Elizabeth: April 1574

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April 1574

[April.] 1359. Stay of Spanish Goods in England.
Reasons why a commission should be granted to inquire whether any of the goods belonging to Spanish merchants which have been stayed by the Queen's commandment have been embezzled or not.
Endd. Pp. 1½.
April 1. 1360. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
Desires to know how the Queen takes matters, as well for his own direction as for the expectation that is here of her. This declaration of the Duke and the King of Navarre is likened to the submission made to the Pope by the King of Navarre and the Prince of Condé after the massacre. The King makes all means he can to treat for peace, but one company makes answer that it can do nothing without counsel and consent of the other. Has had no answer of Mr. Warcup's matter. The King has promised to dispatch the Vidame's matter, and has delivered his bill to his Procureur. Sent to the Bishop of Ross, understanding the Nortons had been to him; he answered that he sent them away as they came, and they are gone to Flanders. The Bishop of Ross has a man who is cunning to decipher; he has been desired to travail with certain letters that have been taken of late.—Paris, 1 April 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
April 1. 1361. Dr. Dale to the Queen.
Has declared to the Queen Mother how much she marvels at the letters and messages she has lately received from her, the King, and the Duke. Desired her to remember how she had sent Mr. Horsey expressly to dissuade the interview, and afterwards caused the difficulties of the matter to be opened by him and by Mr. Randolph. She promised to purge herself to her both by letters and by De la Mothe. She said she could not send the Duke over now, as they were so much troubled with this new commotion. The King was determined to go to Normandy for appeasing of troubles, and they would devise some opportunity of passage for the Duke. Afterwards was brought to the King, who laid the first matter upon his brother, and said for his part he meant no such thing. His affairs are so weighty at this time that he is constrained to have his brother about him, for he is nearest to him and faithful. He accepted her excuse that she did not write with her own hand in very courteous sort. The King was very sad and heard him more patiently than he has been accustomed, without interruption. The Queen Mother counterfeited a cheerful countenance. The Duke was neither with the King or with his mother as he was wont to be. The ground of this answer proceeds from a mistrust of the Duke that they dare not let him go from them. Gives her thanks for the deanery of Wells.
Partly in cipher, deciphered by Burghley. Copy in Dale's writing. Pp. 3⅓. Enclosure.
[March.] 1362. Note in Dale's cipher.
P.S.—The advocate has been with him twice again from the Duke, to tell him that he mistrusts and is desirous to escape from the country, desiring him to write to the Queen for her favour, and that he had sent to Montmorency to have help. There has been advice to dispatch him "following the Spaniards in the Prince of Spain."
In cipher, deciphered by Burghley. P. 1. Enclosure.
[March.] 1363. Wars in France.
Names of captains appointed to lead six regiments to be set forth by the King. There are to be 10 ensigns in every regiment, each of 300 men.
P. 1. Enclosure.
March 24. 1364. Troubles in France.
Declaration from the King of Navarre denying all knowledge of the enterprise attempted against the King at St. Germains-en-Laye, and announcing his resolution to devote life and property to the preservation of the King and realm, and to oppose those rebels that disturb the tranquillity of the kingdom.—Bois de Vincennes, 24 March 1574. Signed.
Tract, printed at Paris by Frederic Morel. Endd. by Dr. Dale. Fr. Pp. 8. Enclosure.
March 24. 1365. Troubles in France.
Declaration by the Duke of Alençon to the same effect as that of the King of Navarre and that the report that has been spread of his intention of placing himself at the head of the late conspirators is entirely false.—Bois de Vincennes, 24 March 1574. Signed.
Copy of licence granted to Frederic Morel to print and sell copies of all edicts and letters patents.
Tract, printed at Paris by Frederic Morel. Fr. Pp. 8. Enclosure.
April 1. 1366. Occurrents in France.
