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From this Time forwards, 'till the King's Return to Kent, these Lords met every Day in the Councilchamber at Whitehall, and by that prevented the Unruliness of the Rabble; who, the first Hour after the King's absconding, pull'd down the Houses of the Florentine Envoy, and the Spanish Ambassador : The last of whom had full Amends made him, notwithftanding so high an Insolence; for the Earl of Mulgrave (tho' his Master' was gone, and his Staff laid aside) yet thought the Honour of the Nation fo much concern'd, that he presum'd to take upon himself to order an Apartment in W itehall immediately, and a great Table to be kept for him twice a-Day, with Yeomen of the Guard to attend in his outward Room, (which they never do but on the King only) for which Strain of Authority he had the Fortune to be thank'd by the Prince of Orange. This was the highest Respect that could possibly be paid to the King of Spain his Master; and yet for himself a better Reparation was made afterward by King William, who gave him 17,000 l. in lieu of his Losses; but it rather was for his good Service in persuading all the House of Austria to acknowledge him King.
All this was after the King's being discover'd in Kent, before which Time the Peers fat daily in the Council-chamber at 1Vhitehall; where the Lord Mulgrave one Morning happened to be advertis'd privately, that the King had been seiz'd by the angry Rabble of Feversham, and had sent a poor Countryman with the News, in order to procure his Rescue; which was like to come too late, since the Messenger had waited long at the Council-door, without any Body's being willing to take Notice of him, "This fad Account mov'd him with Compassion, at such an extraordinary Instance of worldly Uncertainty ; and no Cautions of offending the prevailing Party were
they thought it more decent to connive at, than to detain him here by Force.
* But it feems he was prevail'd on to lay aside, or rather defer his Journey to France, 'till a farther Opportunity; and it is not unlikely, that 'trusting no Body at that Time, he might only pretend to be convinc'd of his Error in going away, in order to get a better Opportunity for it at London than he could hope for in that Country, where he was so narrowly watch'd. But whatever his Design was, the Shew of Welcome which attended his Coach thro' London, inclin'd him a little to fight his Friends ; openly blaming all those Peers, who, in his Absence, and out of mere Necessity, had taken on themselves a Power that was so very useful to the publick Quiet.
The King's Return alter'd all the Measures taken in the Prince of Orange's Camp; which was by this: Time become a Court, and all Places suppos'd to be. at their Disposal. The Prince (who needed Counfel, had now more Occasion than ever to assemble all those about him, who were either of Quality or Confideration enough for it) at last resolv'd to connive at the King's going into France, and to preserve him from Violence in order to it.
According to this Design of forcing him away by the Despair of any Accommodation, the Earl of Feversham (whom the King fent to the Prince) was clapt into Prison immediately; and Mr. Zuylestein was sent in all Hafte to Kent, 'to forbid the King's approaching to London.
But the King was arriv'd there before ; which oblig'd the Prince to dally no longer, and to send three Lords in such a Manner, as might seem almost to pronounce his Doom. They came about Midnight, and defir'd Admittance to his Bed-side ; where the Marquis of Hallifax inform’d him from the Prince,