Cecil Papers: March 1592

Pages 183-184

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 4, 1590-1594. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1892.

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March 1592

Troops in France.
1591/2, March]. Warrant under the sign manual addressed to Lord Burghley for the payment by Sir Thomas Sherley, knt., Treasurer for H.M. forces in France, to Sir Matthew Morgan, knt., of 266l. 13s. 4d. for one month's pay and the charges of coat and conduct money of 200 soldiers whom Sir Mathew by the Queen's orders is to levy, “to be by him imployed as shott for the supply of our bandes at the siege of Roan.”—Palace of Westminster, 1 March, 1591.
Details of the expenditure set out at bottom.
Signet. 1 p.
John Harper to Mr. Williamson.
1591—2, March 3. I would presently know whether you have brought any letters to stay your wife from indictment. Mr. Justice Gaudy is desirous to know whether any councillors be made since his coming away and what other great matter hath happened and especially what my Lord in particular heareth out of France. He heard yesterday that you would be at home at night and did say that I could satisfy him therein this day. Fail not to be at Derby in the morning betimes. I hope I have done well for G. Hoult and this day will not forget your wife.—3 March, 1591.
Signed. ½ p.
James Douglas to Archibald Douglas.
1592, March 26. I doubt not but your lordship has knowledge of the late proceedings here in this country and especially of the great extremity used against the Earl Bothwell by the malicious practices of his enemies, which he, going about to prevent, is fallen in some farther trouble with others associate with him; and albeit I be not so guilty as my adversaries has “brutted” me, yet I am no less pursued than the greatest, because his Majesty is stirred up against me by the sinister calumnies of my “allayghe,” the house of Manderstoune, who are now in credit with his Majesty; of whom I have been misused so that they left nothing unessayed against me and my friends : and not having any just quarrel as they allege, they moved his Majesty till all rigour, so that I cannot remain among my friends without their great danger, but was forced to come to the borders, hoping to have found favour among my old friends; but the Queen's Majesty's command is too strait to her wardens and other officers here, that men think the peril less at home than here. I desire not to make long residence here and I will not (for I hope for better) but to put away the bruit of my being at home, and that I may the more safely travel among my friends when the courtiers is advertised of my absence forth of the country. Therefore, I pray your lordship to deal at court that I may have her Majesty's protection and licence to abide in the country. I hope her Majesty will not forget old service done by mine. If your lordship find some favour I will desire you to send it down with this bearer to my Lord Scrop or to Mr. Robert Bowes : if you be refused advertise me with this bearer that I may the more speedily provide for myself. I wonder what should move her Majesty and Council to reject the whole body of our country and assist a few base folks of whom she is able to receive small comfort, for our matters s not in such despair but that we hope shortly to remedy them. go at the less I crave favour to be here safely that I may come and go at my pleasure. And if your lordship can procure it, I will be ready to do her Majesty all the service [that] lays in my power, and to continue in that course with them that passed before me.—26 March 1591/2.
Holograph. 1 p.
Horses for Service on borders of Cumberland.
1592, March. Note of number of horses and nags to be furnished by her Majesty's tenants for the service upon the borders and in Cumberland. The places comprised in this return are the baronies of Burghe and Gilleslond, late of Leonard Dacre attainted of high treason; the honor of Pereth and the forest of Englewood; and the late monastery of Holme Cultram, as follows :—
Burghe 317 horses and nags.
Gilleslond 426
Pereth honor 221
Englewood forest 205
Lordship of Holme Coltram 222
Total 1391
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