Sir John Roper to the Earl of Salisbury.
, Oct. 1.
I did hope to have presented you with the
falcon and tarsel I promised you long before this time; such
is my ill-fortune as the tarsel died before he came to flying,
and the falcon so altered in her flying and condition as if it had
never been that hawk, and therefore dare not for shaming
myself present her till she be brought to her former underflying, which time and pains must perfect. In the meantime
I have sent you by this bearer a fair black falcon, and one of
the best for the killing of a partridge and a fowl that never I
have seen fly. She will always fly in a pace to please you,
I hope, and many times will fly very high. That you may see
what she did yesterday in the forenoon, being Monday, I have
sent you 3 brace of partridges then killed with hawks, of which
this falcon killed 2 brace. Accept them as a token of my love
to you. This 1st Oct.
Holograph. Seal. Endorsed: "1605." 1 p. (112. 99.)
Dr. Henry Ramelius to the Same.
1605, Oct. 1.
On behalf of one Joachim Voget, who has
long been engaged in litigation in London, and having now at
length obtained a royal commission, desires that he may obtain
fair compensation from his adversaries.—Written in haste from
a man-of-war off Gravesend, 1 Oct. 1605.
Signed. Seal. Latin. 1½ pp. (112. 154.)
John Mallory to the Same.
, Oct. 2.
Where of late there have been divers
unkindnesses 'twixt Sir Stephen Procter and others in these
parts for the defence of my Lord of Derby's right and title to
certain lands in this country, most of which are appeased, yet
is there some "corrosie" that will eat this gentleman, if by
your means the same be not prevented. Sir Stephen Procter
acquainted me very lately that he has pressed for good behaviour
against him, and that he had for some consideration forborne
the serving of them, but they should this term be renewed and
likewise other bills should proceed against him. May it please
you to free him of such imputations, or that by your countenance
and favour he may live in quiet.—Stoodly, 2 Oct.
Holograph. Seal. Endorsed: "1605." 1 p. (112. 100.)
[The Earl of Salisbury] to the Mayor, etc., of
1605, Oct. 3.
Recommending Sir William Waad, knt.,
Lieutenant of the Tower of London and late Clerk of the Council,
to be elected burgess for the town of Bere Alston in place of
Sir Arthur Athye, knt., deceased.—Whitehall, 3 Oct. 1605.
Draft. 1 p. (112. 101.)
The Council of Scotland to the Earl of Salisbury.
1605, Oct. 3.
We received your letters showing of the
information made that frequent numbers of persons pass up
thither from the north parts upon pretence to embark in those
southern ports for seeking of their fortunes in the service of
his Majesty's friends, and that sundry disorders are committed
by them in the highways, and that the courts and streets of
London are pestered with them. We never knew nor heard
of the passing up of any such persons, neither has there any
levy been made here. We have given strait order by proclamation, that all such colonels and captains as shall take any soldiers
in this country for foreign service shall make their rendezvous
and embark in the parts where they are levied, or in the most
commodious sea-port next adjacent.—From Perth, 3 Oct. 1605.
Signed: "Montroiss commissionar'; Al. Cancells; Glamiss;
Blantyre; Halyrudhois; T.Hamilton; Abercorne." Fragments
of seal. 1 p. (112. 102.)
Francis Aungier to the Same.
1605, Oct. 4.
I thank your lordship for vouchsafing me
the only mean I had for his Majesty's letters to the Senate
of Hamburgh for the furtherance of my suit. The letters I
have delivered, but find some cause to doubt such effect thereof
as the justice of my cause deserves, by reason that my suit is
against divers of the citizens much favoured of the Senate.
I understand that the city of Hamburgh, both by their ordinary
agent Mr. Rodenberg and also by Herr Teggius their secretary
sent specially for that purpose, sues to his Majesty for divers
privileges and especially for the residence of the English
merchants to be removed from Stoade to Hamburgh. If it
would please you to recommend my cause to the secretary and
Rodenberg and, if during my abode here, there shall be any
employed in these parts on behalf of the English Merchants
Adventurers to treat upon articles between the city of Hamburgh
and them, you would name me among others, or by any other
means employ me, it might be a great mean to further my cause.
