Cecil Papers: July-December 1560

Pages 243-256

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 1, 1306-1571. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1883.

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July–December 1560

759. The Duke of Norfolk to Sir W. Cecil.
1560, July 1. Has received Cecil's letters, for which he thanks him and prays that an honourable peace may be the reward of his great pains. They do all they can, however, to set things in readiness, if the worst should befall. Prays him, for God's sake, if he thinks that war will follow, to write earnestly up for more money, or he fears they will not be able to keep the soldiers from mutiny.
[D. of Norfolk's Entry Book, fol. 28.]
760. Sir Wm. Cecil and Dr. N. Wotton to the Queen.
1560, July 1. Express their regret at the failure of the negotiations for peace. State that, in accordance with the instructions they had received, they had pressed the French Ambassadors to procure by proclamation the defacing of the Royal Style and Arms of England used in France, and to obtain, either the continuance of the treaty then existing between Elizabeth and the nobility of Scotland, or the substance thereof tending to the preservation of Scotland in liberty from conquest. The ambassadors refused. Were obliged to break off, and made semblance of leaving the country. Narrate at great length the history of the negotiations they still continued to make on the two points above mentioned, especially the latter. Describe the difficulties they had with the French ambassadors, and send copies of the articles proposed during the course of the negotiations. Managed to get all, except the article about the confirmation of the treaty referred to above. This absolutely necessary. Notify some of the dangers likely to arise from not obtaining such article. Are determined to return from Edinburgh. The Duke of Norfolk has been given notice to come there.—Edinburgh, 1 July. 1560.
Seal. 2¾ pp. [Haynes, pp. 335–338. In extenso.]
Appended :
Copies of the articles referred to in the foregoing. These are in Latin (one beinq given also in French), and are annotated by Cecil.
pp. [Haynes, pp. 338–340. In extenso.]
761. Sir Wm. Cecil and Dr. Wotton to the Queen.
1560, July 2. After the other letter had been sealed, they remained perplexed at having lost peace for want of only one article. Cecil's device to get an article agreed upon. It succeeds, by the insertion of a few fair words. The article agreed to by all parties. Will write out the treaty with all speed, and then set about removing the soldiers.—Edinburgh, 2 July 1560.
[To the foregoing is appended a copy, in Latin, of the article referred to. ½ p.]
Seal. ½ p. [Haynes, p. 341. In extenso.]
762. Sir Wm. Cecil to Sir Wm. Petre.
1560, July 2. He will see by their second letter to the Queen that matters have altered with them as the tide. They will now so proceed to make an end, that no fault shall be found, save in those that made the fault at first. If they make peace, asks him to procure leave for his making a long journey to the Court. States his intended route.—Edinburgh, 2 July 1560.
Seal. ½ p. [Haynes, p. 342. In extenso.]
Rough draft of preceding.
763. Sir Hugh Paulet to the Lords of the Privy Council.
1560, July 2. Gives some details about the receipt of the customs at Jersey. Has been required to send his son Amyas to Guernsey for the execution of a Royal Commission addressed to him and others, directing them to make an inquiry into the lands and revenues in Guernsey given to the foundation of masses and obits with other things appertaining. Defers his son's going until he knows whether war or peace shall result from the negotiations in Scotland. Makes certain representations respecting the steps that should be taken for the defence of Jersey and Guernsey.—Jersey, 2 July 1560.
32/3 pp.
764. The Queen to Sir Wm. Cecil and Dr. Wotton.
1560, July 3. Since her letters of the 24th June has received information which makes her hope of good success if she persists in her demand for recompense from the French King and Queen for using her arms and titles. If they have come to any agreement with the French ambassadors before the receipt of these letters they are to finish as they have begun. If not, they are to adhere to their former demand for recompense, and in the event of the ambassadors not acceding thereto to break off negotiations. In that case, they are also to refrain from making the offer for the order of the said recompense to the King of Spain, but to keep up the treaty with the French ambassadors until the receipt of further instructions from her. Has seen a note of the articles agreed upon, through Cecil and Wotton, by the Lords of Scotland and the said ambassadors. Likes the greater part, but not the desire of the Scottish Lords still to have their livings, &c., in France. States the dangers she fears likely to arise therefrom.—Greenwich, 3 July 1560.
