June (3 of 7)
A letter of intelligence.
Brussels, the 21st of June, 1656. [N. S.]
Vol. xix. p. 260.
As yet we hear nothing here of the English ships coming before our towns upon the coasts
of Flanders; and we cannot imagine, that England will desire, that France should
get too great an advantage upon these countries; nor that France is willing, that England
should get any footing in Flanders, for fear that presently the English would be marching towards Calais and Boulogne; and therefore we do believe, that the misunderstanding between
us and the English will sooner end, than the good correspondency will last, which seems to
be between France and the English.
In the mean time we are very unfortunate to suffer, because that the reason of state of
Spain cannot permit, that the English should keep Jamaica. The king without that hath
but too much country; but however, without the retaking of Jamaica, and the quietness of
the Indies, he can in no wise hearken to an accommodation with England.
King Charles or his followers have made men believe, that he hath great intelligence
and interest. Formerly we have been often abused by the duke of Orleans, who likewise
did but increase our charge: however we do judge and consider, that he is irreconcileable with the protector Cromwell, and that we have nothing to fear on that side, as to his
person; but his domesticks are not of the same condition, and I do presume enough, that
there are some of them, that are gain'd by the French and by the English. The ambassador Gamarra hath his dispatch for Holland, but he hath leave to make a journey to Ghent
for his own affairs. He hath power enough to treat in Holland, if he do find they will
bite, and are disposed; and to preach jealousy amongst them upon the consequence, that
would follow, in case the French and English do approach any nearer to the two trading
provinces, and the nearest adjacent to Flanders and Brabant.
Advice of the states of Friesland.
Vol. xxxix. p. 264.
The states of Friesland having examined with ripe deliberation the important points
and reasons in the letter of the lord Knyff, bearing date the 14/14 June, 1656, concerning the means, whereby the commerce and navigation of these countries upon the East sea,
and especially upon the river Weyssel and the city of Dantzick, may be vigorously and
speedily protected and preserved against all inconveniences; they do not only find and approve in all things of the means proposed by their noble great lordships, the States of Holland, but do also consent to assist with all speed, if need be, the town of Dantzick with
money, soldiers, and ships, as many as they shall stand in need of, till such time that the
Weyssel as far as Thorn shall be opened, for the service and free use of the commerce of
these countries, as hath been formerly used; to which end the fleet shall go to the Sound,
not only to be employed upon the road of Dantzick, but also before the heads of other
harbours, where the service of the state shall require it. And for the securing of the commerce of this state, the relieving of Dantzick, the protecting of Prussia, and for the effecting of the said designs, a considerable army of foot shall be employed under some experienced officers of the state, upon condition however, that their high and mighty lordships
will use all endeavours, that on one side the state of these countries may be assured of some
advantages to be granted by those of Dantzick, and the king of Poland; and likewise withall, that they be desired and prevailed with, that the free exercise of the reformed religion
may be allowed of throughout all Poland. Thus done the 21st of June, 1656. [N. S.]
Henry Van Rhenswonde, the Dutch envoy at Madrid, to the States General.
Madrid, the 21st June, 1656. [N. S.]
Vol. xxxix. p. 268.
High and mighty lords.
My lords, since my last of the 14th current, I have received your high and mighty lordships letter of the 13th May last with due respect, wherewith your high and mighty
lordships are pleased to send me the petition of Grotenhuyse living at Amsterdam, as also
that of Frank Cornelis Van Deinck and company dwelling at Maesluys, all owners and
freighters of the ship the young Tobias, as also the extract of your high and mighty lordships resolutions taken upon them; the contents whereof is, that I should use all good endeavours and offices, to the end the petitioners may receive reparation for the great damage
they have suffered by the taking and bringing in of the said ship to Cadiz. I have hitherto
advised the schipper and factor, who solicit this business here at court in the name of the
petitioners, how to manage the business. I make no doubt, now I am seconded with your
high and mighty lordships authority, but that they will soon find the effects thereof. I am
heartily sorry, that I have been forced to put off my audience through indisposition, and
have been forced to excuse myself to don Lewis de Haro.
The admiral Blake is now again before Cadiz, where he hath detained three ships of
Amsterdam; and after a strict search he hath let go two, and kept one, which he faith to
have counterband goods in her.
Lockhart, embassador in France, to secretary Thurloe.
In the possession of the right hon. Philip 1. Hardwick 1. high chancellor of Great Britain.
I ame verie unwilling to give needlesse alarums. What I said in that I tooke the boldnesse to offer to his highnesse by Mr. Swist, I was so pressed to it, that I durst not be
sylent in it without bringing myself under the guilt of breach of trust. Their may be a
malitious desyn in the informer. If their be anie truth in that I have some cause to be aphensive of, which is this.
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a cordelier frier hath since my arryvall heare passed twyce be tw
ixt cardinall and don Low is D'A ro Whatever is in it, is kept verie secrett.
If in earnest, then all offer of port Flanders am use the prot but if the card designe to
am us e Spayne then all is well. A protest de put y and a frend of monsieur Turenne hath
given me a hint of this. I seemed not to beleeve it, and yett assured them, their further
information about it should be gratefullie acknowledged.
I told yow in my last the pryces of the particulars formerlie mentioned is still expected:
the qwantitie cannot be condescended to, till that be knowen, for as they are dear or cheap,
resolutions will be taken to bring them from thence or elswhere.
I shall endeavor with all possible cawtiosnesse to penetrate into the particular above mentioned; and must beg leave to assure you, that (after his highnesse service) I shall desyr nothing with greater passione, then the honor of being continued in your esteem, as,
Your most humble and faithfull servant,
Chaulni, June 21st 1656. [N. S.]
A letter of intelligence from the Hague.
This 16th of June 1656. [N. S.]
Vol. xxxix. p. 126.
Here inclosed I send you a paper, wherein is to be seen in what manner Friezland hath
declared itself upon the business of Prussia or Dantzick.
The lords Vander Steen, Renswoude, Beecke, and Luzborch tooke leave to day, and
are going into Flanders, to change the magistrates in the towns of the generality, according to custom.
The lords of Schagen, &c. having been at Rynberck, are to make report to-morrow.
