Cecil Papers: 1593

Pages 477-506

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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John Standish to [his Father and Mother].
[1593,] Feb. 5. Sends commendations to them and his brothers and sisters. His master, Don Petro de Valdes is in good health. He and Don Pedro de Vallesedese have promised not to have him into Spain without his parents' consent. Is promised a passport for England, also clothes and money to pass by Zealand or France, but he means not to come. God has prospered him in the true Catholic faith, and he cannot turn to be a heretic. If he had not come over with Don Pedro, he should yet have stolen away from his parents seeing they would not give him leave to go into Spain with Don Pedro. If his parents would have the true faith shown them they would live and die in it, as he means to do. Doubts not but to see the true Catholic faith as well in England as ever it was with the help of the noble King of Spain's soldiers. —5 February.
1 p. No address. (22. 42.)
Lord Burghley to Anne, Countess of Warwick.
1592–3, Feb. 12. A bill of complaint is exhibited in the Court of Wards against her in behalf of Henry Lord Barkley, to which answer has to be made. She is therefore desired to send her solicitor or counsel to the Court at Easter term, to peruse and answer the bill, that the cause may receive trial.— Court of Wards and Liveries, 12 February, 1592.
Signed. 1 p. (213. 92.)
Earl of Pembroke to the Queen.
1592–3, Feb. 12. His report upon an intended fortification of Milford Haven. Recommends the fortifying of the point of Dale Road, the Stacks, and the island called Ratts Island or Ferne Island; and the defending of the town of Tinby and Pembroke Castle. 2,000 foot have already been taken out of the trained bands of Somerset and Gloucester for the relief of Milford Haven; he would add thereto 1,000 foot more and 500 good horse, all English, to be furnished with great ordnance, to repair thither against such time as the enemy's landing is expected. The English forces will be found better armed and better disposed than many of the inhabitants of the Welsh shires adjoining, who are in religion generally ill affected as may appear by their use of Popish pilgrimages, their harbouring of massing priests, their retaining of superstitious ceremonies, and the increase of recusants. There is therefore reason to fear lest the Pope's wicked persuasions by his bulls, and the Spanish King's corruption by his pistolets, may work effect on a people so inclined. Discusses reasons against the course proposed.—Baynard's Castle, 12 February, 1592.
Signed. 5½ pp. (203. 136.)
Justices of Assize.
1592–3, Feb. 15. Lists of Justices of Assize: made February 15, 1592.
(278. 1 and 2.)
Robert Melvill to Archibald Douglas.
[1593,] Feb. 24. Prays that the bearer may have licence to transport 6 tuns of beer. Thanks him for furthering David Sarne's last suit. Offers services.
"The King our master is in good health, thanks be to God, and using the office of a good prince to unite his nobility where some jealousy was constant amongst them. The Earl of Huntlye is come to his Majesty, ready to obey his Highness' will as well for keeping good order that no Jesuit be permitted to remain on his wings, and willing to accord with the Earl Marshall, as in like manner the Lord Herys has been here, and promises to satisfy his Majesty for border matters. In case he may do so, his Majesty will accept him in favour, otherwise his Highness' self will pass in those parts."— Halirudus (Holyrood House), 24 February.
Holograph. 1 p. (186. 100.)
The Carrack.
[1592–3, Feb.] The division of the carrick's goods between the Earl of Cumberland, Sir Walter Ralegh, the City of London, Sir Horatio Palavicino, and Mr. Thomas Middleton.
(142. 176.)
R. D[ouglas] to [Archibald Douglas].
[1593?] Mar. 17. Recommends the bearer, son to the late Clerk of the Register, and husband of Archibald's niece.
I wrote to your L. long since by a way that Mr. Thomas Cranstoune laid out to me, which because since that time I have neither heard from you, nor any with you, I am uncertain whether it be come to your hands or not. By that way I laid out some grounds to you which I purposed to have followed forth, which since by the many tumults and alterations fallen out here are all changed. For my own part my credit in our Court is very small, he which is our irreconcilable enemy bearing the sway and ruling all; neither can I find a proper time, his credit and malice continuing, to get such matters brought about as we thought, and divers of the Council were disposed unto, for they are so timorous to do anything, or lay out matters to the King that may offend that man, that many good purposes touching the King's service very near dare not be touched. But yet I am holden in hope in some little time that it shall be brought to pass, and that the King shall see the wiong he has done you, and to himself and his service in you. He is now in a very dangerous course, which will not fail to endanger his estate, for in setting to "sile" (? assoil) the Earl of Huntley at this time, which he is about, when both he is in a direct contrary course to the kirk and "borrones" (? barons), and very few of the nobility concurring, it is very (sic) he shall shake his own "louse" (? loose). But of these matters ("I shall write" struck through) and others of this purpose I shall more particularly (sic) with your man William Donaldsone, who is within a week to take journey towards you. All the general news here the bearer will let you know. I have heard nothing of your estate, but that which is spoken at our Court, and by the King himself, that your estate and credit should of late be grown better there than it was. I told some of the Council here, who spake it to me, that they might be sure there was nothing did you harm there but the affection they know you bear to his Majesty and his service, which they seeing so evil acquit(ted), would move them to make the more of you to win you to be theirs. But I fear it be not as the King is informed, for it is too good to be true.—Edr (Edinburgh), 17 March.
Holograph. 1 p. (186. 30.)
The Carrack.
1593, March 26. Warrant to . . . to deliver certain goods "that came forth of the carrike, belonging and challenged by Captain Norton," to the said Norton. List of the goods follows, with certain items marked "opened."—The Court, 26 March, 1593.
Signed by Sir Robert Cecil, and signature afterwards crossed out. 1 p. (203. 139.)
The Queen's Debts.
1593, April 10. Certificate of "Sperat" debts due to the Queen in the Remembrancer's Office, except debts due for customs, imposts, subsidies, fifteenths, and tenths; between 20 September, 1589, and 10 April, 1593.
7 pp. (245. 3.)
Examination of Richard Ireland.
1593, April 22. Is 44 years old: born at Denbigh: apprenticed to a tanner in Chester: went to Dublin in service under Sir Henry Bagnall about the Newry, about 14 or 15 years. Next went to Scotland, then to London with Mr. God, a merchant of London, and came to Mr. Alderman Hart's house, and there met with a seminary priest called Sir Dennyce, by whose means he was brought before the Lord Chancellor a year past to be examined about Sir John Parret's causes. Afterwards went to Bergen op Zoom; and after Allhallows last was taken prisoner and carried to Antwerp; and there he wrought at his occupation till Lady Day last, when he had leave to come away. Went to Calais and took passage hither in a ship of Dover. Being offered the oath of supremacy he took it, and saith that being in Ireland he was servant to Mr. Meredeth, Bishop of Laughlen and Dean of St. Patricks, and in that while he had the keeping of Sir Dennyce, and by that means he was acquainted with him.— 22 April, 1593.
Signed: "Richard Ierland."
2 pp. (203. 140.)
For letters relating to above see Cecil Papers IV., p. 305.
Buildings in London.
[1593, April.] "An act for restraint of new buildings, converting great houses into several tenements, and for restraint of inmates and inclosures in and near unto the Cities of London and Westminster."
Corrections by Burghley.
3 sheets. Printed in Statutes of the Realm, 35 Eliz. c. 6. (141. 123.)
E. Stanhope to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, May 12. I have sent you a letter at the Earl of Northumberland's desire, who feasteth us all here very royally. I was by when a letter came from you and Mr. Woulley to Mr. Wynter, who laments that he should be so mistaken either by the Queen or any of your honours "as that he would give the advantage is taken." He confesses his many late losses, his long and chargeable imprisonment, and the hard dealing which he supposes has been offered him by Mr. Drake did trouble his conscience, though not so far as to make him commit so gross an error as is supposed he should be faulty in. But he is conformable in matters of charge, only with the mind of a "cavallyer" he would not be foiled in his reputation in Court. When I shall see you both in this and othe matters I shall be apt to discourse as your leisure will serve. But for the Bath I am almost so out of love withal as I fear I shall not return hither in haste, but would fain haste homewards.—May 12.
Holograph. Endorsed: Mr. Jo. (sic) Stanhoppe to my Mr. From the Bathe 12 May, 1593. 1 p. (203. 141.)
Chasteaumartin to the Lord Treasurer.
