Cecil Papers: 1600

Pages 126-159

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 14, Addenda. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1923.

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Nowell Dowdull to [Sir Robert Cecil.]
[1599–1600. Jan. 22.] For the concealed Wardship of the heir of George Barton, of Salop.—Endorsed: Jan. 22.
Note by Cecil thereon.
1 p. (1498.)
The King of France and the Duke of Savoy.
[1599–1600, Jan.] A pasquinade apparently having reference to the negotiations by the Duke of Savoy with the King of France for the Marquisate [of Saluces]. Texts of Scripture are put in the mouths of the King, the Duke, various other European sovereigns and princes, French statesmen and others and personifications of various countries, cities, &c.
Begins: "The Marquisat to the King.
Domine salva nos quia perimus."
Ends: "Maistre Guillaume the King's jester.
Stultorum infinitus est numerus."
Endorsed: A pasquin.
Undated. English and Latin. 2½ pp. (144. 236.)
Spanish Munitions for Ireland.
1600, March 13/23. Account of munitions carried by the two ships going for Ireland.
The Philip of San Andres [alias Santandar] 1000 arquebusses and 1000 flasks for them; moulds [for making bullets], 100 quintals of powder; 2 barrels of pitch [?]; 100 quintals of match; 50 quintals of lead.
The batache Santa Catolica [?].
50 quintals of lead.
These are the munitions which as aforesaid are carried by the said ships, laden at La Coruña, 23 March, 1600. Franceso Garin [?]
[These would appear to be the two ships mentioned in a letter amongst the Irish papers. See Cal. S.P. Ireland, 1600, p. 239; though the amount of some of the "munitions" is there given as a thousand instead of a hundred.
Spanish. 1 p. (251. 107.)
Charles Carthy, son and heir to Sir Cormock McTeig, deceased, to Sir Robert Cecil.
[Before 26 March, 1600], [1599 or 1600 ?]. The Lordship and Country of Muskry and other possessions, his by right, have been unjustly taken from him by Kalaghan Carty and Cormock McDermod. Prays that they be sequestered to the Queen's hands, and his cause tried.—Undated.
½ p. (123.) [See Calendar of Cecil Papers, X., 81.]
Countess of Leicester to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1600 ?], March. Prays him to undertake her petition to the Queen to procure her access to her son once before her departure: not daring to crave any further grace at this time, how glad soever she would be of it.—Undated.
Endorsed: March.
1 p. (98. 140.)
Draft of a Letter.
[? 1599–1600, March]. My L., I here expect your resolution which I am willing to hasten out of no ill respect to yourself; and therefore once again will desire that the causes of these discontentments may not be revived nor disputed, for they are troublesome to me to think of and enemies to a reconcilement, which I offer with a reso ved mind to deserve your love, seconded by hope of better reward, though of late my ears have received terrifying tales. I will believe that your honour, wisdom, and discretion, will hold you from wronging both yourself and me, and then I will promise myself a more happy life and prove my love and desert both to you and the world, which doth constantly bind me to be, your faithfull wife.
[? Written by Essex for the Countess of Northumberland to send to the Earl. In the same hand as the following in which another version of it is embodied. The writing is that of Edward Reynolds.]
(179. 157.)
The Earl of Essex to the Countess of Northumberland.
[?1599–1600, March.] Dear Sister, Since I knew of the breach betwixt your husband and you, my first desire was that you might be both thoroughly reconciled; and my second if the first might not be, that it might appear to the world it was his fault and not yours, that you live asunder. To make me owner of my first desire, I must have both your helps. But you alone have my second in your power. And if you will for my sake and for your own clear this point to the world, you must first persuade yourself that you have not already done enough; I mean that the writing of a letter to him wherein you show a desire of reconcilement, will not sufficiently justify you, if you leave it there, and show not the constancy of your purpose to live with him hereafter [as] a wife should do with her husband. My reasons are two; first, you came away voluntarily from him and in that manner that you may believe is censured to your disadvantage; and next, you have written to him letters of contrary stiles, some that heal and others again that rankle the wound that you have made in his heart; which make him think you unconstant and commanded by your passions. I do infinitely wish you would write unto him one letter more to this effect; first, that you will not dispute of matters past, but desire they might be all buried and forgotten; secondly, that you are sorry you came away from his house upon that ground and in that manner that you did; and lastly, that you do once more profess and protest your desire to be reconciled and to live with him, which desire of yours grows out of a mind advisedly resolved to deserve his love and express your own to him in all things and at all times hereafter. If upon this ye do agree, the more thoroughly you heal the wound by this gentle plaster, the more easily you shall keep his affection and your own quiet hereafter. If ye do not agree for all this, but that he stand off, you are that the more justified and he the more condemned in the opinion of all men. This counsel is sound and is given you by
Your most affectionate brother.
Copy in Reynolds's hand on red lined paper.
1 p. (179. 157(2.)
Sir Arthur Gorges to Sir R. Cecil.
[1600, about March.] Edmond Stansfeild, husband of the late Viscountess Byndon, has intruded on the lands and possessions of Ambrosia Gorges, the Queen's ward, and continues in forcible possession of Lullworth House, doing great spoil and waste, refusing obedience to the proclamations and commissions of rebellion awarded against him. Prays Cecil to order his apprehension, and make him answer in the Court of Wards for his contempt and misdemeanour: and that the house be delivered to the Feodary of Dorset, or to petitioner, the Queen's lessee.—Undated.
(119.) [See Calendar of Cecil Papers, X., 82]
Marke Over to Sir R. Cecil.
[1600, March ?] Has been imprisoned for writing to his master Sir Walter Leveson. Prays for enlargement.—Undated.
¾ p. (358.)
Henry Carewe.
[1600, April ?] I am an Englishman. My father sent me to Spain and put me in the service of Don Juan de Borsa, the chief Majordomo of the Empress. I served him six years and to obey my father returned to this country. I was put in prison, where I have been a year. I entreat you to say a word for me to Sir Robert Cecil.
Spanish. Undated. Holograph. No address.
(98. 61.)
"The Merchants interested in the goods taken by Sir Thomas Sherley the younger," to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1600, after May 1.] On their petition the Council caused the goods to be brought from Plymouth to London, to be sequestered to the true proprietors. Notwithstanding this, two-thirds of the very best of the goods are embezzled by Sherley to the value of £3,000; and the residue, remaining in sequestration, for the most part perish. Sentence is delayed, as the judge alleges, by command of the Lord Admiral. They pray Cecil to procure the Council's letters to the judge to give sentence without further delay.—Undated.
1 p. (186. 145.)
[See Acts of P.C., New Series, XXX., pp. 281, 318, 319.]
The Earl of Essex to Lord [Rich.]
[1600, May 9?] I understood this morning that there were some new libels come abroad, and that a printed pamphlet was seen under the name of mine Apology. I was so moved with it as at the instant I desired Sir Richard Barkley to procure conveyance of a letter of mine to the Lords, but first wished him to advertise Mr. Secretary [Cecil] of it. I sent your lordship by Reynolds a copy of the letter which I meant to send that you might beforehand acquaint Mr. Secretary with it. I now must add this that your lordship will tell Mr. Secretary I know this is some practice of some such fellow as Cornwallis against the time that by his good endeavours I look for an end of my tedious troubles. And though I assure myself he would answer for me and satisfy her Majesty how guiltless I am of these libelling courses, yet I have written my letter to the Lords to give him the better ground to plead mine innocency both in this and in the like heretofore. Your lordship knows that more than two years ago I wrote some idle papers which I committed to the hands of Henry (?) Reynolds, and did believe as my creed, that they had been buried in eternal oblivion. This published pamphlet neither agrees with that I wrote nor hath anything of mine but by stealth, for I resolved it should never see the light. I am very much moved with this course of practice and therefore I pray your Lordship confer with our honourable friend how right may be done.
Endorsed: The Earl of Essex about a libel.
Holograph. Seal. Undated. 1 p. (83. 9.)
The enclosure:
The Earl of Essex to the Lords of Council.
My very good Lords, When my learned counsel did last attend you and submit in my name unto her Majesty that which I never meant to plead, nor desired to examine, it pleased your lordships to grant unto me a time to consider what further title I had besides that to offer to your consideration. And now at the time limited by your lordships I send unto you this mine humble answer, that as my grandfather once purchased this land bonâ fide of him that then undoubtedly had the sole interest, and at as high a rate as any man then would have given for it; so I hearing that her Majesty should be entitled to it, and my land passed away as a concealment, to buy mine own quiet compounded for it with such as had her Majesty's grant, and by their means had a patent from her Majesty drawn by the best counsel I could get. So as this land is in a sort double purchased and her Majesty's interest is (as I take it) conveyed unto me. But, my Lords, I do most humbly and most willingly prostrate my land, my goods, and my life at her Majesty's feet, I stand not upon any title, I cannot suffer myself to be made a party against her Majesty. I appeal from the course of justice to her gracious favour and am confident that her Majesty will deal with me as she doth with all her faithful subjects, and in this cause which toucheth mine own undoing and the ruin of my house as she doth in all things, which is with most princelike benignity. And so humbly praying you to be my mediators to that end, I rest.
Endorsed by Reynolds:—"A minute of his Lordship's letter for my Lord Rich."
Holograph. Draft. Unsigned. 1 p. (83. 8.)
[See Calendar of C.P., part X., pp. 141, 142.]
The Countess of Worcester to —
[1600?], [c. June 9?] "Sir, This is the letter I would have offered you, unto the which I pray you subscribe an answer because her La. expecteth a resolution, fearing otherwise to want good cheer at your coming. Yours most affectionately, E. Worcester."—Undated.
