Cecil Papers: 1576

Pages 136-144

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 13, Addenda. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1915.

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Magdalene College, Cambridge.
1576, Jan. 30. Appointment of Richard Howland, S.T.B., as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, of the foundation of the late Thomas Audley, Lord Audley of Walden, K.G., vacant by the death of Roger Kelke; the presentation being in the Queen's hands by the minority of Thomas Howard, Esq. alias Lord Thomas Howard, heir of the said Lord Audley. Under the seal of the Court of Wards.—30 January, 18 Eliz.
Contemporary copy. Latin. 1 p. (136. 3.)
Hugh Brasier to the Lord Treasurer.
[1575–6, Feb. 25.] Is called before his Lordship for certain causes touching his ship the Sparhawke of Barstaple, respecting transportation of grain. Prays licence to depart home, upon bond.—Undated.
¾ p. (1394.)
Edward Parker to Lord [ ].
1575–6, Feb. 25. Details proceedings taken in respect to the corrupt dealings of the merchants that transported corn out of Devon. Their bribery of the officers of the port, for the passing of grain. Vindicates his own conduct. Before the commission of enquiry sent to Sir Arthur Bassyt and others, William Colliber has confessed the Great Jesus, French and Colliber the Little Jesus, and Hugh Brasier the Sparrowhawk, the three ships now presented before the Commissioners at Biddeford. Prays that Sir John Sellenger may be called to certify the truth.—25 Feb., 1575.
1 p. (1395.)
The Earl of Oxford.
[1575–6, March.] Account of money, 3,761l., paid over to the Earl of Oxford by Mr. Spinola.
In Burghley's hand. 1 p. (146. 12.)
Estimate for the Repair of the Queen's Ships.
1576, April 16. The names and ages of the ships are given, with repairs required and cost. Estimate for completing the ship and bark now on the stocks, and for the repair of the wharves and docks at Portsmouth and Woolwich.—Made Feb. 1, 1576; delivered April 16, 1576.
1 sheet. (202. 129.)
John Flemmyng to the Queen.
1576, May 27. For a lease in reversion of the parsonage of Churchehomborne, Worcester, for his services as Master Gunner at Berwick.—Endorsed, 27 May, 1576.
Note by Thomas Wilson that the Queen grants the petition.— June 2, 1576.
1 p. (1811.)
Sir Martin Frobisher's Voyage.
1576, June 1. "Sea card of Sir Martin Furbisher's voyage." Shows the northern portion of the British Isles, west coast of Norway, and various parts of the Arctic coast.— By W. Borowgh. 1 June, 1576.
Endorsed by Burghley.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 69.)
Thomas Henneage.
1576, June 27. Warrant granting lands by way of exchange to the value of 112l. to Thomas Henneage, Treasurer of the Queen's Chamber.—Manor of Greenwich, 27 June, 1576.
Signed by the Queen.
1 p. (202. 130.)
Thomas Seckford.
1576, July 21. Warrant granting to Thomas Sekford, one of the Masters of the Requests, the rectory and parsonage of Barnes in Thurlaston Whitton or Akenham, Suffolk, late parcel of the possessions of Thomas Wolsey, late Cardinal, and certain lands thereto belonging.—Manor of St. James, 21 July, 1576.
Signed by the Queen.
1 p. (202. 131.)
Humfrey Ferrers to the Lord Treasurer.
1576, July 30. As to the manor of Drayton, Stafford, held by Thomas Robinson, who has mortgaged almost all his fee simple lands to Sir Francis Willoughby. Ferrers asks the Lord Treasurer to deal with Robinson and Willoughby for the manor, and to part with it to him, for which he offers better lands.—Tamworth, July 30 [1576].
1 p. (2400.)
The Earl of Lincoln.
1576, Aug. 3. Survey, and answers to articles, by Richard Bolles and others of lands in Sempringham and Gosberkyrke, alias Gosberton, Lincoln, parcel of the lands of Edward, Earl of Lincoln, apparently formerly belonging to Sempringham Priory.—Aug. 3, 1576.
pp. (2489.)
John Cobham to Lord Burghley.
1576, Sept. 2. I doubt not that Mr. Coudge has made you acquainted with all the prizes which we have taken, or else I would advertise you of them. Ostend has set forth three ships of war. The captains and masters and most part of the mariners are Flemings, yet there are some Englishmen who serve in them as soldiers, as I am sure one Hubberd, and as I learn, one Norton. If I meet with them, let me know what shall be done with them.—Aboard the Aforesight, 2 Sept., 1576.
Holograph. 1 p. (202. 132.)
Tenants of Glastonbury, Somerset, to the Queen.
1576, Nov. 17. Detail their differences with Henry Outryd with respect to their tenures; and pray to have the premises granted to them in their own names.