—From Hamburgh, 4 Oct. 1605.
Holograph. 1 p. (112. 103.)
The Earl of Montgomery to the Same.
, Oct. 4.
I have delivered your present to his
Majesty, which was brought very sound, and his Majesty
commanded me to return you many thanks for them, but
especially for the grapes; for he says the peaches were very
fair to look upon but not so good in taste as he has eaten of
many times this year, therefore next time you send he would
have you to send of another sort of peaches. I have no news
to send you, but that the King is very well and merry, and
removes on Monday next to Huntingdon.—From Roiston, 4
Holograph. Seals. Endorsed: "1605." 1 p. (112. 104.)
Sir Edmund Pelham to the Earl of Salisbury.
1605, Oct. 4.
His Majesty has entitled all such as are
sent his justices of assize in this kingdom with the name of
lords during their circuits, and intends to grace all such as be
judges or barons of any benches here with the dignity of
serjeants-at-law. It is for that Mr. Geoffrey Osbaldeston, a
gentleman and an outer barrister of Gray's Inn, being in this
kingdom, has been by the good opinion conceived of him and
his learning by the Lord Deputy, Council, and judges here
without his suit or motion made one of the judges of the King's
Bench here, who is very well liked of by my Lord Chief Justice
of that place, and has since served his Majesty as a justice of
assize in a circuit, where he has behaved himself well and
commendably. Wherefore I beseech you that he may be
graced with the state and ornaments of a serjeant-at-law either
by writ from thence, or here by other direction.—Dublin, 4 Oct.
Signed. 1 p. (112. 105.)
The Earl of Southampton to the Same.
, Oct. 5.
I am entreated by a good friend of mine
to move you on behalf of one Chamberlayne concerning a matter
depending in the Star Chamber between him and one Green,
and to be heard, as I take it, this next term. My suit is no
more but for that which I assure myself you would afford
without soliciting, your lawful favour to Chamberlayne, whose
cause I am informed is just.—5 Oct.
Holograph. Seal. Endorsed: "1605." (112. 106.)
Sir John Ramsay to the Same.
1605, Oct. 5.
His Majesty has bestowed a suit upon him,
and willed him to seek out such a one as might be sufficient
for the further advancement of his fortunes. Has moved him
to give him a grant of all fraudulent reckonings of his Highness's
payments and allowances in Ireland, as it pleased her late
Majesty to bestow upon one of her servants in England.—
Royston, 5 Oct. 1605.
Signed. Seal. ½ p. (112. 107.)
Dudley Carleton to the Same.
1605, Oct. 6.
May I add a few lines to a former letter, though
I write with so much grief that I wish non posse scribere. By
all conjectures I can make of the state of my Lord Norreys's
body and the accidents of his disease, I despair of his recovery.
Betwixt his fits he has perfect good sense, and though he
often thinks of disposing of things and has bestowed somewhat
with his own hands, yet I can give no assurance whether he
has made a will or not.
Publicly he says it rests not in his power to dispose of anything he has in England, and yet privately he said to me this
last night, that he had made no will when he came from thence.
