G. DE PROUNINCQ to WALSINGHAM.
Though he has had no answer to his last, he is convinced that
his honour loves him. They are writing once more to her Majesty,
to pray that they may speedily see his Excellency back again
and no other, knowing what practices there are to disappoint
them. Begs that the letter may be favourably read and understood ;
the rulers of the city sending it in reliance upon his Honour.
Assures himself it will not be without effect, and that the bearer
will share the favour shown to them. Has given Mr. Wilkes
certain points to put before his Excellency and his Honour.—
Utrecht, 12 May, 1587.
Add. Endd. Fr. 1 p. [Holland XIV. f. 218.]
SIR JOHN CONWAY to WALSINGHAM.
Has received by the bearer, James Johanson, a hundred footmen,
lacking four or five who escaped on the way. The man has
well discharged his trust, but the Lord Mayor has not been so
careful in his choice as the conductor has been to bring them
safely, for they are very "unsufficient" and, as he judges, such as
the Lord Mayor was weary of in the city.—Ostend, 12 May, stilo
Signed. Add. Endd. ½ p. [Ibid. XIV. f. 220.]
TRESLONG to WALSINGHAM.
Before leaving England, I told your honour that, in the hope
given me by the Earl of Leicester of being employed by her
Majesty at sea, I had, at my own expense, armed and equipped
certain ships upon commission from the King of Navarre, in
order always to have ready a good number of sailors and seamen,
whom for long I have entertained. Certain of these having made
prize of three French ships and one Hollander from the Eastland
laden with corn, and going toward France, have been by storm
and contrary winds forced to take shelter in Rye in England with
their said prizes, which they hoped to sell there, or at any rate,
with the first wind to continue their journey to Zeeland, in order
to appear before the Admiralty of the King of Navarre, then
being held at Camphire. But it was expressly declared to them
that her Majesty would by no means consent that French ships
brought to England should be sold or carried as prize, by reason
of a certain convention between herself and the King of France.
Wherefore the said ships were released saving one, of which the
corn was sold at Rye and the money deposited in the hands of
Lord Cobham, (fn. 1) to the sum of 3000 florins according to the agreement
and redemption made by the maronier (fn. 2) at sea with those
who had captured him. Of which 3000 florins in regard to the
great expenses I have had, I pray that it will please her Majesty
to grant me the replevin, the whole matter being more amply
set forth in certain remonstrances and presented by me to the
Council of her Majesty, and delivered into the hands of Secretary
Windebank (Winnebancq) to have the order dispatched for me ;
which however, on divers excuses, was delayed until the time
of my departure, when the said Windebanck promised it to me
as soon as ever he received a line of confirmation from his Excellency,
then absent from court. Since my departure, nothing has
happened, in spite of all my efforts, and I understand that it is
excused on the ground of Secretary Davidson's imprisonment,
which seems to me very strange, seeing that the dispatch thereof
was committed to Mr. Windebanck. Wherefore I have made
bold to apply to your honour, that I may enjoy the effect of the
replevin of the said moneys, most of which I owe to Mr. Dracque,
who has helped me in my necessities.—The Hague, 22 May, 1587,
Signed. Add. Endd. Fr. 1¼ pp. [Holland XIV. f. 222.]
G.H. to ANTHONY ROLSTON, at Brussels.
You are like unto a slow horse, that must have sharp spurs, and
so you shall, for I will not give you over until I hear some good
news how you speed with the liberate, and what good comfort
you find touching gelt. I gave you to understand what opinion is
held of the man you entertained at my departing ; the same I say
again. . . . I have seen with my old eyes . . . such things as is
able to break the patience of Job, and daily expect the original.