Neither in the business of Prussia, nor about the transporting of the troops of Brandenburgh, is any thing done.
The states of Holland do not find themselves fully instructed in the affairs of Prussia, so
that some return to the principals.
They are also summoned upon the complaint, which some masters of ships sailing to
Norway made lately, how that the commissioners of the king in Norway did exact of the
Holland ships against the treaty of the year 1647; of which complaint this resolution of the
31st May doth give all the particulars.
The ministers of Brandenburg have this morning again required free passage, and leave
to imbark their troops raised in the country of Cleve; but the same is referred to the
council of state to consider of; hoc est, to delay it.
The commissioners, who have been at Rhynberck, have not yet made report. Holland
doth manage the business so, to the end it may be delay'd a little, till there hath been
another conference with the commissioners of the elector of Cologne.
As to the report, that some English ambassadors were to come hither, I do not find,
that the state hath had the least advice of it; ergo, an abuse.
The Polanders have used the Jews very ill in Poland. The Jews at Amsterdam would
have complained of it here, but Holland diverted it, to the end not to render the Polanders to be too much hated.
This morning the assembly was ended by eleven of the clock, having only read some
letters, it being considerable, that the correspondent at Koningsberg (being a kinsman of
the Griffier Ruysch) doth write, how that one called Berlicom (having been a quarter-master
and engineer here) a quarter-master-general of the elector of Brandenburg, had given several blows with a staff to the said correspondent, so that he keeps his chamber; and the
cause of the quarrel he writes to be, by reason that he spoke ill of the king of Sweden
and the elector; whereof the last at least he denieth, confessing to have spoken ill of the
king. The particulars he writ in a foregoing letter, which came not to hand, and must
The assembly here hath taken it ill, by reason, that the said correspondent hath a private
commission from this state; and they threaten to deprive the said Berlicom of his office of
engineer, which he hath here upon the state of war. Other vindicta justa per unjustum vindicem: for here they did no justice of a publick robbery and affront done to a publick minister.
The lord of Beverweert by order of the lords of Holland doth carefully and particularly
inform himself of the fortifications, situation of Dantzick, Munde, Hoost, of the river, its
largeness, deepness, &c. So that something effective is expected from this assembly, as soon
as the members are returned, which will be this night.
20 June 1656.
The secretary of the embassy of Spain having demanded in his memorandum a release of
some priests, who are prisoners at Sas, against the children of a merchant of Amsterdam;
that being done, there will be no more difficulty.
The states of Holland have not yet brought any thing into the assembly. It is believed,
they will do it to-morrow. I am assured, that the most part of Holland are very resolute; but of Rotterdam much doubt is made, as usually Rotterdam doth still shew itself
contrary to the maxims of Amsterdam. Likewise there are some amongst those of Holland, who would by might and main engage the duke of Brandenburg against Sweden.
Also it is said, that the resolution of Holland will be with many limitations and restrictions.
In the end the reduction of interests of the generality from five to four being agreed and
resolved on (according to the enclosed copy) it hath been represented, that possibly it may
happen, that the particular receivers of towns of the generality cannot so easily find the capital, in case, &c. Upon that is resolved, that in such a case the receiver general is to
take it upon himself.
The commissioners of Dantsick hath represented by the lord president, that the ambassador of Muscovy passing upon the road, had signified by word of mouth, that he had order
to declare to Dantzick, that, his master had made peace with the king of Poland, and that
they had made him to believe at Koningsberg, that Dantzick was closely besieged, that he
could not get into it; and in the end he recommended his expedition.
That which the said Muscovite ambassador hath represented in Denmark, is the same
thing; and that his master would assault the Swedes, in case the Swedes did not give him
In Denmark the twenty five ships of war of this state are still behind the lap; and in
Sweden they were equipping several ships of war to transport forces.
Holland hath not yet done any thing, but they promise to do it to-morrow, and it is
feared, that there will be limitation in their resolution. It is wished, that the ministers of
Brandenburg would stir up this state or speak to those of Holland, to animate them against
Sweden, but the ministers show, that they have no such order, and they perceive that the
duke of Brandenburg doth stick close to the Swedes.
The lord Nieuport in his particular letter doth discourse about the maritime treaty; that
the English in no wise will let fall the two points in question during this war they have
with Spain. However that he was to have another conference with the commissioners of the
lord protector about the said treaty.
The lord Witsen burgomaster and the secretary de Wilt are come hither from the admiralty of Amsterdam, to give reasons why and how they did give lately convoy to the
English ships, who with convoy and all were taken by the Dunkirkers.
Men expect to day the overture of Holland upon the great business of the Baltick sea;
and if the commerce doth fear any disturbance in the said Eastern parts, it is likewise to be
feared in the West. Upon the reiterative complaint, that in France they begin to dispute
the right of Aubene, and that in the ports of Spain they will visit the Holland ships against
the maritime treaty, there are come some commissioners, not only from the admiralty of
Amsterdam, but from others likewise, to advise against the depredations in the Mediterranean sea, in the channel and narrow; to prevent which some propose not to make any
more convoys, but to cause all the ships to ply to and again; chiefly since there will be a
want of men of war, so great a number being designed for the Baltick sea, although as
yet there are but twenty five in the Sound, and the great ship of Opdam being come back
into the Vlie.
Those of Amsterdam excuse the case of the convoyer taken by the Dunkerkers, that it
was only accidental, desiring to know more distinctly and plainly concerning their convoys.
The states of Holland having been together till four of the clock in the afternoon, do
promise to report their resolution to-morrow.
A letter of intelligence from the Hague.
Vol. xxxix. p. 278.
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The voyage of me towards Brussells hath been hindered by this present conjuncture of
affairs, those of the Swede and Poland being in its crisis, and therefore I would not be absent.
The ambassador of the St. Gen. with Cromwell continues still his complaint, that those of Cromwell will not
yield to him concerning those two articles, which are in question; yea that those of Cromwell do
wholly excuse themselves upon the present constitution of the enmity which they have with
Spain. That two or three English (amongst others the lord you) had been to see him, to tell
him so much, being ready to sign all the other articles of the treaty. Here doth run at
present a very great discourse amongst the States Gen. and the states of Hol. how that Cromwell is in a bad condition,
traversed by his army, unprovided of monies: and they are chiefly the well affected of Holland that talk so, and who
do tickle themselves with such discourse, for those well affected of Holland have a strong opinion, that there is
a great amity (if not alliance) between Cromwell and Sweden; consequently that Cromwell will assist the Swede
if Cromwell is not traversed by Spain, by his army, for want of money, and by the like difficulties.
