Wisdom of the Early Moderns: Don’t piss off your relatives
Advertisement in the Flying Post newspaper of June 2-4, 1702 O.S.
“Whereas one John Clark, aged 21 Years, went away clandestinly from his Relations in London, having imbezzel’d some valuable Goods of theirs, and has sculk’d ever since August last about Exeter, Plymouth, Tavistoke, Barnstable, and other Parts in the West, leading a vagrant and inaccountable Life: His said Relations, who have always found him incorrigible, desire that the said John Clark may be compelled to serve Her Majesty at Sea, he having been already several Voyages, and fit to serve only in Sea Affairs.”
Now that’s what you call an intervention. Note as well the skulking reference.