[Postcript.] Since the above was written the French ambassador had called and asked for a passport for the Sieur de Bueill. Had thought his being sent into France by the French ambassadors in Scotland was to bring some resolution regarding the recompense asked by her. It appears not. Cannot see from their letters to her that the French had given them any answer. The Scots are liberally considered in their demands, yet she, in this important matter, is not so well attended to. Instruction to make further representation to the said ambassadors.
Original. 2¼ pp. [Haynes, pp. 342, 343. In extenso.]
Rough draft of preceding.
765. The Lord Admiral to Sir Wm. Cecil.
1560, July 3. Was away when his letter arrived. Had short time to peruse it; shorter to answer it. The contents well liked by the Queen and Council. Trusts the conclusion to be arrived at may be as the letter purports, and hopes nothing may impede the desired end. Any obstacle thereto would be a matter of regret to him and others.—From the Court, 3 July 1560.
Seal. 1 p. [Haynes, p. 344. In ecctenso.]
766. Sir Thos. Parry to Sir Wm. Cecil.
1560, July 3. The Queen praises God for Cecil's health and prays for its continuance, &c. Sends Carew's advertisements of the state of things at Leith that Cecil may consider thereof and confer for the reformation, &c. He is to keep them safe; also Browne's certificate. Lord Sussex is despatched, so shall Mr. Sydney be. Sussex goes in two days, Sydney on Monday, Lord Bedford went this day sevennight. As soon as the 300 arquebusiers appointed to come thither under Farnehind shall be taken up in London the Mayor shall be spoken with, &c., and musters taken and showed.
There are arrived at London divers pieces of velvets, besides a number of ells of crimson velvet. Begs to be advertised by the next post how to understand the one and the other, for keeping officers in good order. Lord Treasurer's letter, with many sendings for, came to the writer, and so to the Lords of the Council; another to the Queen.
Two Spaniards will come into those parts by request of the Bishop of Aquila. Cecil is to consider well lest they be practisers. The Lord. Admiral is at last come to Portsmouth. God speed his return. Has not heard of Lady Cecil since Cecil's departure. It will please her to hear of Burleigh, but much more of Cecil's health. The Queen would have Cecil in any wise keep Carew's letters safe and secret.—At the Court, 3 July 1560.
3 pp. [Haynes, p. 344. In extenso.]
767. The Duke of Norfolk to Sir W. Cecil.
1560, July 4. Is glad to understand that his affairs are likely to grow to so good end. All things being considered, it will be the happiest peace that ever was concluded.
If the money Cecil asked for at his being there had been sent it would have saved her Majesty much, which will now be spent in keeping the bands together till a greater sum can arrive.
[D. of Norfolk's Entry Book, fol. 28d.]
768. Demolition of Leith.
1560, July 5. Treaty made by John de Montluc, Bishop of Valence, and Charles de la Rachefoucault, Lord of Randan, with Sir William Cecil ana Nicholas Wotton, Dean of Canterbury and York, for the demolition of Leith and the embarkation of the troops there.—5 July 1560.
Copy. French. 2¼ pp. [Printed in Eymer's Fæzdera, Vol. XV., pp. 591–593.]
769. Sir Wm. Cecil and Dr. Wotton to Sir Wm. Fetre.
1560, July 5. Describe how the treaty between them and the French is all ready to be signed and sealed, but is waiting until the treaty between the Scots and French is ready. Hope both will be finally settled the next day. Think the same will be profitable to the Queen and her realm, and beneficial to the liberty of Scotland. Gratitude of the Scots to the Queen. The articles for the demolition of Leith and for the removal of the soldiers had just been signed and sealed, in a separate treaty, a copy of which Sir W. Petre would receive with this from the Duke of Norfolk. Had better keep it to himself and the Queen until their full despatch arrived.—Edinburgh, 5 July 1560.
Seal. 1 p. [Haynes, p. 349. In extenso.]
