Cecil Papers
July 1598, 16-31

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'Cecil Papers: July 1598, 16-31', Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House, Volume 8: 1598 (1899), pp. 261-288. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=111740 Date accessed: 17 September 2014.


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July 1598, 16–31

Mich. Hickes to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 16. I am now come to Ruckholt to attend your coming to-morrow, which as it will be an argument of your love towards me, so will it be a comfort to my wife, and an honour to her house. I send my man to understand your desire whether you will have the “Christing” to be at the church or at my house: and at what time you mean to come from the Court, because I mean to attend you at Blackwall to be your guide. You shall find but small company here, for the country affords but few neighbours, and Mr. Beeston's marriage takes away my London gossips. If it please you to bring anybody with you in your coach to bear you company, as if I may reckon them, I would name my Lord Cobham or my Lord Thomas Howard or Sir John Stanhopp. I would be glad to see any of them here. I cannot possibly get any English “apricocks,” and therefore, if you will bestow half a score of French for the ladies, I will pay you again with twice as many English.—Ruckholt, 16 July, 1598.
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Ja. Golde to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 16. As to his suit for Tarbert. The Queen passed all the attainted lands to the principal undertakers and their associates. They associated Densill Holleys, allowing him 4,000 acres in Tarbert, and his son and heir, Sir John Holleys, passed his interest therein to the writer. The undertakers admitted him (Golde) as an associate and made him a particular of the seigneury, which the Commissioners allowed: but his book was stayed because he was born in Ireland. If he be judged capable of the purchase, prays that it may not be pulled out of him for any other: if not, desires it may pass to Sir John. Has served the Queen 21 years, has laid out all his ability in buying, building and bettering the castle and lands, and has removed thither his dwelling, which keeps those parts of the province in order.—Limerick, 16 July, 1598.
Signed.
1 p. (62. 52.)
Sir Thomas Fane to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 16. This messenger being returned with answer of your letters from Mr. Edmonds, I advertise that I received this day your letter of the 15th inst., together with the enclosed to Mr. Edmonds, which you require I should deliver to Jasper the post, who being not yet come hither, as soon as he comes I will deliver the same unto him, giving him charge, according to your direction, to deliver the packet with the dog to Mr. Edmonds, and especially to have care of the water spaniel, that he may be tied with a chain because he will “shere” a line.—Dover Castle, 16 July, 1598.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“Mr. Lieutenant of Dover Castle.”
1 p. (62. 54.)
George Gilpin to the Earl of Essex.
1598, July 17. I sent my last letter by Sir Francis Vere. We hope that the Deputies from hence will have received a gracious answer from the Queen before the coming hither of the Commissioners from the Empire, who will meet at Frankfort on the 26 July, and will come on hither to labour an accord between the States and the Cardinal. How these princes are affected to her Majesty hath appeared by this last decree, which the Hanses will still prosecute. It is also written that there is a new league either made or to be concluded, between the Elector bishops and other bishops and princes, Catholic Romanists, the fruits whereof will appear if her Majesty and these countries can be separated. The Emperor hath of late made a decree against the magistrates of Aquisgrane and the execution committed to the nearest prince. Since is the exercise of religion suppressed, and the like is to be looked for in other places so long as the Jesuits bear sway. The Cardinal doth but make show of divers intents, having had enterprises on several places discovered and prevented, the Prince Maurice having his men ready for any occasion, and the States General having now granted their contributions for this year. How they have resolved for the restoring of Berck to the Elector, the Deputies with your lordship can tell best, and if he perform the conditions, it will be no ill bargain for this side which he hath undertaken to procure, and the Countess of Moeurs, to whom the States have rendered her tower and castle upon his word that she shall live as neutral, is gone with all hers to take possession and reside there, but their dispositions will first appear when she shall go about the establishing of the public exercise of religion which she professeth. The letter I send herewith was brought me by a Portugal gentleman, with entreaty that I would convey it safely to you. The poor Prince liveth now with his lady in Arnhem, and she very big with child. Now Christopher is come hither to solicit the States and his Excellency for their reconciliation, but hitherto can get no audience. Prince Maurice is well enough bent, for he loved his sister entirely, but having showed himself so much against the match at the first, will not now appear to be reconciled without the mediation of some special personages.—From the Hague, this 17 of July, 1598.
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pp. (177. 66.)
Sir T. Posth. Hoby to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 18. On behalf of his cousin William Cooke's cause. Mr. Arnald has made great means to the Earl of Worcester who is able to command most in Monmouthshire, from whence the jury must come. Begs Cecil to ask Worcester to write to the coroners of the country to return an indifferent jury.—18 July, 1598.
Endorsed :—“Sir Tho. Posth. Hobbie.”
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1 p. (62. 56.)
Thomas Bradshawe to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 18. Your command I have set down in writing truly, as near as I well remember. Having retained in my chamber this lewd youth Francis Smyth to resolve me of all, this night he hath robbed me of the little I had, and is gone, till I return him unto your good Honour by enquiry. My very wearing apparel he hath stripped me of, so as I cannot perfect this service suddenly. Mr. Serjeant Bradshaw, I hope, will inform you. I humbly crave your furtherance, since the business was intended at your commandment. I then doubt not of perfecting it.—July 18, 1598.
Endorsed :—“His information against divers, by the means of Francis Smythe.”
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1 p. (62. 57.)
Levies.
1598, July 18. Warrant addressed to Lord Burghley, Lieutenant of Essex and Herts, for the levy of 4 light horse in Essex and 2 in Herts, for service in Ireland.—Manor of Greenwich, 18 July, 40 Eliz.
Endorsed :—“1598.”
Sign manual. 1 p. (62. 58.)
Levies.
1598, July 18. Warrant addressed to Lord Burghley, Lieutenant of the county of Lincoln, for the levy of 150 men for service in Ireland.—Manor of Greenwich, 18 July, 40 Eliz.
Endorsed :—“1598.”
Sign manual. 1 p. (62. 59.)
The Earl of Pembroke to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 18. Your kindness deserves better respect from me than that I should by any mine action occasion unto you any inconvenience; therefore, although I am very sensible of the unkindness lately offered unto me by the refusing an honest gentleman whom I did recommend, and in naming another whom I do not like, yet will I proceed for remedy thereof in none other sort than yourself shall allow. Therefore for that matter I have written to the Lords. Massinger hath the letters to deliver, and the copy wherewith first to acquaint you, unto whom I refer him to be directed. My heartiest thanks for your good furtherance of my request for Mr. Edward Penruddoke.—Wilton, 18 July, 1598.
Signed.
½ p. (62. 60.)
John [Whitgift], Archbishop of Canterbury, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 18.I have received the Council's letters for the supplying of 20 horse by the bishops and clergy of this Province, to be sent into Ireland, allowing for every horse and all other things requisite for the furnishing thereof £30. I will do what possibly I may for the satisfying of their Lordships' request. Notwithstanding, I doubt that it will be very hardly taken of the clergy, as well in respect of the late burden they sustained by the last sending into Ireland, which was very great, as also for that they willingly consented to pay the first payment of the subsidy granted the last Parliament this last Trinity term, in hope that they should not be further charged extraordinarily. I write not this to the end their Lordships should think me unwilling to procure the sums of money required, for by the grace of God I will not fail to do my uttermost endeavour therein. But to have the same delivered to Sir John Stanhope within 15 days after the receipt of the letters is a thing impossible, for it will be so long before my letters can come to the most of them. I do like well of the note their Lordships sent unto me how this sum may be supplied for the most part, and I hope they will not be offended if I make some alteration thereof, the ability of the persons being better known unto me than unto them.—From my house at Canterbury, 18 July, 1598.