There has been nothing moved to him directly touching this
matter because of his apprehensions, to which he is very subject,
but now it is thought time to have it persuaded by my Lord
Ambassador. The day he fell sick he made me more than
ordinary demonstrations of his affection to his lady, which
makes me believe that whatsoever he does shall be the best
for her good. He has told me of an annuity he has given one
of his brothers by a rent charge upon his land, which he wished
me to take good note of. He commanded me to say somewhat
to your lordship, as if a discontentment, with which he once
acquainted you, had been the cause of his disease, but it seemed
to proceed only out of melancholy, because soon after he recalled
it. You may have heard of some sickness he had in Spain,
whereof this may be surmised a consequent, but it was mal
gracioso and thoroughly recovered. His excessive exercise,
which the physicians most complain of, proceeded of overjoying
in his good disposition, which till our coming to this town and in
these 14 days that he began first to droop he would vaunt to
be better than ever he had in his life. This man of mine I send
expressly because he has been present both in his health and
sickness, and can inform your lordship of anything you doubt
of, which my want of leisure and distracted wits upon this
accident will not suffer me to write. I beseech you to send
your directions, as if the worst should happen.—From Parys,
6 Oct. 1605, stilo vetere.
PS.—At this instant, which was wont to be the time of my
Lord's violent fits, there is sleep procured him, which gives us
some better hope.
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Sir W. Waad, Lieutenant of the Tower, to the
Earl of Salisbury.
1605, Oct. 7.
I gave only signification to you of the great
offence that is taken by occasion of the great number of
Irish people that frequent these parts, until I took more
certainty of them. Understanding there was above 100 last
Sunday before the Spanish Ambassador's lodging, I caused a
constable of East Smithfield to bring 5 or 6 of them before me
that speak English. By examining them I learn that Captain
De la Hide, an Irishmen, took up 200 of them in Munster,
Connaught and Leinster, by warrant, as he told them, from
the King to levy such as were willing to serve. These embarked
at Waterford, landed at Penrin in Cornwall, and came to the
City. Their captain gave them only 2s. a man, so for want of
money they have sold their swords and some apparel to defray
their charges. Their often repair to the Ambassador's house
is because De la Hide lodges there. Also that Captain Darcie
has also sent over 120 out of Ireland, but himself has not come
over. I find very easy persuasion might divert their intended
course. Amongst them are many women, and many of the
men seem to be of the better sort. They have so often presented
themselves on the north side of Tower Hill beyond the Postern,
before that tower where the titulary Desmont was lodged, in
such numbers, and with that demonstration of affection to him,
that I have removed him to a prison in Coldherbert
[Coldharbour], where he can neither be seen nor see any of
them, which he exceedingly stomachs. The offence generally
conceived by all men by the wandering of those people up and
down in troops, and especially about the Tower, is so great,
that I could not forbear to signify the same, and to put you in
mind that your lordships gave special directions to stay the
transportation of the Irish. The resort of these people chiefly
to these quarters, grows in part out of another notable enormity
I have found in these parts, remote from that end of the suburbs
subject to the view of you and other Lords, which you will
think strange in the manner, and more strange in the toleration
of such abuses. There is at the end of a new built lane called
Hogge Lane, towards the fields leading to Ratcliff, a cluster
of base tenements termed Knockfergus, peopled with Irish of
very base sort, who live only by begging. The best of the
inhabitants inform me that of 80 households lately erected the
dwellers in them and all the stuff in their houses is not worth
40l., but are mere rogues and lewd people that live by stealth,
pilfering and shifting, who disperse themselves abroad in the
day time, and lodge there in the night. There are also 20
children at least, begotten upon queans amongst them, of which
there is no father known. How to reform this I know not.
To bind the landlords to the Star Chamber has for these many
years served only to encourage offenders and bring scorn to the
justices, who have taken great pains to inform these fearful
abuses, certify the presentments, bind the offenders, and select
the better sort and chiefest trespassers. The justices have
given very dutiful attendance, but I never saw any course of
proceeding. It may be the full measure of these abuses was
not grown to that height it now is heaped up. If reformation
be not taken, besides other inconveniences, the City will never
be free from sickness. So many new buildings are erected in
these parts daily, as if there were a strait command to join
East Smithfield to Ratcliff.—The Tower, 7 Oct. 1605.
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Sir John Croke to the Earl of Salisbury.
1605, Oct. 8.
