Cecil Papers: November 1599

Pages 385-402

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 9, 1599. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1902.

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November 1599

John Frauncis to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 1. This day, Nov. 1, I have certain word from Beaumaris that the treasure as yet and the shipping lie there; and the treasure have put twice to sea and come in again. Now the same is put aboard the Popingey ready for the first wind. The last packet you writ, I doubt not but are safely delivered in Ireland, and answer thereof I hope now with these.—Chester, 1 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“The Post of Chester. The treasure not gone from Holyhead towards Ireland.” ½ p. (74. 67.)
Lord Lumley to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 2. Expresses his thanks to Cecil, and refers his cause to his consideration. Her Majesty's speedy answer would not a little benefit him.—My house at the Tower Hill, 2 Nov., 1599.
Note at foot by Elizabeth Lady Lumley :—“I fear our suit lieth dead or buried except it please you to revive it. My trust is in you.” 1 p. (74. 68.)
Sir Thomas Egerton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 2. Even now as I came home, Mr. Stapers, the merchant, handed me the enclosed, the one a letter from Sir Anthony Sherley to the Earl of Essex, the other a minute of that which the merchant's factor at Aleppo hath written to them.
Holograph. Seal. ½ p. (179. 93.)
John Rice to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1599, before Nov. 4.] Is of the town of Dingle in Munster. The end of last March, the rebels there kept such a watch and guard about her Majesty's fort of Castlemayne that it was ready to be yielded. Rice, having intelligence of their greatest wants, powder, lead, match and salt, supplied them at the hazard of his life, and maintained them with beeves and other necessaries of the Munster rebellion, he, having intelligence of two pinnaces sent by the traitor O'Donnoll to take barks and boats to furnish himself with munition and wines, sought for them at his own charges, and rescued two prizes out of their hands, merchants of Limerick and Kinsale, valued at 400l. It was he also who laid the plot to take Andrew Rotche, who was going for Spain with letters from the traitors. Prays for relief, and to be enabled to go to his country and further the Queen's service.—Undated.
(186. 138.)
Thomas, Lord Scrope to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 4. Introducing the bearer Mr. James Douglas, Laird of Spot, “one of the sons of the last regent of Scotland, and, as his father was so approved for to be, a gentleman very forward, zealous and sound in religion, devoted to this happy estate, and in his power with all good offices ready [to] follow forth and perform that course his said father did effect.” He has instant urgent occasion moving him to repair to the Court.—Carlisle, 4 November, 1599.
1 p. Signed. (179. 94.)
William Hyldyarde to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 5. Understands from Sir Edward Wotton of Cecil's good acceptance of the suit Wotton made on his behalf. Expresses his thanks.—York, 5 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. ½ p. (74. 69.)
Sir Thomas Egerton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 5. I return you here-enclosed Mr. Swyne's petition and the Earl's opinion in writing concerning the same. The Earl says he never gave any pension to Mr. Swyne out of her Majesty's revenue, but out of his own purse.—5 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. ½ p. (74. 70.)
Mons. De la Fontaine to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 5. Applying for a warrant in favour of his son-in-law against a cook (“cousuineur”) who has robbed him and his brother of a jewel worth 100l.
French. Signed. Undated. Endorsed :—“1599, Nov. 5.” ½ p. (179. 95.)
William Ballard to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 6. Her Majesty assigned him a bill of the Clerkship of the Enrolment of Evidences in Chancery; by which he was encouraged to disburse 100l. If he be put from his grant, the Queen will lose the gift of the office. He will also lose his money, unless he may have order to be satisfied from those clerks who receive the profits without warrant. Prays for Cecil's favour in the matter.—6 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. 1 p. (74. 71.)
1599, Nov. 6. Memorandum by Chr. Wardoure, of receipt from Michael Hicks of a bill signed by the Queen, which was directed to the late Lord Burghley, dated 1 Aug., 1589, “for the restoring of the pell of exitus to his pristinat estate.”—Nov. 6, 1599. ½ p. (2459.)
James Gerald to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 6. Your promise to move her Majesty for some further comfort for me, emboldens me to entreat you to present to her consideration my twenty years' imprisonment, that she would yield to my innocency that mercy that many offenders have tasted in their just disgraces. If it stand not with her pleasure to afford me yet liberty, I would ask to be removed to the custody of some “honour” from this prison, which was formerly for capital offenders.—From the Tower, 6 November, 1599.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“Mr. Desmond to my Master.” Seal. 1 p. (179. 96.)
William, Lord Compton to Mr. Secretary.