Note by Thomas Sekford that the Queen grants the suit.— Hampton Court, 17 Nov., 1576.
1 p. (2491.)
William Howlestock, Comptroller of the Navy, to the Same.
1576, Nov. 22. For lease in reversion of the manor of Orset, Essex, in his tenure.
Note by Sir Francis Walsingham that the Queen grants the petition.—22 Nov., 1576.
1 p. (985.)
Andrew Smythe, Clerk of the Bakehouse, to the Same.
1576, Dec. 8. For a lease in reversion. Certificate of his service, signed by Sir F. Knollys and Sir H. Croft.—Undated.
1 p. (1202.)
Warrant, signed, granting Smythe a lease in reversion.
Note by Sir Thomas Sekford in relation to it.—8 Dec., 1576.
11 p. (1202a.)
The "Novo Aviso."
1576. Upon the conclusion of this our declaration, when we had determined to have the same published, there came to our sight a few leaves of paper in Italian, printed at Milan, entituled Nuovo Aviso, directed to the Archbishop of Milan, containing a report of the manner of the expugnation of Antwerp by the Prince of Parma; wherein many circumstances are uttered in advancement of the notable services done therein by the said Prince, the greatness of whose praises therein given we mean not to extenuate, for that we think him for all qualities appertaining to a general governor both for war and peace to be more worthy for the place than ever any whom the King of Spain appointed during these troubles in those countries; and if the like person had been at the beginning the governor there, the country we think had been the more happy, and the King had saved the lives of thousands of his people and many millions of his treasure. But yet we cannot at this time (wherein we meant to publish the justice of our actions intended in those countries and to shew our sincerity in all our proceedings), pass over with silence certain most false, slanderous and improbable reports against us in this new advice, tending to have the world believe that there were some persons procured to be corrupted with great promises and with our intelligence that the life of the Prince should be taken away.
But to make this act more odious against us, which needed not, there is inserted in another place of this writing amongst many things untruly said of us another notable untruth that we have recompensed the King of Spain many ways with unkindness, for that when he was married to our sister he saved us from death being by sentence justly adjudged thereto.
Now these two untruths, whereof the former is horrible and detestable to be imagined against us, being a lady and queen of so long time of a reign in honour, the other also most untrue yet such as might be by some person of ignorance without malice reported; we are to refer them for the best trial in the world (next after the judgment of God in whose sight, not only the falsehood of these reports but also the malice of the devisers and reporters is manifest), to the consciences and honours of the parties whom the same concerneth, that is for the first to the Prince of Parma, and as to the second the King of Spain.
The Queen then explicitly denies the truth of both these charges.
Note at the head by Burghley: This is to be added to the declaration.
8 pp. Draft corrected by Burghley.
[Cf. Calendar of Cecil MSS., Part II, p. 144, No. 429, which is printed in extenso by Murdin, pp. 294–296.]
Enclosed in the above is a paper headed "Additions by his Majesty to this Proclamation," but not apparently referring in any way to the same matter. The additions, two in number, are to restrain persons trafficking within the dominions of the Great Turk from buying in by-creeks or private ports, especially where Croseman commands, who is friend neither to Christians nor Turks.
½ p. (138. 155.)
"Arguments to Maintain the Bishop of Cologne's Marriage Lawful."
[c. 1576.] Though it is thought by some that the Elector of Cologne, through his marriage, has relinquished his right, under the law of the Empire, the experience of many others proves the contrary. The following cases are cited, with particulars: the eldest son of the Elector of Brandenbourg, who is Archbishop of Magdebourg and Halle, and Primate of Germany: the eldest son of the Duc Jules de Brunswick, who is Bishop of Halberstadt and Minden: the Archbishop of Breme, who is Bishop of Osnabruck and Padelborn: and the Bishop of Lubec and Verde. The Elector of Saxe holds four bishoprics: the Elector of Brandenburg as many or more: the Dukes of Meckelbourg two: and those of Pomeranie some. "Et n'y a Prince en Allemagne, qui ne se soit accommodé de ce qui lui estoit commode; et cependant un seul n'est prest pour plairre á l'Empereur ou á l'Evesque du Liege, et assouvir son ambition de lui quitter leurs Eveschés, mais bien de les conserver et ayder ledict Electeur."— Undated.
Endorsed as above.
French. ½ p. (186. 14.)
Robert Jones.
Unsigned warrant granting to Robert Jones, one of the ordinary yeomen of the guard, lease in reversion to the yearly value of 14l. Memorandum on the matter.—1576.
2 papers. (202. 133,4.)
The Cecil Family.
1576. Pedigree of the Cecil family and alliance with the Bassets.
Notes by Burghley.—1576.
1 sheet. (202. 135.)
The Holy League.
