[1597, Before April.]
They express their obligations to Essex
for the procuring of the deanery of Winchester for Mr. Dr.
Heaton. His rare gift and frequent use of preaching, his
hospitality, and the wise direction of his life have done great
good, and already mollified the obdurate hearts of irreligious
subjects, so as no predecessor's severity has wrought like effect.
They pray that the vacant place of the principal pastorage of
the See may be supplied by him and no other.
Endorsed: A general petition from the gentlemen of the
best sort in Hampshire for the preferment of the dean of
Winton to that bishopric.—Undated.
1 p. (186. 62.)
Arnolde Lulls, for Peter and Hauns Lulls and others, to
[1597, prob. after April 7.]
Are owners of the cargo of the
Dutch flyboat the "Griffin," taken by the ships of the earl of
Cumberland and Sir Thomas Garrard. In spite of warrants
from the Council and others, the earl, or Sir Thomas, or their
captains, have carried off one of the ship's company, and
unladen part of the goods. Pray for possession of the goods
upon surety, or that they may remain on board till the cause is
examined by the Judge of the Admiralty.—Undated.
1 p. (Vide Acts P.C. 7 Apr. 1597.) (968.)
Sir Henry Nevell to the Queen.
1597, April 21.
For relief of his debts, partly incurred in
his three years' service beyond seas, and his charges at the late
journey of Cales. He prays for licence to sell his manor of
Bedminster, Somerset, in which the Queen has a remainder, value
£66 19s. 10d. He offers in exchange the manor of Newton
St. Lowe, besides a fair and goodly house of stone seated
thereon, fit for any baron to dwell in, which cost 10,000 marks:
total value £73 2s. 6d.
Genealogical table showing the reversioners to the manor of
Bedminster is appended.
Note by T. Buckehurst, that the Queen refers the petition
to the Lord Treasurer.—21 April, 1597.
Note by the same that the Queen remits the tenure in capite
for Bedminster and accepts a tenure in socage; and refers the
proposed exchange to the Lord Treasurer.—18 May, 1598.
4 pp. (186. 109.)
Don Pedro de Villavicencio to Nuño de Villavizencio or
1597, April 22.
The writer enumerates many previous
letters sent, by way of St. Sebastian or of Flanders, directed to
Don Geronimo Balter Capata. As so safe a messenger as Don
Baltasar de Ribera is now going to San Sebastian to negotiate
for Signor Pedro del Castillo's liberation, and may perhaps go
from thence to Calais and London, he sends this to say that he
has used all possible diligence to procure the money for the
contract made with the English gentlemen, but has not been
able to get it, nor has he found any efficacious means beyond
those proposed to his Majesty in the memorial which was given
him and of which a copy is herewith enclosed (wanting), that
all the gentlemen may see that all things fitting have been said
to his Majesty. But it has not sufficed to move him in any way
to aid in their honours' liberation, and the ministers through
whose hands these negotiations pass are so indignant about
the losses at Cadiz, for which they put the blame on [torn]
that they will not fight for it daily, as is needful. [At this point
a large portion of the sheet is torn away] The people of Cadiz
have been plundered of all that they had in their houses; what
they had laden in the fleet has been burnt, and lastly the houses
and estates in the city and the island; all of which they should
represent to the Queen, and avail themselves of her royal
clemency and that of the Earl of Essex and the High Admiral
in order to plead for their liberty, and if this cannot be accomplished to make some particular arrangement for each one on
moderate terms. [Much of the sheet is here again torn away.]
The writer is doing all he possibly can for Don Nuño and
Don Juan. Last October he remitted funds to Luis Perez
at Antwerp that he might send to them for their relief; also
sent money for the churchmen. He hears that a letter from
Flanders has been received stating that Perez has changed this,
and prays to know whether they have received it. Don Diego
wrote to him about procuring payment of the orders which
"those lords" delivered, but since then he has heard nothing.
Those of Xeres who were with their honours and were to
presently give them 2,000 crowns have given nothing but have
all drawn back, and so far no man has shewn any desire to aid
at all, or taken part in the business as was fitting. They must
look for help to God, Who will give to each one the reward due
for his deeds and his intentions. [Again a large piece missing.]
Has had letters from Cadiz and Xeres. Don Juan Porto Carrero,
Diego de Soto, and Luis Alfonso Flores will not help at all in
the matter. Hears that miladies Donna Juana and Donna
Maria Osoris are well, which their honours must tell Don
Antonio. Sends greetings to all, but cannot now write to
them because the bearer is in haste. Can only add that all
greatly desire to see them at liberty in their own homes, which
may God grant very shortly.—Madrid, 22 April, 1597.
Addressed to Nuño de Villavizencio, Don Juan de Villavicencio and Don Pajo Patino, hostages in London, Ware (?) or
Hampton Court (?) (Vari o Hantancur).
Sent by Don Baltazar de Ribera.
Much mutilated. Spanish. 2¾ pp. (204. 52.)
Thomas Arundel to Sir Robert Cecil.
Intending a voyage towards London, and
there to have used your honourable favour in procuring her
Majesty's leave for a sea voyage, I set forward from Shaftesbury
on Monday last, and lay that night at the dean of Winchester's
three mile beyond Andover. Whither on Tuesday morning
early there comes unto me a servant of my own with a letter
from my wife, which contained thus much: That Sir George
Trenchard, together with a pursuivant and others, came to
my house the day of my departure and searched it and had
commission to apprehend myself and to send me up straitly
guarded by gentlemen. What terror this letter did at the first
strike into me I leave to yourself to imagine; but at length
I resolved on this, that knowing my own innocency I would by
no means distrust the justice of my sovereign. So turning
my course towards Newbury to avoid the disgrace of a pursuivant's company, I have brought myself hither guarded only
with the clearness of my truth, and a strong trust in the equity
of my princess, in either of which had I distrusted I had not
been here now, who neither wanted means nor time to set myself
beyond the compass of danger. If you happen to speak with
her Majesty before I see you, I pray you recommend unto her
the firm allegiance of her unworthy subject. This may hap to
mitigate the severity of her opinion till due proofs have cleared
me. If I for my unworthiness may not obtain so reasonable
a request, yet let me with all humility beseech of her Majesty
to suppose that King Edward the Fourth's Queen who was
after married to the marquis Dorset, and from whose womb
(if in so urgent a cause I may without presumption speak it)
we both are come, were now living and entreated the most
worthy and fortunate of her race to at least yield a favourable
right to me the unhappiest of her posterity. I but entreat a
favourable conceit till my deeds deserve the contrary. I have
committed myself close prisoner to the constable in her Majesty's
name to avoid suspicion of privy conference. Here do I attend
your directions, having caused myself to be locked into an illfavoured ("ylvavored") chamber.
Holograph. 1 p.
Endorsed: [1598?] (67. 17.)