|July.||2314. Spoils by Englishmen on Portuguese.|
|Inquisitions and depositions of certain spoils committed
by Englishmen on Portuguese, chiefly by one Johannes De
Canes [John Hawkins] on the Guinea coast and elsewhere.
Taken at Lisbon between the 8th and 13th July 1568.|
A large book in Latin. Pp. 97.
|July 1.||2315. Sir Francis Englefield to Cecil.|
|Begs him to favour the King of Spain's request to the
Queen for him. Professes fidelity to the Queen and affection to
his country, albeit for necessity's sake he is forced not to refuse
the liberality of this King.—Madrid, 1 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. P. ¾.
|July 1.||2316. Humfrey Lock to Cecil.|
|The greedy seeking of the merchants to bring certain men
who lived in Russland into bondage has gotten the same men
liberty, and also a larger privilege than themselves have,
offered them by the Prince weighing the cruelty of the mer
chants, and also his own commodity by the general traffic of
other Englishmen as well as the company. He has given
them privileges to traffic in all parts of his country, and to
Persia; and if the Company or any merchants of the Company
at any time trouble or molest the said men in Russland,
Persia, or England, it shall be lawful by virtue of their privilege to seek recompense by order from the Emperor upon such
goods as the merchants shall have in Russland. Were spoiled
at their first coming by Mr. Jenkinson and the rest who were
in Muscovia. Are so much indebted to the merchants that
almost they dare not come home.—City of the Moskowe,
1 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
|July 2.||2317. Sir John Forster to Cecil.|
|Has had of long time intelligence from two friends out of
Scotland and would gladly bestow on each of them a gelding.
Beseeches him to be a means to the Queen therefor.—Alnwick,
2 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. ½.
|July 2.||2318. Captain Cockburn to Cecil.|
|Desires him to forward a packet of letters into Scotland.
Has already taken his leave of the Court, being minded
shortly to make a voyage throughout England towards Scotland, for which he asks to have the Queen's leave and license.
—Paris, 2 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. P. ½.
|July 3.||2319. N. Stopio to [Cecil].|
|News of the Turkish fleet. — Venice, July 3rd, 1568.
Orig. Endd. by Cecil: 16 June 1568, Intell. Roome.
Ital. P. ½.
|July 4.||2320. Sir William Drury to Cecil.|
|Fears that Murray's conforming himself to the Queen of
Scots' demand will be much impeached by this accident. The
Earl of Argyll is in strength with at least 6,000 men, and
coming into Lennox, and by this encouragement flocks
towards him many from sundry parts. Tividale has taken
great comfort, and thereupon have made some attempts, which
some of them have bitterly paid for.—Berwick, 4 July 1568.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
|July 5.||2321. Nicholas Harrington to Cecil.|
|Mr. Bennet is to all men's judgments not long of this
world. In order to avoid the spoils that will be made in his
office by his wife and others, advises him to direct order
secretly to the Mayor of Newcastle to receive the keys of the
storehouses and seal up the doors and locks. If Bennet's
office were bestowed upon him would use the same with the
augmentation of 2s. per diem to that which he now has.—
Berwick, 5 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
|July 5.||2322. Lord Scrope to Cecil.|
|The Regent has appointed the Laird of Drumlanrig Warden
of the opposite Marches, and sent him 100 harquebussiers and
money for the entertaining of 100 light horsemen. To answer
the same the Lairds of Johnstone and Coghill with divers
other Lairds of Nithsdale and Galloway have entered into a
bond to stand firm and fast to the service of the Queen, and
neither obey or serve the Regent or Drumlanrig, and to
encounter with the harquebussiers they have levied and
furnished 100 like shot, to be led to service by the Laird of
Johnstone. Has deferred executing the two Greames on
account of the brittle state of the Borders. Desires him to
further his suit to the Queen for 100 marks yearly in fee
farm.—Carlisle, 5 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|July 5.||2323. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|1. There is great diligence still used to recover the Queen
of Scots to be sent into this country. On the 29th ult. the
Duke of Châtelherault made great request to the King to
have support to maintain her cause, with large promises to
the King for recompense of his part and the rest of the
nobility there who are with the Queen, whereunto the King
answered that in no case could he do so, as she was in
England with the Queen, to whom he had promised not to
send any forces thither.|
|2. The same day the Parisians sent to the King desiring
some noble person to supply his place in Paris, whereupon
he tendered them Marshal Montmorency, whom they rudely
refused, whereupon on the 29th was the King's youngest
brother sent to be governor. The last of June the Prince of
Condé sent to the King to desire that the Edict might be
observed, answer whereof is not as yet returned. The King
has about him at Madrid 10,000 soldiers, the house being
strongly entrenched. Great outrages are daily done, but no
execution of justice. They are in great fear here, thinking
that the Prince and his party have some enterprise in hand.|
|3. On the 4th inst. Robert Stewart sent one expressly to
advertise him that there is a lord in England who has promised to employ all his power to convey the Queen of Scots
into France. Has also declared the manner how, that a packet
should be sent to the Duke of Alva, who should convey the
same to Spanish Ambassador in England, and he to practise
with the Lords of England to cause her to have liberty to pass
either to the borders of France or Flanders.—Paris, 5 July
The latter portion in cipher. Add. Endd., with seal.
