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Mr. Attorney, by my direction, hath made, upon his information exhibited into the Star-Chamber, a thundering motion against the transportation of gold by the Dutch; which all the town is glad of; and I have granted divers writs of ne exeat regnum, according to his majesty's warrant.

Sir Edward Coke keeps in still, and we have miss of him; but I supply it as I may by my farther diligence. God ever bless you and keep you.

Your Lordship's most faithful and

December 11, 1618.

bounden friend and servant,

FR. VERULAM, Canc.

I forget not your doctor's (c) matter. I shall speak with him to-day, having received your lordship's letter; and what is possible, shall be done. I pray pardon my scribbling in haste.

TO THE LORD CHANCELLOR (d).

My honourable Lord,

I HAVE acquainted his majesty with your letters, who is very well pleased with your care of his service, in making stay of the grant of denizens upon the reason you alledge, whereof his majesty will speak farther with you at his return.

The letter, which you sent me about my lord of Ormonde's son, is not according to his majesty's meaning; but I would have you frame another to my lord deputy to this purpose: "That his majesty having "seen a letter of his to Sir Francis Blundell, adver"tising, that the earl of Ormonde's son, and some "other of his kindred, did victual and fortify their "houses; his majesty hath thereupon commanded you "to write unto him, that if the ground of his infor"mation be true, which he may best know, that then

(c) Steward's. See above, p. 211.

(d) Harl. MSS. Vol. 7006.

"he send for the said earl's son, and the principal of "his kindred, to appear before him; and if they ap

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pear, and give him satisfaction, it is well; but if they refuse to appear, or give him not satisfaction, though they appear; that then he assemble what "forces he can, be they never so few, and go against "them, that he may crush the rebellion in the 66 egg.

I have remembered his majesty, as I promised your lordship, about the naming you for a commissioner to treat with the Hollanders: But besides that you have so many businesses, both of the star-chamber, and others in the term-time, when this must be attended as well as in the vacation, whereby this would be either too great a toil to you, or a hindrance to his majesty's service; he thinketh it could not stand with the honour of your place to be balanced with those that are sent from the state, so far unequal to his majesty, and being themselves none of the greatest of the state. Therefore his majesty holdeth it not fit or worthy of you to put you into such an employment, in which none of your predecessors, or any of the chief counsellors, have been ever used in this kind, but only in a treaty of marriage or conclusion of a peace; as when the constable of Castile was here, when the commissioners on both sides had their authority under the great seal of either kingdom, with direct relation to their sovereigns, far differing from this commission, which is now given to these men, and whereunto his majesty is to frame the course of his. As for the part, which concerneth Scotland, the choice hath not been made of the chancellor or archbishop of St. Andrew's, but of men

to treat. As yet his majesty delayeth to give any commission at all, because he would first be informed from the lords, both of the points and form of their commission, which his majesty hitherto understandeth to be, with authority to over-rule and direct their merchants in what they shall think fit; which if it be so, then his majesty holdeth it fit, for his part, to appoint the whole body of the council with like

bearer the rank of those, that come hither

power over his merchants. As for me, I shall be ever ready upon any occasion to shew myself

Your Lordship's faithful friend and servant,

Newmarket, the 14th of December, 1618.

G. BUCKINGHAM.

TO THE LADY CLIFFORD.

My good Lady and Cousin,

I SHALL not be wanting in any thing, that may express my good affection and wishes towards your ladyship, being so near unto me, and the daughter of a father, to whom I was in the passages of my fortune much obliged. So with my loving commendations, in the midst of business, I rest

Your affectionate kinsman and assured friend,

York-house, this 25th of January, 1618.

FR. VERULAM, Canc.

TO THE LORD CHANCELLOR (a).
My honourable Lord,

LEST my often writing may make your lordship conceive, that this letter hath been drawn from you by importunity, I have thought fit, for preventing of any such conceit, to let your lordship know, that Sir John Wentworth, whose business I now recommend, is a gentleman, whom I esteem in more than an ordinary degree. And therefore I desire your lordship to shew him what favour you can for my sake in his suit, which his majesty hath referred to your lordship: which I will acknowledge as a courtesy unto me,

and rest

Your Lordship's faithful friend and servant, ewmarket, January 26th, 1618.

(a) Harl. MSS. Vol. 7006.

G. BUCKINGHAM

TO THE LORD CHANCELLOR (α).
My honourable Lord,

I BEING desired by a special friend of mine to re-
commend unto your lordship's favour the case of this
petitioner, have thought fit to desire you, for my sake,
to shew him all the favour you may in this his de-
sire, as you shall find it in reason to deserve ; which
I shall take as a courtesy from your lordship, and

ever rest

Your Lordship's faithful friend and servant,

G. BUCKINGHAM.

I thank your lordship for your favour to Sir John Wentworth, in the dispatch of his business.

Newmarket, March 15, 1618.

TO THE LORD CHANCELLOR (b).
Most honourable Lord,

Ir may please your lordship, there was with me this
day one Mr. Richard White, who hath spent some
little time at Florence, and is now gone into Eng-
land. He tells me, that Galileo had answered your
discourse concerning the flux and reflux of the sea,
and was sending it unto me; but that Mr. White
hindered him, because his answer was grounded upon
a false supposition, namely, that there was in the
ocean a full sea but once in twenty-four hours. But
now I will call upon Galileo again. This Mr. White
is a discreet and understanding gentleman, though he
seem a little soft, if not slow; and he hath in his
hands all the works, as I take it, of Galileo, some
printed, and some unprinted. He hath his discourse
of the flux and reflux of the sea, which was never
printed; as also a discourse of the mixture of metals.

(a) Harl. MSS. Vol. 7006.

(b) Ibid.

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Those which are printed in his hand are these: the Nuncius sidereus; the Macchie solari, and a third Delle Cose, che stanno su l'aqua, by occasion of a disputation, that was amongst learned men in Florence about that, which Archimedes wrote, de insidentibus humido.

I have conceived, that your lordship would not be sorry to see these discourses of that man; and therefore I have thought it belonging to my service to your lordship to give him a letter of this date, though it will not be there so soon as this. The gentleman hath no pretence or business before your lordship, but is willing to do your lordship all humble service; and therefore, both for this reason, as also upon my humble request, I beseech your lordship to bestow a countenance of grace upon him. I am beholden to this gentleman; and, if your lordship shall vouchsafe to ask him of me, I shall receive honour by it. And I most humbly do your lordship reverence.

Your Lordship's most obliged servant,

Brussels, from my bed, the 14th of April, 1619.

TOBIE MATTHEW.

TO THE LORD CHANCELLOR (a).

My honourable Lord,

His majesty hath commanded me to signify unto your lordship, that it is his pleasure you put off the hearing of the cause between Sir Arthur Manwaring and Gabriel Dennis till toward the end of the term; because his majesty is graciously pleased to be at the hearing thereof himself. And so I rest

Your Lordship's faithful friend and servant

Royston, April 13, 1619.

(a) Harl. MSS. Vol. 7006.

G. BUCKINGHAM.

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