770. Demolition of Leith.
1560, July 5. Plan for the demolition of the town of “little Leith,” and for the departure of the soldiers therein, from the kingdom of Scotland. Subscribed by Cecil :—“Signat. vo Julii 1560.” (French.)
[These are the articles referred to in the foregoing. A contemporary endorsement gives the names of the English and French signatories.]
pp. [Haynes, p. 350. In extenso.]
771. Treaty between England and Scotland.
1560, July 6. Copy of the treaty at Edinburgh. The treaty of Chateau Cambresis to remain in force. The King and Queen of Scotland to abstain from using the arms and title of England.—Edinburgh, 6 July 1560.
Latin. 8½ pp. [Printed in Rymer's Fædera, Vol. XV.; pp. 593–597.]
772. Treaty of Edinburgh.
[1560, July 6.] Articles proposed to the Bishop of Valence, and M. de Randan, Deputies of the King and Queen [of France], by way of request on the part of the nobility and people of Scotland.—Undated. [See State Papers, Scotland, Elizabeth (1560), Vol. IV., No. 41.]
Copy. Imperfect. French. 4¼ pp.
773. Arms and Style of England.
1560, July 6. A Draft of certain Articles whereby the King and Queen of France and Scotland were to engage no longer to use, or suffer to be used, the Royal arms And titles of England and Ireland; and were to cause the same, wheresoever they existed throughout their dominions in conjunction with those of France and Scotland, to be entirely defaced and obliterated, &c. In the event of the said King and Queen refusing to accede to the demands of the Queen of England they were to engage to submit to the arbitration of the King of Spain in the matter, if given within a specified time.—Endorsed :—6 July 1560.
[In an endorsement by Cecil it is stated that these articles were first propounded, bnt afterwards altered and enlarged in the treaty.]
French. 1½ pp.
774. Sir Wm. Cecil to Sir Wm. Petre.
1560, July 6. Begging that a pardon may be sent for George Paris, who had been in the employ of the late Queen of Scotland, but had left her and given himself up to Lord Grey. Thinks he might be proved with the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Had put him in expectation of pardon and some pension. Prays the pardon may be sent speedily, if it is to be granted.—Edinburgh, 6 July 1560.
[Postscript.] Makes an enquiry concerning the numbers of the garrison for Berwick. Lack of money there for payment of the soldiers. The peace could not be proclaimed that night, bnt was to be next day.
Seal. 1⅓ pp. [Haynes, p. 353. In extenso.]
775. Sir Wm. Cecil and Dr. Wotton to the Queen.
1560, July 6. Acknowledge her Majesty's letters of the 28th June. Trust her expectation will be satisfied with what they have done for the liberty of Scotland. Have obtained for her own causes an honourable end, having compelled the French ambassadors to acknowledge, in open treaty, her undoubted right [to the Crown of England and Ireland]. Narrate the steps they have secured shall be taken for the safety and liberty of Scotland. Two things have been too hot for the French ambassadors to meddle with, and so they have left them alone, viz., religion, and the accord betwixt her Majesty and Scotland, Even if the said treaty should nut remain in force, the special points tending to keep Frenchmen out of Scotland, and such like, are well and assuredly provided for. Tell about the signing of the treaties between England and France, and France and Scotland, respectively; as also of the one for the demolition of Leith and removal of the French soldiers. Shall endeavour to hasten the matter to the dissolving of the army. Cecil had already taken some steps for the furtherance of this. Intend to proclaim the peace that afternoon, after a little ceremony taken to ascertain the contentment of the town.—The camp before Leith, 6 July, 1560.
Seal. 3 pp. [Haynes, pp. 351–353. In extenso.]
Draft of the preceding, in Cecil's handwriting.—Edinburgh, 6 July 1560.
4 pp.
776. Treaty of Edinburgh.
[1560, July 8.] Imperfect draft of the principal heads of the accords of Scotland,—that the French shall not fortify anything there but by advice of the three estates; the debts due for victuals shall be paid; Parliament shall begin on the 10th instant; the King and Queen not to make peace or war without consent of the three estates; for governance of the realm the three estates shall choose twenty-four, of which the Queen shall choose seven and the estates five, to make a Council of twelve. If the estates find it needful to add two to the number then the King and Queen shall choose one and the estates the other. The charges of this Council to be provided out of the revenues of the Crown.
