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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|Edward Genninges, fishmonger, to Sir Robert Ciccell, one of her Majesty's Privy Council.|
|[1603 or earlier]||
Petitions that whereas he has prepared a
table of the sundry great discommodities which happen to the
realm through the disordered eating of flesh on days prohibited
by the laws and statutes, he may be allowed to have it printed
and set up in the houses of all innkeepers, taverners, keepers of
ordinaries, alehouse keepers, cooks and such like.
Undated. 1 p. (188. 20.)
|[J. Hudson] to [Sir Robert Cecil.]|
|[1603 or earlier]||
For passport for Gedyan Moray, James
Greame, James Moray, and John Moray and Patrik Edgar,
merchants of Edinburgh and their hackneys which they brought
out of Scotland, as appears by their passports at Berwick, to
ship themselves at Dover or Rye as the way best serves for
In Hudson's hand.
Endorsed by Cecil's Secretary.
1 p. (205. 115.)
|Thomas Wray, clerk, to Sir R. Cecil, Chancellor of Cambridge University.|
Of his suit against Randolph Erdley; has
obtained execution, but Erdley has removed out of the jurisdiction of the University. Prays for execution of his former
decree against Mr. Doctor Barwell.—Undated.
1 p. (320.)
|John Wetenhall to Thomas Bartlet. (fn. 1)|
| Sept. 11.||
Details various proceedings with regard to
Bartlet's suit for the keepership of woods in the lordship of
East Witton. Recommends that he should get the Lord
Chamberlain's furtherance, as means will be made to him for
young Gatherd, son of Robert Gatherd, former keeper now
deceased: also to get letters or speeches in his favour from the
Countess of Leicester, the Countess of Shrewsbury and the Lady
Talbot, to Mr. Fowler, who is "toward" my Lord of Leicester.
He should also offer Fowler some consideration besides, as the
Lord Treasurer will be much advised by him. Fowler's house
is at the Spittle without Bishopsgate. If Mrs. Parpunt, Lady
Shrewsbury's daughter, be come up with Fowler, and Bartlet
can make good means to her, Fowler will for her sake do all he
is able. Heynings, 11 September.
Holograph. 1 p. (124. 167.)
|Crown Lands in Ireland.|
|[1578–1603.]||"A note of some parcels of her Majesty's lands in Ireland."|
The following mentioned, with a few particulars: the
parsonage of Gregan "granted to my father in reversion and
devised to me, which my mother by my permission enjoys;"
parsonage of Moyclare: reversion of Foartha Onallan, whereof
the Earl of Ormond is tenant in tail: Captain Thomas Lee's
interest in Omalle, held of Talbott Obellgar, and the village of
Painstowne: tithes of Bellan, Moone, Tanckardstowne:
hospital of St. John of Athie and rectory of St. Michaell: tithes
of Mayneham, Balrayne, Clougowswoode, and Rathcoffy:
reversion of the Abbey of the Novan: town or village of Lynams
Garden, Co. Kildare: towns or villages of Barretstowne, and
Little Graunge: lands in the town or village of Carne: and
reversion of Shillelie, whereof Sir Henry Harrington is tenant.
Undated. 1 p. (186. 73.)
List of interrogatories which Matthew Kyrvan
and Dourghan Nollan, proctors for Marcus Lynch of Galloway
in Ireland, desire to be put to all persons brought before Sir
Thomas Perrott, the commissioner in the matter. The enquiry
concerns the cargo of the Elizabeth of Orpeney, laden with
salt, taken by Thomas Cooke an English pirate, and brought
into Milford Haven.—Undated.
1 p. (205. 97.)
|Ambroise le Ducq, of Camphire, Isembart de Soissons, of Naerden, and Marten Wolffswinckel, of Maydenblick, to the Queen.|
They have been in garrison at the above
places, and the Queen has no doubt been informed of the course
of affairs there. They are in consequence so much fallen into
the disfavour of the States that they can only expect ruin, and
dare not show themselves anywhere where the States have
command. Having no hope of being defended or maintained
but by her Majesty, they beg her to employ them in her service,
or grant them some entertainment in the cautionary towns or
Endorsed: "Remonstrance pour les Capitaines de Medlenbluk, Naerden et Camphere."
French. 1 p. (98. 156.)
|Writ to the Sheriff of Dorset.|
To take an inquisition ad quod damnum
for Sir Walter Raleigh to enclose a lane leading eastward from Castletown in Oborn parish south of Sherborne
Castle and replace it by another lane on the north side of the
Castle; to enclose another way a mile long from Gotehill by
the east end of Pinford to the west end of Pinford Lane towards
Sherborne, and replace it by a like way from Gotehill to the
highway in Pinford: and to enclose a chapel called Maudlen
Chapel and churchyard adjoining containing ⅓ of an acre on
the east of Sherborne Castle, for the necessary use of the Castle
or otherwise, and to build instead a new chapel for the necessary
use of the parishioners there, with churchyard, on the south
side of Oborn Chapel.
Latin. Paper draft, much corrected. Two sheets. (222. 27.)
|Interrogatories to be administered to a Prisoner from Ireland.|
Il le faudrait premièrement autrefois examiner
sur les articles posés, et remarquer sa confession un peu plus
clairement, et puis après le demander:—
Duquel métier et profession il etait en Irlande.
A quoi il s'employait tout comme il vint sur la terre du Roi d'Espagne.
Par quel chemin il y vint.
Duquelle qualité il a servi premièrement en la guerre sous quel Capitaine et combien de temps.
Qui l'avait recommandé ou lui persuadé d'aller en la guerre, et si ce n'a été quelque Jesuit, et qui.
S'il n'a jamais hanté les Jésuites, et quels.
Qui est ce Alfere Rosfort dont il parle, comment nommé, et duquel pays.
Comment estce qu'il sait que les Jésuites l'avaient voulu induire pour tuer la Reine puis que l'autre avait juré auparavant de ne point déceler.
Si les Jésuites ne l'ont voulu lui même induire à cela.
Quelle charge ou administration il a eu de son Capitaine.
Quels papiers de son Capitaine il a portés à Bruxelles et quelles autres choses.
Où c'est qu'il les a laissez et pourquoi faire.
Pourquoi Alexandre Rosfort écrit pour les avoir.
Qui est ce Alexandre Rosfort, et si ce n'est le même Alfere Rosfort dont il parle cy dessus.
Pourquoi il était en ville à Bruxelles, et pourquoi point près de la Compagnie.
S'il n'a été avec Standley en Deventer.
Pourquoi Grobbendock lui est meilleur ami.
Pourquoi il a des ennemis en court.
Pourquoi Rosfort écrit de faute d'argent vu que les autres mandent que son argent est " en Diest."
Si aprés ceci l'on-le trouve tant soit peu s'alterer, et varier il le faudrait encores tiercement examiner sur les premières articles.—Undated.
"Copie." 2 pp. (205. 85.)
|Sir Edward Winfeild to the Queen.|
Prays the farmership of the customs of oil, linen
cloth, fustians and cochinella, which are at present undervalued.
Offers £500 per annum more than the Queen has been accustomed to receive.—Undated.
½ p. (272.)
|Sir George Carew to —|
Prays that the late purchasers of the tithes of
Tresmere and St. Stephens, of the Priory of Launceston, may
be constrained to ratify the Queen's former grant of the manor
and Priory to Carew's uncle. Also for the trial of a cause
concerning the tithes and Glebe of the Rectory of Stoke Fleming,
1 p. (2194.)
|Lady Josina van Brederode. of Holland, to the Council.|
Prays for their letters to Count Maurice and
the States of Holland, to pay her a pension left her by the Prince
of Orange; also for present relief.—Undated.
1 p. (830.)
|Lady Josina van Brederode, of Holland, to the Queen.|
As to a pension of 100 dollars given her by
the Prince of Orange, which has been kept from her by the
States for 9 years, in spite of the Queen's letters on her behalf.
Prays for letters to Graf Maurice and others the chiefest men
of the States for payment thereof, with arrears: also for 16l.
to pay her debts.—Undated.
1 p. (1355.)
|William Traheron to Mr. Waad.|
On the 12th inst received his letter of the 4th
and wrote to "the party," but has as yet no answer. The
governor of Berghen opt Zoom hears that he is distract of his
wits and the writer heard the same at Sir Robert Sidney's
at Vlissing. If so there is no dealing with him.
Addressed: "At his house in Wood Street, London."
Holograph. Undated. 1 p. (48. 60.)
|Thomas Burton and others to the Queen.|
Pray the Queen to confirm their estates in
certain lands of which they are tenants, late the Earl of
Arundel's, and now by his attainder the Queen's.
Note by Sir Robert Cecil to —, that the Queen refers the matter to him.—Undated.
1 p. (944.)
|Earl of Worcester to Lord —|
Nov. 13.—If I had not been greatly deceived
by Sir James Skidmore, who promised to send to me for letters
when he went up, you had heard from me long before this. I
expected every day his messenger, and the first news I heard
of him he was in London. I received your letter by my man,
and perceive your noble disposition will not suffer you to be
unmindful of your poor friends, who mourn at the want of your
company, and shall still until fortune admits our convenient
meeting. In the mean while I can but wish you as to my own
heart, and that you may attain the contentment which you
desire. As for the resigning of your other offices, I make no
doubt (if they be accepted) but that her Majesty will make
choice of such honourable persons to supply them as shall be
to her liking, fearing myself to be one of that number. But yet
I will wish that whosoever has the fortune to be better esteemed
may serve her with as dutiful a respect as I have done these
many years, and that they may prove to you assured and
constant friends. So shall her Majesty be well attended on,
you well assisted, and her Court better furnished. Myself having
her Majesty's favour will be pleased with a poor country life,
as better fitting my education and more agreeable to my fortune,
and being the only mean to repair my estate, which although it
has not been bettered by any Court favours, yet I must account
it some slender satisfaction in that I made it no worse. And
now will comfort my spirits by breathing out the vapours of a
melancholy conceit to so noble a friend as yourself, whose good
opinion neither by time, absence nor wrong interpretation will
ever be impaired. Your faithful cousin and truest friend.—
Holograph. 1 p. (107. 121.)
|— to Lord —|
As to a certain house, apparently in the occupation of the writer, which Lady Fortescue has viewed, and Mr.
Chancellor (?Sir John Fortescue, Chancellor of the Exchequer)
desires. The writer marvels that Mr. Chancellor should affect
it, the rooms being insufficient for him, the hall and dining
chamber excepted. The writer desires still to enjoy the same,
as his predecessor did according to Lord —'s grant and
as Mr. Cary, succeeding Mr. Freak, enjoys the house that was
appointed for Freak. The place is necessary for her Majesty's
service, for which it was appointed, and its being taken away
would be some disgrace to him, and prejudice Lord —'s
grant. Besides it is needful that the officers there should keep
residence together for expedition of service; which was one
of the causes why Mr. Chancellor Mildmay laboured the appointing thereof with her Majesty for Mr. Peter and the tellers, the
Treasury having been lately before attempted to be robbed.
In the absence of the officers this term time at St. Alban's,
most of their houses have been attempted to be robbed, and
almost each of them had some losses by hookers and pilferers,
who perhaps may come better provided at some other time for
further mischief. As Mr. Chancellor does not know of the
above named grant, the writer prays Lord — to satisfy
him therein with his own hand.—Undated.
Unsigned, apparently a postscript to a letter. 1 p. (214. 44.)
|The Doctors' Advice.|
A diagnosis and three prescriptions for-illness
during supposed pregnancy.
Signed. W. Barowhdale, Richard Forster, W. Gylberd, William Padily, Peter Turner and John Powell.
Remains of seal. 1 p. Latin. (205. 94.)
|Thomas Butler to the Queen.|
Was cornet of 200 horse to Lord Willoughby in
the Low Countries, for which service there remains due to him
150l. Had 4s. a day granted him, which has not been paid
since the removal of Sir Thomas Shirley, then Treasurer. In
consideration of these arrears and his services, prays for yearly
pension or lease in reversion.—Undated.
1 p. (181.)
Complaint of Gilbert Dillingham, clerk, who
was presented by the Queen to the rectory of Barnborough,
Yorks, which Thos. Jobson, clerk, had forfeited by accepting
another benefice, the vicarage of Rotherham, with cure of souls.
Jobson opposed the presentation, and after long lawsuit, now
Leonard Rearsby; gentleman, who has 20 years enjoyed the
fruits of Barnborough rectory, has moved the Queen to present
a second clerk, a nominee of his own. Rearsby tried it before
and was repulsed by Sir Robert Cecil, and now that Mr. Serjeant
Wittenhall, Dillingham's remembrancer in the matter, is dead,
he renews the same practice.
Endorsed: "A remembrance for Mr. Percyvall." 1 p. (48. 40.)
|[Sir Robert Cecil] to Sir George Cary.|
I do send you herewith a packet to the agent
wherein there be some letters that I have undertaken to deliver,
and, therefore, I pray you, Sir, with as convenient speed as you
may that it be safely brought to his hands. We had news here
that the French Queen is brought to bed. From Ireland we
hear the Queen's arms catches some blows sometimes amongst
the rebels, but all men of name are reduced in effect except the
two traitors, whereof one died in Spain and the other is there
living. Her Majesty was with your brother yesterday at
Blackfriars, where she found him much better than he hath
been, yet not able to speak. And thus I end.
Endorsed: "to Sir. G. Cary."
1 p. (181. 57.)
|William Hollidaie to [Sir Robert Cecil.]|
Your Honour commanded me to let you
know when the Scots gentleman intended to go for his
country. I have been here three several times to discharge
my duty, and further declare to you his request, and also let
you know some things which haply he will not make known
unto you. Mr. Locke hath been with this gentleman divers
times, with whom he hath no liking to have any conference,
withal, as he telleth me, saying that he hath overmuch experience
of Mr. Locke. He desireth that you would give him notice of
someone in Newcastle to whom he might convey such things
as he will send your Honour, for by the way of Berwick he dare
not. He hath by him divers letters, two or three directed to
the king, one in English and the other in French, both which
are from Englishmen, but the effects he would not tell me,
but saith that if you use him kindly he will show you that
which you would not think he could. He hath been conversant
with me or Lowe since his coming to my house. My simple
opinion I will declare to you at my coming with him to take his
leave, which will be this night, for he intendeth to go on Monday.
Holograph. Undated. 1 p. (185. 124.)
|Ric. Sayer to Sir Robert Cecil.|
State of the possessions and liberties of St.
Albans. Traces the history, and concludes that all the liberties
remain in the Queen's disposition, clearly unextinguished and
undiminished; and proposes to Cecil to get the liberties and
offices in fee farm from the Queen. Offers his services to
discharge the execution and government thereof. Gives names
of the towns, hamlets and parishes in the liberty; of the manors
yet in the Queen; also of the courts and offices pertaining to
3½ sheets. (210. 13.)
|Thomas Fanshaw, Remembrancer of the Exchequer, to the Queen.|
The Queen in the 33rd year of her reign
without his suit made a lease to him and to Peter Osborne,
deceased, then the Treasurer's Remembrance of the Exchequer,
of lands belonging to the Cathedral Church of Norwich, with a
yearly rent reserved to the Queen, the lease to be made over to
the ancient tenants if they would take it, and if they refused,
then to Sir Thomas Sherley and others. Has offered the lease
to the ancient tenants at reasonable price, but they refused it;
and he has been and is ready to make over the lease to Sherley
and his cograntees, but by reason of difficulties arising among the
parties, he could not with safety pass away his interest to them.
Meantime the rent reserved to the Queen has remained unpaid,
the arrearages of which amount to great sums. Though
answerable for them, never did or could receive any profit by
the lease. Prays for discharge of the arrearages.—Undated.
1 p. (96.)
|Robert Stone to the Queen.|
As to the property of Nicholas Howe, his
wife's brother, servant to Hugh Hare of the Inner Temple.
Details various attempts by Hare to obtain the property, and
prays that the hearing of the cause may be remitted to the
Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chamberlain, and Sir
1 p. (1156.)
|Nicholas Geff to the Queen.|
Lately presented to Sir Robert Cecil, to be
imparted to the Queen, particulars of his travels: hopes they
may prove profitable to her. Cecil assured him that the Queen
would graciously use him. Some persons have heretofore
tendered to the Queen notes of things in show of great importance
whose substance has not been answerable; his proposals
however are not such, and he makes offer of ten thousand pounds
to be paid within two years to the Queen, and assurance of
five hundred pounds of land by year to her in fee. In consideration whereof, asks the Queen to grant in fee to such
persons as he shall name, all such lands and possessions as he shall
find out within two years, to which the Queen has good title,
but for which no yearly rent or profit is now paid.—Undated.
Signed. 1 p. (3.)
|"A. B." to the Queen.|
Recommends the establishment of an office
for the registering of recognisances of debt. Details the difficulties and uncertainties at present attaching to recognisances.
Prays to be appointed to the office.
Endorsed "John Stoakes for erecting an office for registering of recognisances."
Endorsed (Sir R. Cecil's hand): "Margitt's suit."
2 pp. (1542.)
|Petition for a Military Office.|
"Reasons for my Lord to move her Majesty
in my behalf." His many years following of the wars in France,
Portugal, the Low Countries, and both these last expeditions
for Cales and the Islands, of his charges therein. His studies
and practice in artillery and fortifications, whereby he is the
better able to execute this office, the knowledge and judgment
of munition most properly appertaining to a martial man.
His ability to put in security.—Undated.
½ p. (1899.)
|Petitions to Sir Robert Cecil.|
(1) Mary Hilles, widow of Gabriel Hilles,
messenger of the Queen's Chamber, for relief.—Undated.
1 p. (374.)
(2) Prays for letter to the Dean of Westminster to elect a
kinsman of his as Queen's Scholar at the next election.—Undated.
Note: "I have written to the Dean for one already."
½ p. (586.)
(3) For furtherance of his suit for redress of intrusions made
upon some Irish lands of the Queen's of which he is farmer
½ p. (703.)
|Morgan Price, Constable of the Liberty of St. Martin's le Grand, to Sir Robert Cecil, High Steward of the Liberty.|
(4) The City being lately charged to furnish 600 soldiers,
the inhabitants of the Liberty, although no part of the City,
were willing to furnish a proportion according to the accustomed
rate; but the City endeavours to lay great and unusual
taxations upon them, trying to draw them under the Lord
Mayor's jurisdiction. Prays him to write to the Lord Mayor
to stay the exactions.—Undated.
1 p. (971.)
(5) For letters in his favour, to be elected a fellow of Trinity
½ p. (1405.)
|John Saie and Thomas Wood.|
(6) Were granted by the Queen the reversion of a copyhold
in Tilehurst, Berks, and Sir Thomas Sherley, the steward,
received the bill, but he being gone from the stewardship, they
can neither be admitted nor have their bill again. Pray for
letter to Sherley to deliver them their bill.—Undated.
¾ p. (1594.)
|Edward Gaunte to [Sir R. Cecil (?)].|
One of the Queen's coachmen. For
warrant for his son to be sworn in his warrant as aid to him.—
½ p. (614.)
|James Fitzgerald to Sir Robert Cecil.|
For prosecuting the Reoghs, murderers
of his father Sir Pierce and family, and in reward for Sir
Pierce's services, was granted the conduct of 25 horse in the
Queen's pay; but there is no order given yet for the erection
of any men there. Unless he be countenanced with some men
in the Queen's pay, he will be compelled to leave the country.
Prays for the leading of 10 horsemen, and the 5s. Irish pension
which Brien Fitzwilliams late deceased had.—Undated.
