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L.c.2133: Newsletter received by Richard Newdigate, Arbury, 1692/1693 January 31

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A brick Layer being Jmprest for sea & Carryed to the Tower the Lord Chief Justice granted ahabeus Corpus Directed to Captain Cook who had him in Custody but Instead of obeying it spake reproachfully of the Lord Chief Justice upon which a Spetiall Warrant is gon out from his Lordship with a tipstaff Directed to the Sherriffs to raise the Posse against the said Captain if there shall be occation soe it will soon be known whether the Civell or Millitary Power will have the Greater Efficacy

Its advised from Rome that the Pope in severall Audiences has signifyd to the Ministers of the Confederates his desire of aPeace offering these following reasons ffirst that if the Allies were united by makeing a peace with ffrance they might Chace the Turk out of Europe. 2dly that the whole Confederacy hath not Gained one single point against ffrance by Reason they are seperateing in the Interests & slow in executeing their designes when as ffrance: being absollute [???] resollucions are performed almost as soon as determined 3dly the ffrench: King: is making [????] prodigeous Efforts that he will be able to take one town after another as he did last year [???] Conquering Namur in sight of the Confederates which Consideracion might obleige Spain & Savoy noe Longer to Contend but accept of Peace his Most Xtian Maiestie promiseing to put a blank paper into his hands that they may subscribe such resonable

Condicions as they please Lastly that the Recusant Catholiques may reflect on the danger that Religion will be exposed to in case the Allies should reduce ffrance: to the ffoot they pretend But they Answered the Pope as followes 1st that the ffrench: King: designes to seize the dominions of Spain to secure the succession to the Dauphin - 2dly that the Pope may Consider that the ffrench: King makes an allyance with the turks & supplies them with Men monney & Amunicion 3dly his holiness cannot fforget how the ffrench: King insulted over his preiudice Causeing his Embassendor to enter Rome in aHostile manner & if

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and when Mumford Came his Lordship steped to him but did not hould him as was GEnnerally said still gave Mumford abox on the Ear & run him thro' before his sword was drawn AWitness said that his Lordship replyed Ah poor Hill Iam sorry Iwould you had my Monney Iwill Stand by & hang for your Cause Sake it Being almost Dark the Lordship returned to the house & Adiourned the Discistion till to morrow His Maiestie was present at the tryall & stayed till the Witness had all the Evidences-

31 Ianuary. 92/3

To The honorable Sir Richard: Newdigate Baronet at Arbury near Coventry 4

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L.c.2134: Newsletter received by Richard Newdigate, Arbury, 1692/1693 February 2

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Edenborough. 26 Ianuary: Complement being Made to the Councill that severall [Non...ant] Parsons not withstanding being deprived of their benifices Continue to Preach in Meeting houses with out praying for their present Maiesties are ordered to be silent upon pain of bannishment The Arch Bishopp of Glascow haveing promised that he will not goe to ffrance nor hold any Correspondence with that Nacion is permitted to depart this Kingdom The Rebbells in the Bass sent lately to the Lord chancellor that they will surrender that place upon Cappittulacion but his Lordship Answered there could be noe Capittulacion before Hostages were Exchanged

Plimouth 29 ultimo above 500 ffrench Prisoners are now in the Cittadell here being most taken in the Privateers

Portsmouth 31 the Grafton sloop yesterday brought in here affrench: Prize of 200 tuns Laden with tobacco which she took out of 30 sail bound to the Eastward.

On tuesday Captain Mitchell Captain Churchill & Captain Aylmore were appointed fflagg Officers for this summers expedicion

They write from Cours of the 30 past that on the 29 an Ostend privateer brought in there a affrench: Privateer ship Laden with sugger which they took out of a ffleet of 10 sail on the Coast of ffrance: - Yesterday 3 Highwaymen were seized in sotsbury Court and Committed to Newgate- on tuesday Night Last an Express was Dispatched hence from the Duke: of shomburg to the Duke of savoy

