Cecil Papers: January 1598

Pages 49-50

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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January 1598

Earl of Nottingham to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1597–8, Jan. 8.] This falls out very unhappily, for at this time I think there is not any of her Majesty's ships in the Narrow Seas; for the Rainbow and the Crane, being out eight months, and extreme foul, were forced to come in, and others to be made ready in their places, which are not yet out; the Quytance and the Tremontane which were left there, are gone after Dunkerkers that spoiled on the West coast. Yet I send a letter that if any shall be there, they shall follow his directions, and if there be none to advertise Mr. Myles to take one of the best of Dover to serve the turn. I also sent a warrant to Mr. Myles to take any ship in the Downs or Dover. I have also written to Captain Willis who starts to-morrow with Lord Cobham and my pinnace the Lion's Whelp, and he may be very well at Dover by Sunday night. I pray you send for him. His lodging is hard by yours, and if you speak or write to him, he will do it carefully. I have also written to my son Lewson to go away to-morrow with his ship, but I fear he cannot be there so long. The Lion's Whelp may go over the Land's End and be well there by Sunday night. Pray tell Lord Cobham of this, that Mr. Myles may rather stay a day than run into danger; for by Monday the Lion's Whelp will be there. Pray write to Wyllys. He would have started to-day, had it not been Sunday, which mariners will not take to begin their journey.—8 of Jan.
Outside is written: "I have also written to the Captain of the Moon that is ready to go to Ireland, to haste to Dover to help to serve the turn.
Endorsed, in error:—"8 Feb., 1599." Seal. 1 p. (68. 29)
Catherine [the French King's sister] to the Earl of Essex.
[1597–8. Jan.] Recommends the bearer a Portuguese gentleman, knowing Essex desires to employ himself in the consolation and support of refugees.
Endorsed:—"Madame, Janvier, '97."
Undated. French. ¼ p. (147. 127.)