Cecil Papers: July 1608

Pages 155-156

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 24, Addenda, 1605-1668. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1976.

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July 1608

John Powell to the Earl of Salisbury.
[Before July 16, 1608]. He is the Deputy-Searcher of the port of Faversham, co. Kent. Last Saturday, at one o'clock in the morning, two waggons filled with rough salted hides were brought to a place called Herne. There were some 64 of them besides five dozen tanned calf-skins, and were the goods of William Sares and John Newman of Canterbury. The waggons were driven into the sea up to their axle-tree, and 6 or 7 hides were put into a boat belonging to one Smithe, but without his knowledge, ready to be conveyed to the Charity of Whitstable which was anchored near the shore, and was bound for France under her owner and master, John Brede. The hides were intercepted, seized and deposited in a barn near-by by one Maddock. As soon as petitioner was informed of this, he took possession of the hides in the King's name. The above-mentioned Sares last March transported 66 hides to St. Vallery in France, a fact revealed to him by the captain of the ship that conveyed them. Petitioner has brought an action against Sares for that offence in the Court of the Exchequer. He requests further directions from Salisbury.—Undated.
Note signed by the Earl of Salisbury: "Lett the officers and ffarmers of his Mats Customes enquire of this busines and thereof returne me their certificate."
1 p. (P. 682.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XX, p. 217.]
The Earl of Salisbury to the Earl of Lincoln.
[1608, July]. "That your Lordship sent me my last payment I am very glad, because you are not much beholding to your neighbours for commendation of your keeping your credytt. But where you say you undertooke the bargain by my persuasion, I will make you no more answer to that then this: that whosoever will bring me the man that had ever power to persuade you to doe any thing but for your owne lucre, I will geve him a better reward than ever was geven in Chelsea since you were owner of it. In the meane tyme forbeare, yf it please you, to tell more of those stories." He advises the Earl of Lincoln to exercise more restraint in his speech, and not to claim to have done good service to him, since, in fact, he has been guilty of ingratitude both in the past and in the present King's reign. "To conclude, my Lord, as neere as I can in your owne stile, pray resorte lyke a noble man to the exercise of trueth and modesty, and for any your dribling controversies, advise with your counsell of what kind soever what course to take with me that feare you not because we live in a just time, nor love you not because you pretend to have knowen so much perill to our deare soverane, you saye, and were so slow to reveale it."—Undated.
Draft with corrections in Salisbury's hands. Damaged. Endorsed: "Mynute from my Lord to my Lo. of Lyncolne." 1 p. (197. 82.)
[See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1603–10, pp. 447, 448]