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the fervice of his father, and being dit with the person of the king, by of that rank and quality as had sel- his own pure address and dexterity, dom received

any
diminution upon

that he not only made himfelf acthe succession of the crown. But ceptable to him in conversation,

but his majesty very quickly discovered fo gracious, that he made him such an aversion for him, that he knight of the order, which was did not receive him with any degree the greatest honour he could bestow, of grace, nor admit him into any and the most useful to the perfon on kind of consultation, there being whom he bestowed it. And here fome persons of inferior condition he again congratulated his stars for about him who had made it their the neglect and affront he had for. business to make the worst impres- merly fustained, and his own genius fion they could of him, principally for the honour and reparation he had infusing into him, that he was the wrought out for himself by his wife most obnoxious person in England, dom in supporting it; and at the and the most ingrateful to all de- time when he had this obligation grees of persons, and therefore his conferred upon him, the king was Majesty could not do a more unpo at the Louvre with his mother, and polar thing than to receive such a the city of Paris, with many of the person into any kind of credit with princes, in rebellion. Whilft the him. These and the like infusions king and his army were about St. prevailed fo far, as that an obfti- Germains, he frankly undertook, nate aversion was too easily difco- by his pretence to pay his duty to vered by those who stood very near, the king, that he would introduce and he himself discerned it soon officers and men enough to poffefs enough not to expose himself till it himself of the Louvre, where the was discerned by others at a farther king was in great jealousy and undistance ; and therefore he speedily brage with the princes and the city; withdrew himself from any further and when the execution of this deattendance, and retired to his com sign was by some accident intermand in the army, where he grew rupted, lie never thought he owed every day, and where he pleased an apology to the king for engaghimself with the having discharged ing in such an enterprize, in which his duty in the overture of his fer- his person and his honour was to be -vice, and as much, that that over so much concerned, without so much ture was rejected, the acceptance as communicating it to himself; but whereof might have made him lefs would with all assurance declare, folicitous to have prosecuted his that he ought not to let the king fortune, which providence had laid know of it, because it could not be before him, in a more specious way, presumed be would consent to it, And in his resentments of this kind and then it would be in his

power he was naturally very sharp and prevent it; and therefore it ought flowing, let the persons be of what to be done without his privity, which quality soever which were to be men- would absolve him from being tioned upon those occasions; and thought to have a hand in it, and yet

within two or three years, tòge- the advantage would be so great to ther with the progress he made in the king of France's service, and the war, he recovered so much cre. his own glory in the lustre of such

an

to

an action, that he was obliged in deity to facrifice to, which he alm. honour to undertake it.

ways performed fo industriously, that His commands now were grown so he seemed to neglect all other things considerable, not only in point of of the world. He would admire honour, but in point of profit

(the and extol the person he adored begreatest part of the trade to Paris yond what any of the poets had ufed being driven under his passes and to do, and then grieve and lament, licence, he having the command of and bewail his own want of merit, those rivers by which they were to and unworthiness, even in tears, at have their entrance) that it was his mistress's feet, making all the concluded by all men, that he would promises and vows imaginable, and in a very short time raise a very great would procure letters of his wife's estate to himself, it being evident desperate fickness of some disease enough that he never dispensed with, that could not be căred, nor fupor remitted the least sum of money ported above two, or three months, which he could exact; that he never and thereupon make offers and promade

expence in eating or drink- mises of marriage with the fame ing; never had any expence in importunity as if the time were equipage; never exercised any thing ready for contract ; and when eiof bounty towards friend, servant or .ther success, or want of success, had dependant, and as little charity to- put an end to, or allayed the fervour wards any person who stood in want of these addreffes, he was as ready of relief, of which he had worthy and solicitous in any new embarkaobjects enough in many distressed tion, and would act as romantic expersons of his own country; yet ploits, as are recited in any of the (which is the most wonderful part of romances. Whilft he was a votary his life) he was not only always to a lady of noble extraction and without money, but without those incomparable beauty in Paris, it supplies of linen and clothes which happened that a young abbot freall men were poffeffed of who serv- quented the same house, and found ed in a much inferior condition ; his presence less agreeable than he all which (for it was notorious to had formerly thought it had been, all) men then imputed to his excess and had thereupon used fome exin play and gaming, in which he pressions, according to the custom was exceedingly delighted, and al- and liberty of that nation and that ways over-reached, for he played people, which the lady thought hernot well; and to some amours in self disobliged by, and complained which he had always the vanity-to of it to many persons of quality involve himfelf, and to which he who used to be in her presence. might possibly make some sacrifices This noble lover being once well for that vanity's fake. It is very informed where the abbot was, and true he was in his constitution, and what journey he intended to make, as much in his nature, very amo

