Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 2, 1595-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1896.
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1420. Sir John Carey to Cecil. [Sept. 4.]
As he was taking horse with his brother Sir Robert Carey, to meet the Lord of Roxboroughe, he received the inclosed letters. There is no news. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
½ p. Addressed. Indorsed.
1421. Sir John Carey to Cecil. [Sept. 12.]
The inclosed packet was received this morning from Mr Nicolson. We are quiet here and no news, except William Hall one of the pledges, is escaped from York, I think our Northumberland men mean to let them lie there till they all escape! It were better they were let home on good bonds for quietness, and ending deadly feuds, than let them escape thus by ones and twos, till all gone. I much fear any justice at Lord Roxborough's hands, but we are to meet on the 24th instant. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
¾ p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed. Swan wafer signet.
1422. Scrope to Cecil. [Sept. 17.]
Notwithstanding the King's threats and discontents for my taking these thieves in Scotland, and the complaint of Newby—"what manner of man (I wold to God) you knew he is"—I had them indicted before the judges of assize, and had hanged them, if the Laird Johnston had not sent, requesting to meet me at Roclief, where he offered caution for their entry; which I refused, but was content to free them if he "pawned his honor" to redeliver them on 10 days' notice, since I took them in Scotland.
We have laid waste the Laird of Mangerton's house in Liddesdale, which has stricken fear in the rest, who wish to enter. I have answered, if they are not offenders, I will show favor, but if otherwise, I must take amends as I can. Johnston has taken one of Carmichael's chief murderers, and gone with him in great triumph to the King: where doubtless he shall be executed.
Henry Leigh lies at Newbie's house very poor, for it was told the King he hath "the French pocxe": wherefore he will not suffer him to come near him. Carlisle. Signed: Th. Scroope.
2 pp. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed. Wafer signet (Scrope): garter as before.
1423. Scrope to Cecil. [Sept. 25.]
I see by George Nicolson, the King intends a heavy complaint against me for a little revenge I have taken on those thieves who never rest spoiling us. If he makes such, I pray the favor of your letting me see it, and doubt not to satisfy the Queen. As yet, "we have but a leetle tickled him aboute the edges," but if they will not be quiet, I mean not to be in their debt. The Laird of Newby has brought me a letter from the Laird Johnston on behalf of a gentleman banished from Scotland, and says he has written to you for your favor: but I have stayed him at Bowleter hill, and he comes no nearer, till I know your pleasure. Carlisle. Signed: Th. Scroope.
The soldiers have been used to have 6 barrels of gunpowder: and as the winter is at hand, when they need to watch, I pray your warrant to the master of ordnance to deliver it at Newcastle.
1½ pp. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed.
1424. Sir John Carey to Cecil. [Sept. 27. 1601.]
I received this letter with intreaty for such haste in respect of the "Lerd of Beltreses" coming, that I can write nothing of worth, though not for want of leisure. "Ouer greatest newes is, I hear all the Scottishe pretchers ar presentley to be caled home agayen: Master Robert Breuse and the rest." On Thursday last the lord of "Roxborowghe" and I kept a day of truce with good agreement and fair promises for continual proceeding. Signed: Jhon Carey.
¾ p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed.