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Let Us Make War | House of Lords April 5th through the afternoon

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So George voted

Yay --  for Parliment to dip into the coffers and give the money to the Navy for the war right now

Yay -- he voted for a lottery 

Yay -- and he also voted for a deferrment on decisions of making any new taxes, pending input from the House of Commons

Edited by George Hardwick III
Edited after reading Defiances clarification

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Mountjoy had remained silent so far content to watch the interplay between the factions. Shaftesbury was not as obstructionist as was his norm. he had no reason to be as war with France suited his policies well but still he would not do anything that could conceivably be advantageous for the King. England and a successful war with France was all well and good to him but Mountjoy had no doubt that he would let both suffer if it meant allowing the King break out of the financial shackles he was intent on maintaining. Still extra funding for the Navy was to everyone’s advantage and Mountjoy contributed a loud

“Eye” to the motion to provide extra funds for the Navy and voted

“Eye” as well to the proposed lottery. He voted

“Nay” to the proposed deferment thinking that such negotiations could take place as a matter of course in the time between the next session.

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(OOC - quick clarification...you both put a nay for the third, but you have the opposite description in your explanation, so for our purposes Ayes for each would be FOR Naval funds, be they through the new proposed taxes, lottery, or whatever. Any nays would be AGAINST Naval funds by each method. So if you wish for funds to be given, a lottery done, and some taxes to be passed now, it would be all Ayes. As B posted, because of where the PCs and NPCs fell during the debate, the measures pass. Feel free to edit for clarification if you need to!)

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Unsurprisingly, Francis supported all the measures to raise funds for the Navy with his vote but volunteered no other topics. I'Faith, the Navy, ships, war, and trade were the only political areas he felt he had any competence! 

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Charles Whitehurst there discovered a small folded note (slid into his pocket earlier on)  It read: 

Quote

 

Far have I travelled, across oceans, time even space

Yet my heart hardly strayed from that very first place

In the Whitehall garden where you asked for a kiss

traded for a letter, one not so different than this

Since that day you held my heart, my darling and I think you knew

Because as much as I loved you, I felt you loved me too  

DH

 

 

In the Gallery

"I wonder if there is a copy in the Kings Library?" Darlene wondered, turning to see what was going on as the Lords became quiet.  They looked liek they were going to vote. 

Edited by Darlene Hamilton

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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. 

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It was a damn fine love letter and the first he had ever received, so he folded it carefully and returned it to his coat pocket.  He managed to take a look into the gallery to find where Darlene might be seated.  He thought he saw her behind Davina.

It was then that he realized that he needed to vote, so he mimicked the voting of the Duke of Cumberland.  It was what any good officer would do.  He dutifully returned his attention to the floor, deciding that he would thank Darlene later for the letter, in private.

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Davina

"Chichester a friend?" May asked.  How interesting.  "I do not know him well," he lied.  "What should I make of him?"

As for the idea of sending gentlemen her way, May giggled.  "I think there are plenty of gentlemen that would like to be sent your way.  If I were to send three your way, and the way of your fellow ladies that is, which would you have me invite I wonder?"

Beverley

"A vote at last," Pepys exclaimed.  "I hope that it generates sufficient coin to do more than pay back wages.  We need to add to the fleet, as well as new guns."  As far as he was concerned the entire treasury of England could be put to good use in the Navy.

Darlene

"Does the library contain pamphlets?"  Churchill did not know.  He had never gone to the library to read anything.  That was for people who enjoyed boredom and no exercise.

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Davina

"He is intelligent. Engaging and Cultured. Has very good Artistic Talents - he paints you know and there too quite good."

"Dresses well. Does not, I think, appreciate his own Worth."

Perhaps you might well benefit from further Study."

And as for the other

"You think so? Well how can I play Favorite it would too cruel and the others would agree. Why do you not choose Master May and let us see if We are used by them or they by US - to whatever advantage His Majesty might wish."

"Or perhaps that is asking too much?"

She asked innocently.

Her dealings with May were few but she knew full well that he had eyes everywhere and no doubt fingers in many pots. And besides this was all for Amusements Sake  ....

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Charles voted in favour of each proposal, and allowed himself a wry smile at the lack of any further mention of the land tax. He had not expected to achieve much more than that today. In time, if they were to make a serious attempt at checking French ambitions, the issue would arise again. His fellow peers, he suspected, rather underestimated just how expensive a continental war was in this day and age. 

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Cordelia

From her seat she watched the floor below with interest her eyes moving to each man as he spoke. She understood that there was Politics being Discused but also that there was Politics being Played and while her own views would never be considered she nevertheless had them.

She knew that funding for The Navy was a keen point but did not think that a 'tax' would be well received. Things were already being taxed making what had once been affordable not so much and when this War actually began the price of goods would double overnight. She had seen it happen before and it had only gotten worse as time went on.