Here hath been likewise the same firm belief and impression, that ambassadors, and especially the
lord you was to come hither; and it doth seem, that raedt pensionary and Beverning had some particular
advice of it from the ambassador; and that they likewise impute to the necessity of Cromwell. The stat of Hol. have
advice, that the lord secretary of Cromwell had seen the resident of Denmark, telling him and persuading
him, that the Dane ought to hold himself neutral without joining with the States General. Yea that the Dane as
well as Cromwell ought to interpose between the States Generall and the Swede, &c. to which the said resident made
answer, that that which he hath told him was considerable, but that he desired to know,
whether he told him that, as his own proper advice and motion; or if he told it him on
the behalf of Cromwell. To which he made answer, that he would reply, and make answer that
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A very great and chief friend of the princess of Orange told me laughing and admiring, that he found those, who
formerly did all that they could to please Cromwell, now do show themselves the most averse to
Cromwell. As in truth, the elector of Brandenburg and theirs, yea princess dowager, himself are pretty moderate against Cromwell;
and it is by reason, that the elector of Brandenburg is very much interested to keep himself joined with the Swede and
the states of Holland on the contrary are interessed not to suffer that to separate them from being together.
I have made a trial of corresponding at Brussells, in the mean time that I can go thither once. Although that I do not judge it greatly practicable, yet I will do his endeavour.
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Yesterday and to day very late as well the States General as the states of Holland were continually together, and
only upon the business of the East sea it being very certain, that as well in the states of Holland as in the States General there is
a great deal of difference; and whatsoever business they shall resolve on, there will be still
some difference and division between the council, and the forces, and arms, and several
limitations, whereof as yet nothing determinately is to be advised. I am
Your most humble servant.
22 June, 1656. [N. S.]
For the right honourable the lord Whitelocke at Chelsey.
Vol. xxxix. p. 274.
For all your lordship's favoures and civilytyes I have but my duty and thankes to returne you, which I hope I shall never be wanting in. I found your daughter at my
arrivall (blessed be God) in good health, though, as I now understand, shee had beene very
ill while I was away, and never writt to mee a syllable of it, while I continued in London. I presume, my lord, to give you some passages, that occurred here last Saturday and
Lord's-day. There mett here within two miles of my house at least four hundred persons
out of seven or eight severall countyes of Wales, commanded in chiefe (I may say) by
Mr. Vavasor Powell. Understandinge of this unusuall concourse, I sent my deputy sheriffe
(conceiving it my duty) to know uppon what score they convened. They returned mee
this answer by him, that they mett to breake breade, and intended a meetinge of part of
severall congregation churches of Wales at our parish church this last Lord's-day. What
their intentions were or may bee, I cannot conjecture; but sure I am, they were countenanced by magistrates, dissenters of the present governement. When I was informed of
what they intended, I went in noe way to disturbe them in the duty of the day; but I doe
humbly desire your lordship to move his highnesse (if you see fitt) in what hath passed,
and to know his pleasure, whether such tumultuous assemblyes bee allowed or not; for here
they doe intend another farre greater meetinge within a month. I professe, my lord, what
I did was in relation to the oath I had taken, and preservation of the publick peace, and
not any way to disturbe them. If their meetinges be allowed of, I beseech your lordship
to give mee your sence, how I must in the future behave myselfe uppon the like occasion;
for sure I am wee shall have many, and such, I feare, as in conclusion (if not prevented)
may prove dangerous. This I made bold to acquaint your lordship with, and to beg your
sence, when you think convenient. I hope, my lord, you have ere this proceeded farre in
the way of an end in my businesse; and that the treaty set on foot as to sister Mary goes
hopefully on. Your daughter and myselfe joyne in request for our brother Will's sudden
visittinge our poore habitation, accordinge to your lordshipp's promise, which wee hope will
bee ere long. Wee both joyne in our duty to your lordship and my lady, and respects to
our brother and sisters.
My lord, I am
Your lordship's faithfull affectionate sonne and servant
* * * * * *
Gogerthan, 12th June, 56.
Mr. Ph. Meadowe, the English envoy at Lisbon, to the generals Blake and Mountagu.
Vol. xxxix. p. 272.
The Colchester friggott sett sayle this morning with fourty four chests aboard, containing 60131 m. 450 reis, which makes about twenty nine thousand pounds sterling.
The bills of Alfandega are now paid off, together with the bonds of merchants, which I
formerly mentioned, all but 24000 crownes, which wil be counted this afternoone; and so
the whole remainder of the debt will, I hope, be upon the Saphire to-morrow morning.
There is still one thing in difference: my lord chamberlaine, their ambassadour when in
England, gave bills upon their treasury heer in Lisbone for the payment of 20,000 l. sterling at the allowance of 32 per cent. which exchange was then accepted, and the moneys
assigned to be paid to Mr. Bird. But then the bills bear date the 28th of December 1652,
and the moneys were to be paid the first of March next immediately following. They
therefore not haveing performed in point of tyme according to the agreement, I demand
a new exchange higher then 32, according as it goes at this present. They insist upon
the former exchange according to the agreement in England, albeit they have forfeited the
benefitt of it by laps of time; and alsoe make the agreement for the exchange of the 20,000 l.
be a rule and proportion for the 30,000 l. sterling, according to the article. This they are
angry at, and tell me, I deale with them discourteously, which I shall finde, when I have
occasion to request any thing of favour at their hands. But I am resolved not to foregoe
my demand, and as chuseing rather to displease them then my superiors. I have onely
these two wayes to helpe myselfe; the one by recourse and remonstrance to your honours;
the other by denying to give his majestie an acquittance, till I shall receive the whole.
