Cecil Papers: 1658

Pages 432-433

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 22, 1612-1668. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1971.

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Elizabeth Vaux (fn. 1) to the Earl of Salisbury.
[Before 1658]. "I remember well the obblygation I owe you, my one [own] misfortuns and desier to sever [serve] your Lordship. The distance I am at may be an accation [occasion] to presever [preserve] your Lordship from theus trubells my presance and presumtion many times begett you. I aske pardon for them all asuring your Lordship nothing can be more wellcome to me then all things to be falle you that may ples you. I stayed on day puposly to have had the honor to have taken, as it may fall out, my last farwell off you, to which my sister with hom I was can wittnus with me. I tha[n]ke God I found my Lord as well as I ever say [saw] him, and my sonn as worthy, though a mother see it, as any off his agge to honor that tietell that desent as bequeded him. I shall on day lett some see it tis not in the power of justice to denye him his due, though itt was in my Lord Says to keep my mony in my purs that his wardship might have cost mee. Some accedents then happened that I shall remember, and hartily wish I may live to sever [serve] your Lordship."—Undated.
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Elizabeth Vaux to the Earl of Salisbury.
[Before 1658] August 7. Is happy to hear of Salisbury's good health, and expresses her appreciation of his favour to her. "I thinke to be at Grinwigs the end off the next weake at my Lo: Marchalls house." Lord Vaux and his brother present their service also.—Bouten, this 7 of August.
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Elizabeth Vaux to the Earl of Salisbury.
[Before 1658]. A letter of thanks for his favours. Would have come to London, if she had been able to find accommodation. Is suffering from a severe headache; when that passes will write at greater length.—Undated.
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Lucy, Lady Carlisle, to the Earl of Salisbury.
[? 1658] April 23. I did not intend the French letter should have given your Lordship so much trouble as the greatness of your civility has brought upon yourself. It was only a little to assist Mrs Lord['s] memory, and I do now wish that I could make your Lordship a return fit for such a favour by writing something that were pleasant; but our world is too full of sad stories to hope to do that, for we hear of nothing but High Courts and imprisonments.
I was yesterday amongst some of the afflicted at Barkchier Hows. They do not apprehend so much danger for Mr Morden as I do. His wife was with the Protector who understands of things so well, as he presently with the help of my Lord Faukenbrieg a little before found her roma[n]ce humour, and he played the gallant so well that she believed he would have waited upon her the next morning, which she said he told her; indeed her relation was one of the best and she most delightfu[l]. I have heard a long time as all romances must have extremes of gallant and mean, so Staplye has part to the full. I am told that my Lord Linsie is taken from his house by a troop of horse. (fn. 2)
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  • 1. Died in March, 1657–58.
  • 2. For this plot against Cromwell, see Underdown Royalist Conspiracy in England, 1649–60, pp. 208–27.