1599, Nov. 7. Offers a servant of his as a rider, and for breaking a colt and making gentle.—Savoy, 7 Nov.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“Lord Compton, '99.” ½ p. (74. 72.)
E., Lady Knightley to the Earl of Essex.
[1599?] Nov. 8. I have sent your Lordship a glass of preserved quinces and two boxes of conserve of quinces for my Lady and you. You need not fear the “clyng” of them, for they are my own labour. I thank your Lordship for your warrants of bucks, and I pray you bestow some warrants for does upon me. I pray God send you health, with her Majesty's good favour, which I trust in God He will hear my prayer. God send you and my Lady joy of my young cousins. Master Knightley presents his duty to you.—Norton, 8 November.
Holograph Seal. 1 p. (179. 97.)
Mary, Lady Gate to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 10. She understands some of the inhabitants of Scarborough have endeavoured to procure a new suspension again of the market at Seamer, alleging they are prejudiced thereby. The market is so situate that it is rather a commodity to them, and very well known to be very beneficial and profitable to the Queen's subjects of Blakamore and Yorkswould, which are two great parts of Yorkshire : whereof the one wanting corn are readily served and furnished for the relief of themselves and their families, and the other, standing for the most part upon the commodity of their tillage, have ready sale, and are there provided of ploughs, carts, wains, and such necessaries for husbandry, which in no other market nearer than two miles they cannot have; and their market at Scarborough, being on a contrary day to Seamer's, they are not hindered by it; and their ways to Scarborough are such as almost no horse with burden in the winter can pass without danger. The matter has been prosecuted in the Exchequer Chamber, and she prays Cecil to favour her brother in the cause. Before the first suspension of the market, her brother disposed the benefit thereof to his eldest son, who is greatly hindered by the long forbearance thereof. His title thereto is his inheritance, holden by the Queen's grant to his ancestors and him.—Westminster, 10 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“Lady Gate.” 1 p. (74. 73.)
Mayor and Aldermen of Kingston-upon-Hull to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 10. They received his letters the 1st November in behalf of Mr. John Gregorie, elected alderman and sheriff of this town and county, that he might be freed of those offices. They detail their reasons why Gregory should serve for sheriff at the least; and the hindrances resulting from the want of a sheriff. For redress thereof they purpose to send one to be a suitor to Cecil and otherwise; and pray Cecil's furtherance.—Kingston-upon-Hull, 10 Nov., 1599.
Signed, Anthony Burnsell, Mayor; Wm. Gee; Luke Thurscros; John Lyster; Wm. Richardson; Anthonie Cole; John Graves; Hughe Armynge. 1 p. (74. 74.)
Sir Richard Barkeley to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 10. Meant to have waited upon Cecil, but because he has been sick and hears the Queen will be at Whitehall on Tuesday or Wednesday next, will wait upon him then with his answer to the matter which Cecil gave him time to enquire and consider of.—Layton, 10 Nov.
Signed. Endorsed :—“1599.” ½ p. (74. 75.)
Sir Mulmurry McSwyne to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 11. The Earl of Essex, before his coming into England, granted 10s. a day to my wife for the maintenance of herself, children and followers, which the State in Ireland has not paid since his Lordship's coming from thence, so that she goes indebted, wherewith I pray you to acquaint her Majesty, and to be a mean that she may enable me to discharge my credit in that behalf, and for such things as are grown due upon me since my coming hither, and to grant me such means for my maintenance until I may possess my lands as to her shall seem good.—11 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. 1 p. (74. 77.)
Mons. De la Fontaine to Cecil.
1599, Nov. 11. Vous aurez su, je croi, que cette maligne femme de South Hamptonne, au mepris de votre mandement et apres avoir promis et recu bonne somme des deniers de nos “pouvres” pour se retirer, a derechef obtenu, par commandement de sa Majeste, commission de Monsieur L'Archeveque pour recommencer son metier. Me voila done derechef appelle comme criminel devant M. le docteur Stanop. Je n'en serai pas fache pourvu qu'il s'y veuille employer soigneusement et eclarcir ce fait. Je vous supplie done de le lui recommander comme de vousmeme, desirant qu' apres qu'il aura bien examine tout ce fait, qu'il vous veuille attester de ce qu'il aura trouve de part et d'autre; vu le bruits semes en votre cour et ailleurs par cette femme depuis deux ans, comme si j'etait le plus mechant homme du monde avec toute licence.—Londres, 11 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. 1 p. (74. 78.)
George Wauton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 13. There came unto me on Sunday the 11th inst. one Francis, a Frenchman, servant to one William Tressham (as he says), who offered me a letter from his master which I refused to receive, for that I did not know in what estate his master stood towards her Majesty. And minding to have committed him, he showed me a passport under your hands (as I take it), in regard whereof I permitted him to depart, yet notwithstanding have thought it my duty to signify the same to you.—Great Stoughton, 13 November, 1599.
