The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A secret intriguing faction in a State, a name applied to a junto of five ministers of Charles II. in power from 1668 to 1673, the initials of whose names go to make up the word; their names were Clifford, Ashley, Buckingham, Arlington, and Lauderdale; derived from Cabala (q. v .).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Cabal`'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/c/cabal.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.