¼ p. (99. 39 (1).)
Sir Arthur Throckmorton to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1600, June 18.] Although he has jointly certified with Mr. Chetewood (as will appear by the enclosed) yet writes to give him a more perfect knowledge of Pinchpolle Lovett's life and courses: as also somewhat of that Thomas Marryott, between whom many things of some weight have passed. Marryott has conveyed to Lovett all the lands he has, and wholly settled his life to be led with the said Lovett. Lovett is well allied, and too much favoured by some in no small place here, considering the earnestness in him to the enemy's religion. So as much may be gotten out of him as out of many that have been in hold this good while. Knows not his offences, but surely such affections cannot be without foul faults. Encloses Mr. Chetewood's letter to him (the writer). Commends Chetewood's services.—Undated.
1 p. (99. 25.)
[See Calendar of C.P., part X., 186.]
The Earl of Nottingham, Lord High Admiral, to the Earl of Southampton.
[1600], June 19. Your first letter I received a fortnight since by Sir Francis Rush, but could do nothing in Sir Edward Herbert's absence. Now he is come I will assist his relief the best I may. Another letter I received yesterday from your Lordship, which signifies a purpose of the Deputy's to employ you in Connaught, of which charge, and a much greater, I know you to be very worthy; and the first sight I get of Mr. Secretary I will labour him to make for you a speedy and I hope a good answer, knowing no cause but that the state should be glad to be sufficiently served by a nobleman of your quality in those places of trust, and in these barren times, that afford so few so willing as your self. But my fear is that a former despatch before the arrival of Mr. Fenton doth appoint Sir Arthur Savadg to that place, to hold it as he did before, may give impediment to my Lord Deputy's purpose, for so much I heard Mr. Secretary say he had written by command. I will not fail to assist those captains you have named with my best help for their employment. By the next despatch I will give you an honest account of my devotion to do you service in these things you have committed to me. Howard House, 19 June.
Endorsed:—My Lord Admiral to the Earl of Southampton.
1 p. (93. 144.)
The Battle of Nieuport.
[1600, June.] Monsieur le prince Maurice, estant de retour a la Haye apres la reduction du fort de St. André, Messieurs des Estadts avecq luy se resolurent de faire passer toute leur forces dans la Flandre, afin d'y porter la guerre, et d'y entreprendre selon les occasions qui se presenteroyent, croyans que les affaires de leurs ennemis estoyent en si mauvais estat qu'ils donneroyent peu d'empeschement a leurs deseings. Pour ce faire S. Ex. fit desendre son armee au dit pays, pres d'ung fort nommé le Sas, qui est a l'emboucheure de la riviere de Jand, tombant a celle de l'Escault, le 22 de juing, et sans cejourner la fit marcher en six jours jusques a Ostende, ville de l' obeissance de Messrs. les Estats, a l'entour delaquelle les ennemis ont faict plusieurs forts depuis un an, pour empescher les courses dans leurs pays, dont allcuns quitterent a l'arrivee de son Exce., aultres furent forcés pour luy faire voye et passage pour aller vers Nieupoort qu'il vouloyt attaquer, laissant dans ces forts quittés bonnes garnisons, tant pour luy donner advys des desportemens des ennemis, que pour les incommoder en beaucoup des choses. Son armee sejourna deulx jorus [jours] pres d'Ostende pour ce subject, puis passant plus oultre, alla loger pres Nieupoort, et le lendemain fit passer les deulx tiers de son armée au travers du havre de la ditte ville du coste de Dunquerque, et l'autre tiers que menoit le Compte Ernest son cousin, demeura du coste d'Ostende, estant doncq campé le soir comme pour faire un siege. Et ayant faict quitter a ceulx de Nieupoort tous leurs avantages qu'ils avoyent dehors, il eult avis d'un Colonnel de Zeelande nommé Piron, qu'il avait laissé dans Oldenbourch (l'un des forts que j'ay dis avoir esté quittés) que l'armée de l'Archiducq estoit sur ses bras, et que luy mesme y estoyt en personne, son Exce. jugeant qu'il se pourroyt lager entre Ostende et luy, pour luy coupper les virres, mande soudain a Monsr. le Compte Ernest d'aller avec ses trouppes gaingner une passage asses pres d'Ostende, ou il falloit necessairement que les ennemis passasent, a cause que par tout alleurs le pais est rompu et pleyn deaux; et cependant sa ditte Exce. se prepareroit pour passer le lendemain ledit havre, afin de ce joindre a luy, et unir ses forces. Monsr. le Compte fit soudain ce que luy estoit commandé, et estant arrivé au dit passage, il y trouva les ennemis aussy tost que luy, et après avoir rendu le combat, en fin il fut forcé, tant pour estre en lieu large et spacieux pour Cavallerie et Infanterie, que pour l'innegalité des forces qui estoit trop grande. La les ennemis, ayans de l'avantage, y firent beaucoup de cruauté, et tuerent huict ou neuf cens hommes sur la place, sans vouloir prendre aulcun prisonnier. Monsr. le Comte Ernest ce sauva de leurs mains, et quelques Colonnels, mais presque tous les Capitaines du regiment Escossois, et des troupes de Seelande furent tués, les uns à la chaude, les aultres de sang froid, et mesmes auparavant, à un fort nommé Snaesquerque, deux compagnies de l'armée de son Exce. furent taillés en pieces, contre la foy donné par l'Archiducq et la capitulation faite. Enflé de ces victoires, et avans gangné se passage, lur armée marcha du long du straing et bord de la mer, pensant que le reste passeroit soubs lieurs mains, comme le premier, mais Dieu en avoit autrement ordonné. S. Exce. suivant la resolution qu'il avoit prise, fit repasser le lendemain sur les neuf heures du matin son armée au havere de Nieupoort, du coste d'Ostende et des ennemis, et si a propos quils ne peuvent estre à luy que toute son armée et artillerie ne fut en bon ordre et bataille, selon que le lieu le promettoit, car en ceste place sont dunes ou montangnes de sable de 12 ou 15 cens pas de largeur, d'ung coste desquelles est la mer, qui faict un belle place et large quand elle est basse, et fort estroite quand elle est haute, et de l'autre costé dicelles sont belles et grandes prairies. Les armées estants doncques l'une devant l'autre, partie sur les dunes, et la plus grande partye sur le bord de la mer, pour ce quelle estoit basse, commencerent a s'aprocher. La Cavallerie de S. Exce., que menoit le Compte Louys son cousin, qui en estoit liutenant general, commencha a retirer peu à peu devant celles des ennemis, afin de l'attirer proche de sis pieces de canon qui luy poulroit faire du mal, ce qui reussit fort bien, car quand elle fut a une distance raisonnable, S. Exce. commanda de donner le feu, ce qui mit ceste Cavallerie en telle disordre qu'elles senfuit toutte dans les dunes, à la faveur de leur musquetterye, et donna moien a S. Exce. de veoir leur corps de lueur infanterie, et reste de l'armée qui estoit encor asses eslongné et hors la portée du canon, qui fit ferme et n'avanca plus, depuis le disordre de leur Cavallerie. En fin ayant l'espace des deulx heures, ces deux armées demeuré l'un devant l'autre, sans s'avancer, la mer qui retournoyt les fit touttes deulx changer de place de bataille, et au lieu de demeurer du costé ou elles estoyent, les fit repasser dans les prairies du costé de là des dunes, principallement la Cavallerie. Peu de temps après, les ennemys encor eschauffés de leur victoire, cidevant ditte, quoi que las, pour la grande deligence qu'ils avoyent faicte de nous suivre, se resolurent de commencer la meslée, et de venir au combat, et commencerent à faire couler force musquetterye par les bas des dunes dont nous tenions le haut, et eulx en partye aussy; ce que voyant S. Exce il disposa et mit en ordre ses troupes pour les mieulx. Celles des Anglois et Frisons que menoient Monsieur Veer, et Monsieur Horatio Veer son frere, estoient partie le long de la mer, partie sur les dunes, et les gardes de S. Exce aussi, menées par le Sieur Vander A[? et] le regiment du Sieur de la Noue, que menoit le Sr de Dommarville, en deux troupes (dont le capitaine Du Saux en menoit une) fut avancé au bas des dunes, où les ennemis donnoient pour les arester de ce costé la, qui fut suivi du regiment Wallon de Monsieur le Compte Henri de Nassau, mené par le Sr de Marquette son liutenant colonnel, et des Suisses, et regiments de Messrs. de Gistel et Uchtenbroucq, toutes lesquelles troupes commandoit Monsr. le Comte de Solms. La Cavallerie fut mise dans le prairie susdette, vis à vis de celles des ennemis. En fin le combat s'échauffe, et le combat d'infanteric commence, et le gros d'infanterie commencent de tous costes. La Musquetterie faict son effect, et celle du regiment de Monsr de la Noue fut mise si avant a la main droicte, a la faveur des petites montangnes de sable, qu'elle faisoit beaucoup de mal au gros de piques de l'ennemy, qui venoyent a nous. Du feu en vint aux mains et aux coups de piques en gros. Les franchois eurent l'avantage au commencement, puis les ennemis, s'estant renforcés, il fallut ceder, autres trouppes donnerent comme les Wallons et Suisses, et les regimens de Gistel et Uchtenbroucq, qui renverserent les ennemis, et puis furent renversés, et nouveuls raliemens et combats ce faisoient continuellement, au coste de la mer. Monsr. Veer avecq les Anglois et Frisons combatoient fort aussi, et y poussa les ennemis en mesme temps les ennemis, et y fut repoussé. Divers raliemens et combats se firent de ce costé la; la Cavallerie de l'autre part, se faysoient diverses charges. Enfin la victoire estant encore douteuse apres troys heures de combat, il restoit encor aux ennemis un gros de 5 ou 600 piques, auquel s'oposa Monsr. Horatio Veere, qui avoit encor 2 ou 3 drappeaus ensemble, et 3 ou 400 piques, auquel se joingnit le Sr. de Dommarville, avecq quelque 150 ou 200 Franschois qu'il avoit ralliés, qui tous ensemble charcherent tellement les ennemis, que ils ne se ralierent plus, ains falut que leur outrecuydance cedast premierement a la voulonte de Dieu, puis au corage et aux bras de tant de gens de bien. Le combat a esté sanglant et fort opiniastre, et a dure 3 heures. Son Exce y a gaingne 6 pieces de canon. L'Archiducq s'est sauve. Ont esté fais prisonniers, l'Admirante qui estoit general de la Cavallerie, Don Louys de Velliart, et Sapena Mr. des Camps. Espangnols blessés, le Compte de Salines blessé, le Senechal de Montelimar qui est mort depuis, grande quantité des Capitaines et chef Alferes, et gentilhommes de qualité, et de la maison de son Altesse, huict Capitaines de Cavallerie, et sont en tous au moins douce cens prisonniers, la plus part Espagnols, et de morts 4 a 5,000 sur la place, 11 ou douze drappeaus pris, et huict Cornettes de Cavallerie.—Undated.
