Keith, ii. 213.
|1402. A Memorial for Randolph.|
|1. The Queen has seen the discreet answers made by the
Queen of Scots, wherein he shall say that she perceives her
good acceptation of her meaning.|
|2. Is glad that she does not disallow the manner used in
division of the matters requisite to be considered in her
marriage; that is, the contentation of herself, of her people,
and of the Queen and her realm. Except manifest cause be
given to the contrary, the Queen means not to show any
offence towards any of the uncles of the Queen of Scotland.|
|3. A person meet for the Queen of Scots in marriage ought
to be chosen of such as, having qualities agreeable to her own
liking and to her realm, have no less disposition to continue
the strait bond of concord betwixt the two countries. Would
be glad if some nobleman within the Isle might be found.
As for whom she deems not meet, Queen Mary may readily
judge by the example of her marriage with the French King.
If she will in her marriage show herself conformable to the
Queen's opinion, Elizabeth will then proceed to the declaration of Mary's right, as of her natural sister or daughter.|
Corrected draft in Cecil's hol., and endd. by him: 16 Nov.
1563. The second instruction for Mr. Randolph being sent
to Scotland. Pp. 7.
|[Nov. 16.]||1403. Fair copy of the above, varying towards the end, and
dated 17 Nov. 1563.|
Labanoff, i. 192.
|1404. The Queen of Scots to the Queen.|
|1404. Asks for a safe-conduct for William Campbell of Skeldoun
with six other persons to pass to France.—Castle of Stirling,
17 Nov., 21 Mary. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. Broadside.
|Nov. 17.||1405. William Maitland to Cecil.|
|Desires him to further the request of the Queen of Scots
for a safe-conduct, the rather because some stuff of hers is to
be transported for her own use, which her ministers in France
have stayed a long time for fear of danger by sea.—Sirling,
17 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd.: By Wm. Cambell. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 18.||1406. John Selby to the Earl of Bedford.|
|Received his letters of the 21st inst. The Laird of Cessford,
Warden of the Middle Marches of Scotland, has not met
him since the Commissioners' order was passed, notwithstanding
divers days of March have been appointed, whereby
thieves are encouraged, and the English have not received
justice.—Berwick, 18 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 18.||1407. Gurone Bertano to Cecil.|
|Is happy to see that Cecil accepts his services. King Henry
(perceiving the assembly of the Council and the commencement
of the war in Germany against the Protestants) made
peace with France, and at the advice of the writer induced
the Pope to believe that he would come to terms of reconciliation
with the Holy See. The Queen should follow her
father's example and make a truce with France. She should
also have an agent in Rome, which would make the Pope
believe that she wishes for an accommodation, and thus
prevent him from proceeding to extremities with England.
Refers to the examples of Henry VIII., Pope Clement, and
the Emperor Charles. The news from the Council will come
more speedily from Venice. Reports from France and Spain.
—Rome, 18 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd. Ital. Pp. 7.
|Nov. 18.||1408. Gurone Bertano to Antonio Bruschetto.|
|Has written a long and confidential letter to Cecil, he and
his sons being anxious to serve the Queen and him. Possibly
the Queen, the Council, and the Secretary do not sufficiently
value the immense advantage of having an English Cardinal,
who may become an English Pope. Will be glad to know
how his profferred services are regarded.—Rome, 18 Nov.
Orig. Hol., with armorial seal. Add. Endd.: To Bruschetto,
at London, 22 Dec. 1563. Ital. Pp. 3.
|Nov. 19.||1409. Smith to Throckmorton.|
|De Mauvissiere sent him two letters, one directed to himself,
another to Throckmorton. He says they are both of one
tenor. His talk is much like the tenor of his letter. Was
with the Constable yesterday for the "Herba Turca" for the
Lord Chamberlain, for which Mr. Middlemore wrote to him.
Explains and vindicates the conduct of his servants, none of
whom shall make any strife betwixt them. Requires him
still to temper all the malice that this time can bring, and
reserve himself till God sends them some prime time or
summer.—Paris, 19 Nov. 1563.|
|Nov. 20.||1410. Marsilio della Croce to John Shers.|
|1. Ragusa, 23 Oct. The Turk is apprehensive of being
murdered by his son Selim. A city is being strongly fortified
|2. Trent, 12 Nov. On the 11th the Council passed the
canons on matrimony by 160 votes against 50 who wished
to refer the decision to the Pope.|
|3. Rome, 13 Nov. The Signora Cecelia, the Pope's niece,
has gone to lodge in the house of Marc Antonio Colonna.
