1013. The Duke of Chatelherault to H. Killegrew.
Has directed the bearer, his bearer, his cousin and servant James
Hamilton, to him fully instructed of his mind, whom it will
please him to credit as himself.—Hamilton Castle, 3 June
Add. Endd. P. ⅓.
1014. H. Killigrew to Sir Thomas Smith.
After the battery was laid the Castle was rendered in six
days, and he wrote before it would not continue ten. Could
not write of what Verac did here because he came not. Lord
Livingstone may come home in case he will acknowledge
his duty to his King. He made him afraid with the good
news the French Ambassador pretended to have, for his good
news is always evil for them. If Rochelle or Montgomery
be distressed it were good to confirm them here by league,
pensions, and the Queen's advice in behalf of the Earl of
Huntley and the Duke's children, and this should be done
before the French may practice anew while the iron's hot. Here
be many soldiers and others that will now serve in other
countries; he does what he may to persuade them to go to
Montgomery, but there be that would have them go into
Sweden, which would offend the traffic to the Neva; if
the Queen has any meaning towards the use of them
desires that he may know. The General is at Leith trussing homeward as fast as he may; the prisoners be with
him expecting good news from the court, which will be
ill news to the most and best part of Scotland, especially
the Regent, who will not like they should live, and for his
own part "thinks them now fitter for God than for this world,
for sundry considerations." They have left many letters and
papers behind in the Castle which be of some importance;
among others he sends a copy of a letter sent to the Duke
of Alva, which he prays him communicate to the Lord Treasurer, to shew that the unthankfullest thing that may come
out of England to the Regent and the best Scots will be
a suit in the favor of the three chief prisoners, or any
suspending of their execution. The ministers preach
daily that they shall be plagued who procure them favor,
unless there appear as evident tokens of their repentance as
there has been proof of their great treason. Hears they
repent, but that they were not able to execute their designs.
Beseeches him have his old suit for his revocation in remembrance.—Edinburgh, 5 June. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 3.
1015. Sir W. Drury to Lord Burghley.
On the 3rd after having made proclamation for all Scotsmen
to demand all things due to them by the English, he with all the
soldiers and the prisoners from the Castle departed from Edinburgh to Leith, and will there remain till the Queen's pleasure
be advertised in the bestowing of the prisoners. The sixty
labourers occupied in bringing down the ordnance shall be
cashed as soon as the same is delivered into the ships, which will
be in a day or two. Had appointed the ships first laden to pass
towards Berwick, but stayed them upon an intelligence brought
of two pirates haunting the direct passage at a place called
the May, until the others being in readiness they shall with
more safety perform their voyage, and has taken order for
one ship to be in readiness to be a wafter to the rest to help
to prevent dangers unlooked for. By computation there have
been near 3,000 great shot bestowed against the Castle,
and the bullets for the most part recovered and brought again,
paying to the Scottish people for every bullet a piece of their
money called a "bawbee," in value English 1¼d. Albeit the
Queen charge amounts great, yet trusts there shall no detractions in any private cause appear to be respected before
the disburdening thereof.—Leith, 5 June 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
1016. Sir W. Drury and H. Killegrew to Lord Burghley
and the Earl of Leicester.
There have been means made to them of sundry here that
were of the late rebellion that they would write in their favor,
and among the rest one Slingsby, a tall man, has made great
suit, his friends assuring them that he never offended since
his being here, but rather offered to venture his body for the
cancelling of his great fault. Beseeches them to pardon their
boldness in commending this man, who may do good service
in Ireland, and to make their pleasure known how far they
may hereafter give ear to such suits.—Edinburgh, 5 June
Add. Endd. P. ½.
1017. Sir Valentine Browne to Lord Burghley.
Has no hope to obtain of Mr. Hodgson, Selby, and others
a thousand pounds for lands purchased of the late Earl of Westmoreland. Has again troubled Newcastle and the Bishop of
Durham, whereof he is in hopes to speed within four days.
