1402. Francisco Giraldi to Lord Burghley.
Hopes that the reply which he shall receive from the Queen
and the Council will be in accordance with what he expects
from Burghley's prudence.—Certola [Chertsey], 1 May 1574.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. P. 1.
1403. Events in France.
The King by indisposition and by the length of his illness
is reduced to skin and bone, and his legs and thighs are so
weak that he cannot hold himself up. Wednesday last his
death was expected for he was so short of breath, by reason
of a flow of blood from the mouth, but the bleeding is since
better. Yesterday he was more ill at ease than ordinarily,
and no one entered his room, but at sunrise several gentlemen and priests came in. The priests performed the service,
at which the Queen Mother was present. He has been of
better countenance since hearing of the execution of De la
Mole and Coconnas, and said he hoped to live to see the
end of all his conspirators. The Duke craved the pardon of
De la Mole and Coconnas of the King, or at all events that
they should not suffer public and ignominious death, and was
refused. He then fell on his knees to his mother and prayed
her to procure from the King that they should not die by
public punishment, and if possible their pardon. She obtained
from the King their private execution, and that he would
write to the parliament to delay the proceedings. But the
bearer of the letters, on arriving at Paris, found the Porte St.
Antoine closed. The execution was so much hurried that in
a moment they were both executed. It is said this was done
by reason of a perfumer relating to the first President what
had passed in Court, and that the Queen Mother had obtained
their pardon. For which cause they were made to come more
quickly from the Conciergerie, the carriage made to journey
hastily, and directly they arrived at the place of execution
they were executed without the usual proclamations. Count
Charles de Maussel, who has scarcely anything, has married
the eldest daughter of the Marshal of Brissac, and has retired
suddenly to Luxembourg, and been pursued as far as Lorraine.
The Duke was so grieved at the execution of his friends that
he has fallen sick, keeping his bed, and few people enter his
room. The truce in Languedoc is continued to the 21st May.
The Emperor has written to the King and Queen Mother by
all means to try and make peace with their subjects, and
that 16,000 reiters have been raised for succour to them of
the religion by several of the princes of Germany.
Fr. Pp. 22/3.
1404. Instructions to Thomas Leighton, Captain of Jersey,
sent into France.
1. He is referred to himself for his self-governance, and to
such light as he shall receive from the ambassador. He is to
tell the King the sorrow the Queen has of his sickness, and
of her hope for his good recovery; her sorrow to hear of the
increase of troubles within his realm, and it being given out
that his brother is suspected of being a party and nourisher
of the same, her hope that the matter shall be thoroughly
examined, and his brother's innocence proved to be such that
he shall be restored to his favor, and her wish that he should
not be over hasty in giving ear to the advice of such
ambitious heads who would be glad to remove from him
such as stand between them and the greatness they aspire
unto. She cannot but insist still in advising him to the
continuance of peace in his realm, though some of his
neighbours give him other advice, that he may keep his state
in trouble, in respect to the dangers that might otherwise
ensue to them. He is to advise the Queen Mother to beware
of hasty and violent counsel, especially in this division of
the two brothers, and that the Queen is glad there is so
indifferent a judge as she to determine the difference between
them. The Queen cannot but advise her for the better discharge of so heavy a burden as she sustains in so diseased a
state, to make choice of such counsellors as being void of
ambition may only seek the repose of the state, and not such
as persuade continuance of troubles, and that desire to put
in execution violent practices for their particular revenges.
About Count Montgomery the Queen avows upon her honour
that she knows no cause of his repair to Jersey but for his
own particular affairs, and she thinks that at the time of
his departure he had no intention to enter into the present
action he is now in. If by the King's favour he may speak
to the Duke, he is to say that because of the assured opinion she
has conceived of his innocency she has given him special charge
to recommend his cause to the King and Queen Mother, and
not doubting that those who have contrived the division
between him and his brother will shortly be discovered and
receive due punishment, to the full reparation of his honour.
2. Answers to such objections as may be made by the
Two copies of the instructions, one signed by Walsingham.
