Cecil Papers
September 1590

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'Cecil Papers: September 1590', Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House, Volume 4: 1590-1594 (1892), pp. 54-65. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=111561 Date accessed: 16 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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September 1590

Joachim Frederic, Duke of Brandenburg, &c., to the King of Scots.
1590, Sept, 5.Has received his letters by Lords Stuart and Skene and understood from them his great affection for himself and his earnest desire for the welfare of the Christian commonwealth, which nothing shall be wanting on his part to confirm and increase. The wounds of the church and state are too well known; not only must the counsels of those who propose remedies be proved, but good efforts must be assisted. Approves of the King's efforts herein; must unite in en deavouring to spread the truth of the divine word, the tranquillity of Christendom, and the safety of posterity. Will communicate about the matter of utmost importance with the Elector his father and the other Princes and Electors of the Empire; in the beginning of the difficult business cannot now do anything else. His envoys have not been able to reach the Elector, who has long been absent on the confines of Poland.—Potsdam, 5 September, 1590.
Endorsed :—“Litterae Joachimi Friderici, filii primogeniti Mar chionis Brandeburgen, Regi Scotiae.” Latin.
Copy. 1 p.
[The Queen] to the States General.
1590, Sept. 6.Messieurs, Ayant quelques jours passés ordonné au Sieur Bodley, nôtre serviteur et Conseiller pour nous au Conseil d'Estat de dela, de vous representer comme de notre part l'opportunité qui se presente à cette heure-cy d'avancer une affaire par Pemploiment de ce que se pourroit espargner de vos forces en quelque attentat sur les pays de Pennemy commun, maintenant que le Due de Parma se trouve hors des pays avec le plus gros de son armée et. bien avant engagé es affaires de la France; par ce que ne nous est depuis apparu par nuls advertissements de dela de quel zele avez accepté la dite ouverture, et nous semblant de plus en plus icelle meriter être embracée de toute ardeur et affection, avons trouvé necessaire vous rammentevoir que jamais ne vous s'est presenté opportunité pareille à cette cy de troubler les affaires de Pennemy, moyenant que ne la laissez escouler : veu que par tel moyen ou l'ennemy pourra estre affoibli, ou (ce qui est encore de plus grande consequence pour l'abaissement de la tyrannie espagnol) le Roy tres chrétien en pourra recevoir soulagement et peut ètre la seureté de son estat, estant le dit Due de Parma contraint ou se retirer de France sa personne, ou de renvoyer une bonne partie de ses forces desquelles il supporte et tient en courage les rebelles du Roy. Ce que bien consideré nous fait vous instamment prier de prendre resolution en toute diligence, d'envoyer sous bonne conduite tout ce que bonne ment se peult espargner de vos forces es pais de l'ennemy, principalement en Flanders, et de là s'il sera de besoing en Artois. Et afin d'avancer en tant que en nous est cette affaire, avons mandé a ceux qui ont la charge de nos subjets de dela se joindre à vous, et de s'em ploier de tous leurs moyens à advancer cette affaire, laquelle en commencant avec la dilligence requise et la poursuivant de si bonne affection comme merite un fait de telle consequence, il y a esperance que ce pourra non seulement abattre la fierté de l'ennemy, ainsi aussy de beaucoup soulager le. Roy Tres Chrétien en sa juste querelle pour le maintiennement de son droit. Ce subjet nous pourroit donner champ de plus amplement en discourir, mais nous nous arrêtons à ce seul point de vous prier de bien et avisement peser Putilité laquelle se pourra tirer de cette occasion en usant comme appartient; et d'autre côté le dommage et deshonneur qui en ensuivra, perdant par negligence une si belle opportunité; laquelle pour fin vous recommendant en toute affection, Messieurs, prierons Dieu en ce et par tout guider vos conseils. De nôtre chateau de Windsor, le vjme de Septembre, 1590, et de nôtre regne le xxxijme an.
Endorsed :—“M[inute] to the States General.”
Draft. 2 pp.
1590, Sept. 6.A memorandum in English in Lord Burghley's hand for the preceding draft.
