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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|Fulk Greville to [Archibald Douglas] the Lord Ambassador Lieger of Scotland.|
|[1587,] Jan. 12.||
Is a stranger to the Master of Gray but
in honour of his companion Sir Philip Sidney, while he lived
the prince of gentlemen, presents his love to him by Douglas.—
Broxborne, 12 January.
18th cent. copy. 1 p. (249. 45.)
|Printed in Cecil Papers, pt. iii, 128, under date , which is obviously a mistake for 1586–7, as Sir Philip Sidney died on 22 October, 1586. Also printed in Lodge, ii, 337, in extenso.|
|George Goringe, Receiver of the Court of Wards, to the Lord Treasurer.|
|1586–7, Jan. 17.||
Sends amount of bonds due in his office,
and note of payments to be made to the cofferer; and prays
him to procure payment of the debts herewith sent.—
17 January, 1586.
1 p. (2171.)
|The King of Navarre.|
|1587, Jan. 18.||Notarial instrument setting forth the agreement concluded between James Segur, proctor of the King of Navarre in Germany, and Horatio Palavicino envoy of the Queen of England.|
|Recites the King of Navarre's commission to Segur, wherein the King's efforts to promote unity among all evangelical Princes are detailed, and the infamous league lately formed in France to impose the Council of Trent on all France, pronouncing the King of Navarre owing to his heresy unworthy to succeed to the Crown of France and designating Cardinal Bourbon successor in his stead: the aim of the league being to bring back the whole world under the Papal tyranny. The King therefore sends Segur to promote universal concord among the Princes and States oppressed by the Pontiff, and especially to ask them to assist him with money, men, ships and munitions of war in defending the common cause. Dated Bergerac, 10 May, 1585. In pursuance of which commission Segur has received from the Queen of England by Horatio Palavicino her legate 100,000 gold crowns of the Sun in ready money for the King's use, half to be repaid in London within a year of peace being obtained in France from the most Christian King, and the other half within the second year thereafter; Sir John Calvomont lord of Quitry intervening and confirming the present instrument.—In "the Upper Museum," Frankfort on the Maine, 18 January, 1587.|
This notarial instrument is drawn up by Bernhart Heider
"Wolfensis," public notary and citizen of Frankfort. Signed:
Jacobus Segurius, Johannes Calvomontanus Quitry. Countersigned and sealed by Claud Anthony of Vienna, lord of Clervant,
21 March, 1587.
Latin. Parchment book of 6 folios sewn with yellow silk. Injured (222. 33.)
|1586–7, Jan. 27.||
Recognisance by George Pede, master
of the "Egle" of Leith, and others, to Gilbert Lodian of
Edinburgh, for 3,400 francs, paid for redeeming the ship and
goods out of certain pirates' hands.—January 27, 1586.
1 p. (141. 140.)
Receipt by Hugh Hyndley, citizen and
Merchant Adventurer of London, for 124l. 12s. from Thomas
Fowler, esq., late of London, due to him for woollen cloth
delivered to Alexander Miller, of Edinburgh, on 24 January,
1 p. (213. 108.)
|Court of Wards.|
"Debts in the Court of Wards whereof
Mr. Receiver requires order for the payment." Relates
to the debts of Thomas, late Earl of Sussex; John, Marquis
of Winchester, for his livery; Frederick, late Lord Windsor,
for his own Wardship; and Henry, now Earl of Northumberland, for his livery.
Endorsed: January, 1586. 1 p. (2432.)
|John Dury to the Council.|
|1586–7, Feb. 1.||
Complains that Henry Canter, captain
of Mr. Edward Cotton's ship of Southampton, has spoiled
and robbed him, and that Cotton has received the stolen
goods. Prays for redress.
1 p. (142. 84.)
|George Pede to the Lord Ambassador Douglas.|
|1586–7, Feb. 3.||
Prays Douglas to procure from Sir Francis
Walsingham additional letters to the customer of Bristol,
who demands custom for certain wet and spoiled goods which
Pede laid on land to dry, but has shipped again.—Bristow,
3 February, 1586.
Holograph. 1 p. (203. 73.)
|King Philip of Portugal to the King of Cochin.|
|1586–7, Feb. 6.||
"Muyto nobre Rey de Cochim; Eu Dom
Filipe per graca de D. Rey de Portugl e dos Algàrves da
quem e dalem mar en Afriga sor. de Gine e da comquista
navigação comercio d'Ethiopia, Arabia, Persia, e Dayndia
&c. Vos faço saber q~ por outra carta vos escrevo e respondo
a vossa sobre as matterias déla. E por esta me pareçeo
encomendarvos tão encarecidamente (como o devo aminha
obrigação) o que toca a comversão dos gentios a nossa Santa
Fée, pera que senao ympida aos que alumiados por noso sõr
quiserem vir aconhecimento déla este verdadeiro caminho
de sua salvação e posto que não deva cuidar outra cousa
de vos. Vos quis todavia aver por encomendada esta matteria
tendo per certo que alem de saberdes que o contentamento
q~ déla tenho he ygoal áo-brigação folgareis mais de prosegir
o que por esta carta vos siniffico em tendendo o que por ella
vos escrevo, muyto nobre Rey de Cochim noso sõr vos alumie
áo sua graça and cō ela aya vossa pesoa en sua santa guarda.
Escrita deva a vj di fevereiro de mvclxxxvj." Signed:
El Rey. Countersigned: Migueleves (?).
|John, Duke Casimir to Lord Burghley.|
|1586–7, Feb. 16.||
Je ne doute pas qu'envoyant nagueres
le Sieur Palavicini, mes lettres à la royne touchant la resolution
qui a esté prinse avec luy, il ne vous en ait bien amplement
adverty, et de l'extreme necessité qui presse que vous teniez
la main roide à ce que sa majeste adjouste encores de ses
moyens, selon que lors il m'a promys et asseuré tousjours
depuis de continuer par toutes ses depesches. Neantmoings
l'importance de l'affaire, la briefveté du temps, et le besoing
qui en croist tous les jours, m'ont contrainct de depescher
expres vers sa majesté le Sieur de la Huguerye, mon conseiller,
bien instruit de l'affaire à la negociation duquel il a tousjours
esté employé, pour luy faire entendre toutes choses; et, par
especial, luy remonstrer que, si sa majesté ny employe encores
de ses moyens à bon escient, il est impossible à moy seul de
satisfaire à ce qui est necessaire pour receuillir le fruict esperé
de ceste resolution. Qui me faict vous prier tres affectueusement de vouloir croire comme moymesmes le dit Sieur de la
Huguerye et de ce qu'il vous en declarera de ma part,
m'asseurant qu'y aures tel esgard que jugerez assez de vous
mesmes que sans cela je ne puis amener l'affaire à perfection.
Et sur la grande confiance que j'ay en la cognoissance que
vous avez de telles choses et en votre bonne affection à
l'advancement de ceste cause en laquelle vous experimentez
tous le jours que sa majesté a le plus present et notable interest,
je ne vous en feray plus long discours, me remettant sur la
fidelité et suffisance du dit Sieur de la Huguery et vous prieray
seulement de tenir la bonne main à ce qu'il soit tost et bien
depesche afin de diligenter par son retour l'effect de toutes
choses.—Heidelberg, 16 February, 1587.
Endorsed: 16 February, 1587.
Endorsed by Burghley: Duke Casimyr to ye Lord Treasurer, by Huguery.
Signed. Seal. 1 p. (133. 77.)
|Leases in Reversion.|
Warrant granting leases in reversion to the
annual value of 20l. to Bartholomew Fawkner, (fn. 1) Albert
Holland, and Avery Butcher, for their services in the Low
Countries as canoniers.—Undated.
Sign manual. Addressed to Lord Burghley and John Fortescue, Esq.
1 p. (204. 79.)