Holograph. 1 p. (74. 80.)
Bridget, Lady Norreys to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 13. Encloses a note of the value of Moyalloe, upon which her deceased husband expended 5,000 in fortifying and accommodating it. Now it is left to her, she wishes to tender it to her Majesty, and to have a pension for her maintenance and to bring up her child, which may be deducted from the succeeding governor, in lieu of her house and land. Is threatened with 1,000l. debt, and is unable to lay her dear husband in the earth in any honourable sort.—13 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“Lady Norreis.” 1 p. (74. 82.)
The Enclosure :
Statement with regard to Moyalloe. The manor was taken by Sir Thomas Norreys, who held it by letters patent from the Queen. The estate thereof rests in Lady Norreys for life. Particulars of the demesnes belonging to the Castle, and other lands and woods. As to the sufficiency of the place for service, as the country yet stands, the Earl of Essex being there took great liking thereof, as fitly situate for a garrison place, to offend the strongest rebels, as the White Knight on the one side and McDonogh on the other. It has lodged, ever since her Majesty's forces were sent into Munster, 500 soldiers in garrison, which have done more service than all the garrisons in Ireland besides; and, by the safety of that place, the garrison may lie in the heart of the rebels' country all the winter time; in which time it is held by all the Irish servitors that one month's following doth more crush the rebel than a whole summer, by reason they are not able to keep themselves and their cattle in accessible places. Sir Walter Ralegh, Sir George Caroe, or Sir Edward Dennye, who was last there, can best inform thereof, and how warlike it is provided.
1 p. (74. 81.)
Sir Thomas Posthumus Hoby to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 14. He is enforced, through very hard dealing offered him by Mr. Baron Savyll, a judge in the Court, and Mr. Serjeant Yelverton, who are her Majesty's Justices of Assize for Yorkshire, to plead against a fine by them imposed upon him, to his disgrace in the country where he dwells. Because Mr. Savyll is both judge and party, he prays for Cecil's letters to the Chief Baron and Baron Clerke, that he may be heard with indifferency and justice. Encloses a brief of the suit.—14 November, 1599.
Holograph. 1 p. (74. 84.)
The Enclosure :
Brief of the above cause. 1 p. (74. 83.)
Thomas North to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 14. Expresses his sorrow that he has incurred Cecil's displeasure. Although his coming home brought no matter worthy of Cecil's acceptance, yet he prays Cecil to accept his good-will. He came not to “indent” with Cecil, neither to deny to go to any place whither Cecil should direct him; but to make his moan that the money which was bestowed on him by Cecil's means would not in the basest sort furnish him down; and to tell Cecil that the Lord Admiral willed him yet to stay till he had talked further with Cecil. If Cecil would consider how naked he was of all necessities, having left all things behind him, escaping as he did, and even from the galleys of Hampton, he spent 11l., part of which money he yet owes to a merchant of Dorchester, besides 25l. which he spent (after he gave his hand to William Resold that he would come home to Cecil) in the journey from Lisbon to St. Ander, together with the charges of the two months of his attendance, he doubts not Cecil would see him provided for in some reasonable sort. Without Cecil's help to place and service, “actum est de me.”—London, 14 Nov., '99.
Holograph. 1 p. (74. 85.)
Philip Cooper to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 14. For a licence to transport a cargo of wheat (to Spain), subsidy and custom freed, according to Cecil's promise to him.—Bristol, 14 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. ½ p. (74. 86.)
Filippo Corsini to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 14. I have received from Antwerp the portraits of the Infanta and the Archduke Albert her husband. I send them to you by my friend the bearer. They are a present to me and I humbly beg you to accept of them from me. You may be assured that this affair has been carried out in all secrecy.—London, 14 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. (74. 87.)
Edward, Lord Zouche to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 15. These letters enclosed came to my hands but yesterday. Because they come from persons whose account with the state I know not, I thought it my duty to send you the gentleman which writeth the one. Nature might well persuade to speak for and by letters to entreat for. I confess I love my kin, and though they have been evil, if they would be good, I might willingly, if I had power, persuade for them. What offences he has committed, I am ignorant. If but his foolish running away for his religion, I could well entreat, nay, if I have power, I beseech you to be helpful unto him, so he clear himself of other state matters, or confessing his folly and performing any duty which may requite it, I persuade myself you in wisdom and favour to repentant minds will also not be behind. I refer all to your wisdom and the kindness you shall show him for my sake to the honourable favour you bear me.—Guernsey, 15 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“The Lord Souche. Letters from Mr. Treshame and his servant Francis Chenell.” 1 p. (74. 76.)
