Cecil Papers
May 1603, 16-31

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'Cecil Papers: May 1603, 16-31', Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House, Volume 15: 1603 (1930), pp. 91-118. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=112161 Date accessed: 31 August 2014.


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May 1603, 16-31

William Udall to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 16.My keeper, I know not by what direction, hath laden my legs with a great pair of bolts. I crave but justice that the matters betwixt him and me may be examined; if I have offended I crave no favour. I am used by the keeper, and have been of late, most shamefully and most brutishly; I appeal to the testimony of all the prisoners He hath no quarrel against me but that I am enforced to find fault with his extortions, his cosenages and his extreme vile practices, which I will prove with the testimony of all the prisoners. He doth object his prisoners must not be maintained against him. If his courses were with honesty, his prisoners would be most quiet, but they are intolerable and he maintaineth his credit against his prisoners with shameful untruths. He told me he clogged me with bolts because I was fighting in his absence. Let all the prisoners witness if I had a stick in my hand or gave one blow. All that I spake was in regard this poor gentlewoman could not nor cannot come to me without scolding of the keeper and his wife, being ever reputed to be a bawd. The bawdry in the Gatehouse will be proved. This is not the first time I have complained of the keeper's barbarous usage of me. I could never yet have that justice that matters might come to examination. You know my cause of restraint in Ireland, for which I was sent hither, was for saying that his Majesty which now is hath and had the best right to the three crowns.—From the Gatehouse, this 16 of May.
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Henry, Lord Cobham, to Lord Cecil, his brother-in-law.
1603, May 16.It is confidently bruited that his Majesty on Thursday doth go down to the ship, and from thence to Dover. Of his purpose to come unto me, both from my lord Duke and your lordship, I received the one and the self-same answer. If he should come to Dover in this private manner I pray you advise me what I should do.—From my house in the Black Friars, the 16 of May, 1603.
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Edward Coke, Attorney General, to the Same.
[1603], May 16.I have drawn a proclamation according to the wise and grave direction which his Majesty himself gave unto me, and have done it with all the expedition I could. —16 May.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1603." ½ p. (187. 44.)
Sir John Peyton to the Same.
1603, May 16.It may please you to direct Mr. Wade for drawing a warrant from the Council for the delivery of Anthony Rowlestons, Thomas Herisonne, and John Stanley out of the Tower. Edward Lyngen is attainted for treason, for whom, as Mr. Wade informs me, it is requisite to have a special warrant from his Majesty. Prays Cecil's favour and offers services.— Tower, 16 May, 1603.
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Richard [Vaughan], Bishop of Chester, to "Sir Robert" Cecil.
1603, May 16.I and other justices of the peace in Lancaster received the Council's letters concerning the dispersing of a certain libellous Popish challenge, and the buying up of armour by recusants. Concerning the challenge, Gawen Atherton, servant to Mr. Garrard of the Brynn in that county, being discovered to be an actor therein, is fled towards London, where his master is said to be resident at present. He being apprehended is able to decypher further practices of that sect. Concerning armour, the fame was very great presently after her Majesty's death, and much bespoken in Chester and Liverpool; but on examination I find the sellers are loath to reveal the buyers, and that the bruit was greater than cause was. As by the short cessation of law and justice, and by the determination of the Commission Ecclesiastical, the vulgar sort are grown so unquiet that her Majesty's late preachers dare not almost look into their charge, for fear of violence to be offered to their persons, being now reputed as men discharged from their stations. These are to entreat you to be their favourable patron to his Majesty for the continuance of their stipends, and their speedy replacing in their charges, as the state of the country and necessity of the time require. The bearer Mr. William Harison, an honest, learned and painful preacher, yet much maligned by the ill disposed, can more particularly relate the state of that county, in which I wish him a more peaceable continuance, or better preferment elsewhere.—Chester, 16 May, 1603.
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Charles, Comte D'Arenberg, to Lord Cobham.
1603, May 16/26.In favour of the bearer, a friend of his, who is returning from Italy and desires to go and see some of his relations in England.—Brussels, 26 May, 1603.
Holograph. French. 1 p. (100. 47.)
Dr. Goade to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 17.Touching our College matter, wherewith I acquainted you at Charterhouse, it pleased Lord Henry Howard, not long since a very worthy student in our College, in his zeal upon my conference with him, to inform the King and to deliver to him the Bishop of Lincoln's letter, complaining of great abuse toward him from our young multitude in his visitation, together with the petition of himself, the Seniors and Fellows. And shortly after he signified to me that his Highness had referred the hearing to my lord Grace and you. May it please you to let me know when I shall attend. I would now have waited on you myself, but being not well, I dare not adventure on the water.—From my lodging in London, the 17 May, 1603.
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R. Percival to the Same.
1603, May 18.This morning one Prince and his wife were with him whose petition to the King Cecil saw. Sets out in detail the points of the petition and the answers thereto.—From your house this 18th of May, 1603,
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The Elector Palatine.
1603, May 18.Count de Solms and M. de Plessen with their suite coming from the Elector Palatine to his Majesty desire this evening to go to Canterbury, with the governor's permission.—Dover, 18 May, 1603.
French. ½ p. (100. 18.)
Lord Cobham to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 18.This bearer, the searcher of Sandwich, has brought up unto me two young men, who coming as passengers from Calais were by him stayed at Margate, for that they refused to take the oath of supremacy.—"From my house in Blackfriars, this 18th of May, 1603."
PS.—"The names of these two are Ralph Palmer and John Cutler, both Londoners born, as they acknowledge."
Signed. 2/3 p. (100. 19.)
Lord Sandys to the Same.
1603, May 18.My sickness has withdrawn my presence from you, but so soon as God sends health I will attend you in Court and do my duty in rendering thanks to his Majesty. My good friend Mr. Attorney [General] has dispatched my business according to the King's good pleasure, and by your most friendly directions, which I send you, praying some speedy dispatch as to you shall be thought fit.—Charing Cross, 18 May, 1603.
Signed. ½ p. (100. 20.)
John Tirrell, Mayor, and the Sheriffs of Dublin to "Sir Robert" Cecil.
1603, May 18.Having now sent these gentlemen Mr. Talbot, Recorder, and Mr. Sedgrave, an alderman of this city, to signify our duties and to be petitioners to his Majesty amongst other things for renewing and confirming our charters and liberties, we have presumed to recommend them and our suits to your favour and good consideration.—Dublin, 18 May, 1603.
Signed. ½ p. (100. 21.)
