Cecil Papers: October 1598, 1-15

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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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October 1598, 1–15

He. Sanderson to Thomas Liddell, Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
1598, Oct. 1. To avoid inconvenience, he sets down in writing what he willed his servant Raphe Downes to deliver to Liddell to-day. He has received the Council's letters addressed to the Mayor, Aldermen, and Burgesses of Newcastle, concerning the choosing of a mayor for the next year, which must be to-morrow. He will deliver it to-morrow at the Spittle, where they assemble for that purpose, and means there to deliver faithfully such answer and speeches as he received from the Earl of Essex. If Liddell wishes to have the said letter delivered to him in any other sort before, he will obey his requirements.—1 Oct., 1598.
1 p. (64. 72.)
Dr. Julius Cæsar to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 1. Has moved the Queen twice for the signing of the protection of Edward Parvis, which Cecil in the name of the Council recommended to him. She answered that she would speak with Cecil about it. Parvis stands in danger to be arrested upon many actions, if the protection be not had before the beginning of term.—Micham, 1 Oct. 1598.
½ p. (64. 73.)
Henry Lok to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 1. I did not on Thursday last recover the party, and despatch him accordingly without any suspect. I had returned to your Lordship on Friday but for my wife becoming suddenly and perilously ill. I pray you the letter to the Lord Willoughby may not be forgotten, referring the restitution of the remains of money in my hands till my repair to Court. In the meantime I pray you solicit her Majesty for my suits' proceeding, especially in the Duchy for such a portion as my past and present services may be thought worthy of.—From my poor cottage at Acton, this 1 of Oct., 1598.
Holograph. Addressed to Nonsuch.
1 p. (177. 110.)
Sir Robert Crosse to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 2. Begs him to further his suit for the parsonage of Bluberye, diocese of Sarum. Cecil consented to move it if it were not belonging to a hospital : and referred to the report of Sir Walter Ralegh, who in his love first acquainted the writer with it, and is now at the Court.—Ewebridge, 2 Oct.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“Sir Robert Crosse, '98.”
1 p. (64. 74.)
Sir George Carey to the Earl Marshal [Essex].
1598, Oct. 2. As he received his company from Essex, he prays him not to take it in any way offensive that he has left it without Essex's commandment, it being gone into Ireland. He thought it better to leave it than to be absent when Essex should please to employ him. Offers services.—Cockington, 2 Oct., 1598.
1 p. (64. 75.)
He. Sanderson to the Mayor, &c., of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
1598, Oct. 2. Purposed to have come himself to deliver the Council's letters to them for the election of the mayor, and to make known such answer and speeches as the Earl of Essex delivered to him. Understands some of the adverse party give out hard speeches against him, as though his coming should tend to tumult : and as the mayor requires the letter to be brought to them at Penthouse, he sends it. Forbears to come himself unless he be commanded, in order to prevent such device of his coming as his adversaries maliciously imagined.—2 Oct., 1598.
1 p. (64. 76.)
Florence McCarthy to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 2. About July last twelvemonth, as I was ready to give over my suit for want of means to follow it, having before sustained an infinite number of miseries, wants, and losses in ten or twelve years' imprisonment and suit, to the loss of all my living, it pleased the Council to persuade me to continue my suit until Michaelmas after, when I was promised an end, with £100 to maintain me till then. Being sent over for a new certificate (although I brought a survey and certificate from Sir Thomas Norrys) I posted into the North to the Lord Deputy's, when he died, and made 3 journeys to Sir Robert Gardner and the Council, who by reason of the wars could do nothing in my cause. My wife, and children who remained here, was constrained to become indebted to divers of her poor countrymen, whereof I have, with 200 marks, which by your means I received now at Greenwich, paid one Brandon and others, and gave all the rest to my mother-in-law, both to pay for her diet and lodging, and to bring her into the country. Whereby, having no means to live here, I cannot stay any longer except I should starve myself, my wife and family. Besides, the Council's warrant, which hitherto kept me from being imprisoned by my creditors, is now out, and my mother-in-law, with the said Earl's bastard, being gone over with a contented despatch, Nicolas Browne also, who possesses the rest of the said Earl's lands, being also gone over to occupy it, together with lands which he has in the Earl of Desmond's county of Kierry, called Crih Vrunagh, Balenvohir, and Balimpiers : and as Sir Thomas Norrys daily watches the East frontiers of Munster to keep the rebels from entering it, whereby none can go about any survey till next summer, nor then neither if the world grow not quieter, and the rebels of those parts mightily weakened, and Tireowen hindered from suppling them, neither is there any likelihood that Nicolas Browne and Donell McCarthy that carried over the Queen's letters will either be at any charges, or endanger their lives to Dubling, to hasten a survey, being in possession of the demesne lands of that country, 36 plough lands only excepted : as also that my stay here at 12 years' end will but starve myself and put her Majesty to a great deal of charges to maintain here myself, my wife and family : besides, it will endanger the loss of that country and lands if in my absence at the time of this great rebellion my wife's followers and mine of that country who are out of all hope that we shall ever be restored; whereof all Munster will assure themselves when they see my mother-in-law and the Earl's bastard, by virtue of the Queen's letters, enjoying two good parcels of those lands, and Browne disposing of all the rest, whereat not only all the McCarthys will stomach, but also it may move that country people taking advantage of this great rebellion to accept one of the McCarthys for their lord, and take Tireowen's part, who is known to be most desirous thereof, and who will furnish any of the name that takes it upon him with men, money and munition, to the end that his rebels, which by his direction still endeavour to go into Munster, may be there received, which is the only thing they want : to which purpose he has allured unto him Teig McDonell McCarthy, a cousin germain to Cormuk McDermod, the Lord of Muskrie, and young Charles, all three being three brothers' children, besides that there are divers of good account of the name that will willingly accept it. Whereof, seeing you have already a survey and certificate under the hands of Sir Thomas and the Queen's attorney, which you shall find to be sufficient : and although her Majesty has no right to anything there (as well in respect that the Earl never surrendered anything, as you may perceive by all the records, as also that if he had surrendered his lands, it could be of no force now, by reason of his father's entailment), yet notwithstanding I am willing to submit all to her Majesty's pleasure, I beseech you to be a mean for my despatch now, whereby I may repair over to contain my people, and employ myself and them in her Majesty's service with the Earl of Ormond or Sir Thomas Norreys.—2 Oct., 1598.
