Sir Edward Hoby to Lord Treasurer Salisbury
1608, June 16.
Among the great offices and multitude of business
annexed to a Lord Treasurer, give me leave to recommend a charge to
the Earl of Salisbury as a chief councillor to the Queen's Majesty, the
custody and government of the chief jewel I have now lent unto her
Majesty for this progress, so much the more hereafter to be valued by
me as she shall deserve her Majesty's liking and be pliable to your
directions. Having thought of many and distrusting most that occurred
in my conceit, I resolved to put a raw courtier under the Earl of Salisbury's protection.—Upbury near Rochester, 16 June, 1608.
Holograph. Seal. ½ p. (125 170.)
Advices from Ireland
1608, June 17.
The same week here arrived two ships laden with
corn from Limbrick; in them some Irishmen which were of Scotland,
who confirm the news of the north, and that Nieli Garvie is the chief
man in the action. They took 5 forts in Logh Foyle, and keep them; and
soon after they took them 4 French ships came to the haven, whom the
Irishmen entertained wonderful well. They tell also that the out isles of
Scotland are risen against their King, and that 1500 passed into Ireland
to help the Irishmen. In the Dirry and other forts taken by the Irish
they slew only those that resisted them, and discharged the rest, taking
all their goods.
The Earl of Thomond was sent into England to inform the King of
the state of the country. They expected his return with 7000 men. The
Earl of Clanrikerd is landed in Ireland a month agone. He was gathering
all the forces of Connaught against O'Conor Sligo, who is also in arms
with the rest. Divers gentlemen are committed for fear of rising, and
great confusion in the land, fearing O'Nel is coming, whom they expect,
as they say, with 10,000 men given him by the Pope and the title of
King of Ireland. All persecution is left off, and great plenty of corn and
cattle in the land.
Of my Lord of Delvin and Captain Terrell they hear no certain news,
but the English suspect greatly they are in Logh Foyle, and were the
surprisers of the forts. The Lord Deputy upon the first news sent the
Knight Marshal to the north with all the forces that he might make
upon the sudden. He was met by the Irish, and having lost 500 or 600
men, as the English reported, he was driven to retire. [Marginal note
I say the Knight Marshal lost his men and retired.]—17 June, 1608.
1½ pp. (195 17.)
Gio. Battista Borghese to Girolamo Merli
1608, June 17/27.
Acknowledging receipt of his letter of April 12
at Constantinople.—Rome, 27 June, 1608.
Signed. Italian. ½ p. (195 21.)
The Earl of Southampton to the Earl of Salisbury
 June 17.
Thanks him for his care that he should receive no
prejudice by the late imposition on sweet wines, whereof he is farmer.
Begs for a renewal of his lease, detailing reasons. If the King purposes
to let this new imposition, he begs that he may farm it; or, if not intended to be let, that his officer may collect it for the King.—17 June.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1608." 3 pp. (195 18.)
Sir Charles Cornwallis to the Privy Council
1608, June 18.
Since my last of the 9th present I have been with the
two Dukes of Infantado and Iritis, as also with the Conde de Chinchon,
being all that of the Council of State are for the present here remaining.
I delivered unto them that as one whose eyes are ever attentive upon
whatsoever may give the least occasion of doubt between our Kings
and countries, I could not but make known unto them that a great
advantage is given to the enemies of the peace between them by drawing,
or at least permitting, his Majesty's fugitive and evil affected subjects
of Ireland to make the Groyne their rendezvous, considering how near
and fitly it lies for their transportation. I desired them to consider that
the cinders of the former fire, which (to serve their own turns and to make
a diversion of the late Queen's forces) they had kindled in Ireland, were
not yet so clearly quenched but that the emulators of their greatness
and enemies of their state might, by blowing the bellows of jealousy of
their intentions, kindle them anew upon those occasions of so much
harbouring a people so unprofitable to themselves and so traitorous to
their own sovereign and his government. That although myself made
no doubt of the integrity of the King here nor of his royal gratitude to
my master (who in all his actions has made demonstration of so much
clearness and entirety towards him), neither made any esteem of those
wretched parties whose forces are no more to be feared than the lean
oxen of Egypt represented in the dream of Pharoah, viz. to devour by
their idle mouths what they find provided by the industry of other men's
hands; yet was I not ignorant what encouragement such favour as
permission to gather themselves and make a place of residence in such
a port may give unto the rebellious intentions of their unquiet companions yet remaining in that country who, whatsoever colour of
religion or conscience they seek to put upon their disobedience, do in
their hearts know truly none other God nor good than the ease of an
idle life and exemption from civil government, whereby they are
restrained from those bestial dissolutions whereunto the very nature
of that nation is inclined.
