|[March 21?]||488. [Maitland to Cecil?]|
|1. Cannot see why this James Hamilton should object
bastardy to his brother, the Earl, seeing he could not by that
means come to any preferment himself, nor come to any part
of his lands, being himself a bastard in very deed. By so
doing he would have driven the succession of his father's
inheritance to his mortal enemy, the Earl of Lennox, whose
father he had killed.|
|2. It is most vain to think that for fear of laying bastardy
to him he resigned his whole possessions, for in that case the
resignation could have served to no purpose, for by the law of
Scotland the resignation is the basis of the new infeoffment.
Thus, if the Earl of Arran was bastard, he could not succeed
to his father's inheritance, nor had he any right to resign;
consequently the new infeoffment could not be available.
Yet it is notorious that the same cause moved Arran to seek
a new infeoffment that moved the most part of the other
nobility, who did the like. The procurement made to the
French King to send Lennox home (if it was so) proves
nothing; and although the Queen, the Cardinal, and the
French strengthened him, their counsel was frustrate, being
unable to prevail against the right.|
|3. The seals and handwritings were procured in Parliament
by authority of the whole Estates. It was no privy bond,
but an Act of Parliament and law of the realm. He had no
need of legitimation, being from his birth lawful. He has
ever been reputed such by the law of Scotland, by inquest
returned to the Chancellor, and by Parliament reputed lawful
tutor to the Queen and heir apparent to the crown. He was
so esteemed by Kings Henry and Francis of France, as
appears by letters patent granted to him. Does not believe
that Henry VIII. was satisfied of his bastardy, nor that his
Ambassador gave him intelligence thereof.|
Orig., in Maitland's hol. Pp. 2.
|March 21.||489. The Privy Council to Sir Thomas Dacre and Valentine Browne.|
|Styrley and his lieutenant Selby having acknowledged
their misdemeanors in the late affray at Berwick, and having
been chastised, the writers commit the matter to Dacre and
Browne. Would wish that they should restore them to their
former places.—Westminster, 21 March 1562. Signed.|
Copy. P. 1.
|March 21.||490. Admiral Coligny to the Queen.|
|Has received a letter this day from Condé, advertising him
that all matters are now settled for the pacification of the
realm, except as far as concerns her, and also what authority
he shall have. The articles are nearly the same as those
which he sent to her by M. Chatellier. Promises to do his
best to forward her interests when they shall be deliberated
on.—Brou, 21 March 1562. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
|March 21.||491. Warwick to the Queen.|
|Sends herewith the letters presently received from Smith.
Begs that he may be furnished with all things requisite
against all events here.—Newhaven, 21 March 1562. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|March 21.||492. Middlemore to the Queen.|
|1. This day the Admiral being on his way towards
Orleans, and within twenty leagues of the same, a gentleman from Conde arrived here with his letters for the Admiral,
as there has done some one daily since their coming from
Caen. The Admiral called the writer to him four or five
hours after, and told him that he had received letters from the
Prince, wherein there was one to her, which he meant to
despatch forthwith, with a few words from himself, and
willed the writer speedily to prepare his letters. Asked the
Admiral whether he had any good news to impart to her by
him. He said that he had received no news from the Prince,
but he had now written to him that, as concerning her case
and his own authority, he had not as yet in any sort touched
or spoken of them, but will refer the same until his [the
Admiral's] coming. Does not know yet what consideration
they will have of her, but he sees them so ready to accept
disadvantageous articles for themselves that he fears they will
stand in nothing against their adversaries that shall concern
her commodity. Only the Admiral says that, although he
should die for it, he will tell them his mind plainly. The
articles which Throckmorton brought back with him to her
remain unrenewed. In this journey with the Admiral he
talked with him about expelling strangers. The Admiral
said he had written to the Prince therein, and that "it should
not be along of him" but that she should be well satisfied.
