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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|J. Douglas to Archibald Douglas. (fn. 1)|
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.|
For lease in reversion of the lands they hold,
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.|
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
Endorsed:—Reasons to induce her Majesty to favour G. Fletcher's suit.
1 p. (186. 43.)
|Bartholomew Legate to the Queen.|
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.
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.|
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.
½ p. (213. 109.)
|Petition of Francis, Countess of Kildare.|
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.|
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)|
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.|
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.|
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
Note at foot, 15l.
½ p. (73.)
|Robert Bennett, Dean of Windsor, to Mr. Secretary Cecil. (fn. 4)|
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 ?]|
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
Holograph. ½ p. (130. 150.)
|Herbert Croft to Sir Robert Cecil.|
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.—
Holograph, 1 p. (186. 16.)
|The Lieutenants, Justices, and other inhabitants of the Co. Pembroke to Sir Robert Cecil.|
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
½ p. (186. 124.)
|PETITIONS TO SIR ROBERT CECIL.|
|Eliza, Lady Hatton.|
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.)
|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)|
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
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.)
|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.
1 p. (840.)
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
½ p. (1178.)
|Lady Ellen Cartie.|
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.—
½ p. (1212.)
As to the wardship of Fraunces Guy, granted to
Notes thereon by Cecil and Tho. Bellot.
1 p. (1508.)
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.]|
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.
|The Earl of Essex to Edward Reynolds.|
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.]|
His losses sustained in Spain for the Queen. Prays
1 p. (180.)
|John Stokes to —|
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
1½ p. (98. 77.)
|William Hickman to —|
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 —|
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
Holograph. 1 p. (204. 107.)
|"Concerning the Lady St. John."|
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 —|
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
1 p. (186. 127.)
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.—
1 p. (186. 139.)
|"Mons. de Sillery to the Ambassador in France."|
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.)|
(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.)
(iii.) Notes touching the remains of munition in the
account of Sir George Carew, late Master of the Ordnance in
1 p. (205. 121.)
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,
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
1½ 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.)
Design for monument for Lord and Lady Burghley.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 14.)
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
In Burghley's hand. Undated. 2 pp. (185. 158.)
|Archery in England.|
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.|
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.]|
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.|
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.]|
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
½ p. (2362.)
|Henry Holford to Sir Robert Cecil.|
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
1 p. (186. 70.)
|Hew Tootall to Sir Robert Cecil.|
To be received into his service. Was servant
to Lord Burghley as groom.—Undated.
1 p. (969.)
|William Roberts to Sir R. Cecil.|
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.|
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.)