✹ About Tuesday 5 March 1666/67 San Diego Sarah on 25 Oct 2021 • Link Meanwhile, back at Whitehall, Charles II is penning a quick note to his sister, Minette, Duchesse d'Orleans. As reported in CHARLES II AND HIS COURTBY A. G. A. BRETTNEW YORK: G. P. PUTNAM'S SONSLONDON: METHUEN & GO. LTD.1910https://archive.org/stream/charlesiihiscour00bret… It was in these later stages of Chancellor Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon’s career that the younger courtiers found it safe to vent their dislike by ridiculing him before Charles II, as when Killegrew or George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham strutted up and down bearing the shovel and bellows for mace and great seal! Charles II shows his feelings in the matter plainly, in a letter to Madame, 5 March, 1668 [I THINK THE AUTHOR GOT CONFUSED BY THE MONTH/YEAR CHANGE, SO I'M POSTING IN 1667 WHERE IT MAKES MORE SENSE - sej]: "I will not deny that naturally I am more lazy then I ought to be, but you are very ill-informed if you do not know that my Tresury and indeede all my other affairs, are in as good a methode as our understandings can put them into. “And I think the peace I have made between Spain and Portugal and the defensive league I have made with Holland should give some testimony to the world that we think of our interest here. I do assure you that I neglect nothing for want of pains. If we fail for want of understanding, there is no help for it. ... “I assure you that my Lord of Buckingham does not govern affairs here. I do not doubt but my Lord Clarendon, and some of his friends here, will discreditt me and my affaires as much as they can, but I shall say no more upon that subject, for, if you knew how ill a servant he has been to me, you would not doubt but he would be glad things should not go on smoothly, now he is out of affairs, and most of the vexation and trouble I have at present in my affairs I owe to him."===I wonder if Charles believed all this, or was he putting a good spin on things for French consumption? And why didn't old, ill, tired Clarendon take the hints and retire gracefully?My guess is that he was wise enough to guess at the chaos that would follow, led by the likes of Buckingham and Ashley-Cooper. I wonder what his solution would have been to his successor.