1405. Francisco Giraldi to Lord Burghley.
Encloses certain memorials relating to the traffic of the
Queen of England's subjects with Barbary, and hopes that
the negotiation will come to a satisfactory termination.—
Certosa [Chertsey], 4 May 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. Ital. P. 1.
1406. Enclosure in Giraldi's letter.
The substance of what he said to Burghley [in Lord
Cobham's house] was that Her Majesty's subjects might not
be allowed to trade with Capo Dighel for a limited time
under certain restrictions as to numbers, and not to be
allowed to carry arms thither, and to touch at some harbour
in Portugal in order to be registered.
Note in Burghley's writing to the effect that this was not
what he required. Endd. Lat. P. 1. Enclosure.
1407. Memorial by Giraldi.
Desires restitution of certain goods belonging to a Portuguese which have been seized by a French pirate, and afterwards recovered by one of the Queen of England's ships.
Endd. Ital. P. ⅓. Enclosure.
1408. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
1. Montmorency was never in such credit till the very
hour that privy advertisement came of the apprehending of
M. Danville in Languedoc, and then he and the Marshal
de Cossé were forthwith shut up in the Bastille. The rest
are more straitly kept in the Bois de Vincennes, and watch
nightly kept before their chambers. The King has his access
of the quartain, and is so weak both with voiding of blood
and other imperfections that men think him to be in a consumption. Of late Le Gas has come from the King of Poland,
and lays the plot with his friends. If anything should come
to the King it is thought to be a dangerous matter to the
two young gentlemen now Montmorency is fast. The
Presidents of the Parliament have been consulted, and given
their opinion against their liberty. Sends a declaration of
the King of Navarre in which he discourses at large from the
massacre, how his men were slain, how he has been kept from
his country, and thus utterly lost the obedience of his
subjects, and other matters. The King put the Duke in
comfort that De la Mole and Coconnas should be stayed, and
despatched them in the meantime. Mauvisiere overtook
Count Mansfeld with a courteous letter from the King,
but he would not return. They give out the cause of his
departure to be because he was kept twice out of the King's
chamber. The Marshal de Retz is in Germany coming home,
and is commanded to persuade the princes there not to aid
the Prince of Condé, and make them believe the King is
agreed with his brothers and the King of Navarre. The
Duke's friends wish they were informed of the truth.—Paris,
5 May 1574.
2. P.S. 1. — There is some hope that Danville is not
3. P.S. 2. (in cipher.)—The only hope the Duke has for
his liberty is in the Prince of Condé.
Add. Endd. by Burghley. Pp. 12/3.
1409. Dr. Dale to Francis Walsingham.
What expectation there is of all their extremities he can
best consider. Doubts not but De la Mothe will have
"lenitives" from hence. Is unarmed, because he knows not
what counter means to use, yet has not been idle, as the
bearer will inform him. Commends the bearer, who has
been very careful.—Paris, 5 May. Signed.
Add., with seal. Endd. P. 1.
1410. The Prince of Orange to Count John of Nassau.
Complains about the uncertainty of the fate of Duke
Christopher and their two brothers, and expresses his resignation in the event of their death, and trust in Providence.
The people are in great terror and perplexity. If the new
Governor publishes an amnesty great numbers will avail themselves of it, so that it is necessary to encourage them. If this
country falls again under the Spanish yoke, the religion stands
in danger of being extinguished everywhere. The Germans,
English, and French will perceive the peril of temporising.
Proposes plans for raising forces and money, and obtaining
leaders. Gives an account of the state of their forces by
land and sea in Zealand. Has 71 companies of French,
English, Scots, Walloons, and Flemings, together with several
ships and a great number of smaller vessels.—Dortrecht,
7 May 1574.
Copy. Fr. Pp. 12½.
1411. The Regent of Scotland to Lord Burghley.
The uncertainty of Killegrew's returning to this country
has stayed his writing. Thanks him for his care in
avoiding the dangerous practices of such as mean mischievously to disturb the present quiet of both the realms.