She resolved to begin to implant some saving measures - John would have to be included because she could not issue anything unless he approved. But the Estate was important and it must remain intact so if that meant selling off a tract or two of airable land for a profit and pocketing the monies for future needs than it was best to do it now. Soon enough all their neighboors would have the same idea!

She looked to where Lord Grey sat trying to read his emotions.

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Darlene

Pulling her eyes away from her sweetheart on the floor below, Darlene tipped her head at George's question.

"Do you think they dont?"  

Questions like that sounded like opportunities to her. 

"Then I shall need to begin such an archive.  You do know I have my own office at the palace, though I'm letting Lord Aylesford use it at the moment - but one of the most redeeming features of the room is it's copious number of shelves. It would exactly perfect for a collection of pamphlets.  Oh, and I shall be it's curator.  That sounds terribly important doesn't it, but then most things I do are." she giggled, though she was entirely serious about this exceptionally brilliant idea.  Charles would be so proud. 

 

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Gallery

Davina

"Chilchester seems like a worthy man to know," May replied while wondering if Davina was sweet on him.  When the maid refused to make her selections known, May tutted.  "I am a man used to making wishes come true but I am no mind reader.  If you will not tell me your wishes, what chances to do I have to please you maids?"  he was tormenting her of course.

Davina

George find his attention distracted further to Darlene.  What sort of woman had an office in the palace?  Surely only the Queen and the Mistress of Robes.  "How did you get an office, let alone one with so many shelves?"  He could not contain his curiosity.  Surely it was a gift from the King and it was impolite to ask, but it was just so novel that he needed to ask.

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Davina

"Are you not? Why I could swear I head that mind reading was a Special talent of yours Mr. May." She chided back all innocent. "And if I were to tell you and I wished wrong than what? If you send me any that are lacking in conversation or wit then I must work all the harder to hold up my end and there is no fun in that. Unless thay are some Foreign Gentlemen then some excuses must be made naturally. And I am used to that."

"And I can not step wrong on my side Mr. May." She warned. "For then my Mistress would be most displeased and in her present state ..... it would be a most unwise thing to do. Would it not?"

"That is why it should be your own ideas - send across Gentlemen that His Majesty knows will amuse. I am sure that you are well enough informed that tis a simply thing really."

"And His Majesty is welcome'd to come himself ...."

She smiled across to him wondering if he might catch the fact that she had only spoken in the singular. 

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Darlene & George

A woman who thrived upon attention, Darlene's eyes flared at his sudden interest.  "It is a stunning tale, I shall tell you that much, but not one that can be repeated here." she winked intending mysteriousness.  "Besides, plain questions are hardly the fun way to discover answers... why don’t you guess and I shall tell you if you are hot or cold."

Perhaps when the King learned that she had compiled a library of tracts and pamphlets, she'd be awarded with a proper and official title, and given the office actually.  The best pamphlets were those contentious.  Which meant… "I shall probably have to visit the green ribbon club." She whispered to Churchill, gauging his response. One thing for certain, she knew that Charles would think that was a terrible idea. Probably because it was dangerous. How exciting!  

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Davina

"I had hoped you would be more accommodating," May lamented.  "So many rigors to my role.  Can one be criticized for seeking … direction?"  He looked hurt, though he was anything but such.  As for the King, it would be the last thing that he would recommend, sending him amongst the Queen's maids to flirt while she was pregnant.  There could be no happy outcome to that scenario, but he would make no mention of it.  "I shall give it more thought," he promised.  There was a rather exotic man due to arrive.

Darlene

George fell for it naturally, looking left and right as if being let in on some crown secret.  He was not the brightest of the Churchills.  But, he was a pretty one.    Her mention of the Green Ribbon Club caused a frown to appear, as the clue was quite at odds with the path that he intended to explore.  "Shaftesbury had something to do with it?"  It was a broad guess but she had claimed she would signal hot or cold.

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Darlene

No not the brightest, or perhaps it was just her beauty was distracting him, making it hard for him to follow her string of thoughts.

"Of course not!" Darlene giggled, "Ooh you are such a tease!  I am talking about where I can collect pamphlets for my archive, and those are sure to be the most interesting. From an archivists point of view at least."

He'd mixed her topics, the one of guessing how she had secured a office was best left behind.  Afterall the circumstances had been at best dubious.

"Will you escort me to the Green Ribbon club, pretty please? I probably should not go alone. Though I could, because I do have a gun." She had always found that saying things like that made gentlemen eager to help, they never seemed to want her to do any shooting. Not that she thought it very likly she's need to shoot anyone, because Adam MacGregor had told her that just waiving her gun around and looking like she might, would likly be enough.  Besides, as delinquent as the Whigs were, they were hardly likly to act rough towards a lady. 

 

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