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In November following, he was sent envoy
Flanders; and proceeded to the court of
narch as a volunteer,.in an expedition then inind
tended by his most christian majesty, in person, towards Alsace : but the king having altered his resolutions, he returned, by the way of Holland, into England : and, in April, 1671, the prince of Orange sent him a present' to London, being a bason and ewer of mally gold.
In June, 1671, the earl went for Flanders, designing to go to the ficge of Brunswick; but understanding there that all differences were accommodated, he returned by the Hague into England.
lo January, 1671-2, he had a commission to command the Resolution, a third rate man of war; and another, in April, 1672, to command the Victory, a second rate, Alter the Solebay fight, on the third of June, he sent Mr. Mullys to visit the sick and wounded feamen in St. Thomas's hospital, Southwark ; and to relieve them according as he found their neceffities. Pursuant to his orders, Mr. Mullys gave to them he found most maimed forty Dillings ; to such as had less lurt, twenty fillings; and to those who had the Nightest wounds, ten shillings a-piece,
In September, that year, he was elected knight of the garter, and installed at Windfor on the twenty-third of the next month.
extraordinary to the court of France, with compliments of condoleance to that king upon the death of Louis Francis, of France, duke of Anjou. He was highly caressed in that court, and treated, in some respects, as a prince of the blood. The king pressed him to take a command in his army, and bid him ak what appointments he pleased ; adding, " & j en feray ao dela. I will do even more. I know,” said he, “ you are born to a great eitate ; yet, wbile your father lives, you are in the condition of a cadet.” His lordfhip excusing himself, the king sent Monsieur de Louvois the next day to his todgings; who told him the king was pleased to bestow a command upon him ; and desired him to ak what command he would have ; and, that, in asing, he might be as bold as a lion. His lord thip returned him a compliment in answer: upon which he said, “ Come, my lord, I see you are modest, let me speak for you; will twenty thousand piftoles for an equipage, and ten thousand pistoles a year do? If not, say what you will have, and chuse what command you please.” The earl ftill declined the offer, faying he was already engaged in the seaservice of his own prince in the war against the Dutch. At his parting from the court of France he was presented with a jewel of two :housand pounds value.
In May, 1673, the king gave him the command of the St. Michael, a first-rate
Mhip, and made him rear-admiral of the blue squadron, for that great sea-fight againit the Dutch which happened shortly after. Sir Edward Spragge commanded in chief that squadron in the engagement, being on board the Prince; but that thip being disabled in the fight, with Van Trump, and Spragge himself lain, as he was.going in his boat on board another ship, his lordship lay to defend the Prince from being fired, or taken, by the enemy ; and, towards night, brought her off in tow, and joined prince Ruperi's squadron.
He was then made rear-admiral of the red Squadron, and, towards the close of that summer's expedition, in September, he was sent to the Buoy in the Nore to command the fleet there lying, in chief ; and to wear the flag of union on his main-top-malt-head. This was attended with a pension of two hundred and fifty pounds settled upon him, as having had that command and privilege, it being a usual establishment, given of course, or by the king's courtesy, to all who have had the honour of the flag.
It was at the latter end of the same year, that he formed a design upon Helvoetsluys, where, when he was last in Holland, he had seen, with indignation, the Royal Charles, taken by the Dutch at Chatham, lain up, with all the Maes Squadron, as in a fecure harbour,
Thefe confiderations were, however, fufi cient to prevail on him not to quit the kingdom till it was absolutely impossible for him to contribute any thing to the keeping it in obedience to his majefty, notwithstanding the groundless and incredible aspersions calt on him by the clergy, who at length rejected the king's authority, and insisted on his lieutenant's quitting the kingdom; nay, to such a height of presumption did they arrive, that they lent bim a messagė, desiring him to leave Ireland without delay ; to which his loyalty prevailed on him to return a mild answer, though he had vainly appointed them to meet and confer with him ; and they had replied, by a declaration against continuing of his majesty's authority in the lord-lieutenant; excommuni. Gating all that should adhere to, affift, support, give him intelligence, or obey his commands: their design being to throw off the English government, and to subject Treland to fome foreign Roman catholic power.
His laft effort for the king's service was the calling a general afsembly at Loghreah, in which he acquainted them with his design of departing, requiring them to consideron the most probable means of preserving the kingdom from utter ruin.
Having the king's permission, and being again requested by the clergy, he put to sea on the eleventh of December, and, in about three weeks, after a tempestuous voyage,
Janded at 'Perofe, in Bafle-Bretagne, leaving the marquis of Clanricard deputy of the kingdom ; of the affairs of which it is foreign to our design to take any farther notice than as they coincide with what relates to the marquis, who having landed in France in the beginning of January, 1651, after a few days stay with his family at Caen, went, on the twenty-first, to pay his duty to the queen at Paris, and ac quaint her majefty with the state of affairs in Ireland; which having done, be returned to his family, where he continued till the latter end of June.
He made a second journey to Paris to wait on the duke of York. He there remained a month, the duke requiring his assistance in settling and proportioning the expence of his family to his small pension of four thousand pistoles a year allowed him by the court of France.
This being done, he again visited and stayed with his family till his majefty escaped from the battle of Worcester, and from the pursuit and narrow search 'made for him rea' turned to Paris. The marquis was reduced at this time to great streights, being obliged to board himself at a pistole a week; to walk on foot, which is not very reputable at Paris, and his family not able longer to fubfift in Caen ; for the pension granted to his majesty not exceeding fix thousand pistoles, barely sufficed for his own table, consequently there was nothing to be expected for his servants.