The newes of your takeing the Flushing, as also the sending in of the frigotts to clean, have
now made us good freinds againe. And as to point of courtesie and civilitie, I clamour
now at them, that whereas a friggott of ours comeing in saluted them with nine guns, they
returned but one. I am now prepareing my dispatch for England. It wil be requisite, that
the captains of the friggots, that carry the moneys for England, give me and Mr. Bird their
receipts. I have no more at present, but that I am
Your honours to be commanded,
Lisbon, June 12th 1656.
Mr. W. Mettam to secretary Thurloe.
Lixa, 12/12 June, 1656.
Vol. xxxix. p. 12.
The seldom and uncertain passages either stop or make staile all our news hence, especially in these times of jealous embargoes. Notwithstanding animated by your last
to evidence the more my fidelity and zeale for your interest, and besides invited by the integrity of your agent's confidence with me, I secretly and without shewe, what I could not
immediately remitt to you, imparted to him, the better to give light in order to this peace;
the which if most advantageous to your interest, Mr. Medowe hath compleated, overcoming many difficulties with this shallow and distracted court, to his commendation here, and,
as I hope, your satisfaction there. Among this people, who love and feare more then they
obey reason and equitie, assure yourselfe the vicinitie of your threatening fleet made them
allow your peace, alter their lingring counsells, and pay the money, which otherwise had
not beene so soone out of these tenaceous hands, unles they had first secured their Brasill
adventures, and the two yeares expectation now coming in two East Indian ships. I have
discoursed many of their wisest politians, and find this state's axiome to be verefied here,
that whatever nation desire to have and use this a friend, must not depend of it, but be its
debter, never complie totally with it, unless such compliance do equally profitt both. If
you have any other request, 'tis now time to demaund it, before they reap the Brasill treasure; afterwards if they dare, they will be more difficult, and onely apparently true to your
interest, because they dread, but love you not. Nay some great ones have spoake it in
confidence to some, of whom I heard it, as the Conde de Cantaneiro, marques of Nizza,
your old friend, the extraordinarie embassadour, that the devill helped the English to take
them thus upon advantage, which they hoped would not always last; and that if it were
not for a particular fansie to peace in their king, and for their rich sugars, they would have
lulled and fooled the English, as they did the French and Duch, and at worst deferred this
agreement; which ill affected discourse is seconded by their capricious sea-generall, by name
the conde de Villa Pauca, now going forth with seven ships to usher in their expected
fleet, esteemed to be at present about the islands. He braggs with one to fight ten English,
and promiseth, if his king will permit and concurre, in few years with litle cost to make
Portugallia the paragon and mistress of those seas. Their ships are good, their soldiers ill
payed, their seamen few, and unskillfull. This king hath made a shew of great reallitie in
this treatie, especially seeing his Spanish and Roman hopes not so successfull as yet. He
seemes an honest man 'midst a disagreeing, proude, if not false, and not too much knowing counsell. The objections to obstruct this peace, you had them in part in my last, made
at this counsel table by all except the conde de Mirrha, and Petro Fernandez Montero, secretarie of state. And yet these and the rest are got into great jealousies and doubts, that
after this peace seigned, and moneys paid, your fleet intends hostilitie, if it can upon any
pretence, for all that your augent and generalls assures the contrarie, if they performe but
the articles with all expedition. The like frights possessed them in all this treatie, caused,
as I told you, by an Irish dominican in France, some of the English clergiemen here, and
by severall informations from som in their augent's house with you, who hate and invent
all ill they can to disparage, if not disadvantage your present government. They are much
persuaded into this mistrust by the memory of generall Blake's word once, they pretend,
broake with them, and by a scruple they feele in conscience, least you heareing of the affront done you in your agent treacherously wounded, should demand hereafter new satisfaction, which hath been the cause of these demurres, before you hear the success of your affaires
here since your last orders to your agent, at which time you had heard nothing of this injurie. It was a base action, nor (though the conde to G. Lambert say, that his king's resentment counterpoises the harme don) can it be excused by falsely laying it on the Spaniard; for though I cannot assert its authors, yet for divers odd discourses I suspect it a revenge for the late Pantaleon beheaded on Tower-hill: First because the conde in his apologie to G. Lambert suggests a suspition in excuse: Secondly because he and his brother-inlaw, the conde de Torre, a man noted for bloodshed and murthers, have been marked more
then usually together, both glad for the accident, and onely sorrie, as they said in private,
then Mr. Meddow receaved a slighter wound then their brother in London. More of this
hereafter, if I can learne it, and you require it. The above conde is much afflicted, though
he dare not shew it, at the peace; first, because it is concluded; and secondly, because it
was not acted by himselfe, saieng in confidence to some, Woe be to conde de Mirrha, Fernandez Montero, and the king's confessor, the three chiefe and sole advancers of this peace,
if the perfidious English observe not all quiet love and friendship. More of this you have
from your agent. Their agent with you boasts much of the power and efficacie he hath
with your counsellers, and of the esteeme he gets among all English, especially Roman Catholickques; for which reason the king hath encreased his stipend two hundred pounds per
annum more then it was. Of two hundred and fifty thousand crownes one hundred and
thirty thousand is embarked in the Colchester frigat; the rest, I believe, will be imbarked,
although the most jealous and disaffected, if not Spanish partie, in this councell would have
no more money to be payed, till the Brasill fleet come in, unles eight of your frigats were
left in paune. This obstacle will be taken away by the dreadfull presence of your fleet, if
I be not mistaken; although indeed some English clergiemen here, as one by name Mr.
Russell, and the old consul Robinson, to render you odious, make use of all ridiculous fictions and stories of the sectaries in England, some of which they pretend to meet in Lisbonstreets as straggling men belonging to the fleet, alledgeing them to be scandalous, though
onely drunke; but as yet this inquisition will not injure you or yours, although heareafter by
such malitious medlesomnes of such like disaffected persons inconveniencies may happen in
that behalfe. Nevertheles the Portughes find many English marchants, either disaffected
or deseigning each one to keep some conde or other his freind, to further his interest; who
tell all and more then they know by way of intelligence, insomuch that when your agent
with all the English merchants went to visit your generalls, as they came to this barr, the
next day all the passages were told at the Portughese counsel table by the intelligence of one
Mr. Becque, Mr. Pigleston, and Mr Warren, merchants: 1. That a kinsman of general
Montague should have said, that your fleet had let pass into Cales two Hollanders and two
Hamburghers, the two latter loaden with Englishmens goods by night. 2. How the English were much frustrated and deceaved in their war with Spain, making rods for themselves, when they preferred the French peace. 3. That some frigats were sent scouting as
far as the islands, which encreaseth the Portughese jealousies, &c. 4. That the lord Montague did not approve this peace, because it was not agreed within the time prescribed by
his highnes. That thereupon general Blake should replie, that it was good payment, when
a bill charged at five should be payed in ten dayes; and therefore approved the peace.
