Cecil Papers: Miscellaneous 1598

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Miscellaneous 1598

J. Douglas to Archibald Douglas. (fn. 1)
[1598], [Dec.] His ignorance of those matters the knowledge whereof might be worth the advertisement has caused his not writing to Douglas since his coming to this country; but now since he is in service with "our Secretary," where he may have occasion of better intelligence, he remembers his duty by writing to Douglas, and offers services. Douglas will be advertised as to his particular affairs by Mr. Richard.—Dec. 2.
½ p. (98. 85.)
Edward Pryce and his son Thomas, to the Queen.
[1593–1598?] For lease in reversion of the lands they hold, and others.
Note by J. Herbert that the Queen grants the petition.
1 p. (566.)
(1) Edward Honinge to the Queen. (fn. 2)
[1598?] For lease in reversion of the manor and demesnes of Eye Priory, Suffolk, which he holds.—Undated.
(2) [Edward Honinge] to Lord—
To the same effect, giving particulars as to the state of the lands.—Undated.
(3) Certificate of the decays and reparations of the above Priory, signed by Thomas Fanshaw.—Undated.
3 pp. (1038.)
Giles Fletcher to the Queen.
[1598?] Two leases intended to be made to him by King's College, Cambridge, were frustrated by the same being otherwise bestowed through the Queen's letters to the College. As he put himself forth in full assurance of one of the leases, he has grown distressed and in debt. Prays in consideration thereof to be granted licence for the yearly buying and selling of 400 "sarpler" of wool, for 8 years.—Undated.
Petition. ½ p. (186. 42.)
(i.) Reasons to induce her Majesty to favour (Giles Fletcher's) suit for the lease.
That two leases in the bestowal of King's College, Cambridge, whereof he was fellow, were commanded away from him by the Queen, one 7 years since to Mr. Middellmoor, the other, of late called Samford Courtney, to Lady Cobham: either of them of far better value than this he sues for.
His attendance on her ambassador in Scotland, and his employment now to Hamborough.
His readiness with some aptness to write a story in Latin of things done in her Majesty's reign, if he had some competency of living.
If her Majesty answer she has lately commended me to a place in the City: to signify his thankfulness, and withal the smallness of the stipend, being but 50l. a year towards his charges, which must needs be far greater; and that the missing of those leases, and his service in Scotland, have brought him into debt.—Undated.
Endorsed:—Reasons to induce her Majesty to favour G. Fletcher's suit.
1 p. (186. 43.)
Bartholomew Legate to the Queen.
[1592–1598.] His father William Legate of Hornchurch, Essex, left him a privy seal for 60l. which he had paid for Queen Mary's use. Prays for repayment: or grant of licence to export 100 packs of kerseys: or else part of the forfeiture of the statute made 23 Eliz. against dying of cloths with logwood alias blockwood: being a very deceitful colour and much used in these days: the Queen having hitherto reaped no benefit thereby. —Undated.
Petition. 1 p. (186. 89.)
Note by William Aubrey, referring the petitioner to the Lord Treasurer or Sir John Fortescue, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
—to the Queen.
[1598?] Speaks of his 27 years' service in the Queen's kitchen, and begs for some leases in reversion.
Note at foot by Dr. Julius Caesar that the Queen refers the petition to the Lord Treasurer.—Undated.
Petition. Damaged.
½ p. (213. 109.)
Petition of Francis, Countess of Kildare.
[1598?] By which she offers to exchange certain possessions (not specified) which she holds as jointure from Henry, late earl of Kildare, to the value of £400 per annum, for a pension of 350l. per annum out of the Court of Exchequer.—Undated.
1 p. (197. 16.)
Proclamation against Export of Coin, &c.
[1572–1598.] Proclamation for the due execution of the statutes against exporting of coin, plate and bullion: clipping and diminishing coin: and gilding and silvering.—Undated.
Draft. Side note by Burghley.
6 sheets. (210. 12.)
Starch. (fn. 3)
[1598.] Order of the Council commanding the suppression of the making and selling of starch contrary to the proclamation of the 23rd of August last, and the letters patent of 20th of May last granted to Sir John Packington.—Undated.
Signed by G. Hunsdon, T. Buckhurst, Ro. Cecil, and J. Fortescue.
1 p. (99. 20.)
Andrew White to the Council.
[1596–1598 ?] The controversy between him and John Itchingham for the abbey of Donbrody in Ireland was submitted to certain of the judges there. Prays that they be required to certify the state of the cause.—Undated.
½ p. (959.)
Thomas Gawyn to the Council.
