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Louis Killington

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    Lord Basildon

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  1. Louis Killington

    Back at the Woolsack Later April 5th

    "Well, it has been 18 years since the Restoration and Cecil is barely older than that, so change seems more distant. The coming and going of the CABAL seems so far away for we younger men. Back then we cared mostly about ladies," he laughed, "as opposed to now when we think about our ladies, and politics." It was meant as a jest. Fortunately the subject changed smoothly to Danby. It was one of his favorite topics to pursue these days. "Odds are he is with the Dutch or he was intercepted by the French. The French would use him as a game piece to trade I would think," Basildon ventured. "I have reason to believe that Danby intended to go to the United Provinces. They are his natural allies anyway. If the Dutch diplomats are acting odd, the boys' grandfather has yet to return, and he has disappeared without a spotting, it would need to be Dutch doings. My wife just returned from there and heard no word, but that is not surprising. I would not be surprised if Orange is hiding Danby from his own English wife. Maybe they are just giving Osborne a nice cottage in exile to keep him from his French and English enemies." Louis was starting to wonder if Danby had kidnapped the boys to force the grandfather to tell the Dutch something. If he thought his grandsons were held captive, perhaps the old man could be made to betray England in some way, which would be Danby's price of admission into hidden exile. The scheme had seemed so bizarre that the Earl kept pondering different scenarios until one might make sense.
  2. Louis Killington

    Back at the Woolsack Later April 5th

    Basildon sat comfortably with the two lords, both of whom outranked him. "It was a highlight of the session," he began as he adjusted his seat. "Perhaps he is a tool of the blond villain and Shaftesbury pretends to distance himself from it. Perhaps Cecil comes by the view naturally by breathing those treasonous vapors in Commons for so long." The last hypothesis was done with a smile suggesting it to be a jest. "It could be that he thought he was being helpful, suggesting a bipartisan solution. That is the weakness of my generation I fear. We are more idealistic about change than more experienced courtiers who have seen the political grist mill grind aspirations into nothingness." It was a remark that marked the 26 year old Earl as a man already growing jaded. "Frankly, I think one of the three of us should approach the gentleman and offer to take him under wing." It was clear that the Duke and Marquess had the better background to do so. Louis imagined that Buckingham would be the best mentor for Exeter, but it was important for Basildon to show a willingness to work with others like Norfolk and Worcester at times. If he was seen as nothing more than a mouthpiece for Buckingham,he would be treated accordingly. "I do not know gentlemen but Lords seems more listless of late. Perhaps it is because we have been consumed by funding shortfalls and not other business. Frankly, I think this whole tawdry Danby affair has made us look weaker as well."
  3. Likewise it was no surprise that Basildon voted in favor of each tax. He had thought two of the ideas were brilliant … and the other to be thoughtful. In truth, he regretted that the lottery had not been his idea. There was a desire to address the subject of piracy on his part. One of the company ships had been seized and the Earl wanted warships to be dispatched at once. Sadly, there was a war with France that complicated things. Of course, an English squadron could be sent to the Caribbean to attack French colonies and ships, destroying some pirates along the way. Louis paused because there was no real need for legislation. Cumberland could order the squadron to sail without the need for Parliamentary approval. As such, he bided his time.
  4. Louis Killington