1593, May 18/28. Par mes despeches du 22 de ce mois; qui sont les dernieres, je vous ay adverty de lestat de larmee espagnole qui se fait au passage, et la dilligence que lon y huze pour la randre preste. Je vous advertiray par la presante de ce que jen ay apris despuis, et des aultres ocurrances, L'homme duquel je vous fais mencion aux ditz despeches est arrive ycy, et nous a raporte que lon travaille tousjours apres ladite armee pour la randre preste, mais quilz ont faulte de mariniers; touttefois il esperent en recovrer de Brettaigne dou il en attendent dun jour a aultre. Il y a deus mil cinq cens hommes arrives d'Aragon au passage et Saint Sebastien, que se doivent embarque sus la dite armee. Leur dessain est de venir en cette riviere et sy fortifie, comme je vous ay par cy devant escrit. Il y a six galleres venues de Portugal a Saint Andre, et se doivent joindre avec la dite armee au passage.
Les vint et huict na vires de Lisbonne et Calix sont partis soubz la conduicte de Fernan Teles, et sont alles pour rancontre et conduire les flottes qui viennent des Indes. Il estoit venu novelles ycy que une partie de la flotte des Indes Occidentales estoit arrivee a Ceville, mais il ny a rien d'arrive encores. Le Roy despaigne doit aller a Lisbonne pour fere jure son filz heretier de la coronne de Portugal, comme il a desia fait jure en Aragon et Navarre. Jay este adverty quil y a un Anglois que despuis sett o huict mois ensa faict de voiages en Espagne, et prend son passage d'Angleterre a Calais, au il laisse un passeport quant il passe en Angleterre de ceus de la Ligue. Celluy qui men a adverty ma dit quil a costume de loge au Trois Rois et que set un homme de moyenne estature, maigre de visage, et hage denviron trente cinq ans. Il sera bon dy prandre garde. Sil capite a Bayonne je latrapperay. Le siege de Blaye continue, et ne sy est rien ynoue despuis mes dernieres despeches. La dite armee espagnole ne peut partir du passage que les mariniers quil attendent de Brettaigne ny soit arrives.—Bordeaus, 28 May, 1593.
Holograph. 1 p. (199. 22.)
Anthony Bacon to the Earl of Essex.
[1593 ?] May 19. Thanks him for the litter. The effect of the motion has been to bring on an attack of the stone. His obligations to Mr. Barker, who came from Shrewsbury to attend him. Begs for Essex's countenance to Barker, whom he describes as of a solitary nature and retired life, in that he refused his service to the late Earl of Shrewsbury, notwithstanding his omnipotency in that country. Yesterday Mr. Smith came and brought the enclosed, which he begs Essex to reserve to himself. If Essex is willing to assist Smith therein, he prays him to write both to Lord Euers for Smith's favourable free passage, and to Mr. Bowes, ambassador in Scotland, to assist him there. Other matters he refers to Reynolds.—Twittnam Lodge, 19 May.
Holograph. 1 p. (79. 63.)
Chasteaumartin to the Lord Treasurer.
1593, May 23/June 2. Je vous ay par cydevant escrit sus un escossois qui voiage en espagne fort sovent, et despuis avoir heu ferme mes lettres, jay seu quil en estoit arrive un a Bayonne, avec des despeches du Roy d'Espagne pour le Roy d'Escosse, de quoy jay adverty Monsieur le marechal, qui a incontinant a ma persuazion donne hordre de le faire prandre, et par moyens dont le dit Roy d'Escosse ne se puisse escandalizer. Il ma semble vous en debvoir advertir, par ce que la communicacion de ces deux princes ne peult rien aporte de bon a vos affaires. Sil y a aus ditz despeches quelque choze qui toche le service de sa Mageste je les vos envoyeray. Le Roy d'Espagne a retranche les pencions quil donoit aus Anglois fugitif en Espagne, qui les a rendus mizerables, set le payemant quil meritent. Anthoene Standen est alle en Flandres, et porra estre passera en Escosse. Cet celluy qui estoit prisonnier en cette ville, que Monsieur Bacon fit delivere sus lesperance quil donnat de fere service. Je suis sus mon partemant pour men aller a Bayonne, et randre a sa Mageste la service que je luy dois, auquel je nobmettray chose qui soit du debvoir dun bien fidelle serviteur. Jay recomande au porteur de la presente qui est Vuillen Harrisson, de conduire devant vous un jeune Anglois qui vient de Madril, et qui se rettire en Angleterre, affin que par luy mesme vous puissies savoir ce quil saura des affaires de pardela.— Bordeaus, 2 Juing, 1593.
Holograph. 1 p: (199. 23.)
Hatfield House.
1593, May 30. Grant to Sir John Fortescue and his son William of the keepership of Hatfield House, parks etc.— 30 May, 35 Eliz. (1593).
Contemporary copy. 2½ sheets. (209. 4.)
Emanuel Dandrades to the Lord Treasurer.
1593, June 7/17. Since my last to your Excellency, the Spaniards who were to embark in M. de Gordon's ship have left this town for Brussels. Before they left, Antonio Estande [Anthony Standen] was for three hours shut up in a chamber with one of them, named Captain Morazin; and when they took leave, he begged the said Captain to do him the kindness to give his recommendations to Don Juan Idiaquez. All this I myself saw and heard.—Calais, 17 June, 1593.
Spanish. ½ p. (203. 142.)
The Same to the Same.
1593, July 2/12. Since writing to you on the 9th, I have talked with the priests who have come to accompany "Mestreza Semit" [Mistress Smith?] as I mentioned, and showing myself with them very zealous for the service of King Philip, as "Mestreza Semit" had assured them; and discoursing with them of my great grief at having seen Antonio Estande go into the Queen's service, they told me that he certainly had no such intention, for that two days before he left the Spanish Court, he was closeted for more than four hours with the Duke of Pestrano and Father Parsons, holding before them a "papa mundi" [mappa mundi?], which they knew assuredly; and moreover that Estande said to two Englishmen the day that he was to embark here, that they might be sure that he would never do disservice to the Roman Church and that very soon it would be known what he would do; and that he prayed they would make this report to the persons who should ask about him. As these are matters of importance to her Majesty's service, I could not omit to give information thereof. —Calais, 12 July, 1593.
Endorsed by Maynard: Emanuel Dandrades to my 1. from Callis.
Spanish. 1 p. (203. 144.)
The Same to the Same.
1593, July 10/20. By a servant of Lord Cobham, I have received twenty-five pounds sterling with a letter from Signor Lopez, telling me that her Majesty was well pleased with me, which gave me no less joy than many thousand pounds would have done. For now I see that God does not entirely desert me, since her Majesty remembers her true servant, and I hope that in time she will see by my good services that I make good use of the kindness which she shows to me; and for which I shall ever be obliged to your Excellency, to whom I pledge my faith to fulfil all such things as she shall require from me.
And seeing that in these parts I cannot do what I desire, I am determined to go to Florence—where I have a cousin married to a kinswoman of the Grand Duke, in which place I shall be safe, and able to do many things for her Majesty, if commissioned by her—or to Hamburg, where in many other ways I can do good service; but in all I refer myself to your orders. In this town I see no way of doing anything, both because I have not the means and because the governor is very suspicious, especially of persons of my religion and devoted to the service of her Majesty.
Wherefore be pleased, with direction from her Majesty, to determine whether it be her pleasure that I should be employed at either of those places I have named or in another, where she and you determine that I may be able to do service; to which end it will be needful that you should choose a very trustworthy person, with whom I may arrange how to send you advertisements, and who will bring me instructions for what I am to do, so that I may in no way go astray from your orders; and will also certify you how I have arranged matters so as to do good service to her Majesty, which I cannot well say in letters, but of all which I will inform you by the person who shall come hither.
And if he comes he must go straight to the Dragon, and must not seem to desire to converse with me, for I shall know when he arrives.
But as I desire in all things to serve her Majesty, I must inform you, for she will have to arrange how I may be aided to carry out this design agreeably to the quality of my person, and that, wherever her Majesty ordain that I shall reside, I may be provided with what pension she will be pleased to give me; and in time I am confident you will see by my works that I do not make an ill use of all her kindnesses.
Above all, I pray you to let me know forthwith what she wishes me to do, for I shall only await your reply to take ship from here before the winter comes on, and I desire to go nowhere without her Majesty's favour.—Calais, 20 July, 1593.
Spanish. 2 pp. (203. 143.)
Henry Pyne to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1593, before July 13.] Prisoner in Dublin Castle. Prays for enlargement, or to be sent for to answer the accusation.— Undated.
½ p. (884.)
The Council to Lord Burghley, Lord Lieutenant of Essex.
