The Earl of Kildare to Lord Cecil (sic).
1604, Nov. 17.
At my last being with you you took offence
against me, so I have refrained to repair to you since. If in
my speeches I uttered any words as justifying my own cause,
that you took as meaning to contest with you in any way, I
protest I had no such intention. Favour me that I may repair
to you to inform you the truth touching my offence; I desire
to know when I may attend you.—My lodging over against
Ivy Bridge, 17 Nov. 1604.
Holograph. 1 p. (107. 128.)
Lord Fyvie to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 17.
I have declared to the Commissioners of
Scotland your desire that the meeting at Westminster might
be excused for this day: which they accepted with very good
will, and desired that the next meeting may be appointed to
Tuesday next.—Whytehall, Saturday, 17 Nov. 1604.
Signed. ½ p. (107. 129.)
Sir Fulke Greville.
1604, Nov. 18.
Warrant to the officers of the Exchequer. Sir
Fulk Grevill, heretofore Treasurer of the Navy of the late Queen,
and to the King since her decease, for 5 years, in that time
has faithfully disbursed money to the value of near 300,000l.,
and stands indebted by reason of the said office in divers sums.
In consideration of his long service he is hereby released of the
sum of 1,000l. parcel of such arrears.—18 Nov. 2 Jac.
Unsigned. 1 p. (107. 126.)
Captain William Power to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 18.
Acknowledges Cranborne's favour in getting
4s. per diem apportioned to him; yet the sum does not answer
his loss of good estate, much blood, and principal limbs in the
war, besides his particular services. Contrasts his rewards
with those received by others. All who know him expect that
by how much he has bled in the service, and has hatred among
the general in Ireland for having been so forward in the State's
service, by so much he should now receive reward. Prays
Cranborne to augment the above proportion.—18 Nov. 1604.
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John Corbett to the Same.
1604, Nov. 18.
Is informed by Mr. Levinus [Munck] of the
favourable mention Cranborne lately made of preferring him to
a place of clerk of the Council. Has forborne to importune
Cranborne, but begs his furtherance in raising his hopeless
fortunes.—18 Nov. 1604.
Holograph. 1 p. (107. 131.)
Lord Balmarino to the Same.
1604, Nov. 18.
The King has signed a warrant for a grant
to him of some lands upon the borders, whereof neither the
King nor the late Queen ever had any benefit. Begs Cranborne
to signify the King's pleasure in the matter to the Lord
Treasurer, so that it may be dispatched.—Whyithall, 18 Nov.
Holograph. 1 p. (107. 132.)
The Earl of Worcester to the Same.
, Nov. 19.
This day the King being a hunting by chance
cast his eye upon Francis Dakers, but said nothing until he came
home, and taking me aside, used these words: "I did wonder
to see one man to-day in the field." I asked who that was. He
said Francis Dakers. I could hardly be persuaded but that
he was mistaken, but he confidently affirmed it to be true, and
so it was, as I learned after, but saw him not. He said he
thought there should have been some procceding against him
by the Council for his abuse. I answered I was sure I set my
hand to a letter for him, but belike he could not be found, or
else was committed and after discharged. "For being found,"
said he, "that cannot be, being no fugitive: and if he had
been committed I should have had advertisement. I pray
you write to my Lord of Cranborne to be certified as well of
that matter as of the matter of Sir Edward Bellingham, and
send with all speed." Since which time he sent once to know
whether I had sent. I did not see him more moved in countenance a great while for so small an accident. I sent presently
too into the town to seek him, and if he had been found I would
have bound him over to appear before you, for I suppose that
he could not be found at London. Furthermore he was extreme
angry that the knight marshal did not attend him, swearing a
lewd oath he thought he was scorned to be waited on. Recommend my service to my Lord Chamberlain and all the ladies.—
Royston, 19 November.
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Postal endorsements: "Hast, hast, post hast, with speed.
Ware, 20 November at twoe in the afternone."
Sir Thomas Cave to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 19.
Mr. Doctor Chippingedalle, commissary and
justice of Leicestershire, has long dwelt in Leicester Castle,
and is tenant to the King of a certain grange, whereof they of
Leicester have obtained an estate in reversion. Chippingedalle
doubts whether, when his term is expired, he will be admitted
their tenant. He has well deserved of the townsmen, and his
abode near them greatly eases the country for the more
speedy dispatch of their occasions. Begs Cranborne to further
Chippingedalle's being admitted tenant of the grange, upon
reasonable conditions.—Fleet Street, 18 Nov. 1604.
Holograph. 1 p. (107. 134.)
The Earl of Nottingham to the Same.
