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  • D6424 3 Historical Documents on paper, written by hand, late 16th c.

 (A) Letter from Ala (?) Fludd to “Deare Cosen”: n.d.
  • (C) Envelope with seal.
  • (B) Receipt by Ralph Fludd, 10 August 1695

Receipt for £10 received from Robert Cart of purchase money of ‘Black Brooks &c’; 10 August 1695.  Subsequent account re assignment of a mortgage &c added below in another hand.  Note on back refers to part payment for ‘Newnham’.

D6424 3 Historical Documents on paper, written by hand, late 16th c.

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D6424 3 Historical Documents on paper, written by hand, late 16th c.

 (A) Letter from Ala (?) Fludd to “Deare Cosen”: n.d.

 ‘...The newes of ye Dutch Embassadours Audience is the discourse of the towne: their speech tended to move the King to joyne in a mediation betweene the two Crownes: and that in case the effect of it did not answer their joint desires, hee would provide in relation to the net summers warre: the french being in a ready way to obteine Flanders, and having an hundred good men of warre, may possibly give la (  ) both to Halland and England.  As to the mediation, the King promised to joyn in it: but for the preparation for warre, hee had noe reason to trust the States Generall: who have soe notoriously broke their word, particularly (     ) summers attempt, against all ingagements of faith and honour.

You will heare of the Maydstone businesse before the King and Councill, who heard it with great indifferency: but the issue did not answer the expectation of our friends:

 

(B) Receipt by Ralph Fludd, 10 August 1695

Receipt for £10 received from Robert Cart of purchase money of ‘Black Brooks &c’; 10 August 1695.  Subsequent account re assignment of a mortgage &c added below in another hand.  Note on back refers to part payment for ‘Newnham’.

 

(C) Envelope with seal.

 

Commentary:

‘Ala: Fludd’

A likely identification for the writer, who had Kentish connections (besides Maldstone, there is mention of Biddenden in the letter) but appears to have been writing from London, is Alabaster Fludd, who leased the manor of Loose near Maidstone in 1661.  He was succeded there by Benjamin Calamy in 1675.  (E Hasted, Kent, II, 1782. D. 139.)  Albaster Fludd appears in the 1663-8 Visitation of Kent as a married man with five children; he himself is identified as son of Thomas Fludd of Gore Court in Otham (Harl. Soc. Liv, 1906, p. 59).

The allusions to Dutch diplomacy in the letter might fit the period shortly after the Treaty of Breda in July 1667.  The triple aliance between England, Holland and Sweden, to check Louis XIV, was signed in Jan. 1668.  Charles negotiated secretly with Louis XIV, resulting in the secret Treaty of Dover in 1670, and eventually war with Holland 1672-4.

‘The Maydstone business”  Possibly the petitions from nonconformist prisoners in Maidstone gaol, which had reached the Council (see Cal. State Papers Domestic 1667-8, p. 514, dated ? July 1668.

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