Has earnestly written to the General to despatch away all his
people saving two or three hundred, but cannot bring it to
pass, he being not of mind assured to cass any, saving the
labourers, till he hears full resolution thence. No man is
more desirous to have the charge decreased and brought
to the ordinary than he is.—Berwick, 5 June 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
1018. Sir Valentine Browne to Lord Burghley.
Has received a letter directed for the receipt of one thousand
pounds from Mr. Hodgson, Anderson, and others of Newcastle,
for certain lands purchased of the late Earl of Westmoreland,
due on Midsummer day. Has despatched this day to them,
and will advertise how they perform the same. The charges
now in Scotland continue only for want of order from thence.
Wishes that at least one half of the soldiers might be sent
away, they remaining yet at whole charge, saving that 180
labourers be discharged. The soldiers there are 1,050, and in
Berwick 300, which daily together will raise great sums.
Berwick, 5 June 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
1019. George Beverley to Sir Valentine Browne.
Believed the seven days imprest would have been sufficient to
bring the garrison to Berwick, but now perceives the contrary,
for the General will remain for answer from the Court how
the prisoners excepted in the capitulation shall be bestowed,
which cannot be sooner than Tuesday next, and then two
days or more to come home. The General in his letter to
the Lord Treasurer desired the supply of money, the want
thereof might be some occasion to continue the charge, which
otherwise might be cut off.—Leith, 5 June 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ¾.
1020. to Giacomo Spinola.
Newsletter from Venice of 6 June 1573.
Endd. by Burghley. Add., with seal. Ital. Pp. 3.
1021. Treaty between England and Spain.
The confirmation and ratification by King Philip of the
treaty concluded between Lord Burghley and the Duke of
Alva for the renewal of intercourse between England and the
Low Countries.—Madrid, 8 June 1573.
Draft. Endd. Lat. Pp. 32/3.
1022. Sir Valentine Browne to Lord Burghley.
Has received by Pilston 1,000l., before whose coming he
had gotten 600l., and therewith discharged all the gunners
and officers, the carriages with all the labourers, 150 soldiers
of the supply left at Berwick, and 50 soldiers sent by the
General with their conduct homewards. To-morrow looks
to hear from Newcastle and the Bishop, from whom he will
receive by loan about 800l. more. For the money of Hodgson
and the rest he has received no answer. Has written to the
General to send the most of his people away, but he has
written that he cannot disperse his company till he have
order from the Queen, and makes account yet of ten or twelve
days continuance. If he might have had the soldiers sent
home he would have saved thereby 600l.—Berwick, 8 June
Add. Endd. P. ½.
1023. Sir Valentine Browne to Lord Burghley.
Has heard nothing of the artizans and labourers, which are
six score persons and their officers, and fifty soldiers which
the General sent word he would send, yet was all the
ordnance shipped on Sunday last. Sent yesterday five days
pay for the soldiers beforehand, and paid the debts for the
time past.—Berwick, 9 June 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
1024. Queen Elizabeth to the Regent of Scotland.
Is glad that without great bloodshed the Castle is reduced
to obedience, and hopes that equal justice shall be ministered
to the robbers and disquieters of the Borders. Can as yet
say nothing of his prisoners referred to her advice, not fully
understanding the several offences laid to each man. Would
have wished not to be needed to advise for the punishment
of offences done in another prince's kingdom, but for neighbourhood and love she has been content to do so, and requires
in writing the quality and quantity of the offence with
which each man is chargeable, and in [the meantime] thinks
it reason that they should be in safe cus [tody] with men
who be not with them at deadly feud, and may be suspected
that they will violently murder them. Touching the agreement
at St. Johnstone's her mind is that [the inquiry into] the
murders of the two late Regents be suspended till such time as
the King shall take the government of his realm, with
condition, that he shall not proceed without her advice and
assent. The other matter of the spoils done in time of
hostility, and for rents and other moveables, she thinks impossible to be remedied, but rather to be buried in perpetual
oblivion. The Countess of Argyle complains that she had
been driven to seek refuge in Edinburgh Castle by the
unkind dealing of her husband, from whence now being
driven, she fears she will fall into the hands of her enemies,
by whom she should be delivered to her husband; is loth to
intermeddle betwixt husband and wife, and thinks it convenient the lady be left in such place where she should not
remain in fear of violent death. Trusts that upon the great
goodwill she has shown wherein she has hazarded her own
subjects and offended the French King, they shall be friendly
neighbours. It pleased her much that the Scottish joined
with the English as if they had been brothers.—Greenwich,
. . . . . . 1573.
