544. ADDRESS by the BURGESSES of BRUSSELS to the STATES-GENERAL.
The burgesses of the city of Brussels, in order to promote the
arrival and reception of the Archduke Matthias, and to show that
the delay is not due to them, but to the very persons, belonging
to your assembly here, who do not do the duty required of them to
give satisfaction to the burgesses, but rather to the contrary, by
their evil intentions preventing any decision from being arrived
at upon the burgesses' complaints, and also calumniating
the good endeavours of the said burgesses, saying that they mix
themselves up too much, and more than comports with their business,
in public affairs, and suchlike improper and misleading
expressions—wherein it is certain that the cause of the republic
in the action of the people ; and in order that none of you may
think that this proceeds from lightness or overweening on the part
of the burgesses, you shall understand, gentlemen, that although
those of Brussels, as a frontier town, are the most concerned, yet
having the advantage of the presence of your assembly in this
city, where the commonalties of the other provinces and cities are
absent, and as this is a popular matter touching all good patriots—
you will understand that those of Brussels speak for the generality
of good patriots elsewhere ; whereof if any desire proof at his own
expense, let them be sent for, and let us await the arrival of the
burgesses of Louvain, Antwerp, Bois-le-Duc, Ghent and the other
towns, and we shall see the effect which shall ensue. Those too
who demand the signature, about which so many difficulties are
made for us, note well how just is this cause, and of how great
importance to the cause this matter is. Having presented their
complaints in writing, the burgesses beg that it may please your
lordships to give your decision in writing, for the greater security
and satisfaction of both parties. Further, we, and all other good
patriots of this assembly desire nothing save the speedy reception
of the Archduke, to remedy the troubles of our poor fatherland,
and by the help of one and the other to meet and overthrow our
enemy. Thus leaving behind the ill-affected to the cause, with
their sinister opinions, we beg your lordships promptly to deal
with, as has been often requested, and hitherto not without danger
delayed, the complaints above-mentioned, to the repose and contentment
of all good patriots. Consider, too, that looking to the
necessity in which our poor country stands, its good government
requires that it should have a head wise in deliberation, prompt in
resolve, valiant in combat, well-tried, not urged by ambition, fear,
or need, but of a single zeal for the cause. If no one could be
found perfect in all these parts we should take the one who
approaches it most nearly ; wherein consider, gentlemen, if those
have not failed who have called in so young a prince as the Archduke
to be the Governor-General of these countries at a time of
so great danger and difficulty—too great a charge, every understanding
man will say, for a prince not yet of age. Wherefore,
as we have gone so far with the Archduke to the point of receiving
him as Governor, it is necessary to have a Lieutenant-General, a
lord of authority, and qualified as above. For this the burgesses
think there is no lord in all Europe better fitted than the Prince
of Orange, as is also the opinion of all the wisest men. For which
reason they have in their complaint requested that the said prince
should be appointed lieutenant-general to the Archduke, in the
event of his reception. To this they still adhere, notwithstanding
that some preposterously pretend that there can be no lieutenant
of a lieutenant ; for we see that the fiscal, who represents his lord,
employs a lieutenant in Brabant ; and in an important case like
this it ought to be allowed, to make up for the Archduke's youth.
And the Prince of Orange has already been appointed by your
lordships special governor of Brabant, for causes very pregnant
and peremptory, which are still in force, and increase from day to
day, making it necessary that he remain in that post ; and in
pursuance of the election and decision of the nine nations of this
city, and burgesses of Louvain, Antwerp, and Bois-le-Duc, who
have never withdrawn, nor consented to the Prince's removal, but
desire that he should remain governor, and without their consent
no change can be made, nor can the Archduke even be admitted,
since it is they who have got to be governed, and to receive their
In the event of their agreement, they should settle the household
of the Archduke before admitting him ; composing it of natives
of the country, Flemings (thiois) and others, from Brabant,
Flanders, Artois, &c., and to take note of this, since it is we who
have to be governed.
As in the days of Queen Mary of Hungary, when Governess,
though she brought several Germans with her, she retained only
one in her household, her fourrier, the others being natives of the
country. This was in time of peace ; much more then in time of
Please also to come to a decision respecting suspected persons ;
and herein remember the warning of the Queen of England, that
the countries will never be well governed till the Estates, the
Abbeys, the convents, the magistrates, are purged of bad patriots.
Praying you above all to make good and brief expedition, that
public affairs may be furthered and brought into better order with
restoration of all ancient privileges, and abolition of all ordinances,
placards and acts to the contrary.
Copy. Fr. 3 pp. [Holl. and Fland. IV. 51.]
K. d. L. 183.
545. DAVISON to LEICESTER.
I have written four several letters since I heard from you. Your
last, saying that I have now received by Whitechurch [i.e., No.
530], and another in favour of Southarke received five or six
days since, was of Nov. 22 ; which, relating to former letters sent
by Mr. Chester and miscarried, contained little that required particular
Now I understand that the Marquis is dispatched well satisfied ;
the news of which is the more welcome here, that the contrary
was, upon the negotiation of Gate [Gastel] both feared and reported.
He is still on the way, and as I hear, expected to-day at
Bruges and to-morrow at Ghent, whither the Prince is to-day set
forth. The Marquis, now he is returned, can do much to advance
matters, having the means to do good with his brother, and others
that have been hitherto noted as hinderers, and I hope that as he
has promised to employ himself honestly therein, he will honourably
perform it. His good entreaty in England generally, and by
your Lordship particularly has, I doubt, not done him much good.
To-morrow I repair toward Brussels to await his coming, "that
we may together with all our force push at the wheel."
The Prince meanwhile has sent to beg the States to hasten this
succour, wherein if they follow their accustomed slackness the
people are determined to interpose themselves. Within few days
after the Marquis coming to Brussels, we shall perceive what train
it will take. Meanwhile the Prince has asked me to solicit the
speedy preparation of them, whose number he could wish augmented,
if the States approved. For our horsemen, he thinks the
lances armed after the manner of Italy better and more serviceable
than our light horse after the nature of the Borderers ; but on all
these details you shall hear from him at length when the States
have made up their minds. I see nothing to hinder the success
of it unless it be the treaty of peace, which the Emperor is minded
once again to propose through Count 'Swartberg' and the Commissioners
employed here in the last negotiation, whom the Count
awaits at Collen, to join with the Bishop of Liége and the deputies
of Cleve ; "but I find very few of opinion that this is other than a
stratagem to rock these men asleep while Don John waketh," that
he may more easily surprise them. Yet we have many here that
are glad of such an occasion to entertain the old practices, and
compass the division of the provinces.