[1576.] "Abregé d'un discours secret entre Sa Sancteté et aucuns de ses confidens apres le depart de Monsieur Frere du Roi de la Cour, trouvé entre les papiers de David, avocat au Parlement de Paris, pour la confirmation duquel il alla á Rome apres la paix de May, 1576, auquel voyage il est mort."
Describes the formation of the Holy League.—Undated.
7 pp. (246. 97.)
Roger Tanner to the Queen.
[1576.] For his military services, prays lease in reversion of lands in Colsworth [Colsterworth], co. Lincoln.— Undated.
Note by Valentine Dale that as petitioner's services have been commended by the Earl of Warwick and the Earl of Leicester, the Queen grants the suit, on terms.
1 p. (498.)
Chronology of Events in the Life of Lord Burghley, etc.
1576. "A Table collected of the yeares of oure Lorde God, and of the yeares of the Kynges of Englande, from the fyrst yeare of William Conquerour. Londini, 1561. Imprinted by John Waley."
The above contains many MS. notes by Burghley, beginning at A.D. 1100. Among them the following:—
1521, Sept. 13. Ego Gul. Cecill natus sum inter 3 et 4 pt. meridiem. Apd. Burn.
1522, May 25. Charl. Emperor 1 [ ] at Dover.
1523 (? June) 15. K. of Denmark at Dover.
1525, Mutyno in Suffolk.
1526, Aug. 25. Mildreda Coke nat.
1533, Sept. 7. Elizab. fil H. 8 nat 7 hora 3 minut.
1534, Oct. Co: Wyltsh: L. Prive Seale.
1535, May. Ego W. Cecill, veni Cantabrigiam.
1535, June 21. Jo. Fisher decollat.
Tumult. Lundinensis.
1535, Oct. David Cecill avus meus obiit.
1536–7, Feb. 20. Tho. Fitzgav. 5 pat[ ]ri decollati.
1538–9, March 3. Sr Nich. Car. behe[ ].
1541, May 6. Gul. Cec. venit ad Grayes Inne.
1541, Aug. 5. K. H. 8 was at Colly Weston and Stamford.
1541, Aug. 8. Duxi Mar. Chiek in uxore.
1542, May 5. Tho. Cecill nat. Cantabrig.
1542–3, Feb. 22. Maria Cecill uxor. mort. est.
1546. Laboravi febri apud Grayes In.
1546, Dec. 21. Duxi uxor Mi[ldred].
1547, April. [ ]ric. Grey filius [ ] is D. Grey natus.
1547, May. Hoc mense veni in edes Ducis. Somr.
1547, Aug. In Scotia plin. Musselburg.
1547–8, March 20. L. Semar beheded.
1548, July. Sr Tho. Smyth, Mr. Cary, Mr. Chamberlayn at Bruxells.
1548, Oct. In custo. D. Rych. apud St. Bartel'm in turrim ductus.
1549, July 12. Natus Edward fili Henr. comit. Rutland.
1549, Sep. Collat. in offic. Secretarii. una cum Do. Petre per cessionem Doct. Wotton.
1550, April 12. Edw. Co. Oxon natus.
1550, Sept. 5. Apud Otlands W. Cecill admiss. Secret. in loco D. Wotton.
1552–3, March 22. Ricard. Cecill sepult. in ecclesia St. Margar. Westmonast.
1553–4, March 18. Nat. est Franciscus fil H. Gall. regis.
1554, April 6. Nata est Francisca filia et statim moritur.
1554, Nov. I passed over to Bruxells with the L. Pagett and Sir Edw. Hastyngs to the Cardynall.
1555, May 16. I passed over to Callise with the Cardynall, L. Arundell, L. Pagett.
1555, Sept. Nupta est soror mea Elizab. Ro. Wynfeld.
1555–6, March 5. At Redgrave in Suffolk.
1556, July. Sr Jhon Chek submitted hymself at London.
1556, Dec. 5. Inter hor. 11 et 12 noct. nata est Anna Cecill.
1559, Oct. Ob. apud Chanonrow Gulielm. Cecill filius meus; vixit tantum 6 horis.
1560, May 27. I had a fitt of an agew.
1560, May 28. I tooke my jornay towards Scotland.
1560, June. At edenburgh.
1560, July. Pax conclusa.
1560, July. My jornay to [? S]tarling.
1560, Ju[ne] 19. At Barwyk.
1560, July 9. At London.
1560, Aug. 13. The Q. was at Sowthampton.
1561, May. W. Cecill fil. meus natus qui obiit ap. Wymbleton.
1563, June 1. Robert Cecill filius me[us] natus.
1563, Sept. 17. Henry Earl of Rutland di[ ].
1564, July 1. Inter horam 7 et 8 vespe. Elizab. Cecill filia mea nata.
1566 (? June). Progress to Collyweston.