6. That the fleet did but slenderly receave and entertaine the said marchants, especially with
good cheare and gunns, &c. These are but poore things, yet among these jealous and credulous statesmen begot severall thoughts, and shew that you must be cautious, how you
commit any thing to the knowledge of marchants, some of whom be ill affected, others
slaves to wine, and most servants to interests, &c. And nevertheless this place (as fit to
carry on a deseigne in) so it wil be prone to concurre privately, and hatch any harme these
people can against you; although they confess and bewaile the entertainement of prince
Rupert, which hath cost this state first and last 800,000 l. sterling. My resolution for Italie
I cannot as yet put in execution, being no ship, since I came, hath gone hence that way.
Yet ere long, I hope for an opportunity though to pass by Alicant in Spain, where peradventure I may learne something. I hope I may find some character from you with your
freind in Ligorne, which sometimes will be necessarie. Being invited to serve my owne
countrie by your agent, I offered secretly my promptnes in that behalfe, and withall desired
him to second me to yourselfe and his highnes; but told him nothing of the contents of
your last to me, which I desire may be ever secret, till you please to employ me publicquely. I rest,
Your most humble, faithfull, and obedient servant,
Mr. Longland, agent at Leghorn, to secretary Thurloe.
Vol. xxxix. p. 294.
This week wi hav som newes of the coming of the French towards Itally, the duk
of Mercure with the conte St. Andrea, and a great army of abov twenty thousand
men, besyds what the duk of Modena can rais in his countrey, which may bi about seven
in eight thousand men. On the other syd the Spanyard is not asleep, and what hi is not
able, his neigbour the pope and other princes wil help, besyds the imperial forces, which
wil be large now (at lest eiht or ten thousand men) seing, that the Pole has stopt the Swed's
torrent, and appeares in the field with thirty thousand men, which indeed has much elevated
the spirits of the Austrian party. The sicknes has now extended itself into the pope's
state, insomuch that our prince has banisht al commerce therewith, we being yet clear;
God so continue it. By reson of this sicknes Millan wil be debarr'd of the succour it had
last year from Naples, wher the discontents of the piple threaten a greater deluge then the
pest. The lest assistance from abroad wold mak them resolv to shak off the Spanish yok,
and set up a prince of theyr own. I writ you in my last, how fit an object the prince of
Avelino was for that busnes, being the greatest and most popular prince in that kingdom,
and one that would willingly harken to any motion from the Inglish. It is confirmed by
way of Genoa, that the articles of peace ar fully agreed on, and subscryb'd by his hynes
and the king of Portugal; which does not a little discontent the Spanyards. By the first
ship that coms from Lisbon, I expect to hear at lest (if not se) that gentleman Mr. Mettam, when I shal giv you a more large account of that affair; til when I humbly subscryb
myself what I really am,
Your most faithful servant,
Lego. 23d June, 56. [N. S.]
The Dutch ambassadors in Prussia to the States General.
Marienburgh, 23d June, 1656. [N. S.]
Vol. xxxix. p. 290.
High and mighty lords,
My lords, it is certain, that the king of Poland is at present with his army near or before Warsaw, strong effectively above 40,000 men, and amongst them some foot, consisting of those of Hungary and Wallachen, provided with artillery and twenty pieces of
ordnance; and that they have summoned the city; but that general Wittenberch, who commands there, did return couragiously an answer, that he was resolved to defend the same to
the last. Some assaults have been made by the Poles upon it, but they were repulss'd with
the loss of many upon the place, some prisoners, and two pieces of ordnance.
The Swedish army under duke Adolph and general Wrangell lieth near the river Buck
four miles from Warsaw, and doth increase daily, and two days there marched from this
city to join with them two regiments of foot and one thousand horse.
It is believed, that the king of Poland with his army cannot subsist very long near Warsaw; yea it is said, that he is already gone from before the city for want of provender.
The project of the commissioners of the dukedom of Gueldre, and earldom of Zutphen,
made in the assembly of their high and mighty lordships on the 23d of June, 1656. [N. S.]
Vol. xxxix. p. 298.
I. Our fleet in whole or in part to be employed as well upon the East sea as elsewhere,
for the defence of the commerce against all such, as shall molest the same.
II. To admonish the duke of Brandenburgh to keep to the treaty made with us.
III. That the ambassadors in Denmark be writ unto to endeavour to engage that king
to defend the commerce likewise upon the East sea.
IV. To sound the ministers of Poland and Dantzick, what they would do on their parts,
in case this state should assist Dantzick.
Generals Blake and Mountagu to Mr. P. Meadowe, the English envoy at Lisbon.
Vol. xxxix. p. 286.
We have received your letter of the 12th instant, wherein there are some things, that
doe not concerne us to intermedle in; our businesse here not being only to speed
away some friggotts with the money for England, wherein we feare there hath been too
much delay; and had we thought it would have been so long, we should have dispatched
away an advise for England before this tyme; and our stay heer, besides the deteininge us
from other service, hath also been (as you have signifyed unto us) an occasion of encreaseing jealousyes in this country, which we would willingly avoide; and therefore desire all
possible diligence may be used in dispatching what remaines of the money on board the Saphire, and she therewith be returned to us by Munday morning next at furthest, according
to the orders we have sent the captain, for we cannot approve of any longer delay in this
matter. Notwithstanding if any part of the money should be unprovided at that time, there
will be other friggotts there, who may take it in afterwards. We are
Your loving freinds,
Naseby in Cascais road,
13th of June, 1656.
Mr. P. Meadowe to generals Blake and Mountagu.