Endorsed: Advertisements from the Low Countries. 3¼ pp.
(90. 138).
[Roger] Lord North to Mr. Secretary.
[1600], [June]. The last holy day Mr. Secretary sent to him for 4 gentlemen's names to find horses in the county of Cambridge, which he sent by Mr. Smith, and yet Palavicino none of the number. Prays him to let the number of 4 stand and leave his nephew Sir Jh. Paiton out of the reckoning, seeing it was so resolved to him (North). As it is like the Lord Keeper will move the Queen today or tomorrow to assist Mr. Recorder with a companion in the Welsh circuit, prays for his commendation of George Caufeld, according to his promise.—Undated.
Endorsed: "Lord North to my master," apparently in Levinus Monk's hand.
½ p. (98. 160).
Dr. Overall.
[1600], [June]. Paper headed "Papistae ita sentiunt de Confessione sua auriculari Papistica."
Side Note: Dr. Overall gave out before our last Commencement in the hearing of Dr. Soame Vice-Chancellor and other heads of Coll., etc."
Endorsed: "Touching the Commencement."
1 p. (144. 218).
[See Calendar of C.P., Part X., pp. 208–212.]
Pinchpoole Lovet to [?Sir Robert Cecil].
[1600], [probably July, before Nov. 27]. Begs for enlargement. There are a mortgage and two statutes on his land, whereof one is forfeited through his imprisonment. The bonds in which his friends stand bound for him are also forfeited, and they endangered. Begs for licence to go with his keeper into the town to obtain assistance. His wife and 8 children are in danger to be thrown out of doors. Begs for commiseration on his distressed estate. For any thing or cause that he has offended her Majesty in he is sorry from the bottom of his heart, and on his knees craves pardon. Hopes to find (Cecil) the more favourable to him for his mistress' sake, the Countess Dowager of Derby, who has been a suitor for him.—Undated.
Holograph. 1 p. (130. 156).
[See Calendar of C.P. X., 256, 393.]
Master of Gray to Sir Robert Cecil.
[?1600], [July]. The Scottish merchant was directed by Hommiltown and is gone this morning. I hear from Scotland that Dromond who negociat at Rome fearing to be attrapt by sea should come by land as his surest way, in name of some other. Yet indeed I never believed the same. Now he is come and is in this town. I shall furnish matter he cannot deny if he was apprehended.
Holograph. Seal 1 p. (85. 149).
R. La Fontaine to Sir Robert Cecil.
1600, Aug. 8 Entre les choses qui mont donné fascherie en Angleterre J'ay pris fort a coeur ma mauvaise rencontre en ung affaire que mavez confié jusques a en concevoir honte de votre presence pour ne pouvoir m'excuser de grande imprudense la ou je pensois avoir este fort circonspect; encores n'ay-je jusques a ce jour que conjecture, n'aiant receu une seule ligne de nostre homme. Voici maintenant deux lettres dont la premiere me fut envoiée il y a ung mois de Hamptonne pour la faire tenir sans aultre advertissement quelconque. Pour la donner, je me suis enquis à la bource, aux particuliers: mais en vain and la portant tous jours en ma pochette vous la voiez presques ouverte. Ne pensant a aultre chose, ce matin jay receu laultre qu'aussi je vous envoie de pareille inscription. Et celui qui me l'adresse de Jarzay me mande que Benay ou Benest est ung marchant qui a beaucoup de familiarité en vostre maison: cela avec la main qui me ladresse me faict conjecturer d'ou peuvent venir ces lettres de quoi vous esclaircirez sil vous plaise.—Londres, 8 August, 1600.
PS.—Le Duc de Savoie pour la seconde fois desadvoue son accord et pourtant la guerre luy a este declarée.
Holograph. 1 p. (87. 76.)
Wm. Stalleng to Sir Robert Cecil.
1600, Aug. 9. On Tuesday last there arrived a bark of this city at Plymouth from the Indies, her captain, named William Weste, reports that about 6 weeks past he saw 8 sail of the Indies fleet go into the Havana to join with the rest, being in all, as he understood, about 30 sail. He supposes they will fall with islands within this 8 days. He reports further that this day three weeks he met with the Lions Whelp, 40 leagues to the westward from Flowers and Corva, and understood by some of her company that her Majesty's ships were near thereabouts, all, God be thanked, well. The Lions Whelp had been in fight with two Spanish men of war, but went from them without any great hurt or loss of any of her men.— London, 9 August, 1600.
Holograph. 1 p. (87. 81.)
Nicholas Moore to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1600, after Aug. 16.] Prays for answer to the suit of Sir Edward Moore for allowance for entertainment due to him and his son Sir Garrott Moore.—Undated.
1 p. (1120.)
[See Calendar of Cecil Papers, part X., 282.]
H. Dawtrey to Sir Robert Cecil.
1600, Aug. 19. It was the 18th day before he was despatched from the Mayor of Chester and departed to Lerpole [Liverpool], where he arrived with the last horse or man of his company that night. Their victual came about midnight. This day the ships are not ready, but he hopes to put to sea all his band of horse to-morrow. He purposes to put to sea this day, to provide for the landing of his horse, leaving his officers to see them transported. The wind has served well ever since the 15th day. The hinderer has been Mr. Lile, the conductor of the remains of the horsemen that are to be supplies. Nothing would satisfy Lile but continual contention for horses and men, stirring the Kentish men to stand upon terms not much different from mutiny, so as except he might have the Kentish men he would not conduct the supplies. Details other difficulties with Lile. There are conductors out of most of the shires whence these horsemen and footmen are come, that have done much harm to the service. Mr. Harte has 50 such horse for the supplies of Loughfoyle as he never saw pass into Ireland for goodness. God grant them to stand better than the passengers out of Ireland report of the horses of the old garrison of Loughfoyle, for they say that the enemy [? took] 60 horse from the foragers, and that they have surprised Donno Longe, one of Sir Henry Docroye's fortifications. His (the writer's) one company are reasonable good: he has some 8 or 10 horse that disgrace the rest: but Mr. Harte's 50 are better than his by £300 in price of horse. Prays Cecil's favour to keep him from being cashiered, and also for the best entertainment allowed to horsebands. If the Lord Deputy commits any trust to him, he hopes that his services will prove as profitable as any man's.—Lerpole, 19 August 1600.
Holograph. Endorsed:—"Captain Dawtrey." 2 pp.
(87. 116.)
The Council to the High Sheriff of Worcester.
1600, Aug. 26. William Coles of Hollowe, Worcestershire, gent., was committed prisoner to the gaol of Worcester the last assize by the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, for matter of recusancy. As there are further matters concerning her Majesty wherewith he is to be charged, the High Sheriff is required to take good bond of 1,000l. of Coles, to appear before the Council in the beginning of next term, and thereupon see him discharged of his imprisonment. Court at Nonsuch, 26 August 1600.
Signed, Nottingham, G. Hunsdon, W. Knollys, Ro. Cecyll.
1 p. (87. 140.)
"Mr. C." to the Earl of Essex. (fn. 1)
[1600, about Aug.] Her Majesty's proceedings with his lordship make him jealous lest he do somewhat, or omit somewhat, that amounts to a new error.
Hears how some of [Essex's] good and wise friends not only toll the bell but even ring out peals, as if his fortune were dead and buried, and as if there were no possibility of recovering her Majesty's favour.
Fears that untimely despair may in time bring forth a just despair by causing him to break off his endeavours and industries for reintegration to her Majesty's favour.
Reasons for his belief that [Essex] should not despair of ultimate restoration to the Queen's favour.
Knows he may justly interpret what he persuades to have some reference to his particular. But though [Essex's] years and health may expect return of grace and fortune, yet his eclipse for a time is an ultimum vale to the writer's fortune. Were it not that he desires and hopes to see his brother in some sort established by her Majesty's favour, it were time he took that course which he dissuades, though in the meantime cannot but perform these honest duties unto him to whom he has been so deeply bound.
Copy. 1¾ pp. (83. 68).