The Prince takes in good part your counsel touching the Marquis,
which he will put in practice if it may do any good, "not-withstanding
that his constancy be much suspected, knowing the
natural imperfection of that house." He has been lately named to
be one of the new Council, but the people are opposed to him and
others, of whom they are not very sure. Champagny being one
of that number is detected to have done so evil offices that he has
within these three or four days been forced to fly from Brussels,
and what is become of him I cannot yet hear. Among other points
to have solicited first the Duke of Aerschot, and failing with him,
the Count Egmont, to declare himself head of the Catholics, and
take arms against the professors of the contrary ; with whom likewise
not prevailing he offered to take it on himself. These things
being known to the people have bred some discontent about the
naming of him and others to the Council, and the Archduke is therefore
In this confusion of things the French profit. Mondoucèt, who
is employed for the Duke of Alençon, never followed his old practice
with greater heat, sparing no fair offers to advance his party, and
it is much suspected that Count Lalaing and others are assuredly
We have news that 22 companies of French, said to be sent down
by Monsieur under the charge of Bussy d'Amboise, are marching
to the frontier of Hainault ; but the intent is diversely judged of.
Of the state of Don John, this bearer, who lately came from
Namur, and the particulars sent herewith, can much inform you.
I send withal a note of the several regiments and forces of the
States, that you may judge of both. The Prince has asked me
to send you his letter herewith, by whom you may understand
the cause of his silence hitherto. He has sent with them divers
particular letters, because he would not have them delivered without
your privity ; although they contain nothing but compliments.
Within four or five days I think to write more at length.—In
haste, Antwerp, the of Dec. 1577.
P.S.—Within these four days arrived five or six companies of
Scots, above the number brought by Balfour, which the States are
very loth to entertain. Their captain is one Ogliby.
Draft. Endd. 2 pp. [Holl. and Fland. IV. 52.]
546. A number of NOTES and MEMORANDA as to the forces on
either side in the Low COUNTRIES and their disposition.
(1.) Bandes d'ordonnance of the Duke of Aerschot, M. de Lalain,
M. de Rumeghen, M. d'Arenberg, M. de Bossu, the Marquis
of Havrech, the Count of Egmont, M. de Meerbeke, the
Seneschal of Hainault, M. d'Evere, M. de Ville, the Viscount
of Ghent, M. de Bailleul, M. d'Oignies :—(510 lances).
Light horse : the companies of M. de Priescau, M. de Villers, M.
de Fresnoy, M. de Voisin, Jehan Battista Norchini, Mornaulx,
M. de Montigni, M. de Champagny, M. d'Egmont, M. de
Goignies, M. de la Marche :—(1,100 horse).
Reiters : the company of M. de Groningen :—(400 horse).
Fr. 3 pp
(2.) Names of such as are with Don John.
M. de Hierges, M. de Floyon, M. de Haultepenne, M. de Billy
dit Robles, M. de Ruysbrouck, the Count of Reux, the Count
of Faulquenberge, M. de Licques, M. de Rossignol, M. de
Baulx, M. de Marle, M. de Somincourt, M. de Warlouzel, "le
sieur de Herwic Anglois" [Qy. Harvie], Councillor d'Assonville,
Councillor Fonck, d'Overloepe the usher, Secretaries
Berty, Scharenberge, Vasseur, Lalloo, and Brool, Octavio
Endd. by L. Tomson. Fr. 1 p.
(3.) Number of the colonels and regiments of infantry belonging
to the Estates.
M. de Bossu (20 ensigns), M. de Mountegny (10), M. de Capres
(10), Champagny (10), M. de la Garde (6), M, de Bours (6),
Count of La Marce (10), M. de Hèze (8), Bersell (10), Egmont
(10), La Motte (3), the Count of Holland (35).
Contingents of eight and six will be raised to ten.
In Holland, besides garrisons, are 25 ensigns. The Scots who
have come are 12 ensigns, and we think they are going to be
increased by 10 more.
Though the Estates think they have this number of ensigns, it
is reckoned that the companies are not full.
M. de Havré (100 horse), the Duke of Aerschot (100), M. de
Goingny (100), the Viscount of Ghent (100), Count Lalaing (100),
Mermau (150), Montigny (50), Champagny (50), M. de Bossu (50).
(fn. 1) The bandes d'ordonnance, 1,200 lances, M. de 'Cruninge'
400, the Prince of Orange 400, (fn. 1) Schenck 1,000, (fn. 1) Havre 1,500,
(fn. 1) Count of Zwartzenborch 2,000, (fn. 1) Cazemirus 3,000. Total, 10,300
horses. Those marked have not yet come into existence.
Governors for the Estates of the Low Countries.
Brabant—The Prince of Orange, provisionally.
Flanders—Before the troubles was governed by the Count of
Rœulx, who for having withdrawn with Don John
was deprived, and it was given by the Estates to
the Duke of Aerschot, who afterwards resigned it,
so that now it is without a governor ; though he
has not returned his patent.
Namur—M. de Barlemont.—At the disposal of Don John.
Luxembourg—Count Mansfelt.—At the disposal of Don John.
Arthois—The Viscount of Ghent.
West Friesland—His Excellency.
Lille, Douay, Orchie—M. de Rassinghen, prisoner at Ghent.
Friesland—Baron de Ville, brother to M. de Hoochstraet.
Tournay and Tournesis—The Constable of Haynault.
Mechlin—At present no one.
Valenciennes—M. de Famar governs, without the title of
On the frontiers of Haynault :—
Vennes—M. de Boussy.
Philippeville—M. de Florenc.
Charlemont—Under Don John.
Landresy—M. de Cure.
The citadel of Cambray—M. de Jussy.
Chanry—M. de Gougny.
Frontiers of Artois :—
"Beaupaume"—M. de Steenkerk.
"Petune"—M. de la Tilloye. (fn. 1)
Herre—M. de Meurbeeck. (fn. 1)
St. Omer—M. de Runninghe. (fn. 1)
Gravelines—M. de la Motte.
Carthuyse—M. d'Ogny. (fn. 1)
Maestricht—No one, but M. de Bersele is superintendent.
Lierre—Captain Cetvelt is superintendent.
Endd. in French by Burghley's secretary : Dec. 1577, &c. Fr.
(4.) Don John's Colonels.
Peter Ernest, the old Count of Mansfield.
Count Charles of Mansfelt.
The Count of Wessenberg.
Count of Rirgrave.
M. de Floyon
Baron Bassonpierre of Lorraine.
M. de Haultepenne
The Count of Mandershet.
M. de Billy.
Count of Reux.
M. de Licques.
Colonels of reiters :—
Caspar Schoneberg, formerly marshal of the Germans in France.