Vol. xxxix. p. 288.
I received your honours of the 13th instant. The Saphire sayles this day, and
hopes to be with the fleet, if not to night, yett early to-morrow morning, haveing
aboard her the remainder of the 50,000 l. Yesterday haveing conference with the commissioners, after a warme debate, I obteyned satisfaction for the exchange I formerly mentioned, but they looke upon it no better then a peece of tyrany. The Saphire hath aboard
her 30,000 crownes in gold, which in England will be at least thirty five pounds loss per
cent. and therefore must of necessity be changed into silver. If your lordshipps will please
to take any of the gold, and put peices of eight instead thereof, it wil be no loss to you in
any thing you shall have occasion for in Portugall. However I hope by Munday night to
send you silver instead thereof, and to have the gold returned me againe; for to send it into
England, as it is, would be intollerable damage. Yesternight the conde de Meira delivered
me a paper in Portuguese, the translate whereof is the enclosed. If your honours will please
to send me a prescript form of ceremonies to be interchanged betweene the armada's, they
will readilly comply therewith. I clamour'd with them by way of retort for their discourtesyes, a frigatt of ours saluting them with nine guns, and they returning but one. The
king this morning sent to me to excuse it. The Dutch consul was with me this afternoone,
and delivered me the inclosed. I am almost ready with my dispatches for England, with
which I send Mr. Maynard. I have some thoughts Munday or Tuesday to come downe
privately, and waite upon your honours; and shall alwayes be ready to approve myselfe
Your honours in all service,
Lisbon, June the 14th, 1656.
Commissioner Pels to the States General.
Dantzick, 24th June, 1656. [N. S.]
Vol. xxxix. p. 302.
Here hath happened no alteration since my last. We take daily several prisoners,
which our men fetch in four or five miles distance from the town.
The news and great alteration, which hath happened in the Swedish and the Brandenburghers court, by reason of a new alliance between them, your high and mighty lordships will understand out of the letters of your lords ambassadors. They have now joined
their forces together, and have some grand design in hand.
His majesty of Poland is still before Warsaw with sixty or seventy thousand men, and
hath made several assaults upon it, but without any great success.
A letter of intelligence.
[Brussels] 24 June, 1656. [N. S.]
Vol. xxxix. p. 306.
The prince of Ligne being parted one or two days before, Don John followed him
yesterday on horseback. He was to lie at Grammont, where without doubt he met
the prince of Condé, to go together to Tournay with all the troops. They go upon some
design, and with great hopes of being able to relieve Valenciennes; and so much the more,
as the business doth seem to be seasible, in regard of the extent of the line of circumvallation, whereof you may judge, since it comprehends Beurage, which is three quarters of a
mile from the city. But they give a great deal of time to the French to intrench and fortify themselves; and besides it is very certain, that the French army is very numerous,
being engrost with most part of the garrisons, which they have drained upon the frontier
The besieged have not above thirteen or fourteen thousand soldiers of horse and foot, but
they have good store of great guns, and they have raised one hundred and fifty thousand
guelders to maintain four thousand men.
This is a business of great importance, and an enterprise, whereof the issue, let it be what
it will, will have great consequences. In the mean time it doth seem, that we are not
without some hope of peace, if it were credible, that it was for that subject, and in good
earnest, that some certain persons, confidents of the cardinal, are gone towards Bayonne; but
I believe it is only a fiction.
Likewise you know, that Cromwell hath recalled Montagu to satisfy Blake, who doth
only fire some guns against the town of Cadiz, which sent out twenty gallies in a calm to
fight the English ships, which made them to retreat.
A party of the new German troops are already arrived, and the rest follow.
The earl of Fuensaldagna departed on Monday last from Antwerp for Milan.
They talk here, that the besieged have made sally out with great success upon the quarter
of monsieur de la Ferté.
A list of the ships to be set forth by the admiralties of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Zealand,
and North Holland, for the clearing and freeing of the Mediterranean and narrow
seas of pirates and others that disturb and molest the commerce, delivered to their high
and mighty lordships on the 24th of June, 1656. [N. S.]
Vol. xxxix. p. 350.
To free the Mediterranean with 12 ships.
3 ships of 50 guns each, and manned with 200 men each.
3 ships of 40 guns each, and manned with 120 men each.
3 frigats of 30 guns each, and manned with 120 men each.
3/12 yachts of 18 guns each, and manned with 85 men.
To free the narrow with 6 ships.
4 ships of 30 guns each, and 100 men.
2 of 18 guns, and 85 men.
6 ships manned with 570 men.
In the 18 ships are 2265 men: for their pay, victuals, as likewise other charges for
maintaining of the equipage per mensem 69,434 guilders, and for 12 months 833,208
Barriere to one Souchon.
Brussells, 24 June, 1656. [N. S.]
Vol. xxxix. p. 352.
I have already writ you word, that the French army threatened Valenciennes, which they
have now besieged; and their line hath been begun ever since the 16th current, and
which I believe is far advanced. They have not yet opened their trench. This is a great
design of theirs, and of great consequence, and which will not take, if the inhabitants
prove true to us; but if they juggle, it will go near to be lost. But we have news, that
they are well-affected, and have raised four thousand men in the town. I believe the place
will hardly be taken. The generals are gone from hence with a resolution to relieve it at
any price whatsoever. If they have good success, it will be a great business; but if the
place be lost, it will be a bad business for Spain.
Extractum literarum domini Comenii ad dominum Rulicium, ministrum Amsterodomensem.
Vol. xxxviii. p. 633.
S. P. D.
Reverende domine, spero meos amanuenses (Podivinum et Woytium) quos mox
ab excisâ (eheu) Lesnâ nostrâ per vos ad dilectum nostrum dominum S. Hartlibium misi,
sub conductu manûs Dei, rectè ad vos penetrâsse, et sic de calamitoso statu nostro et meo
informatos vos esse. Equidem est, unde cum aliis gratias agam Deo, qui mihi spolii loco
vitam dedit, addiditque, ut manuscriptorum partem reciperem: doleo tamen potiorem partem esse amissam; ea scilicet omnia, quæ de Pansophicis ad mundum erant descripta, et prelo
parata, eheu! Maculaturas retinui, nec eas omnes. Ut tamen hæc etiam flammis erepta,
et quoquo dabitur modo reparata, vestro judicio tandem aliquando luci exponi possent.