The Earl and the Baron (fn. 3) have been dealt withal by means, to
go to the young K. ; yet neither makes haste to accept the
offer. Old plodder and his fellow are laying a new foundation
and now begin to renew the league with the Earl, who followeth
his accustomed humour, never venturous to do anything himself,
yet scorning others' good fortune ; saying that if the keeping of
any fort had been committed to his trust he would never have
deserved the name of a traitor in yielding the same, as Y[orke]
hath done, to the d., and as for the regiment of Deventer,
they are poor knaves, saith he, and will be found shortly dead
in a ditch, for want of meat and money (fn. 4) ; a spirit more envious
than Catholic, for the very same words were and are given out
by the L. J. men of England, in my hearing, which I
answered to their small liking. I understand that the glorious
captain [name effaced] doth determine to take charge in Sir
William's regiment. It is thought good by such as doth love and
honour Sir William, that the designment were broken ; you may
therefore deal with Mr. Derbisher (fn. 5) (with whom I know you have
credit) to deal in the matter, for as he is no friend to the chief of
that monstrous faction, so must he think it unfit that any member
thereof should hold any credit with such as are valorous . . . for
the malice of the one will seek so much to advance the ambition
of the other, as, unless it were the highest place of commandment,
some piques may be cast among the company as pride may make
a breach in peace, turn love to hate and obedience to disorder.
Look for no better example than the last English regiment that
was assembled there, whose colonel liveth now more like a
'lowne' than a lord. Use discretion herein with secrecy, and so
do bid you farewell.—Paris, 22 May, 1587.
Signed Y.G.H. Impression of a signet 4GH Add. Endd. 1 p.
extremely small neat writing. [Flanders I. f. 281.]
THOMAS BRUNE to WALSINGHAM.
In my letter sent by Mr. Webbe, I prayed your honour to
favour the suit which he has promised to solicit for me to my lord
General and the States, "who yet make small account to give
me any contentment of that I demand, being a great deal too
much to myself for me to forbear." It may very well be asked
of the States as money belonging to her Highness and not to
myself, for in repaying what I had received upon imprest, I have
many here unpaid, to the dishonour of my country and utter
undoing of myself. I beg your honour's help for my relief.
I hear that Mr. Basshe, (fn. 6) victualler for the Navy is dead, and
that Mr. Quarles, clerk of the kitchen to her Highness is sole
victualler, "both which offices are hardly discharged by the chief
man." If I might be joined with him, I doubt not but to give
him contentment, and that many things might be amended, for
the better usage of the sailor, without further charge to her
Majesty. I thoroughly informed myself of this service when I
was in England and know what is and may be done therein for
her Highness' benefit.
For want of my deputy Foxall, I have asked Mr. Stokes to
give you this letter "and to solicit my causes in England, as well
concerning the difference between Mr. Browne and me, which I
trust is ordered by your honour upon the report of Mr. Dudlye
and Thomson, who have had the opinion of the lawyers on my
side and wholly against Mr. Browne ; who keepeth still my goods
for the value of 702l. 12s. sterling, to my great hindrance."—
Mydelbrough, 13 May, 1587.
Add. Endd. [Holland XIV. f. 224.]
SIR THOMAS SHERLEY to LEICESTER.
There is a bruit here to-day that your lordship is landed in
Zeeland, and the news is so pleasing to this town as it could not
be more so. "Very certainly, this town especially and all the
commons generally do most notably affect your lordship and
desire your coming hither more than they do desire the coming of
Christ. The people have of late taken a great dislike of Count
Hollock. About thirty-six ships at Bommell and eight at
Gorcum, all laden with corn, salt, cheese and butter [said] to
have passed to the enemy, wholly countenanced by that Count,
and warranted by the States, as it is said, and set forward by all
that Colonel Beaford [Balfour] could do, who commandeth at
Bommell. But the ships are stayed and unladen by the people
of those towns, spite of them that appointed or licensed them,
and the Count held in great ignominy. Your lordship shall hear
of worse effects shortly, if I be not deceived, except your coming
presently do prevent it." I protest I do not see how otherwise
the common cause can stand. You have such a party here as
none else has, and cannot come at a better time "than when
the people that love you do take such a conceit against them that
love you not," and coming backed by her Majesty's countenance,
will put down these last even at the first sight of you, for it is
certain that they stand in great awe of you, and know well the
good disposition of the people towards you ; therefore they are
most unwilling that your lordship should return ; knowing that in
that case none shall ever hereafter occupy so great a place, and
desiring any government rather than under one absolute commander.—Utrecht,
13 May, 1587.
Holograph. Add. Endd. 3 pp. [Holland XIV. f. 226.]
