Elizabeth: September 1562, 11-15

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Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 5, 1562. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1867.

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September 1562, 11-15

Sept. 11. 608. Sir Thomas Dacre to Cecil.
Thanks for his letters. The Earl of Bothwell by the advice of his friends has determined to remain at his house of the Hermitage and amongst his friends in Tiviotdale, as all that country has promised to aid him, except the Laird of Cessford. Lady Buccleugh has given him great victuals for his house. He has now returned from thence and is with his mother, two miles from Haddington. Is informed that the Queen of Scots was at Endernethe, seven days since, which is eight score miles beyond Edinburgh. This day the writer took 300 of this garrison, and has mowed all the corn which the Scots had sown within the bounds of Berwick, and carried it away. And the mere stones which the Scots took away he has commanded them to set in their proper place, wherewith they are greatly offended. Mr. James Gray, a Scotchman, passed through here this day, with eight footmen, to carry, he says, a present of hawks from the Queen of Scotland and the Earl of Mar to Lord Robert and others. —Berwick, 11 Sept. 1562. Signed.
Orig. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 2.
Sept. 11.
Forbes, ii. 44.
609. The Queen to Sir Maurice Dennis. (fn. 1)
Appoints him one of the Council to the Earl of Warwick, and Treasurer to the army. She has ordered 1,600 men to be conveyed to Portsmouth, and 600 to Rye, whom he is to pay.
Draft, in Cecil's hol.
Sept. 11. 610. The Queen to Sir Adrian Poynings.
At the coming of Cuthbert Vaughan, Edward Turner, etc., he shall pass over the seas for her service. In his absence Lord Chideock Paulett will have custody of the town. She sends 200 soldiers by Vaughan to be under his charge. He shall cause all her Almaine rivets to be delivered to the Master of the Armoury.
Draft, in Cecil's hol.
Sept. 11. 611. Throckmorton to the King of Navarre.
Yesterday evening his servant accompanied by a trumpet brought him the King's letter, and also one addressed to the Captain of Bonneval, ordering him to give up Throckmorton's people whom he had arrested, his sumpter mule, and his coffers, which he has opened, and of which he has made an inventory. If they are restored the writer will set out to-day or to-morrow, if not, he will have neither bed, necessaries, or attendants, and will be obliged to wait till they come. Begs that he will state where the King is; and also that he will forward a packet which has been sent from England, and which has been taken to the camp.—Orleans, 11 Sept. 1562.
Copy. Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
Sept. 11. 612. Another copy of the above.
Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
Sept. 11. 613. Throckmorton to the Constable.
As the Captain of Bonneval has not restored his property, the writer is constrained to stay.—Orleans, 11 Sept. 1562.
Copy. Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
Sept. 11. 614. Another copy of the above.
Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
Sept. 11. 615. Passport for the English Courier.
Passport for post horses for the courier of the Queen of England.— Abbeville, 11 Sept. 1562. Signed: Charles Cardinal De Bourbon.
Orig. Fr. P. 1.
Sept. 11. 616. Stores for Newhaven.
List of "emptions for the furniture of Newhaven," bought 11th September, 4 Eliz., consisting of pickaxes, mattocks, leads, cressets, saws, lanterns, tompions, baskets, ropes, pitch, nails, tallow, etc., amounting, with freight from the Tower to Newhaven, to 473l. 6s. 2d.
Orig. Endd. by Cecil: 7 Nov. [sic]. Pp. 3.
Sept. 11. 617. Philip II. to the Queen.
Has written from Madrid charging his Ambassador to declare to her how injurious these tumults in France are to the French King; also to inform her of his intention of assisting him, and to warn her not to assist the rebels. Is the more moved to communicate this to her as the said rebels do not so much rely upon their own strength as upon promises of assistance from abroad.—Segovia, 11 Sept. 1562. Signed: Philippus;—G. Perezius.
Orig. Add. Endd. Lat. Broadside.
Sept. 11. 618. The Bishop of Aquila to Cecil.
