Cecil Papers: July 1597

Pages 17-19

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 14, Addenda. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1923.

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July 1597

Sir John Popham to [the Queen.]
[1597, c. July 9.] Encloses a grant to be made to Sir Edward Hobie of the constableship of the castle of Queenborough, with the portership of the castle; which is done upon signification given to him by the Lord Treasurer of her Majesty's pleasure.— Undated.
1 p. (2318.)
Adame Hall to Archibald Douglas.
[1597?], July 23. The evil estate of our country is not altogether unknown to you, by reason of the plague which is so vehement in certain parts, and daily spreads: through which such as are attendant upon the laws as I am, are frustrate of such gain as they "lippened" for. Wherefore I am deliberate to leave the country for a time, and to retire to foreign parts. I was mindful to have passed into France, having had experience of the people there, and assured of good entertainment and profitable condition, as I had before when resident there. I had more than 300 francs yearly for teaching philosophy and certain lessons of humanity. But I and my friends think it best I should retire rather into England, it not being far distant from Scotland. Let me understand by this bearer what honest and profitable condition you are able to prefer me unto, either in universities or out. Preston, 23 July.
Holograph. 1 p. (205. 31.)
Thomas North to the Earl of Essex.
1597, July 26. For such matters as were handled at the Parliament at Regensberg Mr. Cooke will not fail to acquaint you, for I conferred with him thereof. I went thence to Munich, the chief city of the duke of Bavaria. In his court I met with the marquis Haverey, the Spanish ambassador for the Low Countries. He persuaded me to go into the Netherland and leave my journey for Spain. I answered so as he was satisfied and seemed glad of my mind, for I shewed him letters of great credit which Dr. Turner and one Pitts, English priests, had procured for me from the Pope's legate unto the King of Spain. Here is great taking up of soldiers in Ausburg, Ulms, Insbruck, and divers other cities, also about Milan. They, as I have it from men of credit and judgment, are to go to the duke of Savoy and so for the siége of Lyons. This doctor Turner and the Spanish legate have had conference with me touching Mistress Arabella, how beautiful, how virtuous and how inclined; yea, they seem how some plot may be laid for her conveyance out of England. Therein I answered fitting their humours. Let not the shifts that necessity hath driven me be an occasion to take away your accustomed favour to travellers or hinder that which I would fain deserve,—your good opinion, and to do somewhat whereby to enable me to live at home with my wife and children. I am resolved not to return till I have done somewhat worthy the reward of a true Englishman. You are not unacquainted how the young duke Maximilian, the eldest son of duke William of Bavaria, is very shortly to marry the youngest daughter of the duke of Lorraine.—From Munich, this 26 July, 1598 (sic).
Endorsed: "1597": and in a more modern hand, "26 July, 1594, query."
Holograph. Two seals. 2 pp. (53. 65.)
William Mompesson (fn. 1) to the Queen.
[1597, July.] Prays that his son John, servant to the Earl of Essex, may be joined with him in his patent for the keeping of the park of Templehurst, Yorks. Also for grant of a meadow. —Undated.
Notes thereon, giving particulars of the patent, by Lord Burghley and Mr. Auditor (Sir John) Conyers.
2 pp. (1697.)
[Earl of Essex?] to (the Council.)
[1597, July.] "Being ready to send away this letter Sir Robert Crofte sent me word he would send an Alferez to me that was taken by the Admiral of Holland by whom I thought to send more certainty; whose examination I send your lordships."—Undated.
¼ p. (205. 40.)
Sir John Norreys, (fn. 2) President of Munster, to [the Council.]
[1597?, July?] By their order he was to be paid for levying and transportation of his horse company out of the recusants' money. Sufficient money not having come in, he prays them to direct some other means of payment. Heretofore the President of Munster was wont to receive the revenues and imposts of the province. Seeing now the receipt thereof is thought to appertain to Sir Henry Wallop as Treasurer, he prays for order that the President may receive the same by deputation from the Treasurer, and be accountable to him. Prays for leave to return to England for the recovery of his health, being greatly disabled with a lameness in the thigh and the falling of a rheum to his lungs.—Undated.
1 p. (186. 114.)
Sir Edward Hoby's Grant.
[1597, July.] Grant to Edward Hobye, knight, of the constableship of the castle of Queneburgh, co. Kent, from the death of Robert Constable, knight, for life.
Signed.—W. Burghley.
Examined by—J. Popham.
Undated Parchment. Latin. 1 p. (185. 120.)
Anthony Crompton to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1597, Bef. Aug.] He prays for letters in his behalf to Sir F. Vere, to serve privately under his command till he shall think him worthy of preferment. He had trial this last summer of the good respect Vere held of (Cecil's) recommendation of him. The only hindrance then was the retiring of the State's army into Holland: which at this time being in the field, and the leager before Berke, may enable him to live and serve.— Undated. Holograph.
Endorsed: The humblest request of Captain Crompton.
1 p. (186. 17.)
Notes by an Ill-used Wife [Countess of Derby?]
[1597?, Before Aug.] At Greenwich no board wages for two grooms, usher, page, chamber keeper. After the cooks not paid. Horses lent to Smith before the progress. New nags for £13 sent to Theb. [Theobalds ?] unshod, no money to defray.
Knocked up at 1 o'clock, waked.
Kept out of his chamber at dinner and supper by York and other within.
When Momerancy came no money to buy before he was landed.
Not speak a word nor countenance in father's house.
So many 100 pounds spent of ten thousand come to his hand since marriage.
Never one token of love in gown, button, aigrettes.
A hose-garter asked again.
No pillion to come from Wyvenhoe, but of poor golden fustian.
His man to demand a note of her small plate in her own hand given her; and he never speak him self. Linen spoiled, very fine and damask.
Women ij gotten with child; men entertaining them in chamber and not dare find fault because they were great about him.
iij M. li. since Easter lying at Greenwich.
Change of men to keep purse.
Undated. Unsigned. ½ p. (179. 134.)


  • 1. This appears to be the petition referred to in Dr. Cæsar's letter to Burghley, of 27 July, 1597, printed in Cecil Papers, vii., p. 314.
  • 2. Sir J. Norreys President of Munster from 1595 till he died there in Sept. 1597; see S.P. Ireland, wh. from May to July 1597 are full of requests to be allowed to allowed to return from illhealth.