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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|George Byrkett, Schoolmaster, to Lord Burghley.|
|1581–2, Jan. 13.||
Details his dealings with the governors
of the school at Hoddesdon, Herts, who have discharged
him, informing him that their corporation has ceased, and
the school must no more be a free shcool, without a new
erection. Prays for a lease of the schoolhouse and grounds.
Endorsed: 13 January, 1581. ½ p. (2358.)
|The Queen to the King of Scotland.|
|[1581–2, Jan. 19 ?]||
"My dear brother. Though the
hearing of your most dangerous peril be that thing that I
most reverently render my most lowly thanks to God that
you by his mighty hand have escaped, yet hath it been no
other hazard than such as both hath been foreseen and foretold,
but Cassandra was never credited till the mishap was rather
chanced than was prevented. The poor man who against his
will was intercepted with all such epistles as traitors sent
and received was for reward put to the boots, so little was
anything regarded that proceeded from your best friend.
And yet the matter made too apparent ere many days after
through the traitorous assembly of your evident rebels that
with banner displayed came against you in the field. These
were the Calendes of this late attempt. I know not what to
write so little do I like to lose labour in vain; for, if I saw
counsel avail or aught pursued in due time or season, I should
think my time fortunately spent to make you reap the due
fruit of right opportunity. But I see you have no luck to
help your estate nor to assure you from treasons leisure.
You give too much respite to rid your harm and short others'
haste. Well, I will pray for you that God will unseal your
eyes that too long have been shut, and do require you think
that none shall more joy thereat than myself that most, I am
sure, grieves the contrary. Aston hath told me some of
your requests, to which I have made so reasonable answer
as in reason may well content. Praying God to defend you
from all mishap or treason, your most assured loving sister
and cousin, Elizabeth."
Endorsed: "19 of January, 1581. Copy of her Majesty's letter to ye king of Scotts by Mr. Ashton." 1 p. (133. 139.)
|Knole and Black Hall.|
|1581–2, Jan. 20.||
Mr. Bosevile's answer to Mr. John
Lennard's information. The lands in question in the cause
are the manors of Knowle and Blackhall, woods in Whitley,
and the manor and parsonage of Seven Oaks.
Endorsed: January 20, 1581. 1 p. (2430.)
Privy seal mitigating the extremity of bonds
taken before the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
5 pp. Draft. (142. 58.)
|Lord Burghley's Debts.|
|1582, April 11.||
Account of debts of Lord Burghley,
domestic and for works at Theobalds.
Endorsed by Burghley. 3 pp. (143. 58.)
|Sir William Dansell.|
|1582, June 16.||
Account of the executors of Sir William
Dansell, late Receiver General of the Court of Wards, from
September 29, 1581, to June 16, 1582, the date of his death.
3 pp. (2420.)
|Sir Christopher Hatton.|
|1582, July 12.||
Warrant by the Queen granting to Sir
Christopher Hatton, Vice Chamberlain, chantry lands and
tithes to the value of 100 marks yearly; also the manor of
Little Weldon, Northampton.—Nonsuch, 12 July, 1582.
Signed by the Queen. Endorsed by Burghley. Seal. Parchment 1 p. (216. 5.)
|Dr. Andrew Perne, Master of Peterhouse, to Lord Burghley.|
|1582, Aug. 7.||
Thanks for excusing them to her Majesty
for not receiving Mr. Rushbroke's son as fellow of Peterhouse,
in which is never a fellowship void and there are three or four
more fellows than their revenues can sustain. They have
no more revenue now for maintenance of their fellows than
they had three hundred years past, and the ordinary charge
of the commons of one fellow is as much as two at those days.