1604, Nov. 19.
Begs Cecil's favour to the bearer, Mr. Norden,
who is a suitor to his Majesty for a place. The place will recompense him for his former services, whereof Lord Burghley,
who loved him, made good account.—Arondel House, 19 Nov.
Signed. ½ p. (189. 39.)
The Barons of the Exchequer to the Earl of Dorset.
1604, Nov. 20.
They have considered the form of condition
and articles to be propounded to the next Parliament concerning
the transportation of merchandises out of England into Scotland.
The condition is agreeable to the usual form of port bonds, and
they see no cause to alter it: but the persons henceforth bound
for transportation of such goods should be Englishmen, as no
process of the Exchequer runs into Scotland, and they should
be of sufficient ability to answer their bonds. Suggestions are
made as to what bonds should be accepted.—Serjeants' Inn,
20 Nov. 1604.
Signed: Tho. Fleminge; Roberte Clerke; Ja. Savile; Geo.
Snygge. 1½ pp. (107. 135.)
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 20.
I am so much pleased with all you have
written to me concerning the Union as I cannot forbear to express
the great comfort I conceive thereof. God has well inspired the
hearts of you Commissioners so soon and so well to accord
together, but how happy are we that enjoy so wise, gracious and
benign a sovereign, who can so direct these great things. You
write that your daily toil of mind and body has brought you
already to the age that in the Psalms are reckoned of labour and
dolour, and yet you possess your health; much happier were I
than I am if it were no worse with me, and yet I cannot much
complain of sickness, neither boast of health free from one pain
or other at any time, so as these 52 years, which this very day
I live to see, I may account both in my body and mind little
lacking of those of my unkind mother-in-law's, which are about
84. But methinks I see your greatest causes of toil like to be
well eased, for he that considers the many great affairs of state
that you have run through, and most happily brought to so
good perfection since our Sovereign's reign over us, may hope
that you shall not hereafter in ten times so long, have the like
toil; like to my Lord of Northumberland's work in his new
garden at Sion, which will busy and cost him more till he can
gather a "poesie" in it, than it will do in 20 years after: and
yet I know he must never leave platting, digging, weeding, &c.,
continually as occasion serves. But you have no leisure to become a gardener. Only this I will say, that if you will not take
up this your overtoiling in time, I will censure you for a wiser
man to the world than to yourself, or to us your friends, who
heartily desire you may live as long as ourselves at the least.
You write that you have signed my new particulars, whereof
I have heard nothing as yet from Cooke my man, and therefore
till then I will not trouble you further thereof, except with our
most hearty thanks. My wife returns you her friendliest
salutations.—Sheffield Lodge, 20 Nov. 1604.
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Ralph Winwood to Viscount Cranborne.
, Nov. 20.
Though since the last of the 16th I have
little to advertise, and what there is you shall understand by
Sir Noel Caron, yet to accompany these enclosed, which I return
by the hands by which I did receive them, I will be bold to
represent in private to you the poor estate of these distressed
Provinces, which, now abandoned of all foreign help, must rely
upon the providence of God for their future conservation. I
need not speak what detriment this State receives by the late
peace made with Spain. The eye of sense doth see it doth sap
and mine the groundwork whereon this union was first founded.
Yet if these petty differences for liberty of commerce were
accommodated, some hope there were these Provinces might
subsist, were it not that means sufficient cannot be found to
maintain the war. The state of war yearly amounts to a million
of pounds sterling, which proportionably is to be charged upon
all the Provinces, but Guelders and Overyssel, upland and
frontier countries, will not contribute to the charge of the sea.
Zeland complains to be overburdened with the charges of the
Admiralty, and refuses to be subject to the repartition for service
by land. These defaults the generality and Holland have
supplied for many years, whereby they are both so indebted
that the interest which they pay eats up a great part of their
yearly revenue. The charges daily multiply. The fortifications in Flanders since the siege of Sluce amount to 500,000
guilders. It is true they go royally through with the business:
but to be able so to continue when their enemy shall assail
them both by sea and land, and force them for their defence
to maintain two armies, hoc opus, hic labor erit. In these
difficulties this consolation there is, that the General is a worthy
prince, vigilant and industrious, of an excellent temper, fashioned
by nature and custom to the constitution of this State, to the
welfare whereof he humbles his thoughts as to the humours
of them which here carry the greatest vogue. Yet his present
discontents are great about the carriage of this summer's service,
wherein he was overruled contrary to his judgment. But as
he wisely conceals his grievances from the world, so it is hoped,
before he shall have cause to go into the field, they will be
digested and forgotten. I find no want of courage in any of
them. They all cry O passi graviora! And so long as his
Majesty will use his intended moderation in their favour, they
will witness to the world at what estimate they prize the sweetness of their liberty. Their soul abhors the thought of treaty,
whither when they come rage and despite will drive them, not
judgment or advice.
