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Lordes, and others of your Majesties Privey Counsail, conteyning such several Conferences as your Majestie, and certain of your said Counsail, have bad with the French Ambassader there sithens my last Dispeche. And Yesterday having the Furst Opertunitie to speke with the Admiral, I said unto him, that albeit it was likelyhode that the King his Master's Ambassader, then in England, did from Time to Time advertise them of the Processe of the Matier now in Treatie ; yet your Majestie reputing him to be a Man of Honor and singular Vertue, and such a one, as with Right Judgment doth consyder the hole State of his Master's Causes, with the Cir mstances; and therefore conceiving no little Affection towards him, had commanded me to signifie unto him, to the Intent he might knowe certainly the Plainnes of every Thing, what Communication had now last been had with their Ambassador there. For the which, rising from his Seate, and making a gret and humble Reverence; after that he had given Thanks unto your Majestie, and with Two or Three Great Othes declared his Affection towards you; I entred the Accomplishment of your Majesties Commandment. And when I had declared unto him from Point to Point at length, and Word by Word (for it was a Lesson meet to be learned without Book) as is conteyned in the said Letter, aswel the Communicacion had with your Counsail at the Furst Congresse, and such Kingly and Philosophicall Conference as your Majestie had with him your self; as also the Seven Points uitered by your Majesties Counsail at their last Assemblies; and finally, the Epiloge of all together pronounced of your said Counsail as of themselfs ; which he herd all together, not without Twenty Sighes, and casting up his Eyes, for I marked him when he was not ware of it; accrossing himself, and gyving a gret Sigh, he saide, As for the Amytie which ought to be between our Masters, how much I have travailed, and do travaile for the Confirmation of it, God is my Judge ; and almost all the World knoweth that I am an English-French Man, and that next after my Master, I esteem the King your Master's Finger, more than I do any Prince's Body in all the World, and would be glad to give all the Goods I have in the World, that this Matter went through between them ; for I perceive by my Master that he will not lyve alone, and yet I am sure he will seek no new Friendship, nor accept none offred, until the King your Master have refused this. As touching this Matter, I knowe they be two Princes of such Honour, and of Wise Conduct in all their Things; that though this Marriage had never been spoken of, they would have continued
Friends according to their Treaties, and this Overture was never opened, neither for Confirmation, nor for encrease of Amitie between them ; for greater cannot be, but Marriage and Commiction of Blood with Blood, doth unite and knit Generation to Generation, and Posteritie; the Benefit whereof how great it will be; how many Inconveniences may therby be avoided by Processe of Time; the Wisest Man may soner think than be able to express. But, alas, said he, what is Two Hundred Thousand Crowns to give in Marriage with so great a King's Daughter to Monsieur Dorleans. Four Hundred, Five Hundred Thousand is nothing to him ; Monsieur Dorleans is a Prince of great Courage; Monsieur Dorleans doth aspire to Great Things, and such is his Fortune, or els I am wonderfully deceyved. It will grieve my Master much when he shall here of this basse Offer, as we have not herd yet from our Ambassador ; marvail therof not a little ; nay to tell you plainly, as one Friend shuld tell another, there is farre gretter Ofers, if we would herken unto them, we might have in redy Money with the Daughter of Portugall, Foure Hundred Thousand Ducates, with the Increase that hath grown of it sithens her Father's Departure, which will amount to asmuch and more. At the Furst breaking of this Matter, it was said the Man must desyre the Woman; now that we have desired her, you will give nothing with her, for what is Two Hundred Thousand Crowns, and herewithall giving a great Sigh, stayed. And I because I perceived his Tale such as was meet to be answered, said unto him, Monsieur L’Admiral