Hereunto I was answered from them all with protestations they had
not yet understood of any gathering of those Irish to the Groyne, and
was especially required by the Constable to procure a list of the names
or just account of the number of them, that such order might be taken
as should give me a full satisfaction. They confessed they were not
ignorant what an idle generation that country produces, and how much
desire they have here to be delivered from their begging clamours;
that they had not lately to their knowledge entertained any of new;
the old (of whom they served themselves in the time of war with the
Queen and had not fallen into any new overt offence against the King
now reigning) they doubted not I would consider that they could not
with honour leave destitute of the sustentation that had been formerly
promised them. And with this for the time I held myself contented.
The Armada put in readiness for this next month (as by what from
the several ports is advertised me I collect) will consist of some 23 or
24 galleons besides some other lesser vessels, and well furnished with
soldiers, is to make its rendezvous at the Groyne. Whither their voyage
is intended I cannot yet by any means understand. To have any
purpose for Ireland, considering what they protest, I am neither so ill
natured nor of so jealous a condition as once to conceive. To be at so
great a charge upon any purpose for Virginia is as improbable, yet hold
it the safest not to be secure in either.
The French Ambassador, as himself confessed unto me, upon some
especial negotiation lately imposed by his master, having spent some
time in asking and obtaining leave for his repair, is now gone to the
King at Lerma. What the business is, as it was not fit for me to inquire
of him, so can I not as yet reach unto it by any of the means I have
used to others.
I suppose they have here had knowledge of what has passed between
the King and the States, for the French Ambassador told me this other
day that it was now become public. Howbeit to me they never use word
of it, but show great satisfaction in all his Majesty's actions. His
Majesty, I assure myself, wants not eyes and ears in France that will
discover whatsoever may there be intended to his prejudice. That King
having no mean so fit as the Great Mitre to settle his succession, nor so
powerful to controvert it as the Kings on either hand of him, will no
doubt not defer long to fasten himself with the one of them, considering
upon how slender a thread depends his own possession. Of the matrimonial matter, so much talked of here, I am notwithstanding in no
great doubt; for besides the many other difficulties, the unevenness of
that bargain will ever be a rub sufficient to stay the running of that
business, since by possibility a female from hence may carry these
kingdoms to France, but in the like there the law Salic prohibits any
descent of that crown to any of that sex that might draw it hither.
After writing thus much, having, for my more speedy attaining knowledge of the number of Irish in the Groyne, sent Cottington to the
Conde de Pugno en Rostro, who is assigned by this state to be the angel
of that nation, I am from him resolutely assured that the Constable
and others of the Council have conferred and related what I said unto
them, and it is determined that both those there and such as are yet
remaining here shall make no longer abiding than till they may be
drawn together and shipped for Flanders, and that there shall not any
be left in either place but only some 3 or 4 of the priests and principalest
to whom the King here has some especial obligation. Cottington replying that he knew I would be desirous to be satisfied what now they would
do with so many Irish in those countries, the peace being so likely to
ensue, he answered shortly that it little concerned me if the King were
pleased there to give them means to sustain their lives, considering that
most of them had heretofore adventured them in his service.
