Cecil Papers: September 1585

Pages 108-110

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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September 1585

193. “Your awin hnawin” to ——.
1585, Sept. 1. Having the occasion of the present trusty bearer, would not fail, according to his promise, to let him understand the present estate both of his friends, and of other matters concerning himself, whereof he is assured he would be glad to be informed. His friends remain still in that goodwill which naturally and by desert they bear to his weal, but, as time goes yet, continue in the same disability to further their good intentions, wherein they were when matters were hottest. Is, however, always assured they will slip no convenient opportunity that may be offered to do him good.
The estate of their Court, since his last letter, has suffered a great alteration, being deprived as yet of one of the chief guiders thereof : what shall be the end, or whereunto it shall turn, the Lord knows, and all this country remains in doubtful expectation of the event, or whither his Majesty's goodwill shall incline. However it be, he may better and soundlier judge how matters shall pass, notwithstanding his long distance therefrom, as he who is daily participant of their counsel, from whom the head and spring of this matter does flow.
As time goes now, our chiefest courtiers are the Master of Gray, the Secretary, and Justice Clerk, and none so great in credit as the English Ambassador. Marvels that he has not made use of the latter, as he is assured that, if either he were commanded by his mistress, or earnestly desired by those whose goodwill he has, to labour for him at his Majesty's hands, his credit would be sufficient to serve his turn. Reminds him of his saying how precious time was, and prays him not to suffer the present opportunity to slip, which all his friends esteem the most proper for him of any that hath been since the beginning of his trouble.—1 September 1585.
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194. Lord Cobham to Lord Burghley.
1585, Sept. 3. The bearer, Robert Fenton, has brought him a letter from Sir Richard Baker, whereby it appears that Fenton wishes to transport three hundred quarters of malt to Appledore.
Wishes to know his lordship's pleasure therein.—Cobham, 3 September 1585.
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195. Exchequer Accounts.
1585, Sept. 5. Similar to those under date July 4, 17, and 25. [Nos. 168, 174, and 176.]
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196. Dorothy, Countess of Stafford, to Lord Burghley.
1585, Sept. 5. The bearer, one Thomas Cleyton, hath been lately dispossessed of a tenement, which he and his ancestors have long held under her brother and her father, by means of his lordship's letter procured by the wrongful information of one Edmund Gytens.
Begs his lordship to reinstate him, until the cause can be rightly heard and determined.—Nonsuch, 5 September 1585.
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197. Lord Burghley to Francis Cromwell and others.
1585, Sept. 6. Desires them to aid, further, and assist one John Hexham, who, by the authority of Thomas Gorges, Esq., is about to make a survey of the Manors of St. Ives, Hemingford Grange, Hemingford Abbott, and Houghton with Wytton, which the said Thomas Gorges holds jointly with the Marchioness of Northampton, tie reversion thereto belonging to her Majesty in right of her crown.
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198. E. Curll to Archibald Douglas.
[1585 ?], Sept. 21. Prays for his favour towards her son Gilbert Curll, who, report says, is to be “accusit of his lyff.” It is also said that all the Queen of Scotland's servants are to be transported from her, and she is unable to learn what has become of her two daughters. Begs his assistance on their behalf also.—Barnbougall, 21 September.
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