I send an abstract of this year's proposition presented by the
Council to the States General for the entertainment of next year's
I have travailed to bring to some issue my Lord of Boughclou's
pretensions, which Sir Noel Caron has endeavoured to facilitate
by his mediation: wherein we have effected little. For though
he has quitted his pretension for the generality, and the demand
to have the next company of horse which should be void, and
authority to raise his regiment to 20 companies, which now is
but of 13, yet he peremptorily insists to have provision of 100l.
sterling the short month, which is double that which either the
Counts of Nassau or Chatillon or any colonel receives for ordinary
entertainment. If herein he shall be refused, (which I fear he
will find, for the reglement of their State will not permit so large
an allowance, and the example will bring with it an ill consequence), his next demand, as he makes show, will be for recompense for his charges, which have been extraordinary in the
levy of his regiment, and their favour to depart. I much desire
he should receive entertainment amongst them, for he may prove
a worthy instrument for their service, and a little patience with
ease would effect that which no solicitations have power to
obtain; for these men have their own ways, from which they
will not swerve.—From the Haghe, 20 Nov.
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Caron. Received 14 Dec." 2 pp. (107. 137.)
The Earl of Bedford to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 20.
I perceive that you and the rest are eftsones
troubled with one Mr. Busshen of Devon, for the floating of
a great quantity of timber by the rive of Tawe to Barnstable,
to the equal prejudice of my uncle the Earl of Bath and myself,
who have interest both in the river and fishing for 5 miles on
both sides. Albeit he aim more especially in his petition at the
said Earl, I held it not fit to conceal the damage done to me, who
by that means have lost well near 2 acres of the best land I have,
worth yearly 4 nobles an acre, and if this transportation be
permitted, am like to lose much more. One of my tenants did
in a marsh ground there bestow 40l. in the repair of a breach
made in the banks, and 200l. more will not repair the rest.
This fellow prosecuted this matter in July last, when you and
the rest referred him and us to the common law. Nevertheless
he ceases not to put his wood into the water thereby to annoy
us, but also to petition against the said Earl, wherein I crave
with him your favour for continuance of your first order, to
preserve our inheritance.—Bedford House, 20 Nov. 1604.
Signed. 1 p. (107. 138.)
Sir George Harvey, Lieutenant of the Tower, to the Same.
1604, Nov. 21.
I have received your letter on behalf of Sir
Art. Throgmorton, and fear very much that letters of that kind
(wherewith you are much troubled) may be offensive to you,
and raise a conceit of weakness in me in not discerning the difference of times. I am not ignorant that for intelligences the times
are not now so dangerous as before the trials of the prisoners,
and the former strictness now not needful. But if strictness
at this time be an error, it is not mine, but proceeds from the
prisoners themselves, who by favour from you and the rest
of the Lords did set down the names of so many as they desired
should come unto them, which was allowed and a warrant
sent to me with a schedule to suffer those contained in the
schedule and no others to resort unto them: whereby being
limited I cannot do as I would, for I hold it more safe for a man
of my place to be curious than careless. The prisoners now
much desire that, besides those mentioned in their lists, their
friends and servants might come unto them, whereunto I could
very willingly give way if your lordships' pleasures were such.
—The Tower, 21 Nov. 1604.
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King James to the Same.
[1604, Nov. 22].