The Pope is busily employed against the heretics in France.
The Cardinals have employed 80,000 ducats to fit out 100
galleys.—Venice, 20 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Hol., with armorial seal. Add.: To Shers, in
London. Ital. Pp. 3.
|Nov. 20.||1411. Advices from Rome.|
|Rome, 20 Nov. 1563. The Pope has returned from Civita
Vecchia, where he has given his blessing to the Spaniards
about to sail to Naples. The Spanish Ambassador has arrived
at Rome. The Cardinal D'Este is ill of the smallpox.|
Orig. Ital. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 21.||1412. Throckmorton to Smith.|
|Mauvissiere has given him in payment fair words and
contrary effects. Perceives he must stick by it until God
provides better for him. Is sorry to enter into disputes with
him about Robert Moore, or about any particular matter of
his own; but because Smith thinks all the right on his side
and the wrong on his [Throckmorton's], he must say something to the matter. Thanks him for his books, but marvels
why he sent so many of one kind. Is not well at ease, for he
finds great debility in his stomach, etc. Could pray to God
to deliver him from his languishing life, but that he cannot
conform himself to do the French so much pleasure. The
Captain is loth to see him sick; he led him yesterday abroad
into the fields, thinking thereby to amend his estate, but he
finds small ease.—St. Germain Castle, 21 Nov. 1563.|
|Nov. 21.||1413. Smith to Throckmorton.|
|Does not perceive them otherwise inclined than when
Throckmorton left them. When he spoke with the Constable
for the herb he forgot not him, but he had no other answer
than this, "Do ye think we will not as well conserve the
honour of our King as you of your Queen?" Thought it not
worth writing. Touching his men, thinks he does not remember their history. Touching his sending him so many
books of one kind, a bundle was brought to him [Smith] (of
which he sent him [Throckmorton] half) on Thursday, as
from M. D'Anvill, and more he could not say. They should
give them to their friends in England, that the fact might be
better promulgated. Is sorry for his sickness. Yesterday the
Admiral came into the town.—Paris, 21 Nov. 1563.|
|Nov. 22.||1414. Antonio Bruschetto to Cecil.|
|Lately sent, through Mr. Seris, bookseller, letters of 16th
Oct., received from Rome; and today forwards others of
Oct. 23rd (injured and wet) from Gurone [Bertano], and the
writer's son, Sebastian, along with a copy of them.—Hackney,
22 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. Ital. Pp. 1.
|Nov. 23.||1415. Throckmorton to Smith.|
|To avoid follies that may happen by passions stirred up, he
will give Smith the last word about the matters of such as
have accompanied him and served him. Prays him not to
trouble himself with these matters, but devise and employ
himself how the Queen's service may be best advanced, and
he rid forth of this realm. Had so little time at Meaux that
he could scantily read over the commission and their instructions. If these men look that upon his coming forth of prison
he can or will be ready to enter into negociation with them
as one that has had liberty to pursue his instructions, they
are much deceived; for they shall tarry his leisure whensoever
he comes forth of prison, or else he [Smith] shall negociate
alone. Belike the resort of the house of Châtillon will breed
occasion of some new accidents, as reconciliation betwixt the
house of Guise and them, or a further encounter.—St.
Germain-en-Laye, 23 Nov. 1563.|
|Nov. 23.||1416. The Count of Mansfeldt to the Queen.|
|Recommends John Van Assenburgh as an experienced
soldier.—Mansfeldt, 23 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd. German. Pp. 3.
|Nov. 23.||1417. English translation of the above.|
Add. Pp. 3.
|Nov. 23.||1418. Mundt to Cecil.|
|1. Wrote to him from Canstadt, in Wurtemberg, on the
29th Oct., telling him of his negociations with the Duke.
When he receives the Duke's answer he will send it to Cecil.
Fifteen days ago it was reported that the French King was
going to Lorraine and Metz; since then the Rhinegrave has
written that he would come to Nancy about Christmas Day,
and that preparations were made both there and at Metz.