Excessi unà cùm istis reliquiis in locum, ubi tutior ab insidiis esse possem, Francosurtum
ad Oderam, ibique uxore cùm liberis relictâ, huc Stetinum me transtuli, animo ad vos festinandi, ibique communi consilio (quorum interest) domino Elzevirio hæc tradendi, forsan et
ad dominum Hartlibium, si consultum videbitur, transfretandi. Habeo enim à Constantino
Schaumio (à quo et hero suo rectè tibi esse tradita per illos meos, quæ missa fuere, sperabo)
singularia illic renuntianda. Ita, inquam, animus fuit ad vos celeriter volandi; sed amicorum
hujus loci sententia est deflectendum esse in Borussiam ad serenissimum Suecorum regem.
Nondum consilium est stabilitum (pendet et pendebit certas ob causas hodie et cras) ego tamen judicium mei facere volui, ut me non esse perditum (id est mea illa omnia, sine quibus non viverem) intellecto, gratias agatis Deo, qui suos et sua non derelinquit, oretisque
pro me misero, ut porrò non derelinquat. A genero meo Dantisci obsesso nihil habui integro jam mense; utinam illius quoque urbis fata mitescant, sed terrent adhuc multa. Ultimis ille ad me suis docuit dominum Hartlibium optare, ut inter nos literarium reviviscat
commercium. Eo igitur lubentiùs non tantùm commercium redintegrare, sed et me ipsum
sistere animum induxi. Nunc tamen illi peculiariter non scribo, sed tuæ dilectioni, distractus
hic variis et compendii causa. Tu ipse, oro, de his eum certiorem facias, aut etiam hanc
ipsam chartam ad eum mittas. Reliqua coram, si vota prosperaverit Altissimus, mutuo
utrinque solatio, firmiter spero. Tantum enim adhuc ex atris illis nubibus lucis reliquum
nobis fecit Dominus, ut non defuturum sit, undè exultemus in bonitate ejus. Plus non vacat
hâc vice. De publico nihil scribo, qui aconstant aliundè. Privata mecum feram, et læta (dabit
Deus) adferam. Interim valete, observandi amici, fautores, patroni, quibus omnia læta
Animitùs vovet omnium vestrûm servus in Christo,
Stetini, 14/24 Junii, 1656.
The king of Portugal to the protector.
In the possession of the right honourable Philip lord Hardwicke, lord high chancellor of Great Britain.
Serenissime protector reip. Angliæ, Scotiæ, Hiberniæ, &c. Nos D. Joannes,
Dei gratia rex Portugalliæ, et Algarbiorum citra et ultra mare in Africa, dominus
Guineæ, atque adquisitionis, navigationis, et commercii Æthiopiæ, Arabiæ, Persiæ, ac Indiæ,
&c. serenissimæ celsitudini vestræ salutem plurimam dicimus pro nostra erga vos æstimatione. Quia in articulis 6to et 14to ejus pacis, quam comes de Penaguia, noster apud
serenissimam vestram celsitudinem legatus, sancivit, continebantur clausulæ aliquot in materia
de religione, quas idcirco, cum res supra regiam nostram auctoritatem sit, sas non erat a
nobis ratificari; neque vero si fieret, exinde pax constans et firma, quam optabamus, ullatenus esse posset, videlicet regno non acquiescente paci ex studio religionis: hæc propter
cum Philippo Meadowe, qui pro componendis iis dubiis a celsitudine vestra ad nos ablegatus est, aliter, et qua maxime fieri ratione potuit, de re conventum erat; sic ut prædicti
articuli sub commodioribus clausulis jam parati propediem ad celsitudinem vestram mitterentur, datis literis nostris, ut ratificare vestra celsitudo vellet; pactâ interim et præstitâ publicâ
fide pro securitate omnium, et cujusvis mari terraque hostilitatis. Nisi quod tempore importunistimo ab adventu Thomæ Maynard, idem Philippus insperatò perfert ad nos, omnino
oportere, ut pacis tractatum, quem ipse attulisset, confirmare vellemus; sic enim sibi a cel
situdine vestra imperari. At quanquam dubium non sit, tunc cum darentur ea mandata,
longe aliter existimasse celsitudinem vestram de rerum statu, qui profecto is habebatur, a quo
descendere non esset; tamen Philippo acerrimè enitente, nos utique amatores optimæ pacis,
ut celsitudini vestræ serenissimæ hac etiam in parte (quod Philippus negotio quidem commodum, sibi vero necessarium ducebat) complaceamus, tandem tractatui subscripsimus, certe
non dubia spe nostra ita futurum, ut haud minus res, prout commodius composita erat,
concludatur. Igitur celsitudinem vestram serenissimam, quod jam alias, rursus, ac repetitis
votis, sincere atque prout bonum amicum et fœderatum decet, confidentur rogamus, probatas ratasque celsitudo vestra habere velit breves illas et leves de religione clausulas, quæ
Anglicanæ reip. in nullis noceant, nobis vero tam necessaries, ut quam utrique genti perpetuam exposcimus, non aliter speremus placidam et stabilem pacem usquam fore. Quin vero
ubi celsitudo vestra (de quo nobis dubitare non est) in re annuat, insuper eâdem contentione
rogamus speramusque, ut tractatus ille comitis legati nostri jam inutilis, pacique non modo
non congruus, sed contrarius, sub quo maximo secreto esse possit ad nos referatur comburendus; sic enim solicitis et prope inquietis subditorum animis in contrarium suspicandi, pacis
vero et coronæ nostræ hostibus omnis apud summum pontificem nocendi occasio occludetur.
Celsitudinem vestram serenissimam Deus max. opt. incolumem semperque felicem servet.
Dabantur Alcantaræ 24 Jun. ann. 1656. [N. S.]
Bonus amicus vester,
Serenissimo protectori reipublicæ Angliæ, Scotiæ, et Hiberniæ, &c.
Count O de Mira to the protector.
Vol. xxxix. p. 310.