It is reported that they of the religion in Brittany mind to join with Montgomery, who fortifies himself at Quarantin, [Carentan] and ranges the country of Bas Normandy. It is also reported that he has taken Cherbourg and besieges the castle. The most common bruit is that St. John, Montgomery's brother, was slain, being quiet in his house. Montgomery has sent word resolutely that he can trust no composition, and will revenge the death of his brother upon M. de Matignon. The town of Paris has made the King a grant of 600,000 francs. The Duke of Guise is departed to his government. Madame de Montmorency is much made of at Court; her husband will come when the Duke of Lorraine and the Cardinals are gone. It was advertised as of a thing determined that a new massacre would be had in Paris on the 20th March; the English merchants in Rouen were much afraid. The King bends his whole forces against Montgomery with as much speed as he may. Montpensier is willed to do nothing against La Noüe, but to keep the passages of the Loire, to let him from joining with Montgomery. More for countenance sake, the Secretaries of State are willed to wait upon the Duke in his chamber. Two couriers came of late from the Prince of Orange for money and men, and that the men should come openly with ensigns displayed. The King has sent to Switzerland for a levy of 8,000 men. Villeroy is despatched to Languedoc and Pinart to La Noüe with the declaration of the Duke and the King of Navarre, the better to persuade a composition. One of Auvergne made an oration before the King, who heard him quietly to the end, against the oppressions in that country. There has been an encounter between Montgomery and Matignon, and it is reported Matignon is hurt.
Endd. Pp. 1⅓. Enclosure.
April 1. 1367. Dr. Dale to Francis Walsingham.
Has received for the men for whom he wrote 551 crowns and 42 francs tournois, and has appointed Doctor Forth to pay it to him within fifteen days. "The Duke has hope in the Queen, and feareth much." The Regent of Scotland has sent the proclamation made in that country against the disturbers of the quietness.—Paris, 1 April 1574. Holog. Signed.
Add. Endd. Partly in cipher. Pp. 1¾.
April 5. 1368. The Prince of Orange to Queen Elizabeth.
Has received her letters complaining of the misconduct of those of Flushing, which he is sure she will not find so great when she knows all the circumstances, of which he has informed the bearers, who can also show her the arrangement that he has entered into with the merchant adventurers with respect to their request for licence to import merchandise into Brabant and Flanders, which would be very prejudicial to the common cause.—Dortrecht, 5 April 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. Fr. P. ½.
April 5. 1369. Commerce with Flanders.
Suspension of a licence for the exportation of "pelts' granted by the Queen to Andrea de Loo.
Endd.: 5 April 1574. Lat. P. ⅓.
April 6. 1370. Sir Valentine Browne to Lord Burghley.
Has received a letter from Lord Hunsdon touching the estimate. Johnson and he sent off the charges of the repairing the decayed walls, his lordship thinking much at the greatness of the said estimate, and requiring a new one to be sent has made a collection of the charges in Johnson's absence, which he sends. The necessity of the repairs is such that being suffered to run on till the winter, he would not adventure the store and storehouse or himself therein for as much as he is worth.—Berwick, 6 April 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 2/3.
April 6. 1371. Fortifications of Berwick.
A brief estimate by the treasurer of Berwick, in the absence of Rowland Johnson, for the charges of the repairing of the town walls towards the sea, that be so undermined that they are ready to fall, amounting to 896l. 16s. If the workmen finish all the stonework within six months as they promise it will come to no more, and 200l. will finish the other three breaches towards the castle. Signed.
Endd. Pp. 12/3. Enclosure.
April 7. 1372. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
1. Sends a letter to the Queen and one to the Earl of Leicester which he has received by a gentleman that came from Strasburg. He can perceive by his letter to the Procureur General how the matter of the Vidame stands and how earnest he has been for him.—Paris, 7 April 1574. Signed.
Add., with seal. Endd.
2. P.S. (in cipher, on separate piece of paper.)—The Duke understanding that he was in danger at the Court had prepared a company to escape. It was discovered and divers apprehended, and the Duke and the King of Navarre kept in the castle, not without danger.
P. 1.
[April.] 1373. Dr. Dale to the Procureur General of the King of France.
Observations on certain books found in the possession of English merchants that have been seized by order of the King of France. Prays that no loss shall accrue to the merchants by reason of their agents placing them among their goods without their knowledge.
Copy. Lat. Pp. 2. Enclosure.
April 7. 1374. Occurrents in France.
The Duke of Lorraine and both the Cardinals are departed from the Court, where Montmorency is now arrived. The people of Paris are offended because that out of the 600,000 francs they gave the King for his great necessities he gave the Duke of Lorraine 100,000. M. de Russec making an enterprise on the town of Rochefoucauld was compelled by De la Noüe to retire with loss. Peace is made between Venice and the Turk, who has required the Emperor to pull down his fortifications in the frontiers of Hungary. The ambassador from the Count Palatine has dealt very secretly; it is thought he came for composition for them of the religion, or for money. Strozzi is despatched after Pinart for conclusion of pacification with De la Noüe. The King has broken certain bands of footmen and committed the captains to prison, on suspicion that they would join with them of the religion; the open quarrel against them is for spoiling the country as they went to Normandy. They of the religion in Normandy refer themselves to such composition as De la Noüe will make, whom the King thinks to satisfy. The bruit runs that Englishmen repair to Montgomery. The King is fallen sick again of his ague.
