Cecil Papers
September 1573

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1888

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'Cecil Papers: September 1573', Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House, Volume 2: 1572-1582. (1888), pp. 58-59. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=109828 Date accessed: 21 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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September 1573

150. Barnard Dewhurst to Lord Burghley.
1573, Sept. 2.Concerning the affairs of the Earl of Oxford.—“At your lordship's house near the Savoy,” 2 Sept. 1573.
4 pp.
151. The Master of The Rolls [Sir William Cordell] to Lord Burghley.
1573, Sept. 2.Concerning the affairs of the Earl of Oxford: enclosing articles relating to the same, with the Earl's answers thereto.—The Rolls, 2 Sept. 1573.
Seal.pp.
152. The Same to Lord Burghley.
1573, Sep. 4.Sends a minute of the manors appointed for the Countess of Oxford. Believes the Earl's determination for his speedy going beyond seas is altered, partly in consequence of Burghley's good advice, partly for want of money.—From the Rolls this 4th of Sept. 1573.
½ p.
153. The Lord Keeper to Lord Burghley.
1573, Sept. 4.The bills exhibited and not passed in the last Session remain in the hands of Spilman, clerk of the Parliament. Knows none worthy the calling of a Parliament except that which the Queen said she would be advised of. Parliament is to be called or prorogued, as it shall please her to like or mislike of that bill. Refers to the book sent him (see his letter of Aug. 25). Knows that the Queen and the principal part of the realm know it to be false. “The sum and end of the author's intention is to make us both odious to the prince and people. “The author's allegations being known to both to be untrue, must needs in reason make that light upon him which he seeks to lay upon them. of the rest of the book against the Queen's state and religion, it were well done the Council considered. Wherein he means not to say that which might be said, lest he should seem to deal as a party. These slanders, and many sharp speeches and handlings elsewhere, have been the sum of what has happened to himself. Is determined by God's grace to serve, as long as he is able, as [if] no such thing had happened.—Gorhambury, 4 Sept. 1573.
Seal. 1 p.
154. Pietro Bizari to [Lord Burghley].
1573, Sept. 8.They write from Italy that the Spanish fleet was in readiness and designed for Africa, more particularly as the King of Tunis was reported to have taken the field with a great number of Moorish foot and horse, and anxiously awaited the fleet for aid and provisions. Letters from Spain report that his Catholic Majesty was almost quite recovered; that Ruy Gomez was dead, and would be succeeded by the Duke of Alva or the Grand Commendator. From Lyons we are informed that the King of Poland was expected there the 10th of this month; that he would go by Venice to Ragusa on his way to his dominions, and that he would have the command of the Turkish fleet. At Ziuccavo, in Saxony, there has been a remarkable shooting match for considerable prizes. But you are able to enter into the meaning of this. They look one way and shoot the other. In short, the game consists of two sorts of bows and two sorts of arrows. Among those present were the Landgrave of Hesse, Brandenburg, and other important princes. One Effner of Nuremburg gained the prize. On the 12th ultimo there was a violent storm and flood which has done great damage. From Vienna we learn that the Muscovite has made a truce with the Lithuanians, and that in a battle with the Tartars there fell 60,000 Tartars and 30,000 Muscovites. War has broken out again between the Kings of Sweden and Denmark on account of some ships sent into a port by the King of Denmark; on one side and the other 7,000 were killed. The King of Denmark has taken M. Lausac prisoner, on his way to Poland, sent by the French King, and has hanged some pirates who conducted him thither. It is also stated that another son of the King of Spain was recently born. Desires to be remembered to the Earl of Bedford. — Augsburg, 8 September 1573.
[Postscript.]—The Archduke Ferdinand has gone to stand as godfather to the son of the Archduke Charles.
Italian. 2 pp.
Modern translation of a portion of the preceding.
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155. The Archbishop of Canterbury to Lord Burghley.
1573, Sept. 11.“I return to your Lordship your mad book again; it is so outrageously penned, that malice made him blind: I judge it not worthy an answer: some things were better put up in silence, than much stirred in. Your conscience shall be your testimony to Almighty God. It is no new matter for such as take pains for the good government of the commonwealth to be railed on. In my opinion they be very comfortable words, which be uttered by our Saviour Christ, who once shall be our Judge, Beati estis cum probra jecerint in vos homines, et dixerint omne malum adversum vos, mentientes, et propter me: Gaudete et exultate, &c. sic enim persequuti sunt prophetas qui fuerunt ante vos. In these and like words I (for myself) repose my heart's quietness, beseeching Almighty God with his Holy Spirit to comfort your mind in the blasts of these devilish scorpions. Conscia mens recti famæ mendacia ridet, &c.—From my house at Canterbury this xj of September 1573. Your Lordship's assured in Christ, Matth. Cant.”
Holograph. ½ p. [Murdin, p. 259. In extenso.]