Answer of the Earl of Essex to "Mr. C.":—
Thanks him for his kind and careful letter. It persuades that which he wishes strongly and hopes for weakly, possibility of restitution to her Majesty's favour. But his arguments which would cherish hope turn into despair. That the Queen never meant to call him to public censure shews her goodness: but that he passed it shews others' power.
His endeavour is now to make his prayers for her Majesty and himself better heard; for they which can make her Majesty believe he counterfeits with her cannot make God believe he counterfeits with Him. Knows "Mr. C." has suffered more for him and with him than any friend he has. But he can but lament freely and advise "Mr. C." not to do that which the writer does, which is despair.
Endorsed:—"A. B." and in Cecil's hand, "E. Essex." Also, in a very much later hand, "Advice to the E[arl] of Essex to bear his banishment from Court, with his answer. Jan. 1600."
Copy, in same hand as the first letter. 2/3 p. (83. 68).
[Printed in extenso in Spedding's Bacon.]
Lord Grey to the Earl of Southampton.
[1600, Aug.] "Your coming hither includeth repentance of your former cool answers. Now neither advantage of times peril, or your promise may be pretended: I call you to right me, and your own letters.—Undated.
Holograph. ½ p. (98. 108(3).)
[Copies of this letter and of the Earl of Southampton's reply are in S.P. Dom: Eliz. CCLXXV., 58. See the Domestic Calendar pp. 464, 465.]
Kinborowghe Lee to [? Sir Robert Cecil].
[1600, ?Aug.] Of the hard and unjust dealing of her husband [Sir Thomas Lee], with whom she lived five years in Ireland. Now she is come to England he denies not only to live any longer with her, but deprives her of all maintenance. Begs that when she prefers her petition to the Council for redress [Cecil?] will favour it.—Undated.
Signed. 1 p. (130. 151).
[See C.P., Part X., pp. 300, 301.]
The Justices for Cheshire to the Lords of the Council.
1600, Sept. 16. We have received two letters from you, dated the last of December and the 22nd of June, wherein it appeareth you have received petitions and informations of arrearages due to one Hawkins, late mustermaster of this County, and of 30l. due to Robert Warburton, now mustermaster here. We enclose a schedule containing a summary of the money levied in the county within these two years past for her Majesty's service, according to your commands.—Middlewich the 16 Sept. 1600.
Signed, Tho. Smith, W. Brereton, John Savage, Jo. Egerton, Thomas Wylbram. ½ p. (88. 50).
The Schedule enclosed. 2 pp. (88. 49).
Lord Buckhurst to Sir Robert Cecil.
1600, Sept. 27. After your departure I sent for Mr. Swinerton, and with as much earnesty as I could persuaded him to yield up his interest in his lease [of the Imposts of French and Rhenish wines] so as it might be disposed by her Majesty according to her great desire in that behalf. Wherein I assure you I did use all the means and persuasions I could to move him, but he alleged many reasons and could by no means be won by me. I told him that you, as well as myself, was commanded to deal with him in like manner, and this morning you would send for him to that end. And when by no means I could persuade him, I wished him to set down his answer in writing and this morning to bring it me, which he hath done, and told me withal that he hath made the like in writing for you. But to that I said that it might be you would use such forcible reasons unto him as that he would yield: but he replied that it was and would be his utter overthrow, not only in respect of the matter but also in respect of his credit, for he should be scorned and laughed at as he were better be out of his life. But always he concluded that he would never believe that her Majesty would take it from him against his good will, having it under the Great Seal of England, and with his good will he could never yield it.—27 Sept. 1600.
PS.—I thought good to send him to you lest you might forget to send for him.
Holograph. 1 p. (88. 66).
The Enclosure:
Mr. John Swinerton's reasons.—He tendered higher than Messrs. More, Lee, Cage, Ratcliff or anybody else. His grant was made after full consideration. He has sublet the imports for the following outports, viz. Bristol, Plymouth, Cornwall, Exeter, Dartmouth, Poole, Weymouth and Lyme; also for Newcastle, Hull, Boston, Lynn, Yarmouth, Ipswich and Colchester, for his full term of four years. His friends have deeply engaged their resources. At the first he advanced the farm from 6,000l. to 12,000l. per annum. Since that it pleased her Majesty by the persuasion of Mr. Smyth to keep it in her hands for two years past, wherein as it is reported she did lose £3,000 a year. He hath now improved it again unto 15,000l. by year and better.
1 p. (88. 65).
The Master of Gray to the King of Scots.
[1600], Sept. 29. Sir, although many misreports have been made of me, yet for all that I am no less bold than if none had been, knowing best myself what is the truth. As for the first, touching the Earl Bothwell, I am assured your Majesty knows now whether in it I received wrong or not. Next, my Lord Sancher and James Graham told me at my returning from Italy that it was reported I should have made merchandise of some [of] your papers. The poorest pack that ever men did open; for I protest to God if I had all the papers that ever your Majesty wrote, I think for them all I should not get one crown. Always, Sir, this shall prove as the first, and with humble leave of your Majesty, the reporter a knave, and I as honest and dutiful as any subject you have.
Thirdly, that I should have dealt with the King of France to match with your cousin Arbella. If ever I heard any such matter, all is true. Last, touching D. Matthias, that I had dealing with Secretary Cecil for his matching with Arbella, I swear if it were not that I eschew to make them see here that your intelligence is so small, I should deal with Mr. Secretary to resolve you of that folly. Likewise your ambassador and agent at Paris has spoken that I detract your Majesty. I wish they both could honour you as I can. I am not ignorant that the greatest credit a man can have is to be commanded by a gallant Prince, but so long as you are served with such "doultes," look not to have a quiet mind. They wrote to you in like manner that the Earl of Gowry was informed by me to take a course with England, and that I dealt with my other cousin my Lord Hume for this effect. They belied me, for I saw not the Earl of Gowry this 18 months, and save one letter I received at Florence yet extant, I heard not from him: wherein he wrote to me that according as I had advised him, he was gone to see the Court of France, for I found fault that he was rather fashioned like a pedant than a cavalier. And for my other cousin, my Lord Hume, he can best resolve you himself. All these matters I commit to them and to your consideration, for being indeed a Prince considerate, I think the wind of any misreport is sufficient to give you knowledge, whether it be truly or no. Now if my fortune had been to have arrived here sooner, at greater length I should have written, but as I came, your servant was ready to part. Always having this letter of the great Duke [of Florence], I offered it to him, but he very wisely, in respect of your prescription, refused it, so I have sent it enclosed in his company, and to him the credit by tongue. I shewed the great Duke I was not hastily to return in Scotland, yet he desired me to write thus far to you, that he was and should be no less careful for your estate than of his own, for he had respects that moved him: first, for that your greatness and promotion should be a common benefit to all the many Princes not only in Italy but through all Europe, where they were in neighbourhood with the greatest, for then you should serve for counterpoise to them; and he having the honour to be to you as he is in blood and alliance, and never any question likely to arise between yourselves or posterity, he thought he should be further benefitted by it than the common sort of Princes. Next, he showed me a letter written to him by his agent in Spain, bearing that you had there an Ambassador, and asked me if I knew what he was. I showed that in conscience I knew not that any such matter was, nor could not guess at it. He willed me to write these, that it was marvel in that matter, not to put in jealousy your old friendship for uncertainty of others; and that now both he and the Duke of Lorraine, being allied with the King of France, should employ themselves to the uttermost that he should remain constantly your friend. Thirdly, he asked me if you had written to the Pope. I said I knew not, for I was only "en passand" my time, and meddled in nothing else. He answered then he would tell me that you had written in favour of a Scottish bishop for to procure him the Cardinalate, and had given credit by another letter to Chrichton the Jesuit. He would have me to promise to write this to you, that he advertised you by the Laird of Bourgley, and after by my Lord Sancher, that you should never deal at Rome but by your friends, himself or the Duke of Lorraine; for albeit the King of France had there his ordinary Ambassador, yet in any matter important he addresses all by friends; for he said there was nothing there secret, and all Protestant Princes have their intelligence, specially the Queen of England. Thus far he prayed me to write. And indeed, as for the last point, if there was anything of it, through indiscretion of your employed, it was very much blazoned. It is a general rule amongst Jesuits, that which is imparted to any is common to all. First they be instructed to impart all to the General, and he to his Assessors, they to the Secretaries, and immediately writes of it through all Europe to their Society in the distinguished provinces. As for Chrichton being confined, he were glad to have his redemption through any subject, and indeed his credit was so little at Rome that what he had to do was done by Parsons, an English Jesuit, and one after his power of the greatest enemies you have in Europe, let him now say what pleases him. To conclude, neither Jesuit nor drunkards be good for secrecy, and in this you did serve with both of them. I pray God send you good instruments, and His grace for to employ them well, which is all I crave. For although you have wracked me in my goods, yet I shall live so that your conscience shall move you some day to remorse, and consequently to remember that I have done you good service many times, and that I can do you better than all about you at this time, without flattering of myself.—Undated.
Endorsed by Cecil: "29 Sept. This is a copy of the letter which the Master of Grey hath written to the K."
pp. (195. 50.)
Walter Dennis.
[1600, Sept.] Statement on behalf of the purchasers of certain lands, apparently the manor of Siston, against the suit of Walter Dennis that he, in the Queen's name, may sue for and levy upon the lands a debt of Sir Morris Dennis' to the Queen. Details the frauds of Richard Dennis, Walter's father, in connection with the conveyance of Siston to the Queen. The lands now pretended to be charged were bought from Richard and Walter themselves, so that Walter seeks to charge and evict the purchasers against his father's and his own sale.—Undated.
Endorsed: Mr. William Cooke's note.