|"876." [Pury Ogilvie] to Archibald Douglas.|
|1587, March 2.||Monsieur Carseills [Courcelles'] letters, whereof I made mention in my last letters to you, were intercepted and taken from my servant at Lowtrae Hill, by certain "slicht maen," as my servant declared to me and Carseills both at his home coming, for the which cause he is loath to write again. Therefore I will pray you to excuse this matter to my Lord Secretary, for at the same time there was "wreits" of the Master of Gray's intercepted, directed unto my Lord Secretary, yourself, Mr. Randoll and Millis; but as I believe there was no such matter in them as was hoped for. He dare not hazard as yet neither to write nor deal directly for England, as he is minded to do so soon as occasion may serve. His first dealing with England makes him to be bruited and suspected presently to have been the greatest cause of our Queen's death, notwithstanding the King himself is otherwise persuaded and assured of his honest dealing, which makes him as yet till have sufficient "moyen" to do his own turn, notwithstanding of all his enemies and unfriends, which are many and great. He is "graetumly interatt" since his coming out of England, as well concerning the "cowrs" of England, which he is minded to follow forth (as matters stands now) to the uttermost, as also touching his particular friendship unto you, whereuntil I assure you he means now most truly, and fore thinks and repents from his heart of all that he did against you. This far he has communicated with me under great counsel, and has been very earnest in persuading of me to leave the "Fraence cowrs" for a time, and to follow the English "cowrs" with him; wherethrough he hoped to find me both friendship and advancement. In the which matter I have "taen till awayss" [advice], promising always "till" respect his L. particular as becomes me. Suppose her Majesty's Ambassador is refused "till" have audience as yet, nevertheless if her Majesty i[ns]ist in making her excuses, and in seeking the King by all "moyens," assure yourself that things will frame as they would wish them, for the King is only awaiting to be insisted with in the matter, that his honour may be safe in one part. For I will assure you there is no persuasion may move his Majesty to embrace any foreign friendship, or to break in any ways with England, notwithstanding of the most part of all his nobility has been dealing or are to deal with his Majesty in the contrary; so that you within few days shall be more respected by him than any Scottish man living, in spite of all your enemies. I speak not this "begeis" I have sufficiently for me, and that of his Majesty's own mouth. The jealousy continues and increases daily betwixt the Master of Gray and the Secretary, who deals at the present "till" have the whole credit of the "Fraence cowrss" transferred in him, for the which cause he desired that the King should employ George Douglas of Lochleven (who is altogether his) with his Majesty's letters and commission in France; but George understanding of the Queen's execution, and so hoping for no great reward, refused to go unless he was advanced with two thousand crowns and his debts paid, which would amount to as much with the better, so the matter left off of will, et quia non poterit interlinabile mansit. After this the Master of Gray propones me to his Majesty, who liked marvellous well of it, and in special that being desired by his Majesty to make my voyage upon my own charges till his Majesty might recompense me with the next casualties should fall: whereunto at his Majesty's request and earnest desire I accorded most willingly to, so he commanded me to stay upon his Majesty's resolution. But the Secretary, fearing me to be altogether for the Master of Gray, is my only hinderer in my employment. But if any be sent, I be . . . to be employed, for to eschew my sending the Secretary ga[ve] his advice to the King that it should be best to send his commissions and instructions to the bishop of Glasgow, and so "till" employ him for his Majesty's only ambassador, in respect of his credit there, and also of his affection to his mistress the King's mother who is with God, with many other good motives and respects. So that his Majesty is yet in suspense what to do, and this employment of the bishop of Glasgow (which indeed is apparently to be) is only the hope that the Catholics see in this country, together that Sir William Stewart, brother to the Earl of Arran has purchased the bishop of Ross' restorement, and the bishopric to himself, so that he is to go in France shortly for that cause, hoping to get some money for his pains. He has been very earnest to have been employed from the King to the bishop of Glasgow, but that is stayed altogether by the Master of Gray, so that he has "tint" all his hope in the matter. The Master of Gray thought to have written but he dare not as yet, nor yet dare he travail for recompense of his employment in Flanders. He seems [to] be very plain with me, but assure yourself he shall know nothing of my dealing with you. I have spoken with Captain Carwell, but I have not as yet received my writing. Always I shall abide in this town as yet, to see if Mr. Robert Caerie comes in or not. There shall nothing be thought nor "minit" by the Catholics here but you shall be most foreseeing of it, as I promised. In respect that my biding here is great expenses, I will pray you that you will cause the same be considered, or otherwise I am not able to do no pleasure in their turns, unless I be a continual onwaiter at Court. If I be employed to go in France, I will first be made gentleman of his Majesty's chamber, as his Majesty has already granted to me, wherethrough that I may be the more "stedabill" hereafter in their matters, specially his Majesty's will and advancement being considered, the which I will respect before all other thing. There is one John Schaw, who was servant to the Laird of Ferniherst, he is to be employed and sent with letters to the Duke of "Gwiss." I would not have leisure to write to my good Secretary in respect of the shortness of time, but I will pray you to present my humble commendations of service to his lordship, and assure him that I shall do goodwill to satisfy his expectation in all points, as I shall be most ready to do all that lies in my poor mean do you pleasure. So I will pray you to have me no less in remembrance than I shall merit. Last of all I will assure you that the King moved never his countenance at the rehearsal of his mother's execution, nor leaves not his pastime and hunting more than of before.|
As I find occasion I shall not fail to make you foreseeing
of such things as shall be . . . The King himself is so slow
in their purposes, that the Catholics have left off from all
kind of dealing with his Majesty.—Edinburgh, second day
of March, 1587. "876 H."
If Mr. Robert Caerie come in I shall leave nothing undone lies in me may do him stead or pleasure in any sort.
[On outside:] I have written this to my Lord since the closing of your letter.
The part in italics underlined. 3 pp. Damaged. (15. 96.)
|[Laird of Restalrig] to [Lord Ambassador] Archibald Douglas.|
|[1587 ?] March 8.||
If I had knowledge that my letters
had . . . mit to your l[ordship] without any interruption
I would have written to you sundry things of some weight;
but by reason of the doubt I for the present omit them, because
any knowledge thereof shall be my "wraik." Always this
shortly, the people and the King also notwithstanding anything
he is willing to receive from you is in evil opinion of you and
has erected "chartells" upon you and the Master of Gray
right odious. The Master is evil liked of all for your cause
and this late thing of the Queen in England . . . it is writing
to England that he is . . . a French . . . by the man that
brought the man's excuse anent the King's letter . . . The
credit of . . does you no good as you will know over well
hereafter and yet if I might advertise you you might easily
prevent it; it were little "skaith" suppose you writ to the
Master of . . . notwithstanding he willed you not to do in
respect as the procurement of others whom I perceive well
is minded to circumvene you and he both; and albeit you
be wise he rides sikker that falls [ne]ver. I am not minded
to write to you till I receive from you again. As for news
the Master of Glamis and the Earl of Crawford is like to make
a quer [quarrel] . . . . . forces on every side of the King's
hands . . . debateable lands . . ..— . . . 8 of March.
Much decayed. Signature decayed. 1 p. (205. 2.)
|R. Douglas to Archibald Douglas.|
|[1586–7] March 12.||I came to this town on Friday the 11th of this month where hoping to have found his Majesty, for the bruit was that he was to have been here for the Convention appointed to have begun the same day. I found he was not as yet come; wherefore but [without] any longer delay I went to Dalkeith where I found him upon the Saturday, quiet and at very great leisure. I delivered his Majesty your letter, with remembrance of your humble service: who after that he had read the same, and the company then present had departed, he caused me to go with him to his privy chamber. where none being present I opened unto him my instructions, first the common and then the particular. Of the first so far as concerned the state of the Low Countries and the Ambassador of Denmark his negociation, his Majesty seemed not much to regard; and as for that of the state of France, and the dealing with the Ambassador from the King his master, he "skornitt," thinking it "forgeitt" [forged] in England, and insisted in the Ambassador his defence, affirming he had done nothing but what became him of his duty, and that he was used unreasonable, against all kind of order or law of nations, adding thereto that he knew certainly the King his master had avowed him in all he had done. When I come to the report of the state of England, his Majesty could no manner of ways be persuaded of any "unfainitt" division betwixt that Q. and her counsellors, notwithstanding of all the reasons that I could give him: and suppose I show upon what policy it was devised by Mr. F. always I see his Majesty ready to accept that excuse of the Q. and take the wrong done to him as done by her counsellors. I shew him particularly how the time was very convenient to serve for the advancement of his service in that country, if it were well embraced, and secret and modest dealing used therein, how that his Majesty might draw good offices both from the Queen and her counsellors, by several dealing with each of them, and read him particularly all the reasons and instructions set down by your L. to me in "wreitt" [writing], and discussed at length upon many of them; but in no ways would his Majesty consent to deal with any of them who confessed to have been the authors of this injury offered to him in honour, or to have to do with them in any ways.|
|He remains sufficiently satisfied with the counsel you gave him to seem to take this matter by heart, and as he is in very deed so he will still appear highly offended with the causers thereof, and will let them and all the world understand that he will seek by all lawful means to have so high an injury worthily repaired, and not by hostility upon the frontiers, from the which his Majesty assured me he would altogether abstain: but in the meantime he desires that you deal by all means possible secretly both with the Queen and counsellors that offers may be made unto him the which he is contented to hear, assuring you that you can do him no so great or acceptable service as that; but in no manner of ways, says he, can it stand with his honour to write any letter to you to be seen by any there to this effect, neither will he have you to deal therein but very secretly, and with great discretion and consideration. After that I had reasoned at length upon all your instructions, I come at length to my L. of Leicester his opinion, the which the King would in no ways hear, saying that that was a matter so far prejudicial to him in honour that he marvelled how you could wish him to do it. I told him in what sort my lord of Leicester had subscribed the warrant, and did what I could to excuse him; so that at last I brought him thus far, that if my L. would purge himself by saying that when he signed that commission he thought it had been the Queen her pleasure, and that he was ignorant of the others' proceedings, the King will be contented to receive letters from him, and deal with him. Thus far touching the speeches that passed betwixt his Majesty and me shortly, not thinking necessary to write all. In sum, I perceive his Majesty highly offended, but yet if reason be offered and promised, he may be appeased suppose [although] he be marvellously incensed by them who are about him to the contrary. The King has been "sinistriously" informed upon your behaviour in this matter, so far that they would have him thinking that you had been a great furtherer in the execution; but he hears all and answers nothing. In one word he spake to me sounding to your accusation, I said I was assured you had done in the matter what lay in your power for her safety, but I hoped your actions passed, and your good services in time coming, should plead sufficiently for yourself but [without] me. I perceive you have been very evil used by them all almost who were in your company at London, for they have made evil and slanderous reports, calumniate your actions, and made the worst of all your doings, yea they have reported and written before they came, even almost to your table talk and idle words spoken by you. The King himself told me that at that time when Barne Lindesay was sent in Scotland by Mr. Keythe, [by] whom also you sent his Majesty a hunting horn, it was reported to him by one he says who heard you say that you hoped the horn should be welcome and do good, because at that time when I was sent home with the discovery of the conspiracy wherein Babington and his consorts were convict[ed] and his mother's letters that were taken, you sent with me a "leure" [lure] and a collar, whereof he took as you said more pleasure and more care nor of all the other letters that were sent him. This his Majesty said you spake, and enquired of me if I had been the reporter thereof, because as he thought none other could have done it, because none was present. I, as I had good reason, for me denied the same, and said I knew you were not so unwise as to speak indecently of his Majesty as if he had been a child, and to be contented with childish toys. Therefore I pray you write and excuse you of this calumny, and lay blame of me, who am innocent thereof, for I assured his Majesty I would write to you thereof. The King is yet in suspense what to believe or think of you, and as you said to me that now it was time for the King to do himself good in England, so I say now is time for you, by some great and notable good service, to let the King and this whole country understand the good will you bear to his service; for you have a great number of enemies, who upon malice and private grudge omit not the smallest occasion to calumniate your present actions, and call them that are past in question; and upon this last accident, wherewith you are heavily burdened by the general voice, both by speeches and cartels left and affixed libels, they accuse you of the murder of both the King his parents. But for all this the King is not moved, but will esteem more of your good services nor of all these malicious speeches, given out, as he sees, only upon malice, and especially if you make it appear at this time by your dealing to his profit and honour there.|