T. Lord Buckhurst to Lord [Cecil.]
1603, May 18.I send you here enclosed the two bills for Sir George Hume, the one for the office of Chancellor, the other for the office of Under Treasurer of the Exchequer. The sooner these two bills are signed by the King the better. For the patent of either of them bears "teste" according to the day of their delivery to the Lord Keeper, and until Sir John Fortescue have made his surrender, you may be sure I will not offer them to my Lord Keeper. And now again, until the patent for the Duchy be signed by the King for Mr. Chancellor, he will not pass his surrender, neither were it reason to urge him to it. Therefore you must likewise hasten the signing of that patent by the King unto Mr. Chancellor, and send it to me, and then upon his surrender of the other two offices I will deliver him the bill for the Duchy. You may assure Sir George Hume that there is no necessity for him, as Under Treasurer, to speak first in the Star Chamber, nor to be present there at all times except he list, but at some times it is fit he be. And as for the first speaker there, it is most fit that always the Puisne Judge begin, and that will be in the power of my Lord Keeper and myself to order. I assure you we have heretofore talked about it as a thing fittest to have been ordered so, because as you know Mr. Chancellor did sometimes watch late, and so was often forced, as you know. These bills I pray you hasten to be signed, as likewise the bill for the Duchy.—18 May, 1603.
Holograph. Endorsed: "L. Treasurer." 2 pp. (187. 47.)
John Martyn, Mayor of Plymouth, to "Sir Robert" Cecil.
1603, May 19.The Admiral of the Dutch men of war that lately were upon our coast, desired me to inform you of advertisement; and for that you shall understand the very effect I have sent it you here enclosed under his own hand, wherein he seemed to be more earnest than he could well by his language be to me understood. He made very little stay here, but only took in fresh water and some other necessaries.—Plymouth, 19 May, 1603.
Signed. Seal. ½ p. (100. 22.)
Lord Cobham to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 19.Even now I received a packet from Dover, that yesterday in the afternoon there arrived from Calais the Count of Solms and De Plessen, ambassadors from the Elector Palatine unto his Majesty, which I pray you to take notice of and to acquaint his Majesty at your good pleasure. The note written by themselves I send you here enclosed. I pray acquaint me whether the King have signed his pass for the commissioners from the Archduke, and likewise whether Sir Robert Mansfeld be not appointed to go to Calais, there to attend with his Majesty's ships to bring them over, for so it is bruited. I would have been glad to have waited upon you yesterday when you were in town, but that Sir Walter Cope told me he would bring me word when you were come and when I should attend you.— From my house in the Black Friars, the 19 of May, 1603.
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Dr. J. Chippingdale to the Same.
1603, May 19.I do remember that I am your servant. Your affairs are more than I know, not more than I conceive; I dare not therefore trouble you with many lines, only I crave that as it hath pleased you to accept my service so you would in any condition use me.—From the Doctors Commons, London, this 19 of May, 1603.
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William Massam to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 20.I thought it my duty to impart unto you that which I daily hear upon the Exchange, concerning the farming of the custom of silks, granted unto you, and since by you demised unto others. Of late it was generally reported that you had resigned your patent unto his Majesty's hands, whereof the under farmers (as the report went) were glad and made means to obtain it wholly unto themselves; which divers merchants hearing of preferred a supplication to the King against the said patent, which they would not have done if they had supposed you had not resigned the same. But they did it to prevent such as execute the place under you, who for the most part are men very evil thought of, and such as having themselves been the means of stealing custom for other men, do now deal very rigorously and discourteously with all merchants in general. And if you would retain the patent wholly to yourself, placing honest men to see the execution thereof, or farm it out unto any man of account, I durst pawn my life it would not only give all merchants in general great content but cause them to desist from further suit unto his Majesty.— 20 May, 1603.
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Fulke Grevyll to the Same.
1603, May 20.I understand that by such mediation as your self and my noble friends have used for me, the King is pleased not only to stay that course of disadvantage into which I was falling, but also to grace me with some mark of more near favour. I was never 'trecher' nor unthankful man; I could not say this that I presume to write for myself, and since men that have fortune to do good must venture upon the honesty of men let me press you the rather, because as the age shapes I know your hazard will be every way as great wheresoever you bestow your favour.—From the Austin Friars, 20 May, 1603.
Signed. Seal. ½ p. (100. 26/1.)
Sir Richard Lewkenor to the King.
1603, May 20.Great numbers of your subjects have already waited on your Majesty to express their joy and comfort by your highness being our most happy King; so are there infinite numbers more whose desires were so to have done, if with conveniency they might. Amongst which number I am one, whose desire hath been to have been one of the first if I might so have done without hazarding your displeasure by going from my charge in these parts, where I hold the place of your Justice of Chester and one of your council in your principalities and marches of Wales, my charge being in the absence of your Lord President as his is when he is here present. The directions of the Privy Council were that I should stay here and in no wise remove from this my charge. And shortly after I received a like prohibition by your Majesty's late proclamation; which together with the absence of the Lord President and the holding of certain assizes and great sessions in your county of Chester and other shires in Wales, and the holding of a term here for hearing and determining of suits within the whole principality and marches of Wales, have been the only causes of my not attending on your Highness.—From your Majesty's house of Tyckenhyll, 20 May, 1603.
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The Earl of Mar to "my Lord Principal Secretary" [Cecil.]
1603, May 20.It were but troublesome to you to read by my evil hand that which I have at great length written to my Lord of Kinloss and my Lord Treasurer of Scotland. I pray you help them with your best advice in their follies in this country, which in truth, if they be not wisely prevented, I fear in end shall prove follies indeed. My Master's will ever was and shall be a law to me but ceremony. My only comfort is his Majesty thinks my young son and honest poor friends have done nothing but served him faithfully, so as I am assured there is some of my fellows have done the contrary. For my reward, I seek nothing but that, for his Majesty's honour and safety in time coming, they in some measure may know his Majesty is offended. I hope to see your L. shortly.—Sterling Cassell, 20 May, 1603.
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Sir William Fitzwilliam to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 21.There is question between my brother and me for title of land and matters of riot on both sides, both which are with such violence prosecuted of his part as notwithstanding my willingness that he should have the land to him and his heirs males as my father's gift was, with further proffers of my part also that his wife if he marry should have a jointure of the most of it (only desiring that if he died without issue the land may return to the house) and that all other suits should be compounded between us, yet nothing will content him but a public hearing, which cannot turn but to the discredit of our house and our own shame. How to receive comfort I know not but from you. Be pleased to send for him and to cause these untoward actions to be determined with least touch of infamy to us both. Greater charity you cannot show than either to end these causes yourself, or by your mediation to work our dread sovereign to lay his commandment on us both to stand to the order of such as he shall appoint. My brother's right whatsoever should this way be nothing impaired, and both our reputations be maintained.—21 May, 1603.
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Sir John Haryngton to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 21.I am now in distress, in an honest cause. I look for no relief but from the King. Your good word may hasten it; it will cost you little, it will avail me much. Briefly it is thus: I that never committed crime in my life (let all my enemies object what they can) am betrayed by my kin into a debt of 4,000l., and thinking to prop up a house not contemptible and allied to you; being too weak a prop it is all fallen on me and so must lie here. While John Skinner flourishes at Berwick and flies with my feathers, old Markham dotes at home, and his honest son Sir Griffin your kinsman, like an Æneas that would carry his father out of the flame, is like to burn in it with him, the lubber is so heavy to lie on his maimed son's shoulders. I beseech you show yourself a friend to us both in this.—21 May, 1603.