I have no more to say unto you on my Master's Behalf, then I have said unto you allready. But for because you have made a long Discourse as it were sumewhat replyiug to that that I have reaported ; if it shall like you to give me Leave to say myn own Fantasye, as a Man ihat would this Thing shuld take Effect, if it may be equally done, I woll saye it. Yes, quoth he, with all my Hart : Why shuld not we talke together friendly, as Two that be Servants to Two great Friends; and I neither to take your Words to be spoken as of an Ambassader, nor you to take my Words to be spoken of him that holdeth the Place about his Master that I do? Sir, quoth I, as touching the Benevolence you bear unto my Master, you may think it well employed; as well for that my Master (I think) conceirneth like Opinion of you in that Parte, as also for that you have proved my Master alwayes to be a perfaict Friend unto your Master. And to saye to you frankelly myn Opinion : Albeit I am no Man at Home, neither of great Place, nor of great Counsaile, yet have I beene f Court · And Men, you knowe, of
like Sorte, whenne they mete together, will be oftentymes talking of Matiers that they have litle to do in, and bable of Heresayes. And I being one of that Sorte, have many tymes herd, that my Master hath been allwayes much affected unto your Master, and hath shewed towards him great Kindnes, when that if he would have taken Offers for the contrary, he might have had inestimable Benefites. Yea, and that he hath been so well mynded unto your Master, that neither the Maner of your Truce taken with the Emperor, nor your Strangenes at the Emperor's, being here, nor Pole's Passage, nor the Conveying of Brancester, nor the Reteyning of the Hosyer that called himself Blancherose, nor Cowbridge, nor nothing els could alienate him from you, such hath been his Friendship towardes you. And therfore (I said) if you love him, vous aves Raison. And if you have set furth this Mariage for Love, let it appere. Is not Two Hundred Thousand Crowns a Faire Offer? I graunt you well, that Monsieur D'orleanns aspireth to Gret Things, and is of great Courage : And Reason it is, for he is a Great King's Sonne; and such a King, as both may and must, if he will have his Courage mainteyned, give him wherwithall. It is not Reason, that my Master shuld mainteyn his Courage. My Master hath a Sonne of his owne, whom I trust he shall live to see a Man of Courage, and will, I doubt not, provide him therafter. And as for his Daughter, he doth consyder her as Reason requyreth. Had King Lowys any more with one of my Master's Systers, than Three Hundred Thousand Crowns; and the King of Scotts, with another, any more than One Hundred Thousand? If our Friendship be advisable unto you (for that was his Terme) as you say it is, seke it by reasonable Meane, I doubt not but you shall obteine it; and ask reasonably with her, and it shall be granted you to. By my truth, quoth he, and so we doe. Do you so; quoth I? Í have allwayes noted you a Man of Reasone, and so reaported you : Turne the Case, quoth I. Would you remitt Eight Hundred Thousand Crownes, discharge an Hundred Thousand a Year, for the Mariage of your Daughter? Yea, by my trouth, would I; quoth he. For the Eight Hundred Thousand Crowns I compte nothing : And as for the Pension, she shuld have redubled her in France; and we would be Amys to Amys, and Enemies to Enemies : I meane, pour la Defence de nostre Estats, quoth he. Par nostre Dame, quoth I, you shall not be myn Auditour. Here is all the Matier, quoth I. You take a wrong Pathe : You compte these Eight Hundred Thousand Crownes nothing; and we, if it were wayed in an indifferent Ballance, think they
should waye down Tenne Hundred Thousand. We have a Saying in England,“ A Penny at a time is worth a Pound.” He that should lend me Three or four Hundred Crowns at my Nede, shuld do me even more Pleasure then to offer me Tenne Hundred when I needed not: So much esteme I Money lent at such a tyme. Consyder our Parte, quoth he, and we must knowledge it great: Consyder your Parte, quoth he, it is nothing. The Payn is past, and not to be reckened upon. You say not much amiss, quoth l, if we had an Evil Debier ; but our Debter is Riche ynough, and a good Debter.