WILKES to WALSINGHAM. (fn. 7)
Beneficial effects of Lord Buckhurst's mission. Proceedings
of Count Hohenlohe and Maurice. The delay in the performance
of what Buckhurst has promised is doing mischief. Two things
withdraw the States and leading men from their devotion to the
Queen, one the negotiations with Parma, the other the return
of Leicester, who is deadly hated among them. They try to
avoid the events of both by assuring their limits by land and
increasing their strength by sea. Contributions of the Provinces.
Captains had to take the new oath and those who refused discharged,
but some of the towns have taken part with those refusing,
causing a dangerous division. Great strength at sea ;
squadrons off Dunkirk and Calais, at the Ems and in the Schelde.
They seem to have set up their rest upon the defence of the three
Provinces in which they mean to bridle Themistocles if he returns.
If he returns and his authority is confined to Utrecht. Overyssel
and Gueldres, which contribute nothing, the measure of authority
he will exercise may be judged. A limitation of authority in the
States' letters to the Queen was omitted at the request of Lord
Buckhurst. If the queen would appoint some other governor
and perform what is promised, the best consequences might be
anticipated. Petitions again for recall.—The Hague, the 15th
Copy. 4½ pp. [S.P. For. Archives XCI., p. 93.]
Letter of credence to the King of Denmark for certain deputies
sent to him to treat concerning complaints made by merchants of
the Provinces. Signed by Count Maurice and Thos. Wilkes.—
The Hague, 27 May, 1587.
Copy. Latin. 1 p. [S.P. For. Archives XC., p. 217.]
Another copy, inscribed "Letter of his Excellency to the King
of Denmark, dated 27 May, 1587, stilo reformato, and with the
signature of Leoninus attached.
Latin. 1¼ pp. [Holland XIV. f. 235.]
[LORD BUCKHURST] to the KING OF DENMARK.
In support of the mission from the United Provinces. From
the Hague. Inscribed Litterae ejus Excellentiae ad Regem
Daniae. (fn. 8)
Copy. Latin. 1 p. without signature or date. [Ibid. XIV. f. 237.]
WALSINGHAM to BUCKHURST.
Her Majesty having written earnestly to the States to bestow
the regiment of Zeeland on Sir William Russell, and to you to
solicit the same, takes it very ill that they had not due regard to
gratifying her therein, "and that almost all her requests are very
slenderly weighed by them, considering how far she hath embarked
herself in their defence and fortune," and lays some blame
on you for not urging them more effectually. For whereas you
say you forbore to press them because of their promise that all
things should continue unaltered until my lord of Leicester's
return ; we are advertised "that because those of Zeeland would
not admit the Count of Solms to the charge there have been
means found to bestow the same upon Count Maurice, who hath
made Solms his lieutenant ; greatly to the hindrance of her
Majesty's service" ; for if Sir William Russell had had command
of the regiment, he would have been better able to resist any
attempt upon the place of his charge.