1 p. (64. 77.)
E. Barrowe to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 2. Refers to his consideration the case of the bearer, Edmond Wilteshiere, an inhabitant upon the sea coast near Lymington, Hants, and using the seas with his passage boat, who was the only man by whose secret intelligence given, the late Earl of Arundel attempting to pass over was upon the seas discovered, and was stayed and brought back again.—2 Oct., 1598.
1 p. (64. 78.)
Sir A. Sherley to “Signor Consolo Inglese, Aleppo.”
[Before 1598, Oct. 3.] For the journal successes of our journey since our departure from you, Mr. Pinsone's letter to Signor Simone shall serve also for me : but since that both the unsure delivery of my letter sent you by the mess[enger] which shall bring you Tyone and Kidman is such that I do muchly doubt of it, both to supply that which I owe in duty and oath to her Majesty, I have sent you this messenger on purpose, by whom I must charge you with the safe, close and discreet keeping of those two fellows, not only for the horrible intention to deny Christ, but also for great treasons contrived against her Majesty's person, the articles of which, subscribed by six of the best witnesses here, I will send you by my brother, whose return shall be much hastened by this adventure. The full information I send you not, because they have in it touched one of the principal members of our State, to whom the divulging of it might do much prejudice : but a trifle of it I will tell you, as poisoning four of the best in England, urged unto it by the friar of St. George's, to whom they were confessed : neither was it a new enterprise to one of them, I mean Kidmanne, who hath confessed to one of my company, with whom he dealt to be a party with him, to have already been hired to do the like upon an oath, and had effected it. Sir, I am ashamed that any of mine should be tainted with so detestable crimes, but since I am charged with the knowledge of it, I am bound in my duty to God, my prince and the world to fortify myself with your strength for the returning of them unto the hands which have power to make satisfaction for such enormities : the doing of which shall also be your great grace, since your honest, true regard to her Majesty, particularly known to some, shall be made public to the whole world. Because, Sir, the Venetians did importune me for a postscript in their letter about the horses, you will by this take knowledge that I did it only to satisfy them, and to make them be delivered to Angelo his father, whose indeed they are.
(P.S.) Pray send this messenger back again with all expedition to Bagdatte, where I will pay him the rest of his hire, and since I hear that Raf Signor Elizeus his “jovine” hath much tobacco which he will not be known of, if it will please you to send me some by him you shall do me a great favour : to Balt. Elizeus, Mr. Conway, Little Hunfry, Mr. Abbott, Charles Roieffo, and all my friends you will commend me most kindly.—Undated.
Endorsed :—“Rec. from Sr Antonie Sherley the 3 of October, 1598, Babelonn.”
2 pp. (64. 79.)
Sir Horatio Palavicino to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 3. On the subject of a request of Mons. de Chaste, Governor of Dieppe, for a passport from the Lord Admiral for a ship of his to convey merchandise from Yarmouth to Italy.—Baburham, 3 October, 1598.
Holograph. Italian.
1 p. (64. 80.)
Richard Capelin to Edward Reynolds.
1598, Oct. 3. I do not wonder at your thinking me careless in performing your good offer. I have written to Mr. Greene and my sister several times on the subject, but have received no answer, which causes me to judge that my letters must have been intercepted. Nevertheless I pray you to set down the bond and condition in such manner as you shall have them from my aunt. The security shall be such as you shall have no cause to mislike.
As for my sister and her children, when I go to Hampton, as I purpose to do forthwith, I will place them either with Mr. Greene or with my brother Hopkins, and will yield them such allowance as shall suffice for their maintenance. The business shall be so carefully seen into as if Mr. Moxey, or any other, had the charge thereof. I pray you let the bond be as easy as you may, although you take the greater of myself apart. The parties being my friends, I should be loth to urge them further than should be to their good liking.—London, this 3 of October, 1598.
1 p. (177. 111.)