I am bold to present to you some things
which I have collected concerning the question whether the
counties of Salop, Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester are
within the Marches of Wales or no, the ordering whereof much
concerns the continuance of the peaceable government of those
places, as also of the other shires of Wales. These collections
are only motives of much more material observations to be
prescribed by you, which out of my duty, fearing what consequence innovations may bring I present, to be reformed as you
shall command.—Serjeants' Inn, 8 Oct. 1605.
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. (112. 110.)
John Layfield to the Earl of Salisbury.
1605, Oct. 8.
I received a message from your lordship by
Mr. Brewton, to know my mind touching the suit which my
Lord's Gr[ace] and my Lord of Exeter made for Graveley. May
it please you to remember your promise thereof, and seeing the
first presentee can by no means, who has tried many, make
himself capable of it, extend your favour to me in the second.—
8 Oct. 1605.
Holograph. ½ p. (112. 109.)
[Cf. Calendar of S.P. Dom., 1603–1610, p. 232.]
The Earl of Nottingham to the Same.
, Oct. 8.
Begs to be excused from attending this
meeting, being ill with much pain in his head of the "megrom."
—Richmond, 8 Oct.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1605. Lord Admiral." ½ p.
— to Lord —.
1605, Oct. 10.
Sends particulars of the estate of Mr. Jocelin,
which he understands of his own knowledge, having of
late been an arbitrator between the two brethren. The
estate includes the Manor of Hie Rooding, Essex; the Manors
of Newehall Jocelines and Bronsey Bery, which are the jointure
of Mrs. Jocelin; and the Manor of Hide Hall, Herts. His debts
are thought to be 600l. or 700l.—10 Oct. 1605.
1 p. (P. 2154.)
King James to the Earl of Salisbury.
1605, Oct. 10.
For your better satisfaction touching Anne
Gunter we let you wit that whereas not long ago she
was a creature in outward show most weak and impotent,
yet she did yesterday in our view dance with that strength and
comeliness and leap with such agility and dexterity of body
that we, marvelling thereat to see the great change, spent
some time this day in the examination of her concerning the
same. And we find by her confession that she finds herself
perfectly cured from her former weakness by a potion given
her by a physician, and a tablet hanged about her neck; that
she was never possessed with any devil nor bewitched; that
the practice of the pins grew at the first from a pin that she put
into her mouth, affirmed by her father to be cast therein by
the devil, and afterwards that and some other such pin-pranks
which she used together with the swelling of her belly, occasioned
by the disease called the mother, wherewith she was oftentimes
vehemently afflicted, she did of long time daily use and practice
make show to be matters of truth to the beholders thereof;
and lastly that she hath been very far in love with one Appleby,
servant to the Lord of Canterbury, and is still, hath sought his
love long most importunately and immodestly (in manner unfit
to be written) and now she doth most humbly and earnestly
crave our furtherance that she may marry him; and this last
is confessed also by himself. Whereof you shall hear more by
the next messenger; in the meantime we have sent you this
letter enclosed for the better satisfaction of my Lords and
And because we know that by reason of the Parliament and
other weighty affairs you cannot write much with your own
hand, we shall be contented that you shall use your secretaries'
labour therein.—Finchingbrook, 10 Oct. 1605.
Sign manual and seal. Endorsed by Cecil: "The King's
Majesty." 1 p. (134. 70.)
The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Salisbury.
1605, Oct. 10.
Now that the Parliament draws on so near
and we hear nothing of any prorogation, I hope we shall
see you in London before the end of this month. I have some
term business to direct my man in at London which requires
some haste, and is contained in this enclosed letter, which I
pray may be speedily sent him. I never yet sent any letter
post but the direction was always to you; therefore I hope you
will pardon my overboldness.—At Warsop, 10 Oct. 1605.
Holograph. ¾ p. (88. 110.)
Lord Say and Sele to the Same.
1605, Oct. 10.