P. 1. Enclosure.
April 7 1375. Dr. Dale to Sir Thomas Smith and Francis WalSingham.
Sends by the man of the ambassador of Mantua, who is trusty. Since the coming of Cavalcanti there has been more consideration had of the answer. Montmorency since his coming has advised to the same. Jacomo judges the ambassador from the Palatine has money from hence, as he saw bags of money in his chamber.—Paris, 7 April. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 2/3.
April 8. 1376. Sir Valentine Browne to Lord Burghley.
Renews his suit for certain good sums of money overcharged upon him in his former accounts, in which he craves his help and favour.—Berwick, 8 April 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
April 12. 1377. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
It is very hard to tell what will become of this tragedy begun. Cannot understand that the Duke meant other than to escape from Court, not without good ground for fear. The Duke was much out of countenance at the taking of De la Mole. Dangerous passionate words are uttered by the King. The presence of Montmorency has done much good. Great search is made for them thought to be privy to the matter, and the gates of Paris are very straitly kept. It is doubted that the Viscount Turenne is of them. The Duke and the King of Navarre are diligently watched. Many think Montmorency had been better away. The King is fallen into his quartain again. The preparation does not go forward towards Normandy, so that Montgomery may have leisure enough, for Matignon has not forces to let him. The matter was discovered by the lingering two days longer than it was appointed, and by making over many privy to it. A letter was taken wherein the time and place of meeting was named. Prays for the Queen's answer to the negotiation, for there is great expectation thereof on both sides. — Paris, 12 April 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1¼.
April 10. 1378. Occurrents in France.
The 8th of April the Duke, the King of Navarre, and M. de Montmorency being within the Castle of Bois de Vincennes, the gates were shut, and the guard set within and without. No man was suffered to pass in or out but was searched whether he had anything under his cloak. There arose bruits that the Duke would escape, and that there were bands of horsemen attending for him not far off, others that it was a preparative to shut them up. Nevertheless the Duke washed the poor man's feet that day because the King was sick. The night following Paris was in arms and watch kept; no man was suffered to pass out with any horse or weapon. The cause is to seek such persons as they would apprehend, especially the Count Coconnas. The 9th, Montmorency was permitted for countenance sake to drive abroad, but with such company as might be masters. De la Noüe is retired, some say to be quiet, others to meet certain Gascons marching towards Poitou. The Protestants have of late taken Termes. The 10th, in the morning, De la Mole was suddenly apprehended and taken away forthwith to the prison of the Conciergerie, and was not permitted to speak with or send to his master. There are secret news that Montpensier in following De la Noüe has had a rencounter with loss of 60 horsemen and 200 footmen. Enclosure.
P. 1.
April. 1379. Attempt against Alençon.
After the flight of St. Germain's the Duke understood that it was nigh concluded to put him to death. Thereupon he devised to escape, and the King of Navarre with him. The Duke of Montmorency gave him little comfort as the matter was dangerous, yet the Duke and Navarre appointed to escape with five or six horse towards Sedan, and other to meet them by the way, and to send a man to the Queen with particular request that they desired nothing but to be in England, or in any place out of danger. Said he would advertise with diligence, which was great comfort to him.
Cipher in Dale's handwriting, deciphered by Burghley. Endd. P. ½. Enclosure.
April 2. 1380. Enterprise for the Escape of M. le Duc.
Names of six persons apprehended for being concerned therein.
P. ½. Enclosure.
April 12. 1381. Dr. Dale to Francis Walsingham.
1. They are marvellously appalled with these things here of every side, the one thinking he can be assured of no man, the other that every man doubts him. Hopes the advocate is out of danger. It is intended to apprehend every man that may be doubted under colour of this matter.—Paris, 12 April. Signed.
2. P.S.—It is needful the Regent should have these letters, for they advertise him of an attempt against his person talked of here.
Partly in cipher. Add. Endd. P. 1.
April 13. 1382. Don Luis de Requescens to the Queen.
Desires the restitution of three ships belonging to his master's subjects which have been seized by the English.— 13 April 1574.
Extract. Endd. P. ½.
April 14. 1383. Customership of Berwick.