|July 6.||2324. Sir William Drury to Cecil.|
|Sends his servant to understand whether the personage who
shall be appointed to take the charge here will bring down
a marshal with him. If not desires that he may be provided
and himself after so long steering relieved from the helm. It
is much feared that this force raised against the Earl of
Murray will put in hazard the government.—Berwick, 6 July
Add. Endd. P. ½.
|July 6.||2325. Guillaume Acqueman to Cecil.|
|Encloses letters from Captain Cockburn. There is appearance of new troubles.—Dieppe, 6 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Fr. P. ½.
|July 8.||2326. John Willock to Cecil.|
|Has travelled through most part from Edinburgh west of
this realm, as well in the towns as in sundry gentlemen's
houses, specially of such as favour the religion, the state
whereof is in great trouble and far out of order, by reason the
Earls of Cassilis, Eglinton, and Lord Boyd take part with the
Earl of Argyll, and come not into obedience to the King's
authority. The Earl of Argyll had a convention of his Irishmen, but where he looked to have agreed all controversies
and to have made himself stronger, the contrary has followed.
The greater part of them who were in the last field keep back,
and look for a new aid of French. Dumbarton Castle is still
in the hands of the captain who had it before. Sundry of
the Hamiltons and their adherents are there, but live very
quiet. The whole country is in such state that no man comes
to his parish church in all the West without his armour,
company, and weapons, and every man is ready to avenge his
old or new quarrels. The Earl of Huntly does what he can
to trouble all the North. The assembly of the ministers is
now begun, who in one voice complain of their estates and the
sturdiness of the people. Has obtained license of the whole,
as well Regent as church, to return to his old room in Loughborough.—Edinburgh, 8 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
|July 9.||2327. Sir William Drury to Cecil.|
|Mr. Bennet has departed this life at Newcastle, whose office
is loosely enough left. Desires that he may have a grant to
deal in the succession to his office. Is the bolder herein for
that he desires some certain stay of living, which now he
possesses not.—Berwick, 9 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 1¼.
|July 9.||2328. Advices.|
|News from Vienna of the 9th July 1568.|
Endd. Ital. P. 1.
|July 9.||2329. Sir William Drury to Cecil.|
|1. The Earl of Argyll and his force are scaled. The Ambassador of Denmark has obtained the levying of certain men
and captains. His request was for 1,000, but he shall have
but 500. He has promised certainly that Bothwell shall be
|2. The Queen has bred some secret comfort unto her
favourers that the Duke is shortly to return with men or
money from France.—Berwick, 9 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.
|July 9.||2330. Drury and Browne to the Privy Council.|
|On the 7th inst. John Bennet, master of the ordnance at
Newcastle, died, and forasmuch as there is great store of things
which may be embezzled, they have sent thither certain
persons to make a perfect inventory of all the furniture there.
It was best for the Queen's service that the office of this town
and that were in some one man's charge.—Berwick, 9 July
Add. Endd. P. ½.
|2331. Draft of the above.|
Endd. P. ½.
|July 9.||2332. Valentine Browne to Cecil.|
|Thanks him for his acceptation and furtherance of his suits.
Wishes he were rather employed in advice to use the Queen's
money than in the management thereof, being by some good
means called therefrom without reproach, which has and by
every change of government will be sought towards him
except he continue as he has hitherto of Her Majesty's purse
to be more bold than in the end he shall be able to answer.
—Berwick, 9 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.
|[July 9.]||2333. Master of the Ordnance in the North.|
|Allowances of John Bennett, Master of the Ordnance for
the North, for himself and servants, 7s. per diem.|
Endd. P. ¼.
|July 9.||2334. Advertisements of Flanders.|
|An account of the numbers, places where they are stationed,
and movements of the forces on both sides in the Low
Endd. by Cecil. Pp. 2¼.
|July 10.||2335. Sir William Drury to Cecil.|
|Thanks him for giving him knowledge that Lord Hunsdon
shall receive these charges. Till he be better acquainted he
and his will be ready to give and breed him honour. If he
be not furnished of a Deputy Warden he recommends John
Selby. Wishes that the Queen knew in what state he found
this charge, and how it is at this present. Sends certain
ciphers from one there to one in Northumberland. The
parties shall not be unknown to Cecil. The Regent's estate
betters not, but rather decays, chiefly by the forfeiting of all
such as have anything to lose that are his contraries, and the
sufferance of James Balfour so near unto him in matters of
State, against whom the people are marvellously now bent.—
Berwick, 10 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|Four lines in cipher enclosed in Drury's letter. On a separate slip of paper.|
|July 10.||2336. Advices.|
|Rome, 10th July 1568. Proceedings of the Consistory.