[1598.] Is ordered to pay 30l. for the furnishing of a light horse for service in Ireland. That one Felton last summer by commission charged his lands 130l. and above per annum more than before, and by means thereof has ejected him from his lands and dwelling house, and impoverished him. Prays consideration of his decayed estate, and to be discharged of the said 30l.—Undated.
Note at foot, 15l.
½ p. (73.)
Robert Bennett, Dean of Windsor, to Mr. Secretary Cecil. (fn. 4)
[1598?] His sorrow that either desire of commodity that might accrue to him, or spleen against the party which braved him so gallantly, carried him so far to that undutiful regard of the Queen's will and pleasure. Were it not that Cecil revived him with some hope of her clemency, he would have departed with a mournful heart, and with little comfort have taken book in hand again. Refers to his five years' faithful service in Cecil's father's house, and the affectionate love Cecil bore him in his tender years, and prays him to move the Queen more and more for her favour towards him.—Undated.
1 p. (98. 42.)
Martyn Kydman to [Sir Robert Cecil ?]
[1598.] Being accused by Sir Anthony Sherley touching matters of state, (Cecil) committed him to prison for trial, but allowed him bail. His accusers plot wholly upon malice to overthrow him and call his life in question. Being clear from all their accusations, he begs release from the bonds in which he and his friends stand bound; or, if that cannot be granted, to be relieved by her Majesty till he be cleared from all suspicion of treachery.—Undated.
Holograph. ½ p. (130. 150.)
Herbert Croft to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1598?] Returns thanks for the grant of a wardship. The cold success he found in his long solicited suit, and Cecil's manner of answer, much discomforted him. His profession of relying only upon Cecil's favour was not intended to work him the more to forward his desire. He knows Cecil too well to think to stir him with "words of accomplishments": and that the favour must come from Cecil's own inclination to requite his honest love. Cecil promised to speak with this young gentleman, the bearer, and to give him letters to further his wishes. His wife sends Cecil a present of sweetmeats, but sour sauce with it: for she writes that she formerly presented Cecil with such things, but thought he had forgotten it, for seeing her at his cousin's marriage, and taking knowledge of her, he would not vouchsafe her the grace of speaking to her.— Thursday night.
Holograph, 1 p. (186. 16.)
The Lieutenants, Justices, and other inhabitants of the Co. Pembroke to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1598?] Their county is the least of South Wales in quantity, wealth, and ability of men for service in war, and yet most subject to invasion. On the application of their Lord Lieutenant the Earl of Pembroke, the Council granted an exemption that they should not send any soldiers for foreign service without very extraordinary occasion, and commanded the county to be more strongly provided for defence. This was done, and therefore the charge little lessened. Notwithstanding, in this late press for the service of Ireland, they are commanded to set forth 150 soldiers, whereas the neighbouring counties, far richer and less subject to peril, are scarce charged half that rate. They pray Cecil to be a mean that they may be eased of this heavy charge.—Undated.
½ p. (186. 124.)
Eliza, Lady Hatton.
1. [1598?] For a passport for one Pyles a jeweler of Paris, to come quietly hither with some things he is to bring thence for her, without stay at the ports.—Undated.
Endorsed: Lady Hatton.
½ p. (90. 95.)
Robert Lyng.
2. [1598 or later.] By order of Mr. Wade he delivered to James Anton of London 27 barrels of starch worth 60l. Mr. Wade promised that Anton should satisfy him. Cannot obtain payment. Prays Cecil's intervention.—Undated.
½ p. (136.)
John Newton and Thomas Owen, Merchants. (fn. 5)
3. [1598.] Pray for the Queen's letters to the King of Barbary for the recovering of money taken from them at Mentenill in April 1598, where 13 Englishmen were set upon and robbed by a great number of Moors. The King promised restitution, but they have received only a very small part thereof.—Undated.
½ p. (149.)
John Baker and Elizabeth his Wife.
4. [1598 or later.] For the wardship of Anne Marie and Elizabeth Cratwick, children of Elizabeth.—Undated.
Note by Cecil: Mr. Frier the feodary to certify his opinion, as Cecil suspects collusion between the heirs male and Baker.
1 p. (238.)
Casper van Senden, Merchant of Lubeck.
5. [1598 or later ?] Prays for protection from his creditors for three months, in consideration of his having released 200 English detained prisoners in Portugal.—Undated.
½ p. (399.)
Robert Redhead.
