Diary of the times of Charles II/Volume 1/Mr. Harbord to Mr. Sidney, January 11,—79

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January 11, 79



Being just now at Mr. Foulkes's chambers, and meeting Mr. Spencer there, I had the good fortune to see yours to the former, with whom I have in your absence frequently consulted whether I might be useful to you in your absence; and as he will tell you we did agree that in one point I might do you a good turn, and I have undertaken it, and will do it most faithfully. The particulars I will give you an account of when I see you. We all have rejoiced at your good fortune, and admire your conduct, and I assure you no one wishes you more good than myself. You will have so much a better account how matters go here from other hands, that I will not trouble you with so silly an opinion of affairs as mine. However, I wish every man in his station would prefer the cause of the public before his own advantage; and that, how different soever men's opinions may be, that might be each man's standard. If the French King renew the ratification, I hope his conquests may be bounded, though not his ambition; and to have had a hand in it is a blessing, which Mr. Sidney's work gives him. If I may by any means prove serviceable to you, pray command me, for

I am your most faithful servant,

W. Harbord.