Endd. by Killegrew. Very much mutilated. Pp. 3.
1025. Valentine Dale to Lord Burghley.
Took occasion to visit the Queen Mother, and desired to
know of the particularities of the election of the King of
Poland, and what other news they had of Rochelle, that he
might advertise the Queen of England, which the Queen
Mother said that she would send to him. Has as yet heard
nothing about Poland, and as for Rochelle she said there was
nothing but of an assault which had been fondly attempted,
but of no great importance, and so she entered into her old
matter. She thanked the Queen of England for her favourable
treatment of De la Mothe, and said that she doubted not but
that the matter of Rochelle would be ended out of hand, as
the King had sent M. de Villeroy thither. Their answer is
cold to the suit of M. le Duc for Badoniere, as M. de Foix says
that they will not enter into the examination of any wrongs
done at that time, as if the King should make restitution he
would give the world to understand that it was done by his
commandment, and that many others might make the like
suit. Sent the proclamation for the intercourse with Flanders
to the Spanish Ambassador, which he seemed to take very
kindly. The fray between his men and those of the Nuncio
is pacified. The bruit is privily that there has been an
assault at Rochelle, where there should be lost 1,500 of the
assailants. The wise indifferent sort here made great discourse of the quiet that the Protestants are like to have by
the departure of the King elect, who will carry away the men
of courage with him. All their treasure which they had
devised to spend in persecution will be too little to bestow
upon such a number of gentlemen as come out of that country, and other rewards, and the voyage of the King elect.
They say it cost the Emperor 100,000 crowns before the
election. The hearts of all men are either bent another way
or discouraged with this long siege that they have had to no
purpose, and the Protestants daily increase in Languedoc and
Bearn. "The King, good gentleman, his heart bleeds to see
the misery of his people, that die for famine by the ways
where he rides."—Paris, 9 Jan. 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2¼.
1026. Valentine Dale to Lord Burghley.
The bearer Vergis, the President of Tours, comes over for
the accounts of the Scottish Queen. Told him that he had
nothing to do with his passport, but advised him to govern
himself so plainly and openly that he might avoid all suspicion; whereas if he entered into practises as others had
done before, he should put himself in trouble, and do his own
ministers hurt and ill service.—Paris, 10 June 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
1. Those of Rochelle since the assault given made certain
shows on their curtain in derision of the King's camp, bedecking some with cards and dice, signifying that those of camp
did nothing else but play.
2. The coasts of Italy are beset with the pirates of Algiers.
The Venetian Ambassadors after long and great entreaty,
about the 9th ult. had audience of the Pope, before whom
they remained a quarter of an hour on their knees and stood
a good hour to let him understand the reasons why they were
constrained to make peace with the Turk, and to be absolved
of the excommunication, but the Pope would grant them
nothing but some hope. The King to make money has
augmented certain offices which are to be sold.
3. At the assembly of the clergy it has been concluded to
give at one payment towards the voyage of the King-elect to
Poland 800,000 crowns, and to the Queen Mother 200,000,
and within three years to redeem of the King's revenues
600,000l. per annum. The clergy make a great piece of their
money by policy without their own charge, for they have
obtained that the King should make four general receivers
of their decimes and subsidies, which offices they will sell for
600,000 or 700,000 crowns. On the 7th June bonfires were
made and Te Deum sung in Paris for the election of the King
Enclosure. Pp. 1⅓.
1028. Sir W. Drury to Lord Burghley.
Refers all the occurrents happened since the departure of
Sir Henry Lee to the report of the bearer, Mr. William
Knollys, whose behaviour in the service appeared such as
there is no more to be looked for in any [of his] young years.