    Back at the Woolsack Later April 5th

    Norfolk and Worcester were good enough starting points. "My lords," he greeted as he approached. "Do you mind if I join you? I am curious of what you make of the political theater we just witnessed." He signaled a servant for a glass of brandy.
  5. He had not attended the Gentleman's club often enough of late, and he regretted it. The current session of Lords had been a perfect excuse to follow up with like-minded Court Party gentlemen to hear and spread gossip. Had there been any sighting of Danby, Louis wondered? The King, Buckingham or the Northern Secretary would be the best to know. Perhaps one was here. If not, he would make conversation with those present. One never had too many contacts or too much information. Strolling into the library area, Basildon signaled the attendant to bring him a brandy. His gaze swept the room.
  6. The speeches that followed were pretty. They followed on his theme of self-sacrifice, so Louis was smug in setting a new trend. Yet, self-sacrifice had it own limitations. When Audley suggested a tax on land, Basildon almost winced at the man. There was a notion of sacrifice but he had always found the landed gentry to be irrationally opposed to any taxation. He had not been the one who wanted to suggest it. He had considered a tax upon Catholics to please the Church, but knew the King would not appreciate the intolerance of such an act. Likewise a tax upon the church would cause a different uproar. A wise politician avoided uproar in favor of incremental advance. He planned to be Chief Minister one day, so it was important for him to appear loyal but reasonable. Let others be firebrands. Exeter displayed bravery in the face of a hostile element. Basildon had considered rising to speak of Treasury reform and renewed confidence, but he would let Ernle do that. Rupert's speech was short but effective, in his mind, but was blind to the Country Party's desire to keep Charles II as a pauper king. Their duty was to themselves and a notion of a republican utopia with a figurehead monarch. In his mind, the only way to prevail in Commons was to bribe them as Danby did or turn their own weapon against them -- public opinion. If the coffee houses agreed with the royalists, the Country Party was doomed. There was no need to say anything. Instead, he watched the debate as he might a play unfolding. If there came a time to make himself look grander, he would rise. Instead, he planned to rise about the need to take measures against piracy either in this session or the next. The funding of the Navy was a related topic, so he favored the current session; but, he decided to play it by ear.
  7. "Lord Chancellor and my lords," Louis called out as he took to his feet. It was hard enough to bide his time before seeking the spotlight. "I can hardly believe my eyes and ears," the Earl proclaimed as he looked about the peerage. "Since when have the lords of England ever been so silent?" he offered with a smile. "Perhaps it is because there are so many ideas that it is hard to give voice to but one." "The fact of the matter is that we are at war with France, with a list of grievances and offenses well known to this august body. To prosecute a war we need gold more than gunpowder. With all due respect, the Parliament has been niggardly in its appropriations. As the Deputy Treasurer of England and the Treasurer of the Royal Household, I can appreciate a desire to save money in the interest of King and country. In fact, I would applaud it, but for the circumstances we face. One may buy cheap tin but one is a fool to purchase cheap steel." "Gentlemen, England is great because of its people. England is content because it has a benevolent and wise King. England Is rich because of our mastery of trade. We are respected because we are blessed with gentlemen of honor and duty who surround me in this moment. We are envied because of the charm of our ladies, so well represented in the gallery today. We are feared for our army; but, England is safe because of its navy. It is both our armor and sword. " "Some of the gentlemen present today have the greatest halls and keeps, the ladies the grandest jewels, but what are they without protection? A crime waiting to happen gentlemen. And here too we have a crime waiting to happen. Parliament would send the flower of its manhood to war with an underfunded navy deep in debt. Were this any other nation on Earth, I would say that a war with a niggardly served navy would likely end poorly for the miserly nation. Yet, Englishmen are a cut above the rest. Small bands of Englishmen bested France for a hundred years. The longbow served us well then." The words of Shakespeare's Henry V came to his mind. "Today it is the Royal Navy and the Duke of Cumberland's cannon that give our lads the additional advantage to best the French once again." "To toy with the Navy is to toy with the safety of England. History would judge us harshly for such foolishness. What does it say about Parliament that it requires private contributions of men like us to sustain a public necessity? It will be a shame that all of us might bear were I not convinced that the lords of the realm will do their part and the envy of Commons will compel their action." Basildon was hoping to maintain eye contact with as many as he could, especially those in the Country Party. It was a tool he thought useful for persuasion. After a pause, he moved onward. "Certain that we are all in agreement today to act, one might ask where these funds may grow and I am prepared to offer some small suggestions. We must be prepared to sacrifice self-interest to the public good. We need new taxes to support the Navy and the war effort. How about a penny tax on every barrel or crate of cargo that arrives on our shores? It will cost my trading company a pretty penny to be sure. How about a tariff on any merchant selling any French commodities in the Three Kingdoms? How about our colonies that depend on the Navy to protect them from piracy and the French fleet? Perhaps a pound per plantation? I own one in Jamaica and would be proud to pay such a tax if it went to our Navy." Looking about the chamber he added "what about a tailor tax upon finery? Never have I witnessed so fine attire in these hallowed halls." He was smiling now. "If we paid an extra penny for garments of silk -- the Navy's penny -- I doubt I would see more linen here. I am not brave enough to suggest a similar tax upon dressmakers," he laughed aloud, "but I am willing to wager that our patriotic ladies in the gallery would be the first to volunteer it." He smiled in the direction of his wife. "These are but crumbs to build upon gentlemen. I do not profess to have all of the answers," he stated with false modesty. "It is but a start so that I might yield the floor to men more inspired than myself." With that he sat with a satisfied look upon his face.
  8. Louis Joins the Buckingham Bunch It was a grand group that surrounded him as he joined Somerset. With nods and smiles for Buckingham, Worcester, and Fosbury, as well as Kingston, he was pleased to let the court know that he was in the middle of a group on the rise. After all, one was measured by the company he kept. He noted Langdon take a seat with Cumberland, Brooke and the other military types. Those in uniform were so easy to predict. Lifting his eyes to the gallery, he gave his wife a satisfied smile. This was going to be a grand season.
  9. Basildon Enters With a temporary farewell to his wife, the Earl strode into the hall. Typically he sat with his brother-in-law, the Duke of Somerset. He also sought to move close with Buckingham and or York, both allies of his. He had also sat with the Earl of Chilchester on more than one occasion. In years past he had sat near Danby, but the man had fallen hard. The less Louis was associated with the man, the better.
  10. Louis Being Abandoned Louis knew a brushoff when he experienced it. Heneage was either upset that Louis had been looking for him or too embarrassed to wish to hear more about it. This was not a time to create a scene, so Louis allowed him to withdraw. "How grand for you this special assignment. We shall look for you later in the season then." He was planning to wander over to the elder Finch but he expected that the younger Finch would think ill of such a move. Instead, he sought out his brother-in-law The Duke of Somerset.
  11. Louis and Heneage The House of Lords was the last place to discuss scandal that could be harmful to his extended family. It had been the fact that Hen had not sought Louis out that had been annoying. "I searched for you last season and looked for a letter subsequently. I should like to think that you would come to me to maneuver your way out of any misadventure you encounter. You know I would assist you. I have had more than one's fair share of misadventures not so long ago. I like to think I have learned something from them. I know that Lisa would be happy to have you call upon us." He thought idly of Lisa's Dutch ward. Hen would be a grand catch for her. "When might we have you to supper?"
  12. Louis Approached Heneage Finch Junior Hen had disappeared around the Christmas holidays and Louis had sought the young man in vain, hoping to save him from the clutches of an Irish wench. It seemed as though he had returned to court and had not come to visit. It left Louis without key information as to what had transpired. Basildon did not like to be in the dark about any potential scandal at court. "My lord," he called as he approached. "I had been hoping for a letter or a visit."
  13. Darlene and Davina did draw a look from Louis, though it was not overlong and seemed little more than a natural perusal of those assembled. He and Darlene had a history together, including a child. Davina was a competitor of his cousin and had attracted his eye before. Now that his wife was present, Louis would be quite dutiful, with little time or ambition to become intimate with another lady. He had fended off Bridget Osborne and was schooling himself to restrict his ardor to his wife … and his darkie slave of course.
  14. Louis Killington