I am also certainly advertised that all embargos for goods of contrabanda are countermanded, and the officers and office of the 30 per 100
cancelled. These are good indices of an intention of quiet; and were
there not fiery spirits that never cease to blow the coals of malice, in
regard of our differences in religion, I verily believe such to be the
peaceable inclination of the King himself and those that most prevail
with him, as they would be content that we should sit there in peace
under the harbour of our oaks, so as here with like security they might
enjoy the shadow of their fig trees.
By drawing the Irish into the Low Countries your Lordship will
easily conjecture what is intended, and I myself not evil pleased they
shall be where their actions may with most facility be observed.—
Madrid, 18 June, 1608.
PS. These enclosed letters coming to my hands after the concluding
of mine, I thought it not amiss, in regard of some points therein contained, to send unto your Lordship with the copy of a letter from the
Viceroy of Portugal, whereby you may understand what the King
here commanded, how punctually the Viceroy observed the promise
that at his being here he made me, and how well he has upon my request
dispatched the business of the wife of Gomez de Avyla, whom by your
letters of November 8 last you recommended unto me. You shall
likewise, by an abstract of a letter sent to an Irishman in this Court,
see what his Majesty's rebellious subjects in Ireland report of the late
actions there and of future hopes at the return of their Tyrone, who
they dream shall come again with power, as in old times the Britons
did of their King Arthur. I neither understand nor conceive that from
hence they are likely to have any further aid than bread only to keep
them alive; and some of them live in great want of that, especially
those of the best sort. O'Sullivan Beere yesternight was with me, and
with tears in his eyes desired me to obtain for him the King's pardon
upon any conditions. He is this day to go towards the Groyne whither
he is sent with hope of receipt of some money arreared of his pension,
and to return hither again, being one of those I suppose intended to be
continued in this kingdom.
The Armada here will not, I am informed, be in readiness till August,
and for anything I can conjecture is purposed for the wafting home of
the fleet that brings the treasure from the Indies: Virginia notwithstanding, lying not far out of their way, may perhaps invite them
thither, whereof I assure myself you have that care that appertains,
as also will not be too secure in what may be purposed for Ireland,
although in mine own particular opinion I clear them of all intention.
The French Ambassador, whom I thought to have been gone to
Lerma to the King, fell suddenly sick and has been in some peril, by
means whereof he stayed his own journey and sent his secretary. The
report of our intentions here, of allying with his [the French] King,
still continues, and in the house of the Ambassador himself is for the
present very fresh amongst his servants.
Signed. Endorsed in a later hand: "To be compared with Winwood."
5¼ pp. (125 172.)
— to —
1608, June 19/29.
Is going tomorrow to — when all has been
sent to Hulst. The ending of the company cannot be helped; must turn
to other commodities. The "Gran Mair" taken to Luxemburg a week
ago. Will endeavour to end the matter before the Count of Emden if
he will send a small sum to satisfy the advocates, etc. In haste from
Brussels, 29 June, 1608.
German. 1 p. (126 4.)
Imposition on Lead etc.
1608, June 20.
Warrant to the Earl of Salisbury abating the warrant
of 2 June last which levies certain duties on lead, tin and pewter, to
5s per cwt on unwrought and 2s 6d on wrought tin and pewter.—
Westminster, 20 June, 1608.
Signed by the King. 1 m. (219 6.)
John Gurgenny to Sir Charles Cornwallis
1608, June 22.
Your letters unto the "Vizking" [Viceroy] here in
behalf of my brother I have taken knowledge of, and being by some
good means a suitor to his Excellency, did take occasion to entreat his
answer to you. And because I understood he informed himself wholly
of the state of my brother's cause by the relation of the Inquisition,
which will be rather according to their own wills than the truth of their
proceedings, I have moved him to receive information thereof by some
persons that have sundry times conferred with my brother, with the
Inquisitors and with me, by whose certain knowledge of the true state
of the business he may be so well advertised that he may write directly
how it now stands, which way will perhaps be surest for accomplishing
He seemed to accept of this means in good part, and has promised to
write by this courier to your Lordship and, I think, to his Majesty,
which I hope will be to good purpose. He seems to have a very honourable disposition towards strangers, especially to the English, so with
patience I continue here seeking every opportunity for procuring a good
end; which I find so cold that if it were not that your favour has
encouraged me to continue my hopes I should despair of help.
