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of Troops, he had folemnly promifed by the said Treaty."
The General that commanded in Naples, in the Abfence of the Vice-roy, obferving a fort of Diffention among the Confederates, exhorted Colonna to take advantage of the Duke of Urbino's being from Romes and to make War upon the Pope. This Step excited his Holinefs, with the other good Allies, to order the Duke of Urbino's Army, then in the Milanese, to march into Naples. But the Spanish General, to avoid
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quoth Mafter Welch, I pray have me excufed; there is annexed to t our Commiffion certain Infiruc
tions, as you may not fee, nor be
privy to. Why, quoth my Lord, be your inftructions fuch, as I may not fee, nor be privy thereunto? yet, peradventure, if I be privy unto them, I may help you the better to perform them; for • it is not unknown to you, that I have been of Counsel in as weighty Matters as thefe are; and I doubt not but I fall do well enough, for my Part, and prove myself a true Man against the Expectations of my cruel Enemies: 1 fee the Matter whereupon it groweth well; there is no more to do I trow; you are of the Privy-chamber, your Name is Mr. Welth; I am contented to yield to you, but not to the Earl, without 1 fee his Commiffion; and also you are a fufficient Commiffioner in this Behalf, being one of the Privy• chamber: Therefore put your Commiffion in Execution, pare me not, I will obey you and the King; for I fear not the Cruelty of mine Enemies, no more
than I do the Truth of my Allegiance, wherein, I take God to witness, I never offended his Majefty, in Word or Deed, and therein I dare fland Face to Face with any, having a Deference without Partiality.
Then came my Lord of Northumberland, and commanded me to avoid the Chamber, and, being loth to depart from
my Mafter, I food still and would not remove; on which ⚫he spake again and faid, There is no Remedy, you must depart; with that I looked upon my Mafter, as one who would have faid, Shall I go? And, perceiving by his Countenance, that it was not for me to stay, I departed, and went into another Chamber, where were · many Gentlemen and others 6 to hear News, to whom I made
a Report of what I heard and faw, which was great Heavinefs to them all.
Then the Earl called into his Chamber divers of his own ⚫ Servants, and after he and Mafter Welch had taken the Keys from my Lord, he committed
avoid the Invafion, fo ordered it, that Colonna der fifted from his Project, and made the Pope all the Satisfaction he required for his rafh Attempt; the Agreement being figned at Rome, on the 2d of Au¬ gust, which produced fo great an Alteration in Affairs, that Urbino quitted his Defigns upon Naples, the very Point propofed to be gained by the Spaniards.
About a Month after this Agreement, and when the Pope leaft expected it, Colonna, in the Night,
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the Keeping of my Lord unto • five Gentlemen, and then they went about the Houfe, and put all Things in order, intending to depart the next Day, ' and to certify the King and the reft of the Lords what they had ? done.
• Then went they bufy about to convey Dr. Auftine away to London with as much Speed ⚫ and Privacy as they could poffibly, fending with him divers • Perfons to conduct him, whó f was bound to his Horfe like a • Traitor.
And this being done, when it was near Night, the Commiffioners fending two Grooms of my Lord's to attend him in his Chamber, (where he lay all Night) the rest of the Earl's Men watched in the Chamber, and all the House was watched, and the Gates fafe kept, that no Man could
• Lord; and as I was going I met with Mafter Welch, who ⚫ called me unto him, and fhewed me how the King's Majelly bare unto me his principal Fa? your, for the Love and diligent Service that I had per'formed to my Lord: Wherefore, quoth he, the King's Plea fure is, that you shall be about him as Chief, in whom his Highness putteth great Confidence and Truft; and thereupon gave me in Writing the Articles; which when I had • read, I faid, I was content to obey his Majefty's Pleafure, and would be fworn to the Performance thereof: Whereupon he gave me my • Oath.
• That done, I reforted to my Lord, whom I found fitting in a Chair, the Table being ready fpread for him. But, fo foon as he perceived me to come
pass or repafs until next Mornin, he fell into fuch woeful
About eight of the Clock f next Morning, the Earl fent ' for me into his Chamber, and commanded me to go to my
between the 19th and 20th of Sept. entered Rome, with 5 or 6000 Men, which fo alarmed his Holiness, that he retired in a very great Panick to the Caftle of St. Angelo: But, as he was not safe in that Caftle, he was perfuaded to defert his Allies, and make a feparate Truce with the Emperor for four Months.
In the mean time Fronfperg, the German General, was on his March with a good Body of Troops into Italy, and in a fhort time arrived on the Borders of the Milanefe.
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grieved that I have nothing • to reward you, and the rest of my true and faithful Servants, for all the good Service that they and you have done me, for • which I do much lament.
conduct my Lord to Pontefract that Night.