When he came to Peterhouse as Master he found but three actual
fellows and two probationer fellows, the College being 40 marks
in debt, as the Earl of Worcester and Drs. Bell, Larkyn, Binge,
Nicolls and Howland know; yet have they received of late
by her Majesty's commandment and Burghley's dispensation
three more than they could maintain, as Mr. Rushbroke
now plainly understands. If any fellowship were void their
statutes require them to have half their fellows of the south
and half of the north for avoiding factions, which at this day
begin to increase in the University; and having now
15 fellows, not past three are of the north country, the rest being
of the south, as this man is. Finally they are bound in election
of fellows to prefer such as be Bible clerks of the house and of
the poorest and worthiest; this Rushbroke is neither of
the foundation nor equal in learning nor so poor as divers
of their Bible clerks and who are of the north country. If
he will not stand their patron for free elections according
to their statutes and her Majesty's gracious inclination,
learning, order and obedience will shortly decay in Cambridge,
for they will not care for those against whose authority they
come into the College. For any lewd member of the
University that shall make disturbance for Mr. Swale's
pretensed and void nomination to the proctorship or call
Burghley's beneficial authority for maintenance of the whole
University into controversy, he shall be by justice
repressed at home or sent up to him immediately.—From
Peterhouse in Cambridge, 7 August, 1582.
1 p. (136. 20.)
|Dr. Andrew Perne and Dr. Henry Hervy to Lord Burghley.|
|1582, Aug. 7.||
Whereas Mr. Dr. Barow, reader in the
University of Cambridge these 10 years of the divinity lecture
founded by my Lady Margaret, and of other lectures in the
Hebrew tongue in divers of the Colleges, is desirous to repair
into his country into France and to return before Michaelmas
next; we desire you to grant him licence to accomplish the
journey quietly, who is made a free denizen already.—
Cambridge, 7 August, 1582.
Signed. ½ p. (136. 21.)
|John Johnson to the Same.|
|1582, Aug. 9.||
The taking of the town of Lyer in Brabant
by the King of Spain causes the Merchants Adventurers
to think their goods in Antwerp to be in great danger, and
they devise to have their goods in more safety, and to change
their trade to some other town. Also the merchants of the
Staple are in some fear of their goods at Bruges. Urges
the removal of the marts and staple of cloth to England.—
London, 9 August, 1582.
1 p. (203. 36.)
|Wyllm. Cycyll to the Lord Treasurer.|
|1582, Aug. 12.||
As to his lease from the Bishop of Hereford
of land in the manors of Colwall and Eastnor, Hereford. Asks
whether he may enjoy that lease by law, the mine being but
only of tin: or whether he might be partaker with such others
as Burghley think good, by grant from the Queen, if any
part thereof should fall out hereafter to be "mettall reall."—
Alterennys, 12 August, 1582.
Signed. 1 p. (203. 37.)
|The King of France to the Queen.|
|[1582,] Aug. 12–22.||
If it is true that you are attacked,
as the rumour goes, I offer you my person, my kingdom and
all that depends on it, for I have nothing so dear that I would
not expose willingly for my dear sister's service as for my
own. I beg you take this assurance from me and look
for the effecting of it if you have need. But it does not seem
generally that those who make so much stir and threaten
from so far off do great deeds or have the means to carry
out such a plot against a Queen who is so powerful, vigilant,
honoured and beloved by a brave people as you are. The
enterprise would be more rash than well considered and
repentance would soon follow on the sin. Nevertheless you
should neglect nothing on your side as I will not on mine.
Perhaps they think that the employment of your best troops
and captains in Ireland at the present moment leaves you
without means of defence and they hope to find persons in
your realm to offer them a helping hand. I am assured that
you well know how to remedy all that and I hope to take good
order that they draw no forces or assistance from my realm.
This my ambassador will tell you.—Le xxijme Aout à Bloys.
Endorsed: 22 August new style. French King to her Majesty. Signed. Seals. 2 pp. (133. 23.)
|Dr. Hector Nunez to the Lord Treasurer.|
|1582, Aug. 13.||
I send you enclosed such news as I have
received by way of Flanders concerning the matters of my
country. This day one told me in the Exchange that King
Antoney was in Viana, but I believe it is untrue, because
I spoke with one man which came thence the 10th day of
last month, and there was no such matter, and all the country
was quiet.—From my house, 13 August, 1582.