Hujus epistolæ confidentiam, ut affectui in gentem Anglicam meo imputare velit, celsitudinem vestram rogo, quorum remp. meritissimo protegis; qui quidem affectus in serenissimo rege nostro eximie cernitur. Ideo mihi aliisque administris ejusdem animi ac fidei
gravissimum hoc pacis et amicitiæ negotium delegavit, ut cum Philippo Meadowe a celsitudine vestra misso conficeretur. Re ex voto peracta, ut ab exemplis actorum ab eodem
transmissis celsitudini vestræ constabit (est enim vir in observatione mandatorum vestrorum pari solertia ac diligentia præditus) cum e domo mea noctu in suam pergeret, omnis
infortunii securus, facinus illud contigit, cujus narratione supersedeo, ne dolorem meum exulcerem, cui sane ingemuit nobilitas pariter ac plebs; sed super omnes perdolitum est regi
nostro, cujus imperio de nefario conatu acerrima quæstio instituta est, provocato quoque
sceleris indicio ac delatione, impenso precio, et honorum pollicitatione. Ille vero ope divina
servatus convaluit, domumque nostram singulari benignitate frequentat. Interim adventu
consulis, cujus discessus in Angliam me latuit per id temporis lectulo decumbentem, et vi
morbi deploratum, quod erat pactum, conventumque ex utriusque partis sententiâ aliquantulùm turbatur; ob id præcipue, quod status rei celsitudini vestræ nondum innotuerat, cujus
optatis ampliori modo quam cupiebat satisfactum ivimus, verborum parci, de rerum substantiâ soliciti, eo tandem religionis moderamine, quo utriusque nationis concordia indies augescere, ac perennare posset; nec ultra progredi nobis licuit. Si quid vero celsitudinem
vestram demeruit affectus noster, ab ejusdem benevolentia abunde expectamus, ut celsitudini vestræ, quæ gessimus, probentur et placeant, sicuti nobis promissum et utrisque perutile
est. Ego verò cæterique, quorum opera et cura de pace transactum, prompti paratique
sumus obsequiis mandatisque vestris obeundis, prout ex officio nostro et celsitudini vestræ
reverentia tenemur, quam servet et dirigat in publicum bonum.
Celsitudinis vestræ addictissimus
Ulyssopone, 25 Junii, 1656. [N. S.]
A letter of intelligence.
Dunkirk, 25 June, 1656. [N. S.]
Vol. xxxix. p. 316.
Since Charles came from Brussells, he hath been very merry, and in three weeks hopes
to have all his demands from Spain; but to this minute they have not done any thing
for him; yet he is so confident, that he will not let Gerard take the command he might
The duke of York hath writ to him, that unless he might be assured, what the Spaniard
will do for him, he will go into the field, being much prest to it by the French, which
hath much enraged Charles against his brother, and he hath sent Bennet, who is secretary
to his brother, into France, to persuade him and command him not to go. If you can foment this by the means of the cardinal, it will much advantage you.
I hear it from Spain, that the states ambassador presseth Charles's business very much.
To send you what business's they bring him out of England, is impossible for me to do; they
come privately to him, but he I sent you word of, there is one gone over with him, who is to
return, by whom I hope to have all. In this packet-boat comes over Mr. Thomas Waters;
his brother is in prison with you: he comes from some in the North. It is impossible for
me to give you the particulars, nor need I, knowing he useth to come to you: here come
very many over to him. I hear he will not have them begin any thing till he hath
an army to help them. When I am sent over, I shall be able to serve you with particulars. Middleton is with him, and will be sent away either for Scotland, but I believe for
Now, sir, I thank you for the bill I have received.
Lockhart, ambassador in France, to secretary Thurloe.
Vol. xxxix. p. 322.
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My last (save one) of the date 19th instant, mentioned, that his eminence promised me
before the end of the last week, his positive and finall answer to the particular relating to the le e v y ing of the foo t and that he shunned speaking to the businesse concerning mo ney. I expected his command to wait upon him till Fryday last; and
having heard nothing from him, I then put him in mynd of his promise by Mr. le Abbot
Palliott (one of his favorits, to whom I am much oblydged) who told me from his eminence, that he had not been verie well all the last week, and had been much pressed with
businesse; and therfore hoped I would excuse him, and that I should not faile to have accesse to him this day or to-morrow. I have sent this morning to Mr. le Abbé to know his
eminencie's pleasure concerning my waiting upon him, but dare not promise myself, that
honor, till he heare of the safe aryvall of a great convoy of all sorts of provisions, that went
yesternight from la Ferre to the camp. It goeth by the way of Guise to Landrechy, where
6000 horse from the camp doe meet it, and joyn with its escorte from this consisting of
2000 foot and as manie horse. Their successe before Valenciennes will depend much upon
that of this convoye if the enemie doe not attempt their lyne, or force the convoy before it
reach the armie, then all heare doe assure themselves, that they will carrie Valenciennes verie
speedilie. But don John hath either of these two hazards for its releese; he lyeth encamped
within a league and a half of the French, and is as neare Landrechy as they, if not nearer;
and is 20,000 men strong, wherof above one half horse, a strenth greater than anie they
did imagine he would be able to make this campagne; and therfore all heare doe waite
for the issue of this convoy with some feare.
I intend at first meeting to venture againe upon the propositione concerning mo ney and
shall studdie the cardinall's inclinations for it, and take all my other measures as cautioslie
as I can. He is a man, that wanteth not his good and bad howers; so that I must adjust
my pressing that affaire (home and to the full) to that tyme, that I shall be able to judge
the most seasonable for it.
Sir, having no more to say in businesse, I beg leave to discharge my conscience, by letting you know, that I am verie much convinced, that his highnesse affairs heare doe infinetly suffer by my mismanadgment. They doe requyer the addresse of a hand much more
happie then myne; and therfore shall humblie beg, that you may be pleased to lett his highnesse know, how much it concernes his interest heare, that some other person be employed,
whose parts and experience may be more sutable to this trust then myn are. Your favor in
this will not be reckon'd amongst the least of those you have alreadie vouchsased unto,
Your most humble and obedient servant,
Chaulni, June 26th, 1656. [N. S.]