Has written of their particular to Killegrew. The Borders
were never in better or quieter state. Cannot impute the
impediment at the West Marches to any "inlaik" of Lord
Scrope's goodwill, but to the thieves under his charge, who
can hardly be brought to make redress. Some person of
credit should see matters at that hand put to point. If some
direction be not sent for the eschewing of further inconvenience, their boldness will so increase as it will be more
difficult to order them hereafter.—Dalkeith, 9 May 1574.
Add. Endd. P. 2/3.
1412. Safe Conduct.
Draft of a safe conduct for M. de Lumbres.—Bois de
Vincennes, 12 May 1574. Signed by Brulart.
Fr. P. ½.
1413. Jacomo Manucci to Francis Walsingham.
Communicates a plan by which the Queen may recover
Calais and Boulogne by the help of Count Ludovic. Suggests
the advisability of sending help to Count Montgomery.
Confirmation of the death of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, by
the fact that the Ambassador and his household have appeared
in mourning; it will make no alteration in Italy.—Paris,
16 May 1574. Signed. Partly in cipher, deciphered.
Add. Endd. Ital. P. 1
1414. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
Is sorry Mr. Leighton had not leisure to speak with him
before his departure, and that his men neglected to repair to
him before their coming away, as those whom these matters
most concern know least of them, and he is very desirous of
his direction. Strait watch is laid for all men's doings.
Mr. Leighton is a man well chosen, as he is Captain of those
isles whence they fear Montgomery should be succoured, and
since his coming the face of affairs has changed. The Duke
has the countenance of the Court, and is followed by three or
four score, very pleasant and jocund, whereas before he was
scant accompanied with three or four lacqueys and pages
Sees no relief for Montmorency, nisi alicujus majoris periculi
metum, his judges are already appointed of the Parliament.
They look out matter against him that he should be surety
for the money Montgomery had in England. Is not forgetful
of the matter of Mr. Wickham, has but even now received
the writings of the Deanery. The physicians have declared
their judgment that the King cannot pass August. The King
of Poland is advertised to be in readiness.—Paris, 17 May
Add., with seal. Endd. by Burghley. Pp. 1⅓.
1415. Dr. Dale to the Queen.
The King could not give Mr. Leighton audience the day
he arrived, for by the access of his quartain he was very sick
and weak. The 15th he sat up for the purpose, otherwise he
cannot abide out of his bed. Mr. Leighton did at large his
message, and enforced what consequence it was for him to be in
concord with his brother. The King heard him very patiently
to the end, yet could he not stand for weakness, and answered
that he had fully tried the faithfulness of his brother, and was
assured of his constancy. They did as well agree as it was
possible for brothers to do, and he did well weigh what a stay
his brother was to him. Such as did report to the contrary
were impostors, spreading untrue rumours for the maintenance
of their own faction. Mr. Leighton demanded if he might
do his duty to the Duke; "Oui, Jesus," quoth the King.
Thereupon he repaired to the Duke and the King of Navarre,
but the Duke shewed by his countenance that he durst not be
seen to have any talk with him. Mr. Leighton was then
brought to the Queen Mother and declared his message from
point to point, and advised her to make up the agreement
between her two sons. Their dealing and outward appearance,
and the strait guard about the Dukes, could not but engender
an opinion in men's hearts, to the rejoicing of them that willed
them no good. She answered as roundly as though there had
never been any such matter, and that the Duke was no more
straitly kept than she and the King, and might go abroad
when and whither he would, but that it pleased him not to
go from the King and her. She was a woman that had been
accustomed to cut off factions between strangers, much more
between her own children. That she (the Queen of England)
was so careful for Alençon was an undoubted argument and
good augury of some good effect to follow of the former matters
that had been moved. Mr. Leighton answered that she was
well affected to the Duke from the good virtues she had heard
were in him, and would employ such reasonable means for
him as she had, in his necessity. If he could take her the
news that all was well he would have made the most happy
voyage he ever made. She must let the Duke go abroad that
all men might see him at liberty. He then used as of himself some persuasion with the King and Queen Mother for
Montmorency, both of the good service of his father and his
own fidelity, and that his imprisonment might do more harm
than good for the appeasing of these troubles. They had
their answer ready that they were sorry for it, and had borne
it as long as they might, and had been constrained to do what
they did for the preservation of their own estate. The King
said he had done nothing against his person. Thanks her for
her comforting letters, and will be careful diligently to observe
Copy. Endd. by Burghley. Pp. 5¼. Enclosure.