    Girltalk | Sunday afternoon

    Nicci suggested he needed a new argument, beyond the most sensible one. Louis smiled, not wishing to ever retreat from a challenge. "If one cannot win with seriousness, then win with humor," he counseled. "If they wish to question my motive in supporting war, I shall say I lost a wager with my dear wife and promised that I shan't drink French brandy for 30 days. As such, I decided a war with France would come at no cost to me and that once England joins the war. it shall be over in 30 days and I shall be free again, as shall the Continent. In fact, I shall ask His Majesty to add a cask of brandy to the terms of any armistice for us all to toast His Majesty's health." He paused to judge the reception. "Or, I could say I support war with the French because, if they capture Holland, they might take to making wooden shoes fashionable and I detest wooden shoes. So, I fight in name of fashion."
  15. The time after meeting the King had been well-spent in having his man Thomas Bromhill seek out the few dozen sailors he had hired in the past to demonstrate outside Parliament. Wearing whatever navy regalia they could find, they would earn a shilling to show up as the lords arrived and cheer the King, York, Cumberland, Buckingham, and Basildon. Of course, Louis wished to hear the crowd bless him as a great patron of the Navy, A role he had been playing since his marriage to his wife. Louis never tired of hearing his name called out in admiration. He wore a Scarlet coat with golden brocades that hinted at a military attire. He thought the color red was eye-catching in a chamber full of notables. He arrived with his wife, ever the political creature as well. He had told his brother-in-law, the Duke of Somerset to meet him here. They commonly sat together in Lords. In the antechamber he hoped to meet with Buckingham, York, Cumberland or other of a like mind senior members of Court. His old patron, the Earl of Danby had fallen, making it all the more important to strengthen other friendships and forge new ones.
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