Dits de Schoneberg.
M. d'Elst, nephew of the Elector of Treves.
The French King's ambassador.
Duke Enric of Brunswick has 3 ambassadors at Namur, a
doctor, his secretary, and one gentleman, who at Marche under
colour of playing great wagers early and late at tennis, haunted
Don John at 11 at night and 3 in the morning.
Colonel Elst was sent from him to Serin to solicit and practise
for that which he hath effected.
M. de Billy has been employed in the country of La Marche to
levy horsemen, and has given 5 crowns upon every horse.
Davison's writing. Fr. and Eng. Endd. in Fr. ½ p.
The whole 7½ pp. [Holl. and Fland. IV. 53.]
K. d. L. x.
547. DAVISON to the SECRETARIES.
Same information as in 545. "Of three several dispatches which
I have of late sent, I do not hear that you have received one.
The cause I impute to the wind, which has kept the post on
this side 15 or 16 days." "By Whitechurch I understand the
Marquis is returned well satisfied both for his negotiation and
particular entreaty. . . . The Prince is glad to hear of the
good reputation he has left behind him, and that he is in so good
a way to become a Protestant, though he fears that humour be
spent in passing of the sea."
Add. Endd. by L. Tomson. 1½ pp. [Ibid. IV. 54.]
Draft of the last. Endd. 1 p. [Ibid. IV. 5a.]
K. d. L. x.
549. DAVISON to the SECRETARIES.
I mentioned yesterday the coming of Bussy d'Amboise and his
companies towards the frontier. This is confirmed this morning,
and it is given out that they are sent to assist the States, but the
enterprise is suspected to aim at some other mark. The intelligence
which the Duke has in Hainault and Artois makes the
loyalty of that corner much doubted. In any case, this practice is
judged to be accompanied with danger, for if he offer to assist the
States and they refuse him, he may take part against them, and
if they accept him they incur no less peril. This falls out at such
a time as will not a little confound opinions here ; Don John being
ready to assail them and they unprepared to make head against
It is said that in Burgundy and Champagne "there hovereth"
6,000 or 7,000 men, destined for the service of Don John ; and
though it is known to the States, they proceed with their accustomed
Count 'Swartberg' is come from Collen, and appointed to be here
to-night or to-morrow with the Archduke, and the rest of the
commissioners are said to be likewise on the way.
On my arrival at Brussels, whither I am even now setting out,
you shall hear again.—Antwerp, 29 Dec. 1577, "scribbled in
Add. Endd. 1 p. [Ibid. IV. 55.]
Draft of part of the above. "It is more than time they
had the succour which they have been so long waiting on."
Endd. 1 p. [Ibid. IV. 55a.]
551. THOMAS RANDOLPH to DAVISON.
I am much "beholding" to you for your friendly remembrance
of me, with such news as that country yields, which are not to be
neglected on our part, but carefully to provide for all events. I
cannot requite you with anything from here, save to assure you of
the good liking of your service where you are. Your friends here
are in health, saving Mr. Killigrew, of a better mind than ability
of body. I see it must fall to his lot or mine to make a journey
into Scotland, where matters are not falling out as we wish. Mrs.
Beale is brought to bed of a son, no small comfort to the mother,
and great joy I am sure to the father, when he, to whom I pray
you deliver this letter, [hears] as I hope of the good news.
I hope, though I do not find it in your letter, that my good
Gossip is in good health, with both your little sons, to whom I
pray you make my hearty commendations.—London, 29 Dec. 1577.
P.S.—If this bearer return, please to employ him. He is one
whom you may trust. If Mr. Beale come not by you, pray keep
the letter with you.
Add. 2 pp. [Ibid. IV. 56.]
552. As to the ARREST of SHIPS.
. . . . Provided also that the two English ships which are
empty, and now lying at Brouage, be released within two months.
This being done and caution given, the merchants of Dieppe shall
have their vessels released at once.—Hampton Court, 30 Dec. 1577.
Names of the two English ships still detained by M. de Lansae,
and their owners :—The Immanuel of Plymouth, owned by P.
Sylvester ; the bark Shelton of Yarmouth, owned by Kate Tomson.
In writing of L. Tomson. Fr. 13 ll. [For. E. B. Misc. II.]
553. EXTRACT from a LETTER written to the ESTATES of the
Letters from Venice of the 20th inst. say that our King has
agreed with the Genevois [Qy. Genoese] for 5 millions in gold, to
accommodate Don John in the present war, by exchange or otherwise ;
and that his Majesty has almost compelled them to accept
the contract. Also that he has taken all gold and silver from the
merchants of Spain, having it all minted, to send into Flanders.
The kingdom of Naples contributes a large sum, and 1,500 Spanish
soldiers forthwith, who are ready to embark any day for Genoa,
Lombardy, and so to Flanders. At Genoa are expected 4 Spanish
galleys with 7,000 crowns, to be sent to his Highness at Luxembourg.
The Prince of Parma is to start shortly for Flanders, and
the Duchess his mother will follow him soon. On her arrival that
lady is to offer to the Estates the olive-branch of peace, with full
instructions as to his Majesty's pleasure, if they will accept her as
Governess. If not, her son will be there to offer the sword. The
Pope is said to have granted his Highness such a contribution as
the powers of the Church allow.
On the 20th of this month the palace of St. Mark's at Venice
was half burnt down. The damage is estimated at more than a
million of gold, and when our messenger started the fire was not
wholly extinguished, nor was it known how it had been caused.
We shall hear by our next messenger on Saturday.
The last thing that they write from Venice is that Don John has
written to the Emperor, earnestly requiring him to write to his
brother Matthias not to accept the conditions of the Estates, nor
the government either until word comes from his Majesty from
Spain. That is all that we hear by the present and last posts
We know as a fact that the good Emperor is taking a great deal
of trouble for the pacification of Flanders, and since we hear that
his Majesty's brother has been received as governor we thank God
therefore. We hope that our Princes of the Empire will bear a
hand in this pacification ; for it must be understood that Germany
will be no less ruined than your Low Countries if the King persists
in continuing the war. As for the 2,000 horses for the artillery
and the ammunition which I mentioned eight days ago, there has
been much difficulty in getting them, but more in respect of the
exeen gelt [?]. The millions about which they write from Italy are
far to seek.
And as this year ends to-day, and to-morrow we enter 1578, I
beg your Lordships to excuse any failure in my duty during the
past year. To conclude this my last of 1577, I will tell you of
some good news, as it seems to me. This day I went to speak on
other affairs with MM. Marco and Jehan Focquer [? Fugger].
