Cecil Papers: May 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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May 1585

152. Sir Francis Walsingham to Archibald Douglas.
1585, May 2. The effect of his countryman's letter was but to make an appointment with him for Wednesday afternoon, wherewith he in content. If he can, will procure the sum of 800l. as he desires, otherwise Mr. Alderman Martyn must rest unpaid for a season.
This day wrote to his Ambassador a letter of excuse for not sending him a draft of Her Majesty's answer to the first article propounded by him, wherewith he hopes he will rest satisfied. For the rest of the articles, the two lords mean to deal with him therein.—2 May 1585.
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153. Sir Francis Walsingham to Archibald Douglas.
1585, May 3. Received the enclosed this morning. That any such letter was written as the Lord [ ] informeth the King, by either her Majesty, any Councillor, or any other that he knows, is “a most fauls lye”. An arrow taken out of the Earl of Arran's quiver. Means this afternoon with Grod's leave to be at his house in London.—3 May 1585.
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154. Archibald Douglas and William Anderson.
1585, May 10. Agreement, in consideration of 70l. paid to Anderson, that he should complete certain works, “to writ and require of matter prepared for the universal medicine, which was begun in the month of December 1584, upon the expenses and charges of Dr. Joseph Mychely, to be equally divided betwixt him and me.”—London, 10 May 1585.
Endorsed :—“The Record between Mr. Archibald Douglas and William Anderson. 4 April 1586.”
155. “Yours Knawin” to [Archibald Douglas].
1585, May 10. As for the advertisement Sir John Selby did make, I heard of it before, but I assure you there is no such thing; but, if he will deal uprightly, I believe Slr. shall be author of it, as he was of the letter alleged sent to the Lord Maxwell. Sir John has promised that I shall see some proof before I trust anything in him. The Ambassador has used himself so well, as I believe there is no man in the world has further credit (I mean to be heard) with the King. He has found no less friendship and good will in Mr. Secretary Maitland. From our Court, this 10th of May 1585.
Signed :—“Yours Knawin.”
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156. Sir Francis Walsingham to Archibald Douglas.
1585, May 10. Sends herewith, to be delivered to the Ambassador, a letter directed to Sir John Selby to the effect he desired.
There is already a letter written to the Bishop of Durham and Sir John Foster to attend the Ambassador's coming at Durham.
The letter directed to the King, touching the slander given out by Arran and Johnson against her Majesty, was sent away about four days past, and is now he hopes in his hands.—From the Court, 10 May 1585.
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157. Richard Carmarthen to Lord Burghley.
1585, May 17. Complains that he has been grievously slandered, by being charged with having been a great hinderer of Mr. Secretary, in respect of the farm of Customs which he Seeketh from her Majesty. Begs his lordship not to suffer such a slander to pass, whereby he is made odious to all that serve her Majesty.—London, 17 May 1585.
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158. Thomas Heron.
1585, May 25. Warrant under the Privy Signet for a lease to Thomas Heron, one of the sons of Sir George Heron, knight, “slayne in our service,” of lands of the yearly value of 30l., for the period of 21 years.—Greenwich, 25 May 1585.
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159. The Elector of Cologne to Lord Burghley.
1585, May 28. Thanks him for his intercession with her Majesty, whose liberality towards him he regards as entirely due to his lordship's good offices. Monsieur Davidson, her Majesty's Ambassador, will inform him of the good fruit which her said liberality has already produced, and how within the last few days he has gained one of the strongest towns in his State, which gives him hope of still further advancement of his affairs, and of the Christian cause.—Houslerdyck, 28 May 1585, stilo vetero (sic).
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160. Thomas Mills to Archibald Douglas.
1585, May 28. We set forward to morrow morning, having received the King's safe conduct. At Newcastle I spake with Mr. Wm. Colvill. He is of his brother's opinion. I durst not let him understand any particulars, save only in general her Majesty had a special care of the noblemen, and doubted not to work them good, if they could bide the time.—Berwick, the 28th of May 1585.
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