I could have heartily wished the day if it
had been possible that my little beagle had been stolen here in
the likeness of a mouse, as he is not much bigger, to have been
partaker of the sport which I had this day at hawking. There
should ye have seen in a fair calm warm day such as a "flain"
mouse could not have taken cold in and in a fair pleasant field
so well flying Scottish hawks upon English fowls as ye could
not but have discerned but that they had been already naturalised without any reservation, and in the midst of my good
hawking got I the news of your good hunting amongst your
fellows there. I protest I cannot but think myself extremely
happy of the pains I took the last evening and morning before
my parting, and now I will confess myself in this point unto
you, that although I would gladly have won even at the first
as much as I could for the furtherance of this errand because of
the uncertainty of my mortal life, yet am I fully resolved that
the smallest beginning of this happy errand at this time with
the hearty applause of all parties will imprint such a general
apprehension in the hearts of all the people, who are more ruled
with shadows than substance, that the Union is already made,
as the occasion will thereby be extinguished of any future
crosses which otherwise might have risen upon the other points
which rests to be done for the performance of that great work;
for being once made friends and homely together they will no
more stick upon such punctilios which as otherwise strangers
they might have stood upon. It only rests that when ye end
all other things ye make such a pretty reference for the full
accomplishment of all other points which fault of leisure could
not now permit you to end as it may appear that working in
this errand shall never be left off till it be fully accomplished,
I mean specially by the uniting of both laws and parliaments of
both the nations; and for a fair "vale" as was time amongst
you I think it were not amiss that after your conclusions some
one or two of the principals of your side should bestow a good
dinner upon your Northern neighbours and so end with a health
to your common and indifferent master. I doubt not also but
ere this time ye have received the puritans' catholic petition, for
it neither names county, parish nor pastor; what such an
universal complaint deserves I need not to inform you, but I
deceived their expectation by dismissing the multitude in fair
terms, only that knave that was the framer of the petition and
drawer of them together deserving some correction, I would
have been sorry that his three thousand should have boasted
me, but he is so near of kin to Emmanuel as I shall distrust
that race the more while I live. I heartily require you that
with all convenient speed that knave may receive some public
correction either in the Star Chamber or otherwise, since ye
see I have daily more and more cause to hate and abhor all that
sect, enemies to all kings, and to me only because I am a King.
But above all let him first be shrewdly well examined.
Ye must also specially take heed that in this act of Naturalization my promise be neither restricted till the full accomplishment of the Union or to any certain time, but only that I have
declared my gracious pleasure and intention not to press too
hastily to the preferring of Scottish men to such and such
places, which without a reasonable process of time they cannot
be fit for for many respects, but the words must be conceived
alike for both the nations, and this ye know is according to my
last conclusion with you in this errand, because I would have
no terminus ad quem in this reservation but only that it should
be left to the maturity of time, which must piece and piece
take away the distinction of nations as it hath already done
here between England and Wales. But what should I weary
myself by setting down particulars thus in writ. [I] have
employed herewith so sufficient a messenger as "my father" your
fellow secretary, whom I have directed to forewarn you that
what for the pleasure I take of my recreation here and what
for the fear I stand in to offend the puritans I mind not to return
to London till after that profane Christ's tide; and therefore
you may for a two three months send your niece to remain
with your daughter in the country, where she may be well
brought up. Let 3 [Northampton] be your co-partner of this
letter, as he was of many a one before I ever saw either of you;
commend me to your honest fellow labourers, and tell the
Chamberlain I would wish him here to be breathed before
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Majesty." 3 pp. (134. 53.)
The Earl of Worcester to Lord —.
, Nov. 22.
I have delivered your packet according to
the direction, concerning that point of "prorative" that his
Majesty was careful. I conceive his meaning was that in the
penning of the act it might not appear to the Scottish Commissioners that they were in worse case than before, by reason
of the exception of being capable of those dignities and places
of government, and not only of the impairing of his prerogative,
of the which he knew you would be sufficiently careful.—Roiston,
PS.—This day his Majesty takes his journey toward Hinchinbrooke, from whence God send us a short return.
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 23.
My wife having received certain letters and
a book from one who seems to be very careful of her soul, who
did also send another letter, a seal, a book and a little picture
to one Henry Butler that serves me, we have thought good to
send them all to you. Henry Butler brought them to my wife,
saying he had received them of one he knew not, nor ever had
seen before, who went away before they were opened, the books
being sealed up also. Butler protests he cannot remember
ever to have seen the party that wrote them, neither did ever
before receive letter or message from him, or any other of that
profession. He has served us 13 or 14 years, and we take him
to be as honest a poor man as any that is towards us, and one
never inclined to the religion of the papists. Whether this be
any plot or practice, or mere simplicity (through blind zeal)
in the party that wrote them, I know not: but if we may
understand from you that he be held a dangerous person to the
state, and that he shall send again to have answer of his letters,
we will do our best to cause him to be apprehended. For ourselves we never heard of any such man before.—Sheffield, 23
At foot: Countess of Shrewsbury to the same:—To make
you my confessor, I thank God I am so well settled in the
points of religion that touch my salvation that I hope
on God's goodness I need not to seek further: and being so
far satisfied I hold it greater sin so deeply to offend the law I
have been bred and born in and do live under, than it can be
meritorious to reform myself in matter of form, though we would
allow that profession to be freer from exception than I think
it is. But whether this proceed from plot or simplicity, I should
be heartily sorry to be the cause that any man should be called
in question. But this I will leave to your consideration, and
ourselves to your best concepts.
Holograph, signed: Ma. Shrewsbury. 1 p. (107. 140.)