1 p. (98. 69).
Henry Knowlis to Sir Robert Cecil.
1600, Oct. 18. About a quarter of a year since when I was here in London, I did inform you by letter how I could help you to speech of the gentleman you desired to see so long ago. But your business was then too great for you to attend me, and I heard that Mr. M. had taken his journey to Westchester, so that I feared lest he should from thence go into Ireland, and I should inform you of that which I could not perform. Wherefore, to tell you the truth, I was glad to take my heels and begone without leavetaking. The tale of his going was true, I found: but he is long since returned from Westchester, and doth now remain at the house of Mr. Thomas Morgen of Weston in Warwickshire, and that in very great secret except when he doth go abroad to visit. He is within this fortnight to go again to Westchester, but whether further or not, I know not. Wherefore I have thought good once again to come and tell your Honour of it, and if I may have one sure man that will follow my directions, with warrant to enter a house, if need be, you shall have him before you within this fortnight. For myself, I neither can nor may be seen in it.—From the Bell in Aldersgate Street over against Long Lane end, this 18th of October 1600.
PS.—If your Honour think good to send Mr. Toplif to me to-morrow, or rather that he may send for me to some tavern about Cripplegate, I will more at large tell him both the mean and manner how to come by him, and so he may relate it on to you, with less suspicion than I myself except I could come to you in more private manner than, for aught I see, is possible. But if you send him you must give him great charge for acquainting any creature with it, for there is one Udall, whom he doth much trust, doth seek and go about to deceive him.
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. (88. 152).
Dame Elizabeth St. Leger to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1600], [Oct.?] For letters to the Lord President of Munster, that she may have the benefit of the Queen's laws against Thomas Denham, her most false accuser. Has lost three husbands in the Queen's service, and relies on the Queen's and Cecil's goodness for relief for herself and children.—Undated.
¾ p. (1661). [See Calendar C.P., Part X., p. 366.]
Whittingam Wood to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1600], (after Nov. 3.] An untrue office has been found in respect to certain lands held by his late father Martin Wood. Prays for a lease of those lands till the matter be tried. [Note by Cecil thereon.]—Undated.
½ p. (1206.)
H. Lord Herbert to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1600 or later] Nov. 14. Lest Cecil should conceive that he thought otherwise than reverently of Cecil's proceedings, or might imagine that in any favour towards the party he (Herbert) should so far forget himself as without reason to afford him the testimony of his behaviour in the country, thinks it expedient to signify to Cecil that he was ignorant of the cause to be heard before so just a judge, and for the second, the general good opinion of his neighbours was wholly his motive. But perceiving by experience that honest men are not always they that make the best shows, he will beware henceforth how he grants the like. The man deserves very great punishment, and more than another, in respect of his great show of honesty, as he can easily gather from Cecil's letter, for which he is much beholden, in that Cecil would vouchsafe to satisfy "a poor country swain" in a matter that he should rather have desired Cecil's pardon for. Sends his wife's remembrances.—Ragland Castle, November 14.
2 pp. (98. 132.)
Rich. Broughton to the Earl of Essex.
1600, Nov. 29. He has not in town the articles wherein Essex and Mr. Justice Owen took pains between him and Mr. Plonden and Mr. Blunden; but the latter has them, under the writer's hand. Denies that he has ever broken any one article of the agreement, as alleged by Blunden. Details at length various legal proceedings taken in the cause, which apparently concerns lands in Wales. "My partner for better ease had caused an old seat of his ancestors in the Church of Bishops Castell to be new made, with a convenient pulpit for the parish; in which seat Mr. Blunden's son-in-law and his grandfather and great grandfather by courtesy had a kneeling place: for they could claim none of right, for the great grandfather, who was my mother's father, was but a younger brother that could not claim by descent. On Easter Even last, by encouragement of Mr. Blunden, and presence of his eldest son, the seat and pulpit was broken down by Mr. Blunden's son in law, to the admiration of the country. This paper will not contain all the opprobrious injuries offered to me by Mr. Blunden."—Undated.
Endorsed: November 29, 1600.
3 pp. (195. 122).
Casper Vansenden, merchant of Lubeck, to the Queen.
[1600?] [Nov.] In reward for his procuring the release in 1596 of 89 of the Queen's subjects who were prisoners in Spain and Portugal, and transporting them to England, the Queen granted him licence to take up all such blackamoores as he could find in the realm and transport them into those countries. The masters of the blackamoores, however, seeing by his warrant that he could not take them without the master's good will, would not suffer him to have any one of them. Since that time he has procured the release of 200 prisoners in Lisbon, and has sent them home to England. In consideration of these services, and seeing that all the blackamoores in England are regarded but only for the strangeness of their nation, and not for service to the Queen, and may be very well spared out of the country, prays again for licence to take up and carry away into Spain and Portugal all the blackamoores he shall find, without interruption of their masters or others.—Undated.
p. 151).
[Possibly the enclosure referred to in Sir Thomas Shirley's letter to Cecil of 29 Nov., 1600. Calendar of C.P., Part X., p. 399.]
Casper van Zenden to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1600], [Nov.?] His services to distressed English in Spain and Portugal. Prays to be called to personal answer touching the calumniations suggested against him; and for aid in his suit concerning the blackmoors.—Undated.
¾ p. (1326).
Gabriel Goodman, Dean of Westminster, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1600, Dec. 11. Almighty God having called my lord bishop of St. Asaph (I hope) to His mercy, these are to beseech you to give my lord bishop of Llandaff your furtherance that he may succeed him in that bishopric and the archdeaconry, otherwise neither he nor any other shall be able to maintain the credit of that place. My lord of Llandaff is well known to be the most sufficient man in that country both for his learning, government, and honesty of life, and hath also best deserved of our country for his great pains and charges in translating of the Bible into our vulgar tongue, with such sufficiency as deserveth great commendation and reward.—Westminster College this 11 December, 1600.
Signed. Seal. ½ p. (89. 164).
Ccl. to "his very loving uncle George May."
[1600] Dec. 31. The original of the letter printed in Part X., p. 432.
In cipher, the first three lines deciphered by Levinus Munck. 1 p. Seal. Signed. (140. 65.)
Sir John Scott, John Smyth, and Richard Smyth to Sir R. Cecil.
[1600. Dec.] For the wardship of the heir of Robert Smyth, whose executors they are.—Undated.
½ p. (665.) [See Calendar, Part X., p. 408.]
Sir Edward Yorke to the Earl of Essex.
[1591—1600]. Oct. 21. I meant to a' come to a' done my duty myself but a misfortune did befall me by a "clodge" which fell on my foot and not well able to gone. But, understanding Sir William Malory's coming to London, was forced to follow, for he gave it out in Yorkshire he came to complain. I humbly crave I may not utterly be beggared, which is all "his blodi and gredy myne doth thriste after." Be not carried away with their fair dissembling tongues—If they can prove, or if I did anywise give, any breach of your Honour's commandment, I crave no favour, but if they have, let me not endure more than nature can. Stand my good Lord, and, as your Honour once did order the matter betwixt us, so of your infinite goodness stay the matter that by delays I be not undone, and my poor man discharged, whose blood is sought for most wrongfully and mine if they could "a' urdge" it wilful murder in him. I will refer me to the opinion of the Council at York, the judges and those of the jury who were gentlemen of great worth, which when Sir William and his faction perceived, they desired to be put off till the assize in Lent next, only to undo me, for if your Honour do not employ me the sooner, I know not how to get to eat. From my "logine lame (longine to here frome youre Honore), by Lune bryde" the xxi. of October.
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. (67. 86).
John Richards to the Earl of Essex, Earl Marshal, etc.
[1597–1600]. Petition to Essex as commissioner for surveying the lands, pensions and grants given to Cathedral or collegiate churches, chapels and hospitals, complaining that the Mayor and city of London have not fulfilled the conditions of the grant made to them by Henry the Eighth of certain lands, parcel of the little friary of St. Bartholomew, London.—Undated.
1 p. (179. 171).
Norwich Cathedral.
[1589–1600]. To the Earl of Essex—A brief information of the delays of the Norwich cause, and the practices of many inconveniences, very dangerous to the Cathedral Church there.
1. The first and worst practice was in the time of Mr. Dean Salisbury, who made the unreasonable long leases of 99 years in possession, and 99 years in reversion.
2. The multitude of blanks sealed with the chapter seal.
3. The multitude of leases made in Mr. Dean Gardyner's time of every particular, that troubled the country and city both with too many suits.
4. The combining of Mr. Dean Dove with this clamorous sort of old leases, exacting 6s. 8d. in the pound out of their rent for maintenance of the suit against her Majesty's lawful leases.
5. Clamorous speeches against her Majesty's interest.
6. The establishing of all these inconveniences by act of Parliament, the matter not rightly understood of the house at that time, as it had been before.
The Petition therefore is that her Majesty may command Mr. Fanshawe to discharge the trust to him committed, according to her most gracious warrant.—Undated.
Unsigned. 1 p. (103. 30(2).
William Conradus, schoolmaster, to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1599 or 1600]. Petitions with respect to his action against Champantie, an alien, relative to a lease of eighteen tenements and the Queen's rights in the matter.—All undated.
½ p. (141), 1 p. (154), ½ p. (380), 2 pp. (1211), ½ p. (1289), ½ p. (1353), 1 p. (1380), ½ p. (1676), 1 p. (1822).
[See Calendar Part IX., p. 109, X. pp. 175, 359, XII. p. 579.]
[1600]. Estimate of the ordnance, with necessaries thereto appertinent, for the battering of Dunkirk.