|I delivered the Master of Gray the letters directed to him that same day I was with the King. He received them, but refused to speak with me in any secret place, because of the suspicion he was in presently. The Secretary is only in credit, and the fear that the Master has taken of him is like to produce such effects as may appear and be known to you by these other letters directed from P. I see nothing in this matter but private men's ambition and strife here is like to overthrow all his Majesty's service, that suppose you were never so well willing as you are, yet it will be hard to bring it to any good effect, as long as matters do stand in these terms here. The Master assures me that he shall remain towards you ever as he was your assured friend, and if you will have the patience to abide him for a six weeks, he shall make you understand it more perfectly, for the which time he mun [must] abstain for [from] any open dealing with you, praying you in the meantime to continue him in the favour of my lord of Leyc[ester] and Sir F. Wal[singham]. It is thought meet by some your friends here, and surely I think it not amiss, that the Master be not altogether cast off, but that you entertain him in the old manner, for suppose that necessity has constrained him to alter his form of dealing, yet he may serve your turn as much more and more also nor of [than] before, for whatsoever he does, or any that he deals with, you shall understand, and so may make your profit thereof and "preveine" [prevent] it if you think it expedient. He says he was minded to have sent one to you to have "loused" his jewels, but as yet he dare not, therefore he prays you earnestly to cause them be kept a month longer nor the day appointed, against which time he shall not fail to take order for their release: and if this be a thing you may do, I pray you "tyne" him not for it. I have had no particular conference with the Secretary as yet in any affairs, saving only delivered him his letter, with some general speeches, and he has appointed me to come to him to-morrow. Therefore I remain in suspense what to write of him. But by the general bruit of all men he has been your greatest enemy this time bye past, and the first occasion of all these hard speeches against your reputation, and only he procured an act of Council to pass declaring the discharge of your commission, and "whatsomene" [? whatsoever] you had done or would do hereafter since such a day of February to be of no effect. I am certainly informed that he minds to have the dealing in these matters of England with them and by himself; and for this cause has directed James Hudsone to Sir Francis Wal[singham] both with letters and credit, especially to disgrace you at their hands, assuring them that if they will leave off dealing by you or with you, who the King, as he says, hates deadly, and enter in that same course with him, he shall do more nor you may in any ways, and cause their matters to take far better effect. But you are wise enough, and know how to behave yourself in this matter at his thither coming. I will confer with the Secretary, and if I can find that it be possible that matters may be taken up betwixt you, and that any sure concurrence may be betwixt you for his Majesty's service, I shall advertise you. In the meantime I pray you that I may hear from you from time to time of all matters, and specially of those that concern the King, that thereby I may entertain both your credit and my own. For the King has commanded me both to write and to receive writings from you.|
|The state of this country remains at this time very unsure, Papists daily flocking and Jesuits both Scottish and English coming from France, the Papist lords looked for at Court, which breeds a fear and a jealousy in the hearts of the rest; and I fear me it be a cause of civil division which shall greatly hinder the course of his Majesty's service. The causes of this matter and how it proceeds, because by these other letters you understand, I will not insist on them. The Convention which was appointed to have been the tenth of this month is deferred, none can tell to what day. Our ambassadors who were appointed for France, Denmark and Spain are not hastily to depart, for lack of money; and he of France is scarcely yet agreed upon, for the King has altogether refused Fentrie. This day, which is the twelfth, the King and some of the Council and Session are busy about the "ageing" of the action of Coldingham in Dalkeith, where I think he shall remain this month to come.|
|I have not had as yet great conference with any man abroad, which is the cause that I am not well informed of particular matters. But hereafter as I can or may by any diligence learn, I shall not fail by very frequent letters to let you understand them. Since the King is not minded that openly you should use the office of his ambassador, I cannot tell to what purpose you should spend so much in keeping of house and servants. Therefore I think it not amiss, if otherways your lordship be not minded, to send me home Willie Hill by sea, for his master has to do with him; and if it please you to cause him to bring to me a "bybill" [Bible] of the greater sort [and] one of the least, with the Book of Martyrs for the Lady Trabroune, and Plutarch his Lives for my mother, I will think myself so far bound to your lordship. He will bring with him my clothes that I left behind me, and my books, and because my clothes are very few, and I must needs for your service await upon Court, I must request you to send me as much satin as to be a stand of clothes. I must recommend to your good favour that honest gentleman my good friend Alexander Murray, for whom the King will write also to you. In like manner Jhone Gray, to cause him, if he be not already on his journey, to make all haste. And that matter of Wallace, for his pardon. Edr. [Edinburgh], 12 of March. Sir Robert Melvill and Coldinknowes [Coudenknows] are appointed to meet Rob. Carye on the 14 of this month at Fulden, where I think the same answer or almost little different shall be given him as you devised.|
(P.S.)—I have delivered none of your letters as yet saving
to the Master, William Keythe, Sir Robert Melvill and young
Purie. The rest I shall deliver to-morrow. I pray you
remember of the boy Jame to see put to his exercise with
Mr. Jhone Douglas, for I have assured my father and mother
that he was there before my departure.
Holograph. 6½ pp. (199. 16.)
|Robart Carvyle to Archibald Douglas.|
|1586–7, March 18.||
I received this day a letter to you from
the Master of Gray, and one from the Laird of Lestericke.
I do not a little marvel that I hear not from you either by
word or writing, nor yet of the 2 horses. I think you have
forgotten us, and them in Scotland, which thinks more than
I can write. As for Mr Richard Douglas, you have I hope
received a packet from him. For my part I never heard
of him but that he was at the Court. If her Majesty's pleasure
be to write unto the King, and Sir Francis [Walsingham]
to the Secretary, those letters will be accepted. This day
Stephen Huntington came out of Scotland, with answer to
our ambassador Mr. Carie in writing, from the Secretary,
Justice Clarke, Sir Henry Hewme and Sir Robert Melven.
Write to me by the first, and remember my suit to Mr. Secretary,
and forget not the placquet for the Laird of Lestericke.—
18 March, 1586.
Holograph. 1 p. (199. 7.)
|Chart of Europe.|
|1586–7, March 22.||
Chart of Europe and the littoral of
the Mediterranean. Pictures of the King of France, the
Grand Turk, &c. "Fatta per io Hercules Doran, Italiano,
figliolo Edmond Doran Irlandese alli 22 de marsso 1586 in
lassitta di Londra." Coloured.
Vellum. (Maps. 1. 68.)
|P[atrick] Tourner to [Archibald Douglas].|
|1587, March 29.||
I could do no less than advertise you
of our proceedings by your servant Patrick Thomson, who
can declare how all matters are passed. I thought to have
sent to you according to promise, but in no ways dare "mell"
with the same till the ship be adjudged. Give your helping
hand in the same, and then you shall know my goodwill to
you. Patrick Thomson had "cwmeit" [? come] with [sic], not
Graham, were not that I had some business with a man who
is master of one of the Queen's ships, and that for the buying
of a ship of the burden of 80 tons, and should have her.
Wherefore speak to the King of Navarre's ambassador to
get me a new commission in my name, for you shall find a true
servant to be ready at all times to do service. Also be assured
what commodity shall ever happen to be gotten, you shall
have part. It well please you that I may have a letter of my
Lord Cobham's directed to the Cinque Ports in my favour,
that none of the Cinque Ports shall "mell" with me unless I
do break the laws of the country.—Sandwich, 29 March, 1587.
Holograph. Addressed to the Lord Ambassador of Scotland. 1 p. (16. 54.)
|"876." [Laird of Pury Ogilvie] to Sir Francis Walsingham.|
|1587, March.||It was once appointed that the Master of Gray and Sir Robert Meling should have met Mr. Robert Kaerie (Carey) at the Border, and that at his own desire, which was stayed by the Secretary's "moyen," and Sir James Home of Colduneknowis put in the Master of Gray's room, and that because the Master of Gray dared not insist in that matter directly, as likewise the Secretary has already laid a "plate" [plot] that the King shall in no ways enter in friendship with the Queen's Majesty of England, and that by the persuasions of their Lords, to whose will and standing he is altogether addicted, and in special to the Earl of Angus, of whom he has received land and "gwiddeid" [? good-deed], for their Lords will do what they can to denude his Majesty of all kind of foreign friendship, and by that "moyen" to make him unable to seek any revenge of this last "reid" of Stirling attempted against his Majesty, which as yet manet alta mente repostum, so that I will assure you that the Secretary means neither truly to the King his Master nor yet to your Queen's Majesty. He may well receive of her geir and money. Thomas Tyrie is come home and has brought a letter to the King from the Duke of Gwiss [Guise], which in respect of the arrogancy and "prudness" thereof has irritated the King, and alienated his mind altogether from any dealing in that course. The Master of Gray has received a letter from the Duke of Guise, promising all kind of assistance if he can find such dealing to be followed forth in deed as is promised. He has received letters from the bishop of Glasgow and sundry of the "Jesuistes," both of Lorraine and Paris in the same effect. He has also received a letter from Monsieur Mannewill, as having credit of the King his master, to "pwis" [wish?] the Master to take a dealing for France, assuring him of sufficient assistance both of men and money if he can draw a reasonable faction within the country; for the which cause he has sent me at this same time to the Earl of Huntley, as you shall be advertised hereafter, as well of the cause as of the effect of all their purposes, praying you always not to leave off your dealing with the Master as yet, for you shall receive no harm by his dealing so long as my friendship with you be not "dissiferit" [dissevered], which shall not be in my default. There are come to this country out of France in the ships with Thomas Tyrie two Englishmen, Jesuits, the one called Bartaen and the other Thwithwoirk, and one young priest called Alexander Gerard, cousin german to him who was in the Tower, who as I believe has some letters to some of his countrymen, which if it be I shall leave nothing undone to try the uttermost thereof. I will pray you to cause haste the answer of my last letters, and in special to the Master of Gray, for it may do great good, as I shall let you understand hereafter. Edinburgh the — of March, 1587. Your L. assurit to be commanded with service. 876 H.|
I received your writing at the closing of this, whereof I
thank you most heartily, and shall do goodwill to satisfy
all the contents thereof. As for Monsieur Curseills letters,
as I "wreit" already, they were intercepted by the way, which
has moved him to no small jealousy.