Lord Compton to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 23.
The Lord Chancellor has made stay of his
book until he has a warrant from the Lord Treasurer or my Lord
of Berwick. Begs Cranborne to further the dispatch of the
matter.—Savoy, 23 Nov. 1604.
Holograph. 1 p. (107. 141.)
Sir Francis Hastings to the Same.
1604, Nov. 23.
Thanks Cranborne for the honourable
message received from him by his cousin Sir Hugh Beeston:
also for the licence granted for transferring the wardship of his
wife's son to Mr. Pole of Devon. Prays that Pole may be
allowed to surrender all he had from him (Hastings), and take
all in his own name.—23 Nov. 1604.
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Lord Cobham to the Same.
1604, Nov. 24.
Since this bearer my servant was with you
last he has been sick, so that I could not give you thanks for
the kind message you sent me by him. Though the appearance
be not great, yet now I will not despair, because from you I
know the King in good time may think of me, and that for ever
I shall not be a prisoner. These be deeds of charity, which in
this world and in the everlasting world you shall receive the
merit of. In the meantime you have given some comfort to
him that was comfortless.—From the Tower, 24 Nov. 1604.
PS.—You have granted me that myself most desires, that I
shall see my nephew when he comes from Cambridge, whereof I
will put you in mind when I hear he is come. Give my servant
leave to speak with you touching some particular business of
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Sir Thomas Lake to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 25.
As soon as I was come hither I acquainted his
Majesty with what you had said about the Duke's instructions,
whereunto his Majesty took time to make answer: only I
perceive that he will not use him in any matter of state. For
the letter of Sir Henry Wotton, when his Majesty had read the
letter he was well pleased that he is sought unto, but liked the
Ambassador's answer well. He said he was in no wars with the
Pope in particular, but yet would preserve his dignity. Therefore he liked well your opinion that the Ambassador should be
warned to have as little to do with him as possibly he can; but
if the Nuntio will press it further, so as he will come to his house
as other Ambassadors of princes have done, or if he meet him
casually or any otherwise, so as the King may not seem to yield
a precedency, his Majesty can be content to hear what he will
say. But in no sort that Sir Henry Wotton shall fall into any
dealing with him as though the King regarded him otherwise
than a temporal Prince. For the matter of scandal, if the
Ambassador be known, as he is, to be sound in religion, his
Majesty thinks that to be sufficiently thereby avoided.
All things that have been done about the Union his Majesty
likes exceedingly well, and thinks himself not a little beholding
to you for so quick expedition. He was bold to amend the draft
of the article of naturalization sent to him, because he thought
there was some superfluity in it: the substance he takes no
exception to, but prays to be excused for playing the Secretary.
This morning his Majesty willed me to write to my Lord
of Northampton to deal with my Lord of Canterbury elect,
touching the ministers not conformable: that where his Majesty
conceives, so being informed, that many of them are disposed,
though not to conform themselves precisely at the day, yet
afterward within a month or two: his Majesty thinks fit that
in that case where any shall be found of that disposition that
will give hope of conformity, though not in the present, all
proceeding against him may be forborne for a month or two:
and that if this disposition of theirs be but counterfeited and to
win him, they may be the more roundly dealt with afterwards.
This morning came the packet subscribed by you which
brought my Lord of Canterbury's letter about the Deanery of
Worcester. His Majesty was resolved that the Dean of the
Chapel [James Montague] shall have the Deanery of Worcester
if he will, and Dr. Buckridge the Deanery of Lichfield if he remove. Upon this I made bold to be suitor to his Majesty to
bestow upon my brother the parsonage of Freshwater in the
Isle of Wight, which the Dean had: and if you have not any
special purpose to confer it upon any of yours, I beseech you
to give liking to it. But if you have been moved for any other,
I will submit myself.
I enclose in this packet divers bills which his Majesty has this
morning signed for his service, specially the bill for the discharge
of the recusants, which must be passed the seals with all speed:
for if they have it not before the end of the term it will be of
no use for them. Therefore cause it to be passed the seals
presently. That for Mr. Talbot I have advised Sir William
Anstruther not to offer to his Majesty until the Council may be
better satisfied of it: whereupon he is gone to London to speak
with you about it, and to leave it or persist as he shall be directed.
This letter to my Lord Chancellor is only my own, to beseech
him that if the benefice of Freshwater be under the value and
in his gift, it will please him not to bestow it, because his Majesty
is minded towards my brother.—Huntingdon, 25 Nov. 1604.