Capture of a Turkish galley. Arrival of the Indian fleet at
St. Lucar, with 4,000,000 of gold, &c. Constantinople, 14th
June. Preparations of the fleet, &c.|
Ital. Pp. 4.
|July 11.||2337. The Queen to Edzart Count of East Friesland.|
|Has received his letter from his envoys, and learnt what
dangers threaten him from the anger of the King of Spain on
account of his receiving the King's subjects who have been
driven from their country on account of religion, and also
through certain privileges and immunities granted to the
English in Emden. He also asks for her help if he should
be attacked. Thinks that these matters may be so explained
that the King will not order his soldiers to invade his territory.
His envoys do not deny that the Duke of Alva has strongly
charged him with assisting with men and money the King's
rebellious subjects. Sees by the replies that the charges are
not just. Will write to the King of Spain and his Regent in
the Low Countries what she thinks of this matter. If he
incurs danger through any privileges granted to her subjects
she will defend him as much as she is able.—London, 11 July
Draft. Endd. Lat. Pp. 2¼.
|July 11.||2338. Valentine Browne to Cecil.|
|Desires his favour for Thomas Bank's suit for the mastership of the ordnance.—Berwick, 11 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. ½.
|July 11.||2339. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|Desires him to license the bearer, Mr. James Stewart, one
the gentlemen of the guard to the King here, at his return,
to pass over a couple of geldings with him. Has received
his letter of the 8th inst., and has already begun to deal
according to his instructions, and by his next will advertise
him how he has proceeded in that behalf. Lately were divers
of the religion gathered together in Poitou.—Paris, 11 July.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
|2340. Rough draft of the above.|
|July 11.||2341. Associations made in the Provinces.|
|The undersigned promise and swear to live and die in the
Catholic religion, to give all obedience, succour, and aid to the
King, and to help one another against all rebels, heretics, and
sectaries of the new religion.—11 July 1568.|
Draft. Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
|2342. Copy of the above.|
|Mans, 11 July 1568. Endd. by Cecil: Copy of a conspiration by vow in France by the Catholics against the
Fr. P. 1.
|July 11.||2343. Captain Cockburn to Cecil.|
|1. Has come into great trouble, not only himself but all
his friends, and the favourers of the Regent, by reason of the
taking of all letters that Alexander Clerk brought from France
and England. Has lost, amongst other things, 1,500 francs
a year. Understands that all the passages are kept for him.
Ramsay is at —, but no one at present understands where
they are but the English Ambassador and his servant Jenye,
to whom he is greatly indebted.—Paris, 10 July. Signed.|
|2. Hopes that William Acquenan is safe. Has written to
Robert Ramsay and others to save themselves. This is not
the first storm he has seen blow, and hopes it will not be the
last. On the 11th George Douglas was presented to the
Cardinal of Lorraine.|
Add. Pp. 2¼.
|July 12.||2344. Petrus Ramus to Cecil.|
|Having been invited by Sir Henry Norris to go into England, he intends to visit Basle, to publish a work on mathematics, and some other places which he mentions first.—Paris,
4 Id. Jul. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Lat. P. 1.
|July 12.||2345. Captain Cockburn to Cecil.|
|Cecil's servant, Master [Jenye], shows him great friendship.
Hopes before he goes to be able to plant him with such friends
here, that he may be able to do the Queen service. Hopes by
means of the English Ambassador to come to him shortly.
Desires him to send to Anthony Hickman to show him that
he is coming in the old manner, as a banished man.—Paris,
Hol. Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2½.
|July 12.||2346. Sir John Forster to Cecil.|
|Sends two letters which he has received from the Regent
of Scotland. For the stay of the Borders he has "bound
up" with the gentlemen of Scotland. Desires to understand
whether the Queen means to keep peace towards Scotland,
for at this time the Borders stand very "tickle."—Alnwick,
12 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.
|July 8.||2347. The Regent Murray to Sir John Forster.|
|Although the wickedness of evil men and the difficulty of
the time will not permit ordinary days of trew to be held, nor
full redress of all bypast attemptats to be made, he doubts
not that Forster, by his wise proceedings, better serves his
Sovereign and the common weal of his country, than if he
pressed to settle things by extremity and force of arms.
Desires that Martin Elliott, who has retired within English
ground, may have no "resset" within Forster's rule.—Edinburgh, 8 July 1568. Signed.|
Orig. Add. P. 1.
|July 12.||2348. J. Gordon to the Regent Murray.|
|This packet was sent to him by Monsieur Stewart, Murray's
cousin and servant. Captain Cockburn is stayed, and in
great danger, his letters being taken and brought to the
Court. He is fugitive, and has "tint" all his credit and estates
and is constrained to hide himself. Assures him that he shall
not be cumbered with any help that the King of France shall
send against him, for he has enough ado here. It is held
assured that the Duke of Alva has poisoned himself, fearing
to fall into his enemies' hands. Fears it is false. Reminds
him of his promise to maintain the schools of Scotland.
