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into England. That he thought this would be necessary, both that he might make his own pursuit himself, in an affair
that so nearly concerned him ; and that, by asking leave so early, no time might be loft upon that occafion when the campaign was over. That he had reason to desire this affair might, at present, be managed with all the secrely that could be; and therefore was resolved to put the letters concerning it into my hands; and desired my wife might deliver them both to your majeity and his royal highness, and said that he would take care to send them to me before he went.
This was the sum of his highness's discourse to me when I took leave of him; and his letters both for your majesty and the duke being fome days after come to my hands, I thought it my duty to send them, according to the directions I received from the prince; and fhall leave your majesty to know the rest from bis own hand, though I think I have not mistaken any thing of what he said to me upon this occasion. I shall not farther encrease your majetty's present trouble, than by the humble profesions of that perfect devotion wherewith I am, and shall be ever,
Your Majesty's, &c.
To the Duke of York.
Hague, April 23. S. N. 1676. May it please your Highness,
WHEN I took leave of the prince of Orange, at his going to the army, he was pleased to tell me the resolutions he had taken of writing to your highness, upon an occasion he had so much at heart; and that he would do it before he went into the field. He said, He was resolved to apply himself directly to your highness in all that concerned it; and to beg your intercession with his majesty, that he might have leave to go over into England immediately after the campaign ended. That he would write to his majesty at the same time to beg his permiflion.. And, because he had reafon to desire, that whatever paces he made at present, in this point, might be secret, he was resolved to put his letters into
; and defired that my wife, upon her going over, might herself deliver them both to his majefty and your royal highness; I thought it my duty to observe these directions: and have ing, by the fame hand, given his majesty an account of the manner, and circumstance, with which the prince was pleased to enter into these discourses, I shall not presume to trouble
your highness with the bare repetition of them, nor with any thing more, at present, than the kumble professions of the devotion and truth wherewith I am always,
Your Highness's, &c.
To Sir John Temple.
London, November, 1677. SIR, THO' I do not trouble you often with public news or business, yet I am fenfible of having too much neglected it of late, confidering what has passed ; which I know
you will be more pleased with than any you have been entertained with a great while: for I remember how often, and how much, you have desired to see the prince of Orange married here; not only from your good wishes to him, but from your apprehensions of some greater matches that might befall us, and with confequences ill enough to pofterity as well as to the present age.
l-am in a good deal of haste at this present time, and therefore shall fum up a great deal in a little room.
The prince of Orange came to the king at Newmarket, where he was mighty well re. ceived both of king and duke. I made the acquaintance there between the prince and my
-lord-treasurer; and in such a
as, though they were not at all known before to one another, yet they fell very soon into confidence,
The prince said not a word to any of them of any thoughts of a wife while they stayed at Newmarket; and told me, No considera. tions Tould move him in that affair till he had seen the lady. The day after he saw her here he moved it to the king and duke ; and, though he did it with fo good a grace that it was very well received, yet, in four or five days treaty, it proved to be intangled in such difficulties, that the prince sent for me one -night, and uttering his whole heart, told me, He was resolved to give it over, repenting him from the heart of his journey, and would be gone within two days, and trust God Almighty with what would follow; and so went to bed the most melancholy chat ever I saw him in my life. Yet, before eleven o'clock the next morning, the king sent me to him, to let him know, He was resolved on the match, and that it should be done immediately, and in the prince's own way:
Thus far what had passed went no farther than the king, the duke, the prince, the lord-treafurer, and me; but that afternoon it was declared at the foreign committee, and next day at council ; you will easily imagine with what general jcy. I cannot but tell you, That no man seems to lay it to heart so much as my lord Arlington, having had no part in
it'; which he could not but take notice of to the prince; who told me, His compliment to him upon it was, That some things, though they were good in themselves, yet were spoiled by the manner of doing them; but this was in itself so good, that the manner of doing it could not spoil it.-l am told, he lays it upon me, and will never forgive me ; which I must bear as well as I can : but yet, because you know how we have formerly lived, I will tell you, That it was not only impossible my lord-treasurer and he should concur in one thing, but he had likewise lost all the prince's confidence and opinion, fince his left journey into Holland. Besides, for my own part, I found, these two years past, he could not bear my being so well neither with the prince or with the treasurer ; but endeavoured, by Sir Gabriel Sylvius, to break the first, by steps which the prince acquainted me with ; nor could he hold reproaching me with the last whenever I went to him ; though he himself had first advised me to apply myself to my dord-treasurer all I could, upon my last embassy into Holland ; and though I had ever since told them both, I would live well with them both, let them live as ill as they would one with another, and my lord-treasurer had been so reasonable as to be contented with it.
Since the marriage, the king and the prince have fallen into the business abroad, and agreed upon
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