And as regards the States' request for her Majesty's mediation
with the King of Denmark, for mitigating his exactions upon
their ships ; she is shortly to dispatch Mr. Daniel Rogers to that
King and will give him charge to solicit the States' request in
her name, and to recommend all their causes very earnestly to the
Her Majesty looked for an answer touching her last directions
to you, but finding that her letters would be long, by reason of
contrary winds, in coming into your hands, and that meanwhile
the harvest season draws fast on, she has thought it convenient
to take some resolution for the speedy sending over of my lord
of Leicester ; and the Council having met, have dealt earnestly
with her, since she will not yield to the 50,000l. yet to grant 30,000l.
whereby my lord may be sent over with such strength and countenance
as is fit and necessary. But she stands peremptorily
upon the 15,000l. which she before set down, which we believe
proceeds from some secret information that such a sum will
suffice. My lord of Leicester as yet refuses to accept this, alleging
that it will not serve the turn, and so the matter of his going
seems yet at some stay, but whether he go or no, her Majesty hath
"some disposition" (fn. 9) that 3000 footmen be put in readiness to
be sent over, and order is already given that Ostend shall have
600 more men, on Sir William Russell's advertisements that the
enemy approaches to besiege them, which men she has appointed
to be taken out of Bergen-op-Zoom "for that they are trained
men," to be replaced by the like number from hence, with all
convenient speed. The conducting of the Bergen men is given
to Sir Roger Williams "who departeth presently from hence,
being appointed to assist Sir John Conway during the time of the
"Her Majesty taketh it ill that the States have so little care
of the defence of the holds in Flanders, "wherein if they show
themselves more forward" you are to let them know "that it
will be a mean to make her also give over the action, for she hath
as great a care of the defence and preservation of that which is
yet held in that province as she hath of the rest . . ."
There is some fault found with your lordship's letters to the
States of Holland, as you seem to justify their proceedings since
the loss of Deventer, as if that accident had given them just cause
to offer indignities to her Majesty ; when you should rather have
insisted upon due reparation thereof.
Draft, corrected by Walsingham. Endd. with date. 4 pp.
[Holland XIV. f. 231.]
WILKES to the PRIVY COUNCIL.
Is informed that certain persons, taking the opportunity of his
absence, go about to impugn a grant for making white salt in the
ports of Hull, Lynn and Boston, which her Majesty gave him in
reward of his poor service, to maintain him and his family, and
without which his estate is very weak. Wherein he prays their
lordships' favourable consideration. Is also informed that some
of the commission appointed by their lordships to examine the
clamorous complaints of his opponents are unwilling to receive
the proofs offered by his deputies, whereby he has reason to fear
that his cause may receive prejudice.
Might challenge the benefit of the law not to be sued during
his service out of the realm, yet if upon view of the proofs, their
lordships should find that the commonwealth receives detriment
by his patent, he willingly submits himself to their order, if regard
may be had to himself and his deputies, who have been at great
charge in erecting of salt houses and other preparations, which
would turn to great loss if the execution of the patent were interrupted.
Prays that nothing may be decreed against him
until he may come home to defend his cause, as his deputies are
either not sufficiently instructed in the matters, or being unknown
to their lordships, may want countenance and friends to further
the same ; wherein his adversaries boast that they will prevail
against him. But because he is, "by many years of experience
sufficiently acquainted with the honour and justice of the Council
Board," he feels sure they will not wrong him.—17 May, 1587.
Copy. 1½ pp. [S.P. For. Archives XCI., p. 97.]
WILKES to LORD CHANCELLOR HATTON.
[Congratulates him on his being made Lord Chancellor. Thanks
him for the honourable office towards her Majesty in defence of
his poor credit on some sinister information given her by his
capital enemy.] Your honour will judge how men will dare to
serve her Majesty faithfully, when they are in danger of ruin
in recompense of their fidelity. But as I will never merit her
anger, so I will not be "feared" by threats, even of the greatest to
forbear to serve her truly, even to the end.
I am advertised how violently my poor grant for making of
salt, obtained by your goodness, is impugned under favour of
my lord of Leicester and (as I hear) with some allowance of my
lord Treasurer. "It were a very good course to deprive a man
of his living whilst he is employed in her Majesty's service, and I
take it to be directly against the laws of the realm that a man in
my case should be condemned and not heard." I entreat you
therefore earnestly to move her Majesty to cause a surcease of
proceedings against my patent until I may come home. And if
it be thought fit to have inquiry made of any misbehaviour of
my deputies, that they may be heard without prejudice to me
or to her grant.