1½ pp. (15. 99.)
|Dr. W. Gifford to Dr. Elye.|
|[1587, May ?]||Upon Whitsunday at night M. de Guise sent Mr. Hill to tell us the next day he would come to our house to have a dispute, and Mr. D. Barret in Mr. Baylye's name came to me late to bid me make the speech to him. I told him it was better Mr Ficher should do it, for fear they should conceive that no man in the College could do it but I, having done it twice before, videlicet at Easter was 2 years, and in October last; which D. Barret misliked not. Yet the next day they concluded amongst them that in respect I was M. de Guise's scholar, I should moderate the disputations. Well, all being prepared, M. de Guise came not, but sent me word upon Monday that about a day after they would come, with the Cardinal of Bourbon and others, and commanded that I should make the harangue, and gave me instructions to commend the old Cardinal as the father of this League. Well, after 3 days, to wit upon Friday at 4 of the clock, came the Cardinals Bourbon, Vandome, Vaudimont, Guise: the Dukes Guise, de Maine, d' Elbief: Counts S. Poule, Brissack, Monsieur Roane, Menivell &c. Our hall was never so honoured. I spake of 2 things, the League and the cruelty of Besse in murdering the Scottish Queen. It dured half an hour and somewhat more. Let other men write what I said.|
The K. of Scots sheweth himself by all means Catholicly
bent: hath restored the B.B. of Glasgow, Dellaine, Ross,
to their honours and bishoprics, entertained his mother's
servants, and it is time, for the Prince of Parma hath for his
son a sore part, and desperately forward, condemning the
Scottish for an heretic. The "arbre of the genealogie" is rife
in Flanders; but this very secret I beseech you for God's
sake, and not speak it in my name. I fear it will breed the
greatest trouble that ever was in Christendom. God grant
him a Catholic, or else catch that catch may. If he be a
Catholic he will have his right, I verily believe. You must send
as soon as possibly my cousin's books and apparel, with those
also which Mr. Sutton hath, unless you can sell his gown,
"his S. Thomas his fuñe" and some other apparel, but no
books else. The rest send cum prima opportunitate to me
at Rheims, because many books are mine. Adieu, with a
million of commendations for the "bulchen." God willing
I will see you before it be long. This pridie D. Augustini
Anglorum Episcopi. Mr. Bennet going to Verdun to the
novitiate brings this letter. Yours ever assured W. Gifforde.
[At foot] "Sup: A Monsr. Monsr. D. Elye Docteur Argente, a Poule."
Contemporary copy. Endorsed: Letters of D. Gifford, intercepted. 1 p. (16. 61.)
|The Queen and the Earl of Tyrone.|
|1587, May 13.||
Indenture between the Queen and Hugh
Earl of Tyrone. Whereas the Queen by letters patent on
the 10th May, 1587, granted to Tyrone the castles, lordships
&c. &c. in the territory or country of Tyrone, in Ulster, which
Henry VIII. granted on 1 Oct., 1542, to Conn late Earl of Tyrone
(except the fort on the Blackwater, and lands attached);
now to avoid all controversies by reason of the said letters
patent, it is the Queen's pleasure that the necessary
commissions shall be awarded by the Lord Deputy and
Council for viewing and limiting the bounds, meres and
contents of the said castles, lordships &c. as also other castles,
lordships &c. in the territory of Tyrone which Neile, father
of Turloughe Lenoughe, or others, held of the said Conn Earl
of Tyrone: also to set out the services, rents &c. paid to Conn.
The judges and counsel of Ireland are to set down lawful
means for the speedy restoring of all the said services,
rents &c., and assure the premises to Hugh Earl of Tyrone.
The latter undertakes to convey to Turloughe Lenoughe,
or to Sir Arthur O'Neile his son, such lands &c. lying near
the waters of Fyn and Leefer as the commission shall find
to have been usually possessed by Neile late father of
Turloughe. Various other covenants with regard to
Turloughe. Hugh Earl of Tyrone undertakes for himself
and his heirs not to claim any of the "Vreaughte" which
his grandfather Conn surrendered: or any services, rents &c.
out of the territory of Tyrone, otherwise than as the Lord
Deputy and Council shall appoint: to compel all persons
dwelling upon the premises to continue of good behaviour
towards the English pale, and to deliver offenders: and to
give unmolested passage to the constable and soldiers of the
fort at the Blackwater. Hugh his servants and tenants
to have free passage over the bridge lately builded upon the
Blackwater.—13 May 29 Eliz.
Official contemporary copy. Parchment. 1 sheet.
Blank draft of the above is noted in the Calendar of S.P. Ireland, Eliz: Vol. 129, No. 6: and it is enrolled on the Close Roll 29 Eliz: part 24. (217. 1.)
|1587, June 15.||
Warrant granting lease in reversion to
Raffe Stafferton, gentleman pensioner, for his services.
—Manor of Greenwich, 15 June, 1587.
Signed by the Queen. 1 p. (203. 74.)
|Undertakers in Munster.|
|1587, June 27.||
Letters patent to the Deputy and Council
of Ireland, establishing a scheme for the repeopling of the
province of Munster, by English undertakers. Special
assignments of land are made to (a) Sir Christopher Hatton,
Sir Edward Fitton, Sir Rowland Stanley and their associates;
(b) to Sir Walter Ralegh, Sir John Stowell, Sir John Clifton
and their associates; (c) to Sir Valentine Browne, Sir William
Herbert and their associates; and (d) to Sir W. Courtney,
Edward Unton, Henry Ughtred and their associates.—
Westminster, 27 June 29 Eliz (1587).
35 sheets. Contemporary copy. (209. 2.)
|1587, June 30.||
Warrant granting lease of land to Edward
Strenger, for his services and hurts received.—Manor of
Greenwich, June 30, 1587.
1 p. (203. 75.)
|Master of Gray to Lord [Ambassador A. Douglas].|
I pray your lordship send me over the
letter that I wrote last to you from Scotland, and you shall
have it again. I only crave a copy of it, for that there is
somewhat whispered of it.—Undated.
¼ p. (205. 42.)
|Bewbushe and Shelley Parks.|
|1587, July 20.||
Particular of the parks of Bewbushe and
Shelley, Sussex: with note that the parks were very much
improved by Thomas late Duke of Norfolk, and that Sir Thomas
Shirley has conveyed his whole interest in the lease to Arthur
Middleton.—20 July, 1587.
½ p. (2475.)
|Robert Melvill to the Laird of Barnbugall.|
|[1587,] July 31.||
I received your writing whereby I understand of your good arrival in those parts, also of your conference
with the Queen's Majesty there, besides that you have found
good favour by the help of your good friend Master Arschbald
Douglas. And whereas you make mention that our Sovereign's
mother is to be buried honourably, and would know of his
Majesty whether it be his Highness' pleasure that the defunct
soul be transported in this country, you shall be certified
that I cannot take upon me to meddle therein, knowing how
heavy and displeasant it shall be to move the same unto his
Majesty while [it] continues alike recent in his mind and in all
the subjects of this realm, as they have given demonstration
of late by their heavy regret unto his Majesty. I doubt not
but the Queen's Majesty will have respect to that is most
agreeable to her own honour, seeing it is reported that she
was innocent of that fact. And therefore "mone" [? I must]
remit to your discretion your dealing in that matter. And
I doubt not but her Majesty will be favourable to the poor
servants who have been long prisoners; in special my brother,
that both has "tynt" his time there, and has his mother
departed this life, whom he will have loss of.—Halirudos,
[Holyrood House] last of July.
Holograph. 1½ pp. (199. 13.)
|The Garrison in Ireland.|
Report of the state of the garrison in Ireland
sent to Lord Burghley by Thomas Williams, Clerk of the
1 p. (141. 142.)
|Samuel Cokburne to Lord [Ambassador] Archibald Douglas.|
I was both ashamed and sorry that your
affairs, both there and here, went so hard, and that the credit
of your friendship was so unable to amend it. I am frustrate
of converse with Master Richard, for he is departed. Offers
Signed: Your L, loving nephew.