½ p. (677.)
|Richard Percivale to [Sir Robert Cecil ?].|
For a lease of concealed lands he has
discovered, part of the inheritance of Lord Vaux, the Queen's
1 p. (849.)
|Petitions to Sir Robert Cecil. Jervis Molineux.|
The custody of the body and lands of
John Forster, the Queen's ward, was committed to him, who
married the mother of the ward. The mother being dead, her
jointure lands ought to come to the Queen, by reason of the
ward's minority, but one George Jenour seeks to hinder the
Queen of her right. Prays that, in view of his great charges in
defending the Queen's title, he may have a grant of the jointure
lands, either without fine, or a qualified fine.—Undated.
Note by Cecil at foot: "Let the clerk certify me whether there be any such suits in the Court [of Wards] depending."
1 p. (59.)
|Michael Lapworth, Doctor of Physick.|
(11) Of the cause between him and Sir William Mounson,
referring to a lease, and affecting Lady Mounson's jointure and
the heir's inheritance. Details Mounson's practices and delays,
and prays that the suit be dismissed out of the Court of Wards
into the Common law.—Undated.
Note by Cecil: "Let this be moved in Court."
1 p. (1477.)
|Robert Shaw, Servant to Edmund Trafford, of Trafford.|
For the concealed wardship of Thomas,
son and heir of John Grynall of Brandlesame, Lancashire.
Note thereon by Cecil.—Undated.
½ p. (1611.)
(13) Cecil having granted to him the advowsons of the
benefices of Mr. Beddingfield's lands in Suffolk, and promised
him the advowsons in Norfolk: prays him to present Richard Betts
to Ashill, in the right of the Queen in respect of her ward Henry
Beddingfield, the incumbent being dead.—Bury, 23 August.
½ p. (1917.)
|Petitions to Sir Robert Cecil [1596–1603.]|
|Nicholas Lence, "Irish Bishop." He has some service to do for the Queen towards Ireland that no Englishman or Irishman can do as he can: therefore prays him to speak to the Queen to send for him to London, and he shall know all at that time.—Undated. 1 p. (98. 141.)|
Earl of Pembroke.—The Lord President has written very
earnestly to the Lord Keeper for the writer's cousin William
Herbert to be sheriff of Montgomeryshire: he would also have
written to Cecil if his health had permitted. Beseeches him
to be favourable to Herbert in this matter. The Lord President
thinks him very fit for the place.—Undated.
1 p. (98. 165.)
The Same.—Prays him to give the bearer his servant
a pass for France, he being very desirous to learn the
½ p. (98. 166.)
James Colvill, of Estvennes.—Being so far on his journey
to France, wishes to know if the Queen will find it expedient
for him to kiss her hands, or otherwise command him with
some service. Troubles Cecil with his pass for himself, his
horses and his company.—Undated.
½ p. (99. 29.)
T[homas] Jackson.—Desires to satisfy Cecil, and it is the
greatest of his evil fortunes that he should not have the opportunity, though he diligently attended him. For the present
he lives disgraced. Means to endure a voluntary imprisonment
under him who would willingly find cause against him if he
could; and therefore entreats Cecil's favourable construction
of any information laid against him.—Undated. Holograph.
Endorsed: Captain Jackson.
1 p. (108. 121.)
John Tailer.—Containing copy of dormant privy seal
discharging the first fruits of the bishopric of Exeter due by
the last bishop there, dated July 3, 1582, and notes of other
1 p. (141. 354.)
The Company of Gunmakers, of London.—By many years'
industry they have achieved the skill of making muskets,
calivers, and all kinds of small guns, by which their country
has been mightily strengthened and the enemy discomfitted.
But of late, since the making and vent of martial pieces have
been in small request, their maintenance is decayed, and they
have contented themselves with making fowling pieces, birding
pieces, and other pieces of pleasure. But this also is taken from
them, for the late proclamation forbids the use of such pieces.
They pray for remedy of their distress, by employment for
provision of her Majesty's store, or otherwise.—Undated.
[Date of the Proclamation is 21 December, 1600.]
½ p. (186. 60.)
Lawrence Shorey, Goldsmith.—Prays for recompense for
his services in unfolding matters beneficial to her Majesty,
and his consequent great charges and danger to his life. He
has now found a matter which brings these commodities: first,
a confirmation of the statute: secondly, a means better to
maintain her Majesty's subsidies, and also the poor artificers
of London and the suburbs: thirdly, a prevention of the increase of inmates, bad workmen and beggars: and fourthly,
some recompense to himself and all men, without injury to any.
This may appear by his petition to the Queen, which he prays
Cecil to further.—Undated.
½ p. (186. 140.)
Thomas Wenman.—His charges lying in London by Cecil's
command are: for diet for 5 months from Midsummer to Nov.
18, 30l.: for his apparel, books and linen lost in Scotland and
there detained by the King, 30l.: of which Cecil has paid him
20l. He prays Cecil to consider his hard adventures and long
Holograph. ½ p. (186. 166.)
E. Lumley.—On behalf of the bearer, who has a suit to the
Council for a warrant to Sir Thomas Shirley for the loss of his
6 pp. (206. 98.)
Jeames Williamson.—Factor of the copper mines in the
North Country. Is prisoner in the Compter in Wood Street.
Was denied the access of his friends and the society of the other
prisoners, but in answer to his former petition Cecil vouchsafed
him the liberty of the house. Now prays for enlargement upon
sufficient bail, as nothing can be found or proved against him
offensive against the Queen or the State, as was suggested.—
½ p. (5.)
Edward Heming.—Is tenant from the Queen of the Postern
near Tower Hill: was obliged, through its decay, to pull down
part of his dwelling house, situate over the common passage
of the Postern Gate; but upon the Lord Mayor's complaint
that he was abating the foundations and taking away proof of
the claim made by the City to part of the ground thereabout,
has been ordered by the Council not to rebuild. Has settled
his new foundation without any such abatement as is pretended:
and prays for leave to rebuild. Otherwise he would be greatly
distressed for his dwelling house, and the gate of the postern,
which is a place of great charge for the warding and shutting
up of all suspected passengers travelling that way to and from
the City at unreasonable hours in the night, would in a manner
lie open without any resistance.—Undated.
½ p. (78.)
Charles Jasper.—Received Cecil's warrant for 6l. for
bringing a packet from the Hague. Was at great charge with
a man and other expenses for carrying over the dogs with him
at his last going to the Hague. In consideration whereof,
prays for the next packet for France.—Undated.
½ p. (83.)
[ ].—Prays that for pity on his lamentable estate
in his old age, and on his poor aged wife, Cecil will install so
much of his debt due to the Queen as will not be laid on his
sureties at some yearly payment. In care to satisfy the Queen
has made offer of his houses and lands to several persons, who,
unless he is able to give them days of payment, will give him
very little for the same.—Undated.
1 p. (87.)
Lawrence Muns.—Has been unjustly ejected from his
tenancy of a shop he held from the Bishop of London by the
Bishop, on pretence of nonpayment of rent, which he had duly
paid to the collector. Prays Cecil to take order that the Bishop
may permit him to enjoy his former interest in the shop.—
½ p. (134.)
George Shepham.—Is administrator of his cousin, John
Shepham, English merchant, late deceased at Stoade. Prays
for the Queen's letters to the Lords and Senate of Stoade, where
the deceased's goods and books of account are detained.—
½ p. (140.)
Richard Mackworth, of Betton, Salop.—Has presented
Cecil with "this book touching his good intention towards the
realm of Ireland." Desires to plant himself there, where he has
a little living, and prays Cecil that some other matter, benefit
or thing may be added thereto to increase it.—Undated.
1 p. (164.)
John Hashall.—For the wardship of the heir of James
Masey, of Saill, Cheshire.—Undated.
Note by Cecil that when a tenure is found he will consider further who is fit to compound with the Queen.
1 p. (189.)
John Goldwell.—Is committee of John Mill, the Queen's
ward, to whom certain lands have descended by the death of
his grandfather William Morgan. Prays for a lease thereof.—
Note by Cecil asking particulars.
1 p. (233.)
Thomas Dutton.—Married Thomasin Singleton, the Queen's
widow, without leave. Prays a reasonable fine to be set on
him for the same.—Undated.
¼ p. (274.)
Mary Gore, wife of Jerrard Gore the younger.—Holds
lease of the manor of East Moulsey, Surrey, from her late father
Anthony Crane, late cofferer and master of the Queen's household. Lady Edmunds has procured the reversion, has sought
to dispossess her, and now, on account of a pretended wrong
offered her in breaking open a pew in the church of Moulsey,
has procured Jerrard Gore's committal to the Fleet. Prays
for his release, and redress.—Undated.
1 p. (314.)
Lawrence vander Boegave, of Middlebrough.—Has
attached Henry Pyne for debt. Having been advised that
Pyne is in no manner of employment to the Queen, as appears
by Sir Walter Rawleigh's letters to the Sheriffs of London,
hopes no fault will be found with him for the attachment.—
1 p. (317.)
Stephen Brage.—Is in prison for debt to the Queen on a
tenement in Fleet Street called the Catt and Fidler. Prays for
release upon terms.—Undated.
1 p. (360.)
Edward Parvis and Thomas Offley, merchants of London.
In consideration of the damages sustained by them, and their
long imprisonment, in the Florentines' cause; and of their
services in bringing in 40,000l. worth of corn in the last time of
great dearth: pray for licence to export 3000 tons of beer and
3000 quarters of grain.—Undated.
1 p. (371.)
Elizabeth Punchard.—Prays that the fees for the pardon
of her husband's life may be remitted in forma pauperis. This
has been refused by the Clerks of the Signet and Privy Seal.—
Note by Cecil that he is content for fees belonging to him to be remitted, but he cannot and will not overrule any of the Clerks' fees.
1 p. (381.)
John Chamberleyn.—Sir Henry Nevill, ambassador in
France, has appointed him deputy steward of the borough
of Newbury. Asks letters to Sir Thomas Parry and others to
swear him into the office.—Undated.
1 p. (384.)
John Foster.—For relief, for his long services in the wars.
The inhabitants of his county, Northumberland, make no
collection, according to the statute, for the relief of himself and
others of his sort.—Undated.
½ p. (387.)
Lewes Rogers.—Cecil offended with him for impressing
Benjamin Childe, a chirurgeon. It was not done by his means,
but appointed by the Master and Wardens of the Barber
Surgeons of London. Prays payment of money due to him
for service in Ireland.—Undated.
½ p. (390.)
Andrew Pilkington, M.A.—For his letter to Sir John
Townsend, to bestow upon him the benefice of Haydon, Norfolk.
½ p. (442.)
John Rossindall, Baron of Mountfenill.—A capias is
awarded from the Court of Wards for his apprehension for a
debt to the Queen for fine of livery. His lands, and the bodies
of the tenants of his barony, have been seized for debt to the
Queen. Prays that the Sheriff of Denbigh be called to account
for two years and a half past, and the debt paid out of the money
received from his lands, and the overplus to him for his relief.—
1 p. (459.)
Edward Archer.—Has determined to travel to Padua to
study in the faculty of physic, and on his journey has been
stayed, examined, and released, Prays licence for safe and
½ p. (470.)
Thomas Gerard.—Is imprisoned in the Westminster Gatehouse, on the false charge of robbery of one Dancen, innholder
of the White Hart in the Strand. Prays for trial, and restitution
of his goods. Details his military services.—Undated.
Note by John Dansen certifying that petitioner is a notable thief, and that there will be at least three indictments against him for felony at the next sessions.
1 p. (507.)
Captain Hugh Williams.—For pass, and warrant for taking
post horses, to follow his captain the Lord Warden of the
Stanneries into the Low Countries.—Undated.
½ p. (580.)
Hugh Cornelison.—For payment of his bill for necessaries
supplied to the company of Sir Henry Norris, of the Queen's
garrison at Brill, nine years ago.—Undated.
½ p. (676.)
|Timothy Feilding.—His services in the wars, and as lieutenant in Sir Francis Drake's last voyage. Prays to be appointed muster master of Warwickshire.—Undated. ½ p. (766.)|
Cornelius Johnson, mariner.—Lately employed for the
Queen's service to Calais. For reward.—Undated.
¼ p. (865.)
Jeromy Woodward.—Brought two camels from Germany,
which he offered to the Queen, but as she will not buy them, and
he cannot afford to give them, prays the Council's warrant to
make shew of them throughout the realm, or to sell them.—
½ p. (866.)
John Chewe.—On behalf of Edward Harecourt, close
prisoner in the Gatehouse. Prays that he be granted the liberty
of the prison, on account of his diseases.—Undated.
½ p. (882.)
Anthony Scalia.—For his services as a groom of the Queen's
stable was granted an almsman's room in St. Peter's, Westminster, for his lame and impotent son, but the place is refused
by the Dean, on the ground that his son is not a personable
man, fit for the view of strangers when they come to visit the
Church. Prays that he may attend the place himself till his
son become of better stature.—Undated.
1 p. (914.)
John Symons.—For the reversion of the place of John Wells,
the Queen's post for France.—Undated.
½ p. (972.)
Martyn Fredrigo, agent for the Seignory of Venice.—Upon
his petition as to the account given him by the Commissioners
for the wheat of the Seignory, the Lord Treasurer ordered that
two men be chosen to hear the matter, one for the Seignory and
one for the Commissioners. Prays that such convenient and
indifferent men be appointed as are meet to deal in prince's
1 p. (1005.)
Elizabeth Cock.—For a commission to the bailiffs of Godmanchester, or others, to see that her husband makes provision
for her according to promise.—Undated.
1 p. (1008.)
John Johnson.—For the release, or enlargement to houses
in the city, of his sons Francis and George, scholars and M.A.'s
of Cambridge, imprisoned for refusing upon conscience to have
spiritual communion with the present ministry of the land.—
Undated. ½ p. (1055.)
Note that the party is to prefer his petition to the whole table.
Thomas Shepard.—Groom of the Queen's Chamber, apprehended by William Simpson, provost marshal, in Ludgate
Hill, without cause of offence, and committed to the Counter.
Prays for the punishment of Simpson and allowance for his
Note: "A letter written to the Lord Mayor in the party's behalf."
¼ p. (1096.)
William Hollyday.—For warrant to Mr. Cromwell for the
delivery to him of 6 tierces of salted beef, taken by John Boate
from petitioner's pinnace the "Harvest."—Undated.
1 p. (1108.)
Prisoners at the Fleet and the King's Bench.—Pray him
to further their bill to Parliament for establishing a Commission
for their relief.—Undated.
½ p. (1113.)
Edward Lloyd.—For his wife's recusancy, an action is
brought against him, and his appearance is refused unless he
appear also for his wife; so that he must either appear for his
wife, and be undone, or be committed, or be outlawed, or else
put away his wife. If made answerable for his wife's debt,
prays to be assessed according to his ability to pay for her what
Cecil thinks meet, and to be released from the suits.—Undated.
1 p. (1116.)
John Gibbon.—Was granted the wardship of Alice Stringer,
whom he married to Edward Scott, who was to pay him a sum
of money, but refuses, pretending that his wife, by the liberties
of the Cinque Ports, was exempt from wardship. Prays that
if the case be brought to the Council table, it may be referred
to the ordinary courts of justice.—Undated.
½ p. (1117.)
George Cobham, messenger.—Imprisoned for speeches
against Cecil's servant. Confesses his offence and prays for
1 p. (1213.)
The Porters of the Queen's Gate.—That no Sergeant
Porter may be sworn in their office.—Undated.
½ p. (1241.)
Gregory Buck.—Deputy post for London.—As to an action
against him by Robert Williamson, respecting a stray horse.—
¾ p. (1258.)
John Saye and Thomas Wood.—They received from the
Queen, by bill, the reversion of a copyhold in the manor of
Tylehurst, Berks, which bill they shewed to Sir Thomas Sherley,
then steward of the manor, who detains it. Pray for letter to
Sherley requiring him to deliver them the bill.—Undated.
1 p. (1298.)
Peter Poinyer.—Was robbed by Henry Lever of 2000
Turkey sequins and diamonds and jewels, and the pursuivant
being unable to apprehend Lever, petitioner compounded with
Lever's wife for 80l., upon which the pursuivant committed him
to prison on an action for 40l. Prays for discharge, and that
the case be examined.—Undated.
1 p. (1304.)
Lieutenant Burn.—For despatch of his petition, that he
may return to his service in Ireland, his followers remaining
there in great want.—Undated.
½ p. (1306.)
John Kempe.—Butcher near Temple Bar. For licence to
kill and sell flesh during next Lent.—Undated.
1 p. (1316.)
Captain Randall.—That his pension may be granted for
a term of years, so that he may discharge his debts: or for
some other gift.—Undated.
½ p. (1325.)
James Rodes.—His services. Was lately sent over from
Flushing to apprehend the two traitors now in hold. Prays
for maintenance, or for licence to export 300 tuns of beer.—
½ p. (1327.)
Captain William Chatterton.—The military services of
himself and his late brother Adam. Prays for the arrears and
continuance of his brother's pension, till a debt in which he
was bound for his brother be discharged.—Undated.
1 p. (1328.)
Peter Nicholas.—For a soldier's pay in the garrison of the
Brill, for his long service as armourer there.—Undated.
1 p. (1333.)
Henry Smyth.—For a lease in reversion, for his services as
yeoman of the wet larder.—Undated.
¾ p. (1358.)
William Collins.—Henry VII, by charter granted the
custom of the town of the Novan, Ireland, to the portreeve and
inhabitants, for paving the streets and maintaining the walls.
No account has been for a long time taken, nor reparations made.
Prays for enquiry. As to other customs improperly exacted
under colour of the same charter. Offers 10l. Irish yearly for
a grant of them.—Undated.
1 p. (1362.)
Ambrose Bonnie.—Procurator general for the Society of
merchants of Marseilles. One of their ships has been taken by
Holland, captain of a man of war of Dartmouth, who is now
returning homeward with it. Prays for letters to the officers
of the ports in the West parts and in Wales, to stay the captain
and company on arrival, and take charge of the ship and goods,
to prevent their spoil, until further order.—Undated.
½ p. (1413.)
|William Okey, keeper of the Westminster Gatehouse.—The Dean and Chapter of Westminster have covenanted with him for the keeping of all prisoners arrested within their liberties. Complains that Ralph Dobbinson, under bailiff, continually keeps such prisoners as he arrests, to his great loss.|
|Answer of Ralph Dobbinson. Justifies his keeping of the prisoners by a decision of the Lord Keeper and the then Master of the Rolls, he being held responsible for the debt in the case of escape. Is content to commit his prisoners to the Gatehouse if the keeper will give security to save him harmless.|
Oker's reply to Dobbinson.—He entered into bond to save
the Dean and Chapter harmless for all escapes or losses which
may happen through the keeper's default: a draft of which
Dobbinson saw, and liked well of, and promised to send his
prisoners, but has not yet done so. Prays that the jurisdiction
of the Dean and Chapter be not impeached.—Undated.
3 pp. (1415.)
Robert Allatt.—His services in Scotland and Italy. Is
wickedly abused by two persons who fly from place to place,
and prays for warrant to travel without interruption for the
finding out and apprehension of these persons.—Undated.
½ p. (1418.)
William Peterson and George Adams.—For allowance
out of concealed intrusions in various manors, which they will
bear the charge of discovering.—Undated.
¾ p. (1436.)
John Warrener.—For letters to the Rector and Fellows of
Lincoln College, Oxford, to give their consent to his purchasing
the remainder of lease of a tenement in Oxford belonging to
1 p. (1454.)