They have received letters from Spain of Nov. 16 ; and with a
smiling visage they told me that his Majesty is content that the
Archduke should be governor, and that in this he is opposed to
all those of his Council. But he would like his Excellency to take
two or three councillors chosen by himself. If the Estates, after
deliberation, can meet his Majesty in this matter, peace will be as
good as made. These gentlemen say also that the Estates ought
not to sleep over this matter, if peace is to come soon. Therefore
I entreat your noble lordships to take it in hand.
I hear of another good personage who had seen a letter written
by the King's own hand to the Emperor, which had been sent to
the Landvogt Ilsingh, primary councillor to the Emperor, resident
in this town, to be forwarded to the Imperial Court.—From the
accustomed place [? Augsburg], this last day of 1577.
Copy. Fr. 4 pp. [Holl. and Fland. IV. 57.]
554. The QUEEN to RICHARD, COUNT PALATINE : MR. BEALE'S
The Queen having occasion to dispatch me to the Elector your
Highness's nephew, has also given me commission to greet you.
She greatly desires to continue to the present Elector the friendship
which she had towards his father your Highness's late brother, and
begs that you will foster the same in the minds of your nephews ;
doing what lies in you, by your advice and assistance, to prevent
any separation between the German churches and the foreign,
whereby it may come to pass that the peace of the Empire will be
broken up and other states and churches be condemned undeserving
and unheard, without lawful trial. Which is contrary to Christian
charity and the legal methods of procedure hitherto in use in the
Church and Empire.
Copy. Endd. by Robert Beale. Latin. ¾ p.
After Sept. 14.
555. MEMORANDUM on the SUBSIDY to DUKE CASIMIR.
There is imminent danger to these countries from the seasoned
forces of Don John. It is well known that he feels sure of being
able to obtain fresh men and fresh supplies from France ; for it
is from that side rather than from Spain that war is being made.
All the world knows that the greater number of Don John's
troops are French, that his best depôt of provisions is Mézières,
that letters of exchange to supply him with money are reaching
Paris every day, that artillery for his support is ready at Metz
and other places on the French frontier. There is the less doubt
about it since it is certain that the King of France has made peace
with his subjects to this very end, being unable simultaneously to
fight with them and render help to Don John, necessary as he
considers this. He can always, as he has hitherto done, fall upon
his subjects afresh when he sees a good time to do so ; while if
he had let the affairs of these countries continue to prosper (which
would have been a very bad lesson for his subjects), and had done
nothing to hinder help from England, of which he was extremely
jealous, it is quite certain that afterwards he would have come too
To set against all these advantages, we see in these countries
nothing but irresolute people ; a populace liable to be waged by
the first surprise of a battle lost or a town taken ; too many
jealousies, distrusts, enmities ; too few captains, and no resources
at all ; failure to make a right use of the goodwill of neighbouring
princes, and especially of the counsels of the Prince of Orange,
the good effect of which is hindered by many causes. But granting
that the sick man has the fault of not liking to take the medicine
necessary for his case, it behoves those who love him and have an
interest in his health, to treat him as the good physician, who
often makes his patient take the medicine which he has disdained,
as though it were something yet unthought of.
It is evident that the remedy for the evils under which these
countries are suffering must be brought from without. For
obvious reasons France is no good. Germany might help, but she
is mercenary. England is in every way fit and necessary.
The Queen knows the reasons which induced her to offer help ;
she must not withdraw when she sees that the fruits of it may
turn out as she desires. She alone can provide against the evil
which she foresees, and put France and those countries on a grand
footing, with such results as she wishes, especially their obligation
Her Majesty has every confidence in Duke Casimir, and may feel
her resources safe in his hands, for the levying of a large force of
Swiss reiters, and arquebusiers, with which, in addition to his own
subjects, he would fall on the King of France.
The Duke has sufficient credit with the Churches of France to
make them take up arms when the time comes ; they have only too
much cause every day.
In this way the King of France would be compelled to recall
his own forces, and avail himself of the help he is giving to Don
John. He saw before the peace that he could not do both things
at once ; and Don John would be left with a few Spaniards,
Italians, and Burgundians. It would then be easy to defeat him
and make him accept any terms.
In this way her Majesty would do whatever is important for the
maintenance of peace, would prevent the authority of the Spaniards
from ever returning to these countries, and the King of France
from availing himself of the peace to attempt something against
her on the first opportunity.
But this means will be useless if active steps be not taken to
anticipate the efforts of Spain, and prevent these people from concluding
a disadvantageous peace.
Her Majesty has all the more reason to take this view that she
can thus make two hits with one stone. She can make with the
Duke, and by his interposition, with the Churches of France, such
arrangements as are adapted to the purpose, and will achieve her
ends better in these countries. For even were she to send them
6,000 harquebusiers of her own subjects, these would be soldiers
of more courage than training in war ; and would be of little
hindrance to Don John, with his fine troops and power of reinforcing
them from France. Again, if she give them the 100,000l.
which they ask for, they are so far in debt to their armies that the
sum would only wipe out one or two months' arrears of pay, and
they would be no forwarder. But if she will send them men paid
by herself, she can hand the money to Duke Casimir, who will
raise an army and draw off half of Don John's force, which would
be as good as winning a big battle, and keep the King of France
from helping him.
Duke Casimir might make his principal effort on the coasts of
France, with the help or connivance of her Majesty, if she likes to
send some of her subjects to join him. He would roam about
Normandy and Picardy, where he will pick up a good many men,
not amusing himself by taking or surprising fortresses, though
not neglecting this when occasion serves. He would stay at fortifiable
spots along the coast ; with a good number of pioneers he
could make them defensible. There are people, too, in Britanny
who, if they saw such a force, have means of doing as they might
have done better in the late war, if they had seen a chance of help.
Beside this work on the coast, the Duke could send a force into
Languedoc and Guyenne, and with the help of the Churches give
the King plenty of trouble in those quarters.
In this way the two kings will be best kept in check and prevented
from any enterprise against her Majesty. And the Churches
may be secretly treated with, through the Duke, to take arms when
anyone wants to injure her, if means are given the Duke to succour
them ; a condition which her Majesty cannot hope for from anyone
but the Churches.
Fr. 3 pp. (Probably connected with D. Rogers' negotiations.)
[Holl. and Fland. IV. 58.]
K. d. L. x.
556. M. DE FAMARS to DAVISON.
Asking that he will give the bearer, who is going into England
on business, letters of introduction to some lords there, to expedite
his business. His Excellency has written to the lords of the
Council on his behalf. Antwerp, the Dec. 1577. (Signed)
Charles de Levin de Famars.