Sir Edward Conway to the Earl of Essex.
1598, Oct. 4. Acknowledges Essex's letter, and the assurance of his favour. “Further it pleased you to satisfy me that Sir Francis Vere should have the government of this town, to whom in my affection I wish this, until he might have a more equal place to himself. And to me it is more happy that the argument of his worth and virtue should move it to him, than another should have had it for the want in me.” Offers his services, and asks to be marked publicly “for one of yours.”—Briell, October 4, '98.
1 p. (64. 82.)
Fr. Lady Burgh to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 4. As to the cause between her and the Lords Justices and Earl of Ormond for the lease corn. Prays that she may enjoy her right without delay, or that the Queen would grant something in lieu of it, for it is impossible that she and her five poor infants can live with £400 by year. Opinions of Sir William Russell and Sir William Fitzwilliams on the cause.—St. James's Park, 4 Oct., 1598.
1 p. (64. 83.)
William Stallenge to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 6. On Thursday last I received by the packet a box from Mr. Parsevall directed to Mr. Vevyan, which the next day I sent unto him by a servant of my own. There are arrived at Elfordcombe, Falmouth, this place, and Dartmouth, 5 ships of my Lord of Cumberland's fleet, which left his lordship in health about 18 days past, 60 leagues from the Isles of Asories, where he intended to stay the coming of the rest of his fleet,—which he left at St. John Deportareca to receive certain ginger and other goods for ransom of the town. The ships here arrived are all destitute of victuals, and some of them have spent their masts, which I have made bold by this packet to signify to the Countess of Cumberland, to the end her ladyship may take order with the Commissioners therein.
It is generally reported my lord hath made a saving voyage but no great profit. I doubt not but your Honour shall be more particularly informed thereof by such as are already passed for London.—Plymouth, 6 Oct., 1598.
1 p. (64. 84.)
Sir Edward Hoby to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 6. Of his dealings with his old aunt, about her house. She will hearken to it, for he finds her wholly addicted to Guidyhal, which once more she has taken into her hands, ruinous. She means to confer with her son, whom she meant to leave it unto. Suggests that Cecil should deal with the son, his expectation being after a mother, and his necessities great.—Somerset House, Friday.
Endorsed : “6 October, '98, Sir Edward Hobby.”
1 p. (64. 86.)
The Countess Dowager of Southampton to the Earl of Essex.
1598, Oct. 6. Your letter shows truly yourself, ever noble and ready to perform best offices to all, if to your kinswoman with more care is agreeable with the rest and honours yourself as most becomes. A few days, I perceive, will bring your Lordship to the town, when it will please you to look into the Savoy, then shall I willingly hear your Lordship, and will not doubt to give you such satisfaction as in your judgment you will allow, assuring your Lordship in the mean your kinswoman shall find your favour in me, and more should if she were not his that never was kind to me, but in this matter, and manner, unnatural, undutiful, God grant not unfaithful; to your Lordship's heart I leave it, that is a parent, but I hope shall never find that I have felt for ever and ever.—Savoy, 6 Oct.
Holograph. Endorsed : “'98, Countesse Sowtht. Sen.”
1 p. (64. 87.)
Fr. Lady Burgh to Mr. Windebank.
1598, Oct. 6. Apparently refers to the cause between her and the Lords Justices and the Earl of Ormond [see letter of Oct. 4, above]. Sends by the bearer a draft letter for Windebank to correct and make stronger if there is cause, those with whom she has to deal being very subtle and self willed, and to present to Mr. Secretary, who is to get the Queen's signature.—From my lodgings in St. James's Park, 6 Oct., 1598.
1 p. (64. 88.)
Sir Henry Docwra to the Earl of Essex.
1598, Oct. 6. I would have waited for particulars of the loss of Bercke, but that I should have missed this messenger and might not have found another. Credible report is brought to Count Maurice that, the enemy's artillery being planted, the first shot they made lighted upon the storehouse of powder, which it set on fire and blew up, whereby a large and very assailable breach was made, and, with the blast, the governor, one other captain, and divers soldiers and burghers slain. So that the rest came to composition and have yielded it up, upon what conditions is not yet known. Their greatest force will doubtless be employed to recovering that which they lost last summer, or else to set foot into Friesland, either by seizing of the towns yet in the States' hands, or else by working themselves into Embden, the Counts of which, both the father and the son, I hear they have yet in their company. They have already taken divers neutral towns, viz. Duislaken, Barich and Mears, in which they have placed strong garrisons, besides Orsey and the fort which they have built on the other side of the river. In many gentlemen's houses which they have taken, they have put all the soldiers to the sword. They murdered the Count van der Brouch after they had slain his garrison and taken his house and promised safety both of life and goods. All the other neutral towns are stricken with exceeding terror, and some will hardly make any resistance if summoned.—From the Camp, the 6 of October, '98.
Holograph. Seal.
2 pp. (177. 112.)
The Mayor and Aldermen of Hull to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 6. “Their answer to my Lord Willoughby's complaint.” Concerns a Scotchman, Alexander Fairbarn, who was arrested there, and against whom complaint was made that he had stolen a horse.—Kingston-upon Hull, 6 Oct., 1598.