sentan officer that he could truft with rous ; and whether to exercise that some horse and took him prisoner, part of his oratory, which he thought and sent him to the lady with a letgraceful and powerful in making ter, that if he made not an entire love, or for the natural effects of it, and humble satisfaction to her for his he was very feldom without such a miscarriage, he had appointed the

guard

guard to bring him to him, and he with the universal jealousy and cla hould thereupon do such further mour against the cardinal's return, justice as was fit. The lady was but bare-faced took upon himself to infinitely surprised and scandalized advise the queen not to affect it, as with the reparation, caused the ab- a thing impossible to be brought to bot immediately to be dismified, pals, and that the very defiring it without seeing him, and fignified would expose her own security to ker desire to the officer that his fu- great hazard; which she no sooner perior would meddle no more in her perceived (though with a counteinterest, or any thing relating to her nance of grace) than she gave the reputation; and so the matter end- cardinal advertisement of it, that he ed, with the general laughter of the night incur no further inconvenicourt, it being in a time when ence by that trust; and the other greater extravagancies could not be found himself insensibly deprived of examined and punished. This won- all further opportunities to give any derful humour continued with him counsel, and was shortly after fent to his age, and I believe will part with his troops into Italy in an enwith him laft of all his good quali- terprize which was not intended for ties, for he is not more pleased with success, and as soon as he returned any, and owns this passion, when he from thence, upon pretence of state, meets with an object worthy of his and with many compliments from address, with the same fervour and the cardinal, in the aflignation of importunity, with the same lan- monies to be paid to him (though guishing and tears, which he hath not half of what was in truth due found benefit by near forty years, upon his appointments) he was caand therefore practises it with the thiered of all his commands, and fame assurance.

obliged to depart out of France, and When the cardinal was compelled not to return thither ; leaving beto leave the court and the kingdom, hind him the reputation of a very he left this person in great truft extraordinary person, wonderfully with the queen, who took all occa- qualified for speculation, but somehons, by frequent conferences with what defective in reducing those him, and frequent teftimonies of his fpeculations into practice. parts and abilities, to express a very Magnis tamen excidit ausis. good and particular esteem of him, Being now to begin the world which he (according to the kindness again, he repaired into Flanders to he naturally had for himself) inter- the king, pretending that he had preted to proceed from his own great brought enough with him to support merit and abilities, which had ren. him a year, which was four times dered him very gracious to his ma more wealth than any person about jefty; and thereupon began to de- his majesty could pretend to, and light himself with the contempla- was indeed much more than he had tion of the glorious condition he any view of; for within less than thould be pofTeffed of, if he could fix weeks he had spent all that he now fucceed the cardinal in the of- brought from France, and therefore fice of premier minister in France. he beitirred himself betime for ear: And this transported him so far, ly ways of fupply. He staid very that he was not only well contented few days with the king at Brussels,