Signed.
1 p. (62. 61.)
Sir Wa. Sandes to the Lord Chamberlain and [Sir Robert Cecil].
1598, July 18. Describes the present state of the cause between him and Lord Sandes, and details Lord Sandes' proceedings. Complains that Lord Sandes procured persons to cut his corn and his grass at Montesfount. Prays that he may have order to enjoy what was allotted to him by the Lords to whom the cause was committed, till they further order, or till the cause receive judicial hearing.—18 July, 1598.
Contemporary copy.
Endorsed :—“Copy of a letter from Sir Wa: Sandis to the Lord Chamberlain and my Mr.”
1 p. (62. 62.)
Thomas Bradshawe to [Sir Robert Cecil].
1598, July 18. Thomas James, sometime merchant of London, disloyally become a citizen of St. Lucas in Spain, hath some government of the church of St. George, and placeth D. Stillington and Father George, Jesuits, there. To his house repair often Sir William Standley, Captain Crispe, &c. This James is grown rich, gives much intelligence to Father Parsons, now supposed to be a cardinal, and by report of Francis Smyth, the sister's son to this James, who within these 2 years has been a scholar of St. Lucas Seminary, this James both writes letters and receives answers from Francis James of Bread St. in London, merchant, his own brother, and has often sent hither a ship from St. Lucas called Caval Volando, the Flying Horse, with lemons, Seville oranges and other lading [describes their trade]. Francis James hath, by the confession of this kinsman of his, Francis Smyth, been in Spain with his brother Thomas, and now intends to send over a boy unto him, and hath desired that this Francis Smyth his cousin might pass, and to that end hath given him money, as I take it, by this young seminary's confession, who was twice repulsed within these last 2 years. Smyth of London, baker, father of Francis, uses to receive letters from his brother-in-law in Spain, who is so inward a Catholic that the Duke of Medena del Campo, his neighbour, is of acquaintance with him, and there is none of greater employment in these affairs there than Thomas James is. Kockwood of the Middle Temple, Copley, Withrington, and others, he says, were at the seminaries: Kockwood, then called Johnson, very learned. Francis Smyth, son to this baker, reports that he hath been both of St. Lucas and of St. Omers, placed by his uncle James of Spain, and reports the orders of these seminaries at large. His cause of return was sickness, his oath there, absolution, &c., as they use. John Cicel, supposed once to be the secretary to the late Cardinal Allen, Thomas Harley, confessor to the Pope, these I understand by Sir Edward Kellie's brother of Prague to have written thither not long since. And by them (we being neighbours' children all) I doubt not for that Mr. Cicell was late in the inquisition to learn anything enquirable of them, and of two Jesuits of my name besides.
My right noble L. your father vouchsafed to confer with Mr. John Edwardes, the physician, my great uncle, oftentimes, and to term him as a poor kinsman.
Endorsed :—“18 July, 1598. That which Bradshawe hath collected out of Francis Smyth's speeches.”
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2 pp. (62. 63.)
French Intelligence.
1598, July 18/28. De Monceau, le 28 Juillet '98. Le mariage de Madame et le Marquis du Ponts est faict, tellement que la maison de Loraine prendra plus de pied en la France que jamais.
Le Duc D'Ascot est party, mais les autres poynt.
Ceus de Dourlens et d'Ardres ne sont poynt encores dehors pour faulte que le Cardinal n'a poynt d'argent de les payer, mais dedans peu de jours ils sortiront pour certain.
Vostre Fne avec nostre Viloy de present donnent a entendre tout ce que se passe en votre Court, tant au Legat qu'au Cardinal. Et mesmes la Fne a envoye une despeche par votre Poste Romain auquel l'on luy a donne pour son voyage quatre vingts escus, chose extraordinaire, tellement que Villoy tiendra bonne correspondence au despens du Roy d'Espaigne et pourra bien contenter la Fne. Romain a receu quarente escus a Paris et quarente a Roan, combien qu'il le tient secret ne le peult nier.
Vostre Agent a pense mannier le Duc d'Espernon, mais luy de present se moque de votre Agent, comme je le scay bien.
Monsr. le Grand n'est point encores prest a partir.
L'on veult dire de present que Sancy n'ira pas a Rome, mais plustost le Duc d'Espernon ou le Duc de Biron a son retour du Cardinal.
L'on dict que votre grand Secretaire prend toutes les lettres qu'il peult rencontrer, mais il faira bien mieus de prendre celles de la Fne et Villoy, car le Roy d'Espaigne tirera un grand service de ces deus nommes.
Vos ennemys estiment que par force d'armes ils ne vous peuvent rien faire, mais par la mort de certaines personnes, cest toute leur esperance.
Touchant les plus grands de ceus de la Religion de pardeca, tous sont adonnes a leur profit particulier, et mesme celuy que vous autres avez le plus esleve et estime, voyla comment mesme sa Mate a este deceve, mais je crains que l'avarice ne les meine a une ruine.
Madame dans deus jours sera icy a Monseau, ou Madame la Duchesse de Beaufort a prepare un magnifique banquet, et pour le Marquis.
Je suis courtisan legier d'argent, comme beaucoup d'autres.
Endorsed (in the handwriting of Essex's secretary) :—“French advices : Combes, 28 July, '98.”
1 p. (62. 94.)
Raphe Wilbraham to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 19. He has received the £200 due for Denton More, except £15:1:4 due by Raphe Houghton of Manchester. Asks if he shall keep Houghton's bond, expecting payment, or send it to Mr. Percival to be put in suit.—Namptwych, 19 July, 1598.
Endorsed :—“Your Honour's servant, Mr. Wilbraham.”
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½ p. (62. 65.)
Sir Thomas Egerton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 19. I have returned to you the offers, which require better consideration than my weakness can extend unto. I can advise nothing, but wish all things well, and will be ever ready in these public services when you shall direct or advise me. And for your private, I desire to be holden in your favour and good opinion.—Yorke House, 19 July, 1598.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“L. Keeper.”
½ p. (62. 66.)
Captain Dawtrey to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 19. For employment in Ireland. Seeks the government of Clandeboye. If it be made answerable to the forces of other quarters of that Province, he will hope to endanger the enemy as much as any man that shall front the traitor, by reason of his knowledge and experience of the country and people. If it be meant that he shall serve, he would be glad to have his instructions in time to provide himself, lest hasty occasion should send him away “into that helpless place without things fit for health and life.”—19 July, 1598.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“Captain Dawtrey.”
1 p. (62. 67.)
Ric. Saltonstall, Lord Mayor of London, to the Privy Council.
