Elizabeth: Miscellaneous, 1572

Pages 221-225

Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 10, 1572-1574. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1876.

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Miscellaneous, 1572

[1572.] 679. The Queen to the Officers of the Mint.
There was late delivered to Thomas Stanley, William Williams, and Robert Hornby divers masses of Spanish silver bullion, in scales, cakes, and ingots, to be converted into the current money of England, and as some part of the bullion yet remains unanswered, and sundry sums are due for workmanship, food, and wages of sundry officers of the Mint, Edward Herbert, executor to the testament of Thomas Stanley, William Williams, and Robert Hornby are commanded to deliver to Richard Martin, warden of the Mint, all the remnant of the Spanish silver, to the intent that he may pay all charges for coinage, workmanship, wages, fees, and such like, that may be due.
Endd. P. 1.
[1572.] 680. Victualling of Berwick.
1. The charge that the Queen was at for victualling Berwick, before the order taken with Sir Valentine Browne, amounted to 2,760l. The allowance now given is 421l. 12s. The Queen has saved hereby during seven years 19,720l. 4s. 7d.
2. Sir Valentine Browne has been obliged to sell lands and offices worth 1,720l. by reason of his losses in the performance of his bargain and for his expenses in the rebellion.
3. Gives a list of the said lands and offices.
Endd. Pp. 3.
1572. 681. Siege of Rochelle.
List of the gentlemen who most distinguished themselves at the siege of Rochelle, both within the town and in the besieging camp, marking those who died or were wounded.
Endd. Fr. Pp. 27.
[1572.] 682. The Inhabitants of Rochelle to Queen Elizabeth.
The inhabitants of Rochelle, her "tresobeissains fidelles sujects," beg that she will consider and follow the example of Constantine, who broke off all alliance with his friend Licinius to whom he had given his sister in marriage, on account of his tyranny practised on the Christians of the East. Remind her also of the evil done by Herod by keeping his rash oath. She ought not therefore to keep the league with those who wish to exterminate her people in Guienne, which belongs to her and whose arms she bears. If she will succour them they will willingly expose their lives and goods in order to acknowledge her as their sovereign and natural princess.
Copy. Endd. Fr. P. ½.
1572. 683. Negociations for the proposed Marriage between the Queen of England and the Duke of Alencon.
Notes of certain matters about which the Queen desires to be satisfied before proceeding further in the matter of the marriage, more especially as to whether the King of France will bear the charges of the enterprise against the Low Countries without throwing any expenses on the people of England.
Rough draft. Fr. Pp. 12/3.
1572. 684. Massacre of St. Bartholomew.
An exhortation to Charles IX. to manfully proceed in the course which he has wisely begun against the Huguenots, with epitaphs on Coligny and Pierre Ramus, translated into French verse from the Latin of M. Legier Duchesne.
Printed at Paris, with frontispiece representing men escaping from a city in flames, with the motto "Omnia mea mecum porto."
Fr. and Lat. Pp. 14.
1572. 685. Massacre of St. Bartholomew.
A discourse in Italian on the massacre of St. Bartholomew.
Endd. Ital. Pp. 2.
686. Election of the King of Poland.
Conditions proposed by Charles IX. to the Poles in the case of their desiring to elect his brother the Duke of Anjou to the crown, together with their answers.
Endd. Lat. Pp. 5.
[1572.] 687. Abstract of Articles of Peace with the Huguenots.
Provides that Rochelle and Montaubon shall remain fortified for the safety of those of the religion, but that the other places shall be dismantled. M. de Rohan to remain governor of Nismes, and M. de Montmorency to have a sufficient force to bring Languedoc to the obedience of the King.
Endd. Fr. P. ¾.
[1572.] 688. Depredations on the French.
Reply to the complaints of the French Ambassador against the Queen's subjects for depredations committed by them to the French.
Endd. Fr. Pp. 1½.
689. Treaty with Portugal
Declaration signed by 26 persons that they find that the realms of Portugal and Algarve, with the Isles of Madeira and Azores be the only places under the dominion of the King of Portugal wherein the merchants of England and Ireland have usually trafficked. If the prohibition be for the conquered countries of the King of Portugal which are in his possession, they do not perceive that it will impeach the trade of Barbary, or any other place whereunto traffic has been usually and quietly used by the English. As the King of Portugal has three forts on the coast of Barbary, they think it not amiss that the whole country be excepted, or else all places beyond Cape Blanco be only prohibited.