Signed by Edward Cook, mayor, and others. Much damaged.
2 pp. (213. 22.)
John Danyell to Lord Bourke, Baron of Castle Yconnyll.
1598, Oct. 6. The extreme dealing of the officers of this house in committing me to the common gaol among the beggars urges me to trouble you, where if I remain but one sevennight you shall never see me again. I pray you, for avoiding my danger, in case you have it not of your own, to borrow £3 or £4 and send it, as my only confidence is in you, which, although you owe me £4 2s. 0d., I will repay as soon as my friend comes home, who is looked for daily.—6 Oct., 1598.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“Nov. 8.”
1 p. (65. 61.)
Capt. Augustine Heath to Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Governor of Plymouth Fort.
[1598,] Oct. 6. Having so fit convenience I would not omit the writing although my news doth not import so much. We are entered into the broken state of Ireland, which stands most desperate and full of rebellion. The government is confused and covered with imperfections, every statesman opposing himself against the other, so as, God saith, such a kingdom cannot stand. In few words, every man doth what he will and never one that which he ought; but right true it is spoken, the upholding of few is the overthrow of many, and no greater enemy to great men than too much prosperity, for that it takes from them ofttimes all rule of themselves and makes them full of liberty and gives them boldness to do evil, not regarding that the envious mind doth more harm to himself many times than he wisheth hurt unto his enemy.
Our entertainment hath been as cold as if they were sorry for our coming; their words harsh, their looks sour, their directions grievous, the rest answerable to these impugnments. The reason were too much for so weak a man as myself to dispute of : yet if I should [give] my opinion, I trust I shall not be condemned of you although not believed of many. Sir Samuel Bagnall having the absolute command of these two thousand men, a thing unaccustomed to the country and very unsavoury to the Council of Ireland liking, our commander being a man not desirous to impart with any of his authority, but thinks to govern himself according to the directions of 'lafeylle,' without seeking anything at their hands, which the states of Ireland cannot endure. This makes them to look sour on us and gives no countenance to our men, placeth us in the worst garrisons, and tumbles our troops up and down, hoping thereby in time to break us and alter our purpose; which I think they may soon bring to pass. If this be not so, I am contented to be counted a liar upon condition that it prove no worse. All other our proceeding this bearer Capt. Job can certify you to the full.—Tredough [Drogheda] in Ireland, the 6th of October.
Holograph. Two seals.
1 p. (83. 13.)
Sir Gelly Meyrick to Edward Reynolds.
1598, Oct. 7. Begs Reynolds to move my lord [Essex] for a letter to Sir John Hungerford, on behalf of Mr. Whittington, to perform his father's grant of a lease of certain land in Oxfordshire. Details the circumstances of the case.—Essex House, 7 Oct. 1598.
1 p. (64. 89.)
Thomas Hewar and Alex Balam to the Council.
1598, Oct. 7. According to your letters requiring us to repair to the Castle of Wisbech, where the prisoners and Jesuits are kept, there to apprehend one Bagshawe a prisoner, and to send him to your Honours in the company of this bearer, Mr. Mariott, and some other trusty person : we have made choice of one Nicholas Sanforde, and have apprehended the said prisoner and delivered him unto these bearers, with all such writings, sealed up, as we found in his study, chamber, chests and about him.
(P.S.) Mr. Mariott informs us that after the apprehension of Bagshawe, and his study and chests searched for letters, and these letters found, the said Bagshawe offered to bestow upon him liberally for to get three letters out of our hands.—Wisbitch, 7 Oct. 1598. Signed.
Endorsed :—“Bailiffs of Wisbitch.”
1 p. (64. 90.)
W. Waad to the Earl of Essex and Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 7. Squyer has set down a large discourse of the Jesuitical persuasions, in my poor opinion very well set down for so bad a matter. We can proceed no further until we have warrant to authorise us; then we will not fail of our best endeavours.—More Lane, 7 Oct., 1598.
1 p. (64. 94.)
The Enclosure :
Details the methods used by the Jesuits to pervert Englishmen of whom they get possession, and to induce them to adventure their lives to cut short tyrants. Recounts his intercourse with Walpoole. The arguments used by the latter to persuade him to an attempt upon her Majesty. He was urged to familiarise himself with those about the Court, so that in time he might come to help set on the Queen's saddle, and thus find time very conveniently to do what he would. Walpoole also told him it was a very meritorious act to stab or kill the Earl of Essex, but the deed against the Queen was all in all, which he charged him to perform before all things. He was told also to let Mr. Dr. Bagshawe see his intent, and be assured of his resolution, and his wants would be supplied.