1593, July 16. The Queen has, by her letters presently sent, commanded you to levy certain numbers of soldiers to be employed in France, and that you should commit the charge thereof to some such persons in that county as have served, and have had charge as captains of footmen, and as should be thought able to take such charge, or otherwise to advertise us to procure some others. Since the writing of the letter it has been thought expedient, doubting no such should be found ready in that county, to send some person sufficient from hence. Thereupon we mean to send you such a person as we think very fit to take the charge of those numbers, who shall bring to you very shortly our letters, whereby you shall be directed to what port, and by what time, they shall be sent for their transportation. In the mean season we require you to cause provision to be made of their coats of such colours as you can best provide, and to be lined, lest they might be occasioned to serve in the winter season. And in sorting of their weapons we require you that as many as may be, may be provided of corslets with pikes.—The Court at Otelands, 16 July, 1593.
Signed: Jo. Puckering, J. Hunsdon, W. Burghley, C. Howard, T. Buckhurst.
Endorsed: Touching the 150 soldiers to be levied in Essex, and 50 in Hartfordshire.
1 p. (203. 145.)
The Same to Lord Burghley, as Lieutenant for Herts.
1593, July 23. The Queen directed you to levy 50 fit and able men in that county. It is meant they should be 45, and the Queen should be charged to the captain with the pay of 5 more, according to the rate of 10 in the 100; and these were ordered to be ready upon any warning. We did afterwards signify that there should be a captain appointed by us. Choice has now been made of Captain William Chaterton the bearer, whom we have sent to take a view of the levy. You shall by virtue hereof see the said levy with their armour and weapons delivered over to Chaterton or his lieutenant by an indented roll, and he is to see them conducted to Woolwich to be there by the 13th of August, being the place appointed for their embarking, not suffering them to come near London nor any other place known to be infected. They shall be paid 4s. allowance for every coat by Sir Thomas Sherley, and be allowed by the Queen 8d. a day conduct money, to be paid also by Sherley.—Court at Otelands, 23 July, 1593.
Signed. 1 p. (203. 146.)
Archball Dowglasse to the Queen.
[1593, July ?] He has been resident in England by the King of Scotland's command these 6 years and better, at his own charges. The Prior of Blantyre sent him 80l. by Robert Fynlason, who on his way was robbed and slain near Westchester, by one of the Bishop of Westchester's men. The murderer is taken and found guilty, and 140l. found in his chamber. The Bishop has taken this money, and refuses to pay him any part, alleging that one Horswell committed the murder, and fled. He is unable to bear the cost of a suit for the same, so prays the Queen to command the money to be paid him, for his own debt, and for relief of Fynlason's widow and children: or else that she would answer so much to him.—Undated.
1 p. (186. 27.)
Chasteaumartin to the Lord Treasurer.
1593, Aug. 16/26. Je vous ay par mes precendentes adverty de lestat des affaires d'Espagne, and des forces navales qui saprestent au passage et aultres endroites de Biscaye; et par la presente je vous advertiray en quel estat sont les dictes forces, and des aultres ocurrances da present.
Les dictes forces navales sont touttes prestes et assembles au passage, et partiront au premier bon temps, sil ne survient quelque noveaute qui les rettienne. Il y a trente navires, tant petitz que grans, deus galleres qui sont venues de Blauet, et deus fargattes qui ont este faictes a Saint Andel, qui sont trente et quatre voeles en tout. Il sy attent aussy quatre galleres qui doyvent venir de Portugal, mais leur venue est incertainne. Il y a, comme je vous ay diverces fois escrit quatre grans gallions de huict cens a mil toneaus la piece, qui portent chescun quarante pieces de canon, and quatre aultres grans na vires qui en portent chescun aultant. La reste sont navires comuns et flibots. Il y a quatre mil hommes prest pour embarquer sus la dite armee; leur dessain est daller en la riviere de Bordeaus, et y faire des fortz aus endroitz quilz avizeront les plus propres pour leur comodite. Il y a dix huict pieces de canon de batteries embarques, et grand cantite de poudres et balles, et aultres municions de guerre. Il ont embarque aussy grand nombre de barriques pleinnes de chaus et de plastre. Le Roy d'Espagne est fort mallade, mais cella nenpechera point le partemant de la dite armee, sil ny a aultre concideracion qui la rettienne. Le Duc de Mercure a mande un homme vers ledit Roy d' Espagne pour avoir les dictes forces na vales, and les enploye en une entreprize quil y a sus Brest, sy l' Espagnol voit du fondemant. Il porroit divertir et change le dessain de la riviere de Bordeaus, mais jusques a present il ny a rien de change ny darreste sus ce de Brest. La convercion du Roy et la trefve [? treve] de France a porte beaucoup de malcontentemant en Espagne, et de la confuzion en leurs affaires, qui les tient aulcunemant inrezolus et suspens, et porroit estre ocazion de rompre leurs dessains. Neanmoins ilz ont tousjours leurs forces prestes avec grans frais, et leur viendroit mal a propos que elles fussent mal enployes.
Le filz du Roy d'Espagne doit alle en Portugal ce mois de settembre pour se faire recepvoir et jure, et le Cardinal se doit randre a Madril pour governer lestat. Il ny a point de bles en Espagne, et ne peult fallir quil ny aye une famine generale sil ne sont secorus. Il y a beaucoup de Francois qui sont alles en Angleterre et en Irlande pour charge de bles pour les porte en Espagne, et y a des Anglois qui sen melent. Aussy il sera bon que sa Mageste defende entieremant la trecte, et quil ne soit permis a aulcung den charge, sinon a ceus qui dorront bonne caucion de les aporte en cette ville, et en raporte sertificat de moy, ou de qui sa Mageste avizera, affin quil ne sy comette aulcun abus; et par ce moyen l' Espagnol sera reduict a lestremite, et ne porra faire des armees comme cella, et sera contraint de venir a la rayzon.
Le Roy a donne a un de Saint Jean de Lus nomme Chinerry, deus et demy pour cent sus touttes les marchandizes des Anglois qui traficquent ycy; et par ce quil ma semble estrange que sa Mageste veulle faire la condicion des Anglois, qui lont tousjours sy bien assiste en toutte ocasion, pire que celle des Ligueurs et Espagnols ses ennemis, et qui luy ont fait et font tousjours la guerre, je me suis opoze, et en ay despeche vers le Roy, luy remontrant la concequence que cella peult aporte et luy reprezente par une requeste (dont je vous envoye la copie) la justice des Anglois, et le tort que lon leur fait. Sa Mageste en doit escrire au Roy a bon essient, et en parler fort aggremant a lambassadeur; car ultre la faveur que elle doit a ses sujectz, il y va aussy de son honneur en cecy. Vous verres la requeste que jay fait dresse avec le plus de concideracion quil ma este possible, et espere que sa Mageste ne treuvera point mauvais que jen ay fait.
Il est arrive en Espagne un jeune homme anglois blond nomme Barnwel, qui a este long temps prisonnier a Londres, et aussy a Develin [Dublin] en Irlande, la ou il set embarque pour venir a La Rochelle, et de la a pris son passage pour Espagne. Je sauray sil porte quelque choze qui puisse prejudicie les affaires de sa Mageste. Je suis marry que elle a pris a mauvaize part mon sejour a Bordeaus, qui na este de mon gre je vous asseure, et ny ay tarde pour aultre concideracion que pour les affaires des Anglois ses sujectz, qui mont prie les uns se vacquer a faire vuyde de proces quil avoint de concequence, les aultres pour leur faire asseure sertainnes somme de deniers qui leur estoint deus, de quoy je suis venu a but, sependant je nay laisse de vous tesnir tousjours bien adverty de tout ce qui a passe.—De Bayonne, 26 Aust, 1593.
Holograph. 2½ pp. (199. 24.)
M. de Mouy to the Earl of Essex.
[1593, Aug. ?] Protests his sorrow at being unable to requite the honours which Essex does him. Thanks him a million times for the horse.
"Jessuieré dan ronpre les treues. Je vous suplie aussy, continuant les bons offices qaves randu au Roy mon maistre, fere sil est possible que les troupes de Wite . . . ne repassent au sa. Vous me feres beaucoup d'honneur sy mavertisses de ce dont je vous é dit douter. Je ne me soucie de rien pourveu que mon maistre soit servy et nauré aucun regret sy un autre que moy luy an aporte la despesche ancor que tels tres ne soient bien seans. Jay loge a vostre logis puis que laves voulu. Je croy que je ne partiré demin car Monsieur lambassadeur me doit lors seulemant sur le midy anvoier sa despesche. Sy aprenes rien de nouveau quy amande nos afferes honores moy tant que man avertir. Jeusse pansse que monstrant celle que maves ranvoiee a la Royne ell i eust adjousté plus de foy et crins quelle pansse que ce soit partie concertee. Je ne faudré Mecredy a prandre le chemin de la Rie et aussy tost que seré retourné de la court de France an ma maison vous anvoiré le soldat que je desire quy vous serve; vous supliant sil nest honnest homme le fere bien foueter."