French, 2 pp.
777. Sir Wm. Cecil and Dr. Wotton to the Queen.
[1560], July 8. The peace has been proclaimed. The artillery on both sides is in process of removal. Appearance and numbers of the French soldiers in Leith. Chief points of the treaty between England and France. The negotiations on it, and on the treaty between Francs and Scotland, have occupied sixteen days. Chief heads of the Scottish treaty. Trust her Majesty will favourably regard their proceedings. Respecting the cessation of warlike preparations (a copy of the article on which they transmit), they have agreed to leave it to be decided by her Majesty and the French ambassador in London, when and how the same shall be.—Edinburgh, 8 July.
[Annexed is a copy, in Latin, of the article above referred to.]
Seal. 4¼ pp. [Haynes. pp. 354–357. In extenso.]
778. The Duke of Norfolk to Sir W. Cecil.
1560, July 10. Mr. Carew is arrived here and goes away presently London wards. Barkeley hath written to him this morning desiring his aid for his delivery. There is no way to help him but by the exchange of St. John. They say he is but a third brother, and that he hath been taken heretofore and then did not pay above 300 crowns for his ransom. Mr. Barkeley offereth 500 crowns.
Would be sorry that a little covetousness should make Mr. Barclay go into France, to his utter undoing. There is no man able to do anything with Lord Grey in this matter but Cecil. Prays him therefore to speak with him in it. Asks what he is to do with reference to the appointment of the Lord Wharton as Captain of Berwick.
[D. of Norfolk's Entry Book, fol. 28 d.]
779. Sir Peter Carew to Sir Wm. Petre.
1560, July 11. Had been travelling post haste from Edinburgh with letters from Cecil to the Queen. Had been seized with fits of ague, and could not proceed further. Sends on his servant with the letters. Begs to be excused to the Queen.—Darington, 11 July.
Endorsed :—1560.
Seal, 2/3 p.
780. Sir Wm. Cecil to Sir Wm. Petre.
1560, July 14. Thinks the Duke of Norfolk need not stop in Berwick. It is miserable to behold the loss he has sustained. Her Majesty's pleasure should be known as to who is to remain there until a captain of the town has been appointed. The sooner this is certified the better. Thinks one that knows the frontier, and who would readily depart on the appointment of a new captain, should be placed there; believes Sir Francis Leeke to be such an one. Begs the matter may be hastened, and the requisite letters sent. Next day Leith is to be dismantled, on Tuesday the men embark, on Wednesday he hopes to leave Edinburgh—Edinburgh, 14 July 1560.
Seal. 1 p. [Haynes, p. 357. In extenso.]
781. The Duke of Norfolk to Sir W. Cecil.
1560, July 15. Has this day received a letter from Lord Grey by which he perceives Cecil's friendly interference in Mr. Barkeley's behalf, for which he heartily thanks him. Lord Grey has written to him requesting him to obtain permission for him to go to London for 14 days. Has replied that he would do what he could, but that he hoped by that time to be on his way to London himself.—Berwick.
[D. of Norfolk's Entry Book, fol. 29.]
782. Sir Wm. Cecil to the Lords of the Privy Council.
1560, July 15. Will follow their order for the course of her Majesty's ships returning from Scotland. Explains a previous determination on the same point. None of the English ships shall enter any French harbour. Great number of vessels wanted for transporting the French troops. Leith was dismantled that day. Trusts the French embarkation will be finished by the following night. Goodwill on all sides for their departure. Hopes by Wednesday that they the “men of peace” may lodge at Haddington. States certain directions he has given for the sending away of some of the troops. Thinks 4,000 or 5,000 may remain at Berwick, but not longer than one month, unless their Lordships see any reason to the contrary.—Edinburgh, 15 July 1560.
Seal. 2 pp. [Haynes, pp. 357–359. In extenso.]