Holograph. Seal broken. ½ p. (100. 28.)
James Worsley to "Sir Robert Cecil."
1603, May 21.My last unto you was written 15 May and sent by Mr. Howe, a follower of my lord bishop of London, certifying you of a Jesuit which went over and I thought would land in Dover; where I had written unto Sir Thomas Fane for his landing, but the wind shifting they were landed in Hastings, and so my letter unto Sir Thomas was lost. His coming I think was dangerous, he was so resolute in his going over, being a man very fit for some desperate attempt here, and at Calais hath passed many since the Queen's death, both Jesuits and priests. I pray God you may have intelligence of them and no doubt you will foresee all their ill meaning. Also I am to certify a special matter which doth very highly concern you, which I wrought out of a Scot, one that is very near about our King and went over hence unto his Majesty the 17th of our May. You shall find me a gentleman that hath friends and means and one which doth love you, as in this when you shall understand it. I would disclose it now in my letter, but many letters I have written unto you and never have heard of any, which maketh me think they are not delivered, and this I will not commit unto writing nor disclose unto any but you, for that it doth concern your person only and seriously. There is another matter I promised to certify you of which now I can also do; if it please you to send me by the next post some twenty pounds to discharge my necessary occasions here, I will come presently unto you; where disclosing that which I will do, shall be for your great safety, and nothing doubt ever hereafter to have your high favour.—From Dieppe, 21 May, 1603.
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Suitors to the King.
1603, May 21.Institutions and orders for the dispatch of suitors to the King.—Westminster, 21 May, 1603.
Official contemporary copy, parchment, damaged. 1 p. (218. 14)
The King to the Privy Council.
1603, May 22.As we have by an instrument directed to you under our great seal of England committed to you a special trust for the examining of all suits for matters of our bounty which shall be hereafter exhibited unto us, all which we do intend to send and refer to your consideration; so have we thought good to explain our meaning to you in some things of moment which are like to fall into consideration amongst you being matters tending to the gratifying of sundry who have and will seek such graces at our hands, wherein we cannot now at the first entrance into our government give you other than a general notice of our design because we are not yet so well acquainted with many circumstances and formalities of the proceedings of this kingdom as we were in our other realm, where we had so long governed as we had no great use of Officers' advices. But here, those things being not yet so familiar to us, we are pleased in them to give ear to the counsel of you whom we have specially chosen to put our trust in.
First, for matters of suits in general, although it is very true that we have bestowed upon divers great and large gifts of such lands and possessions as came to the Crown in the time of our late sister the Queen by attainders and escheats, in which kind we have been moved and may be in such cases to bestow some such favours upon those whose houses are of antiquity and may be fit to be enabled to do us service, yet we require you to use this caution, that when any suits shall come unto you for any matters of our lands, especially those which have been of long continuance in the crown, you be not easy in giving assent and recommendation to matters of moment, or to every man's suit, lest that perhaps when they are reported to us we finding cause to be of other opinion than you are, it shall by consequence follow that the grace and thanks of allowance rest with you and the offence of denial redound wholly upon us: which how scandalous it would be to us among our people, you in your wisdoms can easily conceive.
Next is, that if any suits happen to come before you for reversions of great places in Courts of Justice, you shall consider how unfit it were for us to have such things recommended by you, which in politic consideration are not fit for princes to do, as well for that there groweth thereby an offence to the possessioners and may perhaps follow danger, as also for that you cannot be ignorant that it hath been always held wisdom with those that have charge of supreme government to entertain the devotions of their servants with hopes, which with most men work better effects of diligence and service than the remembrance of rewards past. And though we have of late been pleased to grant the reversion of a place, the Chancellorship of the Duchy, to a person of good merit to our late sister, yet have done it upon such consideration as may have a just exemption out of that general rule, because the person was one [upon] whom the Queen deceased had resolved to bestow that place which we could not perform for the present because it would have given impediment to our purpose in the placing of some of our old servants whom we were desirous to have about us, and in that consideration the gentleman submitted himself to our will; for which cause, though he deserved an extraordinary favour of us, yet we do hereby testify unto you that we mean not to make it a precedent to others.
We are likewise importuned for our favour, as we doubt not but many of you shall be for your furtherance of many men's desires to be advanced to the dignity of Barons, which being a degree of such honour as it is in this kingdom, giving to them that have it place in the great Council of the Realm, the Parliament, and conferring as much dignity at the first instant of the creation as the ancientest descent of blood deriveth unto any, we cannot but think it convenient for us to be very wary in the bestowing of a grace of so great moment; and withal give you this taste of our disposition that way, that where we have been made acquainted with the suits of many claiming a right to the same in divers kinds, we will remit all of that kind to our next Parliament where we think it meetest their claims should be examined and allowed if there be cause. For others for whom we have been moved only by way of grace, although we do both know many gentlemen of worth in this kingdom whom we think worthy of honour, and hold it also reasonable for us to imitate the custom of Princes our progenitors to honour their coronation with calling persons of worth to such dignities: yet intend we therein to be very moderate and not to exceed the number of [blank], which we thought good to make known to you because you may thereby each of you consider how far forth it will be fit for you to solicit us for our favour in that kind for any.
And the like moderation do we purpose to hold in the places of our honourable order of the Garter, which we find hath been maintained in such reputation as it is by the Sovereigns thereof, not only by the respective choice of the persons, but in not exceeding the number of the first institution; which course will be meet for us to observe, or if we do enlarge the same to forbear until hereafter that the union of our two realms shall be settled.
Last of all we have thought good to say something to you touching your own rank of Privy Councillors which being a place of so great dignity and trust as it is, although it have been by us of late augmented in number above the ordinary rate which of late years it hath had, which was necessary for us to do for many respects; yet finding the same now composed of a sufficient number of persons both for their birth, for their experience and for the offices and places they hold in this kingdom meet to be called to it, we shall not hereafter be drawn to exceed that number of four and twenty nor to admit any others except it be by vacation of any place needful to be supplied.
Endorsed: "22 May, 1613. M[emorandum] to the Council for the Examining of suits for matters of Bounty."
Draft, corrected by Cecil. 5½ pp. (100. 30–32.)
Noel de Caron to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 22.In favour of the bearer, the King having referred his petition to Cecil.—Londres, 22 May, 1603.
Holograph. French.
Endorsed: "Sir Noel Caron. With a petition of Thomas Huet." 1 p. (187. 49.)
Lord Cobham to the Same.
1603, May 23.The bearer, son to Martin de la Falie, brought him this letter of recommendation from the Count of Arenberg. He has both kindred here and divers honest merchants of his acquaintance, but has an intention to return. Arenberg imagines Cobham's credit to be as formerly or would recommend his friends to others.—" From my house in the Black Friars," 23 May, 1603.