And first, whereas he charged me to keep at Court to perform that action before all other, at my coming to Mr. Secretary I besought him to go to sea to be revenged. When I came there, at Fyall, I went not ashore. At St. Michaels I desired to go ashore, but never stirred forth of the town, and when the Portingalls came in, I never offered to speak with any of them. If I had meant to give intelligence, there was time, for it was given out that my lord meant to march to the town, and was confidently expected of men and others that knew no more than I did, but it is well known I moved not, but stayed in Sir Anthony Sherley's lodging, keeping company with Captain Davice and Captain Greenwaye. This messenger the surgeon knows who did dress my hand that was then hurt. Having given relation to Mr. Secretary and my Lord before of the Spaniards' preparation of invasion in writing, I never offered to speak with my Lord till he was coming homewards, at which time his lordship knows how earnestly I besought him to be careful of her Majesty and himself. When I came to Plymouth, I went to a friend's house 4 miles off, and before I came into town again my Lord was gone to Court, and I followed home to my house, and after I came home I never spake with my Lord but once, nor never came in place where he was till now at Essex House. And where he commanded me to repair to Wisbech, it is well known I never came there. As for the church and sermons, I brake it the first day I came to the Court, and as soon as I came from sea I received the communion. And where he advised me to converse with the grooms and others of the stable, they are my witnesses that I never came amongst them. Whereas he earnestly charged me not to practise against the Catholic priests and Jesuits, Mr. Wootton is my witness how earnest I was with him to get my Lord word to warrant my course in finding out the Jesuits' intelligence, which they certainly receive from hence; and he willed me to go to my Lord himself with a note of something I had gathered. I refrained, requesting him to give me a form of writing to my Lord which might briefly show my meaning, which he drew, and by reason of my Lord going from the Court is yet undelivered. As in this it is evident that I neither believed the Jesuits' doctrine, nor intended to perform anything that I promised, but the contrary in everything, so I beseech your Worship, for your better satisfaction, let my life and conversation be inquired of from my youth. Only fear of that which is now fallen upon me was the cause of my concealment, for which I crave pardon, vowing to manifest my regard to her Highness and the State, for which I have so often adventured my life by land and sea upon my own charges voluntarily.
Endorsed : “1598, 7 Oct. Discourse of Squiers of the Jesuits' dealing with the English beyond seas.”
3 pp. (64. 92.)
William Waad to the Earl of Essex and Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 7. I have had some conference with Ithell, that was long time prisoner at Wisbech, who tells me that Bagshaw is lodged in an upper chamber, where there is secret conveyances by a false or double wall, especially on the right hand of the chamber as you come in, where between the wall and the tiles he has a secret place in which he bestows his letters and books that are seditious, which he disperses abroad. He further tells me of a priest there called Blewet, who is of counsel with Bagshaw in all his doings, in whose chamber are like private conveyances. Thereupon I thought it not amiss to offer to your Honours a letter to those justices to whom you wrote before for the sending up of Bagshaw, to instruct them to find out those secret places, and such books and writings as there are kept hidden, if it shall stand with your liking to give that direction unto them, whereby the lewd nest of that viper may the better be discovered; and if your Honours so thought good, Blewet may also be sent up either now or hereafter.—More Lane, 7 October, 1598.
1 p. (64. 95.)
W. Jenison to the Earl of Essex and the rest of the Privy Council.
1598, Oct. 7. These four years by past, He. Sanderson, searcher of the Port of Newcastle, with Robert Dudley, Edward Lewen and others, complainants against me in the suit of that town depending before your honours, hath sundry times exhibited unjust informations against me before the Council in the North Parts. Their complaints thence rejected, they have lately caused me and my wife to be convented before her Majesty's High Commissioners for Causes Ecclesiastical within the diocese of Durham, although the same charges had one month before been examined into at Newcastle by the Commissioners appointed by your honours. I am given to understand that my lord Bishop of Durham, upon some private examination, hath signified somewhat to your honours against me. I crave a sight of the same matters to acquit myself of any criminal imputations, howsoever the Bishop of Durham, being provoked by some temporal occasions, had proceeded extraordinarily against me, to bring me to question, danger and overthrow. I do appeal to God and to your honours, and to all clergymen my neighbours, for the conformity and forwardness of myself and family in the Godly religion now established. It shall the rather appear by the certificate of the rest of the said Ecclesiastical Commissioners for the said diocese of Durham, if your honours please to require the same.—7 October, 1598.
¾ p. (117. 117.)
Kat. Malby to her husband, Mr. Malby.
1598, Oct. 8. Is delivered of a daughter, and begs him to go to see her.—Woster, 8 Oct. 1598.
1 p. (64. 96.)
Thomas [Jones,] Bishop of Meath, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 8. I hope I may receive from your Honour the like measure of patronage and protection that my lord your father gave me. I am known to few of the honourable Table but yourself. I shall always endeavour to advance her Majesty's service to the utmost of my skill, and I thank you for the favour which you have already shewn me.—From Arbrachan, this 8 of October, 1598.
Holograph. Seal.
¾ p. (177. 116.)
Sir Thomas Egerton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 9. As I was going forth of my house this morning towards Westminster Hall, a gent. came to me from Mr. Fowles (the King of Scots' messenger) with this message, that Mr. Fowles desired to know what time he might come to speak with me, or to take leave of me, I did not well understand whether he said, but I think to speak with me. For private business I have nothing to do with him; for public affairs I mean not to deal with him but as her Majesty shall direct me. I did therefore put off his coming, and am bold to acquaint you with the message, praying you to direct me, either by letting me know her Majesty's pleasure, or your own good advice.—Yorke House, 9 Oct., 1598.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“Lord Keeper.”
