Lord Cromwell to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606, June 1.
Being here at Lyrpoole, at the water side ready
for my passage, I am informed of many very distasteful news,
that the Bishop of Down makes challenge to part of the principal
house; and that there are many leases made for life of the chiefest
parts of the land, which are covenanted by my Lord of Devonshire
to be made free to me without exception; besides many other
impediments, whereof I am like to feel the future danger; as
also how to keep that rebellious nation in quiet without some
means of authority, the only bridle to that uncivil people amongst
whom I am to reside, being far from my Lord Deputy and all
civil administration. I acquaint the Countess [of Devonshire]
and his lordship's executors more particularly of what I have
already heard of the former; and for the other I wholly rely upon
you and their wisdoms who have made an establishment there.
I beseech your honourable word to the Countess on my behalf.—
Leverpoole, 1 June, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 78.)
Sir John Radclyffe to the Same.
, June 1.
Expresses his thanks to Salisbury for having
obtained by his means "my desire in the transferring of Captain
Arthere's company for myself".—Hage, 1 June.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1606. Sir John Radcliff" and the
following list of names: Sir Jho. Radlyff, Sir R. Fenning, Sir Jho.
[or Tho.] Samell, Sir Ed. Michelbon, Sir Charles Hally, Sir Samuell
Somers, Sir Stephen Soam, Sir Jho. Byron, Sir H. Sackferd,
Sir Jhon. Palmer, Sir R. Boyle, Sir S. Willoughby, Sir R. Yaxley,
Sir Ja. Perrott, Sir Patrick Barnwel, Sir Ed. Manxwell. 1 p.
Captain A. Ersfeild to the Same.
, June 2.
Here is a ship come from Lisbon, which with
all others has been there restrained for 10 weeks, by reason of a
fleet of 28 sail should not be discovered that were rigging and
preparing for the wafting their Indies fleet; which by their
advices is to come home this year. There was freighted 3 carricks,
but the rumour of the States' fleet upon their coast made them all
to be unladen, and to be moored up for another year. The
merchant of the ship likewise informs that this fleet of about 30
sail of the States are coming home, and now within the narrow
seas; and that they are bringing of a carrick home which they
have taken. More, that there was an Englishman of Weymouth
that had commission from the States, that was encountered by 3
of the King's galleys. He continued his fight so well as he killed
the Admiral and many of his people; never yielding until all his
were slain to 6. In the end he compounded for their lives, who
all notwithstanding as soon as they came ashore were executed.
He tells me that while he was at Lisbon divers carvels came in, of
which one was the King's, and that great joy was made for her
safety, being esteemed worth two millions of treasure.—Portsmouth, 2 June.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1606." 1 p. (116. 80.)
Sir Richard Verney to the Earl of Salisbury.
, June 2.
I hold it my duty not to be a concealer of the
hard usage that I undergo. As I was diligent to perform the
duty that appertained to my place, in the time of this late rebellion
in Warwickshire, so have I hastened to give an exact account.
But when I came to take into my account the charge of those
goods of the traitors which remained in my custody, according to
the valuation they were rated at by selected commissioners
purposely sent, I am restrained so to do by a warrant from the
Lord Treasurer; and the reason is given because the King has
disposed of them otherwise. Whatever I have brought to the
King's benefit I found out by my extraordinary charge and
assistance of my friends and kinsmen, all being beforehand
conveyed either under water, or hid in the ground, or removed into
remote places. The worth of them, besides the price that is
imposed on them, is not to be accounted of. Only herein I
merited more than ordinary. The favour usual to men in that
place of service is denied me, whereof the country where I live are
the beholders. Pardon me that I complain of so mean a matter,
which for the worth of it is not worth the least part of your
thought to redress. But what discouragement it may breed in
others' hearts I submit to your wisest judgment.—June 2.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1606." 2 pp. (116. 81.)
Lord Sheffield to the Same.
1606, June 2.
He asks for the return of examinations touching
the Inglebyes and Sycklemore the priest, now in restraint at
Durham, which he will have special use of at his being in the
country.—Lodging in Westminster, 2 June, 1606.
Signed. ½ p. (116. 82)
James I to Sir Thomas Edmondes.
1606, June 3.
