Cecil Papers: April 1585

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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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April 1585

150. Thomas Morgan to the Queen of Scots.
1585, Apr. 19. Forgot to tell her Majesty in his former letters hat there were many here of the band that came with Derby, to this country, with whom he has had much honest familiarity, and they renewed the same secretly. Some of them were recommended to him by friends out of England, wherein he should have drawn some service for her Majesty, but in the midst of their treaty he was taken prisoner, and some good purpose thereby disappointed. Amongst those that he means was one named William Langharne, Secretary to Master Hawley, “the Quene's dere miniont, who daylye groweth in creditt.” The said Secretary is a good Catholic, and his master and her Majesty's new host Poulett are friends, which moved him the more willingly to take hold of his proffered amity and courtesy, because he thought he might have place to do some office for her Majesty. Has therefore given him the address of this packet to her Majesty, in order to establish thereby a good intelligence for her, and has desired Atslow to join with him for that purpose, in whose faithfulness to her Majesty he expresses his perfect confidence. Should the packet come safely to her Majesty's hands, she may entertain the course which he desires to advance, and for which purpose it is addressed to her. The said Secretary and Atslow know how to return her pleasure and letters to this country, nevertheless asks that the answer may be addressed to him that shall send these.—“Written in the place of my captivitye, the 19th of April.”
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151. Robert Melville to Archibald Douglas.
[1585], Apr. 23. Asks the occasion of his brother's stay. He has been long a prisoner. Desires him to further his return home.—Burntisland, 23 April.
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