Cecil Papers: Miscellaneous 1603

Pages 263-344

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Miscellaneous 1603

Edward Genninges, fishmonger, to Sir Robert Ciccell, one of her Majesty's Privy Council.
[1603 or earlier] Petitions that whereas he has prepared a table of the sundry great discommodities which happen to the realm through the disordered eating of flesh on days prohibited by the laws and statutes, he may be allowed to have it printed and set up in the houses of all innkeepers, taverners, keepers of ordinaries, alehouse keepers, cooks and such like.
Undated. 1 p. (188. 20.)
[J. Hudson] to [Sir Robert Cecil.]
[1603 or earlier] For passport for Gedyan Moray, James Greame, James Moray, and John Moray and Patrik Edgar, merchants of Edinburgh and their hackneys which they brought out of Scotland, as appears by their passports at Berwick, to ship themselves at Dover or Rye as the way best serves for France.—Undated.
In Hudson's hand.
Endorsed by Cecil's Secretary.
1 p. (205. 115.)
Thomas Wray, clerk, to Sir R. Cecil, Chancellor of Cambridge University.
[1603, Eliz.] Of his suit against Randolph Erdley; has obtained execution, but Erdley has removed out of the jurisdiction of the University. Prays for execution of his former decree against Mr. Doctor Barwell.—Undated.
1 p. (320.)
John Wetenhall to Thomas Bartlet. (fn. 1)
[1598] Sept. 11. Details various proceedings with regard to Bartlet's suit for the keepership of woods in the lordship of East Witton. Recommends that he should get the Lord Chamberlain's furtherance, as means will be made to him for young Gatherd, son of Robert Gatherd, former keeper now deceased: also to get letters or speeches in his favour from the Countess of Leicester, the Countess of Shrewsbury and the Lady Talbot, to Mr. Fowler, who is "toward" my Lord of Leicester. He should also offer Fowler some consideration besides, as the Lord Treasurer will be much advised by him. Fowler's house is at the Spittle without Bishopsgate. If Mrs. Parpunt, Lady Shrewsbury's daughter, be come up with Fowler, and Bartlet can make good means to her, Fowler will for her sake do all he is able. Heynings, 11 September.
Holograph. 1 p. (124. 167.)
Crown Lands in Ireland.
[1578–1603.] "A note of some parcels of her Majesty's lands in Ireland."
The following mentioned, with a few particulars: the parsonage of Gregan "granted to my father in reversion and devised to me, which my mother by my permission enjoys;" parsonage of Moyclare: reversion of Foartha Onallan, whereof the Earl of Ormond is tenant in tail: Captain Thomas Lee's interest in Omalle, held of Talbott Obellgar, and the village of Painstowne: tithes of Bellan, Moone, Tanckardstowne: hospital of St. John of Athie and rectory of St. Michaell: tithes of Mayneham, Balrayne, Clougowswoode, and Rathcoffy: reversion of the Abbey of the Novan: town or village of Lynams Garden, Co. Kildare: towns or villages of Barretstowne, and Little Graunge: lands in the town or village of Carne: and reversion of Shillelie, whereof Sir Henry Harrington is tenant.
Undated. 1 p. (186. 73.)
[1579–1603.] List of interrogatories which Matthew Kyrvan and Dourghan Nollan, proctors for Marcus Lynch of Galloway in Ireland, desire to be put to all persons brought before Sir Thomas Perrott, the commissioner in the matter. The enquiry concerns the cargo of the Elizabeth of Orpeney, laden with salt, taken by Thomas Cooke an English pirate, and brought into Milford Haven.—Undated.
1 p. (205. 97.)
Ambroise le Ducq, of Camphire, Isembart de Soissons, of Naerden, and Marten Wolffswinckel, of Maydenblick, to the Queen.
[1585–1603?] They have been in garrison at the above places, and the Queen has no doubt been informed of the course of affairs there. They are in consequence so much fallen into the disfavour of the States that they can only expect ruin, and dare not show themselves anywhere where the States have command. Having no hope of being defended or maintained but by her Majesty, they beg her to employ them in her service, or grant them some entertainment in the cautionary towns or places.—Undated.
Endorsed: "Remonstrance pour les Capitaines de Medlenbluk, Naerden et Camphere."
French. 1 p. (98. 156.)
Writ to the Sheriff of Dorset.
[1585–1603] To take an inquisition ad quod damnum for Sir Walter Raleigh to enclose a lane leading eastward from Castletown in Oborn parish south of Sherborne Castle and replace it by another lane on the north side of the Castle; to enclose another way a mile long from Gotehill by the east end of Pinford to the west end of Pinford Lane towards Sherborne, and replace it by a like way from Gotehill to the highway in Pinford: and to enclose a chapel called Maudlen Chapel and churchyard adjoining containing ⅓ of an acre on the east of Sherborne Castle, for the necessary use of the Castle or otherwise, and to build instead a new chapel for the necessary use of the parishioners there, with churchyard, on the south side of Oborn Chapel.
Latin. Paper draft, much corrected. Two sheets. (222. 27.)
Interrogatories to be administered to a Prisoner from Ireland.
[1586–1603.] Il le faudrait premièrement autrefois examiner sur les articles posés, et remarquer sa confession un peu plus clairement, et puis après le demander:—
Duquel métier et profession il etait en Irlande.
A quoi il s'employait tout comme il vint sur la terre du Roi d'Espagne.
Par quel chemin il y vint.
Duquelle qualité il a servi premièrement en la guerre sous quel Capitaine et combien de temps.
Qui l'avait recommandé ou lui persuadé d'aller en la guerre, et si ce n'a été quelque Jesuit, et qui.
S'il n'a jamais hanté les Jésuites, et quels.
Qui est ce Alfere Rosfort dont il parle, comment nommé, et duquel pays.
Comment estce qu'il sait que les Jésuites l'avaient voulu induire pour tuer la Reine puis que l'autre avait juré auparavant de ne point déceler.
Si les Jésuites ne l'ont voulu lui même induire à cela.
Quelle charge ou administration il a eu de son Capitaine.
Quels papiers de son Capitaine il a portés à Bruxelles et quelles autres choses.
Où c'est qu'il les a laissez et pourquoi faire.
Pourquoi Alexandre Rosfort écrit pour les avoir.
Qui est ce Alexandre Rosfort, et si ce n'est le même Alfere Rosfort dont il parle cy dessus.
Pourquoi il était en ville à Bruxelles, et pourquoi point près de la Compagnie.
S'il n'a été avec Standley en Deventer.
Pourquoi Grobbendock lui est meilleur ami.
Pourquoi il a des ennemis en court.
Pourquoi Rosfort écrit de faute d'argent vu que les autres mandent que son argent est " en Diest."
Si aprés ceci l'on-le trouve tant soit peu s'alterer, et varier il le faudrait encores tiercement examiner sur les premières articles.—Undated.
"Copie." 2 pp. (205. 85.)
Sir Edward Winfeild to the Queen.
[1586–1603.] Prays the farmership of the customs of oil, linen cloth, fustians and cochinella, which are at present undervalued. Offers £500 per annum more than the Queen has been accustomed to receive.—Undated.
½ p. (272.)
Sir George Carew to —
[1586–1603] Prays that the late purchasers of the tithes of Tresmere and St. Stephens, of the Priory of Launceston, may be constrained to ratify the Queen's former grant of the manor and Priory to Carew's uncle. Also for the trial of a cause concerning the tithes and Glebe of the Rectory of Stoke Fleming, Devon.—Undated.
1 p. (2194.)
Lady Josina van Brederode. of Holland, to the Council.
[1587–1603] Prays for their letters to Count Maurice and the States of Holland, to pay her a pension left her by the Prince of Orange; also for present relief.—Undated.
1 p. (830.)
Lady Josina van Brederode, of Holland, to the Queen.
[1587–1603] As to a pension of 100 dollars given her by the Prince of Orange, which has been kept from her by the States for 9 years, in spite of the Queen's letters on her behalf. Prays for letters to Graf Maurice and others the chiefest men of the States for payment thereof, with arrears: also for 16l. to pay her debts.—Undated.
1 p. (1355.)
William Traheron to Mr. Waad.
[1588–1603] On the 12th inst received his letter of the 4th and wrote to "the party," but has as yet no answer. The governor of Berghen opt Zoom hears that he is distract of his wits and the writer heard the same at Sir Robert Sidney's at Vlissing. If so there is no dealing with him.
Addressed: "At his house in Wood Street, London."
Holograph. Undated. 1 p. (48. 60.)
Thomas Burton and others to the Queen.
[1589–1603.] Pray the Queen to confirm their estates in certain lands of which they are tenants, late the Earl of Arundel's, and now by his attainder the Queen's.
Note by Sir Robert Cecil to —, that the Queen refers the matter to him.—Undated.
1 p. (944.)
Earl of Worcester to Lord —
[1589–1603.] Nov. 13.—If I had not been greatly deceived by Sir James Skidmore, who promised to send to me for letters when he went up, you had heard from me long before this. I expected every day his messenger, and the first news I heard of him he was in London. I received your letter by my man, and perceive your noble disposition will not suffer you to be unmindful of your poor friends, who mourn at the want of your company, and shall still until fortune admits our convenient meeting. In the mean while I can but wish you as to my own heart, and that you may attain the contentment which you desire. As for the resigning of your other offices, I make no doubt (if they be accepted) but that her Majesty will make choice of such honourable persons to supply them as shall be to her liking, fearing myself to be one of that number. But yet I will wish that whosoever has the fortune to be better esteemed may serve her with as dutiful a respect as I have done these many years, and that they may prove to you assured and constant friends. So shall her Majesty be well attended on, you well assisted, and her Court better furnished. Myself having her Majesty's favour will be pleased with a poor country life, as better fitting my education and more agreeable to my fortune, and being the only mean to repair my estate, which although it has not been bettered by any Court favours, yet I must account it some slender satisfaction in that I made it no worse. And now will comfort my spirits by breathing out the vapours of a melancholy conceit to so noble a friend as yourself, whose good opinion neither by time, absence nor wrong interpretation will ever be impaired. Your faithful cousin and truest friend.— November 13.
Holograph. 1 p. (107. 121.)
— to Lord —
[1589–1603.] As to a certain house, apparently in the occupation of the writer, which Lady Fortescue has viewed, and Mr. Chancellor (?Sir John Fortescue, Chancellor of the Exchequer) desires. The writer marvels that Mr. Chancellor should affect it, the rooms being insufficient for him, the hall and dining chamber excepted. The writer desires still to enjoy the same, as his predecessor did according to Lord —'s grant and as Mr. Cary, succeeding Mr. Freak, enjoys the house that was appointed for Freak. The place is necessary for her Majesty's service, for which it was appointed, and its being taken away would be some disgrace to him, and prejudice Lord —'s grant. Besides it is needful that the officers there should keep residence together for expedition of service; which was one of the causes why Mr. Chancellor Mildmay laboured the appointing thereof with her Majesty for Mr. Peter and the tellers, the Treasury having been lately before attempted to be robbed. In the absence of the officers this term time at St. Alban's, most of their houses have been attempted to be robbed, and almost each of them had some losses by hookers and pilferers, who perhaps may come better provided at some other time for further mischief. As Mr. Chancellor does not know of the above named grant, the writer prays Lord — to satisfy him therein with his own hand.—Undated.
Unsigned, apparently a postscript to a letter. 1 p. (214. 44.)
The Doctors' Advice.
[1589–1603] A diagnosis and three prescriptions for-illness during supposed pregnancy.
Signed. W. Barowhdale, Richard Forster, W. Gylberd, William Padily, Peter Turner and John Powell.
Remains of seal. 1 p. Latin. (205. 94.)
Thomas Butler to the Queen.
[1590–1603] Was cornet of 200 horse to Lord Willoughby in the Low Countries, for which service there remains due to him 150l. Had 4s. a day granted him, which has not been paid since the removal of Sir Thomas Shirley, then Treasurer. In consideration of these arrears and his services, prays for yearly pension or lease in reversion.—Undated.
1 p. (181.)
Gilbert Dillingham.
[1591–1603] Complaint of Gilbert Dillingham, clerk, who was presented by the Queen to the rectory of Barnborough, Yorks, which Thos. Jobson, clerk, had forfeited by accepting another benefice, the vicarage of Rotherham, with cure of souls. Jobson opposed the presentation, and after long lawsuit, now Leonard Rearsby; gentleman, who has 20 years enjoyed the fruits of Barnborough rectory, has moved the Queen to present a second clerk, a nominee of his own. Rearsby tried it before and was repulsed by Sir Robert Cecil, and now that Mr. Serjeant Wittenhall, Dillingham's remembrancer in the matter, is dead, he renews the same practice.
Endorsed: "A remembrance for Mr. Percyvall." 1 p. (48. 40.)
[Sir Robert Cecil] to Sir George Cary.
[1591–1603] I do send you herewith a packet to the agent wherein there be some letters that I have undertaken to deliver, and, therefore, I pray you, Sir, with as convenient speed as you may that it be safely brought to his hands. We had news here that the French Queen is brought to bed. From Ireland we hear the Queen's arms catches some blows sometimes amongst the rebels, but all men of name are reduced in effect except the two traitors, whereof one died in Spain and the other is there living. Her Majesty was with your brother yesterday at Blackfriars, where she found him much better than he hath been, yet not able to speak. And thus I end.
Endorsed: "to Sir. G. Cary."
1 p. (181. 57.)
William Hollidaie to [Sir Robert Cecil.]
[1591–1603] Your Honour commanded me to let you know when the Scots gentleman intended to go for his country. I have been here three several times to discharge my duty, and further declare to you his request, and also let you know some things which haply he will not make known unto you. Mr. Locke hath been with this gentleman divers times, with whom he hath no liking to have any conference, withal, as he telleth me, saying that he hath overmuch experience of Mr. Locke. He desireth that you would give him notice of someone in Newcastle to whom he might convey such things as he will send your Honour, for by the way of Berwick he dare not. He hath by him divers letters, two or three directed to the king, one in English and the other in French, both which are from Englishmen, but the effects he would not tell me, but saith that if you use him kindly he will show you that which you would not think he could. He hath been conversant with me or Lowe since his coming to my house. My simple opinion I will declare to you at my coming with him to take his leave, which will be this night, for he intendeth to go on Monday.
Holograph. Undated. 1 p. (185. 124.)
Ric. Sayer to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1591–1603] State of the possessions and liberties of St. Albans. Traces the history, and concludes that all the liberties remain in the Queen's disposition, clearly unextinguished and undiminished; and proposes to Cecil to get the liberties and offices in fee farm from the Queen. Offers his services to discharge the execution and government thereof. Gives names of the towns, hamlets and parishes in the liberty; of the manors yet in the Queen; also of the courts and offices pertaining to the liberty.—Undated.
sheets. (210. 13.)
Thomas Fanshaw, Remembrancer of the Exchequer, to the Queen.
[1591–1600.] The Queen in the 33rd year of her reign without his suit made a lease to him and to Peter Osborne, deceased, then the Treasurer's Remembrance of the Exchequer, of lands belonging to the Cathedral Church of Norwich, with a yearly rent reserved to the Queen, the lease to be made over to the ancient tenants if they would take it, and if they refused, then to Sir Thomas Sherley and others. Has offered the lease to the ancient tenants at reasonable price, but they refused it; and he has been and is ready to make over the lease to Sherley and his cograntees, but by reason of difficulties arising among the parties, he could not with safety pass away his interest to them. Meantime the rent reserved to the Queen has remained unpaid, the arrearages of which amount to great sums. Though answerable for them, never did or could receive any profit by the lease. Prays for discharge of the arrearages.—Undated.
1 p. (96.)
Robert Stone to the Queen.
[1591–1603.] As to the property of Nicholas Howe, his wife's brother, servant to Hugh Hare of the Inner Temple. Details various attempts by Hare to obtain the property, and prays that the hearing of the cause may be remitted to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chamberlain, and Sir Robert Cecil.—Undated.
1 p. (1156.)
Nicholas Geff to the Queen.
[1596–1603 ?] Lately presented to Sir Robert Cecil, to be imparted to the Queen, particulars of his travels: hopes they may prove profitable to her. Cecil assured him that the Queen would graciously use him. Some persons have heretofore tendered to the Queen notes of things in show of great importance whose substance has not been answerable; his proposals however are not such, and he makes offer of ten thousand pounds to be paid within two years to the Queen, and assurance of five hundred pounds of land by year to her in fee. In consideration whereof, asks the Queen to grant in fee to such persons as he shall name, all such lands and possessions as he shall find out within two years, to which the Queen has good title, but for which no yearly rent or profit is now paid.—Undated.
Signed. 1 p. (3.)
"A. B." to the Queen.
[1596–1603 ?] Recommends the establishment of an office for the registering of recognisances of debt. Details the difficulties and uncertainties at present attaching to recognisances. Prays to be appointed to the office.
Endorsed "John Stoakes for erecting an office for registering of recognisances."
Endorsed (Sir R. Cecil's hand): "Margitt's suit."
2 pp. (1542.)
Petition for a Military Office.
[1596–1603] "Reasons for my Lord to move her Majesty in my behalf." His many years following of the wars in France, Portugal, the Low Countries, and both these last expeditions for Cales and the Islands, of his charges therein. His studies and practice in artillery and fortifications, whereby he is the better able to execute this office, the knowledge and judgment of munition most properly appertaining to a martial man. His ability to put in security.—Undated.