Certificate of Sir Valentine Browne and other officers of Berwick to Lord Burghley of the result of their examination into the nationality of George Beverley, by which it is proved that the said George is the son of John Ricklington and Ellen his wife, Scottish persons born in Haddington, and that the said John died leaving this George and one daughter his children. James Beverley, of Kirknewton, in Yorkshire, having married his widow, brought her and her son into England, so that they find the said George to be a Scot born both by father and mother.—Berwick, 14 April 1574. Signed by Browne and three others.
Written on the fly-leaf of Lord Burghley's letter of 23rd February. P. 1.
April 15. 1384. Francisco Giraldi to Lord Burghley.
Hopes that by means of his worthiness and prudence matters may be brought to a good resolution. — London, 15 April 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. P. ¼.
April. 1385. Giraldi's Negociation.
Informed Her Majesty the day before yesterday of the readiness of the King his master to grant similar concessions in the matter of the traffic with Barbary as he has done to the Spaniards and others.
Endd. Ital. P. 1.
April 16. 1386. Dr. Dale to [Lord Burghley].
Never thought to keep the archdeaconry of Surrey farther than was convenient to him (Burghley). Cannot forget how many years he has had his good favor.—16 April. Signed.
Partly in Latin. P. 1.
April 16. 1387. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
Has taken upon himself to persuade concord, considering the Duke was in their hands, willing them to consider what need the Queen might have of a son and the King of a brother, if they should have to do with a strong house of strangers, and how much they were bounden to the Queen, who was desirous of their agreement, whereas others would be glad of their discord. The Queen Mother denied that there was any displeasure between them, and was in hand with "her old theme" as she called it. The King said that now they were better friends than ever they were, and besought that the Queen might have his brother "en sa bonne grace." The Duke was with the King, and having asked whether he might speak with him, "Oui, Jesus," quoth the King, he wrung him hard by the hand and told him he would gladly hear "de ses nouvelles pour son bien." The gentleman blushed and seemed much comforted. The Duke and the King of Navarre have more liberty, but not to go out of the castle, saving that the King is permitted to walk in the park well looked unto. There is appearance that things will wax calm, wherein Montmorency is able to do much good. As things incline he will give advertisement with diligence. Has been in hand with the Queen Mother for the Vidame, and delivered her another book engrossed to pass; she said it should pass, and asked again if the Vidame was in England. The King said he had given order to Brulart to despatch it, but Brulart will not let it pass.—Paris, 16 April 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. by Burghley. Pp. 12/3.
[April.] 1388. Occurrents in France.
The King doubts lest by the occasion of the Prince of Condé and the Duke of Bouillon Count Ludovic may make a step into France, and therefore has sent to pacify and assure them, and pretends he restrains the Duke and the King of Navarre from liberty only until he may hear from Sedan. De la Noüe has had another rencontre with the lieutenant of M. de Cosse, and has broken 400 of their footmen, and is thought to be joined with the Gascons. Some say Cognac is taken. They of Languedoc are strong about Toulouse, and keep the town straitly from victuals. Montgomery bestirs himself at Cherbourg to do something before forces come to the help of Matignon. Condé is at Sedan. It is said the Count of Coconnas and the other prisoners have answered constantly that they meant nothing against the King, but only to accompany their master according to their duty, and the King of Navarre the like. The Duke avows them stoutly, and takes the fault upon himself, always protesting he meant nothing but his own liberty.
P. ¾.
April 16. 1389. Dr. Dale to Francis Walsingham.
If the "advocate" come he can say in his name that he has found him secret and faithful. Dare not send Capet's books at this time; prays him to satisfy him if he come. Is loth to write upon public matters when he knows not the truth of things.—Paris, 16 April. Signed.
Partly in cipher. Add. Endd. P. 1.
April 16. 1390. Thomas Wilkes to Francis Walsingham.
1. At his coming over found things in such combustion that he doubted of his safe arrival in Paris. Found Picardy sore troubled for the departure of the Prince of Condé. At Paris had to show his packet at Court before he could be suffered to go to the ambassador. Found Alençon, Navarre, and Montmorency prisoners, in great danger of their lives, saving Montmorency, who has more liberty. Terms are given to make the world believe all shall be well, but there is brought into the castle corn, wood, and wine for them, the King thinking to depart as soon as possible and to leave them to the keeping of the Guise, who is sent for to the Court. Finding the ambassador had no means to send to or hear from the Duke, has acquainted himself with a gentlewoman whom he knows to be sure, who has promised to receive and deliver such matter as shall be brought. Beseeches answer what to do therein.—Paris, 16 April 1574. Signed.