P.S.—"Monsieur Sicylle mescrivit hier pour respondre acelle que javois escrit a son pere et a luy. Il massure que les troupes de Bretagne sont remandees. Cest pourqoy je vous suplie avant que je passe la mer mavertir de ce quy an sera au certin."—At the Queen's Stables, this Monday.
French. Holograph. 3 pp. Addressed: "Grand Esquire." (172. 133.)
Ordnance for France.
[1593, Aug.] Note for M. du Bordage, touching the pieces of "fonte verte" which he desires, with some munitions.
5 brass pieces, 4 harquebusses, 2,000 of powder, 1,200 of shot, 12 muskets, 12 cuirasses, and 12 halberts. Tho whole to be embarked at London by the Sieur de la Grandaye, sent by M. de Bordage.—Undated.
Notes thereon in Burghley's hand.
French. 1 p. (98. 56.)
Chasteau Martin to the Lord Treasurer.
1593, Sept. 18/28. Par mes lettres du 13 de ce mois je vous ay adverty comme jestois convye dentrer en conference avec le governeur de Fonterabie and quelques aultres seigneurs despaigne. Despuis je me suis randu au lieu de lassignacion la ou le dit governeur ne set peu treuve a cause des ocupacions quil a en larmee navale du passage et ma envoye un gentilhomme son parent qui ma dit locasion porquoy il deziroit que nous nos vissions, qui estoit pour advizer des moyens quil y porroit avoir pour parvenir a un tracte de paix: sur quoy nous avons longuemant discoru and apres avoir recogneu les dificultes que pour parvenir a ce point il y porroit avoir tant dun coste que daultre nous avons advize pour coupper chemin a touttes ces dificultes quil seroit a propos que sa Mageste menvoyat une comission et des memoeres et instructions concernans les points et conditions quil playra a sa mageste qui se tractent en cette negociacion. Comme aussy le dit governeur de Fonterabia en aura autant du roy son maistre et ainsy porrons luy et moy tracte de cette matiere sans fere bruit et la condhuyre a une heureuze et agreable fin. Et cependant quil se tractera des condicions de la paix et que lon enployera le temps a vuyder les dificultes quil y porroit avoir attendant la concluzion, le dit roy despagne est contant de remettre le trafic des anglois partous les endroits de son royaume avec les mesmes franchizes et libertes quil y estoit auparavant a la charge que la mageste de la Reyne fera cesser les cources des anglois ses sujets sus les espagnols et sabstiendra denvoyer des armees contre les flottes dudit roy despagne comme aussy reciproquemant ycelluy roy despagne fera cesser et enpechera ses sujets dhuzer daucung acte dhostilite contre les anglois et promectra de nattenter ny fere attenter choze aulcune qui puisse aporte aulcung prejudice a lestat de sa dite mageste; et pour le requart des chozes passees elles seront hobliees et assopies comme non advenues. Maintenant sa mageste porra advize sy ce moyen dentrer en un tracte de paix luy sera a propos et de permectre a ses sujettz le trafic en espagne et en tout ce quil plaira a sa mageste me comander je menployeray tousjours pour son service avec aultant de zele et affection que porroit fere le plus fidelle de ses sujects; et en attendant quil plaize a sa mageste me faire savoir sa vollonte je continueray cette negociacion avec le dit governeur de Fonterabie ou ceus que y seront enployes affin de les entretenir tousjours en cet humeur.
L'homme que jay a Madril ma adverty que celluy que le Roy y a envoye [side note by Burghley: "Lavaren"] na point veu encores le roy despagne et mescrit quil a seu de bon lieu que lon essaye de treuver les moyens de fere quelque accort entre luy and le dit roy despagne; et sachant bien que sy cella venoit a effect il porroit enpeche ledit tracte de paix avec sa mageste et incomoder aulcunemant ces afferes, jay rezolu de fere tout ce quil me sera possible pour enpeche que les dits accords ne se fassent par aultre voye que par le moyen de sa dite mageste affin de la randre chef et cle de touttes ces negociacions par le moyen desquelles elle porra avancer et asseurer ces afferes ainsy que bon luy semblera, et pour redhuyre les chozes a ce point je y huzeray de tous les artifices et moyens que je verray estre propres et dont je me porray adviser et ny obmectray choze qui soit de mon debvoir dont je vous suplie bien humblemant en volloir asseurer sa mageste.
Quant aus novelles despagne le Cardinal est arrive a Mardril le roy la charge du governemant de lestat avec intencion de ne se mele plus de rien. La flotte du peru est arrivee riche de duze millions dor. Il nest arrive que deus navires des indes de portugal; lon tient que les aultres deus sont perdus ou pris par vos navires de guerre. Il se sont revoltes en quelque endroit des indes du peru a cause des inpozitions. Touttes les forces qui estoint en aragon sont enbarques pour aller treuve le duc de savoye sauf deus cens hommes qui sont demeures en la forteresse de saragoce. Larmee navale du passage est tousjours en pied et demeurera comme cella attendant le cours que prendront les afferes de cet estat. L'homme que je tiene a madril et les voyages que je fes a la frontiere d'espagne a cause de ces negociacions me m'est en des despances estraordinaires a quoy je vous prie avoir esgart et de me fere prouoir de l'argent, car il sera bezoing de despendre plus que de costume parce que les ocasions sont plus urgentes que elles nont este jusques a present et je ne veus perdre un seul point de ce que je dois au service de sa mageste. Il sera peut estre besoing que je passe en espagne pour mectre les chozes en estat de se povoir tracte; je vous supplie me memander se quil plaira a sa mageste que je fasse affin que je me puisse regler cellon sa vollonte.—De Bayonne, 28 Settembre, 1593.
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George Carew to Lord Treasurer [Burghley].
[1593, Sept.] Details the steps he has taken in his suit to the Queen. The parts of "this office (fn. 1) " are two, the one that concerns the Queen's service, without any gain to him, the other that has some recompense attached. Has hitherto only sought to "enable" himself in the former. With respect to "those notes" he presented to Burghley, which he has gathered in the Chapel of the Rolls, Burghley was not satisfied of two things: touching protections, which Burghley takes not to be foreign matters; and touching the warrant he offered to Burghley for his search in the Tower. He has seen in the Rolls two sorts of protections, one written in English enrolled in the Patent roll, and running "Know ye, that of our Prerogative Royal which we will not have argued, we have taken into our protection etc": the other in Latin, enrolled in the Foreign roll, and running "Quia J.S. profecturus est in comitiva J. H. ad partes transmarinas missi," etc. Gives his reasons for taking these kind of protections to be in the nature of foreign causes. Some hundreds of them were granted in one year, and the fee of the Queen's seal out of each is 20s. 4d. which she now loses. Concerning the warrant, he made it agree verbatim with that other which Burghley and Mr. Chancellor Fortescue had subscribed. Fewer words would effect his desire, which is that by drawing a calendar out of the Foreign rolls, he might know where to turn to a precedent for any kind of service that should be required. If Burghley will grant his warrant in that behalf, he is ready to bestow his travail therein; without this it will be hard for him to discharge his office.—Undated.
Endorsed by Burghley: D. Carew. 1 p. (98. 60.)
1593, Oct. 6/16. Passport from the King of Spain for "Mosiur de la Royeria" returning to France, with scented gloves and other goods: addressed to the authorities of Guipuzcoa and Biscay and others and valid for 90 days from date.—16 October, 1593.
Copy. Spanish. ¾ p. (140. 246.)
Thomas Fane to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Oct. 11. Acknowledges his letters of the 9th. The Vidame [de Chartres] driven by tempest of weather to Sandwich the 1st of October. The next day he came to Dover, where he tarried till Friday afternoon, and then took ship at the harbour. He can learn no other cause of his stay but for the opportunity of the weather; neither that he did anything during his abode here, but kept himself in his inn with his company, being resorted to by the Admiral and certain of the sea captains. The Admiral appointed Captain Brodgate to transport him, in the absence of Captain Franklyn.—Dover Castle, 11 October, 1593.
Holograph. Endorsed: Dd. at Dover 11 October, half an howre past 3 in the afternoone, past 8 at Canterburie.
Syttyngborn 12 nyght.
Receyvd at Rochester past three in the morninge the 12 daye.
Darford the same daye at past 9 in the mornynge.
½ p. (199. 26.)
Fer. Earl of Derby to the Same.