½ p. (1899.)
Petitions to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1591–1603] (1) Mary Hilles, widow of Gabriel Hilles, messenger of the Queen's Chamber, for relief.—Undated.
1 p. (374.)
Phillipp Knight.
(2) Prays for letter to the Dean of Westminster to elect a kinsman of his as Queen's Scholar at the next election.—Undated.
Note: "I have written to the Dean for one already."
½ p. (586.)
Bernard Greinvile.
(3) For furtherance of his suit for redress of intrusions made upon some Irish lands of the Queen's of which he is farmer and undertaker.
½ p. (703.)
Morgan Price, Constable of the Liberty of St. Martin's le Grand, to Sir Robert Cecil, High Steward of the Liberty.
(4) The City being lately charged to furnish 600 soldiers, the inhabitants of the Liberty, although no part of the City, were willing to furnish a proportion according to the accustomed rate; but the City endeavours to lay great and unusual taxations upon them, trying to draw them under the Lord Mayor's jurisdiction. Prays him to write to the Lord Mayor to stay the exactions.—Undated.
1 p. (971.)
Richard Danyell.
(5) For letters in his favour, to be elected a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.—Undated.
½ p. (1405.)
John Saie and Thomas Wood.
(6) Were granted by the Queen the reversion of a copyhold in Tilehurst, Berks, and Sir Thomas Sherley, the steward, received the bill, but he being gone from the stewardship, they can neither be admitted nor have their bill again. Pray for letter to Sherley to deliver them their bill.—Undated.
¾ p. (1594.)
Edward Gaunte to [Sir R. Cecil (?)].
(7) [?1591–1603] One of the Queen's coachmen. For warrant for his son to be sworn in his warrant as aid to him.— Undated.
½ p. (614.)
James Fitzgerald to Sir Robert Cecil.
(8) [1594–1603] For prosecuting the Reoghs, murderers of his father Sir Pierce and family, and in reward for Sir Pierce's services, was granted the conduct of 25 horse in the Queen's pay; but there is no order given yet for the erection of any men there. Unless he be countenanced with some men in the Queen's pay, he will be compelled to leave the country. Prays for the leading of 10 horsemen, and the 5s. Irish pension which Brien Fitzwilliams late deceased had.—Undated.
½ p. (677.)
Richard Percivale to [Sir Robert Cecil ?].
(9) [1595–1603.] For a lease of concealed lands he has discovered, part of the inheritance of Lord Vaux, the Queen's ward.—Undated.
1 p. (849.)
Petitions to Sir Robert Cecil. Jervis Molineux.
(10) [1599–1603.] The custody of the body and lands of John Forster, the Queen's ward, was committed to him, who married the mother of the ward. The mother being dead, her jointure lands ought to come to the Queen, by reason of the ward's minority, but one George Jenour seeks to hinder the Queen of her right. Prays that, in view of his great charges in defending the Queen's title, he may have a grant of the jointure lands, either without fine, or a qualified fine.—Undated.
Note by Cecil at foot: "Let the clerk certify me whether there be any such suits in the Court [of Wards] depending."
1 p. (59.)
Michael Lapworth, Doctor of Physick.
(11) Of the cause between him and Sir William Mounson, referring to a lease, and affecting Lady Mounson's jointure and the heir's inheritance. Details Mounson's practices and delays, and prays that the suit be dismissed out of the Court of Wards into the Common law.—Undated.
Note by Cecil: "Let this be moved in Court."
1 p. (1477.)
Robert Shaw, Servant to Edmund Trafford, of Trafford.
(12) [1599–1603?] For the concealed wardship of Thomas, son and heir of John Grynall of Brandlesame, Lancashire. Note thereon by Cecil.—Undated.
½ p. (1611.)
Henry Warner.
(13) Cecil having granted to him the advowsons of the benefices of Mr. Beddingfield's lands in Suffolk, and promised him the advowsons in Norfolk: prays him to present Richard Betts to Ashill, in the right of the Queen in respect of her ward Henry Beddingfield, the incumbent being dead.—Bury, 23 August.
½ p. (1917.)
Petitions to Sir Robert Cecil [1596–1603.]
Nicholas Lence, "Irish Bishop." He has some service to do for the Queen towards Ireland that no Englishman or Irishman can do as he can: therefore prays him to speak to the Queen to send for him to London, and he shall know all at that time.—Undated. 1 p. (98. 141.)
Earl of Pembroke.—The Lord President has written very earnestly to the Lord Keeper for the writer's cousin William Herbert to be sheriff of Montgomeryshire: he would also have written to Cecil if his health had permitted. Beseeches him to be favourable to Herbert in this matter. The Lord President thinks him very fit for the place.—Undated.
1 p. (98. 165.)
The Same.—Prays him to give the bearer his servant a pass for France, he being very desirous to learn the language.—Undated.
½ p. (98. 166.)
James Colvill, of Estvennes.—Being so far on his journey to France, wishes to know if the Queen will find it expedient for him to kiss her hands, or otherwise command him with some service. Troubles Cecil with his pass for himself, his horses and his company.—Undated.
½ p. (99. 29.)
T[homas] Jackson.—Desires to satisfy Cecil, and it is the greatest of his evil fortunes that he should not have the opportunity, though he diligently attended him. For the present he lives disgraced. Means to endure a voluntary imprisonment under him who would willingly find cause against him if he could; and therefore entreats Cecil's favourable construction of any information laid against him.—Undated. Holograph.
Endorsed: Captain Jackson.
1 p. (108. 121.)
John Tailer.—Containing copy of dormant privy seal discharging the first fruits of the bishopric of Exeter due by the last bishop there, dated July 3, 1582, and notes of other like warrants.
1 p. (141. 354.)
The Company of Gunmakers, of London.—By many years' industry they have achieved the skill of making muskets, calivers, and all kinds of small guns, by which their country has been mightily strengthened and the enemy discomfitted. But of late, since the making and vent of martial pieces have been in small request, their maintenance is decayed, and they have contented themselves with making fowling pieces, birding pieces, and other pieces of pleasure. But this also is taken from them, for the late proclamation forbids the use of such pieces. They pray for remedy of their distress, by employment for provision of her Majesty's store, or otherwise.—Undated.
[Date of the Proclamation is 21 December, 1600.]
½ p. (186. 60.)
Lawrence Shorey, Goldsmith.—Prays for recompense for his services in unfolding matters beneficial to her Majesty, and his consequent great charges and danger to his life. He has now found a matter which brings these commodities: first, a confirmation of the statute: secondly, a means better to maintain her Majesty's subsidies, and also the poor artificers of London and the suburbs: thirdly, a prevention of the increase of inmates, bad workmen and beggars: and fourthly, some recompense to himself and all men, without injury to any. This may appear by his petition to the Queen, which he prays Cecil to further.—Undated.
½ p. (186. 140.)
Thomas Wenman.—His charges lying in London by Cecil's command are: for diet for 5 months from Midsummer to Nov. 18, 30l.: for his apparel, books and linen lost in Scotland and there detained by the King, 30l.: of which Cecil has paid him 20l. He prays Cecil to consider his hard adventures and long attendance.—Undated.
Holograph. ½ p. (186. 166.)
E. Lumley.—On behalf of the bearer, who has a suit to the Council for a warrant to Sir Thomas Shirley for the loss of his horses.—Undated. Holograph.
Endorsed:—La. Lomlye.
6 pp. (206. 98.)
Jeames Williamson.—Factor of the copper mines in the North Country. Is prisoner in the Compter in Wood Street. Was denied the access of his friends and the society of the other prisoners, but in answer to his former petition Cecil vouchsafed him the liberty of the house. Now prays for enlargement upon sufficient bail, as nothing can be found or proved against him offensive against the Queen or the State, as was suggested.— Undated.
½ p. (5.)
Edward Heming.—Is tenant from the Queen of the Postern near Tower Hill: was obliged, through its decay, to pull down part of his dwelling house, situate over the common passage of the Postern Gate; but upon the Lord Mayor's complaint that he was abating the foundations and taking away proof of the claim made by the City to part of the ground thereabout, has been ordered by the Council not to rebuild. Has settled his new foundation without any such abatement as is pretended: and prays for leave to rebuild. Otherwise he would be greatly distressed for his dwelling house, and the gate of the postern, which is a place of great charge for the warding and shutting up of all suspected passengers travelling that way to and from the City at unreasonable hours in the night, would in a manner lie open without any resistance.—Undated.
½ p. (78.)
Charles Jasper.—Received Cecil's warrant for 6l. for bringing a packet from the Hague. Was at great charge with a man and other expenses for carrying over the dogs with him at his last going to the Hague. In consideration whereof, prays for the next packet for France.—Undated.
½ p. (83.)
[ ].—Prays that for pity on his lamentable estate in his old age, and on his poor aged wife, Cecil will install so much of his debt due to the Queen as will not be laid on his sureties at some yearly payment. In care to satisfy the Queen has made offer of his houses and lands to several persons, who, unless he is able to give them days of payment, will give him very little for the same.—Undated.
1 p. (87.)
Lawrence Muns.—Has been unjustly ejected from his tenancy of a shop he held from the Bishop of London by the Bishop, on pretence of nonpayment of rent, which he had duly paid to the collector. Prays Cecil to take order that the Bishop may permit him to enjoy his former interest in the shop.— Undated.
½ p. (134.)
George Shepham.—Is administrator of his cousin, John Shepham, English merchant, late deceased at Stoade. Prays for the Queen's letters to the Lords and Senate of Stoade, where the deceased's goods and books of account are detained.— Undated.
½ p. (140.)
Richard Mackworth, of Betton, Salop.—Has presented Cecil with "this book touching his good intention towards the realm of Ireland." Desires to plant himself there, where he has a little living, and prays Cecil that some other matter, benefit or thing may be added thereto to increase it.—Undated.
1 p. (164.)
John Hashall.—For the wardship of the heir of James Masey, of Saill, Cheshire.—Undated.
Note by Cecil that when a tenure is found he will consider further who is fit to compound with the Queen.
1 p. (189.)
John Goldwell.—Is committee of John Mill, the Queen's ward, to whom certain lands have descended by the death of his grandfather William Morgan. Prays for a lease thereof.— Undated.
Note by Cecil asking particulars.
1 p. (233.)
Thomas Dutton.—Married Thomasin Singleton, the Queen's widow, without leave. Prays a reasonable fine to be set on him for the same.—Undated.
¼ p. (274.)
Mary Gore, wife of Jerrard Gore the younger.—Holds lease of the manor of East Moulsey, Surrey, from her late father Anthony Crane, late cofferer and master of the Queen's household. Lady Edmunds has procured the reversion, has sought to dispossess her, and now, on account of a pretended wrong offered her in breaking open a pew in the church of Moulsey, has procured Jerrard Gore's committal to the Fleet. Prays for his release, and redress.—Undated.
1 p. (314.)
Lawrence vander Boegave, of Middlebrough.—Has attached Henry Pyne for debt. Having been advised that Pyne is in no manner of employment to the Queen, as appears by Sir Walter Rawleigh's letters to the Sheriffs of London, hopes no fault will be found with him for the attachment.— Undated.
1 p. (317.)
Stephen Brage.—Is in prison for debt to the Queen on a tenement in Fleet Street called the Catt and Fidler. Prays for release upon terms.—Undated.
1 p. (360.)
Edward Parvis and Thomas Offley, merchants of London. In consideration of the damages sustained by them, and their long imprisonment, in the Florentines' cause; and of their services in bringing in 40,000l. worth of corn in the last time of great dearth: pray for licence to export 3000 tons of beer and 3000 quarters of grain.—Undated.
1 p. (371.)
Elizabeth Punchard.—Prays that the fees for the pardon of her husband's life may be remitted in forma pauperis. This has been refused by the Clerks of the Signet and Privy Seal.— Undated.
Note by Cecil that he is content for fees belonging to him to be remitted, but he cannot and will not overrule any of the Clerks' fees.
1 p. (381.)
John Chamberleyn.—Sir Henry Nevill, ambassador in France, has appointed him deputy steward of the borough of Newbury. Asks letters to Sir Thomas Parry and others to swear him into the office.—Undated.
1 p. (384.)
John Foster.—For relief, for his long services in the wars. The inhabitants of his county, Northumberland, make no collection, according to the statute, for the relief of himself and others of his sort.—Undated.
½ p. (387.)
Lewes Rogers.—Cecil offended with him for impressing Benjamin Childe, a chirurgeon. It was not done by his means, but appointed by the Master and Wardens of the Barber Surgeons of London. Prays payment of money due to him for service in Ireland.—Undated.
½ p. (390.)
Andrew Pilkington, M.A.—For his letter to Sir John Townsend, to bestow upon him the benefice of Haydon, Norfolk. —Undated.
½ p. (442.)
John Rossindall, Baron of Mountfenill.—A capias is awarded from the Court of Wards for his apprehension for a debt to the Queen for fine of livery. His lands, and the bodies of the tenants of his barony, have been seized for debt to the Queen. Prays that the Sheriff of Denbigh be called to account for two years and a half past, and the debt paid out of the money received from his lands, and the overplus to him for his relief.— Undated.
1 p. (459.)
Edward Archer.—Has determined to travel to Padua to study in the faculty of physic, and on his journey has been stayed, examined, and released, Prays licence for safe and free passage.—Undated.
½ p. (470.)
Thomas Gerard.—Is imprisoned in the Westminster Gatehouse, on the false charge of robbery of one Dancen, innholder of the White Hart in the Strand. Prays for trial, and restitution of his goods. Details his military services.—Undated.
Note by John Dansen certifying that petitioner is a notable thief, and that there will be at least three indictments against him for felony at the next sessions.
1 p. (507.)
Captain Hugh Williams.—For pass, and warrant for taking post horses, to follow his captain the Lord Warden of the Stanneries into the Low Countries.—Undated.
½ p. (580.)
Hugh Cornelison.—For payment of his bill for necessaries supplied to the company of Sir Henry Norris, of the Queen's garrison at Brill, nine years ago.—Undated.
½ p. (676.)
Timothy Feilding.—His services in the wars, and as lieutenant in Sir Francis Drake's last voyage. Prays to be appointed muster master of Warwickshire.—Undated. ½ p. (766.)
Cornelius Johnson, mariner.—Lately employed for the Queen's service to Calais. For reward.—Undated.
¼ p. (865.)
Jeromy Woodward.—Brought two camels from Germany, which he offered to the Queen, but as she will not buy them, and he cannot afford to give them, prays the Council's warrant to make shew of them throughout the realm, or to sell them.— Undated.
½ p. (866.)
John Chewe.—On behalf of Edward Harecourt, close prisoner in the Gatehouse. Prays that he be granted the liberty of the prison, on account of his diseases.—Undated.
½ p. (882.)
Anthony Scalia.—For his services as a groom of the Queen's stable was granted an almsman's room in St. Peter's, Westminster, for his lame and impotent son, but the place is refused by the Dean, on the ground that his son is not a personable man, fit for the view of strangers when they come to visit the Church. Prays that he may attend the place himself till his son become of better stature.—Undated.
1 p. (914.)
John Symons.—For the reversion of the place of John Wells, the Queen's post for France.—Undated.
½ p. (972.)
Martyn Fredrigo, agent for the Seignory of Venice.—Upon his petition as to the account given him by the Commissioners for the wheat of the Seignory, the Lord Treasurer ordered that two men be chosen to hear the matter, one for the Seignory and one for the Commissioners. Prays that such convenient and indifferent men be appointed as are meet to deal in prince's affairs.—Undated.
1 p. (1005.)
Elizabeth Cock.—For a commission to the bailiffs of Godmanchester, or others, to see that her husband makes provision for her according to promise.—Undated.
1 p. (1008.)
John Johnson.—For the release, or enlargement to houses in the city, of his sons Francis and George, scholars and M.A.'s of Cambridge, imprisoned for refusing upon conscience to have spiritual communion with the present ministry of the land.— Undated. ½ p. (1055.)
Note that the party is to prefer his petition to the whole table.
Thomas Shepard.—Groom of the Queen's Chamber, apprehended by William Simpson, provost marshal, in Ludgate Hill, without cause of offence, and committed to the Counter. Prays for the punishment of Simpson and allowance for his charges.—Undated.
Note: "A letter written to the Lord Mayor in the party's behalf."
¼ p. (1096.)
William Hollyday.—For warrant to Mr. Cromwell for the delivery to him of 6 tierces of salted beef, taken by John Boate from petitioner's pinnace the "Harvest."—Undated.
1 p. (1108.)
Prisoners at the Fleet and the King's Bench.—Pray him to further their bill to Parliament for establishing a Commission for their relief.—Undated.
½ p. (1113.)
Edward Lloyd.—For his wife's recusancy, an action is brought against him, and his appearance is refused unless he appear also for his wife; so that he must either appear for his wife, and be undone, or be committed, or be outlawed, or else put away his wife. If made answerable for his wife's debt, prays to be assessed according to his ability to pay for her what Cecil thinks meet, and to be released from the suits.—Undated.
1 p. (1116.)
John Gibbon.—Was granted the wardship of Alice Stringer, whom he married to Edward Scott, who was to pay him a sum of money, but refuses, pretending that his wife, by the liberties of the Cinque Ports, was exempt from wardship. Prays that if the case be brought to the Council table, it may be referred to the ordinary courts of justice.—Undated.
½ p. (1117.)
George Cobham, messenger.—Imprisoned for speeches against Cecil's servant. Confesses his offence and prays for release.—Undated.