1416. Events in France.
The King's quartain comes to him every fourth day. It is
published that his fits are gone, notwithstanding that he is so
feeble that he cannot abide out of his bed. The Duke of
Guise makes as great power as he is able within his government, so much that he appoints the towns and men of the
country to arm them. It is certainly known that Danville is
not apprehended, but is strong in the field. The King has
very little repair of gentlemen or horsemen, but is fain to use
footmen. The wife of Montmorency makes piteous complaints
at Court, and specially because she was abused to persuade
her husband to come to Court upon fair promises. De Meru
has escaped and is earnestly pursued. The captain of the
guard has been at the Bastille with the Marshal since it was
known of the escape of his brothers. De Cosse takes his
trouble very impatiently, but Montmorency is of good constancy. The King was in a rage when he heard Montgomery
had departed out of St. Lo; he is much offended with them
that let him escape, and mistrusts he is not served faithfully
in any place. Montgomery and Guitery are towards Beauce;
it is said that they have taken Alençon. The King sends to
all quarters for men to reinforce his guard, and has sent old
Lansac and the Cent Gentilhommes to Estampes to keep that
country. The brother of the governor of Bordeaux with
three thousand Gascons is gone with La Noüe to the succour of
Fontenay. The Viscount of Turenne is at Bellac with good
forces. The Duc de Petite Pierre [Lutzelstein] levies great
forces. Reiters and lansquenets levied in Germany for the
Protestants. There is such forces of reiters in Lorraine
marching towards Champagne that the Duke of Guise has
sent the King word that he cannot defend those frontiers
without help; the King has appointed the horsemen of Brie
to repair to him. It is reported that Strozzi is in arms with
them of the religion, and that De la Haye, who was the instrument for the surprising of Rochelle, is in the field against
the King with five or six hundred horse in Poitou.
Pp. 12/3. Enclosure.
1417. Manner of the Escape of Danville.
1. The King sent letters to the governor of Narbonne and
to De Joyeuse, lieutenant to Danville, to apprehend him in
Narbonne, and withal sent letters to Danville to apprehend
the governor of Narbonne, for he was suspected of having
intelligence with Spain. In the way to Narbonne Danville
met in the way with a packet to De Joyeuse, and had also
other advertisement of this enterprise, and so turned short to
Pesenas, and gathered as much forces as he might. The
others made after him, but were repulsed with loss of divers
men. Danville is in the field and has taken divers towns, and
has repair to him from all parts of that country. He has
defeated seven ensigns of footmen, where Maugiron was
slain, and it is credibly reported Villeroy taken prisoner.
2. Danville possesses Beziers, Montpelier, Pesenas, Beauquerre, Baignelles, Le Pont St. Esprit.
Endd. by Burghley. P. 1. Enclosure.
1418. Dr. Dale to Francis Walsingham.
Upon the receipt of his letter for the inquiry of the doings
in Spain, he happened upon this friar, who affirms those things
to be in great forwardness and likelihood of execution. Upon
the return of one who is despatched to Rochelle for Turner
the matter shall be called on here. There is much difficulty
to deal here with secrecy, therefore prays him excuse him if
things are not written so fully. Supposes all was supplied at
the coming of Jacomo, and by the declaration he brought from
the King of Navarre. Sends Capet his books to the Queen,
the rest he must tarry for. Thanks him for his letters, which
touch the very point, like a good woodman that knows where
the deer lie.—Paris, 17 May 1574. Signed.
Add., with seal. Endd. Pp. 1½.