He acknowledges Salisbury's letter, signifying
his Majesty's pleasure that Mrs. Bridgett Hungerford be
disposed to her eldest son Sir John Hungerford. Although
he has been at great charge to indict her, and the benefit of her
was likely to exceed any two of the rest, he willingly submits,
and will desist further proceedings against her. So many of
the King's servants have obtained the like suits, and the judges
have been so diligent to discover and convict, that any three
he shall now procure will not countervail the benefit of this
one. Salisbury, for the benefit of Mr. Wingfeilde, exempted
out of his note Sir Everard Digby of Rutlandshire, the chiefest
in estate of all he named. He begs, in view of his great expense
in the matter, and that Mr. Robert Car, who has already received
20l. from him, must have 60l. more, that his number of 8 may
be made 10. Also that he may continue his interest in those
he named before, especially Edward Morgain, who, to defraud
the King and him, has lately sold all his lands and leases in
these parts, being a great recusant.—Browghton, 10 Oct. 1605.
Holograph. 1 p. (191. 53.)
Sir John Peyton to the Earl of Salisbury.
1605, Oct. 10.
I beseech you to take into your protection
such causes as concern my poor estate, amongst which there
is now one in question touching the recovery of the fen about
the Isle of Ely, that much imports me, and in which I have spent
30 years' industry, and made the first overture of the feasibility
of that work, as by the fruits and effect thereof appeared unto
my Lord Chief Justice upon his late view made in those parts
for that purpose. My son shall inform your lordship of the
particulars.—Jersey, 10 Oct. 1605.
PS.—This bearer can inform you of the proceeding in the
cause of Sir Walter Rawleygh's debts in this island, commanded
unto [me] by your letters, and as by my answer therein may
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Sir John Peyton, the younger, to the Same.
[1605, Oct. 10 or later.]
Having divers times attended to
present my service, as well of myself as by my father's directions,
and of late not so happy as to obtain the same, I presumed to
address my devotion to your lordship in a letter. The miserable
calamity of the surrounded Isle of Ely wherein I live is wellknown to you, and pitied, as through your favourable care for
the recovery of them appears. Such as have been employed and
are about the work have not as yet perfected the least part of
their project, being a straighter or corrected conveyance of the
fen water from the river of Neane to the outfall at or near the
London "loade." The unwillingness of the people to the bettering
of their estates, and their wilfulness not to conceive their own
good have been the chief cause of the easy proceedings of the
undertakers; which obstacle, though to the great loss of the
country, will with these great wets without question be removed,
and the county be the easier drawn to part from a convenient
portion of the fens for the certaining of the rest, now they shall
perceive their whole estates subject to be overthrown by one
month's continual wet. The length of the work now in hand
will be 3 miles, the breadth 40 foot, the depth 8 foot. There is
130,000 acres allotted by Commission of Sewers for the recovery
of the rest. My father is like to part from a great deal and as
much as any man there, that has an hereditary estate, and
neither himself nor I shall be anyway unwilling to yield to such
a proportion as shall be thought fit for the effecting of
so general a good.—Undated.
Holograph. Seal. Endorsed: "1605." 3 pp. (112. 112.)
Sir Fulke Grevill to the Same.
, Oct. 10.
To enquire after his health, with other
compliments.—From Horrold's Park, 10 Oct.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1605." 1 p. (112. 114.)
The Mayor and Citizens of Exeter to the
Earl of Salisbury.
1605, Oct. 12.
We have been informed that divers of the
merchants of London endeavour to be made a corporation
for the French trade, and have written to us, the merchants
of this city of Exon, advising us to send them the names of
such of us as (having been mere merchants by the space of 15
years) are desirous to be united unto them; and likewise to
signify their intent unto our neighbour towns of Devon. If
such a patent be granted them, we are persuaded that it will be
altogether unprofitable to his Majesty, and hazard the estates
of a great number of our western merchants, who (being made
subject to their commands) shall adventure but what and how
much and when they list, and shall be disabled to do anything
without directions from so distant and remote a place. For
our own part we are incorporated already by the late Queen
under the great seal for a French company, which patent we
entreat may be now confirmed by his Majesty, and our city
and county of Exon excepted out of that charter which those
Londoners endeavour to procure. For the effecting of which
business we have purposely sent one of our neighbours,
beseeching you to afford such furtherance as may best continue
the peaceable and free trading of our merchants into the
dominions of the French King.—12 Oct. 1605.
