387. WALSINGHAM to VILLIERS.
I received today M. du Plessis's packet, which you sent me ; and
have distributed the letters as addressed.
By letters from France we hear that Don Antonio has very good
hope of getting some succour thence ; and that the Count of Brissac
is about making a levy to that end of 1,000 men for his service.
By the capitulations passed between the King of France and Don
Antonio it is agreed that he is not to marry without the king's
consent, and that hereupon the Princess of Condé has been proposed
The Count of Retz has now arrived at the French Court. When
I was there recently he made a great show of favouring his
They write from Terceira, October 16, that they are strong enough
there to make head against the enemy, without fear of his efforts,
until next April ; 100 English and 120 French being there, all,
including the islanders, quite resolved not to surrender to the King
of Spain so long as aid is sent to them betimes at the beginning of
spring, both by sea and by land [sic].—Richmond, 11 Nov. 1581.
Copy. Fr. 1½ pp. [Foreign Entry Book, 162.]
388. FREMYN to WALSINGHAM.
It is a month since I left this town for Ghent, and I returned
yesterday evening, finding at my lodging a letter from you dated at
Richmond, Oct. 16. It is of old date, and I am much annoyed
that it did not come into my hands sooner that I might have
satisfied your wishes. In the first place, as to the number of
soldiers which the States are maintaining in garrison or in the
field, there are more than 30,000 men in pay. Of these there may
be in the camp by Oudenarde 2,500 or 3,000, including 15 cornets of
cavalry, such as they are. Of this total they could not put in the
field 6,000, owing to the abuses that go on, joined with the
thoroughly bad government that there is, full of pillage and
robbery. To pay for the number I have said amounts to more than
250,000 florins a month, and if the companies were full, 400,000
would be needed. As for the money employed in stores, waggons,
artillery and fortifications and other things needful, that is
uncertain, since at present every province does for itself according
to its needs, and it can only be known when the army marches.
One may reckon that if 300,000 is paid per month, 100,000 may
be assigned to its artillery, waggons, stores, pioneers, officers.
The contributions amount to more than 450,000 florins, of which
the city of Ghent pays 90,000 a month, Ath 5,000, Enghien another
part, so that Flanders alone disburses 200,000 florins a month, and
the others according to the circumstances of the province. Meanwhile
under pretext of the war and the payment of the warriors'
[? marsiaulx] people more than 800,000 florins a month are raised,
and yet the soldiers are not paid more than 5 months out of the
twelve, bonds being given them for the rest, never to be paid. No
province has hitherto paid so well as Flanders. Those of Brabant
owe M. de la Garde more than 47 months. In short the salvation of
the country requires that his Highness should come at once to take
over and re-establish affairs ; otherwise it is to be feared that there
will be a great disturbance (albarotte) among the troops, for lack of
pay, arising from the ignorant zeal of those who govern, and do not
know how to maintain troops, still less to govern the state. This
produces all the disorder ; not want of means. A personage has
even offered to give 6,000 florins a day only from the revenue of the
duties (malletottes) assessed on food and drink in the city of
Antwerp, amounting to 150,000 [sic] a month, without the tenth,
hundredth, and fifth, the toll, the licences and moyens généraux,
which last year were worth £62,000 gross ; besides the Church
property of which they are in possession. So one can see that
resources are not wanting, if they were well administered. Meantime
the people are beginning to murmur, discovering the great
brigandage that goes on, and speak of it openly, as also of the
multitude of commissioners and officials who have recently been
appointed to military posts, corresponding to the salaries they draw.
It is said that 6,000 of them are maintained in Flanders and
As for the present forces, if they are sufficient to keep up a
defensive war :—yes, for a time ; but they cannot succour a
besieged place, as was seen at Cambray, when his Highness
delivered it, and at Tournay at this present. If it is not succoured,
it is in danger, for 'defensive' must be soundly understood, namely
as conducted by soldiers and good commanders, which one must
distinguish from those of this state, to which all that is lacking.
There is no need to give you an anatomy of the nature and complexion
of the folk here since you are well enough informed of all
their qualities. If a military chief does not come promptly, all will
go ill, since there is the appearance of a long war, and ruin in all
parts of the country, and that now one, now the other side will
pillage and sack the towns and the poor subjects. To win a town
one day and lose another the next, is only to ruin the country and
to impoverish and enslave the subjects, who are at the end of their
powers. God have pity on the poor innocents, for all runs to delay.