1419. Dr. Dale to [Francis Walsingham].
Has advertised the Queen of the constant assertion of
concord between the King and his brother, the contrary
whereof all the world does see. The Duke and the King of
Navarre have been permitted to walk in the park, further
and with more liberty than they were wont. The King's fear
is that the Queen will suffer succour to come to Montgomery,
when he supposes he shall never be able to appease these
troubles, whereas with rigour, practice, and length of time he
hopes to wear out the rest. And because the isles whereof
Mr. Leighton has charge are so commodious for succour of
Montgomery, it is thought here that something shall be put
in execution by him that way if he have not some good
answer. It is incredible what watch is here of all men's
doings. Now that Montmorency is fast, the King and
Queen Mother mind to proceed to his procès, and because
he is a peer the King has appointed them of the Court of
Parliament to be his judges. They search matter against
him, God knows how untrue, that he bound himself for
the money Montgomery had in England, and to certain
Princes of Germany for payment of a levy of reiters
Besides the quartain, the King is very weak, and his breathing difficult and not without smell.—Paris, 17 May 1574.
Endd. Pp. 1¾.
1420. Sir William Livingstone of Killsyth to Walsingham.
Thanks him for his good and faithful counsel. If righteous
dealing shall satisfy the Regent, he shall have no occasion to
have jealousy of him. Only upon his counsel has he gone
into Scotland, for he has two years longer to remain out of
the country, in what place he pleases. If by the persuasion
of his enemies he be evil handled, prays that the Treasurer of
this town may write to him of his estate and proceeding.
Prays that no man win no worse practices than he has
done since his coming into England. As soon as he comes
home will cause the money he owes him to be paid. Since
he has known him has found him faithful, and such a one as
fears God without hypocrisy. Would be glad to understand
of the Count Montgomery's estate.—Berwick, 22 July, making
homeward in haste. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1⅓.
1421. Instructions to Killegrew sent into Scotland.
Immediately upon his arrival he shall diligently search out
what alteration has happened since his last being there;
whether the Regent continue constant in his affection, how
his government is liked, what party the Queen of Scots has
there, if any of quality who were devoted to the present
government be aliened, by what practice and means; whether
any have been lately sent out of France to practise any alteration, especially to have the King delivered into their hands.
Touching certain points in a memorial delivered by the
Regent, he shall direct his speech as follows:—First, that
such of the ordnance taken in Home Castle as shall be proved
to belong to the King shall be re-delivered, but the rest by
law martial appertains to the Earl of Sussex, who made the
enterprise willingly and dangerously. Secondly, the Queen
has not been unmindful of his desire to enter into contract
for the maintenance of the common cause of religion, seeing
how necessary it is for all princes professing one religion
with them to join together. Thirdly, it is not necessary to
have a league for mutual defence, as none can enter into
quarrel unless it be for religion; if he shall insist to think a
particular league necessary, he shall tell him, as of himself,
the Queen has been always ready to yield assistance when
any necessity has required the same. Fourthly, where he has
desired some support in respect of the excessive charges he
pretends to sustain, and further how necessary it is that
somewhat be bestowed in yearly pensions on some of the
nobility, he shall touch neither of those two points, but if he
be much pressed he shall say he will write in that behalf.
Last of all, in all matters wherein he receives no instruction
in writing, he shall do as has been by mouth declared to him,
or as by letter he shall be hereafter directed.—Signed by
Endd. Pp. 2.
1422. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
1. Since Leighton's first audience the Queen Mother has had
the Duke and the King of Navarre abroad to supper for
countenance sake. On the 20th Leighton had audience
touching the double dealing with the Queen touching La
Mole, and to persuade the Queen Mother to use plain dealing.
She denied that she had made any promise for La Mole, and
touching the Duke, the King would put him charge of his
chiefest doings very shortly. The King confirmed all she had
said, with much demonstration of goodwill, and appointed
Leighton to come and take his leave in two or three days.
On the 22nd the King fell suddenly sick. The audience
appointed with the ambassador of the Duke of Florence was
countermanded, the best physicians sent for, and the opinion
is that the King is in great danger. The falling down of
blood into his lungs is come to him again, and the physicians
gave their opinion that if it should happen again they could
not assure him of any hope.—Paris, 22 May 1574. Signed.
