Cecil Papers
April 1603, 1-15

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'Cecil Papers: April 1603, 1-15', Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House, Volume 15: 1603 (1930), pp. 24-49. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=112158 Date accessed: 24 July 2014.


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April 1603, 1-15

Thomas Dale to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1603], April 1.Understands that the King of France wrote to the late Queen for the obtaining of his grace. Prays Cecil, if the King be moved therein by the French Ambassador, to give his assistance. The King of France sent him with his letters to the States, that if they pleased to raise 200 foot he would give order to the Governor of Dieppe to raise them for him (Dale); but as far as he can learn, the States are not as yet resolved to raise any new company. Finds Sir Francis Vere willing to give him employment in the English troops, if it stands with Cecil's liking. Prays letters in that behalf. —April 1.
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Endorsed: "Captain Dale. 1603."
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Dr. Richard Bancroft, Bishop of London, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 1.I cannot learn either the names or the descriptions of the two Jesuits which accompany Mr. Ger[ard]. For Mr. Ger[ard], he is a tall, black man, very gallant in apparel, and being attended with 2 men and a foot boy is exceedingly well horsed. Their chief repair will be to Sir James Lindsay and Mr. or Dr. Droman, who pretended themselves the last year to be agents for his Majesty in Rome. I will use the best means I can to learn some particulars of the other two, and in the mean time this may be sufficient for a caveat. For you cannot be too provident in such a case, as I think.—My house in London, 1 April, 1603.
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Endorsed: "L. Bishop of London. Two Jesuits gone with Mr. Gerrard into Scotland."
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Sir Richard Molyneux to the Same.
[1603], April 1.They have in full assemblies proclaimed their King, to the great rejoicing of all men, although there are many weeping for the loss of so gracious a Queen. Expresses his devotion to Cecil.—1 April.
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Endorsed: "1603."
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King James to the Same.
1603, April 1.Warrant appointing Sir Robert Cecil keeper of the Privy Seal and Signet.—Holyrood House. April 1, in the first year of our reign.
1 p. (134. 31.)
Sir John Peyton to Lord —.
1603, April 1.Informs him of the death of the Queen at Richmond, between 2 and 3 in the morning, and of the proclamation of James by 4 o'clock. The corpse was brought to the Palace at Whitehall, and by 10 o'clock the King was proclaimed at Whitehall upon the Green, right against the Tilt Yard. So the Lords and Councillors to the late Queen were with Garter King at Arms with the rest of the heralds, and proclaimed the King again in Fleet Street; and so proceeded till they came to Ludgate, where they found the gate shut and the portcullis down: whereupon the late Lord Treasurer and Keeper, with the rest, knocked at the gates. The Lord Mayor being there, with the Aldermen and the City in arms, asked them what they meant to do. The Lords desired the Lord Mayor to open the gates, for that their Queen being dead, they would proclaim the King. The Lord Mayor answered he would know what King before they should come in; for, said he, if you will proclaim any King but he that is right, indeed you shall not come in. They then said they would proclaim James. Then said the Lord Mayor, I am very well contented, for he is my master, liege lord and King. But, said the Lord Mayor, I will have a pledge to assure me of this, that you mean to do as you say. Whereupon the late Lord Treasurer did put off his collar of Esses, which he had about his neck, and put it under the gate, and withal the proclamation. So then the Mayor, being well guarded, let them come in, and with most exceeding joy they went to the broad place before Poules, where they proclaimed our King. And so they went on till they came to the Cross in Cheape, where likewise they again proclaimed the King, and from thence to Cornwell [sic Cornhill] by the Exchange up towards Tower Hill. The Lord Mayor, the Lords and Aldermen sent to Peyton's brother, the Lieutenant of the Tower, who had drawn up the drawbridge, and made fast the other gate of the Tower, signifying to him they were coming to Tower Hill to proclaim their King, and desired him to accompany them; who sent answer that they should not come there, for if they would proclaim any but the right indeed, he would set them further. Whereupon they came to the Tower Gate, and certified him they meant to proclaim James. He answered that he was his King, lord and master, and would join his best assistance thereunto; whereupon he came out and joined with them in the proclamation upon Tower Hill. He also caused the King to be proclaimed within the Tower. The like joy, both in London and all parts of England, was never known. There is divers Lords, many knights and so great store of gentlemen gone to the King, as he has sent word by proclamation to stay the going of others to him, lest, by the multitude of followers and attendance, it might procure a dearth in those parts, besides his own infinite trouble and disquiet. There is such exceeding preparation, in London and elsewhere, of noblemen, knights and gentlemen, for the honour of his coronation, as the like has not been read of in any chronicle, many noblemen, as it is thought, at 4 or 5 thousand pounds charge. He advises his correspondent, the charge being so infinitely great, that to put himself in equal charge with other noblemen, would so endanger his estate, that he could hardly recover it in many years.—Bradley Hall, 1 April, 1603.
PS.—The funeral of the Queen is said to be solemnized the Thursday in Easter Week, and it is thought about some ten days after, the coronation shall be. No money to be borrowed or gotten for anything.