1 p. (1213.)
The Porters of the Queen's Gate.—That no Sergeant Porter may be sworn in their office.—Undated.
½ p. (1241.)
Gregory Buck.—Deputy post for London.—As to an action against him by Robert Williamson, respecting a stray horse.— Undated.
¾ p. (1258.)
John Saye and Thomas Wood.—They received from the Queen, by bill, the reversion of a copyhold in the manor of Tylehurst, Berks, which bill they shewed to Sir Thomas Sherley, then steward of the manor, who detains it. Pray for letter to Sherley requiring him to deliver them the bill.—Undated.
1 p. (1298.)
Peter Poinyer.—Was robbed by Henry Lever of 2000 Turkey sequins and diamonds and jewels, and the pursuivant being unable to apprehend Lever, petitioner compounded with Lever's wife for 80l., upon which the pursuivant committed him to prison on an action for 40l. Prays for discharge, and that the case be examined.—Undated.
1 p. (1304.)
Lieutenant Burn.—For despatch of his petition, that he may return to his service in Ireland, his followers remaining there in great want.—Undated.
½ p. (1306.)
John Kempe.—Butcher near Temple Bar. For licence to kill and sell flesh during next Lent.—Undated.
1 p. (1316.)
Captain Randall.—That his pension may be granted for a term of years, so that he may discharge his debts: or for some other gift.—Undated.
½ p. (1325.)
James Rodes.—His services. Was lately sent over from Flushing to apprehend the two traitors now in hold. Prays for maintenance, or for licence to export 300 tuns of beer.— Undated.
½ p. (1327.)
Captain William Chatterton.—The military services of himself and his late brother Adam. Prays for the arrears and continuance of his brother's pension, till a debt in which he was bound for his brother be discharged.—Undated.
1 p. (1328.)
Peter Nicholas.—For a soldier's pay in the garrison of the Brill, for his long service as armourer there.—Undated.
1 p. (1333.)
Henry Smyth.—For a lease in reversion, for his services as yeoman of the wet larder.—Undated.
¾ p. (1358.)
William Collins.—Henry VII, by charter granted the custom of the town of the Novan, Ireland, to the portreeve and inhabitants, for paving the streets and maintaining the walls. No account has been for a long time taken, nor reparations made. Prays for enquiry. As to other customs improperly exacted under colour of the same charter. Offers 10l. Irish yearly for a grant of them.—Undated.
1 p. (1362.)
Ambrose Bonnie.—Procurator general for the Society of merchants of Marseilles. One of their ships has been taken by Holland, captain of a man of war of Dartmouth, who is now returning homeward with it. Prays for letters to the officers of the ports in the West parts and in Wales, to stay the captain and company on arrival, and take charge of the ship and goods, to prevent their spoil, until further order.—Undated.
½ p. (1413.)
William Okey, keeper of the Westminster Gatehouse.—The Dean and Chapter of Westminster have covenanted with him for the keeping of all prisoners arrested within their liberties. Complains that Ralph Dobbinson, under bailiff, continually keeps such prisoners as he arrests, to his great loss.
Answer of Ralph Dobbinson. Justifies his keeping of the prisoners by a decision of the Lord Keeper and the then Master of the Rolls, he being held responsible for the debt in the case of escape. Is content to commit his prisoners to the Gatehouse if the keeper will give security to save him harmless.
Oker's reply to Dobbinson.—He entered into bond to save the Dean and Chapter harmless for all escapes or losses which may happen through the keeper's default: a draft of which Dobbinson saw, and liked well of, and promised to send his prisoners, but has not yet done so. Prays that the jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter be not impeached.—Undated.
3 pp. (1415.)
Robert Allatt.—His services in Scotland and Italy. Is wickedly abused by two persons who fly from place to place, and prays for warrant to travel without interruption for the finding out and apprehension of these persons.—Undated.
½ p. (1418.)
William Peterson and George Adams.—For allowance out of concealed intrusions in various manors, which they will bear the charge of discovering.—Undated.
¾ p. (1436.)
John Warrener.—For letters to the Rector and Fellows of Lincoln College, Oxford, to give their consent to his purchasing the remainder of lease of a tenement in Oxford belonging to them.—Undated.
1 p. (1454.)
William Amies.—Details oppressions he has suffered at the hands of Humfrey Briggs, in connection with lands in Kemberton, Salop. Briggs also suppressed his licence to sell ale, and had him committed to gaol. Prays for letters to the Justices to examine the matters.—Undated.
1 p. (1457.)
Thomas Lloyd.—For allowance for bringing letters from the mayor of Bewmaris.—Undated.
½ p. (1474.)
William Westwood.—Prisoner in the Fleet for his father's debts. His father Robert Westwood committed to the same prison is lately deceased there. Prays for access with his counsel to the chest wherein his father kept the writings concerning his estate, the warder refusing him access without authority.—Undated.
½ p. (1492.)
William Batty.—For licence to Gilbert Geste to kill flesh during next lent in the shambles in the parish of St. Clement Danes.—Undated.
½ p. (1493.)
Edmond Scarlett.—Ordinary post of Waltham Cross. Complains that his hay, straw, horses, carriages and other provisions are taxed and taken from him by the officers of the town, by reason whereof and of the great dearth that now is in the realm, he will not be able to discharge his office. Prays for warrant for his discharge therein.—Undated.
½ p. (1538.)
Hugh Beeston.—A lease was promised to the late Henry Nowell and Sir Nicholas Clifford, by the provost and fellows of King's College, Cambridge, of their parsonage impropriate of Chawlke, Wilts. Nowell, surviving Clifford, bequeathed the whole interest in the lease to petitioner, in discharge of his debts. Prays for letters to the provost and fellows to effect their promise.—Undated.
1 p. (1552.)
John and Harry Bennett, for the tenants of the Earl of Derby at Sawcham Massey, Cheshire.—As to a common and windmill, formerly mortgaged by Lord Derby to one Ledsame, who refuses to receive the mortgage money, detains the lease, and has purchased the ground and windmill from the present Countess. Pray they may continue her Ladyship's tenants according to their lease.—Undated.
1 p. (1658.)
Richard Somner.—For relief, in view of his services to the Queen, his 3 years imprisonment by the enemy, and his hurts.— Undated.
¾ p. (1677.)
Reynold Angleberger.—Complains that Michael Baxter, goldsmith, has defrauded him of his half profit in a bargain for the purchase of certain ruby stones. Prays Cecil or Mr. Waad to hear the matter.—Undated.
1 p. (1678.)
John Haywood.—Committed to the Clink on supposition that his house was a receptacle for persons not well disposed to the Queen. No such persons were found in his house upon search. Protests his loyalty, and prays for release.—Undated.
½ p. (1698.)
William Resould.—Details his losses in a ship set out from Lisbon by Nicholas Owseley, servant to the Lord Admiral, to whom the Lord Admiral gave the compensation properly due to petitioner. In view thereof, and of the further services which he offers to perform for the Queen in Lisbon, prays [Cecil] to move the Lord Admiral to bestow on him a small Flemish pink, now at Deptford.—Undated.
1 p. (1784.)
William Norton.—Of his indebted and distressed condition. His body lying in prison will not answer the Queen's debt. Prays for Cecil's consideration, and that his son-in-law, whom he has dealt hardly with and endangered in many ways, may be joined with him in his place, or that he may resign the place to him.—Undated.
1 p. (1925.)
George Cawdron and other tenants of the Queen's manors of Hale, Heckington and Ruskington, Lincoln.—Sir Edward Dymock, for making good certain of his fen grounds in Kyme, Lincolnshire, has procured certain Commissioners of Sewers to compel them to contribute to the charge of draining. The draining will never do any good, but rather hurt, to their grounds: nor do they lie within the danger of the salt water. Pray Cecil to stay the levy till the cause depending in the Exchequer be determined.—Undated.
1 p. (1993.)
Richard Moody and Richard Mayham, of Yarmouth, Norfolk, for themselves, and the rest of the whole coast.—By reason of the late restraint made by the King of Denmark they dare not fish in Iceland, as formerly. The restraint will cause great loss to the Queen and her subjects on the coast, also a want of men to serve the Queen, and a scarcity of victual in the land, unless special order be taken to encourage the fishermen, and stricter order for the observation of the fish days commanded by law. Pray Cecil to take order in the matter.—Undated.
½ p. (1997.)
The Painter Stainers of London.—Their Bill for the redress of the great wrongs done them by the plasterers has been committed by Parliament, but the plasterers make suit to have the cause ended in London, where heretofore they would abide no order. The plasterers' pretence being only to gain time, pray that their Bill may be effected.—Undated.
1 p. (2013.)
Tenants of the Queen's Manor of Tylehurst, Berks.— Complain that the deputy steward of the manor has granted reversions of copyholds over their heads. Pray for restraint thereof.—Undated.
½ p. (2024.)
The Aldermen and Assistants, inhabitants of Newarkupon-Trent.—The Queen incorporated the town, and granted them by lease view of frank pledge and other courts and perquisities. Mr. Skipwith, having a book to pass from the Queen of a lease in reversion, has, by the procurement of William Cecil, Sir Robert's nephew, inserted in the book the above courts and premises, intending to convert them to his private use. This, if passed, would impoverish the town and be the overthrow of the corporation. Pray that stay be made thereof, and that they be granted a lease in reversion.—Undated.
½ p. (2033.)
The Handycraftsmen of Clothworkers.—The Queen has granted to the Earl of Cumberland licence to transport undressed cloths, Kentish and Suffolk cloths only excepted, whereby they are deprived of their labour. The Eastland merchants also, who have heretofore vented dressed cloths, now vent great part of their cloths undressed. Pray for the enforcement of the former laws (cited), restraining the export of undressed cloths.— Undated.
1 p. (2085.)
[—.] For letters to the Dean and Canons of Windsor to grant to Thomas Smith a lease of Allhallows and St. Martin's, in the city of Hereford.—Undated.
1 p. (2499.)
The Case of the Stewardship of the Manor of Rodney.
[1595–1603 ?] The patent was granted to Sir Edward Winter, and afterwards, upon complaint of the tenants, to Robert Chambers. It being bruited that Winter had returned to England, Chambers ceased to hold the courts, when in truth Winter had not returned, and afterwards a new and absolute patent was granted to Chambers.—Undated.
1 p. (2492.)
[1596–1603.] Antonie Besson, one of the attorneys of the Court of Star Chamber, to Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Keeper. Of his suit against Mr. Mill in the Star Chamber: his losses therein, and the daily abuses and injuries done to him and his clients by Mill. Prays that his cause may be published, and a day appointed this term for the hearing.—Undated.
End. ½ p. (76.)
City of New Sarum to Same.
[1596–1603.] Whereas the last commission of goal delivery for the city of New Sarum, Wilts, is expired, and certain of the justices there since its granting are deceased, other removed &c., by reason whereof the goal there now being replete with many prisoners would require a more speedy delivery: may it please him to direct forth commissions of peace and goal delivery to the persons underwritten (list of names follows, among them Sir Robert Cecil.)—Undated.
1 p. (205. 84.)
Edward Jones to Lord Cobham, Lord Chamberlain of her Majesty's Household.
[1596–1603.] You have done me some disgraces, which grieve me so much as I must complain thereof to you. That which grieves me most is the public disgrace which you gave me at the play on Sunday night, not only before many of my friends that thought you did me wrong, but in the hearing of my wife who being with child did take it so ill as she wept and complained in the place, for I came to her but to ask her how she did, and not to stay there; and you lifting up your staff at me called me "sirra" and bid me "get me lower, sawcy fellow"; beside other words of disgrace. All which, though I bear patiently at your hands, yet because it seems to proceed of some spiteful information of me, which I am loath should harbour in your opinion, I beseech you to give me leave to say that I know no cause why you or any other should despise me. For my birth I am indeed one of the meanest of my kindred, but yet not base, but well descended, as many honourable persons, the Lord Keeper, the Earl of Essex, the Countess of Warwick and others of good quality in the Court, to whom I am allied, do know. My education has been always like a gentleman, both here in England and beyond the seas, and such as has been so made known to her Majesty by divers of her Council, as her Majesty was pleased to know me and think me worthy to serve her, as Sir John Stanhope can witness; Sir Robert Cecil also was present when her Majesty of herself named me for secretary for the French tongue. Besides, my life has been honest and my behaviour respective, and I thank God I am no beggar (though the worse by 1,000l. by means of your crossing of me.) These things I speak not in vain glory, but to let you know that I deserve not so much your displeasure or scorn. Therefore, I beseech you cancel your ill opinion of me, forbear to despise me or to disgrace me till you shall see me do anything indiscreetly or unworthy a gentleman. I could have procured many, either of the Council or the nobility, to deal with you herein, and to be mediators for your favour, but it shall be needless if you will be pleased to take this in good part at my hands, which is meant only to remove your ill opinion from me and to prevent further disgrace, this being the greatest that ever I received in my life and most unworthily.—Undated.
Holograph. 2 pp. (108. 61.)
—to Dr. Parkins.
[1596–1603 ?] His last to Parkins was by William Malim, in Dutch, written by his servant, for he lay sick abed by a bruise taken in travelling to Heilsburg for delivery of Parkins' letter: the answer whereof, as well as Mr. Willcox's, was enclosed within the said Dutch letter. Their graces both much desire answer of the same. He delivered his meassage to them both in great secret, none knowing of it, or being by, but his cousin. As to Parkins' letters to Herr van der Lynd, at Dansk and to Herr Springall. All things remain in quiet there, as Parkins left them. What has been done at Torne concerning the churches is not openly known. By Springall's letter Parkins shall understand all. The great Chancellor has taken in Moldavia and Wallachie, and by the Turks' consent has placed Aron's son in the Wallachie. The Prince of Transylvania is offended therewith and would be revenged: but the Chancellor is ready for him. Mr. Wilcox is now there with intent to have gone to the Cardinal, but as his grace fears to confer with any of them for fear of suspicion, he certified his grace by letter of Wilcox being there; and this day his cousin has come with letters to Wilcox from the Cardinal. His cousin commends himself to Parkins, and longs for his protection, for he would gladly be in England. Also Herr Stephan desires to see her Majesty, his grace staying only upon answer from Parkins. The Prince of Transylvania has beheaded 6 of those that counselled him to put Balthasar to death.—Undated.
Addressed: To the wor. Doctor Parkins esquire, one of the Masters of her Majesty's most royal Court of Requests, and Doctor of both the laws. London at Mr. Alderman Ratcleef's.
1 p. (98. 149.)
Thomas Pallaser to Mr. Wade.
[1596–1603.] Jesus Maria ! Being bound by the law of nature, next unto my soul, to provide for, and before all transitorious goods in the world to procure the health and welfare of my body, and not finding this course which I have taken anyway repugnant to my conscience, thought it convenient and requisite though with extreme difficulty to adventure an escape. I made, very rashly and in truth contrary to my own determination presently before, a promise unto Mr. Perlor with an oath as I was priest that I would not depart, although I was forced for the making fast of my chamber window to pay for four iron bars xviij d; at which time I made the said promise quia ex duobus malis minus est eligendum, that is to say, I chose rather so to do than to be manacled every night as I was; but, Mr. Perlor not accepting my oath, (as manifestly appeareth because he hath placed John Smyth his servant in a chamber betwixt me and my other two brethren, lest we should break away) therefore I am cleared and quite discharged. For an oath not accepted of, although it be confirmed never so greatly, as also rashly made and without reason, doth not bind in conscience. Another motive besides this would have moved very many, which was that, having advertisement out of the streets, not only by speeches but very often by signs, that Topliff would procure my arraignment very shortly, although her Majesty's mercy, whom I pray God to bless and to take that course that no foreigners may invade our realm, which very easily were performed by granting liberty to Ca[tholics] for freely using their consciences. I protest unto you that I am and will be a true faithful and loyal subject in all things whatsoever shall not displease Al[mighty] God, and I faithfully professe her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to be my sovereign and prince and no other. My humble duty to your worship, beseeching you to do the like unto Sir Robert Cecil, &c.
Addressed: "To the right worshipful Mr. Wade at his house in Wood Street, [or] elsewhere. I command you Mr. Perlor in her Majesty's behalf to deliver this according to his direction."
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. (51. 52.)
Captain Cheston to [the Council.]
[1597–1603?] For his charges in employment with Sir William Russell in the West Country, and in the returning back of the soldiers dismissed in Herts., Cambs,, Suffolk and Norfolk.—Undated.
½ p. (219.)
Thoresbye to [the Lord Treasurer. ?]
[1597–1603?] With regard to the manor of Caxton [?Norfolk]. Prays that his bill in equity may be allowed.—Undated.
Note in T. Hesketh's hand, that he has caused Woorsopp to answer this petition.
1 p. Mutilated. (245.)
Sir William Bowes to [the Lord Treasurer.]
[1597–1603?] Treasurer at Berwick. For payment direct from the Exchequer of 1,000l. due to the Berwick garrison. Objections to the late order to defalcate the money out of tickets and warrants, &c.—Undated.
1 p. (1243.)
Speeches against the Queen, &c.
