Cecil Papers: November 1598

Pages 79-81

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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November 1598

Sir Thomas Acton to the Earl of Essex.
[1598 ?], Nov. 3. Has a great desire to do her Majesty service in Ireland, being loth to lose his ten years' service already spent in that country. Could not challenge to himself so much as thanks if he were to omit this so needful and dangerous a time, being so well acquainted with that country service as in former times he durst compare with any man of his coat. Emboldened by Essex's favour heretofore extended, specially intreats him to further his desire and bestow on him such place as shall be thought most fit.—Bickton, 3 Nov.
Endorsed:—"Received at Crewkerne at 8 of the clock in the morning the 7th day of November. Received at Sherborne past 11 in the morning the 7th day of November."
1 p. (168. 63.)
The Earl of Essex to the Earl of Southampton.
[1598] Nov. 4. I have according to my promise been this evening with my lady your mother. I have told her how sad I found you, how the grounds of it were her unkindness, the discomfort and discontentment you took in her marriage, and scorn that Sir William Harvy should think to offer any scorn to you. I told her if it had been mine own cause I should have apprehended them as much as you did, and I fortified my opinion that mischief would grow if she did not prevent it by many reasons. I made her see what a certain pillar and bulk she had to lean to in having so noble a son, what a fire would be kindled in her house, if she did not satisfy you, and what need she was like to have of you; if she divide herself from you how dangerous and miserable a life she was like to lead. I do assure myself this has taken great impression. Sir William Harvy will be with me to-morrow and to-morrow night I will be with you if I may get hence. Else you shall have by letter what passeth betwixt him and me. I hope to-morrow to get a gaol delivery and so I shall not come so far to you by the length of Fleet Street. 4 November.
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. (179. 153.)
The Earl of Essex to the Earl of Southampton.
[1598], Nov. 5. This day about ten o'clock Sir William Harvy came to me, directed as he said by my Lady your mother. I told him I had dealt freely with my Lady, and so must do with him, that I thought both she and he had not so carried themselves towards your Lordship as they should have done. For by their match if it went forward there was a certain mischief to fall upon you, and they added to that unkind and unmannerly carriage. He answered that for his match it was not an exception against him. For if my Lady should not marry him, she might marry another and that were all one. But I replied that whosoever it were it were a mischief to you, and you could not love him that were cause of it. To my experience that he never had showed that respect of you since your coming over that your favourable usage of him heretofore did require, and that he had spoken carelessly as though he regarded not whether you were angry or pleased: to those I say he answered, laying the first to your Mother's charge who stayed him when he was going to you and [said ?] that he agreed with her. For the latter he denied the words that he spoke anything unrespectfully of you, but when he was threatened he said generally that they that were angry without cause, must be pleased without amends. After I had told him what I thought of his words I bade him think advisedly how having given you advantage already and being cause of a mischief to you, how he did cross my sollicitation of my Lady giving of satisfaction to you before she married; for I did assure myself they would both repent it. He then began to make my Lady's state worse than it is thought to be, and said he would be glad to know what your lordship did desire; but protested he thought it was not the way to threaten or to force my Lady. I told him you did not desire that which she had not, but that she would assure you that which she had. He speaks but generally that he will not cross or hinder you, but to deal truly with your Lordship I think he will not thank my Lady for it if she do it. I concluded plainly what he was to trust unto from me, since now your Lordship and I were thus tied one to the other, and that when I was a friend I went with my friends as far as any bond of honour, nature, or reason could tie a man. I do give your Lordship this hasty account and would myself have come with it, but that I am not thorough well and I attend better to solicit your deliverance. 5 November.
Holograph. Seal. 2 pp. (179. 152.)
Henry IV., King of France to the Earl of Essex.
[1598.], Nov. 12/22. The friendship he bears to the King's old servants is a witness of the trust he ought to have in him. Prays him to continue his good offices as occasion presents.
St. Germain en Laye, 22 November.
Holograph. French, ½ p. (147. 139.)
The Earl of Essex to the Earl of Southampton.
[1598.], Nov. 16. Your Lordship shall by the sight of this enclosed letter (fn. 1) know the success of my Lord Harry his negociation. Since which time that he writes of I spake with my Lady your mother this afternoon in the privy chamber. The apartment served not for long conference or for private; but she doth profess to be very kind to me and saith she told the Q. enough to make her see that I and she were kind one to the other. I will go of purpose to her to her house as soon as the coming day is past and then your lordship shall have account of all. 16 November.
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. (179. 151.)
Certificate by Sir William Periam, (fn. 2) Chief Baron of the Exchequer.
[1598.], [Nov. 24.] Names for sheriffs in the county of Monmouth. Edward Kemish, of Kemish, esquire. Rice Kemish, esquire. Henry Billingsley, esquire. William Baker of Abergavenny, esquire. These persons being sufficient for the place I take to be without exception, and not to be of kin, or allied to Mr. Arnalt or the other side for anything I can learn. William Peryam.—Undated.
½ p. (98. 154.)


  • 1. This appears to be the letter from Lord Harry to Essex, printed in C.P. VIII., 371, under [?1598—Sept.], but it should be November, c. 12th.
  • 2. This seems to be the enclosure referred to in Sir W. Peryam's letter of the above date printed in Vol. VIII., p. 452 of this Calendar.