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Sir James Elphinston to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 1.The King has commanded me to acquaint you with a universal complaint of his whole suite, anent the conditions of the money whereby their charges must be defrayed in their journey, and the loss they will sustain if their money, according to the weight and fineness, have no course in England. To make the equity of your petitioners to be known, I have set down herewith a note from the Mint Master, desiring that our money in weight and finish corresponding to the English reall may be received at the like price, and the warrant of the Council there published to that effect to meet his Majesty at Berwick. I am also commanded to signify to you that the French Ambassador resident here has procured a pass for a servant of his to go in France; and for that he understood that you had upon good respects stayed any passage to these parts, if your restraint yet continue, you may linger him upon any pretext you please, otherwise that he be suffered to pass as you shall think meet. Further, with your permission, I will add of my own an excuse wherefore heretofore I have abstained, notwithstanding the conjunctions of our charges, to importune you by my letters, except upon such trifling occasions as the public necessity of my office forced me thereunto. First, the "tickleness" of the State in the last days of the late Queen: the reverent respect I knew you carried to her, whose jealousy, as it ought, so it was unto you a restraint from keeping correspondence with any person without her allowance: our dread sovereign that now is, his dealing in matters of his right, before I attended to this service, "concredited till others," and the great dangers might have ensued if they had not been trained forward by the first actors, my own timorous nature, suspecting that by some persons his Majesty had not been well used, whereof I feared to earn the blame, being but a new intruder in matters of estate; conjoined with that excuse, desire I had that the success of them should have been such as I thank God they are now: these occasions, with many more particular, which by God's grace you shall know at meeting, made me always in these matters silent: and for that all men's eyes were only bent upon that subject, I abstained, yea, in matters properly belonging to my office, that I should not only be free of meddling but even of all suspicions of intentions to meddle with them. But now, since it has pleased the Almighty, in his good mercy towards our sovereign, and his inestimable blessing to this whole island, by the faithful ministry of them who had best credit beside the late Queen of famous memory, to disappoint the greedy affections of great foreigners, and the busy brains of other competitors, wherein you take, as at his Majesty's hand, your own due praise, and that by the happy conjunction of these two realms, under our most gracious sovereign, all our offices are united, jealousies removed, and nothing left unto us but a careful affection that, under his Majesty, the weal of both the States, now being one, may be procured, I have taken the boldness to make offer to you of my steadfast disposition at my uttermost power to concur with you in all things may tend to the advancement of his Highness's service, and to the discharge of a friendly duty in particular unto you; for since his Majesty acknowledges you the principal who has been the upholder of his just title, it is more than reason that all his subjects and ministers, who by that only mean have found the lives of themselves, their wives and bairns, redeemed from the edge of the sword, their lands from perpetual servitude, and instead thereof, likely to flourish in wealth and good order, by participation of your prudent and happy government, should by submissive vows yield themselves, their service, and what they are able to do, unto these most happy authors of so wonderful a trophy, whereof the like hath never heretofore been read, seen or heard of. And I, as one of the meanest, by these presents congratulate to you, under God, your just praise.— Edr' [Edinburgh], 1 April, 1603.
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Lord Burghley to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1603, c. April 2.]At this present dispatch of my letters I received a private letter from his Majesty, and a commission under his royal hand for the exercising my place here. He is purposed upon Monday next or Wednesday following to set forward to Barwyck and there to remain 8 days, and so to set forward hither, where I perceive by my son he looks for no preparation for his lodging than such stuffs I have of mine own. I shall pay dear for mine office by that time I have entertained his Majesty here and at Burghley: the third place must light of [on] your shoulders at Thebalds. He spake very honourably of you, and of your service, and I am glad he has joined us both together in his good opinion. I thought to tell you by the report of my son that he means to give the title to my cousin Nevyll of Westmorland, with all such lands as are in his own hands, and to restore presently the Lord Dakers. I perceive his Majesty reckons to make no long tarrying by the way, and yet I hear he means to hunt as he comes. He won the hearts of all men that come to him with such familiarity and gracious courtesy, as he possesses all men's hearts with hope of as gracious a prince as ever England had. He has willed my son to return back unto him to Barwyck. All the noblemen used him very courteously, especially the Duke of Lennoxe, the Marquis of Hamilton, and the Earl Marr and Sir Thomas Eskyn. I hear young Sir Thomas Challenour is in great favour with him by anticipation, and so Sir William Euurs. The King wants present money, and therefore you shall do well to provide money to be sent forthwith, which he will take very thankfully.
Undated.
PS. I pray you let this letter included be sent speedily to my house at London for the dispatch of divers weighty business. As I shall hear further I will advertise you by post.
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Endorsed: "Lord President of York. 1603."
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Dr. John Du Port to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 2.Prays that the Lord will establish this great change to the glory of His name, and the benefit of His church and the commonwealth. Assures Cecil of his devotion to him, however in partiality his credit has been injured unto him.— Jesus College in Cam[bridge], 2 April, 1603.
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Sir Nicholas Parker to the Same.
1603, April 2.On March 21 I advertised you that a Scotsman here arriving said that there was a great armado in preparation at Lisbon; but though he averred himself to be an eye witness thereof, yet by several intelligence since I am assured of the contrary. Amongst others here is at present Thomas Browne, of Aver in the west of Scotland, merchant, who 15 days since came from Lisbon, and assures me there was no preparation of any fleet, but of 7 carricks in readiness bound for the East Indies, and 4 tall ships of war to waft them to the Canaries: further, he had certain knowledge that the King had no extraordinary preparation in any port in Spain: also, that there are of French shipping and Danskers in Lisbon above 400 sail, most of which are laden with corn: also, that about 5 weeks since the Governor of Lisbon, suspecting him to be an Englishman, caused him to be cast in prison, and told him that her Majesty was dead, and that the King of France should be King of this Realm.
Your letters of March 25, I received the 30th, with the proclamations, two of which I caused to be published in these Western parts, which with a general joy and applause was then received and so continues; and the residue according to your directions I sent to the sheriff of this county dwelling in the East parts.—Pendenas Castle, 2 April, 1603.
Signed. 1 p. (99. 83.)
Sir John Carey to the Same.
1603, April 3.Having occasion to write to "my Lord his brother," and being entreated to send a letter from Mr. Thomas Somerset to his father, writes to express his love to Cecil, and to desire the continuance of his friendship. Here is great multitude of people, which repairs hither daily to present their service to the King, who means very shortly to be here. It is thought he will enter this town about Thursday next.—Berwick, 3 April, 1603.
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Thomas Lake to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1603], April 4.What we have done here, and what answers received touching the points of our charge, you shall perceive by the things sent by Mr. Carew, and by his relation. All which were done here without any great deliberation, but only in a manner referred to such forms as we would present. Only, in the great commission, the King, because he had by blanks, as he said, sent by Mr. Fowles, authorised the old Council, would have the same persons continue without alteration or addition until his coming. His Majesty commands me to stay here to make dispatch upon such other things as be not yet done, and to give him satisfaction in divers titles of money matters upon notes sent from my Lord Treasurer. The King hastens to Berwick, and from thence to Newcastle, and begins his journey, as his Council tell us, to-morrow. At Newcastle, he will stay until he hear from his Council upon the dispatches made by Mr. Fowles and the Lord of Kynlosse, which in effect is as far as I can perceive by him till he be furnished from you of means, whereof there is great scarcity here. I delivered your letter to him this day very privately, and stood by the perusing of it, and observed it well. His speech to me upon it was that it was a wise letter, and that he must have another time to understand by me many particularities of the points therein contained. For the matter of the Low Countries, he said he had already, upon divers motions made on the behalf of the States that he would not abandon them, willed them to send Commissioners to meet him at London. I have showed him how much it imports him to hold them in good terms, to make sure to himself the benefit of their contracts with the Queen, and to keep them from the practices of Frances [sic]. He seems to be minded so to do, and yet withal gives, as I perceive by his own speech, good words to one that is here from the Archduke. And I find he will be loath to give the first blow between Spain and him. Also, upon reading of your letters, he spake of Tyrone, from whom he said he had not heard, but willed me to think of a letter to the Lord Deputy (to whom before our coming he had written to continue the exercise of his commission) to entertain the treaty with Tyrone, whom I perceive he will be willing to receive upon any terms. Of other matters he spake not to me after the reading of your letters, but said they consisted of many things, and must require time to be further considered of. In sum, I think he will resolve of nothing till he be met with the Council there, although he will write to all the ambassadors in general terms, He told me the French Ambassador never looked merrily since he heard of his Majesty's success in England. Further, for the matters of the Low Countries, he enquired whom the Queen had there, and I told him of the state of Mr. Wynwood's dispatch. He liked well it should go on still, and willed me to make letters of credence, but I will forbear till I hear from you. The Earl of Mar is not here, and the Lord of Kinlosse gone into England, so as I have nobody to speak with but the King himself, to whom if you will have anything said or done, I shall be ready to do you service during my being here. He is very facile, using no great majesty nor solemnities in his accesses, but witty to conceive, and very ready of speech. I have nothing else to trouble you with, but that if I stay long my allowance will not bear my charges, for it is incredible to tell you the excess of prices here.—Edinburgh, 4 April at night.
