THIS IS A TRUE COPY OF A LETTER, THAT PRINCE GRIFFITH Lately writ to the LORD WINDSOR; Wherein the Passages that happened betwixt them in FLAUNDERS are truely Related.

My Lord WINDSOR,

I Received a Letter lately from you, wherein you are pleased to commend the goodnes of my horse which to your own knowledg was a stumbler, hard­mouth'd, and unmannaged, or else you had bought him of my Second, Colonell Apsley, as you were a running out of Flaunders: Indeed my Lord I can compare him to nothing more like, then to your Lordship, especially when you are pouder'd; for the Horse was indifferent handsome, although un­proper for the use I put him to, so indeed I heare that your Lordship now and then, makes a pritry shew before Ladyes, although you are as unproper for their service, as my Horse was to fight upon, for certainely you have not the impudence to deny, That your Privy Members, are most commonly supported with a Truss, that you are [Page 2] scarceable (at any time) for to afford a Lady a Bout: And for your Courage I am resolved also to unmaske it, although you imagined to support your reputation by hastuing into England (whither you knew I could not come for the present) and there, as it seemes, cryed up your selfe, for a Gallant Stout Man, when God and your owne conscience can tell you, that there lives not a more Treacherous, nor a more Lying Cowardly Villaine on the face of the Earth, then you are.

This, Windsor, is the true Caracter of you, and no more then what I John Griffith will just sie to your teeth, whensoever, you shall dare to quest on it; which happy houre, I extreamely long for, because I am confident that I shall clearely make in appeare to all the World, that you deserve rather the Title of a Treacherous Coward, then to be esteemed a Person of a reall courage, or else you cou'd not be so unworthy, as to leave the Field, as you did, without drawing of blood, when you saw your Second (who was a gallant Man) hurt to your face, and for your sake, and whole death me thinks you should still resent; O can there be a greater basenesse then this. Yet you had the impudence to give out, That you had me at your mercy, and thereby thought, as it seemes, that that false report, would expiate your basenesse, in suffering your Freind to be hurt, without seeking the blood of him thus did it: Confesse truely Windsor, Wast thou not so frighted at that instant, thus thou hadst not thy wits about thee; I beleeve it really; for no man but a Knave, a Foole, and a Coward, would bring a Freind out of England, on purpose for to set, and leave him in a Trap of ruine, as thou didst poore Goff, without endeavouring any other way (then by Lying) for to revenge the injury he received: Nay more, did you not likewise deny in the Feild to justifie either the Ladyes actions, or honour; nay did you not make your braggs in Flaunders, that you intended never to Marry her, bus onely to make a Whore of her; besides you shewed a note under her owne hand (as you sayd). the which shee had given you, wherein she did binde her selfe to Marry you, if so be you did returne within the space of three moneths; suppose such a thing bad been, were not you a base fellow to publish it, shee having then not given you the least occasion of distast, which might have moved you to divalge those secrets, that had passed betwixt her and you.

And when persons of Honour shall rightly understand all these Particulars of you; doe not you beleeve that they will detest you as I doe, then consider with your selfe to how meane and miserable a condition hath your juggling and lying brought you to, yet to deale truely with you, it is no more then what so base a wretch as you are, doth justly deserve.

And as for the Lady, although she has very much disobliged me, yet I should be sorry if she proved so unfortunate, as to set a reall esteem on your unworthy Person; I can justly terme you no otherwise, especially when I consider how cunningly you lay at the catch with me, during the time of our difference; and how unlike a Gen­tleman you dealt with me: for first you refused to meete in France, and appointed me for to come into Flaunders, which I did accordingly; but you after two dayes stay at Brussells (which was the place where we were by your appointment for to meet at) were running backe for England, as I have under your owne hand to show, and afterwards I having sent for you a back from Bruiggen Ministry came to waite on you as soone as I heard that you were returned again to Brusselss, and then I could you that my Bills of Exchange were not yet come; but that I did expect them dayly; and that my being in a strange Country, made me uncapable (for the pre­sent) of fitting my selfe for to give you satisfaction: But howsoever I hearing for a [Page 3] certaine, that you had brought a couple of Horses, to shew you that I intended not to delay you, I told you then, that if you would lend me one of them, that I would fight with you either that night, or the next morning, which you pleased, but you refused to doe either.

