Cecil Papers: June 1598, 21-30

Pages 222-245

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 8, 1598. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.

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June 1598, 21–30

Sir Francis Vere and George Gilpin to the Earl of Essex.
1598, June 21. I arrived here in the Hague the 16th, and the 18th I was heard, Mr. Gilpin being present. We were answered by the States that as they acknowledged all their good from her Majesty, so would they, by all means possible, make manifest their thankfulness, and use both expedition and their uttermost endeavours, every way, to give her Majesty satisfaction in this great matter now a handling, requesting to have the proposition delivered in writing, to the end they might proceed the better to a good resolution, which we have done in the manner as we have sent it to Mr. Secretary, and left out the particular demands till another season, only thought good to impart the whole to some of them in private, though we perceived they had sufficient taste of her Majesty's desire by the light they received in England. This is the chief of our labour hitherto, having had small time to learn the certain purpose of these men. So far as we can discover they will omit no possible means to yield her Majesty all the contentment they can, which we doubt not shall appear further when all the Deputies shall be come. By those we have in particular dealt with we have no especial difficulty in the points moved, only in that there is no certain sum set down nor yet any quantity of victuals specified for the supply of the forces in Ireland. If her Majesty, notwithstanding their offers to be made, shall bend to a peace, it is apparent that the men of most authority and credit will continue rather in war than hazard their estate on a forced peace, and yet are not without some fear that the enemies' practices, joined to the apprehension of her Majesty's withdrawing of the accustomed favour, will cause some inconvenience, especially in respect of the cautionary towns, falling into the consideration that her Majesty will never abandon them without a more sum than it is in their power presently to furnish : and if they be kept neutral, lying as they do, it will utterly destroy all their negotiation, undo their people, and make the others rich in short time; besides a further doubt which possesses many, that the K. of Spain will offer largely for them, or seek by all means and practices to effect his further purposes. As for any action of war, they will attempt little until they know how matters will go with her Majesty in this negotiation, or until the enemy attempt somewhat, which the Cardinal as yet maketh small shew of, seeking by a kind of mildness to creep into further credit with these people.—From the Hague this 21 June, 1598.
Vere's Holograph. Signed. Seal.
pp. (177. 42.)
Richard Saltonstall, Mayor of London, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June 21. The Quo Warranto for the measuring of corn, coals, fruit and other things brought to the City of London by water, which has been by your means brought to the point of trial, ready to be confessed by her Majesty's counsel learned in the law, is now made stay of by the Lord Chief Justice, wherein the City stands in need of your furtherance.—London, 21 June, 1598.
½ p. (61. 99.)
The Fellows of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June 21. It was no contempt that they did not answer his letter, but rather an ignorance of their duty. They will never lapse into error again, but be more careful in the future.—Cambridge, 11 Kalendas Julii. Latin.
½ p. (136. 64.)
Sir Charles Blunt and Sir Melger Leven.
1598, June 21/July 1. Documents relating to the Quarrel between Sir Charles Blunt and Sir Melger Leven.
(1.) Note by Captain Thynne.
Tuesday, June 2 [N.S.] When Sir Charles Blunt came first into Paris he entreated me to signify unto Sir Melger Leven from him that he was come, and desired to know how he meant to proceed in the quarrel depending between them. Sir Melger answered that he came into France of purpose to fight, being called thither by Sir Charles Blunt, and, taking himself to be defendant, expected what Sir Charles Blunt's further purpose and proceeding would be.
Wednesday, 3.—The day following Sir Charles desired me again to tell him that it appeared by his letters that he was appellant, and that if he denied to proceed in that quality he would force him to do it by some extraordinary means, and withal required that, if he renounced to be appellant, he should signify under his hand by writing that he disclaimed from having any quarrel against Sir Charles, and that then he should hear further from him. Sir Melger Leven answered that both Sir Charles and himself had in England referred both their grievances to be ended and determined by the right honourable the Earl of Essex, who commanded them both to proceed no further in the quarrel, upon which command he held himself satisfied, and resolved never more to proceed in that quarrel. But that Sir Charles Blunt, notwithstanding this command, wrought him a challenge and called him into France to satisfy him; by reason of which challenge he held himself to be defendant. Hereupon I required to have him signify so much by writing to Sir Charles Blunt, which he for the present refused, but promised to send his answer either that day or the next. The same evening I understood by Sir Charles Blunt that Sir Melger Leven had sent him word that he would the next morning attend him on horseback with his sword and pistol at the windmill which is without the port of St. Onory, near the Faubourg. And that thither, if he came, they would confer further of the matter. (This, Sir Melger Leven saith, is not well reported, but Mr. Top, who was his messenger, saith that “resolve” being put in the place of “confer” will make it perfect—Margin.) Whereupon Sir Charles entreated me to signify unto Sir Melger that he was not presently provided of a horse, but that he would try by all possible means to procure one, which if he could not do, then he would come to the place appointed with a gelding and those arms nominated by Sir Melger Leven, if he would mount himself on the like, and that if he wanted a gelding he would give him the choice of as many as he could procure, and that himself would accept of one of those, or else that he would meet him on foot, either with his rapier and poniard or rapier and pistol, at the place before appointed. To this Sir Melger answered that he would give Sir Charles one or two days' leisure to provide himself of a horse, and that willingly he would not give him longer respite, for that in Paris he assured himself in that time he could not miss to furnish himself to his content. And when I assured him that if Sir Charles could not provide himself of a horse he would with either those weapons or any other on foot meet him, he answered that if he could not otherwise furnish himself he would lend Sir Charles his second horse, or else he said he might come on his gelding, for that he was resolved to defend his reputation on his horse which he loved, and had brought out of England with him for that purpose (for those were his words) with his sword and pistol. He desired me to let him know if Sir Charles would accept of this offer, or else be the next morning at the place appointed, that he might not fail to be ready accordingly.
The same night, having delivered this answer to Sir Charles, he entreated me to tell Sir Melger that he accepted of his offer of respite, and that he would not fail in the meantime to do his best to procure a horse, because he would satisfy him with the the same arms which he had proposed, although he was not ignorant that the nominating of both time, place and arms belonged unto him being defendant, and that, if in that time he could not provide himself of a horse, that then he would on foot meet him with any arms Sir Melger might nominate, from a pike to a pin; or else upon a gelding with the same arms first proposed, provided that he should come also in the like sort.
To this Sir Melger answered that he was very well pleased, and that Sir Charles had offered him most gentleman-like, and that he could not except against these offers.