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Endorsed: "1603."
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Thomas, Lord Burghley, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, [April] 4.This day Roger Ashton came by me. He is an honest man to our house, and worthy to be made of. He is not like some of our old Mistress's servants about her, that would say much and do little. I pray God our corrupt Court may not ["corrupt," crossed out] him, nor such about the King hereafter as have credit with him. Talking since with my son Edward more particularly of the King's phrases he used towards us, it was very princely, and I thought to let you know a particular speech he used towards you. He said he heard you were but a little man, but he would shortly load your shoulders with business. I hear by Mr. Ashton that it is resolved that his Majesty means to make some stay at Burghley, and that the whole Council means to meet him there, and the whole household means to come down, and there to provide for his Majesty, I hope they mean to bring some stuff down with them, for mine is but mean, and not the tenth part to serve. This I hear by Mr. Ashton, but I would very gladly hear from you in particular. I understand some report has been made to the King that I was slow in proclaiming of him. It is true I thought myself very hardly dealt withal that I was so little respected in this place, which had been most fit to be respected, that proclamations were sent down to the Bishopric a day before any came to me; and truly in the directions of letters in her Majesty's life time, five days before she departed, letters of direction were sent from the Council, joining the sheriff and justices with me, which was never seen before when decorum was kept, but in those services letters were directed to the President, and so authority to be sent from him to under officers. This I thought to complain unto you of, the rather at this time, because I heard lately that this was told his Majesty, who notwithstanding I find very gracious by his letters sent unto me by my son, and his extraordinary usage of him with great favour. Thus you see I have some cause to unfold my unkind conceit, wherein if I should not excuse myself towards his Majesty by alleging the truth, I might grow jealous unto him, that I know have as well deserved as any magistrate in these parts. I desire that this my letter enclosed may be speedily sent to my house, where my steward is, to take direction for sending down things hither to serve for the King's coming, which I fear will be speedier than we look for. I beseech you I may know what order is taken for his preparation for Burghley, and whether the Council come down thither, and what time is appointed he shall be there, and how long is appointed he shall make stay there.—York, 4 March [sic], 1603.
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Endorsed: "April 4."
2 pp. (99. 88.)
King Henry IV to King James.
1603, April 4/14.Until he can send some person of quality has commanded Monsieur de Beaumont to assure him of the continuation of their perfect friendship. If anything has been able to relieve the grief caused by the Queen's death, it is the news of James's just and lawful succession. "A Montglat la xiiij jour d'Avril, 1603."
Signed. Countersigned: De Neufville.
French. 1 p. (134. 36.)
[Printed in extenso from a copy or draft dated 13 April in Lettres Missives de Henri IV, VI, 73.]
Lord Mountjoy to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 5.Protests his loyalty to the King and faithfulness to Cecil; and offers services to both. Commits the relation of all things to the bearer. Prays him to direct Sir Henry Davers in his proceedings, whom he has desired to acquaint Cecil with what he has done or desires.—Dublin, 5 April, 1603.
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Jo. Martyn, Mayor of Plymouth, and his brethren to the Same.
1603, April 5.Express their thanks for the care Cecil has had of their suit in stopping the presentation, which Morgans sued to obtain from her Majesty, to the vicarage of Plymouth.— Plymouth, 5 April, 1603.
Signed as above.
Endorsed: "Mayor of Plymouth."
½ p. (99. 90.)
Sir Thomas Fane to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 5.Francis Shenell, servant to Mr. Tressam, of Bollaine, coming from Calais, brought a packet directed to the Lord Admiral. The packet had been unsealed and opened before it came hither, and in the cover was a letter directed to the Lord Admiral, and other private letters to other persons, whereof some also had been opened and new sealed again, as the bearer thereof confessed. By this, suspicion was given that the direction of the packet might be only colourably done, for the conveying of the private letters; and that the letter directed to his Lordship was not meant to be delivered. He has therefore committed the packet to the bearer, Mr. Tounsende, to take Cecil's directions thereon.—Dover Castle, 5 April, 1603.
Signed. 1 p. (99. 91.)
Thomas, Lord Burghley, to the Council.
1603, April 5.I thought fit to know your directions whether the King's officers from thence, which were officers to our late Sovereign, or his Majesty's officers out of Scotland, shall take the care, as he goes, to take up provisions for his household as he passes by the way. I hear as yet no order taken therein from you, neither from his Majesty's officers out of Scotland, so as all things stand unprovided as yet. I mean, when I shall understand of his Majesty's removing from Berwick (myself with the Council here attendant), to meet his Majesty at the entrance of this province; and from thence to have care to lodge him until he come to York; and have made the manor house here ready, and furnished it with stuff as I have of my own, and mean to entertain him here at my own charge. I have taken order besides with the whole city here to make such preparations for receiving him as the shortness of the time will serve. Likewise I have given order how the Clergy shall meet him with all the pomp that may be, and shall be received into the Cathedral Minster, under the state of a canopy, and with all other ceremonies that this place can yield. From hence, the fittest lodging at night were at Pomfret Castle, if there were order set down for hanging of the rooms, and necessaries for the officers. If that cannot be, then I mean to lodge him at a little house of Mr. Talbott's hard by, and to send for some stuff such as may be gotten for the time. From thence his Majesty may lie at Doncaster in an inn, where I will send order that his dining place and his bedchamber shall be dressed up; and so from thence, being out of my jurisdiction, I shall refer all to your directions from thence. Beseeching I may hear from you with all speed.—York, 5 April, 1603.