PS.—After this written, his Majesty willed me to let you
know, and that you may impart it to my Lord of Northampton
and such as you think good, that now the points of the Union
are agreed on, he would have you consider above all other
arguments heretofore used how necessary it was to be done,
considering he is newly advertised by a Scottish gentleman
arrived out of France that the French King has been very
inquisitive about it, and whether the Scots would ever yield
to it, and if they would not desire the King's second son to be
their king, and whether they would be so base as to lose the
dignity of a kingdom and the presence of a king amongst them.
Which curiousness his Majesty thinks an argument of his
disposition to prevent the quietness of this isle if he had opportunity, and therefore hopes you will think it wisdom that all
occasion thereof be taken away.
Further he willed me to signify that he is advertised that Dr.
Chatterton, who was one of the disputers at the conference,
does not only not conform himself as he seemed to promise
at the conference, but rather gives ill example in the University.
Therefore because he is of Cambridge, where you are Chancellor
and head of a House, his Highness thinks it fit you should
consider what is meet to be done with him if he persist, and
what you as Chancellor may do to remove him if he continue
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Sir Thomas Lake to Viscount Cranborne.
, Nov. 25.
Since I wrote to you this morning his
Majesty, having written to the Queen and my Lord of Barwick,
has willed me to excuse him to you of not writing by reason of
his weariness in the other letters; and that by Tuesday at
farthest you shall hear from him of his own hand, and then also
understand his pleasure about the Duke. About the petition
at Royston, his Majesty would have all that could be gotten
out of Hildersham, who he says is apparently guilty. For Sir
Fr. Barrington, I find not that his Majesty conceives aught to
touch him, except it appear by any discovery there; but if
anything should fall out, because he is a man of note, his
Majesty would rather deal with him than another man.—25
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Sir Thomas Lake to Viscount Cranborne.
, Nov. 25.
Among other things whereof I have this day
twice written to you, I forgot one which his Majesty gave me
special charge of; that is that where you had told him of a letter
from his agent in the Low Countries which you were desirous
he should peruse: but he then had no leisure. If you think
good, now that he has more time to see it, to send that letter
hither, he will very willingly give it the reading.—Huntingdon,
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Lord Fyvie to the Same.
1604, Nov. 26.
Because I know your lordship has infinite
"adois," having this morning penned a project of that was
committed unto us, I have thought meet to send it you, not as
worthy to be seen or considered but that you may know I am
not unmindful of anything committed to my charge. I entreat
you give it to any of your clerks and direct him to form the same
as you may think most for the purpose; for albeit this might
be tolerable in other respects, I know it is neither conform
to your forms nor good English. After four afternoon I shall
God willing attend to wait with you and to approve any form
you shall ordain to be set down for this matter that it may
be ready to-morrow in due time.—Whitehall, Monday, 26
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Sir Stephen Proctor to the Same.
1604, Nov. 27.
Details proposed terms for the sale of certain
leases. Sir William Ingilby named, also Thriske Mills, and
wastes in Kirkebyshire.—27 Nov. 1604.
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Sir Thomas Cave to the Same.
1604, Nov. 27.
Has received two privy seals, for 50l. and 40l.
This happens very unfitly for him, he being in agreement for a
marriage between a knight's son, his neighbour, and one of his
daughters: and he is already indebted above 1,000l., and besides,
he lent 50l. to the late Queen which is yet unsatisfied. Begs to
be discharged of the privy seals.—Holborne, 27 Nov. 1604.
Signed. 1 p. (107. 153.)
Lord Fyvie to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 27.
I have shown to our Commissioners the
King's judgment and correction of our act of naturalization,
which we will all very well allow of to be so mended, as it may
please you to propose it, either as of the King or as of yourself.
I have also spoken with some of our specials anent the form of
subscribing the three writs to be given to the King and Parliaments. We think meetest there be nothing spoken of that,
but when the writs shall be ready your lordships shall first
subscribe one on what side you please, and when we are subscribing that on the other side, your lordships shall subscribe
the second where you please, and so the third, and we shall
PS.—Because I have understood by my Lord Beruike you
thought meetest the alteration of the words in the act of
naturalization should be proponed by our side, I shall propone
the same.—27 Nov. 1604.
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Sir John Parker to the Same.
1604, Nov. 29.
Of the matter between the Six Clerks and
him. Sends herewith an answer to their supposed case with
which they have abused Cranborne, containing the truth of the
case. Cranborne will find his suit is for the common good, and
desired of all men save only the Clerks, from whom it is like
to draw a principal feather, and yet leaves them feathers enough
to fly high. Trusts Cranborne will grace him in the matter to
his Majesty.—29 Nov. 1604.