1 p. (64. 97.)
Owyn Tottye, mayor, and others, to the Earl of Nottingham and Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 9. By virtue of their commission of Sept. 29, they were authorised to search any one ship of the 4 Lubeckers brought in by Sir Thomas Sherley which he should nominate. They have performed the same, not forbearing to rip up the very ceiling of the ship : nevertheless they have not found any treasure or Spanish goods, but merely salt and cork. They have therefore discharged the said Lubeckers, and suffered them to pass on their pretended voyage.—Portsmouth, 9 Oct., 1598.
1 p. (64. 98.)
Ha. Vyvyan to Richard Percival.
1598, Oct. 9. Has received his of Sept. 18, with the two writs concerning Nichols' ward. Has conferred in the matter with the feodary of Bodmin, in order to satisfy Mr. Secretary's expectation. Opposition of Nichols and his friends. Gives details of the proceedings he has taken in the matter.—Trelowarren, 9 Oct. '98.
1 p. (64. 99.)
Elizabeth, Lady Egerton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 9. On Sunday last she was a suitor to the Queen to make an end of the suit she has vouchsafed to grant her for her son. Prays Cecil to remember her Majesty, hoping to receive a final end, for her debts so overwhelm her that her life is most wearisome.—York, 9 Oct.
Holograph. Endorsed : “Lady Egerton, '98.”
½ p. (64. 100.)
W. Kingesmill to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 10. On behalf of his brother, Fardinandoe Kingesmill, who served the Queen with Sir John Norries in France and Ireland. Begs for a letter to the Lords Justices of Ireland, to add 50 men more to his foot company of 100 there.—Malsanger, 10 Oct., 1598.
1 p. (64. 104.)
The Mayor, Aldermen and Sheriff of Newcastle-on-Tyne to the Earl of Essex.
1598, Oct. 10. Thank God for raising up your Lordship to be a succour unto us. The sundry accusations against ourselves we hope time by your Honour's means will deliver us of. They that be tendered against Mr. Jenison, we can say nothing of, as ignorant what they are. Only if it be, as here it is bruited, that they proceed from one Grace Dixon, assured we are, being rightly weighed, they cannot be of any great credit, she being for her state poor, for her life infamous, and one that is in our persuasion suborned by his enemies. This compared with his own and his wife's orderly demeanour in due carriage of themselves to God and her Majesty, maketh us to think there can be no likelihood of truth in any of those things that are objected against him.—Newcastle, this 10th of Oct., 1598.
Signed, George Farnabie, William Selby, William Riddell, Thomas Lyddell, George Selby, F. Finderson, William Warmouth.
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Sir John Fortescue to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 11. Thanks him for the offer of his house at Chelsey, but cannot so presently provide money, as Cecil desires, otherwise than by the sale of Hendon, which is not to be done upon a sudden without great loss. Must therefore leave to think thereof.—At the Wardrobe, 11 Oct., 1598.
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Th. Smith to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 12. Enclosing letters, unspecified, with copies.—Westminster, 12 Oct.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“1598.”
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Francis Ruisshee to Edward Reynolds.
1598, Oct. 12. For your kind lines and good remembrance I am much beholding unto you. Though I shall not be able to requite your good favours, I hope to show myself a poor, honest, thankful man.
My lord's long absence from Court caused me great sorrow, for his own discontent and that of his faithful followers, besides the hindrance of many honest men thereby. Now I am glad of his return and reconciliation.
Here is better news. Of late, some of Munster have gone into rebellion. Some four hundred. It is no wonder, for more will after, and them we call suspects are rebels in their hearts. All are villains and all combine together. My lord General is drawn with some forces that way, but I fear there will be little done.
I entreat your good word in occasion to my good lord. If he do not help me, farewell soldiering, if I can keep my head on my shoulder 2 or 3 months longer.
I have some five weeks past received a shot in my leg, and have been in the hands of tormentors. No remedy but patience. The bone a little touched and the sinews shrewdly rent. Visited with the flux and other crosses as this country is full, for here is nothing but Papistry. But time and patience, I hope, will give conquest of all.—Dublin, this 12 : Octo : '98.
P.S. Gentle Sir, at your idle leisure grace me with a line or two. For the increase and advancing of my company I hope well of my Lo. of Ormond, as an old, cold, careless lord; but my assured trust is from Lo. Essex and the remembrance now in these supplies come with Sir Bingham. Or else I may happen be taught an Irishe's demise, which is never without fraud.
Holograph. Endorsed : “Fr. Rushe.”
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Henry IV., King of France, to the Earl of Essex.
1598, Oct. 12/22. Avails himself of La Fontaine's return to assure Essex of his continued good will.—Monceaux, 22 October.
Holograph. Endorsed :—'98.
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W. Courteney, J. Bampfylde, and Hieronimus Cheriton, vicar of Pinhoe, Justices of Peace of Devon, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 13. The Council on Sept. 7 directed letters to Giles Kirkham of Pynn, Devon, for £15 towards a light horse for service in Ireland, their intention being only to charge such as be recusants. Kirkham, known to live conformable to the laws in that respect, entreats certificate of his conformity, hoping to be discharged of this heavy burden. They therefore certify that he usually frequents the church at the time of divine service, and dutifully behaves himself, and is otherwise of very slender ability.—13 Oct., 1598.