Endd. Fr. 1 p. [Ibid. IV. 59.]
557. Scheme for a tax of two patars a week, to be levied on
every householder, showing how this would enable the Estates to
maintain an army of 30,000 men.
Copy. Fr. 6½ pp. [Ibid. IV. 60.]
558. MEMORANDUM upon the Privileges enjoyed by the
PROVINCES of the LOW COUNTRIES, and the limitations
to the power of the various DUKES, COUNTS, &c., by
whom they have been governed ; with instances from
history of the Depositions of some of them, the appointment
of RUWARDS in BRABANT.
Apparently sent by Davison in connexion with the deposition
of Don John. Endd. : (1) by Walsingham : . . [discour]se to
shew that Counts of Holland have been deposed ; (2) by L.
Tomson : The form and state etc. English. Govr. Holld. 6 pp.
[Holl. and Fland. IV. 61.] (Calendared in 1575 ; No. 533.)
559. MEMORANDUM as to rates of PAY in the LOW COUNTRIES.
"Pay given in Brabant in time past to officers in the force, as
followeth, and first to the Lord Marshall."
He has for himself 300 philips per month, and some 500 more for his staff ;
halberdiers, chaplain (12), clerks, trumpeter (16), two carriages for the provost
and one more for prisoners as occasion doth serve at 8 patars the horse a month,
hangman (16), &c., &c.
"The pay of a colonel of 2,000 Walloons, footmen, and his
Colonel 300 philips, lieutenant-colonel 100, sergeant-major 40, chaplain 19,
interpret 12, surgeon 20, cook 6, his man 4, hangman 16, &c., &c.
"The captain of a band, and his pay, and his officers."
Captain 40, lieutenant 20, ensign 16, sergeant 16, guide 12, two "phiffes" 12,
"The captain of 100 Spaniards and his officers."
Captain 100 florins, lieutenant or ensign 50, a musketeer according to his valour,
9 or 10, a bastard musketeer 7, a simple harquebusier 6.
"In a company of 100 Spaniards they use but 3 officers, making
their lieutenant and ensign but one, and one sergeant."
The States of Brabant now make colonels of 10 ensigns, an
ensign being 200 men, including captain, lieutenant, and ensign.
The colonel chooses his officers and distributes the pay as he
has 'imprest' for his companies.
Touching horsemen, the demands that have been made by burgomasters
and others, I will further declare by word of mouth ; and
the difference between this pay and that of the . . . . I will
show by my contract in the Prince of Orange's hand.
In Brabant a captain of horse has 100 florins, the lieutenant 70,
the 'guidon' 45. Lances and 'argoletts' are equal in pay. The
'imprest' of 2,000 horse amounts to 792,000 florins.
Endd. with Walsingham's mark, and again in later hand.
5½ pp. [Ibid. IV. 62.]
1569, but probably
560. An ABRIDGMENT of the material matters contained in
the PORTUGAL letters.
Advise to send over the second letters, before the letters taken
be read ; and that Doctor Hector or Balthazar Peirs should haste
to be on the other side before there be any more stir here.
Written in a pair of tables directed to Dr. Hector.
1. The Doctor has advertised him of certain things which he will
not yet reveal ; he, Thomas Gomez, minds to tarry till he have
3 [sic]. Advertisement committed to the bringer : 50 ducats to
be paid at the arrival of a ship named St. Anthony ; the evil news
of Portugal makes them fearful.
F. A. to Bernardo Lewce.
4. The arrest made in Portugal cometh evil to pass ; concerning
the "Portingall's" affairs now in hand ; a device to buy wares,
as it seems stayed in the ship by help of some trusty Englishman
and by help of the ambassador, or in some French ship, to be sent
to Rouen under a charter-party or feigned bargain made there,
not trusting the mariner ; by which there may be gotten a great
deal of money, and will be better trade than to send wares to Spain
or Portugal. He desires speedy advertisement hereof by way of
Calais, by conveyance by Bongiani Tadei. He has spoken with an
English captain to buy 5,000 dry hides and certain elephant's
teeth, which came out of Nova Hispania, but stays till further
advice ; and are goods to be sent to Rouen, Hamborough, or
Dr. Hector to Bernardo Lewce.
7 [sic]. There is no dealing with Mr. Winter but by law ; and,
therefore, a letter of attorney is necessary.
Robert Ridolfi is to be spoken with concerning a procuration
for Ireland : there is no good means to send to "Lisheborne" at
this time : a bag of money of Jeronimo Linda lacking.
Dr. Hector to Bernardo Lewce.
8. Certain bags of money missing in Feck Peters, and the
master of the ship suspected.
Fernando Alvaries to Francisco de Pina.
9. The two Barnes have been spoken with to intreat the Winter
to come to some reasonable order, but he will do nothing by friendship,
and, therefore, needful to seek it by the law.
Balthazar Peris to Roderigo Domega.
10. The arrest in Portugal of the Englishmen lamented as
prejudicial to their trade.
Balthazar Peris to Edwardi [sic] Philippi.
12 [sic]. Bags and clothes meant to be sent over in a ship
which will be ready within this fortnight.
Dego Peris to Roderigo Domega.
14 [sic]. Advice to the consul of the Spaniards in Brydges
that he should beware what he writes ; for it is a miracle his letters
were not opened, and if he should write anything prejudicial, he
should not be well discharged. Written by Hector Nounes.
15. Hope of recovery of Portugal's goods which have bills of
lading and good proof ; some of the bags of money are lacking.
Dr. Hector N. to Jeronimo Linda.
16. Licence of corn will not be easily granted now. —
doubted that the Lords will deliver no wares without bills of lading
on the ship's books. Here are syrups, sugars, cochineal and
other wares to be sold if he had money, wherein there would be
good pains to be sent in a French ship making a feigned charterparty.
Dr. Hector to Simon Soeiro.
17. Doubt that there will be great trouble in recovering their
goods for lack of bills of lading ; some bags of money do lack.
Written by Hector Nunes to Manual Roderigues.
18. Doubt of recovery of the Portugal's goods, seeing the Englishmen
and their goods are arrested in Portugal, because of Mr.
Winter's letters of marque, which comes evil to pass.
Hector Nunes to Jeronimo Lindo.
19. The Portugal's goods are not yet recovered, and small hope ;
because of the tidings of the arrest of the Englishman and their
goods in Portugal. And a great fault found in Feck Peters for
concealing certain bags of money to the Commissioners. He is
glad he did not exhibit the request for the elephant's teeth, because
they may pass for Spaniards' goods, whereof there is better hope
than of the Portugal's goods at this time. A note sent of the
merchandize and money lacking in the two bulks which came
out of Portugal.