1¼ p. Mutilated. (205. 32.)
|"M. B."(?) to the Queen.|
|1587, Aug. 20.||
Madame, I will once more, and for the last
time, obey the passion which generates in me the affection
I bear for your Majesty and your affairs, and tell you that when
you first took the protection of the Low Countries I sought
to show you that the places there appeared to be strong but
were not really so, and that where they are strongest by nature
they should by art be made safe from assault and then provided
with every necessary for holding them against a long siege
by armies. And it must be foreseen in the case of those
which can be succoured by sea that the enemy are not able
to take away that advantage, as they did at Sluys the first
day and without loss of a man. These things were easy if
at the beginning order befitting a thing of such importance
had been taken,—as would have been done both quickly,
and at small cost if I had been believed. If I were an Englishman I could say that no one is a prophet in his own country;
but from personal experience I will say that in England a
foreigner is neither believed nor valued; and it annoys me
more for your service than for myself, especially as my opinion
has been confirmed by the capture of Sluys with less than
10,000 men, only because it was not suitably provided. If
any place in those countries was capable of being rendered
impregnable it was Sluys. In spite of many valiant defenders
it was lost because proper measures had not been taken and
it was ill provided with powder. The Duke of Parma is at
Brussels and it is thought that he will attack Berghes or
Ostend, but I think he will wait for the Italians before
attempting anything, and meanwhile make preparations.
Your men ought not to sleep but provide for themselves
while there is time. If, which God forbid, the enemy take
Berghes the island of Walcheren lying between Sluys and
Berghes will be greatly harassed by both. Especially, if a
landing in force is once effected, I fear that the people,
exhausted by long war and seeing the enemy everywhere
victorious, will in despair yield all and that in the end your
only reward for so generous an enterprise will be the enmity
of a most powerful King and the expenditure of a great treasure
and many men. Italians from the kingdom of Naples, said
to be 4,000, are already in Savoy and are followed by others
levied in other provinces of Italy, to be conducted to the
Low Countries, although it is said that if, in passing, the
League has work for them they are commanded to serve it, and
to stop in Lorraine if that Duke has need of them, who would
have been in the greatest danger if the army which assembled
on this side the Rhine had marched straight into Lorraine,
which they would have found unprepared. They have lost a
great opportunity, and now if they do not pass through
Lorraine, which begins to be doubtful, they will utterly lose
reputation; especially as the League will publish that its
forces alone have prevented them, and so gain favour with
the people and reputation with the Queen, and dismay us.
The League was dismayed at hearing of the passage of the
Rhine but has since begun to recover courage, being given
unexpected leisure to provide for itself, as it does. Indeed
report goes that that army takes its way by Burgundy for
Montpelier, away from Lorraine; but it may be that they
have some intelligence which we do not know. Moreover
the adherents of the League are so suspicious that, expecting
the King of Navarre to be in the army in person and to march
quickly into Lorraine or elsewhere, and seeing none of these
things done, they impute a grave error and in their ignorance
judge wrongly of the army and the enterprise, which is in
the hand of God. Your Majesty's resolution to maintain
an armada at sea is very praiseworthy and may do much good
if only for your reputation and the expense to which it will
put the King of Spain in the escorting of his fleets. Moreover
it will be a sentinel to your kingdom and may find opportunity
to capture the whole or part of one of the fleets, or to defeat
the enemy's armada; and it cannot do so little as not to
win its expenses. Begs her to pardon his importunity.—
Paris, 20 August, 1587. "[Di] vostra Maesta umilissimo
servitore M.(?) B.(?)."
Signed. Italian. 4 pp. (16. 18.)
|Haverfordwest and Tenby.|
|1587, Aug. 22.||
Examinations of various persons belonging
to Haverfordwest and Tenby, touching a ship of Wexford
(? the Elizabeth) spoiled by a man of war, and the disposal
of her cargo of salt.—22 August 29 Eliz (1587).
2 pp. (See Calendar of Cecil Papers iii. p. 267, July 3, 1587.) (132. 16.)
Certificate by Sir John Wogan of the executing
of the memorial directed to him by the Admiralty Court,
with regard to the Scottish and Irishmen's salt and ship
brought into Milford Haven by John Vaughan and John
Ten papers of depositions enclosed.
21 pp. (209. 3.)
|Sir Francis Walsyngham to Archibald Douglas.|
|1587, Aug. 24.||
You shall do well to write a letter to the
L. Treasurer to the effect written unto me, who hath more
credit to deal in matters that concern her Majesty's purse
than myself. I find him well inclined to further you. Your L.
knoweth you may well assure yourself of me.
According to your desire I send you a note of the spoils wherewith you were yesterday made acquainted.
I concur with you in opinion that the appointing of a
lieutenant may be put off for a time, until it be seen what will
become of the ordinary course of justice to be done by the
Wardens.—At the Court, 24 August, 1587.
Holograph. 1 p. (203. 76.)
|R. Douglas to the Same.|
|1587, Aug. 30.||
Hamilton, 30 August, 1587.
Printed in Lodge, ii, 348, in extenso.
Holograph. 3 pp. (16. 21.)
|Master of Gray to the Same.|
|1587, Sept. 2/12.||
I marvel I being so long here that I have
never heard from you. I will impute it to nothing as yet,
for that Laurence Abercromby has shewn me that he has a
letter to me. Marry, I know not what is within it, and this
bearer stays not, so I could not make answer, neither know
I by what moyen to cause convey it to you till you advertise
me, which I shall look for. If you let me know what you are
doing, you shall know what I do, and other folks both that
are here; but at your own option. I recommend to you the poor
young man Edward Johnston, and pray you that he may have
his despatch, either good or evil. I marvel that Mr. Secretary
should have given him such answer, seeing I was no more a
courtier I had no further moyen there. I would have rather
supposed the answer in others. And yet I thank God I have
better moyen to do them good or evil nor he who is the greatest
courtier in Scotland. But I have bidden greater matters:
I must abide that with the rest.—Paris, 12 September, 1587,
Holograph. 1 p. (199. 14.)
|1587, Sept. 22./Oct. 2.||
Pass for Edward Gifford, "gentilhomme Anglois," to go to Dunkirk via St. Omer.—Brussels, 2 October,
1587. Signed: Anthoine de Gougnies.
Endorsed by Burghley: "This lewd man was drowned on the seas when he would have taken an English merchant."
French. 1 p. (16. 29.)
|William Stanley to Lord [Burghley ?].|
|1587, Oct. 3.||
With respect to his suit. The 150l. recited,
to be paid to the Queen's use, with the other profits which
are to come to the Queen by reason of the disclosing of the
said concealments, are the greater part of the profits. Prays
that the suit may be granted in his name, which will do
pleasure to a distressed prisoner.—October 3, 1587.
Signed. 1 p. (2118.)
|William Murray to [Archibald Douglas].|
|[1587,] Oct. 4.||
Excuses himself for riding homeward
without speaking to him; it is sore against his will, but he
waited his home coming all Tuesday and this Wednesday
till twelve. Has disbursed all his silver and were it not that
Mr. Richard brought him 20 crowns for his wife, he had been
some behindhand. Must intreat him humbly for the loan of
12l. or 10l. sterling, which will extend in Scots money to one
hundred pounds which he will pay to whoever he appoints.
Will he give the sum to this bearer his companion Patrick
Lichtoune. Anything he can do for him in Scotland he is
to advertise him and he will do it.—London, 4 October.
1 p. (130. 157.)
|1587, Oct. 7.||
Account dated 27 March, 1587, of William
Gowlde against Lord [Archibald] Douglas, for silk, velvet &c.
Total 26l. 19s. 5d. Received 7 Oct., 1587, in part 5l. Note
at foot "Payed of this 10 lib."
½ p. (16. 52.)
|Court of Wards and Liveries.|
|1587, Oct. 14.||
A declaration made to William Lord
Burghley, Master of the Court of Wards and Liveries, by
George Goringe, Esq., Receiver General of the said Court,
of all money he is to be charged with to the Queen Majesty's
use, from his first entry into that office at the end of Trinity
Term, 26 Eliz., until this present 14 October, 29 Eliz. Total
due after deduction of 210l. per annum for allowance and
payments amounting to 7,000l., 3,662l. 7s. 3¼d.
1 p. (139. 187.)
|Patrik Lychtman to Jonet Cant, former spouse to Robert Mowbray.|
|1587, Nov. 1.||
He is employed by a London merchant to
be his factor, and is bound for Marcelis (Marseilles). Thanks
her for her good entertainment. Sends letters for his mother
and for Sir William Keithe. Asks that some of his effects
may be sent to the goodman of the Lord Ambassador's house,
Mr. Hervie, in Lyme St.—Bristol, November 1, 1587.
Holograph. 1 p. (213. 70.)
|The Same to [Archibald Douglas].|
|1587, Nov. 5.||
Expresses his gratitude for Douglas' favours.
Has entered in company with stubborn companions, and
with many fair words and great persuasions they are content
to go with him. In respect of the time here spent, they are
to have a half hire more than was first promised. The bringer
hereof is partner with Mr. Stepers. If Douglas will show them
the courtesy of his house and countenance, it will advance
the writer greatly at their hands. Hopes to do his duty both
to Douglas, and to the contentment of the merchants.—Bristol,
5 November, 1587.
Holograph. Addressed: To the Lord Ambassador of Scotland. 1 p. (16. 43.)
|Earl of Sussex to the Queen.|
|1587, Nov. 5.||
The late Lord, his brother, left him but 450l.
a year, and his "stallment" due to the Queen is 500l. a year.
Begs the Queen to take 250l. or 200l. a year, and leave him
the remainder, till her claim is satisfied.—5 November, 1587.
Signed. 1 p. Printed in Lodge, ii, 356. (16. 44.)
|Richard Douglas to Archibald Douglas.|
|1587, Nov. 6.||
Printed in Lodge, ii, 359, in extenso.