The estimate is for 25 pieces in all, 2580 shot, and 500 barrels of powder etc. Note at foot that this provision will royally perform the action; the battery may be planted in 4 days, and the place made assaultable in 9 hours, if it is now of the same strength it was 5 years after the Duke was possessed of it; but if it be reinforced, or two or three cavalieras made in it, the estimate must be augmented.—Undated.
Endorsed: Paul Ivy touching Dunkerque.
1 p. (98. 88).
Irish Seminarists.
[c. 1600?]. Accusations against the students of the seminary.
1. That the students who are natives of the towns and cities of Ireland are the most unfit of the whole kingdom for evangelic work. 2. That they cannot read or write in the Irish tongue. 3. They are of English race and have their dealings with Englishmen. 4. They are sons of rich merchants who can maintain them. 5. They have been reared under obedience to the Queen of England. 6. Their inmost affection is to the Queen and not to the Catholic Church. 7. It must be that on returning to their own people they will let themselves go with the stream, and do much more harm than if they had not studied. 8. They teach that one may obey the Queen. 9. Take arms against the King Catholic, and, 10, confess, absolve and administer divine offices to those who obey the Queen and take arms against the King Catholic in Ireland.
The accusations against the provinces of Laginia and Momonia and the merchants there.
1. That the province of Laginia and the two provinces of Momonia are schismatics. 2. That the merchants of these provinces, fathers of the said students, aid the heretics against the Catholics. 3. That these merchants, even though Catholics, of all the Irish, least desire to take the king of Spain for lord; because of the many privileges their towns and cities hold from the English and their fear of Spanish governors. 4. They would send their sons to study in England and France if it were not to avoid the cost. 5. That Father Thomas Vitus will not receive, as students in the seminary of Salamanca, natives of the provinces of Ultonia and Conacia, because they are declared Catholics and have so many years been in arms in defence of the Catholic Faith.
Endorsed: "Accusations against the students and merchants of the obedient parts of Ireland, presented to the Council of Spain by Henry O'Neale, son to the earl of Tyron."
Spanish. 2 pp. (58. 29).
Robert Cecil to Lady Paget.
[1600?]. Acknowledges a letter brought by Philip Cary, her son, and promises to take all opportunity to further his suit. Speaks of Lady Paget as one "who lives so near and knows so inwardly our Mistress and our court."—Undated.
Draft, corrected by Cecil.
1 p. (98. 63).
Lord Grey to the Earl of Southampton.
[c. 1600]. "As the chief impediment why you refused France you alleged the deputies speedy departure: he is gone, you here, and yet I hear not of you. But to conclude all wordy disputations (worthy rather of women than men of war) I now call you by my third letter, and expect the performance of your first, that you going not presently into Ireland, we may into France, but if by the Queen's leave you haste for Ireland I may now receive from you the English port (unpestered by this passage) and day we shall meet in thence to embark together, and with equal number for some such indifferent place in Ireland, as by the liberty of your first I am to choose. If you accept not this what can I offer ? Only my clearing must be the divulging of your slack proceeding."—Undated.
Holograph. 1 p. (98. 108).
Christopher Hollywood.
[c. 1600]. Memorial from Christopher Hollywood, prisoner in the Gatehouse, to be showed to Mr. Wills.
Being examined by Mr. Secretary, the latter affirmed that he should have nothing done to him for his religion; which also for Irishmen generally he has professed since, so that in other matters they be found loyal. There was only laid to his charge that he meant to have gone to the Queen's enemies to further them. Nothing having been found since last Christmas to confirm this charge, he sues Mr. Secretary, who committed him, for his discharge. As he is informed that upon the good report of his cousin the Lord of Donesane, Mr. Secretary gave to understand that he would discharge him, he now sets down the reasons to move him thereto: which are that he is wholly unguilty, for if he would have gone to the enemy he might easily have passed through Spain and Holland: that being of a weak complexion, and much broken with study, he could not live in the Irish pale; that by so doing he would have brought his house and friends into disgrace: that he had directions from his superior to abstain from matters of state: that if he be not suffered to go to his country some other will be sent in his place: that by his discharge his kindred, men of account in the Irish pale, will be bound to the state: and that there is no good to the state from stopping his voyage.—Undated.
1 p. (98. 127).
Musters for Ireland.
[1600]. Schedule containing the defects of all the horses which are now remaining at this port of Chester, viewed and mustered and ready to be transported to the realm of Ireland for her Majesty's service there. Signed by H. Hardware, Mayor; W. Brereton; Jeff Fenton; Richard Trevor; Thomas Wilbram; and Henry Mainwaring.
Bedford. Nicholas Luke, Esq., John Burgoyne, Esq., George Wyngates, Esq.
Bucks. Sir Wm. Clerke.
Cambridge. Sir John Cotton, Thomas Sutton, Gyles Allington, Esq., Anthony Cage, Esq., Capt. Lisley.
Huntingdon. Sir Henry Cromwell, Sir Gervis Clifton, Sir Richard Dyer.
Hertford. Sir Philip Butler, Sir Arthur Capell, Sir Thomas Sadler, Rowland Litton, Esq.
Middlesex. Sir Robert Wroth, Sir John Spencer, Richard Payne, Esq., Thomas Crompton, Esq.
Cheshire. All horses and men sent and well furnished.
Essex. Sir Thomas Lucas, Sir Edmund Huddleston, Henry Appleton, Rauffe Wyseman, Gabriel Pointes, John Sams, Thomas Rawlins, John Wright.
York, West Riding. Sir John Savell, Wm. Wentworth, Richard Wortley, Wm. Hungates.
York, North Riding.—Sir Wm. Bellasis, Thomas Dawney, Thomas Fairfax, Rauffe Lauson.
York, East Riding. Sir Christopher Hilliard, Sir Henry Constable, Henry Griffith, Thomas Meetham.
Rutland. Sir John Harrington, James Harington.
Leicester. Sir Andrew Nowell, Wm. Turpin.
Lincoln. Sir Edward Dymmocke, Sir George Sempole, Sir Wm. Wray, Sir Thomas Munson, Wm. Rigden.
Northampton. Sir Edward Mountague, Sir George Fermor, George Shurley, Edward Gruff, John Bradwell.
Nottingham. John Stanhope.
Norfolk. Sir Edward Clere, Sir Wm. Paston, Sir Bassingbourne Gawdy, Nathaniel Bakon, Henry Gawdy, Clement Spilman.
Suffolk. Sir Anthony Wingfield, Sir Thomas Kidson.
Berks. Sir Michael Molins, Thomas Reade.
Stafford. Edward Leighe, Thomas Horwood, Wm. Crompton.
Derby. John Manners, Francis Leake, Wm. Cavendish.
Salop. Horse and men all complete and well furnished.
Lancaster. Edward Standish, horse and man complete and well furnished, and so all the rest of that shire.
Kent. Sir Moyle Finch, Sir Michael Sandes, Sir John Roper, Peter Manwood, Thomas Kempe, Sampson Leonard, Wm. Sidley, Martin Barneham, John Smith, James Cromer, Thomas Scott, Thomas Potter, John Hales, Norton Knatchpull, George Bouge, Anthony Angell, John Tufton, Richard Smith.
"These counties following were out of your Lordship's list sent unto us":
Warwick. Sir Fowlke Grevell, Sir Thomas Lucy, Sir Thomas Leighe, Thomas Spencer.
Surrey. George Evelin, Edward Levesley.
Sussex. From whence we understand by Captain Dawke's letter there are 6 horses coming.
Against each of the above names one or more defects are specified. The defects are in men, horses, horsemen's coats, curats, headpieces, swords, pistols and staves.—Undated.
4 pp. (98. 130).
Anthony, Bishop of St. Davids, to [Sir R. Cecil].
[c. 1600]. For the wardship of Margaret Heamys daughter of Thomas Heamys, alderman of Gloucester, deceased. The Countess of Warwick, who asked for the wardship for William Oldsworth, upon petitioner's report to her of his just claim to the virgin by way of contract with consent of parents, is content that he should have the wardship.—Undated.
p. (1860).
Sir Turlogh O'Brien to Sir Robert Cecil.
[c. 1600]. He notified Cecil by his last letter that he had certain notes and advertisements of his own collection which did not a little concern the state. He now sends them, protesting that nothing contained in them is enforced either of hatred or malice towards any, but are only simple motions proceeding from a mind in discharge of a good conscience that detests any progressions which may in time bring forth any disloyal or dangerous issue.—Undated.
Endorsed: Sir Turlogh O'Brian to my Mr.
1 p. (98. 161).
Wm. Hollidaie to Sir John Popham.
[1600]. This (fn. 2) book of shipping of apparel for her Majesty's forces, kept by the contractors themselves, shows only from summer 1597 to summer 1600. It appears thereby to be wanting in apparel 27,000l. There remains in their custody the other book, which will make it further appear to be wanting in both books to the value of 30,000l., which they have employed less in apparel than they have received out of the Exchequer. He will undertake to make this manifest by the said book. He offers to procure men of good sufficiency in this city to serve the army with better apparel for less than 5,000l. yearly than now; the number of soldiers remaining the same. The contractors expect presently to receive a great sum out of the Exchequer, payment of which he advises should be deferred till their arrearages be examined.—Undated.
Holograph. 1 p. (108. 112).
Licences for Starch.