Leith,—10 June 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
1029. Pietro Bizarri to Lord Burghley.
The Turkish fleet consists of more than 300 ships, and
preparations for resistance have been made in Sardinia, La
Goletta, and Malta, and reinforcements of men and money are
looked for from Spain. Victuallers captured by the Turks.
Piracy in the Adriatic. Report that the Duke of Anjou has
been elected King of Poland, and that he has sent to the
King of Denmark for permission to pass through his dominions. Civil war in the south and west of France with the
Huguenots. Capture of Belle-Isle by the Count of Montgomery. Rumour of the death of the Grand Turk.—Augsburg,
10 June 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Lat. Pp. 1⅓.
1030. William Herle's Discourse with the Prince of
1. Points out that the King of Spain had long determined
to make war and possess himself of the realm of England
under colour of utterly rooting up all those of the reformed
religion, as is manifested by his sinister practices and devices
in the matter of the Papal bull, and by stirring up the Queen's
subjects to rebellion; also that he is moved thereto by the
refuge and hospitality afforded in England to those of the
Low Countries whom he has condemned as his sworn and
deadly enemies, but more especially by the great commodities
which England would bring to him, to the infinite increase
of his power and wealth. Shows the easiness of the exploit
if the Low Countries were once subdued, by the help and
furtherance of the Pope and other princes, the commodity of
ships, mariners, soldiers, &c., which he would then have; the
division for religion and private humour, and the proneness of
England to favour innovations, together with the delicacy
and lack of experience of war in the English nation. Finally,
the wars in the Low Countries once finished the Spaniards
have nothing in more certain determination than to prove
their forces against England.
2. The way in which this may be met without great
charges is by the Queen joining with the States of the Low
Countries against Spain, the fear of which alone occasioned
the Duke of Alva to confirm the agreement for the intercourse of the merchants, which is accounted the greatest act
of wisdom that ever he did, having pursued thereby his
courses, which were certainly ready to fall. Alva will only
keep faith with those whom he reckons to be heretics as long
as it may serve his turn, preparing in the meantime his
plats and intelligence as he knows to be favourable and
desirous of novelties. This danger may easily be avoided by
Her Majesty declaring herself openly in favour of the Low
Countries against the King of Spain, who has neither havens,
shipping, or skilful mariners to attempt any enterprise, the
Protestants having the rule of the seas, and he not able
to supply his lack from Spain, as all pitch, tar, cables, masts,
and other apparel for a navy must come chiefly by means
of the Low Country. Gives other causes of the weakness of
Spain in marine affairs, and shows by the example of Flushing,
which is neither rich or puissant, how impossible it would be
for the Spaniards, if the Queen of England declared against
them, either to maintain war in the Low Countries or to
advance against England.
3. On the contrary side, if the Queen stays till those of the
Low Countries be once subdued, the war will be renewed
furiously upon her own state and cost whole millions of gold,
beside the danger to lose all according to the uncertain events
of war, England being a country void of strongholds, which
with the delicacy of the people and the intelligence of conspirators and the Scottish faction would make well nigh all
things open for a conquest.
4. The Prince of Orange complained very bitterly of the Queen
of England's refusal to aid them, and especially of her terming
both him and the States of Holland no better than rebels,
after they had been entertained with some better hope. He
protested "for his part before the Almighty Majesty of God
that those wars which he had made were not for ambition or
gain, having enough in Germany and elsewhere to content
him withal, to the delight and quietness of his mind and to
the comfort of his friends, which kind of life he did prefer to
all other, but for the defence of religion and of his country
and for the lives and liberties of the people of the same, who
were all to be rooted out, for the which he would refuse no
travail or danger till the last drop of his blood were spent."
He declared that he had ever eschewed the place of sovereignty,
though entreated by them all to take it absolutely upon him.