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The following three papers formed possibly the Enclosure in the
(i) On 9 Apr. 36 Eliz., the day before Sir Thos. Egerton
was sworn Master of the Rolls, Sir John Parker obtained from
her Majesty a grant of the keeping and filing of all bills, answers,
etc. in Chancery, with a new fee of 12d. thereby imposed upon
the subject for every such pleading, and also the benefit of all
second copies, and exemplifications of the same.
Upon this Patent, 2 questions arose:—
1. That the Six Clerks, as officers under the Master of the
Rolls, were bound by their oaths to file the said pleadings, and then to deliver them to the Master of the
2. That the benefit of the said second copies and exemplifications belonged to them.
Whereupon Sir John Parker solicited the now Lord Treasurer
and Sir John Fortescue to mediate the matter between him
and the Six Clerks, the conclusion whereof was that Sir John
Parker should deliver up all his interest and title to the second
copies and exemplifications, and that the six Clerks should do
their best endeavour to gather the said 12d. of the subject
for every pleading; which they carefully did during the
Queen's time, certifying the names of such persons as refused
to pay. Upon his Majesty's entrance, the people, emboldened
by his proclamation against monopolies, refused to pay the said
12d., which moved Sir John Parker to appeal to his Majesty by
petition to have the keeping and filing of the pleadings according to his patent; which petition, by consent of Lord Bruce,
now Master of the Rolls, was referred to the Chief Justices of
the King's Bench and Common Pleas, and to the Chief Baron
of the Exchequer, who adjudged the right of keeping the pleadings unto the Master of the Rolls.
Hereupon Sir John Parker, finding himself aggrieved, has
exhibited divers complaints against the Six Clerks, charging
them with the receipt of the said 12d. to their own uses, which
he cannot prove, and laboured to draw from them some consideration in regard of the loss of his said office; wherewith the
Six Clerks have nothing to do. Howbeit they have declared
their readiness to collect the said 12d., if he would have procured
them from his Majesty a warrant for the receipt thereof, considering that otherwise, as the case stands, they are not to
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(ii) Sir John Parker's answer to the foregoing; merely a
re-statement of the case, giving no further information.
1 p. (109. 2.)
(iii) "Reasons to approve the Six Clerks have no
interest in keeping and filing the records but by the Master of
the Rolls' sufferance, and therein is gathered what is thought
they will object and answer to the same. 1604."
1 p. closely written. (109. 81.)
Captains William Saxey and Edward Bassett to Viscount
1604, Nov. 29.
It pleased Cranborne to consider them worthy
of pensions, but in what measure he values their services was
not spoken of, by reason of the interposition of the Lord of
Berwick. They desire him to take knowledge that there are
captains of their rank who are recompensed, some with 10s.,
and some with 8s. a day during life. They prescribe nothing
but submit to his censure, and beg that his servant, Mr. Calvert,
may signify his pleasure to them.—29 Nov. 1604.
Signed. 1 p. (108. 2.)
Sir Thomas Lake to the Same.
, Nov. 29.
Although I have no great matter to advertise you of, yet because Sir Fra. Darcy goes away in the morning
post in company of the Duke of Holst, I thought good to advertise you that your letters dated yesterday came hither this
day about noon, his Majesty being first gone abroad, as I wrote
you in the morning, and now this evening returned somewhat
late, but much better disposed than when he went forth; and
having cause to write to my Lord of Berwick, would not pain
himself to write any more so soon of his own hand, but commanded me to signify his pleasure. It is only about some things
of Scotland, and so I will not trouble you with repetition of
them. I delivered your letters this evening at his Majesty's
return to Sir Ph. Harbert, and the same instant also were presented your grapes brought by your footman, which were very
welcome to his Majesty. For Mr. Dacres, his Majesty is pleased
that on Sunday, or when you think fit, he may be called before
you again and discharged, making it appear unto him that it
is at the suit of my Lord Chamberlain.—Hinchinbrooke, 29
Nov. at 8 in the night.
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George Nicolson to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 30.
Lord Cranborne's and Lord Berwick's
promises of favour have encouraged him to present the enclosed
suit.—30 Nov. 1604.
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Note of reasons for appointing special notaries to make charter
parties, and examiners for the King's service. Details the
various losses of customs suffered under the present system,
which the above arrangement would remedy. It is proposed
that the notaries should also register passengers' names, to
the discovery of practisers going and coming in the ships they
make charters for, a matter of good service to the State. Also
that they should inform the King of the destination, lading,
and probable length of voyage of ships, by which the King may
stay or alter their voyages. The writer begs to be granted the
office of placing of fit persons for the above purposes. Her late
Majesty granted such an office to one Gurlin, which by her
death was not perfected.—Undated.
