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them to the King. We shall wait for the arrival of the aforesaid Sieur Matthioli, to know what propositions he intends to make.

I am, &c.

POMPONNE.

No. 38.

POMPONNE TO PINCHESNE.

Paris, October 14, 1678. Since the last post, I have found an opportunity to read to the King your letter of the 17th of September, and he appears to me to approve of the account, you give in it, of what regards his interests, in the place where you at present are.

His Majesty has learnt with pleasure, that the Count Matthioli will soon be in a state to come here, when he will listen to him with favour.

POMPONNE.I

+ From the Archives of the Office for Foreign Affairs, at

| Ibid.

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I sent you word, some time back, that the Abbé d'Estrades was gone into the country, from whence he intended to continue his journey into France. The uneasiness he felt at the delay of the Count Matthioli in his departure, (although it only proceeded from his illness, and from the necessity he had to be near his master,) and his desire to see him set off before him, or at least at the same time, are the causes why he has always deferred his own departure; but having had four days ago a conference with the Count Matthioli, in which he assured him that he would without doubt set off for France to-day, and that he had even received the order of the Duke of Mantua to that effect. * *+

DE PINCHESNE.

+ The sentence is left thus unfinished in the letter, as published by M. Delort.

| From the Archives of the Office for Foreign Affairs, at

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While I was in the belief that the Count Matthioli had set out for the Court, according to the promise he had made to the Abbé d'Estrades in the last conference, which, as I sent you word, Sir, they had together, I have been surprised by learning at this moment, by a letter which he has written to the Sieur Giuliani, who has just brought it me, that some affairs, which he has had to transact with the Duke of Mantua, have obliged him to delay his departure till to-day. He has written to the aforesaid Sieur Giuliani to be to-morrow evening at Verona, in order to continue his journey to the Court from thence. He has judged it He has judged it proper, in

, order to keep the whole affair as secret as possible, to take him with him rather than any other, as he is already informed of all the circumstances of the case, the Abbé d'Estrades having made use of him in all the journeys that were necessary during the course of this affair. He is a very good sort of man, who is already entirely French in his dispositions, and full of affection for the service and interests of the King.

De PinchESNE.F

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No. 41.

PINCHESNE TO POMPONNE.

Venice, October 29th, 1678.

SIR,

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I have received this instant a letter from the Count Matthioli, written from Berheta, on the 26th of this month ; in which he acquaints me that he will immediately continue his journey to the Court with the Sieur Giuliani ; where, perhaps, they will be arrived before you receive this letter.

DE PINCHESNE.

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+ From the Archives of the Office for Foreign Affairs, at Paris.

# Ibid.

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No. 42.

POMPONNE TO PINCHESNE.

Versailles, November 4th, 1678.

According to appearances the Abbé d’Estrades will soon arrive here, and with him the Count Matthioli, through whom we shall be able to know more distinctly the sentiments of the Duke of Mantua.

POMPONNE.

No. 43.

POMPONNE TO PINCHESNE.

November 11th, 1678.

I have received your letter of the 22d, the principal point of which is, the making the King acquainted with the reason, for which the Count

+ From the Archives of the Office for Foreign Affairs, at

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