Then I told you, that although you would not lend me a Horse, that I would pre­sent you with a couple of Poast Horses, and that you should take your choise, but that did so displease you, that you told me that you were not bound to cast away your life, although I were content for to doe it: Next I offered to fight with you on soo-, with a case of Pistolls, but your want of courage made you both dislike it, and re­fuse for to doe it.

Lastly, I offered to fight with you with a case of Pistolls in a little Waggon with two Mastiffs before me, such as they dayly use at Brussells, and that you should take ano­ther; but that way of fighting you did also dislike; and in short, you told me, that you had provided a couple of Horses for your selfe, and that you being challenged were to appoint the time, place, and mmner of fighting, and that if I did not meet you within three or foure dayes, that then you knew what course to take; so wee parted, and that night I received a Bill of Exchange of Fifty Pounds S:erling, for to be payed me at Antwerpe, and going thither to receive it, I unfortunately lite upon the Nagg upon which I fought, I may justly rerme him so, for he proved very hard mouthed, and unmanaged; and the onely reason that made me buy him, was, that he was not afraid of the noyse of a Pistoll; so borrowing another Horse of a Freind for my Second, I instantly came to waite on you, and I did (you cannot de­nie it) observe your desires in every particular; nay, I did not refuse to meet you in the very Feild you appointed, although you refused to fight with me any where else, or in any other Countrey; and indeed you had a great deale of reason for it, as it appeared afterwards, for in another place you might not have had the conve­nience of bringing a Boat full of men, and of laying an Ambuscado all night long in the Dirches, as you did, which was contrary to your promise, and the agreement which you made with my Second, which was not to have brought any body but your Second, Leivtenant Colonell Goff, within six miles of the place where we were to fight at; and for my owne particular, I doe verily beleeve, that you did your best to perswade those Persons you brought along with you (if they would have been so base (to have destroyed me, either in the Feild, or at least to have strops me, in case you had fallen, for certainely else you would not have appointed such a close place as that was to fight in.

For first, on the one side of the Feild there was such high Hedges, broad Ditches, and Woods, that it was in possible to have gotten away, and on the other side, a broad River, that was not passable without a Boat; and by that time we had done fighting, all the Boats were conveyed on the further side of the River, so that in two Miles riding, I could hardly get one to carry me over the Water; although when I came into the Feild, severall Boats were on that side the River we sought on; nay more men that, the way out of the Feild was narrow, and so full of great Trees, and such broad Ditches on both sides of it, as that one man might easily have stayed me; but in case they had mist me there, I had no other way to save my selfe but close to the River side, where I could hardly ride halfe a Mile on either hand, but that I should be necessitated to passe over a Bridge, where two men might easily have stopt me; besides, close to each of the Bridges was a House, where I saw men like Soul­diers: But your saying to my Second, that you did feare the rising of the Boares, or [Page 4] Countrey men, I must confesse did hinder my curiosity of fisting out your Villany then, although I have repented my selfe a thousand times since, that I did not que­stion the Fellowes what they were, for I doe verily beleeve that they were set there by your order, and if you had not had some base designe upon me, why should you entice me into such a Trapp as that was, rather then to give me a meeting in an o­pen Countrey, there being large Heathes farre neerer those villages wee lodged in the night before, then the Feild was the we mett in the next morning, and I am sure a great deale more convenient for fighting a Horseback; and Windsor, if thou were not given to Lying, thou wouldst not deny, but that this is a true description of the place where we sought.