Dr. Hector Nunes to Rodorico Alvaries.
20. He will not deal with Mr. Winter, being so well friended,
as he is of one that is of authority in these affairs. Nothing can
be recovered without good evidence. The arrest made in Portugal
of Englishmen and their goods hinders the former suit ; not knowing
what order any Lords of the Council will take in the matter,
Mr. Winter is desirous to sell the wares, and has entered good
sureties for the same ; and if he will that he or other shall buy
them, if there be any means to land them, there he will find a
means to send them under pretence of sending them elsewhere.
Dr. Hector Nunes to Fernando Trias.
21. He will send twelve bayes in another man's name, because
there are tidings that Englishmen and their goods are arrested in
George James to Andrew Dias.
22. Mr. Winter is not a man to be dealt with by friendship ;
the arrest in Portugal [? of Portugals] and their goods is to the
great hindrance and apparent trouble of the Portugals.
Dr. Hector Nunes to Alvare Mendez.
23. The arrest of Englishmen and their goods in Portugal declared :
there are no pirates abroad : the Queen's ships are come,
and commandment given that the sea should be free.
24. He would fain take the voyage on hand for France, doubting
that the Portugals shall be arrested here in England as Englishmen
are in Portugal.
Henrico Roderigo to Digo Peris.
Endd. by Burghley : Contents of the letters of Portugal. 2¼ pp.
561. MINUTES of sundry her MAJESTY'S letters to the KING OF
He will diminish his customs in case other princes will do the
A peculiar favour could not be shewed to his Majesty's subjects
without manifest offence to other princes.
That this matter may be put off to a more convenient time, when
by common consent of all princes some due order may be generally
No benefit by his country for venting our commodities
that we bring in. The sales amongst whom being made it
accrueth and returneth to the merchant what he paid before
for his tolls.
No commodity by his country for any commodities we
buy here ; whereas other merchants trading [to] her
Majesty's dominions buy commodities here whereby they
live, and seeing that profit groweth to them thereby, good
reason her Majesty should take custom of them in such as
last geld only
the F. E. & S.
Desire not any clean exemption from new tolls, but only
that the new tolls may be brought to some certainty and
be moderate ; and that the last new toll, termed by the name
of Lastgeld, may be utterly cut off. Because it was by
petition demanded, and that very earnest, and granted
with condition it should be repaid at the end of the wars
with Sweden. Because it is remitted to others, in Articulo
67, as to the merchants of the Low Countries ; and was
never paid by any of the Hanse Towns. Act 82 begins to
exact of the Low Countries Lastgelt, which, notwithstanding
is more moderate by half than it is taken of the English ;
for the Low Countries pay but half a 'daler' for a last,
inwards and outwards, and the English pay a whole 'daller,'
unless it be for 'tun' goods, as pitch, tar, ashes, and wood :
and for every ship pound of 'weye' which is not the eighth
part of a last in weight, they pay a 'doler'
between the Isle of Wight and the Needles.
between the Isles of Guernsey and Jersey.
In writing of L. Tomson. Endd. as heading. 1 p. [Denmark
562. TERMS of the LOAN to the STATES GENERAL.
"Articles containing [sic] a certain sum of money asked
as a loan from the Queen of England by his Catholic
Majesty's States General of Lower Germany."
On receipt of the bonds of the Queen and the city of London for
a sum not exceeding £100,000, the States shall place similar obligations
in the hands of her Majesty's agent or deputy, and shall
within 40 days after any requisition on her part to that effect
give the obligations of particular cities, to be named by the said
agent or deputy, for full and absolute settlement of the loan. The
States promise that they will either release the Queen from her
creditors to the amount in question, or will pay cash to that amount
in London at 12 months' date from the delivery of the instrument
on behalf of the Queen to their deputies.
If within 12 months terms of peace are made with the King
the States shall pay in full before the ratification thereof, or shall
send twelve hostages to England, six from either side, of whom
half to be nobles, half other subjects of his Majesty.
Any interest owing the States promise to pay with the principal.
The commander-in-chief and generals of the troops, who will
be sent, to be admitted to debate and vote in the council of the
States. The troops to be 5,000 foot and 2,000 horse.
The sums advanced by the Queen for the outfit of the troops
to be repaid in London in English money, at three months.
The troops to have as good pay as those of any other nation
in the States' service.
The States to pay the costs of the troops' conveyance.
Pay to be reckoned from the embarkation of the troops.
At the cessation of arms, costs of reconveyance, or one month's
pay to be paid by the States.
Victuals to be supplied to the troops at a fair price, and all
arrangements for their welfare honestly attended to.
Latin. 2 pp. Marginal headings by L. Tomson. [For. E.B.
563. "MEMORANDUM of the PRINCES who have offered me
Duke Joachim Ernest of Anhalt .................. 3,000 horse.
Duke Francis of Lauenburg ........................ 2,000 horse.
A brother of his, called Maurice, offers his services simply, as
also does a Duke of Pomerania named Casimir.
I hope also to have one of the young Dukes of Deux Ponts.
I have hopes also of the Count of Montbéliard.
Count Adolphus of Neuenaar has offered 2,000 horse and 2,000
infantry, Walloons, men of Liége, and Flemings.
Endd. by D. Rogers (probably an enclosure in one of his letters):
Les nommes [sic] de princes qu'ont offert leurs services au Mons.
le Duc Casimir. Fr. 9 lines. [Germ. States I. 53.]
564. ARTICLES to a TREATY to be observed and mutual amity
to be entertained between the QUEEN and the STATES
of LOWER GERMANY.
The ancient treaties between the realm of England and the house
of Burgundy shall remain in force and unaltered.
No business of importance with regard to peace and war shall
be transacted in the Low Countries during the present troubles
without her Majesty's consent.
If any prince or state shall practise against the peace of the
Queen and her dominions, the States-General shall aid her with
men to the same number and under the same conditions as those
under which she is now to aid them.
If any dissensions arise among them, they shall inform the
Queen of the causes thereof, and seek her counsel to settle them.
If the Queen shall fit out a fleet to keep the peace at sea, they
shall contribute 40 ships, the least of 40 tons burden.
The States shall not permit any English rebels or deserters and
fugitives to dwell in the Low Countries after they have been
denounced as such by the Queen and her ministers, but shall expel
They shall make no secret treaties with any prince or power
whatsoever without the Queen's consent, but shall comprehend her
in any such treaty.
Those who now hold the reins of state or shall hereafter be
admitted to the administration in the Low Countries shall ratify
and confirm the above articles.
When peace is made, the States shall promise that the King of
Spain shall establish and confirm all these articles, or so many
of them as it shall seem to the Queen and her ministers expedient
to make perpetual.
