Cecil Papers: January 1583

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Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 3, 1583-1589. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1889.

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January 1583

1. Montmorency to the Queen.
1582/3, Jan 26/Feb 5 Assures her of his affection to her service, and entreats her to honour him with her commands, and to believe that there is no person in this world who would more readily sacrifice his life to carry them out and to prove his devotion to her interests.— 5 February, 1583.
French. 1 p.
2. The Queen to Robert Bowes and William Davison.
1582/3, Jan. 30. Has lately received information that La Motte had special commission to move the King to accept of an association in the Government with the Queen his mother. If the King have imparted the same to them, they are to lay before him the inconvenience that must needs follow by his accepting the said association. The Queen, his mother, had especially assured Beale, about a year past, that she would not proceed in this cause with him, without her Majesty's consent and privity. If it be true that the French ambassador hath dealt in this matter with the King, they are plainly to charge him with this his indirect and dishonourable manner of dealing. Perceives by their late letters that La Motte hath, with a kind of importunacy, pressed the King not only to send for divers other noblemen of that realm, but also for certain principal persons out of the boroughs; a course very strange and unheard of, that a minister of a foreign prince should assume such a prerogative. Thinks it meet that they should put the King in mind that neither his mother nor the French King, that now pretend to be so careful of his well doing, have hitherto done him any pleasure, but rather sought the disgust of his estate by rewarding and countenancing such as killed his father, his grand-father, and such others as, in his minority, had the principal government of that realm as regents. They are also to let the King understand that finding La Motte to be entered into so strange a course there, contrary to his solemn promise made on going thither, he would do well to despatch him thence so soon as he may. Has some cause to judge that his repair thither tendeth to some worse end than can be yet discovered.
Endorsed by Burghley :—“30 January, 1582.—The copy of Her Majesty's letter to Mr. Robert Bowes and William Davidson, ambassadors in Scotland at the time that La Motte went there from the French King.”
pp. [Murdin, pp. 372–374. In extenso.]