Signed.
Endorsed: "Lord President of York."
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Commissioners for restraint of passage to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 5.In the absence of Sir Thomas Fane, Lieutenant to the Lord Warden, direct to Cecil. Here arrived this day, from Dieppe, Peter Bagher and Andrew Clarke, French posts, with merchants' letters: also from Calais, John Evered, with the French King's packet, and John Holden, post of Antwerp, with merchants' letters from Antwerp, which they send sealed up in this bag.—Dover, 5 April, 1603.
Signed, R. S., Major, G. Fenner, William Leonard and Ema. Alley.
1 p. (99. 93.)
Sir John Popham to the Same.
1603, April 5.Have received this enclosed in a letter to myself. Sir Jonathan Trelany there, being uncertain how things stood sent it to me.—At my house, 5 April, 1603.
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Endorsed: "Lord Chief Justice, with the examination of one Robert Averye lately escaped out of Spain."
1 p. (99. 94.)
Lord Fyvie to the Same.
1603, April 5.Seeing we are all now united under one nation, wherein your wisdom is thought to have had no small part, and as I have ever honoured your virtues, I desire at least by letters to be acquainted with you, and to have certainly by your letters that I may look for your good will. As you have done your part in the union of the kingdoms, I pray you also to be careful to have such order settled amongst us that there be no occasion of any break hereafter. I doubt not that your credit with the King will be no less, but rather greater, than with her Majesty.—Edr' [Edinburgh], 5 April, 1603.
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Endorsed: "Lord Fyves."
1 p. (187. 22.)
Sir Edward Coke to the Same.
1603, April 6.On receipt of your letters this morning I, accompanied with Serjeant Heale, and Mr. Solicitor, went to the Tower, and, with Mr. Lieutenant, first examined Valentine Thoms, and then Robert Crawford. The sum of all is that Thoms with many tears has acknowledged his former confessions, especially that concerning her Majesty's person written by Mr. Bacon, to be most false, and denies that any person moved or incited him thereunto; and yet blames some in the course of his examination. For Crawford, he utterly retracts his examination written also by Mr. Bacon, and denies that he spake anything but only of the report of Valentine Thoms. But Thoms being confronted with him, denies that he ever reported any such matter to Crawford. I think not fit to commit to writing what I collected upon their examinations, nor to trust any messenger with the examinations themselves, whereby his is cleared of all colour or shadow of any thought of any ill or dishonourable thing. And now his Majesty being ready to remove, I thought it no fit time for myself to trouble him. When I shall be commanded to attend I shall do it with all dutiful readiness.—6 April, 1603.
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Endorsed: "Mr. Attorney General. Concerning the examinations of Valentine Thomas."
1 p. (99. 95.)
Fran. Clerke to Sir Griffine Markhame.
[1603], April 6.If my first letters come unto his Majesty's sight, it much repents me not, in that I hope they will work vigilancy and wariness, which I heartily wish, for assuredly when I wrote those letters I had no small motives to induce me thereto, neither were my fears vain, but grounded upon true grounds: for such had been the tampering of the padri with divers in these parts that they had drawn them unto very doubtful resolutions, yea, and some of the rash and indiscreeter sort into furious conceits of headlong courses, such as in my first I specified; and had not the wiser sort seen more deep into the dangers of those projects, and the interposition of our friends concurred, I know not what their fair promises of foreign aid, and sugared persuasions, might have wrought with divers. So that if his Majesty be acquainted with the intentions of these working heads that are apt to turn and toss kingdoms, I see not that any hurt but much good may come. To obtain knowledge of such practisings, I caused a resolute friend of mine to repair unto some of the gentlemen whom I feared, and to frame a discontentment that he could not be acquainted with what he saw was intended amongst them; affirming that in any attempt for God's cause and the Catholic Church he would be ready to adventure his life. By this means he understood of the gentleman all the projects which in my former I related. By this my Lady may judge what reasons I had to write what I did of the practising of the padri, amongst whom Mr. Jo. Ger[?ard] was by the gentleman precisely named to be one of the parties that was a chief intercourser. To be farther assured of particulars, I caused another gentleman to deal with one of account, whom I assured my self not to be an alien to these courses, to see what he could draw; and there I confess I interposed your name, not any way prejudicially, but to your honour, to draw out certainty in all intentions. By him, our assured friend and an inward man, with the other unto whom I sent him, I found out the last resolutions of their wills, which I sent you in my last; and to this gentleman also was it confessed that the padri and some of their agents had been earnestly dealing with them, as I before related. But their projects were discarded as "sinistrous" means to any good, of which I had many confirmations from them, as also from Mr. Bosvile, who was sent for unto a great person, and found the same practices to have been in those parts set on foot; but dealt so effectually as he much confirmed them in our courses against such desperate designments, so that I nothing doubt now but that all will go very well. Although by reason of some preparations and concourse of Catholics in Worcestershire, as also the interrupting of some letters, there grew much hurley burly, and things were in danger to have come to extremities; one Bigges, a justice of the peace, and other puritans having intended to have rifled all Catholics in the shire, had not Sir John Conway interposed himself in behalf of Catholics and the King's peace with 140 men, and threats to the other if they should attempt any such matter. I am this morning journeying towards Warwickshire and Worcestershire. If I can provide myself of horse, I will come over to you before I go to London; if not, you shall hear of me from thence. The parties who are nominated to entertain his Majesty in the name of the rest, I know but two of them, whom I know to be very sufficient as any in these parts, and of discretion. I would not have you to write to me until you hear from me. Many happiness to yourself and my good Lady, whom I will farther satisfy in her request when we meet next.— 6 April.
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Endorsed: "1603."
2 pp. (99. 96.)
Lord Burghley to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 6.All things come to me so uncertain by reports as I prepare for things I know not. This day I received a letter from my daughter Hatton, who received a speech from you that you thought the King would not come by Burghley but by Northampton; and Mr. Ashton brought me word that the King would come to Burghley, where divers of the Council meant to meet the King. Those things proceeding contrary from one place, I know not what to think, I beseech I may know from thence what to trust unto: for one way I may be disappointed of my charge, the other way of my honour.—York, 6 April, 1603.
PS.—I beseech that the letter enclosed may be sent to my house at London, where my steward is that provides all things, that he may know a certain direction whether the King is coming to Burghley or no.