PS.—Would willingly wait upon Cecil at his next coming to his house.
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[Printed in extenso in Edwards, Life of Ralegh, ii, 446.]
Henry Carew to the Same.
1603, May 23.Expresses his gratitude to Cecil for making a favourable relation to his Majesty of his offence, for which he has been lately censured. He acknowledges the offence, and desires it may be imputed to indiscretion, and not to malice. Protests he had no harmful intention either against his Majesty or the State. Prays Cecil to be a means for his pardon.—The sorrowful prison of the Fleet, 23 May, 1603.
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Sir Thomas Fane to Lord Cobham.
1603, May 24.Sends the enclosed examination of one Thomas Bramston, a priest, lately banished with many others out of this realm and now returned without any warrant, received from the commissioners for restraint of passage here, and prays directions.—Dover Castle, 24 May, 1603.
PS.—Bramston remaineth here under safe custody until you send further direction.
Signed. Seal. ¾ p. (100. 34.)
The Earl of Argyle to "the Secretary of England" [Cecil.]
1603, May 24.Finding the affairs of this country altered from the estate I hoped to have found them in, I have taken the boldness to request your lordship to remember his Majesty to honour me with his commandments, to the end I may the more perfectly direct my whole actions to his Highness's service; for his Majesty's will not being known to me makes all my actions irresolute, ever fearing to commit some errors ignorantly. —Stirveling, 24 May.
Holograph. Seal over green silk. ½ p. (100. 35.)
Lord Cobham to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 24.I came away from you yesterday as well satisfied, and your undertaking for me to his Majesty that I may travel presently more kindly than I can express. Conceits of unkindness on my part are clean wiped away. You may remember that I have a licence of cloths. I may receive favour and even profit by your favourable letter to Stone the mercer, who is master of the company of the Clothworkers. He may deal with them to compound with me for my patent, so in two or three words to him, this will be effected and you a means to bring some 400 p[ounds] to my purse. If this you will do, your letter may be sent me by this bearer, and if written with your own hand it would be to my most advantage.—From my house in Black Friars, 24 May, 1603.
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[Printed in extenso in Edwards, Life of Ralegh, ii. 447.]
Prince Henry.
1603, May 24.Act by the Lords of the Scottish Council recording the taking over of Prince Henry from the charge of the Earl of Mar to that of the Duke of Lennox and others.— Stirling Castle, 24 May, 36 Jac. 6.
Signed by Lennox and others. 1 p. (141. 277.)
Lord Cobham to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 25.As you directed me I have written for the priest's safe coming from Dover, who shall be delivered to the bishop of London, and that with as little noise as may be. The parties that bring them order, I pray may be taken for their charges, and desire to know your pleasure to whom I shall appoint them to attend or whether I shall send them to you as your former order hath been. For myself, give me leave to put you in mind that as with favour you have begun in obtaining his Majesty's leave for me to travel, so I beseech you to continue the effecting of it. Permit me to wait upon you at your next coming to London, if your greater affairs will permit it.—From my house in the Black Friars, the 25 of May, 1603.
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Sir William Cooke to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 25.Receiving some general notice of some businesses of your lordship's in Northamptonshire, wherein I understand abroad you are not well used, I make bold to proffer my best service therein if you please to use me.—May 25, 1603.
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Lord Chief Justice Popham to the Same.
1603, May 25.Forrester was sent unto me this morning by Sir William Browne and brought over by this bearer Thomas Cossam, Sir William Browne's man. Presently upon his coming Mr. Attorney, Mr. Solicitor and myself have partly examined him, and do determine to-morrow to confront him, Ashby and one Standish together. But thus much appeareth already that all those three are very naught.—At my chamber at Sergeants Inn, this 25th of May, 1603.
Signed. Seal. ½ p. (100. 39.)
Mrs. Ann White to the Same.
1603, May 25.Is a suitor on behalf of the bearer, her son White, for Cecil's letters in his behalf to Mr. Dr. Nevile, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, for appeasing some suits between Trinity College and her son, that he may not be defeated by them of what is his right, left by his father, and always hitherto enjoyed by him, his father, and the previous owners of the land. The matter is but small, yet not to be lost if it can be otherwise recovered.—From Hull, 25 May, 1603.
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Gilbert, Earl of Shrewsbury, to the Same.
1603, May 25.I understand that my bad brother, upon some message that he hath procured from the King to Sir John Fortescue, hath gotten out a particular of Pomfret Park, and laboureth to obtain some bill to be signed by the King for a new lease thereof. You know that the matter was in question in your time being Chancellor of the Duchy, and that you referred the consideration thereof in law to the two judges of that circuit, and so it hath remained ever since. I pray if you hear of any such suit of my brother's, do me the favour to inform his Majesty your knowledge of my claim of a long lease of that park, which my father dearly bought of one to whom the Queen had granted it, and that you will procure his Majesty to send direction to Sir John Fortescue to hear and examine the matter throughly before he make any grant thereof to my brother. To this like effect I have written also to Sir G. Hume to move his Majesty. I beseech you to speak with Sir Th. Lake hereof, to stay any such bill if any such come to his hands or knowledge. This day I will be in the Star Chamber and after dinner I will call at your house. My Lady Arbella protests that she made no means nor desired any creature living to move his Majesty that she might speak with him since she saw him last, although she mean shortly to make that suit to him. I did tell my wife that I heard she had made suit to speak with him, but none knoweth who told me thereof, I assure you.—This Wednesday morning.
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John Davis to Lord Cecil of Essendon.
[1603, May 26.]My reputation is called in question. A few words to his Majesty may make me happy, which are not so fit to come from any as yourself, seeing no man better knows my carriage in that business than you. Vouchsafe to bestow a little breath in a just and honourable defence.
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Endorsed: "Sir Jhon Davyes, May 26, 1603."
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Hugh Glaseour, Mayor of Chester, to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 26.I received this day your letters of the 23rd of this month willing me to send up the little money I received of Lawrence Bradshaw, curate, amounting to 7l. According to your letters of the 16th of February, the Irish boy who was the principal being discharged by means of the French ambassador there, I put the curate at liberty, being fallen into great misery by his troubles. And albeit I was continually fed with hopes that I should before his enlargement receive the sum of 7l. 10s. yet at the last I found that he was unable to pay, and therefore was enforced to take his own bond in your name for payment of 10l., which I send you enclosed: the man himself being degraded for that fact since that time by the lord bishop of his diocese from the ministry, is departed forth of this country, having paid no money into my hands but forfeited his bond. If there be any fault, the French ambassador or the French gentleman that was robbed have given the occasion, who, having set at liberty the principal, I could not in any course of law and justice detain the accessory.—Chester the 26th of May, 1603.
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Enclosed:—The Bond of Lawrence Bradshaw, of West Kirby, co. Chester, clerk, 18 Feb., 44 Eliz. Seal. 1 p. (100. 43.)