1 p. (108. 3.)
Sir Thomas Sherley to Lord Cecil (sic).
1604, Nov. 30.
Pardon my boldness if I address my heavy
lines to you in all my distress. I have ever found more true
comfort from you than from all England besides. How his
Majesty's letters written for me to the Great Turk did miscarry,
and lose their virtue, this gentleman Mr. Glover can tell, for
he has since his arrival in Constantinople been a great "autor"
in my woeful tragedy. I was bold to use your name to him,
and told him that whatsoever pain he did undergo for me, you
would take well at his hands, as a thing done to a dependent
of yours. Verify my word to him, and so shall he at his
next return be the readier to deal for me, my cause being
recommended to him from your mouth.—Constantinople, 30
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Lord Grey to Viscount Cranborne.
[1604, ? Nov.]
I am fully informed by my honest friend
that last attended you of your kind sense of my misfortunes
and noble disposition, as with just reservation you may to relieve
my extreme miseries: together with a seasonable and sweet
incision unto the quick of that deadly wound, which, concealed,
first rankled and near wrought my destruction. Whereby I
am not only revived from the despair wherein till your noble
letter I was plunged, but am now quickened with hope yet one
day to recover your favour, than which I value no earthly
thing more dear: and am so far from shadowing my former
error with excuse or any pretence that I plainly confess it. Yet
know I your noble nature will never deny that necessity of
times and fate threw on me causes of unkindness which by nature
least able to resist and most sensible of, inflamed with strange
accidents and my ill-tempered choler, ran me headlong into
my ruin. But now since my misfortunes have utterly changed
my natural constitution, and instead of abundance of choler,
which drew on me a disease so deadly, threatens no less desperate
peril from "fleam," which strangely exceeds in me, I appeal to
you for some seasonable remedy. Consider the desperate
plunges I have endured, with the long protraction of my
imprisonment now not wanting a month of fully eighteen, and
that miserable lying at Winchester, which may well stand for
18 more, and, good my Lord, with as good speed as you may, set
in motion some course of ease. Some 8 or 10 days hence,
which will want little of that fatal 9 of December when we were
saved, I will entreat my cousin Hill again to attend you if you
please to direct any acknowledgment, by occasion of that
happy day, unto the King for so life-giving a mercy; or else
to sit still till you command.—Undated.
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Sir Edward Coke, Attorney General, to the Same.
I have by your warrant drawn a grant of two
parts of Sir John Perrott's goods and chattels to Mr. Lepton, one
of the grooms of his Highness's chamber. I verily think this
gentleman will turn to my Lord of Northumberland's great
vexation. Therefore if you would be informed of the true state
of the case before it passes, it may avoid much contention, and
it may be turn to Mr. Lepton's good to sue for somewhat of
greater benefit; for assuredly Sir John Perrot assigned over his
personal estate before his treasons to two colleges in either
of the Universities, and her Majesty (that now is with God)
granted in effect all his leases to the Countess of Northumberland.—Undated.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1604, Nov." 1 p. (108. 5.)
The Earl of Northumberland to Viscount Cranborne.
[1604, ? Nov.]
Lepton has got a grant of Sir John Parrott's
goods, or concealed goods, as I hear. I take it that Sir James
Perrott is the man that has set him on. This practice he has
embraced since he was frustrated of that he went about, which
was granted to my wife. Whether this be to trouble me, or
out of malice to some other, I know not certainly; but much of
the goods I had when I was married, which my wife claimed as
being made over to certain colleges in Oxford by Sir John
Parrot. I hear you have given order that his book should
pass. My desire is that it should be stayed until I know the
contents of it, and how far it may wrong me, or until I may make
his Majesty acquainted how much it may concern me. I
desire not his loss, so it hurt not my interest.—Syon.—Undated.
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Richard Bell to the Same.
[1604, ? Nov.]
Late warden clerk of the dissolved West
Marches of England for 38 years. He extracted and exhibited
to the King a book of the dissolved treaty of truce, and petitioned
for 30l. pension or other relief: of which he begs Cranborne's
furtherance. He offers him the "second" of the said book.—
Petition. 1 p. (189. 67.)
[See Calendar of S.P. Dom. 1603–1610, p. 167.]
Captain Ro. Luffe to the Same.
Begs his furtherance of his suit to the Lord
Treasurer for relief; or else that Cranborne would bestow on
him some small means to satisfy his surgeon and his charge,
lying lame one whole yeare. He encloses a testimony from Sir
Richard Hauckings of his services. He is presently to depart
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