Signed. ¼ p. (203. 38.)
|Thomas Holcrofte to Lord Burghley.|
|1582, Aug. 17.||
I enclose copy of the letters patent of
25 Henry VIII, granting to the inhabitants of Westminster
the waste water from the conduit there. Although you
commanded the sergeant plumber that they should have
the said water, yet it is detained from them. They, being
informed that one Kydd, servant to Mr. Knyvett, was the
cause, requested Knyvett to order his man that they should
enjoy it. Knyvett answered that the fault was in the
sergeant plumber. After it was alleged that Mr. John
Dorrington, having charge in the Star Chamber and the
Exchequer, was some cause. Upon Wednesday last I chanced
to have them all three together, when one accused the other,
but the inhabitants remain still without the water. It is
probable that since the grant the inhabitants have had great
store of waste water, the Court being at Westminster, and
now the Court is absent they cannot enjoy it. It is said
there be many quills drawn out of the main pipe into many
private men's houses. They pray you to take order that
they may enjoy the water, for the want thereof may be
cause that the infection will grow.—Westminster, 17 August,
Signed. Endorsed: The bailiff of Westminster. 1 p. (203. 39.)
|William Sutton to Lord Burghley.|
|1582, Aug. 24.||
Attended the Council to deliver his revelation of abuses committed against the glory of God, the profit
of the Queen, and the commodity and fame of the country,
but was deferred. Prays consideration of his book of
discourse and his petition and suit.
Endorsed: 24 August, 1582. 1 p. (1821.)
|The Queen of Navarre.|
|[1582,]? Aug.||"The copy of the Duchesse Dusseysys letter sent to the Queen of Navarre taken out of the original.|
|Ma belle royne Je ne peu pas partyr d'iste vylle come je pensoys estent ycy areste a boune occasyon per le desyre que jay de voyer mon sharbonyer.|
|Je vous lenvoye le response de Papa [side note: Chamvallon] che je veu cheus le Chappell des Oursyns le quell se marrye demayn, mes non pas pour aymer (fn. 1) Mestre haunse car il sera tout jours vostre vallet ne veulyent oublyer le hereux journe de Tours, ou fu fest la fabrique de ceste hereux Prynce, Je me suys enforme sence ryen nommer, et trouve que le fames peuvent porter plus que dix moyes, tellement que de venyr a boune counte il n'a dire que quatorse jours. Je vous bayse le maynes ma belle royne, vous estes l'ame de mon ame.|
|Madame Duchesse du Sessys mynyon whome she termethe Charbonyer for his blacke complexyon is le seur de Barro a foloer of Monsr de Pernons.|
The Quene of Navarre parted from the kynge her husbande
from Montroyel Bovyn 6 leages beyonde Potyers the foretene
of Apryll, 1582.
The yownge chyldren in ther infansy are here in fraunse taught to caule ther fathers Papa.
Ther was no date to the lettar nor other subscripsyon then those above wrytten zyphers."
Endorsed: "The Duchess of Sessys letter to the Q. of Navarre." Δη μαδαμε δ'ευζι 1 p. (203. 52.)
|1582, Sept. 4.||Answer of Samuel Cottesford, preacher of the Word at Dedhinghurst, to the accusations before the Council, of Dr. Walker, Archdeacon in Essex.|
|The charges are refusal to wear the surplice, non-observation of the book of common prayer, and that he is excommunicate. He denies the two first accusations. As to the third, he details the circumstances under which he was unjustly excommunicated "ex officio, as they call it," of which excommunication he was cleared by Dr. Walker himself.|
There follows an article ministered by Cottesford against
Walker. That one Foster's wife, suspected to be a harlot,
being presented by the churchwardens to Dr. Walker's court,
she came home and vaunted that she could go to the court
and in the parlour secretly by them for five shillings could be
released.—4 September, 1582.