783. Duke of Norfolk to Sir W. Cecil.
1560, July 16. Perceives the good speed he makes in despatching his affairs. If there be not great care taken for the placing of the garrison here, her Majesty was never more deceived than she will be again; and then they may well allege the old proverb against him, “parturiunt montes et exit ridiculus mus” He has done nothing but talk of reformation, if in the end the effect thereof takes no place. Nevertheless hopes, with Cecil's help, to take such order that her Majesty shall not be deceived.—From Berwick, &c.
[D. of Norfolk's Entry Book, fol. 29.]
784. The Privy Council to Sir Wm. Cecil and Dr. Wotton.
1560, [July 19.] By their letters of the 8th inst., the execution of the article touching the ceasing of the preparation on both sides is referred to be agreed upon between the Queen and the French ambassador resident here. The ambassador was therefore told that if the King, his master, would appoint some certain time within twelve or fourteen days for Throckmorton to send some of his folks along the sea-coast to see how this article is observed in France, order would be taken for the ambassador to see that the Queen did the like on her side.
Her Majesty considers that Lord Grey's request to repair hither for fourteen days cannot at present be accorded, considering how rawly things stand upon the borders.—Undated.
Draft. 2½ pp. [Lodge, I., pp. 420–422. In extenso.]
785. William Maitland to Lady Cecil.
1560, July 19. Apologizes for his long silence, and explains the reason of it. Now that they have come to an end of their troubles, they will begin to have most need of her help in the matter whereunto she knows he most earnestly presses. Will not tell her of the course of events, as she will hear of the same from others concerned in them. Sends her the compliments of Lord James [Stewart], and tells her of a present his Lordship has sent her. Concerning the Earl of Arran, refers her to that nobleman's letters. Recommends to her the bearer, the Laird of Craigmillar, a near relation of his own, who is going to France for the recovery of certain debts due to him from the late Queen Regent. Sends her the compliments of Mr. Melville.—Berwick, 19 July 1560.
Seal. 2 pp. [Haynes, p. 359. In extenso.]
786. Victuals at Berwick.
1560, July 20. “The remainder of victuals at Berwick and Island the 20th of July 1560,” including wheat, malt, meal, oats, beans, oxen alive, oxen pothered, “mottons,” butter, cheese, stock-fish, hops, clovebord, howpes, bacon, bay salt, cart and mill horses, and soap.
¾ p.
Also, “A proportion for the victualling of 2,000 men half a year, viz., six months and a half,” the total amounting to 5,748l. 19s. 10d.
In the estimate every man gets a peck of wheat by the week, a pound of beef by the day, half a pound of butter by the day, and a pound of cheese by the day.
Noted by Cecil :—In Abingdon's charge.
787. The Duke of Nokfolk to Sir Wm, Cecil.
1560, July 29. Ill-health has been the cause of his not writing sooner. Now that Cecil has arrived at the court, doubts not but that he will find some alteration of his last letter to him [Norfolk]. Expresses his sense of the great service rendered to the State by Cecil in concluding the late peace. That night they expected the treasure. Certain accounts had been sent by the Treasurer to Cecil. Thinks the information received by the latter against Sir Francis Leeke must have been of malice. Testifies to that officer's good service. Has sent an answer to the Lords of the Council, and taken order for discharging 1,000 men. Action of Lord Grey and the Berwick captains. Desires he may receive some order as to the placing of the hostages. Lord Ryven had begged him to get his son a place where he could advantageously prosecute his studies. Asks Cecil's assistance.—Newcastle, 29 July 1560.
22/3 pp. [Haynes, p. 360. In extenso.]
788. L'Aigle.
1560, July 29. Inventory of the carrick L'Aigle, Captain Wm. Lesept.
French. 3½ pp.
789. Jersey and Guernsey Trade.
1560, July. Question whether the trade of merchandise at Jersey and Guernsey between the French and English in time of war be beneficial or hurtful.
13 pp.