[1593,] Oct. 13. I have received your kind letter and am glad to hear that the lewd fellow hath shown himself as base in mind as he is bad in manners, because her Majesty may see I have said nothing but truth. I wish that such vile men may never have more strength to stand against the truth, and will pray that all men may ever carry like faith as myself, to her whom I prize above myself.
I will by the grace of God be at the Court to-morrow morning, for I cannot see my mother until Monday night, and therefore wish that I may see her Highness, when she shall please, holding myself the happier the more I see her. It is my exceeding comfort if I have done anything that may content her, for in that I joy most.—13 October. Your loving friend and cousin.
Holograph. Endorsed: 1593. The L. Strange. [He was summoned to Parliament as Lord Strange of Knockyn.] 1 p. (199. 27.)
Rowland Isemay.
1593, Oct. 27. Depositions taken at Brigstock, Northampton, 27 October, 1593, before Edward Gryffin, Thomas Mulsho, and Gilbert Pikeringe, esquires, by virtue of the Council's letters of September 23, 1593, "touching the lewd speeches of Rowlande Isemaye for depraving of the Lord Treasurer's letters." The speeches relate to a letter of the Lord Treasurer's with regard to the allotment of the demesnes of the Queen's manor of Brigstock. Isemaye is alleged to have spoken of the letter as being "foisted in, wherein is neither truth, honesty nor conscience, by which his Lordship was greatly corrupted and dishonoured."
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Advertisement by the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield to the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield.
[1593, Oct.] The Bishop had Sir Thomas Stanhope in suit for the manor of Sawley, forfeited to him for nonpayment of rent, but released Stanhope of the forfeiture. Articles of agreement were drawn up between them by Stanhope's servant Lawrence Wright, which articles, with the release, the Bishop has delivered to Stanhope. The Bishop now finds that Wright has cunningly conveyed from him in these deeds many other things of great importance, contrary to his meaning; and therefore earnestly requires the Dean and Chapter to stay their hands from confirming the release: and he will render back to Stanhope whatever consideration he has received for the same. The opinions of counsel, Mr. Bullock and Mr. Bamford, touching the mischiefs that lie hid in the release, follow.— Undated.
Contemporary copy. 3 pp. (186. 90.)
Mr. Justice Touneshend to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 2. Being made acquainted by Mr. Justice Shuttleworth of letters which you wrote unto him, the contents whereof purported that it was her Majesty's pleasure that I should absent myself from the Bench when the L. Stafford's cause should be tried, because that I was party to the same: So it is that notwithstanding that I am indeed no party but that I am brother in law to him that is party, yet if there had been any trial thereof I would according to your direction [have] forborne to be in place: albeit being in place, I would never have spoken word in that cause as hitherto I have done. But as yet there came never any trial of my L. cause before us by jury, as Mr. Justice I am sure will witness, for at this present sessions the indictment upon arguing of the cause was found insufficient in law, so that no trial could be taken therein though myself never dealt nor spake one word in the same, the matter was so apparent. And this much I thought convenient to signify lest my L. should inform you of [me other] than the truth. And I hope you will not conceive [a hard] opinion of me before I come to my answer.—Pool, 2 November, 1593.
Signed. Damaged. 1 p. (203. 148.)
Richard Hesketh to William Waad.
1593, Nov. 5. As concerning Mr. Ormston it may please you to believe me that so truly as God is in heaven or that I desire favour of her Majesty or your honour, even so truly can I charge him with no matter other than the doctors commend . . . by token which I never delivered to him nor I nev . . . to him nor never meant nor had it in char[ge] my Lord had so liked I was never that I can [remember] half hour in his company together, neither do I k[now] but by report of others that he is a recusant . . . my last coming I never asked after him, for I [had in] charge only to deliver my message to my L. he giv . . . me promise for my security, and my L. liking to deal . . . my L. thought meet making no man privy but such as my L. should think good of the manner of Mr. Orms[stons] life or actions. I have never been acquainted withal . . . neither did the doctor make any further relation of him to [me] than in my last letter (fn. 2) to you I mentioned. To bring myself favour by false "supputations" against any man neither do I think it your honour's desire of me neither do I pretend. The pleasure of God, [her] Majesty and your honour vouchsaved and be done towards me as it shall please God best. As concerning that Mr. Hesketh which is with the Cardinal, you shall understand that he is the son of one William Hesketh the elder, now so termed, of Little Pulton in Lancashire a continual recusant, which William married the sister of Cardinal Alane and by her had that son and divers others. This William and I came of two brethren between which brethren there was long suit for my grandfather's lands, and there hath not been any great familarity a[mong] us. And I do think you did take me the other day either for he . . . the father the recusant who cannot be found, although great search have been made for him as I heard . . . Hesketh his son who is with the Cardinal in . . . who for anything I know is not acquainted . . . matter; for so Doctor Worthington told me, . . . man, and this matter the Cardinal, Sir William and the . . . so secret as might be as the doctor told me and as your honour may think. And I would to God it had been kept from me. I now feel the old grudge in the Cardinal to my father is now bestowed upon me; for he might have sent that Hesketh, but being his nephew he spared him and hath made me the "enffant perdue" as I wrote to the Cardinal I thought I should prove. But I assure you if it had not been the affection I bear to my L. and the hope he would other[wise] have provided for me which way soever he did take the mat[ter] I would otherwise have provided for myself. Although I must needs confess I did my message according as I had it in charge with all affection towards my L. and had obeyed his commandments blinded as many men are with their affections towards noblemen whom they think well of. But if it please her Majesty and her Council to pardon my life and conceive well of me and by some mean preserve my credit I shall have won there with dealing so sincerely in this matter, I promise her Majesty that my life which she giveth me shall be spent in her behalf. I confess to have dealt most disloyally towards her Majesty, whose pardon I most humbly pray.—Dytton Park, 5 November, 1593.
[P.S.]—I would rather have lain in prison during my life or suffered death then I would have done this message for any stranger's behoof.
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[? Captain Duffield] to —.
1593, Nov. 9. Monday being the 5 of November after dinner we had some talk and he said if his friend Mr. Thornbower the Queen's chaplain hold his promise with him he hopes to have some favour and to go to Wisbech and to do as other priests do, remain there. Why, quoth I, is there any hope in that? Aye, quoth he, for Mr. Thornbaroe my friend leans a little and he is upon being made lord Bishop in Ireland. Aye, quoth I, but he will be unmindful of you now you are in this place. Nay marry, said he, for I have promised to horse him as well as ever he was in all his life, and to give him 100 marks to drink beside. And he hath given me his hand and his faith upon it. I told him I was but a plain priest to say mass and mattins and that I was no meddler in matters of state. But, quoth he, I fear when my lord of Huntingdon comes he will bring much matter against me. Then I joined with him and told him if he had a friend's letter of mine, and one that he did know full well, I was assured it would do him much pleasure. Then de demanded of me the party's name and I told him it was Mr. Cisell the priest. Why, quoth he, Sir Robert Cecil inquired earnestly of me for him, for if they had him they would hang him; and, quoth he, I told him I know him not. But, quoth he, he is sure enough out of their hands, for he is in Scotland, and some time in England coming and going. And having good opportunity I demanded of him in what reputation the Lady Arabella was in with the King of "Cotlande" or the country there or with the King of Spain; and he told me there was small account made of her by reason she was not Catholic. He told me at our first talking some 10 days ago that all the principal gentlemen in the North keep everyone his priest in his own house for "fare of trublinge." After supper we having some talk again he told me that Scotland had looked any time this 7 years to join with some one or other to make their party good against England their ancient enemies as they term us. The 6th day we had some talk about the King of Scots, and he said the King of Scots had looked long to make his party strong against us although our Ambassador lie there and give him what he will desire: for, quoth he, if the King will have "hakes" he shall; if he will have cocks to fight he shall have them, if he will have horses he shall, if he will have "hores" he shall, if he want money it is presently sent for from Berwick: so that so soon as he demandeth anything our Ambassador is always ready to furnish him. But notwithstanding, quoth he, for all this I have seen him pull forth his left "pape" before 2 or 3 Jesuits and show them a lion that he hath growing thereunder it, and say withal "look here I must have the Tower of London ere it be long for all this," so that he waiteth only for fit opportunity. Then after some talk I demanded of him what was become of my Lady Strange? and he told me he did not know. I was, quoth he, at her marriage and gave 3 Earls the "paks" but I know not what is become of her. Then I told him I was in hope of my liberty and I commended the North country and said I would go live altogether in that country. Well, said he, then shall you come into the best Catholic country that ever you came in, for they are all good Catholics. But, quoth I, I am altogether unacquainted there. Why, quoth he, I will acquaint you sufficiently, for I will commend you to one Joseph Constable brother to Sir Henry Constable and he shall acquaint you with as many as you will; for, quoth he, he stands indicted for me, but notwithstanding he shall send you to them all thereabouts. Then I demanded whether the foresaid Joseph had lost his living or not, and he said no, for that he hath a son and the land is made over to him and to his wife for her jointure. Then I demanded of him how [who] hath the custody of the child, and he said his father keeps him: for, quoth he, if any come to demand him then he is fathered upon my lord of "Shroberye." But, quoth he, his father enjoys the land and keeps the child his son. Then I demanded whether Sir Henry Constable his brother doth favour him or not. Yes, quoth he, but he keeps all as close as may be for fear of being had in suspicion for that he hath married the old "Duckes of Fararoe" [Duke of Ferrara's] wife's sister, so that Sir Henry's wife is aunt to the young Duke that now is.