2. P.S.—It is much spoken that Montgomery is hardly
distressed in Domfront, yet there is hope that he is either
escaped or able to abide the siege for a month. The King has
sent his pardon to all in the town except him and two or
three more, to the intent that he should be forsaken. It is
said M. de Gordes is apprehended upon suspicion; that the
Count de Lude withdraws himself for doubt of the like, and
that Biron is suspected.
3. P.S. (in cipher, deciphered by Burghley). The Duke of
Alençon and the King of Navarre think if the French King
should be dead, there is no other mean for them but to corrupt
the guard. They are unprovided of money. Their request is
to be holpen of the Queen readily upon the sudden therein.
Add., with seal. Endd. by Burghley. Pp. 2.
1423. Thomas Leighton to [Francis Walsingham].
Has declared to the King and Queen Mother the Queen's
opinion of the spoils done on her subjects, and received as
good words as might be given. The Queen Mother denied
having given promise for La Mole either by letter to the
Queen or by directions to De la Mothe. The night after his
audience the King fell dangerously sick again, and began
to void blood from his lungs, a sure sign of death. Whereupon the Duke of Alençon sent for him to give him to understand that as soon as the breath is out of the King's body he
feared lest he should be shut up in the Bastille with the rest.
He thought he might bribe the guards if he had wherewithal,
and therefore desired him to entreat the Queen to send to the
ambassador here bills of credit for thirty or forty thousand
crowns, for the achieving of his enterprise and liberty. The
Duke and the King of Navarre have had more liberty, but
with continual watch for fear of their escaping. The Queen
Mother said Montgomery was cooped up in Damfront, and she
hoped to see him soon in the King's hands. Is advertised that
a M. de Croze is sent by the Queen Mother, under pretext of
other matters, to observe and note what is done in England.
—Paris, 22 May 1574. Signed.
Partly in cipher, deciphered Pp. 12/3.
1424. Dr. Dale to Sir Thomas Smith and Francis Walsingham.
Containing the same news as his letter to Burghley of the
same date, with a copy of the two postscripts to that letter.—
Paris, 22 May 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2¼.
1425. Francis Walsingham to Dr. Dale.
At his next access to the King and his Mother he is tell
the King that when the Queen heard of the execution of La
Mole she was very sorry therefor, a thing done with so great
expedition, that required some good deliberation, considering
how near he was to the Duke in credit, and how nearly therefore it would touch him in honour. If it be true that La
Mole's intention tended but to procure his master's liberty,
she could not but lament that so faithful a servant should
receive so sharp and grievous a punishment. Seeing so many
tokens of danger that are like to reach the King by the practice of those that seek to draw into suspicion them that are
nearest to him, she cannot but advise him to beware whose
counsel he follows. Concerning the two Marshals, who by
sundry services have deserved so well of him and of the
state, the Queen is sorry to see after the spoil of so many rare
subjects, the loyalty of such principal members of his state
called into controversy. She does the less marvel thereat
when she considers that those nearest to him in blood are not
spared; but so long as the advice of those who have been the
entertainers of all the troubles in that realm is followed, none
that wish well to him shall escape untouched. This she is
bold to deliver to him, not as curious to intermeddle in his
policy, but of an especial love she bears him as her good
neighbour and ally. He is to use the same speeches to the
Queen Mother, and the rather because he may hardly have
any access to the King in respect of his weakness. Yet it
were well if he were made acquainted with the good counsel
given him, though there is small hope he will take profit
thereof. He is to put the King in mind that if Marshal
Montmorency had had any intention to have attempted anything against his person, he would not have let slip to have
done it when he was last at his house. If the King and
Queen Mother dislike the Queen's intercession for him, he
must tell them that having honoured him with the order of
the Garter she can do no less than intercede for him. He is
to give the King the Queen's hearty thanks that he is content
at her request to pay to Sir Arthur Champernoun a sum due
to him by Count Montgomery.—Greenwich, 23 May 1574.
Copy. Endd. Pp. 3.
1426. Another copy.
Endd. Pp. 2¾.