790. The Marquis of Winchester to Sir Wm. Cecil.
1560, Aug. 24. Mr. Gonston had been with the French ambassador about the repayment of certain sums of money lent at Berwick and London. Was told the money was ready. If another 1,000 men could be discharged at Berwick it would be well, and if all at Portsmouth were discharged so much more money would be saved. Enlarges on Cecil's great deserts and small rewards. Advises him continued patience. “And as touching your chimney in the court it shall be amended. And with your officers of your works I will speak for the matters remembered in your letter. And I will more boldly tempt them to do that I think good for you without increase of great charge. And after I have been with them I shall further advertise you thereof. Praying you to wut them your mind for the 2 old houses next the postern gate, standing full in the way, which houses be not as I think above 40s. rent, and standing so nigh your place be not only cummorouse [cumbersome] to the place, but also dangerous for sickness. And I am sorry for Mr. Croft's trouble, but surely his doings be such that without he reform himself he can never do well. My Lords wrote their letter to take him 100l. in part of his wages, and so he had. And now when my servant should have allowance, he oweth for writs much more, which I think will not be had. And, Sir, if the Staplers may proceed to their shipping, it shall not only comfort and benefit them, but it shall also benefit and honour the Queen, and therefore I shall be glad to see it take effect.”—Saturday, 24 Aug. 1560.
Endorsed by Cecil :—“Pryvat.”
Seal. 3 pp. [Paynes, p. 361. In extenso, except, the passage here quoted.]
791. The Merchants of the Hanse.
1560, [August]. “The effect of the late conclusion with the Merchants of the Hanse,” detailing the terms upon which they may export and import goods to and from the Hanse cities, and elsewhere.
792. Thomas Lever to Sir Francis Knollys and Sir Wm. Cecil.
1560, Sept, 17. Speaks of a suspicion and muttering that appeared to exist in those parts regarding the death of Amy Robsart Thinks the matter should be duly investigated, and fit punishment inflicted, if any be found guilty.—Coventry, 17 Sept.
Endorsed :—1560.
Seal. 1 p. [Haynes, p. 362. In extenso.]
793. Robert Melville to Lady Cecil.
1560, Sept. 21. Apologizes for his delay in writing to her. Was to have gone on a journey with Lord St. John, but this has been altered. That nobleman is to go into France, and is desirous of offering his service to her. Commends him. The Earls of Morton and Glencairn, with the Laird of Ledington, are to go on commission to the Queen. The estates have agreed indifferently well this Parliament. There is no instant trouble or sedition in the country. Desires her acceptance of certain presents he sends. Commends to her the bearer, his cousin, Walter Melville. Has been desired to accompany the Commissioners, but has been in poor health. If there is no more impediment than he knows of, he will be sorry to remain. Sent two letters to her by Mr. Killigrew. Does not know whether she has received them.—Edinburgh, 21 Sept.
Endorsed :—1560.
pp. [Haynes, p. 362. In extenso.]
794. The Earl of Arran to Lady Cecil.
1560, Sept. 28. Had any other than the bearer been the messenger in a cause so weighty, he would have had to write to her more at large. Asks her to receive these few lines in addition to what she shall learn from the bearer.—Edinburgh, 28 Sept. 1560.
½ p. [Haynes, p. 363. In extenso.]
795. Death of Amy Robsart.
1560, Sept. Information of the saying of Arthur Guntor concerning the death of Amy Robsart.
Endorsed :—Sept. 1560.
½ p.
796. Lord Robert Dudley to Sir Wm. Cecil.
1560, Sept. Thanks him for his great friendship, and seeks his advice as to what is best to be done. Is sorry so sudden a chance (alluding to the death of his wife, Amy Robsart), should breed him so great a change. Is, at it were, in a dream, and too far from the place where he is bound to be.—Endorsed, Sept. 1560.
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. [Haynes, p. 361. In extenso.]
797. Declaration of Arthur Guntor.
1560, [Sept. ?]. Declaration of Arthur Guntor, concerning the report that the Queen was to marry Lord Robert Dudley.—Endorsed :—1560.
1 p. [Haynes, p. 364. In extenso.]
798. Lord Wharton to the Lords of the Council.
1560, Oct. 9. Concerning the case of John Grame of Cannaby in Scotland, who has a grievance against George Grame, son of Richard Grame of Netherby. Commendation of John Grame. Proceedings in the case of Berwick. Action of the Lords of Scotland respecting George Grame. Begs their Lordships will hear the bearer, John Grame, and give order in the case.—Wharton, 9 October 1560.