Certain of our subjects of Scotland who have
debts due unto them by the town of Bruges and territory of
Frank by good and public evidence, allowed also and confirmed by
the Duke of Parma, late governor of those provinces for the King
of Spain, have made suit unto us to recommend their cause to our
brother the Archduke, to desire his favour in their payment;
which we would willingly have done but that we know that such
commendations are easily forgotten except they be often renewed by somebody whose solicitation may have authority in it.
Wherefore for pity of the poor men's estate and great desire to
have them satisfied, we have thought it the best way to charge
you with the care of their cause, which will be opened unto you
by this bearer whom they send purposely to attend it, from whom
we require you to take information of the particulars and from
time to time in our name to importune both the said Archduke
and such of his Council as it may concern, and all others by whom
they may sooner obtain their payment.—3 June, 1606.
Copy. ¾ p. (227. p. 235.)
Viscount Fenton to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606, June 3.
I received your letter, and fearing that which I
have found in the same I directed my brother (with the copy of
his Majesty's letter) to you. You may dispose of it as shall seem
best in your wisdom, only let me entreat your favourable dispatch.
I doubt not you will think I have deserved this or something else,
as shall seem best to his Majesty.—Okkin, 3 June, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 83)
Lord Roos to the Same, his uncle.
1606, June 3.
Since my being abroad I have received so much
honour by your name, that I do not know how I may presume to
use it to my profit. My curiosity in acquainting myself with the
better sort of those of the Religion (where your name is in so great
respect), gave such occasion to the engaging of my affections to
a lady, widow of the late Duke of Latremoulle, that if she had
been of a meaner birth or lesser wealth, and of such quality as
would have been glad to be graced with an alliance in that house
which your name makes so much respected abroad, I might
perhaps have gone about to marry her unadvisedly, to satisfy
my own passion. But weighing those parts which in reason
make her of the more worth, I considered that without your
assistance I should in vain intend such a matter; and that the
case was such as deserves only to be effected by him to whom I
desire to be most beholding. If she had nothing but those
qualities of body and mind which divers other gentlewomen have,
I would have given course to my affection; but such being her
birth, quality, wealth and rank she holds here, I had so much wit
as to think that she was not to be carried with a simple love;
since all that my friends could desire me to seek after in her whom
they would wish me to marry (honourable birth, piety, wealth,
and what else one can desire of fortune) concur in this object,
whither first my affections carried me, and reason after resolved
me. I beseech you, as one of my nearest and most honoured
parents, to vouchsafe to assist me. She is a foreigner, but
Protestant, and so depending of our State. I will rather die
than affect anything which may give any distaste to his Majesty,
or displeasure to my friends. I mean well to his Majesty's
service in it, which makes me beseech you to obtain hereunto his
Majesty's consent. I remit myself wholly to your will. If you
will have me to cease, your letter shall have power of my strongest
passions. I hope to receive contentment in your answer.—Paris,
3 June, 1606.
Holograph. 3 pp. (116. 84.)
Captain Anthony Ersfeild to the Earl of Salisbury.
, June 3.
The fleet of Hollanders that have been upon
the coast of Spain since about Shrovetide are now come to an
anchor before Portsmouth. They are returned very rich in
money and sugars, having had the spoil of many ships and carvels,
but of never a carrick, though in my last I informed you otherwise.
They held good quarter with those they took, neither killing nor
drowning any, but set them ashore, ransacking their ships and
then burning them. The Admiral of this fleet does not suffer any
of his captains or mariners to come ashore; only desires to be
relieved with fresh victual, having missed the supply that was
sent them to the coast, which the Admiral is much troubled with,
insomuch as it was debated whether they should go back again;
but the uncertainty of finding their victuallers makes them resolve
presently to keep their course homewards. I understand the
Indies merchants have been at the charge of this fleet; their
chiefest end being to break the traffic of the Spaniard into the
Indies, which they say is effected, in that their carricks are
hindered from going this year. They are unwilling to confess that
they once heard of the Spanish fleet that went from Lisbon; but
it is very sure they did, about the 8th of May.—Portsmouth,
Holograph. Endorsed: "1606." 1 p. (116. 85.)
The Same to the Same.
, June 4.