1 p. (203. 50.)
|The Garrisons in Ireland.|
Particular book of the whole garrisons of
Ireland by the muster master, April, 1579, to September,
Notes by Lord Burghley. 32 pp. (142. 66.)
|William Pitt to Lord Burghley.|
Prays for order to compel Robert Courtney (fn. 2)
to sell to him his lease in reversion of the demesne lands of
Leinthall Erles, Hereford, and two closes, of which petitioner
¾ p. (1792.)
|Sir Christopher Hatton to de Marchaumont.|
|[1582 ? Sept.]||
The Vice-Chamberlain who proposes to
send twelve of his servants to his nephew Mr. William Hatton,
now in France, to enter the service of the Duke of Anjou
in the present expedition of Cambrai, desires Marchemonte's
letters of recommendation for them to the governors of
Boulogne (Bologna) and of other places where they will pass
to reach the said Mr. Hatton. Mr. John (Gioan) Tirrell is
their leader and they have twelve horses, four jennets or as
many geldings, armour for fourteen men at arms, saddles,
pistols and other necessary furniture for the said number
with their servants and baggage.—Undated.
Endorsed: "Memoriale del S[en]or Vicechamberlano."
Italian. ½ p. (203. 41.)
(See Calendar of Cecil MSS. Part II. No. 1211.)
|George Gardiner [Archdeacon of Norwich] to the Lord Treasurer.|
|1582, Oct. 2.||
In reply to a commission directed to Sir
William Buttes, Sir Drue Drury, the writer, and others, for
the true understanding what became of the goods of
Dr. Parkhurst, late Bishop of Norwich. Details of various
payments made. They have conferred with the present
Bishop and the executors which way so good a will of so godly
a man might be performed. The Bishop is contented to
deliver to the town of Gylford all those books bequeathed
them in the will, sold to him before by the executors,
and delivered as part of his money; and also to pay further
towards the performance of the will what the commissioners
shall set down.
Conditions required by the executors for their discharge.— Norwich, 2 October, 1582.
Signed. 1 p. (203. 42.)
|Tho. Fanshaw to Lord Burghley.|
|1582, Oct. 10.||
In answer to your letter concerning Bishop
Parkhurst's executors, I enclose copy of the order taken upon
the hearing of the matter in the Exchequer Chamber. Where
they require to be discharged of all encumbrances that may
happen more than the payment of his legacies, I see not how
that can be granted, for his debts are not certainly known,
other than those due to the Queen. I have made search
in my office and find nothing due, and have sent the party
to the office of First Fruits and Tenths, whence he will bring
to you a certificate of his debts there. I will do my best
for the preservation of the town of Ware, according to your
pleasure.—Warwick Lane, 10 October, 1582.
Holograph. Endorsed: The suit of the executors of the late B. of Norwich. 1 p. (203. 43.)
|Lord North to the Same.|
|1582, Oct. 16.||
This night being at Mr. High Sheriff's
at Babram, with many of the gentlemen of this shire, word
was brought me that Sir Thomas Rivet died this morning.
I am persuaded he has been dead this 2 days, which my Lady
hath kept close, meaning to make friends to you for her
daughter, whom she and her friends give out to be in her
fourteenth year. But I am credibly informed that she entered
into her thirteenth year at Whit Sunday last. She shall
have a notable living. The maiden is well to be liked. Forego
not this occasion. I have known but few such fall in my time.
Get her into your possession: dispute of her age after: and
in the meanwhile persuade the maid. I am ready to do you
any service. I must relinquish my suit touching the elder
sister because she (is) past wardship.—Babram, 16 October.
Endorsed by Burghley: 1582. Holograph. 1 p. (203. 44.)
|Gabriell Goodman to the Lord Treasurer.|
|1582, Oct. 22.||
Is very sorry that the danger of sickness
is so great in Westminster that the terms may not be kept
there, specially for his poor neighbours' sakes, whose living
stands much thereby. Must acknowledge the same to be
God's just judgment for sins. More now come to the church to
divine service than was wont to do in the time of health. There
has been good order sought to be kept in Westminster,
specially of late, by Mr. Bailiff and some others, and that
notwithstanding the sickness is greatly dispersed, and one
is suspected to have departed of the sickness within the Close
of Westminster, out of a prebendary's house. Here at
Cheswick, both he and some of the prebendaries, and all their
scholars and family, have and do remain in good health and
safety, and this whole town has been and is so as yet.—
Cheswick, 22 October, 1582.