1598, July 20. Upon the 14th of this July I received your letters, whereby you request me to forbear to seize upon the house of the Stillyard in London until the 21st of the same month, which day is to-morrow. As I am doubtful to seize upon the said house according to my first commission without your privity and good allowance, I pray your further direction in that behalf, whether I shall seize the house to-morrow or forbear the same till further time be appointed by you.—London, 20 July, 1598.
Signed. Endorsed :—“Lo. Mayor of London.”
1 p. (62. 68.)
Dr. Julius Cæsar to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 20. On behalf of Henrick Ludkins, Dutchman, one of the company lately taken and brought in by Captain Slingesby. Among the papers found in the Dutchman's ship is a letter written to the Cardinal, the King of Spain's lieutenant, in favour of this man, who prays that it and certain other papers may be delivered to him.—20 July, 1598.
Signed.
1 p. (62. 69.)
George Margitts to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 20. Mr. Darsey undertook, for one third part, to procure the Queen's grant that Mr. Pamplin of the Rolls and the writer should be the farmers for the cause of “Vennes gold and silver.” Now perceives that Cecil intends Lord Thomas Howard shall have it. Details his claims to the suit, and begs to know how he shall be dealt with in the matter.—20 July, 1598.
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1 p. (62. 70.)
Richard Carmarden To Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 20. The trunk of this bearer, in whose behalf you wrote to me, was seized by Mr. Robinson, the searcher, which I knew not of until I had read your letter, on being shewn which, Mr. Robinson protested that, so he could be discharged of the Q. right therein, he would be at your commandment for his right; but that his living by his office standeth by seizures wholly, and therefore, &c. I know he will be commanded by you. Had it been in me, or mine, no value should have stayed me from accomplishing your will, both in respect of my duty to you, and of my pity for the poor young man.—London, the 20th July, 1598.
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¾ p. (177. 67.)
Lord Grey to Lord Cobham.
1598, July 21. Of late my Lord of Essex, doubting whereupon I should be so well favoured at Court, and especially by her Majesty, has forced me to declare myself either his only, or friend to Mr. Secretary and his enemy: protesting that there could be no neutrality. I answered that no base dependency should ever fashion my love or hate to his lordship's passions; as for Mr. Secretary, I had diversely tasted of his favour and would never be dishonest or ungrateful. In conclusion he holds me for a lost child, and in plain terms told me that though he affects some parts in me, he loved not my person, neither should I be welcome to him, or expect advancement under him. Sir, howsoever I have offended (our conclusion being harsh) this great patron of the wars, yet have I performed what I promised her Majesty, that I would never hold dependency save from her princely throne, and preserved free the right of our ancient honour. But if the Queen will thus suffer one to engross thus servilely all men of the sword, and derive the advancement of war only from his partial favour, she must likewise resolve to hold her “noun” of him, and suffer her poor and faithful nobility to languish under the despised yoke of one of their own rank: for needs must the sovereignty of her princely authority be diminished, if not extinguished, by the participation, or rather alienation, of these royal and essential properties to any save her princely self. I beseech you find means to make her know, that if, deprived of sense by so sudden and unexpected an accident, I offended by accepting of knighthood, yet on firm resolution I have not shunned his hate to approve myself loyal to her and faithful to my promise.—Diveling, 21 July.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“1598.”
1 p. (62. 71.)
Sir Charles Davers to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 21. On receipt of Cecil's letter he determined to depart hence, but is detained by his brother's sickness. Hopes to be in London in a fortnight. Has written to Sir Edward Carye to thank him for his pains in this cause, but wonders very much to find that his (Davers') mother is determined to lay the payment of the £12,000 upon him, considering she has had the whole benefit of his father's goods, and is, moreover, engaged by her own promise. His estate is not possibly able to bear that burden. He will not fail to bring the “siser cases” and tables specified in Cecil's letter.—Paris, 21 July, 1598.
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1 p. (62. 72.)
French Intelligence.
1598, July 21/31. De Monceau, le dernier de Juillet '98. Monsieur, vous serez adverty que le mariage de Madame et le Marquis du Ponts est du tout areste et signe dedans Monceau, tant du Roy que de eus deus, et de tout le Conceil, tellement qu' astheure la maison de Loraine est plus haute en France que jamais elle n'a este.
Les villes de Dourlens et Ardres sont rendues au Roy, tellement que le reste des Ambassadeurs partiront demain, touts tresbien contents. Le Roy leur a fait present de plus de treze mil escus, mais cela a este fait aussy secretment que ils l'ont sceu faire.
Une chose il y a que vous treuverez bien estrange, c'est que tant l'Amiral d'Aragon que les autres qu'onteste icy Ambassadeurs, sont fort apres pour rompre le mariage du Cardinal et l'Infante pour la donner a nostre Roy, mais le Conseil d'Espaigne n'y peut nullement consentir, et elle ne demande autre chose. Incontinent que l'Amiral d'Aragon soit arrive a Brucelles, il doibt partir pour Espaigne, ayant promis au Roy d'estre bientost de retour en France.
Monsieur de Villeroy est bien content, ayant astheure pleine liberte de tenir ferme correspondence avec l'Espaignol, tellement que touts les advis que Monsieur la Fontaine donne de present par deca sont monstres au Legat, et de cela, je puis vous asseurer, le scachant mieus que je ne scauray dire. Et cecy mesmes m'a dict un gent. homme de Madame. Et le Legat scait parler de votre fonds, ayant dit en pleine table, que la Royne d'Angelterre n'est poynt ny si bien fondee ny dorree que l'on estime.
Monsieur le Comte de Soyssons n'est pas encores venu en Court mais demeure doublement malcontent.
Tant que le Legat demeure icy, il n'y a point d'apparence que Monsieur le Grand parte pour Espaigne, mais le Roy estant arrive a Paris l'on entendra le tout.
Ne doubtez nullement qu'ily aye aulcune chose que passe contre votre estat, que je n'aye bon moyen de vous en advertir. Mais se fault prendre un peu garde du coste de l'Escosse pour certaine raison que j'espere bientost vous en faire entendre.
Endorsed (in the handwriting of Essex's secretary):—“Fr. Advice, Combes.”
1 p. (62. 102.)
George Cranmer to —
1598, July 22. Desires by means of his correspondent, to obtain employment in Mr. Secretary's service, in which he has been before. Details the causes which led him to leave the country, and which may have taken Mr. Secretary's favour from him. Speaks of having served Mr. Davison and Sir Henry Kellegrew; “of these two the one is utterly ruined and broken, not in present only but even in future years: the other a man whose age doth lead him onward apace to the grave.” If Mr. Secretary will not employ him again, desires that he may be discharged of the bond of service wherein he stands tied to him. Humbly recommends himself to my Lord of Southampton and Sir Henry Davers.— Orleans, 22 July, 1598.
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4 pp. (62. 73.)
Anne, Lady Wentworth to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 22. Prays for his favourable word to the Queen in her business concerning Mr: Pope. “I would I had lost one of my hands so it were done, for it is the greatest cross unto me that my ambition should give my husband the disgrace to go without it, in desiring it without his knowledge.”—Undated.
Endorsed :—“22 July, 1598, Lady Wentworth to my Mr.”
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1 p. (62. 75.)