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Tobie [Matthew], Bishop of Durham, to the Earl of Cumberland and Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 7:I have had conference with the bearer, John Tayler, sent by you to deal with me as to my house called Duresme Place in the Strand. I cannot, on such a sudden as Tayler's journey requires, give an absolute answer to his demand, not knowing the state of the house, or what recompence I should require for it. But as it is likely, there will shortly be a Parliament, where I purpose to be, I will inform myself of the matter, and return answer.—Berwick, 7 April 1603.
Holograph. Signed, Tobie Duresm.
1 p. (99. 98.)
Sir Thomas Smythe to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 7.Offers services. 7 April, 1603.
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Endorsed with the following list of names: Sir Tho. Smith, Ambassador; Sir Tho. Smith, Clerk of the Coun.; Sir Tho. Wyndebank, Sir Tho. Edmonds; Mr. Levinus [Munck]; Mr. Corbett; Mr. Gaule; Mr. Parker; Mr. Fra. Mylls.
1 p. (99. 99.)
Ralph, Lord Eure, to the Same.
Two letters:—
1603, April 8.1. I thank you for your letter of credence to Alderman Rooe. I am ashamed you should hear so much thereof. No bonds proferred by me will by those merchants be accepted, but only you. It grieves me I should be troublesome to you in so mean a cause. If I have offended in taking up the moneys more hastily than by her Majesty's allowance out of the Exchequer will be admitted, I submit to your favourable censure. My excuse is that my credit will not borrow here 100l. I have written to Rooe to afford me credit for 300l. on my own bond. As he shows me favour, I will acquaint you.
The suddenness of the command laid upon me, my present departure, and long stay here, withholds me from all provisions of my own; the charges here so great as enforce me to take up the moneys more speedily. The custom of the merchants will not exceed double usance, so that I am enforced to take up the last 300l. you afford me, which is to be paid the 4th of June next to Mr. Henry Butler, merchant. I beseech you not to impute either gross inhumanity or any other fault to me herein, but construe all to the best.—Bremen, 8 April, 1603.
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2. Notwithstanding my letters of the 8th inst. the merchants of Stoade rest not satisfied; being in fear of the miscarrying of the "firster" letter of necessity, will have another to enforce a testimony of my receipt of 300l. by the direction of Alderman Rooe, of Mr. Joanes and others here at Stoade, which they require me to make known to you, that the same may be paid by your means to Mr. Henry Butler the 4th of June next; which course I beseech you interpret with favour, and pardon for my importunity, being as it were enthralled to their fashion for yielding them content.—Bremen, 8 April, 1603.
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Both endorsed: "Lord Eures."
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Frances, Lady Chandos, to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1603], April 8.Expresses her thankfulness for his regard. She has often written to her daughter to deliver as much to Cecil; but never hearing any acceptance thereof, made her something jealous that he was contented to forget her.— Sudlye, 8 April.
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Endorsed: "1603. My Lady Chandos."
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The Lords of the Council to King James.
1603, April 8.We have received letters from Zealand that the Archduke has taken three special works without Ostend, which have much interrupted his attack on the town, which he is now likely to capture soon. This place, in her late Majesty's time, was held a town of importance to this State, and we have therefore since her decease adventured to go on with that order which was formerly put in practice. For the States having resolved to carry an army into the enemy's country to relieve Ostend, either by a diversion or by an attempt on their quarters, they obtained of her Majesty leave to levy some voluntaries at their own charges for reinforcement of the weak companies of English in their pay, which with those of your realm of Scotland they ever held to be the flower of your army; and for that purpose they long since sent both captains, imprest, and transportation; but in spite of help given by taking up by authority of loose vagabonds to increase the numbers of the volunteers, which come on slowly since this alteration, they have not been able to return 500 of 3000 that were promised in that kind. We dare not presume in any other sort to make levies; because we know not upon what terms your Majesty meaneth to stand with those princes, yet considering that the States had grounded all their actions for this summer and for the raising of the siege on the hope to be supplied hence, we have used our authority for the furtherance thereof, having a care to avoid any such levying of men as may not stand with the rules of amity. This being the farthest we can go, and all these little succours lending to no other purpose than helping to defend the town for some short time until the siege could be raised by an army, and that being now less likely to effect so great a design, considering how near now the Archduke's forces may find means to lodge themselves we can add little more to that subject for the present than this, that as the hope is not great so the adventure we make is very little. There is therefore left no other ground of new consultation but upon one of these two points first whether their own army will be able to go on as it purposed without any other help from England than in this kind; next how your Majesty resolveth further to declare yourself in that point, if their army be not sufficient; your Majesty hath in right of your crown of Scotland amity with Spain and the Archduke; but in the succession to the throne of England a descent cast upon you of confederacy with these provinces, and an interest of great sums of money due from them. The choice or reconciliation of these two considerations is a matter, whereinto we dare not wade any further in respect of the great points of state which require longer consultation and better digested than can be had until we may be helped with the light of your wisdom. We are now to impart to your Majesty what we have done concerning the great point, for lack whereof our joys are uncompleted (because we have not yet the comfort of your royal person amongst us) namely for provision and preparation of all things necessary for your repair to this city. Wherewith we are a little troubled when we consider how it will stand together in one letter that we should both profess our infinite longing for you and yet in the same propound some courses to retard you coming hither. Only this satisfieth for us that we may repose ourselves in your Majesty's gracious interpretation, who can well look into the causes of both. For it is most true that this body here assembled is so far from being second to any persons that live in love and loyalty to your Majesty as if duty must have been to be discerned only by fast flying to your Majesty we could have been content as well to have posted to the Orcades to prostrate ourselves and all we have at your royal feet as to have stayed in this city. But when we saw that the preservation of this estate from any sudden perturbation upon this alteration consisteth not in those demonstrations only, though allowable in others, we have and do still apply our minds and bodies to discharge our duties in another kind. Forasmuch as therefore we find by your ministers that your Majesty hath care to avoid any unnecessary grievance to your people (though in respect of their joy nothing can be for the present but joyfully endured); and because we also perceive that your Majesty doth not so much respect outward magnificence at the first, as you do to have all things carried in a mediocrity without unnecessary expense (all princely decorum being observed) having understood from your Majesty's President of the North, whose care and diligence hath been great in the furtherance of all your Majesty's service belonging to him, that he hath forethought of receiving and waiting upon your Majesty from the furthest to the nearest precincts of his charge, even so far hitherwards as Doncaster; we have likewise been bold to set down the ways of your Majesty's journeys to this place, and have bethought us where with least distraction from the dispatches of all your important causes here, we might present ourselves by the way in some convenient place before your Majesty come to such resting place as we could wish you could do, within ten or twelve miles of the town, where you may also be informed by us of all things subject to our poor understanding and knowledge. To which courses these two considerations principally move us, first because the funeral of our late Queen may be consummated before your entry into the city or suburbs; next because all those which must continually attend you for all occasions of service may come to and from the city every day; of all which particulars both of your coming to a place of residence (no further from hence) and to a place after where your Majesty may make some stay in the suburbs, from whence you are to proceed to your coronation, we committed the case to such officers as are fittest for such services, hoping still that your Majesty will graciously pardon all our errors.