There is one special point to be required concerning the articles of
peace, which I caused to be drawn into an order, pretending to be advised thereof, and have been with divers letrados to have their resolute
opinions therein, but here is not one will presume to give his censure
thereon without licence of the Inquisition first obtained; which
perguntas, in such manner as I had drawn them, I here send you a copy.
In my opinion the interpretation of these points were very necessary
for all English that have any business in these parts; and so if you could
obtain a determination in this matter there, I could be content to pay
the charge of it in regard of the present benefit I may receive thereby.
I caused a petition in the name of the consul to be framed, but for some
respects was persuaded to forbear as yet to proceed here.
I understand by the English Father of St Roque that the Inquisitors
have resolved that unless my brother will become Roman Catholic he
shall never have his liberty, though the King of Spain, the King of
France and the Emperor should write to them in his behalf; nay, he
says they will contest with the Pope himself though he wrote to them
to that purpose. What will be the end if this be true, God knows, and I
must then surcease, but as I never heard any man speak it before nor
since, I may rather persuade myself he spake this out of spleen and
desire to have it so than for any certain knowledge he had of their secret
determinations.—Lisbon, 22 June, 1608.
PS. Here enclosed goes the Viceroy's letter which this day I received
of him. I hope it will come safely to your hands.
Holograph. 2 pp. (125 165.)
Deputy Lieutenants of Lancaster and Chester to the Earl of
Derby. Lord Lieutenant
1608, June 22.
They have viewed 650 of the 700 soldiers appointed
to be at Chester on the 14th instant, 50 of Essex not having yet repaired
thither; and enclose certificate of absents, defects, supplies, arms and
apparel. Much complaint arises among the soldiers against their
conductors with respect to their apparel, conduct and gift money,
because in most of the rolls the amount of allowances due is not
specified. They recommend that the lieutenants or commissioners of
counties should be required to give these particulars in their rolls.—
Chester, 22 June 1608. John Savage, W. Brereton, G. Bouthe.
Contemporary copy. 1 p. (195 20.)
Sir Robert Yaxley to Lord Treasurer Salisbury
[1608, June 24].
There is one Straunge, a priest, prisoner in the
Tower, who I hear is sick. Himself or his friends desire he may be
removed to any other prison with offer of good security for his true
imprisonment. The King shall save 100l a year; myself shall gain 100l,
and he never the further from hanging if need require. If it may be
done without scandal, I would be glad to have it; not for love either of
him or his sect, but merely for the money which (to confess truly) I
have some need of.—Undated.
Holograph. Seal, broken. Endorsed: "24 June, 1608." ½ p. (125
Katherine Walsh to the Earl of Salisbury
1608, June 25.
Give me leave by this gentleman, my brother Thorpe,
his Majesty's servant, to acquaint you how I have renewed to his Majesty,
in the behalf of myself and my children, the suit begun by Mr Walsh
in his lifetime, and what answer his Majesty has made; whereby I
hope you will continue your favour formerly intended to Mr Walsh.
I crave your help for the better relief of me and my children, who by
reason of their father's sickness, gotten by that service, have been
deprived the more unseasonably of our chiefest stay and left indebted
by the same, both by charge of physic in his long, lingering sickness,
and several attendances here upon his Majesty's resolution, for that
recompense so graciously intended by the King; and partly by hard
measure in his accounts, as my brother can also inform you.—From my
lodgings in Stronde, 25 June, 1608.
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. (126 1.)
Nevill Davis to [the Earl of Salisbury]
1608, June 28/July 8.