Yesterday I advertised you of the States fleet
that was resolved to have held their course for home. This
morning there are come unto them two ships from Holland, that
gave them directions to return for the coast of Spain. The
Admiral has been with me to have liberty to bring into our
harbour all his fleet to trim and make clean. I have given him
some delay, till I may hear from you what course I may run with
him. They desire great expedition, and would have 8 of their
ships come in at a time; but I have not yielded to above 3 or 4.
I beseech you that I may presently receive your directions.—
Portsmouth, 4 June.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1606." 1 p. (116. 87.)
Sir Thomas Edmondes to the Earl of Salisbury.
[1606, June 4].
The Jesuits have so far prevailed as to have
procured the revocation of the Pope's Nuncio from hence because
he would not run course with them in their passionate practices.
Thereof he himself had no foreknowledge till the commandment
was sent to him to his no small astonishment. There is appointed
to come in his room a late created Bishop of the house of Caraffa
in the territory of Naples. There is nothing the Jesuits now so
much labour as the excommunicating of his Majesty, but such as
pretend to be more temperate desire the Pope would first mediate
with the French King and the King of Spain to intercede with his
Majesty on behalf of the Catholics and offer that the Pope should
procure the revocation of all the Jesuits in England.—Undated.
Copy. ¾ p. (227. p. 236.)
[Portion of the original which is in P.R.O. State Papers,
Foreign, Flanders, 8.]
Sir Thomas Shirley to the Same.
1606, June 4.
He renews his last year's suit, which was referred
by the King to Salisbury and others. Hearing Salisbury thought
it unproportionable, he has reformed it in such sort as he hopes
will be to his liking and for the benefit of the King. He has
entreated an honourable person to deliver to Salisbury the
particulars of it, and begs his favour.—4 June, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 88 (1).)
Sir Edward Coke, Attorney-General, to the Same.
[1606, June 6].
There was in Queen Elizabeth's time granted
a monopoly to Tyler concerning searching of vinegar, soap, hops,
etc.; which patent was sought to be supported by George, Lord
Hunsdon, Lord Chamberlain, but it was resolved to be void in
law. But yet many poor citizens were afflicted by it. And now,
as I am informed, some of the City have gotten that patent. In
regard whereof the soapmakers, being a great and good trade,
have sued to his Majesty to be incorporated of themselves, for
the better order of the trade (as almost all other companies in
London are); and his Majesty has granted their suit; and gave
me warrant to draw a book, which I accordingly drew, and had
special care that thereby the City should have no prejudice or
loss of authority. But in truth it evacuates the monopoly and
prevents any other. This poor company fear that some that
claim interest in that monopoly have made means to stay this new
grant at the privy seal. They importuned me to signify to you
my knowledge herein; which I refer to your consideration.—
Holograph. Endorsed: "6 June, 1606." 1 p. (116. 88 (2).)
[The Earl of Salisbury] to [Captain A. Ersfeild].
[1606, June 6].
Concerning the States' fleet which is upon
that coast and the Admiral's desire to have leave to bring his
ships into the harbour to trim and make clean; I must refer you
for your best direction both to the Articles of the Peace between
us and Spain and to our former Proclamations published in that
behalf; his Majesty's meaning and practice being, out of the rules
of neutrality, to afford the States no more or less than is allowed
to Spain. And therefore, forasmuch as in the 10th Article it is
allowable for Spain and the Archdukes that their ships of war
may come into our ports, driven thither by force of tempest, or
for repairing their ships, or for provision of victuals, so as they
exceed not the number of 6 or 8 when they come in of their own
accord; or whensoever any greater number of ships should have
occasion of access, then they are to ask leave of his Majesty before
they come in; with other such conditions as are more amply
specified in the said Article; you cannot do amiss to suffer the
States to enjoy the like liberty, by permitting 8 of their ships at
a time to come in, according to the Admiral's desire, and to the
instance here made by Sir Noel Caron, the States Minister. In
the admitting of which you are to observe these cautions; first,
that it be no prejudice to the safety of the place itself, for although
in civil construction we have no cause to be jealous of the States,
yet in consideration of state, we must not abandon that just
regard which is due to ourselves; secondly that they stay no
longer there than of necessity they must for their refection;
and thirdly, that they carry from thence no other victuals or
provisions than is limited by his Majesty's proclamation in that
behalf, which is to serve them but for 8 to 10 days at the most.