This note I have showed to Sir Melger Leven, and left it with him to consider of almost a whole day, who excepted not against any part of it, in witness whereof I have set to my hand.
H. Thynne.
Endorsed :—“Captain Thinn's note.”
2 pp. (177. 48.)
(2.) By Sir Henry Davers.
Saturday, 6th. Returning from Rouen to Paris on Saturday night, being the 6 of June, I was entreated by Sir Charles Blunt to use mine acquaintance with the French in providing him of an horse for the performance of the combat between Sir Melger Levin and him.
Sunday, 7th. Which accordingly the next morning I went about to do. The same day very late, upon occasion of a letter delivered him that evening by one Mr. Tott, who in Sir Melger's name did press him to make haste, I went unto Sir Melger to let him understand that I had sought among my friends to fit Sir Charles with an horse, but was not so presently able to do it, for that the King was but newly (on Friday 5th) arrived, and the horses yet weary with their long travel out of Brittany, wishing him therefore to expect a day or two until Sir Charles were provided to his mind, lest otherwise it might be said he played upon the advantage, both in refusing all other fight but on horseback, and in urging Sir Charles to that fight in such haste, whereas he on the one side had brought over his own horse well known unto him, on the other Sir Charles was not able to provide himself so on the sudden. To this motion of mine he willingly agreed.
Monday, 8th. The next day being Monday, the King having received some intelligence of the quarrel, sent one of his guard to lay his commandment upon them. Whereupon I was desired by Sir Charles Blunt to signify unto Sir Melger that, notwithstanding all inhibitions, he was resolved to end the matter by the sword, according to their former appointment. Which message when I had delivered to Sir Melger, at first he made some difficulty thereat, affirming he would not break the King's commandment, unless I would challenge him, whereby the danger which thereon might ensue should rest on us and not on him. My answer was to this effect that so he failed not to perform the meeting, Sir Charles was content to be either challenger or defendant, giving him leave to take the advantage of either for assuring himself against the King's commandment. Herewith he seemed to remain satisfied, and we proceeded then so far as he gave me the measure of his rapier, and after some dispute about the charge of their pistols, we concluded that powder and bullets should be brought upon the place by either of them, and also that either of them should bring a gentleman to search them, and to see the indifferent charging of their pistols. On the place, we agreed according to their former appointment. On the hour, either that night or the next morning at the nomination of Sir Charles, who, although he had seen some two or three horses, yet had not made trial as yet of any of them but one, and of him but only once. Thus I departed, Sir Melger desiring me to give him advice of the hour with the soonest. Returning to Sir Charles Blunt, I found him desirous to protract no time, in respect the matter was now grown public; and, therefore, he resolving presently what horse to take, I was sent back again to Sir Melger with the assignation of the hour at six of the clock the same night, advising him only to alter the place and make choice of any other at his own discretion. For that the place assigned lay in the direct way to St. Germains, whither the King was to go that night. Upon the delivery of which message Sir Melger told me plainly he was resolved not to break the King's commandment upon any condition whatever, both for that he had understood by an English gentleman that Sir Charles had not received the like commandment, and because the D. of Bullion had sent him word that, in case he stirred out of his lodging, all his goods would be confiscated and his person arrested, not without danger of his life. These doubts I endeavoured to clear unto him, abating his conceit of the King's rigour and extremity by showing him the daily practice of the French, his own subjects and servants, in like cases, of whom notwithstanding greater obedience might be expected than of mere strangers; wishing him also to consider how far he adventured his reputation by his refusal, in giving such a nation as the French, so nice and scrupulous in points of honour, occasion to note his slackness in that kind. But finding him resolved, I then gave him to understand that forasmuch as I had been employed in messages between them, I was bound to make report of my knowledge, and to avow and justify what had passed both here by word of mouth and by letters into England : namely, that he, having first accepted of Sir Charles Blunt's challenge, even after the King's commandment delivered unto him, having given me the length of his rapier, having agreed with me upon other particularities of the combat, and having last of all desired me to return him speedy answer, now at my return with express appointment of the time, he gave back from his former resolution. What answer he made me and what further speech thereupon passed between him and me, as also for the justifying of this my declaration and report, I refer myself to the relation of his own friend Mr. Tott, my Lady Marquess's kinsman, who was there present at all our conferences.
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Autograph note by the Earl of Southampton. This much did Mr. Tott acknowledge in my hearing, who being desirous to be satisfied thoroughly of the carriage of Levins in this matter, and understanding he had been a witness of all his proceedings in it, sent to entreat him to come unto me to my lodging, where I desired Sir H. Davers to repeat as much before him as is here set down, which done, he witnessed it did in no point differ from the truth.
(177. 51.)
(3.) Sir Charles Davers' note.
On Saturday, the 13th of June, I was desired by Sir Charles Blunt to deliver a message on his part unto Sir Melgar Levin, forasmuch as my brother had received commandment from the King not to meddle any more between them. The substance of my message was this—that whereas he, the said Sir Melgar, had excused himself against such challenges and offers as Sir Charles of late had sent unto him, by taking the advantage of the King's countermand, which was laid on him and not upon Sir Charles as he pretended, I should assure him that now the like commandment was given to Sir Charles from the D. of Builion in the King's name, which notwithstanding, Sir Charles did revive and renew to him by me his former offers, namely to perform the combat either here or at Dieppe, where for his further security he would hire a boat of purpose to be in readiness to transport him that should escape into the Low Countries or elsewhere. Hereunto he made answer that he had made promise not to entertain any messages from Sir Ch. Blunt, nor to proceed any further in that quarrel, in regard of the King's commandment which he was to obey. And when I would hereupon have proceeded to a further offer, which I had order to tender unto him in case he refused the former, at first he was very unwilling to hearken at all unto me; but at length, with some ado, I fastened upon him so much as I let him understand that to the end he might have no excuse under pretence of the King's commandment, Sir Charles was ready to go with him into Lorraine, where it was of no force, and there, either on foot with what weapons he should choose or mounted upon geldings, to end the quarrel. And if he were not provided of a gelding for that purpose, Sir Charles would give him the choice of either of his two and content himself with the other. This at first he answered that he would not accept of any challenge, but when I began to repeat unto him his answer in particular, namely, that neither here nor at Dieppe nor in Lorraine he would have to do with Sir Charles Blunt, he stepped back, giving me in the end this for his final resolution, that until he had spoken with the King he would neither accept nor refuse any challenge. That Sir Charles should hear from him further what he meant to do, and that should be within few days. Other bye speeches there passed also between him and me, but these were the material points of our conference, and with this resolution of his I departed.
pp. (177. 52.)