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A Clause was Offered that tradesmen in Corporacions Might goe 10 Miles with the Commodities but it was reiected The House afterwards devided whether the bill should be Engrossed & Carryed it in the affirmative yeas 230 Nay 130 The Bill for a trienniall Parliment was read a 2d time and Committed to a Committee of the whole house- ordered that the house goe upon waies & Meanes to Morrow for raiseing a further supply & the house to be Called over on Thursday next & the East: India Affaier to be heard on Satterday

2 February. 1692/3

To he honorable Sir Richard: Newdigate

Baronet at Arbury near Coventry 4

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L.c.2134

London ffebruary the 2d 92/3

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Yesterday Whitney the Notorious Highwayman was drawn in a Cart to Cow Cross and being come under the Gibbett desired the Sheriff to spare what time he could as beleiveing to have a 2d reprive haveing ^wrott 4 Letters to as many Noble Men and in the Interim Whispered a Considerable time to the sheriff upon matter as tis said relateing to the Government & made a Confession of his sins in Generall & about one a Clock was turned off & made a sudden Exit hanging above an houre to sattisfie the Multitude

Wee have an account from Berwick that the Town of Waller 12 Miles Distant in Cumberland is burnt down except 3 houses and much Corn & hay was Consumed

The 3 Admiralls that have been to Visit the ffleet are returned & found the shipps in a far readier Condition then ever Known before & tis said the Grand ffleet will be at sea by the ffirst of Aprill -

There are letters from Ireland which- give an account that they are not ffreed from an apprehension that the ffrench will make some Effort upon them In some Letters are seized in an Irish Papists house who held Correspondence with the Enemy

is put into Milford the Master saies he lately met 12 ffrench: Men of Warr with severall Privateers in Company & beleives they wait for our Spanish ffleet - Severall ffrench: Prizes are brought into Portsmouth by our Privateers The Lord Berkley is made Vice Admirall of the Bleue Squadron & the rest of the fflaggs will be appointed on Sunday Next - This Day the Bill against Hawkers & Pedlers was reported and

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Lords Adjourned from Westminster Hall to ? to acquaint you on tuesday ? when the there upon adjourned the further Debate to & finding 4 of their Members to hand ? ? of ? is alsoe made to pay off the ffrench Refugees that ? the his Maiestie 3 new of Great

and Invited them thither thereupon vpon he with divers others are seized & most of the fforces are marched to Cork & Kingsail

The ffrench Kings Jeweler & the Great Banker of Paris are broake for 3 Millions of Livers

On Monday next will be a Great performance before his Maiestie in Hide Park of some new Invested Cassin Guns to shoot Granadoes at aLeoell in order to set ffier to any thing before them

Yesterday the Lords proceeded further upon the tryall of the Lord Mahone & after the evidences on booth sides are Closed up it was debated all the day in the house of Lords upon severall points as whether the Iudges should give their Opinnion as to the Point in Law there being considerable endevours to bring this Great work to a Conclusion and thereupon adiourned the further Debate to ffriday Morning Next

I had almost forgot to acquaint you on tuesday Eavening when the Lords Adiourned from Westminster Hall to the house & finding 4 of the Members to have Left the Assembly ffined them 100li each for the Poor -

A remittance of Monie is alsoe Made to pay off the ffrench: Refugoes that [te..e] his Maiestie of Great Brittain the Officers and Named for the 3 new Scotch Regiments to be raised & the preperacions for the Discent are Carryed on with all possible applicacion The Boddy of Whitney was this Day Privately Interned his ffrends haveing obtained aWarrant for the same Dr John Jones Apothecary to his Maiesties houshold Dyed this week and was Interned at Morack - aPortugees

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L.c.2135: Newsletter received by Richard Newdigate, Arbury, 1692/1693 February 4

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& went through the same & ordered it to be Engrosed the Peers have been all this Day till 5 of the Clock Debateing in the house the severall reasons relateing to the Lord Mahones Tryall & made an end of the same there were 14 Peers found him Guilty of Murder & by that he was not Guilty where by his Lordship was acquitted the Lord High steward made a Speech Dissolved the Court & broke his staff = the Lord Strathnevar is made Cold of one of the Regiments to be raised in scotland & sir Iames: Mancreife for the other