Then let the World judge if the carriage of this action be justifiable in a Man that pretends to have either courage or honour: And indeed I cannot much blame you to refuse reading my Letters, because it seemes you desire not to be put in mind of your basenesse and treachery: Can you forget how you came sneaking into the Field in a white Capp, as if you had been going to the Gallows, and how like a Stinkard, as you are, you refused for to pluck off your Doubler, and that for all your managed Horse, you durst not come within foure or five yards of me, but Carricoled round about me, knowing it your surest play against me, being upon an unready Horse; yet for all this advantage you discharged both your Pistolls at so great a distance from me, that you did neither touch me nor my Horse; howsoever you cannot de­ny, but that both my Pistolls did some execution, for with the first, I shott your Horse through the neck, and with the last I frighted you so (after both your Pistolls were discharged) that you rid close to your Second, as it were for Protection; and indeed I finding my Horse so bad, that I could not with all the Art or Skill I had, come close to you, by reason of the quicke turning too and froe of your Horse's I must ingeniously confesse , that it put me so into passion, that I resolved to venter my Pistoll at you at a distance, which it seemes narrowly mist you and (much con­trary to my intention, or desire) most unfortunately kill'd your Second; which se­riously greives me to the very Soule, that so gallant a Man as he was should suffer, and that such a Foist as you are, should escape.

Besides, when we came to the Sword, you daring not to come up to me, rid still round about me, knowing the great advantage you had of mee, by reason of the goodnesse of your Horse; and indeed I perceiving of it too, clapt Spurrs to my Horse, thinking to come close to you at last, but missing both you and your Horse, by reason of a quick some that he nude, my Horse being very ill mouthed, ranne a­way with me, which advantage you did not neglect, but followed me in the reare; yet at such a distance, that you were not within five or six yards of me; but how­soever, I finding my selfe not able, either to stopp, or turne my Horse, rather then to ride away, flung my selfe out of the Saddle, and falling sidelong on the ground, I instantly stood up againe, with my Sword in my hand, calling severall times to you, My Lord, if you are a gallant Man, light; since my Horse (as you see) is a Jade, and that both you Pistolls and mine are discharged; shew your gallantly if you dare, and let us fight it out a Foote, with our Swords, but you most cowardly re­fused to doe it, although your Second lay bleeding before you, and like a base fellow left the Feild, when your Second was even ready to swound, and had not my Second and I taken care of him, he might instantly have bled to death; so little did you look af­ter him; And for your charging of mee, for bringing Mr Rennolds behind me a Hors­back out of the Feild: My answer to it, is this:

[Page 5]That I did it, first to shew you that I was not so timerous then, as you were; and next because the Boat you brought was almost gone out of sight, besides one of Mr Rennolds ditch Companions, was run away with his Horse, so that not onely in civility, but also in gratitude I was obliged for to doe it; for whilst I was reaching a shirt of my owne for to bind up Leivtenant Colonell Goffs hurt, my Horse slipt the Bridle out of my hand, and run away, and Mr Rennolds brought him to mee againe, so he saving mee from goding a foote, I thought my selfe bound to doe him the like courtesie.

And for my beeing at the mercy of your Horses feete, that is as true as my de­manding my life of you, or your shouting, or your hurting me in the back, which di­verse (that have seene me since we fought) will justifie you a Lyer as well as my selfe; and none but such a Bastandly Rascall as you are, could have the confidence to report so damnable a Lie, there being (as thou knowest it well enough Windsor) not the least tittle of it true.

And as for my taking up your Pistols in the Feild, which afterwards you were afraid to receive out of my hands, although they were uncharged; the reason why I was so civill to you, was the hopes I had thereby to stay you somthing longer in Flanders: but your cunning and your Cowardly disposition together, haltned you for England the very same day we Fought, although it was Sunday, and your poore Second lying desperatly wounded; yet no consideration whatsoever, it seemes, could stay your journey a day, which methinks did shew too pannick a feare in a person that pretends to have so much courage, but the censure of it I shall willingly leave to Gallant men, that shall reade this true Relation of your actions: And for my owne particuler all the injury that I received by your suddaine departure was, that a Servant of mine mist delivering you a Letter, although I sent it the next morning betimes: It is the Letter I meane, that I sent you last into England, which was much to the same effect than this is off, and not farr different from the matter and phrase, yet you were plesed easily to disgest it, and perhaps you may doe this too; but in case you doe it, I shall trouble you no more with my Letters; but I shall (as I have a soule to save) poast you all over Christendome for a lying, cheating, and a treacherous Coward: And doe not thinke that although you have crept into the Title of a Lord, that it shall pre­serve your Reputation; No Thomas Hickman, I shall make thy actions appeare to all the World to be base, and Cowardly, and thou scarce a Gentleman by the Father but rather got by some snivling Groome or other, or else thy courage would not wholly depend (as it doth) upon thy Horse and Horseman ship, and indeede if thou hadst not meane blood in thee, it were impossible to be so unworthy, base, and treacherous as thou hast been in the whole carriage of the difference betwixt thee and mee.