Perceives that letters are flitting out of the hot countries to
refresh them with cold and wholesome air of Scotland.—
Paris, 12 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.
|July 13.||2349. The Regent Murray to Queen Elizabeth.|
|Thanks her for giving ear to the cause of the estates and
people of Scotland professing the obedience of the King, and
that she is contented that the ground and whole proceedings
of their cause may be made manifest to her, which they all
most earnestly desire. Is resolved to "expede" towards her
either himself or some noblemen, or others of credit and experience, to prosecute this cause as far forth as shall be thought
expedient by her for her information of the whole matter.
Desires to be advertised how soon her leisure will permit
her to hear, or to appoint some to treat upon the things
tending to the final end of this trial.—Edinburgh, 13 July
1568. Signed: James Stewart.|
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
|July 13.||2350. Henry Middlemore to Cecil.|
|The bearer, Gerarde Lowther, has uttered to him matter
not unfit for Cecil to understand. He could not tell whether
Lord Herries dissembled, but he seemed presently to show
his great desire to have the Queen of England to rule before
all others in Scotland, that the French might be utterly rejected; and that the Regent, with the noblemen, should still
bear rule, but under the direction of the Queen of England.
—London, 13 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.
|July 14.||2351. Sir William Drury to Cecil.|
|There are letters come out of Denmark to Murray from
Captain Clerke, who has charge of the Scots who serve the
King there, to require that the ambassador from thence into
Scotland should be stayed until they heard further from him.
One part of it will procure a more certainty of the delivery
of the Earl Bothwell. The Parliament is prolonged to
August 16. The nobility are determined to come strong to
the same, minding that all their contraries who come not in
to underlie the law shall be forfeited. The Bishop of Orkney,
who married the Queen and Bothwell, is reconciled to the
Church. John Balfour and a Frenchman going to the Queen,
have been taken by the Elliotts, with a good portion of
money. Renews his suit for the grant of two or three geldings, to go into Scotland.—Berwick, 14 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.
|July 14.||2352. Sir Henry Norris to the Queen.|
|1. Mons. Menillie receiving letters from the Cardinal of
Chatillon with charge to make him privy of them, gave him
an abstract, which he sends without adding or diminishing
any part, as follows:—Mons. D'Anjou is still held up with the
hope of the designs for England, charge being given to the
Baron De la Garde to prepare privily a small navy of galleys
and other vessels. The Cardinal of Lorraine often receives
letters from divers particular persons of England, who mind
to make some insurrection; sometimes their letters come by
Rome, and otherwhiles by means of the Duke of Alva.
There be certain Italians who privily practise these devices.
None other is trusted in these affairs but the ambassador for
Spain in England. It is assuredly believed here that there
be certain personages in England who intend to deliver the
Queen of Scots at free liberty. The King has sent charge to
Picardy to Marshal Cosse to command all such of the Low
Countries as be retired into those parts to avoid this realm
within eight days; and because they will forthwith pass into
England, the Cardinal's advice is, that seeing upon cowardice
they depart their country, such of them as are meet to carry
arms should not be permitted to remain in her dominions,
whereby he supposes they will be constrained to return to
the aid of the Prince of Orange, so by this means she will
not only help the cause, but also deserve thanks of the King
Catholic. This is the sum that Menillie delivered to him.|
|2. The Queen of Navarre on the 8th inst. demanded redress
for seven gentlemen of hers of the religion whom Monluc
caused to be hanged. On the 9th certain gentlemen of
Languedoc and Provence declared to the King that all the
towns in those parts were governed by Protestants, and made
petition that they might have support to reform these disorders. Disorders committed on both sides. All officers of
the Court of the religion are to be cassed. The Mercurial is
begun in the Parliament house, being decreed that every man
should give an account of his belief. The King's readers
in the University of Paris are commanded to do the same.
There was found written in Virall's study, who was one of
the Queen Mother's secret advice in matters of importance,
this counsel touching the treaty of peace, then not concluded:
First, that the peace was requisite upon whatever conditions.
That there was no means to undo the knot but the same.
That the peace ought not to be observed longer than six
months. That the religion should disarm, and the King
remain armed. To put garrisons in all towns and bridges
upon the rivers. That all estates should be given to Catholics,
and that the Protestants of the King's household should be
deprived of their offices. And these things being brought to
pass that the principals of the religion should be executed.
If it shall please her to consider what has passed heretofore,
it will evidently appear that they have observed this order
prescribed by Virall.|
|3. The Prince of Orange has sent to the French King for
license to make sale of such possessions as be in his dominions,
which is utterly denied him. In all their proceedings on
both sides they greatly respect the success of the troubles in
the Low Countries. De Cocqueville has conducted to the
frontiers 2,000 footmen, and three guidons of horse to join
the Prince of Orange.|
|4. George Douglas has been presented to the King, who
gave him good entertainment. They request to have 1,000
harquebussiers at the Queen of Scots' charges, to be sent to
the castle of Dumbarton, and to have her dowry paid one
year beforehand. The Ambassador of Spain makes great
promises towards these attempts, and seems to have some
particular charge of these affairs.—Paris, 14 July 1568.