In my last of the 17 June I certified of the
departure of the Nova Spania fleet, since which there is order come from
the King to Don Francisco Duarte for the furnishing of two great flyboats and two small ships to carry provisions and workmen to the
Havana for the building of 8 galleons with all expedition. Some say
there is order to make twelve. Also it is here reported the King has
given in charge for the making of divers great ships in Byskey and
Galizia, but from those parts you shall have better advertisement than
from hence. Yesterday I received letters from my Lord's [Cornwallis's]
secretary, wherein he writ of Sir Antonie Sherleyes sudden coming to
the Court of Spain, and also Sir William Stanleye's: God grant it be for
good. The duchy and we are more persecuted with the 30 than ever
we were, by reason the King has given to the Council of War the forfeiture of all bonds, conditionally that they shall defray the charge for
the removing of the Court with their provisions from Valledoleth to
Madrid, whereof there is yet a great part to pay, so it seems they have
given a straight order to the judge for the "coburlating" of all such
bonds. It is generally disliked that such mean courses should be taken
for the molesting of poor strangers that come hither to trade, and by
whom the King receives so excessive profit. The Council of War being
made judges of such causes as we have in their tribunal, there will be
but small hope of equal dealing when they and the judge of the 30ty
shall report. I fear of 100 they will scarce leave us 15.
In my last I certified you of an edict come from the King, that no
strangers might keep lodging or entertain guests, though they were of
their own country, but that we must be constrained to lodge in
Spaniards' houses. The officers have since gone to English merchants
such as keep houses of themselves for their trade, and not for lodgings,
and finding in one of their houses at dinnertime two masters of ships,
whereof one John Beadford was one of them and his purser who were
invited by Thomas Bayetes and John Skybow, partners, and had taken
the house together. For this cause, the justice has apprehended
Thomas Baytes, proceeding against him as a breaker of the King's
proclamation. It has already cost 100 realts, and what more it will
stand them in we know not till the conclusion. One William Davis
the younger was in Cadez troubled for the like, being imprisoned three
days, and before he could be cleared it cost him 250 realts. Thus they
seek daily new inventions to molest us, and none are so hardly dealt
withal as our sovereign's subjects. Where the Spaniard in words
promises all kind usage, we find by their actions to the contrary, yet
can find no remedy.—From Sivel, 8 July 1608. stillo nova [sic].
Holograph. 1½ pp. (126 2.)
[Sir Thomas Edmondes] to [the Earl of Salisbury]
1608, June 29.
Conceived of Pedro de Toledo's negotiation in France
that it is to match the 2 sons of Spain with the 2 daughters of France,
that to the youngest son should be given the inheritance of the Low
Countries after the decease of those Princes. The French fetch horses
out of Luxembourg for some wrong formerly done them, finding no
redress but by reprisal. Sir Edward Baynham an extra[ordinary] pensioner. His great allowance suspicious. Two gentlewomen newly
arrived at the Nunnery; 1, a sister to Sir Everard Digby: 2, Mrs Snatchpoole of Kent, whose brother is a priest at Brussels.
Abstract. (227 p. 348.)
1608, June 29.
Warrant to the High Treasurer of England on behalf
of William Sha, one of his Majesty's carvers, and Thomas Murray,
attending the Duke of York.
Signed: James R. Countersigned: T. Lake. Seal. 1 p. (126 3.)
Docquets of Letters and Warrants
[1608, June 29.]
A letter to the Lord Treasurer signifying his
Majesty's pleasure to bestow on Thomas Pott, his Majesty's servant,
the benefit of the recusancy of Peter Maxwell of Meere, Staffordshire,
George Smith of Ashby, Leicestershire, and Hue Brudnell of Rufford
Abby, Notts; not yet convicted.