All which particulars you are carefully to observe for avoiding
of scandal to the other side. And seeing now you know his
Majesty's resolution to keep an even hand between them, if any
more difficulties arise, you may. advertise us with speed.—Undated.
Copy in hand of Thomas Wilson. Endorsed: "6 June, 1606.
Copy of my Lord's letter to Mr. Eresfield at Portsmouth." 2 pp.
Lisle Cave to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606, June 7.
He understands by the Earl of Exeter of
Salisbury's favour towards him, and encloses a petition to the
Council which he begs him to further. A former petition was
referred to the Lord Treasurer, who told him he thought him
worthy to have a pension during life. This will be but a breathing
to himself, and no benefit to his children, which he chiefly seeks
for. If the Council resolve on a pension, he begs that it may be
paid out of the customs of London quarterly, commencing at
Michaelmas last, when his office and fee ceased. If the King
associate him with Sir Michael Stanhope in the licence for wools,
he will forbear his pension during the time of his licence.—
London, 7 June, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 90.)
Sir Michael Stanhope to the Earl of Salisbury.
, June 8.
In the late Queen's time I had a patent for
bringing in of Spanish hat wools. It was the best reward of my
service that I then had. Since his Majesty's reign I never
received profit thereby, my patent remaining yet in force for many
years. You told me that none other should pass it from me.
I have forborne to make suit therein, by reason of the Parliament,
being loth to minister matter of offence. I now hear there be
some suitors for the same. I beseech that I may not receive
both the loss and disgrace thereof. I have had unlooked for
Holograph. Endorsed: "1606." 1 p. (116. 91.)
Warham Jemmett to the Same.
1606, June 8.
Thanks him for continuing his occupancy of
34 acres of land within Canterbury Park pale; which he first had
from his late dear master Lord William Cobham. Sends him
2 small Fordwich trouts.—Canterbury, 8 June, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 92.)
Sir Edward Coke, Attorney General, to the Same.
1606, June 8.
Hugh Owin besides the circumstance of de
anteacta vita (his finger having been in all the treasons of latter
times) and qui semel est malus semper presumitur esse malus in
eodem genere mali; Thomas Winter in general, and Guy Faukes
in every particular, directly accuse him of the powder treason,
and that he took the oath of secrecy; and that Owyn remembered
to Fauks a like motion to have been made for blowing up
of the Parliament House in the late Queen's time, and vouched
Morgan for the same. This man is attainted of high treason
by Parliament, upon hearing particularly the proofs against
him. After this proceeding and judgment in Parliament, it
were a desperate advent to make "etc." [sic] judges thereof.
It were good to send the Ambassador at Bruxels the Act
of Parliament of his attainder. For the whole examinations
cannot be sent over; and to send over parts thereof by fraction
will be subject to exception, seeing the hand of the party accusing shall not be to it. I have not these examinations here at
Stoke, but I will be at London towards the end of this week
(albeit change of the air has wrought some change of my body),
and then if you command a more particular relation of the accusation, you may have it.
For any proceedings in the King's Bench to countenance the
ministers unconformable, I know of none, and therefore I will
rather presume the best of so reverend a Court, than believe a
report of some that perhaps is not acquainted with the state of the
case. I think you have done an honourable work to further the
incorporation of the Soapmakers, for they otherwise, I fear,
would have been afflicted with an unlawful patent, as formerly I
wrote. For the last part of your letters, I will, as I was required,
provide myself to have all things in readiness against the time
appointed, according to the course that has been prescribed.—
8 June, 1606, Stoke.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 93.)
Sir William Godolphin to the Earl of Salisbury.
[1606, June 9].
Had not your care prevented my necessity, I
must have misspent this afternoon in trying my credit amongst
the merchants, as I did the morning. To-morrow I am resolved
to wait upon the Prince, and at night to attend your directions at
Court, that I may free myself of this town on Wednesday; which,
if my life did lie upon this expedition, is the uttermost haste I can
possibly make in this idle time of holidays. Pardon me if I
renew my suit for your literal instructions, which will add more
grace to my employment, than any ability of my own. For
matter of show, I must confess that I am a little ambitious of
some borrowed bravery to supply my defects, yet cannot press to
you to adventure with me more than the value of my poor
estate.—Westminster, Monday evening.
Holograph. Endorsed: "10 June 1606." 1 p. (192. 92.)