799. The Earl of Huntingdon to the Lords of the Council.
1560, Oct. 20. Has taken measures for the preservation of peace in the county, according to the letters received from their Lordships. Reports the consequent quiet state of the shire.—Leicester, 20 October 1560.
½ p.
Modern copy of preceding.
800. Thomas, Lord Wentworth, to the Council.
1560, Oct. 22. According to their letters of the 30th of August has taken order for the “streight” regard of the late discharged soldiers, aud other idle and suspicious persons. The country here is in good quiet and due order of obedience, a few except, which yet are rather doubted, than certainly known to be Anabaptists and Libertines, which sects, as they are most dangerous, so, according to his duty, has had special regard unto them. Asks for the bishop to be sent down to take order in this matter by way of persuasion, as to his office appertaineth.—Nettlestead, 22 October, 1560.
Endorsed :—The Lord Wentworth to the Council, signifying the good estate of the county of Suffolk.
Signed. 1 p.
801. “The Saying of Arthur Gunter to George Cotton.”
1560, Oct. 26. “That ere this my Lord Robert's wife is dead, and she broke her neck, but it is in a number of heads that the Queen will marry him. If she do, you shall see a great stir, for my Lord is sure of the Earl of Pembroke, and the Lord Rich, with divers others, be ready, with the putting up of his finger, and then you shall see the White Horse bestir himself, for my Lord is of great power, but a man shall have a ruffian with a dag to dispatch him out of a shop.”
½ p. Modern copy, corrected.
802. Declaration of Edmund Hall.
1560, Nov. 15. “Edmund Hall's declaration what communication was between him and Fraunces Pulter the 15th of November 1560, for the quieting of all suits between the Lady Fitzwilliams and Robert Wingfield, Esquire.”—Relating to the inclosure of certain lands in Upton, Aylesworth, and Caister, in which the tenants of Lady Fitzwilliams had rights of common.
Signed. 2 pp.
803. Walter Jobson to Sir Francis Jobson.
1560, Dec. 31. Asking that a pardon may he obtained for one William Wright, who had killed a paramour of his wife. Particulars of the case.—Hull, 31 Dec.—Endorsed :—1560.
Seal. 1 p.
804. Queen Elizabeth to the Estates of Scotland.
1560, [Dec.]. Has received their letters by the hands of their Commissioners, the Earls of Morton and Giencairn, and the Laird of Ledington. Has perceived the earnest desire for continued friendship between them and her, awakened by the goodwill she lately expressed for the preservation of the liberty of Scotland. For the increase of which amity, the said ambassadors have motioned her in a matter of marriage. Has fully signified her mind therein to them. Is not presently disposed to marry, but will be glad to continue, and by any reasonable means preserve the friendship betwixt them. Thinks such amity can only be maintained on the basis of true religion in both realms. Refers them for fuller news to their ambassadors, whose conduct she commends.—Endorsed :—1560.
(Draft by Cecil.) 12/3 pp. [Haynes, p. 364. In extenso. See also State Papers, Scotland, 1560.]
805. Philip Nycolls to Sir Wm. Cecil.
1560. Urges Cecil to use his influence against the enormities of idolatry, which are yet to this day suffered in the court, and even in the Queen's chapel. Grants that none of the Council are so forward as Cecil in this good work, but none may be able to persuade the Queen as Cecil can. It is said by some that Cecil's advice to the Queen is to bear with the papists out of policy, but he attributes this advice to others rather than to Cecil. Of Lord Crumwell, who, though a zealous man to the law of God, did not submit his reason to the word. Preaching then was little set by, but now there is none at all; nothing threatens so much destruction as the want of preaching, especially at the court before the Queen and the Privy Council. Against covetousness, which is the common pestilence of England, especially of the court. Asks Cecil to read this letter to the Queen.—Endorsed :—1560.
10¼ pp.
806. Lady Mary Sydney.
1560. Money paid by Sir Thomas Parry during his life for Lady Mary Sydney.—Endorsed :—1560.
½ p.