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M. de la Chaste, Governor of Dieppe.
1598, Oct. 13. Memorandum that a pass is required for the “Greyhound” of Dieppe, belonging to the Commander de la Chaste, Governor of Dieppe, now bound to Yarmouth and thence to Ligorn. It is desired to have a general pass serving for the return also, and for all parts of Europe, Asia and Africa, and all the ports of this realm.
Endorsed :—“13 Oct., 1598.”
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George Gilpin to the Earl of Essex.
1598, Oct. 13. I have refrained from writing till I should hear of your return to Court. Her Majesty's ratification of the last concluded treaty is expected with devotion, although a number of the best affected would have been glad for the treaty to have been deferred for a time, till it had been seen what would have followed upon the marriage of the Archduke with the Infanta and the transportation of these Low Countries unto her, adding thereunto that the death of the K. of Spain would bring some alteration. It is now certain that the peace with France was made of mere need to avoid ruining the frontier provinces, and the Archduke's intent was to employ all his forces against these men. He is hindering the passages of the river and troubling the frontiering Provinces, and besides, to impeach the trade by sea, he labours still to draw unto him the kingdoms and towns that lie and command eastward, which, assisted by the Emperor's authority, he hath in part won. Thus do these men find themselves alone, and moreover tempted by the practices of the enemies' provinces in offering a peace to allure the people and to give occasion to such as affect a change of government and religion to play their parts, who do not lose any opportunity that may serve their turn. They that bear sway in the assemblies continue resolute to maintain the wars, and the rest, it seems, will not give over, although they contribute coldly enough, leaving the chief burden on those of Holland. It might be well to encourage these last with letters and otherwise. The enemy's forces are 20,000 foot and 3,000 horse, and all that the States can keep in field not 7,000 foot and 1,800 horse. Even then are the garrisons but reasonably provided, and in this time of the enemy's assailing of them, they cannot redress the disorders of the captains which keep such weak companies, seeking rather to prey on their companies than to use the way to honour. The Council of State have delivered a proposition to the General States for the grant of contributions of the year to come. The Provinces are to meet and resolve thereon in November, that the money may be granted before the end of this year, and the wonted delays of collection eschewed. His Excellency is to write to the Princes of Germany to stir them to join in driving out the Spaniards, who use neutrals as if they were enemies. This bearer, having been at the camp, can enlarge what passed till his parting thence. Since which the Admirante hath removed his camp, passed over the Rhine most of his forces and 17 pieces of battery, possessed Roeroort and another small town or two, and makes show as if he would come to Buckholt, a Westphalia town lying on the way to Brefort, and so to the Twenth, whither he will bend. But others say he will take more of the Clive towns lying on the river, there to winter, and, upon the least fit time, to enter our frontiers, bring all the country under contribution, and, if it be a great frost this winter, to make invasions in Holland, Utrecht, Friesland and other places, which he can easily do, being of that power and these men no stronger. After passing the Rhine, the Admirante sent to Wesel to require the loan of 200,000 crowns and bread for his camp for a month.—From the Hague, this 13 of Oct., 1598.
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Giovanni Basadonna to the Earl of Essex.
1598, Oct. 14. Enclosing a petition to the Queen, in the matter of Octavio Negro, the prisoner.—London, 14 Oct., 1598.
Latin. Holograph.
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The Enclosure :
Giovanni Basadonna to the Queen.
[1598, Oct. 14.]—It pleased your Majesty formerly to order Sir John Puckering, Keeper of the Privy Seal, the Earl of Essex, and others, to reply to the demand of the Venetian Republic for the surrender of Octavio Negro. These gentlemen laid down certain conditions, to which some months ago the Republic gave a complete answer. But now, on my pressing the same Commissioners for despatch, the Keeper of the Privy Seal thinks that he must have a new commission, because the old one was given in the name of Sir John Puckering. And I would humbly request that the same may accordingly be issued to him.
Holograph. Italian.
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Edward Stanhope to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 14. In respect it pleased you to employ me to the Archbishop of York for the procuring of an advowson of the first prebend of York that should fall worth the having, which was then granted, for Mr. George Brooke, I have ever since been the more careful how that grant might tend most to his good, and in summer was twelvemonth, the Bishop offering a better course, I acquainted you therewith, and this last spring, you directing me to confer with Mr. Brooke therein, I did so, who liked of it, and caused an advowson to be drawn, but, by what negligence I know not, omitted the sending it to me the last term. And now, a present opportunity being offered of a living likely to fall, which will either be very well worth the having for himself, or yield him a reasonable commodity, in regard of my duty to you, I thought it my part speedily to advertise him thereof, lest some other desirous of the place might estimate the worth thereof, thereby persuading him either to refuse it, or to pass his interest under the value. The further particulars I refer to your perusal of the enclosed.—Edlington, 14 Oct., 1598.