His Highness is awaited with good devotion, and hope that he will
raise the siege of Tournay. The people there have courage enough.
They sent word to his Excellency two days ago that no risk was to
be run for their succour unless things suited well ; for they firmly
hoped the siege would be the ruin of the enemy, who is proceeding by
mine because he can do nothing by battery. Meantime the weather
is much against him ; it has engendered a pestilential flux in his
camp, where more than 3,000 have died by reason of the rain and
Meanwhile everyone is looking for his Highness' arrival, and
hoping that he will have done some good over there with her
Majesty for these countries, and will then come here and be sworn.
Others say that he will first go to France to prepare his forces for
the succour of Tournay ; for if the place is lost while he is there
without forces, the people would say the worst they could of him.
So one does not know what to think of it till one sees how things
turn out. Preparations are being made meanwhile in the good
towns of Flanders for his reception, for which his Excellency, who
is in good health, is making ready. His wife is in this town, ready
to lie in.
On the 10th inst. Duke Casimir's colonels and rittmeisters are to
be at Frankfort for the apportioning of the 200,000 livres received
on the liberation of the hostages. Beutrich is in Lorraine, the
Duke at his own house.
The Churches of Dauphiné complain that the Duke of Maine
does not keep his promise to them, and accuse themselves of heedlessness
in so readily putting faith in his words.
For the rest you will have heard what has happened in these
quarters from Mr Carleill, by whom I wrote you a line. Just now I
am getting ready to go to M. Lamoral d'Egmont, whose guardianship
I have received from his Excellency, and commission sent to
that effect. If his Highness is still over there, please commend me
to him. I hope shortly to write you particulars of the matters you
desire.—Antwerp, 11 Nov. 1581.
P.S.—The Prince of Epinoy remains at Ghent, awaiting his
Highness' arrival, that he may go to meet him. And it seems that
M. du Plessis wishes to withdraw to France with his family ;
although people want to keep him here.
Add. Endd. Fr. 3 pp. [Holl. and Fl. XIV. 117.]
389. COBHAM to WALSINGHAM.
I received yours of Nov. 2 on the 7th. I perceive your desire was
I should have been speedily advertised of Monsieur's landing in
England. But the messenger suffered himself to be so much
'abused' with the courteous entertainment of Champvalon that he
made no better haste, but came together with him ; whereby I could
not be the first to advertise the Queen Mother of it, which would
have given me some satisfaction, because two days before she had
sent M. Pinart to me morning and evening to hear of her son's safe
passage ; being 'in pain and careful,' understanding that after his
taking ship the weather grew more boisterous, and therefore exceedingly
desirous to hear some news.
After Champvalon's coming she dispatched a messenger to the
king, who, as I advertised in my last, has been 'abroad.' Today he
is at St. Germain's, whence he is looked for to come to this town
today or tomorrow.
I am informed that yesterday another gentleman from Monsieur
arrived at Court, and was sent back the same night. It is signified
to me that his letters and message gave great contentment to the
I shall not fail to observe what you wrote in your last of her
Majesty's commands, trusting it may be sufficient to discharge me
of my duty on that point.
At the king's last departure, Lavalette remained behind. Some
speeches passed between him and Duke Joyeuse's mother about the
marriage which was to be between her son M. du Bouchage and
Lavalette's sister. For Lavalette having understood they were
unwilling the marriage should take place unless the king
would bestow a certain sum of money on lands lying in the
country of du Bouchage's father, which lands should be to the use
of du Bouchage and his heirs, 'took disdain,' and told Mme Joyeuse
that his sister did them too much honour in being contented
with the marriage. This speech provoked Mme Joyeuse
to answer disdainfully, in such sort that he told her if her son
would make good her words, he would be honourably revenged on
him. Her son the duke being advertised of this left the king on
his going to Lavalette's house, returning to this town. The king
has since made these two minions in some apparent sort friends,
having as I am informed shown more special favour to Joyeuse
than to Lavalette ; whereon they conjecture Lavalette's 'grace'
to be somewhat 'quailed.'
The Dukes of Lorraine and Guise have accompained his
Majesty this journey. It is said the Duke of Lorraine expects, if
he do not have the town of Metz from the king, which is scarcely
to be believed, that he is then to receive some great donative, besides
the bestowing of his daughter, the Princess of Lorraine, on some
Both the Turkish Ambassadors are now come to this Court, one
arriving on the 8th, the other on the 10th. You will find the particulars
concerning them enclosed herein.