(4.) Sir Melger de Leven to [the Earl of Essex].
The favour which you have shown me since I have had the honour to belong to you, and your kindness in taking in hand the affair between myself and Blunt, embolden me to inform you of the truth of the matter. He, instead of appearing as agreed, delayed the combat, until he could find no other remedy than a dishonourable flight. The success of his trick your Excellency will see by the copy annexed, which contains nothing but the pure and sincere truth. He has proved himself a coward and a villain, and forfeited his place of gentleman. I beseech you to consider the gravity of the circumstance, and to inflict a reprimand on Blunt which may serve as a warning to his like.—Paris, ce premier Juillet, 1598.
Signed. French.
1 p. (177. 53.)
The Enclosure :
(5.) Sir Melger Leven's Report.
Ayant esté Le Chevalier Blond contant de l' accord que Monseigneur Le Conte d'Essex avoit fait entre luy et le Chevalier Leven, y a contrevenu le premier en convoquant le dict seigneur Leven en Françe. Ou s'estant mis en devoir d' y venir arriva environ le quinziesme du mois d'Avril dernier passé a Rouan, ou il s'informa du lieu ou pouvoit estre ledit Blond. Lequel les uns disoient estre en la compagnie de l'Ambassadeur d'Angleterre, autres à la Rochelle, ou il luy escrivit, l'advertissant par ces lettres de sa venue en France, et du desir qu'il avoit de mettre fin à leur querelle par un combat. Ausquelles lettres ledit Blond n' a aucunement respondu, ce que voyant ledit seigneur Leven, il s'achemina en ceste ville de Paris environ le commencement de May dernier, ou il a attendu de jour en jour le dit Blond. Lequel y arriva finalement le premier de ce mois de Jung, et envoia vers le seigneur Leven le capitaine Thunen, qui luy dit que Blond desiroit sçavoir comme il se vouloit gouverner en leur querelle et 'oil estoit appellant ou desfendant. Surquoy le dit seigneur Leven respondit que pour son regard il avoit esté de l'accord que Monsieur le Conte d'Essex avoit fait, auquel il n'avoit contrevenu, et qu'il venoit icy à la demande dudit Blond pour luy respondre a des lettres qu'il luy avoit escrittes. Et puisqu'il vouloit sçavoir sa resolution, il la luy feroitsçavoir par un gentilhomme qu'il luy envoyeroit ce qu'il feit, par le seigneur Jean Tott, qui luy dit de la part du seigneur Leven qu'il estoit prest et disposé à se trouver le lendemain hors de la porte des faux bourges de saint Honoré, pres un moulin à vent, à cheval avec la pistole el l'espee. Lesquelles offres il accepta en presence du dict Tott, monstrant avoir volonte de combatre. Toutfois il renvoya le susdit Capitaine Thunen un peu apres luy dire qu'il n'avoit point de cheval propre pour ce faict, mais que s'il vouloit combatre sur une haquenee qu'il trouveroit moien d'en avoir deux, et en cas que cella ne luy fut agreable, il le prioit de vouloir dilayer encore un jour pour pouvoir avoir un cheval. Monsieur Leven luy repondit qu'il ne vouloit changer sa monture, et qu'il y avoit beaucoup de bons chevaux et bien dresses a Paris. Le soir precedent le combat Blond renvoye vers le Seigneur Leven un autre gentilhomme, nommé Monsieur Pagert, le prier qu'il voulut attendre la venue du Roy, qui seroit dans deux ou trois jours, pour avoir un bon cheval, et que deux heurs apres il ne faudroit de comparoir sur un bon cheval ou sur une haquenee. Le seigneur Leven, esperant qu'apres tant de longuers il tiendroit enfin une de ses promesses, luy accorda sa demande. Mais ny deux heurs apres la venue du Roy ny deux jours suivans, le dit Blond ne luy feit aucune responce. Ce que occasiona à Monsieur Leven de luy renvoyer le seigneur Tott le dimanche septe. de ce mois, luy dire que resolument il ne pouvoit ni ne vouloit attendre plus longtemps, et qu'il estoit deliberé de combatre le lendemain qui estoit le lundy. A quoy ledit Blond respondit qu'il luy estoit du tout imposible de combatre le mesme jour, mais qu'il se prepareroit pour le mardy suivant. Une heure apres telle responce il renvoya un autre gentilhomme, el chevalier nommé Henry Denvers, vers le dit sieur Leven demander encore nouveau de luy pour trois jours—ce qui facha fort le dit Sieur Leven. Lequel enfin à son grand regret et maugré luy et par contrainte luy accorde sa demande. Par ce que dessus l'on veroit evidemment le peu d'envye qu'avoit le dit Blond de satisfaire au seigneur Leven, ayant tant differé que finalement sa Majesté a este advertie de tout. La quelle envoya le mesme lundy qu'il avoit demandé delay du mardy et des trois jours, sur les unze heures devant midy, un capitaine de ses gardes escossoises vers monsieur Leven, luy commander de sa part de n'entreprendre rien que ce fut en France contre le dit Blond a peine de la vye, et en cas qu'il ny voulust obeir il avoit chargé de se saisir le luy et le mener au grand chastelle. Le dit Sieur Leven, voiant que par les tergiversations et pretendues difficultés du Blond, son affaire estoit eneute et venue sy avant et les menasses qu'on luy faisoit, se resolut d'estre obeissant aus commandemens du Roy comme il le promist. Le dit capitaine des Gardes ayant faict sa charge s'en alla incontinent vers Blond pour luy mesme commandement. Lequel il ne trouva au logis. Ainsy comme tout se passoit, et à la mesme heure que le dit sieur capitaine s'en estoit allé, le dit Blond envoye le chevalier Denvirs vers le sieur Leven luy dire, qu'il estoit doresnavant prest et disposé a toutes heures qu'il voudroit de combatre, contrevenant en ce faict a ce dont il avoit fait recercher le soir precedent, et au commandement de sa Majesté qu'il ignoroit, dautant que monsieur Leven demandant s'il avoit la mesme deffence que luy, respondit que ouy, mais qu'il ne s'en soucioit. Le Sieur Leven respond qu'il proteste de son innocence et integrite en tout ceci et s'en lavoit le mains, ne voulant estre en rien desobeissant au Roy. Mais sy le dit Blond vouloit contrevenir au commandement de sa Majesté, l'appellant au combat, qu'il le suivroit. Le sieur Denvirs s'en retourne avec telle responce en volonte et disoit il de luy faire entendre l'heure qu'ils se devoient trouver ensemble. Lequel une heure apres retourne luy dire que le dit Blond estoit prest pour le soir mesme. Le Sieur Leven luy dit qu'il avoit sçeu que le dit Blond n'avoit eu nul commandement de sa Majesté. Mais que quant à luy il avoit gens apostés pour se saisir de luy s'il entreprenoit quelque chose et le mener prisonnier, en quel malheur le dit Blond tachait par telle façons de faire mettre ledit sieur Leven. Le fait est ainsi demeuré jusques à ce que ledit sieur Leven retournant a pied du Louvre, environ deux heurs du nuit, accompagné d'un gentilhomme seulement, il trouva pres de son logis Blond qui l'attenda à cheval avec quelques autres. Lequel l'appercevant commence a courir au galop contre luy, sans se donner a cognoistre ni rien dire, s'estant luy mesme depuis vanté d'avoir fait ceste bravade, et en passant s'avança pour le frapper. Ce qui esmeut le Sieur Leven de curir aprè luy pour le faire retourner. Mais comme un homme couard et sans coeur, qui n'a jamais osé comparoistre en plein jour devant luy, poursuivy son chemin, sestant toujours tousjours depuis tellement tenu caché que nonobstant les poursuites que ledit Sr.Leven aye faites pour avoir sa revanche d'un si lache et meschant fait, et a ce fin supplie sa Majeste de luy donner permission de le combatre. Ce quayant entendu, Blond sest enfuy secretement sans que le dit Sieur Leven avec tout sa diligence ait peu sçavoir ou'il se retiroit. Remettant le dit Sieur Levenau jugement d'un chacun et de toutes gens d'honneur si le dit Blond ne sest pas rendu par ses deportemens envers luy infame et indigne de plus estre receu en honnorable compagnie.
