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hot recommendation to the less powerful Archduke. If your Lordship gets it not very earnest and suddenly, I believe it will find me incapable to make use of it and reap the benefit. I have a last refuge (perchance the happiest), but I dare not recur unto it till I have tried all other ways, for I distrust my own forces; if though I settle on it, I shall not need other assistance from any than that of prayers. Thus, my Lord, most ingenuously have I opened my mind and designs, confiding in the friendship which passed betwixt yourself and my poor brother. The sum of my desires is, that, if you can suddenly, you be pleased to interpose your authority in that Court for my good, in that manner you shall think most convenient and likeliest to succeed ; and if you conceive not ready hopes, to put me out of mine. If I obtain ought I shall most willingly employ it [in] your service ; if nothing, I shall thank you in my prayers, the only thing I then shall have left me to exercise my office in; for, my Lord, I am
J. PATRICK CAREY. Brussels, the 18th March, 1650. -State Papers, vol. ii. pp. 535-539.
Sir Edward Hyde to the Honourable Mr. Patrick Carey. SIR,
Your's of the 18th of the last month came not to my hands 'till about the 18th of this ; nor hath it been possible for me to return an answer sooner to you, this Court taking less care to maintain quick correspondence with the other parts of the world, than I think any other place doth that is near so much concerned in that kind of traffick.
Amongst my many faults and infirmities, you will not, I presume, hear dissembling, or speaking otherwise than I think, laid to my charge ; and therefore you may very justly believe me when I tell you that, since the unspeakable loss of your excel
lent brother, I have rarely felt so great a pleasure as the first sight of your name to a letter gave me. And you will not wonder that many parts of it, besides the kindness throughout to me, presented to the life that conversation to me I was once more blessed with than most other men. When I had the honour to see your sisters at Cambray, I carried great joy with me into France, with the confidence I should possess you there; and you will pardon me if I protest to you, that when I heard you were gone from Paris, and had left me no possibility of finding you, the affliction was so great, that I improved it by thinking you unkind to me ; flattering myself (as men who have received great obligations are apt to create new titles to favours) that I had some right and claim to your kindness. And I had this excuse for my passion, that I had some reason to believe that it might have proved of some use to you to have received some advertisements from me, before your going into England, concerning your own fortune, to which I was not an absolute stranger, knowing as much of your brother's heart as any man. And you cannot doubt a person of that incomparable virtue, who would not have done an unjust thing to have procured the peace of his country, which he desired with the greatest passion imaginable, would have proved an unkind brother. I know his purposes were very contrary ; and though he had been much afflicted with your leaving him (which yet he imputed to others, not to your own inclination at that time), yet he was comforted in your being still in a condition capable of his care ; and if he had lived, you had heard from him very effectually.
If I do not find myself like to do you service, which I do desire equally with any good fortune that can befall me, and flatter myself with some hope that I may live to do it, be confident I shall not detain you with any vain expectations ; though I am not willing to be concluded by what I shall now say upon so short thoughts in a business I am so exceedingly concerned [in]; but do desire you to expect a second
letter from me, which I presume may come to your hands before your time prefixed be expired. When I have informed you that this Court in glory and splendour is not answerable to the fame it hath ; that the complaints, murmurings, and real want of money, is not inferior to any I have known, whilst the face of a Court was preserved ; that there is a multitude of pretenders to recompence for great services done, and none sent away satisfied ; that there is an universal stop of all pensions which have been granted formerly, so that they who have those grants have only liberty to complain, and to spend their time in a fruitless solicitation ; that all the letters from Flanders contain nothing but importunity for monies, and those from hence excuses for not sending any; and lastly, that the delay in despatches of all kinds in this Court is so intolerable that no spirit can submit to it; you will not think my value of you the less, in that I do not give you encouragement to expect any supply from this Crown by pension, or anything of that nature, at least from so inconsiderable interposition as mine would prove ; for though I find more civilities here than could be confidently presumed, from the ill condition of the master I serve, and the strength and power of his enemies, I cannot pretend to any notable interest. Yet, after all this, I must beseech you for some time to suspend the engaging yourself in any such course from which you cannot retire, and to which you may submit when you please.
I beseech you send me word what inclination you have to spend a little more time in the Court of Rome, and what will support that inclination ; and truly, if I cannot make myself of any use to you, I shall the less value any good fortune that can be reserved for me, which shall be always as much at your disposal as it can be at the disposal of,
Your most affectionate
And most humble servant.
Madrid, 26th April, 1650.
P.S. Though I know you need no recommendation to his Majesty, or to any about him, the King himself retaining a very kind memory of your brother, yet I have writ to Mr. Secretary Nicholas, who is a very honest worthy man, to do you all service, which I know he will do with great affection.—Clarendon State Papers, vol. ii. pp. 535-7.
To these letters is appended the following note :—“It appears by subsequent letters between the Chan. and Mr. P. Carey, not thought necessary to be published, that he afterwards took the habit of Douay, which he threw off within the year, his constitution not being able to bear the kind of diet which the rules enjoined. He then went to England in hopes of obtaining a pension from his relations there, who were most of them in good circumstances. Being disappointed of this also, he desired Sir E. Hyde's interest to procure him some military post in the Spanish service. His friend earnestly dissuades him by very good arguments from this, and advises him to lie by a little while in expectation of some favourable change. After this it does not appear what became of him.”
Evelyn mentions (vol. i. p. 156] having visited the English College at Douay, where, he says, he was recommended “ to Mr. “ Patrick Carey, an abbot, brother to our learned Lord Falkland, “a witty young priest, who afterwards came over to our “ Church.”