After supper we had some talk and I enquired of him whether there were any liking or good will between the King of Spain and the Lady Arabella or not: and he said he knows not of any. Then he demanded of me if I had heard of a certain book which was come forth the which did touch her, and the old Treasurer, and his son. He will at no time use better words when he speaketh of her Majesty's sacred person nor of the right honorable Council than I writ according to his saying. I told him I never had heard of any. Then I demanded of him what was in the book? and he told me there was an epistle to the Queen how they had made away with all the principal nobility, and demanded of her in it what good the Treasurer and his son could do her with their scribbling if occasion were to defend her and the realm. And, quoth he, the King of Spain is brought in there, how many discourtesies he hath sustained at our hands from time to time, and when at any time he hath been procured by his Council to take revenge he would always say, "have patience, for I love the country and she is but a woman, and if she were dead I would soon be revenged." Then I demanded of him how I might come by one of those books, and he said it was not possible. Sir Robert Cecil, quoth he, demanded of me whether I did ever see any of them or not, and I told him no. On the 7 day after dinner we had some talk and then I requested him if it were possible to send me word I might have one of those books, and he said he could not for he never saw any but one of them, and that a friend of his had in the North. Quoth he, Sir Robert Cecil demanded of me what new books we had of late come over and I told him I did not know of any; but, quoth he, I know his meaning well enough. I will tell you, quoth he, that book doth tell the old fellow how many houses of honour he hath pulled down, and made away with to set himself and his sons up withal: and of the blasing of his arms and how he giveth the wheatsheaf between 2 lions but, quoth he, he should give etcetera. I will not commit to paper the blasphemy that this bad fellow hath told me concerning the book. After supper we had some talk and he bade me be of good comfort, for if we live, quoth he, till the next spring we shall have wars round about us; for, quoth he, there was an epistle delivered to the Queen in Latin the which did tell her if she would suffer her subjects to use their consciences that then all the Catholic princes round about her would have league with her, if not they would be all her enemies. The 8 day after supper we had some talk and he demanded of me if I did know one Robin Constable, son to Sir Robert Constable. And I told him I did not know him. Why, quoth he, he was a while here up and down in the Court, and, quoth he, I have divers times talked with him and he was the rankest heretic that you should talk withal. But I will tell you, quoth he, what is become of him. He went into France with my lord of Essex and when he came there he got him to the other side and became a good Catholic. Therefore, quoth he, a man may see God can call one in the middle of his mischief. I will tell you, quoth he, I would be pulled in pieces to-morrow upon the rack on that condition the Queen and "Toplefe" were good Catholics. This much till the 9 of November, 1593.
On back a short digest of the above, ending "Bost could be contented to be pulled in pieces on the rack if the Queen and Topliefe were Catholics": from which it would appear that the speeches reported by the writer were made by Bost, then a prisoner in the Tower. Probably this paper is the one sent by Sir Michael Blount to Cecil on November 9, 1593 [see Cecil Calendar, part 4, p. 411]. If so the writer is Captain Duffield. Unsigned.
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Paul Bayning and B. Houghton, Sheriffs of London, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 14. With respect to the appointment of Mr. Mowlton to the place of a secondary in the Counter in Wood Street.—London, 14 November, 1593.
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Anthony Atkinson to —.
1593, Nov. 24. 24 Nov. 1593, at night being in the chamber where Edward Pem[b]erton was committed prisoner by Sir Robert Cecil I made him believe I was a papist, and he upon that used these talks following.
He told me he was at Douay in France at the university and that there was gone out of England 20 men to Rome, to be made priests, whereof there was two of the Tempests, Yorkshiremen. He said the taking of Boost was talked over there and how he was a bishop, and God be thanked of his long reign for he had done much good. His taking was greatly lamented.
The Lord Dacres he told me was at Doway a month past and his son, and the King of Spain had allowed him 40 crowns a month, and he had a pension of the Pope etc. and it was said he would go for England next spring. This Pemerton hath many friends in Worcestershire as he said, and he had gentleman's apparel and borrowed this of a mariner; but he said if he were at such place as he determined to go he could not want.
He said it was talked the Lord Strange was a good man . . . and that Arrandall was wished to be our king; with the like other words.
The King of Spain hath vowed to have Callas, and at the university at Doway the King maintains 160 Englishmen, and at Homer [St. Omer] he doth maintain a great number and will give allowance for more.
He makes great enquiry for one Pemerton that is about the Court. He will tell all he knows as I think.
He told me that the speeches for winning Ostend was but words: there was no such intent. Thus we parted when his keeper came in and since I did not see him.
Signed: Ant. Atkinson. Holograph. 1 p. faded. (203. 152.)
Chasteaumartin to the Lord Treasurer.
1593, Nov. 26/Dec. 6. Par mes despeches du 27 du passe et 4 du present je vous ay adverty de touttes ocurrances et particulieremant du partemant de l'armee du passage. Dudespuis le roy d'espagne a despeche quarante comissions pour faire lever d'hommes par tout son royaume en intencion de dresse une aultre armee navale au rettour des navires qui sont alles en Brettagne et fait estat dy enploye les six grans gallions qui sont au dit passage ce que je croy luy sera fort dificile pour la faulte quil a de marinies et ne sen peult a present treuve pour furnir a les ... de la flotte qui doit aller aus Indes pourquoy malayzemant en trovier . . pour l'armee quil prestant fere et a grand peyne fera il guesre de choze pour la faulte quil a dhommes aussy que tous ses sujets sont sy las de la guerre et de ces deportemans quil n'en peuvent plus. Il prestant d'entretenir le duc de Mercure en humeur de tesnir tosjours son party et de le dissuader dentrer en la paix sy aulcune il s'en faict en France de quoy il sont bien d'accord. Son but est de prefere les afferes de Brettagne a tous aultres et de fere tous ces efforts pour cette province la. La plus part des grans de son royaume ont este a Madril et ont tous rezolu a une paix avec la France et font estat pour entracte de sayder du moyen du pape duquel il esperent un legat sus la negociacion de monsieur de Nevers. Je vous tiendray sogneuzemant adverty de toutes qui passera et du cours que prendront les afferes. Il nest rien survenu de noveau aus aultres afferes despuis mes dernieres despeches qui m'ocasionera ne vous en fere aultre discours.
Je vous ay parcidevant escrit comme j'avois despeche vers le Roy sus le mauvais tractemant que les anglois ont resseu et ressoyvent en ces cartiers et sus un certain droit dont il les a charges a la porsuicte d'un nomme Chinerry; sur quoy jay heu responce despuis et sy froide quil apert bien que ceus qui manient les afferes n'ont pas beaucoup desgard aus hobligacions quilz ont a la Mageste de la Reyne. Je suis marry quil faille que je die quil y a de l'ingratitude et sera bon que sa Mageste en fasse fere quelque remontrance par son agent affin que la condicion des anglois ses sujets ne soit pire en ces cartiers que celle des espagnolz ennemis jures de cette coronne. Je vous ay envoye copie de la requeste qui a este presentée au Roy; vous porres voir par la s'il demandent aultre choze que justice et neanmoings l'on ny a vollu entendre. Vous deves fere dire a l'ambassadeur que quant il escrira ycy se soit de sorte qu'il ne donne ocasion aux habitans de se muttiner contre les anglois affin quil n'en advienne quelque malheur. Je n'escris de cecy que a vous et vous suplie que personne ne le sache car sy le dit ambassadeur le savoit il me feroit tout le mal quil porroit vers le Roy. Je vous escris cecy parce quil a escrit ses jours passes ycy par de gens qui sont venus de la et ont este ces lettres cause d'une emocion a Saint Jean de Lus dont il y a heu quelques anglois blesses et sy je ne my fusse treuve il y eust heu du mal d'aventage. Il vous plaira luy fere dire que ce sont les marchans qui se pleignent affin quil ne pence que cella vienne de moy.—De Bayonne 6 Decembre, 1593.