2. P.S.—It may please him to tell Villiers that he will cause such things as he willed to be said to the Duke on the next occasion that offers.
Partly in cipher, deciphered. Add. Endd. P. 1.
April 18. 1391. Francisco Giraldi to Lord Burghley.
Expresses his sorrow at Burghley's indisposition. Had a conference yesterday with the Earl of Sussex. — Certola [Chertsey], 18 April 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. P. ⅓.
April 19. 1392. Sir Valentine Browne to Lord Burghley.
1. Has diligently sought out and finds George Beverley, his servant, to be Scottish born. Notwithstanding, on account of sundry good parts in him, and his ability to serve, and in respect to the trust heretofore committed to him in matters of state by Sir William Drury and others, and in respect to his knowledge, trained up in this realm, he thinks it not meet to banish him with utter discouragement. Trusts that it may suffice his seekers to see him removed, wherefore he repairs to surrender his patent to Burghley, which Browne desires may be assigned to a kinsman of his wife's named Edward Merrey.—Berwick, 19 April 1574.
2. P.S.—Expects the coming of the Laird of Kilsythe from Newcastle. As sometimes out of Scotland malicious bruits will be spread by those who are desirous of innovation, the truth of which he cannot so soon comprehend as he would, he advises that some circumspect man should be sent thither to signify from time to time the present state, whereunto he commends the bearer, George Beverley, as one very fit for that purpose. Death of Buccleuch.—Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1⅓.
April 22. 1393. The Prince of Orange to the Queen.
With respect to the request of the merchants of the staple that they might have licence to import goods into Brabant and Flanders without any molestation from his armed ships, he begs that she will consider how prejudicial such liberty might be to the common cause of religion which they both uphold, and not to find it ill if he refuses to grant their request.—Bommel, 22 April 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 2/3.
April 22. 1394. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
1. The mistrust conceived between the brothers is very far grown, and if it were not for respect of the mother, the miscontentment of the realm, and regard for the Queen, God knows what might be done upon passion or otherwise. Has been earnest with the Queen Mother for the Duke and his men. She excuses the strait keeping of the Castle to be but for their own safety. She confirmed what she said before touching the agreement of the King and the Duke, but said his men should be punished. Told her that if they were, others would be lother to come into their hands by composition or otherwise. The Duke is suffered to have his guard, and Montmorency has been abroad hunting, but in the company of young Sansac, captain of the guard of the gates. The Duke and Navarre have confessed nothing, and have been stout for their men. Men cannot tell what will become of the King's sickness, and suppose some other thing with his quartain. Has been in hand again with the Queen Mother for the Vidame, and in the end she committed it to Gondy to get the King to sign it. Fears they will not let it pass for all the King's promise. Condé is either with the Count Palatine or near Sedan.—Paris, 22 April 1574. Signed.
2. P.S.—The Spaniards make great feast of the matter of Count Ludovic; the King uses it for persuasion of pacification, but secretly is nothing glad of it in respect of Spain.
Add. Endd. Pp. 12/3.
April 22. 1395. Thomas Wilkes to Francis Walsingham.
1. Has delivered in speech to the King of Navarre such instructions as he received from the ambassador, whom he told Navarre he might trust, when he demanded it of him. Perceived they had conceived an evil opinion of him since the discovery of their last enterprise. Used such persuasion to assure him that the terms he used came directly from the Queen, that he went on with his discourse and shewed him in what state he and Alençon were. Found they were in no danger, but only straitly kept. They desired earnestly to have some privy token from the Queen or the Earl of Leicester, to assure them of her friendship. Thinks it the best plot that has been laid a good while to know the state of things hereafter. It may please him to advance the matter.—Paris, 22 April 1574. Signed.
2. P.S.—Would not have troubled him with this kind of writing if there had come any of trust with the packet.
Partly in cipher, deciphered. Add. Endd. Pp. 1⅓.
April 22. 1396. Dr. Dale to [Francis Walsingham].