but

but the army being then in the field, jesty with variety of pleasant dirand under the command of Don courses concerning France and Italy, Juan, he repaired speedily to him. especially the great expresfions the His friends, who wished him very cardinal used to him at parting, well, despaired that he would find when all mistakes were cleared and any good reception there ; it is very a new friendship entered into betrue he had the language of a Spa tween them, he made his journey to niard, having been born, and lived Don Juan, who was then with his many years in Madrid, as hath been army before Condè, without any faid before, but the gaiety of his hu- other advantage or credit than the mour, and his whole behaviour was strength of his own genius; for he most contrary to the nature of Spain; carried not with him so much as besides, he had in his whole com- any recommendation from the king, portment, both in France and Italy, nor desired it. His reception at the jendered himself very ungracious to army was with state and reservation that whole nation. Don Alonzo de enough, as a man towards whom Cardinas, who was in principal trust they meant to stand upon their about Don Juan, had lived very guard. In the mean time he, acmany years in England, knew the cording to his natural vivacity, made other gentleman very well, and the all his addresses as well to the miuniversal reproach he lay under nisters and officers, as to Don Juan, there, and how unsuccessful his fine as was most proper to their several mercurial temper had always been tempers and humours, in which he in the forming any folid counsels, prevailed so far over Don Alonzo's and therefore he was like to use all own parched ftupidity, and comhis credit to obstruct his pretences. mending his great abilities in itate Lastly, he had commanded a party affairs (in which he was invincibly of horse and dragoons a year or ignorant) that he thought he had two before, in a winter expedition not well enough known him before, upon Flanders; which was the most and withed he might have credit famous for plunder and all kind of enough with Don Juan and the Marrapine, and for the unnecessary con- quis Carracina, that he might be flagration of many villages and believed in the teftimony he gave of towns, that had been in that whole him. In a very few days he had war. So that his name had been made himself fó acceptable to all rendered most odious in lampoons kind of persons, that he was geneand songs thraughout that whole pro- rally looked upon as a very fine vince; all which, together with the gentleman, and of extraordinary ftreights and neceffities the Spanish parts; and Don Juan himself was affairs at that time were in, and the very well pleased to see him freinsupportable poverty both of the quently, and especially at those seaarmy and the court at that time, fons when he was most vacant to would have discouraged any other discourse, as at meals and in the man from that application ; but all evening hours, in all which seasons this rather sharpened than abated the other attended very diligently, his edge; and after he had itayed entertaining him upon all lubjects three or four days at Brussels with with very acute and refined speculathe king, and entertained his ma- tions, That prince had very fine

natural

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natural parts, and had been very with him upon matters of greater
conversant in many parts of polite importance, and that he had credit
learning, and more with books than enough with him to prevail in many
that nation used to be, and was very cases. So that many persons of all
much superior to any person of what conditions applied themselves to
quality foever who was about him, him, to promote their pretences to
fo that he quickly made it manifest, the prince, in réception whereof he
that he was exceedingly delighted was not forward ; yet took care to
to exercise those talents in the con- cultivate those imaginations con-
versation of a person fo excellently cerning his interest in the prince, of
endowed in all parts of literature. which he intended, as he hortly
In the time Don Juan had spent in after did, to make some use.
Italy, he had been, according to the When he had raised this opinion
genius of that. nation, inclined to of his parts and abilities, his next
examine the art of astrology, and work was to manifeft his interest,
was not without a greater opinion and the power he had to do them
of it than he publicly owned. The service. There were many regi,-
other had really waded as deep into ments in the French army, which
the examination and study of it as confifted intirely, both officers and
any man had done ; and though he soldiers, of Irish, fome whereof, dur-
would make many pleasant dif- ing his majesty's residence in France,
courses upon it, and upon

the
gene.

withdrew themselves from the Spatal incertitude of it, yet he had in nith service, declaring that they truth a greater esteem and depen- would always serve their own king, dence upon it, than he was willing to

or in such places as he required be thought to have, and had many them. And they were now as ready discourses of the observations he had

to leave that crown and to engage made in Italy, of the great confi- for the Spaniard in Flarders, to dence that people had in all their which they were the more disposed affairs and counsels upon those

pre

at this time, by the general rumour dictions, of the success whereof he (which was known to be well would give many instances; and his grounded) that the Duke of York late general the Duke of Modena would be shortly obliged likewise to had much improved his curiosity retire himself out of France, by and knowledge in that science. fome obligation the cardinal was This argument did not only take up engaged in, upon his treaty with much of the time Don Juan spent Cromwell; and then it was reasonin public discourse, but disposed him ably enough concluded that his royal to many private conferences with highness would repair into Flanders him ; until in the end Don Juan de to the king his brother, where the fired him to examine his horoscope, Duke of Gloucester already was, which he delivered to him, and the having found it necessary not to reother as willingly received, and un main longer with his sister in Holdertook the charge : and from this land, where his presence was not kind of intercourle, which in the be- grateful to those states. ginning had no other foundation, it The Spaniards having entered inwas upon the sudden believed that to a secret treaty with the king, and the prince held other conferences permitted him to make his abode in

Flanders,

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