Lord Sheffield to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 22. I have received your letter, whereby I perceive some neglect hath been in the delivery of a letter I sent you, which if you had received, you would not so far have mistaken the estate I stand in attributing this stay of mine from my place to proceed from a melancholy humour for the death of my son. I pray you consider well the letter I first writ and I do not doubt you will be of another opinion; therefore, for avoiding your greater trouble, I refer your satisfaction here to my letter, the which I do not doubt but you have received ere this, only this assuring, that I am now of the same mind, and so by His grace who hath wrought this in me will continue, craving only this at your hands who I esteem first of all my friends, that you will not herein by persuasions nor other ways seek to trouble my repose and quietness, to whom the very true way of felicity by so many philosophers spoken of is by God's grace appeared, for it can produce no better thing than loss of labour to yourself, my resolutions being irremovable, and to me so much disquietness that though my mind be strong yet the weakness of my body will effect that I know you will be sorry for, assuring myself you cannot be but sensible how difficult it is for a great heart to be thus humbled, but those things which seem impossible to man are possible to God. The Queen's letter I have received and thereby find how her gracious favour continues toward me, though if I had a humour to continue my course in the world, the latter end thereof would seem strange to me, having observed in my experience of these times that one office in possession is worth three in reversion. I pray you favour me thus much as to render from me most humble thanks unto her Majesty for this her gracious care over me, and excuse me for not writing to her in what manner you best like, for fearing to write not answerable to her humour, it being so hard to be fit, and knowing how well you are acquainted therewith and by your opportunity may observe it, I have thought good rather to refer it to you than to myself, and therefore desire you to proceed herein according to my former letter, assuring you that the greatest kindness you now can show me, your friend who ever will love you, is to procure my quietness, for the satisfaction of world whose censures I must come under I esteem not, finding it a thing impossible because what I speak is taken to proceed but out of melancholy, yet this much I say, that melancholy is a passion sudden commonly taken upon the first appearance of things, but I to try whether my resolution were of that nature or proceeding from the spirit of God, have this long tried myself, and now resolved out of a premeditate resolution not only to begin but also to continue this as long as I live, or the honesty of time may procure other occasion. Thus I crave pardon for my tediousness which hereafter shall not trouble you, for my letters shall be after the Lacedemonians' manner, brief but ever written with affection.—Undated.
P.S.—I have forgotten to give you thanks for your kind advice with friendly offers, therefore I pray you accept this, which is all I have whereby to show myself thankful.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“22 July, 1598.”
2 pp. (62. 76.)
Paul de la Haye to Richard Percival.
1598, July 23. My sister Cicill, by the sinister counsel of William Winston, her bawdy host, refuseth either to redeliver any stuff or to pay heriots and legacies, and until her delivery continueth with the said Winston, as his son's concubine, and after delivery, purposeth to marry with him. Whereof I have acquainted both my Lord Treasurer and master, wishing by their means to have letters from the High Commissioners to Nicholas Gernons, esquire, high sheriff of Hereford, for the apprehending of her and her consort, with the harbourers of them and consenters to their wickedness, as William Winston and Elizabeth, his wife, and to bind them for their appearance next term. Withal, there are more heriots demanded than I acquainted my master, as upon the death of my father-in-law and his son, for Penbidel, the Queen's farmer of the Duchy and the mesne lord, demandeth ten, the Lord Abergavenny eighteen, Mr. Hopptton eight, which he is paid for, Mr. John Arnold two. Such was my father-in-law's close keeping of his estate, that I know not, the certainty being made known, how my lord and master will take it; beside the wicked plot laying by Winston to overthrow all. Yet in respect of my promise and offer by letter unto my lord, having his and my master's countenance against the offenders, will answer my master his money laid out, in certain: and if her burthen prove not a man child, will give him 100l. more. And so, being subject to my father-in-law's debts, the widow's dowries, Winston's copyhold, the present heriots, and the continued clog of service issuing out of the lands, with harbouring and relieving of many of my father-in-law's children and kindred, I shall have as good a bargain as an egg for a penny. As my father-in-law overreached me in many things in his life time, so now by death hath utterly plagued me and mine. If God and good friends defend not my innocency, howsoever things sort, I and mine had been in better state, by many hundred pounds, if I had not intermeddled in any of his causes, yet God forgive him however I speed. And I hope for the better by your good means, in that, as the Lord liveth, when he sent me up to conclude bargain with the Lord Treasurer for the reversion of his lands, and until after his death, I did no more know his state in living than yourself, but did give credit to his report, and so reported ever by his command. Which, since, amongst other, by his own act, I find contrary, as at a Court Baron held the 20 of this July for the Lord Abergavenny, amongst other, the steward showed me the counterpart of a lease by him, taken of the said lord but four years past, of two pastures, called Grey fields, for twenty-one years, which before I took for free lands.—Halterinis, the 23 of July, '98.
Endorsed :—“Mr. de la Haye to my fellow Percyvall.”
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Thomas Morley to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 23. My humble suit is that you would favour me once again in the allowance of your warrant to Mr. Attorney General for the inserting of the words which he hath taken exceptions at by reason of his mistaking of them, for almost there is words near to the same purpose already, which are these, “or any otherwise to be sung or played.” Now, may it please your Honour, the words which I humbly desire may be inserted are these: “all, every and any music.” But for ruled paper to serve for music, except it may please you to allow the words in your warrant also, it will be little worth, and the rather because there is many devices by hand to prejudice the press, in the printing of ruled paper to serve for music, as for printing of songs upon my credit I can avouch it, for such things as I have had imprinted of mine own works I have had so small benefit of them, that the books which I dedicated to your Honour, the bounteous reward of your Honour to me was more worth to me than any book or books whatsoever, for which and for your good acceptance of them I most humbly thank you, to allow a warrant to Mr. Attorney or Mr. Solicitor, which by my experience I know without them words will be of so small value as nor worth twenty nobles a year. If it please your Honour to favour me in this her Majesty's favourable and gracious grant towards me, your servant, Mr. Heyborne, Mr. Fernando's brother, shall receive the one half of the benefit whatsoever for the term of years granted.—Undated.
Endorsed : “23 July, 1598.”
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Robert Barnes to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 23. Gives particulars of the value of his living, and declares he has sold nothing to defraud her Majesty. “At my first apprehension by Mr. Topcliffe, he accused me of 14 articles of treasons and felonies, 26 persons examined, 14 of them imprisoned, some one year, some two, some more, some less, three of them dead in prison, and myself now four years in continual durance, and all those matters being often examined by Mr. Attorney and other Commissioners, I have fully acquitted myself of them all to their satisfaction, and yet now, through the testimony of a false witness, I stand condemned for matters supposed to be done when I was a close prisoner, whereof if I be guilty in hearing of any masses in the presence of this my accuser, ever seeing that party before his bringing of him unto me, or ever giving any gold or silver unto the priest in my life (for these are the matters whereof I am condemned), then God for ever deprive me of all joy in the life to come: all which the priest himself at the instance of his death took it upon his salvation that I was innocent of all these matters objected against me, for which now I remain condemned. Mr. Topclife showeth 'jornes' unto her Majesty, saying that I kept them to be laid upon him, but in truth they are the same which he caused to be laid upon me, which 'jornes' I kept and paid for to show unto one of the Lords of the Council by whose commandment he said they were laid upon me, as I have made it known unto Mr. Attorney and others. And as concerning the book of exorcisms which he showeth, the truth is this, I being newly a Catholic, wrote a copy thereof at the request of a friend, and utterly disliking thereof, never kept any copy for myself, neither was I at the exorcism, nor party or privy thereunto. Touching my allegiance to my Queen and country, I showed manifest signs thereof in 1588, well known to many captains and gentlemen in the country.” Protests his loyalty, and prays Cecil to obtain for him the Queen's pardon, and maintenance for himself and three poor motherless children.—Undated.
