Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 1, 1560-95. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.
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661. Forster to Walsingham. [March 3.]
"I have appointed Thursdaie the xijth of this instant Marche for Sir John Selbie and my selfe to meate with thopposite warden at the Stawford, wher we hope to receave justice for the attemptates of the late burneinges commytted. And further your honour shall understand that nppon Thursdaie gone viijth daies, I did keepe the appointed meatteinge with the warden of Scotland and receaved greate justice at his handes, who was inor forwarde in the administratione therof then his ordenarie custome." At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.
662. Forster to Walsingham. [March 3.]
"I have received your honours lettre in the behalf of Richarde Fenwicke of Slantoun, wheratt I marvelled greatly that Richarde Fenwicke to whome I have ben so benificiall and favourable, should seem to euforme any surmised enformaciouns againste me without cause, to bringe me in questioun before prince and counsell! And theirfore did cause your honours lettre to be redd before hime selfe, diverse gentlemenn beinge presente—and I demaunded wheirfor he had maide any exclamacoun of me, that I should have the boundes of certaine Scotesmenn who weare spoilers of hime, in myne handes, or what cause he had to complaine? And before all the saide gentlemenn, he could nott impute any falte in me, but confessed that he had theire boundes in his owne hande, and had misadvisedlie mistakenn his informacoun againste me, and their uppoun was presentlie contente to advertise youre honoure so mutche, and did subscrib this his letter which I have sente youre honoure inclosed. And wheras he complained that he had fower or five hundrede poundes losse by the spoilinge of the Scotes, I caused the rowles to be searched, and I assure youre honoure, theire coulde noe bill of his be founde but this onelie that I doe seude youre hououre inclosed, whiche I dide cause to be filed (being one of the commissioner att Barwicke) hime selfe beinge absente and never tooke travell theirine, who received deliverie of the same into his owne handes, and lett the faulter to a Scotes mans bounde. And besides itt is well knowenn to the gentlemenn of the whole countrie howe I did give hime his lief, whenn he worthelie deserved deathe, as he cane nott denye hime selfe. Soe that all thinges duelie considred, he had leaste cause to complaine of me of any gentlemann in Northumbreland. Wheirefore I besetche youre honoure nott to geve care to sutche sclanderous persouns, whose delitte is to forge wronge accusations againste me being her Majesties officer. For if youre honoure knewe the unconstancie of the mann, and his lieghte dispositioun, I doubte nott but yow would consider of hime accordingelie. And thus craveinge youre honoure to stand my good friende, as ye have alwayes doune in my right actions… Att my howse neigh Alnwicke." Signed: John Forster.
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed.
663. Forster to Walsingham. [March 13.]
"Yesterdaie the xijth of this instante Marche, the appointed meatteinge was keepte by thopposite warden, Sir John Selbie, and me, att the Stawforde, and their the two bills of the late burneinges commyttede within the Middle and Easte Marches wer fylede and sworne, and the burneinges referred to the vewe and survey of four indefferente Englishmen, to sett downe the trewe valewe therof by their othes and consciences within eight daies next followeinge." Proclamation was made for all unlawful prisoners to be released, and no attempts to be made in breach of the peace. At my house nigh Alnwick. Signed: John Forster.
"Postscripte.—Sir, the plage att Newcastell ceasethe, but the same is greatlie dispersed throughe the countrie, and especiallie hear at Alnewick, which putteth men in a marvelous fear. I pray God amend ytt."
1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet.
664. Scrope to Walsingham. [March 20.]
"This day I appointyd my cosin Lowther my deputy warden to mete with Robert Maxwell deputy warden to my lorde of Morton, at which meting they agreed very well. And I have appointyd to kepe a day of marche with thErle of Morton the xiiijth of Aprill. I understand by my cosin Lowther … that the Spanysh bark ys put to the sea, and shall passe away into Flanders, and that Francys Dacre ys to passe in the same presently." Carlisle. Signed: H. Scrope.
½ p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet as before.
665. Losses of Robert Vernon. [March. 1589–90.]
Robert Vernon surveyor of her Majesty's victuals at Berwick, asks allowance for losses providing victuals, by command of the Privy Council the 12th of June, for 6 weeks, for 3 of her Majesty's ships—the Vandgarde, the Teiger, and the Acates, having in them 410 men, beginning 7th July 1589, and ending 17th August after.
Lost.—In sale of 17,220 lb. of "bisquit," 2s. in 100l., 17l. 4s.; in sale of 71 "tonn" 3 h[ogshea]ds beer, brewed at 40s. the tun, besides the "casque," 13s. 4d. the tun, 47l. 16s. 8d.; in sale of 11,180 pieces of beef, 2 lb. in each, "at a penie the pece," 46l. 12s. 8d.
He asks allowance for hire of 2 "hois," the Confydence of Harwich and
the Thomas of Harwich, hired at Newcastle to come to Berwick to victual
the ships, 15l. 15s. 6d. Also of the "fraught" of the Mynon of Hull, 80
tons burden, sent to "Yarmoth roode" with provision for the Vandgarde, on
receipt of a letter from Sir George Biston dated "Scat Roode" 11th July
1580, as the ship had been recalled to be new rigged and the Mynon came
back to Berwick, 30l.
Sum total, 157l. 8s. 10d.
1 p. Indorsed.