Endd. by Burghley. P. 1.
[1572.] March 23. 690. Mr. John Lee to [Burghley].
Prestall departed towards Holland the 22nd March, being very well appointed both of armour and money. He requested Lee to conceive no ungentleness in him for that he did not signify whither he went, saying that he must seek his preferment by what means he best might. He took great store of wildfire with him. Was constrained to break with Mr. Governor to find means to convey this letter. For 1,000 crowns bestowed on one in the court whom he knows [Burghley] might be advertised of all things here directly they were practised. Prestall says that he will do more with 500 men in the Thames mouth than the Duke shall with 40,000 in any other place. His intent is to come to Rochester forthwith, and the practise is to be performed by some that have been his servants heretofore resident in England. Their meaning is, after the ships be destroyed, to bring 40,000 men into Scotland, and so to invade England.—Antwerp, 23rd March.
Endd. by Burghley, "23 March, Mr. Lee, Presthall, 1,000 crowns." P. 1.
[1572.] 691. John Prestall to Mr. Lee.
1. Has very good words, but nothing yet effected. If anything come it will rather come by the Prince's purse than by the license. Had rather receive the tenth part that way than have to do with such varlets.
2. P.S.—After he had written his letter Mr. Parker altered his mind and desired him to write what success he had in Lee's suit, which is that he must suffer patience until a further time. "From Brussels this present Sunday, but what day of the month I know not." Signed: J. C.
Add. Endd.: "John Prestall's letter to L., naming himself Cooke, about a license." P. 1.
[1572.] 692. [Francis Norton] to Leicester and Burghley.
Whereas it is commonly reported that he should be a most earnest procurer of the Earl of Northumberland to their errors, it is well known in the country that they were not friends. Dr. Morton was the most earnest mover of the rebellion, who used strong persuasions to the Earl and the writer's father showing many reasons for this purpose, which they have since experienced to be most untrue; his first persuasion was to give them to understand of the excommunication, which threatened danger as well to their souls as to the loss of their country, as all Christian princes, through the Pope's persuasion if they did not reform it themselves, assuring them that he had travelled through the most part of England and perceived the common sort of people well inclined, thereto, if any would begin to take the enterprise in hand. The Earl having broken his mind to the writer's father the latter charged him upon his displeasure to go and meet the Earl, who was the first that broke with him in the cause. Other encouragement they had, for it was reported by such as said they had dealings with the Spanish Ambassador that within 14 days after they were in arms they should be aided with money and men to their contentment; and further, understanding of the Queen's displeasure towards the Duke of Norfolk and others of the nobility, they thought there would be some great stir, which caused them to assemble themselves divers times to confer of their unadvised enterprise. These meetings breeding great suspicions, and fearing lest they should be apprehended in the end, caused them to draw towards Brancepeth, where in conference the most were of opinion to go into arms, saving the Earl of Northumberland, who, nevertheless, referred himself to their opinion. The writer was wholly against it, and so persuaded them that they were content to cease and shift for themselves for a time. Whereupon the writer departed and was not at the beginning of the uproar, nor yet for two or three days after.
In Mr. Lee's writing. Endd.: "A letter written by L. to the Earl of Leicester and my Lord Treasurer in behalf of Francis Norton. Pp. 3.
693. Copy of the above in Flemish.
Pp. 6.
[1572.] 694. Chapin Vitelli, Marquis of Cetona.
Copy of two receipts of Chapin Vitelli, apparently for rendering corslets bullet proof.
Ital. P. 1.
[1572.] 695. Traffic in the Low Countries.
Complaint of certain exactions levied on the English merchants trading with the Low Countries.
Endd. P. 2/3.
[1572.] 696. The Holy League.
Latin treatise addressed to one of the Protestant Princes of Germany, pointing out the dangers that are likely to arise to the Reformed religion through the holy league formed amongst the Catholic powers against the Turk.
Endd.: Against the holy league. Lat. Pp. 33⅓.