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Edward Herberte to the Queen.
[1593.] He is sheriff of Cavan, bordering upon the enemies towards the North. His dangerous services there and in Leaxe and Ophalie, alias the King's and Queen's Counties, have been certified to the Queen. The Queen granted him 12 horsemen for his own defence; but the Lord Deputy and others, seeing them well maintained, have commanded their attendance in private journies, leaving him in great danger of spoliation and of his life. Prays that, according to his patent, the horsemen may not be so called from him, but attend him for his defence, and the service of Ophalie, when any special "hosting" shall happen. Also that the gentlemen of Leaxe and Ophalie be compelled to go against the rebels in those parts.—Undated.
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William Ashenden to Lord Burghley.
[1593.] Departing from Sandwich to Flushing I encountered with a sloop of Blanckenborrowe in a great calm, who the 7 July, 1592, took me prisoner and carried me to Blanckenborrowe, where Rybas was re-fortifying the same sconce. From thence they sent me with 200 foot and 100 horse to Sluce, where I remained 3 months. In this time I had made my ransom for 300l. and my charges, but before I could send for my money, the Pagador General's son was taken prisoner into Bredha, whereupon Rybas refusing my ransom, sent me to the castle of Anwerpe, where the Pagador encountred me and told me my liberty was only to be purchased by the freeing of his son, holding him at 3,000l; which being so far beyond my ability, I continued hardly entreated 8 months, which time he ransomed his son with 1,000l. Then he returned me to Rybas, who set me free for my ransom first made. Sir Thos. Morgan lent me 150l. of this, Sir Frauncis Vere 50l., Sir John Pooley 50l. and Capt. Wraye 50l. The rest being 80l. Mr. Kenell disbursed, who in person came to Lyllo, I being sent to Ordam, and so made a change between this money and my person, as was between Mr. Winter and Don Pedro de Valdez.
Wherefore, having no other means, I beseech you give order to Sir Thomas Sherley that my lendings since my first imprisonment may be paid me. And that your Lordship will respite my going to my company till March 1st next, in which time I hope to make means for the satisfying of these gentlemen.
Signed. Undated. 1 p. (185. 136.)
James Courtney to the Same.
[1593.] His uncle James Courtney of Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon, died indebted to the Queen 1,500l. for his recusancy, but his land, which has descended to petitioner, is unable to discharge this debt. Prays for its remission, or to have a lease of the land.—Undated.
Note by Burghley thereon.
pp. (1534.)
The English College, lately founded in Dublin, to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1593.] They are suitors to have the parsonage of Donboyn passed to them in fee farm. By reason of the troubles in Ireland, the College is in extreme want, and ready to dissolve. The grant will enable them to keep three preaching ministers for the education of youth in it; and, after a twelve month, to send out yearly a competent number of scholars well fitted for the ministry, a matter of great consequence, and the only means to draw them in time to a more loyal and civil temper of subjection. It will also discharge a duty of preaching at Donboyn, hitherto neglected by the vicar. It will avoid the slanderous imputations and advantages that the adversary will take if in these times the College being the first and only College in that land, should dissolve: wherein they are so busied to pretend the setting up of their supposed Catholic religion. Her Majesty, by Cecil's means, conceived well of their suit, and Sir Anthony St. Leger and Mr. Wilbraham, her Majesty's Solicitor in Ireland, drew the letter to be signed: but they cannot hope to effect it without Cecil's furtherance.— Undated.
1 p. (186. 33.)
Mr. [John] Udall, Puritan Minister.
[1593.] "Mr. Udall's confession of his opinion touching certain points of our ecclesiastical government."
1. I do believe and have often preached that the church of England is a part of the true visible church of Christ, and that the preaching of the Word and administration of the sacraments therein are the holy ordinances of God, profitable and comfortable to every one that is rightly partaker thereof. In which church I have been and do yet desire to be a preacher and have communicated the sacraments and prayers therein for the space of seven years at Kingston, and above a year at Newcastle upon Tyne immediately before mine imprisonment. [margin: and will so continue according to the form established and confirmed in the book of common prayer, etc.]. And therefore I do from my heart utterly renounce the schism whereinto the Brownists have fallen in condemning the churches of England and separating themselves from communicating in the public ministry thereof.
2. I know no other but that the statute laws of this land do maintain the holy ministry of the Word and sacraments in such manner as any Christian may with a safe conscience both administer therein and communicate therewithal. Also the law which requireth subscription to the articles of religion, so far as they contain the doctrine of faith and sacraments, is agreeable to the Word of God.
3. I do believe that by the Word of God a supreme authority over all persons in all causes, both ecclesiastical and civil, is due and ought to be given unto her Majesty to enforce every man to do his duty and to be obedient in every thing that is not contrary to the Word of God: and that if the Prince should command anything contrary to God's Word [margin: as I am assured her Majesty never will do] it is not lawful for the subject to rebel or resist, no, not so much as in thought, but with patience and humility to bear all the punishments laid upon them, seeking only by prayer to God and supplication to authority, and such like peaceable means, to have faults amended.
4. I do believe that by the Word of God the church rightly reformed ought to be governed ecclesiastically by the ministers assisted with elders [margin: that are by the ecclesiastical government allowed by her Majesty having the supreme government]. And this is not my private judgment, but such as I have learned out of the Word of God, being confirmed in by the writing of the most learned and godly men of ancient and later times, and have seen practised with great peace and comfort in the best reformed churches of Europe, and even by those exiles which her most excellent Majesty to her great honour hath hitherto protected.
5. I do believe that the censures of the church ought merely to concern the soul, and may not impeach any subject, much less any prince, in the liberty of body, goods, dominion or any earthly privilege whatsoever; and that therefore the papal excommunication that deposeth princes and freeth their subjects from their allegiance, or any part of Christian obedience to civil authority, is blasphemous against God, injurious to all men, and directly contrary to God's Word, neither do I believe that a Christian Prince ought otherwise to be subject to the church censures than our gracious Queen professeth herself to be unto the preaching of the Word and administration of the sacraments, according to the doctrine of our church in Mr. Norwell's catechism and the homily of the right use of the church at this day appointed publicly to be read. [Margin: I wish that by some law it might be ordered that the form of excommunication for things being not criminal against the Christian faith might be altered to some other form of punishment.]
If I understood of any other thing which I am charged to hold as a strange and private opinion, I would be willing to shew my mind freely in it. For my desire is that her Highness might truly be informed of everything that I hold, so should I be assured to obtain her gracious favour, without which I do not desire to live.
The marginal additions are in Burghley's hand. 1 p. (178. 98.)
Mr. Udall's Submission.
[1593.] Concerning the book whereof I was by due course of law convicted and found the author of it, for which cause an humble submission is required of me: although I cannot disavow the substance of the doctrine debated in it, which I hold to be holy and agreeable to the Word of God, yet I confess the manner of writing is in some part worthy to be blamed and might provoke Her Majesty's just indignation. Wherefore the trial of the law imputing unto me all the book's defaults, and laying their punishment in most grievous manner upon me, my most humble suit is that Her Majesty's pardon may free me from the guilt and offence which the law has cast upon me, and restore me to life and liberty; and I promise to carry myself in such dutiful obedience, as befits a minister of the Gospel and a dutiful subject.—Undated.
Draft or copy, unsigned. Endorsed: Mr. Udall's submission. 1 p. (205. 49.)
[John] Gerard and Charles Paget.
1593. Skydmore came over in a boat of Margate, the owners name is Colburn; he came up to London on Wednesday morning. He is a tall man somewhat stooping, an "aborne" beard cut round, with a horse flesh coloured cloak, and a pair of orange tawny stockings.
He should have come over in a priest's company, one Gerret with whom he would have gone to Ipswich, but Gerret told this Apleby that he liked not his company because he was known and "layed for" in England. Skydmor came from Graveling.
Typpin is in prison and writ by Apleby, that seeing Charles Paget was his betrayer, having been employed by Mr. ViceChamberlain, he would also betray all the persons which carried Charles Paget's letters, which were these: Charles Paget writes to one Adrian de Lange dwelling in Flushing and he doth deliver them to one Steven Whyte who sends them into England.
He carried one Johnson and his company being 8 persons. He lay in London.—Undated.
Endorsed: 1593. In the hand of Robert Cecil. 1 p. (203. 154.)
Mrs. Shelley.
[1593.] A declaration of the practices of Mrs. Shelley.
Details of her loan transactions with Richard Mytton, Mr. Stanley, Mr. Ledsom and others: and also of her popish practices and connections.
1 p. (141. 216.)
