Border Papers volume 1: July 1588

Pages 326-327

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

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614. Bowes to Walsingham. [July 4.]

"By my joyntt letter to the Lord Thesaurer and your selfe, my doinges with the Larde of Carmyghell, and his answer to the same, wilbe knowen to you. I perceave that the Kyng is nott fully satisfied with the resolution and money, already taken and sentt for hym, but looketh by the next, and shortly, to be better pleased—which I wysh may be donne with expedytion.

These lettres inclosed, sentt to the lord ambassador for Scotlande, by his nephew Richard Dowglas, yt may please you to cause to be delyvered to hym. By whom you will understande both the Kynges mynde in his present concepte, of thanswer and resolution hitherto taken and certyfied to hym, and also all other occurranttes in that state—which surely att this presentt is tyckle, and without the kynges owne gud governement and constancye, wilbe endangered. Butt I trust that the tymely repayre of such as shalbe imployed and sentt thither with matters of better contentement, shall preventt the dangers." Berwick. Signed: Robert Bowes.

1 p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed by Walsingham.

615. Bowes to Walsingham. [July 22.]

I received the inclosed packet this afternoon for Mr Archibald Douglas by his nephew Mr Richard Douglas, with earnest desire for its speedy dispatch, and answer from him, "to satisfye the Kynges Majestie, who (as he wryteth to me) doth loke for the same with all spede… By the messinger bringing the said packett to me, I receyved also from the Lard of Carmyghell, this letter inclosed, which albeytt he wold have me to kepe to my selfe (as in thend of the letter will appeare unto you), yett trusting verely that your only sight of the same, besides my self, shall nether turne to his prejudice, nor be offensyve to hym, I have therfor chosen to send ytt to you, that you may understande the contentes, and theron dispose of the same, as shall same bast to you; most humbly praying you, that for my credytt with the gud gentleman and well affected to hir Majesty, and for the satisfaction of his desiere and expectacion in me in this behalfe, yt may please you to retayne to your selfe, and to your owne order, the matters touched therin, and att your gud leysure and tyme, to retorne to me the said lettre, kept only to your self, with notyce of your pleasure what I shall do further in any parte therof. All other thinges I referre to the lettres and advertyshmentes of Mr Ashbye… Barwic in haste." Signed: Robert Bowes.

"It may please your honour to gett me leave to come to thassyses at York in August next, wher I have a greatt matter of enherytance to be thenne tryed, which will receave greatt hynderance by myn absence."

1 p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed.

616. Bowes to Walsingham. [July 26.]

"This lettre inclosed and addressed unto yowe by Mr Raphe Gray, was commytt to me to be sent to yowe with spede. I have therfore thought good herewith to accompany this packet of Mr Ashbye presently brought to me to be conveyed to yowe." It may please you to remember my leave to be at the York assises for my great cause. Other things I refer to Mr Ashbye's letters, who finds such good offices in the Laird of Carmichael, that I wish he might receive from you some sign of the good acceptance thereof. Berwick. Signed: Robert Bowes.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.