[1598–1603] On the 14th January, being invited to Captain Elliot's to dinner, coming up the stairs he heard Elliot talk of the Queen to Father Nicholas, saying that the "lantathor" had given him leave to work means to put the Queen to death; and that if the King would give him leave within 6 months he would take the Queen's life. Nicholas answered that if the King would not give him leave, he and Father Parsons would work such means unto the Pope that Elliot should have his desire. "Whereupon within one week after he rode to the Court to put in practice his devillish pretence, and if the King would not let him put it in practice, that then he would go to the Pope, to procure his licence to come for England, for he said that he would get one in England of his old acquaintance that for a piece of money should soon take her life away." Further heard him say that when he had taken the Queen's life he would quarter the Lord Treasurer and the Lord Chief Justice, and throw them both into an old privy, and not suffer them to die openly, and to say that they died for their gospel.—Undated.
Endorsed: Speeches used by Elliot of her Majestie, the old Lord Treasurer and Lord Chief Justice.
1 p. (98. 92.)
William Wingfeild, John Holmes, William Briscoe, and William Baldwyn, of London, dicemakers, to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1598–1603 ?] They have bought part of the patent granted by the Queen to her groom porter Mr. Cornwallis, now deceased, touching the sealing and selling of dice only: and have paid to Robert Smyth, by the appointment of Lady Katharine Cornwallis (in whom the patent remains) 200l., and are bound to pay further sums. By reason of the late proclamation touching the disannulling of certain patents, men for the most part refuse to buy dice of them, contrary to the true meaning of the patent; whereby they are utterly undone, unless Cecil relieve them. They pray him to provide that the patent may be confirmed, or else their bonds discharged.—Undated.
1 p. (186. 26.)
Robert Michell, servant to Fulk Grevill, to Sir R. Cecil.
[1598–1603?] Prays that he may continue tenant of half an acre of land in Hoddesdon: and that John Baly, who has broken down his fences, may be commanded to repair them.— Undated.
Note by Cecil, granting the request, as to the land.
1 p. (74.)
Thomas Cooper to Lord Buckhurst and Sir R. Cecil.
[1598–1603.] Till Lady Day last had licence to sell starch, and was offered a new licence by Edwards & Lion, deputies of Mr. Ellis, who holds the starch patent, but they could not agree upon terms. Lion obtained warrant to bring him up, and has taken bond for his appearance at Mr. Ellis's house. Has sold no starch since the expiration of his licence. Prays them to call his adversaries before them and hear their accusations.—Undated.
½ p. (196.)
Richard Audenet to Thomas, Lord Burghley.
[1598–1603] To cause John Garfet, clerk, vicar of Wigtoft, Lincoln, to appear before the Council or others, to answer petitioner's charges of treacherous and disloyal speeches touching the Queen and other matters.—Undated.
1 p. (1072.)
Theodoricus Wyar to [ ].
[1596–1598.] Mag: Do: Illustrissimi Principes Joannes Fredericus Marchio Brandemburgicus, Administrator Primatus et Archiepiscopatus Magdenburgensis, Et Henricus Julius Dux Brunswicensis et Luneborgi, nuper cum illustrissimorum dominorum meorum Ordinum harum Provinciarum nomine apud illorum Celsitudines essem ac privatim sermo de Liga Serenissimae Reginae Angliae cum Rege Galliae et dictis dominis Ordinibus incidisset, perdiligenter ex me quaesiverunt quis a Majestate ejus ex Anglia ad Ligam illam tractandam ablegatus fuisset, quis majestatis suae hic sit Conciliarius, et an Scotiae Rex ac Regnum hinc foederi se associassent ! Nominavi ego T. M., unde petierunt ut illorum observantiam erga Majestatem ejus, et salutationem benevolentissimam erga T. M. eidem indicarem. Quot uti jam ante feci ita nunc haec repetenda duxi, eo quod brevi me ad Principes illos et alios (inter quos Mauritius Lantgravius Hessiae circumstantias illius Ligae exacte scire cupiet) rediturum existimem. Multum sane momenti T. M. literae adferrent, quae testentur me ea quae supradicta sunt recte hic retulisse et ex eadem plane certoque intellexisse quomodo illa Ligaa T. M. cum dominis Ordinibus hic sit tractata quamque firma eam secuta sit ratificatio, quique inde effectus ad totius Germaniae securitatem contra Hispani artes ac vires redundent, et ex adverso, quantum ignominiae ac periculi ab illis totius Orbis Christiani harpiis ac turbatoribus Hispanis ac Jesuitis inimineat, si ipsi Principes ad majorem cum tantis confederatis conjunctionem hac occasione et fortioribus quam hactenus consiliis non utantur. M. T. intellexit Fredericum Mendozzam Legatum Hispaniae in Aula Polonica multa et ibi et Dantisci moliri in prejudicium harum Provinciarum et Angliae uti mihi illinc et ex ipsa aula certo scribitur. Idem Berleinontius in Dania machinabitur. Brandenburgici Principis Electoris et supra dicti Administratoris Magdenburgici duo filii forte hac estate Angliam videbunt. Dux Brunswicensis perdicabat mihi quanta Majestas Angliae benevolentia parentem suum ducem Julium dum viveret dignata sit. Vale Mag. Do. prosperrime.
M.T. devotissimus Theodoricus Wyar.
Endorsed: "Copie of Doctor Wiars letter to me."
1 p. (99. 31.)
Michael Berisford, feodary of Kent, to [ ]
[?1597–1603] As to the tenure of the manor of Aylesford, formerly possessed by Sir Henry Wyat and Sir Thomas Wyat, and afterwards granted to Sir Robert Southwell, now claimed by heirs in gavelkind from the Queen's ward.—Undated.
1 p. (2444.)
[1600–1603?] Account of the several warrants directed to John Traves and William Greves for the delivery of apparel.
The deliveries are, to Colonel Dockwell for soldiers in the Griffin of Trevere: to Captain Carey for my Lord Marshal's company: to Captain Rande for soldiers under the leading of Sir Charles Percy: for soldiers under Captain Foulke Coneway: to Captain Randall Brette for soldiers in the Crowe of Guernsey: to Mr. Grove, master of her Majesty's ship the Repulse: to bargemen: to Portingall's: to my Lord General's followers: shoes delivered by warrant of my Lord Montjoy.— Undated.
1 p. (205. 89.)
John Moore to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1601–1603?] James Littleton, an offender in the late insurrection of the Lords, was pardoned at petitioner's suit, but now refuses to reward him as agreed upon. Prays Cecil to send for Mr. Littleton and take order with him therein.— Undated.
1 p. (1244.)
Patrick Crosbie to the Lord Treasurer and Mr. Secretary.
[1600–1603?] For payment of money due to him out of Sir Warham St. Leger's estate. Asks to be paid "in the mere copper pence, which is no charge to her Majesty, for that it will never return into the exchange, and may do your suppliant some good in his works and buildings in Ireland."—Undated.
¾ p. (1260.)
Owen Garvie to [ ]
[1600–1603.] Groom and Messenger of the Queen's Chamber. For letters to Sir George Carew, Lord President of Munster, to employ him in the Irish Service.—Undated.
½ p. (1261.)
John Whyt to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1600–1603 ?] His controversy with James and Robert Thornehill respecting the glebe lands and tithes of Tuxford, belonging to Trinity College, Cambridge. Prays him to move Mr. George Carew and Dr. Swale to hear the cause with such favour on his behalf as equity requires.—Undated.
1 p. (1456.)
Charles Lord Mountjoy and Sir William Russell, to the Commissioners for passing the accounts of the Treasurer at Wars in Ireland.
[1600–1603.] As to the allowance of the concordatum given for the receipt of money in lieu of 235 beeves yearly allowed by the Queen out of the Cavan towards the maintenance of her Deputy's hospitality, respecting which some doubt is made by the auditors of Sir Henry Wallop and Sir George Cary's accounts. —Undated.
1 p. (1663.)
Proclamation against Engrossing and Transporting Wheat, &c.
[1596?] Begins "The Queen's Majesty having had of late time consideration of great dearth grown in sundry parts of her realm, judging that the rich owners of corn would keep their store from common markets, thereby to increase the prices thereof," &c. Orders were given to justices to stay all engrossers, forestallers, and regraters of corn, and to direct all owners to furnish the markets weekly. Nevertheless her Majesty is informed that the dearth increases through lack of execution of the orders, and that the owners secretly sell to badgers, who regrate the corn out of market at excessive prices. The justices are now commanded to see to the due execution of the orders and the punishment of the offenders. The engrossers and regraters have spread a report that the dearth is caused by corn being carried out of the realm, which report, for anything to her knowledge, is false. Nevertheless to prevent corn from being so transported under colour of being carried from port to port of the country, special bonds are to be taken of owners of ships. Directions follow as to the prosecution and punishment of offenders. Charge is given to persons of ability to keep hospitality in their countries, not to break up their households and come into the city in this time of dearth, but to stay in their countries and keep hospitality. Her Majesty, "having had an instant occasion given her to extend her commandment even for the necessary defence of her realm," orders all deputies to Lieutenants to repair to their countries, and all persons having charge of any castles or forts on the sea coast to repair to their charge, and reside personally there all this winter season, and to have care how the forts are furnished. Persons dwelling in port towns are likewise to continue their habitation there, and furnish their households with able persons for defence of the ports.—Undated.
Draft, corrected by Robert Cecil and another.
pp. (98. 71.)
Grants made by the Bishop of Durham to the Queen.
[Eliz.] The manors and lordships of Gateside and Whickham with their appurtenances.
The demesnes of Chester.
The parsonage of Leek.
Midridge Grange.
Quarringdon Grange.
Wulsingham Park.
Chappell Walls.
Sorebie under Cotcliff.
Svenwood Park.
Bishop Middleham Park and demesnes.
Bishop field closes.
Durnton Mills.
Fishing of Norham.
Undated. ½ p. (188. 9.)
Thomas Spon, Mayor, and Aldermen of Eastlowe, Cornwall, to the Council.
[Eliz.] On behalf of John Criffle, mariner of that town, who was impressed with his barque for the Queen's service to Ireland, and on returning was shipwrecked near Elfordcombe, Devon. They pray for the relief of his losses, amounting to £50.—Undated.
Signed by Thomas Spon, Mayor, John Comminge, Phillyp Fewellen, Thomas Lugger, John Hicks.
1 p. (98. 90.)
— to Archibald Douglas.
[Eliz.] The party to whom he wrote with regard to Douglas's prebend, thinking him to be in Sussex, is in this town. Offers to bring him to Douglas to-morrow; otherwise he is to attend the Lord Keeper.—Undated.
Unsigned. ¼ p. (98. 86.)
[?J.] Murray to Archibald Douglas.
[Eliz.] He has never before had an opportunity of writing to Douglas since he came to this country, through being in the frontiers of Almaing with his company. After his coming he gave his dependence wholly upon his Excellency, whose good countenance he wanted not. There was a Scots captain who was desirous to be quit of his company, and offered it to him, and his Excellency promised him means to entertain it: whereupon he agreed with the captain, but then found his Excellency's mind far altered, so that he was constrained to lay his clothes and all he had in pawn to entertain it, and to seek the Count of Holtok for entertainment, who showed him great favour. Offers services.—Middlebro, 28 December, stilo novo.
1 p. (98. 155.)
A. Douglas to the Bishop of Exeter.
[Eliz.] He has sharply reproved Mr. John Rutherford for preaching against Bishop Juell; but he has cleared himself by the testimony of those of the parish of Pilton that heard him, and shewed also the testimony of the gentlemen of the shire of his pains of preaching and catechism, and of his good life and conversation. Concerning his authority to preach it is manifest by this, that when many ministers were here in London, a suit was made by a gentleman of the Bishop's shire for one who should preach and catechise in his house, and upon this occasion Rutherford was sent. Prays the Bishop to suffer Rutherford to read a lecture for Barnstaple, or any place of his shire where he may best place himself, so long as he does not offend the law.—London, Jan. 25.
½ p. (98. 84.)
Patrick Lychtman to [Archibald Douglas.?]
[Eliz.] Is sorry "your Lordship" has such occasion to be offended with him, by reason of his negligence. Remembers well he received "them" from "your Lordship," but knows not whether he took them with him, or laid them down upon the table. Whereas "your Lordship" says he has put them away by some "underke" means, takes God to witness he never meant such thing: and for the better trial thereof he is content to commit himself in any prison in London till the truth be known.—Undated.
½ p. (98. 143.)
A Prayer of Queen Elizabeth.
[Eliz.] Prayer with small illuminated initial letters: "Domine Deus misericordiæ ac omnis potentiæ, sapientia tua cuncta gubernans, Rex meus et populi mei, cujus est omne consilium et successus: Respice a sede, Majestatis tuæ ne ancillam tuam, quae coram te hodie cum populo meo præsens sum, ad exorandam bonitatem tuam, ut Tu Qui solus sapiens ac potens es, digneris consiliis futuris gratia tua præesse. Sapientia tua dirigat et meam et omnium voluntates. Spiritus tuus doceat quæ tibi accepta sunt, et ducat in vias rectas. Concede (clementissime Pater) ea quæ tibi placere possint, ferventi animo petere, sapienter inquirere, vere cognoscere, in ea unanimi voluntate consentire ut qui tuo nomine convenimus Te, in omnibus queramus, ad tui nominis gloriam, per Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
1 p. (277. 9.)
— to [Queen Elizabeth. ?]
[Eliz.] Most Admired Sovereign, I must say no more that I fear your Majesty's heart is hardened, for that was told me was Pharoah's fault and may be within some statute; but I may justly fear, that the spring of remembrance is dried up in your Majesty, or rather turned one way to matters of distaste and displeasure. I on the other side whose present fortunes and future hopes appear extinguished, have no other thing left but this fountain of remembrance (which being enclosed within mine own thoughts) let me speak it with your Majesty's favour you cannot take from me (except you take from me my life) wherewith to comfort myself and refresh my mournings: joined with this consideration that even now as I am, I serve yet as a footstool for your Majesty's power and justice to raise itself upon, who have been sometimes vouchsafed to be a rest to your love and kind affections; which place (more to me than all places) though I have lost to mine own . . . revoke fortunes and in me to revoke . . . despair. Assuring your Majesty . . . again with me a new . . . fault: nay I will add . . . for my case if it depended . . . goodness forsan haec olim . . . time I must rest as one.
Signature and part of letter torn off.
1 p. (205. 39.)
W. Sanderson to Sir Robert Cecil.
[?Eliz.] Has caused a quarter of an ounce of "the ore" to be refined and sends back the rest. Sends a "sea card" of the West Indies and a little terrestrial globe with the Latin book "that teacheth the use of my great globes," with a "table" at the end of places marked thereon and upon many "sea cards." "This bringer my kinsman is a sea traveller and hath been as near the poles of the world as any man in England. He tells me he hath seen above 20 men at one time together with heads like dogs." Sends also a Spanish book that he may read about the province of Guayana; but wishes the book returned.
Holograph. 1 p. Addressed: "one of the Privy Council."
Undated. (172. 67.)
Giacomo Venetiano to [Sir Robert Cecil.]
[Eliz. or Jas. I.?] Giacomo Venetiano, the servant of the Venetian Ambassador, who by himself played various parts when her Majesty [?his Majesty] dined at your house, will ever be your servant at need.
Italian. Undated. Holograph. ½ p. (205. 58.)
J. Herbert to Monsieur Douglas.
[Eliz.] I pray you get into your hands as speedily as you can the copies of the things we talked of this morning, and bring them to myself, and I will not fail to acquit you for your friendship.—Undated. Holograph.
½ p. (186. 67.)
Alice Prist to Lord [Ambassador Douglas?]
[Eliz.] Apologises for her rude letter. Lord—'s man told her that Lord — meant to leave her before she was aware, which made her write the more rashly. Speaks of her husband as drowned, her brother John as slain, and now her father is slain or taken, and she is destitute of friends, unless he stands her good Lord. She means to serve some noblewoman, for she will not live with her mother in discredit any longer. Begs his pity on her, "as ever you did love me," and to lend her 5l. or 6l. 16 October.
1 p. (214. 45.)
Richard Cutler to Charles Morison.
[Eliz.] List of rents received, and other estate business. Dispute with Edward Penruddock as to certain land. Sarum, 8 January.
1 p. (205. 101.)
John Houme to Robbe Lange.
[Eliz.] Begs him to help the bearer to choose a bow for him, the finest he can for silver. Elphingstown, 5 September.
Holograph. 1 p. (205. 52.)
Jhone (Joan) Hacket to Mr. Craven.
[Eliz.] Patrick Littenne has given me 20s. of the sum contained in my ticket, and so he has no more to give but 11l. 10s. —Undated.
Holograph. 1 p. (205. 116.)
Thomas Burk to Lord —.
[Eliz.?] He understands by Sir Thomas Smith how much he stands bound to Lord — for his favour, which he hopes ever to retain.—Undated.
Holograph. 1 p. (214. 47.)
[Eliz.?] The further answer of John C. to the bill of complaint of John Manington, feltmaker.
He was well acquainted with Ledsham, and being Customer for the port of Chichester had occasion many times to come to London, and had his lodgings and diet at Ledsham's house, for which he made satisfaction; but there never passed any matter of moment between them. He has only received of Ledsham such money as he left with him in trust, and the said debt of 105l. Denies that he has ever made search in Ledsham's house for bonds, &c.—Undated. Parchment.
1 p. (218. 13.)
Interrogatories for O. Pilkington.
[Eliz.?] What was the message that you had from the Earl of Northumberland to the Spanish Embassador ?
Item whether did you speak with the Earl of Rutland to will him to find some means that you might speak with the Spanish Embassador ?
Item what token you have from the Earl of Northumberland to the Spanish Embassador for your better credit to him ?
