Cecil Papers: June 1598

Pages 59-62

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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June 1598

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.
1598, June. 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)
[1598, June.] 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 work.
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.
[1598. June.] "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.)


  • 1. (Cf. the Petition printed in Vol. VIII., p. 243 of this Calendar).