A like letter bestowing on Case Urley, George Seaman and Thomas
Williams, his Majesty's servants, the benefit of the recusancy of Richard
Monington of Sarnesfield, Herefordshire, Esq, the younger; John
Bullock of Whittington, gent; Johan Lochard of the Lyne, in the parish
of Pembridge, widow; Margery Vaughan, of Kynnersley, widow;
Raphe Hopkins of Walford, Herefordshire, and Charles Vaughan of
Linton, Radnorshire; not yet convicted.
A like letter for John Moryson, his Majesty's servant, to have the
benefit of the recusancy of John Finch of Milton, Kent, gent, and Edward
Wiborn of Battell, Sussex, gent; not yet convicted.
A like letter for the Lady Southwell to have the benefit of the
recusancy of the Lady Russell, Everingham Cressy, Esq, Richard
Stapleton. Esq. William Ire, gent, Edward Rockwood, Esq, Thomas
Walton, Esq, Katherine Poole, widow, Robert Barnes of Cowdry,
Esq, George Peckam, Esq of Stanley Grange, and George Smith, gent;
not yet convicted.
A letter to his Majesty's Commissioners in Holland, to deal with the
States for the restoring of Sir John Veer to his wonted place of command,
from which he was fallen for the killing of a French gentleman.
A letter to the Bishop of St Davys to restore Oliver Lloyd, Doctor of
the Laws, to his own Chancellorship of that diocese, or to bestow the
Commissaryship of Brecknock upon him, according to a judgment and
an advice of the Archbishop of Canterbury, given upon hearing of the
difference betwixt them; procured by Sir Thomas Lake.
A letter to the Lord Treasurer signifying his Majesty's pleasure to
bestow on William Sha, one of his Majesty's carvers, and Thomas
Murray, attending the Duke of York, certain concealed debts forfeited
by attainder before 18 Elizabeth, so as this exceed not the number of
14 persons, and the quantity of the debts be made known to the Lord
Treasurer within 6 months; procured ut supra.
A warrant to the Master of the Ordnance for a supply of certain
materials for the fort of Pendennys near the haven of Falmouth.
A dispensation for Adrien Bayly to absent himself from his vicarage
of Stepleclaydon, in respect of his impotency, so as he lives within the
limits of his said parish; subscribed by the Bishop of London, procured
A grant to Robert Walker and Richard Brasse of the goods and
chattels of William Claxton and Richard Booth of London, esquires,
recusants, in consideration of 33/4 (being the value of the third part
thereof) paid into the Exchequer; and a demise also of the two parts of
their lands for 41 years, if they remain so long in his Majesty's hands by
reason of their recusancy; for which there is yearly reserved to your
Majesty during the life of Catherine Ratcliff the several rents of 3l 9s 8d,
and after her decease the said sum of 3l 9s 8d to your Majesty. Procured
A discharge to Sir Thomas Bludder, John Eldred and others, the
contractors for preemption of tin, of one year's rent, 2000l, in respect
of so much money by them paid beforehand into the Exchequer. By
order from the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The room of one of his Majesty's musicians for the violins granted to
Alexander Chesam, with the ordinary fee of 20d by the day, and
16l 2s 8d for his livery during his life; subscribed by the Lord Chamberlain.
Warrant to the Exchequer for the paying to Abraham Abercomby,
saddler to the Prince, of 224l 10s 0d at two several payments, on the
last day of June, 1609 and last day of June, 1610; by order from the
Chancellor of the Exchequer.
An annuity of 100l granted to John Chalk, gent, his Majesty's servant, upon surrender of a like pension heretofore granted to Sir Henry
Lindsey, Kt; procured by Sir Thomas Lake.
A letter to the Lord Deputy to take a surrender of the letters patents
of Sir Richard Grynvile, and to regrant the same to Barnard Grynvile,
his son and heir, with such reservations of rents, services and duties as
were contained in the former letters; and moreover to give him power
to create manors, and to grant estates of them to such persons as he
shall think fit, and to keep courts, markets and fairs as the Lord Deputy
shall think convenient. Not subscribed by any. Procured by Sir
A like letter to the Lord Deputy to take a surrender of the lands and
estate in Iregan of Captain Tady Doyne, and to regrant the same to him
in fee simple, and moreover to keep courts, markets and fairs as the
Lord Deputy shall think convenient; and besides to signify his Majesty's
pleasure for the ending of a controversy between the said Taddy and
his brother depending in the Chancery there. Not subscribed by any.