William Amies.—Details oppressions he has suffered at
the hands of Humfrey Briggs, in connection with lands in
Kemberton, Salop. Briggs also suppressed his licence to sell
ale, and had him committed to gaol. Prays for letters to the
Justices to examine the matters.—Undated.
1 p. (1457.)
Thomas Lloyd.—For allowance for bringing letters from the
mayor of Bewmaris.—Undated.
½ p. (1474.)
William Westwood.—Prisoner in the Fleet for his father's
debts. His father Robert Westwood committed to the same
prison is lately deceased there. Prays for access with his
counsel to the chest wherein his father kept the writings concerning his estate, the warder refusing him access without
½ p. (1492.)
William Batty.—For licence to Gilbert Geste to kill flesh
during next lent in the shambles in the parish of St. Clement
½ p. (1493.)
Edmond Scarlett.—Ordinary post of Waltham Cross.
Complains that his hay, straw, horses, carriages and other
provisions are taxed and taken from him by the officers of the
town, by reason whereof and of the great dearth that now is in
the realm, he will not be able to discharge his office. Prays
for warrant for his discharge therein.—Undated.
½ p. (1538.)
Hugh Beeston.—A lease was promised to the late Henry
Nowell and Sir Nicholas Clifford, by the provost and fellows of
King's College, Cambridge, of their parsonage impropriate of
Chawlke, Wilts. Nowell, surviving Clifford, bequeathed the
whole interest in the lease to petitioner, in discharge of his debts.
Prays for letters to the provost and fellows to effect their
1 p. (1552.)
John and Harry Bennett, for the tenants of the Earl of
Derby at Sawcham Massey, Cheshire.—As to a common and
windmill, formerly mortgaged by Lord Derby to one Ledsame,
who refuses to receive the mortgage money, detains the lease,
and has purchased the ground and windmill from the present
Countess. Pray they may continue her Ladyship's tenants
according to their lease.—Undated.
1 p. (1658.)
Richard Somner.—For relief, in view of his services to the
Queen, his 3 years imprisonment by the enemy, and his hurts.—
¾ p. (1677.)
Reynold Angleberger.—Complains that Michael Baxter,
goldsmith, has defrauded him of his half profit in a bargain for
the purchase of certain ruby stones. Prays Cecil or Mr. Waad
to hear the matter.—Undated.
1 p. (1678.)
John Haywood.—Committed to the Clink on supposition
that his house was a receptacle for persons not well disposed to
the Queen. No such persons were found in his house upon
search. Protests his loyalty, and prays for release.—Undated.
½ p. (1698.)
William Resould.—Details his losses in a ship set out from
Lisbon by Nicholas Owseley, servant to the Lord Admiral, to
whom the Lord Admiral gave the compensation properly due
to petitioner. In view thereof, and of the further services which
he offers to perform for the Queen in Lisbon, prays [Cecil] to
move the Lord Admiral to bestow on him a small Flemish
pink, now at Deptford.—Undated.
1 p. (1784.)
William Norton.—Of his indebted and distressed condition.
His body lying in prison will not answer the Queen's debt.
Prays for Cecil's consideration, and that his son-in-law, whom
he has dealt hardly with and endangered in many ways, may
be joined with him in his place, or that he may resign the place
1 p. (1925.)
George Cawdron and other tenants of the Queen's manors
of Hale, Heckington and Ruskington, Lincoln.—Sir Edward
Dymock, for making good certain of his fen grounds in Kyme,
Lincolnshire, has procured certain Commissioners of Sewers to
compel them to contribute to the charge of draining. The
draining will never do any good, but rather hurt, to their
grounds: nor do they lie within the danger of the salt water.
Pray Cecil to stay the levy till the cause depending in the
Exchequer be determined.—Undated.
1 p. (1993.)
Richard Moody and Richard Mayham, of Yarmouth,
Norfolk, for themselves, and the rest of the whole coast.—By
reason of the late restraint made by the King of Denmark
they dare not fish in Iceland, as formerly. The restraint will
cause great loss to the Queen and her subjects on the coast,
also a want of men to serve the Queen, and a scarcity of victual
in the land, unless special order be taken to encourage the
fishermen, and stricter order for the observation of the fish
days commanded by law. Pray Cecil to take order in the
½ p. (1997.)
The Painter Stainers of London.—Their Bill for the redress
of the great wrongs done them by the plasterers has been committed by Parliament, but the plasterers make suit to have the
cause ended in London, where heretofore they would abide
no order. The plasterers' pretence being only to gain time,
pray that their Bill may be effected.—Undated.
1 p. (2013.)
Tenants of the Queen's Manor of Tylehurst, Berks.—
Complain that the deputy steward of the manor has granted
reversions of copyholds over their heads. Pray for restraint
½ p. (2024.)
The Aldermen and Assistants, inhabitants of Newarkupon-Trent.—The Queen incorporated the town, and granted
them by lease view of frank pledge and other courts and
perquisities. Mr. Skipwith, having a book to pass from the
Queen of a lease in reversion, has, by the procurement of William
Cecil, Sir Robert's nephew, inserted in the book the above
courts and premises, intending to convert them to his private
use. This, if passed, would impoverish the town and be the
overthrow of the corporation. Pray that stay be made thereof,
and that they be granted a lease in reversion.—Undated.
½ p. (2033.)
The Handycraftsmen of Clothworkers.—The Queen has
granted to the Earl of Cumberland licence to transport undressed
cloths, Kentish and Suffolk cloths only excepted, whereby they
are deprived of their labour. The Eastland merchants also,
who have heretofore vented dressed cloths, now vent great part
of their cloths undressed. Pray for the enforcement of the
former laws (cited), restraining the export of undressed cloths.—
1 p. (2085.)
[—.] For letters to the Dean and Canons of Windsor
to grant to Thomas Smith a lease of Allhallows and St. Martin's,
in the city of Hereford.—Undated.
1 p. (2499.)
|The Case of the Stewardship of the Manor of Rodney.|
The patent was granted to Sir Edward Winter,
and afterwards, upon complaint of the tenants, to Robert
Chambers. It being bruited that Winter had returned to
England, Chambers ceased to hold the courts, when in truth
Winter had not returned, and afterwards a new and absolute
patent was granted to Chambers.—Undated.
1 p. (2492.)
Antonie Besson, one of the attorneys of the
Court of Star Chamber, to Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Keeper.
Of his suit against Mr. Mill in the Star Chamber: his losses
therein, and the daily abuses and injuries done to him and his
clients by Mill. Prays that his cause may be published, and a
day appointed this term for the hearing.—Undated.
End. ½ p. (76.)
|City of New Sarum to Same.|
Whereas the last commission of goal delivery
for the city of New Sarum, Wilts, is expired, and certain of the
justices there since its granting are deceased, other removed
&c., by reason whereof the goal there now being replete with
many prisoners would require a more speedy delivery: may it
please him to direct forth commissions of peace and goal
delivery to the persons underwritten (list of names follows,
among them Sir Robert Cecil.)—Undated.
1 p. (205. 84.)
|Edward Jones to Lord Cobham, Lord Chamberlain of her Majesty's Household.|
You have done me some disgraces, which
grieve me so much as I must complain thereof to you. That
which grieves me most is the public disgrace which you gave
me at the play on Sunday night, not only before many of my
friends that thought you did me wrong, but in the hearing of
my wife who being with child did take it so ill as she wept and
complained in the place, for I came to her but to ask her how
she did, and not to stay there; and you lifting up your staff at
me called me "sirra" and bid me "get me lower, sawcy fellow";
beside other words of disgrace. All which, though I bear
patiently at your hands, yet because it seems to proceed of some
spiteful information of me, which I am loath should harbour
in your opinion, I beseech you to give me leave to say that I
know no cause why you or any other should despise me. For
my birth I am indeed one of the meanest of my kindred, but
yet not base, but well descended, as many honourable persons,
the Lord Keeper, the Earl of Essex, the Countess of Warwick
and others of good quality in the Court, to whom I am allied,
do know. My education has been always like a gentleman,
both here in England and beyond the seas, and such as has been
so made known to her Majesty by divers of her Council, as her
Majesty was pleased to know me and think me worthy to serve
her, as Sir John Stanhope can witness; Sir Robert Cecil also was
present when her Majesty of herself named me for secretary
for the French tongue. Besides, my life has been honest and
my behaviour respective, and I thank God I am no beggar
(though the worse by 1,000l. by means of your crossing of me.)
These things I speak not in vain glory, but to let you know that
I deserve not so much your displeasure or scorn. Therefore,
I beseech you cancel your ill opinion of me, forbear to despise
me or to disgrace me till you shall see me do anything indiscreetly or unworthy a gentleman. I could have procured many,
either of the Council or the nobility, to deal with you herein,
and to be mediators for your favour, but it shall be needless if
you will be pleased to take this in good part at my hands, which
is meant only to remove your ill opinion from me and to prevent
further disgrace, this being the greatest that ever I received
in my life and most unworthily.—Undated.
Holograph. 2 pp. (108. 61.)
|—to Dr. Parkins.|
|[1596–1603 ?]||His last to Parkins was by William Malim, in Dutch, written by his servant, for he lay sick abed by a bruise taken in travelling to Heilsburg for delivery of Parkins' letter: the answer whereof, as well as Mr. Willcox's, was enclosed within the said Dutch letter. Their graces both much desire answer of the same. He delivered his meassage to them both in great secret, none knowing of it, or being by, but his cousin. As to Parkins' letters to Herr van der Lynd, at Dansk and to Herr Springall. All things remain in quiet there, as Parkins left them. What has been done at Torne concerning the churches is not openly known. By Springall's letter Parkins shall understand all. The great Chancellor has taken in Moldavia and Wallachie, and by the Turks' consent has placed Aron's son in the Wallachie. The Prince of Transylvania is offended therewith and would be revenged: but the Chancellor is ready for him. Mr. Wilcox is now there with intent to have gone to the Cardinal, but as his grace fears to confer with any of them for fear of suspicion, he certified his grace by letter of Wilcox being there; and this day his cousin has come with letters to Wilcox from the Cardinal. His cousin commends himself to Parkins, and longs for his protection, for he would gladly be in England. Also Herr Stephan desires to see her Majesty, his grace staying only upon answer from Parkins. The Prince of Transylvania has beheaded 6 of those that counselled him to put Balthasar to death.—Undated.|
Addressed: To the wor. Doctor Parkins esquire, one of the
Masters of her Majesty's most royal Court of Requests, and
Doctor of both the laws. London at Mr. Alderman Ratcleef's.
1 p. (98. 149.)
|Thomas Pallaser to Mr. Wade.|
Jesus Maria ! Being bound by the law of
nature, next unto my soul, to provide for, and before all
transitorious goods in the world to procure the health and
welfare of my body, and not finding this course which I have
taken anyway repugnant to my conscience, thought it convenient
and requisite though with extreme difficulty to adventure an
escape. I made, very rashly and in truth contrary to my own
determination presently before, a promise unto Mr. Perlor with
an oath as I was priest that I would not depart, although I
was forced for the making fast of my chamber window to pay
for four iron bars xviij d; at which time I made the said promise
quia ex duobus malis minus est eligendum, that is to say, I chose
rather so to do than to be manacled every night as I was;
but, Mr. Perlor not accepting my oath, (as manifestly appeareth
because he hath placed John Smyth his servant in a chamber
betwixt me and my other two brethren, lest we should break
away) therefore I am cleared and quite discharged. For an
oath not accepted of, although it be confirmed never so greatly,
as also rashly made and without reason, doth not bind in
conscience. Another motive besides this would have moved
very many, which was that, having advertisement out of the
streets, not only by speeches but very often by signs, that
Topliff would procure my arraignment very shortly, although her
Majesty's mercy, whom I pray God to bless and to take that
course that no foreigners may invade our realm, which very
easily were performed by granting liberty to Ca[tholics] for
freely using their consciences. I protest unto you that I am
and will be a true faithful and loyal subject in all things whatsoever shall not displease Al[mighty] God, and I faithfully
professe her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to be my sovereign and
prince and no other. My humble duty to your worship,
beseeching you to do the like unto Sir Robert Cecil, &c.
Addressed: "To the right worshipful Mr. Wade at his house in Wood Street, [or] elsewhere. I command you Mr. Perlor in her Majesty's behalf to deliver this according to his direction."
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. (51. 52.)
|Captain Cheston to [the Council.]|
For his charges in employment with Sir
William Russell in the West Country, and in the returning
back of the soldiers dismissed in Herts., Cambs,, Suffolk and
½ p. (219.)
|Thoresbye to [the Lord Treasurer. ?]|
With regard to the manor of Caxton [?Norfolk].
Prays that his bill in equity may be allowed.—Undated.
Note in T. Hesketh's hand, that he has caused Woorsopp to answer this petition.
1 p. Mutilated. (245.)
|Sir William Bowes to [the Lord Treasurer.]|
Treasurer at Berwick. For payment direct
from the Exchequer of 1,000l. due to the Berwick garrison.
Objections to the late order to defalcate the money out of tickets
and warrants, &c.—Undated.
1 p. (1243.)
|Speeches against the Queen, &c.|
On the 14th January, being invited to Captain
Elliot's to dinner, coming up the stairs he heard Elliot talk of
the Queen to Father Nicholas, saying that the "lantathor"
had given him leave to work means to put the Queen to death;
and that if the King would give him leave within 6 months he
would take the Queen's life. Nicholas answered that if the
King would not give him leave, he and Father Parsons would
work such means unto the Pope that Elliot should have his
desire. "Whereupon within one week after he rode to the Court
to put in practice his devillish pretence, and if the King would
not let him put it in practice, that then he would go to the Pope,
to procure his licence to come for England, for he said that he
would get one in England of his old acquaintance that for a piece
of money should soon take her life away." Further heard him
say that when he had taken the Queen's life he would quarter
the Lord Treasurer and the Lord Chief Justice, and throw them
both into an old privy, and not suffer them to die openly, and to
say that they died for their gospel.—Undated.
Endorsed: Speeches used by Elliot of her Majestie, the old Lord Treasurer and Lord Chief Justice.
1 p. (98. 92.)
|William Wingfeild, John Holmes, William Briscoe, and William Baldwyn, of London, dicemakers, to Sir Robert Cecil.|
They have bought part of the patent granted
by the Queen to her groom porter Mr. Cornwallis, now deceased,
touching the sealing and selling of dice only: and have paid
to Robert Smyth, by the appointment of Lady Katharine
Cornwallis (in whom the patent remains) 200l., and are bound
to pay further sums. By reason of the late proclamation
touching the disannulling of certain patents, men for the most
part refuse to buy dice of them, contrary to the true meaning
of the patent; whereby they are utterly undone, unless Cecil
relieve them. They pray him to provide that the patent may
be confirmed, or else their bonds discharged.—Undated.
1 p. (186. 26.)
|Robert Michell, servant to Fulk Grevill, to Sir R. Cecil.|
Prays that he may continue tenant of half
an acre of land in Hoddesdon: and that John Baly, who has
broken down his fences, may be commanded to repair them.—
Note by Cecil, granting the request, as to the land.
1 p. (74.)
|Thomas Cooper to Lord Buckhurst and Sir R. Cecil.|
Till Lady Day last had licence to sell starch,
and was offered a new licence by Edwards & Lion, deputies
of Mr. Ellis, who holds the starch patent, but they could not
agree upon terms. Lion obtained warrant to bring him up,
and has taken bond for his appearance at Mr. Ellis's house.
Has sold no starch since the expiration of his licence. Prays
them to call his adversaries before them and hear their accusations.—Undated.
½ p. (196.)
|Richard Audenet to Thomas, Lord Burghley.|
To cause John Garfet, clerk, vicar of Wigtoft,
Lincoln, to appear before the Council or others, to answer
petitioner's charges of treacherous and disloyal speeches touching the Queen and other matters.—Undated.
1 p. (1072.)
|Theodoricus Wyar to [ ].|
Mag: Do: Illustrissimi Principes Joannes
Fredericus Marchio Brandemburgicus, Administrator Primatus
et Archiepiscopatus Magdenburgensis, Et Henricus Julius Dux
Brunswicensis et Luneborgi, nuper cum illustrissimorum
dominorum meorum Ordinum harum Provinciarum nomine
apud illorum Celsitudines essem ac privatim sermo de Liga
Serenissimae Reginae Angliae cum Rege Galliae et dictis dominis
Ordinibus incidisset, perdiligenter ex me quaesiverunt quis a
Majestate ejus ex Anglia ad Ligam illam tractandam ablegatus
fuisset, quis majestatis suae hic sit Conciliarius, et an Scotiae
Rex ac Regnum hinc foederi se associassent ! Nominavi ego
T. M., unde petierunt ut illorum observantiam erga Majestatem
ejus, et salutationem benevolentissimam erga T. M. eidem
indicarem. Quot uti jam ante feci ita nunc haec repetenda
duxi, eo quod brevi me ad Principes illos et alios (inter quos
Mauritius Lantgravius Hessiae circumstantias illius Ligae
exacte scire cupiet) rediturum existimem. Multum sane
momenti T. M. literae adferrent, quae testentur me ea quae
supradicta sunt recte hic retulisse et ex eadem plane certoque
intellexisse quomodo illa Ligaa T. M. cum dominis Ordinibus
hic sit tractata quamque firma eam secuta sit ratificatio, quique
inde effectus ad totius Germaniae securitatem contra Hispani
artes ac vires redundent, et ex adverso, quantum ignominiae
ac periculi ab illis totius Orbis Christiani harpiis ac turbatoribus
Hispanis ac Jesuitis inimineat, si ipsi Principes ad majorem
cum tantis confederatis conjunctionem hac occasione et fortioribus quam hactenus consiliis non utantur. M. T. intellexit
Fredericum Mendozzam Legatum Hispaniae in Aula Polonica
multa et ibi et Dantisci moliri in prejudicium harum Provinciarum et Angliae uti mihi illinc et ex ipsa aula certo scribitur.
Idem Berleinontius in Dania machinabitur. Brandenburgici
Principis Electoris et supra dicti Administratoris Magdenburgici
duo filii forte hac estate Angliam videbunt. Dux Brunswicensis
perdicabat mihi quanta Majestas Angliae benevolentia parentem suum ducem Julium dum viveret dignata sit. Vale Mag.
M.T. devotissimus Theodoricus Wyar.
Endorsed: "Copie of Doctor Wiars letter to me."
1 p. (99. 31.)
|Michael Berisford, feodary of Kent, to [ ]|
As to the tenure of the manor of Aylesford,
formerly possessed by Sir Henry Wyat and Sir Thomas Wyat,
and afterwards granted to Sir Robert Southwell, now claimed
by heirs in gavelkind from the Queen's ward.—Undated.
1 p. (2444.)
|[1600–1603?]||Account of the several warrants directed to John Traves and William Greves for the delivery of apparel.|
The deliveries are, to Colonel Dockwell for soldiers in the
Griffin of Trevere: to Captain Carey for my Lord Marshal's
company: to Captain Rande for soldiers under the leading
of Sir Charles Percy: for soldiers under Captain Foulke Coneway: to Captain Randall Brette for soldiers in the Crowe of
Guernsey: to Mr. Grove, master of her Majesty's ship the
Repulse: to bargemen: to Portingall's: to my Lord General's
followers: shoes delivered by warrant of my Lord Montjoy.—
1 p. (205. 89.)
|John Moore to Sir Robert Cecil.|
James Littleton, an offender in the late
insurrection of the Lords, was pardoned at petitioner's suit,
but now refuses to reward him as agreed upon. Prays Cecil
to send for Mr. Littleton and take order with him therein.—
1 p. (1244.)
|Patrick Crosbie to the Lord Treasurer and Mr. Secretary.|
For payment of money due to him out of
Sir Warham St. Leger's estate. Asks to be paid "in the mere
copper pence, which is no charge to her Majesty, for that it
will never return into the exchange, and may do your suppliant
some good in his works and buildings in Ireland."—Undated.
