Cecil Papers: November 1578

Pages 224-225

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 2, 1572-1582. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1888.

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November 1578

666. The Earl of Sussex to the Lord Keeper.
1578. Nov. 4. The Queen hath given me licence, for the better furtherance of my health, to go in the country till Saturday. I was at Westminster, hoping to have met your Lordship there, and missing you am bold to trouble you with these lines. Her Majesty hath dealt with me very earnestly to be contented that the matter between Lord North and me might be ended to her contentation and to my [honour], and although I have desired her Majesty to forbear it, yet finding her so desirous of it I was in fine contented to refer it to her Majesty, to be ordered with such provisions for my honour as might be to my satisfaction, which her Majesty hath promised, and said at her coming she would deal with your Lordship therein. My request is that I may be as well dealt with as others either of my quality or my inferiors be, and so her Majesty may command of me as far as of any other. It hath been told me he is sent for to come to the [Court]. If it so be, before he be made to know his fault, truly I may not yield to be bragged with him in that place, because himself hath said he will be strong in the Court, and if I offer anything to him it should be good for me to come strong, and the open actions of others have given me room to credit his brags.
Therefore, my Lord, to be plain with you, if he come to the Court before he be made to know his fault, I will either forbear to come there, or, if he do come, I will come in such sort as I will [not fear part-taking against me, which perhaps may offend her Majesty, whereof I would be very sorry, and yet my honour driveth me to it. My paper is little, your Lordship wise, and therefore I trust this shall suffice to your Lordship, as my good Lord, to understand my meaning.—From Barking, 4 November 1578.
The words which my Lord North spake to the Queen, and what she thereupon said to myself, I heard with my own ears, which I must and will credit.
Endorsed by Burghley :—Lord Chamberlain, Lord North.
1 p.
667. The Earl of Sussex to Lord Burghley.
1578. Nov. 5. Does not desire that Burghley should of himself move anything to the Queen of Lord North's matter. Has heard of great speeches of this matter in his absence, whereby the world sees how willing some are to have a quarrel for any man's cause against him. If another Greenwich breakfast be not meant upon a sudden, he neither is nor will be far behind at any time when it shall please the Queen to be indifferent. Is sorry to hear that Burghley has been ill used by lewd speeches. Will on all occasions “stick as near to you as your shirt is to your back.”—Newhall, 5 November 1578.
Holograph. 1 p. [Lodge, II., pp. 133–4. In extenso.]
668. Daniel Heighstetter.
1578. Nov. 16. Sign manual authorising the delivery of three score and ten quintals of copper—remaining in her Majesty's store-house at Keswick—to Daniel Heighstetter, governor and director of the mines for copper, silver, &c. for the north parts, to enable him to continue his workmen until further relief be had.—Richmond Manor, 16 Nov. 1578, 20 Eliz.
Parchment. 1 membrane.
669. Articles for the Marriage, on treaty with M. Simier.
1578. Nov. A copy, in French, of the eight Articles brought by M. Cavalcanti in April 1571, with the Queen's answers thereto of the same date.
Endorsed by Burghley :
“Nov. 1578. The Articles for mariadg uppon Treaty with Monsr Symyer.
“Answers made by the Q. Counsell to viij Articles before tyme offred by the French.
“Note. That these Articles war proposed in Aprill 1571, and the answers also than made to the same.”
French. 4 pp.