The King hopes to draw to him at Metz certain of the neighbouring German princes. The Duke of Deuxponts has sent
John Sturmius into France. It is probable that the King by
liberal promises may obtain of the German princes that he
may keep Metz, and by their presence and silence may
strengthen that aggression. Frequent envoys were sent to the
Princes Palatine of Saxony, Hesse, Wurtemberg, Deuxponts,
|2. On the 4th April 1561 he wrote to him about the
scandals that were reported against the Queen for her
familiarity with Lord Robert. Similar calumnies were lately
repeated to the Duke of Deuxponts, who was much vexed
therewith. He and several other great princes wish that the
Queen would turn her mind to marriage, both to take away
their opportunities from her slanderers, and to raise up a
legitimate and certain succession.|
|3. The Duke of Wurtemberg has offered to endeavour to
reconcile France and England; and he has lately learnt from
the Chancellor of the Elector Palatine that a similar embassy
is likely from his master.—23 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add. Endd. Lat. Pp. 4.
|Nov. 24.||1419. Smith to Throckmorton.|
|1. Neither his will nor education makes him like to contend. He need not pray him not to trouble himself with
these matters, but prays him to think that he is desirous that
the Queen's service might be done to her contentation. They
here make not much haste to accord with them, and temporize with King Philip, perceiving that they are not so
hot enemies. Will send either the original or the copy of
the instructions, if he [Throckmorton] signifies that he may
send them sure by his man. Prays him to reserve himself
to times, which he trusts will come, when they both may
take some pleasure in France.—Paris, 24 Nov. 1563.|
|2. P.S.—These three day the Court gates are kept so
straight as that no man can come in. That matter is in
hand (whereof he wrote) betwixt the houses of Châtillon and
|Nov. 24.||1420. Camillo Cauli to Pierre Du Bois.|
|His last letters were on the 10th and the 16th. The Admiral
is in as great reputation as ever, and D'Andelot also, who has
been secretly ordered to arm for the sea. Stuart says that
the Admiral is as much "yours" as ever he was, and that
there is no need to doubt that point. He also says that the
Scotch and Spanish marriage still continues. He has received
letters out of his country from M. de Mare [?] and the Queen,
promising him favour and honour if he will reconcile himself
with the Guises. There is a slight talk of war with Spain;
the marriage of the King is no longer spoken of. The King,
after doing all he could to accord the families of Huile
[Guise?] and Châtillon, has declared that if either injures the
other he will take the injured party's side. The Cardinal of
Lorraine and the King go to the baptism of the Prince of
Lorraine. Thought that the Protestants would have hindered
this journey.—Paris, 24 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. [?] Portions in cipher, deciphered Add.
Endd.: Le Fevre. Fr. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 24.||1421. Remembrance for Gresham.|
|Instructions and warrant for the prolonging of 23,465l. 9s. 8d.
until the 20th May 1564, and for other matters connected
with the finances of England.|
Copy. Endd. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 25.||1422. Sir Thomas Dacre to the Earl of Bedford.|
|Is glad that his Lordship is appointed Governor of Berwick
in the place of the late Lord Grey, of whose room the writer
has had the charge since his death. Incloses articles touching
the late doings of Valentine Brown, Treasurer, which are to
the prejudice of the statutes and authority of this town.—
Berwick, 25 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|[Nov. 25.]||1423. Articles against Valentine Browne.|
|Articles of accusation against Browne for having disputed
Dacre's authority; having summoned riotous meetings of
armed persons; having liberated persons committed to ward;
and having caused persons to assemble at night after the
watch was set, who cast fireballs and squibs upon the walls.|
Copy. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 25.||1424. English Ships captured at Gibraltar.|
|Statement taken before Pedro Docas by John Cole and
other English merchants, respecting eight English ships
taken at Gibraltar on 25 Nov. 1563 by Don Alvaro De
Orig. Endd. by Challoner. Span. Pp. 9.
|Nov. 26.||1425. Instructions to Throckmorton and Smith.|
|1. Does not think it reasonable that there should be no
mention of Throckmorton either as a prisoner or ambassador.