In regard to the orders given to Thomas Bodeley, a counsellor for us in the Council of our State, to impart to you the opportunity at this time to advance your affairs by employing all the forces which might be spared to the annoyance of the common enemy in the absence of the Duke of Parma with the substance of the forces of men of war, now most earnestly employed against the French King, (not knowing how our advice has been embraced) we remind you that you never had such opportunity to take advantage of the enemy as at this time, so the same be not delayed, whereby both the enemy may be either weakened or what is of most moment to abate the over greatness of the Spanish tyranny, the French King may receive comfort, and surely by withdrawing either of the Duke of Parma himself or of so good part of his forces wherewith he fortifieth the K. rebels there. We earnestly require you therefore to order without delay all your forces that can be spared to be sent into the enemy's country, but specially into Flanders and so into Artois, as opportunity may suffer and join with your forces. We have given strait commandment to such as have charge of our forces there that they shall employ themselves to their uttermost power to advance this intended service, which being taken in hand earnestly and without delay, we hope the same shall both diminish the enemy's pride and advance the good Christian King of France in his just title and right.
2 pp. [Murdin, p. 644.]
The Queen to towns in the Low Countries.
1590, Sept. 6.Messieurs nos bons amis, Ayants bien monstré par effects le soin qu'avons toujours eu de vôtre conservation, il ne sera pas de besoin vous en faire aucun recit particulier. seulement vous dirons qu'au lieu de la recognoissance qui nous en est deue et qu'à bon droit en devions attendre, nous trouvons étrange d'entendre qu'aucuns de par dela, peu soueieulx du bien de vôtre estat, et moins respectants nos merites à l'endroit d'icelluy, auraient esté si malignes et audacieux que d'avoir semé de nous parmi les villes des Provinces Unies, des bruits faux et scandaleux, tachants par ce moyen vous donner de mauvaises et pernicieuses impressions de nous et de nos actions passées au regard de l'assistance que vous avons en votre extreme dangier si liberalement donnée; nous voulants non seulement taxer et attribuer quelques fautes et erreurs qu'ils pretendent avoir été ja faites et commises par aucuns de nos ministres emploiés aux dites Provinces pour votre defense, mais aussi insinuer et persuader que nôtre intention n'a été autre des le commencement (quoy qu'ayons fait semblant de refuser les offres qui nous ont été faits de la souveraineté ou protection perpetuelle de vos pays) que par artifices et menees en embler l'authorité souveraine, et vous mettre le pied sur la gorge; à quoi (Dieu nous est tesmoin) n'avons jamais tant seulement songé. Porquoi tant pour le regard de nôtre innocence que pour empêcher que telles imaginations ne vous entrent dans la cervelle au prejudice de nôtre honneur et de votre estat, avons voulu vous donner à entendre que les autheurs de tels faux et dangereux bruits et rapports n'ont autre but qu'en nous dressants ces calumnies vous rendre jaloux de nous et de nos procedures, afin que de votre part aussi les occasions nous soient offertes de nous dégoûter de votre alliance et nous en distraire, pour vous laisser en proie à vos ennemis, de la servitude desquels par la grace de Dieu et par le moven, de notre secours, vous avez été affranchis, quand apres la perte d'Anvers estiez sur le point d'en être accablés, étant alors vôtre estat fort ébranlé. Et n'est n'y a été jamais notre intention d'empreter sur vous, comme nos actions en peuvent tesmoigner. Au reste, si de ceux à qui nous ayons commise la charge et conduite de notre armee et affaires en vos Provinces, quelqu'un par ignorance ou a faulte d'avoir été bien instruit aux affaires de votre estat, aura fait chose au dammage d'icelluy, nous protestons et vous prions de croire que c'a été sans notre sceu et contre notre volonté; et que si on nous eut deuement informée n'eussions failli d'y avoir apporté les remedes necessaires, ainsi qu'à Padvenir le semblabie advenant (qui seroit grandement à notre regret) sur l'information qu'en recepvrons ne faudrons de faire. Et comme nous ne desirous de votre part qu'une bonne et aimable correspondence, en nous portant le respect qui a notre qualité et nos mérites appartient, vous pouvez aussi attendre tout ce qui sera de notre puissance, et ce en particulier qu' à nul autre Prince voisin auquei vous pourriez addresser vous nouvelles affections aura moyen de vous conceder.
Endorsed :—“1590, 6 September. M[inute] of a letter to divers towns in the Low Countries.”
Draft. 1½ pp.
The Queen to Sir Francis Vere.