Has found that if it fall otherwise out she will not be
respected. Excuses be in manner already framed to answer
to the default thereof.|
|2. The Admiral will be at Orleans within two days, from
whence the writer hopes to send her the form of their doings.
The rest of the things here stand as they did when Throckmorton departed.—Brou in Perche, 21 March 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. Pp. 3.
|March 21.||493. Warwick to the Rhinegrave.|
|Thanks him for having commanded his men not to attack
the English, and has done the same on his part. Desires him
to let him have Captain Leighton in exchange for Captain
Hemery. Has ordered search to be made for M. De Bricquemault's horses. Advises him instead of going to the marriage
of the young Count Palatine, to go into England, where he
will be well received by the Queen. Does not intend that
their people should pass and repass on their private business
without passports.—Havre, 21 March 1562.|
Copy. Add. Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
|March 21.||494. The Rhinegrave to Warwick.|
|Has received his letter and ordered his people to cease
hostilities. It is reasonable that their men should not go
backwards and forwards on their own affairs without passports, and has forbidden his people to pass beyond the Valley
des Fontaignes. Would have liked to have seen him before
going to the Admiral and the Court. Hopes that by his
return in eight days' time, matters will be in such train that
he can come and visit him. Is sorry that he cannot break
off his journey to the wedding of the young Count Palatine.
M. De Bricquemault will not be ungrateful if his horses are
restored. Desires him to send Captain Emery; he is sorry
that he cannot exchange Leighton for him, but he hopes to
be able to procure his release on good conditions. Has taken
two poor Englishmen out of the galleys, who will come to
him to-morrow.—Montivilliers, 21 March. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Fr. Pp. 2.
|March 23.||495. Gresham to Cecil.|
|1. Since his arrival at Antwerp on the 18th inst. has
concluded with Panllus Brocketrope and Maurice Ranzavil
to pay their debt (due on the 20th February,) by 20th of
August next. Has also promised Wolfe Van Lindena, Christopher Prewen, and others half their money at their day.
Richard Clough departed this day for Deventer about the
business Cecil sent him for, and will return within eight days.
It is said here peace is concluded in France, and that in
Zealand and Holland divers soldiers have arrived that serve
the Rhinegrave. There is much talk here of the great
preparations in Germany of horsemen and footmen for taking
such towns as the French King holds of the empire. If
peace is made in France, all nations say that Conde ought
to give thanks to the Queen for assisting him; she was the
only stay they had, and he wishes her Calais again. The
Cardinal is quite out of favour with all the nobles, and little
regarded of others for his religion; he does all with the
Regent. There is no more news for the establishing of the
Bishops. Requests to have the 5,000l. he lent the Queen.
Commendations to Lord Robert Dudley and Lady Cecil.—
Antwerp, 21 March 1562. Signed.|
|2. P. S.—Advertisements have arrived here that Condé
has the governance of France and M. Châtillon is made Great
Master. His eldest son is made Admiral of France, and M.
D'Andelot is appointed Captain General of all the horsemen.
M. le Vidame is Governor of Normandy, and the Count of
Rocheford Governor of Gascony. The Cardinal of Guise with
the President and others of the Parliament of Paris have fled.
The President of Paris has arrived at Brussels, where there is
much fear since his coming by the Cardinal and the nobles;
they are sending out posts for all places for gathering of
horsemen and footmen. It is thought the Prince, being now
in arms, will visit some places of the Low Countries, which, if
he does, he will find out of order both of men and provisions.
He wishes he would come, but not to do much harm, for this
country is very beneficial for England for uttering commodities; it is of no force without the help of Germany and
Eastland. Trusts the Queen makes sure work to have Calais.
The provost of the merchants at Paris is taken, who is likely
to suffer, he being the most mortal enemy the Prince had in
the Parliament of Paris.|
|3. There will be much ado this summer amongst Christian
Princes for religion; King Philip will do all he can to
maintain the Papistry. Wishes the Queen would lave
manned twenty of her best ships of war to keep the narrow
seas, whereby to keep this country and France in fear of her,
and in so doing she would always be ready to enter Calais.