All this thy conscience will tell thee to be most true, then consider with thy selfe, if thou are not one of the unworthiest creatures breathing; and if thou doubts it, come to me, for thou knowest that I dare not for the present come into England, and I will justifie it to thy teeth: Besides, I will (upon my Salvation) give thee faire play for they life, although thou soughtest mine by treachery, yet thou shalt finde that thou hast to doe with a Gentleman that detests soule actions, as much as he doth hate thy Person.

Deceive me once poore Hickman, and prove Gallant; but I feare thee extreamly, for I know thy basenesse farre exceeds thy courage; yet I am come to Callis a pur­pose to try and expect thee, if thou darest come over, I will fight with thee, if not, I will Poast thee, and this is the Resolution of him that resolves to make thee an [Page 6] example to all halfe spirited fellowes of evermore undertaking the Title of a Ladies Champion, Windsor, or Hickman; thou knowest how narrowly once thou escapest my fingers, which makes me doubt thy comming again: I pray thee, if thou hast the blood of a Gentleman, and not altogether of a Mechannick in thee, prove Gallant at last, and let me see thee. I am at Callis where I intend to stay, untill I am assured that thou darst not come over, for shame be not so base and cowardly, as to refuse mee a vifit, the voyage is nothing, it is not above two dayes journey from London, fie, som­mon thy Spirits together, rather then to be Poasted, for (upon my saith) I am re­solved to doe it, and to make thy person, and thy Pintle so ridiculous, that all Gallant men, and Ladies, shall not onely scorne and laugh at thee; but likewise point at thee, as the greatest cheate of courage and Lecherrie that ever was borne, and a leffe re­venge assure thy selfe shall not sastisfie me.

John Griffith.

This Letter (in the presence of diverse Persons of quality) was delivered to the Lord Windsor, by Captaine Francis Marbles, who came purposely of France for to doe it. The Lord Windsor received it, but durst not so resent it, as to send Prince Griffith a Challenge, whereupon Prince Griffith having notice of his Lord­ships meannesse of spirit, did instantly send to Poast him: A just re­ward I assure you, for so counterfeit a courage as the Lord Windsor appeares to have by this action.

O wonderfull! The like to this, was never heard of before, that your so much cryed upp fighting Lord Windsor, should thus prove for to be but a Dwighill Cock at Last: For shame, away with him, away with him, to the Beare-Garden; there he may finde a fit Companion for him to converse withall, and one that relyes also, more upon his Horse and Horsemanship, then upon his Courage.

Finios coronat Opus.

[Page 7]THere is a Pamphlet lately set forth in Print, called the Lord Windsors Vindication, which is so full of untruthes, as that the Rascall that writ it, dares as yell be dam­ned as to owne it so farr, as to subscribe his name to it: By which the World may easi­ly see; how unworthy and Cowardly a person Windsor is, who is forst to support that little honour he has, by bry bing necessious, and Beggarly Pamphlettiers on the one­side, and by maintaining Brothers of the Sword on the otherside to sweare up and downe the Tavernes in London, that the Lord Windsor is a Gallant stout man: When Prince Griffith who is scarce two dayes journey oft this place, defies him dayly, and offers for to prove him both a notorious Lyer, and a Coward to his Teeth, yet Wind­sor dares not goe to Callis, to question him for it: Although it is well knowne that Prince Friffith cannot (for the present) come into England, else I am confident that he would Gudgell his Lordship to some purpose, and if he be so Valiant, and Prince Griffith such a Coward as the Pamphlet describes him to be, why then does not Windsor goe and beate him once againe, it being so easie a thing to doe: It were more (in my opinion) for his Lordships Honour, for to undertake it, then to stand rayling (as he doth) like a Butterqueane behind his adversaries back; which I am confident Prince Griffith would scorne to doe, I meane to word it, had he the same libertie of comming into England, that the Lord Windsor hath of going into France.