Holograph. 3 pp. (16. 45.)
|John, Duke Casimir.|
|1587, Nov. 7.||
Remembering his obligation given to the
Queen in January last that the army of reuters and Swiss
sent to the succour of the King of Navarre and the Reformed
Churches should not return until a satisfactory peace had
been made, will try with all diligence to make the colonels and
rittmeisters continue their service in good discipline and will
use his authority to make them await the succours he intends
to send them, which shall amount in the least to 4,000 reuters
and two regiments of infantry, half Swiss and half Germans,
to the number of 6,000, whom he undertakes by these presents to raise between now and February next, to pass forthwith
to join the army of the King of Navarre under a prince
of the Empire, and to serve until peace be made. Has
undertaken this charge in consideration of 40,000 florins
quinzebatz piece promised by the Queen, and of succour which
he expects from the Protestant princes of the Empire. Binds
himself to the Queen that no peace shall be made in France
until the King of France pay such sum in ready money as may
satisfy her of the aforesaid sum; and that he will see the
same faithfully paid to her, or that the King of France give
adequate security for such payment.
Endorsed: Copy of Casimir's bond for reimbursement of 40,0004.—7 November, 1587.
French. 1 p. (133. 78.)
|Sir George Carey to the Queen.|
|1587, Nov. 9.||Finds her Majesty has been given to understand by the Lords Lieutenant of Hampshire that the muster of certain hundreds, ordered by her in February, is very inconvenient. Details reasons why the course they propose is dangerous for the shire, perilous for the Isle of Wight, and chargeable. Now, everyone in the shire knows where to repair upon invasion; but if the course be altered they must stand at gaze to behold the beacons fired, not daring to come to aid the place attempted till directed by the Lords Lieutenant. The Wight would be deprived, in this time of threatened invasion, of any assured hope of succour. The proposed change would give him small cause to expect other than a rabble of the least trained, worst armed, and most insufficient persons; but would give a choice of the best sort to the Marquis, and the trained bands to the Earl. The Queen's progenitors in time of danger continued here garrisons to the number of 3,000 for many months, and his necessity now requires the like; but the aid now likely to be allotted to him is not the value of 300 good shot. The island is more likely to be attempted than any other part. How much it is desired by the French their former attempts testified, and by the Spaniards the Queen's later advertisements witness. The Earl of Sussex has informed the Queen that by means of Sir Edward Horsey there was an increase since 1571 of the hundreds allotted to the Wight; but he can find no confirmation of this. If this shire had not a Portsmouth and an Isle of Wight to defend, or if other shires were not appointed to back them, the Lieutenants might desire to be attended with a body of the shire; but where the body is sufficiently armed from other parts, the weakening of them would be an utter overthrow.|
The Lieutenants have heretofore sought to erect this desired
body, but it has never been allowed by the Council, nor agreed
to by the gentlemen of the country. Begs the Queen to
make stay of their proceedings.—Castle of Carisbrooke,
9 November, 1587.
Holograph. Endorsed: Sir G. Carey. 4 pp. (16. 47.)
|1587, Nov. 11.||Certificate by John Denton, mayor, and aldermen of Berwick on Tweed.|
There is brought before them a certificate of sundry gentlemen of Scotland, certifying certain matters to the Lord
Admiral and his deputies, on behalf of Robert Browne,
Scotsman, touching his accusation for piracy. They hereby
certify that the above gentlemen are very honest and credible;
and that the parents, kindred and friends of Browne are of
good and honest reputation.—11 November, 1587.
Parchment. 1 p. (217. 2.)
|Proceedings at Lisbon.|
|1587, Nov. 19.||
Record of proceedings taken at Lisbon,
19 November, 1587, upon the presentation, by Diego Lopez
de Goes, of a petition relating to the 12 December, 1573.
20 pp. Portuguese. (139. 227.)
|Robert Carvylle to Archibald Douglas.|
|1587, Nov. 23.||
Understanding my friend Mr. Secretary
was sick, I determined to ride post to London for despatch
of my business, but was visited with sickness. Remember
me to him, that my suit may pass according to the Queen's
grant. Deliver the writings enclosed to Robert Browne.—
Berwick, 23 November, 1587. Signed.
(On back:) The pest is very sore in Leith and many houses in Edinburgh. 1 p. (16. 50.)
|Richard Douglas to the Same.|
|1587, Nov. 24.||
This bearer, Charles Campbell, near kinsman
to the sheriff of Ayr, being fallen not by his procurement
in trouble in his own country, so that he is not able safely
to remain therein, and now going in company with James
Maitland to seek his fortune, desired my commendations.
He is well travelled and has many languages and would be
glad to have trafficking for some London merchants to Spain.—
Whittinghame, 24 November, 1587.
Holograph. 1 p. (16. 51.)
|Julius Caesar to the Same.|
|1587, Dec. 6.||
The party offers 80l. for the 320 barrels of salt,
being as much as he made for the same, and as much as the
Irishman can by law recover. Recommends the acceptance
of the offer.—Doctor's Commons, 6 December, 1587.
Signed. ½ p. (16. 53.)
|Office of Lord High Admiral.|
|1587, Dec. 20.||
Appointment by Charles, Lord Howard,
Lord Admiral, of William, Lord Burghley as his deputy to execute the office of Lord Admiral during his absence at sea with
the Queen's fleet against the King of Spain.—London, 20
December, 1587, 30 Eliz.
Latin. Parchment. (222. 6.)
|Payments out of the Cheques.|
|1587, Dec. 30.||Payments made out of the cheques by sundry warrants.|
|Payments to the Muster Master for his extraordinary fees; the Auditor; extraordinary lances; Captain Tweddye; extraordinary cannoniers; Sir Thomas Cicell; Captain Thomas Sherley; William Waites, gen.; Sir Wm. Pelham for levy of his cornet; the Lord North for the like. Total 6,865l. 5s. 8d.|
The checks amount to 11,827l. 7s. 7d., since the beginning
of this service, so as, the said charges paid, there is overplus
as yet 4,955l. 1s. 11d. [sic].
Endorsed: 30 December, 1587. Also endorsed by Burghley: "67,747l. 3s. 2d." ½ p. (16. 55.)
|John Hare to the Lord Treasurer [Burghley].|
Understands that Burghley has, upon
Mr. Cooke's suggestion, sent to Mr. Secretary for his (Hare's)
bill. It cannot be come by on account of Lord Essex's
absence, who has it to prefer it to the Queen. Sends fair
copy. Essex is well affected to further it. Cooke's grief
is touching certain words in the bill, which are in three former
patents of the same office, and never till now misliked.
Begs Burghley to further the bill.—Undated.
Holograph. Addressed: "To the Lord High Treasurer."
Endorsed: December, 1587. Bill for the clerkship of the Court of Wards. ½ p. (16. 56.)
|Frauncys Jobson to the Council.|
He not only at his own charges surveyed
and made this plot of the river of Waterford, but has annexed
thereto a plot which will bring in great increase towards the
charges of the Fort of Duncannon, and mightily weaken the
enemy, by depriving them of victuals, which heretofore have
been conveyed to them forth of the parts adjacent to the
said river. In consideration whereof he prays for the oversight of the keeping the fort in repair, with allowance, and
the executing of certain things mentioned in the plot.—
Petition. ½ p. (186. 75.)
|1587.||"Remembrances for your Lordship's [Lord Cobham's] causes."|
Include: payment of rent from Mr. William Brooke to
King's College, Cambridge, for the manor of Sampford
Courtenaie, and other matters connected with that manor.
Directions as to my Lord's causes in law: certain of them
to be entrusted to Mr. Windham "during your Lordships'
absence." My Lord's claim to Mr. Hugh Brooke's lands.
My Lord's fee of "Southfrieth." Mr. George Cobham's
debt to the Queen. Directions for the buildings at Cobham.
Statement as to my Lord's revenues. Directions for the household during my Lord's absence.—Undated.
Endorsed: 1587. "Remembrances for your Lordship's causes at home." 5 pp. (16. 66.)
i. Latin verses, on Ecclesiasticus ch. 41 v. 8, signed
"Edmund Smith, Huntingtoniensis pro d. Fundatrice
discipulus April 27."
Endorsed: "1587 p. Fraunces Snell." ½ p. (140. 73.)
ii. Latin verses on Ecclesiasticus 41. vv. 5 and 6, signed
"Gilbertus Linacer Darbiensis divi Johannis admissus
discipulus pro domina Fundatrice Anno Domini 1587."
½ p. (140. 74.)
|Isle of Jersey.|
List of certain inhabitants of the Isle of Jersey.
1 p. (142. 90.)
|1587.||Swans upped in the year 1587 by John Thorowgood, master of the game, and other gamesters, in the river of Lea &c. Addressed to the Lord Treasurer. 3 pp. (203. 77.)|
|Robert Beale to [Sir Robert Cecil].|
The attorneys of York complain against the Secretary's office for fees supposed to be wrongfully taken. Gives
the history of the fees, and the grounds upon which they
are taken, and begs that as the right of the fee of the examinership is remitted to the judges, this cause may be heard then
also. "The cause of my not going down to York is well
known to her Majesty and the Council, which was the slander
and threatenings published against me in all languages in
print, for carrying down the commission concerning the Queen
of Scots. Her Highness' pleasure was made known by her
letters sent down for the allowance of my deputy to serve
in my place and to be sworn of the Council there; therefore
this deserves not to be objected against me now." Begs
[Cecil] to favour him at his brother's hands.—Undated.