Touching that they were rebels he said they could justify their
taking arms for their defence both by divine and human
laws, which had been allowed in the Chamber of the Empire
at Spires, which is their sovereign tribunal and resort. He
knew that Her Majesty in terming them rebels had some
further respect inwardly, it being meet perhaps that it should
be known to the world that she had used them somewhat
sharply, which contented him very well, yet humbly beseeching
her to interpret graciously of those who are not only joined
in the same religion with her, who had commended themselves entirely to her faith and grace, but also desire to do
her faithful service with body, goods, and life for ever. Which
they are more bound to do (he said) in that Her Majesty
took it very ill that some counsellor of hers should persuade
the rest to accept the four towns offered by the States, and
then to deliver them to the King of Spain as rebels, which
was the way to win an everlasting trust and friendship with
the said King. But her modesty and greatness of mind did
well express themselves at once in this as they had done in
all other things. The Prince having conceived very dearly
of Herle (as he said) desired him upon his allegiance to declare
to the Queen and Burghley what he had heard from him, who
commended into Her Majesty's hands once again the entire
possession of Holland and Zealand, which was the earnest
desire of the States of the land, and hoped that she would
take upon her their protection and save that which otherwise
were utterly lost. "But rather than they would fall into
the Spaniards' hands (if Her Majesty refused them) they
would not only die with their country, but before they died
entangle the same with such a devil as should root out the
name of the Spaniards for ever from them, which they should
be compelled to do, reserving only their conscience and liberties
to live withal." In case she accepted their offer and set foot in
Holland she should presently have Flushing, the Brill, Rotterdam, and Enkhuisen in possession, with what other places
she would desire. They would also contribute yearly 800,000
or 900,000 crowns, and all her charge would not rise to 400,000
crowns, which would be given without grudge or difficulty
in gathering it. Enumerates the different sources of revenue.
She would have besides the Low Countries 32 great walled
towns towards France and on the Rhine and Meuse, with
whom they have already secret intelligence, and would also
have the most puissant navy in Christendom. To conclude,
the Prince promised to procure as of himself that the Germans
should seek of Her Majesty, as to the sovereign head of the
religion, to have an assured league confirmed between her
and them. If she were thus settled in the Low Countries
and knit with Germany, neither were the Bayonne league or
that of Lansberg able to prevail. Hereupon he devised three
men to deal with her in this, namely, an Earl of Wittensten,
Zuleger a counsellor of the Palsgrave, and Berslips a counsellor
of the Elector of Saxony.
5. If all this cannot move the Queen to deal openly in the
cause, he desires that the Queen would speedily and secretly
aid with 40,000 or 50,000l. until their revenues were ready, for
which he offers as assurance to let her have a garrison in
any place she would. If she refuses all aid they will be forced
to set all upon 6 and 7, and commend themselves to that
resolution, which they would be loath to do, as in that case
the French King will aid them with men and money and be
master of the whole, who has promised pacification to his
subjects, excusing the murder upon the King of Spain and
the house of Guise; alleging that if he laid hands on the
church goods he had sufficient treasure to maintain any
quarrel for many years, and that the Turk had promised him
3,000,000 crowns yearly to endomage the King of Spain.—
London, 11 June 1573. Signed: W. H.
1031. Sir Valentine Browne to Lord Burghley.
Perceives by his letter that his declaration of the eleven
hundred pounds that was esteemed unto and for to-morrow is
come to the same, and trusts that his late estimate is, being
for a longer time. Wishes that within that time the forces
may be cassed, whereof he sees neither decrease nor likelihood,
and yet they remain only upon the Queen's revocation; if it
come yet within ten or twelve days he is furnished of money
to serve the turn, and relieve all odd reckonings and demands.
Has borrowed of the Bishop of Durham four hundred pounds,
and of the mayor and his brethren of Newcastle eight hundred pounds; if needs be he can have two hundred pounds
more at Durham. Sends the answer of Mr. Hodgson and
Anderson touching the thousand pounds owing for the late
Earl of Westmoreland's lands.—Berwick, 11 June 1573.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
1032. H. Killegrew to Lord Burghley.
The Regent is content that Lord Livingstone, who offers to
put in sureties to serve the King, should come home into this
country, if there be no longer occasion for this stay; prays
him to be a means to the Queen for his passport. The artillery
with the appurtenance departed yesterday with a fair wind,
and is thought to be now safely arrived at Berwick. The
General remains still at Leith abiding the Queen's answer.—
Edinburgh, 12 June 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
1033. Jewels of the King of Scotland.
Memoir of the King's jewels now being in the hands of
the Marshal of Berwick, which lying in "wed" to divers were
brought to Leith to Grange, and by him delivered to the
Marshal. Others were delivered to the Marshal by Mr.