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The Privy Council to the Commissioners for the Assessment of the first Subsidy granted by the last Parliament.
1598, July 23. The subsidies have latterly come to far less sums than those of former ages, owing to the Commissioners' neglect. They are to endeavour to advance the assessments as much as may be, assessing all men indifferently without favour. Heretofore the burden has been laid on the meaner sort, and the wealthier too favourably dealt with, the Commissioners bearing with their own private friends and followers. As those in the Commission of the Peace seek to keep themselves at low rates, no justice is to be cessed under the value of £20 in land. Instructions as to choosing collectors.—Court at Greenwich, 23 July, 1598.
Signed:—“Tho. Egerton, G. Hunsdon, Nottingham, T. Buckehurst, R. North, W. Knollys, Ro. Cecyll, J. Fortescu.”
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John Keymer to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 24. Of his special services to the Queen given in August last, to be remembered because the 20th of September draws near, which is the only time for the advancement of that service if the Queen be pleased to raise any profit thereby this next summer. Six months past, before Cecil's voyage into France, he gave Cecil four articles of his opinion concerning the peace, because that business was then committed wholly to Cecil's handling, which he kindly accepted: all which articles are proved true. Moreover he gave advertisement, a year and four months past, before his (Keymer's) going out of France, concerning the manner of their devising of peace with France by Gonzagua, Bishop of Mantuo: and this peace has come to pass also. Encloses a brief of his other services. Of his travels and labours to find out the practices used beyond the seas to their advantage and our great danger, and how to prevent the same. Is willing to show his observations and inventions in addressing out any of these services. Wishes that the States of the Low Countries might not depart hence until these services are made known to the Queen.—24 July, 1598.
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The Enclosure:
A brief note of my other five services.”
A remedy against dearth. For avoiding the dangers of the Spaniards so near as in Brabant, Flanders and Picardy, and how to recover that again. How to beset Spain. Concerning Scotland, how to cross Gonzagua's practices. How to overthrow 200 or 250 Spanish ships with less than 20 English ships.
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Sir Edward Fyton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 24. My servant that should have brought these letters coming up hath either broken one of his legs or not much better, and sent the letters back to me again, which makes them of so old a date, but I doubt not but you shall find the service performed, and your commandments obeyed by us here as well as by any other country.—Gansworth, 24 July, 98.
P.S.—The Earl of Derby has sent to me for books and instructions which I had for your good niece about the Earl's lands, and truly now shall you see his lordship will make a marvellous mass of money by fines which might have been employed to better use, if so your Honour and the rest had thought good.
Endorsed :—“Sir Edward Phitton.”
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Captain Dauntrey to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 24. Has considered Cecil's speeches to him before the Lord Admiral, and if he shall not have the government of Clandeboye, which he always supposed was reserved for him, he humbly accepts the colonelship and charge spoken of. Has known that soil, people and rebellions 35 years, and been a Commissioner, joined with the Marshal and Chief Justice of Ireland, over the whole province, and a particular governor over a third part. Besides, he has been Sergeant Major General over the greatest army that ever the Queen had afoot, and has lost much blood and some joints in her service.—24 July, 1598.
Endorsed :—“Captain Dauntrey.”
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Donoghe O'conor Slygo To Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 25. According to Cecil's direction he has sent into Ireland for his uncle's patent, which he has now received. Begs Cecil to despatch him away, his poor tenants being spoiled by their wicked neighbour O'Donell, and her Majesty's service impaired in Connaught, through his tarryment here. Begs to have the castle and lands of Ballymote passed in his patent. States the causes why it was excepted from his uncle's patent. As strong a reason besides is that the castle is, since his departure, treacherously taken by the rebels, the Queen being at £300 charges yearly with the keeping of it; and he undertakes on the regaining of it by the Queen's help, if it be not broken down before, to keep it without any expense to her. There is no other castle or place of security in the county of Sligo unbroken, whereof he lately made moan to the Queen, and she promised he should have it. Prays that the patent may be drawn in a certain manner specified: otherwise fears his cousins, being strong men in those dangerous parts, would revolt to O'Donell. Prays the Queen to pardon him of all the mean profits which Sir George Bingham had to his use.— 25 July, 1598.
Signed.
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G. Coppin to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 25. My Lord hath taken no rest all this night, and lay all this day quite till three of the clock after dinner, when he began to eat a little, and is laid to rest again. He attempted to rise out of his bed, but was so weak as he could not sit up, so as I think him rather worse than he was yesterday, or at the least worse disposed. He complaineth not so much of his throat, and yet at dinner he could not swallow without pain.—25 July, 1598.
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G. Coppin to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 26. My Lord complains much of swelling and soreness in his throat and mouth, and therefore desires you to send hither either Mr. Baker or Mr. Goodroose, the Queen's surgeons, with as much speed as may be. His Lordship has had a very evil night and is much worse than he was.—26 July, 1598.
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G. Coppin to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 26. I wrote to you a little before the receipt of your letter, that my Lord rested much worse this night than before, is weaker than he was, and not able to read letters or sit up to do any business. Dr. Gilbert and Serjeant Goodroose are now with him, so as it shall not need to send Mr. Baker.—26 July, 1598.
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Henry [Robinson], Bishop of Carlisle, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 26. His poor estate and the plight wherein his predecessor left the bishopric, embolden him to request Cecil's help for the speedy and favourable grant of his restitution. It may be her Majesty will be pleased, on Cecil's motion, to grant it from the death of the last Bishop. Acknowledges the many special favours he has received from Cecil.—London, 26 July, 1598.
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Sir John Cutts, Sir John Peyton and John Cotton to Sir Horatio Palavicino.
1598, July 26. The Queen has laid the sum of £90 on the county of Cambridge for the charge of three horses, furniture and weapons, for service in Ireland: and Lord North has commanded them as his deputy lieutenants to collect the same. They therefore require him to contribute £3:10:0 towards these charges. —Cambridge, 26 July, 1598.
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Lord Sheffield to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, [Before 27] July. His resolution is to give over the world and all the vanities thereof, and betake himself wholly to God's service. Prays Cecil to deliver to the Queen thus much from him: that never did any man hold himself more bound to a prince for the many honours and favours bestowed upon him: and especially for this place she so graciously gave him. Yet, now resolved rather to obey God than man, he willingly renders it again into her hands, to dispose of to whom it shall best please her. Yet if sacrificing his blood were for her good, it should willingly be spilt. Writes further of God's dealings with him, as explaining the cause of this his “strange alteration.” Asks that her Majesty, in recompense of most of his time and best part of his living spent in her service, will admit him to follow God's good will without interruption or disquiet. Makes this suit, as the Queen may seek to alter his resolution, which is impossible. Protests his honour and love of Cecil, for whom he expresses various good wishes. Sends herewith his patent. Prays Cecil to dispose of it as he pleases. If Lord Thomas have no greater fortunes before him, wishes him to be his successor, for the place is honourable and beneficial.—Undated.