¾ p. (1260.)
|Owen Garvie to [ ]|
Groom and Messenger of the Queen's Chamber.
For letters to Sir George Carew, Lord President of Munster, to
employ him in the Irish Service.—Undated.
½ p. (1261.)
|John Whyt to Sir Robert Cecil.|
His controversy with James and Robert
Thornehill respecting the glebe lands and tithes of Tuxford,
belonging to Trinity College, Cambridge. Prays him to move
Mr. George Carew and Dr. Swale to hear the cause with such
favour on his behalf as equity requires.—Undated.
1 p. (1456.)
|Charles Lord Mountjoy and Sir William Russell, to the Commissioners for passing the accounts of the Treasurer at Wars in Ireland.|
As to the allowance of the concordatum given
for the receipt of money in lieu of 235 beeves yearly allowed by
the Queen out of the Cavan towards the maintenance of her
Deputy's hospitality, respecting which some doubt is made by
the auditors of Sir Henry Wallop and Sir George Cary's accounts.
1 p. (1663.)
|Proclamation against Engrossing and Transporting Wheat, &c.|
Begins "The Queen's Majesty having had of late
time consideration of great dearth grown in sundry parts of
her realm, judging that the rich owners of corn would keep their
store from common markets, thereby to increase the prices
thereof," &c. Orders were given to justices to stay all engrossers,
forestallers, and regraters of corn, and to direct all owners to
furnish the markets weekly. Nevertheless her Majesty is
informed that the dearth increases through lack of execution
of the orders, and that the owners secretly sell to badgers, who
regrate the corn out of market at excessive prices. The justices
are now commanded to see to the due execution of the orders
and the punishment of the offenders. The engrossers and
regraters have spread a report that the dearth is caused by corn
being carried out of the realm, which report, for anything to
her knowledge, is false. Nevertheless to prevent corn from
being so transported under colour of being carried from port to
port of the country, special bonds are to be taken of owners
of ships. Directions follow as to the prosecution and punishment of offenders. Charge is given to persons of ability to
keep hospitality in their countries, not to break up their households and come into the city in this time of dearth, but to stay
in their countries and keep hospitality. Her Majesty, "having
had an instant occasion given her to extend her commandment
even for the necessary defence of her realm," orders all deputies
to Lieutenants to repair to their countries, and all persons
having charge of any castles or forts on the sea coast to repair
to their charge, and reside personally there all this winter
season, and to have care how the forts are furnished. Persons
dwelling in port towns are likewise to continue their habitation
there, and furnish their households with able persons for defence
of the ports.—Undated.
Draft, corrected by Robert Cecil and another.
7½ pp. (98. 71.)
|Grants made by the Bishop of Durham to the Queen.|
The manors and lordships of Gateside and Whickham
with their appurtenances.
The demesnes of Chester.
The parsonage of Leek.
Sorebie under Cotcliff.
Bishop Middleham Park and demesnes.
Bishop field closes.
Fishing of Norham.
Undated. ½ p. (188. 9.)
|Thomas Spon, Mayor, and Aldermen of Eastlowe, Cornwall, to the Council.|
On behalf of John Criffle, mariner of that town, who
was impressed with his barque for the Queen's service to Ireland,
and on returning was shipwrecked near Elfordcombe, Devon.
They pray for the relief of his losses, amounting to £50.—Undated.
Signed by Thomas Spon, Mayor, John Comminge, Phillyp Fewellen, Thomas Lugger, John Hicks.
1 p. (98. 90.)
|— to Archibald Douglas.|
The party to whom he wrote with regard to Douglas's
prebend, thinking him to be in Sussex, is in this town. Offers
to bring him to Douglas to-morrow; otherwise he is to attend
the Lord Keeper.—Undated.
Unsigned. ¼ p. (98. 86.)
|[?J.] Murray to Archibald Douglas.|
He has never before had an opportunity of writing
to Douglas since he came to this country, through being in the
frontiers of Almaing with his company. After his coming he
gave his dependence wholly upon his Excellency, whose good
countenance he wanted not. There was a Scots captain who
was desirous to be quit of his company, and offered it to him,
and his Excellency promised him means to entertain it:
whereupon he agreed with the captain, but then found his
Excellency's mind far altered, so that he was constrained to
lay his clothes and all he had in pawn to entertain it, and to seek
the Count of Holtok for entertainment, who showed him great
favour. Offers services.—Middlebro, 28 December, stilo novo.
1 p. (98. 155.)
|A. Douglas to the Bishop of Exeter.|
He has sharply reproved Mr. John Rutherford for
preaching against Bishop Juell; but he has cleared himself
by the testimony of those of the parish of Pilton that heard him,
and shewed also the testimony of the gentlemen of the shire
of his pains of preaching and catechism, and of his good life
and conversation. Concerning his authority to preach it is
manifest by this, that when many ministers were here in London,
a suit was made by a gentleman of the Bishop's shire for one
who should preach and catechise in his house, and upon this
occasion Rutherford was sent. Prays the Bishop to suffer
Rutherford to read a lecture for Barnstaple, or any place of his
shire where he may best place himself, so long as he does not
offend the law.—London, Jan. 25.
½ p. (98. 84.)
|Patrick Lychtman to [Archibald Douglas.?]|
Is sorry "your Lordship" has such occasion to be
offended with him, by reason of his negligence. Remembers
well he received "them" from "your Lordship," but knows
not whether he took them with him, or laid them down upon
the table. Whereas "your Lordship" says he has put them
away by some "underke" means, takes God to witness he
never meant such thing: and for the better trial thereof he
is content to commit himself in any prison in London till the
truth be known.—Undated.
½ p. (98. 143.)
|A Prayer of Queen Elizabeth.|
Prayer with small illuminated initial letters: "Domine
Deus misericordiæ ac omnis potentiæ, sapientia tua cuncta
gubernans, Rex meus et populi mei, cujus est omne consilium
et successus: Respice a sede, Majestatis tuæ ne ancillam tuam,
quae coram te hodie cum populo meo præsens sum, ad exorandam
bonitatem tuam, ut Tu Qui solus sapiens ac potens es, digneris
consiliis futuris gratia tua præesse. Sapientia tua dirigat et
meam et omnium voluntates. Spiritus tuus doceat quæ tibi
accepta sunt, et ducat in vias rectas. Concede (clementissime
Pater) ea quæ tibi placere possint, ferventi animo petere,
sapienter inquirere, vere cognoscere, in ea unanimi voluntate
consentire ut qui tuo nomine convenimus Te, in omnibus
queramus, ad tui nominis gloriam, per Jesum Christum
Dominum nostrum. Amen.
1 p. (277. 9.)
|— to [Queen Elizabeth. ?]|
Most Admired Sovereign, I must say no more that
I fear your Majesty's heart is hardened, for that was told me was
Pharoah's fault and may be within some statute; but I may
justly fear, that the spring of remembrance is dried up in your
Majesty, or rather turned one way to matters of distaste and
displeasure. I on the other side whose present fortunes and
future hopes appear extinguished, have no other thing left
but this fountain of remembrance (which being enclosed within
mine own thoughts) let me speak it with your Majesty's favour
you cannot take from me (except you take from me my life)
wherewith to comfort myself and refresh my mournings: joined
with this consideration that even now as I am, I serve yet as a
footstool for your Majesty's power and justice to raise itself
upon, who have been sometimes vouchsafed to be a rest to your
love and kind affections; which place (more to me than all places)
though I have lost to mine own . . . revoke fortunes and in
me to revoke . . . despair. Assuring your Majesty . . . again
with me a new . . . fault: nay I will add . . . for my case
if it depended . . . goodness forsan haec olim . . . time I
must rest as one.
Signature and part of letter torn off.
1 p. (205. 39.)
|W. Sanderson to Sir Robert Cecil.|
Has caused a quarter of an ounce of "the ore" to
be refined and sends back the rest. Sends a "sea card" of
the West Indies and a little terrestrial globe with the Latin
book "that teacheth the use of my great globes," with a "table"
at the end of places marked thereon and upon many "sea cards."
"This bringer my kinsman is a sea traveller and hath been as
near the poles of the world as any man in England. He tells
me he hath seen above 20 men at one time together with heads
like dogs." Sends also a Spanish book that he may read about
the province of Guayana; but wishes the book returned.
Holograph. 1 p. Addressed: "one of the Privy Council."
Undated. (172. 67.)
|Giacomo Venetiano to [Sir Robert Cecil.]|
|[Eliz. or Jas. I.?]||
Giacomo Venetiano, the servant of the
Venetian Ambassador, who by himself played various parts
when her Majesty [?his Majesty] dined at your house, will ever
be your servant at need.
Italian. Undated. Holograph. ½ p. (205. 58.)
|J. Herbert to Monsieur Douglas.|
I pray you get into your hands as speedily as you
can the copies of the things we talked of this morning, and bring
them to myself, and I will not fail to acquit you for your friendship.—Undated. Holograph.
½ p. (186. 67.)
|Alice Prist to Lord [Ambassador Douglas?]|
Apologises for her rude letter. Lord—'s
man told her that Lord — meant to leave her before
she was aware, which made her write the more rashly. Speaks
of her husband as drowned, her brother John as slain, and now
her father is slain or taken, and she is destitute of friends,
unless he stands her good Lord. She means to serve some
noblewoman, for she will not live with her mother in discredit
any longer. Begs his pity on her, "as ever you did love me,"
and to lend her 5l. or 6l. 16 October.
1 p. (214. 45.)
|Richard Cutler to Charles Morison.|
List of rents received, and other estate business.
Dispute with Edward Penruddock as to certain land. Sarum,
1 p. (205. 101.)
|John Houme to Robbe Lange.|
Begs him to help the bearer to choose a bow for him,
the finest he can for silver. Elphingstown, 5 September.
Holograph. 1 p. (205. 52.)
|Jhone (Joan) Hacket to Mr. Craven.|
Patrick Littenne has given me 20s. of the sum contained in my ticket, and so he has no more to give but 11l. 10s.
Holograph. 1 p. (205. 116.)
|Thomas Burk to Lord —.|
He understands by Sir Thomas Smith how much
he stands bound to Lord — for his favour, which he
hopes ever to retain.—Undated.
Holograph. 1 p. (214. 47.)
The further answer of John C. to the bill of complaint of John Manington, feltmaker.
He was well acquainted with Ledsham, and being Customer for the port of Chichester had occasion many times to come to London, and had his lodgings and diet at Ledsham's house, for which he made satisfaction; but there never passed any matter of moment between them. He has only received of Ledsham such money as he left with him in trust, and the said debt of 105l. Denies that he has ever made search in Ledsham's house for bonds, &c.—Undated. Parchment.
1 p. (218. 13.)
|Interrogatories for O. Pilkington.|
What was the message that you had from the Earl
of Northumberland to the Spanish Embassador ?
Item whether did you speak with the Earl of Rutland to will him to find some means that you might speak with the Spanish Embassador ?
Item what token you have from the Earl of Northumberland to the Spanish Embassador for your better credit to him ?
Item what letters and passports did you receive of the Spanish Embassador to pass by the seas? (179. 137.)
|[Eliz.]||Licence to travel beyond seas to Robert Ball, of London.—Undated. Draft. 1 p. parchment. (218. 10.)|
Warrant, unsigned, to the Dean and Chapter of
Durham, requesting them to grant a lease of lands of the College
of Durham to Gilbert Tall, one of the garrison of Berwick, for
his services in the wars.—Undated. Countersigned: Windebank.
1 p. (205. 95.)
Proposals for the appointment by the Privy Council
of a muster master in each county, and for regulations with
regard to mustered men.—Undated. (Cf. Cal. of C.P. xiii, 154).
1 p. (186. 107.)
|Instructions for Soldiers on Service [in Flanders ?]|
|[Eliz. ?]||No soldier be it in any walled and closed town, bulwark, or in camp walled and closed, shall presume to go out, pass and return otherwise than through the gates or passages appointed by the commanders general or particular, or shall cause or suffer to enter any stranger without commandment of his superiors upon pain to be hanged.|
|The officers and soldiers shall not presume to molest their host, hostess, servants, maids or children of the house, the burgesses, habitants and peasants, nor presume to beat, injure or ransack them, upon pain for the first time to be punished three days with bread and water, and if there be bloodshed or any member broken, his right hand shall be cut off, banished out of the regiment and all the companies, and if the fault be grievous and outrageous, shall be punished with death.|
|All captains, officers and soldiers, being in garrison of towns, or marching in the field, shall content themselves everyone with one billet for their lodgings, and if it please his host or hostess to give him any money, according to the ordinances of the late his Excellency, he shall content himself therewith, not exacting anything of his host or hostess, either in town or village, but only bed, sheets, fire, candles, salt and vinegar, as ever has been accustomed. And if any presume to constrain his host or hostess to have any spices under colour of service, or any other occasion that he shall allege, shall be grievously punished according to the desert of the same and will of the Sovereign.|
None shall presume to go out of the camp, town, or fortress,
to ransack or forage the peasants or others, upon pain to be
1½ pp. (186. 103.)
|Export of Shipping.|
A bill to be preferred to Parliament prohibiting
the carrying out of this realm of English ships and ordnance and
other munitions of war, to the end to exchange or sell the same
in other countries.
5½ pp. (142. 180.)
Paper Endorsed: "A note of my patent for setting
forth of ships to ye sea."
Also endorsed in a modern hand: "The E. of Nottingham, Lord H. Admiral's patent."
No date. Latin. 1 p. (139. 204.)
"The names of such as have not delivered and have
concealed over and above that we have paid them for the
A list of names and an account of goods taken possession of by them, possibly salvage of a wreck. The names are:—
|At Hythe—James Lawrence, William Hall, Robert Whithode, William Inglette, John Bound, William Griffin, Thomas Batte, James Bollers, John Barrett, James Riche, Edmund Devance, Austin Peckell, Thomas Fowlle, James Bowers, Robert Seade, Andrew Seabrand, James Goodsman, Wm. Aukyne, Edward Rysrast, Edward Losson, Wm. Brown, John Lyre, Robert Kempe, Anthony Church, John Owten, Wm. Tyer, Daniel Golerige, Anthony Makeforthe, Bartholomew Shoeshort, Henry Pottin.|
At Romney:—Thomas Milner, Ezekiel Moses, Nicholas
Powell, John Clerck, Bartholomew Welles, Thom Lewes, William
Packer, William Welles, Peter Hunt, Thom Spycer, Peter
Lamcaster, Wm. Palmer, Rob. Evons, Jeames Lades, Richard
Hayward, Coolestock, John Foster, John Wynion, John Cocx,
George Eason, Walter Wadcock, William Taylor, Thom.
Heecke, Jeames Leades, Cornelis Forset, Humfrey Bishop.
At Romney Marsh:—John Eason.
At Hyde:—No name mentioned.
At "Folstoane":—Mr. Mouse.
At St. Margetts Stares:—No name mentioned.
At Kingsbowne:—No name mentioned.
At Walmer:—One Boakes of Walmer Castle.
At Deal:—The masters of the boats, viz., Thomas Rande, George Rande, Jerome Johnson, Edward Pope.
At Cliffend:—No name mentioned.
At Ramsgate in general:—No name mentioned.
At Ramsgate and St. Peter's:—No name mentioned.
The ship called St. Peter of Amsterdam, Master Goyvart
Johnson, is mentioned as the source of goods which were in
the hands of "those of Deal." Among the buyers of these
goods are specified—One Cocx, at Rye, John Broadgeat at
Dover, Robert a Glover at Canterbury, Fynes at Dover, one
Everme at Hyde, and Thomas Swynocke at Maidstone, my Lady
Willfort, one Powell at Dover, John Heade at St. "Margats."
Unsigned. Undated. (139. 219.)
|Prize Goods Embezzled.|
|[Eliz.]||"At Plymothe, Adam Sheppard, at Winter's house bought of Wm. Cann and of Lawrence my L. Com[missioner's] man.|
Digorie Holman lying at Benett's house hard by Mr. Peyton's
hath great store of commodities; also Thomas Crane by the
Key. Bristo men. Christopher Kitchin and Mr. Cole and Mr.
Pepple dwelling; also Barnstaple men to be enquired of Mr.
Winter of Plimmoth their host. Also a tanner by Bydiford
bought divers things who lay also at Winter's house.
Launcen (?Launceston) men: Tho. Carpenter and Hicks dwelling at Winter's house."—Undated.
½ p. (214. 46.)
A rough draft, with many erasures, headed "The
Ordre of the devyse for the Generall Reformation as folowth."—
notes relative to methods to be adopted in Ireland.
No date. Unsigned. 1 p. (139. 205.)
|[Eliz.?]||The King of Spain when he passeth any act or giveth any commission abroad which in general concerneth all his kingdoms and dominions, assumeth to himself the title of Rex Catholicus Hispaniarum, etc., sometimes of Rex Catholicus Hispaniarum el Indiarum, etc., without adding any more titles of those kingdoms which he hath out of the continent of Spain, as Sicily, Naples, Jerusalem, etc.|
|But if he pass any act or give any commission which in particular concerneth any one of his kingdoms, then he assumeth to himself all his particular titles and leaves the title of Spain— as for example if he pass anything for the Kingdom of Navarre which is of the continent of Spain, then he styleth himself Rex Castellæ, Legionis, Arrag., Navarræ, and all the rest of his kingdoms and dominions as they follow in order. If he pass anything for the kingdom of Naples or Sicily which are out of the continent of Spain, he styleth himself Rex Castellæ, Legionis, Arrag. Navarr.; and so of the rest of the Kingdom of Spain in order till he come to Naples or Sicily.|
|The like is for the Acts in the Low Countries where he useth also his particular titles, even by reckoning every kingdom in Spain and every other dominion abroad.|
|It is affirmed by the Portingals that the King of Spain for any act in Portugal, he is tied to use only the style of Portugal and Algarbes without any other addition, but of this I am not fully assured. Unsigned. Undated. 1¼ pp. (139. 207.)|
|Spain and the Low Countries.|
Project for the speedy reduction of the rebellious
provinces to the obedience of the Spanish King, by establishing
a fortress on the Elbe to destroy their commerce, by cutting
off their ships trading to the south, and by seizing on Utrecht
by land. Undated. Spanish.
Endorsed:—"Copy of a discourse of a means how to subdue the Hollanders." 4 pp. (179. 126.)
|Kings of France.|
|?Eliz.||Pedigree of the French Kings, from Pharamond to Charles the Simple.—1 p. (141. 33.)|
|Intelligence from Italy.|
|[Eliz?]||No preparations for war are being made in Milan. Letters from Genoa state that the plague is raging in Granada. Italian. Endorsed with a memorandum of a tavern account in Italian. Fragment undated. ½ p. (205. 53.)|
Key to an Italian figure cypher.—Undated.
1 p. (205. 131.)
|Mr. William Cecil.|
Pedigree of Mr. William Cecil (fn. 2) of Alterynnis.
1 sheet. (205. 71.)
|A Naval Invention.|
"Shellamers work, the German at Sluis."
Drawing of a machine with sails, with explanatory notes.
1 p. (205. 69.)
i. Particular of lands of the College of Cobham.
Consists of extracts from rentals of 3 and 4 Henry VIII, and side notes as to the present holders of the property.
Latin. 24 pp. (145. 2.)
ii. Schedule of lands, quit rents, &c., of the College of Cobham.