6. [1598 or later ?] Keeper of York Castle. For payment of diet and lodging of 16 Scottish pledges committed to his keeping. Has received only 30 Scottish bullocks, which does not amount to above 35l., their weekly charges being 10s. 4d. each.—Undated.
1 p. (840.)
John Tyon.
7. [1598?] Is imprisoned on the accusation of Sir Anthony Sherley, and is by order to be enlarged upon sureties. Prays for enlargement upon his own assurance, as he is destitute of friends.—Undated.
½ p. (1178.)
Lady Ellen Cartie.
8. [c1598?] Daughter and heir of the late Earl of Clancartie, and wife of Florence MeCartie. For maintenance, her father's living being now in the Queen's disposition, of his own gift.— Undated.
½ p. (1212.)
Robert Midleton.
9. [1598.] As to the wardship of Fraunces Guy, granted to him.—Undated.
Notes thereon by Cecil and Tho. Bellot.
1 p. (1508.)
Raph Sayer.
10. [1591–1598.] Dismissed from his place as servant to Thomas Cornwallis, the Queen's groom porter, through the robbery of certain plate while under his charge. Prays for a labourer's place in the Tower.—Undated.
½ p. (1558.)
Ship Masters of Hamburg.
11. [1598.] Have been detained here three months, and lost the benefit of their intended voyage, which they undertook only upon advertisement that the Queen was pleased to permit the free transport of grain into Spain and the adjacent regions. Pray that they may receive their freight for such corn only as has been delivered to the Queen's use.—Undated.
1 p. (2042.)
Th. North to the Earl of Essex, Earl Marshal.
[1598?] The remembrance of your favour vouchsafed me in France, doth more than make me blush to think that through want of health and other means I have been hitherto forcibly restrained from due performance of the same. It was your good pleasure at Richmond to will me to write. Therefore I am emboldened in this manner to offer that which by word of mouth I had to make known unto you. The matter itself I humbly mean for your own good and do verily think [it] would raise a great benefit unto you, as followeth: To move her Majesty for a grant of the forest of Dartmoor in Devonshire for 99 years which yieldeth unto her Highness an annual rent of 40l. and upwards, whereout Sir Walter Raleigh hath a fee of 40 marks for keeping of the same, as though it were stored with game, whereas it is to be proved that there hath been no deer at all (or very few if any) for the space of 40 years; and that Sir Walter Raleigh's grant of 40 marks fee hath been void ever since by a statute 34 Hen. 8 touching disforesting, &c. The forest extendeth itself 10 or 12 miles any way, the soil is exceeding good and being leased out but at 4d. an acre riseth to a great reckoning. It yieldeth many veins of tin very proritable to her Majesty, the particulars whereof I shall at large impart unto you being pleased to take liking of it. I have divers notes also of many good things to be obtained from her Majesty wherewith you may sustain and prefer many gentlemen your followers; any of which and all of them together I shall humbly refer to your whole and only disposition, beseeching that my poor goodwill may be acceptable unto you.
Signed. 1 p. (176. 23.)
Sir Robert Sydney to the Earl of Essex, Earl Marshal.
[1598.] Renews his suit on behalf of Lieutenant Linch for a company to be bestowed upon him: does it by writing because of the infinite business Essex has daily. The place which Lieutenant Lee hath had he hath received from Sydney.
Holograph. 1 p. (176. 26.)
Sir Robert Cecil to [Lord Sheffield.]
[1598.] My good Lord, I have now received two letters of yours both of one style, though of several date, to both which I can hardly make answer to content you, because I must either forget the duty of a friend myself or out of my love oppose my judgment to your resolution. I will therefore thus say to you as to him whom I love and honour, that howsoever your Lordship out of true conscience of this world's iniquity may despise the world's vanity, which is a true sign of God's Spirit, yet doth it not follow but that your Lordship may in fear of God do your country service as a public minister and so perform an office more pleasing to His holy will than as by any private contemplation to neglect that for which He hath bestowed upon you an extraordinary calling. I beseech you therefore hear your friends whom you know neither device nor passion carries, and if you find them labour to divert you from this sudden resolution rather suspect yourself than them; for nothing is more dangerous in any sudden alteration than to stop your ears to counsel. Of the Queen's gracious favour and tenderness to you I need not hereby make much report, seeing Sir Edward Stafford is the messenger with whom the Queen hath had serious and private conference about you. I could not but show your letter seeing you had sent up the patent, which spake more significantly from yourself than I should have done because I misliked the subject with which your heart I see is pleased; and thus wishing to you as to mine own heart I take my leave. Draft partly in Cecil's hand.
(179. 110.)