Endorsed :—“July, 1598. Lord Sheffield with his patent.”
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Sir Edward Stafford to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 27. I am going on forward as easily [as] I can of this journey, full sore against my will, because I hope no great effect, though I will do my good will. I beseech you to send what you shall think good after me to the post of Stanford, the which I shall not pass till Sunday morning, and I will come or send thither to call for it. I think, if it please her Majesty, a word from you to him in her name will be as good as from herself, and I beseech you there be nothing [in] it but kindness and in that kindness her pleasure to send me, and so refer all to me, for I am afraid if she should give any touch of anything to him he will be afraid of me before I speak, and so I frustrate of the mild course I mean to deal in with him, which is the only course I know must be used with him, and I pray God all serve. I pray you to send me a couple of letters without superscription, that wheresoever I may be I may send them with superscription to which postmaster is next me, and commandment in them to send with diligence that which I send to them directed to your Honour. For I will presently write to you as soon as I come thither within a day.—From Grenyge, going to horse, this Thursday morning, 27 July, 1598.
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Sir Thomas Cecil to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 27. I understand it hath pleased you and my Lord Keeper to move her Majesty touching the petition delivered at the Council table in the behalf of the countries, and I understand by your two motions her Majesty is contented that it shall proceed by an ordinary course of law. And therefore I am required by the bearer hereof, who is the solicitor for the whole country, that it will please you either to procure warrant from her Majesty, if already you have not sufficient warrants, that Mr. Attorney General may be presently made privy unto the drawing of the book that her Majesty is to sign, that since the matter is so well begun it may have some speedy expedition, to the contentment and satisfaction of such a number of people whose good or utter undoing dependeth upon the good or evil success hereof. And so I am bold to recommend it to your great care, assuring you the benefit thereof will be more beneficial to the whole state of the realm than the two great bills of tillage and depopulation that passed this last Parliament.—27 July, 1598
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Matthew [Hutton], Archbishop of York, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 28. The 26th inst. I received the Council's letters for the levying of £30 a horse, for ten horses and furniture, for them to be employed against the rebels in Ireland, of the wealthiest clergymen of this province, together with a schedule containing the names of whom they thought most fit to bear some part of the charge, viz., myself, three horses, my Lord of Durham two, and Mr. Dean of Durham one; so four remained for me to give direction. I wrote to my Lord of Durham and required him to send to Sir John Stanhope £120 for himself, Mr. Dean, and one for the richer clergymen of that diocese. I sent also the like letter to my Lord of Chester to make collection of £30 in his diocese: also to my chancellor Dr. Benett to levy £60 of the clergy of this diocese, which with £90 for myself I will send up to Sir John Stanhope. On the 28th inst. I received the Queen's warrant with a letter from the Lords to make a levy of £180 for 6 horses of the justices of peace, gentlemen, and rich farmers, &c. Though the sum be not great yet the collecting of it is troublesome, and asks more time than is limited to pay it over to Sir John Stanhope, yet all expedition possible shall be used. I wish the learned counsel here had been joined in this commission, specially Mr. Stanhope and Mr. Ferne, for they are sociable men in all commissions, know the country well, and are very forward in her Majesty's service.—York, 28 July, 1598.
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George Goringe to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 28. Sends a present of “country provisions.” Offers services.—Danny, 28 July, 1598.
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Thomas Scudamor to Lord Burghley.
1598, July 28. Reports the proceedings taken by him, upon the Council's letters of the 25th of June, for procuring payment of the remain of the loan due from the county of York. —York, 28 July, 1598.
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1 p. (62. 96.)
Roger Houghton to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1598], July 28. Mr. Coppine told me that my [Lord] had been quiet all night and without pain, and took some rest now and then. His Lordship's supper yester night was a little broth and a little blamanger, and nothing else. The[y] hope well his Lo. will fall to his meat to-day, for he called for his ass's milk this morning about 7 of the clock.—28 July.
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Jersey.
1598, July 29. Warrant (from the Council) to Sir Anthony Pawlet, captain of the Isle of Jersey. Whereas upon former great complaint to us made by John Guilliam against Nicholas Lamprier and others of Jersey, for their unlawful transporting of corn, fish, &c., into Spain, the matter is referred to the examination of you and others; that you do not permit any of the offenders, nor any of their kindred, friends or favourers, to be present at the examination, but that Guilliam and all the witnesses and other proofs may be personally heard, actually seen and recorded without any contradiction or molestation, Guilliam to be preserved in her Majesty's peace, and corporal hurt to be eschewed, whereof he informeth us to be threatened by the adverse parties.—Greenwich, 29 July, 1598.
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Onora, Countess of Clancarty to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 29. Her suit for the third part of her late husband's lands and rents was granted by the Queen, and Cecil gave order that notwithstanding any wrangling between her son-in-law and Nicholas Browne, Donell MacCarthy and the rest, she should have it. Notwithstanding, the Solicitor of Ireland has set down in the Queen's letters that she should have but a reasonable portion for her dower, which in effect is a referment to the surveyors, whose going thither is uncertain. Her want is such that she and her daughter rest prisoners for her diet. Prays for a special letter in her behalf whereby she may without suit have the above third part.—29 July, 1598.
Signed. Endorsed :—“The Countess of Clancarty.”
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Jo. Stileman to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 29. Is informed by Mr. Purvie that there is a crew of ill-disposed fellows, who carry guns and crossbows, who say they will not leave any deer in Theobalds park and Cheston park. Gives particulars of men suspected, describes measures he has taken, and what he recommends Sir Robert to take. His wife sends some “raspices” and pease, and a fat pig.—Cheston, 29 July, 1598.
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Sir Edward Norreys to the Earl of Essex.
1598, July 29. I should have been very sorry for your retiring from the Court, but that I have seen that the end hath always been to your Lordship's content, with a greater assurance of her Majesty's favour towards you.
We have here no certainty of anything, no preparation for war and yet no assurance of peace. It is said the Archduke shall receive the oath of the Provinces' allegiance this next week, and yet shall never have any great comfort of it, being sent for into Spain, from whence, it is thought, he shall not return in haste.
The French have been greatly served and are upon their return. The Duke of Biron was desirous to see this town, but hath taken another way. The Count St. Paul hath been also unknown in most of the towns hereabouts. We do all attend what will be the resolution of this great negotiation.—From Ostend, this 29 July, 1598.
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Thomas Ireland to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 30. I have delivered to my lord your acquittance, and have moved him for satisfying Mr. Stone's debt, whereunto I find him honourably inclined. For the effecting whereof, and for the provision of monies, he has designed divers gentlemen of account, his chiefest officers, for setting and disposing of some of his lands. I find his lordship most lovingly kind to my very good lady, as not taking any discontentment at anything happened at the departure. But his discontentment grows by reason of her absence, and they do not honourably dispose themselves to live together in like honourable hospitality his lordship's ancestors (the honours of these North parts) have done: which only your Honour may bring to pass.—30 July, 1598.
