“Sir Edward Nicholas” by Peter Lely.Unknown date, but author died in 1680.

Sir Edward Nicholas (1593 – 1669) was an English office holder and politician who served as Secretary of State to Charles I and Charles II. He also sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1621 and 1629. He served as secretary to Edward la Zouche and the Duke of Buckingham and became a clerk of the Privy Council. He supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War and accompanied the court into exile, before assuming the post of Secretary of State on the Restoration.

Austin Dobson adds this footnote on Sir Edward:

“Sir Edward Nicholas, 1593-1669, Secretary of State to Charles I. and Charles II., being succeeded by the Earl of Arlington. He had a seat at West Horsley, where he died. See post, under 14th September, 1665).”

Evelyn met John Nicholas – Sir Edward’s eldest son of Sir Edward Nicholas.  in France on 20 April 1644.

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