Holograph. Endorsed: Dean of Westminster. 1 p. (199. 6.)
|Edward, Lord Zouche to Lord Burghley.|
|1582, Oct. 26.||
For a lease of the impropriation of Brayfeld,
which lies within one of his (Zouche's) towns, adjoining a little
house he has made.—Houghton Parva, 26 October, 1582.
Signed. 1 p. (203. 45.)
List of wood sales made by Henry Hawthorne
by warrants from the Lord Treasurer, Sir Walter Mildmay,
the Lord Chief Baron, Mr. Baron Shutte, and Mr. Baron
Sotherton. Includes grants to Lord Leicester and Sir G.
Carey and 23 trees for Windsor Castle in 1577. As to spoils
of the Queen's woods.—Undated.
Endorsed: October, 1582. 2 sheets. (132. 10.)
|1582 [? Oct.].||
Plot of Lord Burghley's lodgings at
Her[tford] Castle. With list of persons to be lodged there;
Maynard, and Arundel, Cope, Arundel, Crofts, Smyth, Mount,
Phillipps, Coppy and Smyth, Mason, Owen, Styleman, Bradshaw and servants.—Undated.
Endorsed: 1582. 1½ p. (203. 46.)
|Thomas Stedman to the Lord Treasurer.|
Is presented a trespasser for cutting wood
in the Queen's manor of Sonning. The wood was delivered
to him for Jone Brisco, by the Lord Treasurer's command.
Prays to be discharged from the damage.
Endorsed: October, 1582. 1 p. (1719.)
|Farmers of the Parsonage of Burgh by Sands, Cumberland, to the Same.|
Their suit for the renewal of their lease is
opposed by one of their neighbours, who pretends a general
wrong thereby to the parish. Detail their claims to the tithe,
and their services in providing horses for the Border, and
answer the charges made by their opponent. If the tithe
be taken from them, a great decay would be made in one
great part of the west marsh, the inhabitants of Burgh lying
upon the very frontier, and being the best defence of one
side of the whole county from Carlisle.
Endorsed: October, 1582. 1 p. (2005.)
|Dr. John Bell to Lord Burghley, Chancellor of Cambridge University.|
|1582, Nov. 6.||
The University has elected him Vicechancellor for the year following: will acquaint Burghley
from time to time with University affairs, and hopes for
his counsel and assistance in all matters of importance.—
Jesus College, 6 November, 1582.
½ p. (136. 22.)
|Inhabitants of Bury St. Edmunds to the Same.|
|1582, Nov. 6.||
In behalf of their preacher, Mr. Handsone.
He had incurred the enmity of a few infamous persons, and
rather than trouble any man, he took his leave of them;
but being sent for again by general consent, he will not
execute his office till he may make account of more peace.
Pray that the disturbers may be examined.—Bury, 6 November,
147 signatures at foot, commencing Thomas Badbie, Esq.
1 p. Mutilated by damp. (2074.)
|Lord Howard of Effingham.|
|1582, Nov. 7.||
Livery of Charles Lord Howard, Baron of
Effingham after his mother's death. Particular of the lands
given. Total fine 58l. 3s. 6d. "This fine was stalled, but
no bonds put in nor the livery any further prosecuted."—
7 November, 1582.
Endorsed by Burghley. 2 pp. (2399.)
|William Tyrwhyt to Lord Burghley.|
|1582, Nov. 8.||
For further extension of his term of liberty.—
8 November, 1582.
½ p. (1946.)
|Richard Tremayne to the Same.|
|1582, Nov. 8.||
Speaks of his former obligation to Burghley,
in being the best means to the Queen for placing him in "this
church." As to the wardship and lands of his late brother's
orphan, the bearer William Samuell, his sister's husband,
is thought meetest to attend Burghley for his direction. Prays
Burghley's help to Samuell to procure the feodaryship of
Cornwall.—Exeter, 8 November, 1582.