On the 7th there came to this town one George Boroschy, a Pole,
who has been so long in the Emperor's and other Princes' Courts.
Of his prodigal spending I think you have been informed. He is
accompanied by his brother Christopher. As Boroschy, with 15
servants mounted on his own horses, is lying privily in a house not
far from the Spanish Ambassador, I shall not fail to discover what
I may of his intention and the cause of his coming.
An ambassador is looked for from Spain ; one of the House of
Mendoza, a person of the long robe.
The king has dispatched M. de Plainpied to Rome in great
diligence. [Note in margin : To answer the causes.]
It is thought one will be sent also to Spain, which is deferred till
the king's coming.
I am advertised as follows of the affairs of Portugal : that the
Isles of Terceras show themselves so affectioned towards Don
Antonio that they have executed the King of Spain and the Duke
of Alva by 'picture' after condemning them by their 'order of
process' for tyrants.
Moreover, a gentleman of M. de Strozzi is come from thence,
who reports such barbarousness and cruelty to have been used to
some of those Spaniards who were taken in the Isles, as is not
Likewise he reports that certain Frenchmen landing at St.
Michael's received assured hope that if they were certain of
Don Antonio's life they would revolt from the Spaniards.
I am informed that Don Duarte de Crasto, a Portuguese taken
at Medina del Campo, has escaped and come to these parts.
[Marginal note to three last pars : The advertisement untrue.]
It is written from Prague that the Emperor is fallen somewhat
sickly again, and that a practice is framing to 'erect' Stephen
Bathory, King of Poland, to be King of the Romans.
Duke Ferdinand of Bavaria is procuring what he can to levy
forces to serve the Catholic king in Flanders.
The Emperor intends to call a diet to consider the affairs of the
Low Countries, and the strange unkindness shown to his brother
They of Paris this day sent four of their escherins with eight
burgesses to the Queen Mother, to lament of the imposition the
king would put on their merchandise—8 sous on every crown more
Marshal de Matignon and Bellièvre have called to a conference
many of the gentlemen dwelling about Bordeaux. The King of
Navarre has done the same near Nérac, so that these convocations
do not pass without jealousy.
They of Bordeaux refuse in tumultuous manner to pay the king
20 sous lately imposed on every piece of wine.—Paris, 11 Nov.
P.S.—The king is now arrived. The Duke of Savoy mislikes
that the Duke Dennamore [qy. de Nemours] should stay any longer
within his territory.
Add. Endd. Notes by Walsingham. 3 pp. [France VI. 56.]
390. The DUKE OF PETITE-PIERRE to the FRENCH KING.
When I was at Paris you answered me that you were so busy
with the festivity, the displays (fanfares) and your pleasures that
you had no leisure to give me more ample audience, and hear at
length the matters that I had brought forward. In three weeks I
might return, and then you would hear me at your leisure. Not
being able to come, for the reasons that follow, I have thought good
to send you in a separate memorial part of what I wished to
First, an invention, from which you may receive several millions
every year, and by the same invention have the key of all economy
in your realm, as by the articles of the appended memorial, No. A.
By the second article some new inventions profitable principally
in the matter of war. No. B. These inventions I discovered
myself and have had tested by experiment, besides having written
several books on the justice and improvement of them, as also a
book on trade, by which it may be clearly seen how every realm can
be impoverished or enriched by order or disorder in trade. I have
also written several books on geometry. These pleasures I have
preferred to all other delights in the world, thinking to gain a great
treasure and a perpetual memory by winning knowledge of sundry
secrets of nature, and chiefly of the mistakes of every kingdom and
monarchy and the reformation of the same.
If I had never frequented or lent an ear to learned men and
inquirers into the secrets of nature, I should never have gained the
pleasure which I now receive. Of old, one finds in the histories
that the greatest potentates loved and favoured arts and sciences
and delighted in all arts profitable to the human race.
Since then your predecessors took pleasure in science, and you
would not less than they or other protentates feel your royalty and
your greatness, I have sent you these two memoirs, from which you
can draw some knowledge of the secrets of nature, as well as profit
for yourself, your realm and people both in peace and in war.
And it rests only with you having seen the memoirs to come to
terms with me on certain points and requests of which I will tell
you if you wish to have them communicated to you.