12 pp. (145. 83.)
iii. Apparently extracts from documents of the reigns
of Philip and Mary and Eliz. with regard to certain lands held
by William Lord Cobham and others. Latin.
1 p. (145. 100.)
|School at Henley.|
Notes with regard to a school for 20 children of the
poorest inhabitants of Henley; and Mr. Woodroofe's lease of
the foundation lands.—Undated.
1 p. (205. 108.)
|Rents in Kind in Kent, &c.|
A list of rents in kind (wheat, oats, fowls, barley
and straw) paid yearly by the farmers in Stansteed, Thoung,
Cobham and Nusteed, Temple, Leydowne, Northcourt, West
Chalk, Branden Hill, Potman's Barne, Showren, and Knight's
Place, with some notes of the terms at which payment is due, &c.
3 pp. (172. 138.)
|Rents in Ravenswathe.|
Memoranda as to rents and farms belonging to the
office of the feodary in Ravenswathe, etc.
1 p. Latin. (2293.)
|[Eliz. or Jas. I.]||
Memorandum as to certain numbers of
"tons" and of "tons in shot" in London, Essex and Kent.
½ p. (142. 257.)
The history of "the Fall of Nero and
Beginning of Galba."
No date. 20 pp. neatly and regularly written with a wide margin. (139. 194.)
|Free Markets for Cloths.|
Paper advocating the establishment of two free
marts for cloths: by which means "might you give checkmate
to Antwerp without business . . . of amity and seeking of
2½ pp. much damaged. (205. 106.)
Proposition for the establishment of two yearly
free fairs in England.
Italian. Fragmentary. Undated. 3 pp. (205. 59.)
|[Eliz.?]||"Edelmeton (?Edmonton, Middlesex). Winchmore Hill and Berey St. Ward.|
The constable Thomas Hore."
List of 60 names follows.
(Separate sheet, but attached:—)
Suth (?South) St. Ward.
5½ columns of names.—Undated; hand temp. Eliz.
4 pp. (205. 118.)
Spanish chart, from 56°N. to 54°S., containing the
coasts of England, Ireland, France, Spain, the Mediterranean,
West and South coasts of Africa, and both coasts of South
America to the Gulf of Florida. The name "Bartolamealasso"
Vellum roll. (224. 3.)
|Drainage of the Fens.|
Map of the Fen district, extending from the sea
on the north to Ramsey Mere on the south, and from Wisbech
on the east to Peterborough on the west. Shows the course
of drainage of the district.
1 sheet. (225. 5.)
|Map of a Fortified Coast Town.|
Map of a fortified town upon the sea coast. Coloured.
1 sheet. (225. 6.)
Map of the manor of Hatfield, including ground plan
of the Bishop's Palace; with list of freeholders and copy holders.
Vellum. (225. 7.)
|Tower of London.|
Plan of the Tower of London and precincts.
1 sheet. (225. 9.)
Map of the neighbourhood of Accom lead mines,
near Accom town, [Northumberland], Fallow Field town shown.
1 sheet. (225. 10.)
|MAPS AND PLANS.|
|"Plot of a College or Hospital." [Trinity College, Dublin?]|
Birdseye view of a quadrangular building, with
gardens, on the banks of a river: "Liffe (?Liffey) flurius."
Comprises hall, chapel, Master's lodgings, "the steeple a sea
Endorsed as above. Parchment. (Maps 1. 6.)
Elevation of an ornamental fountain.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 11.)
Plans for a large mansion.—Undated.
3 sheets. (Maps 1. 14.)
Two Plans for large mansions.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 16–17.)
Plan of Berghen ap Zoom, coloured.—Undated.
Parchment. (Maps 1. 21.)
Plan of a castle. Nicholas Ward, the Water Ward
and the West Ward named. (Berwick-on-Tweed?). Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 24.)
Plan of Portsmouth.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 32.)
Plot of Plymouth and district, coloured.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 35.)
Plan of Plymouth and district.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 36.)
"Description of a town"—probably plan of
Plymouth, Island of St. Nicholas, Mount Edgcumbe and district.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 41.)
Bird's eye view of a fortified place, enclosing a
church, houses, tents, showing position of cannon, &c.: inscribed
in centre "Sassen."—Undated.
Endorsed: Description of a battle.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 39.)
Bird's eye view of the investment of a fortified
place, showing entrenched approaches, and defences. A town
in the distance is inscribed "Thugste Cleve" (?Cleve in Rhenish
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 40.)
Plot of Wark Castle on Tweed. Contains notes in
Italian of various measurements, with the name Antonio da
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 42.)
Plot of the fort of Dungannon, in the barony of
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 43.)
Plan of Ostend.—Undated.
1 sheet (Maps 1. 49.)
Plan of the fortifications of Malta, with bird's eye
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 53.)
Plot of the Severn from Gloucester to Bristol and
Vellum. (Maps 1. 57.)
Plan of Dover Haven.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 59.)
Plot of Dover Haven.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 64.)
French plot of the Channel, with coast towns:
endorsed "plot of the tides between Dover and Calais."—
Vellum. (Maps 1. 63.)
Plot of Tynmouth and Newcastle.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 65.)
Chart of the coast of England, from Holy Island
round to St. Bees.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 67.)
Chart of the coasts of Great Britain, France, Spain,
and the Low Countries. By Paul Ivye.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 70.)
Plan of the custom house and adjacent buildings at
Hull. By William Browne.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 2. 3.)
|[Eliz. or Jas. I.?]||
Ground plan of Chelsey house.—Undated.
Endorsed by Sir R. Cecil:—"the ground plot of Chelsey with a gallery to the north."
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 6.)
|[Eliz. or James I.?]||
Ground plot of Chelsey house and
Vellum. (Maps 2. 7.)
Elevation of a house.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 8.)
Two plans of a house. By J. Symonds.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 9 and 10.)
Plan and elevation of a house.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 11.)
Map of Islington, Middlesex.—Undated.
1 sheet. Coloured. (Maps 2. 12.)
Design for ornamental coping for a house.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 13.)
Designs for ceilings.—Undated.
3 sheets. (Maps 1. 12 and 15: 2. 16.)
Plot of Queenborough Castle.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 20.)
Plan of a large mansion, adjoining a churchyard,
endorsed "Havering." The Lord Treasurer's and the Lord
Chamberlain's lodgings indicated.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 21.)
Coloured map of New Lodge, Waltham: showing
Waltham, Epping, Loughton, &c.—Undated.
(Maps 2. 23.)
Map of Milk Castle, Dumfrieshire, and district.—
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 27.)
Plot of a fortress in Our Lady's Island [Scilly Isles?]
inscribed: "This fortress begun in our Ladies Island for the
defence of the whole Isles and not finished, the timber work for
the same already framed to the setting up, with a brewhouse
and a mill lying in South Wales, ready to be conveyed to the
said Isles, when order. may be given as touching the same."—
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 34.)
Map of the east coast, from Waxham to Lowestoft,
and from Norwich to the sea: coloured.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 35.)
Plot of Newhaven (Havre). French.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 45.)
Map of the Medway from Rochester, with the isle
of Sheppey and the adjoining portion of the Thames.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 47.)
Rough plan of Yarmouth and coast from Waxham
to Beccles, showing the course of the inland waters.
Endorsed: "Yarmouth and Walburn Hope."—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 49.)
Plan of Milford Haven, coloured.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 51.)
Chart containing the English Channel west of
Portsmouth, with soundings to the longitude of Cape Clear,
the west coasts of France and Spain, and the Azores.
Vellum. (Maps 2. 52.)
A collection of Scripture texts in Latin, headed
"Rex et Dominus Gloriæ."
Endorsed:—"Lylly" but not John Lyly's hand.
13 pp. (245. 8.)
Dissertationes de Sacremento, Eucharistae, de S.
Pontifice, de Concilüs, &c.
|— Hopkinson and Valentine Tooke.|
A note with references to the Scripture on the proper
sense in which God may be said to have hands.
¼ p. Latin. (206. 110.)
|[Eliz?]||Portion of a Tract intended to show that some Italian state [?Tuscany] ought not to unite with Spain in an attack on England. Italian. 17 pp. (210. 8.)|
[Eliz.] i. A Treatise on the Defense of Fortified Places.
Italian. Incomplete. 22 pp. (210. 6.)
ii. A Treatise on the History of the Civil Wars in France.
Written by a partisan of Henry III.
Italian. Incomplete. 24 pp. (210. 6.)
|Common Place Book.|
|[Eliz.]||Analysis Greek and Latin. A political, medical and legal common place book. Temp. Eliz. (296.)|
|Petitions to the Queen or Privy Council. [Eliz.]|
Note as to the manor of Sutton Courtney, Berks.
The rent is near 80l. The Queen has no rent for the same
during Lady Mason's life, and the demesnes are granted for
21 years after her life. The house is but a mean farmhouse.
Neither the Queen nor any progenitor of hers has ever had
any rent for the same. The land came to Henry VIII. by the
attainder of the Marquis of Exeter. The suit is for the fee
simple. The tenure of the demesnes to be in chief, because the
rent is great, but the rest, being small rents, to be held in socage.
Or else it is no suit.—Undated.
½ p. (43a.)
The masters and owners of the ten ships which are to transport
victuals and munition to her Majesty's ships now being to the
southwards. Are appointed to be victualled only for ten weeks,
which proportion is too little for the voyage, and their number
of men is too small to manage and conduct their ships. Pray
that the number of men be augmented, and victualled for
Undated. 1 p. (67.)
The widows and wives of the company that lately served in
the "Tryall" of London, taken by the Spaniards. This
merchant ship was taken by the Spaniards about 2½ years since,
at or near Mecenas in the Straights, after the peace proclaimed
between Spain and England, and the crew so cruelly handled,
that James Lile the master and others lost their lives, and all
lost their goods. Pray that they may be relieved.
Undated. 1 p. (90.)
John Hocker, the elder, Thomas Powes, Robert Shepherd,
Robert Swanne, and Rauffe Goodinge. Are prisoners in
Norwich gaol for debt. Pray that orders be sent to the Bishop
of Norwich and others to hear their cause.
Undated. ½ p. (175.)
Anne Langston. Of assault committed upon her sons,
their servants and neighbours, by Charles Bridges, of Dombleton,
Gloucester, uncle to Lord Chandos. Prays that some course
may be taken for their safety till the cause be heard in the Star
Undated. 1 p. (395.)
Peter Kyrewan.—For licence to transport 50 tuns of beer
without custom from Hampton to Galway. As there are 1,600
soldiers in the garrison there, and the country all about is waste
and desolate, they have great scarcity of provision.
Undated. 1½ p. (409.)
—"A note concerning Mr. Bold." Petition that
the Queen would confirm letters patent of Henry VIII. restoring
certain property in Lancashire to Sir Thomas Butler. There will
remain to the Queen a whole barony and manor, and great
inheritance, which "these petitioners" will discover without
Undated. ½ p. (476.)
For remission of rents due by her husband for
attainted lands, and a fee farm upon other lands and tithes
held by him.
Undated. ½ p. (560.)
Details his military services. Prays
warrant to the Justices and Treasurers of Montgomeryshire
to restore to him his pension which they unjustly withhold.
Undated. ½ p. (731.)
Her long attendance upon Lady Derby.
Prays for the place of a 'mandye' woman.
Undated. ½ p. (839.)
For letters to the States of Holland
and Zealand, to hear his cause against Henrick Peterson, who
ran away with a cargo of salt of his.
Undated. ½ p. (862.)
—.For permission to speak with the Queen, "that
you may know a bond or company of your enemies."
Undated. ½ p. (876.)
For licence to transport 500 quarters of
barley into Holland or Zealand from Hull, barley and corn being
under the prices fixed by the proclamation, 20s. and 13s. 4d.
Undated. 1 p. (1070.)
|Captain Ellis Fludde.||
For pay due to him, and recompense for his long military services.
Undated. ½ p. (1168.)
—As to the seignory of Castle Town in Ireland,
which has been granted away from his father to one Carter.
Prays for recompense for his charges therein.
Undated. 1 p. (1288.)
—For licence to export certain quantities of
beans, wheat and malt or barley, custom free out of Hull,
Lynn or Boston.
Undated. ¼ p. (1419.)
Losses to the Queen in the customs of Chester
and Liverpool, through the passing of goods into Ireland without
payment. Prays for a commission to George Lodge, customer
of Dublin, and himself, to call for the merchants' cockets and
view the goods upon landing, and to stay such as have been
passed and stolen away without custom.
Undated. 1 p. (1917.)
Inhabitants of Legesden, a member of the borough of
Colchester, tenants of the Earl of Sussex.—Complain of the
seizure of their cattle for arrears of composition money for the
Queen's provisions, due by the Corporation. Desire that they
be not thus oppressed, but that the composition money of 10l.
per annum, laid on the whole liberty, may be indifferently
rated on all persons able to pay the same.
Undated. 1 p. (2031.)
The Moneyers. Are 76 in number, on whom depend above
500 persons. On account of their extreme poverty, pray for
grant of the lading and discharging of all foreigners' goods in
the port of London.
Undated. 1 p. (2053.)
Pray for letters of credence
for Richard Fox and Richard Hull, who are being sent over to
the States General by them for divers matters whereof they have
cause to complain.
Undated. ½ p. (2093.)
The merchants adventurers desire that
the States General will be pleased to put in execution their own
placard for restraining of a straggling trade of cloth which is
carried to other places besides the mart town: to moderate
the excessive tearing of their cloths used in other places besides
the mart town: and to grant some mitigation of the convoys
½ p. (2093.)
Ministers and Elders of the Dutch Congregation in London.
In behalf of the artizans and handicraftsmen of their congregation. It has heretofore pleased the Queen to tolerate them
to use their arts and trades freely, which they have enjoyed,
till of late, by informations exhibited in the Exchequer Court,
for exercise of their said occupations they have been molested
to their great charges. They pray for leave to use their trades
Undated. ½ p. (2100.)
|The Pewterers Company of London.||
Complain that for
certain years past the best of the tin has been conveyed beyond
seas unwrought, by which their work has been taken away.
They pray that no tin in blocks shall be transported out of the
realm, but shall be first cast into bars or ingots by the Company,
or made into pewter vessels by the pewterers inhabiting the
Undated. ½ p. (2106.)
For leases of the moieties of the herbage
of Higlings Park and Barton Park, Staffordshire. Particulars
of the parks.
Undated. 1 p. (2250.)
Inhabitants of Alborough, Suffolk.—Complain that their
goods in Flanders are arrested, and they fear the like stay will
be made with their goods in Spain. They pray for remedy
and relief. They append a note of the goods being in Flanders,
two crayers laden with herrings and sprats, and in Seville,
certain debts: total value 467l. 16s. 8d.
Undated. 2 pp. (2346.)
For grant of land to the yearly value
of 100l. on terms stated.
Undated. 1 p. (2384.)
|Petitions to the Lord Treasurer [Burghley ?] [Eliz.?]|
|Michaell Leman, for certain merchants of Holland and Zeeland.||
As to goods taken out of the "Cressaunt" of
Middleboro' and the "Mercury" of Amsterdam, by Captains
Maunsell, Thyn, and Greenville. Prays for order to the Mayor
of Dartmouth, Mr. Gribble, to deliver the goods to him there.
As to goods taken out of the ship of Loy Peterson by Robert
Lowther in Cumberland, prays for order that they may be
reladen without paying custom.
Undated. 1½ pp. (1451.)
For continuance of his licence to transport
Undated. ½ p. (1952.)
Prays for the reversion of a house in
Swainton, Yorks, occupied by her, which is sought by William
Undated. 1 p. (2423.)
|Petitions to [?Sir Robert Cecil.] [Eliz.?]|
Is a prisoner in Newgate for horse
stealing; prays for respite.
Undated. ½ p. (382.)
— For furtherance of his suit to the Queen, in view
of his service at Court and in the wars of the Low Countries.
The suit is apparently for a licence to export yarn. Reasons
for allowing the exportation.
Undated. ½ p. (440.)
Edward Swan.—Prays him to sign the schedules for the
concealed wardship for which he is a petitioner.
Undated. ½ p. (663.)
List of victuals and munitions which the Queen
is requested to permit to be exported to la Rochelle (or to some
other place to be specified by her), on the same terms as in the
French. Undated. 1 p. (37. 18.)
|Recusants in the North.|
Memorandum [by the Council of the North] of the
dangerous relapse of this northern people, not only of the
professed recusants but of justices of the peace "such as in my last
good lord's days seemed professors, how they are now either
neuters or great favourites of dangerous recusants." We of the
Council can scarcely get a justice to execute a writ for the apprehension of a recusant, and there will be great inconvenience
unless some nobleman, religious and valiant, be sent hither as
½ p. (48. 47.)
|Certain Orders to be done for the Provisions to the Queen's Majesty's Buildings.|
The chief store is to be at Westminster, and the
supply is to be kept up annually. The materials include
"tawllwood for the burning of brick and for the plomurye."
The allowance for expenses is 1,000l. Carriage is not to be
made in the time of sowing nor in the depth of winter.
1¼ pp. (67. 75.)
|Persons to be Committed.|
"All of these to be committed."
Mrs. Webbe, lodging at one Hughes his house near Clements
Inn. One Prychard her servant in Herefordshire, and her chief
man, now attendant upon her [note: a letter to Sir Thomas
Connistre for his op[inion ?] and her waiting woman. She
hath a kinsman here about London that did threaten to discover vile practices against her, but it should seem he was
rewarded to conceal it or persuaded by Sir Anthony Ashley,
for it was examined before him as Mrs. Shelly affirmed. Her
kinsman his name is, as I take it, Lyggyn who I think necessary
to have examined.
Note: Sir Ant. Ashley to [be] sent for: her kinsman's name Ligon by Sir A. examined.
½ p. (83. 39.)
|Alfonso Cacho y Canuto to Sir Robert Cecil.|
Thanking him for the grant of a passport, and asking
him to show the writer some liberality to help to leave this
city, where he cannot remain as his misfortunes do not allow
him to continue in the Queen's service.
Spanish. No date. Signed. 1 p. (98. 58.)
|— to —|
The Queen is not disposed to send over a new supply
of treasure until your accounts are sent over. There is a
proportion of 11,000l. set down, which exceeds ours by 1,000l.,
and will be greatly misliked by the Queen; whereof you will
do well to put the Lord General in mind. Considering the great
mortality that has happened among the soldiers, of whom about
2,000 are said to be dead, and that the number of persons
covenanted to be entertained is not yet full, it is looked for that
the defalcations shall abate so much of the said proportion of
10,000l. as that the whole allowance for the time shall not exceed
8,000l. a month.—Undated.
Draft. ½ p. (98. 83.)
|— to the Queen.|
Craves at the Queen's hands some foundation whereupon to build contentment, the happy obtaining whereof will
restore to life his dying heart and will strengthen him in the
number of his friends that do but wait for their authority from
her highness's carriage. If either the touch of his former
sufferings which have been intolerably sharp or the vow of his
future service can merit anything, prays the fruition of that
favour without which it is impossible he can shun the extremity
Draft. 1 p. (98. 91.)
|[Eliz.]||Information against Gregory Fyttes of St. Briock, recusant, and others.|
Fyttes a dangerous recusant and harbourer of ill-disposed
persons. Details the finding of crucifixes, books and other
popish instruments in his house, and the delay of Mr. Prideux,
justice of the peace, to act in the matter. Fyttes has been to
Rome and is a great intelligencer, and much favoured by Mr.