1 p. (1960.)
|The Queen's Tenants in the Barony of Kendall, Westmoreland, to Lord Burghley.|
|1582, Nov. 12.||
The controversy between them and
William Fleming, respecting the tithe of their lambs, and the
pasture upon the wastes in Grismyre, (fn. 3) was referred to divers
gentlemen of the county, with Sir Thomas Bointon, Deputy
Steward of the Barony, for umpire. Through the death of
Bointon the matter is not settled. They pray Burghley either to
hear the cause himself, or direct a commission to order the matter.
Endorsed: 12 November, 1582. 1 p. (2065.)
|Gilbert and Isabel Mudde to the Same.|
|1582, Nov. 14.||
As to lands in the lordship of East Wytton,
Yorks, devised to Isabel by her father Ralph Smytheson,
and kept from her by Adam Askewith. Complain that
Mr. Dolman refuses to execute a warrant giving her possession,
and prays for order therein.
Endorsed: 14 November, 1582. 2 pp. (1853.)
|Toby Houghton to the Same.|
|1582, Nov. 20.||Encloses copy of certificate of wood sales agreed upon this year within the office of Morehey; whence it appears that the Earl of Bedford is misinformed that he (Houghton) procured warrant for any wood sale there, without the patent of his Lordship's officers there, and others her Majesty's officers.|
|Copy of certificate follows: given at the Queen's Swanmote Court held 17 Sept., 1582, at her manor of Cliff, Northampton, relating to the woods of the Forest of Rockingham.|
Mr. Tradwey, one of Lord Bedford's keepers, gave out that
his master should procure stay of the same, notwithstanding
the certificate.—20 November, 1582.
Holograph. Endorsed: Fall of wood appointed in Morehey, Forest of Rockingham. 1 p. (132. 14.)
|Earl of Lincoln to the Same.|
|1582, Nov. 20.||
Of the contention between Mr. Thorald and
Mr. Arthur Hall. As Burghley wishes the examination of
the matter to be committed to some gentlemen of that
country, if he will name some indifferent gentlemen Lincoln
will willingly consent to such: for he thinks it not meet for
him to deal in the matter as Mr. Thorald is steward there
under him.—Pirforde, 20 November, 1582.
Signed. ½ p. (203. 47.)
|1582, Nov. 21.||
Copy of the pardon for the Lady Sharington's intrusion.—November 21, 25 Eliz.
4 pp. (141. 129.)
|John Butler, of Bicester, Oxon, to Lord [? Burghley].|
|1582, Nov. 21.||
Was indicted for absenting himself from
divine worship, and judgment was given against him for 60l.
Details transactions between him and Edward Denton,
then high sheriff of Oxon, who had the process for levying
his fine. Prays for restitution of 60l. forcibly taken from
him by Denton.—21 November, 1582.
2 pp. (1890.)
|Bill of Mortality.|
|1582, Nov. 22.||
Deaths within the city and liberties of
Westminster for the week ending November 22, 1582.
Total 20, whereof of the plague, 13.
Addressed to Lord Burghley. ½ p. (203. 48.)
|William Necton to Lord Burghley.|
|1582, Nov. 23.||
Gives details of the suit of the bearer,
John Bowen, for copyholds of the honor of Clune, Salop,
and his opinion thereon.—London, 23 November, 1582.
The Enclosure: Particulars of the above lands.
1¼ pp. (2113.)
|Haniball Vyvyan to the Same.|
|1582, Nov. 27.||
Reasons for his not yielding to Mr. Attorney's
order, touching certain wardships.
Endorsed: 27 November, 1582. 1 p. (1852.)
|Richard Martyn to the Same.|
|1582, Nov. 28.||
My servant Swallowe left with you at
Nonsuch one part of the last indenture with the schedule
of the establishment for allowances for the mints thereunto
annexed. I send here inclosed copy of the said schedule
and another note as now it is used and paid. We have now
clearly ended our coinage, and therewith her Majesty's
warrant is expired. I remain now to receive your order
how I shall deliver over the same for the which gold and silver
I received from her Majesty's receipt (sic); and upon your
pleasure known therein the same shall be paid. I have paid
Mr. Freeke already for all such bullion of gold and silver I
received out of his charge. I have received from Mr. Tayllor
300l. by your orders to be paid to Mr. Blande at Bristol. I
pray your order whether you will have the same sent by the
carrier: or it may stay while I send my letters to Bristol
to have so much provided there; or else agree with some trusty
merchant of London to take of me here, and answer so much
there again at sight.—London, 28 November, 1582.