Endorsed: 8th April, 1603. Minute to the King from the Lords. 5¼ pp. (134. 32.)
Earl of Montrose to the Secretary of England [Cecil.]
1603, April 8.It has pleased God to bless the King with his due crown of England, without shed of blood or trouble, to the great comfort of his whole people; and chiefly by your wisdom, which moves all subjects to have his services in perpetual memory. In testimony of his goodwill to Cecil, will here present his eldest son, to render hearty thanks, and to attend on Cecil's commands, next his Majesty. Offers services. He remits the rest to the bearer, his cousin, the Bishop of Dunkeld.—Halyrudhouse, 8 April, 1603.
Signed: Montroiss. 1 p. (187. 23.)
Examination of Anthony Woodhouse of Cromford in the parish of Warseworth, in the county of Derby, husbandman.
1603, April 9.Taken before Roger Puleston, of Emerall, esquire, one of the late deputy lieutenants of the county of Flint, the 9th day of April, 1603, in the first year of the reign of our sovereign lord James &c.
He saith that the letter which was found with him at his apprehension and directed to Mr. Owen of Penmynith was delivered to the examinate upon Wednesday the 6th of this April at Hardwick, the house of the right honourable the countess dowager of Shrewsbury, by Richard Owen, son of the said Mr. Owen and page unto the right honourable the lady Arbella, to be brought to his said father and willed this examinate to return with answer unto him by the 14th of this month, or sooner, if possibly he could. The said Richard charged him to hasten away giving him two shillings towards his charges. He utterly denieth that he had any other letters.
Signed by Puleston and with Woodhouse's mark.
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The Master of Gray to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 9.This gentleman, his brother, the Master of Orkney, will serve Cecil in all he can. He is resident with his Majesty, and lies in his chamber.—Huntly, 9 April, 1603.
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William Brewster to the Same.
[1603], April 10.Finding this paper in the chamber of Rogers, alias Flood, one of the banished priests, I send it to you, where you shall find the disposition of all priests, how hateful her sacred Majesty that dead is, and the State which governed under her, was unto them. Let never statesmen capitulate further with them, for there is no faith in priests, nor truth in lay papists. He lives not can speak by experience of their villainies more than myself, by them I am utterly undone, and I hope by his Majesty I shall again be raised, when he knows the truth of my downfall wrought by serving in this miserable place. I beseech your furtherance to him for me.—Framlingham Castle, where I am ready to starve for want of money to buy me meat.—10 April.
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Endorsed: "1603."
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Robert Wingfeilde to the Same.
1603, April 10.It is reported that Cecil, with divers of the nobility, are appointed to meet the King as far as Burghley. His house lies within three miles of that place, and full in their way and he offers to entertain Cecil, his son, or his friends.— Upton, 10 April, 1603.
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Hu. Glaseour, Mayor of Chester, to the Same.
1603, April 10.Cecil's letters of the 7th inst., enclosing a dispatch to Sir Geoffrey Fenton in Ireland, he presently sent by post to Holyhead. To-night he received letters from Mr. Puleston to the Lords, which Puleston signifies discover matter of great consequence, and sends them herewith. Expresses his good wishes for Cecil, by whom the kingdom enjoys those two precious jewels of religion and peace.—Chester, 10 April, 1603.
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Sir Thomas Fane to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 10.Here arrived this morning, from Bollen, Monsieur Dovall, who has brought two packets from the French King, one directed to Monsieur Bewmount, the other to the French Ambassador in Scotland.—Dover Castle, 10 April, 1603.
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Postal Endorsements.—"Dover, 10 April, past 8 in the forenone. At Canterberie past 12 in the hafter none. Seattingborn past 3 a Cloke in the afternone. Rochester at 5 in the afternone. Darford at past 7 at night."
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Sir John Brokett to the Same.
1603, April 10.Is in distress and friendless, having incurred the displeasure of this estate, and begs Cecil to regard a gentleman whose imprisonment very much embarrasses his credit. Finds his conscience clear, and takes God to witness he never intended to work any metal in coin, or to be partaker thereof. Prays Cecil's favour for his enlargement.—April 10, 1603.
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Sir Robert Mansell to the Same.
[1603], April 11.Notwithstanding I know you have received advertisements touching Flanders, I send you the bearer my servant, who was employed by me for the release of a kinsman of mine out of the galleys, who having resided there the instant of our change, heard the proclamations read at Dunkerk for not meddling with any ship of England, except such as should be found to transport either victuals or munition to the Hollanders. Whereupon 10 Dunkerks, that formerly had had their sails taken from their yards, were permitted to set sail, and addressed their course to the Northward, to encounter the Dutch merchants that trade to Dansk and Meluin. As well at Dunkerk as Graveling he took this special note of their well wishing to our King, that the Governors caroused large cups of wine to his Majesty's health. When he came to Callis he found no such alacrity of spirit among the French, where he was not suffered to mount their ramparts, nor to view their platforms, but he saw plainly that at such time as Sir Richard Leveson came into the road they traversed some of their ordnance for the better command of the harbour.
For other matters, either touching the mutineers, the providing of the galleys, the ends of drawing down land forces to Newporte, Dunkerk or Graveling, or what else you please farther to be satisfied in; it may please you to command it from himself.
That I may yield further satisfaction herein I am now standing off to sea, from whence when I shall be returned, I account to be well warranted by the quietness of that side to borrow some little time to wait upon you.
Begs Cecil to remember him to the King for preferment to some place of attendance. Harwich, preparing to set to sea.— 11 April.