Prideux. Particulars as to William and Nicholas Bawden,
seminaries; recusants at Mr. John Arundel's house, Lauherne
house; Mr. Whore and Mr. Kempe; recusants at one Bishop's
house in Little Pedrock; of Askott a seminary priest of Queen
Mary's time, a Protestant since, who has turned to Popery
again, and frequents the houses aforesaid using popish ceremonies; and of the married sisters of Prideux's wife, "and
many others besides which abound in the country and have
often and private meetings, and many unknown persons amongst
1 p. (98. 95.)
|[Eliz.]||Draft licence to E.L, H.W, and W.D, to buy herrings from strangers within Norfolk and Suffolk and the coasts thereof; with liberty, on paying the same custom as on herrings taken by Englishmen, to transport them beyond seas in any kind of bottoms. Payment for the licence is 10l. twice a year. The licence gives power of search for contravention, penalties and forfcitures to go to the licensees.|
Reasons for granting the above licence. The prohibition
of buying herrings from strangers has caused great scarcity of
this victual in the land, to the great want of the poor. The
strangers not having sale here, have erected fish houses beyond
the seas for "towing" red herring, to the great hindrance of
our merchants and fishermen. Fraud on the customs by
contraband trade in these herrings. The strangers' herrings
are the best sort because they kill them in the deep sea, whereas
Englishmen with their boats fish only in shallow seas, and so
take only the lean and smallest sort.
Undated. 4 pp. (98. 121.)
Another paper with regard to the same proposed licence,
giving further particulars for granting it.
Undated. 1 p. (98. 123.)
List of the troops levied in Holland, both horse and
Dutch. No date. 1½ pp. (98. 125.)
Note of goods claimed by merchant strangers in
London, to the use of merchants in Holland and Zealand, laden
into two ships of Amsterdam, whereof Mr. Cornelis Heynsson
and Sebout Dowensson were masters, lately stayed in the Narrow
Seas, and sent in by some of her majesty's ships. The list
gives copies of the merchandise marks.
Undated. 2 pp. (98. 126.)
|— to —|
|[Eliz.]||Prays his correspondent to write out that which he has written within in the best manner he can. It is to put in the end of a book made to the Queen for the reformation of the wild Irish, which book he would have shown him, if he had come according to his promise, and he shall see it on his return. In the book is contained all the abuses of the Irish, the great charge the Queen is at in Ireland, the reformation of the wild, the abridgement of the charges, and the way to bring great revenue.|
The writing alluded to above prays that the Queen will take
order that her laws and the laws of God and God's Word may be
truly administered and set forth, as well among the Irish in the
Irish pale as it is in England: whereby this ignorant and wilful
people may be brought to the true knowledge of God's holy
Word for the salvation of their souls and to live in due obedience
to the Queen's laws.
Undatd. 1½ pp. (98. 133.)
"In this letter of Hans Krueger von Dresden to her
Majesty of the 24th of September, dated at Prague, he signifies
that travelling towards Seelwacrets he is come to perfect
knowledge of some great danger and damage which her Majesty
and her subjects are undoubtedly to incur into under colour
of lawful proceedings, and the time when this is to be brought
to pass, likewise the means how to prevent and divert the same.
Therefore if it were her Majesty's pleasure to bear his charges,
he would come and discover both the enterprise and the means
how to prevent it, wherein if her Majesty would hear him she
should perceive his zeal and upright meaning, and therein he
desires her resolution. The postscript shows where the answer
is to be directed, to one Herman Reutern innkeeper at the Golden
Crown in Hamburg for to be sent to him."
Endorsed: "Contents of the letters to her Majesty written in Dutch."
Undated. ½ p. (98. 138.)
|Unlawful Assemblies in London.|
Draft warrant by Elizabeth for the suppression by
martial law of unlawful assemblies in London and the suburbs:
and the execution on the gallows or gibbet of notable rebellious
and incorrigible offenders.
Cf. Cal. of C.P. xiv p. 532, 10 July, 1595.
Undated. 1 p. (98. 147.)
|— to Lord —|
|[Eliz.]||View of her Majesty's race at Malmesbury, giving the number of bearing mares, young mares, young fillies, and horse colts: and particulars of disorders and dilapidations.|
Has certified him of the truth, not of any malice towards
any, for he has been beholden to Mr. Baskerfield, and wishes
him as well as any poor friend he has: but simply to satisfy
his Lordship's command, and his duty to her Majesty.
Undated. 1 p. (98. 151.)
|— to —|
|[Eliz.?]||"Sir, In the name of him that will be nameless till he send you answer and thanks for the convoy of this letter I am to request you to send the enclosed with all speed, to send me two lines of the receipt of them and not to be curious neither from whom nor to whom they are till you receive answer from our friend, and till then to stand in suspense, and let not this bearer perceive you think it strange. If [you] receive answer send to Adam or John Cursun in Dumfries to be delivered to George Laslye, or any that shall ask for it in his name. The greater diligence you do in fulfilling all parts of my request the greater thanks shall you have and the more shall our friend be beholden unto you.|
|George Laslye one of the three that passed last by you. To give this bearer to be the more diligent in the delivery of these to you I made him believe they were from Bombye to you who I ken is of your acquaintance, and he kens also. And so do you make semblance.|
As you will answer it send this away by the post and my friend
will defray the charges and will get you contentment and send
2 lines of the receipt."
Undated. Contemporary copy. ¾ p. (99. 1.)
|Exports to Scotland.|
Licence to David Brown, Scottishman, to carry by
sea into Scotland — quarters of beans and peas, malt or
barley. Addressed to the officers of the Customs in the ports
of Yarmouth, Lynn. Boston, Newcastle or Hull.
Undated. Draft. Unsigned. 1 p. (99. 2.)
Estimate of the monthly charges for provision and
transportation of victuals. Estimate of the charge that will
daily grow in uttering the Queen's Majesty's victuals. Portsmouth. Total 234l. 14s. 8d. John Abington, surveyor, is
Undated. 3 pp. (99. 3.)
|Rates of Apparel for Soldiers.|
|A cassock of broad cloth||12s.|
|A pair of Venetians||7s.|
|A shirt and band||2s.||8d.|
|A doublet of canvas||6s.||8d.|
|A pair of shoes||18d.|
|A pair of stockings||18d.|
|A hat cape||14d.|
|Undated. ¼ p. (99. 9.)|
|A Spanish Fleet.|
It is certified by a passenger come upon a flyboat
of Hamborrow which departed from Mallega 24 days since that
on the 27th November they met between the Cape St. Vincent
and the Cape St. Mary with a fleet of Spanish ships which
consisted of 14 galleons, some Dunkirk ships and the rest
Dutch ships, which were 'embarged' to the number in all of
40 sail. It was told this passenger and the master of the flyboat
by the people of that fleet that they had taken two English
ships laden with cordage, two Holland ships laden with spices
all bound for the Straights, and two small English men of war.
This fleet was set forth out of Lisburne both to guard the coast
as also to conduct the fleet which was expected.
Undated. ½ p. (99. 14.)
|Patrick Turnor to the Lord High Admiral.|
It is his hard fortune to be kept in hold (at the
Marshalsea). If he were at liberty he might be employed in
the Narrow Seas, where the Admiral knows he has ever done
good service. When in Horsham gaol he wrote to the Admiral
how he had been prisoner in Spain, and returning to England
fell in company with Thomas Sturbridge, and was removed by
the Council's warrant, procured by a Frenchman whom Sturbridge had taken. Was neither captain nor commander,
neither will the Frenchman lay anything against him. Prays
for release and employment.
Undated. 1 p. (99. 26.)
|[Eliz.]||Offer of Hans Vleminck, stranger, to the Queen, with respect to coinage.|
As good store of foreign gold coin is brought into the realm,
and is for the most part carried into the Low Countries and
other realms, he proposes the appointment of "Queen's
Changers," who should buy this coin and bring it to the Mint
only, where it should be converted into the Henricus noble of
England of 13s. 4d. price, which will yield in Holland and
Zeeland 14s. 8d. The Low Countries suffer this noble to be
coined in their mints, and set no difference thereon to know it
from the same piece made so long since in this realm, and the
same piece of gold is as fine and as weighty, and also made in
show so old as though it were coined 200 years since. Suggests
also the coinage of the double ducat of Spain with two faces of
13s. 4d. price, which is current in Holland and Zealand for 15s.
Prays to be employed in this coining, and "the making of them
old in show."—Undated.
1¼ pp. (99. 27.)
|[Eliz.]||Notes by which the priests which are coming over may be descried: by Thomas Wykes.|
|"Mr. Wood (who was a minister before his going over) is of a mean stature and of a pleasant countenance: he hath a little thin beard: his doublet is of black grograin: he hath a pair of russet cloth venetians and a pair of green stockings: a tawny cloak and a rapier.|
|Mr. Sattorford is of a mean stature also, and he is of a high colour: his beard is black and he hath many grey hairs on his head: his apparel is fustian and he hath a cloak of a mingled colour.|
|Both these intend to come to London and Mr. Sattorford I am sure will go to the Marshalsea, to speak with one Mr. Webster and another of his acquaintance whose name I have forgotten.|
|Mr. Oldcorne alias Hutton alias Foster is a tall man of a pale complexion and he always speaketh hoarsely, but of him I have signified at large to Mr. Topcliff.|
|Griffin is of the age of 22 years, of a mean stature and slender limbs: he holdeth down his head and sometimes when he looketh upon one one of his eyes are goggled: his eyes are very black and his hair is brown, short and curled. He is not likely to have a beard a great time: he is desirous to come over for help but I think he shall not have leave till he be priest, which will be about 2 years hence.|
The occasion why he rather revealed some matter unto me
more than others was because he was my bedfellow, and I
enquiring of him continually why he so inveighed against the
Jesuits, among other matters he imparted this unto me.
Undated. 1 p. (99. 32.)
|[Eliz.?]||"The replication of Francis le Forte, Abraham van Herwicke, David le Maier, Peter le Bee, and other merchants strangers, to the answer made by John Leake, informer, unto your honours' letters to him directed touching their complaint concerning sweet wines called bastards and his informations thereupon."|
To the charge that they have had all the trade of bastards
in their hands, buying them by weight, and afterwards providing
casks of a fourth part less assize than has been accustomed:
they answer that the English merchants have trade to Spain
as well as they, and have received the same wines in the like
casks, and that the wine is bought only by the pipe, and not
by weight. To the charge that the buyers make complaint,
they answer they think they do not and have no just cause.
They cannot sell any wines before they are gauged by the sworn
gauger of the City: by which gauge the buyers are more privy
to what every pipe contains than they themselves are. Pray
for consideration in the matter, having this year sustained great
loss: and that they be not further molested, nor made to
answer in the Exchequer.
Undated. 1 p. (99. 34.)
Another copy of the above. Undated. 1 p. (205. 112.)
A list of names.
Endorsed by Robert Cecil.: "Names in Yorkshire, B. Durram, Sir William Bowes, Francis Kingsby, Doctor Colman."
Undated. 1 p. (99. 39–2.)
|Joyce de Balsac (?) to her nephew the Duke of Lennox.|
The bearer, nephew of "Monsieur l'evesque de
Rose," desires to serve Lennox. Offers her own services.
"Votre plus humble tante." à Cler, 21 June.
Holograph. French. 1 p. (130. 153.)
|Proclamation against Privy Coats and Doublets of Fence.|
|[Eliz.?]||Draft clause of a Proclamation against wearing privy coats or doublets of defence.|
Begins "And whereas divers of late years have used to wear
privy coats and doublets of fence, thereby intending to quarrel
and make affrays," &c.
2 copies. (130. 187.)
|Lyndhurst Hey Wood, within the Forest of Sherwood, co. Notts.|
Extract from survey of above, dated 11 July, 1575.
The lease thereof was granted to Thomas Hope and John
Jermyn, soldiers of Berwick, on the recommendation of Sir
William Drury the Marshal there. Description of the wood,
and suggestions for its improvement.
Undated. ½ p. (132. 36.)
|Reigate Woods, co. Surrey.|
Note to procure a warrant from the Lord Admiral
to permit the woods to be felled during three years' space.
Earl's Wood, Howley, Coppice, Chart Coppice, Raye Wood,
Essex Grove and Peltring Wood mentioned.
Undated. ½ p. (132. 37.)
|Moneys to accrue from Manors.|
|[Eliz.]||"A brief note of such sums of money and provisions as are presently to be made within the manors and lordships following."|
In Essex: Stansted Mountfitchet, Bentfelde Bury, 2 farms
in Wyvenhoe "belonging to the will," Carles Colne, Barwick
Hall in White Colne, Takeley in Stamborne, Tylbery next
Clare, and Fyngrith.
In Herts: Hornemeade, Newcells in Berkewey.
In Cambs.: Hyngeston, Swaffam Bulbeck, Wykeham Parsonage.
In Suffolk: Lavenham, Earles Hall in Cockefelde, Est Barholt.
Sum total fines 1,276l. 13s. 4d.; improvements by provision
79l. 8s. 10d.; wood sales 1,289l. 16s. 8d.; total 2,645l. 18s. 10d.
For the woods at Wyvenhoe 271l. 10s.; and so remaineth
2,374l. 8s. 10d.
Undated. (137. 252.)
A sermon on the text (rendered) "Behold how good
and jocund a thing it is for brethren (and sisters) to dwell and
agree together in unity."
No name or endorsement. 4 closely written pp. (139. 145.)
"The inconveniences I find in the government of
Unsigned. Undated. 1 p. (139. 206.)
|The Cloth Trade.|
A representation that "the Clothiers generally
throughout England be hindered in their markets by the stay
of their clothes by certain searchers within London who retain
them so long as thereby the sellers are driven to extraordinary
charges and oftentimes are compelled to redeem their cloth
out of their hands with unlawful fees."
Unsigned. Undated. 1 p. (139. 294.)
|i. French cipher key. 1 p. (140. 54.)|
This cipher has signs or numbers for about 50 proper names,
beginning with Le Roi, La Reine, Madame and le Prince de
Condé, and over 50 common words. All letters have 2 and some
Temp. Eliz., as Le Roy d' Escosse is in the list.
|ii. "The Cipher Mallroy." A cipher key. ½ p. (140. 64.)|
iii. Cipher letter.
½ p. (140. 67.)
iv. Cipher key. Italian. The alphabet is formed
by the transposition of letters, which are doubled. There are
about 120 symbols given for proper names, &c.
2 pp. (144. 166a.)
|v. Cipher key, probably Italian. Contains 28 Symbols for proper names, e.g., L'Imperador. D, di Firenza. 1 p. (144. 67.)|
vi. Five lists of numbers, with names or phrases opposite;
e.g., 1, Gran Duce, 2, in España, 3, in Italia, &c.—Undated.
Italian. 1 p. (168. 9.)
|Eliz. vii. System of corresponding by cipher. Bears the signature of Edward Reynolds, Essex's secretary. (329. 3.)|
|The Rector of Chislehurst.|
The memorial of the rector of Chislehurst (ecclesiœ
Cycelherstianae) addressed to Sir Robert Cecil, Secretary.
Laments the little account now made of reverence, religion,
repentance, etc. The need of uniformity in the church and
kingdom. May his riper age, which has now seen thirty years
in the schools, be given to the honour of Cecil. "Vivat
Cæcilius, ut vivat Regina."
Latin. 1 p. (140. 90.)
Verses addressed to Queen Elizabeth, apparently by
"a Bristol scholar."
"Most puissant Prince, do now behold a Bristol scholar bare, Whom fiery flames enforced me to show your Grace his care."
Latin and English. 1 p. (140. 93.)
|"The Gardener's Speech."|
|[Eliz.]||Begins "Most fortunate and fair Queen," relates the planting of a garden, and quarrel between the gardener and a molecatcher with regard to a box dug up, the cause being referred to the Queen for decision. Contains political allusions, such as making the garden "so green that the sun of Spain at the hottest cannot parch it."|
Perhaps intended for recitation at a masque at Theobald's,
as it speaks of "the younger son of the owner of this house, at
a little farm of his 3 mile hence called Pymmes."
1½ pp. (140. 94.)
|The Dukes of Wirtemberg.|
Genealogy of the Dukes of Wirtemburg.
1 p. (141. 41.)
"Reformation sought to be made in matter of
recusancy," with notes by Cecil.
1 p. (141. 150.)
An act to provide remedy against fraudulent means
used to defeat wardship, livery and primer seizin.
3 pp. (141. 255.)
|[Eliz.?]||"Articles especially touching the Jurats of the Isle of Guernsey whose names and dispositions follow."|
Various charges are detailed against them, such as the burning
of three women against law, the absolution of a wilful murderer,
aiding with weapons against "the Gospillers called the Hugonytes," &c., &c.,
3 pp. (141. 263.)
|The Export of Corn.|
"This is the order, as it is certified by an informer,
how those that do transport corn into the parts beyond the
seas without licence may be saved harmless against the law for
their ships and their goods."
1 p. (141. 273.)
Inventories of the goods on Goynardt Jansen's ship
and accounts with several persons. The persons named are
Leeman, Malepaert, Vercoilge, Verhouven, Le Maire and Hinrick.
Concludes with an account of disbursements. This shows
payments to the Sergeant of the Admiralty; the clerk Mr.
Packnam, Mr. Colmer officer of St. Peter's, Thomas Basset
officer of Ramsgate, Lieut. of Dover Castle 10l., Lord Cobham
"voor signen tittel" 25l., Mr. Jamet "droict gatherer" £18,
Mynheer Caron "voor den courtoysie," 13l. 6s. 8d. &c. (Cf. Cal.
of C.P. xiii, p. 441.)
Endorsed: "Account delivered to the 'marchayntens' of the ship called Gyluard Jhoonson."
Undated. Dutch. 3 pp. (141. 276.)
|A Battery Engine.|
Description of an engine for battery. The inventor
speaks of having made trial thereof before Sir Henry Knyvett
1 p. (141. 356.)
Plan of Plymouth. A sketch showing only the
position of the town.
1 p. (142. 100.)
Map of the confines of Ulster, and part of Conway
|Earl of Thomond to the Queen.|
Gives particulars of his living, which is so greatly
impaired "as he can scarce carry the countenance of a gentleman
of any great account, much less of an earl." Prays for freedom
of all his inheritance in Clare, and certain allowances for his
1 sheet. (142. 185.)
Paper endorsed "Fortificacone." Upon it are
drawn a number of circles each having an inscription.
1 p. (142. 254–5.)
"Platt," representing a ship in full sail which is
being attacked by a knight in armour riding on a sea monster,
and defended by a man on horseback bearing a trident. Above
is the motto "Lovaval te ne na honte."
1 p. (143. 6912.)
A discourse in Italian demonstrating that the desire
to aid the King of Spain against the Queen of England is neither
right nor beneficial to the lords and princes of Italy. After
saying that every man ought to aid his native land in one way
or another; that some can do so as men of action, others by
counsel, but that those to whom nature has been most prodigal
of gifts may sometimes have these blessings turned into
calamities if they let themselves be carried away by anger,
ambition, avarice, &c., &c. . . he goes on:—that, as Livy tells
us in the Roman History, when Fabius Maximus, a person
of very great authority, was endeavouring to persuade the
Roman Senate that so long as Hannibal had all his great forces
in Italy, it would be of no advantage to public affairs to carry
men into Africa to attack Carthage; Publius Scipio, then a
mere youth, declared the contrary, and was listened to with
love and admiration by all. And so he himself, while the wisest
in Italy are inclined to favour the King of Spain, and ready to
aid him in his enterprise against England, is daring enough to
oppose their opinion and to show his compatriots that this plan
will bring loss, and in the end destruction upon the flourishing
States of Italy. A long and learned discourse, quoting Livy,
Plato, du Haillan, Nich. Giles, Rob. Barnes, Guicciardini,
Parddin, Holinshed, Sleidan, Polydore Virgil, Bretius, Carione,
Biondi, Philip de Comines, Bembo, the Bible, Annals of Aquitaine
Aeneas Silvius, Cæsar, Polybius, Justinian, Plutarch, Tacitus,
Unfinished. Italian. 24 pp. (144. 145.)
|Pope Pius V.|
Notes as to the life of Pope Pius Quintus.