Holograph. 1 p. (203. 49.)
|Sir Henry Nevell to the Same.|
|1582 (?), Nov.||
Burghley requires him to certify into the
Exchequer all presentments made touching the spoil of the
Queen's woods. At the last sitting little or nothing was
presented, especially in those places where the great spoil
was; for they were made to believe it was not in the forest.
At the next justice seat more will be said about it, for
Mr. Bullock and others put in claims. Does not know who is
woodward of Bearwood. It is said Mr. Bullock has got out
his patent this term. If Harry Hawthorn be woodward,
it were good he should take upon him to look to the woods.—
Holograph. Endorsed: November, 1582 (?). Sir H. Nevill. Touching the presentments for spoil of woods in Windsor. 1 p. (132. 15.)
|Sir Francis Willoughby and others, Tenants of the Queen's Manor of Arnold, Notts, to the Same.|
Pray that an order taken the last term between
Edward Stanhope, surveyor of the Queen's revenues in Notts,
and petitioners, for their continuance in possession of the
lands in question, may be entered of record, and that Stanhope
be required to take 200l. for his estate and interest therein.
Also that all the tenants of the manor be required as well
to contribute towards the payment of the 200l. as to former
charges they have been at in the suit.
Endorsed: November, 1582. 1 p. (2062.)
|The King of France and the Swiss.|
League between the King of France and the
Swiss, made and passed in the town of Soleurre on Sunday,
22 July, 1582, ratified in Paris.—December, 1582.
Contemporary copy. 17 pp. (246. 107.)
|[The treaty is printed in Dumont, Corps Universel Diplomatique, V. 429.]|
|The Queen to the King of Scotland.|
|[1582 ?]||I am greatly satisfied, my dear brother, that I find by your own grant that you believe the truth of my actions so manifestly openly proved and thank you infinitely that you profess so constant defence of your country, together with mine, from all Spaniards or strangers, a matter far otherwise given out by both our enemies with blotting your fame with assurance of double dealing; as though you assured them underhand to betake you to their course, which what a stain it were in a prince's honour yourself in judgment can well deem! For my part I will ever trust your word till I be too sure of the contrary. Right well am I persuaded that your greatest danger should chance you by crossing your straight paths, for he that hath two strings to his bow may shoot stronger but never straight; and he that hath no sure foundation cannot but ruin. God keep you ever, therefore, in your well begun path! I have sent you this gentleman as well to declare my good agreement to send some finishers of our league as other matters which he hath to communicate unto you, if it please you to hear him, as my desire of answering your good friendship and amity in as ample sort as with honor I may, as one that never seeks more of you than that which shall be best for yourself. Assure yourself of me, therefore, and shew by deeds ever to maintain it! And never was there in Christendom between two princes surer amity nor sounder dealing. I vow it and will perform it. And for that you speak of satisfaction I have much urged, as now again I do, what thereby is meant, since I both mind and also do whatsoever may honorably be required of such as I profess myself. And, therefore, I require you therein to answer me.|
And so, trusting that all your protestations lately made
me by Cary shall be readily performed together with your
constant resolute course of late professed, I end to molest
you longer but with my thanks to God that any your offenders
be entered to your hands; and not the less not having been
done without some of our help which glads me no less than
happened to yourself, whose force shall never fail you in all
lawful causes, as knoweth God, who ever bless you from all
malignant spirits and increase your happy years.—Undated.