Lord Cobham to the Same.
1603, May 26.2 letters:—
1. I have this afternoon received advertisement from the Mayor and Commissioners for passage at Sandwich that one Thomas Marroe and one Francis Richardson, landing at Margate on Monday last from the other side, for that they declared themselves Catholics and refused to take the oath of supremacy are by the Mayor and Commissioners stayed until they may receive other direction.
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2. Excuse my boldness that I desired your letter to Stone the mercer; your speech or message either by Sir Walter Cope or Sir Henry Burton will suffice. Concerning my motion to you for my going beyond the seas to satisfy you that it is my heart's desire, you see that upon no occasion that I have to write unto you but I am bold to put you in mind of it. You should find me industrious to requite your favour, for greater you cannot do me; and if you doubt that my desires be otherwise than I seem to desire, then retain these my letters which shall be witness against me.
Remember to move the King touching the priests stayed at Dover, and that I may have an answer touching my other letter written unto you this morning for those that be stayed at Sandwich.—From my house in the Black Friars, the [26] of May, 1603.
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Sir Edward Winfield to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 26.Your Honour, I am sure, hath heard of my late misfortune begotten by Rydge Udalle, who hath arrested me notwithstanding the order in my absence set down by your lordship and some others of my lords, my being of the King's ordinary pensioners, my lord lieutenant's commission and licence to stay here three months. How cruel dealing this is I do refer to you to judge of. I am content to yield to as much as I am able, keeping my wife and children from starving. I beseech you at this time do what you can for me to the King; I know my Lord of Southampton will join with you, and my Lord Admiral and Lord Chamberlain. If I do live here three days I must die, which I do not much care for if it were not in the place I am. Good my lord, make me happy, with a King as you did with a Queen, for his sake that is now in Scotland, my lord President of Munster.—"From hell," the 26 of May.
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Captain John Skynner to the Same.
1603, May 27.I have got Mrs. Southwell forward towards London 8 or 10 days since. I have sent up with her a 'stayed' man, a gentleman of my company. He maketh a long journey upon his own charge, whereof I hope you will be respectful towards him. He hath written to me that upon her journey she rails much upon you as author of that she calls her wrong.
My lady Walsingham was earnest with me to send this packet to you, which I have done. Other news I doubt not are wrote you which are here amongst us, in which place or any other if I might be commanded in anything by your direction or for your private service I would take myself much encouraged in courses of my content.—Berwick, this 27 of May.
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William Shute to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 27.In January 1595 there was delivered unto William King, then master of the ship the Truelove (newly built for my Lord Admiral and your lordship) certain cables and other ropes out of my shop for the use of the said ship to the sum of 93l. 5s. 9d. I solicited my Lord Admiral oftentimes for the said debt before my imprisonment, where I have endured this four years and more a miserable restraint (altogether contrary to my former life, wherein I had been so many ways employed beyond the seas by Mr. Secretary Walsingham, as you may remember). My good lord, seeing I have not been paid by my Lord Admiral (according to our custom) you being part owner of the Truelove I do most humbly beseech you to procure me payment. "Your poor petitioner in the prison of the Fleet, the 27 May, 1603."
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Lord Burghley to the Same.
1603, May 27.I had taken my leave of you but that I understood you were gone with his Majesty this journey. You shall find me always the same brother in love though not in power I have always of late professed unto you, and so I hope I shall find of you the like; for I assure you, there shall no emulation nor envy of your greatness, whatsoever some of the world may think, dispossess my love from you.
For the note you returned me of the names of the councillors, my meaning is that his Majesty would please to allow of all for those reasons, and though they may seem many for the time, yet the largeness of the government doth require it. And the rather I am bold to put the more for that there is none living that liveth in that province but only Sir Thomas Fairfax, who meaneth as I hear, since he is of his Majesty's privy chamber, to live above. There is no man's name there but of the best houses and fittest for their qualities to be allowed. The more his Majesty maketh now the less he shall be troubled with hereafter. I shall take it besides as a countenance unto me leaving the place, that the world shall see I do it with my honour, for that malicious humours are possessed I do it as forced against my will to depart with it. I pray you excuse me if you think me over lavish in nominating so many councillors at one time.
Endorsed:—"27 May, 1603. Lord Burghley to my Lord, from Ware. With a note of names for councillors in the North."
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John Johnston, Regius Professor at St. Andrews, to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 27:In praise of the late Queen. Addresses Cecil because the Queen loved his father and him for their many virtues, and because her memory would be most sacred to his family.—Ex Academia Regia Andreana, vj Kal. Jun., 1603.
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Lord Burghley to the Same.
1603, May 28.Divers of my countrymen the inhabitants of Peterborough meeting me by the high way as I came down told me they had a supplication to put up against the inhabitants of the town of Yaxley in Huntingdonshire, who go now about to set up a market at such times as they never did heretofore, to the great annoyance of the town of Peterborough, and contrary to a decree, as they say, passed against them in the high court of Chancery. The suit is like to breed trouble between the two said towns, to the impoverishing of them both if order be not taken by the Council Board, before the which they mean to complain of both sides. I am required by them to recommend the justice of their cause to be countenanced by you, being now become a Northamptonshire man; and I hope you shall find such evident proof fall out upon Peterborough's side as you shall need to show them no favour but justice, and if any favour should be showed to any it were to Peterborough, being a town beautified with a "portable" river to bring and carry all merchantable commodities to five sundry shires adjoining upon it, and the other but a husband town.—From Burghley this 28th of May, 1603.
PS.—I pray you that the book of instructions for the North may be sent down with some convenient speed, for that all things remain in that place as yet without authority; and I pray you chide down some of the Council attendant that be at London, so as I hear there is not one that I shall find at York against my coming, so as his Majesty needs make the more store for the continuance and [of?] his service in those parts.
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Sir Thomas Fane to Lord Cobham.
1603, May 28.Here is arrived this evening from Calais one Andrew Baily, one of the Jesuits that the King lately banished, who brought over with him divers letters which you shall receive here enclosed together with his examination. He is a proper man well accommodated in apparel, having a great black feather in his hat.—Dover Castle, 28th May, 1603.
PS.—On Tuesday last there arrived at Margate two Jesuits, who being sent by the Commissioners there to Dover, were intercepted by the Mayor of Sandwich, who before this, I hope, hath advertised you.
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Earl of Shrewsbury to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 28.Lord Davey has earnestly entreated my motion on his behalf unto you to the effect of these notes enclosed; protesting deeply that no man shall be more at your commandment than himself.
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Sir Robert Mansell to the King.
1603, May 29.Having desired Sign or Scorsa to make known unto the Archduke's ambassadors the straight charge given me by your Highness for their safe transportation into England, I shortly after stood over with my whole Fleet for Graveling, there to attend the time when they should be ready to embark.
