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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|Sir Thomas Bodley to the Earl of Essex.|
|[1598?] June 7.||
Here came to visit me yesterday Sir Robert
Sidney; whether only of good will to see me, or to feel my
disposition for returning into Holland, or to inform himself
of somewhat else, I cannot well conceive. But I thought it
either proceeded of that which I had written in a schedule to
you, which I surmised you might show him, or upon his own
desire to be imployed in that business, whereto I am persuaded
my Lord Treasurer will be willing. All his speeches sounded
as if he sought instruction to prepare to such a purpose. I
would not seem to perceive it, though I cast out a word that I
knew no fitter than himself to perform that message to the
States. If such a matter be toward, I will be glad to help it
forward, being fully bent for myself to go onward with my
course to wind myself out of the briars, which I thought not
impertinent to make known to your Lordship.—London, 7 June.
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. (175. 76.)
|Mons. de la Fontaine to Sir Robert Cecil.|
I pray for justice for my two sons-in-law.
They have had dea ings with two Scotch merchants who have
not kept faith with them. One of the merchants is here, and
they wish to sue him, but he will probably seek to shelter himself under the name of the King of Scots, having to collect
some money in the latter's name. He is, however, really acting
only in the ordinary way of trade, and the money is to satisfy
a pretended debt due to him from his king. I pray you let
not the pretext impede the course of justice. I am much
annoyed at hearing nothing of the packet which I am expecting;
but there is nothing for it but patience.
French. Signed. Undated. Seal. 1 p. (59. 39.)
Endorsed by Munck:—"Juin, 1598."
|The Duc de Bouillon to the Earl of Essex.|
|1598, about June.||
Cest honneste capitene s'an . . . sa
patrie vous faire ofre de son servisse avec plus de tesmongnages
de sa valeur et des servisse qu'il a fets que de rescompanses
qu'il amporte. Il a desire ce mon tesmongnage que je luy ay
tres volontiers acorde d'autant qu'il merite une bonne fortune.
J'atans de vos noles et de voir vas ressolussions desquelles despandent aujourduy les afaires de l'Europe pouvant achever
de ruiner et quy reste opose a ces cruels Espagnols ou bien
d'acroistre l'ampire de vostre souveraine et vostre honneur
par les miseres quy sont dans les plus nobles parties de la maison
d'Espagne. Je suis pres du Roy ou je ne manquere james tous
intansions que je vous ay dites.
Endorsed:—"rec. June, '98.
Holograph. 1 p. (135. 217.)
|Inhabitants of Lincoln, Huntingdon and Northampton to the Council. (fn. 1)|
Their distressed estate, through the rot and
decay of their cattle and the scarcity of corn. In order that
remedy may be obtained by the recovery of their drowned
wastes and commons, they pray for a decree in the Star Chamber
for compositions with persons who will undertake such works.
Captain Thomas Lovell mentioned as willing to proceed in the
At foot is list of "Commoners" (places) to the various fens.
1 p. (142. 178.)
|[Archibald Douglas] to [the Master of Gray.]|
|[1598, June.]||"Please your Lordship, I received your letter bearing date the xvij of June," for which, and for your opinion of me (in spite of ill reports), I give you hearty thanks. I have spoken to my good lord (and your friend, so far as he can be without offence to your sovereign) the lord High Treasurer of England, for some hounds and horses to be allowed to pass to you; and he thinks her Majesty will allow it, "specially since they are destinate to so good use as in your Lordship's letter is contained." This country is as quiet as a realm governed by a wise and virtuous prince and grave councillors should be. "As for the estate of Scotland, the king our sovereign of late hath employed himself to agree some controversy fallen out betwixt the Earl of Marre and our Chancellor, anent who shall have the keeping of the Prince of that realm; howbeit in verity the Queen herself is thought to be the chiefest party against the said earl in that action. Which quarrel is believed shall end in this manner, that the earl of Orkenay, your lordship's cousin, shall have the keeping of the prince and castle of Edinburgh for a time; where, it is given out, that the Queen shall be brought abed, who is now returned to Edinburgh from Linlithgow, where her Highness hath of late sometime remained."|
"As concerning your Lordship's self, there is nothing earthly
I would so earnestly crave as your Lordship's welfare, which,
in my opinion, cannot be reduced to perfection without the
recovery of the King your sovereign's favour. And I am heartily
glad that your Lordship hath now taken so good a course as
to withdraw yourself into that realm, where all occasion of
offences that have been conceived (or that may be maintained
by your Lordship's enemies about his Majesty) may be removed;
specially if the King of that realm shall be moved to send an
ambassador into Scotland to intercede that your innocency,
already published by the laws of that realm, may be of his
Highness of new ratified, and such testimony given thereof
to the said king as was sent to her Majesty of England after
the time that you were pronounced innocent by an assise
lawfully chosen at Edinburgh, which, I persuade myself, will
not be denied if her Majesty of this realm shall be moved to
assist and hold hand thereunto. And I am also persuaded
that her Highness will not refuse to do it if, without the offence
of the King your sovereign, she may be moved to think it may
be done, whereof there is great appearance if her Majesty shall
see the ambassadors of the said King to concur with her
request. . . . C."
1 p. (48. 8.)
|S. Eleonor De Hacqueville to Pere Nangle.|
"Mon honorable & aime pere en notre
Seigneur. Encores que j'aimasse beaucoup mieux vous parler
que vous ecrire, toutefois votre repos et commodite, m'ayant
ote l'un, votre bonte ne me frustre de l'autre; qui ne m'est
pas peu de contentement, qu'eloignee de vous de corps, je ne
le sois de pensee dont je vous mercie autant qu'il m'est possible.
Je vous envoie trois Agnus Dei dont il ni en a qu'un d'enchassé,
encores legerement, mais au reste il est tres digne et m'a ete
envoyé ce careme d'une tres vertueuse Religieuse d'Auvergne,
qui me le faisait tenir cher, autant que s'il eut ete magnifique.
Je vous envoye quatre chapelets a trois desquels qui sont les
rouges j'ai mis pour les dignifier chacun un grain benit, ma s
le petit d' ebene grise m'a ete donne par le Pere Davy, a son
retour de lorette, avec assurance qu'il etait benit et tres digne,
et l' avait fait toucher a tous les corps saints et lieux devots
qu'il avait vus. Je vous envoye encore deux crois, une medaille,
et peu de grains benits, mais autant que j'en ai pu recouvrir,
et tout ce que dessus est de la benediction derniere a savoir
celle que Monsieur le Legat a apportée en France et dont je
vous en envoye la bulle, qui est la meme que (vous) m'avez
donnée, me recommandant de tout mon coeur a vos prieres.
Votre tres humble fille en notre Seigneur S. Eleonor De Hacqueville." Undated.
Addressed: A Monsieur et honorable Pere Beat. Pere Nangle, à St. Malo.
1 p. (98. 110.)