Copy. 1 p. (133. 24.)
|[1582 ?]||I love so ill counterfeiting and hate so much dissimulation that I may not suffer you to depart without that mine admonition may show your harms and cause you shun unseen peril, for visors have blinded the eyes of the lookers on in this present session, so far as under pretence of saving all they have done no good, and these they be—succession and liberty. As to the first, the prince's opinion and good will ought, in good order, have been felt in other sort than in so public a place been uttered. It had been convenient that so weighty a cause had had his original from a zealous prince's consideration and not from lip-laboured orations out of such subjects' mouths; which what they be time may teach you know, and their demerits make them acknowledge how they have done these lewd endeavours to make all my realm suppose that their care was much when mine was none at all.|
|The handling of this doth well shew (they being wholly ignorant) how fit my grant at this time should be to such a demand. In this one thing their imperfect dealings are to be excused, for I think this be the first time that so weighty a cause passed from so simple men's mouths as began this.|
And as to liberty, this is so simple that doubts whether a
prince that is head of all the body may not command the
foot not to stay when it would slip. God forbid that your
liberty should make my bondage or that your lawful liberties
should anyways have been infringed! No, my commandment
tended not to that end; as, if I had not more pitied you than
blamed you, might by good right be shewed you perchance
to their shame that bred you that coloured "deat." You
were sore seduced. You have met with a gentle prince, else
your needless scruple might perchance have bred your cause
blame. And albeit the soothing of such be reprovable in
all yet I would not you should think my simplicity such as I
can not make distinction amongst you, as of some that broached
the vessel not well "fynyd" and began these attempts not
foreseeing well the end; others that respected the necessary
faces of the matter and no whit understood circumstances
expedient not to have been forgotten therein; others who
either were deluded by pleasing persuasions of common good,
when the very yielding to their own intentions might have
bred all their woes; others whose capacities I suppose yielded
their judgment to their friends' wit; some others that served
an echo's place. Well, amongst all these sundry "affects,"
I assure you there be none (the beginners only except)
whom I either condemn for ill minds to me, or do suspect
not to be my most loyal subjects. Therefore I conclude with
this opinion which I will you to think unfeignedly true; that,
as I have tried you may be deceived so am I persuaded you
will not beguile the assured joy that ever I took to be my
subjects love to me more staunch than ever I felt the care
in myself for myself to be great, which alone hath made my
heavy burden light and a kingdom's care but easy carriage
for me. Let this my "dysplyng" stand you in stead of sorer
strokes never to tempt too far a prince's patience, and let
my comfort pluck up your dismayed spirit and cause you
think that you return with your prince's pity, whose care
for you, doubt you not, to be such as she shall not need a
remembrancer for your weal.
Endorsed: This is the true copy of a bill delivered me by the Queen's majesty's own hands; which for my better understanding, her pleasure was I should copy out.
The bill delivered me was written all of her own hand.
In Lord Clinton's hand writing. 2 pp. (138. 163.)
|[Dr.] Antonio de Castillo to the Queen.|
|[1582. (fn. 4)]||It grieves me as much not to have had before this an opportunity to serve your Majesty, as to give you trouble; but I have lived idly so many months that if I cause some disorder by serving you (?), it seems to me better than to do nothing. Therefore you will do me a great favour by handing me over to the Lords of the Council, not because I wish to disturb any design of your Majesty by my haste, but that delay may not be imputed to my negligence by the King my master. And so great is my indolence that even in dreams was revealed to me this prophecy, found in the Isola ferma by a gentleman devoted to your Majesty—|
|"Lyso Elysa mittet (?), proferet imperia, Phoebi ortus et occasus, Tamesis atque Tagi."|
The mistakes in the prosody are to be pardoned to the
Sybil, who wrote in those early times before a regular metre
was invented, and another cause of them will be that the
dream, or rather the revelation was made to me at a time
when dreams were imagined to be more true (?). May our
Lord God open the way—
"Imperium oceano, famam ut termines astris."
Holograph. Undated. Italian. 1 p. (186. 5.)
Bill for making two "tearmes" of metal, for the
chimney in the great chamber at Theobalds.
2 pp. (143. 57.)
|Robert Beale's Allegations.|
To prove that the offices of the examinerships at
York do belong unto the Secretary there, etc.
4 pp. (185. 141.)