Latin. 2 pp. Marginal headings in L. Tomson's hand. [For,
E.B. Misc. II.]
565. (fn. 2) MEMORANDUM from the LORDS of the COUNCIL to SIR
AMYAS POULET, Ambassador in France.
The French ambassador has informed the Queen of the request
made to the King by the Estates-General now assembled that he
will revoke the late Edict and reduce them to one only religion.
To provoke him the rather to this they alleged in what blessed state
her Majesty and her realm were, and all because she had within the
same but the exercise of one only religion. The King advertised
the King of Navarre and Prince of Condé of this ; and doubting lest
they might take occasion to enter into some new act of hostility,
and also send some one of their associates to give her other information
of his meaning than was agreeable unto truth, and require
assistance at her hands, the Ambassador desired her not to give
hasty credit to their report, nor yield them any assistance.
She answered that she was sorry there should be given such
dangerous advice to the King ; and that he could have delivered
no message more unwelcome to her, and spoke of the likelihood that
the revocation of the Edict should throw them into a new war. It
is most evident that a Prince guided by sound advice ought not to
enter into wars otherwise than as men take medicine in extreme
diseases. And if foreign wars are to be avoided, how much more
civil and inward, especially the same being drawn by heat of contention
and continuance to such an extreme issue that the strife will
not be who shall overcome, but who shall live. It was a thing
against nature that the head whose foresight should preserve the
rest of the body should bend itself to the destruction of the same.
As to the reasons drawn from the quiet estate of this realm, she
showed him that in the true use of example men ought always to
weigh the circumstances. If this rule had been observed in the
present case, it would have been seen that the quiet of this realm
served but to very little purpose, for in our realm never was there
either granted or demanded, for the avoiding of civil dissension, the
use of any other religion than one ; which if it had been by us
granted, surely rather then she would by revocation of any such
grant have drawn upon us a civil war. She wished that the Estates
had better considered of the matter than to have been the authors
of so violent counsell, and had hoped that as it was given out that
the end of the assembly was to cure the sores of that diseased State,
so their counsels would have tended to so necessary and godly a purpose ;
which finding now to fall out quite contrary to the great
expectation of the world, she feared (said she) the King shall have
cause to term them rather particular than general estates in respect
of the particular passions they seem to be carried away withal.
The violations of the Edict have always been disadvantageous, the
King having been always forced to yield very good conditions of
peace. It was thought that the loss of the battles of Jarnac and
Moncontour would have ended all, but the loss of a battle is not
always a gage of a thorough conquest. How things have fallen
out since the death of the Admiral and others of the nobility slain
at Paris, methinks (said she) should not be easily forgotten. Whosoever
were the author of that violent counsel, were he stranger or
subject, pope or prince, could not but look to receive more profit of
the advice than she feared the King should take. Though she
knows it is given out abroad that she takes delight and makes profit
of others' troubles, she protests on the faith of a prince that if her
wish and advice had taken place, neither France nor Flanders had
been in that perplexed state that they now are. If it be considered
how little profit she has made of the occasions that have been offered
her, it will be seen what wrong they have done her who have judged
her to have been carried away with any ambitious desire for the
increase of her dominions. Other princes' dominions she seeketh
none, her people she maintaineth in peace and governeth by justice,
and therefore doth nothing doubt but that he that is the author and
maintainer of justice will protect her. As for his request made
unto her in the 'clause and shutting' of his speech that she would
keep an ear open for the King his master's defence, as also not to
assist them, to the first her answer was that as she had been always
inclined to justice she would not be forgetful thereof in the affairs
of a prince of such friendship with her. And to the second, she
assured him that she would do therein as should appertain to her in
This was the sum of the speeches which passed between her
Majesty and the French ambassador, which her pleasure was I
should impart to you that you might acquaint the King therewith.
And this much she would have you communicate with Queen
Mother, adding moreover that it is a thing greatly marvelled at
that a peace and unity of the subjects of France which she had
earnestly laboured and with such difficulty obtained took so little
root and could have no longer continuance. Especially the parties
being such as have been by the King himself cleared from all
attempts against the King and his crown, and all their former
doings vouched to be done for his service. And the world will not
be persuaded forasmuch as it is generally considered that as she
hath had the conduct of the whole state hitherto, so this would not
have fallen out if she would have withstood it. The consequence
whereof is like to be very hurtful to the realm, and loss and decay
of that party which are the chief movers of these troubles and the
increase of them whom they seek to destroy. If the event of former
proceedings will not be marked, the line that so long draweth the
boat against the stream, by oft moiling in the water will come to
be 'rotte' ; and so to break, and the ship, be she never so strongly
built that continueth long in the stormy tempest on the raging seas,
will in fine, by extremity of tempest, be brought to 'lecage' and so
in conclusion be sunk, though she carried never so proud and lofty
sails ; whereby if things fall out otherwise than well, a matter
greatly feared of men of best judgement, the brunt of the blame is
like to light most heavily upon her.
Copy. 6½ pp.
[Copies of two letters follow ; the first being that written by the
Queen to Sir A. Poulet' when he had the custody of the Scott : Queene,'
beginning : 'Amyas my most faithful and careful servant.' It has
been frequently printed, and is assigned to Aug., 1586. The other is
'A letter from her Majesty to Sir Amias Poulet, Ambassador in
France, of comfort upon the death of his eldest son,' which took
place in Jan., 1579. These documents, together with the 'Necessary
Considerations' calendared later on, occupy fourteen pages,
numbered 247-260, apparently from a commonplace-book or notebook.
The entries appear to have been made at various times and by
various hands.] [France I. 62.]
566. The DECLARATION of the KING upon the LIMITATION of
the EDICT for general exercise of RELIGION.
In reply to a request of the deputies for a further interpretation
of the clause in the Edict of Pacification enacting that the permission
for the exercise of the religion in all places shall be subject
to the proviso that the places belong to them, or that it be with the
consent of those to whom they belong. Signed, Henry ; Countersigned, Fizes.
Endd. Fr. ¾ p. [Ibid I. 63.]
Terms of the peace of 1576, preceded by some observations
of the Huguenot deputies, expressing a want of confidence in the
sincere desire of the other party to make a permanent peace.
[Endorsement imperfect . . . lesquelles le Roy a accordez
aux deputez, apostilles.]
Fr. 2½ pp. [Ibid. I. 64.]
568. Paper by Thomas Wilks, giving a sketch of the transactions
in France "from the very time of the massacre at Paris, being
in the year 1572," of the imprisonment of the Duke of Alençon and
the King of Navarre ; of the efforts made by Sir D. Dale, Sir T.