The Earl of Essex to Edward Reynolds.
[1598.] Reynolds, there is a draft of a letter from myself to the Q. touching my Lord of Southampton's imprisonment. I wrote it yesternight and either I had it in my pocket when I went to bed or left it upon the board with my other papers. I pray you fail not to bring it to me to Baynards Castle with all the speed you can.—No date.
Holograph. ½ p. (179. 149.)
Sir H. Danvers to the Earl of Essex.
[1598.] As concerning the Low Country Company I am assured from Woodhouse his own mouth that her Majesty hath given order to Mr. Secretary for the expedition of his warrant to Sir Francis Vere's company. So that now being a competition with Williams far worthier than Woodhouse, I can but wish my name had never been in question. I will refer what else I have to say till I see you.—Undated.
Seal. 1 p. (179. 138.)
Captain William Mostyn to the Earl of Essex.
[1598.] Prisoner in the Gatehouse. Has received Essex's gracious answer that he would enlarge him. Notwithstanding he made it known to his keepers, he was presently to be put into the dunghill, but that he gave his clothes from his back for his fees and four days' commons, and so is left almost a naked man. Will be removed to the King's Bench among common beggars unless Essex remembers him for his enlargement. Offers services.—Undated.
¾ p. (686.)
Thomas Baskervile to the Earl of Essex.
[1598?] I have been of late afflicted with a most deadly malady to the loss of my limbs and perfectness of my speech, whereby I am unable to attend your commands and answer the unjust slanders of my most malignant and ancient foes, who daily go about to deprive me of your favour and of the poor living which I hold under her Majesty. It pleased you about two years past to call me before you to answer such offences as I had negligently committed. I appealed to your mercy, since which time, I have endeavoured to win your favour by diligent service in my place. I entreat that I may live that little time I have to live in quiet discharging my duty, which I protest before the living God I do, and will leave it, if I die to-morrow, in better state and fairer for mares and foals of all ages than it was this twenty years. I have sent my son to attend your pleasure.
1 p. (67. 20.)
John Bourrell to "Your Lordship" [Essex.]
[1598?] His losses sustained in Spain for the Queen. Prays relief.—Undated.
1 p. (180.)
John Stokes to —
[1598.] Sends "the ordinary proportion of diet daily provided for the Danish Ambassador and his retinue." Full particulars given. Besides the Ambassador and his followers, others come daily to dinner and supper, namely Mr. Peter van Heil, the King of Denmark's agent here, Simon van Salingen, the King's merchant, and Harman Rose, the King's apothecary, both which came over with his Lordship, and divers others of his countrymen resident in the City. His Lordship has invited the Scottish Ambassador and his followers to supper, together with a baron of Germany and his followers; at another time the Alderman of the Stilyard, and at other times divers learned men, at which feasts there has been extraordinary diet provided, and especially great abundance of wine consumed. Asks if the Queen will make allowance for extraordinary charges, and prays for payment. Does not entertain his Lordship for private gain, but because the Lord High Steward of Denmark has appointed him.—Undated.
p. (98. 77.)
William Hickman to —
[1598.] He purchased the manor of Gainsborough, Lincoln, with toll corn of the market there. Murder of his servant, Martin Furser, by three of Sir George St. Poole's men. In consequence of his prosecuting the offendors, he has been oppressed by St. Poole, Sir William Wray his brother, and Nicholas Girlington and others, who seek to defeat him of the said toll. Describes their proceedings. Prays his addressee to call the above named before him to answer their misdemeanors, and also to take order for the commitment of the murderers.—Undated.
1 p. (2133.)
Benedick Harvy to —
[1595–1598?] I delivered a note certifying of the army, that they proved in passage in Spain; also of the opinion of Down Deyago (Don Diego) the general for the King of Spain in France and Breteyne by the sea. The report in Spain is that the King is to have home this year from the Endeis the greatest treasure that ever he had thence in one year. I am a poor young man who has travelled France and Britayne 13 years in traffic, and have been twice taken by the Spaniards, twice by the Leagers of France, and once by Monsieur de Lewsant, governor of Bloy; so that I have endured great loss. If I may do any service to certify you of their forces and pretences I doubt not but to be able.—Undated.
Holograph. 1 p. (204. 107.)
"Concerning the Lady St. John."
[1598?] Proofs of money and treasure had by this lady, with list of witnesses. Chests and caskets full of gold and silver belonging to Mr. Griffin are particularly named.
1 p. (142. 157.)
