Border Papers volume 1: August 1580

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Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 1, 1560-95. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.

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59. Bowes to The Privy Council. [Aug. 2.]

On receipt yesterday of your lordships' letter of 26th ultimo with her Majesty's resolution as to the day for the Commissioners' meeting, I on same day sent my servant with a letter intimating the contents to the Abbot of Dunfermlinge and praying instant reply by the messenger.

After its despatch, I received that day letters from the King of Scots, touching further delay of the meeting, the names and powers of the commissioners—which letters the Lord Treasurer and Sir Francis Walsingham will deliver to your lordships to lay before Her Majesty.

Seeing the important reasons assigned by the K. for delay, and that sundry great persons are bent to defer the time, I believe he will again prorogue it, and have therefore ventured to ask her Majesty's commissioners to stay their journey till further certainty, being able to find a quorum here if the Scots appear on the day. Berwick. Signed: Robert Bowes.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.

60. Bowes to Lawrence Thomson. [Aug. 10.]

I have ordered immediate repayment of the money I have had of you, and to assure you as to the lands passed in my book for you. My servants have commission to confer with and satisfy you of my purpose to consider your charges and courtesy to me, as in short time you shall see done. The news on this side I commend to the bearer of my hasty letters. Those of the south and foreign, I pray you (at your good leisure) to let your northern friend understand some part. Berwick. Signed: Robert Bowes.

1 p. Holograph. Addressed: "To the right worshipfull his very loving frinde Mr Lawrence Thomson att the . . . ." Indorsed.

61. Bowes to The Privy Council. [Aug. 10.]

Referring to my last, the Abbot of Dunfermlinge hath only replied privately to myself, leaving the question of the meeting uncertain till their council debates it, when he will reply to the former letter. I enclose his letter, and pray your lordships' instructions. Meanwhile I shall press the Abbot to hasten the resolution of the King and Council, retaining her Majesty's commission, instructions and general letters here till further orders. Berwick. Signed: Robert Bowes.

p. Addressed. Indorsed.