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The Fellows of Trinity Hall to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June 22. The election was past before the receipt of his letter, for joy whereof some of the company were in the town providing to meet the new made Master, others as careful for the funeral of the deceased, insomuch that the greater part of the Society, without which nothing can be done collegially, could not be brought together, neither at the reading of your letter nor any time afterwards until the messenger's departure, whose stay in the town was not above two hours, for he being desirous of expedition received the answer from the Senior Fellow that the election was made. But the Fellows, finding upon better consideration how quick you might take occasion of offence at so slight an answer to so gracious a letter, all purposed to frame other answer by writing; but as the letter was in writing they heard that the Bishop of London had satisfied you in this point. These were the causes that withheld us from the performance of so necessary a duty.—Cambridge, 22 June, 1598.
(136. 65.)
Anne, Lady Cobham to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1598, June 23.] I sent my son John to make known unto you a match that was intended between Sargent Herne his eldest son and my eldest daughter, by whom I received answer of your good liking thereof (on which I greatly depended). Therefore, seeing it has pleased God to bring them together to the good liking of all our friends, I would ask you to send for Mr. Sargent unto you and grace him and the marriage so far as you may.
P.S. I thought it good to acquaint your Honour that Mr. Sargent has assured my daughter's child £600 a year, and hath covenanted to assure £400 more, the which I humbly desire you to speak unto him that it may be done presently, because I fear that a mother-in-law may alter his good meaning.
Undated. Signed.
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Sir Nicholas Parker to the Lords of the Council.
1598, June 23. Two of the King of Spain's ships, one of two hundred tons and the other a pinnace of forty tons, are now on this coast, with two hundred soldiers on board, and an eight oar shallop for landing. They have taken two fisher boats and eleven men, none of whom they let go again. They enquired about the readiness of our fleet, and for news of my Lord of Cumberland, and other such questions. They continue up and down this coast. I have warned the coast and ordered a watch to be kept.—Pendennis Castle, 23 June, 1598.
Endorsed :—“From Pendennis Castle at four of the clock.”
Holograph. Seal.
1 p. (61. 101.)
Paul de la Haye to the Lord Treasurer.
1598, June 23. As to the estate left by his father-in-law Cecil. Prays for a wardship for the benefit of his daughter Blanch. The chief decay of Halterinis was upon the killing of a man by Jo. Cecil, as the bearer will acquaint him. Prays for the Lord Treasurer's picture, to be there placed.—Sarnes Heade in Fetter Lane, 23 June, 1598.
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The Mayor and Aldermen of Totnes to the Lords of the Privy Council.
1598, June 24. Referring to the articles presented by them against William Blackaller, and asking that letters of commission may be issued for his examination. As to the validity of the charter lately granted, they are willing to leave it to the Justices of Assize, to whom the Council have committed it. But desire that persons of more leisure should hear the charges against Blackaller and others.—Totnes, 24 June, 1598.
Signed : Jeffrey Cobb, Christopher Saverye, Leonard Oarr.
Seal. 1 p. (61. 102.)
Sir T. Posth. Hoby to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June 24. This bearer, Arthur Strangways, is cousin german unto my wife, and is very shortly to be preferred by a marriage with a widow in the city of London. And because he will live in those parts, I would ask you to grant him the cloth and title of your servant, to attend extraordinarily upon you at commandment. His ability is well and will be better after his marriage, and his dutiful service he offers to you. For his credit in the city I would ask your favourable letters to the Lord Mayor, that he may be admitted a freeman of the city.—24 June, 1598.
1 p. (61. 103.)
The Starch Patent.
1598, June 24. (1.) Agreement between Sir Robert Cecil and George Rivers and John Ellis, with respect to Sir John Packington's patent for importing starch.
2 pp. (141. 201.)
(2.) Draft of deed securing the payment by George Rivers and John Ellis of an annuity to the children of Dame Margaret Medkirk, in connection with Sir John Packington's licence for importing starch.
4 pp. (141. 203.)
Edward, Earl of Hertford to [Lord Burghley].
1598, June 24. For the repayment of £40 levied on him in error for the rent of Sir John Seymour's lands.—Endorsed : 24 June, 1598.
Notes by Lord Burghley and Thomas Hesketh thereon.
1 p. (1499.)
The Mayor of Salisbury and Others to Sir John Stanhope.
1598, June 26. One John Dewly is at present appointed to furnish horses for the posts from this city; however to-day the under-named persons came unto us and testified that they met a boy of the said Dewly's about three miles from Salisbury, riding towards Shaftesbury with important letters, and that his horse was so tired that the boy was forced to walk.—Salisbury, 26 June, 1598. Signed, Ephraim Wodall, Mayor, and other names.
1 p. (61. 104.)