Has had audience with the Queen Mother, and told her how much it behoved them that things were pacified and concluded, assuring her that the King might be sure of a great stay for all his troubles of the Queen's Majesty, if she might understand of their concord. She began a long tale, how the King had sent St. Supplice to Languedoc, and had proffered them assurance, and withal that the King was contented to make the Queen and the Princes of Germany privy to their accord (he spoke not of any promise to be made to them for the performance of their agreement); the King was content to grant exercise of baptism and marriage in their own houses, and yet for all that they would not be contented, and therefore the Queen and the Princes of Germany had no cause to assist them. Said that above all things they should hasten to have things ended among themselves, and that he was sorry to see the Duke kept so straitly, so that all Christendom made discourse of it to the King's disadvantage. She said he was not kept but as they were themselves, and they kept guarded so straitly for fear to be surprised on a sudden, but that his men should be punished for the clearing of him. Said they could not be touched but that he also must be touched in honour, they doing but his commandment, and advised her to do no execution till matters were appeased, for they abroad would suppose they would have the same sauce, and men would mislike that such large pacification should be proffered to them in arms, and such rigour used to them that never did anything but follow their master. Advised her rather to keep them prisoners, which might serve both turns, and above all to make an end of the discord between themselves with all speed. She said it should surely so be, and indeed the same day the Duke's guard was admitted to him, which was taken from him before. Alençon and Navarre have been examined under color to instruct the procès of Coconnas and De la Mole, but they have confessed no other matter but of their intent to depart the Court for misusage of themselves without credit or doings, and also for their safety, wherein they do not forget any of the injuries that have been done them in any time past within these nine years. The King takes physic for his quartain, but his physicians cannot rid him of it.— Paris, 22 April, 1574. Signed.
Endd. Pp. 3½.
April 22. 1397. Dr. Dale to Francis Walsingham.
Is desirous to know how these things are taken, and what glosses the French Ambassador makes. Jacomo has done well in these matters, and Wilks' travail may serve to great purpose. The care Her Majesty takes in this matter wins honest hearts marvellously. Of purpose writes not of things in the Low Country further than it is taken here, because he supposes it to be better known there.—Paris, 22 April 1574. Signed.
Add., with seal. Endd. P. ¾.
April 27. 1398. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
At the request of Alençon has been earnest with the Queen Mother for La Mole, and desired that the Queen might be made privy of his offence before any punishment were done upon him. She made the matter heinous, and said they would give all princes Christian to understand that they had just cause to do as they do, yet they would not be over hasty. In truth they seek out matter against these men on purpose to despatch them, to appease the King towards his brother, and spread rumours that there should be an image of wax and a strange medal in the chamber of La Mole for some enchantment, or such like. They have already executed a secretary of one Grandchamp, and are like to go forward with the executing of the rest, and it is said of Coconnas this day. The Duke and others are guarded as they were, saving that they have more familiar countenance. The King's sickness is daily rather worse than better.—Paris, 27 April 1574. Signed.
Add., with seal. Endd. P. ¾.
April 27. 1399. Dr. Dale to Sir Thomas Smith and Francis Walsingham.
There is matter sought against La Mole and Coconnas to pacify the King towards his brother, and cut away all means the Duke may have to attempt anything hereafter. In truth there can be nothing learned of this new enterprise, but only of the departure of the Duke. The sentence of Grandchamp's secretary was only in general terms, for conspiracy. It is verily looked for that the rest shall be executed out of hand. There is commission out for the seizure of their goods. The Queen Mother caused the Duke to come into her chamber at his last audience, on purpose for him to see him.—Paris, 27 April 1574. Signed.
Add., with seal. Endd. Pp. 1¼.
April 28. 1400. The Governor and Admiral of Zealand to the Queen.
With respect to her request that the merchants of the staple may be allowed to traffic in the Low Countries without hindrance, as it is a matter which concerns the sovereign government, and is beyond their competency, they refer her to the Prince of Orange for an answer. Having captured one Edward War of Bristol with his accomplices, who have piratically and without any commission seized a Breton vessel, whereby they are liable to be tried for their lives, they are unwilling to proceed against them before knowing her pleasure therein.—Flushing, 28 April 1574. Signed: Charles de Boiset, Loys de Boiset, and Claude Guilld.
Add. Endd., with seal. Fr. Pp. 1¼.
April 30. 1401. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
Upon Tuesday and Wednesday last the King was dangerously sick, and thereupon the guard was reinforced, and watch kept very strait in Paris, and in the Castle of Vincennes to keep the prisoners sure. Partly by that means and partly by earnest suit there was not so great haste made for the execution of La Mole and the rest. Yesterday the King being better he sent very sharply to the President of the Parliament to despatch them, and so this day La Mole and Coconnas were beheaded in haste, who died constantly, and no other matter known against them than is in his last letter.—Paris, last of April 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. by Burghley. P. ¾.