By this you see that though I had sufficient cause for not imparting
these profitable overtures any further to you, since you had put
me off visiting you for three weeks, either in order politely to let
me know that you did not want to communicate with me, or because
you did not think much of such proposals, preferring other pleasures,
I set this down to the misfortune of your youth, and also for the
pity I have for you and your poor subjects ; and yet I was not
angry, nor hindered from communicating these inventions to you.
Considering this, you will see that I have proceeded as a faithful
friend, as one who without flattery urges you to understand your
own profit. The whole fault of our miserable time at the present
hour, is that no one loves kings enough to make them understand
where they fail, and to what they ought to apply themselves to
gain and keep a good reputation.—Given at our town of Lützelstein.
Copy. Endd. by writer : La lettre au Roy de France, de dato
Lützelstein, ce xie de Novembre, 1581, N.I.L.A. and by L. Cave :
D. of Petitpiere to the French king. Fr. 2½ pp. [France VI. 57.]
391. COBHAM to WALSINGHAM.
After I had dispatched this messenger with the other packet, my
Italian arrived with your letter. Receiving therein her Majesty's
commands, I demanded audience, and was admitted today. I
delivered her letter to the king, declaring how she was desirous he
should know of the safe arrival of Monsieur at her Court, having
escaped the rage of the winds and the danger of the sea ; as also
that she thought herself entirely beholden to him that he would
license his brother to adventure his body on the seas at this season
of the year, to come to her.
The king both in countenance and in speech showed to be well
content that his brother was with her Majesty, as in the place
where, as he said, he could best wish him to remain, thinking no
time nor adventure was to be refused to pass to her. I then further
declared to him how the Queen greatly esteemed that he had
lately willed his ambassador in England to signify to her the continuance
of his desire to have the marriage take effect, which she
took to be an assured testimonial of his sincere goodwill towards
her. And because it seemed by his earnest dealing in his brother's
behalf that he looked to understand there might be some resolution
taken in the matter of marriage, the Queen had further commanded
me to say that he should be certified thereof by Monsieur's next
letter, for her mind will be first imparted to his brother and
referred to him, to be delivered to his Majesty, upon his Highness'
own request made in that behalf.
To this the king answered that he desired above all things his
brother might enjoy her Majesty, whereon he said depended all
their 'especiallest' comfort, commanding me to beseech her to give
his heart that gladness 'as' to accept of his brother's love. He
had received the other day letters from him, in which he uttered
his 'determinate' affection towards her Majesty ; so that if it shall
please her to knit this knot of alliance, he will perform all offices
and services towards her which in any sort may be required ;
accompanying this 'purpose' with many fervent words. Wherewith
he licensed me to depart.
I then repaired to Queen Mother, delivering the like speeches to
her. She seemed to take more assurance of this message than
heretofore she had been accustomed, adding that she doubted not
but God would hear at length her many prayers ; perceiving how
her son's heart is fixed on her Majesty. She also enquired if I
were privy to any further certainty. I assured her that the Queen
would first utter her mind to Monsieur, as it were great reason he
had the honour to send the resolution of so important a cause.
She seemed to receive exceeding comfort, and fashioned her countenance
to show much cheerfulness. And thus leaving her in that
humour, I took my leave.
The king this morning held his Council from 7 till 10 'aforenone.'
Besides both their Majesties there were the Dukes of Lorraine and
Guise, the Cardinals of Bourbon and Vaudemont with divers bishops
and other nobility. I am informed that the affairs of these Turkish
ambassadors were then proposed and debated on in Council. One
of them will have audience tomorrow. The king means to do them
honour, and to send a person of title to the great Turk.
Lavalette remains at his house at Fontenay, as they say sickly,
and his sister is with him. So there may grow some eclipse of his
favour with the king.
At the time of my audience today the Dukes of Lorraine and
Guise supplied the minions' place at the cabinet door.—Paris,
12 Nov. 1581.
Add. Endd. 1½ pp. [France VI. 58.]
392. COBHAM to [WALSINGHAM].
I trust that time will bring a remedy to those doubts which
'entertaining of time' and temporising has engendered ; which grow
more difficult to be solved. But God has the government of the
stern of our ships, I trust.
Meantime the king is thought to frame his actions to 'entertain'
the days till he may see the weakness of the Catholic king make
an end of his life ; as also that he may discern what the treaty of
marriage in England may bring forth. In this sort it seems the
minds of these princes are framed.