1590, Sept. 7.For that we find it necessary for our service that our Governor of Flushing, being as you know a Cautionary Town to be kept by us, should from time to time as he shall find it needful to, have the garrison of that town to be reinforced with more numbers of men for the more surety thereof against all attempts; We will and command you that whensoever he shall send to you for to have one or two companies of the bands of your soldiers, serving under your charge, that you do send the same with their captains and officers, notwithstanding any contradiction or restraint to be made by the States General, or by the Count Maurice, or by the Council of Estates. And when our said Governor shall find no necessary cause there to use them in that town they shall be by him remitted to you again. And this shall be your warrant for execution hereof.
After that we had commanded thus much to be written we had occasion offered to us to wish that some further enterprises and attempts might be made into the enemy's countries, and as the time serveth by the absence of the Duke of Parma with the most of all his forces now being in France, we do think there might be more service done with some convenient numbers at this time than with the triple [number] hereafter. Wherefore we require [you] to consider well hereof, and do warrant you to employ any numbers whatsoever we have there, so as our Cautionary Towns be not left weak, to pursue and that speedily some enterprise upon the enemy; which we could wish to be rather done in Flanders than in any other part, for that we are most certainly advertised that the weakness of that country is such, and the people so made afraid with a late incursion made by Sir John Conway with a part of our garrison there, as there is no way so likely to with draw the Prince of Parma's forces out of France as by that means. Hereof we require you to confer with the Count Maurice to procure him to take these enterprises in hand, and to offer all the aid that may reasonably be had of our forces to join with him. And to this end we have also commanded our Councillor Thomas Bodeley to employ all his credit in our name with the Council of Estates or the States to grant all aids to the execution of these manner of services. And these our letters shall be your warrant, and the imparting thereof by shewing of these our letters to any of our subjects, captains or others being there in our pay, shall be sufficient to command them to obey you in any thing by you required tending to this service.
Unsigned. 12/3 pp.
Draft of the above.
Holograph by Burghley.
Endorsed :—“7 September, 1590. Minute of her Majesty's letters to Sir Francis Vere.”
2 pp.
The Queen to Sir Robert Sydney.
1590, Sept. 7.Upon such consideration as we have lately had of the state of that town of Flushing, the surety whereof to be kept for us for many respects as you know is to be foreseen, we have thought it very necessary that although you have besides 5 bands, accounted the ordinary, other three bands, making in the whole 8 bands, yet such may be the occasions of doubtfulness ministered to you in respect of the increase of the families and inhabitants far above the number that was there when the town came first to our possession, and for some other doubtful terms at this time not unknown to you, that our garrison there should be at times needful increased. And therefore we have ordered that when you shall see necessary to cause to increase your numbers, you shall [have one or] two more bands to be sent to you from the [bands committed] to the charge of Sir Francis Vere, whom we [have] at this present by our letters herewith sent to you, [commanded] to send the same to you, whensoever you shall by your letters require the same; and so we will you to do when you shall think it needful and them to keep with you as long as you shall find cause needful for the surety of that town, notwithstanding any contradiction of the States or any other whomsoever. And if it shall be misliked by them, we will cause good reason to be given for the same by our servant Thomas Bodeley, attending there as our Councillor with the States : And yet we will that you so order this matter for the increase as all occasion of giving suspicion of mistrust of the officers and inhabitants of that town be avoided, and the cause rather imputed to some doubt you have conceived by discovery of certain practices intended by the common enemy for the sudden surprise thereof, whereof you may allege that you have had knowledge from us. We would have you enter into some consideration how you may stay all further new buildings and increase of families in that town, and according to the letters written to you as yesterday from our Treasurer and Admiral of England make secret inquisition of the power of the inhabitants there of men able for service, and how much the same hath been increased since the town was first delivered to our use.
After that we had commanded thus much to be written as is afore, we had a present occasion given us to judge it most needful at this time to have some enterprises made into the enemy's countries, but specially into Flanders, for that we are certainly informed that by late incursions made by our garrisons at Ostend into some parts there the towns and people are so afraid of more incursions that they will use all means possible to cause the Prince of Parma to return or to send away some good part of his forces, whereby the French King may have the more advantage, which is the thing that we more desire than the spoil of Flanders, although that also is very profitable for us. And hereupon we have written also to Sir Francis Vere to enter into consideration with the Count Maurice, and to employ all our forces under his charge to this purpose; and so have we commanded Mr. Bodeley to solicit the same with the States, and the like we have commanded that Sir John Morgan shall employ his forces to this purpose. And we require you as with the surety of that town you will be a furtherer of this purpose, and solicit the States of Zeeland to do their uttermost at this time, considering it is the most remedy to relieve the French King.