I have no accident to write of. There is only an "insatiable
expection" of her Majesty's extraordinary succours to be given
for this year's wars, the delay whereof doth amaze us all.—17 May.
Copy. 1¾ pp. [S.P. For. Archives XCI., 99.]
WILKES to WALSINGHAM.
After writing my letter of the 15th. I received yours of the
2nd ; "whereby your honour signifieth the mislike conceived of a
facile acceptance of the slender satisfaction for so great indignities
done unto her Majesty here, as also of the greatness of the sum
desired to be sent for the better defence of this cause. To the
first (under correction) I may answer, that if the matter should
have been referred to me . . . I would not have received so easy
payment for so apparent injuries ; but as things are now handled
at home, I do change my opinion, and think it was the wisest
course to wrap up all in that sort, considering especially that the
motive provocations of those injuries and indignities grew from
ourselves, as I have often certified.
"It is to be feared that your length in resolving . . . will put
us to new plunges here before it be long. We begin already to
think that my Lord dealing here to examine our state, he is but a
stale, having some other intent than is yet expressed. Whether
it be true or not . . . I know not. For mine own part, I do
believe no more than I see, and do trust that whatsoever is or may
be otherwise meant or intended shall be for the best."
I once more pray you to procure my revocation before the
return of Themistocles, for "I am not only plagued in my reputation
in court, but in danger to be dispoiled of such poor means
as God hath given me to feed myself and family at home."
[Fears for his patent for salt, through the furtherance of Leicester
and some underhand dealing of Burghley, and asks the good
offices of Walsingham and the Lord Chancellor to protect him
I am likewise advertised that the executors of my late brother
in law dealt so hardly with me that I am in hazard to lose the
residue of my wife's portion, amounting to 1500l. which I can
only prevent by my presence at home. "I think you will be of
opinion that I shall not gain 1500l. in this service, where I am
forced to spend largely beyond the Queen's allowance ; and for
that respect, it were no wisdom for me to abandon mine own at
home and consume myself here.
"Touching Themistocles' offence of new conceived against me
upon the information of Atye, I do protest . . . that I am most
injuriously wronged by the informer, who doth not rightly
understand the matter. First, God is my witness, I never was
privy to the writing of the letter, but coming by chance into the
Assembly of the States with the rest of the Council about the
beginning of February last, Barnevelt, the Advocate of Holland,
caused the letter to be brought forth and read in the presence of
us all, and demanding our advice thereof, I then signified in few
words that the letter was very sharp, whereunto answer was
made by Barnevelt, the author of the letter, that there was
nothing therein but the truth ; and so brake off into other matters.
. . . I fearing that the sending of the letter would not only work
great alteration in England towards these countries, but also
give suspicion of myself, considering how my lord was incensed
against me, repaired the next day to the Count Maurice, to the
President Vandermill and to M. de Villiers the minister, and did
severally entreat them to deal with the States to stay the sending
of the letter . . . but whether they dealt therein or not, or how
they dealt, I know not ; yet neither of them promised to do their
best. In the end . . . this letter was sent. I not knowing thereof
but hoping always that the same had been stayed until, about
fifteen days after it was sent away, I learned it was gone by some
speech had with the Greffier of the States, of whom then I demanded
I hear that the informer has declared that if I had signified
any mislike of the letter, it had not been sent ; and that I said I
knew not of it until fifteen days after it was sent. I confess I
said I knew not it was sent, but never that I had no knowledge
of the writing of it. I pray you to impart this much to my lord
in my defence.