|5. P.S.—The Prince of Conde having sent M. Teligny to the
King for license to levy such money upon the religion for the
payment of the reiters as was agreed upon, was answered
that he would not permit him to raise the same of any others
than those who were in arms in the field with him.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Some passages in cipher. Pp. 4.
|July 14.||2353. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|1. Since his last he has received from the Cardinal of
Chatillon such confirmation of the conspiracies that he has
thought good to advertise the Queen thereof, though not so
amply as he has Cecil. Fears that the Queen of Scots with
her conspirators will shortly cause some great unquietness in
England. The Ambassador of Scotland the 13th inst. has
been at the Court to require aid of harquebussiers for
Dumbarton, and makes great boast of the Queen of Scots'
friends in England, which Norris trusts is more to please
himself than for any truth there is in his saying, yet Cecil
knows neither be they of one religion nor yet in mind contented there. Great store of horses and mares are conveyed
out of England daily hither.—Paris, 14 July. Signed.|
|2. P.S. — Understands by Menillie that the Cardinal of
Chatillon will send a very sufficient gentleman to the Queen
Add. Endd., with seal. Part in cipher. P. 1.
|July 15.||2354. Murder of M. De Cipiere.|
|Letter from Antoine D'Oraison, Viscount De Cadenet, to
the Duke De Montmorency, enclosing an account of the
murder of M. De Cipiere, with thirty-six or thirty-seven of
his suite at the town of Frejus.—Cadenet, 15 July 1568.|
Copy. Endd. Fr. Pp. 7.
|July .||2355. Advices from Flanders.|
|Account of military movements in Friesland.|
Endd. by Norris as sent to him from the Spanish Ambassador. Span. Pp. 4.
|July 16.||2356. Philip II. to the Queen.|
|Hopes that this dismissal of Man will not breed any suspicion of lack of friendship on his part. Man's misconduct
was so open that he could no longer forbear to notice it.—
Madrid, 16 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Lat. Royal letter.
|July 17.||2357. The Spanish Ambassador to Cecil.|
|Desires that a proclamation may be made against assisting
the rebellious subjects of his master in Flanders.—London,
17 July 1568. Signed: Guzman De Silva.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Lat. P. ½
|July 17.||2358. Marquis De [Soria] to the Queen.|
|Sends her a present of two dozen pair of gloves.—Madrid,
17 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Span. Pp. 1¼.
|July 18.||2359. Thomas Windebank to Cecil.|
|1. Yesterday he delivered Cecil's letter and a copy of the
proclamation to the Spanish Ambassador. He said that he
looked that it should have been published yesterday in the
city for that he moved Her Majesty therein on Monday last,
and had since written and sent his secretary for the same;
and for that also there were as good as 1,500 men (amongst
whom were some Englishmen) ready to depart towards the
Low Countries out of divers ports, and if the wind had not
been against them they had been gone before this time.
Told him that it would be printed by to day, and forthwith
carried to the Court and thereupon published immediately.
Howbeit he still persisted that the men would be gone; and
(changing his tune) said that he did not so much account of
their going over for any matter of aid that they would be
to Count Lodovic, as he pitied them for he knew they would
be all slain, for he had advertised that they should be watched
for in all places where they might arrive. He also said that
he must write to his master particularly what he had done
herein; of the time; the day of the answer, and what was
done. As for their coming over he could somewhat bear with
it, but to be suffered to return with armour he thought very
strange. Also he knew that there was money delivered out
by Englishmen, and that they therewith bought armour and
weapons and wore them openly in the streets; also that the
Bishops had been dealt with to move the people to contribute
money and named the Bishop of London.|
|2. As for the matter of the two merchants that should have
appeared at Bruges in whose behalf the Queen had written
to the Duke, he said that he had not heard thereof till this
time.—18 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|July 19.||2360. Dr. Man to Cecil.|
|Advertised Secretary Sayas that he had received the Queen's
letters, and desired to know the King's pleasure what time
he would appoint for him to come and deliver them and take
his leave. Sayas came late at night and told him that he had
advertised the King, whereunto he brought answer that the
King said that Man should go when he would with God's
blessing, but that he could not speak with him for that he
was sore diseased with the gout; and his passports should
be made out with all favour and speed; and where he had
requested to return to Madrid to make provisions and for
other causes he said the King's pleasure was that he should
in no case do so. Intends this night to begin his journey.—
Barajas, 19 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
|July 19.||2361. — to Cecil.|
|Letter from an Italian offering to serve the Queen of
England.—Paris, 19 July 1568. Unsigned.|
Add. Endd. Ital. P. 1.