Endorsed :—“7 September, 1590. Minute of her Majesty's letters to Sir Robert Sydney.”
Unsigned. Injured. 2¼ pp.
Draft of the above by Burghley.
Endorsed as above.
2 pp.
Henry Billingsley, Alderman of London, to the Lord Treasurer.
1590, Sept. 7.As to a renewed offer for certain cochineal made by the Dyers, viz., 13s. 4d. the pound. His endeavour was to have brought the price thereof to 14s. or at the least to 13s. 8d. and the payments such as his Lordship would not have misliked of, which he was in a good way to have effected, had not this indiscreet dealing of Mr. Allen happened.—London, 7 September, 1590.
Holograph. 1 p.
John, Bishop of Ross to Archibald Douglas.
1590, Sept. 8/18.Since I wrote unto you in August by Samuel Blacburne desiring you to travail for my nephew John Leslie's deliverance, although I was then uncertain that he was there kept in prison, yet now I am advertised by his own letter, which he was willed by my Lord Treasurer to write unto me from his prison in Westminster the 5th August, and delivered unto me the 11th inst., that he is detained there prisoner by my Lord Treasurer's commandment, and desired me to procure the deliverance of one John Wells, a prisoner here in Rouen, as an exchange for him. To satisfy my Lord Treasurer's desire I have travailed earnestly with the Council here, whose answer I have sent to him, which I trust will satisfy him; for the Council hath accorded to deliver Wells for one Mr. Edmunds, a Jesuit, detained prisoner in England, the which long ago Wells has offered to cause be delivered for himself. But as for John Leslie the Council think there is no cause why he should be stayed prisoner in England, being but a youth and of no experience, and only a scholar departing from the schools here by reason of the troubles in these parts : and moreover a Scottish man born, peace being entertained betwixt the two realms of England and Scotland. Therefore I make my recourse unto you, to whom it pertaineth in such cases to further your countrymen as all ambassadors do; which no doubt will be grateful unto our King, and bind me and all his friends to acknowledge your pains in this matter. I have written to my Lord Treasurer for my nephew's deliverance, declaring such reasons as I hope with your good assistance and authority will move him to restore him to his liberty, and have set before him my own quiet behaviour ever since my parting out of England 17 years ago, never since that time having dealt in any matter of estate of France, England, or any other country whatsoever; and so I do continue, con tenting myself still within the bounds of my spiritual function, and therefore I have not any way deserved that any belonging to me should be worse used for my sake. And in the youth there can be no cause of his detaining. Wherefore I desire you most heartily to deal effectually with my Lord Treasurer that he may be sent into his country with his letters to his Majesty and others in behalf of my present case. I pray you at his deliverance procure the things he brought with him to be [restored], and see him furnished for his voyage into Scotland, [and I] will not fail to answer you again.—From Rouen, 18 September, 1590.
Much injured. 1½ pp.
[The Queen] to Mr. Bodley.