3½ pp. (196. 97.)
|Quarrel between Sir Cuthbert Collingwood and Sir John Selby and others.|
|1587.||i. Minutes of proceedings relating to the above dispute, comprising:|
|1. Summary of wrongs done by Sir Cuthbert Collingwood to Sir John Selby and William Selby his son.|
|2. Wrongs done by Mr. Clavering to Sir John Selby, Mr. Strother and William Selby.|
|3. Sir John Selby and William Selby their honest dealing for appeasing these troubles.|
|4. Injuries pretended on Sir Cuthbert Collingwood's part to be done to him by Sir John Selby and William Selby.|
5. Brief notions of certain circumstances and reasons to
prove the affray betwixt Sir Cuthbert Collingwood and
William Selby not to have been pretended on Selby's part.
Copy. 2 pp. (138. 213.)
|[1587.]||ii. Articles propounded by Sir Cuthbert Collingwood to Sir John Selby.|
|1. The Burnes' of Scotland, having last June sent him a challenge to fight with any six of his name, Sir John Selby wrote that, if advertised of the day and place of combat, he would assist with all his friends. This offer he taking thankfully wrote to Sir John praying earnestly that the place for combat might be in his wardenry; whereto Sir John consented not above four or five days before the one fixed for the combat. Nevertheless Sir John despatched letters in great haste to the gentlemen of the country commanding, in the Queen's name, that neither they nor their people should repair to the place.|
|2. Thus deceived, he wrote Sir John a letter, which the latter pretendeth to be the original of his malice. On the appointed day, William Selby, the son, with twenty horsemen or thereabouts all warlike appointed coming unto the field of combat declared in the hearing of the assembly that he had slandered his father, and read a letter from his father of most despiteful displeasure and malice at such height as all the company in the field might take notice thereof, adding of his own speech that, if Collingwood or any of his friends were offended therewithal, he and his friends would fight six to six, or otherwise, if they durst. Whereto he answered that his coming there that day was not to the offence of the worst Englishman there, much less to any appertaining to the lord governor of Berwick, but for defence of his just cause against some thanes of Scotland.|
|3. He thought good then to send two gentlemen to Sir John Selby at Twisell to inform him of the behaviour of his son, who returning delivered answer in the hearing of many that, if his son had brought such letter or so misused himself, Sir John would be contented that his son should receive his deserved punishment. On this answer he went to Berwick where Mr. Randolph, her Majesty's ambassador, who there tried to compose matters, but Sir John refused his order.|
|4. Afterwards, at Newcastle William Selby with three score persons came against him in the street, in sight of the justices of Assize, who sent the sheriffs to bring Selby to be bound to keep the peace, but he with his brother Ralph and others avoided the town. Returning from Newcastle later, in the company of his wife and daughter, the sheriff of the county and others, all almost unarmed, excepting three pistols, they were all assaulted by a commandment given by William Selby, himself crying to his company, Strike! villains, Strike! Whereupon ensued the murder of William Clavering; his own hurt in a place most likely to kill; the present flight of the assailants; and, after flight having of necessity yielded, the escape of William Selby with five others. The fray thus ended, and of the offenders, some taken and some escaped; he lying at Cawsaye Park, whither he was brought not able to travel farther for his wound; it chanced that one Clement Strother, supposed untruly to have been hurt at Morpeth where none of his servants were at that time, whereas they following the hue and cry for apprehending William Selby and his company were watching about Felton, having a steel cap and a pair of plate sleeves and mounted upon a good gelding, came upon the said watch, and (as he saith) fearing they should do him hurt offered to fly at his best speed, which caused them to follow, taking him to be one of those escaped; and in the chase one Martin Blacklocke shot him in the arm with a "dagge," of which hurt, God be thanked! Strother is likely to recover. About the same time, other servants of his upon the hue and cry hearing at Alnwick that one Shaftoe, brother to one of the fellows, was come thither late at night with a led horse supposed to have carried one of them which were at the murder (as after proved true), charged Shaftoe's host that he should be forthcoming in the morning to be examined before a justice of the peace; who in the morning was examined before Sir John Forster. Since that time the lord lieutennant hath had the examination of that cause at large.|
In addition to these wrongs inflicted on him, he has been
so slandered by the Selbys for unmanly, unlawful and injurious
demeanour at that time and since to his friends hereby and
abroad, to the lords of the Council and of the Court, and to
her Majesty herself, that he is like to fall into great disgrace;
and therefore he desires that he may have redress for his wrongs
and defamation of character, either by virtue of the power
now in the lord lieutenant by their mutual consents, or by
his lordship's certificate to inform the Queen and others,
now perhaps most deceitfully abused, of the truth.
Endorsed: Draughts of the abridgements made by Sir Cuthbert Collingwood against Sir John Selby. Copy. 5 pp. (138. 219.)
|1587.||iii. Answer of Sir John Selby. Confesses first part of Article 1 to be true. To the latter part, answers that Mr. Randolph, her Majesty's ambassador in Scotland, informed by the King of the intended combat and by him requested to take order for the part of England that neither assembly nor combatters should be on the day prefixed at the appointed place, lest by some unhappy accident the good amity between their Majesties and their subjects might be infringed, did make promise to the King to effectuate his peaceable desire; and, coming to Berwick from that Court two or three days before the combat should have [been] held, by earnest and special letters desired him to come thither; he being then at his country house making preparations for the combat and having charged, as well all under his charge as his friends, to prepare for the same, which may be in all indifferent men's eyes a great argument of his love for Sir Cuthbert, having neither warrant from her Majesty, her Council nor the lord governor for the same. At his coming to Berwick next morning, Mr. Randolph declared (Sir Henry Wootherington, governor for the time, and the captains and principal officers of the town being present) what had passed with the King; and requested, in the Queen's name, that none under their charge should assist at that combat. Whereupon Sir Henry gave strait commandment to the captains and officers, and he [Sir John] despatched letters countermanding his first to all within the east marches. For the truth of this, refers to Mr. Randolph's report; who before the combat wrote letters of the same effect to Sir Cuthbert and was not obeyed. Which contempt was punished by direction from her Majesty.|
|To Article 2, answers that this letter was indeed the very cause, not of his malice, but of his dislike to Sir Cuthbert, and of the answer sent by his son which, in respect of the letter, was very modest. Confesses that Sir Cuthbert desired him to stay the delivering of the answer, whereunto he could not condescend for the better satisfaction of his innocence to all present. Denies generally the rest of this article and for the truth of his statement refers to Mr. William Carr, of Ford, Master Thomas Swynnons, and Cuthbert Armerer, his kinsmen, whom (he supposes) indifferent men will think witnesses without exception.|
|To Article 3, answers that his reply by the messengers was that if his son had passed the bounds of his commission himself should answer it, and denies, that he ever refused to abide Mr. Randolph's order. Here in order should have followed the diligent travail taken by the right honorable the Earl of Rutland, the Lord Eure and the said ambassador, her Majesty's commissioners to pacify and compound this quarrel which remained frustrate by the obstinate wilfulness of Sir Cuthbert. This omission of a matter so important to be known in these controversies shews his partial dealing and refutes the entrance of Article 4; he wrongfully accuses Selby of having refused arbitration that he might prosecute his malice—a mark of strange boldness to accuse his adversary of that whereof he knows himself to be culpable.|
|To Article 4, answers that his son denies generally the truth of the account of what took place at Newcastle and elsewhere in the same article, and that the true account will be found in a discourse penned by his son and sent to the lord lieutenant at the last gaol delivery; to which account he refers. As to the affray, the meeting with Sir Cuthbert was quite accidental; Sir Cuthbert and his company were more in number; alighted first; drew their weapons first; shot pistols first; and, for aught he knows were better appointed. Marvels that Sir Cuthbert and the sheriff, pretending to religion and common honesty will by denial of a truth known to their consciences forge, against their knowledges, a contrary falsehood by so indirect a means.|
Headed: "Sir John Selby his answer to certain articles
penned by Sir Cuthbert Collingwood and delivered to the
gentlemen chosen for both parties for the hearing of their
mutual grievances by the right honorable the lord lieutenant's
Copy. 10 pp. (138. 214.)
For other papers on this subject see S.P. Dom., Addenda, Eliz., Vols. 29 and 30.
|Grooms of the Queen's Stable.|
Warrant (unsigned) granting to Edward Binyen
and others, grooms of the Queen's stable, certain leases in
reversion. Note by J. Herbert that the Queen grants the
above, on certain conditions.—Undated.
Addressed to Lord Burghley and Sir Walter Mildmay. 1 p. (204. 83.)
|The Marquis of Brandenburgh to the King of [ ].|
Thanking him for his favorable reception of the
former petition and his succour in the important Prussian
business by intercession to the King in Poland, whereby the
affairs are drawn unto such good terms that there is hope
by the next general assembly to bring them to the wished
end without any great labour and farther inconvenience;
and placing himself at his disposal.
Endorsed: "1587. Translation of the Marquis of Brandenburgh his letter to his Majesty." 1 p. (133. 79.)
|King of Navarre.|
i. Declaration des justes causes qui ont contraint
le Roi de Navarre de recourir aux armes.—Undated.
French. 10 pp. (246. 61.)
ii. The causes that have moved the King of Navarre and
the Prince of Conde to take arms.—Undated.
French. 4½ pp. (246. 67.)
|Sir William Russell to the Lord Treasurer [? Burghley].|
Is to be discharged of the Governorship of
Flushing, prays for the entertainment due to him and to his
½ p. (833.)
|Jean Vand Beke, Pensioner of the town of Flissingue, on behalf of the authorities of that town, to his Excellency (the Earl of Leicester?).|
|[1587 or later.]||
His petition to the Council being a second
time rejected, he applies to his Excellency, as Lieutenant
of the Queen, as his last refuge, praying that the above town
may not be put in a worse position, as the pledge of the United
Provinces for the assurance of the treaty made with her
Majesty, than it was before, against the express stipulations
of the treaty; but that it may be supported by his Excellency's
authority, according to articles 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, and 15, copy
of which he encloses. In the treaty, the town has been in
no wise subject to expense of fortifications. The fortification
commenced last year at the Bolwerck d'Altena has great
need to be perfected, and the town secured "aupres la prison";
which will cost about 12,000 florins. He prays his Excellency
to persuade the States, general or particular, to provide for
that; or else to take it into her Majesty's charge, who is the
most interested therein. Prays for increased aid towards
the expenses caused by the increased English garrison there.