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Thomas [Bilson], Bishop of Winchester, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 30. I have sent to Sir John Stanhope, according to their Lordships' directions, £60 for two horses to serve in Ireland, and the Dean of Winchester likewise has sent other £30: which burden, though it neither should nor does seem heavy, being allotted to the Queen's service, yet because we know not how often these employments may come, and provision for three horses being likewise required of the temporality of this shire, they have so divided them amongst many, that the best man pays not above 20s. for his part: I thought good to move you that the Dean's charge may be divided between him and his Chapter, many of them being men as well able to live as himself: and one of mine among the better sort of the clergy here in Hampshire, that are otherwise appointed to find light horses upon any occasion of service. The burden will so be lighter the oftener it happens: and what to me, being in my first fruits, and having made four several journeys to London this year with no small expense for the service of her Majesty, and feeling this present dearth of grain and other victuals as much as any man by reason I buy all things in the market, what, I mean, would be heavy, save that nothing is heavy to me which discharges my duty to God and her Majesty, that distributed among such of the clergy here as are well able to bear it, will trouble no man's state. A word under your hand that it is their Lordships' meaning it should be so levied will suffice to content all sides.—My house at Waltham, 30 July.
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[Sir Horatio Palavicino] to [the deputy Lieutenants of Cambridgeshire].
1598, July 30. Is rated at £3 : 10 : 0 towards the contribution of £90 to be levied in this county and the Isle of Ely. His portion should not come to so much, except these rates be made upon conceits of riches which are not in substance, but in men's talks. Prays that the rate may be made according to the poor land he has.—Badburham, 30 July, 1598.
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R. Douglas to Archibald Douglas.
1598, July [31]. According to my promise to your L. by my last sent by Dr. Hereis, we have now directed to you this bearer Ritchart Herensone, who has with him his own ship, with whom we have dealt to transport you as surely and quietly as possible is, as also a little moyen for your better furniture lying in his power he will not let you lack, and at your hither coming all our moyens shall be ready for your use and we to await upon you. And we doubt [not as soon as] ye have spoken with his Majesty but he shall account you able and worthy to serve him. My Lords of Angus and Mortonne with all their friendship will assist you, and do all their endeavours for your preferment, albeit we have requested nothing at his Majesty but [on] your return to live privately and die in your own country. I have determined by this way to meddle with no State matters, but by one . . . . that is here it appears that that State is careless of us and we of ourselves, which, in consideration of this peace betwixt France and Spain, which is thought by all men cannot be but to the prejudice of England, is marvelled of here. Our estate is in the old manner, his Majesty by necessity “casten” himself in the hands of his nobility who are loth to accept it, his particular is so far ruinated. He is in preparation to go about the end of August to the Isles for subduing of them. And thus praying the Eternal to convoy you safely and well home unto us.—Edr., this [? last] of July, 1598.
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William Stallenge to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 31. This evening I received the letter enclosed, and understanding that Mr. Christopher Harris had apprehended the party, I presently went over to him and find he has already certified you how far he has proceeded. The party remains still at his house, and such letters as we find about him, till your pleasure be known. I am requested by the Mayor and Mr. Harris to assist them concerning the furnishing of those companies of soldiers that are to be shipped from hence, wherein I will do the best I may, but pray your pleasure whether they shall be victualled according to the Queen's allowance, for in my opinion a less rate may suffice, especially of flesh. I mean to depart towards the Court within 6 days for ending the account between the Lady Haukens and Mr. Drake.—Plymouth, last of July, 1598.
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Sir Edward Stafford to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 31. I received your letter this Monday morning at Stanford as I was changing of horse. I pray God my journey may carry some fruit, which I desire greatly, though I little hope for it. I will to-night be at Lincoln, and to-morrow at dinner with my Lord Sheffield. You shall a day after I have been there be assured I will write to you what I find and conceive.—Grantam, last of July, 1598.
P.S.—I met yesterday at Collyweston with my friend Flint, your man and your hawks, which I assure you are very well, and I see by Flint he hopes your tassell shall fly where one must have very good eyes to see her. He hopes at my return back to have them lured and ready to fly, but he dare not be too busy with them this hot weather.
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Edward, Lord Zouche to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 31. We arrived this night past at Gravesend. If you will be pleased to excuse us for delivering in writing the course of our negotiation until we may have time to set it down, our business there and little ease having not given us opportunity to set it in order, I would be glad, as I come by, to wait upon her Majesty and kiss her hands, as thinking it my duty to lose no time both to acquaint you with our arrival, and also with my desire to kiss her Majesty's hands, wherein, knowing your pleasure, I shall direct my course accordingly.—Gravesend, last of July, 1598.
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Chr. Harris to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July 31. This last of July there was sent unto me by Captain Roche and Captain Greaye one Edward Conyers, which they had aboard a Scottish ship coming from Spain, with divers letters to Sir William Stanley and others. He says he was employed for your Honour. His letter to your Honour is here enclosed. Himself and his other letters are at my house. I desire your directions what farther shall be done with him.— Radford by Plymouth, last of July, 1598.
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The Earl of Essex to Mr. Gilliard.
1598, July 31. I entreat you to bestow a buck of this season upon my good friend Mr. John Osburne of the Exchequer.—From my house in London, the last of July, 1598.
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Sir John Peyton and John Cotton to Sir Horatio Palavicino.
1598, July 31. Refusing to lower his rate of £3 : 10 : 0 as he requests. Refer to the cases of Mr. Sutton, Mr. Alington, Mr. Hynde, Mr. Wendey, and Mr. Cage.—Iselham, July 31, 1598.
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Henry Cuffe to Sir Charles Davers.
[? 1598.] July 31. The sufficiency of this bearer our worthy friend (for whose acquaintance I must ever account myself beholden unto you) discharges me from all care of writing anything touching affairs of importance, and the calmness, or rather, dulness of these times takes from me all means of sending you occurrences worthy the imparting. One only good thing there is which I thought good to acquaint you with, and wherein I pray you let me receive your answer with the soonest. Sir Christofer Blunte has been lately here, and by me has signified to his Lordship [? Essex] the great desire my Lady of Leicester has to have her niece Mistress Lettece Knolles bestowed in marriage to whom his Lordship shall think fittest. My Lord has principally above all others made choice of yourself, and has asked me my knowledge of your inclination to submit your neck to that blessed yoke, and if you were inclinable, whether you were entire and not engaged elsewhere. I could not give his Lordship satisfaction in either of these points, and therefore my desire is that by the next opportunity you will vouchsafe me a word or two concerning them, that I may accordingly desire his Lordship either to entertain it, or to think of some other party. The gentlewoman I think you know; and of the portion and all other circumstances I doubt not but you have long since received sufficient information; so that it only remains that you send me your resolution whether you can be contented to have your purgatory in this life, or had rather to defer it to another world. In a word, avisez vous, and before you take your journey to yonder wicked country (whither I understand you are bent, and can imagine none other cause but some sudden devotion to St. Patrick's purgatory) I pray you let me receive some light from you touching this other purgatory, which, because it is in effect via universae carnis, and yourself affect no singularity, I persuade myself you will one day enter.— London, last of July.