W. Treshame to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 15. On Tuesday last a Frenchman, servant to my brother, brought to me letters from him which I would in no sort receive without your allowance, although he tells me they were first sent unsealed to be perused at your pleasure. The contents, as his man informs me, are only to entreat me to join with other of his kindred to be suitors to you for obtaining her Majesty's favour. Athough he has greatly erred in his duty towards her Majesty, and forgot all brotherly respects towards Mr. Tressame, abandoning him in the midst of his troubles, and so far as in him lay giving occasion to increase them, but that such is the happy government of this time as that offences be urged no further than where they are committed, yet since the powerful displeasure of the Earl of Leicester urged him to pass the seas, and not any occasion attempted against the Queen or the State; and if credit may be given to the relation of his servant (for since I have been a mere stranger to him and all his courses), he has during all his absence borne a true English heart to his Prince and country; and that he has so often repented his fault, as repentance in a humble reclaimed spirit may intreat for him; and that he has withdrawn himself from the enemy; and that his earnest suit is to serve her Majesty; I cannot but with my humble request further his desire to your Honour. Also, that it may be lawful for his friends to relieve his miserable estate.—Rushton, 15 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. 1 p. (74. 88.)
Henry Gosnold to the Earl of Essex.
1599, Nov. 15. Of his sickness.
The ordinary discourse of this country consists of these two points : your Lordship's suspected restraint, and your intended or at least pretended return. The first of these is by some imputed to your repair thither without special licence; by others to some supposed errors in the course of your proceedings here; and by a third sort, more dismal in their conjectures, to some more secret and heinous charges imposed by such as suppose themselves to hold a wolf by the ear. Wherein this is easily observed, that such as we reckon your Lordship's less dissembling friends do esteem it a penance voluntary and formal; those of a colder and more suspicious temper, a punishment violent and dangerous. The God of mercy and innocency, I doubt not, will shortly make them ashamed of their cowardice. Your return some hold assured, because, as it seems, neither peace nor war will be made here without you; some disputable, because neither the commission or proportion that you must of necessity demand will be easily granted. A third sort think it unpossible, either because that kingdom can hardly forbear men of your quality, or because the custom of this country's Governors is to be a little disgraced; or because this unfortunate kingdom has run his full period, and must of necessity perish. The full cry of our poor remnant of friends is, “Essex or none; Essex out of hand or all is lost.”—Dub pin], 15 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“Mr. Gossnall.” 1 p. (74. 89.)
Sir Arthur Capell to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 16. Sends a brace of does, and prays Cecil to show him that favour which he received from Lord Burghley.—Haddham, 16 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. 1 p. (74. 90.)
Thomas Wylbram and William Leversage to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 16. Enclose the examination of Robert Crockett, gent., touching certain letters which were lost in the carriage upwards.—Wheelocke, 16 Nov., 1599.
Signed as above. (74. 92.)
The Enclosure :
Going to the funeral of Sir Thomas Egerton, to Chester, Crockett there met with Captain James Phillips, his colonel and Egerton's lieutenant, and after the funeral Phillips requested him to bring him to the Namptwiche, which he did in the company of Sir Gilley Mericke, Sir Henry Lynley and Captain Lynley. Where being all at dinner at “The Crown” the postmaster of Namptwiche entreated him to carry his letters to Stone, which he did. Coming in the night to Stone, he enquired for Hugh Rathbon the postmaster, who came into his chamber, and he shewed him the packet which lay on the board there. Did not see the packet afterwards. A month after, the postmasters came to his house at Leighton and told him the letters were missing, and Rathbon confessed to the speeches he had made to him, but said he delivered not the letters, nor did he know what was become of them. Yet Rathbon denied not that he shewed him they lay upon the table in his chamber.—Signed, R. Crockett.
1 p. (74. 91.)