Several Spanish sailors have complained to him that not only have they been compelled to carry stores for the Queen's fleet to Portsmouth, but that those who refused have been put in prison. He desires that charge may be given to the Queen's officers not to impress Spanish vessels nor imprison their crews. Asks for an answer by his secretary Diego Perez.—11 Sept. 1562. Signed.
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. Lat. Pp. 2.
Sept. 12. 619. Garrison of Berwick.
An augmentation of allowance given unto Captain Reade for such soldiers as were in his band and had before taken charge; viz., to every one that had been a captain 8d. by the day, to each that had been a lieutenant 6d., and to every one that had been an officer of a band, as ensign bearer or serjeant, 4d. by the day.—12 Sept. 1562.
Orig. Add. Pp. 4.
Sept. 12. 620. Report of Sir H. Norris's Speech to the French King.
1. The agent of Madame De L'Isle [the Queen of England] demanded audience of M. De Cyens [the French King], his mother, and his Council, where he showed how his mistress during the last quarrel had not favoured those who held the same opinion as herself, although she might well have done so; but now knowing clearly what was designed against the cause of which she is a participator, she could no longer neglect the matter. If they continue to persecute those who profess the same cause, she has determined to act for their preservation. The agent uttered many other Christian remonstrances, but the hearers hardened their hearts and closed their ears and eyes.
2. Those present had not imagined that the Queen would take these matters to heart. Ten days previously Rouget [the Cardinal of Lorraine] had said that he was well informed of the Queen's disposition by the advertisement of her own people; that she was fearful, and wished to live in peace, and dreaded expense, and was more given to talk than deeds, being suspicious and irresolute and of small discretion. Moreover her council only cared about their ease, and in case she married he knew how to embroil her, and finally that it was necessary to take high ground with her.
3. After this audience, seven of them retired into a cabinet and decided that they ought to send to the Queen; some thought that they ought to threaten her, but others thought that they ought to use fair words, and to charge their adversaries with misconduct and breach of the accord, to represent strongly the evils of such rebellions, and to induce her to disavow the speech of her agent. As the agent of Madame De L'Lisle has demanded that the Council should be present when he spoke, the envoy who is despatched is to make the same demand. For this purpose the brother of the agent of the French King, who is an ecclesiastic, is deemed a very fit person, as he is no less skilful in concealing the truth than bold in inventing and maintaining a lie; he has been twice closeted with the Cardinal for three or four hours.
4. There is a marriage forward between the Archduke of Austria and the Infanta of Portugal, and also a new league against all who do not hold the Roman Catholic religion. The Emperor desires that they should abandon the Venetians, in order that he may reduce all Italy to the devotion of the Pope and the house of Austria. The Venetians will not lend any money for this new league, and demand the repayment of the 100,000 crowns lent by them to the former one. The Italian Princes will not assist in this war and disapprove of it. All is well in Guienne.—12 Sept. 1562.
Orig. Dated and endd. by Cecil. Fr. Pp. 4.
Sept. 12. 621. Intelligence from the French Court.
Things are in a distracted state at the French Court. The Huguenots have surrendered Bourges, but in order to save the numerous Catholics who were therein the conditions were honourable to the defenders. Some of the King's advisers recommend the siege of Orleans, others that of Rouen. In Orleans are the Prince of Condé and the Admiral (who is now styled Captain Baldissera), but the necessaries for the siege are wanting. The arguments for the campaign in Normandy prevailed. Rouen will probably be reduced without much difficulty, after which Dieppe will be invested and the English expelled. The Cardinal of Châtillon has gone from Orleans to Lyons. The Duke of Nemours has also gone to Lyons from Bourges as the King's lieutenant. Enumeration of the forces at the King's disposal.
Copy. Endd. by Challoner. Ital. Pp. 4.
Sept. 12. 622. The Marquis of Winchester to Cecil.