The Earl of Pembroke to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June 26. The letters I have written to the lords for Mr. James Price of Manaughty and Mr. John Bradshaw of Presteign to be joined with Mr. Roger Vaughan in the deputy lieutenantship of the county of Radnor were, I understand, received with scoffing laughter by my Lord of Essex, and my judgement disallowed as having omitted Sir Gilly Meyrick, a man by his lordship reputed most sufficient. I know you understand that my commission of Lieutenancy is from her Majesty; and that to please any subject's humour, thank God, I need not, and I confess I mean not. This made me name them who by their newness in that shire were well able to bear the charge, by residence were likely to perform the service, and for the long continuance of their ancestors best esteemed of the inhabitants. I know that Sir Gilly Meyricke is a knight; I hear that he is rich; I mislike not his credit, and envy not his wealth; but I also know that he is the Earl of Essex's household servant, not residing in Radnorshire and born and bred elsewhere, nor of kin to any there, only brought thither by marriage with his wife, and she no inheritrix neither, as I am informed. Of the others whom I recommended, I need say little of Mr. Price, since I hear he was accepted; for Mr. Bradshaw I will say this much, that his grandfather fifty years since was used by my father in this kind of service; Sir Henry Sidney continued him, and so did I until his death. His grandson, whom I recommended, is the heir of his fortune; his years are not many, but sufficient; his revenues in the shire greater than Sir Gilly Meyricke's. Why the Earl of Essex's service—which should rather disable im—should cause this last to be preferred, I cannot conceive. If his lordship cannot endure that I should recommend any but them who are only devoted to him, I will recommend none at all; and if such without my consent are thrust on me, I will rather forego my commission than make any deputation unto them. And I am sorry to be so little respected by the Lords as to have a deputy appointed for me on one man's speech before my opinion is asked. I entreat you acquaint their lordships with my grief at this; I know no reason why I should be disgraced in the things that appertain to me, for the gracing of him who intrudes upon that which during her Majesty's pleasure belongs to me.—Wilton, 26 June, 1598.
Signed. Seal.
1 p. (61. 105.)
Sir John Hollis to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June 27. Since your father's displeasure against me I rather coveted to conserve your favour than presumed to trouble you with any suit; only I desired to have attended you into France, which upon some considerations you refused; still the remembrance of your favours even in my last misfortunes makes me ever obliged to you. Now I am bold to solicit your favour; for I hear that her Majesty's Attorney, who originally kindled your father's indignation against me, whence proceeded my disgraces and imprisonments, hath again revived those embers, and the last Star Chamber day moved that court for the pulling down those few cottages in Clements Inn Fields, and obtained a writ to the sheriff of Middlesex to that effect. To this the Attorney-General is moved by an attorney of Clements Inn, his brother-in-law, who, with some seditious persons of the House, has long threatened this, because I would not grant them a little garden near them, it not being sufficient for them to enjoy their house (my heritage) upon what rents they list, to throw down my garden pales and continually to abuse and molest my tenants, but they proceed to disturb me in the rest of my land, so that if any tenant sets up a little shed they inform against it as a nuisance. Yet the Statute singleth not me out, neither hath Mr. Attorney wanted time or cause to inform against others, for 'Cumming Gardens,' Drury Gardens with their buildings, and all the suburbs of London and Westminster are fruitful in this error. To me the loss is little, but I would avoid to be the only example, the first and last punished by this Statute, for I am loth that posterity shoul esteem me more odious to the Government, less befriended, more foolish, or more unfortunate; yet I shall repute myself wise, fortunate, and friended enough if I can gain your favour in this matter.—Houghton, 27 June, '98.
Signed. Seal.
pp. (61. 107.)
Edward Lord Zouche to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June 27. We arrived this 26th of June at Elsinore, and purpose to stay there three days, and then hasten our coming to the King. I leave it to Dr. Parkins to write concerning the news here. I hope that all my faults shall by your favour be covered under my former confession of my unfitness.—Elsinore, 27 June, 1598.
½ p. (61. 109.)
French Advertisements.
1598, June 27/July 7. Combien que je n'ay que peu de mattiere pour vous escrire, si est ce que je n'ay voulu faillir vous advertir que Mons. de Villeroy sert du conseil aus Deputes du Cardinal du present en Paris, qui sont plus empeches que vous ne pensez, et vous desirent plus a la paix que ne scauriez croyre, mais c'est seulement pour vous desarmer des villes de Vlishing, la Brille, et Chasteau de Ramiguin, tellement que Mons. de Villeroy dict, que moyennant que l'on puisse oster ces deus villes hors de vos mains, on viendra assez bien au bout du reste. Voyla le conceil que luy a donne aus Ambassrs. qui sont icy, et votre Agent leur a encourage, ayant dict a un certain Noble, que vous autres ne desirez que la paix, et le dit Noble m'a compte que votre Agent luy avoit dict telles parolles. Mais je chante bien autrement, luy dysant, que sa Mate. leur faira que brave guerre, ils se donnent pour beaucoup de la peine pour vous piper de ces deus villes.
Le Conceil de France, du Legat, et du Pape n'est du present que un corps, car Mons. Villeroy conduict le tout, qui vous est plus qu'ennemy.
La F[ontai] ne dict que vous autres ne faictez que trembler, et tant s'en fault qu'a mon advis deviez plustost vous estonner, que moyennant que sa Majesté et Messrs. les Estats soyent unys et reunys ensemble, le pouvoir vous est donne de ruiner le Cardinal, voyant que son roy ny luy mesmes n'ont point du fonds d'argent, comme generallement tout le monde le scait.
Les gents du bien disent que ceus qui vous conceillent de faire la paix avec l'Espaignol, c'est qu'ils veullent conserver ledit roy de sa ruine, et que jamais royne n'a peu rencontrer un tel moyen, pour faire ce que bon luy semble par la guerre, tellement que je vous estime de bien heureux. Mesme notre bon Roy n'a peu celer a un grand que s'il eut tenu un pais si asseure que la Royne d'Angleterre, il eust bravé, mais q'ils avoient prins l'espouvante. Aussy il estime les Pais Bas imprennables.
Le mariage de Madame et du Marquis du Ponts se conclura pour le seur bientost, et quant a la messe l'on scait fort bien que femmes sont femmes, et qu'on a bonne opinion q'un homme luy faira quitter Dieu; et mesmes elle dict clairement, je veull estre mariee, et puis je verray ce que je faira.