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Sir Robert Cecil to [? the Earl of Essex].
1598, July. Her Majesty having a purpose to supply the wants of her army in Ireland with such kind of munitions as are set down in this note, subscribed by the Master of the Ordnance in Ireland, I have thought it my part to advertise you thereof that you may please to give direction for such things as appertain to the despatch, which being only incident to your lordship's place I am forced to trouble you with this letter, which otherwise I would have forborne, in respect that I understand of your lordship's mislike to be cumbered with anything not necessary. When you shall cause the warrants to be sent hither, I will present them to her Majesty.—From the Court, July '98.
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G. Coppin to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July. Being with my Lord this morning he willed me speedily to send you word that this night he is taken with so great pain both in his legs and hands as he is not possibly able to stir out of his bed. He is also so troubled with the falling of his uvula in his throat (which he has had these two days) as it is exceeding pain to him either to speak or swallow: which ill accidents these two nights have much weakened and disquieted him: and yet I hope he shall do well; for the accident of the gout your Honour knows is usual, and for the other there is no fear but it shall do well again. But his Lordship earnestly commanded me to send you word hereof.—From the Strand, this Monday morning, July, 1598.
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John Keamer to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July. Of one John Kelly, a dangerous person, whom he brought to the Court and presented to Cecil. Kelly's accusers are now in London, ready to attend Cecil's pleasure to declare what they have seen and heard. They are Nicholas Dayghte of Lime Regis, and William Blackall the younger of Totnes. This bearer, Mr. Blackall, will declare the matter more at large.— Undated.
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1 p. (63. 5.)
Jo. Mawchell to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July. According to your pleasure signified by my father-in-law, I have sent for the hound, which my servant is ready to deliver to whomsoever you shall appoint. I hope you will pardon my error: not proceeding from contempt but from ignorance. I have received a chargeable punishment, although your displeasure is my greatest damage. Yet if my humble submission may redeem your favour, together with my liberty, I shall rather be glad of this experience than ill content with this restraint. Beseeching you to give order for my enlargement, I will ever be ready to give bond for my behaviour to the game, and ever be as ready to do you service.—From the Fleet.
Holograph. Endorsed :—“July, 1598.”
1 p. (63. 6.)
Captain Francis Stafforde to Sir Robert Cecil.
1598, July. In 1590 the Queen granted him a pension of 5s. a day for his long service in Ireland, and his lameness. By reason of his employment in the North of Ireland in these wars against Tyrone, there is an arrear of £137 of the pension due to him. Prays for Cecil's letter to Mr. Skinner of the Receipt for examination of the matter and payment.—Undated.
Endorsed :—“Captain Francis Stafford, July, 1598.”
Holograph.
1 p. (63. 10.)
The King of Scotland to the Queen.
[1598, July or August.] I have now, according to my promise in my other letter, directed unto you the bearer hereof, my servant, by whom you shall be informed what I crave for clearing of my honour anent these slanders which that base villain hath raised upon me; wherein I doubt not but your honour and love towards me will move you not to see one innocently wronged. The particulars hereof I will not trouble you with by longsome letter, but remit them to his declaration, together with sundry other things wherewith I am likewise falsely charged, as God shall judge me; for, on my honour, I would wish that all the direct or indirect dealing that ever I had that might concern your person or state were in a book laid open before you, and then you would see that no subject of England hath kept himself clearer of any guilt against you that I have done ever since I was born. I have likewise commanded him to deal with you in divers other things, wherein I also pray you to give him favourable ear and trust. As for this foul attempt upon the Borders, whereof I lately wrote unto you, I doubt nothing of the equity of your judgment in case you be truly informed, but I know your officers on that border will make the fault to seem unto you as small and light as they can; but consider they are parties, and determine according to right.
Holograph. Undated. Seal.
1 p. (133. 138.)
[See Camden Society's Publications. Ed. Bruce. p. 126.]
Gifts to the Hogsden [Hoddesdon, Herts] School-house.
[Before Aug., 1598.] List of gifts. Contains notes on the descent of Sir H. Cocks, and W. Throgod. Undated.
In Lord Burghley's handwriting.
1 p. (204. 78.)
Cecil Family.
[Before Aug. 1598.] A number of documents relating to Lord Burghley's family history, either in his handwriting or endorsed by him, and therefore prior in date to the time of his death, viz.:—
(1.) Pedigrees of different branches of the Cecil family.
Endorsed by Lord Burghley.
1 p. (143. 1.)
(2.) Pedigree of the Cecil family, from Owyn, temp. regis Harold, to Sir William Cecil. Coloured arms of Pasheley, Woodville, Gower and Radclif.
Endorsed by Lord Burghley.
1 p. (143. 2.)
(3.) Pedigree of the Cecil family from 1091.
In Lord Burghley's hand.
1 p. (143. 3.)
(4.) Pedigree of the Cecil family, from “Syssyllte, a man's name from whom came the surname of Cecell,” to Thomas Cecil, son of Sir William.
Contains notes also on the Young, Sewell, Morgan, Herbert, Traherne and Gooch families.
Partly in Lord Burghley's hand.
2 pp. (143. 4.)
(5.) Pedigree of the Cecil and Baskerville families from Henry 2.
Partly in Lord Burghley's hand.
1 p. (143. 6.)
(6.) Pedigree of the Cecil family, from Edward 2 to William, grandson of Sir William.
In Lord Burghley's hand.
1 p. (143. 7.)
(7.) Cecil pedigrees. Consanguinity of the Cecil family with (a), the Turbervilles; (b), the Vaughans; (c), the Herberts; and (d), the Herberts, Percys and Vaughans.
In Lord Burghley's hand.
4 pp. (143. 8.)
(8.) Pedigree of the families of Cecil, Dykon, Walcote, Williams, Disney and Durrant.
In Lord Burghley's hand.
1 p. (143. 10.)
(9.) Genealogical notes on the Cecil family. Robertus de Sitsilt, temp. William Rufus, and others.
In Lord Burghley's hand.
1 p. (143. 11.)
(10.) Genealogical tree of the Cecil family, from Robert de Sitsilt who was with Richard Fitz Hammond at the conquest of Glamorgan.
In Lord Burghley's hand.
1 p. (143. 12.)
(11.) Genealogical notes with respect to the families of Cecil, Brown, Walcott, Disney, Williams, Durrant, Armstrong, Standish and Williamson. Some arms given.
2 pp. (143. 14.)
(12.) Pedigrees of the families of Cecil, Gammage, Herbert and Vaughan.
In Lord Burghley's hand.
5 pp. (143. 16.)
(13.) 1492, April 12.—Will of Richard Cecil of Halterennes, Hereford.
Copy.
1 p. (143. 22.)
(14.) Pedigree of the families of Digby and Conisby.
In Lord Burghley's hand.
1 p. (143. 23.)
(15.) Pedigree tracing the descent of Margaret, daughter and heir of Gilbart of Wynston of Langaren, who married Thomas Sitsilt, lord of Haulterennes; also the collateral descent of Sir Morgan ap Meredith, of whom cometh the Morgans.
Endorsed by Lord Burghley, “Sitsilt for Wynston.”
1 p. (141. 1.)