[c. 1600]. Note of the rent and charges paid to Mr. Anton and others for licence to sell starch in the county of Warwick and city of Coventry. Sum 50l. Includes payment to Standish the messenger, and Robert Lynge. The first licence I gave bears date Sept. 29, and the "coranto" came forth Nov. 22, not 2 months. Addenbrooke had given his licences for a year then to come, and in divers places taken a year's rent beforehand, and the Parliament drawing so near, which they thought would dissolve it. For which causes I was in the county about it from Sept. 7 till Oct. 18, and yet left a third part unlicensed or dealt with, and spent more money than I received of them for licences.—Undated.
1 p. (130. 176).
Alardt de la Dale.
[c. 1600]. "Cipher for Alardt de la Dale, kinsman to Mr. Mucheron, alias Baltasar Peterson."
Note thereon by Cecil "From Myddleburgh letters will come." A cypher key.
1 p. (140. 56).
Donogh, Earl of Thomond to the Queen.
[1600 or earlier ?] In consideration of his losses and services, prays for grant of a freedom of all his own proper inheritance in the county of Clare, and other allowances.
1 p. (142. 185).
Lord Zouche.
1600. He doth take it grievously that her Majesty will not permit him access unto her to deliver his reasons of his unfitness to be employed in this service, wherein he doubted not by her gracious acceptance to satisfy her, and until such time as he could make trial of your favour therein he was willing to submit himself to any punishment rather than to prepare himself towards that journey, before he have yielded his reasons to her Majesty.
Memorandum that I have told his Lordship her Majesty doth think him fit and willed me to tell his Lordship so much, notwithstanding that she knows he will make excuses more.
Endorsed: "1600, L. Zouch. 16,000 foot. 1050. 2000." In Cecil's hand.
(181. 64).
William Killigrew to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1600]. I have acquainted her Majesty with your letter, which she read over, but continueth in her purpose to have you go to the French Ambassador, both because she sent him word yesterday by his servant that you would speak with him, and because she desires him to be dealt with first by you; and yet she means to speak to him herself when he comes. Her Majesty wishes that you had heard something from her Agent in Constantinople, in case the Ambassador should treat with her about him.
She is well pleased the Ambassador should come on Friday, as you write.
Holograph. Undated. Endorsed: "1600." Seal.
1 p. (181. 73).
Wolfgang Wilhelm.
[c. 1600]. Eldest son to Philip Ludovic, Count Palatine of the Rhine, duke of Bavaria at Newburgh, count of Veldeutz and Spauheim. His mother is sister to the now duke of Cleve.
His grandfather was Wolfgang, duke of Deuxpont, who brought a Dutch army for the Protestants into France.
This Wolfgang Wilhelmus is of a second branch of the counts palatine of the Rhine, the first branch is the now elector palatine at Heidelberg. If he die without issue male, this Wolfgang Wilhelmus' father is next heir. He hath an uncle also called duke of Deuxponts who hath married another of the duke of Cleve's sisters.
He is by profession a Lutheran and is lodged at the Flower de Lux in Cruchedfryers.
½ p. In the handwriting of one of Cecil's secretaries.
(183. 126).
To the effect of the first two paragraphs of the above.—Italian.
(183. 125)
[1600?] Note of points to be considered upon the statutes for measuring of silks.
The writer details the statutes relating to the matter; and recommends that in "your Honour's" [Cecil's] patent for the silk farm there should be a dispensation from certain penalties of the statutes to such merchants as have had their goods measured and sealed by [Cecil's] deputies or farmers.—
Undated. 2½ pp. (186. 142).
Sir Thomas Sherley's petition.
[c. 1600]. Concerning a dispute with a certain Mr. Thomas Leeds as to the rightful ownership of various shares in a ship called the Roebuck. Names of parties mentioned are Richard Cowper, George Wadham, John Man, Thomas Bishop, and John Leeds, father of the said Thomas Leeds.—Undated.
1 p. (197. 91).
Soldiers for Ireland.
[c. 1600]. "The causes why the soldiers lying at several ports to be transported for the service of Ireland are not yet gone."
Digest of letters received on the above subject from the Earl of Thomond from Milford, Nov. 3 and 4; Sir Richard Leveson from the Downs Nov. 5; Captain Alford from Chester Nov. 4; the Mayor of Chester Nov. 4; and the Commissioners for the Musters in Cheshire Nov. 4.
pp. (205. 110)
Richard Paulfreyman to the Commissioners for the Office of the Ordnance.
[1600]. Patentee for the office of the small guns. Complains that John Lee makes untrue suggestions that he has usurped that office, and has not delivered security. Prays for redress.—Undated.
2 pp. (1112).
John Stone, brewer, of Bristol, to the Earl of Essex.
[c. 1600]. Sir Thomas Knowles owes him 500l. for diet of him and his followers when he lay at Bristol expecting wind to go to Ireland. Has been delayed 30 weeks in London in hope of payment. Money is also owing to him by Sir William, Sir Thomas's brother. Prays Essex to persuade them to satisfy these debts.—Undated.
½ p. (1891).
Sir Robert Cecil, to Elizabeth, Dowager Lady Russell.
[c. 1600]. Correspondence as to her daughters' inheritance. —Undated.
1 p. (1949).
Petitions to the Queen or her Privy Council.
John Hale.
[1600?]. About four years since was committed to the Clink upon some pretended matter of suspicion, but having been divers times examined, there appears no matter to charge him with except his recusancy. Prays for enlargement upon sufficient bond.—Undated. [See C.P., Part VI., pp. 427, 428.]
1 p. (82.)
Robert Onaghton.
[1600?]. Three years past went to Ireland with Sir Conyers Clifford, to take up his inheritance. Was spoiled by the rebels. Asks for pension or employment in the wars.—Undated.
Note by Cecil: asking for certificates.
1 p. (226).
Robert Onaghton to [the Council of Ireland].
[1600?] Requests them to certify English Council of his dutiful carriage.
Note signed by Lord Mountjoy and others, that they are restrained from writing on behalf of suitors.—Undated.
1 p. (226(5)).
John Danyell.
[1600?] Begs for money to pay his creditors, in view of his services.—Undated.
½ p. (403).
Edmund Barrett.
[1600?] Details his military services in Ireland, and his losses by the rebels. Prays for pension, or the office of collector of composition rents in Connaught.—Undated.
1 p. (813).
Degory Holman.
[1600?] Imprisoned for violence committed upon the French by the Captain and company of a ship of his, without his knowledge and consent. Maintains that he is not justly liable for their acts, and prays for the benefit of the law.
Undated. ½ p. (1229).
The States of Jersey.
[c. 1600]. Pray for the settlement of the controversy between them and John Guillm. Matters which have been proved against Guillm. concerning bond to the merchants of St. Malos, and disbursements in behalf of the captives. Pray that they may be dismissed to return to their public charges, and that Guillm. be punished as the Council think fit.—Undated.
1 p. (2043).
John Dimbleby.
[1587–1600?] For lease in reversion, for his services as groom of the privy larder.—Undated.
Note by Sir J. Herbert that the Queen grants a lease of 20l.
James Beauvor and John Mesurier, merchants of Guernsey.
[1595–1600]. A bark of St. Malo's, laden with Newfoundland fish, being by tempest driven into Guernsey in November 1594, was arrested, contrary to the privileges of that isle, by Mr. George Polet (Paulet), Lieutenant of Sir Thomas Leyghton, and put in bond of 500 French crowns to prove St. Malo's at the time of the arrest to have been under the obedience of the French King. This bond, though certified by Doctor Aubry and Dr. Caesar to have been unduly taken, hath of late been called in question, and Robert Boulam of St. Malo, who stood bound therein, has been ordered by the bailiff and jurats of the isle to pay it. As petitioners stood bound to hold Boulam harmless, they appealed to the Council, who remitted the cause to the Queen's counsel. Considering that Mr. Francis Bacon, being one of them, is not acquainted with the privileges of the isle, as he already partly hath certified, they pray that the matter may be referred to the Masters of the Requests, who are better acquainted with the same.—Undated.
½ p. (79).
Petitions, etc., to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1600?] Martin Ganzer, Merchant of Nuremberg. Came to England for the second time about three years past to recover 3000l or thereabouts owing to him by Robert Barmby and his partners. His case was remitted by Cecil to Mr. Doctor Caesar, who sent it to the Court of Requests, who appointed four Commissioners to examine it, viz., Thomas Cordell, William Garway, merchants of London, and Walter Artson and Cypryan Gabrie. Prays Cecil to urge these Commissioners to speedily take the matter in hand and report upon it.—Undated.
½ p. (4).
[1600?] Walter Meeke, servant to the Lord Treasurer, Prays for the concealed wardship of the heir of John Brett of Kent, the Bishop of Canterbury having entitled himself to the wardship of Johnson's heir of Kent, granted to petitioner.
Undated. 1 p. (89.)
[c. 1600?] William Andrews. Having lost £60 by Casper Vansendon, merchant stranger, arrested him in London, but is threatened to be imprisoned for this arrest, Vansendon shewing a warrant from Cecil which, he affirms, protects him. Petitioner was ignorant of the warrant, and prays that Cecil will not impute to him the doing of anything in contempt thereof.—Undated.
½ p. (153).
[c. 1600]. Robert Rowse of London, Cloth worker. Abuses committed in the workmanship of woollen cloth, contrary to the decree late made in the Starchamber. Prays that he and six others may be appointed overseers for the suppressing of straining and stretching of cloth.—Undated.
½ p. (211).
[1600?] Robert Onaghton. Sends certificate from Sir Henry Warren, Thomas Dillon, and Captain Malbye that he is heir to the lands of Shane O'Naghton and that he is of loyal behaviour.—Undated.
½ p. (226. (2)).
The Same.—Similar petition.
½ p. Undated. (226. (3)).
