Cecil Papers: August 1601

Pages 183-185

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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August 1601

Ra. Dobbinson and six others, parishioners of St. Martin's in the Fields, to [Sir Robert Cecil ?]
[1601, before Aug. 4.] The way leading from the Earl of Bedford's house to Charing Cross is so high and sloping that heretofore divers horses, coaches and carts have slipped and overturned. Besides, the channels running near their doors are very noisome, and the streets not so clean and well kept as they would be if that cawsey were taken away, and the channel had his current in the middle, in such sort as Chancery Lane now has. The parishioners intend the new making of this cawsey at a charge of 250l. and pray (Cecil), as High Steward of the Liberty of Westminster, to consent thereto, to begin his own part first, and to contribute towards the rest of the work.— Undated.
Signed as above.
1 p. (186. 98.)
[See Part xi., p. 321.]
Captain Christopher Carleill to the Council.
[1601.] [Before Aug. 19.] His pinnace the Swallow of Knockfergus was one of the vessels appointed to convey the Spanish prisoners from Ireland to Westchester. She had only 8 sailors and 1 gentleman aboard, and the 30 prisoners overcame them, and carried away pinnace and men. Prays for recompense, out of such ransom as is recoverable for the prisoners. The pinnace is valued at 200 marks: and 4 great double bases of brass, with their double chambers, at £40 more: in all 173l. 6s. 8d. Prays also that some of the undelivered prisoners may be detained for the redemption of his own men.—Undated.
1 p. (186. 2.)
[Captain Chr. Carlisle was dead 19 Aug. 1601 (Acts of P.C. xxxii., p. 369.)]
Sir Robert Cecil to [the Master of Gray.]
1601, Aug. 19. (fn. 1) For the party who met you at the Postern Gate, of all persons I know not what to judge, only for mine own part I have observed it a tickle thing to put my hand between bark and tree. Where they did tell you that they have dealt with me, and by a party they named, I assure you they never did use any such person to me, neither do I think that any particular address to one can be of other use to them than to augment the King's suspicion (if any he have of any contrariety in their humours to himself) when they can be contented to use one whom he so much misliketh, though God knows how much I am wronged. Always, Sir, I will do none but honest offices to that party so long as I shall find them just to my Sovereign.
Where you have a desire to send your son to Oxford, and to have some convenient stipend for his maintenance, I pray you think the Master of Gray's son can never be a stranger in Israel. Only this I could wish, if you please, that he were either sent so privately by you as I may not be seen any way in it, to the University, or else that for a year or two he were bred in France rather, for certainly though my nature affords no disputation in such offices of humanity (whensoever I see affliction even in ordinary men's fortunes) much less in a person of your quality, merit to this state and profession, particularly to myself, yet hereof would be raised a new argument to suspect some humour of practice between you and me, from whose soul I desire condemnation to be no further than to my knowledge it is or ever shall be; for I thank God I have in a constant course resolved to move upon no such variable poles, as all the spheres of Scotland are. But Sir, all this is not to save charges, for although, when I moved the Queen in this, she seemed not any way to like it, that your son should be brought up here, as an argument which would raise (she said) jealousies which might hurt yourself, yet Sir I will take order upon your next answer (wheresoever you do breed the young gentleman) that he shall have 400 crowns a year towards his maintenance, which you shall give me your bill to pay for, when God Almighty takes account of all our reckonings. I have caused the body of this letter to be written in the hand of one of my confident secretaries whom I might have trusted whatsoever it had been, though now you see that it is but vulgar, for I assure you mine eyes are very apt to a flux by my continual dispatches day and night. This which is more private comes from him that wisheth you all happiness and remaineth your affectionate friend Ro. Cecyll.—From Windsor this 19th of Aug., 1601.
Holograph. 2 pp. (213. 115.)
Lord Mountjoy to Baron Dona.
1601, Aug. 22. Postquam te nobilissimis animis innatum desiderium per longinquas et arduas peregrinationes scientiam exquirendi in haec horida et ab Orbe divisa littora deduxerit (quorum desertae fauces nihil plane contemplatione dignum tanto animo offerant) putavi me nullo magis officio meam tibi inserviendi voluntatem testari posse, quam si quam citissime te ab hoc inferno liberem: itaque jam jam receptis litteris tuis, salvum conductum quem petis per eundem tabellarium transmittendum curavi. Unice me illud male habet, quod cum maxime cupiam omnia officia tibi tuique similibus debita praestare ipsimet ad confinia (dum muneri mihi imposito obsequor) in altero quasi purgatorio tempus terens, nullo modo tuis meritis meoque desiderio in hac parte respondere possim. Fusius scribere volentem spes te coram et in os alloquendi (ubi in has regni partes veneris) reprimit, qua ocasione nacta curabo ut re magis quam verbis meam tuis desideriis favendi promptitudinem experiaris. Interim si qua alia re tibi usui esse possim liberi ores quod facile exorabis.
Newreo, 22 Augusti 1601.
Endorsed: Copy of the L. Deputy's letter to the Baron of Dona.
1 p. (87. 129.)
Eton College.
[1601?], [Aug.] Ode entitled: "Ætonensium discipulorum carmen gratulatorium in faustum fœlicemque Saerosanctæ Regiæ Majestatis D. Elizabethæ Dei gratia Angliæ, Franciæ et Hiberniæ Reginæ serenissimæ ad castrum Vindesorium adventum."
Latin. Contains illuminated drawings of the Royal Arms, &c. 65 pp. (277. 5.)


  • 1. From the reference to "the body of this letter" being in a secretary's hand, it is possible the first portion is missing.