Archibald Douglas. Certain being laid in wed to the
umquhile James Morsman for certain sums of money were
delivered by him, the day of the rendering of the Castle, to
Grange, who placed them in a coffer in his chamber, which
came into the Marshal's hands.
Endd. P. 1.
1034. Grange's Declaration respecting the Crown Jewels
of Scotland &c.
The jewels laid in wed to Lady Home he redeemed after
the coming home of Lords Seton and Fleming. Cannot tell
what the Secretary has done with the jewels laid in wed to
him. James Morsman alledges he delivered certain jewels to
him the day he rendered the Castle; it is true he gave him
some gear in an evil favoured clout, but what it was he saw
not, but cast it in an open coffer in his chamber, in which at
that time were both Englishmen and Scots. Knows not what
has become of it since, for he understood the General had got
grant of all that was within to his behoof, otherwise he
might have provided for sundry things he has lost. Brought
nothing out but the cloth was on him and four crowns in his
purse. Not only has his wife and his daughter's children
lost their own clothing and some small jewels to the value of
one thousand crowns, but he has lost a good part of his own
stuff, for his coffers were opened and searched thrice ere they
came out of the gates. Offered the Regent all the jewels
unlaid in wed, with the crown, sceptre, and sword, if he would
give him the silver for the jewels laid in wed, and required
nothing but Farniehurst's evidence, and his own house and
yard to his wife. Intending to give Lady Thame some jewels
which he marked in the margin of the inventory, but because
she refused them it is blotted away; craved her coming to
the Castle when she was at Restalrig, but she refused. Could
never persuade the Marshal (of Berwick) to receive anything
at his hands or at the hands of any of the Castle, but found
him deal uprightly in his sovereign's cause; his persuasion did
much at their hands but took not the good effect looked for.
It is true he has continued for two years in a common cause
with some noblemen wherein there has been some bloodshed and other enormities, nevertheless he will make this
offer now when his back is at the wall, if any man can justly
accuse him of taking any man's goods but that he has paid
for, or else is "obliste" to pay, he will be content to suffer
death for the same.—Leith, 13 June 1573. Signed: "I do
affirm this to be a true copy, William Drury." George Beverley
and John Williams witness that Grange not only delivered
his writing to this effect, but desired the same be read to Sir
William Drury.—Edinburgh, 13 June 1573.
Endd. by Burghley. Pp. 2.
1035. H. Killegrew to Sir Thomas Smith.
Of Lethington's death the General did advertise. Now the
war is done he may see by the enclosed how the nation is
given to stray abroad, some into Sweden and some into Flanders, whither more will to the Prince of Orange if they had
comfort given them. The rebels and Papists in the country
are now very thin sown. Trusts the country will be peaceable, especially if the Queen send her advice as he wrote.
There is such a bull come into the north part of this country
as came into England for which Felton was hanged; one
Andrews of Aberdeen, a learned Papist, being suspected, is
fled. The Commissioners for matters of religion prosper
marvellously. The prisoners be still under the General's
ward, who would not so fain be rid of them and at home as
the best and most part here would have them, save for the
example to posterity of these great treasons. Lord Livingstone has leave to come home. If the Queen would confirm
their devotion by some pensions to the chiefest, it were time
to strike while the iron is hot, lest French practices alter
their humours, whereof he has no great fear, because the
ministers be as earnest in their sermons against that King
as though the news of the Admiral's death came but yesterday.
