Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 1, 1560-95. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1894.
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930. Carey to Burghley. [Feb. 15.]
Although I have not written so often as I was wont or would do, I pray you to impute it nether to want of love or duty, but only want of matter—and finding that your lordship has not kept court through sickness.
Of Scottish news I can say little, but what I hear among the common sort of people "as markett newes," whose rumours give out some alteration between these two realms—which I refer to your lordship's wise forecasting, as one not easily brought to consent to war without good ground—"knowing that the Queene hath alreadie so manie irons in the fyer, as I feare she shall nead no moe occasions to emptie her purse; and that anie warre maie easyer be begonne then well ended." If such be I must pray your lordship to despatch Mr Crane, for else things here cannot be put in order, as the musters, or the books and accounts.
It would also be fit that Mr Vernon be "talked withall" as to providing victuals. And that some one be ordered to take charge in the ordnance office. For Sir Simon Musgrave being an old man, and unable by sickness, has been but once here at midsummer last, since my coming near a twelve month since; he stayed but 3 weeks to get his pay &c., and left no one in his place. At Christmas last when I refused to sign his books, thinking them very large, he sent his son to entreat me to do so, and to remain here to take order—"who so soone as his turne was served, the monye paid, and he having sold iiij or v gunners roomes to men very unfitt for those places, returned from hence presentlie." I hear he is now at court suing for his father's place in reversion—whose ill beginning makes me fear a worse success, if he gets it. But I say no more than that the office of master of ordnance of the north is a very great charge, and needs one of great trust and sufficiency, and leave it to your wisdom.
Praying your lordship most humbly, to remember that Our Lady day "is neare hand," when my covenant comes out. In which place I cannot serve longer without better allowance, and desire your favour either for one or other. Your own warrant to Mr treasurer will suffice. I hope your lordship will think it sufficient for me to serve her Majesty a whole year "on myne owne purse." Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
2¼ pp. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet as before.
931. Forster to Burghley. [Feb. 16. 1593–94.]
"By vertue of her Majesties commission directed to my lord of Durham, and his lordships lettres to me, I came to this towen not without daunger, as God and they that were with me upon the the waye, doe very well knowe. But I had rather venture my life then seme any waye undutyfull to her highnes, or to geve occasioun to any of my unfrendes to take advantage againste me. Since the tyme of my cominge hether, I have kept my self in this homely inne, whiche I feare would muche hurt that litle healthe I have, if I shoulde contynewe longe in this p[lace]." I therefore beseech you to be a mean to her Majesty to stand "my gratious ladye, whome wyttinglye I did never offende in my life," but ever served her with diligence—and my doings being examined, I hope in God I shall be returned home with credit, "and to their blame that sekes secretlye and unjustlye to charge me." I gave strict order to my dependants and tenants to obey the orders of the Lord Warden, and crave your favour now, as my lord of Durham says he has no answer from you to his letters concerning me. Durham. Signed: John Forster.
¾ p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet: a tree between the letters R. S.
932. Crane to Burghley. [Feb. 29.]
Thanking your lordship for your honourable goodness to me, for which I shall be wholly devoted during life, there remains of the provision for the works done last year "a good proportion of timber, coales, iron and latthes," which my lord Chamberlain ordered me to keep in my custody, though the office of works is not contained in her Majesty's gift to me of "the comptroller of the checque and musters," till your pleasure is known. Which office, though "of no greate momente, by reason it is but accidental," and the officer has no allowance unless the works exceed 200l. in value and under 500l. per annum, when he gets 12d. a day "and so forthe," and the office is one "of trouble and greate attendance, yea and of greate suspition," yet requires an officer and has been always conjoined with the other, both in Mr Grimston, Mr Jenison and Captain Erington's times—for which two last I was deputy, and discharged the duty with due regard to her Majesty's service and satisfaction of the garrison and townsmen, who could testify if required, and as the works for the half year ending at Lady day next must be made up engrossed and signed, which I cannot do, unless authorized by your lordship and the lord governor, and I dare say "under your honourable pacience," there is none here can do it as hitherto but myself,—therefore if it please you to authorize me, my service shall be ready, asking no allowance for making up the books till your lordship has determined. "Thus humblie beseching your honour to pardon my boldnes, I committ your good lordship to thAlmightie . . . with encrease of muche honour under our moste gracious sovereigne, whose prosperous and happie raigne over us the Lorde God contynue in many yeares of yeares. Barwick this laste of February 1593." Signed: John Crane.
2 pp. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed.
933. Bothwell's petition to Elizabeth. [Jan.–Feb. 1593–94.]
"Petitione frome the Erle Bothuell.—
1. That it may pleis hir Majeste instruct hir embassador to interceid for his peace and to resave informatioun in privat maner of him or sum of his at his bygoing.
2. If his peace be refused, that it may pleis hir highnes of hir bountie to respect his necessiteis since he hes dedicat him selff wholly to hir service.
3. That he may knaw hir Majestis plesour if he may without offence at sum tyme repair in England for his savetie, in respect his continuall abode in Scotland indangere boith him selff and his frendes. And heirupone he desyred a warrand under the hand of one of the counsel.
To all theis he humly craved befoir the day foirsaid answeris in particulaire." No date or signature.
½ p. Contemporary hand. Indorsed as title.
934. Memorandum or reply thereon. [1593–94.]
"To the second. Except thair be moir certainty found in the King nor is looked for, suerlie this man wald not be cast of, his necessitie is suche as I am aschamed to wreit bot I am to insist as I salbe commanded from thence.
For his remaning in England, I have schawin that the restraint was not for his hurt, bot on th'one pairt to try the kings sinceritie and on th'other to wis him if he remaned heir, to remaine moir orderly and privatlie nor he did befoir. As of auld the Erlis of Murray and Mortoun banischit for the tyme and restraned at thair princis requeist, was contentit to do. And as for a warrand, I have schawin him thei socht no suche thing bot only the word of a gentill man for the tyme apointed to negotiat betuix this estait and them."
½ p. In same handwriting. Indorsed: "Particular informacion fra Y."