1 p. (144. 157.)
A prayer, or psalm, possibly by Queen Elizabeth.
1½ pp. (144. 158.)
|Poem in Queen Elizabeth's Handwriting.|
|[Eliz.]||Fragment of a poem in 27 cantos of 10 lines each. The first sheet, which probably contained another 12 cantos, is wanting. The following are some of the cantos:—|
Avec l'aveugler si estrange
Si au rebours de mon Nom
bien che tout le mal me desoit
de ce part que fus homme
Me recogneu que beste
Cest estre un qui fus nay
tant de tout se ["perdait" altered to] perda. Qu' alors en moy se vist. Rien ["de moy si long que moy" altered to] qui fust a moy,
Si loing ["qui" altered to] je fus de moy ["mesme" struck
Combien que au mal je me resiste,
estant un peu en resveil,
Je vis mes deux ["ombres" altered to] hommes, en un,
Et au bout j'estois le plus sure.
En voyant qu'il ny ["eust" altered to] fust un
de Moymesme je prins envie
Alors, de m'esprouver;
Mais de honte que je senty,
Ne me trouvant pour regner,
En mon Royaulme je me garde.
Comme l'enfant qui non va,
Mais s'achime pour plus aler
S'il soit sage qui le mene,
Et tient garde où il va,
Peu à peu il s'en despeche.
Ainsi celuy qui me ["tiroit" altered to] mena,
Comme un enfant me tira,
Les principes m'enseigna,
Le surplus que n'aprendy
Le guardoit pour le capable.
Je m'arrive au primier degré
De la grace qui commense,
D'où celuy qui est bien lié,
S'il ne perde la teste,
Se tient pour bien livré.
La, la lumiere s'esclaira,
Les tenebres s'esvanuirent
Combien que le Soleil n'aparuct,
öū le ciel s'ouvrist,
Le clair jour se monstra.
Estant si hault avancé,
Comme j'ay dict, and transfourmé,
En mon ordre ordonné,
Je vi mon regne bien gouverné
Par raison, et non par degré,
Je vi trois Ames ressamblans
Mis en exercise,
Chascun en son office
L'une pour commander,
Et les deux pour servir.
Le regret de ma faulte
Du peché me livra,
Car tant m'affligia
Que seul mon soing se fust
De n'en avoir de songasses,
Mire ["estant" altered to] scachant que en joye
Je dues patir,
Me ["Mettois" altered to] tournois à tant de pleures,
Que mille fois mon Aise
Renouvella mes paines.
Pour accroistre le doleur
De ma passée follie,
Contemplant mon Créatur,
Il me souvena du fabrique
De moy, triste pecheur.
Je vi que Dieu me rachipta,
Contre de luy estant cruel,
Et reguardant bien qui il fust,
Je vi comme il se fist moy,
A[in]si que je me fis luy.
Je fuis si hault pour convertir,
Et de dieu tant aidé,
Que tost au plus hault degre
["Avec" altered to] a mon deliberer firme
Me vis qui fus Enhaulsi
Tant an dedans la porte me ["vi" struck out] trouve,
Tant en paix, and si hault,
La guerre Si loing ceda,
Que la Chair tomba morte
pour se tenir vive l'ame.
La derniere de ["faveurs" altered to] graces
Est la mesme que tous confirme,
Apres la seconde et primiere,
Et y mettant tost son cachet,
Me laissa a ceste mode,
Me laissa en tel salut,
Et un tel estat me metta,
Et fist, dedans moy, ["tel" struck out] d'accord
["La nature La Vertu" altered to] La vertu avec la nature,
La coustume avec la vertu.
Comme l'aveugle de tout qui se presente
tient telle équalite,
Et tellement se comporte,
Et son estre si Egal
Ne s'esmeult, ne fasche,
Ansy l'ame en substance
Metta ces temperementz
Avec si equal accord,
Que en elle ja ne pouvoit
Avoir habit l'inconstance
In the handwriting of Queen Elizabeth.
9 pp. (147. 150.)
"The 21st and last book of the ocean to Scinthia."
Poem, in Ralegh's hand. 14 pp. (144. 238.)
[Printed in modernised spelling in Dr. Hannah's "Courtly Poets," p. 31.]
Verses by Abraham Dampord.
Begins: "Wherein shall I joy or any pleasure take."
Ends: "O sweet Jesus grant me so."
1 p. (144. 274.)
"A note of such ground as I Thomas Dacres have
to my own hand."
Begins with "The park and Windmill Hill."
1 p. (146. 138.)
|Queen Elizabeth's Prayer.|
"Most powreful and largist giving God, Whose eares
hit hathe pleasyd so benignly to grace the petitions of us thy
devoted servaunt, not with even measure to our disiars, but
with far amplar favor, hathe not only protected our army from
foes pray, and from seas danger, but last decaied malisicius
desonors, even having force to resist us, from having power to
attempt us or assaile them [sic]. Let humble acknowlegement
and most reverend thankes sacrifice supply our want of skil
to comprehend suche endles goodnis and unspeakable liberalitie,
even suche, Good Lord, as our simple tounges may not include
such wordes as merites suche laudes, but this vowe. Except,
most deare God, in lieu of bettar merite that our brithes we
hope to their last gaspis shal never cease the memoriall of suche
flowing grace as thy bounty fills us with, but with suche thoghts
shal end the world and keme [?come] to the. All thes with
thy good grace we trust performe we shal.
In Queen Elizabeth's handwriting.
1 p. (147. 155.)
J'ay faict entendre a Lisle ce que j'ay cognu
appartenir a vostre service. Je ne doubte point qu'il ne vous
en ayt donné advis. Je luy ay promis que vous seriez le premier
adverty de ce que se resoudroit en ceste assemblee. A ceste
heure nous sommes sur la compilation de noz caters [?cahiers]
que nous presenteront au Roy dans peu de jours. J'auray copie
de tout, avant mesme que le Roy l'ait, et vous en feray part.
Quant au faict de la Religion, il ne va pas comme il est a desirer.
Le Roy neantmoings monstre toujours avoir une volonté, mais
je ne puis dire que j'en espere bien, car il ha pres de luy trop de
noz ennemis. Je vous en escriray plus amplement dans peu
de jours, ou vous en advertiray par la voye de Lisle que jattins
dans peu de jours. Croyes tousjours s'il vous plaist que je
suis vostre serviteur treshumble.
Undated. Written entirely in decipher. ½ p. (174. 110.)
Decipher of the preceding. (174. 111.)
|Warrants for Letters of Request.|
Authorisation for the making out of letters of request
to divers persons, for sums of money by way of loan, according
to a form annexed.
Undated. 1½ pp. (185. 121.)
|A French Prisoner.|
Our first encouragement of service was by assurance
of your favour towards us. Now therefore we crave some speedy
expedition in our cases, or otherwise we be in ill case, for money
is spent, our credit concerned, and finally both prevented of
time and friends to the uttermost. The law civil and martial
hath every way justified our right; the right honourable
Council hath also confirmed it; what rests then more but the
execution of the same, either to have our French prisoner into
our hands or such assurance for his ransom as we may like of?
It is not our calling to contend with the ambassador (neither
can our necessity abide it) who otherwise would seem to rule
in this both her Majesty and all other, and meaning to prolong
things till the progress, doth little mean to observe either
promise or truth any way. We are certain he would convey
him away (keeping him 3 miles out of London) and then to drive
the suit to himself-wards: he otherwise threatens and braggs
the whole world, so as of his meaning or faith (but after the
French manner) is there little to be hoped of. We know our
protection wholly to rest in your Honour, therefore most humbly
desire a present dispatch, or any answer determinate to the
contrary, for as we cannot have access to the States, so mind
we rather to leave it off wholly than further to be delayed.
His ransom is thought great, but our right in the one determines
the other, being more undone by his delay than made anyway
by 5,000 crowns. Therefore we demand either the person or
the money which his bill hath prescribed unto us.
Endorsed:—"A supplicacon for those that tooke ye French prisoner nere Graveline."
Signed:—'"Those yt toke the Frenche prisoner Dellascille besydes Callys."
Undated. 1½ pp. (185. 127.)
|The Parishioners of St. Mary, Aldermanbury to—|
They have farmed the rectory and parsonage of
St. Mary, Aldermanbury for 40 years at a yearly rent of 11l.
during which time the tithes and profits have not exceeded 30l.
yearly, for which is paid to her Majesty 6l. rent, for wages of
the curate 8l., and necessary charges of the church yearly 10l.,
besides other charges amounting in all to 30l. Of their own
money they have increased the curate's wages to 40l. and disbursed to a clerk for his wages 8l. 10s., to a sexton 40s., and for
light bread, wine and other necessaries 3l. 10s., amounting in
all to 46l. annually. Pray his Honour that they have the
preferment of the sale of the said parsonage at a reasonable
Undated. 1 p. (185. 131.)
|The Officers of Arms to—|
By reason of their small annual fees and allowance
granted to them by her Majesty, it was ordered by sundry Earl
Marshalls, that for their better maintenance they should serve
and solemnise by due course and turn with the King of Arms
at all funerals of nobility and gentry within her Majesty's
dominions, receiving their due fees, liveries, transportation
money, and part of all hearses; as also a fee of every new made
knight, for the recording of his name and arms. These two
profits are now by Mr. Garter utterly detained or so shortened
as they are not able to maintain themselves. Pray that Mr.
Garter may be called before the honourable Board of Justice
to answer his unjust dealings.
Undated. 1 p. (185. 132.)
|The Provision of Arms.|
|[Eliz.]||"Reasons to move their Honours to grant my humble petition."|
|1. All the workmen of the 3 companies that make arms in London, viz., gun-makers, armourers and cutlers, are agreed that I shall have the provision of arms.|
|2. This provision is only for this time.|
|3. It is left to the Lieutenants to refuse or allow of my furnishing them of their defects.|
|4. My rate of 32s. a man is an ordinary and low rate.|
|5. When there is no sale for arms, the worser sort may be bought under 32s., but when there is any speech of war, the workmen unreasonably raise their prices, and at such times sell their refuse arms for 35s. and 40s. a man.|
6. When I made an offer to furnish the soldier with extraordinary good arms at 40s. a man, which Mr. Thomas Middleton
can testify, the Queen referred to committee who concluded
to authorise divers gentlemen of worth more exquisitely to
examine the goodness of my arms. These commissioners found
my arms to be very good, and their prices reasonable. Notwithstanding my offer was stayed, because some 10 or 11
workmen had petitioned against me, which petition was immediately encumbered with another subscribed by 7 or 8
score workmen, to have my offer take place. The 14th June
last, therefore, their Honours did conclude (1) that it was meet
to dispose the same provisions to the care of one man; (2) that
I should be that man, because the project first came from me.
Endorsed: "For furnishing of armes."
Undated. 1 p. (185. 133.)
Petition from the inhabitants of the late Blackfriars
on behalf of 6 of their neighbours committed to prison by the
Lord Mayor for refusing unreasonable impositions towards
the setting forth of the ships, although already charged with
14 soldiers furnished with arms. Wherefore they pray for the
release of their neighbours, and further order what course to
hold with them of the city in this and every such occasion.
Undated. 1 p. (185. 143.)
|The Castle and Blockhouse of Kingston-on-Hull.|
|[Eliz.]||The state of the càuse between Blagrave and the mayor and burghers of Kingston super Hull. Henry 8. anno 33 builded a castle and 2 blockhouses against Kingston super Hull and furnished the same with munition and artillery, which cost him about 50,000l., and placed therein a governor and garrison, which so continued until 6 Ed. 6, the yearly charge being 800l. Edward 6 by indenture dated 20 Feb. anno 6 granted to the mayor and burghers the custody of the said castle etc., and covenanted that they should make and constitute such ordnance etc., as they should think fit, certifying from time to time to the Privy Council. And that the castle etc. should be united to the town of Kingston and be within the liberties thereof. And the mayor and burgesses should have towards the maintaining of the castle 50l. per annum. out of his manor of Myton.|
|Edward 6 by letters patent dated 29 March anno 6 granted the mayor and burgesses divers lands in fee farm for the yearly rent of 81l. 10s. 1d., whereas the old rent was 131l. 10s. 1d., whereby the defendants say that the 50l. is allowed them towards the maintenance of the castle, etc.|
|They have discharged the governor and garrison. The most part of the ordnance is carried away wasted, and spoiled. The west part of the castle is fallen to the ground and hath so continued 26 or 30 years. The bank and shore digged and carried away for ballast and other private uses. And the feefarm of divers of the lands sold away.|
I informed your Lordship of the same at midsummer last
and made suit to have the custody of the said pieces, with the
benefit growing by the said indenture, and you willed me to
exhibit my bill before you that the mayor and burghers might
be called to answer. Whereupon 4 of the burghers have
appeared and confessed the breach of the covenants. Therefore
I still remain a humble suitor for the reforming of these abuses
and for my pains to have the custody of the said pieces, and
that the lands may be employed according to the meaning
of King Edward.
Undated. 1 p. (185. 144.)
|James Brewning in Buochenbach to the Queen.|
Conveys the wishes of the Prince his master for her
Majesty's good health and happy success in her most Christian
undertakings. The Queen has promised to include the Prince
among the Knights of the Garter, and two embassies have already
been sent for the sole purpose of praying her Majesty to give
effect to this promise. The Prince does not doubt that her
Majesty will be mindful of it but prays that his hopes may be
no longer deferred.
Holograph. Latin. Undated. 3 pp. (185. 152.)
|The Export of Sea-Coals.|
Reasons against the transportation of sea-coals.
Pit coals and earth coals, commonly called sea-coals," which
grow near the sea or navigable rivers, are the chief fuel of
London, and all other towns in the realm near the sea. They
are used by all smiths and ironworkers: and all salt made in
the north and in Wales, and in other parts near the sea, is made
therewith. All country villages within 20 miles of the sea
are mostly driven to burn these coals, for most of the woods are
consumed, and the ground converted to corn and pasture. The
supply has come from Newcastle, as the veins in Wales are no
more than needful for that country; and the coalworks at
Newcastle, as in Wales, are so greatly wrought that they are
grown so deep and drowned with water, as not to be recovered
without extreme charges. The chaldron, of 54 Winchester
bushels, within 10 years was 5s. at Newcastle and 3s. in Wales,
but now is 9s. and 6s., and there is more consumed in one year
than heretofore in three. These coals serve Denmark, Flanders,
France, Spain, Portugal and the Islands, for in these nations
none of these kind of coals are found. They are exported
especially by strangers, and pay only ordinary custom of 4d.
the chaldron. Recommends a general restraint of exportation,
or at the least a greater custom.
Undated. 1 p. (186. 13.)
|Robert Melvill to Archibald Douglas.|
He understands by the bearer how painful Douglas
was to further him (the bearer) to one part of his suit; and
prays that he may be expedited in the rest. Offers services.
Holograph. ½ p. (186. 99.)
|Jane Williams to the Lord Ambassador of Scotland.|
Of her extreme misery and distressed estate. Prays
for relief, without which she has nothing to expect but perpetual
imprisonment.—"From the house of imprissment."
Holograph. 1 p. (205. 4.)
|A.P. to Lord [Ambassador of Scotland ?]|
Upbraids him for his desertion of her. "Now that
I am in a place of credit you mean to leave me: for if I were
in a baudy house, that you might come to discredit me, it were
well enough, as you did at Goodman's: but I am neither Fan
Faeson nor Fan Dason, nor none of this common stuff that you
had afore: for you never had any of credit with you but myself."
Has broken his promise to give her another suit of apparel and
a living. Of the villainous injuries he speaks of her at
Goodman's. She left all her friends for his sake, but if he had
the fairest woman in the world he would keep none long.—
From Mr. Gerling's, Friday.
1 p. (205. 7.)
Acrostic on "Archibawlde Dowglas" and "Mary
1 p. (205. 13.)
|The Scots Ambassador.|
|[Eliz.]||"My Lord Ambassador's reckoning."|
Includes payments to "yourself," to Arthur Reynolds,
Thomas Skinner, the Master of Gray and others, and for cloth
taken by Scottishmen: total 2606l. Receipts from Mr.
Ingleby, for the Master of Gray's jewels, and for plate: total
1 p. (205. 14.)
|[?George] Douglas to Lord [Ambassador of Scotland.]|
Recommends to him Robert Mersin, a scholar, son
to Laurence Mersin.—Newhouse, at Lochlenne, August 22.
Holograph. 1 p. (205. 16.)
|M.F. to the Lord Ambassador [?Archibald Douglas.]|
Whatsoever it shall please you to send me by this
bearer, it shall be well accepted.
Undated. ½ p. (205. 29.)
|Sir Bike Lovett to the Lord Ambassador of Scotland.|
Asks for a passport for the bearer, his steward in
Scotland. He would be glad to hear of the ambassador's
welfare, and of the estate of their country, with such occurrences
as he thinks meet.
Undated. Holograph. 1 p. (205. 30.)
|Dorothy Wroughton to Lord [Archibald] Douglas.|
For that you shall not condemn me for keeping the
stuff my man brought, I thought it good to know when it will
please you to meet Mrs. Browne here at my lodging and I will
take order thereafter. I pray you if your store be such of
herrings and salmon to bestow some on me.
Undated. 1 p. (205. 33.)
|A.L. to Lord [Ambassador of Scotland.]|
Prays him to let him have his comfort and good
Undated. — p. (205. 36.)
|E. T. to Lord [Archibald] Douglas.|
I shall never be forgetful of your great courtesies,
but endeavour to deserve your kindness ever. It was almost
8 of the clock before he went home on Friday. I thought I
should have seen you then. Pray send me word when you will
see me. By Wednesday I hope my maid will be gone, and then
we may the safer be merry. "This, sweetheart, from troubling
you any further, I rest with conceit of 10,000 sweet kisses."—
Brumton [?Brompton] this Sunday morning. My cousin
Spencer's wife has sent you a mess of cream.