Leonard Poe to Lord —
[c. 1598?] Thomas Monforde, Dr. in Physic, has complained of him for misdemeanours both against the Society of Physicians and against him. Since his approbation by the College he never refused conference with any of them, nor joined with others not approved. He has found many of the ancient and graver sort favourable to him, but some of the juniors have been his accusers and judges, censuring him before any cause was propounded or proved, and fining him for curing some. Dr. Monforde maliciously slandered him with a report that he had killed John Pasfeilde, whom he never saw. He first offered the cause to the ordering of the President and four of the College, but Monforde broke their order. Prays his lordship's leave to prosecute Monforde for the slander, and that he may not be hindered by their warrants from manifesting his innocence.—Undated.
1 p. (186. 127.)
Lord Sandys.
[1598] The declaration of the Lord Sandys' ability. Details the reasons whereby he was driven both to sell lands and become in debt. His grandfather, overliving his father, died and left him a ward, and he not liking the marriage tendered to him by her Majesty's committee, paid 2,000l. for the same. Describes the disposition made of his lands on coming to his full age, and the charges on the estate, so that he had but 230l. a year until his grandmother died. He was twice employed for the Queen's service into France with the Earls of Lincoln and Derby, and presently after travelled 4½ years beyond the seas, where by his expenses, and by buying horses which he brought into England, he disbursed 6,000l. He gave 3,000l. with his daughter in marriage. His suits with his unnatural uncle were very chargeable. He is now indebted in 3,100l. Valuation of his property follows, showing a net income of 237l. per ann.— Undated.
1 p. (186. 139.)
"Mons. de Sillery to the Ambassador in France."
[1598?] Depuis que j'eu l'honneur de vous voir j'ay aussy conferé avec Mons de Suilly, mais ne pouvant tomber d'accord du fait du quel je vous parlay, il trouva bon que je misse par escrit ce que bon me sembleroit, et qu'on en feroit response. Ce qu'ayant fait je vous l'envoye par ce porteur, vous priant de le lire et apres l'envoyer a Monsieur de Suilly. Quant j'auray tiré response directe de sa Majesté je m'en auray acquitté de ma charge. Vray est que pour la continuation de la bonne amitié entre ces deux couronnes je desirerois qu'elle fut telle que pourroit donner satisfaction de bonne correspondance au Roy mon maistre, en quoy, monsieur, j'espere que vostre preudhommie et sincerité portera grand coup.
Copy, unsigned. ½ p. (178. 89.)
Lord Sanquhair to the Lord Ambassador of Scotland.
[1598]. I am in good health and would like to hear the like of you. Since I came to Italy, I have been at Naples, Rome, Florence, Milan, Bologna, Genoa, and Venice, and am now at Padua where I know not how long I shall stay, but mean to be in London by the first of January. Pray write to me by way of Hamburgh, whence the Courier comes to Venice every eight days. Padua. 15 of —.
Signed. 1 p. (179. 172.)
Oxford Town and University.
[1598.] i. Petition of the Mayor and Commonalty of Oxford. "For appeasing of the grievances of the University past, and to prevent the like that may happen to the citizens by the University, they humbly pray an agreement or composition between the University and them to the effect following." 1 p. (142. 167.)
ii. Complaint of the Mayor and Commonalty of Oxford. "The grievances that the citizens of Oxon humbly pray to be disburdened of against the University."
1 p. (142. 168.)
Lord Dacre's Lands.
[1598?] Articles containing a cause depending between the Lady Dacres and Edward Thway(tes?) with respect to lands of Lord Dacres' in Yorkshire. Note by Sir Robert Cecil: "To be showed to the executors, who I think will quickly answer this foolish complaint."
1 p. (146. 131.)
Barony of Dacres.
[1598?] Complaint of Margaret Lennard, wife of Sampson Lennard, and sister of Lord Dacre of the South, with respect to the Dacres property. Complains of Lady Dacres' bad treatment of her.
2 pp. (146. 135.)
i. Memorial of the title of Dacres.
In Cecil's hand. ½ p. (146. 133.)
ii. Issue of William Lord Dacres, and of his children.
½ p. (146. 134.)
R. Hurleston and Lord Dacre.
[1562–1598.] The cause between Ralph Hurleston and Lord Dacre. Case stated, and (?) counsel's opinion. "The issue is whether Lord Dacre, 3 May 1562, was seized of the manor of Carleton Kingeston, alias Carleton Baron in his demesne as of fee."
Endorsed by Burghley;—"The case concerning the disproving of the entail of the Lord Dacre's lands of the South in 23 Henry 8th. 4 sheets. (146. 120.)