|July 20.||2362. Sir William Drury to Cecil.|
|1. Has received warrant to place [certain] of this garrison in
the country for the defence of the same, for which he thanks
him. There is no appearance of justice to be received. On the
8th inst. a great number ran a foray within England as far as
Kilham, where they took above 700 sheep, and in their return
the soldiers met with them, which cost them some blood
although they carried away the goods. They have refused to
restore the cattle, but the English have recovered as many
of theirs. The Hamiltons and theirs desire the return of the
Queen, though not for love or good meaning unto her. The
Earl of Murray has understanding who has determined to
kill him. He has now obtained thirty horsemen gentlemen
to attend upon him, whom he allows 30l. Scottish by the
month. Gives names of noblemen who have offered to be
reconciled. The company levied for Denmark are not the
choicest people that have passed to a country to receive the
pay. There has chanced in this country in the wood of
Newton a fire which these ten days has burnt.—Berwick, 20
|2. P.S.—Complains of the waste of munitions and provisions at Newcastle. Sends herewith some piece of the
work that the conjurors who used their devilish skill did
devise above Edinburgh, the plat whereof he sent before
painted. "Some money they found; Will Stewart King of
heralds one of the part players, he that they judge should be
the finder of the treasure, should be the Regent."|
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|July 20.||2363. Sir Henry Lee to Cecil.|
|The extreme rain that has fallen here in the beginning of
the year has caused a dearth of all things. The Venetians
after their great show of sending to the sea have discharged
their whole provision. Yearly they threaten wars, hourly
provide for the worst, yet determine peace. The French
Ambassador to the Pope was despatched from Rome on the
12th. His demands were for money; and for license from
the Pope for the King to alienate of the lands of the church
200,000 crowns by the year; which requests were not
granted.—Venice, 20 July. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1½.
|July 21.||2364. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|The bearer, Mr. Gordon, a nephew of the Earl of Huntly,
being well learned both in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, seeing
the troubles likely to continue, has earnestly requested to be
recommended to him. Has received from him certain advertisements touching the determinations for the Queen of Scots.
Cocqueville is said to be defeated.—Paris, 21 July 1568.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. ½.
|July 21.||2365. Draft of a letter to the same effect to Cecil.|
Endd. P. 1.
|July 22.||2366. The Queen to the Regent Murray.|
|Has made Lord Herries privy of his intended coming for
the trial of this great matter concerning the Queen of Scots,
who has required that all expedition may be made either for
Murray's coming with others; or else that those who may be
chosen may be persons of the best degree, and void of all particular passion in such a cause as this; and further where it
is reported that Murray has appointed a parliament next
month, it may be prorogued during the time this matter is
treated of. Finds this reasonable and requires that it may
be done. They are to come to Newcastle or Durham, where
they will understand her further pleasure. Intends to proceed in this great matter with all sincerity and looks for the
like on their parts.—Enfield, 22 July 1568.|
Draft. Endd. Pp. 2.
|July 23.||2367. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|1. Is thankful that the Queen takes so discreetly what he
advertised her. Still believes it rather invented to unquiet
her and trouble the country, than for any truth contained in
their sayings, for although he hears the like of sundry persons,
yet can he get no particular advertisement of the parties.
Could not get means how to know the Italian. This morning
sending his secretary to the Cardinal Chatillon's house, De
Menillie told him that the Admiral sending a gentleman
lately hither gave him express charge to declare, that he
wished most earnestly the Queen would have great regard to
herself, for there are certain Italians sent into England by the
Cardinal of Lorraine to practise against her. The like was
confirmed by Boutteville, Monsr. D'Andelot's secretary, but of
neither could he learn the names of the parties, nor no further
particularities than Norris in his last advertised.|
|2. Coqueville is defeated at St. Valery, where at the first
entry were 400 put to the sword, and the rest prisoners.
Four hundred Flemings who were with him shall be delivered
to the King Catholic's officers upon the frontiers. Coqueville
himself is condemned to be hanged and quartered. Such is
the fear that the Cardinal of Lorraine has of his estate, that
he thinks himself not in safety with the King at Madrid, and
works what he may his return to this town. There is a
nobleman gone to the Duke of Alva with twenty-four horse
and said from thence to be sent to the Queen in ambassade.
Montmorin makes ill report of his entertainment in England
and of the strait keeping of the Queen of Scots.—Paris,
23 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2¼.
|July 24.||2368. The French Ambassador to Cecil.|
|Requests a passport for the bearer, who is despatched by the
King of France to the Queen of Scots with letters and for
matters concerning her dower.—London, 24 July. Signed:
Add. Endd. Foot note, signed by Cecil, directing a passport to be made out. With seal. Fr. P. 1.
|July 24.||2369. The Senate of Lubeck to the Queen.|
|Enclose a petition from certain of their citizens whom
they desire may be set free and their ships and goods
restored to them.—Lubeck, 24 July 1568.|
Add. Endd. Lat. on parchment.
|July 24.||Petition of certain Citizens of Lubeck to the Senate of
|Complain that on the return of certain ships belonging to
them from France laden with salt, they were seized within
the confines of England by a certain Swede and carried into
Plymouth, where the crews with the ships and cargoes are
detained. Beg that they will write to the Queen of England
for their release.—Lubeck, 24 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Lat. Pp. 4. Enclosure.
|July 24.||2370. Marsilio De la Croce to Shers.|
|Sends intelligence from Rome, Vienna, and other places of
the 15th July.—Venice, 24 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. Pp. 3.