L'Infante ne veult pas venir qu'elle ne scache premierement si Messrs. les Estats ne veullent venir a la paix : Elle tient quelque opinion sur notre Roy, et mesmes l'on commence d'en parler. On dict qu'il n'y a que le conceil d'Espaigne que n'est point content de cela, mais l'Infante le desire plus que le Cardinal qu'il n'a nulle coronne, et qu'elle est plus friande de la coronne de l'un qu'amoreuse de la personne de l'autre.—Paris, 7 July, '98.
Endorsed in the handwriting of Essex's Secretary :—“French Advertisements.”
1 p. (62. 33.)
William Bourchier.
1598, June 27. The answer of Francis Barrington to the requests of the Lady Bourchier and Mr. John Bourchier, to have some part of the land descended to his brother William Bourchier, lunatic.
Endorsed :—“27 June, 1598.”
pp. (2371.)
Andrew Malory to Lord Burghley.
1598, June 27. As to his cause in the Court of Wards, concerning his claim upon the estate of Henry Crisp, for dower in right of his wife Elizabeth, Henry's natural mother.—Inner Temple, 27 June, 1598.
1 p. (2372.)
John Predyauxx and Richard Ellyott to the Earl of Nottingham and Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June 28. We received a letter by a messenger concerning the “pryees.” For the contents of your Honour's letter, we hope Captain Meredith hath fully satisfied you, and so shall all things be carefully looked unto.—In Hungroode, aboard the flyboat, 28 June, 1598.
Endorsed :—“Officers of The True Love from Bristow.”
½ p. (62. 1.)
Sir J. Fortescue to Sir Robert Cecil, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
1598, June 28. Her Majesty's great want is such as for the present payments, which you are acquainted withal, my Lord your father and myself are so much aggrieved as we know not whither to turn ourselves. We have called in all customers, receivers and collectors : the receiver of the Court of Wards : and now, lastly, must press you, praying you to cause the receiver general of the Duchy to pay into the Receipt all the money that remains in his hands, for all will be too little to supply the present necessity. I will not fail to wait upon her Majesty to-morrow at the time appointed.—28 June, 1598.
1 p. (62. 2.)
Michael Stanhope to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June 28. Begs him to favour Mr. Fleetwood, who married his kinswoman, in the matter depending between him and Mr. Farringtonne, and that the latter may be ordered to put in a sufficient answer this time.—28 June, 1598.
1 p. (62. 3.)
Duchy of Lancaster.
1598, June 28. A remembrance what money remaineth in the hands of the General Receiver of the Duchy of Lancaster upon his accompt for the 39th year of her Majesty's reign.
Dated, 28 June, 1598.
1 p. (139. 191.)
Duchy of Lancaster.
1598. Declaration of the account of the Receiver General for the 40th year of Qu : Elizabeth.
Signed, W. Fanshawe, Auditor.
1 p. (139. 192.)
Sir Robert Cecil to Sir Thomas Vane, Lieutenant of Dover Castle.
1598, June 29. Begs him to send this packet into France to Mr. Edmunds by some trusty messenger.—From my House at the Strand, 29 June, 1598.
½ p. (62. 4.)
Sir Thomas Sherley to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June 29. Begs for the loan of £100.—29 June, 1598.
Holograph. Endorsed:—“Sir Thomas Sherley.”
1 p. (62. 5.)
J. Fletcher to the Earl of Essex.
1598, June 29. I trouble you with the advertisement of our mean affairs, because you have vouchsafed already to take some pains for the advancing of this business touching the Merchant Adventurers' trade within these countries, and I suppose you with like patience can be content to hear the success. We have long attended the States General of these provinces with such public and private solicitation as we thought meet. But touching the chief point of our negotiation and which concerns not this Company only, but the whole realm, from whence is drawn so great a substance by this exaction to enrich these countries, we can obtain no remission, but a moderation: which we doubt will prove very moderate, or none at all. For which respect I entreat that, forasmuch as some one or two (as is here reported) are to be sent forthwith from the States General to the Queen about the great affair that is now in hand, you will be pleased to take knowledge of our hard handling and discontentment, and to let them know what expectation her Highness has of their friendly dealing towards her merchants.
Touching the affairs of these countries, I doubt not but you have intelligence from the very fountain.
Therefore I should but abuse your time to report unto you the resolution of the States General, with the commissioners of the several provinces and chief towns, in their late assembly held at the Hague. The effect whereof is, never hereafter to submit themselves to the King of Spain upon any condition, but in case it please him to become their “Scarm-heir” in like sort as is the Emperor to the States of Germany, leaving unto them the whole authority and absolute government of these countries in that form as it is now set, they will be content to yield unto him a large pension, such as may well beseem a king. Since our coming hither I have well nigh travelled through these whole countries, and have observed their strength of shipping, which far exceeds the great opinion I had before. One thing I gather out of many particular observations, that being an oligarchy of a few persons, and of degree but equal to those over whom they rule, they are much subject to many schisms and emulation among themselves, and discontentment of their provinces and common people, who repine much at their great burdens, and are distracted with many sects and opinions in religion, specially four: the least whereof (touching number, as I observed both in their cities and smaller towns) is the profession of that religion that is authorised. And therefore in case they have not some superior (though no commander, yet an admonisher and moderator) to rectify their affairs, and to keep their provinces and States General in good correspondence one with the other, it may be feared they cannot long continue their state, but it will decline to one superior, or to divers cantons and divisions, as before it was.—From the Hague, 29 June, 1598.
Holograph. Endorsed:—“Dr. Fletcher.”
1 p. (62. 6.)
Sir Francis Vere and George Gilpin to the Earl of Essex.