But, to tell you the Truth, there were also many of the People of the Country affembled at the Gate, lamenting his Departure, in Number above 3000, who after the opening of the Gate that they had a Sight of him, cried out with a loud Voice, God fave your Grace! God Save your Grace! the foul Evil take them that have taken you from us; we pray God that Vengeance may light upon them. And thus they run after him through the Town of Caywood, for he 6 was there very well beloved both of rich and poor.
CHA P. XX.
Of the Cardinal's Entertainment at the Earl of Shrewsbury's, and of his Death and Burial at Liecefter.
Here he expected the Duke of Bourbon to join him, though he was not in a Condition to answer his Expectations; and the Difficulty fprung from his having no Money to pay his Troops, who had pofitively refused to ftir out of Milan before they had received their Arrears, and even threatned to pillage the City. To prevent which the Duke laid Hands on the Plate belonging to the Churches, coined it into Money, and paid his Forces part of what was due to them, who had scarce received any thing
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6 men and Servants ftood without ⚫ the Gate to attend my Lord's Coming; at whofe alighting the • Earl received him with much Honour, and, embracing him, faid thefe Words, My Lord, you are moft heartily welcome to my poor Lodge, and I am glad to fee you.
• Here my Lord ftaid a Fortnight, and was most nobly entertained; he spent most of his Time and applied his ⚫ mind to Prayers, continually in great Devotion. It came to pafs as he fat one Day at Dinner, I, being there, perceived his Colour divers times to ⚫ change; I asked him, If he was • not well? who answered me • with a loud Voice, I am fuddenly taken with a Thing at · Stomach as cold as a Whetmy ftone, and am not well: ThereIfore take up the Table, and make a fhort Dinner, and return to me again fuddenly. I made but a little Stay, and came to him again, where I ⚫ found him ftill fitting very ill
at ease: He defired me to go to
he had any thing would break Wind upwards? He told me he had. Then I went and • fhewed the fame to my Lord, who did command me to give him fome thereof, and to I did, and it made him break • Wind exceedingly: Lo, quoth he, you may fee it was but Wind, for now, I thank God, I am well cafed: And fo he arofe from the Table and went to Prayers, as he used every Day after Dinner.
In the Afternoon
my Lord of Shrewsbury fent for me to him, and he faid, Foraf• much as I have always pera ceived you to be a Man in whom my Lord putteth great Affiance, and I myself knowing you to be a Man very ho neft (with many other Words of Commendations and Praises, • more than becometh me to rehearfe, he faid) your Lord and Mafter bath often defired me to write unto the King, that he might anfer his Accufa tions before his Enemies: And this Day I have received Let
the Apothecary and ask him, Ifters from his Majefly by Sir
thing fince the Battle of Pavia. This want of Money put the Duke of Bourbon upon another Project, in order to raife Cafh, which was, to have the Chancellor Merone brought to his Trial, for the Attempt already mentioned; who, being condemned to die, gave Bourbon 20,000 Ducats to fave his Life; and foon after he was fo far reftored to Favour, that he became one of the Constable's chief Counsellors.
Whilft the Duke was exerting himself to get over
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William Kingston, whereby I perceive, that the King hath him in good Opinion, and, upon my Request bath fent for him by the faid Sir William Kington. Therefore now I would have you play your Part wifely with him, in fuch fort, as he may take it quietly and in good Part, for he is always full of Sorrow and much Heaviness at my being with him, that I fear he will take it ill if I bring him Tidings thereof: And therein doth he not well, for I affure you that the King is his very good Lord, and hath given me moft hearty Thanks for his Entertainment: •And therefore go your way to him and perfuade him, that I may find • him in Quiet at my coming, for I will not tarry long after you.
Sir, quoth I, and if it please your Lordship, I shall endeavour to the beft of my Power, to accomplish your Lordship's Command: But, Sir, I doubt, when
Guard, having in his ComIpany 24 of the Guard to ac• company him. That is nothing, quoth the Earl, what if he be Conftable of the Tower and Captain of the Guard, he is the fittest Man for his Wisdom and Difcretion to be fent about fuch a Bufinefs, and for the Guard, it is only to defend him from thofe that might intend him any Ill. Befides that, the Guard are for the most part 'fuch of his old Servants as the King hath took into his Service to attend him most justly. Well Sir, quoth I, I Jhall do what I can, and fo departed and went to my Lord, and found him in the Callery with his • Staff and his Beads in his Hands, and feeing me come, he asked me, What News? For footh, quoth I, the best News that ever you heard, if you can take it well.-I pray God it be true then, quoth he.--My Lord of Shrewsbury, faid I, your most affured Friend, bath
I name this Sir William King-fo provided by his Letters to the
• fton, that he will mistrust fome
Ill, because he is Conftable of
the Tower, and Captain of the
King, that his Majesty bath fent for you by Mafter Kingston, and 24 of the Guard to conduct you