Item what letters and passports did you receive of the Spanish Embassador to pass by the seas? (179. 137.)
Robert Ball.
[Eliz.] Licence to travel beyond seas to Robert Ball, of London.—Undated. Draft. 1 p. parchment. (218. 10.)
Gilbert Tall.
[Eliz.] Warrant, unsigned, to the Dean and Chapter of Durham, requesting them to grant a lease of lands of the College of Durham to Gilbert Tall, one of the garrison of Berwick, for his services in the wars.—Undated. Countersigned: Windebank.
1 p. (205. 95.)
[Eliz ?] Proposals for the appointment by the Privy Council of a muster master in each county, and for regulations with regard to mustered men.—Undated. (Cf. Cal. of C.P. xiii, 154).
1 p. (186. 107.)
Instructions for Soldiers on Service [in Flanders ?]
[Eliz. ?] No soldier be it in any walled and closed town, bulwark, or in camp walled and closed, shall presume to go out, pass and return otherwise than through the gates or passages appointed by the commanders general or particular, or shall cause or suffer to enter any stranger without commandment of his superiors upon pain to be hanged.
The officers and soldiers shall not presume to molest their host, hostess, servants, maids or children of the house, the burgesses, habitants and peasants, nor presume to beat, injure or ransack them, upon pain for the first time to be punished three days with bread and water, and if there be bloodshed or any member broken, his right hand shall be cut off, banished out of the regiment and all the companies, and if the fault be grievous and outrageous, shall be punished with death.
All captains, officers and soldiers, being in garrison of towns, or marching in the field, shall content themselves everyone with one billet for their lodgings, and if it please his host or hostess to give him any money, according to the ordinances of the late his Excellency, he shall content himself therewith, not exacting anything of his host or hostess, either in town or village, but only bed, sheets, fire, candles, salt and vinegar, as ever has been accustomed. And if any presume to constrain his host or hostess to have any spices under colour of service, or any other occasion that he shall allege, shall be grievously punished according to the desert of the same and will of the Sovereign.
None shall presume to go out of the camp, town, or fortress, to ransack or forage the peasants or others, upon pain to be hanged.—Undated.
pp. (186. 103.)
Export of Shipping.
[Eliz.?] A bill to be preferred to Parliament prohibiting the carrying out of this realm of English ships and ordnance and other munitions of war, to the end to exchange or sell the same in other countries.
pp. (142. 180.)
[Eliz.] Paper Endorsed: "A note of my patent for setting forth of ships to ye sea."
Also endorsed in a modern hand: "The E. of Nottingham, Lord H. Admiral's patent."
No date. Latin. 1 p. (139. 204.)
[Eliz.?] "The names of such as have not delivered and have concealed over and above that we have paid them for the same."
A list of names and an account of goods taken possession of by them, possibly salvage of a wreck. The names are:—
At Hythe—James Lawrence, William Hall, Robert Whithode, William Inglette, John Bound, William Griffin, Thomas Batte, James Bollers, John Barrett, James Riche, Edmund Devance, Austin Peckell, Thomas Fowlle, James Bowers, Robert Seade, Andrew Seabrand, James Goodsman, Wm. Aukyne, Edward Rysrast, Edward Losson, Wm. Brown, John Lyre, Robert Kempe, Anthony Church, John Owten, Wm. Tyer, Daniel Golerige, Anthony Makeforthe, Bartholomew Shoeshort, Henry Pottin.
At Romney:—Thomas Milner, Ezekiel Moses, Nicholas Powell, John Clerck, Bartholomew Welles, Thom Lewes, William Packer, William Welles, Peter Hunt, Thom Spycer, Peter Lamcaster, Wm. Palmer, Rob. Evons, Jeames Lades, Richard Hayward, Coolestock, John Foster, John Wynion, John Cocx, George Eason, Walter Wadcock, William Taylor, Thom. Heecke, Jeames Leades, Cornelis Forset, Humfrey Bishop.
At Romney Marsh:—John Eason.
At Hyde:—No name mentioned.
At "Folstoane":—Mr. Mouse.
At St. Margetts Stares:—No name mentioned.
At Kingsbowne:—No name mentioned.
At Walmer:—One Boakes of Walmer Castle.
At Deal:—The masters of the boats, viz., Thomas Rande, George Rande, Jerome Johnson, Edward Pope.
At Cliffend:—No name mentioned.
At Ramsgate in general:—No name mentioned.
At Ramsgate and St. Peter's:—No name mentioned.
The ship called St. Peter of Amsterdam, Master Goyvart Johnson, is mentioned as the source of goods which were in the hands of "those of Deal." Among the buyers of these goods are specified—One Cocx, at Rye, John Broadgeat at Dover, Robert a Glover at Canterbury, Fynes at Dover, one Everme at Hyde, and Thomas Swynocke at Maidstone, my Lady Willfort, one Powell at Dover, John Heade at St. "Margats."
Unsigned. Undated. (139. 219.)
Prize Goods Embezzled.
[Eliz.] "At Plymothe, Adam Sheppard, at Winter's house bought of Wm. Cann and of Lawrence my L. Com[missioner's] man.
Digorie Holman lying at Benett's house hard by Mr. Peyton's hath great store of commodities; also Thomas Crane by the Key. Bristo men. Christopher Kitchin and Mr. Cole and Mr. Pepple dwelling; also Barnstaple men to be enquired of Mr. Winter of Plimmoth their host. Also a tanner by Bydiford bought divers things who lay also at Winter's house.
Launcen (?Launceston) men: Tho. Carpenter and Hicks dwelling at Winter's house."—Undated.
½ p. (214. 46.)
Eliz.? A rough draft, with many erasures, headed "The Ordre of the devyse for the Generall Reformation as folowth."— notes relative to methods to be adopted in Ireland.
No date. Unsigned. 1 p. (139. 205.)
[Eliz.?] The King of Spain when he passeth any act or giveth any commission abroad which in general concerneth all his kingdoms and dominions, assumeth to himself the title of Rex Catholicus Hispaniarum, etc., sometimes of Rex Catholicus Hispaniarum el Indiarum, etc., without adding any more titles of those kingdoms which he hath out of the continent of Spain, as Sicily, Naples, Jerusalem, etc.
But if he pass any act or give any commission which in particular concerneth any one of his kingdoms, then he assumeth to himself all his particular titles and leaves the title of Spain— as for example if he pass anything for the Kingdom of Navarre which is of the continent of Spain, then he styleth himself Rex Castellæ, Legionis, Arrag., Navarræ, and all the rest of his kingdoms and dominions as they follow in order. If he pass anything for the kingdom of Naples or Sicily which are out of the continent of Spain, he styleth himself Rex Castellæ, Legionis, Arrag. Navarr.; and so of the rest of the Kingdom of Spain in order till he come to Naples or Sicily.
The like is for the Acts in the Low Countries where he useth also his particular titles, even by reckoning every kingdom in Spain and every other dominion abroad.
It is affirmed by the Portingals that the King of Spain for any act in Portugal, he is tied to use only the style of Portugal and Algarbes without any other addition, but of this I am not fully assured. Unsigned. Undated. 1¼ pp. (139. 207.)
Spain and the Low Countries.
[Eliz.?] Project for the speedy reduction of the rebellious provinces to the obedience of the Spanish King, by establishing a fortress on the Elbe to destroy their commerce, by cutting off their ships trading to the south, and by seizing on Utrecht by land. Undated. Spanish.
Endorsed:—"Copy of a discourse of a means how to subdue the Hollanders." 4 pp. (179. 126.)
Kings of France.
?Eliz. Pedigree of the French Kings, from Pharamond to Charles the Simple.—1 p. (141. 33.)
Intelligence from Italy.
[Eliz?] No preparations for war are being made in Milan. Letters from Genoa state that the plague is raging in Granada. Italian. Endorsed with a memorandum of a tavern account in Italian. Fragment undated. ½ p. (205. 53.)
[Eliz.] Key to an Italian figure cypher.—Undated.
1 p. (205. 131.)
Mr. William Cecil.
[Eliz.] Pedigree of Mr. William Cecil (fn. 2) of Alterynnis.
1 sheet. (205. 71.)
A Naval Invention.
[Eliz ?] "Shellamers work, the German at Sluis."
Drawing of a machine with sails, with explanatory notes.
1 p. (205. 69.)
Cobham College.
[Eliz.] i. Particular of lands of the College of Cobham.
Consists of extracts from rentals of 3 and 4 Henry VIII, and side notes as to the present holders of the property.
Latin. 24 pp. (145. 2.)
ii. Schedule of lands, quit rents, &c., of the College of Cobham.
12 pp. (145. 83.)
iii. Apparently extracts from documents of the reigns of Philip and Mary and Eliz. with regard to certain lands held by William Lord Cobham and others. Latin.
1 p. (145. 100.)
School at Henley.
[Eliz ?] Notes with regard to a school for 20 children of the poorest inhabitants of Henley; and Mr. Woodroofe's lease of the foundation lands.—Undated.
1 p. (205. 108.)
Rents in Kind in Kent, &c.
[Eliz.?] A list of rents in kind (wheat, oats, fowls, barley and straw) paid yearly by the farmers in Stansteed, Thoung, Cobham and Nusteed, Temple, Leydowne, Northcourt, West Chalk, Branden Hill, Potman's Barne, Showren, and Knight's Place, with some notes of the terms at which payment is due, &c.
3 pp. (172. 138.)
Rents in Ravenswathe.
[Eliz.?] Memoranda as to rents and farms belonging to the office of the feodary in Ravenswathe, etc.
1 p. Latin. (2293.)
[Eliz. or Jas. I.] Memorandum as to certain numbers of "tons" and of "tons in shot" in London, Essex and Kent.
½ p. (142. 257.)
Roman History.
[Temp. Eliz.?] The history of "the Fall of Nero and Beginning of Galba."
No date. 20 pp. neatly and regularly written with a wide margin. (139. 194.)
Free Markets for Cloths.
[Eliz.?] Paper advocating the establishment of two free marts for cloths: by which means "might you give checkmate to Antwerp without business . . . of amity and seeking of strange countries."—Undated.
pp. much damaged. (205. 106.)
Free Fairs.
[Eliz.?] Proposition for the establishment of two yearly free fairs in England.
Italian. Fragmentary. Undated. 3 pp. (205. 59.)
Edmonton, Middlesex.
[Eliz.?] "Edelmeton (?Edmonton, Middlesex). Winchmore Hill and Berey St. Ward.
The constable Thomas Hore."
List of 60 names follows.
(Separate sheet, but attached:—)
Suth (?South) St. Ward.
5½ columns of names.—Undated; hand temp. Eliz.
4 pp. (205. 118.)
Spanish Chart.
[Eliz.?] Spanish chart, from 56°N. to 54°S., containing the coasts of England, Ireland, France, Spain, the Mediterranean, West and South coasts of Africa, and both coasts of South America to the Gulf of Florida. The name "Bartolamealasso" is inscribed.
Vellum roll. (224. 3.)
Drainage of the Fens.
[Eliz.?] Map of the Fen district, extending from the sea on the north to Ramsey Mere on the south, and from Wisbech on the east to Peterborough on the west. Shows the course of drainage of the district.
1 sheet. (225. 5.)
Map of a Fortified Coast Town.
[?Eliz.] Map of a fortified town upon the sea coast. Coloured.
1 sheet. (225. 6.)
Hatfield Manor.
[Eliz.] Map of the manor of Hatfield, including ground plan of the Bishop's Palace; with list of freeholders and copy holders.
Vellum. (225. 7.)
Tower of London.
[Eliz.?] Plan of the Tower of London and precincts.
1 sheet. (225. 9.)
Lead Mines.
[Eliz.?] Map of the neighbourhood of Accom lead mines, near Accom town, [Northumberland], Fallow Field town shown.
1 sheet. (225. 10.)
"Plot of a College or Hospital." [Trinity College, Dublin?]
[Eliz?] Birdseye view of a quadrangular building, with gardens, on the banks of a river: "Liffe (?Liffey) flurius." Comprises hall, chapel, Master's lodgings, "the steeple a sea mark," &c.—Undated.
Endorsed as above. Parchment. (Maps 1. 6.)
[Eliz.?] Elevation of an ornamental fountain.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 11.)
[Eliz.?] Plans for a large mansion.—Undated.
3 sheets. (Maps 1. 14.)
[Eliz.?] Two Plans for large mansions.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 16–17.)
[Eliz.?] Plan of Berghen ap Zoom, coloured.—Undated.
Parchment. (Maps 1. 21.)
[Eliz.?] Plan of a castle. Nicholas Ward, the Water Ward and the West Ward named. (Berwick-on-Tweed?). Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 24.)
[Eliz.?] Plan of Portsmouth.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 32.)
[Eliz.?] Plot of Plymouth and district, coloured.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 35.)
[Eliz.?] Plan of Plymouth and district.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 36.)
[Eliz.?] "Description of a town"—probably plan of Plymouth, Island of St. Nicholas, Mount Edgcumbe and district. Coloured.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 41.)
[Eliz.?] Bird's eye view of a fortified place, enclosing a church, houses, tents, showing position of cannon, &c.: inscribed in centre "Sassen."—Undated.
Endorsed: Description of a battle.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 39.)
[Eliz.?] Bird's eye view of the investment of a fortified place, showing entrenched approaches, and defences. A town in the distance is inscribed "Thugste Cleve" (?Cleve in Rhenish Prussia). Coloured.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 40.)
[Eliz.?] Plot of Wark Castle on Tweed. Contains notes in Italian of various measurements, with the name Antonio da Bergamo.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 42.)
[Eliz.?] Plot of the fort of Dungannon, in the barony of Dunbrodin.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 43.)
[Eliz.?] Plan of Ostend.—Undated.
1 sheet (Maps 1. 49.)
[Eliz.?] Plan of the fortifications of Malta, with bird's eye view. Coloured.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 53.)
[Eliz.?] Plot of the Severn from Gloucester to Bristol and Cardiff.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 57.)
[Eliz.?] Plan of Dover Haven.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 1. 59.)
[Eliz.?] Plot of Dover Haven.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 64.)
[Eliz.?] French plot of the Channel, with coast towns: endorsed "plot of the tides between Dover and Calais."— Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 63.)
[Eliz.] Plot of Tynmouth and Newcastle.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 65.)
[Eliz.?] Chart of the coast of England, from Holy Island round to St. Bees.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 67.)
[Eliz.?] Chart of the coasts of Great Britain, France, Spain, and the Low Countries. By Paul Ivye.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 70.)
[Eliz.?] Plan of the custom house and adjacent buildings at Hull. By William Browne.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 2. 3.)
[Eliz. or Jas. I.?] Ground plan of Chelsey house.—Undated.
Endorsed by Sir R. Cecil:—"the ground plot of Chelsey with a gallery to the north."
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 6.)
[Eliz. or James I.?] Ground plot of Chelsey house and gardens.
Vellum. (Maps 2. 7.)
[Eliz.?] Elevation of a house.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 8.)
[Eliz.?] Two plans of a house. By J. Symonds.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 9 and 10.)
[Eliz.?] Plan and elevation of a house.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 11.)
[Eliz.?] Map of Islington, Middlesex.—Undated.
1 sheet. Coloured. (Maps 2. 12.)
[Eliz.?] Design for ornamental coping for a house.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 13.)
[Eliz.?] Designs for ceilings.—Undated.
3 sheets. (Maps 1. 12 and 15: 2. 16.)
[Eliz.?] Plot of Queenborough Castle.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 20.)
[Eliz.?] Plan of a large mansion, adjoining a churchyard, endorsed "Havering." The Lord Treasurer's and the Lord Chamberlain's lodgings indicated.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 21.)
[Eliz.?] Coloured map of New Lodge, Waltham: showing Waltham, Epping, Loughton, &c.—Undated.
(Maps 2. 23.)
[Eliz.?] Map of Milk Castle, Dumfrieshire, and district.— Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 27.)
[Eliz.?] Plot of a fortress in Our Lady's Island [Scilly Isles?] inscribed: "This fortress begun in our Ladies Island for the defence of the whole Isles and not finished, the timber work for the same already framed to the setting up, with a brewhouse and a mill lying in South Wales, ready to be conveyed to the said Isles, when order. may be given as touching the same."— Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 34.)
[?Eliz.] Map of the east coast, from Waxham to Lowestoft, and from Norwich to the sea: coloured.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 35.)
[?Eliz.] Plot of Newhaven (Havre). French.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 45.)
[?Eliz.] Map of the Medway from Rochester, with the isle of Sheppey and the adjoining portion of the Thames.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 47.)
[?Eliz.] Rough plan of Yarmouth and coast from Waxham to Beccles, showing the course of the inland waters.
Endorsed: "Yarmouth and Walburn Hope."—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 49.)
[?Eliz.] Plan of Milford Haven, coloured.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 51.)
[?Eliz.] Chart containing the English Channel west of Portsmouth, with soundings to the longitude of Cape Clear, the west coasts of France and Spain, and the Azores. Coloured.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 2. 52.)
[Eliz ?] A collection of Scripture texts in Latin, headed "Rex et Dominus Gloriæ."
Endorsed:—"Lylly" but not John Lyly's hand.
13 pp. (245. 8.)
[Eliz.] Dissertationes de Sacremento, Eucharistae, de S. Pontifice, de Concilüs, &c.
(310. 1.)
— Hopkinson and Valentine Tooke.
