Cecil Papers: November 1605

Pages 33-36

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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November 1605

[November 15, 1605]. A theological work entitled "De Monachis" dealing with various doctrinal matters and compiled in different hands. Some of the writings are dated, the earliest being November 15, 1605. There are a number of blank pages in the book. This may be another book of Catholic provenance seized after the Gunpowder Plot.
Latin. 444 pp. (316.)
John St. Leger to the Earl of Salisbury.
[After November 20, 1605]. He has sent a letter to Salisbury begging him to obtain letters from the King to those who purchased lands from petitioner's father in Devon and Somerset. The Earl of Dorset proposes to discuss the purpose of those letters with Salisbury. He requests that, in view of his destitution, such letters be procured and dispatched as soon as possible.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 1291.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XVII, pp. 499–500.]
Edmund Lascelles to the King.
[1605 November 28]. He has granted petitioner the escheat of John Harmon, yeoman, of Middleton Stoney, co. Oxford, recently committed for sheep-stealing. Petitioner requests the King to signify his pleasure in this matter to the officials of the Exchequer and to his legal officers.—Undated.
Note by Sir Thomas Lake: "The King Matie is pleased that the Lord Treasurer and his learned counsell shall take knowledge of this his Highnes grant, and take care that nothinge passe thereof to any other mans use. 28 No: 1605."
Note by the Earl of Dorset: "Mr Attorney to consider what may lawfully be don for the seazure and preservation of his goods untill his triall. 1 Dec: 1605."
Note by Sir Edward Coke: "There may be an inventory taken of his goods, but no seazure can be made nor any of his goods removed or taken out of his possession untill he be convicted."
1 p. (P. 1183.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XVIII, p. 17.]
Anthony Elcock to the Earl of Salisbury.
[c November, 1605]. He is a mercer of London, and declares that Ambrose Rookwood, one of the conspirators of the late Gunpowder Plot, purchased black and crimson velvets worth £30:15 from petitioner a few days before his arrest, promising to pay for them within thirteen days. Immediately upon the report of Rookwood's arrest, petitioner tried to locate some of his goods, and found that articles of clothing made up with the abovementioned velvets had been left at the house of Lady Maredith. He had proceeded without delay to the Tower to ask Salisbury's permission to indemnify himself from these articles, a request which Salisbury and the Privy Council had granted. He now asks that a warrant be directed to Lady Maredith, ordering her to surrender the articles to him.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 1263.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XVII, pp. 511–12.]
John Street to the Earl of Salisbury.
[c November, 1605]. He is of the city of Worcester. Having heard of the late traitors and their activities, he with others pursued them to the place of their last refuge. There he bore himself with exemplary courage and skill, and it was his good fortune "at two shootes to slay 3 of the principall of them, viz, Pearcy, Catesby and Wright, and to hurt Ruckwood sore beside". He spent much money in having the injuries of those who survived attended to by surgeons in order to preserve their lives. Inasmuch as the King promised a reward of £1000 for whoever should bring in Percy alive, as well as the traitor's estate, petitioner requests Salisbury to intervene that the reward be bestowed upon him, or else a pension, as the King thinks most suitable, "which wilbe an incouragement to others (that expect him to be highly rewarded) to hazard their lives in the like action if occasion shalbe offered".— Undated.
½ p. (P. 1491.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XVII, p. 531 for duplicate of this petition.]
John Daniel to the King.
[November, 1605]. Nineteen years ago the King accepted him as his servant and Lord Chancellor Maitland and Sir Lewis Balantyne took his oath to that effect. He now requests that the Lord Chamberlain take his oath in England as the King's servant. By the intervention of the Earl of Salisbury, the late Queen Elizabeth granted him an annuity of £40 which he was forced to assign to Francis Smallman for the discharge of certain debts, upon assurance that it would be returned to him when they had been paid. Smallman has since recovered more than was due to him, and petitioner asks that the King direct the Lord Chancellor and Salisbury to summon Smallman and order him to redeliver the annuity.—Undated.
Note: "We are well pleased to graunte unto our foresaide servaunt the some of his requests, and that the Lord Chamberlyn and the Earl of Salusberry shall see the same effected."
1 p. (P. 223.)
[See PRO, Privy Seal Office, Ind. 6744, November 1605, No. 13.]
Thomas Bramedge to the King.
[c November, 1605]. He is a sadler by trade, and delivered to Sir Everard Digby some £60 worth of wares, none of which has been paid for. Now that Digby has been arrested as a participator in the late conspiracy, petitioner is in danger of being ruined. He asks that some compensation be awarded him out of the escheated goods and chattels of Digby.—Undated.
1 p. (P. 1771.)
William Shawe to the Earl of Salisbury.
[c November, 1605]. He is an innkeeper and lives in Drury Lane. One of the traitors in the late conspiracy, Robert Catesby, had certain goods in petitioner's house which were seized and conveyed away by Dobbinson, one of the bailiffs of Westminster, who also took some of petitioner's own goods with him. Catesby owed petitioner £100, and he asks that the debt should be paid out of the traitor's property, and that his own goods should be restored at the same time.—Undated.
At bottom: "Catesbyes goodes. A silver cupp or challice, a riche cope, certaine peeces of lynnen and certaine vestments of silke.
The poore petitioners goods. A carkenett sett with dyamonds for a gentlewoman, a gylt thymble and two litle peeces of plate which cost him xxxs."
¾ p. (P. 1465.)
William Hilliard to —.
[c November, 1605]. He was employed for 8 days as harbinger for arranging post horses, waggon horses, accommodation and diet, as well as the provision of escorts, for the safe conveyance of the 23 prisoners from Worcester. He has never been paid for this service, and asks that he be granted some allowance for his expenses. —Undated.
½ p. (P. 464.)
William Hilliard to —.
[c November, 1605]. He was employed for 8 days in the King's service by [? Salisbury's] command and that of the Lords of the Privy Council, in connection with the 23 prisoners who came from Worcestershire. He had arranged post horses, accommodation, food and waggons for their transport, and escorts for their supervision and transit during the various stages of their journey. He has not received any remuneration for his labours, and now prays to be allowed some financial recompense.—Undated.
⅓ p. (P. 353.) P. 1180 is another copy with slight variation.
John Price to the Earl of Salisbury.
[c November, 1605]. Mr Barrett was informed by one of the "rebells" whom he conducted to London, of certain quantities of gold and treasure concealed by them. He, in turn, passed the information on to petitioner, who considered it his duty to acquaint Salisbury with it. The prisoner's name is John Vizard, now committed to the Marshalsea.—Undated.
¼ p. (P. 350.)
Matthew Batty to the Earl of Salisbury.
[After November, 1605]. After being dismissed from the service of Lord Monteagle, petitioner was obliged last November to travel towards his own country. On the way he was arrested, brought to London and committed by Salisbury to the Gatehouse, where he has been detained ever since. He is destitute of all means and only the King's allowance has enabled him to survive. He would have been released before Lent, as many others were, if his Christian name had not been mistaken. He asks that he be now released by Salisbury's warrant.—Undated.
¾ p. (P. 683.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XVII, p. 529.]