Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 1, 1560-95. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.
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396. Forster to Walsingham. [Dec. 8.]
This day my servant returned from the Court of Scotland with these letters, which I send to you enclosed. At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.
¼ p. Addressed. Indorsed: "7th (sic) December 1585. From Sir John Foster."
397. The Earl of Bothwell to Forster. [Dec. 24.]
"Sene the ressait of your lordschipis letter I have travellit thairin quhat I could to have the Kingis Majestieis answer thairintill, quhilk it sall pleas your lordschip to ressave frome this bearer. And quhatsoevir heirefter your lordschip sall have to do in thir partis, your lordschip sall find me at all tymes reddie to be employit to pleasur your lordschip, quhairin lefullie the commoditie salbe presentit. And as tuiching Williame Ker of Ancrum I sall particularlie travell with him and sall see sufficient satisfactioun maid be him to your lordschip; utherwayes I will discharge familiaritie betuix us for your lordschipis cans and sall assist no man quha may offend your lordschip in any poynt." Of Linlithqw. Signed: Bothuell.
¾ p. Addressed.
398. Forster to Huntingdon. [Dec. 27.]
While writing, I received letters from Scotland, which I have sent to Mr Secretary, who will make your honour acquainted with them. "(God be praysed for it) the Earles and banyshed men are well accepted with the Kinge, which I trust shalbe a gret help to the mayntenaunce of Godes worde and the glorie of his holy name—and also a furtheraunce to the peace and quietnes betwixt the two realmes, which God of his mercy long contynewe." The commission to survey Harbottell, which your honour directed to certain captains of Berwick, is not yet executed, and I would desire your honour to cause them to make it and report at once. For it needs both repairs and a garrison more than the other Marches, "which are neither so large, nor yet are in so dangerous a place. The iner warde is resonable well, but the owter part is almost downe. I understand further, that there are some which seeke to gett the kepinge therof, which is a thinge insident and anexed to myne office, and if I be not worthy of the credite of the one, I desyre not the other. The fee is but twentie marckes by yere. Thus havinge trobled your honour with a longe discource, I geve your honour and my ladie most harty thanckes for your goodnes shewed towardes the younge Earle of Bedford." From my house near Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.
"Postscript.—My lorde, Hall which your honour wrate to me for, with moche ado I have stayed the partie. And I have taken band of hym that when he hathe bene with your lordship he shall repayre into Flanders."
1 p. Addressed: "To the right honorable the Earle of Huntington lorde president of the Quenes majesties cowncell established in the northe partes." Indorsed.
399. Forster to Walsingham. [Dec. 27.]
I lately wrote to the lords of the Scottish Privy Council to move the King for redress of disorders, for though Cesford was named warden, nothing had been done. I reminded them of their promises on entering Scotland. I send the copy of my letter, with the answer I have received. They find fault with part of my letter as to the appointment of some nobleman to assist their warden. My meaning was that Liddesdale hitherto has never obeyed the wardens, and yet they think the authority of the warden is sufficient. I pray God it may prove so. From my house near Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.
Inclosed in the foregoing:—
(1) (Forster to the Scottish Council.)
I understand that the Laird of Cesford is come home, for I have a private letter from him, but nothing as to a March meeting. According to your former letters (when you entered Scotland) which I communicated to the Queen and her council and were well received, I wish your honours to consider the matter, and appoint some noble man to assist the warden and reside at Jedworth, for the thieves are greatly encouraged at the change of warden, and think they will answer nothing. I did not trouble you before the parliament ended, because of your weighty affairs, but now hope for answer by the bearer without delay. "From my howse att Alnewick abbie, this xviijth day of December 1585."
¾ p. Written by Forster's clerk. Indorsed: "The coppie of my letter which I wrate unto the lordes of the privie councell in Scotland."
(2) (The Council's reply to Forster.)
We have received your letter and may assure you that the Laird of Cesfurd could not intermeddle with the wardenry, not being then in effect appointed. But now that he has accepted it, we trust you will find him correspondent with you. We cannot well conceive your meaning in asking that some nobleman be commanded to reside at Jedburgh, unless you have some nobleman in your own bounds, whom you wish to be met, which if it be so, another of equal rank will be appointed on this side. Otherwise we think the warden's own authority sufficient to keep order. "From Court at Lynlythqw this xxiiij day of December 1585." Signed: Mar, Tho. Mr Glammis, Jo. Maitland, Bellenden, Blantyre.
1 p. Addressed. Seal lost.
400. Woddryngton to Walsingham. [Dec. 28.]
The 24th of this instant, I received the inclosed from the Master of Gray, by his servant, directed to Mr Archbalde Douglas, for sure conveyance to your honour. "The King removes from Lythcoe this daye, and commes to Enderleath a myle and more from Edenbroughe, where he myndeth to make his abode this Christmas. ThErle Crawfurth is broke out of warde, and gotten awaye, wherat the King is sore offended, and hath sent to sommones him either to make his entrance into the Blacknesse as prisoner againe, or els at his perill. Montrosse is sent to Dunbretton. It is thought the Master Grey is sent for to court againe." Signed: Henry Woddryngton.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.
401. Petition of Robert Vernon. [1585.]
Praying the Lord High Treasurer that he may have a warrant for payment of his "Booke" for victualling Berwick for the half year ending on 24 March last past, amounting to 3080l., as he can only get warrant for 2000l. from the treasurer—and that hereafter he may be paid every half year according to the indenture between her Majesty and himself.
1 p. A broad sheet. Contemporary copy. Indorsed.
402. Extracts from Sir John Forster's letters. [Dec. 1585.]
Touching the various meetings between him and Ferniherst, and attempts on either side of the Middle March, between 2d February 1583–4 and 27 July 1585, when Lord Russell was killed.
2¼ pp. Official copy. Indorsed: "A collection made out of Sir John Fosters letters of spoyles committed within the Middle Marches. From Febru. 1583 untill Dec. 1585."
403. Memoranda of Scrope's letters. [Dec.]
Notes of attempts, and reprisals on both sides between 2 May 1584 and 17 August 1585, and his reports thereon, taken out of his letters.
3 pp. Fair official copy. Indorsed: "A collection made out of the L. Scroopes lettres touching spoyles made in the West Marches, from May 1584 till Dec. 1585."
2. Another copy, in several hands.