Madam, I can but receive your remembrance my lord, what directions you shall give herein to with affection, and use your name with honour, Sir Arthur Ingram, let them be as safe ones as you and intend you my best service, if I be able, ever can think upon ; and that your lordship surrender resting

not your old patent, till you have the new under Your ladyship's humble

seal, lest my lord keeper should take toy, and and affectionate servant, stop it there. And I know your lordship cannot

Fr. St. ALBAN. forget they have such a savage word among them Bedford House, this 29th of October, 1622.

as fleecing. God in heaven bless your lordship from such hands and tongues; and then things

will mend of themselves. TO THE MARQUIS OF BUCKINGHAM.

Your lordship's, in all humbleness, MY VERY GOOD LORD,

to honour and serve you, I have many things to thank your Jordship for,

T. MEAUTYS. since I had the happiness to see you ; that your

This Sunday morning. lordship, before your going out of town, sent my

Endorsed-25th of November, 1622.


Mary, daughter of Anthony Beaumont, a younger son of William Beaumont of Cole-Orton, in Leicestershire. She

TO THE MARQUIS OF BUCKINGHAM. was thrice married : 1, to Bir George Villiers, father of the Duke of Buckingham; 2, to Sir William Rayner; and, 3, to MY VERY GOOD LORD, Sir Thomas Compton, Knight of the Bath, a younger brother or William, Earl of Northampton. She was created Countess

I find my lord treasurer, after so many days and uf Buckingham, July 1, 16'8; and died April 19, 1632. appointments, and such certain messages and prr.

mises, doth but mean to coax me, it is his own which I will endeavour, upon all opport:nities, word of old,) and to saw me asunder, and to do to deserve: and in the mean time do rest just nothing upon his majesty's gracious reference, Your lordship's assured faithful nobly procured by your lordship for this poor rem

poor friend and servant, uant. My lord, let it be your own deed; and to

Jo. LINCOLN, C. S. use the prayers of the litany, good Lord, deliver Westminster College, tbis 7th of Feb., 1622. me from this servile dependence; for I had rather beg and starve, than be fed at that door. God ever prosper your lordship. Your lordship’s most bounden

TO THE MARQUIS OF BUCKINGHAM. and faithful servant,

Excellent LORD,

FR. ST. ALBAN. Though your lordship's absence* fall out in an Bedford House, this

ill time for myself; yet, because I hope in God Endorsed,

this noble adventure will make your lordship a To Buckingham, about Lord Treasurer Cranfield's rich return in honour, abroad and at home, ana using of him.

chiefly in the inestimable treasure of the love and trust of that thrice-excellent prince; I confess I

am so glad of it, as I could not abstain from your TO THE MARQUIS OF BUCKINGHAM.

lordship’s trouble in seeing it expressed by these

few and hasty lines. EXCELLENT LORD,

I beseech your lordship, of your nobleness I perceive this day by Mr. Comptroller,* that vouchsafe to present my most humble duty to his I live continually in your lordship’s remembrance highness, who, I hope, ere long will make me and noble purposes concerning my fortunes, as leave King Henry the Eighth, and set me on well for the comfort of my estate, as for counte- work in relation of his highness's adventures. nancing me otherwise by his majesty's employ- I very humbly kiss your lordship's hands, ments and graces; for which I most humbly kiss resting ever your hands, leaving the times to your good lord- Your lordship's most obliged ship; which, considering my age and wants, I

friend and servant. assure myself your lordship will the sooner take February 21, 1622. into your care. And for my house at Gorhambury, I do infinitely desire your lordship should have it; and howsoever I may treat, I will conclude with TO THE MARQUIS OF BUCKINGHAM none, till I know your lordship's farther pleasure, Excellent Lord, ever resting

Upon the repair of my Lord of Rochford unto Your lordship's obliged

your lordship, whom I have ever known so fası and faithful servant,

and true a friend and servant unto you; and who FR. ST. ALBAN.

knows likewise so much of my mind and affection Bedford House, this 5th of Feb. 1622.+

towards your lordship, I could not but kiss your lordship's hands, by the duty of these few lines.

My lord, I hope in God, that this your noble adventure will make you a rich return, especial y

in the inestimable treasure of the love and trust of MY VERY GOOD LORD,

that twice-excellent prince. And although, to a I have received by this bearer, the privy seal man that loves your lordship so dearly as I do, for the survey of coals, which I will lay aside, and knows somewhat of the world, it cannot be, until I shall hear farther from my Lord Steward, but that in my thoughts there should arise many and the rest of the lords.

fears, or shadows of fears, concerning so rare an I am ready to do as much as your lordship accident; yet, nevertheless, I believe well, that Jesireth, in keeping Mr. Cottons off from the this your lordship's absence will rather be a glass violence of those creditors: only himself is, as unto you, to show you many things, whereof you yet, wanting in some particular directions. may make use hereafter, than otherwise any hurt

I heartily thank your lordship for your book; or hazard to your fortunes; which God grant. For and all other symbols of your love and affection, myself, I am but a man desolate till your return,

and have taken a course accordingly. Vouchsafe. * Henry Cary, Viscount Falkland.

of your nobleness, to remember my most humble + Two days before, the Marquis of Buckingham set out duty to his highness. And so God, and his holy privately with the prince, for Spain.

angels guard you, both going and cominy. Duke of Lenox. Probably the surety of Lord Bacon for the debt to Harrys

Endorsed—March 10, 1622. the goldsmith, mentioned in his lordship’s letter of May 30, 1622

In Spain.


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