1427. The Regent of Scotland to H. Killegrew.
Of late has understood the King's coin has been counterfeited in great quantities in a part of Galloway, and found
the workers had come out of England. Before he had perfectly tried the matter they had returned thither. The principal was an Italian goldsmith, a dependant upon the Marshal
of Berwick. The Treasurer made direction for his apprehension, which failed, but doubts not he has done his duty
since. This stranger, calling himself Lawrence, has used this
unlawful trade of a long continuance, and has assayed the
Queen's coin also. Has written for him to be delivered into his
hand, to be examined and used as he deserves, or to be surely
kept at Berwick, and used as he shall be found worthy. It
is true George Douglas has come home, and has already conferred with him, and in the same things he was employed to
have served against them, they will make him serve their
own turn. He gave him knowledge of a boy lately come
from the Queen of Scots out of England directed to him
and to Lord Seton for such writings as they had to send.
Finds him and his sons very conformable to pleasure him, and
they are absolved of their excommunication. The boy was
sent by Mr. Alexander Hamilton, teacher of the Earl of
Shrewsbury's children, who gave him directions how to go,
and to meet him again at the Red Bull in Doncaster, or to
send word to a glover in Sheffield. There is a man of the
Laird of Buccleuch's of reasonable good stature, having a little
round black beard, a blue jerkin, white hose, black bonnet,
and without a cloak, who has long been a traveller with
letters between the Queen and Lady Livingstone, likewise a
woman called Janet, high of stature, and yellow hair, also one
called Robert Liddell passes with letters. Has thought good
to let him understand this, that direction may be sent to
apprehend and examine them in time before they shall know
of the apprehension of the boy. The persons among them,
partners in the dealing, shall be so ordered that their practice
shall be stopped.—Holyrood House, 23 May 1574. Signed.
Copy. Endd. Pp. 2.
1428. The Regent of Scotland to Lord Burghley.
Has made his good friend Mr. Killegrew full narration
of his demands. Prays that commandment may be sent to
the Treasurer of Berwick for the staying and making sure of
an Italian who has counterfeited the King's coin, and that
good heed may be taken to some persons remaining near the
mother of the King, who leave not to entertain practice and
intelligence here.—Holyrood House, 23 May 1574. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ¾.
1429. The Chiefs of the Huguenots to Lord Burghley.
Justifying their taking up arms, and stating what need
there is of the favour and protection of the Queen, which
they would that he obtained for them, as they know from
past experience his good affection towards them.—Carentan,
24 May 1574. Signed by Montgomery and five others.
Add. Fr. P. 1.
1430. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
Mr. Leighton has been in a continual fever since the 20th.
The King has had two fits of a double tertian, whereby he
is not able to give audience, but is in great danger, having
this new accident joined to his former weakness.—Paris,
25 May 1574. Signed.
Add., with seal. Endd. P. ⅓.
1431. Lord Burghley to Francis Walsingham.
It is necessary that the Duke's person be preserved to
counterpoise the tyrant that shall come from Poland. Thinks
no means so ready as, if the King should die, to corrupt the
guards, wherein great circumspection would be used, and the
Duke warned not to deal with many, for by the like error
about his escape became he prisoner. For provision of money
to be secretly conveyed is hard, and therefore divers ways
are to be provided for smaller sums of money that may have
the appearance of a use probable. Would have the Earl of
Leicester deal with Acerbo only for 2,000 or 3,000 crowns,
upon pretence that Leighton has made a bargain for ten or
twelve coursers of Naples, and four or six carriage "moyllets,"
so that the money may be in the hands of the Ambassador
to pay 1,000 crowns presently, and the rest at a day shortly.
Spinola may from Antwerp procure 10,000 crowns in this
manner. He may pretend he has a bargain by the Vidame
of Chartres of a sale of La Ferte and another seignory which
the Count of Retz has long desired, and will give 100,000
crowns or more for it, and the Vidame requires to have the
greatest part of his money in England, and 10,000 crowns
only at Paris, minding himself to remain here prisoner until
the King's goodwill be thereto had. And because Spinola
hopes to gain 20,000 crowns by the bargain, he would be in
readiness to have both money here and at Paris, and having
credit for what shall be required, he shall require 10,000
crowns to be paid to the Ambassador, for so does the Vidame
appoint it. The Ambassador's son Doctor Forth also may
make over 2,000 or 3,000 crowns by his usual exchange.