Sir George Carew.
[1592–1598?] (i.) "A brief of certain materials charged by John Conyers esq. one of her Majesty's auditors of the prests, upon the account of Sir George Carew, late master of the ordnance for the realm of Ireland: together with the accountants allegations for discharge thereof. The consideration whereof he doth humbly refer unto the grave censures of the Lord Treasurer and others, commissioners for that account."— Undated. 1 sheet. (205. 47.)
[1592–1598?] (ii.) "A collection of such several sorts of munition, artillery and utensils for the wars as are found by John Conyers esq. one of her Majesty's auditors of the prests, to remain chargeable upon Sir George Carew, late master of the ordnance in Ireland."—Undated.
1 p. (205. 48.)
[1598?] (iii.) Notes touching the remains of munition in the account of Sir George Carew, late Master of the Ordnance in Ireland.—Undated.
1 p. (205. 121.)
[c. 1598.] Muster Roll, giving captains names, number of pikes furnished and unfurnished, muskets, and calivers, of Colonel Sir Francis Godalfin's division of Lenwith and Chiriar Hundreds, Colonel Sir William Bevill's division of Lider and Powder Hundreds, and six other regiments. Total 8 regiments, 6254 men.
1 p. (140. 258.)
1598.] Mr. Pelham, of Grays Inn, was at the last general call of Serjeants nominated by the Judges; but her Majesty appointed another not so nominated.
Mr. Hadde, of Lincoln's Inn, is a double reader of the same house, well beloved in his country, and there is no Judge or Serjeant in the county of Kent, where he lives and has been many years a Justice of the Peace.
They are both sound men of religion, and such as the Lord Keeper, the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Anderson will approve.
No signature. No date. Endorsed:—"1598."
½ p. (61. 43.)
Intelligence from Scotland.
[c. 1598?] Our Commissioners now in England should first be heard, according to their petitions, before that any English cause come in. If they do otherwise his Majesty and Council will punish them according to Bothwell's being there after that the King had divers times complained, and he notwithstanding harboured among you, and the King having received so many indignities at his hand. They have in commission, privily in the end to "aggrege" that matter that it cannot be recompensed.
I wrote before touching the affairs of Ireland and now another man is come than was looked for, to wit, James Makonell, called alias Sorlie Bowy, he is cousin germain to Angus Makonell in Scotland. He comes openly for a special cause, and is to affirm that he is the chief lawful of the elder brother who should inherit the lands that Angus does now possess, and will prove that Angus is but bastard, and therefore should not inherit those lands. He is come here with great pomp. The King bears him a great countenance, so great that each day and morning of his hunting he sends him word "timslie" (?timeously) to be ready. This matter is proceeded thus far, that the skill of law(y)ers is used to know in whom is the most right . . that the King may do in that matter as best shall please him. The Council are daily in a secret manner devising hereupon. This new come man, offers that if his right and nativity be found good and lawful, that in that case he shall make that land of Kintyre with all the profits thereof use and wont or that may be found reasonable at this day as well paid as the best land the King hath in Scotland. And under "thewme" for this if it may please the King to accept of him as a vassal, and to take upon him his protection, he will not only defend that land of his purchase in Ireland, but shall also purchase mickle more to his obedience and signory against the Queen of England and the Earl of Tyrone at this time, and all other times.
The ministers of Edinburgh the 21 day of this month were "relapit fra the horne, simpliciter." The K. has "resavit" them "cosi sosi." All matter of kirk and state are driven over to the general convention to be holden in Dundee the next month.—Undated.
pp. (205. 51.)
A contribution for Ireland.
[1598.] "A consideration of divers things that belong to the execution of that contribution which the necessity of this present time requires."
As the contribution is not meant to be an imposition but a trial of men's affection, it is to be considered who of her Majesty's ministers shall handle it, and from what kind of subjects it is to be drawn. The Metropolitans of Canterbury and York to write to all bishops for the names of all able to contribute; none to be dealt with of less ability than 20l. yearly. Arguments to be used: among them, "that the cause of the rebellion in Ireland is pretended for extirpation of religion." For raising the contribution of the laity, letters to be written to the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London, who are to be appealed to "to recover a kingdom so near losing"; and to all cities that are counties within themselves. Note that of all dwellers in the country, the cornmen are of best ability, (added by Cecil) maltmen, sheepmaster, money men, graziers. List given of other bodies of men who are to be applied to.—Undated.
In Levinus Munck's hand, with corrections by Cecil.
4 pp. (24. 66.)
Lord Burghley.
