Cecil Papers: 1566

Pages 70-72

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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The Iceland Fishery.
[1565–6, Jan.] Articles declaring the ancient liberty of the subjects of England concerning the fishing in Iselonde.
Time out of mind they have occupied into Iselande for buying stockfish, and taking green fish, as cod and ling, without licence, paying the customs, namely for every merchant's ship that builds his booth upon the shore, and traffics, 5 marks English, and for every ship that carries no merchandise, one angel noble and a barrel of salt or beer. For these customs they might go into what harbour they would. Now within these 20 years they have been kept out of all the harbours, not suffered to pitch booths, nor lie for fishing; the island of Westmoney only excepted. Within these 2 or 3 years they have not been suffered to traffic in Westmoney, for Simon Surbeck and his factors there command the inhabitants not to sell them fish. Surbeck also, when his ships come in, will unmoor the English ships in the harbour and take their room, putting our men in danger of drowning. In the 6th year of Queen Mary, having war with France and Scotland, two English ships were moored in Westmoney harbour, when there came two Scottish ships of war, who were permitted by Simon's factors to land, and to lay three brass pieces against the English ships, which were taken, and the men carried prisoners into Scotland, the goods being worth 2,500l. They also had a house on land which Simon took, saying he had bought it of the Scotsmen. There is also demanded of them now the tenth fish that they kill upon the seas there, contrary to all right and conscience.—Undated.
Endorsed: The complaints of the merchants trading Islande. 2 pp. (186. 72.)
[Compare S.P. Dom. Cal., 1565, Jan. 20.]
Pierre de la Rocque.
[Before 1566.] Draft warrant to Sir Hugh Pawlet, Captain of Jersey. Pierre de la Rocque, for disorders committed there, is ordered to be imprisoned till he acknowledges his fault, and to pay a fine of 100 [blank] or less if thought advisable.—Undated.
2 pp. (4. 118.)
Thomas H— to Anthony Standon the Younger.
1565–6, Jan. 23. Is glad to hear of Standon's prosperous estate with his brother, the writer's master. It was grievous to them all when it was known that Standon had gone from them. Standon's father has been sickly upon the grievous burden of his departure, but is mended again, and is glad to hear of his health and welfare, as are his brothers and sisters. The state of Standon's friends at Malsey. He that should have had Standon's brother's place, before he was made the Queen's man, is now joined with the brother, and to have half wages and half horse meat, and to discharge the brother from waiting.—23 Jan., 1566.
1 p. Endorsed by Cecil: 23 Jan., 1565. (202. 45.)
Earl of Arundell to Sir William Cecil.
1565–6, Feb. Thanks Cecil for his upright doings towards Thomas Stowghton (Arundel's servant) . . . Nonsuch, Tuesday.
Endorsed by Cecil: February, 1565. Holograph. 1 p. (202. 46.)
Arthur Hall to Thomas Parker, at Madrill in Spain.
1566, April 13. Acknowledges Parker's letter of March 6. His master, Mr. Secretary (fn. 1) has sent him on Parker's letter to him concerning the debt he (Hall) owes Parker. "My Lord your brother's (fn. 2) " evil dealings with him, in having him arrested for debt, and other causes which he details, have made him delay payment, which he promises next term. Sends his commendations to Mr. Hoggins, whose debt he will discharge forthwith.—Grantham, 13 April, 1566.
Holograph. 1½ pp. (108. 103.)
The Queen's Marriage.
[1566, Nov. 10.] Petition of the Lords to the Queen urging her to marry, and to declare a successor.
Endorsed: Concerning marriage of the Queen with Monsieur. By Francis Spelman, Clerk of the Upper House.
Contemporary copy.
The Common's petition on the same subject.
Parchment. 2 sheets. Printed in Camden (? Queen Eliz. p. 84.) (215. 15.)


  • 1. ? Cecil; Hall was a ward of Cecil's.
  • 2. ? Archbishop Parker.