Last night the Duke of Lorraine had long talk with the Queen
Mother, which continued till 12 o'clock. The marriage with the
Princess of Lorraine is hotly set abroad and messengers sent.
The king promises to bestow on her and her marriage 800,000
crowns, being content that the Queen Mother shall give her
100,000 francs of her patrimony in Auvergne and Provence. I
have written what little I could of the entertainment and hopes
they show to Don Antonio, but Messis est adhue in herbis, which I
fear the Portuguese prove and will find. Doctor Lopez's brother is
departing for England. I wished him to go by Rouen, because the
'scattering' soldiers in Picardy take purses. They stopped Walsingham
and Paulo, my Italian, whom they seemed resolved to rob, but
that he showed Monsieur's packet. They spoiled another Englishman
in his company, called Skeggs, as I remember.
I cannot tell what to think that you had not received, as it should
seem, the letter I sent from hence on the 3rd by Mr George
Hopton. [Walsingham notes in margin : Mr Hopton arrived.] I
pray God he may safely (good gentleman) come to you.
I am told that Monsieur, at Pinart's last being with him, not
only refused the 25,000 crowns their Majesties sent him, but said
the sum was little enough to bestow on Lavalette's pages, with
other earnest and stout words ; which Pinart at first kept untold to
the Queen Mother.
As I was informed late last night that Lansac and Pinart were
'named' to go to England, I asked M. Lansac if he could find it in
his heart to abide the danger of the seas to go to England at this
time, as his Highness had done. He said he was ready to perform
all that the Queen his mistress commanded him ; but I hear it is
meant according to the event of Monsieur's proceedings.
When I came this afternoon to have audience at my appointed
hour, they would have entertained me in the great hall, because the
Pope's nuncio was in the next outer chamber, waiting for audience.
Finding the place cold I went into the chamber to the fire, where I
found the nuncio sitting in the window without any other salutations.
The king was pleased to say some things to me 'in excuse he made
me stay' while the nuncio had audience. I told him I was to
attend at all hours and in all sorts as he pleased, for such I took
her Majesty's pleasure to be.
Mr Humfrey Mildmay is gone, but to what certain place I cannot
learn. He told me he purposed to see some parts of France, and
so to repair to Geneva, to 'what' place I will tomorrow direct his
Thus I leave to trouble you with my scribbled lines.—Paris,
12 Nov. 1581.
P.S.—Champvallon is 'upon his dispatch.' I have not seen or
heard from him since his coming.
Add. and endt. gone. Some marginal notes in Walsingham's
hand. 4 pp. [Ibid. VI. 59.]
393. WALSINGHAM to CAPTAIN WILLIAMS.
Since my return from France, I have received two letters from
you, the first containing a discourse of the mishap befallen the
general and his companies in Friesland ; which, though it has
grieved his friends there as well as on this side, yet considering
that all victories proceed from the disposition of God's providence,
and that it fell out rather by the disorder and weakness of valour
in the reiters (who are commonly more inclined to mutiny than to
good service) than by any touch of dishonour to those of our nation,
they no less rejoice at that, hoping so well of your resolute minds
that by the goodness of the cause, God will bless the course of your
actions with a prosperous issue.
By your second letter it seems that you conceive there is not that
general good account made of our nation since that disorder which
there was before and is still to be wished ; and that for yourself,
you do not find the Prince inclined to show the like good countenance
'he hath done.' You must consider that it is the nature of man to
make much of another so long as his good fortune favours him and
enables him to serve ; albeit in the contrary event they often
'participate of' disgrace rather by opinion than desert, and that the
prince's disfavour (if any such be) proceeds rather from the great
care he is forced to take for the weightiness of the affairs he
embraces than for any particular displeasure against yourself ; with
which good consideration you will do well to comfort yourself.
Touching your desire to enjoy the duke's favour the sooner by my
mediation, I will not fail at his repair over so to deal with such as
are chief about him that you shall have good access to him, and
perceive that all the occasion thereof [sic] shall be quite removed,
and yourself remain thoroughly satisfied ; and therefore in the
meantime, considering the great devotion the duke bears towards
her Majesty, you and all the rest will do well to employ yourselves
in the best sort you may to do him all the service you can.—
Richmond, 12 Nov. 1581.
Copy in Letter book. [Dom. Eliz. 46.]