1 p. (205. 38.)
|Propositions discussed between the English and French Commissioners.|
|[Eliz.]||The subjects and merchants of either prince to be received into mutual protection for the free exercise of lawful trade.|
|In order to avoid piracy, every lord, captain, master, etc., shall henceforth find two sureties to the Admiral or his lieutenant in the case of merchant ships and others setting out with implements of war and letters of marque (reprisalüs) to double the value of the implements of war and victuals; and in the case of ships trading only to the value of the merchandize.|
|Merchants' causes shall be dispatched within six months if possible, and that by commissioners appointed by the most Christian king in France without cost to the parties as is now done in England by the Queen.|
|Judgments against single delinquents in actions not tried civilly against those who carry on piracy shall be executed in full. But sureties shall only find the penalty agreed upon to the extent of satisfying the sufferer's injuries.|
|If justice has been denied after the lapse of three months since the delivery of the letters of either Prince or after the request of the resident, reprisals can then be granted.|
|The subjects of neither Prince shall in future stay, divert from their course, capture and spoil the ships of the other Prince or of his subjects, hoisting his standard, under penalty of death and confiscation of goods. And no subject of either Prince shall transport to the other's enemies any arms either for land or sea use, wheresoever made, save those that suffice for the necessary defence of their ships. Nor shall he abuse the liberty of commerce to the prejudice of the other Prince.|
|It shall not be lawful in future to stay the ships of either Prince or of his subjects lying at anchor in the ports of the other or the goods or merchandize carried in the same; or to compel the merchants and sailors to sell the said merchandize against their will except at a just price. Nevertheless, if either Prince has need of the said ships and merchandize, the other may lend them to him on payment of a fair price to the owners.|
|It is most just that should any be so inhuman as to stay the subjects of the other Prince whilst they are on the high seas or to drown or sell them to an enemy, that they be punished with the most severe penalties meet for their offences.|
|Reprisals now granted are to be revoked. Nevertheless it is agreed that parties shall sue those causes for which they have obtained such reprisals before the judges appointed for the purpose; and if those causes be not dispatched within three months by the said judges, the complainants, if more than justly aggrieved, may obtain fresh reprisals. But no reprisals shall be granted by either Prince against the other's subjects except under the great seal of his realm.|
|All ships sent out by direct warrant of the Princes or of the chiefs of the royal fleets shall be held as belonging to the royal navies and any damage committed by them shall be made good by the Princes themselves.|
It shall be publicly proclaimed that no division, transport or
alienation of goods captured at sea be permitted, or that anyone
shall buy, receive or conceal the same, except they be declared
just and lawful spoil by sentence or decree of a Judge of the
Admiralty. The magistrates of the maritime states and cities
of either realm shall not receive in their ports those proscribed
as pirates by the laws of the other, or permit them to stay
within the boundaries of those states and cities. And the
inhabitants of the same shall not show hospitality to the said
proscribed pirates or offer them food, assistance or any favour,
but shall detain them and bring them to justice; and this
under due penalties and compensation for damages and interest.
Endorsed: Articles between France and England.
Latin. Draft with corrections.
4 pp. (205. 55.)
|Letter of Recommendation.|
Instructions to send to Flushing a general letter of
recommendation for all merchants coming thither from Lisbon
chartered by Jacopo di Bardi a Florentine merchant, and
consigned to Ipolito Affactati and Pietro Ducco; also to
recommend Baldassare Musino, a Portuguese, to Jacopo di
Bardi. Italian. Undated. Unsigned.
?In Sir Horatio Pollavicino's writing. (205. 80.)
|Petitions to the Scots Ambassador [?Archibald Douglas.]|
1. Peter Saryson, a Dane.—Is prisoner in the
Marshalsea for piracy. Prays him to make means to the
Queen for his pardon.
Undated. ½ p. (294.)
2. Rowland Wood.—Prisoner in the Marshalsea. Offering
bail, and prays for a warrant from the Council to get in debts
due to him.
Undated. 1 p. (705.)
|Merchant Taylors of London to the Privy Council.|
There is great decay in their trade through a restraint
procured against divers merchants for the transporting of
cloths, unto whom petitioners were accustomed to make great
sales of cloths dressed and dyed within the realm. By the
restraint also a large number of poorer people are like to be
undone for want of employment: also there is great hindrance
to the Queen's customs. They pray that such good merchants
as will undertake the same may be licensed to transport cloths
dressed and dyed within the realm into foreign nations, as
Signed: Henry Webbe, James Best, and 36 others.
Undated. 1 p. (186. 101.)
|Monsieur la Chaste to Monsieur du Raulet [?Sir Walter Ralegh.]|
"Je ne panse pas que Villars nous aproche avecques
Des Preses. S'il nous vient voyr il sera tres bien reseu.
Attandans de vous voyr a ce soyr."
Undated. Holograph. 1 p. (205. 86.)
|— to —|
|[Eliz.]||What I humbly desire should be inserted in my commission for the better performance of her Majesty's service and accomplishment of my duty.|
That it may be expressed in my commission as well to command the men appointed for those services with their officers,
as the keeping of the fort with the ordinary guards, also what
number and whence I am to require them upon occasion.
That the pay of myself and my officers be made equal with others of like place.
That I may be permitted to leave my Lieutenant to command in my absence, when I shall be urged upon necessity to answer other services elsewhere.
That I be authorised to use my reasonable discretion for the advancement of her Majesty's service at all times upon occasion in matters appertaining to my place.
Undated. ½ p. (205. 114.)
|[Eliz.]||Remonstrance unto the King's Majesty, declaring that his just pretensions shall be much advanced by showing favour unto Catholics.|
|First it is presented to his Majesty to be considered that a great part of both realms be Catholic, and that of the wisest, wealthiest and valiantest sort.|
|That the Catholics of both realms be uniform in their religion, and the Protestants disconform, therefore with time his Majesty shall find more assurance and force in the united nor can be in the disunited.|
|That the English service and "heirrithe" is as odious to the Scottish ministry as is that of the Roman Church, for which cause his Majesty shall never be able to please both without liberty of conscience.|
|That it is not one part of his realm that may bear him out in his just pretensions, but the whole body of his realm, for which cause it appears necessary to extend equal favour upon all, especially in matters of conscience.|
|The English Catholics seeing his Majesty grant liberty of conscience at home, shall seek no foreign prince to assist them; and the Protestants may well judge thereby that his Majesty being a Protestant will not prejudge them for the pleasure of the ministers.|
|The great argument against his Majesty, founded on the canon of the Council of Trent, shall be elided; for where it is objected that he is incorrigible and to be excommunicated, and his subjects commanded to render themselves unto the next heir Catholic, he, showing this grace to Catholics, it shall be an argument of good inclination and of no induration, whereby Spanish placebos shall be more confounded.|
|This favour shall not only move the Pope to favour his Majesty's title, but also to "prece" all Catholic princes to do the same.|
|That the French King found the Pope's favour so necessary before he was established, that without it he had hardly ascended, for which cause his Majesty being in like case for many respects should not contemn the Pope's assistance; but that he had need in time to take heed, because the Bishop of Camerin, his Holiness's Nuncio in France, will no more visit his Majesty's Ambassador, nor the Queen of England.|
|In France the laws positive were as much or more against Protestants as the Acts of Parliament in Scotland be against Catholics; and in respect of French Catholics the number of French Protestants be far less than the number of Scottish Catholics be unto that of Scottish Protestants, yet the King and Estate of France thought it necessary to ease the consciences of a handful of Protestants, notwithstanding ancient laws. Yea, the French ministers did cry out that there was no Christian liberty where this liberty of conscience was refused.|
|The wisdom of England hath found it necessary for the quietness of their estate to grant some favour unto recusants upon payment of a pecuniary fine, and not only that, but her Majesty most graciously suffered some priests to appeal unto the Pope against their Arch priest, and recommended them unto the King of France to solicit for them at Rome. Her Majesty hath thereby turned the hearts of many stubborn subjects from foreign courses unto loyalty. What inconvenience is it then to his Majesty to conform himself unto the example of a Princess of incomparable prudence and felicity?|
To this same effect the Nuncio aforesaid, in behalf of his
Holiness, hath already entreated the Most Christian Majesty to
solicit his Majesty by his Ambassador resident in Scotland, the
more to excuse his Majesty whenas the ministers shall see his
Highness pressed by such as he cannot well refuse without some
prejudice of favour and estimation.
Endorsed: Remonstrance for liberty of conscience in Scotland.
Undated. 2 pp. (205. 122.)
|Verses by A.P.|
Begin: "What penn cann well report the plit of
thos that travelle on the seae."
End: "For this our gentell liberty."
Hand of Elizabeth's time. (205. 123.)
Begin: "The carfull cares that hantes my brest
Expells from me all quiet rest."
End: If any seke to know his name Piner thy sellf thou hads great rong."
Begin: "If I had leve and lesur both to writ my mind of love"
End: "Inouf is sayd unto my frinds to shunne so great ane ell (?an ill)."
Hand temp. Eliz. 3 pp. (205. 124.)
Proposals for building and repairing the waste and
decayed churches in the Irish pale; also as to contributions
for the justice kerne and soldiers; and as to the charges upon
the people in the English pale.
Undated. 2 pp. (205. 129.)
|John Anderson to Lord [Ambassador Archibald] Douglas.|
Begs for 5 angels to make up a sum due by him.
Begs him to accept "this poor novelty," as if it were the
worthiest present in the world: thought by some to be "an
artificial ramme bred in Gennye, given to me by a dear friend
Undated. Holograph. 1 p. (213. 4.)
|— to [Sir Robert Cecil ?]|
"I am informed that my cousin Mr. Nicholas White
goeth about to labour some grant from the Queen's Majesty
of the Commandry of the Crook [co. Waterford] which is one
of those farms I obtained of her highness at my late being in
England; wherein I do acknowledge myself most bounden unto
your honour as the only mean . . . of my despatch. Wherefore
seeing I have the thing passed unto me under her Highness'
broad seal, I trust you will stand so much my good master as
I shall not be . . . I have though I say it myself painfully
deserved it, as I suppose you partly know by the report of those
under whom I served."—Undated.
18th cent. copy by Murdin or Haines.
1 p. (213. 74.)
|— to Lord —|
Prays for grant of lease of certain lands in Yorkshire,
coming to the Queen's hands through the attainder of one
Shirwood, of Walkington, Yorks, for murder.
Undated. ½ p. (213. 100.)
Portion apparently of a commission for the enforcement of the ecclesiastical laws.
Begins:—"or against the received order for governance in the Church of England in any county, city, borough or other place or places exempt or not exempt, &c." Ends: "or any three of you as aforesaid shall cause to be put or affixed a seal engraved with the Rose and the Crown over the Rose and the letter E before."
Eliz. Sheets 5 to 21: 17 sheets. (214. 49.)
|The Royal Exchange.|
Ground plan of Royal Exchange, London.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 9.)
Plan of Carlisle Castle, by W. Garfurth.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 28.)
A discourse for the training of Englishmen in warlike
discipline, by William Saull.
Undated. 11 pp. (239. 12.)
Calculation of the pay of 4 regiments and 4,000 horse
for 4 months; followed by notes apparently giving reasons for
the employment of Swiss troops.
Undated. 5 pp. (239. 13.)
|The Cloth Trade.|
The commodities that should grow to England by
translating the trade of clothes from the Netherlands to Emden
in Fresland, a free town.—Undated.
3 pp. (239. 19.)
Paper upon recoveries, and recoveries in value.
Undated. 12 pp. (244. 2.)
Discours d'ung Antithode pour obvier aux meschantes
et mauvaises entreprises que l'on basse contre l'Eglise de Dieu
et la Royne d'Angleterre, deduict par aulcune lieux communs
necessaires à considerer en ce faict.
Undated. 19 pp. (246. 47.)
Commonplace book, extracts principally referring
to civil law and polity.
Epitome Operum Galeni.
"Certain selected chapters selected out of Nicholas
Machiavel his 3 books of discourses upon the first decade of
"Lazarus Erkerne, chief master of the Emperor's
Mines in Bohemia, right and most perfect way of the whole
work of saltpeter, now translated into English by Joachim
Gaunz of Prage." Dedicated to Sir F. Walsingham.
Admonition of William Fuller to the Queen touching
the anti-Christian state of the kingdom and including an
exposition of the Ten Commandments.
|[Eliz.]||On the doctrines &c. of the Romish Church, in Latin. 8vo. (310. 2.)|
|[Sir Robert Cecil ?] to —|
Sir, I have received a letter from you with a confession of some speeches uttered by one Heathcock concerning
me to one Richard Mason, heretofore my cook, wherein although
I have reason to give you thanks, as I do, for the care you have
taken to examine and rectify the truth thereof, so when I
consider first in general the nature of all these railing speeches
and particularly the condition of this caitiff, together with
his confession of drunkenness, I have thought good to entreat
you to dismiss him privately without further corporal punishment or charge unto him as one of whom I disdain to take any
revenge, and towards whom I thank God I can very well
continue charity with forgiveness, knowing how many greater
sins I must hope to be forgiven at the hands of Almighty God.
Endorsed: "Minute of Charity."
Undated. Draft. (213. 3.)
|— to —|
I have received your letter praying me to
levy in Coulrudg, Stanborough, Lyfton, Rowborough and
Tavistock, 26 men. To press a man without authority from
my Lord of Bath I can not nor dare not. I must not leave such
a gap open to any my private evil willers, that thereby I may
receive so great prejudice as loss of goods and liberty. I wish
you would call in your precepts until you have order from my
Lord of Bath. The townsmen of Plymouth have advertised
up of the last view that was there taken.
Undated. Unsigned. 1 p. (213. 13.)
|— to the Queen.|
For licence to transport out of Wales and such other
remote parts of the realm as may well spare them 5,000 dicker
of small tanned hides called commonly Welsh runts.
Undated. ½ p. (213. 20.)
Portion of a muster roll of Rye, Sussex, and other
Undated. 1 p. (213. 40.)
"Sr. du Motley to my L. Treasurer. Confession du
An endorsement only. (213. 42.)
|— to the Queen.|
Prays for authority to compound with all persons
that now stand outlawed for debt, during the term of 21 years
next, paying the third part of such composition to the Receipt
at Westminster, and retaining the residue.
Undated. 1 p. (213. 81.)
An account of domestic and other payments,
commencing "Paid to Mr. Blighton 16l., to Dodson 7l., &c., &c.
Includes loans to Lady Jobson, and "Boges, the warder."
Note at end "Remembrance to carry down a quire of paper,
all my books touching prisoners' diets, and wages of the
On reverse: "Haunc Lymerker. Peter de Lanoy."
Undated. 2 pp. (213. 97.)
|Brian McCahir and his men.|
A list of 147 names beginning with Bren McCahir
Note at foot: "5 in pardons; no fine: no proviso."
Undated. Parchment roll. (218. 11.)
The purpose respecting which he conferred
with his Lordship is not taking effect for the present. Prays
for his information and good counsel as to his suit, and for letters
to some nobleman.
1 p. Undated. (2160.)
|Richard Bold and John Ashton.|
Notes of remembrance concerning Richard Bold
and John Ashton. List of lands in Warrington and elsewhere,
Lancashire, whereof the Queen's title is discovered by them.
They pray for confirmation of their estate in lands in their
occupation in Burtonwood and Great Sankey.
1 p. (2187.)
|Mill at Bromeley.|
State of the cause between Charles Baldwin and
Robert Smythe. The cause refers to a mill in Bromeley, and
a riot caused by the rival claims thereto.
Undated. 1 p. (2267.)
|Sir H. Parke's debts.|
The state of Sir H. Parke. Yearly value of his lands
in the North, in Essex and in Somersetshire, £1,210l. He
pays yearly, to Lady Compton during her life 266l. 13s. 4d.;
to the Queen out of his Somersetshire lands 130l.; to the Queen
for the parsonage of Melling, Lancashire, 35l.; to his brothers
and sisters 120l. Total debts 4,600l.
1 p. (2268.)
|M. Darell and E. Reynolds to Lord [—]|
Report upon the cause between George Watkins
and Mr. Holliland, touching the place of garnitor and riding
purveyor in the Queen's stable.—Undated.
1 p. (2290.)
Note as to the grant by the Queen to Ralph
Westroppe, one of her sergeants at arms, of a lease in reversion
of the parsonage of Hudmanbye, Yorks, of which he is tenant.
Undated. ½ p. (2335.)
(Cf. Cal. of C.P. xiii, 476.)
To procure a licence from the Queen for Anthony
Mayney, esq., of Downham, Essex, to travel into France for
2 years; also licence for John Gaze of Firle, Sussex, the Queen's
ward, to travel into France for 2 or 3 years.
Undated. ½ p. (2326.)
Proposition that the Queen should take into her
hands all the salt sold in the land; which being now sold at
4s. or 4s. 8d. a bushel, might be sold at 5s. Almost all the salt
comes by Flemish or Scottish ships. The Queen could be paid
20,000l. a year, and the profit would be 30,000l. or 40,000l.
The yearly consumption in London is put down at 3,000 tons,
and the rest of England at 6,000.
Undated. 1¼ p. (2426.)
|Undated: Sixteenth Century.|
|[Amendments proposed to a Bill relating to Soldiers.]|
|Refers to the Statute, 18 Hen. VI. c. 18, 19 and suggests some verbal alterations in a proposed draft.|
The pressed to be testified under the hands of the said
Commissioner and two Justices or other Justices of Peace, and
the voluntary by 'sen under teste of the Captain and the purser.
The Justices of Peace that have no sufficient commission to
press but by letters as in large shires they are pressed in several
divisions, where the lieutenants are not present, and, therefore,
these men so pressed without sufficient commission are without
1 p. (57. 93.)
A List of names. (67. 35.)
The Names of all the Hundreds and Half-hundreds in
Norfolk, and in every Hundred the Number of Towns.
Valuation of a tenth. 2 pp. (67. 73.)
List of offices held by the Earl of Pembroke.
2½ pp. (98. 169.)
|Extract from "Nomina Villarum."|
|Libertas de Britannia. Johannes de Britannia, Comes Richmondie.|
|Burgus Richmondie||Johannes de Britannia Comes|
|Mikelton||Henricus filius Hugonis|
|Cutherston||Radulphus filius Willelmi|
|Scotton||Willelmus le Latymer|
|Bodall cum Frythby||Heres Briani filius [sic] Alani|
|Masham||Hugo de Hopham|
|Burton super More||Rogerus Cisell|
|Swynton||Radulphus de Normanvill|
|Fogherby||Reginaldus de Clifton et Johannes Alward|
|Esyngton et Elyngstring:||Abbas de Jervals|
|Heredes Ricardi Cisell|
Reginaldus de Clifton
Undated. ½ p. (185. 163.)
[—] to "liber Charneilius (?Cornelius). He would
have written, but has waited for Cornelius to write, but has had
no letter from him. Prays for help to travel. Asks for a dozen
pounds "ein Tusent funt."
Undated. German, ½ p. (205. 57.)
|A Fanciful Description of the Organisation of the Legal Profession.|
|Draft with corrections. 4 pp. Latin. (205. 60.)|
|Portion of the Catalogue of a Library.|
Contains amongst other works, Acts of the Council of Trent,
Remedy against poison, Syntaxis of Philip Mclancthon,
Aristotle's rhetoric, the Judgment of Martin Luther, Cicero's
Pro Aulo Cecina, the "Visions of Pasqualle the Frenchman,"
a work of Calvin's, &c.
1 p. Latin and French. (205. 63.)
Plan for the construction of a fort at "Bradichrag."
Italian. Signed "Giovanni di Rosetti.' Endorsed "Plan for
Borthie Crag.' and elsewhere 'Fossanus' and two heads roughly
Portion of letter in some Oriental language [Persian or Arabic ?]
Parchment, much injured.
|Tuscan Military Training.|
Order for exercise of war and training of soldiers that be
appointed and enrolled within the dominion of the state of
the great Duke of Toscane which be of his own country towns
Undated. 19 pp. (239. 21.)
|Military Institutes of Florence.|
"Instituta Militaria Illustrissimi domini Cosmi Ducis
Florentiae. Missa ad Regem Angliae."
Undated. 5½ pp.
Treatise on the military art, both by sea and land, composed
by Prince Monseigneur le Duc Philipes de Cleves, Seigneur de
Ravestain: presented by him to the Emperor Charles V.
French. Undated. 83 pp. (239. 20.)
|Defence by the Venetians of their Treaty with the Turks.|
Defensio Venetorum qua sese Pontifici ac omnibus Christianis
Principibus purgant de federe cum Turcis inito, et quare
discesserint a Societate Hispaniensi insciis atque invitis sociis.
Undated. Incomplete. 12 pp. (246. 84.)
"Joannis Sturmii Topica, et de Elencho Sophistico."
42 pp. (276. 1.)