The Secretary of the town has been obliged to raise on his
own credit money for payment of the four ensigns and
companies lately entered there. The Governor has promised
repayment out of the money come from England, but it is
impossible to rely upon such an uncertainty: he prays therefore that the Treasurer Manmaker may be ordered to make
that payment. Prays that her Majesty's Treasurer may
be ordered to pay all that is due for the captains and soldiers
in the hospital, and for burghers of the town, up to the date
of payment; also for some extraordinary assistance to the
hospital, for reasons detailed. Prays favourable consideration
of the services of the Lieutenant Governor, Sergeant Major,
Marshall, and Minister and "Commissaire Particulier" of the
Musters; also of disbursements made by (? for) Jehan de
Louvain, prisoner of the late Monsieur de Sydney.—Undated.
Petition. French. Head Note: "To this last request nothing as yet is answered." 2½ pp. (186. 47.)
|Nicholas Wilson to the Council.|
Son of the late Mr. Secretary Wilson, Dean of
Durham. Prays the Council to require John Barnes, son and
executor of the Bishop of Durham, to account to petitioner
for the profits of the deanery, committed to the Bishop's
charge for the benefit of Mr. Wilson's posterity.—Undated.
½ p. (885.)
|Inhabitants of Carshalton, Surrey, to the Council.|
As to the bequest of Mr. John Wilford, (fn. 2) late
Alderman of the City of London, for the repair of highways
which had been new made and repaired by Mr. James Wilford
his father: which bequest is now administered by the Merchant
Taylors. A road. in their parish leading from Mitcham to
Sutton (the high passage from Mitcham to Nonsuch) was
new made as above, and the Merchant Taylors have granted
them two years allowance for its repairs, but only upon the
churchwardens entering into great bond, with unreasonable
limitations. Pray for letters to the Merchant Taylors to
cancel the bond, and that they may enjoy the benefit of the
gift without danger.—Undated.
½ p. (2014.)
|Lands to be conveyed by the Queen.|
Schedule of "Lands to be assured from her
Majesty for years to the Lady Marques and the fee simple
to the L. Dacres and Lady Anne his wife." "Lands to be
conveyed to the Earl of Leicester and one other feofee."
Reasons why these estates are required to be taken in the Earl of Leicester's name: and detail of bonds upon the property.—Undated.
2 pp. (205. 93.)
ii. Another copy of first portion of the above, "La. Marquis"
being struck out.—Undated.
1 p. (205. 92.)
Paper addressed to the Lord Treasurer by Robert
Legge, Deputy Remembrancer in Ireland, on the reformation
of abuses and disorders in Ireland: principally concerning
the English civil and judicial services. Mentions Mr. Peyton
"now auditor" of whom he makes strong complaint.—
11 sheets. (210. 19.)
|John Sherife to the Lord Treasurer.|
Late clerk of the ordnance in Munster,
for payment of money due to him, as certified by Captain
Jacques Wynckefield, Master of the Ordnance of Ireland.—
½ p. (1668.)
|J. Murray to Archibald Douglas.|
|[c. 1587 ?]||Efter my service efter the auld faith il vill pleis you I thot to hawe seine yowr L. bot aluayis I did se you ere I com away bot I did intend till hawe sene yowr L. in uther forme. Aluayis you sall vit and I sucoir kingis lyfis and ladyis honars. I var to bleime as yowr L. sall heir and I leif non ellis. Commend my hartlie service to ye secretar and schaw him I am on of the catholik kirk vill I see his Lo. And als il vill pleis you remember ye litill tailyowr and schaw yowr curtasie and gwid vill to him accordinge to yowr promiss and in doing heirof you vill hawe ane trew servand of him and siklyk be ane of the bretherin of the kirk of Cryst, and stand finders gwid freind: remember on(e) esop of the lionne and the pwir muss.|
This far I thot to lat yow knaw unto ye tyme ve meit as in
the sedull yt I schaw in heist being compleit. Quha is not ane
gwid bakfreind the devel tak him to hell. J. Murray Maister
Farrier to his grace et cetera as secreter valingham sayis.
Addressed: To ye vy and his treist nobill lord my lord Archbald Duglass Ambasat. for the King of Scotland Et cetera. 1 p. (205. 5.)
|J[ames] Hudson to the Lord Ambassador of Scotland.|
Pardon me if I go not with John Dure, for I have
a tryst with Mr. Andrews for a bond of 300l. for my niece.—
1 p. (205. 11.)
|P. Tourner to Lord [Ambassador Douglas].|
Having spoken to Mr. John Douglas, who has
shown him of some information made of him, he takes God
to witness he never thought to do such a thing. Begs his
Lordship's help.—This Sunday.
Holograph. ½ p. (205. 3.)
Intelligence of Ireland and Scotland, by Thomas
2 pp. (141. 146.)
Inventory of the goods and gear of William
1 p. (141. 279.)
|Latin Verses by Thomas Murray.|
Apparently descriptive of the dangers threatening
England and Scotland. The death of the Queen of Scots
is referred to, and Elizabeth and James are urged to avoid
the horrors of war. The concluding lines are as follows:—
"Diva Britannæa secura quiescit in aula,
Relligio, sociis concomitata suis.
Libera depositis peragemus et otia bellis
Vos, ego, cum populo nostraque terra meo.
Vos precor hæc memori mea verba recondita mente
Sit satis hoc lacrimis exposuisse meis."
Dixit et ætherio visu mirabile nimbo
Conditur, a visu se rapuitque meo.
Signature. 7 pp. (205. 43.)
|Thomas Vautrollier, printer, of London, to the Queen.|
"That whereas of late for want of a printer
in Scotland, since my coming thence I have been employed
by the Lord Ambassador here resident, and some others
near the King in that country, to imprint the book of Psalms
with the order of service now there used, for the only use and
benefit of that Church. And that by virtue of a licence
obtained from the right honourable the lords of your Majesty's
Privy Council, I have ended the said Psalms, with purpose
to perform the rest, without the which the book will be to
them unperfect and improfitable: In respect of the great
charges already sustained, the necessity of the books in
Scotland, the want of a printer there, and the satisfaction
of such honorable persons as have put the work into my hands,
I humbly crave of your Majesty to be licensed to imprint
the one, as well as the other, seeing the order of the Book
doth not permit the one to be without the other. Being
willing to enter into sufficient bond, that none of the books
so printed shall be uttered or sold within this realm but sent
forthwith into Scotland."—Undated.
1 p. (98. 179.)
ii. The same to the Council. To the same effect as above.—
½ p. (186. 165.)
|[After 1587.]||"The latter employments of John Herbert of the Requests to her Majesty."|
|1583. To Frederick II. King of Denmark. For the maintenance of the navigation to St. Nicolas, the which had been impugned by the K. of Denmark for 20 years. The treaty and conclusion wherof remains yet in force, to the great good of her Majesty's subjects. In like manner for the passage through the Sound. For the mitigation of divers new impositions; and stay that no further exactions should be demanded.|
|To Stephen Batore, King of Poland. For the renewing of former leagues with that kingdom. The settling of her Majesty's subjects at Elbing, and the granting unto them of free handling in all parts of the King's dominions. In which negotiation the King appointed divers Commissioners. The first at Elbing, where her Majesty's subjects desired to have the staple, as well for merchandise to be brought in as carried out. The next at Grodno. To consider the points that the former Commissioners and he had agreed upon at Elbing, and also his further demands.|
|1584. Many doubts arising of this conference, the King appointed a third Commission at Elbing. The conference being ended, and penned by both sides, the King referred the further consideration thereof unto the Assembly of Nobility at Lublin, upon propounding whereof the whole nobility appointed a further meeting at Levartowe.|
|1585. This Assembly at Lublin being dissolved, before our colloquy was ended at Levartowe, the King appointed him to repair to the great Assembly of all Estates at Warsowe, where it was agreed that all former treaties between the Crown of England and the State of Poland should stand in full force and effect; and that her Majesty's subjects should have their assured staple at Elbing, with free handling throughout all the King's dominions, and with enjoying of all franchises, immunities and privileges fit for merchants. In the possession whereof they continue till this day, to the great good of both the kingdoms.|
|1585. To the Margrave of Brandenburg, Governor of Prusland, during the lunacy of the Duke. For the free passage of her Majesty's subjects at the Habe, the stay of all new impositions there, and the settling of the rates of all merchandise for the more easy payment of custom thereafter.|
1587. To the States of the Low Countries. To maintain
and approve the actions of the Earl of Leicester, which were
then impugned by the said States. To procure his Lordship's
return with honour and credit fit for his place; and to persuade
the States to send Commissioners to the treaty of peace that
was then to be held at Burburough in Flanders.—Undated.
Endorsed: "1600" struck through. 2 pp. (16. 62.)
|Verses upon Anne, Countess of Oxford.|
"Ad Illustris. foeminam D. Annam Veram
Comitissam Oxonii cum Illustriss. Conjux Edoardus Verus
Comes Oxonii in transmarinis partibus versaretur. Scriptu
in fronte Novi Testamenti."
Latin. ½ p. (140. 124.)
Upon the death of Lady Anne, Countess of Oxford
[died 1588]: by Wilfred Samonde. Dedicated to Lord
English. 11 pp. (277. 8.)