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They framed their petitions against him ; but the whole contrivance having been difcovered to the king before Sir Edward knew any thing of it, and also a copy of the petirions put into his hands, he hewed them to him and the marquis of Ormond, and afterwards made himself very merry with it; spoke of it sometimes at dinner, when the qneenmother, who had been in the secret, was prefent; and asked pleasantly, when the petitions would be brought against the chancellor of the Exchequer.
In the mean time, the queen-mother took all occafion to complain to the queen-regent of the king's unkindness; that the might impute all that the disliked to the chancellor : and the queen-regent of France having intercepted a letter of his to the cardinal de Retz, which he had not thought fit to communicate brft to her, se prefently did it to his mother; and a little after, there being a mafque at court that the king liked very well, be per. fuaded the chancellor to see it; and vouchsafed, the next night, to carry him thither himself, and to place the marquis of Ormond and him next the seat where all their majesties were to fit: and, when they entered, the queen-regent aked, who that fat man was that fat by the marquis of Ormond. The king told her al That was the naughty man who did all the mischief, and set him against his mother; at which the queen herself was little lefs disor:
dered than the chancellor ; but they within hearing laughed so much, that the queen was not displeased ; and somewhat was ipoken to his advantage.
Though the chancellor of the Exchequer was not, perhaps, in compliance with the queen, against making Sir Edward Herbert, keeper, which happened in 1652, yet his troubles did not cease ; for Mr. Robert Long, who, when the king was in Scotland, had been secretary, an office now performed by Sis Edward Hyde,' petitioning to be restored to the place, and being refused, he thereupon accused Sir Edward of having betrayed the king; and undertook to prove that he had been over in England, and had private conference with Cromwell : which was an asper, fon fo impossible that every body laughed at it : yet, because he undertook to prove it, the chancellor pressed that a day might be apa pointed for him to produce his proof; and at that day the queen came again to the coun. çil, that the might be present at the charge.
There Mr. Long produced one Massonet, a man who had served him, and afterwards had been an under clerk for writing letters, and had been taken prisoner at Worcester, and being released with the rest of the king's fervants, had been employed, from the time of the king's return, in the same fervice, onder the chancellor of the Exchequer; who said, That, after his release from his impri. fonment, and whild he stayed in London, he' C4
spoke with a maid, who had formerly served him, that knew the chancellor very well, and who assured him, that one evening lhe had feen the chancellor go
into Cromwell's chamber al White-hall; and after he had been shut up with him fome hours, she saw him conducted out again. And Mr. Long desired time that he might fend over for this woman, who Lould appear and juftify it.
To this imposible discourse, the chancellor faid, He would make no other defence, than, that there were persons then in town, who, he was confident, would avow that they had seen him every day, from the time he returned from Spain, to the day on which he attended his majesty at Paris : and when he had said fo, he eXered to go out of the room ; which the king would not have him de : but he told his majesty, that it was- the course, and that he ought not to be present at the debate that was to concern himself; and the lordkeeper, who was his enemy, with some warmth, said, it was truc: and so he retired to his own chamber.
The lord Jermyn, as soon as he was gone, faid, He never thought the accufation had any thing of probability in it; and, that he believed the chancellor a very honest man ; but that the use that he thought ought to be made of this calumny, was, that it appeared: that an honest and innocent man might be caJumniated, as he thought Mr. Long had likewife been ; and therefore they ought both to
be cleared. The keeper said, He faw not ground enough to condemn the chancellor; but he saw no cause neither to declare him innocent: that there was one witness which declared only what he had heard; but that he ondertook also to produce the witness herself if he might have time ; which, in justice, could not be enied : and therefore he
pro. poded that a competent time might be given to Mr. Long to make out his proof; and, that, in the mean time, the chancellor might not repair to the council.
With much warmth the king faid, Hé discer:ed well the design; and, that it was so false and wicked a charge, that, if he had no other exception against Mr. Long than this foul and foolish accusation, it was caure: enough never to trust him : and therefore he presently sent for the chancellor, and, as foon as he came in, commanded him to fit in his place; and told him, He was forry he was not in a condition to do him more juftice ihan to declare him innocent
The lord-keeper having as ill success in another accufátion formed against Sir Edward, as if he had spoke disrespectful words of the king, and the king himself at last having declared he was very well satisfied in the chancellor's affe&tion, and took nothing ill that he had faid, and directed the clerk of the conn. sil to enter such' his majesty's declaration in bis book; from that time, there were no.
farther public attempts against the chancellor during the time of his majesty's abode in France.
The king, fome time after this, being grown perfectly weary of France, before he Betired from thence into Germany, he desired. that the chancellor of the Exchequer might part in the queen's good grace; and, being introduced into her presence by the lord Piercy, he told her majesty, That now fhe had vouchsafed to admit him into her presence, he hoped she would let him know the ground of the displeasure she had conceived against him ; that fo having vindicated himself from any fault towards her majefty, he might leave her with a confidence in his duty, and receive her commands with an affurance that they should be punctually obeyed by him.
The queen, with a loud voice, and more emotion than she was accustomed to, told him, That she had been contented to see him, and to give him leave to kiss her hand, to comply with the king's degres, who had importuned her to it; otherwise that he lived in that man. ner towards her, that he had no reason to expect to be welcome to her : that the need not ofiign any particular miscarriage of his, lince his disrespect towards her was, notorious to alk men; and, that all men took notice that he never came where she was, though he lodged. under her roof, (for the house was her's); aod tlaat the thought he had not seen him in fix