Signed: Henry Hull, maire: John Davye: Jo. Perrham:
Wm. Martin: Nicholas Spicer: John Howell: Hugh Crossinge,
Governor: Rychard Dorchester: Walter Borrowe. Seal.
1 p. (112. 115.)
Lionel Tichborne to Thomas Gawen.
1605, Oct. 12.
I commend me heartily to you and your
good bedfellow, wishing St. David to be her saint. I would
desire to write your letters to Sir William Peter to make a letter
of attorney to Rafe Parsons for the gathering of his rent in
Sarum.—12 Oct. 1605.
PS.—I lie at Townsends where Mr. More also lodges.
Holograph. Seal. ½ p. (112. 116.)
Captain Matthew Bredgate to the Earl of Salisbury.
1605, Oct. 14.
I desire you out of your wonted favour
to take pity on my poor self, in restoring me to my credit and
liberty again, and put me upon any service or employment that
shall be for your Honour. I am a true subject and an honest
man. I was simply overtaken by the Lord Arundell. He gave
me only good words, assuring me the favour of many his honourable friends (naming your lordship for one), but for any reward
I never had penny nor pennyworth. This is to my undoing to
have my employments to be taken from me, and this chargeable imprisonment to be put upon me. My hope is upon your
lordship and my Lord Admiral. He is willing that I should
have my enlargement, and willed that I should put up my
petition to the Privy Council.—14 Oct. 1605.
Holograph. 1 p. (112. 117.)
Leysaghe O'Conor to the Earl of Devonshire,
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
[? 1605], Oct. 14.
I met this morning with Capt. William
Darcy, who tells me there is not above threescore and ten by
poll coming in his company, and that Capt. Garald was in
Ireland at his departure from thence, being wind-beaten in
after once setting forth. What will become of him he knows
not. Mr. Preston [marginal note: "Vicont Gormaston's
brother"] is past me up to London with a dozen men in his
company yesterday, but Darcy tells me that his company were
in bark a fortnight before his setting forth from Ireland. I
have turned back with Capt. Darcy to meet the company at
Donstabill, where I will attend with them till I hear further
from you.—From Readburn, 14 Oct.
Holograph. 1 p. (112. 118.)
Dudley Carleton to Sir Walter Cope.
1605, Oct. 14.
I thought I should have been with you
before this time, but have been stayed by an unfortunate
accident of my Lord Norreys's sickness, which began 15 days
since, and still continues. He has had many conflicts betwixt
life and death, but it has pleased God to work a sudden change
beyond expectation, and we have good hope of his recovery.
Pray inform my Lord of Salisbury thus much.
Excuse any offence that may be taken at an advertisement
I sent a week since, which proceeded out of my care to have
the best made of the worst that might happen. In his sickness
the two greatest physicians of this town, and, for one of them,
it may be said of this time, La Riviere and Maliscot, have showed
by their deaths that their art is tota projecta, and more ad
alienas utilitates than their own. You must look for no other
news from a sick man's bedside, from whence I stir not. My
stay upon this occasion will be longer than I looked for.—Parys,
14 Oct. 1605, stilo vet.
Holograph. Endorsed: Charlton, Sir H. Noell, Toby Mathew,
Sir H. Goodyere, H. Constable, Ch. Chester, Mr. Townley, Sir
Ed. Baynam. 1 p. (191. 54.)
James Plunket to his brother.
1605, Oct. 15.
Finding this convenient messenger I
thought it fit to salute you with these few lines. My coming
from Ireland has been but lately, for I was there within this
fortnight, and then our friends were all well, but desirous as
I am myself to hear how you do and where you are, with all
speed.—London, 15 Oct. 1605.
Holograph. Unaddressed. ½ p. (112. 119.)