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Captain Francis Stafforde to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 14. Mr. Ware having finished his occasions, and intending to repair to the Court, I advertise you that I attend nothing but the opportunity of the wind, which I will not let slip. The musters and their several numbers, with the note of their arms and apparel, each shire being described by itself, will be presented to you by Mr. Ware, who has very diligently employed his service.—Chester, 14 Oct., 1598.
Endorsed :—“Captain Francis Stafforde by Mr. Ware.”
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Don Emanuel to the Earl of Essex.
[1598], Oct. 14/24. Introducing the bearer, le Sr. Alcoforado, who, being compelled for certain reasons to quit these Provinces and find some shelter and service, has chosen to approach his Excellency in the hope of being employed by him. Has no difficulty in making petition to Essex on behalf of this gentleman, who has ever acquitted himself with fidelity and duty knowing that his Excellency is ever willing to shew favour to any, and especially to those who followed the fortunes of the late King, his, the Don's, father.—De Delfet, le 24 d'Octobre.
Signed, D. Manoel.
Endorsed :—“Don Emanuell, 29 Oct., '98, at Delft.”
French. Seal. 1 p. (45. 104.)
French Advices.
1598, Oct. 14/24. Le 24 d'Octobre, '98. Monsr. notre bon Roy a este plus malade qu'on n'a estime, et ne se porte pas encores bien; on m'a dict que c'est une carnosite qui luy vient a croistre au dedans la verge, qui est incurable, et qu'on a mande un tres expert medecin de Venise. Dieu de sa grace le veuille preserver.
Touchant l'Espaigne, le Roy a recognu tout le Conseil de son feu pere, et on est en dispute contre la sortye de L'Infante hors d'Espaigne, le Pape et les Cardinauls creignent, que quand elle sera en Flandres, le Duc de Brabant et elle ne facent la paix tant avec sa Majeste qu'avec Messrs. les Estats.
Touchant de la F[ontai]ne, il y a 4 jours qu'il est alle vers le Roy, et on en fait plus de compte de luy que du Duc de Bouillon, ou d'un prince, tellement qu'il obtiendra tout ce qu'il demandera, et l'on s'en veult servir de luy astheure plus que jamais. Et je scay pour certain que le Chancellier auroit dict qu'il leur failloit bien conserver un tel homme, tellement qu' estant aupres de vous, il faira pire que jamais, et ne laissera de sa vie son petit maistre daultant qu'il tient la bourse.
Votre agent, je scay fort bien, tient le party du Secretaire et non de Monsieur le Comte. Pour vous en dire la verite, il est un peu trop villain, scachant bien que le Comte est bien autre homme que n'est le petit; mais d'aultant que luy tient la bource, il tiendra son party. Et croyey que cest agent est totallement l'ame du Secret[aire], et a dict en bonne compaigne engloise, que le Comte d'Essex n' estoit jamais sans questions en la Court, et ne sera jamais autrement.
Comme j'estois apres a fermer ma lettre, la F[ontai]ne est survenu de la Court et me voulut faire disner avec luy, mays ayant promis a Pierre Browne auparavant, je le disois que je lirois voir demain. Vous le verrez bientost en Londres, et bientost apres son partement, je vous manderay la resolution.
Endorsed : “Fr : advis.”
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The Queen's Stud.
1598, Oct. 15. Indenture witnessing the receipt by the Earl of Essex, Master of the Horse, from Thomas Alsopp, gentleman, and yeoman of her Highness's stud and race of Castlehey and Hanbury, co. Stafford, of six horse colts of the age of three years and the vauntage, being of the breed and increase of Castlehey and Hanbury aforesaid.—15 October, 40 Eliz.
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Similar Indenture made to Thomas Baskervyle, Esquire, Groom of the Queen's stud and race of Cole Park and West Park in Wiltshire, witnessing the receipt for the Queen's use at Greenwich stable of three horse colts of the age of three years and the vauntage, of the breed of Cole and West Park.—Signed, Thomas Baskervyle. Seal.
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Sir John Popham, Lord Chief Justice, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, Oct. 15. Begs to be excused from attendance at Court this day, on account of illness.—Serjeants Inn, 15 Oct., 1598.
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Dom Joan de Castro to the Earl of Essex.
1598, Oct. 15/25. On the 19th of last May, I ventured to send to you by a certain Englishman named Blacar, a letter in certain matters concerning England and Portugal. I have had no reply, doubtless through your Excellency's absence from Court, and because negotiations were going on. But now that the Queen will make no peace with the Spaniards, I write again to ask you to give me a hearing. No Portuguese of all those dispersed through these regions can treat of such matters more usefully, more faithfully, or, under favour be it spoken, more prudently than myself. There is no one of nobler origin, or with kinsmen and connexions in Portugal more highly placed.
Few indeed among us now are found faithful. All are either open favourers of the Spanish king, or they do corruptly pretend to faithfulness, being really his most secret spies in this realm, in England and in Holland. Surely then I am worth giving one hearing to : I am ready to remain a prisoner, in pledge for my words. I only lack your permission to visit you in England, and the means to remove thither from Paris.—Parisiis, vigesima quinta die Octobris, anno 1598.
Holograph. Latin.
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