"If his chiefest offence be conceived in respect of my love and
goodwill towards Sir John Norreys, I do not grieve thereat,
assuring myself that he is as worthy thereof . . . as any man living,
and the more I know him, the more I have cause to affect and
admire him. . . He is a rare gentleman and exceedingly worthy
to be honoured and advanced, and I doubt not but God will
move her Majesty (in despite of the devil) to respect him as he
deserveth.—The Hague, 17 May.
Copy. 3½ pp. [S.P. For. Archives XCI., p. 100.]
SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL to THE PRIVY COUNCIL.
Thanking them for their letters, and favourable consideration
for things requisite for assurance of the town. (fn. 10) The burgers
are somewhat backward in their expence for its better fortifying,
but he has now prevailed with them to bestow some cost in
strengthening weak places, and therefore means to hold back the
money received from their lordships, "both to continue their
good beginnings and also to prevent any expectation hereafter
to charge her Majesty with such expence . . . and will be brought
to demand no contribution from any but themselves for repairing
of her towns in these countries."—Vlisching, 17 May, 1587.
Signed. Add. Endd. ½ p. [Holland XIV. f. 233.]
SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL to WALSINGHAM.
Has at last procured the coming of Dom Juan de Castilla to
this town, and has him in custody, attending his honour's pleasure ;
having delivered to Col. Morgan the 200l. sent for distribution
to the soldiers who took him, for which he encloses receipt. Has
promised that the residue of the ransom shall be shortly "satisfied."—Vlisching,
18 May, 1587.
Signed. Add. Endd. ¾ p. [Ibid. XIV. f. 240.]
The above-mentioned receipt, signed by Col. Thomas Morgan,
May 16, 1587.
Endd. ¼ p. [Ibid XIV. f. 241.]
THE STATES OF ZEELAND to HER MAJESTY.
Ask for the restoration to the widow and guardians of the
orphans of the late Jehan Cooman, burgher of Middelburg of the
ship of Rosco, called the Jeannette laden at Malaga with grapes,
capers, almonds etc., which was taken by her Majesty's ships
of war into "Pleyemouth."—Middelburg, 28 May, 1587. Signed,
P. Rychert, president ; Chrs. Roels, greffier.
Add. Endd. Fr. 1½ pp. [Ibid. XIV. f. 243.]
"Instructions for the Commissaries of the Musters appointed
on the English part by the Mustermaster General according to
his Excellency's order . . . to join with the Dutch Commissaries
for the better and more speedy dispatch of the musters, anno
Endd. 18 May, 1587. Copy of her Majesty's ordinance for
musters." 2 pp. [Ibid. XIV. f. 245.]
LEICESTER to WALSINGHAM.
I pray you, good Mr. Secretary, help me to know her Majesty's
full resolution for my going over, for I have many things to take
order for, which cannot be provided on the sudden, "and being
provided, except I go, will be to my great loss." And if I must
go, I beseech you remember my former petitions, especially for
the loan of 10,000l.
Also, if I go, it is more than time to send some over for my
own particulars, "and also touching the greatest matter, which is
for the revocation of Sir Jo. Norrice, and some one to be there to
receive the charge, which must be, in my opinion, Sir William
Pelham, who, till I had been discharged, doth remain Marshal
still, and therefore the aptest man to take the charge till I come."
I would wish my Lord Willoughby to be sent also, to take charge
of the horsemen, so that they may, knowing her Majesty's pleasure,
set many things in order against my coming. "It is time
her Majesty's pleasure were known, for many great errors, I am
lately informed, falleth out there daily, to the decay and discouragement
as well of captains as soldiers." If these two are
sent before, it will greatly advance her service, and in the mean
time, I will use all diligence to prepare myself. "I have all
things for my household to be sent, for I left a great charge
behind me the last time, which I must now needs foresee, meaning
indeed to employ my whole expences for her Majesty's honour
and service there, and to quit me of all here.