Thomas [Bilson], Bishop of Winchester, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 18. I purposed, upon Dr. Culpeper's departure, to acquaint you with the choice of another, and to pray your favour that that poor House and the students there might at length have some rest from their troubles, and leisure to attend their books, by having a sober and sufficient head to guide them; but Dr. Culpeper's deluding so many, and delaying me so long, made me, being unsure of his disposition, to expect the time till he performed his promise afore I moved you for your help for any successor. This my purpose Dr. Tooker has prevented, and hastened these letters by his untrue suggestions, before I be certain what Dr. Culpeper will do. Dr. Tooker had put himself into the suit at London without my knowledge and before my coming thither; and when he first came to desire my good liking of it, I expressly told him that unless the fellows did elect him I could by no means favour his suit, for that I stood sworn, as having been a fellow of that College, to further the observations of their statutes and by no means to infringe them; which oath he had also taken, and if he neglected his oath in coming in, I should hardly believe he would regard it after he was in. I added that the resolution of my Lord of Canterbury, of my Lord Treasurer, and others that heard and referred Dr. Culpeper's cause unto me, was, that to stay the continual complaints of that House, and to end the manifold quarrels and grievances of the fellows there, they should be suffered, according to their statute, to make choice of one whom they could love and reverence; praying me to guide them by private persuasion to settle their affections on some sober and wise governor that might amend all that was amiss, and keep them in peace. This was the sum of all that ever I said unto Dr. Tooker; and after my coming home, making some trial how well the fellows could like of Dr. Tooker, the eldest and gravest of them (for with the multitude I meddled not) signified so great and utter a dislike of Dr. Tooker and his government, that they offered rather, if they were pressed thereto, to give up their places than to yield him their voices; and assured me there could not be found three of three score and five, to whom the election appertained, that would endure him to be their warden. Reasons they would have given me, but I refused the hearing of them, for that they tended to his disgrace. And upon the bruit that he stood for the place, one half of the fellows at the least so combined for the preferring of one whom they know I neither did nor can like to have that headship, because he has a curious, covetous and contemptuous humour, that I can hardly get five of them to forsake him, which is the reason why I cannot promise myself what they will do. Only some of the wisest and eldest profess to be advised by me, so I urge not Dr. Tooker on them. To draw them from this dislike is more difficult than at first sight seems. They are a multitude youthly and heady; they know the right of election to be theirs; they take a very straight oath, at the time of their choice, they shall name none but whom in their consciences they shall judge to be fittest and worthiest for the place; and suppose by no law they can be forced against their consciences. A number of them resolve not to stay if Dr. Tooker come in, which will make the attempt for him so hard that I greatly doubt what the end will be. My care is that the party elected shall think himself so bound to you as he should be ready by all means to acknowledge your favour, which makes me the more bold to beseech you, either, if it please you, to slack your force, or, if you think good, to join with the rest of the Lords in recommending some two or three to the fellows of that College, and amongst them Dr. Tooker for one, of whom they may take their choice; lest they fall to an open tumult when the time of their election comes, and grow to a greater distemper against Dr. Tooker than lie as yet mistrusteth.—Waltham, 18 Nov., 1599.
Holograph. 2 pp. (74. 93.)
E., Lord Sheffield to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 18. Is here at York to do honour to the President, Cecil's brother. Sends assurances of his continued love and affection and offers services, as “it may fall out that before it please God to make you happy by your end, you may have more use of a religious than a politic friend.”—18 Nov.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“L. Shethfeyld, 1599.” 1 p. (74. 94.)
Henry Joscelyn.
1599, Nov. 18. Letters of commendation and introduction by John Duport, Warden of Jesus College, Cambridge, and the Fellows of that College, for Henry Joscelyn, M.A. and Fellow, about to travel abroad.
Portion of seal illegible.
Latin. 1 p. (136. 81.)
E. Stanhope to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 19. As to Christopher Harbert, a recusant, who was put in bond to keep within a certain precinct of Gray's Inn, and ordered to confer once a week with Mr. King, or with the Divinity Header of the Inn. This he has done, but without profit. Harbert's eldest brother, an alderman of York, thinks if he had him at York he could soon reclaim him. Recommends that he should be allowed to go there to be confined and bound to good conference.
Has received enclosed letters from George Moore, a Nottinghamshire man, who has been in Brussels and other places, conversing with traitorous fugitives. Moore's wife and children were taken into custody at York this summer, as they were travelling out of Scotland, where Moore is, to make means for his returning to his country. They have been since reformed to come to divine service, and have been enlarged upon bonds.
Is this week to depart towards York, and so desires to know Cecil's pleasure as to Harbert.—Gray's Inn, 19 Nov., 1599.
Signed. 1 p. (74. 95.)
The Bailiffs of Colchester to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 20. There is a question made of their authority to determine causes in their Quarter Sessions without the presence of the Recorder, which place now belongs to Cecil; under pretence whereof some take advantage of Cecil's absence to overthrow the proceedings of justice. They pray Cecil to move the Queen to join by express words in their charter the bailiffs and the town clerk for the time being as justices of Quorum with the Recorder, so that the presence of any of them may justify the determination of causes.