1590, Sept. 9.Although we did very lately command our Treasurer of England in our name to require you with all speed to treat with the States, both in general and with the Council there also, to procure that some enterprises might be taken in hand with their forces and ours also, to make some incursions into the enemy's countries, and specially into Flanders, now in the absence of the Duke of Parma with the greatest part of his forces being now far in France; yet such is both our earnest desire and our judgment to hasten the same, grounded upon sundry great reasons to have this to be speedily taken in hand and prosecuted with all earnestness, as we shall greatly mislike and condemn both the States and Council there if they should not with ail their goodwills and powers, and that without delay or sparing of any charges, give order to have these enterprises taken in hand, whereby either these two effects or one of them is to follow, that is, by this both to damnify the enemy greatly without peril, or at the least to divert the enemy's forces now in France, whereby the French King might be the more free from danger of his estate; a matter so manifestly necessary as every man of small understanding can judge how needful the same is. Wherefore you shall use all the means you can there with the States and with all Councillors there, both publicly and privately, to take this matter lively in hand; for which purpose we have written our earnest letters to the said States General, which you shall receive, and in delivery thereof use all good persuasions to them not to make any dilatory consultation hereof, but forthwith to conclude upon the execution of such enterprises as the Count Maurice—to whom also we have written for this purpose—having charge of their forces, and Sir Francis Vere having charge of ours, shall with the advice and assistance of our forces both in Berghes and Ostend conclude to be meet. And for that we mind also speedily to put in order certain new forces to be transported from this our realm to Ostend or some other port on that coast, which may also join with the forces of those Low Countries, we would have you to confer with the party that of late made an offer for Dunkirk, that it may be well considered of; as at this time, when these forces shall be in those parts, the said enterprises may be taken in hand, whereof we require you speedily to advertise us his further purpose, and also to send us answer to certain questions sent to you by our Treasurer of England. You shall do well to give advice to the Count Maurice and Sir Francis Vere, that according to the proportion of their numbers there be sent with them by sea into Flanders a reasonable quantity of victual of bread and drink for one month space, within which time it is likely this service shall be performed.
Draft holograph by Burghley.
Endorsed;—“9 September, 1590. Minute to Mr. Bodeley.”
pp.
The Queen to the Lord Mayor of London.
1590, Sept. 10.Whereas we have given order to all our Lieutenants through our whole realm to cause presently to be made general musters within every county within their lieutenancy, we will you also to cause general musters to be made of all the forces that of late years have been put in bands, and to perfect the same wherein there shall be any defects of captains or of soldiers and arms and weapons. And finding it very convenient to have in readiness some special forces of able men to be made ready with all speed to be sent over the seas into the Low Countries, for special service to be there done for the weal of our realm; and as we have presently given order to our Lieutenants in sundry counties of our realm, specially towards the sea-coast, to put also in readiness certain numbers of soldiers under principal men of knowledge, to be by them governed and transported over the seas to such parts in the said Low Countries as we shall shortly direct them; so to the accomplishment of such a full number as shall be necessary for the service intended we have thought it convenient to have made ready within that city and l[iberty] the number of one thousand at the least of able men with captains [and] officers. And, therefore, we will and command you to cause that number to be armed and made ready with all speed of the most [able] persons that have heretofore been appointed to serve in bands, and to limit the same to captains and officers to rule and lead in every band one hundred and fifty men. And as soon as the said men shall be ready we require you to advertise our Council thereof, and what sufficient captains you shall have, who shall give you direction how the same shall be joined to the rest of the forces that are in like manner ordered to be ready, and where to be shipped and how to be provided of victualling and other entertainment convenient for them. And to the intent that such of our [subjects] as shall be appointed for this service may with more contentation enter [on the] service, you may assure them that we mean not to have them continue [many] months out of our realm.
Endorsed :—“10 September, 1590. M. to the Lord Mayor of London.”
Draft corrected by Burghley.
Injured. 1 p.
William Harborne.
1590, Sept. 12.Warrant for a lease in reversion of lands amounting, to the yearly rent of 40l. for forty years, in consideration of services done in Turkey.—Windsor Castle, 12 September, 32 Eliz.
Sign Manual. Signet. One sheet.
Sir John Perrott's Washing.
1590, 2 May to Sept. 12.Statement of linen washed for Sir John Perrott from 2 May to 12 Sept. 1590. The prices charged were :—Bands, 3d.; shirts, 1½ d.; “Buttrie clothes,” 4d. a doz.; Fine sheets, 3d. a pair; Coarse sheets, 2d.
Endorsed :—“Burton's note for washing.”
pp.
R. Douglas to Archibald Douglas.
1590, Sept. 17I have never been as yet towards our court, partly because of my indisposition of body, partly because His Majesty has been these four or five weeks past in progress at his hunting and pas time in the West Country and other where, but in the meantime I rested never at such convenient times as I was in this town to solicit my lord Justice Clerk who had occasion to be more frequently at Courts to remember his promise and your estate, which he has as yet delayed to do upon reasons that I refer to meeting as not proper to be set down here. He and I the day after to-morrow are to go to “Lithguhoue,” whither His Majesty is to come to-morrow, where I will take my leave of His Majesty, and there we will see what we can effectuate in your matters. An honester or more loving friend has no man than you have in the Lord Justice Clerk. My disease troubles me so frequently that I am advised to take this journey and consult a number of good physicians. I am the more contented to have the occasion thereby to confer with, you, but most of all will I be pleased if by my coming I could work you any contentment. Our state here was never quieter. There is a con vention to be in this town for border matters on the 23rd of this month.—Edinburgh, 17 September, 1590.