1566, June 19. Was born James at Edenburgh inter horam 10 et 11 matutino.
1566–7, Jan. 11. Gul. Cecill fil. Tho. Cecill nat.
1568–9, Jan. 4 executed at Edenburg for the m[urder] of the L. Drly [Darnley].
1567–8, March 8. Lucia Cecill fil. Thomae nata.
1569, June 11. Mildreda Cecil fil. Thome Cecill nata.
1570, Sept. 26. W. Ce. and Sir Wal. Mild. sent to the Q. of S.
1572, July. The Q. Maty. at Thebalds.
1572, July 15. W. Cecill admiss. Thesar. Angl.
1575, May 24. The Q. Maty. [at] Thebalds usque ad 6 June.
1575, July 2. Elizab. Veere filia Edw. Co. Oxon et Anne uxoris nata.
1576, April 20. Co. Oxon rersus in Angliam.
(334. 2.)
Chronology of English Affairs.
1560–1576. Collection of English affairs from 1560 to Feb., 1575–6. The entries largely concern the projects of marriage of the Queen.
Endorsed by Burghley: "Collectio Anglia ab anno 1558 ad ult. Martii, 1578–79," so that there are probably some leaves now missing from the original document.
In Burghley's hand. 4 pp.
This is not the diary printed by Murdin, pp. 747, sqq. though most of the entries appear in it. The few following entries may be noted:—
1570–1, March 24. Mr. Walsyngham is directed how to answer the K. and Q. mother upon the propounded marriage of Monsr. Danjou, reported by my L. of Buckhurst.
1572, Aug. 24. The massacre at Paris.
1572, Nov. 21. Mr. Walsyngham commendith hither Monsieur Malvosyn.
1572, Nov. 26. Mr. Walsyngham reporteth the earnestness of the Fr. K. amity.
Nota.—That Rochell was not yet besieged. Cardin. Ursino was at Paris 23 November.
1572–3, March 6. D. of Alanson sent Chasteauneuf to the Q. Maty. with his letters shewing himself sorry that he was not at the Court when the Earl of Worcester was there, renewing his suit to her Maty.
1573, March 26. The D. of Alanson writeth that he was constrained to go with his brother the D. of Anjou to the camp at Rochell whereby he could not see the Earl of Worcester, for whom he tarried until the 6 of January.
1573, April 26. The Q. Mother writeth to her Maty. from Fontenbleaw of her son's desire to come to England to see her Maty.
1573, May 21. The Q. Maty. writeth answer to the Q. Mother and to the D. of Alanson to their letters above written that she would be resolved whether if Monsr. should come and not speed it should be taken for dishonour to her.
1573, June. Edw. Horss. sent to France to shew causes why the Q. Maty. could not resolve presently to admit Monsr. to come as it was propounded after that Rochell should be taken, a condition very unpleasant to the realm. He also advertised the causes why her Maty. gave aid to the taking of Edenb. Castle.
1575–6, Feb. 2. Monsr. La Mot Fenelon and La Porta had their answer at Hampton Court that whilst the troubles continue between the K. and his brother, it is not conv[enient] for her Maty. to give safe conduct for Mons.
(140. 4.)
The Earl of Oxford.
1574 to 1576. An account of the Earl of Oxford's proceedings from 29 July to 5 Aug., 1574, and from 16 Sept., 1574, to 3 Jan. 1575–6, apparently drawn up with reference to the paternity of the Countess of Oxford's child. Concludes: "He confessed to my Lord Haward that he lay not with his wife but at Hampton Court, and that then the child could not be his because the child was born in July, which was not the space of twelve (sic) months."
Endorsed: Earl of Oxford's journey, 1574–1575.
In Burghley's handwriting. 2¼ pp. (140. 15(2).)
List of Names.
1576. Long list of names headed "Ex parte Sinistra." Commences, Maximilianus Romanorum Rex, ends, Charles Howard de Effingham, 1576.
Some of the names are marked "premier foundeur."
[? Members of some Order.]
Endorsed by Lord Burghley: "A manu Sinistra."
2 pp. (141. 122.)
Family of Ferdinand I.
[1564–1576.] Table of the Children of the Emperor Ferdinand I; being Maximilian II, now Emperor, and others.
Endorsed by Burghley. 1 p. (141. 34.)
Sir Valentine Browne to the Queen.
[1576 or later.] For discharge of his accounts of his late offices at Berwick.—Undated.
½ p. (1500.)
Sir Robert Constable, Marshal of Berwick, to the Same.
1576–7, Jan. 11. For a lease in reversion of Owerton Grange, co. York, parcel of the possessions of the late monastery of St. Mary in York.
Note by Sir Francis Walsingham that the Queen grants the suit.—Jan. 11, 1576.
½ p. (2490.)