Therefore let the World judge, whether it is possible that Windsor can be a Per­son of a reall courage, seeing he doth endure a Poasting so patiently, as not to dare to resent it otherwise, then by hyring some meane fellow another, for to write a scurrilous lying Pamphlet in his Vindication: A poore revenge I assure you for one that pretends to so much gallantry.

Windsor, I pitty thee, for never Fox ( [...]en he was hunted) used more shifts for to save his life, then thou hast done to preserve thy reputation; yet all thy cunning, it seemes, will not serve thy turne, for Prince Griffith is resolved for to Baffle thee quire; and how to prevent it, I know not, unlesse thou will be brought at last for to acknowledge the truth; that is, that thou wilt confesse ingeniously, that thou darst not fight, either with him, or with any body else, unlesse thou art challenged, and then perhaps, thy Horse and Ambuscado, may make thee give a man a meeting in the Feild, which otherwise thou darst not doe.

And Windsor (let me tell thee as a Freind) be not so simple as to thinke, that either Stories or lyes (without fighting againe) will either satisfie the World, or blemish Prince Griffiths Reputation.

No, thou art hugely mistaken, if thou thinkest so, for this is not the first Duell (by halfe a score, or more) that Prince Griffith hath sought, and with as Gallant men as any have been of the English Nation; but I am sure that this is the first, and I doe verily beleeve, that it will be the last Duell that ever you will fight, for I per­ceive (by your shifting and voyding to quarrell with Prince Griffith againe) that he did so frighten you when you sought that you dare not for your hanging looke him any more in the face, so damnable affraid you are of him.

And as for the Pamphletiers saying, that the Lord Windsor gave Prince Griffith his life; no man of Hononr and sense, I am sure, will beleeve, that a man in one breath, shall both beg his life, and defie his Enemie, as Prince Griffith did the Lord Windsor; which the Lord Windsors namelesse Villaine doth acknowledge himselfe in his Pamphlet: And as for Prince Griffiths being unmounted, his Letter will tell you how it came to passe, which you may receive for a truth; nor is it likely that a man [Page 8] can be throwne out of a great Saddle, when neither his Cloathes nor Body was touch­ed, either with the Lord Windsors Sword or hands, as it can be made appeare to this very houre; nor is it credible that Prince Griffith should discharge his Pistoll at Leivtenant Colonell Goff, who was but a slander by, when he had such a Valiant Ad­versary (as the Lord Windsor makes himselfe) for to deale withall.

Gentlemen I shall trouble you with no more particulars for the present, not doubt­ing but that the Lord Windsor, and his Pamphletteirs lying tongues, will betray them sufficiently in the end, and make them both appeare Persons so contemptible, that they deserve hereafter, rather the scorne, then the anger of any Gallant Man; For what greater basenesse can there be in any man, then to endeavour to injure a Person of so much honour (as Prince Griffith is) by lying, as Windsor hath done, when he hath not the courage for to looke Prince Griffith in the face.

I need not, I beleeve, forbid Gentlemen for to take heed of so horrid a Calum­niator as Windsor is, who you may perceive hath so utterly lost the sense of Honour, that he is now become a fit Companion onely for the Hangman; therefore, Take him Derrick, Take him Derrick: I am sure thou hast the consent of all honest and Gallant Men, and especially mine:

Francis Marbles.

This Paper had been published sooner, had it not been preven­ted at the Presse, by three eminent Knaves; The Lord Windsor, the Knave of Clubs, and the Knave of Spades; which two last, are resolved not to hate his Lordship an ace, either for Courage or Ho­nesty. I beleeve old Hickman, Windsors Father, got them all three, for they doe resemble one another extreamely, in Humour, Con­dition, and Gallantry.

FINIS.

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