[Eliz ?] A note with references to the Scripture on the proper sense in which God may be said to have hands.
¼ p. Latin. (206. 110.)
Political Tract.
[Eliz?] Portion of a Tract intended to show that some Italian state [?Tuscany] ought not to unite with Spain in an attack on England. Italian. 17 pp. (210. 8.)
[Eliz.] i. A Treatise on the Defense of Fortified Places.
Italian. Incomplete. 22 pp. (210. 6.)
ii. A Treatise on the History of the Civil Wars in France. Written by a partisan of Henry III.
Italian. Incomplete. 24 pp. (210. 6.)
Common Place Book.
[Eliz.] Analysis Greek and Latin. A political, medical and legal common place book. Temp. Eliz. (296.)
Petitions to the Queen or Privy Council. [Eliz.]
Note as to the manor of Sutton Courtney, Berks. The rent is near 80l. The Queen has no rent for the same during Lady Mason's life, and the demesnes are granted for 21 years after her life. The house is but a mean farmhouse. Neither the Queen nor any progenitor of hers has ever had any rent for the same. The land came to Henry VIII. by the attainder of the Marquis of Exeter. The suit is for the fee simple. The tenure of the demesnes to be in chief, because the rent is great, but the rest, being small rents, to be held in socage. Or else it is no suit.—Undated.
½ p. (43a.)
The masters and owners of the ten ships which are to transport victuals and munition to her Majesty's ships now being to the southwards. Are appointed to be victualled only for ten weeks, which proportion is too little for the voyage, and their number of men is too small to manage and conduct their ships. Pray that the number of men be augmented, and victualled for longer time.
Undated. 1 p. (67.)
The widows and wives of the company that lately served in the "Tryall" of London, taken by the Spaniards. This merchant ship was taken by the Spaniards about 2½ years since, at or near Mecenas in the Straights, after the peace proclaimed between Spain and England, and the crew so cruelly handled, that James Lile the master and others lost their lives, and all lost their goods. Pray that they may be relieved.
Undated. 1 p. (90.)
John Hocker, the elder, Thomas Powes, Robert Shepherd, Robert Swanne, and Rauffe Goodinge. Are prisoners in Norwich gaol for debt. Pray that orders be sent to the Bishop of Norwich and others to hear their cause.
Undated. ½ p. (175.)
Anne Langston. Of assault committed upon her sons, their servants and neighbours, by Charles Bridges, of Dombleton, Gloucester, uncle to Lord Chandos. Prays that some course may be taken for their safety till the cause be heard in the Star Chamber.
Undated. 1 p. (395.)
Peter Kyrewan.—For licence to transport 50 tuns of beer without custom from Hampton to Galway. As there are 1,600 soldiers in the garrison there, and the country all about is waste and desolate, they have great scarcity of provision.
Undated. 1½ p. (409.)
—"A note concerning Mr. Bold." Petition that the Queen would confirm letters patent of Henry VIII. restoring certain property in Lancashire to Sir Thomas Butler. There will remain to the Queen a whole barony and manor, and great inheritance, which "these petitioners" will discover without reward.
Undated. ½ p. (476.)
Mrs. Lee. For remission of rents due by her husband for attainted lands, and a fee farm upon other lands and tithes held by him.
Undated. ½ p. (560.)
Thomas Jonnes. Details his military services. Prays warrant to the Justices and Treasurers of Montgomeryshire to restore to him his pension which they unjustly withhold.
Undated. ½ p. (731.)
Margaret Lucas. Her long attendance upon Lady Derby. Prays for the place of a 'mandye' woman.
Undated. ½ p. (839.)
William Holleram. For letters to the States of Holland and Zealand, to hear his cause against Henrick Peterson, who ran away with a cargo of salt of his.
Undated. ½ p. (862.)
—.For permission to speak with the Queen, "that you may know a bond or company of your enemies."
Undated. ½ p. (876.)
Philip Turner. For licence to transport 500 quarters of barley into Holland or Zealand from Hull, barley and corn being under the prices fixed by the proclamation, 20s. and 13s. 4d.
Undated. 1 p. (1070.)
Captain Ellis Fludde. For pay due to him, and recompense for his long military services.
Undated. ½ p. (1168.)
—As to the seignory of Castle Town in Ireland, which has been granted away from his father to one Carter. Prays for recompense for his charges therein.
Undated. 1 p. (1288.)
—For licence to export certain quantities of beans, wheat and malt or barley, custom free out of Hull, Lynn or Boston.
Undated. ¼ p. (1419.)
John Symcot. Losses to the Queen in the customs of Chester and Liverpool, through the passing of goods into Ireland without payment. Prays for a commission to George Lodge, customer of Dublin, and himself, to call for the merchants' cockets and view the goods upon landing, and to stay such as have been passed and stolen away without custom.
Undated. 1 p. (1917.)
Inhabitants of Legesden, a member of the borough of Colchester, tenants of the Earl of Sussex.—Complain of the seizure of their cattle for arrears of composition money for the Queen's provisions, due by the Corporation. Desire that they be not thus oppressed, but that the composition money of 10l. per annum, laid on the whole liberty, may be indifferently rated on all persons able to pay the same.
Undated. 1 p. (2031.)
The Moneyers. Are 76 in number, on whom depend above 500 persons. On account of their extreme poverty, pray for grant of the lading and discharging of all foreigners' goods in the port of London.
Undated. 1 p. (2053.)
Merchants Adventurers. Pray for letters of credence for Richard Fox and Richard Hull, who are being sent over to the States General by them for divers matters whereof they have cause to complain.
Undated. ½ p. (2093.)
The Enclosure. The merchants adventurers desire that the States General will be pleased to put in execution their own placard for restraining of a straggling trade of cloth which is carried to other places besides the mart town: to moderate the excessive tearing of their cloths used in other places besides the mart town: and to grant some mitigation of the convoys and licences.
½ p. (2093.)
Ministers and Elders of the Dutch Congregation in London. In behalf of the artizans and handicraftsmen of their congregation. It has heretofore pleased the Queen to tolerate them to use their arts and trades freely, which they have enjoyed, till of late, by informations exhibited in the Exchequer Court, for exercise of their said occupations they have been molested to their great charges. They pray for leave to use their trades without vexation.
Undated. ½ p. (2100.)
The Pewterers Company of London. Complain that for certain years past the best of the tin has been conveyed beyond seas unwrought, by which their work has been taken away. They pray that no tin in blocks shall be transported out of the realm, but shall be first cast into bars or ingots by the Company, or made into pewter vessels by the pewterers inhabiting the realm.
Undated. ½ p. (2106.)
Ri. Wingfield. For leases of the moieties of the herbage of Higlings Park and Barton Park, Staffordshire. Particulars of the parks.
Undated. 1 p. (2250.)
Inhabitants of Alborough, Suffolk.—Complain that their goods in Flanders are arrested, and they fear the like stay will be made with their goods in Spain. They pray for remedy and relief. They append a note of the goods being in Flanders, two crayers laden with herrings and sprats, and in Seville, certain debts: total value 467l. 16s. 8d.
Undated. 2 pp. (2346.)
Anthony Bacon. For grant of land to the yearly value of 100l. on terms stated.
Undated. 1 p. (2384.)
Petitions to the Lord Treasurer [Burghley ?] [Eliz.?]
Michaell Leman, for certain merchants of Holland and Zeeland. As to goods taken out of the "Cressaunt" of Middleboro' and the "Mercury" of Amsterdam, by Captains Maunsell, Thyn, and Greenville. Prays for order to the Mayor of Dartmouth, Mr. Gribble, to deliver the goods to him there. As to goods taken out of the ship of Loy Peterson by Robert Lowther in Cumberland, prays for order that they may be reladen without paying custom.
Undated. 1½ pp. (1451.)
Thomas Danett. For continuance of his licence to transport beer.
Undated. ½ p. (1952.)
Isabel Paicocke. Prays for the reversion of a house in Swainton, Yorks, occupied by her, which is sought by William Conyers.
Undated. 1 p. (2423.)
Petitions to [?Sir Robert Cecil.] [Eliz.?]
Anthony Morley. Is a prisoner in Newgate for horse stealing; prays for respite.
Undated. ½ p. (382.)
— For furtherance of his suit to the Queen, in view of his service at Court and in the wars of the Low Countries. The suit is apparently for a licence to export yarn. Reasons for allowing the exportation.
Undated. ½ p. (440.)
Edward Swan.—Prays him to sign the schedules for the concealed wardship for which he is a petitioner.
Undated. ½ p. (663.)
La Rochelle.
[Eliz.] List of victuals and munitions which the Queen is requested to permit to be exported to la Rochelle (or to some other place to be specified by her), on the same terms as in the last troubles.
French. Undated. 1 p. (37. 18.)
Recusants in the North.
[Eliz.?] Memorandum [by the Council of the North] of the dangerous relapse of this northern people, not only of the professed recusants but of justices of the peace "such as in my last good lord's days seemed professors, how they are now either neuters or great favourites of dangerous recusants." We of the Council can scarcely get a justice to execute a writ for the apprehension of a recusant, and there will be great inconvenience unless some nobleman, religious and valiant, be sent hither as president.
½ p. (48. 47.)
Certain Orders to be done for the Provisions to the Queen's Majesty's Buildings.
[Eliz.] The chief store is to be at Westminster, and the supply is to be kept up annually. The materials include "tawllwood for the burning of brick and for the plomurye." The allowance for expenses is 1,000l. Carriage is not to be made in the time of sowing nor in the depth of winter.
pp. (67. 75.)
Persons to be Committed.
[Eliz.?] "All of these to be committed."
Mrs. Shelley.
Mrs. Webbe, lodging at one Hughes his house near Clements Inn. One Prychard her servant in Herefordshire, and her chief man, now attendant upon her [note: a letter to Sir Thomas Connistre for his op[inion ?] and her waiting woman. She hath a kinsman here about London that did threaten to discover vile practices against her, but it should seem he was rewarded to conceal it or persuaded by Sir Anthony Ashley, for it was examined before him as Mrs. Shelly affirmed. Her kinsman his name is, as I take it, Lyggyn who I think necessary to have examined.
Note: Sir Ant. Ashley to [be] sent for: her kinsman's name Ligon by Sir A. examined.
½ p. (83. 39.)
Alfonso Cacho y Canuto to Sir Robert Cecil.
[Eliz.] Thanking him for the grant of a passport, and asking him to show the writer some liberality to help to leave this city, where he cannot remain as his misfortunes do not allow him to continue in the Queen's service.
Spanish. No date. Signed. 1 p. (98. 58.)
— to —
[Eliz.] The Queen is not disposed to send over a new supply of treasure until your accounts are sent over. There is a proportion of 11,000l. set down, which exceeds ours by 1,000l., and will be greatly misliked by the Queen; whereof you will do well to put the Lord General in mind. Considering the great mortality that has happened among the soldiers, of whom about 2,000 are said to be dead, and that the number of persons covenanted to be entertained is not yet full, it is looked for that the defalcations shall abate so much of the said proportion of 10,000l. as that the whole allowance for the time shall not exceed 8,000l. a month.—Undated.
Draft. ½ p. (98. 83.)
— to the Queen.
[Eliz.] Craves at the Queen's hands some foundation whereupon to build contentment, the happy obtaining whereof will restore to life his dying heart and will strengthen him in the number of his friends that do but wait for their authority from her highness's carriage. If either the touch of his former sufferings which have been intolerably sharp or the vow of his future service can merit anything, prays the fruition of that favour without which it is impossible he can shun the extremity of danger.—Undated.
Draft. 1 p. (98. 91.)
[Eliz.] Information against Gregory Fyttes of St. Briock, recusant, and others.
Fyttes a dangerous recusant and harbourer of ill-disposed persons. Details the finding of crucifixes, books and other popish instruments in his house, and the delay of Mr. Prideux, justice of the peace, to act in the matter. Fyttes has been to Rome and is a great intelligencer, and much favoured by Mr. Prideux. Particulars as to William and Nicholas Bawden, seminaries; recusants at Mr. John Arundel's house, Lauherne house; Mr. Whore and Mr. Kempe; recusants at one Bishop's house in Little Pedrock; of Askott a seminary priest of Queen Mary's time, a Protestant since, who has turned to Popery again, and frequents the houses aforesaid using popish ceremonies; and of the married sisters of Prideux's wife, "and many others besides which abound in the country and have often and private meetings, and many unknown persons amongst them."—Undated.
1 p. (98. 95.)
[Eliz.] Draft licence to E.L, H.W, and W.D, to buy herrings from strangers within Norfolk and Suffolk and the coasts thereof; with liberty, on paying the same custom as on herrings taken by Englishmen, to transport them beyond seas in any kind of bottoms. Payment for the licence is 10l. twice a year. The licence gives power of search for contravention, penalties and forfcitures to go to the licensees.
Reasons for granting the above licence. The prohibition of buying herrings from strangers has caused great scarcity of this victual in the land, to the great want of the poor. The strangers not having sale here, have erected fish houses beyond the seas for "towing" red herring, to the great hindrance of our merchants and fishermen. Fraud on the customs by contraband trade in these herrings. The strangers' herrings are the best sort because they kill them in the deep sea, whereas Englishmen with their boats fish only in shallow seas, and so take only the lean and smallest sort.
Undated. 4 pp. (98. 121.)
Another paper with regard to the same proposed licence, giving further particulars for granting it.
Undated. 1 p. (98. 123.)
[Eliz.] List of the troops levied in Holland, both horse and foot.
Dutch. No date. 1½ pp. (98. 125.)
Dutch Ships.
[Eliz.] Note of goods claimed by merchant strangers in London, to the use of merchants in Holland and Zealand, laden into two ships of Amsterdam, whereof Mr. Cornelis Heynsson and Sebout Dowensson were masters, lately stayed in the Narrow Seas, and sent in by some of her majesty's ships. The list gives copies of the merchandise marks.
Undated. 2 pp. (98. 126.)
— to —
[Eliz.] Prays his correspondent to write out that which he has written within in the best manner he can. It is to put in the end of a book made to the Queen for the reformation of the wild Irish, which book he would have shown him, if he had come according to his promise, and he shall see it on his return. In the book is contained all the abuses of the Irish, the great charge the Queen is at in Ireland, the reformation of the wild, the abridgement of the charges, and the way to bring great revenue.
The writing alluded to above prays that the Queen will take order that her laws and the laws of God and God's Word may be truly administered and set forth, as well among the Irish in the Irish pale as it is in England: whereby this ignorant and wilful people may be brought to the true knowledge of God's holy Word for the salvation of their souls and to live in due obedience to the Queen's laws.
Undatd. 1½ pp. (98. 133.)
Hans Krueger.
[Eliz.] "In this letter of Hans Krueger von Dresden to her Majesty of the 24th of September, dated at Prague, he signifies that travelling towards Seelwacrets he is come to perfect knowledge of some great danger and damage which her Majesty and her subjects are undoubtedly to incur into under colour of lawful proceedings, and the time when this is to be brought to pass, likewise the means how to prevent and divert the same. Therefore if it were her Majesty's pleasure to bear his charges, he would come and discover both the enterprise and the means how to prevent it, wherein if her Majesty would hear him she should perceive his zeal and upright meaning, and therein he desires her resolution. The postscript shows where the answer is to be directed, to one Herman Reutern innkeeper at the Golden Crown in Hamburg for to be sent to him."
Endorsed: "Contents of the letters to her Majesty written in Dutch."
Undated. ½ p. (98. 138.)
Unlawful Assemblies in London.
[Eliz.] Draft warrant by Elizabeth for the suppression by martial law of unlawful assemblies in London and the suburbs: and the execution on the gallows or gibbet of notable rebellious and incorrigible offenders.
Cf. Cal. of C.P. xiv p. 532, 10 July, 1595.
Undated. 1 p. (98. 147.)
— to Lord —
[Eliz.] View of her Majesty's race at Malmesbury, giving the number of bearing mares, young mares, young fillies, and horse colts: and particulars of disorders and dilapidations.
Has certified him of the truth, not of any malice towards any, for he has been beholden to Mr. Baskerfield, and wishes him as well as any poor friend he has: but simply to satisfy his Lordship's command, and his duty to her Majesty.
Undated. 1 p. (98. 151.)
— to —
[Eliz.?] "Sir, In the name of him that will be nameless till he send you answer and thanks for the convoy of this letter I am to request you to send the enclosed with all speed, to send me two lines of the receipt of them and not to be curious neither from whom nor to whom they are till you receive answer from our friend, and till then to stand in suspense, and let not this bearer perceive you think it strange. If [you] receive answer send to Adam or John Cursun in Dumfries to be delivered to George Laslye, or any that shall ask for it in his name. The greater diligence you do in fulfilling all parts of my request the greater thanks shall you have and the more shall our friend be beholden unto you.
George Laslye one of the three that passed last by you. To give this bearer to be the more diligent in the delivery of these to you I made him believe they were from Bombye to you who I ken is of your acquaintance, and he kens also. And so do you make semblance.
As you will answer it send this away by the post and my friend will defray the charges and will get you contentment and send 2 lines of the receipt."
Undated. Contemporary copy. ¾ p. (99. 1.)
Exports to Scotland.
[Eliz.?] Licence to David Brown, Scottishman, to carry by sea into Scotland — quarters of beans and peas, malt or barley. Addressed to the officers of the Customs in the ports of Yarmouth, Lynn. Boston, Newcastle or Hull.