The enclosure: Copy of certificate by Thomas Dillon, Chief Justice of Connaught.
1 p. Undated. (226. (4)).
[1600]. John Yardley and others, creditors of Pinchpoole Lovett. Pray for Lovett's enlargement upon bond, as a means to the payment of their debts.—Undated.
½ p. (346).
[c. 1600]. Hubert Fox. For the discharge of debts incurred by him for the Queen's service in Ireland.—Undated.
1 p. (365).
[c. 1600?] James Gallwey, agent for the city of Limerick. For payment of money due to the city for ready money lent and for diet of the Queen's forces and garrisons.—Undated.
½ p. (393).
[c. 1600?] Mark le Strang. For the grant of the pension of Captain John Burton, lately deceased, in reward for his services in the wars in Ireland.—Undated.
1 p. (468).
[c. 1600?] Francis Markham.—His services in the wars since 1586, and in several voyages under the Earl of Essex. Prays for restoration to such place as he lately held.—Undated.
½ p. (475).
[1600]. Christopher Porter. Is one of the Queen's ordinary messengers, imprisoned contrary to the Queen's injunction. Prays Cecil to consider his petition.—Undated.
½ p. (815).
[1600?] John Meade and Edmond Tyrry, agents for Cork, Pray for the renewal of their charter, by the name of Mayor and Sheriffs, and the extension of their franchises, most of the accustomed jurors of the city having freeholds out of the franchises.—Undated.
¼ p. (958).
[1600?] Robert Ellyott. To be restored to the Queen's grace again, and for employment in the wars in Ireland.—
Undated. 1 p. (979).
[c. 1600]. The Same. If he may not have Her Majesty's grace, prays for passport to return.—Undated.
1 p. (1177).
[c. 1600?] Morice Hurley. For the collectorship of county charges in Limerick and Kerry: also that his land in Knocklongy and elsewhere be made free from impositions: and that a market and fair be erected in Knocklongy.—
Undated. 1 p. (1242).
[c. 1600?] The Same. For the collectorship of Munster: also that his lands in Knocklongy and elsewhere in Ireland be made free of impositions: and for grant of a market and fair for Knocklongy.—Undated.
1 p. (1284).
[c. 1600?] The Same. For the collectorship of the Queen's rents, etc., in the province of Munster. For confirmation of the freedom of his lands of Knocklongy, Kilrush and elsewhere from impositions, and for grant of a market and fair at Knocklongy.—Undated.
1 p. (1659).
[c. 1600?] Captain Anthony Crompton. For payment of money advanced by him in Ireland.—Undated.
½ p. (1303).
[c. 1600]. The Same. For conduct of some of the 1000 soldiers shortly to go to La Foyle. Is known to Sir H. Docwra, whose lieutenant he was.—Undated.
1 p. (1551).
[c. 1600?] Robert Grey. His losses by his recusancy. Complains of the dealings of Mr. Felton with his property. Prays for relief therein, and that he may enjoy the benefit of the revocation.—Undated.
1 p. (1305).
[1600?] Dennys Mackarty. Imprisoned in Bristol gaol for hurting a man, for which he was condemned in 20 marks, which he is unable to pay. Prays Cecil to take some course for his relief.—Undated.
Note by Cecil that he has written once or twice for petitioner, and neither can nor will do any more in it.
1 p. (1309).
[c. 1600?] Reginald Frier. For consideration of his petitions in the causes of his master the Earl of Thomond: as to debts due to him: satisfaction for beeves taken for victualling the army: and execution of justice in his controversy with Sir Terloghe O'Bryen.—Undated.
1 p. (1332).
[After March, 1600] Patrick Crosbie. Details his money transactions with Sir Warham St. Leger, lately slain by Magwyre, and Magwyre by him. Prays that certain monies due to him by St. Leger, and by Richard Burk, Baron of Castlecouill, lately slain by the rebels, may be deducted from the entertainments due to them, and paid to him.—Undated.
1 p. (1683).
[c. 1600?] Captaim William Maye. For payment of money due to him on a warrant from the Lords Justices of Ireland.
Undated. ½ p. (1686).
[1600?] Edmund Colthurst. Farmer of the castle and manor of Lysfynny, Waterford. Henry Pyne inserted in his petition, with his own castle Mogela, the castles of Lysfynny, Kilmacowe, and others, and the matter was referred to the Lord President there. Petitioner has not only defended the castle of Lysfynny, but in a sort continued the castles of Mogela and Kilmacowe in the Queen's service. Prays for letters to the President for the establishing of 50 men in pay at castle Lysfynny, and the command of the cantreds of Cosmore and Costride, and he will undertake the manning, keeping and defending of the castles of Lysfynny and Kilmacowe, and the re-edifying of the ruined town of Tollo.—Undated.
½ p. (1690).
[1600?] Walter Brady, Constable of the Castle of Cavann. If authorized, he could draw from the rebels a hundred of his name, who now follow that dissolute course for want of maintenance, and reclaim them to the Queen's service upon assurance of the Queen's pay.—Undated.
½ p. (1714).
[1600 or earlier]. Patrick Boyton, Walter Hackett, and Dennis Rian; of Munster. Of their losses in this rebellion. which are known to Lord Bourck. Are bound to the Low Countries to serve the Queen, and pray for relief.—Undated.
1 p. (1789).
[1600?] John Tredwey. Was commanded to pay 8l. towards the furnishing of horses in Northamptonshire for the Queen's forces in Ireland. Entreated to be discharged thereof, on account of his inability. Afterwards offered the money, which was refused, because the Commissioners' certificate was made. Prays for Cecil's consideration in the matter.—Undated.
¾ p. (1804).
[c. 1600?] Richard Jones and Christopher Atkins, for the parishioners of Thornebury and elsewhere, Gloucester. They complain that Edward Stafford, son of Lord Stafford, and others, by force took away 11 milch kine from Jones to Thornbury Castle; also took money and his cloak from Jones, and imprisoned him in the castle; and have since attempted the same outrageous enterprises upon Atkins and others, so that the inhabitants are in danger for their goods, and almost in despair of their lives. Pray for letters to the Sheriff and Justices of Gloucester to protect them.—Undated.
1 p. (1999).
[1600 or later]. T. Hesketh. With a small remembrance of his love and duty.
Endorsed: "[160 . .]" ½ p. (2179).
[c. 1600]. Sir Edward Dyer. A warrant was granted him in 1588 for the passing of concealed lands, with liberty to surrender all such leases as were passed by virtue of a warrant granted to Sir Edward Stafford, in the names of Dyer and William Munsey. He now offers to surrender to the Queen all lands which he has passed under the first warrant, and certain of the said leases, in consideration of receiving a new warrant, for which he offers certain terms. Details the conditions he will observe in order to avoid abuses.—Undated.
2 pp. (2343).
[Before 1600?] Bartholomew Neale. For gift towards building a house, for his services as the Queen's gardener at Richmond.—Undated.
½ p. (1634).
Genealogy of "Broecmaniae," or the Brock family, shewing their intermarriages with the Counts of E. Friesland.
[c. 1600]. Table I.—"Old Keno Count of Brock whereof Aurick was capital begat two sons and two daughters." 5 generations are given, among the last of which occurs "Theda, who married Count Ulric, died 1494." The last date mentioned is 1594. [In 1463 or 1464 this Ulric was made Count of E. Friesland by the Emperor.]
Table II.—"Edzard, surnamed Syrksena, (fn. 3) ruler in Greithsel, "Norden and Berum, son of Ennon [son of Edzard] by "Doda, daughter of Kenon Broeck, begat a son to whom "he gave the name of his father."
Five generations are then given, among the last of which occur—"Belthazar, Margaret married Count Rittberg "and had issue John a Rittberg," etc. [Ennon IV. Count of E. Friesland married in 1581 Walpurga daughter of John Count of Rittberg, who was probably the son of Margaret mentioned above].
Then follow biographical and other notes, e.g.:—
1366. Cæsus est Comes Christianus ab Oldenburgo.
1372. Imelo Kenestra Broecmaniæ Regulus equo delapsus occubuit.
1389. Miles Ocko Brocemaniæ Regulus in Aurick occisus in monasterio Hensi sepelitur.
1420. Factum est bellum de Wildenaccar in Brocemania.
The last entry is:—
1463. Inauguratus est Ost Frisiæ Comitatui ex beneficio Frederici tertii Imp. Rom: Ulricus Grethanus heres et Sybodus Ulrici ex sorore nepos [et] equitis aurati insignia accepit.
Latin. 4 pp. (141. 47).
Spanish Money Seized.
[Before 1601]. Petition of "a great number of merchants, widows and fatherless of the United Provinces, interested in the bags of Spanish money taken out of the 3 Dutch ships by some of her Majesty's fleet," to the Privy Council.
The Council long since wrote to the Judge of the Admiralty to examine their cause, but the counsel and proctors of the Earl of Essex and the Lord Admiral will not proceed without special warrant. They pray the Council to take speedy order in the matter.—Undated.
1 p. (186. 155).
[Before 1601].
Names of the Shires of England, with numbers attached, from 10 (Middlesex) to 794 (Somerset).
In hand of Earl of Essex.
1 p. (179. 158).


  • 1. This is the Bacon correspondence alluded to by the Earl of Essex at his trial. See another copy. British Museum. Add. MSS. 4130, f. 59. where this letter is attributed to Anthony Bacon.
  • 2. The book referred to will be found in S.P. Dom: Eliz. Vol. 273, no. 19.
  • 3. E. Friesland in old times was divided into seigneuries; the most powerful chief being the lord of Gretsyhl, surnamed Syrksena