chapter  3
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Court patronage networks

On April 24, 1623, Lucy Harrington, Countess of Bedford, wrote to Sir Dudley Carleton, the English Ambassador to the Low Countries, that she had transmitted his letters to the Duke of Lennox, the king’s longtime Scottish friend and member of the Privy Chamber, and the Earl of Pembroke, the Lord Chamberlain, who was with the countess when Carleton’s despatches arrived. She then turned to the burning question of the moment: who would receive the provostship of Eton, a position which Carleton very much coveted.