Undated. Draft. Unsigned. 1 p. (99. 2.)
[Eliz.] Estimate of the monthly charges for provision and transportation of victuals. Estimate of the charge that will daily grow in uttering the Queen's Majesty's victuals. Portsmouth. Total 234l. 14s. 8d. John Abington, surveyor, is mentioned.
Undated. 3 pp. (99. 3.)
Rates of Apparel for Soldiers.
A cassock of broad cloth 12s.
A pair of Venetians 7s.
A shirt and band 2s. 8d.
A doublet of canvas 6s. 8d.
A pair of shoes 18d.
A pair of stockings 18d.
A hat cape 14d.
32s. 6d.
Undated. ¼ p. (99. 9.)
A Spanish Fleet.
[Eliz.?] It is certified by a passenger come upon a flyboat of Hamborrow which departed from Mallega 24 days since that on the 27th November they met between the Cape St. Vincent and the Cape St. Mary with a fleet of Spanish ships which consisted of 14 galleons, some Dunkirk ships and the rest Dutch ships, which were 'embarged' to the number in all of 40 sail. It was told this passenger and the master of the flyboat by the people of that fleet that they had taken two English ships laden with cordage, two Holland ships laden with spices all bound for the Straights, and two small English men of war. This fleet was set forth out of Lisburne both to guard the coast as also to conduct the fleet which was expected.
Undated. ½ p. (99. 14.)
Patrick Turnor to the Lord High Admiral.
[Eliz.] It is his hard fortune to be kept in hold (at the Marshalsea). If he were at liberty he might be employed in the Narrow Seas, where the Admiral knows he has ever done good service. When in Horsham gaol he wrote to the Admiral how he had been prisoner in Spain, and returning to England fell in company with Thomas Sturbridge, and was removed by the Council's warrant, procured by a Frenchman whom Sturbridge had taken. Was neither captain nor commander, neither will the Frenchman lay anything against him. Prays for release and employment.
Undated. 1 p. (99. 26.)
The Coinage.
[Eliz.] Offer of Hans Vleminck, stranger, to the Queen, with respect to coinage.
As good store of foreign gold coin is brought into the realm, and is for the most part carried into the Low Countries and other realms, he proposes the appointment of "Queen's Changers," who should buy this coin and bring it to the Mint only, where it should be converted into the Henricus noble of England of 13s. 4d. price, which will yield in Holland and Zeeland 14s. 8d. The Low Countries suffer this noble to be coined in their mints, and set no difference thereon to know it from the same piece made so long since in this realm, and the same piece of gold is as fine and as weighty, and also made in show so old as though it were coined 200 years since. Suggests also the coinage of the double ducat of Spain with two faces of 13s. 4d. price, which is current in Holland and Zealand for 15s. Prays to be employed in this coining, and "the making of them old in show."—Undated.
pp. (99. 27.)
Seminary Priests.
[Eliz.] Notes by which the priests which are coming over may be descried: by Thomas Wykes.
"Mr. Wood (who was a minister before his going over) is of a mean stature and of a pleasant countenance: he hath a little thin beard: his doublet is of black grograin: he hath a pair of russet cloth venetians and a pair of green stockings: a tawny cloak and a rapier.
Mr. Sattorford is of a mean stature also, and he is of a high colour: his beard is black and he hath many grey hairs on his head: his apparel is fustian and he hath a cloak of a mingled colour.
Both these intend to come to London and Mr. Sattorford I am sure will go to the Marshalsea, to speak with one Mr. Webster and another of his acquaintance whose name I have forgotten.
Mr. Oldcorne alias Hutton alias Foster is a tall man of a pale complexion and he always speaketh hoarsely, but of him I have signified at large to Mr. Topcliff.
Griffin is of the age of 22 years, of a mean stature and slender limbs: he holdeth down his head and sometimes when he looketh upon one one of his eyes are goggled: his eyes are very black and his hair is brown, short and curled. He is not likely to have a beard a great time: he is desirous to come over for help but I think he shall not have leave till he be priest, which will be about 2 years hence.
The occasion why he rather revealed some matter unto me more than others was because he was my bedfellow, and I enquiring of him continually why he so inveighed against the Jesuits, among other matters he imparted this unto me.
Undated. 1 p. (99. 32.)
Sweet Wines.
[Eliz.?] "The replication of Francis le Forte, Abraham van Herwicke, David le Maier, Peter le Bee, and other merchants strangers, to the answer made by John Leake, informer, unto your honours' letters to him directed touching their complaint concerning sweet wines called bastards and his informations thereupon."
To the charge that they have had all the trade of bastards in their hands, buying them by weight, and afterwards providing casks of a fourth part less assize than has been accustomed: they answer that the English merchants have trade to Spain as well as they, and have received the same wines in the like casks, and that the wine is bought only by the pipe, and not by weight. To the charge that the buyers make complaint, they answer they think they do not and have no just cause. They cannot sell any wines before they are gauged by the sworn gauger of the City: by which gauge the buyers are more privy to what every pipe contains than they themselves are. Pray for consideration in the matter, having this year sustained great loss: and that they be not further molested, nor made to answer in the Exchequer.
Undated. 1 p. (99. 34.)
Another copy of the above. Undated. 1 p. (205. 112.)
[Eliz.] A list of names.
Endorsed by Robert Cecil.: "Names in Yorkshire, B. Durram, Sir William Bowes, Francis Kingsby, Doctor Colman."
Undated. 1 p. (99. 39–2.)
Joyce de Balsac (?) to her nephew the Duke of Lennox.
[Eliz.?] The bearer, nephew of "Monsieur l'evesque de Rose," desires to serve Lennox. Offers her own services.
"Votre plus humble tante." à Cler, 21 June.
Holograph. French. 1 p. (130. 153.)
Proclamation against Privy Coats and Doublets of Fence.
[Eliz.?] Draft clause of a Proclamation against wearing privy coats or doublets of defence.
Begins "And whereas divers of late years have used to wear privy coats and doublets of fence, thereby intending to quarrel and make affrays," &c.
2 copies. (130. 187.)
Lyndhurst Hey Wood, within the Forest of Sherwood, co. Notts.
[Eliz.] Extract from survey of above, dated 11 July, 1575. The lease thereof was granted to Thomas Hope and John Jermyn, soldiers of Berwick, on the recommendation of Sir William Drury the Marshal there. Description of the wood, and suggestions for its improvement.
Undated. ½ p. (132. 36.)
Reigate Woods, co. Surrey.
[Eliz.] Note to procure a warrant from the Lord Admiral to permit the woods to be felled during three years' space. Earl's Wood, Howley, Coppice, Chart Coppice, Raye Wood, Essex Grove and Peltring Wood mentioned.
Undated. ½ p. (132. 37.)
Moneys to accrue from Manors.
[Eliz.] "A brief note of such sums of money and provisions as are presently to be made within the manors and lordships following."
In Essex: Stansted Mountfitchet, Bentfelde Bury, 2 farms in Wyvenhoe "belonging to the will," Carles Colne, Barwick Hall in White Colne, Takeley in Stamborne, Tylbery next Clare, and Fyngrith.
In Herts: Hornemeade, Newcells in Berkewey.
In Cambs.: Hyngeston, Swaffam Bulbeck, Wykeham Parsonage.
In Suffolk: Lavenham, Earles Hall in Cockefelde, Est Barholt.
Sum total fines 1,276l. 13s. 4d.; improvements by provision 79l. 8s. 10d.; wood sales 1,289l. 16s. 8d.; total 2,645l. 18s. 10d. For the woods at Wyvenhoe 271l. 10s.; and so remaineth 2,374l. 8s. 10d.
Undated. (137. 252.)
[?Eliz.] A sermon on the text (rendered) "Behold how good and jocund a thing it is for brethren (and sisters) to dwell and agree together in unity."
No name or endorsement. 4 closely written pp. (139. 145.)
[Eliz.] "The inconveniences I find in the government of Spain."
Unsigned. Undated. 1 p. (139. 206.)
The Cloth Trade.
[?Eliz.] A representation that "the Clothiers generally throughout England be hindered in their markets by the stay of their clothes by certain searchers within London who retain them so long as thereby the sellers are driven to extraordinary charges and oftentimes are compelled to redeem their cloth out of their hands with unlawful fees."
Unsigned. Undated. 1 p. (139. 294.)
i. French cipher key. 1 p. (140. 54.)
This cipher has signs or numbers for about 50 proper names, beginning with Le Roi, La Reine, Madame and le Prince de Condé, and over 50 common words. All letters have 2 and some 3 equivalents.
Temp. Eliz., as Le Roy d' Escosse is in the list.
ii. "The Cipher Mallroy." A cipher key. ½ p. (140. 64.)
iii. Cipher letter.
Endorsed: "Legate."
½ p. (140. 67.)
[Eliz.?] iv. Cipher key. Italian. The alphabet is formed by the transposition of letters, which are doubled. There are about 120 symbols given for proper names, &c.
2 pp. (144. 166a.)
v. Cipher key, probably Italian. Contains 28 Symbols for proper names, e.g., L'Imperador. D, di Firenza. 1 p. (144. 67.)
vi. Five lists of numbers, with names or phrases opposite; e.g., 1, Gran Duce, 2, in España, 3, in Italia, &c.—Undated.
Italian. 1 p. (168. 9.)
Eliz. vii. System of corresponding by cipher. Bears the signature of Edward Reynolds, Essex's secretary. (329. 3.)
The Rector of Chislehurst.
[Eliz.] The memorial of the rector of Chislehurst (ecclesiœ Cycelherstianae) addressed to Sir Robert Cecil, Secretary. Laments the little account now made of reverence, religion, repentance, etc. The need of uniformity in the church and kingdom. May his riper age, which has now seen thirty years in the schools, be given to the honour of Cecil. "Vivat Cæcilius, ut vivat Regina."
Latin. 1 p. (140. 90.)
Queen Elizabeth.
[Eliz.] Verses addressed to Queen Elizabeth, apparently by "a Bristol scholar."
"Most puissant Prince, do now behold a Bristol scholar bare, Whom fiery flames enforced me to show your Grace his care."
Latin and English. 1 p. (140. 93.)
"The Gardener's Speech."
[Eliz.] Begins "Most fortunate and fair Queen," relates the planting of a garden, and quarrel between the gardener and a molecatcher with regard to a box dug up, the cause being referred to the Queen for decision. Contains political allusions, such as making the garden "so green that the sun of Spain at the hottest cannot parch it."
Perhaps intended for recitation at a masque at Theobald's, as it speaks of "the younger son of the owner of this house, at a little farm of his 3 mile hence called Pymmes."
pp. (140. 94.)
The Dukes of Wirtemberg.
[Eliz.?] Genealogy of the Dukes of Wirtemburg.
1 p. (141. 41.)
[Eliz.] "Reformation sought to be made in matter of recusancy," with notes by Cecil.
1 p. (141. 150.)
[Eliz.?] An act to provide remedy against fraudulent means used to defeat wardship, livery and primer seizin.
3 pp. (141. 255.)
[Eliz.?] "Articles especially touching the Jurats of the Isle of Guernsey whose names and dispositions follow."
Various charges are detailed against them, such as the burning of three women against law, the absolution of a wilful murderer, aiding with weapons against "the Gospillers called the Hugonytes," &c., &c.,
3 pp. (141. 263.)
The Export of Corn.
[Eliz.?] "This is the order, as it is certified by an informer, how those that do transport corn into the parts beyond the seas without licence may be saved harmless against the law for their ships and their goods."
1 p. (141. 273.)
Goynardt Jansen.
[Eliz.] Inventories of the goods on Goynardt Jansen's ship and accounts with several persons. The persons named are Leeman, Malepaert, Vercoilge, Verhouven, Le Maire and Hinrick. Concludes with an account of disbursements. This shows payments to the Sergeant of the Admiralty; the clerk Mr. Packnam, Mr. Colmer officer of St. Peter's, Thomas Basset officer of Ramsgate, Lieut. of Dover Castle 10l., Lord Cobham "voor signen tittel" 25l., Mr. Jamet "droict gatherer" £18, Mynheer Caron "voor den courtoysie," 13l. 6s. 8d. &c. (Cf. Cal. of C.P. xiii, p. 441.)
Endorsed: "Account delivered to the 'marchayntens' of the ship called Gyluard Jhoonson."
Undated. Dutch. 3 pp. (141. 276.)
A Battery Engine.
[Eliz.?] Description of an engine for battery. The inventor speaks of having made trial thereof before Sir Henry Knyvett and others.
1 p. (141. 356.)
[Eliz.?] Plan of Plymouth. A sketch showing only the position of the town.
1 p. (142. 100.)
[Eliz.?] Map of the confines of Ulster, and part of Conway from Dublin.
(142. 170.)
Earl of Thomond to the Queen.
[Eliz.] Gives particulars of his living, which is so greatly impaired "as he can scarce carry the countenance of a gentleman of any great account, much less of an earl." Prays for freedom of all his inheritance in Clare, and certain allowances for his service.—Undated.
1 sheet. (142. 185.)
[Eliz.?] Paper endorsed "Fortificacone." Upon it are drawn a number of circles each having an inscription.
1 p. (142. 254–5.)
[Eliz.?] "Platt," representing a ship in full sail which is being attacked by a knight in armour riding on a sea monster, and defended by a man on horseback bearing a trident. Above is the motto "Lovaval te ne na honte."
1 p. (143. 6912.)
[Eliz.] A discourse in Italian demonstrating that the desire to aid the King of Spain against the Queen of England is neither right nor beneficial to the lords and princes of Italy. After saying that every man ought to aid his native land in one way or another; that some can do so as men of action, others by counsel, but that those to whom nature has been most prodigal of gifts may sometimes have these blessings turned into calamities if they let themselves be carried away by anger, ambition, avarice, &c., &c. . . he goes on:—that, as Livy tells us in the Roman History, when Fabius Maximus, a person of very great authority, was endeavouring to persuade the Roman Senate that so long as Hannibal had all his great forces in Italy, it would be of no advantage to public affairs to carry men into Africa to attack Carthage; Publius Scipio, then a mere youth, declared the contrary, and was listened to with love and admiration by all. And so he himself, while the wisest in Italy are inclined to favour the King of Spain, and ready to aid him in his enterprise against England, is daring enough to oppose their opinion and to show his compatriots that this plan will bring loss, and in the end destruction upon the flourishing States of Italy. A long and learned discourse, quoting Livy, Plato, du Haillan, Nich. Giles, Rob. Barnes, Guicciardini, Parddin, Holinshed, Sleidan, Polydore Virgil, Bretius, Carione, Biondi, Philip de Comines, Bembo, the Bible, Annals of Aquitaine Aeneas Silvius, Cæsar, Polybius, Justinian, Plutarch, Tacitus, &c., &c.
Unfinished. Italian. 24 pp. (144. 145.)
Pope Pius V.
[Eliz.] Notes as to the life of Pope Pius Quintus.
1 p. (144. 157.)
[Eliz.?] A prayer, or psalm, possibly by Queen Elizabeth.
pp. (144. 158.)
Poem in Queen Elizabeth's Handwriting.
[Eliz.] Fragment of a poem in 27 cantos of 10 lines each. The first sheet, which probably contained another 12 cantos, is wanting. The following are some of the cantos:—
Avec l'aveugler si estrange
Si au rebours de mon Nom
bien che tout le mal me desoit
de ce part que fus homme
Me recogneu que beste
Cest estre un qui fus nay
tant de tout se ["perdait" altered to] perda. Qu' alors en moy se vist. Rien ["de moy si long que moy" altered to] qui fust a moy,
Si loing ["qui" altered to] je fus de moy ["mesme" struck
Combien que au mal je me resiste,
estant un peu en resveil,
Je vis mes deux ["ombres" altered to] hommes, en un,
Et au bout j'estois le plus sure.
En voyant qu'il ny ["eust" altered to] fust un
de Moymesme je prins envie
Alors, de m'esprouver;
Mais de honte que je senty,
Ne me trouvant pour regner,
En mon Royaulme je me garde.
Comme l'enfant qui non va,
Mais s'achime pour plus aler
S'il soit sage qui le mene,
Et tient garde où il va,
Peu à peu il s'en despeche.
Ainsi celuy qui me ["tiroit" altered to] mena,
Comme un enfant me tira,
Les principes m'enseigna,
Le surplus que n'aprendy
Le guardoit pour le capable.
Je m'arrive au primier degré
De la grace qui commense,
D'où celuy qui est bien lié,
S'il ne perde la teste,
Se tient pour bien livré.
La, la lumiere s'esclaira,
Les tenebres s'esvanuirent
Combien que le Soleil n'aparuct,
öū le ciel s'ouvrist,
Le clair jour se monstra.
Estant si hault avancé,
Comme j'ay dict, and transfourmé,
En mon ordre ordonné,
Je vi mon regne bien gouverné
Par raison, et non par degré,
Je vi trois Ames ressamblans
Mis en exercise,
Chascun en son office
L'une pour commander,
Et les deux pour servir.
Le regret de ma faulte
Du peché me livra,
Car tant m'affligia
Que seul mon soing se fust
De n'en avoir de songasses,
Mire ["estant" altered to] scachant que en joye
Je dues patir,
Me ["Mettois" altered to] tournois à tant de pleures,
Que mille fois mon Aise
Renouvella mes paines.
Pour accroistre le doleur
De ma passée follie,
Contemplant mon Créatur,
Il me souvena du fabrique
De moy, triste pecheur.