807. John Sternberg.
1560. Petition of John Sternberg to Queen Elizabeth concerning the trade in metals.—Endorsed :—1560.
Latin. 4½ pp.
808. The Queen's Marriage.
1560. Reasons showing that it would be most advantageous and honourable to the Realm of England if the Queen were to marry Adolphus, Prince of the Cimbri [Adolph, Duke of Holstein].—Endorsed :—1560.
Latin. 3¾ pp.
[Compare S.P., Foreign, 1560–61, pp. 255, 260, 450, 509–10.]
809. The Army in Scotland.
1560. A list of the numbers of the English cavalry in Scotland, with the names of the commanders.—Endorsed :—1560.
1 p.
810. Arthur Gunter.
1560. Further declaration of Arthur Gunter with reference to the report that the Queen was to marry Lord Robert Dudley.
pp. [Haynee, p. 365. In extenso.]
811. Submission of Gunter.
1560. Submission of Arthur Gunter, addressed to Sir Wm. Cecil.—Endorsed :—1560.
1 p. [Haynes, p. 365. In extenso.]
812. The Queen to the Doge of Venice.
1560. Two versions of a letter from Queen Elizabeth to the Doge of Venice, stating her intention to send Marco Antonio Erizzo as an envoy into Italy, especially into the territory of the Venetian Republic, and desiring, therefore, that, as he is an exile, he may be restored to his native country.
Italian. 1 p.
On the other side of the page is a draft of a letter from the Queen to Guido Giannetti, directing him to deliver the above letter to the Doge, and, if he is unable to obtain the restoration of Erizzo, to get, at least, a safe conduct for him during the time he shall be engaged in Italy on the Queen's business.
Endorsed :—1560.
Italian, ½ p.
813. Memoranda for the Queen.
1560. A remembrance for the Queen's Highness. To cause to be examined; the prests given to captains and providers of victuals, in the latter end of Henry VIII.'s reign and in those of Edward VI. and Mary; the sales of Queen Mary's lands and woods; the debt of Sir Wm. Candish, late Treasurer of the Chamber, amounting to 5,000l. and above; the prests for the victualling of Berwick, the wages of the soldiers, and the prests given to Baesh for the sea. To call for the fine of Lord Latimer, and the forfeiture of his recognizance.
Endorsed :—“1560,” and by Cecil : “L. . . . . Hastings.”
814. Hospital of St. John in Huntingdon.
[1560.] Petition of James Cancellar to Sir Wm. Cecil, concerning lands alienated from the Hospital of St. John, in Huntingdon, by John Rogers, Clerk.
¾ p.
815. Particulars of an Exchange between the Queen's Majesty and the Earl of Arundel.
[1560.] The Queen's lands to be delivered to the Earl are :—The Manor of Halfnaked with Boxgrave, and certain lands in Sheethampton and Woodcote, the parsonage of Boxgrave, and the Manor of Walberton. The lands given by the said Earl in recompense for the premises include :—The Manors of Kingstanley and Woodchester, co. Glouc.; the Manors of Handford and Evill, co. Somers.; the Manor of Stapleford and the farm of Knighton, co. Wilts; the Manors of Wroxeter and Westhope, co. Salop; and the Manors of Langton, Morden, and Philpeston, co. Dorset.—Undated.
Copy. 2½ pp.
Similar particulars, omitting the Manor of Walberton and the farm of Knighton.—Undated.
Copy. 2½ pp.
816. Military Expenses.
[1560?] Memorandum of military expenses and foreign levies.
Partly in Cecil's hand. 5 pp.
817. Workmen for Berwick.
[1560.] “Workmen and labourers to be sent to Berwick to be employed in and about the Queen's Majesty's works there, and to be taken up in the shires following” :—Norfolk, Suffolk, Northampton, Wilts, Somerset, Gloucester, Oxford, London, Kent. The whole number of layers—100; labourers—162; hard hewers (from Kent)—20. [The first entry, relating to Norfolk, has a note against it in Cecil's hand : “To the D. of Norfolkr.”]—Undated.
1 p.