Spoils by the Scots on the Marches.
1593. Book containing reports of the juries appointed to enquire into decays and spoils by the Scots in the West, East and Middle Marches, since the 10th Eliz. Signed by H. Huntyngdon. 1593.
182 pp. (Vol. 241.)
1593. A book extracted out of the certificates sent from the gentlemen appointed by the Lord Lieutenant to take view of the musters of horsemen, footmen, and arms, in the counties of Northumberland, Westmorland, Cumberland and the Bishopric of Durham, 1593.
Endorsed by Burghley. 16 pp. (214. 27.)
The [Court of Wards ?].
1593. Account of the Receiver of [the Court of Wards] for Trinity term, 35 Eliz. The receipts are for writs of covenant, licences and writs of entry, pardons, mesne rates and upon bonds. Payments into the Hanaper for half year's rent, and upon bonds. Signed by William Lambarde and Tho. Wigges.
Endorsed: Declaration for the Trinity term 35 Eliz. for your Lordship. 1 sheet, damaged. (214. 28.)
1593. Plan of Ostend, coloured.—1593.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 44.)
Robert Thomson to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
[1593.] Imprisoned for "not conformity of his coming to church." Prays leave to repair home, there to confine himself according to the late statute, or to be bound over.— Undated.
½ p. (1407.)
[1593.] i. The effect of the statutes 23 Eliz. c. 6 [(sic): c. 2 in Stat: at large] and 28 Eliz. [29 Eliz. c. 6 Stat: at large] relative to the penalties for recusancy and the method of recovering them, showing how the former statute was affected by the latter, according to the opinions of the Judges, with the addition in another hand of the following note:—If it be pretended that any particular person shall be prejudiced touching any particular grant heretofore made by her Majesty of any the forfeiture or penalities due by the said former statutes A°. 23 and 28 Eliz. a special saving proviso may be added to relieve them in that behalf.
Unsigned. Undated. 1¾ pp. (139. 296.)
[1593.] ii. Draft of sections [10 and 11] of the Act [35] Eliz. [c. 2] relating to the recovery of penalties etc. for recusancy, referring back to the Acts 23 and 28 Eliz. on the same subject.
Endorsed. 1 p. (139. 297.)
Sieur de Longlee to [Henry IV. King of France].
[? 1593.] Sire, Ces dernieres depeches du 6 et 10 de ce mois auront fait voir a votre Majeste l'etat des choses de deca, et assez particulierement ce qui appartient aux armaments que nous y voyons. Les a vis que j'en ai depuis sont que les compagnies d'infanterie levees de nouveau et acheminees a Lisbon se sont embarquees en y arrivant. Les vaissaux de Biscay qui sont quinze fort grands et bien armes avec nombre d'autres moindres etaient aussi partis, quatorze enseignes de gens de pied s'etant embarquees dessus et huit cents mariniers qui passent semblablement a Lisbon ou il se retrouvera pour le present; pour le moins soixante et dix navires de guerre pret a sortir au premier commandement qui leur sera fait et n'attendent que le retour du Marquis de Saint Croyx ainsi que l'on ecrit, lequel est a l'Ile St Michel le 17 du passe: attendant d'heure en heure que les flottes des Indes y arrivassent. La plus apparente des opinions que l'on a de la sortie de cette armee est qu'elle veut aller en Irland ou en quelque part d'Angleterre ou ils doivent avoir leurs intelligences, et d'autant qu' elle n'aura pas [? moins] de 17 a 18,000 hommes si elle va attaquer la Reine d'Angleterre, il ne faut douter que l'entreprise ne soit incontinent favorisee des forces du Duc de Parme qui selon l'apparance se renforcent a cet effet. De la variete des jugements que l'on fait de cette armee cestui-ci est le plus vraisemblable. Pendant que les affaires de votre Majeste sont en l'etat que chacun voit, je ne suis seul qui use de tous devoirs possibles pour savoir au vrai le dessein de cette armee; mais apres toutes sortes diligences on ne peut penetrer plus avant que les conjectures que j'ai dit par mes depeches precedentes. De Lisbon, l'on me mande la meme opinion que c'est Irland ou l'ile d'Vig et que les Catholiques d'Angleterre promettent beaucoup rendre l'entreprise p[lus] facile et l'hiver plus a propos que l'ete pour y faire la guerre. L'on dit encores que la Reine d'Angleterre doit etre assaillie de divers endroits, et meme du cote d'Ecosse, a quoi je n'ajoute pas trop de foi. Le Comte de Morton est arrive a Lisbon, ou le Cardinal Archduc l'a fort bien recu, et lui a fait donner logis. J'avais mis une heure avec lui pour l'accompagner jusques en Portugal, en l'intention de decouvrir de lui, ou de ses gens, quelque chose de ses affaires, mais ce que je peus savoir est qu'il a depeche le navire qui l'avait apporte, et attend le retour du Marquis de Ste. Croix. L'on me mande qu'il y a apparance qu'il se doit embarquer en cette armee. Mais je n' en ai point d'autre certitude. Un peu de bruit qu'il y a de quelques preparatifs d'armes en Constantinople a l'annee prochaine et l'opinion que l'on a que la paix se pourra faire en porce [? Perse] commence deja a donner l'alarme pardeca, ou je ne vois pour le presente autres particularites dignes du service de votre Majeste. Chacun attend la venue dudit Marquis pour voir ce que deviendra cette armee. Il s'etait arrange la un grand nombre de vieux capitaines et seigneurs Italiens au bruit de l'entreprise d'Angleterre, le Sr. Dom Pedro de Modines a recherche d'etre employe, mais nul desdits Italiens a ete pourvu et sont toujours entretenus de bonnes paroles, leur repondant qu'il n'y aura point de faute d'occasion et que le Roy se souviendra d'eux.—Undated.
Endorsed: Copie de la lettre du Sr. de Longlee au Roy. On the reverse, a French cipher, including symbols for Italy or Lombardy, Portugal, and England. 2 pp. (174. 65.)
Estate of John Baptist Piatinari, deceased.
[? 1593.] Memorial, headed "Treshonoré et excellent seigneur," in which the writer states that, being requested by Baptiste Castilion to inform him of a cause entrusted to the said Baptiste by Anthoine Jacomel, president of Calais, he thinks it well to do so in writing, as well as by mouth.
It is, that about three years ago John Baptist Piatinari, a native of Pinarol in Piedmont, physician, died suddenly in London, leaving goods to the value of 1,500l. or 1,600l. Another Italian, stranger to the deceased, took possession of the goods, but, struck with remorse, in December, 1592, affixed to the Royal Exchange a decree, under seal of the Prerogative Court that all relatives and such as had claims upon the deceased should appear, the 2nd of May following, to prove their right. Afterwards he commenced process to prove the pretended will of the deceased, in Hilary term, long before the day fixed in the said decree. Castilion, who has been a true friend to his compatriots in England, then sent to Calais to see if Jacomel were still alive, who was counsin german of the deceased; who at once sent Castilion a proxy to act for him on behalf of his children the heirs. This was found insufficient and another signed by the said heirs was sent for; but that being informal a third was sent for. Because we are unwilling to importune further a man of seventy years and more, they wish to exclude us from our right. Request a letter from the Queen to suspend process in the Court until they hear further from the president from whom they have not heard since May last, on account of the plague which has been in London, which has entirely interrupted communication.
Holograph. French. 2 pp. (172. 122.)
James Colville of Easter Wemyss.
[1593 ?] "Memories des services faits au Roy [Henry IV] par le Seigneur Dest-veimes" [James Colville of Easter Wemyss].
Is a Scotsman, and Ordinary Chamberlain to the King for over 7 years. Details his services to the King by raising a company of Scots soldiers, and taking part in various battles and sieges named. Has maintained the company at his own charge. Was afterwards sent by the King to Scotland for his affairs, at his own charge. Is refused payment for the charges of his company by the Chamber, because he cannot produce his company rolls, from which the King has dispensed him, he not knowing the French regulations. Begs for payment.—Undated.
Printed. French. 4 pp. (223. 16.)
John Sentlenger to [Lord Burghley].
[c. 1593–4.] The Aulnagers of Somerset refuse to appear to such processes as are directed to them out of the Exchequer. Prays that they be brought up by a pursuivant to answer such matter as he shall object against them.—Undated.
Note by Burghley thereon, and note by John Sotherton that William Hart has not appeared to answer Mr. Attorney's bill.
1 p. (1526.)


  • 1. The office of Prothonotary in Chancery was granted to George Carew 10 Oct. 1593. Patent R. 35 Eliz. pt. 8.
  • 2. See C.P. iv. 407.