Finds (on conferring with Abingdon) that the soldiers' wages after 8d. by the day will be 18s. 8d. for the month, whereof the victualling will be 15s. after 6d. a day, and therefore the soldier will have left but 3s. 8d., which will not suffice him; and if he be helped then the Queen will lose 234l. 13s. 8d. each month, which will not be made of the gain of the victuals. Thinks that the Queen must sustain the loss, because the service cannot be spared.—Westminster, 15 Sept. 1562. Signed.
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 2.
Sept. 12. 623. Guido Gianetti to the Queen.
1. The affairs of the French Protestants, hitherto prosperous, are now on the decline. The sentence of the parliament of Paris is a disastrous event to them, and they are being killed by the common people without any form of trial. The Romans hope to extirpate the heretics. The Duke of Savoy is arming. The Venetian Signory, King Philip, and the Duke of Florence will contribute largely to the aid of the French King. Certain Florentine merchants have also offered a loan to him. The failure of Condé and the French Huguenots will be a blow to the cause of religion in Germany and elsewhere. Reports of a contrary nature, however, are in circulation, which speak of reinforcements for Condé from Germany, and that he will be supported by the Queen of England, as she perceives that the King of Spain is about to interfere.
2. Letters from Rouen of the 5th inst. say that the Pope has sent money into France at the instance of the Bishop of Auxerre, who has promised that if the enemies of the faith are suppressed the King will annul all obnoxious decrees and restore matters to the condition in which they were in the reigns of Henry II. and Francis I. The Bishop of Auxerre also requested that the Cardinal of Châtillon should be deprived of his hat, to which the Pope assented. Two thousand Spanish veterans have sailed from Sicily to Sardinia, which the King of Spain has promised to give to M. De Vendôme, but this is a bait to induce him to act as he has done. The Cardinal of Lorraine and the French prelates are said to be on their way to Trent. The Council has been urged to grant the Communion under both kinds, and to abolish images.—Venice, 12 Sept. 1562. Signed.
Orig. Hol. Endd. Ital. Pp. 4.
Sept. 12. 624. N. Stopio to Sir John Mason.
Wrote on the 8th inst. The Cardinal of Lorraine is expected at Trent. The Bishop of Verona died here to-day, a learned Dominician friar; his see will probably be given to Cardinal Navigero. The sale of the decree for the present session has been prohibited; the cause is unknown.—Venice, 12 Sept. 1562. Signed.
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add.: To Mason, in London. Endd. Ital. Pp. 2.
Sept. 12. 625. [The Ambassador of the Duke of Savoy?] to Shers.
The Bishop of Auxerre has sent 40,000 crowns to the King of France as a gift from the Pope, and the sum will be made up to 100,000. On 15 Aug., two galleys captured a Turkish galliot. Letters from France say that the Cardinal of Lorraine will come to the Council of Trent with many bishops. "My Ambassador" has to-day had a letter from the Duke's secretary, of which the writer sends a copy. (fn. 2) — Venice, 12 Sept. 1562. Signature torn off.
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add.: To Shers, in London. Endd.: Advertisements. Ital. Pp. 2.
Sept. 12. 626. The Chancellor of Sweden to Goldborne.
Another embassy is to be sent into England with all speed, to which he is appointed; some noblemen have, however, declined to join in it. Wherefore he embarked at Helsenborg, and whilst waiting for a favourable wind he was recalled by the King's letters from Stockholm. This was caused by Francis Barth and certain Frenchmen, who had sent letters to the King containing charges against him and other excellent men, in order that he might not send them, and might give up the matter. The scoundrel Barth by his calumnies both against him and the Queen has so alienated the mind of the King that he does not care to proceed in the matter, reporting that the Queen is barren, lame, and that she had had commerce with a certain Earl who died in Italy; together with many other abominable falsehoods. He also accused Guildenstiern of not managing the business faithfully in England, and of not spending half what he said it cost him; and further alleged, that if he were sent to England again he would never return.—Stockholm, 12 Sept. 1562. Signed: Nicolaus Guildenstiern.
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. Lat. Pp. 2.