Lord Cromwell to the Same.
1606, June 10.
I have received, according to your establishment sent hither, 30 foot, which because they are to lie far from
me, will be much disordered without an officer to oversee them.
Therefore my Lord Deputy has allowed one in pay, until he shall
be warranted further thereto by you; because the same exceeded
the verbal list of your order. I beseech you confirm the same,
granting me either an ensign, or at least a sergeant, to them in
pay.—Downe Patrick in Lecale, 10 June, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 94.)
The Earl of Dorset, Lord Treasurer, to the Same.
1606, June 10.
This money for Ireland is to be sent thither by
Midsummer day. The sum is 12,000l. Irish, which makes
9,000l. English. I have therefore this night sent for William
Garway and told him that I must have 6,000l. of his 12,000l. to
be paid into the Receipt to-morrow, which he has promised to do;
and then we shall be able to set forward this pay for Ireland,
which of all other I have most care of; for we may not irritate
armies, nor hazard the loss of kingdoms. I have also (the rather
to move them to this present payment) sent my warrant to Mr.
Attorney to cause the book to be presently drawn for them. I
have told them that there is a loan of 2,000l. more for a knight
greatly affected by his Majesty, named Sir Richard Weston, which
they may not deny. They have much to grumble at that, but I
have plainly told them that otherwise it will be no bargain. If
you stand hard upon it, there is no doubt it will be obtained, which
I do infinitely desire, because his Majesty thereby will be well
pleased.—10 June, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 95.)
The Earl of Dorset, Lord Treasurer, to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606, June 11.
I return you your papers, having read them
all, in which I see the anatomy of many miseries for lack of
money. My best comfort is that now it is at the worst, and will
daily grow better. I sent for Bingley to have had conference
with him and Sir Richard Coke touching the coin, wherein the
Lord Deputy plainly discovers his desire to reduce Irish and
English coin to one rate for his own private benefit. All policy
of state having since the Conquest made a difference therein
betwixt this Crown "regnant" and that realm "obeisant," I have
sent a messenger for Bingley, who is 14 miles hence, to be with me
to-morrow; and then Sir Richard Coke and I will debate this
matter to the last breath; for I long to hear what reasons can be
made to make the coin of England and Ireland all one. But our
special debate shall be for the reducing of the 2 several values to
one, which now are by proclamation several; namely the Irish
shilling at the rate of 12d. to all the subjects, and at the rate of
16d. to the King's Majesty in the receipt of his rents. This is
without all good order or reason, as I conceive it. But we will
debate it, and then I will come armed unto you.—Wednesday,
11 June, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 96.)
Sir W. Waad, Lieutenant of the Tower, to the Same.
1606, June 11.
In that information which I perceive by some
of my Lords has been given forth of so great repair to the two
censured Lords, if there has been any colour to raise that report,
I am the more to be blamed, because such confluence of friends
should be altogether without my privity. But I dare confidently
affirm there was no access to either of any person, but one or two
of their servants and young children, for which leave was granted
long since; and my Lord Mordant desired he might take his last
farewell of a sister of his that was going into the country, and out
of the world, by opinion of the physicians, being far entered into a
consumption. My Lord Compton's servant that brought your
warrant was twice denied to come into the Tower in my absence;
and his lordship can testify how hardly he had access to the Lord
Mordant yesterday, while I was attending on your lordships. I
crave in any like report hereafter the old common request, that
one ear may be reserved for me.—11 June, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 97.)
— to Lord Haddington, Gentleman of the King's
[After 11 June, 1606].
Details charges against Salisbury and
his followers, more particularly in his dealings through the Court
of Wards. If a rebellion should happen, their insolent actions
will be the cause.—Undated.
[Parts of the letter are underlined and there is a marginal note by
Salisbury: "this is part of my fawlt."]
Seal. Endorsed: "Ja. 1. Lybell against Lord Salisbury and
Burghley," and in another hand: "Leave this letter at one Mr.
Dro'comontes lodging at a French goldsmith's near Charing Cross
to be sent with all speed unto my Lord as before." 2 pp. (140.
Sir William Godolphin to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606, June 12.
I am now at Dover provided of a bark, the
wind good for Calais, and attending nothing but the next tide.