The artillery and munitions are gone to Berwick. Is prest
towards Stirling to the Earl of Angus' marriage, which shall
be to-morrow.—Edinburgh, 13 June 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
1036. Troops for the Low Countries.
Captain Thomas Robson having obtained licence to levy
three hundred waged men of war to depart to the Low Countries for serving against the persecutors of God's religion, has
obliged himself as principal and Sir John Menteith as cautioner,
that he shall not levy or transport soldiers without the
Regent's licence, that the like number of culverins, hand
guns, corslets, and morions taken with him shall be brought
again to the realm before the 1st of February next, that
he shall cause his men to live upon their own charges till they
be transported, that they shall be no partakers with any
subject of Scotland against one another, that they shall not
trouble, pillage, or take gear from the subjects of Scotland or
their friends, that they shall not serve with the Papists
against the Protestants, and that musters shall not be held
within sixteen miles of the Castle of Stirling, under pain of
five thousand marks.
Copy. Endd. Broadside. Enclosure.
1037. to Giacomo Spinola.
Venice, 13 June 1573. Disarmament of the fleet with the
exception of 50 vessels, which are required to check the corsairs,
who are committing great depredations in the Adriatic.
Rome, 6 June. Vienna, 27 May and 5 June. Different
rumours and reports, chiefly relating to the election of the
King of Poland.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. Pp. 5.
1038. Sir Valentine Browne to Lord Burghley.
Has received of John Williams five hundred pounds, which
together with the sums he formerly wrote of remains with
him. Sent yesterday to the General by way of imprest five
days wages for him and his whole company beforehand, to
end on Wednesday next the 17th, letting him therewith to
understand that it is looked for that he should rather presently
determine the whole extraordinaries than to diminish the
same. Till he sees what he shall resolve he cannot signify
what his estate shall be for money, but hopes that shall suffice
all or within little. This afternoon the ordnance and the
remainder of the powder safely arrived.—Berwick, 13 June
Add. Endd. P. 1.
1039. Occurrents from Rome.
1. From Vienna 11 June. The King of Poland is sick still,
and has answered the Turk that he could not give him the
Prince of Wallachia, he not being in his hands.
2. The Emperor has returned to Vienna from the baths
and is very well, and has granted a patent to gather soldiers
3. From Rome 14 June. The Pope has lent to the Duke
of Alva 50,000 crowns, and the Duke of Florence and others
200,000 more. The Marquis de Maine left Venice the
17 June in the night time. It is thought there shall be a
marriage made between the Duke of Urbino's daughter
and the Pope's son, giving him the duchy of Camerino. The
Venetians were forced to forsake the siege of Castel Nuevo,
for the great multitude of Turks that came against them.
Endd. P. 2/3.
1040. Sir W. Drury to Lord Burghley.
The ordnance yesterday arrived safely at Berwick. Has
thought all extraordinary charge might be well spared,
allowing of no more but of those thought fit to guard the
prisoners here, and themselves to Berwick. Will not fail to
march to Berwick with no less expedition than if he had
made great wagers for his speedy return thither. Hopes
upon his arrival to have the Queen's licence for his repair up,
his lordship knowing his wife's state as well as his own,
besides sundry other occasions not a little moving him thereto.
—Leith, 14 June 1573. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
1041. Siege of Rochelle.
Occurrents of June 15.—There are advertisements sent from
Rochelle by M. Brulart of the 8th inst. that they of the town
put out 400 women. The cannon was shot at them and slew
of them 25, but afterwards pity made them stay their shooting,
and so the women remained, some at the disposition of the
licentious soldiers, some others went to seek their fortune,
and some returned into the town. It is understood by the
prisoners that there are 200 strangers and 800 townsmen
fighting men remaining in the town. There is another mine
making and a new battery to give the assault. As they have
no hope of composition they have determined to get it by
assault if possible this month, or else to break up the camp
and make fortifications about the town. There are but 2,000
Frenchmen and 4,000 or 5,000 Swiss in camp before the town.
The Swiss work like labourers to carry away the earth from
the old breach. The Baron des Adrets the younger, M.
Montassier, and some others, are either slain or in danger of
death. They devise a new way into Poland athwart Italy,
and through the dominions of the Venetians and the Turk.
Endd. P. 1.