Since, the beginning of the composition service in the county of Essex, doubt has been made of the validity of their charter to avoid purveyors, whereby they have till lately enjoyed the privilege of being freed of all purveyance, a matter of no prejudice to the Queen, because their barren grounds afford no provision meet for her service. To avoid vexation therein, they pray for grant of freedom from that service, in lieu of which they will add 4l. a year for ever to the fee farm now paid by the town. They purpose to move the Attorney General therein.—Colchester, 20 Nov., 1599.
Signed :—Robert Mott and Thomas Heckford, bailiffs; John Bird, Marten Bessell, Thomas Raynold, Ralphe Northaye, Willm. Trever, Richard Symnell, Robt. Wade.
1 p. (74. 96).
High Commissioners for the Province of York.
1599, Nov. 20. Matthew Archbishop of York; Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Keeper; Thomas Lord Buckhurst, Lord Treasurer; The Lord President of York for the time being; Henry Earl of Northumberland; Gilbert Earl of Shrewsbury; William Earl of Derby; George Earl of Cumberland; George Lord Hunsdon.
The Bishops of Durham, Carlisle, Chester and Isle of Man, for the time being.
Thomas Lord Scrope; Peregrine Lord Willoughby; John Lord Darcie; Raphe Lord Ewre; Philip Lord Wharton.
John Savill, Baron of the Exchequer; Sir Robert Carie; the Lord Mayor of York; Edward Talbot, Esq.
The Deans of Durham, Carlisle and Chester.
Sir William Mallorie, Sir Christofer Hillyard, Sir Thomas Fairfax, Sir John Carie, Sir John Brion, Sir William Bowes, Sir Richard Mauleverer.
Sir William Brierton, Sir John Savile, Sir Thomas Posthumus Hobby, Sir Hugh Chomeley, knights.
Peter Warburton, Sergeant at the Law; Attorney and Solicitor General for the time being; John Gibson and John Bennett, Doctors of the Law; [Thomas Hesketh, Esq., Attorney of the Court of Wards, struck out]; Edward Stanhope, Charles Hayles, and Samuel Bevercott, Esqs., of the Council of York.
The Secretaries of the Council for the time being.
Doctors in Divinity : Leonard Pilkington, Robert Hutton, Robert Abbott, Robert Snowden.
Temporal Chancellors to the Bishop of Durham : Thomas Calverley, William Palmer.
The Sheriff of the County of Durham; Cuthbert Pepper, Esq.; William Hilliard, Esq., Recorder of York.
Doctors of the Law : Clement Colmere, David Yale, Thomas Burton, John Favour.
Henry Dethecke, Chamberlain to the Bishop of Carlisle; Christofer Gregory, Archdeacon there; Richard Remmyngton, Archdeacon of East Riding; John Kinge, Archdeacon of Nottingham.
Archdeacons for the time being : Durham, Carlisle, Chester, Northumberland.
William Goodwine, Canon Residentiary of the Church of York.
Mayors for the time being : Hull, Chester, Newcastle.
Esquires : John Hotham, Francis Palmes, Richard Wortley, Wilfrid Lawson, John Alred, Richard Hutton, Wm. Gee the younger, Henry Topham, John Jackson, John Preestley, Robert Cooper, Richard Holland, John Dalston, Edmund Hopwood.
Prebendaries of York : Christofer Lynley, Griffith Briskin, James Wilford, Edmund Bunney, Thomas Cole, William Grene.
Francis Burgin, Peter Shawe, Roger Acrode, Zacharie Stuarde, Anthony Higgins, Robert Cooke, Richard Gibson.
Bachelors in Divinity : Christofer Shutt, Robert Temple, Barnard Robinson.
Bachelors of the Law : Robert Swifte, Edmund Parkinson, Robert Parkinson.
Aldermen of the City of York : William Robinson, Andrew Trewe, James Brikbye.
Aldermen of Newcastle-upon-Tyne : Henry Anderson, Henry Chapman.
John Cooper, Henry Naunton, Robert Grace, Arthur Keye, Robert Dixon, John Bardon, John Coulton, Walter Currer, Henry Ewbancke, Francis Burney, John Hutton, parson of Gatesyde; Henry Banckes, Richard Burton, William Murton, preacher at Newcastle; Nicholas Deane and Anthony Walkewood, preachers.
Endorsed :—“November 20, Elizabeth 42.” (89. 118.)
Richard Crips to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 22. Is of Ambresden, Oxon. He married the widow of John Martin of Arncott, and now an office is found that Martin held certain lands of her Majesty in capite, and many years' arrears are demanded of him. He prays that, in respect that he has had no allowance of dower, and has brought up his wife's children, he may be pardoned these arrears.—Undated.