"Therefore how great and manifest wrong they have already
done us to detain you, we have resolved on this point to stand
to our former determination," (fn. 1) that he shall tarry there, if
they will put him to liberty during the time of the treaty;
and for tarrying or departing afterwards he shall make no
mention. But if they shall press to have any promise made
for that, he may say that she has fully resolved to have
nothing said or done to make him as a prisoner. Wills Smith
to declare thus much unto the King and Council.|
|2. But if that cannot be, he shall privately declare that she
takes these exceptions to Sir Nicholas to be significations
either of their offence privately to him, or else of delaying of
time without any sincere meaning.|
|3. If he shall find they may be brought to send away
Throckmorton if she sends another to join him [Smith], then
he shall agree that if they will send Sir Nicholas to Dover,
and a safe-conduct hither for any other whom she shall send in
his place, he [Smith] shall bind her thereunto. Or, if that shall
not be liked, she will promise to their Ambassador here to
send a person, having their safe-conduct, to be ready to pass
the seas as soon as Sir Nicholas shall arrive in any of her
ports. If they mislike this point only in that Sir Nicholas
should first come to Dover, he may yield thus much therein
as to require that he may be brought to Boulogne; and that
upon arriving there one come from her having their safe-conduct, then Sir Nicholas may come into England,—for
assurance hereof she will be content with the King's promise, (fn. 2)
to him, and so testified by some writing of authority.|
|4. If none of these proceedings shall like them, but they
will keep Sir Nicholas there, then he may say that he knows
of no way left to come to any communication betwixt them,
but either for them to send some hither, or for commissioners
on both parts to meet in some place in the Low Countries;
or else (which is the last of all), for him to treat alone with
some one having like authority; of which (although he may
pretend it to be very perilous for him) he may say that if
they like none of the other, he will not refuse to enter into
treaty. And so he may say he has commission to do, so as
he may at times confer with Sir Nicholas. And if no other
way can take place, and this last is not misliked, her meaning is that he shall so do; and then for his direction shall
consider her former instructions, using the advice of Sir
Nicholas, if he can be so suffered, and likewise confer with
the bearer, John Somer; not omitting to have special covenant for the delivery of Sir Nicholas without words to make
him any lawful prisoner.|
|5. If he cannot obtain a full ratification of the treaty of
Cambresy and the deliverance of Sir Nicholas, he should not
proceed to make any full end; but seek some occasion of suspense, and advertise her of all his doings and of their intentions.|
|6. Has returned to him the last commission, and another of
like force, saving the preamble, and remits the use of either of
them to his discretion.|
|7. The French Ambassador confesses that his words in the
writing differed nothing from the speech which he received
from her Secretary.|
|8. She would that he should hold his treaty at Paris, or
(for expedition) at Melun, or some such town somewhat distant
from the Court.|
|9. If he finds them not toward to come to some good
accord, he should roundly say that herein she desires chiefly
to understand what they mean, whether peace or the
contrary; for during this time spent in delays she has forborne many things that she means not by this trifling to
Draft, corrected by Cecil, and the end in his hol. Endd.:
By Mr. Somer. Pp. 8.
|Nov. 26.||1426. Copy of the first part of the above.|
Endd. Pp. 3.
|Nov. 26.||1427. Throckmorton to the Queen.|
|1. Since his last of the 10th the Admiral of France has
had access to this Court, where he assists at the affairs, having
his lodging within it. Whereupon the house of Guise would
in nowise come thither, for anything the King or the Queen
advised to the contrary. The Cardinal of Guise and the Duke
De Nemours have had two or three conferences with the
Queen Mother about their differences, which they will now
|2. The French are not best pleased with the King of Spain's
proceeding, of their jealousy of the Prince of Spain's marriage
with the Queen of Scotland, which is again renewed; she has
also disappointed the alliance which was in good towardness
betwixt the French King and the daughter of the King of
the Romans, for now the French begin to talk to match their
King with the Turk's daughter, who will become a Christian
for that purpose.|
|3. This Court is kept straight, and the King reinforces his
guards. It is in the Louvre, at Paris. The writer has
remained in the castle at St. Germain, treated as he was
|4. If she means to serve her turn by the King of Spain's
amity, she will never have a meeter time than now.|
|5. Within these two days a Frenchman, an archer of this
King's guard, was apprehended, who was minded to have
killed the Admiral within the Court.—Castle of St. Germainen-Laye, 26 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
|6. P.S.—The French have caused an abstract to be made
by their Council of all the treaties that have passed betwixt
her ancestors and them until this day, which they have
delivered to their Commissioners to treat of this peace, to
arm themselves that they may the better demand excessively
of her. So they have caused the treaty of Cambresis to be
scanned to see what they can allege to disappoint her from
taking any benefit by it.|
Orig. Add. Endd. Pp. 4.