I wish I were as confident of my ability to do his Majesty effectual
service, as I will be careful to do my best endeavours. This day
Du Jerdin, secretary as I think to Monsieur Beaumont, took his
passage out of this port for France with other gentlemen in his
company; so that I fear they may give notice of the King's
intention to send over, which I might willingly have prevented if
it had lain in my power. But the best is that he shall not be at
Paris long before me, if this wind continue some few hours. The
King's pinnace lay so far off in the Downs as it had been loss of
time to expect her, neither does it trouble me to miss the security
of her convoy for any other respect than of the great adventure
which you bear with me. That makes me value my safety more
than I was accustomed. But there is small danger in this short
cut, especially as the times are now.—Dover, Thursday, 12 June,
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 98.)
Sir Julius Caesar to the Same.
1606, June 12.
Encloses for Salisbury's revision a draft of a
proclamation against Captain Gifford and others, according to
the command he received at the Council table on Tuesday
last.—St. Catharine's, 12 June, 1606.
Holograph. ½ p. (192. 93.)
H. to Gulielmo Flaque.
[1606 ?], June 13.
"My very loving cousin.—I have received
two of yours, one of the last of May, the other of 11 June. If
Francis Smith cometh, you must know he hath a devil which
haunteth him, and I would be loth he should trouble you there.
He went before I knew of it. I never saw him. You mention a
letter which went from you to me by Roan: I see it not. I shall
furnish Mark and Joseph sufficiently with prentices for this year.
There will come one Emerson, he is fit to go to Mark or Joseph.
For little Rafe's sake I pray you make much of him. He is
resolved to go on foot to Mark, because his portion is small. If
you think his portion more sufficient to carry him to Joseph you
may do as you please. Some small supply I would allow him if
you please, rather than he should fail to go to either place.
Hare Ward's friends are not able to entertain him with ease,
yet if he be in such extremity I am told they will be able to shift;
but if he be so lame I know not how he can shift at his first arrival.
So you may consider of it: better he die there than be taken here.
Your 16l. I am careful of and it is promised.
His nephew that hath an annuity of you had 5l. of me for his
journey, and I owe no more to him but 5l. more, which I have
assigned to Octavian to whom I pray you make account of my
annuity, so much as it is behind, for I am a beggar, and in that
respect I have entreated him and you together to make over my
annuity which cost (you know) 240l. to the new maid, for I have
no other shift to help myself and so that 240l. may come upon the
As for Tho. Garth if it be Clawes will he come. I will not gainsay it, but many difficulties there will be; first, it is as dangerous
to entertain him as any other; secondly, if we take him as a
serving man, he will be contemned, and his usage will be coarse:
if we make him as a gentleman, those that knew him before will
laugh at it. Many such other reasons I could allege, as heretofore
I have done, but I would not hinder the recovery of his health.
Thus with my most hearty commendations I commit you to God
this 13 June. Yours always most loving H."
PS.—"I pray you send this enclosed to Sre. Gioseff with
speed." Addressed: "Al molto magno Sre il Sre Gulielmo
Flaque, a Colen." 1 p. (98. 109.)
Sir William Godolphin to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606, June 13.
Though I scarce have a Paternoster's leisure,
I scribble 3 lines from Calais, where I overtook M. Du Jerdin this
day. But he has again got the start of me and I fear will hold his
advantage, which I think makes no great matter. By the
Governor I understand that the King his master, the Queen, and
those other Princes that were partners in their danger, are all in
perfect good health, and have since that found no further inconvenience.—Calais, 13 June, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 99.)
1606, June 13.
Note as to Maidstone College lands granted
by Charles Brooke to John Dackombe June 13, 1606, and as to
subsequent dealings in the same lands.
3½ pp. (145. 126.)
Sir Thomas Edmondes to the Privy Council.
1606, June 13.
Upon receiving your lordships' commandment to employ myself on the behalf of one Walter Aertson and
other merchants of London, to procure them restitution of certain
merchandises of theirs, which to the value of almost 1,500l.
were taken from them by a ship of Dunkirk out of 2 hoys anchoring within the precincts of his Majesty's port of Kirton Bay, as
appears to be verified by a sentence given in that behalf in his
Majesty's Court of Admiralty; I have used all endeavour therein,
treating first with the council of the Admiralty; who after having
taken a long time to send to Dunkirk to be informed (as they
pretended) of the state of the cause, did in the end deliver for
answer that they would maintain the said prize to be well taken
and the sentence of England given to the contrary to be wrongful,
for that they were able to produce divers testimonies of the
prisoners themselves which were taken in the said hoys that those
vessels were seized on far without his Majesty's limits, and
therefore that they are not liable to any restitution for the same.