1598, June 29. Our last, which was of the 21th, we doubt not will be before these safely come to your Lordship's hands. Nothing is yet resolved by the States upon our proposition in writing delivered unto them, though they have very often met and conferred of the matter. They excuse the slowness by the absence of those of Friesland and Groeningen, who are looked for daily. In the mean time those present have prepared all things, so that we hope presently, after the return of the absent, a resolution may be taken such as their State can endure, and may be to the liking of her Majesty. Nevertheless a great doubt hath possessed many that, whatsoever they shall do, all will not suffice to stay her from treating. They fear what will be done with the cautionary towns, and are uncertain whether her Majesty (if she should agree) would favour and assist them underhand. Insomuch as sundry have been noted in their conferences to deem it not inconvenient to hearken after a peace which could be wrought by and for themselves without the staying for, or depending upon, any other, seeing the occasions offered sufficiently from the Cardinal, who omitteth no practices to compass his purposes, advertisements daily coming both from the enemy's parts and out of France, that her Majesty should be very forward, as also of an intent in the King to send some chief man hither to persuade the States to an agreement, which the Emperor will second by those to be sent out from the Empire, whose charge shall be (as we hear) to deal only with these men and not to respect anything concerning her Majesty, whereby may be judged what is the point they shoot at. And hereout also there riseth a greater difficulty amongst the best affected to the wars, who seeing the humour of their fellows inclining to hearken unto an accord, fearing lest they might be left out, of two evils would choose the least, so to make sure and continue the credit and greatness they have lived in hitherto. The Princess of Orange has been dealt with in Paris by the Duke of Aerschot and the Count of Aremberg to be a means unto her son and others that affect and respect her to second and further that desired. To prevent inconveniences which may be expected, and to entertain the time, it was moved unto the assembly of the States to have certain deputed to confer and join with the Prince Maurice about the framing of some good resolution. But the rest would not by any means be brought thereto that the handlin of anything concerning this action be committed to deputies. All must be handled and dealt with by their full college, which argueth a jealousy and diffidence amongst them. Men of the best authority seem greatly to affect that all might be brought to good pass. We must add that they complain that their means begin to lessen because the boors are forbidden to bring in their contributions, and these late years their trade is much diminished, so as to maintain their ships of war they have been forced to take up money and run at interest. To raise any new taxes on the people is dangerous, they of Utrecht having lately for a like matter been ready to enter into an altercation.—From the Hague, this 29 of June, 1598.
Signed. Seal. 3 pp.
(177. 35.)
John Arundell.
1598, June 29. Petition of John Arundell to Lord Burghley. That a commission was granted him as cousin and next heir to Sir John Arundell of Trerise, Cornwall, for the preservation of his rights to the inheritance; but his suit has been always put off by one hard shift or other of the adverse party. Prays Burghley to command that it be openly heard in Court.
Endorsed : “29 June, 1598.”
Note by Tho. Hesketh:—“This is now ended by order of the Court.”
½ p. (P. 130.)
Sir Tho. Egerton, Lord Keeper, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June 30. If it please you to let me know where you will be this evening, Mr. Solicitor and Mr. Bacon shall attend you with the examinations, and thereupon you may best be satisfied for the instructions. They mean to proceed with the indictment to-morrow, and with the arraignment on Monday or Tuesday, unless her Majesty shall direct it otherwise.
Holograph. Undated.
Endorsed : “30 June, 1598, Lo. Keeper to my Mr.”
½ p. (62. 7.)
Henry Cholmeley to Lord Burghley.
1598, June 30. Of the cause in the Court of Wards between Mr. Barkley and himself, her Majesty's farmer. Sends a petition.—Birton, 30 June, 1598.
1 p. (2373.)
The petition referred to :
Of his cause in the Court of Wards against Maurice Barkley and others, for withholding lands in Cosen, part of the manor of Birton, Leicester. He has obtained an injunction for possession and decree for costs, which Barkley resists. Prays that Barkley be no longer permitted to withstand the course of justice.
Endorsed : “30 June, 1598.”
1 p. (2354.)
William Stedman, Clerk, to Lord Burghley.
1598, June. Burghley bestowed on him the rectory of Dowdeswell, Gloucester, which belonged to his Lordship by reason of the minority of William Rogers, the Queen's ward; and about the same time Robert Temple procured a presentation from the Lord Keeper, and was inducted. He has exhibited a bill in the Court of Wards for his wrongful intrusion against Temple, who endeavours to get into his hands all the fruits of the rectory this summer. Prays order that the fruits may be sequestered till the title of presenting be decided.
Endorsed : “June 1598.”
Notes thereon by Lord Burghley and Thomas Hesketh, Attorney of the Wards, who says he could not satisfy the request to have a benefice sequestered whereunto another person is inducted, which is against the law, as he takes it.
Gold and Silver Lace.
1598, June. “A note of gold and silver, right and counterfeit, “wrought upon thread or in lace, brought into the port of “London,” from Christmas, 1594, to Midsummer, 1598, together with the subsidy and custom paid thereon. Total of subsidy and custom received by her Majesty, 145l. 8s. 1d.
2 pp. (29. 71.)
Mary Lady Rogers to Sir Robert Cecil, Chancellor of the Duchy [of Lancaster].
1598, June. Complains that she is hardly dealt with by Cecil's authority. The Queen bestowed upon Mr. Rogers a patent of the forest and park of Hoult, &c., all of which they have enjoyed peaceably, except what was gotten away by Sir Thomas Sherley, and which afterwards by agreement they were content to leave. There is neither law nor conscience for any to seek to displace them from the rest. They have bestowed almost £200 in building the Lodge, without allowance. Mr. Hussy and Mr. Swain came to the Lodge by Cecil's warrant, requiring to have possession, but thinking his name to be abused, she thought good to keep it, till further order were taken therein. Prays for Cecil's order that they may enjoy their own, and for redress.—The Blackfriars, June, 1598.
Endorsed:—“La. Rogers.”
1 p. (62. 20.)
The Earl of Southampton to the Earl of Essex.
1598, June. Thanks him for accepting a present, and for the assurance of his favour.
I would willingly give you an account of my meanings, but I have hitherto been altogether uncertain how to dispose of myself, neither do I yet know well how to resolve, nor can I be better assured what will be determined in England concerning this peace now spoken of. I make no question but it hath been by this time sufficiently argued of, and therefore, if I were not somewhat acquainted with the slowness of your proceedings often used in things of small moment and therefore much more to be expected in a matter of this consequence, I should now hope to be soon out of doubt what will become of it, but knowing with what advisement the affairs of our country are managed, I am resolved to expect with patience the end of this matter, heartily wishing that we may after long deliberation light upon that course that may be most for the safety and honour of our country. Before I stir from hence you shall know what way I mean to take.
Holograph. Undated.
Endorsed :—“June, '98, in France.”
1 p. (62. 21.)
[The Earl of Essex] to the Justices of Ireland.
1598, June. Recommends Zachary Pierce, his servant, for the muster mastership of Carrickfergus.—June, 1598.
Unsigned, in the handwriting of Essex's Secretary.
Endorsed :—“To the Justices of Ireland.”
½ p. (62. 9.)
John Lee to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June. Is captain of the Queen's Store General. Mr. Fowkes had a former patent for keeping the muskets, calivers and dags. On his death, the Earl of Essex, Master of the Ordnance, appointed one Jacob to his place: and on taking the “remain,” £730 or better was found to have been wasted by Mr. Fowkes. Prays that the loss may not be imposed upon him (Lee); also that Jacob may be held responsible for what is committed to his charge. Endorsed: “June, 1598.”
Undated. Signed.
1 p. (62. 10.)
