Border Papers volume 2: August 1599

Pages 618-620

Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 2, 1595-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1896.

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1093. Willoughby to Cecil. [Aug. 4.]

I thought to accompany these with my salutations: the occurrences you receive by the packet. I see the Scots "brandle" in their dispositions, some "harken" after war, others after peace: no certainty among them, as though they waited an opportunity. At our last meeting, they promised but 40 as I wrote, but brought four to one "coufusedlie." Though Cesford as in my last, proposed to meet with 60, yet I hear of preparations and musters more than ordinary: so I have told him I will attend with the prescribed number, that he send 4 gentlemen to examine them, and I as many to his, and examine all the country 3 miles round: if he break promise, that I shall account the service unperformed: if he come with many, I shall do the like, not caring.

If things were to be done as at my last day at Norham ford with Sir Alexander Hume, we should go together by the ears, which by a simple fellow's discretion was avoided: who on our parting, was made prisoner by the Laird of Blackiter, but did not resist or make fray. When sent home, and asked by me, why he made no cry? he replied "his life was not worthe so muche, as the hassard of that daies worke betwene the nations." I have demanded, and am promised the offender after a sort. "Thus Sir I enlarge to far Petrarkes old verse Pace non troco, non ho far il guerra, the worst condition in my conceite that may bee."

The King's "awardinge" Harreis, Maxwell, Johnston and the rest to prison, is rather to fortify his own borders than to give any justice to us, as fur as I can gather. Berwick. Signed: P. Wyllughby.

1 p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wax signet: fragment.

1094. Willoughby to Cecil. [Aug. 10.]

I this day met with Sir Robert Kerr, who notwithstanding the great bruit of extraordinary multitudes, came with few more than we agreed on. I propounded the oath, and though at first he made some difficulty as unusual, yet finally took it, and proceeded very orderly with justice. Farther he proposed to come "by course" to Carholme in England, to receive, and to be ready at Redden in Scotland, to satisfy, complaints, whereon we cast lots, and "I was so fortunate as to receive before I gave." Proceeding thus friendly, he told me in private of the King's command that he or his deputies should not meet "my coosen Guevera" my deputy warden, until his complaint to the Queen for Ashfield's apprehension against him, should be answered: which he after publicly propounded, and I openly answered, that when time and place served, I doubted not it would be justified, and meantime I hoped the King, of "propper" kingly equity, would condemn no man without cause, but charge him, and if not cleared, I would satisfy him. I was moved thereunto, (1) for satisfaction of our English gentlemen, redress to whom being in this unlooked for forwardness, I was unwilling to stay it; (2) for safety of the gentleman's person, in case of rash attempts before their "heate were determyned," as after public inquiry the thing of itself will fail, if the King brings nothing more against him; and (3) I thought it not amiss, "according to the old proverbe (synce we have had our wills in everie thinge, to geve the loosers waye for a while)." Thus we are in great hope of quietness, Sir Robert Kerr having more public show to justice than heretofore. And Sir Alexander Hume warden of the East Marches has very honourably delivered to me the Laird of Blackiter, to be punished at my discretion for his disorder at our last meeting. So we are all in friendly terms: and this being so, and the time drawing on, I pray you remember my leave. Berwick. Signed: P. Wyllughby.

pp. Closely written. Addressed. Indorsed. Wax signet: quartered

1095. Scrope to the Privy Council. [Aug. 20.]

Urgently representing the weakness of his March by famine and the late extreme visitation of sickness, and humbly entreating aid, either by some of the Berwick garrison as formerly, or allowance of pay for some countrymen to be placed in Gilsland and Bewcastle the "needfullest "places. Having called the Graymes before him, they have promised both to keep their own bounds, and assist their neighbours to stop malicious ridings and outrages, which he hopes they will perform. Carlisle. Signed: Th. Scroope.

pp. Addressed. Indorsed. Traces of a large wax seal.

1096. Scrope to Cecil. [Aug. 20.]

Sending him the letter to the Council and craving his aid therein.

That many suits have been made to him about the pledges, which he has refused, and begs no favour may be shown to them till he requests it.

Thanking Cecil for his many favours, in return for which he "may chalenge the greatest interrest of a setteled love." Signed: Th. Scroope.

1 p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed.

1097. Willoughby to Thomas Windebanck. [Aug. 24.]

I received your letter dated 11th instant, on 24th of the same, and doubt whether these I now send may have any quicker passage. For your further soliciting of the warden's causes recommended to you in my last, I have already made entrance thereinto in such sort, as that directions now "would but come the day after the fayre," and cause my longer stay here: and I much desire the dispatch of my leave. I shall always thankfully acknowledge your pains therein, and other kindnesses. Berwick. Signed: "Your lovinge cosen and assured frend, P. Wyllughby."

p. Addressed: "To his lovinge cosen Mr Thomas Windebanck one of the clarks of the counsell, att the Court." Indorsed by Windebanck. Wax signet: 8 quarters.

1098. Willoughby to Cecil. [Aug. 25.]

"I received this 25th your paquett directed after Hardret, sent accordingly." I hope you have received Sir Edward Chute, and sundry my other letters on her Majesty's affairs, most of these already performed? and therefore expect no speedy answer but that "sylence is a privy assent I have not don yll, at least my conscience beares me record so: when I do I shall expect no extraordinary favour, modo currat veritas." Meanwhile let me hope from you as I have deserved of you. "Pardon me, Sir, yf in plaine dealing, espetially of love, I endeavour not to pare my self, but mead me." Berwick. Signed: P. Wyllughby.

½ p. Holograph; also address. No flyleaf.

1099. Willoughby to Cecil. [Aug. 28.]

Your letter of 22d instant I received on the 28th, whereby you have freed me of some doubt of your good remembrance and opinion of me, and given me contentment answerable to your true value and my desire of your honourable friendship. Our occurrents are not worth advertising, or fit to be mixed with your serious and troublesome affairs: occasion serving, I shall impart what time brings forth. Berwick. Signed: P. Wyllughby.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed. Wax signet: fragment.

1100. Willoughby to Windebanck. [Aug. 31.]

I thank you for your pains to procure my leave: I would not that her Majesty be urged to her displeasure. "The worst that may insue of my stay here, is but the loss of my livinge, and the hazard of my lyfe, which I weigh not with her Majesties service." Yet my coming will more further it than my stay here, for I desire to impart to her Majesty some matters of special importance, which I will not write, unless commanded on my allegiance. This I say not to further my leave, but for the nature of the things themselves. But I desire to learn her pleasure "for it is now winter with me," and in the uncertainty I can neither provide for my abode nor departure. Berwick. Signed: P. Wyllughby.

(fn. 1) Reasons for leave (1) all things quiet; (2) order in garrison and wardenry; (3) sufficient deputies in both; (4) people obedient; (5) the opposites sworn to keep good order with us. So my absence shall not hinder the Queen's service in the wardenry, and in the town Mr Marshal has shown his sufficiency for the same.

½ p. Addressed. Indorsed by Windebanck: "xxxth of August 1599. . . ." The address and postal indorsements all bear "30th" August.


  • 1. Remainder holograph.