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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|Fardinando Gorges to the Earl of Essex.|
|1598, Dec. 4.||
I am sorry to see that, for want of good counsel
and provident care, the chief pillar of our state is brought to
that exigency that there is a necessity to engage the whole for
the preservation thereof. Although I know you understand
of what consequence it is that you are to undertake, yet I
cannot but put you in remembrance of some things. For you
are now to have in your power the disposing of the hope and
expectation of your nation, the life and welfare of your dread
Sovereign, and to engage the fortune of yourself and your
friends; and all in a most dangerous time, in a ruined state,
and miserable country, upon a strong enemy by nature and long
practice valiant, and expert, no stranger to us nor destitute of
daily intelligence of our purposes, himself of a ripe knowledge
of what he has undertaken, and of a proud spirit, his people's
hearts in general full of contempt and malice to our nation, of
late encouraged and made insolent by many victories. Thereby
they have gotten experience and the use of their arms, have
furnished themselves with all things necessary for prosecuting
such a war: the hopes and assurance he has of supplies and
relief from foreign parts, if he shall need them. Their bodies
are also inured to all hardness, their number far exceeding what
I have hitherto heard spoken of to be opposed against him;
and generally they join in one to disburden themselves of a
foreign government, as they hold it. All this your Lordship
is in some sort to oppose by the contrary; for your old soldiers
that you shall find there are discouraged and made cowards by
overthrows received, and for the most part discomforted for
want of necessary means and due respect in case of their
extremity. The stores are disfurnished, the country wholly
possessed by the enemy, the state divided, your new levies
unpractised in the use of their arms, unacquainted with the
wars, and unable long to continue their health in respect of the
change of the country and their diet; your captains not
experienced in the nature of those services. Further, your
enemies here opposing themselves to detract both means and
reputation from you; so that if you prevent not all that may
ensue of the inconveniences, you shall but lose yourself, your
friends, and your country. These I have not spoken as
dissuading that you should undertake the recovering again by
your virtue what others have lost through their follies, but only
in discharge of my love and duty, to the end that you may
foresee and prevent the inconveniences that are apparent to
the world, both for the good of your country and preservation
of your own honour. How I am affected to make one of this
enterprise may easily be imagined, considering first it is my
profession by which means I live, next the reason considered
I have to loathe the manner of my living here, where, through
cause of discontent and opinion of wrongs received, I hold
myself unsatisfied; again, those I esteem my dearest friends
are chiefly interested in it; lastly my love to my country and
dutiful service to her Majesty command me thereto. Therefore
without its and ands I am resolved to be one, and such a one
as you shall think me worthy, unto whom since I have given
power to dispose of my life, I wholly refer my reputation. From
the Fort by Pl[ymouth], 4 Dec. 1598.
(P.S., in Gorges' hand). He begs Essex to lay apart all misconceit of his dear friend Sir Conyers Clifford. No one lives
whom Essex may more freely dispose of. He will engage his
reputation for the performance by Clifford of as much as he now
protests for him.
3 pp. (199. 57.)
|[Edward Nevill (fn. 1) ] to [the Earl of Essex ?]|
|[1598.] [Dec. 10.]||
Writes to clear himself from the foul
stain of partiality wherewith some have taxed him, touching
the title of Abergavenny. Quotes in support the cases of the
Baronies of Beaudesert, Bothall, Berkeley, Latimer, Gillesland,
Laware, and Holgatt.
2 pp. (141. 355.)
|The Duc de Bouillon to the Earl of Essex.|
|1598, Dec. 19/29.||
II y a long temps que je n'ay eu de vos
noles ny vous des miennes. Nous sommes au pes et vous vous
an alles aus armees. Ces sauvages peuvent ils tant meriter que
ce conte les aille ruyner a ceste grande roine le jugemant du
danger des ennemis on du merite du serviteur. Mandes moy
vos ressolussions et atandes les miennes par la tasche que la
condission publique me donne: vous nous anvoyes ung ambassadeur que je sasche quel il vous est et quelles sont les
humeurs. A Paris ce 29e dessembre.
Endorsed:—"D. of Bouillon, 29 Dec., '98."