E. Lady Leighton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June. The Queen granted them the wardship in young St. John, with the lease of his lands. The Lady St. John, mother to the ward, is dead, whereby her jointure, in right of the ward, falls to the Queen. They pray for a lease of those things which have now fallen in, being guardians to the ward, whom they are minded to match with their daughter.
Holograph. Undated.
Endorsed : “June, 1598, La. Leighton.”
(62. 11.)
The Earl of Nottingham to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June. You spake unto me for a water spaniel for to send to the French King. I could have sent you sundry ones, but not such a one as I thought fit for you to send till now. But I think I send you one by this bearer which for beauty and goodness will hardly be believed. His name is Hercules. Your man must have care of him and tie him in a chain, for his only suit is that he “wyll sher,” because he hath been ever used to go loose.
Holograph. Undated.
Endorsed :—“June, 1598. Lord Admiral.”
(62. 12.)
The Earl of Nottingham to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, June. In my way this coming to Windsor I received a packet from Captain Slyngsby that goeth in the Antelope. I send you his letter whereby you may perceive what he hath done. I also send you all such letters as he hath sent unto me. I have opened them, but I assure you I had not the leisure to read them over. By the letter directed to those of Antwerp and Gant, as also the letters to the Cardinal and the Admiral of Aragon, I hold it sure their ships were bound either for Calais or Dunkirk. And it may be you may find some good matter in the letters. You shall see that Slyngsby writeth there is good store of money. I dare assure you he will deal honestly and carefully, as it doth become him. You may use this as in your wisdom you shall think good. I leave it to you whether you will acquaint her Majesty now, or forbear till you hear of his coming to Portsmouth, for I shall be glad it may fall out to her Majesty's liking, and God send there be good store of coin, for that will not displease her, and I make no doubt but all will be good prize. I dare assure you the gentleman is very honest, and will have more care of his duty and credit than of any pilfering. I have written to Dartmouth that if he be not gone from thence, he shall not stay at Portsmouth, but bring them about: for the Antelope is one of the ships that is to come in.—Upon the highway within 3 miles of Windsor.
Holograph. Undated.
Endorsed :—“June, 1598. Lo: Admiral. 3 flyboats taken by Captain Slingsby coming from Spain.”
(62. 13.) 1 p.
Divers Gentlemen and other Inhabitants of the Counties of Lincoln, Northampton, and Huntingdon to the Lords of the Council.
1598, June. May it please your Lordships to be advertised that having been many former wet years, through the great inundations and overflowing of our fens and low grounds (the principal stay of our country and means of living), been driven through infinite loss of our cattle and want of ways to renew the same by young breed, together with scarcity of all manner of corn and other ordinary provisions, as not only almost all the better sort are so sore hindered and decayed as they cannot in their former posts maintain and continue themselves, and serve her Majesty either with provision for her honourable household, her subsidy, armour and furniture for wars, or any otherwise, as heretofore they have done and are most willing unto the uttermost to perform. But also the yeomanry, with husbandmen, whose living stood chiefly upon breeding and grazing of cattle, are utterly decayed, undone, and live in sharp penury. Besides that the labourer and poorer sort, whereof some heretofore of reasonable estate to live do now, which is most lamentable to be seen, in great numbers, as well persons of middle age as old folks and children, go on begging, and very many have this last year, for want of food, died, to the great discouragement and discomfort of us all, and so feared still like to continue unless by God's mercy and her Majesty's most gracious favour, and that by especial mediation of your Lordships, speedy redress be therein had and provided. We most humbly beseech you to be suitors to her Highness that she will command some course for draining and inning of our country, according to the form of the late intended law for that purpose which passed both the houses of Parliament . . . . . . ded by decree in her Highness' Court of Starchamber as heretofore . . . . . . . . hath been done. The same, we wish and beseech, be executed by Captain Thomas Lovell, esquire . . . . . . . of us and our country, and a gentleman noted that way to be of great . . . . . . . . who (as we are informed) hath already obtained her Majesty's . . . . . . . . for the purpose of draining and inning wet and surrounded . . . . . This . . . . day of June, 1598.
Signed by Edward Heron, Robert and John Wingfeilde, Bartholemew Armyn, Richard Ogle, Anthony Irby, Thomas Lambarte, William Rigden, John Reade, Mathew Gamlyn, William Laly, Henry Hall, Leonard Bawtree, Thomas Darnell, Henry Skinne, James Cleypooll, William Gannock, Richard Stevenson, and Richard Dowcell.
(177. 47.) 1 p. Mutilated.
Sir Charles and Sir Henry Danvers.
1598, [June]. Names of the parishes wherein the bells were rung on 3rd of June, in triumph for the pardon of Sir Charles and Sir Henry Danvers, by the procurement of some of their friends, to the great disgrace of their adversaries and general discontentment of the best disposed people in the country. Brembhill, Chrismalford, Dauntsey, Brod Somerford, Wootton Bassett, Clevepepper, Lyneham, Helmerton, and divers others which will be proved.—Undated.
(204. 106.) ½ p.
1598, June. Petition of Thomas Arrowsmith, servant to Henry Bowes (brother of Sir William Bowes), keeper of Tindale, to [Lord Burghley]. Bowes is possessed of two parts of the manor house and demesne of Chipches, Northumberland, inheritance of Cuthbert Hearon, the Queen's ward. Prays that an order to dispossess him, obtained by Reignold Hearon, may be stayed till Bowes, who is doing service upon the Border, is at liberty to answer for himself.
Note by Tho. Hesketh : “This is ordered in Court upon the hearing of both parties.”
Endorsed:—“June, 1598.”
1 p. (P. 121.)
Court of Wards.
1598, June. Sir Henry Guildford and Thomas Baker, in behalf of Henry Baker, the Queen's ward, to [Lord Burghley]. For the hearing of this cause to be deferred till [Lord Burghley] is there, as hitherto their counsel have not been permitted to speak, some are dead, and the rest have been drawn from them.
Endorsed :—“June, 1598.”
Note by Burghley to the Attorney of the Wards to appoint a new day of hearing if the allegation be true.
Note by Tho. Hesketh that the new day was appointed, but the allegation was not true.
1 p. (1030.)
Christopher Molyneux to Lord Burghley.
1598, June. With respect to the suit of Robert Purseglove, his sister's son, the Queen's ward, against Cuthbert and Susan Corney, in regard to the manor of Pickton, Yorks.
Endorsed : “June, 1598.”
Notes by Lord Burghley and T. Hesketh thereon. The matter is ended in Court.
2 pp. (1495.)