Notes upon the case by Sir Robert Cecil, Thomas Hesketh, and Walter Tooke. Crips to be allowed 5l. for the education of the eldest son.
Endorsed :—“22 Nov., 1599.” 2 pp. (199. 61.)
William Mount to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 23. Whereas it is your pleasure to have the next place in the Savoy, being a chaplain's, by death or otherwise void, to be stayed for the preferment of Mr. Hackluyt, one of good note and merit; if any shall chance to be void in my time, the same shall be at your commandment for him.—The Savoy, “23, 1599” (sic).
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E. Stanhope to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 23. Bethinking me of the question you propounded, that my Lord President did think himself interested in the sheriff's deputation for attendance of her Majesty's Court at York, in breaking attachments and such like, which the Presidents have of many years thought themselves so far interested in, as the high sheriff never denied him, but bestowed it of the Lord President's secretary; it is not a matter that will ever come in speech before her Majesty or her Privy Council, but being once obtained at this first time of the high sheriff, it will never after be denied. I therefore present this much to your consideration, that Mr. Robert Swift, being one of the three in the bill for sheriffs of that county, and in my opinion as likely to discharge it with dutiful consideration as any of the others, though I think not willing to entertain the place, is in town, and, as I hear, doth lie at “the Swan” in the Strand. If you send for him and let him know that if it be her Majesty's pleasure to make him sheriff, my Lord President would take it thankfully that he would do, as all other sheriffs have done, to let him nominate the clerk of the attachments for process proceeding out of her Majesty's Court there, I doubt not but he will answer you to your expectation, for he is a man that respects his duty very well. Or otherwise, if you attend the pricking, and if it then fall out upon him, then to send immediately unto him (whether of both you please). Being once obtained, Mr. Mannsfield can make no colour of title to it, for since my Lord of Huntingdon died, he never got it of any sheriff, though he had their hands before, but upon a friendly composition. I thought it my duty to inform you, for I would be loth my Lord President that now is should lose any preeminence that any former Lord President has had.—Gray's Inn, 23 Nov., 1599.
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Richard [Vaughan], Bishop of Chester, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 23. The cause of the poor messengers (so outrageously entreated by certain Recusants in the county of Lancashire) has not yet been determined, nor have they any satisfaction for the maims and hurts sustained to their utter undoing. The judges, the last assize at Lancaster, fearing that the felony would not be sufficiently proved, or that no special jury in so corrupt a country could be found to convict, sent some of the malefactors to Chester Castle, where they have lien ever since, refusing all conference, and resolute to yield no recompence to the poor messengers; who finding here no hope either of their punishment or any relief to themselves, are humble suitors to you and the rest of the Council that some measure be taken for their relief, being disabled by this action for any manned of service.—Chester, 23 November, 1599.
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John Skynner to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 24. Implores Cecil's pity for his poor estate, much wasted by pretence of adventuring to sea for her Majesty's service by the two knights Sir Thomas Sherleys. Prays Cecil to hear the cause. Local course he cannot proceed in, because of the younger man's hiding his head, and his forcible possessing of a ship of Skynner's out of danger of arrests. Prays that his ship the Golden Dragon may be forthwith stayed by warrant, and Sherley appointed to answer his objections before Cecil.—Cheapside, 24 Nov.
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Henry Manning to Edward Reynolds, Secretary to the Earl of Essex.
[? 1599,] Nov. 24. Prays for Reynolds' favour to his brother, who has lately come over with advertisements from the Council of Ireland.—From my lodgings near the Doctors' Commons, 24 Nov.
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1599, Nov. 25. Order set down concerning the election of Mayor of Sandwich.—25 Nov., 1599.
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H. Alington to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 28. The bearer, John Haddon, comes hoping to continue your farmer and servant at Esinden. His father and grandfather served yours, and had some freehold which his father sold. He has no dwelling but that farm of yours, on which his father bestowed great part of his wealth. My late good Lord your father meant to favour him; and he seems a good servant.—Sywell, 28 Nov., 1599.
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Robert Swyfte to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 28. I am most willing to satisfy your request so far as I am able; but the case stands thus, that about eight or nine years past one Mansfeld, then servant to the late Earl of Huntingdon, and now captain in Ireland, obtained a grant of this office under the hands of divers gentlemen as well as myself, which he has since “inroyed” accordingly. How my poor credit may herein be saved, I leave to you.—28 Nov., '99.