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King James to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 11.Forasmuch as we have received somewhat from foreign parts wherein we could be content to compare your knowledge with such information as is given us, to the intent that we might send to our Council some such heads as they should handle of diverse matters, we do command you, if your health serve you, to make your present repair unto us, and to leave some such Clerks of our Signet or Council behind you to attend our Privy Council for that short time we mean to detain you, with whom our purpose is not to resolve alone in matter of this weight, but only to know what you know upon several matters which we will propone and so send you back with divers things unknown to you, which are not fit for paper neither fit for us to resolve of, until we hear from you of our Privy Council, to whom we command you to show this letter for your discharge of leaving that place, requiring them in any case to hold council there together, for divers considerations known unto us. The sooner you do the better, for as it is fit you be quickly back again, so we look to hear by you also how all things stand for the funeral and coronation and for meeting of the Queen our wife, which by the uncertainty of letters crossing one another in respect of the distance remains yet uncertain, and there we would have it to be needfully thought of. Because we will presently dispatch letters to bring away the Queen our wife, which we intend shall be with all expedition after we speak with you. We think to keep our Easter with your brother at York.—Newcastle. 11 April the first year of our reign of England, France and Ireland, and of Scotland the 36.
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[George Nicholson] to the Same.
1603, April 11.Albeit I have not this long time written to you, expecting to have been before this with you, yet impute my silence to no want of duty to you on whom I depend; hoping to see you before his Majesty come to London, and to show you my faithfulness. On Saturday his Majesty will be at York.—Newcastle, 11 April, 1603.
Unsigned.
Endorsed: "Mr. Nicholson to my Mr."
1 p. (187. 26.)
Ralph Graye to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 12.Sends some packets. His Majesty is here at Newcastle, with many English and Scots gentlemen, of lords of England the Lord Henry Howard, Sheffield, Cobham and Scrope; of Scots lords, the Duke of Lennox; of earls Marr and Argyle; the Lord Home, the Lord of Paisley, Sir George Home, the Treasurer, and others of his Council, who intend all with his Highness southwards.—Newcastle, 12 April, 1603.
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[The King to Lord Henry Howard.]
1603, April 12.We received at Barwick by Roger Aston the money sent by you, wherein we allow of your discretion, meaning now to hasten forward as much as we may conveniently to our city of York, which place, because we account it the second city of our kingdom, we mean to enter in a manner more public; and therefore like it well that some of our servants and officers have authority to meet us, not being any of those principals, which may diminish part of that honour and dignity which belong to our dearest sister as long as her body is above ground, to whom we are not only successor in her kingdom, but so near of blood as we will not stand so much upon the ceremony of our own joy, but that we would have all things observed which may testify the honour we bear to her memory. As touching our guard, we like it well that they remain still entire as they were at her death, to attend her body and her funeral, our meaning being that none of the principal officers, either of our house or of our guards, do part from the body of the defunct without farther direction from us.—Undated.
Endorsed: "12 April, 1603. Copy of a minute sent to my Lord Henry Howard."
2 pp. (187. 27.)
Sir Anthony Ashley to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 13.As to the appeal of Michael Wade from the sentence given in the Arches in the behalf of Kiblewhite. Cecil's letter thereon directed to Dr. Floydd, Dr. Creak, and other judges delegates, in favour of Wade, though grounded on false suggestions, has delayed the confirmation of the sentence given after five years' controversy. He is prejudiced thereby, and a suit is undertaken against him for Wade upon a pretended title: a man who has been censured in the Star Chamber, and pilloried for forgery. He prays Cecil to write to the above judges requiring them, notwithstanding his former letter, to proceed in the cause according to justice.—13 April, 1603.
Holograph. Signed, A. Ashley. 1 p. (99. 112.)
Countess Dowager of Shrewsbury to the Same.
1603, April 13.This 12th of April I received your letter in behalf of my unnatural son Henry Cavendish. I wish he had lived so that he were clear of all faults imputed to him (as in this it seems you are informed, or at least some would make show he should be). Had it been so, I wish I had known it sooner, that then I might have taken less grief for his and others' undutiful and unnatural dealings. I could sooner be persuaded he were innocent of those matters lately objected against him, had I not been certainly informed, as I know you and others of the Council were, of his former acting in the same matter. No friend should sooner persuade me to do for him than yourself, but I have been so hardly dealt with by him and others who specially sought my overthrow, and having no likelier means than to work some near me, little suspected by me, to join in their bad actions, that I must crave pardon if I refuse to do for those who, not only in this matter but in many others, have sought to hurt me.—Hardwick, 13 April, 1603.
Signed, E. Shrowesbury.
1 p. (99. 114.)
D. P. to Jeronimo Paluzzi.
1603, April 13/23.I have written two letters in reply to yours. I have not ventured to write you since as I did not know whether I should find you any longer in Bayonne, being in doubt as, although many letters have come here, I have received none of yours. I am writing this at a venture on the occasion of the return to Paris of the French gentleman who has been staying here. The news here is that the Queen of England is dead. Valladolid, 23 April, 1603.
Holograph. Italian. Addressed: "All Illrs. Sigr. Jeronimo Paluzzi, Baiona."
Endorsed: "Dom Peroni." ½ p. (187. 33.)
Privy Purse expenses of Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 13.Payments by Sir Robert Cecil's servant for privy purse expenses, 2 April to 13 April 1603. Includes—
Payments for boat hire: to the Lord Chamberlain's and back again 4s.: with the instruments to Greenwich 12d.: for my Lord and 3 men from Lambeth to Cecil House 2s. 6d.: 3 boats back to Lambeth 2s.: to my Lord Treasurer's 6d. Lambeth to Whitehall 6d. &c. Snelling for carrying my Lord in his barge from Lambeth to the Lord Treasurer's house and back 10s. 6d.
Payments to bringers of presents: rabbits from Sir Michael Hicks 2s.: fat doe from my Lord of Harford 10s.: biscuits from the French Ambassador 20s.; salmon from Mr. Barter 5s.: young kid from Mr. Cary 2s.: cypress trees from Sir William Wade 10s.: stag from Sir Henry Butler, 5s.: live herons from Mr. Duke Brooke 5s.; two "hobbies" from the Lord Treasurer of Ireland 40s.
Other payments—for "batel dores and shittlecokes," 13s.: to Hudson for a guide in Enfield Chase, 12d.: by my Lord's appointment unto Coperarey at his going into the Low Countries 3l.
4 pp. (204. 137–8.)
Edward, Lord Crumwell, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 14.His folly enforced him to assure to the Lord Treasurer, Sir John Fortescue, Mr. Attorney and Mr. Solicitor all the land he has entailed from the Crown, for the assurance of his fine. That estate still remains in them, and though it was intended that, her Majesty satisfied, he should use the rest, yet by reason of their interest therein, and this late sorrowful time, which has shut up all rich men's purses, he cannot make such sale thereof as he would. Asks whether the Lord Treasurer may not, upon the assurance they have of that land, being worth 14,000l., disburse a reasonable sum for his instant need.—14 April 1603.