|July 27.||2371. Arrest of Ships at Dantzick.|
|Certain Englishmen having complained of the unreasonable
arrest of their ships and goods at Dantzick to the chief magistrate of the town; it is answered that it is done because of
the stay of goods and ships belonging to merchants of
Dantzick in England; which they protest that they had
nothing to do with.|
Copy of proceedings. Endd.: The first Act passed at
Dantzick touching the arrest of ships, &c. Lat. Pp. 5½.
|July 27.||2372. Arrest of English Ships at Dantzick.|
|Names of plaintiffs and defendants with their counsel, with
short abstract of proceedings in the matter of the arrest of
the English ships at Dantzick.|
Lat. P. 1.
|July 28.||2373. Advices.|
|News from London, 24th July 1568. Intended succour by
the English for the rebels of the King of Spain in the Low
Countries. Antwerp, 28th July. Movements of the two
parties in the Low Countries.|
Ital. P. 1.
|July 28.||2374. Things to be done by the Lords of the Queen of
|1. To make a bond to maintain one another and to invade
|2. To take up money for the payment of men of war.|
|3. Every one to have all their folk in readiness with
fifteen days' victual against the 10th August to make answer
to the pretended summons of forfeiture intended against them
on the 18th.|
|4. No officer of arms not directed by the Queen or her
Lieutenant to use any manner of execution under pain of
|5. A proclamation that none aid the Queen's enemies.|
|6. To advise whether they shall do all the annoyance they
may to their enemies.|
Endd. by Cecil. Pp. 1¼
|July 28.||2375. Proclamation of the Earl of Argyll.|
|Commands as Lieutanant General for Queen Mary that
proclamation be made at the market crosses of the head
boroughs of the realm that all between sixty and sixteen
years of age be in readiness against the 10th August to come
and assist him within an hour after his next advertisement.
—Largs, 28 July 1568.|
Copy. Endd. by Cecil. Broadside.
|July 28.||2376. Sir John Forster to Cecil.|
|Has sent this bearer to the Council with a brief note of
the principal matters requirable in Warden Courts, and also
how Cuthbert Horseley who read the commission in open
Court as well in other Wardens' times as Forster's never
till this time found any fault or made any question thereof.—
Alnwick, 28 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.
|July 29.||2377. Arrest of English Ships at Dantzick.|
|Continuation of the proceedings of the 27th inst., in which
it was determined that the arrest should not be taken off
the English ships until they were fully informed of the
circumstances of the stay of the Dantzick ships in England.|
Copy of proceedings. Endd: The second Act passed at
Lat. Pp. 6½.
|July 29.||2378. Arrest of English Ships at Dantzick.|
|Short abstract of proceedings in this matter on the 29th
Endd. Lat. P. ½.
|July 29.||2379. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|1. Notwithstanding the Admiral, the Cardinal of Chatillon,
Montmorency, besides divers others of meaner sort affectionate
to the religion all agree upon that which he has sent, he
cannot come to perfect knowledge of anyone by name. The
Cardinal of Lorraine being a most cruel enemy to the Queen
and her country, will leave nothing unattempted that may
be to her prejudice. Warns Cecil to provide for the safe
keeping of the Queen of Scots, and also for such enterprises
as the Papists in England intend; which here are affirmed
to be to seek the deliverance of the Queen of Scots hither
ere it be long; which when it shall be attempted Martigues,
being now in readiness with his forces, shall repair to England.
The Spanish Ambassador now on his way to England is
thought to have great knowledge of this conspiracy, having
had long conference with the Cardinal of Lorraine, and from
thence went straight to the Duke of Alva.|
|2. Is grieved at the dangerous estate of the religion, for
this late perilous peace being made partly upon necessity
for want of money to support the charges of the war, and
partly by persuasion of large promises, there is little
observance of that which was agreed; and so cunningly has
the Cardinal of Lorraine conveyed the matter that the King
remains armed and the Prince of Conde's forces severed and
utterly unarmed, saving of a good number of gentlemen who
yet stand upon their guard. The King is also possessed of
all the principal towns, ports, and passages, and they dispossessed of all their places of strength Rochelle excepted.
The King also denies to permit the Prince to levy money
to pay the reiters generally upon the religion, hoping thereby
to let the intelligence they have together which they might
marvellously use under this pretence. Besides these means
they do not omit by their preachers and sowing false
rumours to slander religion, which take such impression in
this confused multitude as they be the causes of many
outrages daily committed against them of the religion.