Holograph. Seal. 2 pp.
The Queen to [Sir H. Wallop ?].
1590, Sept. 22.Whereas we did the 20th of the last month of August by our letters send you our commandment to discharge all the new bands that were extraordinarily levied this summer and sent out of England into that realm, and also such as were there newly levied in that realm, both horsemen and footmen, above our ordinary garrison, and with the treasure thither sent to see them all fully paid, and those which were sent out of England to be transported into the ports next to the countries from whence they were sent; for that we have never heard from you either of the receipt of our said letters, which had been easily done by the ordinary post of Chester, or of the execution of our commandment, we therefore reiterate our former commandment and charge you to have regard to the speedy execution thereof. And furthermore we are contented that if you shall see no necessary cause for Sir John Norris to continue there for our service, that you shall signify to him how we are well contented that according to his request at his departure thither he may return hither, and so you shall also permit him to do, and by him to inform us of such things as for our service shall be needful for us to understand.
Draft by Burghley.
Endorsed : “22 September, 1590. M[inute] of her Majesty's letters for discharge of the new bands and revocation of Sir John Norris.”
1 p.
[The Queen] to the Receiver.
1590, Sept. 22.Directing him to cease payment of his accustomed wages to Captain Ellis, for himself and 100 footmen serving in the West Marches, from the . . . . day of October next; afore which day Lord Scrope, the Warden there, has been commanded to discharge the said company.
Draft by Burghley.
½ p.
Underwritten :—[The Queen] to Lord Scrope. Having been longer charged than was her meaning with an extraordinary band of 100 foot men serving under Captain Ellis in those west borders, wills that charge to cease; he is to declare the same to Ellis and that the wages of himself and his band shall be paid by the Receiver until the day of October next.
Draft by Burghley. Endorsed :—“1590, 22 September. Minute to the Lord Scrope and the Receiver for the discharge of 100 footmen under Captain Ellis.”
½ p.
Sir John Wogan to the Lord Treasurer.
1590, Sept. 22.Defending himself against a charge of disobedience brought against him by William Davies, a groom of H.M. Chamber, who brought him a letter from the Lords of the Council, requiring him to cause certain persons named to give satisfaction for goods taken from Scottishmen.—Bulston, 22 September, 1590.
Signed. Seal. 2 pp.
Sir John Wogan to the Ambassador for Scotland in London [Archibald Douglas].
1590, Sept. 22.Defending his conduct with regard to the ship called the Elizabeth of Orkney. Has committed as many of them to the gaol without bail as he apprehended; other some, unapprehended, dwelling in the towns of Haverfordwest and Carmarthen, the Mayors of the said towns would not obey the authority to him given, nor suffer him to apprehend within the liberties of the towns unless he should levy force against them, which he had no warrant to do. Has deserved better recompence if his pains and expenses therein were duly considered. With authority to levy force against them, would pluck them out of their houses.—Bulston, 22 September, 1590.
Signed. 1½ pp.
Sir John Wogan to the Privy Council.
1590, Sept. 22.Setting forth particulars of his proceedings in con sequence of their lordships' commission to him directed, etc. concerning the Scottish ship and salt brought into Milford Haven by Kyfte and Vaughan. Shows that he has carried out their directions as far as he had authority.—Bulston, 22 September, 1590.
Signed.
Enclosed :—(1) “A brief certificate of the executing of the contents of the memorial” giving the names of persons apprehended, etc.
(2) “A note of the executing of the commission to me directed from the High Court of the Admiralty of England” giving names of persons proved to have intermeddled with some part of the salt, etc.
pp.
Sir John Wogan.
1590, Sept. [22].Sir John Wogan's declaration touching the Scottishman's salt sold to Vaughan and Kift. It relates to the vessel improperly seized as prize and brought to Milford Haven.
1 p.
Sale of the Queen's lands.
1590, Sept. 23.Mr. Freke's certificate of the money arising from the Sale of Her Majesty's lands—giving names of persons from whom received and the amounts.