The two merchants, Gammage and Offley, may carry over to
Dieppe 2,000 or 3,000 crowns. The Duke may be assured
by the Ambassador that he will be responsible to any trusty
banker of the religion for a reasonable sum. Will be with
him to-morrow at the court before noon. For warrant for
the money the Queen's bill signed written by himself without
passing signet or privy seal may suffice.—25 March (sic) 1575.
Add. Endd. Holograph. Pp. 2½.
1432. Dr. Dale to Lord Burghley.
Has written to the Council how Nutshawe has been dallied
withal for his wheat taken from him at Rochelle. He has
warrant under the Broad Seal to his great cost for his payment,
but was directed to such men as either say they have no
money, or that they have nothing to do with the matter, or
dwell as far as Marseilles and in the Isle of Rhé, and such
other places as are more than dangerous to come by. When
he could do no more for him, sent him home at leastways
with good and evident testimony of his right, and of the
diligence of them both. Paris, last of May 1574. Signed.
Add., with seal. Endd. P. 2/3.
1433. Thomas Wilkes to Francis Walsingham.
The King has departed this world, and the state of the
princes as bad as it was before, if not worse. Their foes are
too strong, and their friends here venture little. Fair words
and entreaty prevail naught. About 200 Spanish vessels are
ready to set to the sea. The King of Poland means to return
by sea. The Prince of Condé is at Strasburg. There are
about Sedan about 6,000 or 7,000 reiters, French and Swiss,
that report themselves to be the Prince's.—Paris, last of May
Add. Endd. P. 2/3.
1434. Chevalier Breton to the Baron of Viteaux, &c.
1. The warrior of Normandy must depart from him, and
have the charge of such troops as come from thence. If he
would have reason of the wrong done him, now is the opportunity presented and the match made an easy prize. Wishes
himself with him to take part with him, that both their
quarrels might be revenged by their hands that have most
interest to do it. He will never be master of that commodity
if now he let it slip.
Extract from letter from the same writer to Setchvaux at
Calais, praying him to forward the above.
Villeroy and Bodin were commissioners to examine Chevalier Breton, and Chartier was appointed their griffier.
Many of the interrogatories concerned Simier, and to bolt out
those that were affected to him and to Viteaux, or any way
associated with them.
Endd. P. ½.
1435. Sir William Livingstone of Killsyth to Mr.
Is thoroughly persuaded he is his great friend. Bears the
Queen and her country only goodwill, and would be sorry
to wish or know of harm to either, whoever he be that has
made this report to put him in jealousy with the Queen. As
to his passing to Tilmouth, it had no meaning but that certain honest men of the town of Newcastle desired him to pass
his time in hunting. Is secretly advertised from Scotland
that his unfriends are very busy seeking to put him in jealousy with the Regent, and have persuaded some debauched
people to avow tales of him, whereby he may be troubled.
Has purchased licence from the Lord Treasurer to send a
servant into Scotland to his friends to try out the malice
better. The Regent would suffer neither wife, friend, or
servant to come to speak with him. Prays him to obtain
licence that he may remain in some place till the Regent be
better persuaded of his good behaviour, otherwise he will put
himself in Edinburgh before the Regent and Council. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 12/3.
1436. Copy of the above.
Endd. Pp. 12/3.
1437. Reply of the Queen to Giraldi's Demands.
Her Majesty is pleased that all articles that have been
agreed upon between him and her Council, for the regulation
of her subjects' traffic, and the restitution of things taken under
the arrest, shall be performed. Her Majesty is unwilling to
bind herself by any contract that will interfere with the
trade of her subjects with Barbary; still in order to gratify
the King of Portugal she will consent that the article which
he requires shall have effect for all traffic beyond Cape
Blanco. As for the traffic with Barbary, the Queen promises
to take steps to prevent the importation of arms into that
country by her subjects.
Draft, corrected by Burghley. Endd. Lat. Pp. 1½.