|Nov. 26.||1428. Throckmorton to Cecil.|
|Puts him in remembrance that some money be sent hither
for the use of such as serve the Queen on this side.—St. Germain-en-Laye, 26 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd.: For Silvano. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 26.||1429. Throckmorton to Smith.|
|Will not warrant the safe arrival of the Instructions, and
therefore it were better that he remained ignorant than the
French should be made wise to their cost. This great divorce
amongst them should work amongst them some more will to
accord with them [the English], or else they understand that
their matters at home are slenderly handled. Is there any
breach betwixt the King of Spain and the French ? Cannot
believe they will fall out with him. When did Mr. Wilson
and the French Secretary pass?—St. Germain, 26 Nov.
|Nov. 26.||1430. Throckmorton to Clough.|
|Is sure that he remembers how Alexander Silvano is here
to do the Queen's service, and that he shall convey to England
such things as come from Silvano. Prays him to order that
he be furnished of three or four score crowns.—St. Germainen-Laye, 26 (fn. 3) Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Add.: To Jacques Roster, marchaunt, demourant
on Anvers. Endd.: To R. Clough, per Silvano. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 26.||1431. Bernardo Cochelino Ferrimi to Pierre Du Bois.|
|The Admiral is in as much favour with the King as ever,
who has commissioned him to prepare those things which
are necessary for his office. The Scotch and Spanish marriage
continues, that of the King is no longer spoken of. The King
has charged the families of Guise and Châtillon to cease from
their feud. These few days past no one has been allowed to
enter the palace, except those of the households of the King
and princes. They are filling up the ditches of Orleans and
levelling the fortifications. Though the parties of Guise and
Châtillon have accorded, numbers still join them. Stuart
says that the Admiral [?] is as well affectioned towards the
Queen [?] as ever. Hears every day from Throckmorton [?],
and writes to him. They say that the King goes into
Lorraine to be godfather to his nephew; the Cardinal of
Lorraine and his brothers are there. Thinks that the Con
stable and the Protestants will hinder [?] that journey.
Stuart complains that his letters have not been answered.—
26 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Hol., with seal. A few words in cipher. Add.:
Pierre Du Bois, Marchand en Anvers. Fr. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 26.||1432. Intelligence from Rome.|
|1. Rome, 11 Dec.—Information respecting the proceedings
of the Pope, and of the Cardinals of Este, Trent, Carpi, Morone,
and others. The Admiral has entered Paris with 1,500
|2. Cracow, 26 Nov.—Intelligence respecting the Hungarians
and Wallachians and the Duke of Finland, brother of the
King of Sweden.|
Copy. Endd.: From Rome. Ital. Pp. 3.
|Nov. 27.||1433. Sir Thomas Dacre to the Privy Council.|
|Having been appointed to the chief charge here, complains
that the Treasurer lately took his son, the under marshal, and
his gaoler, and committed them to ward without his consent
or knowledge. The same night he went with three score
armed persons to the Tolbooth, sent for the mayor and others,
and remained there two hours. On the morrow in the council
he much misused Sir Thomas. Since Michaelmas past a year,
the writer can get no reckoning from him for his entertainment.—Berwick, 27 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd. Pp. 3.
|Nov. 27.||1434. [Stephen Sansowst ?] to Challoner.|
|Two armed English ships having. arrived here from Plymouth, their captains have been seized by Don Juan De
Sunia, Governor of the Province.—St. Sebastian, 27 Nov. 1563.
Signature torn off.|
Orig. Hol. [?], with seal. Add. Endd. by Challoner:
From Stephen Sansowst. Span. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 27.||1435. [Gurone Bertano] to Antonio Bruschetto.|
|Has received two of his letters, those of 8th and 23rd Oct.,
and is glad to find the terms upon which he is with the
Queen and Cecil. Scarcely knows how to write, or what
style to adopt, and fears that his letters may be intercepted.