Here they are extremely afraid of her ships, knowing how
they are armed with armour and munition. Wishes she
would make provision of 10,000l. worth of saltpetre, for
there is no weapon so esteemed as the gun is. It would take
a year or two to buy and transport the same from Hamburg,
for none can pass without a passport.|
|4. As he was writing this Jeronymo Cueriell came to him
with the letters of Anthony Guarras to show him what was
written in his letters of the 27th February, wherein there
was no such mention made, and Cueriell says he never said
such a thing. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd.: 21 March 1562. Pp. 4.
|March 22.||496. The Queen to the French King.|
|Has received his letters of the 28th ult. by the bearer, the
Sieur De Vaux. Has wished to treat the Provost of Paris with
gentleness, but he has long refused to make any answer to
her Council, which hindered his delivery to his Ambassador.
Upon new conference with the latter, she was content to send
her Councillors to move him to answer, and to let M. De
Vaux speak with him. At length he answered in writing,
by which it appears how well he has deserved to be reformed
and chastised; and yet he swerves from the truth in the
material points. For the King's sake she will forbear to
proceed against him with other punishment, after he has
confessed the truth manifestly proved, but only to remit him
to his Ambassador to be used as the King thinks meet. Has
given order that he shall be once again treated with, and the
truth laid before him; which done, if it shall appear that he
forbears to confess from fear of his life, and not for any other
obstinacy, she will then yield him his delivery, though it be
against the form of justice.—Westminster, 22 March 1562,
Copy. Fr. Pp. 2.
|March 22.||497. Corrected draft of the above in Cecil's hol.|
Endd.: 22 March 1562. To the French King, by M. De
Vaux. Pp. 2.
|March 22.||498. The Queen to Smith.|
|Received his letters of the 2nd, 10th, and 12th inst. Mislikes the end of the fourth article, tending to the putting
strangers out of the realm. If it be meant by "ours," as well
as by the Almains, she will provide that that clause shall be
the worst kept, for without satisfaction of her former demands
she means that her subjects shall remain; and so he may say
both openly and privately. He may, as he sees cause, let
Conde and the Admiral understand her resolution. Forbore
to send his servant because she looked daily to have heard
from Throckmorton, and still looks for him, considering the
Admiral has gone to Orleans.|
Draft, in Cecil's hol. Passages underlined to be ciphered.
Endd.: 22 March 1562. Pp. 2.
|March 22.||499. Warwick to Lord Robert Dudley and Cecil.|
|1. Sends the Queen advertisements from Smith that a peace
is concluded, and the Englishmen reputed to be of the number
of strangers who shall avoid this realm. The inhabitants of
this town look that the English shall shortly depart. Desires
that they may be speedily supplied. As Throckmorton met
with contrary winds, and it is doubtful whether he could recover
land, the writer sends copies of the letters and articles that
were then sent by him, who was requested to solicit a speedy
answer to the same Will join in league with M. De Beauvoir
the ministers and burgesses of this town, to persuade them to
bear their fidelity to the Queen. There may be some hope,
but can assure nothing thereof, having a great pike now set
between them, in that the Queen deals with the stay of their
prizes on the seas, which undoubtedly nips the best of them
very near. In war and peace this town has been much
maintained by such piracy; and now being spoiled of all
their livings otherwise, they have rested upon what they
might get by these means upon the seas, whereof they now
seem to be debarred, and will wax wearier of her dominion.|
|2. A courteous letter from her to Beauvoir, with a promise of
a pension to him, and some such other gratification to some of
the French captains and gentlemen of service here, would
confirm their good wills towards her, among whom he would
wish that Francis Clerke and Captain Soras were specially
retained with pensions; and if some money came to Beauvoir
and them it would greatly encourage them. Beauvoir promises
to participate all the intelligence he can obtain; whatever
accord be passed, he will rest her faithful servant, and will
endeavour to persuade all the burgesses of this town to do the
|3. Certain articles of peace, after their device, will be proffered to the Queen to take; or if she refuse the same the
whole power of France will be bent upon this piece, and
against her by sea and land. It may seem that the Rhinegrave's advertisements of his determination to go to the
marriage of the young Count Palatine imports his discharge
from the service of the French, and to include partly an offer
to be entertained of the Queen. If he will stand for her with
his power where he is, it shall bring the French into such fear
as she may make what peace she can require. By the letters
passed yesterday, it seems he is nothing unwilling to treat
further thereupon.—Newhaven, 22 March 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd. Pp. 4.