Procured ut supra.
The office of Steward of the manor and soke of Kirton in Lindsey in
the county of Lincoln, parcel of the possessions of the Duchy of Cornwall, with the fee of 6l 13s 4d for Henry, Earl of Lincoln, during his
life, upon surrender of a former grant to Sir Roger Dallison, Kt.
Procured ut supra.
Warrant to Sir William Fleetwood, Receiver of the Court of Wards
and Liveries, to make payment of certain pensions payable before in
the Exchequer, to the value in all of 4,754l and of 1,245l more to be
paid into the Exchequer. Subscribed by Mr Attorney General.—
In hand of Salisbury's secretary. Endorsed: "29 June, 1608. Docquett Signett" 3½ pp. (195 22.)
The Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London to the Earl of Salisbury
1608, June 30.
They send the enclosed petition repeating its substance. If a "pawne" be erected as proposed, it will in time draw
mercers, goldsmiths and all other chief traders to settle themselves
out of the city in those parts, for the supply of "tearmers", being in
the highway by which they pass to Westminster, and of such as reside
thereabouts, to the great decay of the trade within the city. They
doubt not his wisdom will consider the consequences thereof.—London,
30 June, 1608.
Signed: Henry Rowe, Mayor; Leonard Hallydine; Thomas Bennett;
Humffrey Welde; Thomas Hayes; Jhon Leman; George Bolles; Richard
Farryngton; Geffrey Elwes; Nicholas Style; Thomas Cambell; William
Craven; James Pemberton; William Romeny; Stephen Soame; Clement
Scudamore; Thomas Myddelton; William Watthall.
1 p. (195 24.)
The Tenants and Farmers of the Shops in the Royal Exchange to the
Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London
The Earl of Salisbury has begun to set up at Durham House, in or near
the Strand, a certain new building [Britain's Burse] which shall be
employed for a house to buy and sell such wares as are usually bought
and sold in the Royal Exchange. It will doubtless be planted with
many strangers, and, being within the liberty of Westminster, will
occasion many of the nobility and gentry to buy there, rather than go
so far as the Exchange, so that the petitioners' trades will be overthrown, and the worthy monument of the Exchange discredited. They
are in good hope that, if his Lordship be informed what great damage
will be done by the said building if so employed, he will desist from the
erection thereof, or else convert it to some other purpose; and they beg
the Lord Mayor to so inform him.—Undated.
Petition signed by: Robert Stratford; Thomas Alport; Christoffor
Potkyn; Francis Lodge; William Withnall; John Warners; Richard
Spencer; Jasper Ouldham; Benjamin Hill; Edmund Reckever; Thomas
Whittington; Christophar Porttor; William Tottell; Robart Whipp;
John Potkyn; Francis Wells; Raphe Robinsone; Nicholas Humfreye;
Alexander Lake; Lancelot Dalston; Barnaby Bennett; Godfrey Reeve;
John Vaughan; Thomas Chesshirre; William Peacok; Michaell Sison;
George Geslyng; Edmund Steedman; William Crackplace; Thomas
Adams; William Fynnyng; Richard Kitteringe; Widdow Williams;
Thomas Stevenson; William Mason; Thomas Carleton; John Burton;
John Cannett; John Hill; Richard Smyth; Richard Croshawe; Thomas
Buckner; Anthony Clowes; John Dumydge; Lancellot Johnson;
Thomas Jackson; Robert Heayes; Robert Wadeson; Thomas Darbyshere; Edwarde Wadesonn; Rice Webb; William Swann; Paule
Barrowe; John Cooke; William Chapman; John Ampleford; Rowland
Sadler; Robert Standishe; William Tanner; John Ellis; Raphe Edmondes; William Brewer; Myles Corney; Edward Worsopp; Thomas
Brente; William Jeffreyes; Henry Averell; Augustine Morgen; Widdow
1 p. (195 25.)