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Lawrence Tomson to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 28. In January last you wrote to me for certain books and papers touching the Queen's service, which were my late master's and then found missing, and to repair to you to inform you of them. I was then in great indisposition of health, and so continued the rest of the winter and the summer, or I had not failed to come; for my Lord your father was my very good Lord and I am bound by promise to serve him or you at call; and for no other do I mean to forego my sequestred and recluse life. Being now a little recovered, I can, if you will, repair to you. I have sought among my books and writings, but find nothing touching her Majesty's service. I had a most perfect account of all her State so far forth as it passed through my hands during my service under my master, which account was afterwards evil-favouredly mangled, but the fragments, in such confused order as they were put by others, were delivered to my good lord your father, but no one paper of them never after returned to me; and in truth I could not have fantasied them, in case they had been returned to me, so bastarded as they were. If others had taken my course, your Honour would have found it easier to take up the work.—Laleham, 28 Nov., 1599.
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Jo. Frauncis, post of Chester, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 29. This morning I received the enclosed letter from Sir Jeffrey Fenton, who required me by his letter of the 23 of this month to send the same with all speed by the running post unto you.—Chester, 29 Nov., 1599.
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Richard Meredith to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 30. Prays for his recommendation to Mr. Waddam, of Merefeilde, Somerset, for the benefice of Silverton, now fallen void and in Waddam's gift.—Hungerton, last of Nov., '99.
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The Earl of Pembroke to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 30. Cecil's action touching the credit proposed to Mr. Tounshend has given general contentment to the people who live under the commission of her Majesty's Council in the Marches of Wales. Details reasons against the appointment of Tounshend to be chief justice of Chester. Is sorry, seeing Tounshend is one of that Council whereof he is President, that he should be enforced to say he is neither just nor honest, and therefore unworthy to be named to that place wherein a man of great learning and integrity so lately served.—Ramesbury, 30 Nov., 1599.
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William, Earl of Derby to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 30. Thanks him for the pains he has taken in his cause. Will be ready to confirm whatever Cecil thinks fit to be done for the effecting of peace between him and his nieces.—Last of November, 1599. Your loving nephew.
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Sir Theo. Dillon to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. 30. I understand my poor friends, kinsmen and tenants are greatly distressed and not relieved by her Majesty's forces, which causes me to make the more haste in hope to comfort them. Being in want of money here for my despatch, I took up 250l. of Mr. Fynyng, and left this bearer, John Conley, bound with my own bond for his payment; beseeching you to be a means that he may receive his money, by which means my credit shall be paid and the poor man dispatched, who is here of long time, to his utter undoing, and is now in want and like to perish; his demand plainly appearing under the hands of the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland, being due for beeves which were delivered for the relieving of the armies, being then in great want. Beseeching also that such as go over may use no delay in their going to relieve the poor subjects that her Majesty has in that unfortunate land.—Smythfild, last of Nov., 1599.
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Thomas Singleton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. After my lord my master died, knowing that you had no occasion for me in that place, I sued to be your retainer. But now that your young horses need handling, I would ask to be again employed in that duty.
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Hugh Moore to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. Was preferred to the wars by Cecil's letter to Sir Francis Vere, who has promised him a good place when he is experienced. Desires Cecil to return his thanks to Vere. Vere's sudden coming out of the Low Countries brought the writer thence, having no friend to help him in his absence. Begs for assistance.—Undated.
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Augustyne Novye to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. Of the harsh reward he has found for so great cares and travails, being the original and first light giver thereof, yet is shaken off by “my Lord” as one that has overthrown the business. Has been almost three months without pension or relief, being promised by “my Lord” to serve the warehouse according to his suit. These six years he has put himself out of all other courses to follow this business, even to 3,200l. a year; and yet in his old age gets so little as may not yield relief to him and his family. Prays for Cecil's favour in the matter.—Undated.
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The Same to the Same.
1599, Nov. Partly to the same effect as the preceding letter. He is continually charged by “my Lord” to have overthrown the business; whereof he desires to be justified. His Lordship takes occasion by delays to put him off from receiving either pension or other relief; although he has as largely offered as any man can, knowing it impossible to furnish the house from beyond the seas at any reasonable price, which must advance the profit of the business, or else it will have but a weak state, and therefore must of necessity be provided within the land. Nevertheless, if all must be brought from the other side, he will perform it as good cheap as any other.—Undated.
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Lord Stafford to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Nov. Has been a petitioner to the Queen to be farmer of 200l. of the lands of the attainted Duke, his grandfather, and for the knights' fees of such lands now in his possession as Cardinal Wolsey caused to be excepted out of the King's letters patents granted of the said lands to his father. Lord Burghley promised him his furtherance; but since Burghley's death he could never receive any resolute answer. To his sorrow, his sister wrote to him last week that the Queen will not be moved in any private suits; therefore he dare not revive his petition, but leaves all to Cecil's censure.—Undated.
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