394. STOKES to WALSINGHAM.
My last was the 5th inst., since which the magistrates have
received the following :—
The Prince of Parma has summoned Tournay sundry times since
his coming before it, and this week he summoned the Princess of
Epinoy, saying that if she would not cause the town to yield, at his
entry he would no more spare her than any other, but would put
her to the sword, with all the rest in the town, man, woman and
child. To answer this, a general council was called of all the
soldiers and commons in the town ; and with a good courage they
made a short answer of the matter, which was, that they would
never yield the town to the last man, and so sent him defiance.
Then the Princess desired of the soldiers and commons that she
might send a message to the Prince of Parma, because he had summoned
her. This was granted her ; so she sent the Prince of
Parma word that she thought him of more valiantness than to
summon a woman, and though the Prince of Epinoy with all his
best captains and soldiers were out of the town, he would find such
within it as should withstand all his cowardly enterprise. Which
answer of hers greatly rejoiced the soldiers and commons.
Those of Tournay have made, on the side of the town where the
enemy makes his batteries and mines, a 'countermeur' and a deep
trench ; so that if the wall were beaten down and blown up, they
should not prevail nor enter.
For victuals the town is well furnished for six weeks or two
months ; also they have no want of powder nor other 'mewnysscion.'
Last week the enemy made a 'battery' of 1,400 shot in one day,
and incontinently after the breach was made gave an assault which
continued for two long hours ; and were valiantly repulsed to the
loss of many of their best soldiers.
On the 8th inst. one came out of Tournay, and brought all these
speeches, with letters to the Prince of Epinoy.
The Prince of Parma follows his mining very fast. He is mining
now in three several places, so that in the end it is feared it will be
for the loss of the town.
Captain 'Skyncke' is come to the enemy's camp before Tournay
out of Friesland with 400 horse and 1,000 foot.
By good advice from the enemy's camp, they have lost since
their coming before Tournay 8 of their best captains, and about 1,400
soldiers slain. Also by good report victuals are very scant, and
they die very sore in camp.
There is great hope here that Monsieur will soon return from
England into these parts ; for here in this town there is great
preparing of his lodging and of presents to give him at his coming.
They make the like preparations in Ghent against his coming
thither, and it is said the Prince of Orange and Prince of Epinoy
will both come this week to this town to meet him.
There is no speech here of any forces that Monsieur has coming
from France nor elsewhere for their aid here, which greatly
mislikes the States and commons. They much fear these delays
will do no good.—Bruges, 12 Nov. 1581.
Add. Endd. 2 pp. [Holl. and Fl. XIV. 118.]
395. STOKES to WALSINGHAM.
13 Nov. '81.—Enclosed I send you a letter from M. Rossel, who
is now here in this town.
Though they make great preparations here for the receiving of
Monsieur in hope that he will return from England shortly, yet
those that bear rule here and wish well to the cause, doubt that he
will not come at all, and that his going to England is for a delay to
win time ; for which cause it seems that they are in great fear for
their state here.
The state here in Flanders has now given into the hands of the
Prince of Orange the whole government of the wars, and the payment
of the troops.
Of late it has been greatly desired by the Four Members with
other Estates of Flanders, seeing their cause so weak, to write to
Duke Casimir for 2,000 or 3,000 horse. But the Prince would not
hearken to it, because it seems there are some old matters of
displeasure between him and Duke Casimir. Surely it is lamentable
to see in what weak state they are now. If Tournay must be lost,
as it is greatly feared it will, you will hear of great 'alterations'
here in Flanders against the Prince and States, so that it rests all
upon Tournay. God grant it may hold out.
No address, endorsement, or signature. Probably an addition to
the last. [Ibid. XIV. 119.]
396. An agreement by the Queen to regard the Duke of
Anjou's enemies as her own. She says that of all her suitors he has
shown most affection and constancy, and promises generally to aid
him when called upon by him to do so.
Draft in Burghley's hand. Endd. in a later hand : Project of a
treaty with the Duke of Anjou and Queen Elizabeth. For a
marriage (which it is not). Latin. 2 pp. [France VI. 60.]
397. "Considerations how there may be a continuance of
the great love and friendship betwixt the Queen and the Duke
of Anjou, for the preservation of both their estates against all
attempts of any that shall be disposed to annoy either of them
in their persons, honours, or estates."