Although they set a good countenance on the matter, Norris
sees small likelihood of their being strong enough to come
into the field; for the general contributions being stopped,
and the gentlemen almost undone by their great charges,
consuming as much in eight months as they had gathered
in four years before; whereupon it is the opinion of the wise
that the religion will not be in a state this year to attempt
anything by open arms. Lastly they attend the success of
the wars in Flanders. The Duke of Alva has already offered
the King forces as assured of his victory over his adversaries
|3. The Serjeant Major of the citadel of Lyons having
secret intelligence with divers of the religion, but being
suspected, was purposely invited to dine with another captain
in the town, where the provost arrested him and his company,
who making resistance he and another were slain, and other
three taken and executed. The Prince's adversaries report
that this practise was done by his consent. On Monday last
was Coqueville and three of his company beheaded. Thanks
him for his advertisements of the Queen of Scots. Wishes
her by no means to have access to the Queen for such
occasions as he can well consider.|
|4. The King is very sick at Madrid. There is the least
account of him that has been seen of any.—Paris, 29 July
Add. Endd. Pp. 3.
|July 29.||2380. John Herbert to Cecil.|
|Whereas Cecil's pleasure is that he should impart to him
such occurrents as the present state of France yields, he
excuses himself for divers reasons, and requests him not to
mislike his refusal.—29 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.
|July 30.||2381. The Admiral Coligni to Cecil.|
|Letter of credence for the bearer, whosename is not given.
—Noyers, 30 July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Fr. P. 1.
|July 30.||2382. The Lords of the Queen of Scots' party to the Duke
|Complain of the detention of the Queen of Scots in
England, and desire that he will write to the Queen of England
in the name of his master demanding liberty for her to
return to her own country or to retire to France. Also request
a few soldiers and some munitions to enable them to retake
some of the Queen's strong places.—Largs, 30 July 1568.
Signed by the Archbishop of St. Andrew's, the Earl of Argyll,
and others of the nobility.|
Orig. Add. Endd.: This writing was found in the
Bishop of St. Andrews' lodgings at the burning of Kinneil.
|July 31.||2383. Instructions for the Envoys of the German Princes.|
|The Electors and Princes of Germany direct their counsellors
and ambassadors all to be at Vienna on the Thursday next
ensuing the 16th September and to obtain audience of the
Emperor. They are to point out how the Empire is weakened
by the troubles in the Low Countries and what dangers are
likely to happen; and to desire the Emperor as the head of
the Holy Empire of which the Low Countries are a fief to
interfere to put a stop to the wars there.—Baccarach, 31 July
Endd. German. Pp. 13½.
|2384. Translation of the above into English.|
Endd. by Cecil. Pp. 6¼.
|July 31.||2385. The Regent Murray to the Queen.|
|Finding her resolution continuing to hear the cause concerning the King's mother, he will with all convenient speed
cause men of good estate and qualities to put themselves in
readiness to repair to her realm for the prosecution of that
matter. As for the suspension of the Parliament, being in
Stirling without the fellowship of any noblemen, he durst
not enterprise on the instant, but has convened all the noblemen to Stirling on the 3rd August, by whose advice she
shall be resolved on that point.—Stirling, 31 July 1568.
Add. Endd. by Cecil., with seal. P. 1.
|July 31.||2386. The Regent Murray to [Cecil].|
|Is most sorry to hear of his disease. Excuses himself for
delay in the suspension of the Parliament; and trusts that
the Queen of England will not be offended.—Stirling, 31 July
|July 31.||2387. Sir William Drury to Cecil.|
|There is at work more mischief than ever against the
Regent. First they conspired his death, and the Laird of
Tullibardine should be the chief to enterprise it with the
consent of all the Hamilton faction, with the assistance of
Mungo Greame, Patrick Ballentyne, James Murray who
should have fought with Bothwell, &c. It is accorded
amongst the Queen's friends that the Scots Borderers shall
attempt such notorious outrages as open wars might warrant
them. It is accorded amongst them to convene a Parliament
in the Queen's name at Ayr, but as yet they dare not enterprise the proclaiming thereof. Argyll and Huntley provide,
and it is thought that this matter will break out immediately
upon the readiness and coming down of these two Earls.
They intend to destroy as many burgh towns as have assisted
the Regent with men or money. The Regent would be glad
to accept the Lord Herries coming in. Lord Seton's wife
by the devil seduced to the unhonest love of the Laird of
Evermark, entered into accord with him that she should
poison her husband, and he do the like to his wife, and then
to contract a marriage.—Berwick, last of July 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
|July 31.||2388. Affairs in France.|
|Complaints of the non-observance of the peace by the
murder of the Protestants in different towns and the infraction of others of the articles. Also the attempted assassination of Conde, the Admiral, and D'Andelot.|
Endd. by Cecil. Fr. Pp. 6½.
|July.||2389. Catherine De Medicis to the Queen.|
|Montmorin has informed her of the concern expressed by
the Queen about her health, for which she thanks her; and
hopes that the amity between the two realms may long
Hol. Add. Endd. Fr. P. 1.
|[July.]||2390. Sir Henry Norris to the Duke of Norfolk.|
|The Protestants not being permitted in sundry places to
enjoy the benefit of the late Edicts are forced to keep themselves in troops, which makes many suspect that the troubles
will be sooner renewed. The town of Rochelle refuses to
receive any garrison. The King intends to send into Flanders
to help the King Catholic.|
Rough draft. Endd. Pp. 2.
|[July.]||2391. Sir Henry Norris to —.|
|Is bound to do him what service he can. Fears that this
last war was not so violent but that there must be another.
The Edict of Pacification is not straightly observed, and the
Prince has sought redress hereof.|
Rough draft. Incomplete. Pp. 2.