In my way I stopped in Calais road, where I was no sooner come to an anchor but Count St. Paul with many young noblemen of France came aboard me, who having viewed and admired the force of your Highness's ships departed well pleased with my sea entertainment, wherein I neither spared your shot nor powder. Thence I departed to Graveling, and there understanding as well by letters from the Count himself as also from Signor Scorza that they could not be ready to embark before Friday next, I stood back for the English coast to renew my provision for their entertainment aboard and left word with the governor of Graveling that I would not fail to attend the ambassadors there at the time by himself appointed.
In mean time I held it my duty to advertise your Majesty what hath passed betwixt the Dutch men of war and me, the particulars whereof are contained in the enclosed, leaving the construction unto your own most wise and princely judgment, holding it my duty not to reach farther than to the executing in all due sort of your Majesty's commandments: most humbly craving your pardon for my boldness in delivering immediately unto your royal self the advertisements from hence which have been used to pass through other hands.—From aboard your Majesty's ship the Vantguard in Dover road, May 29.
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The Enclosure:—A report of what passed before Graveling the 28th of May between Sir Robert Mansell, knt., Admiral of his Majesty's forces in the Narrow Seas, and the vice-admiral of Holland, in the presence of both the vice-admirals and divers of the captains of both fleets.
About 10 of the clock in the morning there came 11 Holland men of war into the Road, where first the Admiral and after him the rest saluted me after the manner of the sea, with each of them 3 pieces of ordnance, and were answered with each of them one. About 1 of the clock in the afternoon the Admiral of the Hollanders accompanied with 5 or 6 of his captains came aboard of me, where after some friendly salutations of each part the Admiral of the Hollanders desired two or three words with me in private, who having most of the captains under my charge aboard me, called them into the cabin to hear what should be propounded. The vice-admiral Captain Turner had request made unto him by the Hollanders to meet aboard me, and came accordingly. They began in all civil manner to demand whether I was then come to receive the Archduke's ambassadors aboard me. Whereto I answered that that was indeed the cause of my coming.
Then they demanded whether I was to take them in at Graveling or Calais? whereto I answered, that I had neither reason nor warrant to satisfy them in that point, forasmuch as having received commandment from his Majesty to transport them I was to perform that duty either here or elsewhere. They replied that the intent of this demand stretched only thus far, that if I did expect the Archduke's ambassadors here at Graveling, their earnest request was that I would forbear to take him in here, and rather to do it at Calais. Whereto I answered that their request was not to be assented unto by a man of war, in regard their demand was accompanied with such a force of shipping: but had they sent the least pinnace with a letter to demand reason I would have satisfied them so far as became me in duty towards my Sovereign. The Admiral replied, that it was not fit for a man of his place to come in a pinnace, but with the ships that he commanded; and for writing he knew well that letters might be cast about, and therefore thought it not fit to commit his mind to paper. But when answer was made that he needed not to come but to send his mind by some other, he replied that he was to come for Dunkirk, and so to pass along the coast, and this was in his way; adding further, that this was but a request, and if it might not be granted they would not withstand any course that should be taken to embark the ambassadors. I told them that then it was fit they should avoid the Road, forasmuch as though I believe they neither would nor could hinder their embarking, yet lest they upon the shore should in any sort doubt their safe coming aboard, I thought it fit the Road should be clear. Their answer was, that if all the force of Flanders were there to transport them, or what other Spanish force soever, they would die or hinder their passage, and if they had not now sufficient force, they could within 24 hours be sufficiently furnished. But the least pinnace of the King of England might safely transport them, without any resistance of their part. But for quitting the place, they could not tell how to answer it to their masters the States, without order from them, by whom they were commanded to that guard. Besides, there were certain ships within the haven of Graveling that were to come forth, and some good number of Dunkirkers that being now upon their journey homewards would hale in with that shore and had treasure aboard them.
To that I answered: That for the ships bound forth I knew they were but 2 small barks, which the guard I found at my first coming was sufficient to hem in, and for the return of the Dunkirkers, expected by them, I held the straight of the Narrow Sea as more apt than that place was to intercept them; and withal added that if they did rightly understand themselves, they should find that they should give more reputation to their present actions by showing duty and respect to the King of England in giving way to his commandments and by letting them upon the shore to see the correspondence between us, than they could by any other way. Besides, they had honour enough in that it was apparent to the world their enemies wanted force and means to be transported without the pass and convoy of the King of England. For the matter of their guard, I said, I knew no other Sovereign of these seas than the King of England, and in respect I took that refusal of theirs to leave that guard as a bravo, I did now resolve them, that either I would take in the ambassadors at Graveling or nowhere except I had commandment to the contrary; adding further, that were the sea full of shipping to withstand me, I would either set them safe in England, or sink in the sea.
Upon my answer they replied coolly that I mistook them, and their conformity should appear by their readiness to perform what I wished, and thereupon in friendly manner departed aboard their ships and set sail for Calais Road, where they rode as I stood over this day.
Endorsed:—"Sir Robert Mansell's relation."
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Sir Edward Winfield to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 29.The King hath dealt graciously with all the Queen's old servants, myself only excepted as yet, though it hath pleased him both to use me graciously in words and to take notice of my services past. I do not doubt but his princely mind will in some measure reward a poor gentleman wasted and consumed in the wars, if you and the rest of my friends will move his Majesty. I have presented to his Highness a petition which I must entreat some of my friends to deliver and if at the delivery you and the rest of my friends will but entreat his Majesty to be gracious unto me I do assure myself of a great deal of comfort. I have sent it by bearer to you to read.— From the Flyett [Fleet], the 29 of May.
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Lord Cobham to the Same.
1603, May 29.This packet was now brought me from Dover with these other letters. You shall perceive thereby that one Andrew Bayly a Jesuit is there landed, being one of the Jesuits the King did lately banish, whether from hence or out of Scotland that cannot I tell. I suppose that those who were lately banished hence were priests and no Jesuits. This man came under the name of Hamilton and brave in his apparel. In all the letters you shall perceive trust to be put in him, therefore worthy of the greater consideration. I desire to receive your direction herein. The others stayed at Sandwich I have written for, whom likewise I perceive to be Jesuits. The priest stayed at Dover I have also sent for. I would be glad to speak with you touching this business, and would, if you please, speak with you before you acquaint anybody with their arrival. —From my house in the Black Friars, the 29 of May, 1603.
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Durham Place.
1603, May 29.Certificate, signed by Tho. Egerton, C.S., Jo. Popham, Edw. Coke and Wm. Peryman.—According to his Majesty's command they have heard the counsel learned of Sir Walter Ralegh and Edward Darcy, touching such title as they pretended to the house called Duresme Place, and also what could be said to entitle his Majesty thereto. They find that neither Ralegh nor Darcy has any right or interest in it, and so themselves acknowledged. On consideration of the title of the Bishop of Durham, they are of opinion that it belongs to him and not to his Majesty.—29 May, 1603.