The Queen, considering how often in the last few years, and
especially since he began the 'motion' to marry her, the duke has
been by persons abusing the favour of the king his brother,
especially by the House of Guise, kept from the credit belonging to
his place, and is misliked only by such as unnaturally seek to
continue a civil war in France by colour of prosecution of them of
the Religion, and thereby to enrich themselves with the spoil not
only of the king's most affectionate subjects, but of the revenues of
the Crown ; and for relief of the king, whom they bring into great
debts, to devise new and intolerable taxes and exactions upon the
people ; thinks it good that the duke should continue the course
begun in him, to show friendliness to all such as he finds devoted
to maintain peace and to observe the edicts made for that
purpose, and therein to shew himself, without respect of persons,
affected to the conservation of peace. And that he may be the
bolder to proceed herein without fear of any contrary faction, her
Majesty will promise the duke that she will employ all her power
from time to time to maintain him and all that shall favour him in
his godly and honourable actions, and will impugn and withstand
his contrariers, upon knowledge duly given by him.
Item, whereas the duke has already taken upon him the
protection and seigniory of a great part of the provinces of the
Low Countries having by means of the tyranny of the Spaniards
departed from the King of Spain's obedience, for maintenance of
which action against the Spanish power it is expected that the king
his brother will give him aid, she will, upon the king's proceeding
therein, in a manifest sort, so far as may be to the content of her
people, aid the duke, that his honour and estate may be preserved.
On the second leaf : The Duke of Anjou will promise the Queen
that he will at all times profess friendship to her and her countries,
and will become an opposite against all persons that shall do or
attempt anything prejudicial to her person or estate.
Draft in Burghley's hand, and endd. by him, with date. 1¾ and
¼ pp. [Ibid. VI. 61.]
398. The COUNCIL OF STATE to the QUEEN.
The merchants of the Low Countries trading to your realm
having obtained both from the Archduke Matthias during his
government, and from the Estates of these countries, general and
particular, leave to form themselves into a corporation similar to
those of foreign nations resident in Antwerp and other towns, have
represented to us that they have requested the Councillor Mre
Jacques Ymans, formerly Pensionary of Bruges, to remain for a
time in your realm, on behalf of the merchants of these countries
resident in London, to prosecute any causes of theirs before your
Majesty as occasion may require, as well as those of the maritime
towns of these countries, and especially the difference between
your town of 'Zandtwyck' and the town of Nieuwpoort in Flanders
on account of certain arrests made on either side, as Lord Cobham,
governor of your Cinque Ports, can bear witness. We understand
the Councillor has taken up his abode in London, in the secure
hope that nothing will be done to hinder him in the execution of
his charge, on which the public tranquillity depends ; and also that
such deputies have at all times been exempt from personal arrest.
Notwithstanding this we have heard to our great regret that a
certain merchant of your realm, named Robert 'Hungaert,' has
made bold to arrest the said Councillor for the debts of the States-General,
because he once served the town council of Bruges as their
agent with the States, though it does not appear that Ymans was
ever personally bound.
Fearing that this will deter him and others from accepting employment
in matters on which the public weal of these countries
depends, if they find themselves dragged before the courts, contrary
to the privileges maintained among all nations, we pray that having
regard to the above circumstances, you will give orders that this
arrest be at once removed and Robert Hungaert and all others forbidden
to molest the said Ymans on any such or similar pretext.
We beg that you will take him under your protection, and in the
matter of his charge, when occasions offers, grant him favourable
hearing and kind reply. Nor shall we deem this among the least
of the kindnesses which these countries and we have received from
your Majesty ; and we have been the more moved to entreat you,
inasmuch as we can assure you that Ymans had received letters
from us to present to you, explaining the reason of his coming,
which we are informed he has for certain reasons deemed it inexpedient
to present, but reserves them for a more convenient season.
—Ghent, 14 Nov. 1581. 'A. de Meetkerke.' (Signed) Van Asseliers.
Add. Endd. Fr. 2½ pp. [Holl. and Fl. XIV. 120.]
399. The PRINCE OF ORANGE to WALSINGHAM.
Mr Roger Williams being about to go to England, I must not
fail to assure you that ever since he has been here he has acted like
a man of honour in all warlike encounters and actions, especially
in these latter of Friesland, wherein though God has been pleased
to let us get the worse, our losses would have been much greater
without him. You may hear from him sundry particulars concerning
our affairs.—Ghent, 15 Nov. 1581.
Add. Endd. Fr. ½ p. [Ibid. XIV. 121.]