Cecil Papers: January 1584

Pages 24-25

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 1584

67. Sir Edward Stafford to Lord Burghlky.
1583/4, Jan. 8. Sends copies of letters sent to Mr. Secretary. News that the Deputies of Flanders, passing through Picardy towards Moinsieur, told M. Creveceur that the Queen had counselled them to agree with the King of Spain. If there be any such matter as the enclosed letter contain?, it is the effect of the last council held at the Pope's Nuncio's. Great rejoicing here at the troubling of so many men cf quality in England.—Paris, 8 January 1583.
Endorsed. 1 p.
Enclosing :
[Sir E. Stafford] to Mr. Secretary [Walsingham].
Ships preparing on the coast of Normandy in Duke Joyeuse's name to go some voyage. Don Antonio's whole sum of men mean to leave him. Persuaded all to return home loaded with no less than gold. Don Antonio awork to annoy the King of Spain. No fear that Scotland is their destination, but a gainfuller place. Richelieu, the chief doer therein, bestows his money only where gain is to be had. The Assembly not yet ended. The King of Navarre still in Mont de Marson; the King here will so press him as to constrain him to take his wife again. Charsincourt, his agent, demands restoration of his and the Prince of Condé's two companies of men at arms, and leave to assemble the churches at Montauban. The King of Spain has obtained from the Dukes of Savoy and Lorraine passage for 22,000 men. Yet there is not come out of Spain above 3,000 Spaniards. The Deputies from the Low Countries landed at Calais, &c., &c.—Paris, 8 January 1583.
Endorsed :—“Copy of a letter to Mr. Secretary, 8 January 1583, by Mr. Statings.”
Copy. 4 pp. [Murdin, pp. 389–391. In extenso. The original is in State Pauers (France), Vol. LXXIX., under date 8 January 1584.]
68. Joachim Ortele.
1583/4, Jan. 8. Warrant under the signet licensing Joachim Ortele to buy and transport beyond seas 280 tons of ordnance and bullets of cast iron, custom free.—Westminster, 8 January 1583.
Sign Manual. 1 p.
69. The Earl of Ormonde to the Queen.
1583/4, Jan. 20. Has heard from a merchant lately come from Spain that it is reported there that on the return of James Eustace from Rome (which was daily expected), the King of Spain had determined to send hither with him some part of the army lately come from the Ferseros. Thinks it also his duty to let her Majesty understand that, by examining some of the traitors, it is declared that Sir Warham St. Leger sent advice to the traitor Desmond, long before he was slain, to stand out and not to submit himself to him (Ormonde), saying that he would shortly be removed, and that on the coming of another Governor the said Desmond would be received 'to her highness' mercy, howsoever he should work to the contrary, by which persuasion Desmond held forth longer than otherwise he would.—Limerick, 20 January 1583.