Holograph. Signed, Ed. Crumwell.
1 p. (99. 115.)
The Earl of Cumberland to the Same.
1603, April 14.Has received the enclosed letter from his Majesty, whose pleasure is that he should meet him at York. Begs Cecil to explain his departure to the Lords.—Munnes, 14 April, 1603.
Holograph. Signed, George Cumbreland.
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Lord Scrope to the Same.
[1603, April 14.]I met with his Majesty at Wooddrington, where before I came, because of certain outrages committed within my office by the procurement of the new Lord Dacre, as Mr. Dalston alleges, and the Grames being principal actors in these outrages, the King, by the advice of my brother Sir Robert Carey, has sent 200 soldiers of Barwick with 50 horsemen, by the government of 3 new made knights, that is Sir William Selby, Sir Henry Wooddrington and Sir William Fenwick, to demolish all the Grames' houses and burn them, which they say they have done: and has given to Captain Selby the livings of the Grames, as he says, with a garrison of 100 horses to lay there for a twelve months. He will not suffer me so much as to go home for a ten days, for fear I should hinder that service against the Grames, whereof how clear I am there is a God that knows all. The King uses me in good sort, but my errand has been said unto him before my coming. For me, he that has wronged me, if he has not, I wish him a broken head. The King will not resolve of these matters till he come to the Council, where I pray let me have your favours to be quitted of the place, and I will desire no more.—Undated.
Holograph. Signed, Th. Scroope.
Endorsed: "1603."
Postal endorsements.—"[D]uresme the . . . nth of April . . . the forenoon. Salton the . . . past 8 in thevening. . . . 14 day at afternone. Nycholls. . . the 14 day at . ., Wm. Thomson. . . at 9 in the morning. Grantam the 15 day at none. Witham the 15 day past two a cloke at afternoone. Stenford the 15 at past 5 after none. Huntingdon the 16 . . . in the morning."
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The States General to King James.
1603, April 14.After our congratulatory letters of the 8th inst. to your Majesty upon your succession to the kingdoms of England, France and Ireland, for which we are much rejoiced and return thanks to God, we pray you, inasmuch as it pleased the Queen of England of exalted and laudable memory in her last days to permit us to recruit in England the English companies in our service, that your Majesty may also be pleased to grant us to the same effect and to draw and transport them hitherward, as also from Scotland the recruits for our Scottish companies, so that they may be employed in our service and especially for the preservation of the town of Ostende. And although we have a firm confidence in your Majesty's benign favour to us, yet owing to the urgent necessity of our affairs and the need of the preservation of Ostende, and seeing how we have counted upon the said recruits, how the season is well advanced and how the enemy is hurrying forward the foreign reinforcements he expects and those he has raised in the Low Countries with extraordinary diligence in order to anticipate us in the campaign and assure the siege, we cannot cease to pray you to give order for the prompt levying and transport without delay or difficulty of the said English and Scottish recruits.
Signed: Aerssen 1603. French. Endorsed: 14 April 1603.
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The Bishop of St. Davids to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 14.Reports the proceedings taken upon Cecil's letters of the 10th inst. to the escheator or feodary of Gloucester, ordering him to seize Margaret Seamys, found ward to his Majesty, and deliver her into the custody of George Masters of Cicester. The feodary, Richard George, refused, saying he had former commands from Cecil to receive her into his own tuition, and redelivered her to Robert George of Cicester, who has her in custody, or rather in prison, by Mr. Oldsworth's disposition. The Bishop refers it to Cecil to say whether this is not a contempt of his command. The bad and cunning usage of her may turn to the undoing of the child, who is being persuaded to trust in them who seek only the spoil of her goods. He begs Cecil to renew his former order. Offers to compound for the wardship out of hand, to prevent many inconveniences, and stay their dangerous practices.—Gloucester, 14 April, 1603.
Holograph. Signed, Anth. Meneven.
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John Skinner to Sir Robert Cecil.
1603, April 15.Howsoever you have had no liking unto me, which hath bred me much misfortune, yet if your Honour knew how willing I was ever to serve you, I should have hoped to have obtained better grace with you. Having obtained my full settling in my places through his Majesty's gracious promise and delivery of my staff to me, I beseech your Honour to receive it favourably, and that once I may have the comfort to be reckoned your servant.—From Barwyck, 15th April.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1603."
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Richard Percival to the Same.
1603, April 15.This morning I received a packet from Bremen, with letters to the Lords, the copies whereof Mr. Smith sends enclosed. There was one private to you from Lord Eure, and another from Mr. Secretary Herbert, both importing the substance of the general letter to the Lords, with the like from Mr. Lesieur, with which I do not burden this packet. Mr. Oldsworth is come up, and offers to prove all the suggestions of the importunate bishops to be merely false, and has brought a letter from Mr. Masters, who excuses to receive the body of the ward: and another from the feodary, signifying the ward's unwillingness to be removed from him, who had taken her into possession by your former warrant.—The Court, 15 April, 1603.
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Sir John Salisbury to the Same.
1603, April 15.Since her Majesty's death, has made his abode in the country, to do his best for the maintaining of good order in these parts where he dwells. Offers services, and asks if it is Cecil's pleasure that he should repair to attend him.— Llewenye, 15 April, 1603.
Holograph. Signed, Jo: Salusbury.
1 p. (187. 29.)
Affairs of State.
[1603, c. April 15.]A memorial of some things to be imparted to his Majesty from their Lordships by Mr. Secretary Cecil.
The funeral may be performed on Friday in Easter week.
The King alone may be crowned sooner, and if the Queen be crowned with his Majesty, then more time is requisite, but both may be crowned by the 24th or 25th of July. The first is Sunday, the next St. James's Day; but his Majesty may please to come to the Tower before, and from thence remove whither he will until the coronation, and afterwards may return back thither again before the time of the coronation. If both of them be crowned together, it will save his Majesty a third part of the charge, besides the charge of the realm.
The naturalising of Scottishmen cannot be till a Parliament, but the same may be otherwise in the meantime provided for by charter under the great seal of England.—Undated.
Signed: "Jo: Cant.; Tho: Egerton, C.S.; T. Buchurst; Notingham; Northumberland; E. Worcester; W. Knollys; Ed: Wotton; E. Stanhope; Ro: Cecyll."
Endorsed: "Memorial, 1603."
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