Total, 7967l. 13s.d.
23 September, 1590.
1 p.
Hugh Broughton to Lord Burghley.
1590, Sept. 24.Formerly asked Burghley for letters authorizing him to leave the realm and was sent to Walsingham ( ̓Ουαλιγσαμεν) to ask them from the queen. Not obtaining these, he went from him to Germany to nourish himself by the practice of Hebrew lore. Being there asked by some whether he had any letters commendatory, and seeing that he would be the less esteemed by them as an exile from his country, determined to return once for all to get them, if there was justice still. Beseeches Burghley to bestow on him the means of living without the realm for such time as he deems meet. Now for many years has ministered without reward, not for vainglory, but being unable to withstand the prayer of earnest worshippers of Christ that he would preach of the knowledge of the Lord. Fifteen years ago, Walsingham told him as he was entering on his ministry that the queen would grant him a competent place, and indeed she granted him “Graibenden”; but the present archbishop, not then archbishop, knowing that the bishop elect of Worcester was shortly to resign “Graibenden” which he held, anticipating the queen's grant, by the friendly offices of the bishop of Lincoln, bestowed it on one of his friends. After this, the bishop of Durham promised him the reversion of the office of almoner which Doctor Bate held, but he died, and the present occupant of the see chose a relative for the office without regard to what was right. Earnestly implores Burghley to enable him to obtain the queen's letters that he may not appear as a runaway slave escaped from his own land and held in no esteem there.
(Signed) ̔Υγων ὁ Βροχθωνος
Addressed : Τω τιμιωτατω ανδρι, κυριω Βορληιω, της σεβασμιου Βασηιδος (sic) ἀρχης γαζοφυλακι αξιοπιστω.
Endorsed by Burghley :—24 : 7br 1590. “Mr. Boorghton in Greke.” Greek.
Robert Carvill to Archibald Douglas.
1590, Sept. 29.Acknowledging letters received. Mr. William Selbie is away but so soon as I can speak with him I will not forget to do your commendations not only to him but to Sir John and his lady.—Berwickk, 29 September, 1590.
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Money from Sale of the Queen's lands.
1590, Sept. 29.A note of sums of money paid out of the Receipt of H.M. Exchequer by Robert Freke, one of the Tellers, upon divers privy seals addressed to the Lord High Treasurer, of the money made by sale of Her Highness's lands, from the 7th of February, 1589 to Michaelmas next following, 1590.
The payments were made to Sir John Shirley, Sir John Hawkins, James Quares, Sir Robert Constable, Sir Henry Wallop, Sir Horatio Palavicino, Sir John Carmighill, Sir John Hurt, Mayor of London, and Sir George Burde, Alderman of London : amounting in all to 102,839l. 0s. 6d.
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The Queen to Sir Thomas Lucy, Sir Fulk Grevile and Sir John Harrington.
1590, Sept.Whereas we have thought it meet to be perfectly informed of the strength and forces of this our realm, and therefore have given commandment to our Privy Council to write their letters to our lieutenants of the several counties, to muster as well the horsemen as footmen that have been reduced into bands and companies within the counties under their lieutenancies, now before the winter doth approach, and to send hither perfect certificates and muster rolls of the number of the said footmen and horsemen by the midst of October next ensuing to be shewed unto us : These shall be to will and authorise you or any two of you, by virtue of these our letters, to take the view and musters of the horsemen and footmen within the county of Warwick, and them to put in good array for our service by all such means and by such direc tions as you shall receive by letters under the hands of any six of our Privy Council. And we do likewise authorise you and the Mayor of our city of Coventry to take the view and muster of all those able men that are within the said city and liberties thereof, as well horsemen as footmen, at some convenient place within the liberties of the said city.
Endorsed :—“September, 1590. M[inute] of Her Majesty's letters to Sir Tho. Lucy, Sir Fulk Grevile, and Sir John Harrington.”
Draft, corrected by Burghley.
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Robert Radcliffe to the Privy Council.
1590, Sept.For a lease in reversion, for his services in transporting the Queen's treasure, packets, and provisions to Ireland. Endorsed :—“1590.”
Note by Sir Henry Wallop and Sir Jeffrey Fenton, certifying petitioner's services and losses.
Note by J. Herbert that the Queen grants the petition.
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