|[March 22.]||500. Vaughan to Cecil.|
|1. The Council here cannot cass such numbers as might
countervail the new charge of pioneers and frigates. Since
the return of the bands from Caen, they think it not good to
proceed to any cassement. Meanwhile he will save what he
can by severe musters and strait seeing to all things in
his charge. Warwick and Throckmorton will advertise of
other things. Sends a brief of the last muster. After the
musters are taken on Monday or Tuesday next he will make
a book both of the numbers and the monthly charge ending
the 22nd inst.—Newhaven, 19 March.|
|2. P. S.—Has not received answers to any matter since he
came from the Court. Throckmorton's haste was such that
he left his letters; he has therefore sent them by Mr. Maners.
|3. P. S.—His travail can do little good in answering of the
munitions now owing by the captains. Has received no
letters since he left him.—March 22.|
Orig., the second P. S. in hol. Add. Endd. Pp. 3.
|March 22.||501. Charges at Newhaven.|
|Charges for the garrison for two months, from 26th Jan. to
this day, 17,354l. 11s. 8d., whereof 9,849l. 18s. 8d. remains
Orig. Endd. Pp. 2.
|March 22.||502. Victuals at Newhaven.|
|Victuals viewed this day by Denys, the Treasurer, and
Vaughan, the Controller at Newhaven, 22 March, 5 Eliz.
Orig. Endd.: 22 March 1562. Pp. 2.
|March 22.||503. Armour at Newhaven.|
|Account of armour, weapons, and powder passed in the
Ordnance office at Newhaven from 1st to the 22nd March
1562. Couriers, harquebusses, and dags, 5,452, bows 500,
besides other offensive and defensive armour. Signed:
Orig. Endd.: 22 March 1563. Pp. 2.
|March 22.||504. Gresham to Thomas Cecil or to Thomas Windebank.|
|On the 17th inst. had order from London by W. Cecil to
send him 300 French crowns, which he sends by the bearer
John Fitzwilliams, Governor of the English merchants in
these parts, who goes with other merchants for his pleasure
to see Paris.—Antwerp, 22 March 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd.: By Mr. Fitzwilliams, Governor.
|March 22.||505. Cuerton to Challoner.|
|Charles will go to England in James Connant's ship within
two days. Has received a letter from Bordeaux of the 8th
inst. The English ships were all arrested at Blaye and their
sails taken from them. The Grand Prior of France is dead.
The Cardinal of Lorraine is fled into Italy. Roger Jefferson
gave with his daughter 3,000 ducats in money, or money's
worth.—Bilboa, 22 March 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. by Challoner: Received 10
April. Pp. 3.
|March 23.||506. Deposition of John English.|
|The deposing of John Englyshe before the secretary 23
|Captain Petypace [sic] and William Johnstone will undertake to bring James Macconel or any nobleman within the
north isles of Scotland when Cecil thinks good. The said
captain and master say there are two ships with munition
and other furniture for the wars which came out of Spain
this summer, as they were told by these noblemen aforesaid,
which ships they will do their best to take. For "the
Rafrese" [?] if Cecil thinks good they will take it, but they
cannot long keep it without aid. The coming of the writer
into Scotland was for money due to Mr. Treasurer and John
Harecastle "and one of Henle; and for goyinge to Loterkengster [?] wase to gete my mone of the master, and as it
[is] I have note gotene nothinge." Signed.|
Orig. Hol. P. 1.
|March 23.||507. Madame De Roye to the Queen.|
|Has received her letter of Jan. 25 which came with one
for the Count D'Haldambourg [sic], who is pressing forward
his levies. Thanks her for her favour shown to the Prince.