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Lord Cobham to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 30.I humbly thank you for this favour. It were to put me out of my purpose if now I should be appointed to attend these ambassadors; therefore I pray you let some other be thought on, for I do dispose of myself to my journey, and hope of your favour that my licence shall speedily be procured. If greater occasions do not hinder you hasten the dispatch of my licence. It will be Friday or Saturday before Rosny come to Calais.—From my house in the Black Friars [May] the 30, 1603.
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Lord Mountjoy to the Same.
1603, May 30.Since my return to Dublin I could write to you no sooner, for I found the wind easterly and with much difficulty I think I am the first that recovered this coast. I have left all things in as great quiet as and likely to continue as ever they were in Ireland. Two Spanish ships are come to the coast of Connaught and from them there came letters to the Earl of Tyrone, the which presently he brought to me unopened and the messenger that carried them, who was a Spaniard that had lived with him ever since 1588 and departed hence with O'Donnell. The ships do bring treasure and munition, directed especially to him and to Rury O'Donnell, and divers letters to others that were in rebellion. Rury O'Donnell in whom I have great confidence hath promised to send the letters after me. and a messenger that comes of purpose to him out of Spain. He was at Dublin with me and designed to come over, but I stayed him the better to govern those parts, and bid him be confident in my solicitation of his business, who was otherwise somewhat fearful because I bring Neale Garve[y] over with me, who without pardon or protection hath cast himself into my hands. Yet I will never advise that he shall be trusted nor advanced, since by his ill carriage he hath forfeited the favour that was intended towards him. I think all the rebels in Ireland would have come with me if I had not stayed them but some I have brought that were fittest to be away. I will now make all the speed I can to London though I am an ill rider of post, and trouble you no farther till I have the happiness to see you. I do not write to my Lord President because I make account he is not returned. I have brought as few captains over with me I think as ever commander that came out of Ireland, and desire nothing more than to come privately to London. But I do not know how it will be, for I am told that some of my friends have been long at Chester to expect me. I had forgot to let you know that these Spanish ships have been long at sea, and I think dispatched before the certainty of the Queen's death. The Earl of Tyrone is here with me.—Beaumaris, 30 May, 1603.
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William, Lord Compton, to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 30.Upon receipt of your letter, finding no resolution held of calling us back made me make no great haste but still bear nearer, especially finding that the news that came daily from the north was somewhat uncertain, and humourously delivered by such Scots as I met. So with many jogs and jolts I arrived at Newcastle where being willing to rest (for boot could I not pull on) and frighted with want of lodging at Berwick, there stayed, though the ladies were frighted from thence with fear of the plague; whereof by certain report I found the town clear, otherwise they would not have appointed the Queen to make any stay here, who according unto the latest advertisements is here expected the 8 or 9 of June. Upon the 27th of this month the Queen came from Stirling, and how accompanied I am sure you know ere this better than I can advertise you. But my lady Kildare would needs quit her companions at Berwick and went to Edinburgh, who will have a pleasant journey of it considering how well the town was taken up before, which I fear she will never be. I am sorry I troubled you with my long letter, and think myself much beholden for your last letter which I received this day at Newcastle; being glad that my course and your advice did so well concur.—Newcastle, the 30 of May.
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E. Countess of Southampton to the Earl, her husband.
1603, May 30.This gentleman giving me knowledge of his coming where you are must not come from me without some lines to you that may be a mean to place me into your mind where I would ever remain: yet his haste is such as I have nothing to say more to you whom I love as my soul.—Chartly, 30 May,
PS.—My lady Rich, that writ to you but very lately, desires you now to excuse her not writing, being so ill of a cold as she cannot now endure to write a word.
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Lord Cobham to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 30.The Jesuits I have sent for as you directed, and [they] shall be brought unto the Bishop of London. The men that bring them shall attend you for their charges as you have appointed. My genius is still resolved for the flight as you term it, and therefore do earnestly pray you to procure the dispatch of my licence, and will now be bold to put you in mind of our former professions praying you to remember what it was and think you cannot show what then you professed unto me in a more ample manner. Your dispatch hereof will free you of my importunity, and when you come to London I would be glad to wait upon you.—From my house in the Black Friars, the 30 of May, 1603.
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Same.
1603, May 30.Your lordship hath sent me summons to attend at Council at Court at 2, and I am appointed by my Lord Chamberlain to be deputy for the King at the christening of Mr. Stapleton's child here in London about the same hour: but if his lordship would appoint my Lord of Rutland or any other in my room, then will this bearer return hither to me with what speed may be, and I will be there so soon after as is possible. Now it is 10 [o'clock.]
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Sir Edward Coke and Thomas Flemyng to the Same.
1603, May 30.We have, according to your direction, considered the Instructions and Commission for the President and Council in the North parts, and have drawn the Instructions anew, and made them ready for his Majesty's signature, leaving a space for the names of the Commissioners. Because there was great defect in the former Instructions, for want of privilege for suitors attending their causes before that Council, we have added a clause to privilege them from arrest of inferior courts during attendance, as usual in his Majesty's courts at Westminster, and hold the same very necessary for the due administration of justice. The Commission agrees wholly with the former. We send them herewith.—The Temple, 30 May, 1603.
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M. Beaumont to "Baron de Cecill."
1603, May 30.C'est avec beaucoup de regret que je suis contraint de me plaindre a vous de ce qu'apres avoir usé envers Monsieur de Courtenay de toutes sortes de patience et de courtoisye, ayant attendu depuis six mois et accordé avecq luy en presence de Monsieur Edmont à beaucoup moins que la valeur des besongnes prises par son frere ne mointoit. Maintenant que j'estimois devoir sortir entièrement de cet afaire avec luy, il ma fait dire qu'il en vouloit passer par la justice. Ce qui me fait vous prier tres affectueusement afin que je n'aye point à importuner le Roy, d'une telle chose, de vouloir interposer vostre auctorité envers ledit Sr. de Courtenay, à ce que suivant la volonté de la feue Reyne, et le decret de Messieurs du Conseil, et ses propres promesses, il aye à me satisfaire.—Londres, 30 May, 1603.
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Lady Denny to Lord Cecil, Baron of Essingdon.
1603, May 31.Your former favours do not embolden me to press for new, but my unsettled poor estate enforces me to seek for relief in time to his Majesty whose Christian care to maintain every subject in his calling gives me hope he will regard the fatherless and friendless widow, destitute of all means but his mercy. That little stay her Majesty gave me out of the Statute Office is like to be supplanted by a reversion begged after Mr. Dobson, which if obtained my children and self shall be enforced after so many years serving of a prince so 'nyre' [near ?], to cast ourselves upon the benevolence of friends, if we can find any; for this small pension of 100l. out of the office is the chief pillar of our maintenance, though her Majesty were otherwise informed by such as sought to fat themselves with the fleece of the friendless and poor. Those times gave me little hope to be truly heard, losing all my friends with my best friend, and as I fear setting a bar on her Majesty's favour in regard Mr. Denny left her presence and service to follow my lord of Essex, then dejected; for I assure myself her Highness in her own favour towards him and his predecessors, which in words she hath often uttered, if he had not close enemies would not have thought 200l. a year too much to bring up 9 children (their grandfather being a councillor and well respected by her father) when she had made the meanest of that place, one excepted, able to dispend 2000l. a year by her service. I beseech your furtherance on my petition to his Majesty for the reversion of that office for my eldest son, which will be some stay to our uncertain estate, and some help to underprop a decaying house.—London, 31 May.