I told them, that if they had any such valuable proofs as they
pretended to have they ought to have been produced at the time
of the trial of the cause in England, where his Majesty provided
that justice should be indifferently ministered to both sides,
according to the proof which should be made; for their assistance
wherein they might also help themselves (if there should be any
cause of difficulty) by the intervention of their Ambassador in
England; from which form of orderly proceeding seeing they
receded it appeared that they only sought according to their
common custom to serve their turn of extorted confessions to
avoid the satisfying of justice. Besides I acquainted them with
that which was lately signified unto me by Mr. Winwood out of
Holland, how by his Majesty's commandment he there employed
himself on the behalf of some subjects of this country which complained of the like grievances, and hoped to procure them
redress. Moreover I again remembered unto them the offer
oftentimes made by the States to give sufficient caution to make
satisfaction for any disorders which should be adjudged in England
to be committed by their ships within his Majesty's ports, so as
the like would be performed on this side; but that the same would
never be hearkened unto here. And because I was desirous to
draw a better answer than I had received from those of the
Admiralty, I dealt upon the same reasons effectually with President
Ricardot in the matter, praying him that the Council of State
would consider thereof (as the importance of the cause deserved)
to give his Majesty satisfaction concerning those daily abuses
which are committed within his Majesty's ports. As he promised
me, he procured the Council of State to deliberate thereof, and
afterwards he sent me word that they could not but approve the
reasons of the answer which was delivered me by those of the
Admiralty to justify the taking of the foresaid prizes. It is pretended that the Hollanders are so far forth favoured in England
that whatsoever ships of theirs have been taken, though far out
of his Majesty's limits, yet that any partial informations are
received on the others' behalf to challenge them for unlawful
prize; where contrariwise the Hollanders are suffered daily to
commit insolencies within his Majesty's ports against their ships.
Though I contradicted their allegations by the arguments before
recited yet could I draw no other resolution from them about this
matter, finding that they make small reckoning of the sentences
which are given against them in England. I also dealt with them
according to the further commandment which I received from
your lordships for restitution to be made to certain merchants of
Yarmouth that in like manner had some small merchandises been
taken from them to the value of 170l. out of an English bottom.
And though they pretended that the said goods were also lawful
prize because the master and owner of the ship were born in
Holland (though having dwelt as is said almost these 40 years in
Yarmouth) yet because the sum was small they have been content,
out of grace (as they allege) in respect of my intercession, to
grant that the party shall be restored to their goods where they
can find the same; as will appear unto your lordships by this
enclosed copy of the "apostile," signed by the Archduke.
If it seem good to you to have the matters of these disorders
urged to a further satisfaction it may please your lordships that
the Archdukes' Ambassador may be there effectually dealt
withal about the same.—13 June, 1606.
Copy. 2¾ pp. (227. p. 237.)
Sir John Hele to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606, June 14.
He intended to present a petition to the King
concerning the lands he purchased from the late Earl of Essex;
but was prevented by a petition exhibited by the Prince's Council.
Begs Salisbury to be a mean whereby the King may have commiseration upon him in the matter. The King's heavy conceived
opinion of him, seconded with his disasters, have almost brought
him to his grave.—Serjeants' Inn, 14 June, 1606.
Signed. 1 p. (116. 100.)
The Earl of Pembroke to the Same.
, June 14.
Recommends the bearer, who was his father's
servant, and whose petition has been referred to the Commissioners for the leasing of the King's lands.—Court, 14 June.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1606." 1 p. (116. 101.)
Sir Thomas Crompton to the Same.
1606, June 15.
Upon the speech of Sir Julius Caesar's preferment, he is a suitor for the place of Judge of the Admiralty.
But having to leave other more certain preferments, he begs that
if Sir Daniel Dun be preferred to be Ordinary for the Requests,
Salisbury will favour him in obtaining Dun's extraordinary place
and fee.—15 June, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (116. 102.)