Calendar of Border Papers: Volume 2, 1595-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1896.
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1437. Sir John Carey to Cecil. [Jan. 8. 1601–2.]
Your packet for Scotland, dated last of December, I received yesterday morning and presently sent away to Master Nicolson—the other dated 1st instant I received this morning, and as in your letter to myself you desired there should be at least 2 days between their delivery, I keep this last in my own hands till to-morrow before sending it off.
The reason of this bearer's coming up, is I cannot well keep him, for he says he is afraid of his life by Master Care's threats: who has cast him, his wife and family out of the town. Though they have "heyerd another howes in the towen, noen of Master Cares, he sayes that nether the partey that owes the howes, dares receve his wife for displesinge Master Care, nether can they gett aney staye or forberans ether in that towen nor near ther aboutes": so he is, forced to come up for fear, and also to get maintenance. It seems to me he has something more to say, that he keeps till he come before your honor. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
1 p. Holograph; also address. Indorsed. Wax signet; swan and annulet.
1438. Sir John Carey to Cecil. [Jan. 13.]
I have this day received your packet, and a letter to myself with the happy and blessed news of the overthrow of the Irish rebels, for which God be praised and make us thankful. The packet is sent off to Mr Nicolson. I understand the King of Scots is with great care and diligence, providing to have able and sufficient men for Ireland. "Even as I was at sopper" this night, this inclosed letter to my Lord of Bedford was brought, and one to myself, that Sir John Foster died this afternoon. I could think of no better way than to inclose it; and your honor may please cause it to be presently sent to "Bedford howes," with order that it be sent to the Earl, for it concerns him much. Sir William Read will not live long after, for he begins to fail much: wherefore it may please your honor to remember my former informations, and also that I bear the full burden as governor here and live at more charge than the last did, without any allowance but my own marshal's fee of 260l.: though her Majesty has often promised I should no more use the place, but have allowance for it. The Queen has never been served here "so good chepe " as I have done for very near 10 years, without troubling her: the marshals have had "the art of begginge and of gettinge," so I refer myself to your honorable consideration. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
1 p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed. Wax signet: swan, &c.
1439. Sir John Carey to Cecil. [Jan. 28.]
I have received your packet of 22d instant, inclosing one from the King's agent there to Mr Nicolson, and another to the Lord Treasurer of Scotland: both which as you directed, I have stayed for a day or two, as your letter of the 19th had gone to Scotland but the day before. I have received from Mr Nicolson a packet with certain papers and have sent them. I am highly bound for the good news from Ireland.
I fear shortly to have too much occasion to complain of my neighbour officer for want of justice, but shall take all good means, having "maney stringes to my bowe," to avoid inconvenience. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
1 p. Holograph. Addressed. Indorsed. Wax signet; swan, &c.
1440. Passport for Sir James Scott, &c. [Jan. 29.]
Licencing the bearer, "Sir James Scott knight, a gentillman of Scotland," to pass to London on his lawful affairs, with his servants and followers, viz., James Colvill, Pattrick Shawe, and Robert Boswell, with a black ambling nag, with a white hind foot, 15 hands high, another black ambling nag, of 14 hands, a grey ambling nag, 14 hands, and a brown "sower" nag ambling and trotting, a little white in the forehead, of 14 hands. Berwick. Signed: Jhon Carey.
1 p. Addressed as before. Indorsed. No seal.