Has sent one of her people to her for the reason of which she
may have heard from their envoys.—Strasburg, 23 March
1562. Signed: Madelene De Mailly.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd.: Mme. De Roye to the
Queen, 23 March 1563. Fr. Pp. 2.
|March 23.||508. Gresham to Cecil.|
|On the 22nd inst. he sent Cecil a letter from Mundt to
Dunkirk; since then he has received another this day, by
this bearer, which he sends enclosed. This bringer is Mme.
De Royne's [sic] servant who came purposely to him to know
whether he had any order from the Queen to pay unto her
15,000 crowns. He answered he had no such commission. He told Gresham that 4,000 horsemen were levied in
Germany for the Prince's service, and his commission was
if he had no relief from him [Gresham] to repair into England to the Vidame. Has appointed his servant to be his
guide and to bring him to Cecil first. The bearer also states
that 4,000 horsemen more and 10,000 footmen are ready to
march, to besiege Metz.—Antwerp, 23 March 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd.: By Mme. De Roye's servant.
|March 24.||509. The Provost of Paris.|
|Articles presented by the Provost of Paris to the Lords
of the Council, by which they may know Andrew, an
Italian, to be a liar and false accuser.|
|1. As for the occasion why the writer commanded Andrew
to shoot a dag at Mazin, they must know it to be not only
unlikely, but also against all reason.|
|2. On 22nd inst., Andrew being called before Sir Ambrose
Cave and his company (he being present), says that after he
had shot at Mazin, he ran to save himself at the Provost's
lodging; that he [the Provost] found him at his gate, having
only Donville with him, in whose presence he gave Andrew
ten crowns and bade him go into France.|
|3. It shall be found that it was past 8 p.m. when he went
from the Spanish Ambassador's lodging to go to his own on
foot, and about 9 p m. when he arrived there. That he had
five or six of his folks with him and two lackeys, who carried
torches. All they (who left him not till he was in bed,)
will witness whether he saw Andrew, and gave him money,
and whether he was at his house or not when he came there.
It is improbable that he should come so far alone, without
torches, at such an hour. Donville was not at the Spanish
Ambassador's lodgings that day, nor with the Provost, who
saw him not that day till he returned home, and found him
in his chamber reading a book.|
|4. As to the cutting of Mazin's skin only with the help
of Andrew's companion, it must be known what sword he
had, and what became of it.|
|5. Mazin knows whether he goes ordinarily armed with
a privy jack of mail down to his knees, as Andrew told the
Provost, which was the occasion of his desiring to have a
companion with him.—London, 24 March 1562.|
Orig. Endd. Pp. 3.
|March 24.||510. The Duchess of Parma to the Queen.|
|Sends M. Christophe D'Assonleville to treat with her about
certain matters touching commerce between her subjects and
those of the King of Spain.—24 March 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd. Fr. Broadside.
Forbes, ii. 363.
|511. The Privy Council to Warwick.|
|1. The Queen communicated to them his letters brought
by Throckmorton and Mr. Manners, with certain articles to
which he requested answers; to each of which they answer
upon conference with her. He is to interpret them according
to the estate of the peace in France. If Condé and the
Admiral shall accord with their adversaries without satisfying
the Queen, then he shall rule that town for his surety, as if
the same were the Queen's and the French were her enemies.