[1598.] Design for monument for Lord and Lady Burghley. —Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 14.)
1598. Notes of proceedings apparently in the Court of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Collections for the Poor.
[1558–1598] Every bishop to answer these articles.—How many archdeaconries or deaneries within his diocese, with the names of them and of the persons that be possessors thereof, and where they be. How many churches parochial in every deanery or arch-deaconry with their names. How many churches or chapels that have or ought to have parsons, vicars, or other curates, with their names. How many households are in every such cure. All these would be inquired for secretly, speedily, and answer returned to every article, as near as can be certainly, or with such estimate as may be. The curate in every parish with the principal gentleman that resideth there, if he be or have been a justice of the peace, and if none such be, the principal bailiff or reeve there residing, or the principal constable, and the churchwardens with such one as the b[ishop] or archdeacon shall name, to have authority to make a bill in writing containing the names of all householders within the parish, saving such poor cottagers as occupy no plough, nor any trade of living whereby it may be thought that he is not worth 4 marks; and after the bill made and such declaration as the curate shall declare in the church, to commune with every such householder what small portion they will willingly give every Sunday but until Christmas towards the purpose declared by the curate, and so to enter the same into the book, and receive the same of them or their deputies every Sunday in the forenoon at the church; and besides this to receive by way of offering such other small portions of money as any persons will of good-will give, and that the churchwardens or some one other person have the receiving thereof, and that it be put into some small box meet for such a purpose, and to be immediately seen and told by the rest that are appointed, and so entered into the book and signed by the curate, and then carried within 2 days to the place where the bishop or ordinary shall appoint, and to bring a little billet from the party whom the ordinary shall appoint testifying the receipt thereof.
Beside this collection in every parish, the companies of merchants in all towns corporate would be likewise solicited to contribute every Sunday, and 2 or 4 to be appointed for that purpose.
All badgers of corn or other victual would be allotted by the justices which give them leave to carry some certain sums every Sunday. All keepers of taverns and ale-houses would be also allotted.
In Burghley's hand. Undated. 2 pp. (185. 158.)
Archery in England.
[1572–1598?] Petition from the bowyers, fletchers, stringers, arrow-head makers, case-makers and glovers, for the putting into execution of the statute for the bringing of bowstaves into the realm, for want of which they daily decay by reason of the excessive price owing to the scarcity of bowstaves, and their servants do go into Scotland and there do teach the art, to the great danger of the time to come.
Addressed:—"To the right honourable the Lorde highe treasurer of Englande."
Undated. 1 p. (185. 150.)
Yorkshire: West Riding.
[1587–1598.] A list of the towns of the West Riding of Yorkshire with the names of the gentlemen resident within four miles of them. [Market towns are so noted, as also names of persons who are "in the commission."]
Wakefield.—"This town is situate as it were in the heart or midst of the West Riding and doth for strength and substance overvalue both the towns corporate of Dancaster and Pomfrett. It beareth the name of the great stewardship, being indeed the charge of a mighty and strong people, and is called the stewardship of Wakefield. It is thus furnished with gentlemen within four miles compass, Sir George Savile knight, bailiff of the town; John Savile, esquire, the steward and custos rotulorum; Serjeant Savile at Methley; Averey Copley, esquire, Robert Bradforde, esquire"; and nineteen others, the last two being attorneys.
Hallifax.—"The town is of no great account, the parish is wonderful populous and strong, not so well furnished with gentlemen as wonderfully inhabited by men of 40, 50, 60 and 100l. by year." The gentlemen are John Lacy of Briarlie, esquire, and sixteen others.
Bradforde.—"This is a pretty town of some furniture and men, but not rich, lieth in a waste country and hath few gentlemen bordering." Gentlemen are Robert Tempest of Brasewell and two others.
Skipton.—A "pretty strong town by the situation thereof, lying in a valley and compassed with mountains." Gentry, the Earl of Cumberland and sixteen others.
Knaresborough.—"A pretty town, but poor and of no force. The castle seemeth strong which is in the keeping of Francis Slingesby, esquire, whose living and friends border thereupon."
Ripon.—"The lord treasurer for Tanfeilde, Sir Thomas Cecil for Snape, the lord Scrope (as I take it) for Thorpe, Sir William Mallorie," and six other names.
The rest of the towns named have each a number of gentlemen named with them but no description except the word "market" opposite each except Burrowe Brigge and Todcaster. They are, Burrowe Brigge, five names; Wetherby ("a very pretty town but poor"), six; Cawod, none; Selby, two; Todcaster, fourteen; Pomfrett, thirteen; Dancaster, ten; Sheffield, two; Rotheram, twelve; Barnsley, fourteen; and Leeds, twentytwo.