Sir Charles Cornwallis to the Earl of Salisbury
This instant affords little matter general worth the
writing more than what is contained in my letter to the Council. In
particular causes of my countrymen, since my last letter, there has been
little proceeding. The business of Sycilla was surely either bred or
brought forth under an unfortunate constellation. The parties, whom
the owners have sent hither to solicit it, have ever showed either to
have evil hap or evil heads. It is true that they follow the business, but
with such a pace and in such a path, as I fear it will be long before they
overtake it. The Duke of Feria having no shift left wherewith longer to
delay it, the one lawyer whom only the solicitor had acquainted with
the cause (this Court affording divers others, if it had pleased him to
have entertained them) finds an occasion to take a voyage to Lerma,
where the King is, and by that means all proceedings enforced to be
stayed till his return. Of that of Sardinia I have good hope, if the
merchants send a power and enlarge their proofs for the value of the
goods, with more particularities, as in letters to themselves I have
advertised. For Mr Vanlore I continually solicit an end in the matter
of his ransoms, but cannot as yet attain it, the same depending in the
Court of the Pope's Nuntio, where I have no favour but what I work
from others. His brother-in-law, George Tibaut, is many days since
departed from hence, neither did he much advance the business when
here. Thomas Henderson is fed with daily hopes of the recovery of his
money, but so great is for the present the scarcity as he must have
patience. The millions granted to his Majesty by his parliament are
now assented unto, but the difficulties will be great in gathering them.
It was late my fortune in the house of the Conde de Chinchon to meet
with the Friar that labours the peace. At my departure from the Conde,
who lay upon his couch pained with the gout, he accompanied me out,
only with desire to let me know how much he desired conference with
me, were it not so perilous unto him by reason of the extreme jealousy
of this state. I have since used one unto him to whom he allows access,
and is not dainty of the discovery of his mind. He confesses that before
his last return he was held and reported here either to be a Lutheran,
a confident to the state, or a traitor to his own sovereign; that he has
now drawn himself into a better reckoning yet not wholly clear of their
suspicion, and expects shortly the King's determinations which are
committed to the dispatch of Don Juan de Idyaques, yet begins to
doubt that they must have an August sun to ripen them. He seems to
carry a good affection to the King my master, and utters some suspicion
that these Irish rebels have some underhand support, but will by no
means imagine it to come from the King himself here, and less from the
Archdukes, yet confesses that there are some of the principal ministers
here exceedingly evil affected, wrought, as he insinuates (but will not
plainly pronounce) by the fugitives of our country. This was the first;
my hope is, those that follow will draw out more, which will be the less
difficult for that the party tells me that the Friar gives not a full stop
to his sentences without a comma to the cup. The heat here begins
now to be very extreme, yet those of my household are now all in good
health. You will, I doubt not, when his Majesty's service shall permit it,
out of compassion of one so much your servant, draw me and them that
have so long run the peril with me out of this dangerous and distemperate place.—Madrid, June, 1608, stylo vet.
Signed. 2 pp. (126 5.)
[Sir Thomas Edmondes] to [the Earl of Salisbury]
I should not have troubled your Lordship at this time
in respect of the little occasion that is now offered of writing unto you,
were it not to convey this enclosed letter from the party who is known
to you, not knowing of what importance the same may be, etc. Tyrone's
allowance at Rome made by Spain furnished with 400 crowns monthly
from the Viceroy of Naples. Greater entertainment given Tyrone by
the Duke of Lorraine than was expressed in his letter. The picture of
Jarvis the Jesuit set forth with this inscription, Interfectus ab haereticis
quod noluit juramentum Regis Angliae contra sedis Apostolicae authoritatem admittere.
Abstract. (227 p. 347.)