If this peace be broken off, so as the Prince or the Admiral
remain in like amity with us as they have done, then he
should use such government there as he has hitherto done
to the favour of the Queen's friends, and yet not neglect the
surety of the town. If matters hang in a "mannuryng"
so that he cannot judge whether they will break with the
English by according amongst themselves, or keep as they have
hitherto done, then he is to govern there as he may be sure
in his doings to answer the event, howsoever the same should
fall out; that is to withstand the danger if they should break,
or preserve his amity with them if they should continue.
There is less danger if he makes all things sure. He may
avow that by the articles of peace, one special clause is
agreed upon, that all strangers should be put out of the
realm, therefore he has cause to do otherwise for his own surety.|
|2. For the first article, until it is manifest that the Admiral
has broken with the Queen, he is to use good words to the
procurers of the Spaniards, Flemings, and the rest of her
friends. If the Admiral break he is to give order to restore
those goods according to the order of laws. They remit
Montgomery's demands to have his prizes tried at Dieppe,
to the order of laws there.|
|3. They do not think it meet to have victuals or merchandise carried to any part not being in amity with him; but
either to stay the same for their own uses, or send them to
|4. They allow no licence for passing victuals from him
and that town to any place; except in special cases, as might
be for exchanging things he has more need of. They wish
all merchandise stopped from that town, until they see how
|5. To stop all French ships within the town, and for doing
thereof to pass it with silence, unless he sees any ships ready
to depart. If he has no colourable reason then he may use
the reason before mentioned.|
|6. Until it manifestly appears that the Admiral has
broken, he is not to use any other commandments upon
French mariners and vessels than heretofore.|
|7. When it appears that they have broken their appointment with the Queen, then he should exercise all things that a
Lieutenant General ought to do to preserve a town from the
|8. He should use his commission over the English, as the
Queen's lieutenant, by law martial; and for controversies
betwixt the English and French, to cause trials, &c., to pass
by order of both nations indifferently.|
|9. The French there may be governed by their own laws
as nigh as he can.|
|10. They think it good neither to increase nor diminish his
numbers, until they have further proof; for it will be reason
to increase, to withstand the worst.|
|11. Concerning the arming of the galley, the charges being
so great, they think it good to forbear the same until they
|12. Until the breach betwixt the Admiral and himself
appears manifest, he may use Dieppe and Honfleur as friendly
as he has done; except that they wish the English bands
were withdrawn from Dieppe.|
|13. They do not like the unbracing of any more places
as yet, except that the ships at Fécamp were by some good
Orig. Draft, with many corrections and additions by
Cecil. Pp. 6.
Forbes, ii. 365.
|512. Answers to a Memori al brought by Throckmorton.|
|1. As time requires, the Queen will cause the surety of the
seas betwixt this realm and Newhaven to be seen to.|
|2. They wish he had three months' victuals in the town,
but they are informed he has scarcely stowage for two
|3. The foists that continue there must be served out of the
store, and for the ships, Bash is appointed to have always a
store of victuals, which they request may not be touched
except for the ships.|
|4. They expect shortly to hear from hence what is due,
all victuals, prests, and armour being accounted for; and
thereupon they mean to procure a full pay.|
|5. They understand by Throckmorton, how he has stayed
the alum, "odd" [woad], and saffron, claimed by Christopher
De Prune, etc., wherein they allow his doings.|
|6. They will provide a civilian, a physician, and a surgeon.|
Forbes, ii. 366.
|513. Answer to the other Articles.|
|7. It was necessary to pay money to Horsey, being here,
otherwise it would have been a charge to have sent it
thither, and uncertain to have sent it from thence to Dieppe.
They allow his articles for the clerk of the market. Some
masons and carpenters are sent; boards, planks, and engines
have been shipped five days ago, with other things belonging
to the ordnance.|
Orig. Draft, in Cecil's hol. Endd.: 25 March 1563.