Endorsed:—"Whatsoever is imperfect in this shall be repaired in the next enlargement."
2 pp. (48. 63.)
Christopher Sacheverell to the Earl of Essex.
[1598–9.] Constable of the Castle of Dungarvan. Complains that by sinister practices of Sir Henry Dockwray a new grant of his office has been passed to Sir George Cary, by which he has been dispossessed. Prays for the restoration thereof.
1 p. (142. 169.)
George Berisforde to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1598 or 1599?] Controversy between him and his partners as to the starch patents. Prays that Thomas Fuller, William Nottingham and John Man be required to pay the money mentioned in the arbitrament: and that John Venables be required to deliver to petitioner a bill of his, so that he may satisfy Mr. Artson.—Undated.
½ p. (1406.)
Penelope, Lady Riche to — Dounall [William Downhall.]
[Before 1599.] This bearer tells me my brother would have me come to the Court, in the morning early. I am here scarce well, and in my night clothes, having nothing else here, but yet I will come and desire not to be seen by any but himself, wherefore I pray you come for me as early as you think good, and devise how I may come in very privately. If it had not been for importuning my brother's rest I would have come in the night, to have kept myself from any other's eyes. Good Mr. Dounall let me not fail to see you early.—Undated.
Holograph. 1 p. (206. 95.)
Thomas Travis, Vintner, to Sir Robert Cecil.
[After 1598?] Was employed by Lord Burghley to pursue certain recusants, and caused one George Gilson to be convicted, but Gilson never submitted himself, and now stands excommunicated for incontinence and usury. Gilson in revenge has bought his house over his head, expelled him, and defeated him of a lease. Prays that Gilson be caused to appear, and order taken in the matter.—Undated.
½ p. (1660.)
Richard Browne to [Sir Robert Cecil.]
[1599?] Gives particulars of slanderous speeches made by William Burbage, and of Burbage's complaint of Cecil's proceedings against him, because he sues for a certain inheritance which Cecil and his father have detained from him, and upon which Lord Burghley has built Theobalds.—Undated.
Holograph. 1 p. (204. 99.)
Frances, Elizabeth and Ann, daughters of Francis Dacre to Sir Robert Cecil.
[?1598 or later.] The Queen granted to them, and another sister who is since dead, 200l. yearly pension, meaning every one of them to have 100 marks yearly, and thinking there were but three daughters. Now that the fourth daughter is dead, stay is made of the 50l. payable to her. They pray that the full 200l. pension may be still continued, according to the Queen's intention.—Undated.
½ p. (2362.)
Henry Holford to Sir Robert Cecil.
[After 1598.] Lord Burghley, for nearness of way to Tiballs, erected two gates through a close of pasture of Holford's, over against the Covent garden, whereby now divers others, besides Cecil and others of the nobility, make a common usual highway with many coaches and horses, to the great spoil of the pasture, leaving the gates open after them, so that butchers and other dwellers near carry in the night time into the close many odious and pestilent things, to the great annoyance of that way and close. In respect of his losses thereby, and that the way may be kept sweet and meet for Cecil's passage, he prays allowance, for himself and his tenants, to build houses fit for subsidy men near to that way, upon that side of the close abutting upon the land leading from the Strand to St. Giles in the Fields, and other convenient places.—Undated.
1 p. (186. 70.)
Hew Tootall to Sir Robert Cecil.
[After 1598.] To be received into his service. Was servant to Lord Burghley as groom.—Undated.
1 p. (969.)
William Roberts to Sir R. Cecil.
[After 1598.] Six weeks ago he delivered letters to Cecil from Lord Burghley, Cecil's brother. Has been prevented from coming to Cecil by a fall from his horse. Is now somewhat recovered, and waits to know Cecil's pleasure.—Undated.
¼ p. (131.)
Richard Plommer, late coachman to Lord Burghley, deceased, to Sir Robert Cecil.
[After 1598.] Has been committed to Maidstone gaol on suspicion of stealing a gelding, which had been lent him by a friend. Prays for release on bail.—Undated.
¾ p. (133.)


  • 1. Cf. C.P. viii. 484.
  • 2. Cf. S.P. Dom. Cal., 1598–1601. p. 118.
  • 3. See C.P. viii., 565.
  • 4. See S.P. Dom. Eliz., Vol. 268, No. 60. 19 Sept., 1598.
  • 5. See Cecil Cal. viii., p. 566.