They shall always be sent through Bruschetto, who can
forward or detain them at his discretion.—Rome, 27 Nov.
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. Ital. Pp. 3.
|Nov. 27.||1436. [Gurone Bertano to Antonio Bruschetto.]|
|The Pope will not proceed against the Queen of Navarre.
The alienation of the goods of the Church has been granted to
the Cardinal of Lorraine. The Pope's health is precarious.—
Rome, 27th Nov. 1563.|
Orig. Endd. Ital. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 28.||1437. The Queen to Smith.|
|He is to give letters of safe conduct to such of the servants
of the Queen of Scots as shall pass from France to Scotland.
He shall also privately thank the Cardinal of Guise for his
good will showed to Throckmorton.|
Draft, in Cecil's hol. Endd. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 28.||1438. Edict of the Duchess of Parma.|
|As the plague is raging in England, and especially at
London, she forbids the importation of any woollen goods or
cloths from thence into the Low Countries until Candlemas
Day.—Brussels, 28 Nov. 1563.|
Copy. Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 28.||1439. Another copy of the above.|
Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 28.||1440. Another copy of the above.|
Endd. by Cecil. Fr. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 29.||1441. The Marquis of Winchester to Cecil.|
|Sends herewith the Prince's charge against Scotland, and
the letter of the officers who sent the same to him. The
charges since then have increased to 5,000l. What he wrote
to him, Cecil, was true, and the lease is made of Petuorthe [?],
and of the forest of Englewood; that quarter of the country is
almost undone, and yet the wardens make return to hold to
that lease though it has expired.—29 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig., with armorial seal. Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|Nov. 29.||1442. Passport for Tho. Parquen.|
|Warrant to Don Juan D'Acuna, Governor of Guipuscoa, to
allow Thomas Parquen to pass into England, taking with him
a chain of gold of the value of 1,500 reals.—Monzon, 29 Nov.
1563. Signed: Yo el Rey;—Fran. de Erasso.|
Orig. Span. P. 1.
|Nov. 30.||1443. Smith to Throckmorton.|
|1. Marvels he has not heard of the piques betwixt the
King of Spain and the French. First, for Piedmont, in the
last sickness of the Duke; then for the new impositions of
the French in Antwerp; and more for new fortifications
besides Gravelines; and lastly, that the Pope has interdicted
the Queen of Navarre's dominions.|
|2. The Pope has also degraded in effigy at Rome Cardinal
Châtillon, and excomunicated and degraded six bishops more
in France. The late Duke of Guise's mother, wife, and
children have made themselves parties against the Admiral,
and so the matter now goes to form of justice. This was
done on Sunday last, on which day the King made his oration,
which he sends herewith. Since then the court gates are no
more straitly kept. Hears no word out of England, and is
borne in hand that it was the 18th or 19th inst. before their
man passed.—30 Nov. 1563.|
|Nov. 30.||1444. Clough to Gresham.|
|1. Yesterday a command came from Brussels to all the
towns in this country, not to suffer any men or goods to land
in any town of this country before Candlemas Day, from
England, although the goods arrive immediately. Although
the English fleet have come here, they cannot discharge before
that day. A post is sent into Spain from the Court, and at
this present all the nobles are together at Brussels.|
|2. He wrote before of the preparation of ships in France,
and at this present there lie four great ships of war before
Sluys waiting for English ships. They are of great burthen. The English who go from hence have only two
small ships of the Queen, not half so well manned as the
Frenchmen are. Unless the Queen takes further order, at
some time or another she will have a great loss; for there
are seldom more than half the men they should have; and
if when they are set forth they have sufficient powder to serve
their turn if they met the enemy, yet after fourteen days at
sea they want more men and powder. This is the talk openly
amongst the Frenchmen here, who say that English ships
are but a brag, if they met with them they were their
match, for when it comes to the point, it is the men that hit
|3. The post has arrived from Germany, by whom he
received a letter from Dr. Mount with a packet for Cecil,
which he sends enclosed. Wishes good regard were had unto
the "fleet of cloth."—Antwerp, 30 Nov. 1563. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. Pp. 4.