Forbes, ii. 361.
|514. Instructions for Poynings, to be communicated to the
|1. At present there are thirty ships in Newhaven, meet for
war, which will be in readiness for sea within twenty days
(ten are now ready), if mariners are sent.|
|2. The 2,000 soldiers written for may be speedily sent
hither. It is requisite to supply the 500 labourers to the full
number of 1,200.|
|3. The remain of victual taken the 22nd inst., should be
supplied to the full proportion for 8,000 men for three
months at least. There is a store of malt, but it cannot be
trusted upon, for they might take away their water.|
|4. What is to be done with the Englishmen at Dieppe ?
What order shall be taken for keeping the same, and for the
more sure passage of victuallers, etc.?|
|5. 5,000 hand baskets for the labourers should be sent
hither; item, twenty dozen shovels, and twenty dozen
spades; item, ten dozen "skavells;" item, 2,000 black bills.|
|6. To procure answer of the articles sent by Throckmorton.
To have money sent hither for a full pay of the garrison, and
an overplus to remain in the Treasurer's hands against all
Draft Endd. Pp. 3.
|March 25.||515. The Council at Newhaven to the Privy Council.|
|1. Refer them to Poyning's report, etc., to which they beg
a speedy answer.|
|2. They will likewise receive by Poynings the remain of
victuals here, the number of the garrison at the muster taken
yesterday, and the number of ships in this haven.—Newhaven, 25 March 1562. Signed: Warwick, Poulet, Denys,
Vaughan, Bromfeld, Fyssher.|
|3. P. S.—The messenger can say much more touching the
peace than the letters import. Since writing, other letters
have arrived here addressed to Beauvoir (of which they send a
copy), importing a confirmation of the peace.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd.: 25 March 1563, by Mr
Ponnings. Pp. 2.
|March 25.||516. Denys to Cecil.|
|Has almost finished the pays here as far as the money last
sent will extend, and is making a book of the monthly charge.
Asks him to have in remembrance the money due for the two
months ending the 22nd inst., and that he may come over
for the time mentioned on the 7th inst. Has written divers
times to Cave and Sackefield touching the beds sent hither.
Not past 100 have been delivered by him and the Controller
to be paid for in the next four months. More than a hundred
with their furniture are rotten.—Newhaven, 25 March 1563.
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|March 25.||517. [Challoner] to the Countess of Feria.|
|1. Was so busy about the despatch of letters to the Queen,
that he could not write again "to your Honour," at that time.
Nevertheless requested Sir Richard Shelley to supply many
excuses in his letters then sent. These broils in France
necessarily require his attendance here in the Court, so that
he cannot without incurring blame at home absent himself
from hence. When things are a little clearer "your Honour
may esteem that my L. and you are my vowed saints, whom
I will in my Spanish stations make my first devotions
unto." Hopes he shall find them with Don Lorenzo, in good
|2. The last news from England contained only parliamentary matters not yet at a point. The grant of the subsidy
is passed. The suit of the Commons about the succession has
good hopes given, but it is put over till the end of the
Parliament. Havre de Grace is still kept by the English
for some further parlance for Calais. Last night a gentleman
arrived here from Mme. De Parma, who brings word that
peace is concluded between the contrary parts in France.
Wishes for a general peace in Christendom for repressing the
Turk's power. Almost since his departure he has been sickly,
with continued pains of his stomach.—Madrid, 25 March
|3. P. S.—Charles, his cook, the bearer, has asked leave to see
Seville and Granada, whom he has charged to see the Count
Copy. Endd.: M. to the Countess of Feria, sent by Charles,
the cook, 1563. Pp. 2.
|March 25.||518. Challoner to Tipton.|
|If the bearer, Charles the cook (who has leave to see Seville
and those parts), has need of any money to the sum of fifty or
sixty reals of plate, the writer wishes that he will serve his
turn.—Madrid, 25 March 1563.|
Copy. Endd.: M. to Mr. Tipton, sent by Charles, the cook.