4 February. 92/3

To The honorable Sir Richard: Newdigate Baronet At Arbury 2 near Coventry

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L.c.2135

London ffebruary the 4th (92 3)

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Yesterday a Complaint was made to the house of Commons that affleet of between 50 & 60 Sail of the Enemies ships had Shipped into Dunkirk notwithstanding our squadron of Men of War in the Downes who never Weighed Anchor to Intercept them upon which aCommittee is appointed to search the Miscaradge

I am Credibly Assured that above 150000li is allready brought into the Exchequer upon the proiect Million Bill & tis not Doubled but the whole summ will be suddenly advanced which will render the Borrowing Clause useless

The time Mrs MeriWether was reprived for is on Munday Expired & tis verily beleived unless she makes an Ingenious Confession of her accomplices she be be yeat Executed

The Severall persons who have Bills found against them for Imbesling the Kings Stores in his Yard at Chatham will be Tryed this Term at the Kings bench Bar

Parson Yong will alsoe be tryed for the Notorious fforgery upon the Bishopp of Rochester

a ffrench Prize which struck first to the English Privateer but the other being to the Windward boarded her soe the Matter must be decided by the Admiralty Court Sabbatic ffebruary 4 the house resolved itself into a Grand Committee further upon waies & Means & made a Considerable Progress & are to be on the same on tuesday Next ; they afterwards went upon the Bill for punishing Mutineers & Desserters

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L.c.2137: Newsletter received by Richard Newdigate, Arbury, 1692/1693 February 9

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L.c.2137

London ffebruary: 9th (92 3)

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The lyst of the Men of War Designed for the streits are as followeth the Russell Breda Mammouth Lyon Munk Suffolk Burford Northumberland Eagle Return Royall Oak Woolwich Chatham New Castle Shereness & Lark with the [speed....] & Vulture ffore ships

His Grace the Duke: of Ormond has Ordered all his tents Wine Kitchen utensills &c to be packed up for fflanders his Maiestie holding his resollucion of going the begining of Next Month

One of our ships is returned from the Coast of ffrance & brings advice that the Marques De Nesmond is put to sea with 6 Men of War & that 25 others will suddenly follow to Cruize in the Channell

An Express Arived yesterday from Holland with advice that the Dutch squadron which is to Ioyn ours for the streights are in the way [latter ]Desireing ours to hasten that wee may ffight the Houlond squadron as they come into the Ocean

Mrs Merrywether who was reprived to Munday last hath obtained a second Reprive to the 17 Instant

were Great Debates those for the Bill alledged that all the [Misse..s] that formerly hapned to the Nacion proceeded from the want of Parliaments & that they did not in the least Mistrust but they would provide us agood Reign against aBad besides Ministers of state would not adventure to do Illegal things when a Parliament was in [Veiw] otherwise would stave off Parliaments that they

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The Barbados Merchants here design to peticion his Maiestie that 800 Men May be raised Clothed & Armed here & sent into that Island for the security thereof & to be paid by the Islanders they being under some apprehension the Negroes may Make some New attempts upon them

The Earl: of Donaterson to the late Duke: of Munmouth is prepareing asplendid Equipage to attend his Maiestie in fflanders & will Carry with him 26 ffine horses the son of the Lord Cornwallis is alsoe prepareing his Equipage designing to serve as Vollenteers next Campaign in fflanders

Mr Venbroik & 2 other English Merchants who were Imprisoned in ffrance: arived here this week whereupon the ffrench: Merchants that were detained here by way of Reprizall are set at Liberty

The Iudges appointed for the Lent Assizes are the Lord Chief: Iustice Holt Mr Iustice Rookby for Norfolk. the Lord Chief: Iustice of the Common Pleas and Barron Letchmore the home Circuit the Lord Chief: Barron Atkins & M Iustice Ayres the Oxford

This Morning Sir William Turner Eldest Alderman of this Citty and Member of Parliament for the same Dyed in a Chaier and is much lamented the House: of Commons read this day the bill for takeing the publique accounts the suffolk butter bill was alsoe read ordered to be engrosed likewise the bill for setting Leases in Cornwall the House: afterward went on the bill for tryennial Parliaments & a sessions every year & there

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