Sept. 12. 627. Cuerton to Challoner.
1. Received his letter yesterday. Thinks that Withipoll (who left Saint Sebastian in a Dartmouth vessel fourteen days ago), and White (who sailed from thence in James Conant's ship eight days since), have arrived in London by this time.
2. As he has not received his money from England, the writer thinks that they are in fault, as there is not a quicker way of sending it than by way of Flanders. More, of London, gave it to George Cape to pay.
3. Will comply with the requests in Mr. Cobham's letter.— Bilboa, 12 Sept. 1562. Signed.
4. P. S.—Wrote last to him by Martin Peros De Borgoa. Asks that the Count De Feria would send to some of the Council for him.
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add. Endd. by Challoner. Pp. 3.
Sept. 13. 628. Intelligence from France.
Account of the skirmish at Chateaudun, the constrained journey of Throckmorton to Orleans, and the capture and recovery of his baggage; of the capitulation of Bourges, and the subsequent proceedings of M. D'Ivoye and his troops.
Draft, by Cecil, dated by him: 13 Sept. Pp. 2.
Sept. 13. 629. Another copy of the above.
Pp. 2.
[Sept. 13.] 630. Another copy of the above.
Endd.: 14 Sept. Pp. 2.
Sept. 14. 631. M. De Foix to Cecil.
Will have an audience with the Queen to-morrow, at which time he hopes to hear what news Cecil has.—London, 14 Sept. 1562. Signed.
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
[Sept. 5 & 14.] 632. The Queen Mother to the English Ambassador.
Extracts from the letters of Sept. 5 and 14, to the effect that she has sent orders to the Duke D'Etampes to see justice done in the matter of the English merchants plundered on the coast of Brittany, and that the Duke has caused restitution to be made.
Copy. Fr. P. 1.
Sept. 14. 633. Throckmorton to the Queen Mother.
Has received a complaint from some English merchants imprisoned at Morlaix. A packet sent to him from the Queen has been detained at the camp. His people and property has been seized at Bonneval. M. De Vielleville refused to enter England without a safe-conduct from the Queen. Having been recalled by his mistress, he has not been able to obtain leave to depart; and M. Brisac told one of his people that he had been ordered to have an eye upon him. Considering all these things she must not wonder if he requests a safe-conduct.—Orleans, 14 Sept. 1562.
Copy. Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
Sept. 14. 634. Another copy of the above.
Fr. Pp. 2.
Sept. 14. 635. The Chancellor of Sweden to the Queen.
Trusts that she will bear witness to his fidelity and diligence in executing his charge. That he has not been successful is by reason of evil council and mischievous tongues. Complains especially of Francis Barth, her subject, who has joined himself with a certain Frenchman, and who has written letters from Lubeck to the King, which have procured his recal, when he was waiting for a favourable wind at Helsenborg in order to sail into England. He has slandered him most shamefully, and has uttered most disgraceful calumnies against herself and her realm, which he will not particularize, lest her chaste ears should be offended. He has accused the writer of want of fidelity in his late mission to her, and of falsifying his accounts. He therefore begs that she will order Barth to be silent, and cause him to be properly punished.—Stockholm, 14 Sept. 1562. Signed: Nicolaus Guildenstiern.
Orig. Add. Endd. Lat. Pp. 5.
Sept. 15 636. The Constable to Throckmorton.
The bearer of this, a trumpet, will conduct him at once to Etampes, where his arrival is expected.—Montargis, 15 Sept. 1562.
Copy. Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
Sept. 15. 637. Another copy of the above.
Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.


  • 1. This and the following Commission are written on the same leaf.
  • 2. M. Lamberto has arrived from the Queen of France, with the promise that restitution of the four places shall be made. The Bishop of Orleans shall be sent for this purpose. Savigliano, Pignarol, and the Valle della Perosa, shall continue in the King's hands for three years. His Highness sends M. De Moretta into Spain to forward the interests of the King of Navarre with the King Catholic.— Piedmont, 6 Sept. 1562.