Cecil Papers: July 1601

Pages 180-183

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 1601

Aurelian Townshend to Sir Robert Cecil.
1601, July 4. Since the affair of the illustrious Signor Bembo made him a spectacle of unusual infamy to his fellows, I have heard no other news than of his memory, which has remained such that they who were his closest friends now most desire that his name may be extinguished with his life. But there is no trumpet like that of Fame, for its echo resounds in every tongue, and only to the Medici is it granted that the sun shall illumine their successes and the earth conceal their errors. Therefore we must not trust to Fortune, or to anything else but duty, in regard to Fame. Enough, that if by means of traitors, all the designs which the King of Spain had on hand this year had succeeded, he was in danger of making himself Monarch, but being hindered in them by your honour and others like you, he has not been able to accomplish what he embraced, and we others enjoy our usual quiet peace, not being subject to any service but the one we desire, and which will be so much the more pleasing to me, the longer it lasts [?]. I pray your Excellency to excuse me if my speech is not Tuscan and polished, for that is not proper to this place, and I am at Venice for other matters. Thus humbly kissing your hands, &c.—Venice, 4 July, 1601.
Holograph. Italian. 1 p. (86. 137.)
Count Carlo Sigala to Horatio Palavicino.
1601, July 18. I pray you to support a cause of mine with the Queen, which is this. Last year the ship Admiral with six other English vessels took a sattia (fn. 1) of mine, going with corn to Genoa, although the master had shown them that the ship was mine, who am a Genoese. Being at that time at Scio with the Captain Bassa, my brother, he was much displeased by this act, knowing that there is peace and amity between the English nation and Genoa; and the more so as this sattia (fn. 1) had a safeconduct from this Bassa, in which he desired the English nation —he being so much the servant of the Queen—not to molest it.
Signed. Italian. 1½ pp. (86. 136.)
Robert Davies to Mr. Evans.
1601, July 22. Details the circumstances of the carrying away of Evans' nephew, Morgan Lloyd, by Evan Lloyd Jeffery and others. Morgan was in Davies' charge as a schoolmaster.—Trefegloes, 22 July, 1601.
Holograph. 2 pp. (2231.)
Sir Henry Lee to Sir John Stanhope, Vice-Chamberlain to the Queen.
1601, July 29. By a mishap my letter came to you before the young horse it makes mention of. I sent my man into Buckinghamshire and this letter is to meet him at London. This night past I received a letter from the Council, amongst other things about provision to be made for Ostend. You write you were to use a man of credit and skill, and therefore thought good rather to employ Mr. Harvey than a merchant. If I might have had proof made of me for the armour and that belonged thereto, I doubt not to have as well gone through therewith as he that now has it. And for skill I will neither give place to him nor any other, having had the use of arms both in earnest and sport all the days of my life. Besides, there is another wrong offered me, the more for that I was not acquainted therewith, being a thing to be considered of besides that that room is in my grant by patent from her Majesty, and was likewise to my predecessors. There is a little room, joining to the green Gallery wherein was placed such armours as served the person of King Henry VIII., kept in the same place ever since his giving up of arms, as a show of the goodliness of his person and the greatness of his mind. A monument it was of both, and long time after his death showed to such strangers as came to that place. So it was continued the time of his son, of Queen Mary, and these forty and three years, and ever maintained in her Majesty's time that now is. Now to have them thrown into a corner, taken from their place of so long continuance, thrown upon heaps, and without my knowledge or what might be said therein, or her Majesty's consent, I take it a wrong to the dead and to her Majesty. How I may answer it I know not; but a danger it is like to be to me. In this place of Greenwich in no prince's time in man's memory has been any great need of a few calivers; but in Windsor there has been in the time of Edward VI., where there is not now an armour, and that a Castle and of force for any sudden attempt, the best her Majesty has, the Tower excepted. Hampton [Court] was in my time well furnished, now not anything. If the law, to defend themselves, appoints the meanest man and house to have according, how much more fit for her Majesty, and in such a house, to have what were necessary. As before time in Whitehall you may well remember the purse Queen Mary was put to in Wyat's rebellion, and in more peril for that there was not any armour there to be had, no, not for her own company or household, which was the chiefest reason the bishop of Winchester persuaded the Queen to remove to the Tower beside his force. How much that place was better provided now of later days I pray you judge; and if God had not provided better, what extremity was like to have followed to the fear and trouble of her Majesty and danger of the rest. If the supply of that place had been first taken in hand, the other where less danger has ever been might have been done at more leisure. For Greenwich what is to be hoped for, for so small a company of shot armour there is, and has been ever; her Majesty by too many former experiences having scaped, by the great favour of God, so many perils practised from abroad, and at home, and for what I can judge as much to be doubted even in these days as before, those cursed people and the malice of enemies rather multiplying than otherwise. Accept this jade, command the rest, and let me hear of her Majesty's well doing.—From Beaconsfield the 29th of July.
Endorsed: 1601, 29 July.
Holograph. 2 pp. (117. 3.)
Jevan Lloid of Grethlyn, Denbigh, to the Queen's Council in the Marches of Wales.
[1601], July. Was granted the wardship of Morgan Lloid, son of David Lloid of Morgan, but has been forcibly prevented by John ap Jevan Griffith and Cadwaledar ap Roberts from taking custody of the ward. Prays for leave to prosecute his suit against them before the Council.—Undated.
1 p. (107.)
Edith Beale and her son Francis to the Queen.
[1601, July.] For grant of a fee farm of 30l. yearly, in view of the services of her late husband Robert Beale.—Undated.
½ p. (1429.)
William Cecil and Lord Roos, his son.
[1601, July (fn. 2) ] "The reply to the answer made to the petition of Mr. William Cecil in the behalf of the Lord Roos his son, for evidences from him detained."
William Cecil complains of the detention at Belvoir of evidences which establish the right of Lord Roos, a ward of the Queen's during his minority, to certain lands. The lands named are Somerbie Hose Rectory, Snaylesworth, and Thorpe upon-the-Hill, which by law descended to Lord Roos from his grandfather Edward Earl of Rutland.—Undated.
Endorsed: Serjeant Harris.
1 p. (213. 113.)


  • 1. A sattia is a small Turkish ship. "Captain Bassa" is the Turkish Admiral.
  • 2. See Cecil Calendar, pt. xi., p. 269.