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In December, 1650, he came back to Caen to his mother, the duchess of Ormond. The duchess foon after going into England, he accompanied her; where, in March, 1655, he was put, by Cromwell's order, into the Tower.' There was no particular thing laid to his charge; his crime was, being conversang among the dangerous men, and one who would expose his life for the king on the first occafion.
'The guard that came to secure him at Wild. house, departed upon the duchess's affurance of his appearing the next morning. His lordship was not in the house at that time, and Mr. Stephen Ludlow finding him, told him how matters stood ; and, that, if he were inclined to make his escape, there was a vesa, fel ready to carry him abroad: but her grace having promised that he should be forth com. ing, was against that step, and persuaded him to go very early the next morning to attend the protector at Whitehall. He stayed there, in the drawing.room, ţill three in the after. noon, sending in several messages, but receive ing no answer to any, till Baxter told him, he was commmanded to provide him a lojging in the Tower.
Thus, without being examined or admitted to the protector, he was hurried away thither in a hackney-coach, and there remained till O&ober following; when, falling ill of a dangerous fever, and the physicians certifying
that he could not live without change of air, he was released, and suffered to go down into Gloucestershire: but continuing ilill very ill, and the physicians advising him to try a foreign air, a pass was, with much difficulty, procured him; upon which his brother, lord Ria chard, went with him as one of his fer., vants.
They landed in Flanders, but soon removed into Holland, where lord Offory continued, not daring to come near the king as long as Cromwell lived, for fear it should be a pretence for taking away from the duchefs'the te nancy of her own estate ; which she had, at laft, obtained and got fettled by the favour of Henry Cromwell.
In November, 1659, the earl of Offory was married to Emilia, daughter of Monsieur de Beverweertz, natural fon of the prince of Orange, governor of Sluys, and all its de pendencies, and a very leading man in the assembly of the states-general.
After the restoration, coming into England, he was made, by patent; colonel of foot in Ireland, on the eighth of February, 1661 ; and colonel and captain of horse, by a like pa. tent, on the thirteenth of June. On the nineteenth of the same month, he was made lieutenant-general of the horse by another pa. tent; and, on the fixteenth of August, 1665, appointed lieutenant-general of the army in that kingdom.
In the year last mentioned, he was at Eu fton, in Norfolk, when the four days fight happened with the Dutch; and hearing the guns from sea, he and Sir Thomas Clifford found means, from Harwich, to get on board the duke of Albermarle's ship, the duke being then retiring, and fighting as he retreated, to preserve the smaller vessels, which he caused to fail before him, while he faced the enemy. with the larger. The earl brought his grace the first news he had, that prince Rupert was ordered back from the west to join his fleet. When the Dutch fleet pressed hard upon
the duke; lord Offory said to him, He saw no help but that he must be taken, But his grace replied, No, he knew how to prevent that ; and when, upon the danger encreasing, his lordship was more curious to know how he would avoid being taken, the duke answered, He would blow up the ship. This brave refolution was
agreeable to lord Oflory's own sentiments, that he ever had his grace esteem.
He was at this time very well with lord Arlington ; and, in April, 1666, contracted that alliance by this nobleman's marrying Madamoiselle Isabella de Beverweert, sister to the countess of Oslory, which cemented a friendfhip between them that lasted till fate put an end to the life of the former.
Lord Arlington always shewed a passionate regard for the earl of Offory in all his con
cerns, on all occasions, aflifting him with his interest and councils to the very last : and, on the other hand, when lord Arlington was going to be impeached by the commons, and the matter was debated five days together in the house, lord Oflory food every day, like a folicitor, in the lobby, pressing the members with the most earnest entreaties, and neglecting nothing till he had carried the point in his favour.
In the same year, the earl of Oxfory, upon his father's resignation of the place, was made gentleman of the bed-chamber to the king ; and, in June following, was sworn of the privy-council of England.
Soon after, by a writ, bearing date on the fourteenth of September, he was called to the parliament, then fitting at Westminster, by the title of lord Butler, of Moor park, and rok his place there accordingly on the tenth day of the fame month. In May, 1640, he waited on his majesty to Dover, when he went to meet the duchers of Orleans.
In October, that year, the king being deforous to see' his nephew, the prince of Orange, fent the earl for his highnels. His lord ship accordingly fet fail for Holland, attended by feveral yachts; and, about the latter end of that month, put him and his train on More at Margate, in Kent.
In February following, he waited on the prince back to the Hague ; went from thence to view the French king's new conquests in
Flanders; and proceeded to the court of France, with a design of serving that monarch as a volunteer, in an expedition then intended 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 maffy gold,
In June, 1671, the earl went for Flanders, designing to go to the sicge 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 thillings; to such as bad less hurt, twenty shillings, and to those who had the Nighteit wounds, ten shillings a-piece,
In September, that year, he was elected knight of the garter, and installed at Wind. for on the twenty-third of the next month. In November following, he was sent envoy