Leighton, and the writer himself, to render them some assistance ;
of the risks incurred by himself, the accusation laid against him by
the Queen Mother, and his own failure to obtain any investigation
into them. "And therefore the author of that slanderous libel doth
most falsely tax her Majesty in saying that she should be a stirrer
and mover of that contention between the King and his brother ;
for first she entered not into the cause between them, but at the
earnest suit and entreaty of Monsieur and the King of Navarre, and
then proceeding between them was most godly and charitable in
persuading of peace and quietness between them."
Endorsed by Walsingham : A discourse of her Majesty's proceedings
between Monsieur and the 2 Kings of France his brethren,
Charles and Henry. And below in Burghley's hand : Mr. Wilks.
Below, the mark [Walsingham's mark] and date 1572, which is clearly wrong, as
Randolph's mission in 1576 is referred to. From a side-note in
another hand, it would appear to have been written in Walsingham's
life-time. The writing is that of Wilks himself. 10 pp. [Ibid.
569. A RELATION concerning PRECEDENCY between FRANCE and
Extract from Bodinus De la République [first published in
1577], Book i., Ch. 9.
Endd. Fr. 2 pp. [Ibid. I. 66.]
570. The names of those noblemen as are assured for the
religion and for the maintenance of the same.
The names of such as be counsellors of the King of Navarra and
to the Prince of Condé. [Names follow.] The names of such
noblemen and gentlemen as are about the prince. [Names follow.]
Touching Monsr. Danville. As for Monsr. Danville his revolt
cannot greatly hurt the cause. The greatest holds remain in the
Protestants' hands. His revolt will prove no less dishonourable to
him than the Duke de Uzes' did to him, and the Baron des Adrets',
and Langoran's and Monsieur's were to them, who in their revolt
drew away a very few after them, and so will this man.
The names of the towns which they hold.
Endd. 3 pp. [Ibid. I. 67.]
571. DESIGNS against ENGLAND.
There has been proposed to the Most Christian King on the
part of certain Italians favouring the Church of Rome, a conspiracy
with a view to exterminate all the reformed Churches of
Christendom, and utterly destroy all princes and others who profess
the Gospel as well according to the French as the Augustan
confession, by means of intelligence between the Kings of Spain
and France and the Pope, with other princes whom they call
First, they point out that the reformed Churches were first
founded in Germany, having been courageously protected by some
of the princes of that country, among others the Electors Palatine
and of Saxony, who still uphold them, and that the sovereigns
of England and notably the present Queen, with the view of
securing their own realms, foster, to the injury especially of the
Kings of France and Spain, the heresies which are always troubling
their realms, and now promise a general revolt throughout the
Low Countries, and consequently in the rest of their dominions.
In order therefore to cut away these troubles at the root, to stop
the favour shown to the heretics, and cut off their resources,
and to bring all Christendom back under the Pope's authority,
it is necessary to fall upon their chief supporters, and especially
on the Queen of England.
Don John has been designated to the chief command in the
execution of this enterprise, as the most suitable person they could
find ; having all the qualities required for a great captain to
bring the matter to a happy issue, being young, prudent, valiant
His past good fortune, the disposition of affairs in the Low
Countries, the motion that he might marry the Queen of Scots
through the practice of the house of Guise, the assurance that he
would be accompanied by many persons in his confidence, who
living on the fruits of war try all means of continuing it, stimulate
him to the undertaking.
Don John's resources depend on the King of Spain, who will
in any case use his wonted dissimulations, on the Pope, or the
Genoese and other Italian powers ; also on the King of Sweden
and his adherents. These will furnish men and money, ships
and artillery, and all necessaries.
The Pope, the King of Spain, the Genoese, and other Italian
powers promise 30 galleys, 12 great ships, the least of 600 or
700 tons, and the King of Sweden, with others, another 12,
manned with 8,000 or 10,000 soldiers, besides the shipmen, all
victualled and equipped for six months.
The manner of execution will be to take these forces to Ireland,
and there break into [entamer] the English State. They claim
to have intelligence with a good number of English, Scottish, and
other Catholics who have fled thither ; and these after the first
battle, in the event of victory being on the side of Don John,
promise to declare themselves, to get a footing on the main land,
to raise their party, and favour the landing of 8,000 or 10,000
men, who will be sent.
To render their enterprise more secure, they allege the great
number of partisans whom they have in England and Scotland,
apart from those who uphold the Queen of Scots ; and that in
addition to the inexperience of these two nations in war, the
Queen of England's forces could not long hold out, having at
present no captains of experience.
That the defence of this country consists only in the maintenance
of a certain number of vessels badly armed, whose crews
through being long unpractised in the art of war cannot be of
such sort as is required. So that at the first furious attack
of the galleys and galleasses, like that which he employed in his
battle with the Turks, besides transports full of trained men, they
promise themselves a certain victory.
By this means they make sure of an easy conquest of the realm,
both by means of their intelligences with the Queen of Scots
and because they have to do with an inexperienced person, a lady
disliked by her subjects, especially the Catholics.
The intelligence which these undertakers have with partisans
in England and Scotland is nevertheless subject to the condition
that they will not declare themselves till they see a battle won,
so that in the event of defeat they may not be recognised or
brought to justice.
As regards Germany, the Guises favour Don John's cause all
they can, and have large forces posted in the direction of Luxembourg,
both to keep the Low Countries in alarm and to carry
out a design they have formed upon the territories of Duke
Casimir, against whom they have a great grudge.
To this end Don John and his ministers are practising with
the Bishops who border on Duke Casimir, in order that they may
collect a great force and fall upon him.
They protest that once this enterprise is on foot they will not
abandon it till they have executed it on all princes who support
the Church of God, and Casimir in particular.
Then to prevent all hindrances, and weaken all who favour the
cause of the Low Countries, they have induced the Muscovite to
make a great levy of reiters for an enterprise on Poland, or further
if possible ; the moment being convenient this year, since the
Turk is preparing his army for Asia Minor, where the Sophy
is said to be about to make a great effort ; so that his forces
being diverted they can profit by the opportunity.
Upon all which things it is expedient to take counsel maturely
and diligently provide for them.
Herein each must take thought for his own preservation
according to the faculties that God has given him. Each must
have a good understanding with the rest and keep his eyes open.
Copy. Fr. 3 pp. In the same hand as many of the documents
from the Low Countries. [Holl. and Fland. IV. 63.]
572. Petition by Adolf de Meetkerke for leave to buy and
export to the Low Countries ordnance to the weight of 60 tons.
Endd. Fr. ½ p. [Ibid. V. 64.]