And though have been bold of a long Respite with his Friend, yet he will pay it, quoth l. 1 doubt not, quoih he, bui the Princes will observe their Treaties. My Master hath, and will, I am sure, quoth 1 : and so I think will yours. I wot not what to say, quoth he. Marrye, quoih 1, do that that I have said heretofore : Aske reasonably for the Dote, and make a Recyproque for the rest, if you would be eased of it. Marke this, for it is to be embraced, and a great Mariage to Monsieur D'orleanns, By my Trouth, quoth he, the Dote you have offered is nothing: And if I wer as King Lewys and the King of Scotts wer, I would rather take your Daughter in her Kyrtel, and more Honour wer it for me, then, being Monsieur D'orleanns, to take her with Eight Hundred Thousand Crowns. But I' wote not what you meane by that Reciproque. Mary, quoth 1, it is to do somthing again of like Goodnes to the Thing, that you desire to have done unto you. As, quoth 1, you desire to have our Daughter, and for her you will give your Sonne : There is one for an other. Your Sonne is the Reciproque of our Daughter. You would have Two Hundred Thousand Crownes with her ; the Reciproque of that must be a like Jointer. Here is Sonne for Daughter, Dowery for Dote. Now, if you will be discharged of 600000 Crowns: what other Thing, that is as good, shall we have for that, and also for our Pencion ? Devise a Reciproque. O Monsieur L'Ambassedeur, quoth he, I understand your Reciproque well. The King your Master is a Gentle Prince, and a Great Prince; and what Grive shuld it be to him, to lett passe Eight Hundred Thousand Crowns, and ywys we be not able to pay them. In Faith, quoth I, seing he hath borne so long with you for all, he will be contented to bear with you sum what longer for sum : And if you will give some in Hand, I think he will give you Terms for the rest. Ah Monsieur L'Ambassadeur, quoth he! and shoke his Head. As for the Pension, quoth he, you shall have a Reciproque here, a Dowery mete for it. Nay, quoth I, your Relative agreeth with a
wrong Antecedent. My Master is the Antecedent, and the Reciproque must be to him, and not to Monsieur D'orleans, for he should have the Benefite by it. Nay, quoth he, it is your Master's Daughter, and it is no more but for your Master to give from himself to his Daughter. Ywys, the Queen of Navarre's Daughter is a greatter Mariage. And as for the Eight Hundred Thousand, if I were a right Man, and able to give, I would paye a great Pece of it my self, er it shuld stick. What the Queen of Navarre's Daughter is, I know not, quoth I: But if you might have my Master's Daughter upon these Conditions, you might say, you had such a Mariage as was never herd of. And here we stay'd both. At the last, quoth he, sudenly, When it was told me Yesternight, that you sent to speke with me, I thought it was for these Matiers : And all this Night I have turned and tossed, and thought upon them. I would God it had never been spoken of, if it take not effect. And evyn now cummyth into my Head the Overture that the King your Master made ones unto me.
What Overture was that, quoth I ? Mary, quoth he, the Overture of the Mariage of the Lady Elizabeth, his Daughter; you to have had Recompence for the perpetuel Pencion upon Monsieur de Vandome's Lands: And for the Pencion Vyager to have bene converted to a Estate. Without any other Recompence, quoth I ? Yes, quoth he. We shuld have bene Enemys to Enemys, and left the Bishop of Rome. That was sumwhat, quoth I; and yet not a Reciproque; because you shuld not have given as good as you tooke. But then, was none Arrerage, quoth I ? And here he paused again. I will tell you my Fantasy, quoth he; but you shall promise me by your Faith, that I shall never heare of it again. I woll speke it unto you, as a Friende to a Friende; and peradventure neither of both Parties will like it. Sir, quoth I, you shall never take Dishonour by Things you shall say
What, quoth he, if the Overture shuld take effect in one Parte? As how, quoth I? Mary, quoth he, the Arrerage to be remitted, for the Mariage of your Daughter. And because you think it great, we to becum Friends to Friends, and Enemys to Enemys, and so to enter Warre together: And of that, that shuld be conquered by commyn Expenses, to lay out first a Recompence for your Pension Viager, and the perpetuel Pencion to be supplied, as the King your Master devised. How like you this Devise, quoth he? Mary, said I, if you will heare a Fool's Answer, I like it not: For wliat need we to fight for that we have allready ? Mary, quoth he, then you shuld have it in perpetalum. What if you desyred this for a Recipro.