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can afford us, at every Moment interrupted thorough the Importunity of the Affairs I have already. To Heaven and Earth I proteft it, it grieves my very Soul, and that it is nothing but Love (if I may be admitted a Word of fo near a Diftance, and of fo little Courtfhip) to the Perfons of his Majefty and yourself, that could make me take up this Yoke and follow; no other Affection or Paffion could effect it.

So, my Lord, once for all, let me find Belief with you: if I obtain it not from you, with the greatest Serenenefs poffible (pardon me for saying fo) you do that Friendship and Confidence, which ought to pafs between Men of Honour, infinite Wrong, and render, yourself the moft inexcufable Man towards me that lives.

Let Shame and Confufion then cover me, if I do not abhor the intolerable Anxiety I well understand to wait infeparably upon that Staff, if I should not take a Serpent as foon into my Bofom, and, if I once find fo mean a Thought of me can enter into your Heart, as that to compass whatever I could take most Delight in, I should go about beguilefully to fupplant any ordinary Man (how much more then impotently to catch at fuch a Staff and from my Lord Treasurer) if I leave not the Court inftantly, betake myself to my private Fortune, repofedly feek my Contentment and Quiet within my own Doors, and follow the Dictamen of my own Reason and Conscience, more -according to Nature and Liberty, than in thofe Gyves which now pinch and hang upon me.

Thus you fee how ea fily you may be rid of me when you lift, and in good Faith with a thousand Thanks; yet be pleased not to judge, this proceeds out of any' wayward weary Humour in me neither :

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neither for my Endeavours are as vigorous and as chearful to ferve the Crown and you, as ever they were, nor fhall you ever find them to faint or flaskuer. I am none of thofe foft tempered Spirits but I cannot endure to be mistaken, on fuffer my purer and more intire Affections to be foiled, or in the leaft degree prejudiced, with the lothfome and odious Attributes of Covetousness and ambitious Falfehood. Do me but Right in this, judge my Watches to iffue (as in Faith they do) from thofe clearer Cifterns.. I lay my Hand under your Foot, I defpife Danger, I laugh at Labour. Command me in all Difficulties, in alk Confidence, in all Readiness,.

York, this art of
October, 1632.

Your Lordship's

ever most faithful Friend,

and most humble Servant,




Archbishop Laude to Lord Wentworth. Salutem in Chrifto.

My very good Lord,

IT feems by your late Letters which I have received, that you have taken your Leave of Fulham: the Bishop you fay is gone, and I believe that's true. God fpeed him as well where he now is, as he did there. As for your Letters (and yourfelf, when you come) they fhall be as welcome

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to Lambeth as they were to Fulham. And fince you have learnt the Way to be a little merry, I would you and your Coufin Sibbs had been the other Day at the Council-table, where I never heard, you know whom, in a better Mood verily.

I am very glad to read your Lordship fo refolute, and more, to hear you affirm, that the Footing of them, which go thorough for our Mafter's Service,, is not now upon Fee, as it hath been. But you are withal upon fo many Ifs, that by their Help you may preferve any Man upon Ice, be it never fo flippery. As firft, if the common Lawyers may be contained within their ancient and fober Bounds; if the Word Thorough be not left out (as I am certain it is) if we grow not faint ; if we ourselves be not in fault; if it come not to a Peccatum ex te Ifrael; if others will do their Parts as thoroughly as you promife for yourself, and justly conceive of me. Now I pray, with fo many and fuch Ifs as thefe, what may not be done, and in a brave and noble Way? But can you tell when thefe Ifs will meet, or be brought together? Howfoever, I am refolved to go on steadily in the Way, which you have formerly feen me go, fo that (to put in one If too) if any thing fail of my hearty Defires for the King and the Church's Service, the Fault fhall not be mine.

The Indifpofition, of which I wrote unto your Lordship, I thank God, paffed over quickly, tho' I find that I cannot follow your Counsel; for Croydon is too far off to go often to it, and my Leifure here hath hitherto been extremely little, I may truly call it none. Befides, the Lady Davis hath prophefied againft me, that I fhall not many Days outlive the 5th of November, and then to what


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what End fhould I trouble myself with Exercife, or the like?

My Lord, I thank you, that you are pleased fo kindly and fo nobly to take that which I writ unto you about the Archbishop of Dublin, and his taking upon him, together with the reft of the Popish Clergy, to meddle with the Civil Government, of which I doubt not but your Lordship will be very careful, as of all things elfe that may weaken the Power of that Party in that Kingdom. But I had not ventured to write any thing to you in this Bufinefs, if your Lordship had not required it of me. But your Lordship doth very prudently in bearing with them, till the Parliament be over, that there you may make ufe of them for the King's Service. And that Contention between the Regulars and the Seculars is grown fo general and fo warm, that you may eafily hold up Harris, if no Decifion come to the contrary and a brave Service it will be, if you can settle the Revenues of that Kingdom.

I perceive you mean to build, but as yet your Materials are not come in; but if that Work do come to me before Christmas, as you promise it fhall, I will rifle every Corner in it; and you know, my good Lord, after all your Bragging, how I ferved you at York, and your Church-work there; especially I pray provide a good riding Houfe, if there be ever a decayed Body of a Church to make it in, and then you fhall be well fitted: for you know one is made your Stable already, if you have not reformed it, of which I did look for an Account, according to my Remembrances, before this Time.

I find your Lordship hath a good Opinion of my Lord Primate's Learning and Honefty, and I

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verily think, he will not deceive your Expectation in either; but you are pleased to ask me a Queftion, Whether that be all that goes to a good Bishop and a good Governor? I muft needs anfwer, No; but if that which is further required be wanting in him, I am the more forry; but I will tell you my Lord, I pray God all be well in his and the other Bishops Apprehenfions concerning your Lordship and your Government there. For, before you went, I writ, as I thought, and think ftill, very largely in your Commendation, how thorough you would be for the King and the Church; it may be they understood this otherways than I could mean it, or your Lordship perform it, and did not look with fuch a prudent Eye as they should, upon the Neceffities of that Place: and methinks it may fand for an Obfervation, that I who had frequent Letters before from my Lord Primate, have not received any one that I remember, fince your Lordship went thither.

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My Lord, I did not take you to be fo good a Phyfician before, as now I fee you are; for the Truth is, a great many Church-Cormorants have fed fo full upon it, that they are fallen into a Fever; and for that no Phyfick is better than a Vomit, if it be given in time; and therefore you have taken a very judicious Course to adminifter one fo early to my Lord of Cork. I hope it will do him good, though perchance he thinks not so; for if the Fever hang long about him, or the rest, it will certainly shake either them or their Estates in pieces. Go on, my Lord; I must needs fay this is thorough indeed, and fo is your Phyfic too; for a Vomit never ends kindly, that doth not work both Ways, and that is thorough. Nor can I answer, what became of the Primate and


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