I have all my livery to provide, both for my horse and foot
bands, which will cost seven or eight hundred pounds at least ;
also armour and weapons to prepare new, the old being as I hear
almost all worn out, which will cost me at least four hundred
pounds ; so that I must know of her Majesty's resolution, "and
her help of aprest of the 10,000l. of two or three thousand presently,
which shall never rest till it be paid out again for these charges.
"For the greatest matter of all. I have no doubt but her
Majesty will deal according to her wisdom and to the greatness
of the cause, which is to be pleased to spend her money in that
measure which may do good to the cause, or else all is but in vain
that shall be spent, and better to break off with those countries
than not to give them the help which may stand them in stead.
For mine own part, I will be bound to give her my service and to
hazard my life for her. I can do no more. It must wholly rest
in her Majesty's goodness to deal freely in so weighty a cause,
which concerns herself and her whole state."
I send Dr. James to the Court to bring me what certainty
hereof there may be.—From my bed at Wansted, this — of
Postscript. If I am to go, Mr. Norrice must be sent for out of
hand and either Sir William Pelham of Lord Willoughby sent to
receive the charge till I come. "And with the less warning it be
done, the better."
Holograph. Endd. with date. 2½ pp. [Holland XIV. f. 247.]
Note of the four requests in the above letter ; viz : Of her
Majesty's resolution ; the loan of 10,000l. ; the recall of Sir Jo.
Norrys ; and the sending of Willoughby and Pelham.
Endd. ¼ p. [Ibid XIV. f. 249.]
AUDITOR EDMOND HUNTE to BURGHLEY.
In my report last sent, I certified the payment of 540l. to Sir
John Norris for his entertainment as Col. general of the infantry,
and also his lieutenant, issued by the warrant of Mr. Wilkes, Mr.
Digges and myself, as required by Lord Buckhurst and others
under their hands. But now Lord Buckhurst takes it so offensively
against Mr. Digges and me (as if he had not informed him
how her Majesty was to be charged) that he has written to Mr.
Treasurer to stay our entertainments until her Majesty's pleasure
be known. His lordship knows that we refused to make this
warrant, and, by procurement of Sir John Norris, were called before
him to give reasons for our refusal, which we did, telling him
privately that we believed Sir John to be in her Majesty's debt,
not having yet satisfied her the 5000l. he had out of the Exchequer.
But it pleased his lordship and the rest to give us order to make
the warrant, the copy of which order I now send. It seems that
his lordship means to write to her Majesty on the matter. It is
not my part to oppose so honourable a personage, but if, "in
this precise course we take, we incur the displeasure of some as
not forward enough in yielding to their demands, and in the self
same action, blamed for forwardness, either our discretion is very
bad, or our case very hard." But we shall take order for this
money to be defalked on Sir John's entertainment unless we have
command to the contrary.
It is a year since you enjoined me "to receive Sir John Norris'
answer and reckoning for the reimbursement of 5000l. His
answer then was that he had paid to Mr. Hudleston 3000l. by
defalcations from such captains and companies as he had furnished
with armour ; the rest, 2000l. he said he would make his
petition to be allowed him for the erecting of his cornet of a
hundred horse." Mr. Hudleston's deputies now say that 500l.
of the 3000l. is still undefalked, and part of it owing by captains
and companies in the States' pay, now cassed and gone ; yet a
year ago Mr. Hudleston "confessed" that it was well nigh all
I have received no instructions as to Mr. Hudleston's account but
understand by my Lord Buckhurst that her Majesty expecteth
it to be perused here, so I have, by his advice begun to examine it
so far as I can "with the want of most of the warrants and many
acquittances" especially for money paid to those in the States'
charge. Lord Buckhurst has written to all the captains to bring
in their demands and clear their accounts with Mr. Hudleston
before the end of the month "but because not they but the
soldier hath been pinched and borne the burden . . . I do not
think any great matter will ensue."—Utrecht, 20 May, 1587.
Add. Endd. 2 pp. [Holland XIV. f. 251.]