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Henry Lock to Lord Cecil.
1603, May 31.By your favour I crave either a gracious return or employment where or how his Majesty pleaseth; to whom I trust my service shall appear as faithful, as heretofore (in her Majesty's employments) they seemed sometimes unsavoury and harsh to his Majesty, which yet (as not my own, but imposed actions) it hath pleased his Majesty long since to remit.—Paris, last [of] May, 1603.
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Lord Treasurer Buckhurst to the Same.
1603, May.When the main consultation shall be touching peace or war, then I desire to be one for discharge of my duty both to his Majesty and my country; but now being formal, I desire much to be spared, having many businesses in hand of the King's service. I have warned all the King's officers inwards to be at my house on Thursday between one and two in the afternoon, touching your cause of complaint of the merchants for your grant of customs. I mean to prepare them in your favour if my credit will prevail so much with them, as I think it will; but if you think it more available to have them absent I will diswarn them. But for warning of any of the merchants complainants, I know them not; therefore I leave that to you, to send a messenger to as many of them as you think fit, and to do it in my name, which I think were fitter than in your name. For number, I think 6 or 8 were enough, and I would also think it best that the messenger left the choice of what 6 or 8 to them, and this to be done as from me. You have left me with child and in a longing to hear only thus much in general from you, whether the King allowed or disallowed my dealing with him; wherein according to true friendship I pray you let me only know whether he was well satisfied or otherwise, but I will be as well content to know the one as the other. The particulars I desire not till we meet, but only whether he was in any sort well satisfied or otherwise not satisfied. Two words by this bearer shall deliver me of my burden of longing, being my first attendance of him.
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Sir Ralph Gray to Lord Cecil.
1603, May.I received this packet from the Master of Gray which I send herewith. I did omit in my last to you his Majesty's gracious favour towards me. I am, and shall continue to his Highness such a one as my duty bindeth me; requesting you when northern matters fall in question to have me in remembrance, for none shall be employed that shall more carefully regard their due. Here it is generally thought that there will be alteration not only in these parts but in Scotland. I do not mistrust but his Highness is so conceited of any his employments in any of these parts that I am one that is honest and will effect the same as becometh me. The lord Ross this last night was in Berwick, the night before was with me. I brought him to Berwick where he was well received, so all this day I take he is at Edinburgh with her Majesty, and so to the Prince, I think I shall hear of him within four days.
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Sir James Sympyll or Symple to the Same.
1603, May.I had my own dispatch of his Majesty, to whom I motioned a suit, as you may see written under my own hand, because I would bring you upon nothing for me in which the King should not be first tried. His Majesty answered, that the ordinary form being used, and the matter being found true as I reported it, he would perform it. So I must entreat you to hear the bearer to satisfy you in each doubt; for I hope he hath given me a true information of it. The person himself had it already, and seemeth to me to be a very honest man, an alderman of Bristol. I look you shall either have a just exception against it (which I always except) or else that by your favour it shall be obtained, seeing I have already broken the matter to his Majesty, and is my first suit that ever I moved. Others that follow him have fared better by making of knights and suits which I never gave ear to; and although I be an ill suitor, I take hardly want. I use the bearer because I have done so before, and hope you shall make more use of him hereafter. We part to-morrow at three o'clock. We lie at Dr. Caesar's this night.
PS.—The King told me that the Earl of Linlithgow should be certified by me that he was too bold in that he attempted to join himself as a surety with the rest of the noblemen for the Prince's delivery to the Queen without his Majesty's warrant; and that if he should deal in rigour with them all, they should lose their heads. I pray you destroy this part of the paper and you shall hear more.
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The Earl of Southampton to the Same.
1603, May.I am sorry you should have any occasion to think unkindly of Mr. Croftes; but being assured that what passed from him to discontent you proceeded rather from his present grief than out of any want of respect, let me entreat you to banish the memory of it, and for my sake to procure him the order of knighthood.
Holograph. Endorsed: "May 1603. Earl of Southampton to my lord in behalf of Sir Herbert Crofts." Three Seals. ½ p. (100. 71.)
The Earl of Cumberland to Lord Cecil.
1603 [May.]It is not possible for me to get the draught of my commission ready till this evening, so that I forbear this day's coming to the Court, and do dispatch some business I have to do in London. But for that this night I purpose to send Sir Ri. Musgrave into the north to bring to me at Newcastle 100 gentlemen and their followers, I pray you if there be any more certain word come since I saw you what day the Queen comes for Berwick send me word by this bearer, that accordingly I may appoint to be met at Newcastle.
Holograph. 2/3 p. (102. 163.)
T. Jackson to the Same.
1603, May.Your lordship in some part doth know how honest my proceedings have been with Sir John Carye, notwithstanding the manifest wrongs that he hath done me, and that I have used great means to regain his favour, yet at his being at your lordship's house at Tyballs [Theobalds], he gave me speeches most scandalous to my reputation, which I could not pocket. Therefore I was forced to dare him by letter, to appoint place, time, weapons, and the quality of the person, that he would bring with him, and he should find me in that place accordingly appointed, to take satisfaction each of other, which he refuseth, but referreth me to the King, to be righted by him. By which answer I have great advantage on him, if I were more moved by malice than honesty, but I can take no pleasure, nor is it for my reputation to brand him to the King with so ignominious disgraces, I having always been devoted to that family. If it please your lordship to take no knowledge of the premises, yet let me entreat your charitable censure of me, howsoever it shall please you to direct me.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1603, May." 1 p. (103. 22.)
The King to Lord Cobham.
[1603, May.]Where we have understood from you that Monsieur de Rhony is coming over, and some other ambassadors also from other princes, all which are likest to arrive within some of those ports which are within your jurisdiction: forasmuch as we are here absent from our Council, and know that many particulars are considerable, both for the manner of their bringing up and providing for them every one in his quality: we like very well that you shall be ready to prepare to Dover, or any other place within your jurisdiction, accompanied with such principal gentlemen as is fit: which when you have done we require you to observe such other directions as shall be given you.—Undated.
Draft. Endorsed: "Minute from his Majesty to the Lord Cobham." 1¼ p. (187. 141.)
Gentlemen Pensioners.
[1603], [May.]Copy of the oath of supremacy, and the oath and articles of the gentlemen pensioners and their wages.
Undated. 8 pp. (197. 141–144.)