Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 2, 1595-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1896.
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1139. Angus to Scrope. [Jan. 2. 1599–1600.]
"I ressaiffit your lordschippis lettre, albeit it wes lait in cuming to my handis in respect of George Nicolsonis seiknes at Edinbrucht. Alwyis for your lordschipis bettir satisfactioun and redressing of enormiteis, I haiff appointit the Laird of Carmichaell wardane under me, quha is to be schortlie in the cuntrie, and he and the Laird of Newbie my lieutenant deput, will speik your lordschip, and according to ressoun and equitie, will tak sic ordour that your lordschip will be contentit." Douglas, "the secund of Januar 1600." Signed: W. D. Erll Anguss.
½ p. Addressed. Indorsed: ". . . January 2, '99 . . . Trace of large wax seal.
1140. Passport for Alexander Livingston, &c. [Jan. 4.]
License by Sir John Carey knight, captain of 100 foot, chamberlain, marshal, and deputy governor of Berwick, for "the bearers hereof Allexander Levyston, James Monteithe, Robert Duglesse and Barnett Lynsey gentilmen of Scotland, with John Foord, William Clercke, James Culley, and Thomas Edward Scottesmen also," travelling to London on their lawful affairs, with 7 grey stone horses about 16 hands high, one grey gelding ambling 15 hands, and 6 brown bay nags ambling and trotting 14 hands high. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
¾ p. Addressed at foot: "To all justices of peace, maiors, &c." Indorsed by Cecil's clerk: "Hugh Montgomery, Mathew Symple, to go into Fraunce."
1141. Willoughby to Cecil. [Jan. 7. 1599–1600.]
Intreating as a personal favour to himself, his assistance for the bearer's suit, an ancient servant of the Queen's, and much bound to the late Lord Burghley—it having pleased her Majesty in respect of his merits (being lieutenant in Berwick) and his 60 years' service to her and her predecessors in the wars, to give him hopes of her gracious bounty. London. Signed: P. Wyllughby.
⅓ p. Addressed. Indorsed.
1142. Sir R. Carey to Cecil. [Jan. 13.]
Before the receipt of your last letter, I was so far as Newcastle on my way towards London: but being infinitely bound for your sound advice, and I meaning to follow it, I am determined not to adventure up without leave. But having special business with Mr Ros of Laxton, I have ventured to come so far off my journey as his house, where I mean to remain till I hear from your honor if my leave is granted. If her Majesty will by no means be persuaded, upon notice from you, I will return though it be to my ruin. All things are in great quietness, and I have so ordered them that I hope it shall continue till my return, or a new officer in my place. "Be Crist Sir, my occations imports me very much to be at London and Court: your honor gave me sum hope in your letter that within 4 or 5 days you thought to procuer me my leave (God grant you have obtaynd it). I will heare at Laxton attend the good ouer: whether it be good or bad, I pray your honor let me knowe her Majesty pleasur at your best leasur, for I will not stur from Laxton till I heare from you whether I shall retier or march forward." Laxton. Signed: Ro. Carey.
¾ p. Holograph; also address. Indorsed. Wax signet: gem, a stag (or goat).
1143. Scrope to Cecil. [Jan. 16.]
Having signified to the Earl of Angus lieutenant opposite, and George Nicolson, divers offences by the Scots, I have no answer but the inclosed letters.
Finding that the "often exchange" of officers in Scotland greatly hinders redress, and doubting that Sir John Carmichaell "now comended warden," will take no burden for byegones, but only offer to quiet the border and stay riding in future: I will not yield to this, without your direction therein, which I pray may be with expedition.
I have lately kept a gaol delivery and quarter sessions here, which has brought great quietness.
I hear some go about to procure my leases of St Agathe's lands over my head: which a word from you to the Lord Treasurer would stay from passing, and I hope to obtain this, like many past favours.
The Scottish King in all his former letters called me "cosen," but not in this last—I think as I refused to meet him as requested—"but I passe not, for I am none of his subjects," only desiring to rest in her Majesty's gratious favor. I pray God her happy and most noble state "maye be as fortunate as her vertues are admirable." Carlisle. Signed: Th. Scroope.
2 pp. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed.
1144. Emanuell Scrope to Cecil. [Jan. 17.]
That he cannot in mind conceive, or in words express, his debt of love for the letters he has deigned to write to him. Praying earnestly that his more arduous labours will not hinder his soliciting the Lord Treasurer to confirm to his father these holdings at present in some danger: in return for which offering the same love to himself, which he ever felt towards the Secretary's late most honoured father, Carlisle. Signed: Emanuell Scroope.
¾ p. Latin. Holograph; also address. Indorsed. Wafer signet (Scrope): quartered, plain.
1145. Willoughby to Cecil. [Jan. 26.]
That since his sickness he has had no occurrents from the north, except these inclosed: one from Sir Robert Kerr, more of compliment than otherwise, repeating his good intentions: the other from Willoughby's deputy warden, of his acceptance of justice from Sir Alexander Home opposite warden, in all matters since he became governor. In other matters, wherein he craved the Council's advice, he has not yet received it, nor is the treasurer returned from Berwick: but so soon as able he will attend Cecil therein. London. Signed: P. Wyllughby.
⅓ p. Addressed. Indorsed. Fragment of signet.