Holograph. 1 p. (135. 221), (2.)
|Arthur Champernowne to Mr. Reynolds, Secretary to the Earl of Essex.|
|[1598.], Dec. 19.||
On some occasions which may prove my
lord's business I have written him this enclosed, (fn. 2) the which I
will pray you to deliver unto his honour. And if it shall please
him to return me any answer, it may be directed unto me at
Chyldhay, Mr. Croukyearn's house, in Broadwyndsor near
Croukhorne (Crewkerne) in Somersetshire, and the ordinary
post may convey the same.—Chyldhay, 19 Dec.
Holograph. 1 p. Seal broken.
Addressed:—at the Court. (48. 1.)
|Sir Christopher Blount to the Earl Marshal of England (Essex.)|
|, Dec. 20.||
Your good allowance of my last shall not
encourage me to double my former tediousness, only in this I
render thanks for your gracious acceptance of my good meaning;
and pray only that in your own undertakings you will be to
yourself in private advice as you are to others, careful in your
counsels; and then I will not fear but that honour to yourself,
good to your country, and satisfaction to all that wish you well
will ensue thereof. For the rest I doubt not but in short time
pestilence, famine or my sword (which is ever at your command)
shall help to confound them: in which charitable mind I
recommend you to the protection of the Almighty. Dec. 20.
(P.S.) I beseech you to favour your mother and me in our request for her servant and my soldier.
Endorsed:—Sir Ch. Blunt.
Holograph. 1 p. (82. 75.)
|The Duc de Bouillon to the Earl of Essex.|
Je sceu l'honneur que vous aves fet a ung gentilhomme quy est avec Monsr l'ambassadeur de l'avoir chery
pour l'amour de moy et que vous aves agreable qu'il vous
serve an Irlande, que je l'estime heureus d'estre pres de vous.
N'aure je james une ocasion quy unisse nos corps comme nos
afections le sont. Favorises le de vostre amitie et ne l'espargnes
pas. II a commanse a porter les armes soubs ung sien oncle
quy est fort gentil capitene quoy qu'il aye continue et
commanse se mestier avec moy.
Endorsed:—"D. of Bouillon, commending a French gentilman to my L. Dec., '98."
Holograph. 1 p. (135. 221 (1).)
|Walter Mathewe, Plymouth, to Sir R. Cecil.|
Prays for the repayment of the late disbursements made by the Mayor of Plymouth for the Queen's service
there, by order of the Council. Explains certain items in the
account, for the Cales (Cadiz) action, &c.—Undated.
Endorsed. 1 p. (135.)
|Mission of Nicholas Cragius.|
Ad Serenissimam et Invictissimam Heroinam
Dominam Elizabetham, Anglie, Francie, et Hibernie Reginam
Prœfatio. Signed Nic. Cragius.
[Verses] De insigni eruditione serenissimæ et invictissimæ Reginæ Angliæ, qua omnes mundi reginas facile antecessit.
commencing:—Infælix pœnis urbem quæ etruxit Elisa,
Nam Roma instabiles æmula vertit opes.
followed by Oratio which after introductory paragraphs reads —Jussus sum agere serenissima Regina causam miserorum et afflictorum hominum, Mercatorum Danicorum, qui se ab excubitoribus, præfectis navium, et piratis Anglicis quibusdam inclementes tractatos, male multatos, violatos, spoliatosque queruntur. Qua de re multoties apud Majestatem tuam tum literis tum per legatos actum: sed extremum juris auxilium nondum adhibitum, ut acquiescere læsi potuerint . . . . . Quare quum vel hisce, vel quibuscunque, tandem de causis, afflictorum Danorum pauci ad sua recuperanda aliquid profecerint, plures autem adhuc in damno sint, supplices serenissimo Regi facti, obtinuerunt ut hæc legatio ad tuam Majestatem denuo decerneretur.
followed by a request for redress and the reasons why it should be made.
[P.S.] Superest præterea, serinissima Regina, alterum
negotium mihi mandatum, quod sine denuo præstita audientia
sive scripto a me cognoscere lubet, parebitur serenissima
Majestatis tuæ voluntati summa cum voluntate.
Latin. In all 21 pp. (277. 7.)