Je vi que Dieu me rachipta,
Contre de luy estant cruel,
Et reguardant bien qui il fust,
Je vi comme il se fist moy,
A[in]si que je me fis luy.
Je fuis si hault pour convertir,
Et de dieu tant aidé,
Que tost au plus hault degre
["Avec" altered to] a mon deliberer firme
Me vis qui fus Enhaulsi
Tant an dedans la porte me ["vi" struck out] trouve,
Tant en paix, and si hault,
La guerre Si loing ceda,
Que la Chair tomba morte
pour se tenir vive l'ame.
La derniere de ["faveurs" altered to] graces
Est la mesme que tous confirme,
Apres la seconde et primiere,
Et y mettant tost son cachet,
Me laissa a ceste mode,
Me laissa en tel salut,
Et un tel estat me metta,
Et fist, dedans moy, ["tel" struck out] d'accord
["La nature La Vertu" altered to] La vertu avec la nature,
La coustume avec la vertu.
Comme l'aveugle de tout qui se presente
tient telle équalite,
Et tellement se comporte,
Et son estre si Egal
Ne s'esmeult, ne fasche,
Ansy l'ame en substance
Metta ces temperementz
Avec si equal accord,
Que en elle ja ne pouvoit
Avoir habit l'inconstance
In the handwriting of Queen Elizabeth.
9 pp. (147. 150.)
[Eliz.] "The 21st and last book of the ocean to Scinthia."
Poem, in Ralegh's hand. 14 pp. (144. 238.)
[Printed in modernised spelling in Dr. Hannah's "Courtly Poets," p. 31.]
Abraham Dampord.
[Eliz.?] Verses by Abraham Dampord.
Begins: "Wherein shall I joy or any pleasure take."
Ends: "O sweet Jesus grant me so."
1 p. (144. 274.)
Thomas Dacres.
[Eliz.?] "A note of such ground as I Thomas Dacres have to my own hand."
Begins with "The park and Windmill Hill."
Endorsed: "Parsonage."
1 p. (146. 138.)
Queen Elizabeth's Prayer.
[Eliz.] "Most powreful and largist giving God, Whose eares hit hathe pleasyd so benignly to grace the petitions of us thy devoted servaunt, not with even measure to our disiars, but with far amplar favor, hathe not only protected our army from foes pray, and from seas danger, but last decaied malisicius desonors, even having force to resist us, from having power to attempt us or assaile them [sic]. Let humble acknowlegement and most reverend thankes sacrifice supply our want of skil to comprehend suche endles goodnis and unspeakable liberalitie, even suche, Good Lord, as our simple tounges may not include such wordes as merites suche laudes, but this vowe. Except, most deare God, in lieu of bettar merite that our brithes we hope to their last gaspis shal never cease the memoriall of suche flowing grace as thy bounty fills us with, but with suche thoghts shal end the world and keme [?come] to the. All thes with thy good grace we trust performe we shal.
In Queen Elizabeth's handwriting.
1 p. (147. 155.)
[Eliz.?] J'ay faict entendre a Lisle ce que j'ay cognu appartenir a vostre service. Je ne doubte point qu'il ne vous en ayt donné advis. Je luy ay promis que vous seriez le premier adverty de ce que se resoudroit en ceste assemblee. A ceste heure nous sommes sur la compilation de noz caters [?cahiers] que nous presenteront au Roy dans peu de jours. J'auray copie de tout, avant mesme que le Roy l'ait, et vous en feray part. Quant au faict de la Religion, il ne va pas comme il est a desirer. Le Roy neantmoings monstre toujours avoir une volonté, mais je ne puis dire que j'en espere bien, car il ha pres de luy trop de noz ennemis. Je vous en escriray plus amplement dans peu de jours, ou vous en advertiray par la voye de Lisle que jattins dans peu de jours. Croyes tousjours s'il vous plaist que je suis vostre serviteur treshumble.
Undated. Written entirely in decipher. ½ p. (174. 110.)
Decipher of the preceding. (174. 111.)
Warrants for Letters of Request.
[Eliz.] Authorisation for the making out of letters of request to divers persons, for sums of money by way of loan, according to a form annexed.
Undated. 1½ pp. (185. 121.)
A French Prisoner.
[Eliz.] Our first encouragement of service was by assurance of your favour towards us. Now therefore we crave some speedy expedition in our cases, or otherwise we be in ill case, for money is spent, our credit concerned, and finally both prevented of time and friends to the uttermost. The law civil and martial hath every way justified our right; the right honourable Council hath also confirmed it; what rests then more but the execution of the same, either to have our French prisoner into our hands or such assurance for his ransom as we may like of? It is not our calling to contend with the ambassador (neither can our necessity abide it) who otherwise would seem to rule in this both her Majesty and all other, and meaning to prolong things till the progress, doth little mean to observe either promise or truth any way. We are certain he would convey him away (keeping him 3 miles out of London) and then to drive the suit to himself-wards: he otherwise threatens and braggs the whole world, so as of his meaning or faith (but after the French manner) is there little to be hoped of. We know our protection wholly to rest in your Honour, therefore most humbly desire a present dispatch, or any answer determinate to the contrary, for as we cannot have access to the States, so mind we rather to leave it off wholly than further to be delayed. His ransom is thought great, but our right in the one determines the other, being more undone by his delay than made anyway by 5,000 crowns. Therefore we demand either the person or the money which his bill hath prescribed unto us.
Endorsed:—"A supplicacon for those that tooke ye French prisoner nere Graveline."
Signed:—'"Those yt toke the Frenche prisoner Dellascille besydes Callys."
Undated. 1½ pp. (185. 127.)
The Parishioners of St. Mary, Aldermanbury to—
[Eliz.] They have farmed the rectory and parsonage of St. Mary, Aldermanbury for 40 years at a yearly rent of 11l. during which time the tithes and profits have not exceeded 30l. yearly, for which is paid to her Majesty 6l. rent, for wages of the curate 8l., and necessary charges of the church yearly 10l., besides other charges amounting in all to 30l. Of their own money they have increased the curate's wages to 40l. and disbursed to a clerk for his wages 8l. 10s., to a sexton 40s., and for light bread, wine and other necessaries 3l. 10s., amounting in all to 46l. annually. Pray his Honour that they have the preferment of the sale of the said parsonage at a reasonable rate.
Undated. 1 p. (185. 131.)
The Officers of Arms to—
[Eliz.] By reason of their small annual fees and allowance granted to them by her Majesty, it was ordered by sundry Earl Marshalls, that for their better maintenance they should serve and solemnise by due course and turn with the King of Arms at all funerals of nobility and gentry within her Majesty's dominions, receiving their due fees, liveries, transportation money, and part of all hearses; as also a fee of every new made knight, for the recording of his name and arms. These two profits are now by Mr. Garter utterly detained or so shortened as they are not able to maintain themselves. Pray that Mr. Garter may be called before the honourable Board of Justice to answer his unjust dealings.
Undated. 1 p. (185. 132.)
The Provision of Arms.
[Eliz.] "Reasons to move their Honours to grant my humble petition."
1. All the workmen of the 3 companies that make arms in London, viz., gun-makers, armourers and cutlers, are agreed that I shall have the provision of arms.
2. This provision is only for this time.
3. It is left to the Lieutenants to refuse or allow of my furnishing them of their defects.
4. My rate of 32s. a man is an ordinary and low rate.
5. When there is no sale for arms, the worser sort may be bought under 32s., but when there is any speech of war, the workmen unreasonably raise their prices, and at such times sell their refuse arms for 35s. and 40s. a man.
6. When I made an offer to furnish the soldier with extraordinary good arms at 40s. a man, which Mr. Thomas Middleton can testify, the Queen referred to committee who concluded to authorise divers gentlemen of worth more exquisitely to examine the goodness of my arms. These commissioners found my arms to be very good, and their prices reasonable. Notwithstanding my offer was stayed, because some 10 or 11 workmen had petitioned against me, which petition was immediately encumbered with another subscribed by 7 or 8 score workmen, to have my offer take place. The 14th June last, therefore, their Honours did conclude (1) that it was meet to dispose the same provisions to the care of one man; (2) that I should be that man, because the project first came from me.
Endorsed: "For furnishing of armes."
Undated. 1 p. (185. 133.)
[Eliz.] Petition from the inhabitants of the late Blackfriars on behalf of 6 of their neighbours committed to prison by the Lord Mayor for refusing unreasonable impositions towards the setting forth of the ships, although already charged with 14 soldiers furnished with arms. Wherefore they pray for the release of their neighbours, and further order what course to hold with them of the city in this and every such occasion.
Undated. 1 p. (185. 143.)
The Castle and Blockhouse of Kingston-on-Hull.
[Eliz.] The state of the càuse between Blagrave and the mayor and burghers of Kingston super Hull. Henry 8. anno 33 builded a castle and 2 blockhouses against Kingston super Hull and furnished the same with munition and artillery, which cost him about 50,000l., and placed therein a governor and garrison, which so continued until 6 Ed. 6, the yearly charge being 800l. Edward 6 by indenture dated 20 Feb. anno 6 granted to the mayor and burghers the custody of the said castle etc., and covenanted that they should make and constitute such ordnance etc., as they should think fit, certifying from time to time to the Privy Council. And that the castle etc. should be united to the town of Kingston and be within the liberties thereof. And the mayor and burgesses should have towards the maintaining of the castle 50l. per annum. out of his manor of Myton.
Edward 6 by letters patent dated 29 March anno 6 granted the mayor and burgesses divers lands in fee farm for the yearly rent of 81l. 10s. 1d., whereas the old rent was 131l. 10s. 1d., whereby the defendants say that the 50l. is allowed them towards the maintenance of the castle, etc.
They have discharged the governor and garrison. The most part of the ordnance is carried away wasted, and spoiled. The west part of the castle is fallen to the ground and hath so continued 26 or 30 years. The bank and shore digged and carried away for ballast and other private uses. And the feefarm of divers of the lands sold away.
I informed your Lordship of the same at midsummer last and made suit to have the custody of the said pieces, with the benefit growing by the said indenture, and you willed me to exhibit my bill before you that the mayor and burghers might be called to answer. Whereupon 4 of the burghers have appeared and confessed the breach of the covenants. Therefore I still remain a humble suitor for the reforming of these abuses and for my pains to have the custody of the said pieces, and that the lands may be employed according to the meaning of King Edward.
Undated. 1 p. (185. 144.)
James Brewning in Buochenbach to the Queen.
[Eliz.] Conveys the wishes of the Prince his master for her Majesty's good health and happy success in her most Christian undertakings. The Queen has promised to include the Prince among the Knights of the Garter, and two embassies have already been sent for the sole purpose of praying her Majesty to give effect to this promise. The Prince does not doubt that her Majesty will be mindful of it but prays that his hopes may be no longer deferred.
Holograph. Latin. Undated. 3 pp. (185. 152.)
The Export of Sea-Coals.
[Eliz.?] Reasons against the transportation of sea-coals. Pit coals and earth coals, commonly called sea-coals," which grow near the sea or navigable rivers, are the chief fuel of London, and all other towns in the realm near the sea. They are used by all smiths and ironworkers: and all salt made in the north and in Wales, and in other parts near the sea, is made therewith. All country villages within 20 miles of the sea are mostly driven to burn these coals, for most of the woods are consumed, and the ground converted to corn and pasture. The supply has come from Newcastle, as the veins in Wales are no more than needful for that country; and the coalworks at Newcastle, as in Wales, are so greatly wrought that they are grown so deep and drowned with water, as not to be recovered without extreme charges. The chaldron, of 54 Winchester bushels, within 10 years was 5s. at Newcastle and 3s. in Wales, but now is 9s. and 6s., and there is more consumed in one year than heretofore in three. These coals serve Denmark, Flanders, France, Spain, Portugal and the Islands, for in these nations none of these kind of coals are found. They are exported especially by strangers, and pay only ordinary custom of 4d. the chaldron. Recommends a general restraint of exportation, or at the least a greater custom.
Undated. 1 p. (186. 13.)
Robert Melvill to Archibald Douglas.
[Eliz.] He understands by the bearer how painful Douglas was to further him (the bearer) to one part of his suit; and prays that he may be expedited in the rest. Offers services. 10 June.
Holograph. ½ p. (186. 99.)
Jane Williams to the Lord Ambassador of Scotland.
[Eliz.] Of her extreme misery and distressed estate. Prays for relief, without which she has nothing to expect but perpetual imprisonment.—"From the house of imprissment."
Holograph. 1 p. (205. 4.)
A.P. to Lord [Ambassador of Scotland ?]
[Eliz.] Upbraids him for his desertion of her. "Now that I am in a place of credit you mean to leave me: for if I were in a baudy house, that you might come to discredit me, it were well enough, as you did at Goodman's: but I am neither Fan Faeson nor Fan Dason, nor none of this common stuff that you had afore: for you never had any of credit with you but myself." Has broken his promise to give her another suit of apparel and a living. Of the villainous injuries he speaks of her at Goodman's. She left all her friends for his sake, but if he had the fairest woman in the world he would keep none long.— From Mr. Gerling's, Friday.
1 p. (205. 7.)
[Eliz.] Acrostic on "Archibawlde Dowglas" and "Mary Bostocke."
1 p. (205. 13.)
The Scots Ambassador.
[Eliz.] "My Lord Ambassador's reckoning."
Includes payments to "yourself," to Arthur Reynolds, Thomas Skinner, the Master of Gray and others, and for cloth taken by Scottishmen: total 2606l. Receipts from Mr. Ingleby, for the Master of Gray's jewels, and for plate: total 2648l.
1 p. (205. 14.)
[?George] Douglas to Lord [Ambassador of Scotland.]
[Eliz.] Recommends to him Robert Mersin, a scholar, son to Laurence Mersin.—Newhouse, at Lochlenne, August 22.
Holograph. 1 p. (205. 16.)
M.F. to the Lord Ambassador [?Archibald Douglas.]
[Eliz.] Whatsoever it shall please you to send me by this bearer, it shall be well accepted.
Undated. ½ p. (205. 29.)
Sir Bike Lovett to the Lord Ambassador of Scotland.
[Eliz.] Asks for a passport for the bearer, his steward in Scotland. He would be glad to hear of the ambassador's welfare, and of the estate of their country, with such occurrences as he thinks meet.
Undated. Holograph. 1 p. (205. 30.)
Dorothy Wroughton to Lord [Archibald] Douglas.
[Eliz.] For that you shall not condemn me for keeping the stuff my man brought, I thought it good to know when it will please you to meet Mrs. Browne here at my lodging and I will take order thereafter. I pray you if your store be such of herrings and salmon to bestow some on me.
Undated. 1 p. (205. 33.)
A.L. to Lord [Ambassador of Scotland.]
[Eliz.] Prays him to let him have his comfort and good counsel.
Undated. — p. (205. 36.)
E. T. to Lord [Archibald] Douglas.
[Eliz.] I shall never be forgetful of your great courtesies, but endeavour to deserve your kindness ever. It was almost 8 of the clock before he went home on Friday. I thought I should have seen you then. Pray send me word when you will see me. By Wednesday I hope my maid will be gone, and then we may the safer be merry. "This, sweetheart, from troubling you any further, I rest with conceit of 10,000 sweet kisses."— Brumton [?Brompton] this Sunday morning. My cousin Spencer's wife has sent you a mess of cream.
1 p. (205. 38.)
Propositions discussed between the English and French Commissioners.
Article I.
[Eliz.] The subjects and merchants of either prince to be received into mutual protection for the free exercise of lawful trade.
Article II.
In order to avoid piracy, every lord, captain, master, etc., shall henceforth find two sureties to the Admiral or his lieutenant in the case of merchant ships and others setting out with implements of war and letters of marque (reprisalüs) to double the value of the implements of war and victuals; and in the case of ships trading only to the value of the merchandize.
Article III.
Merchants' causes shall be dispatched within six months if possible, and that by commissioners appointed by the most Christian king in France without cost to the parties as is now done in England by the Queen.
Article IV.
Judgments against single delinquents in actions not tried civilly against those who carry on piracy shall be executed in full. But sureties shall only find the penalty agreed upon to the extent of satisfying the sufferer's injuries.
Article V.
If justice has been denied after the lapse of three months since the delivery of the letters of either Prince or after the request of the resident, reprisals can then be granted.
Article VI.
The subjects of neither Prince shall in future stay, divert from their course, capture and spoil the ships of the other Prince or of his subjects, hoisting his standard, under penalty of death and confiscation of goods. And no subject of either Prince shall transport to the other's enemies any arms either for land or sea use, wheresoever made, save those that suffice for the necessary defence of their ships. Nor shall he abuse the liberty of commerce to the prejudice of the other Prince.
Article VII.
It shall not be lawful in future to stay the ships of either Prince or of his subjects lying at anchor in the ports of the other or the goods or merchandize carried in the same; or to compel the merchants and sailors to sell the said merchandize against their will except at a just price. Nevertheless, if either Prince has need of the said ships and merchandize, the other may lend them to him on payment of a fair price to the owners.
Article VIII.
It is most just that should any be so inhuman as to stay the subjects of the other Prince whilst they are on the high seas or to drown or sell them to an enemy, that they be punished with the most severe penalties meet for their offences.
Article IX.
Reprisals now granted are to be revoked. Nevertheless it is agreed that parties shall sue those causes for which they have obtained such reprisals before the judges appointed for the purpose; and if those causes be not dispatched within three months by the said judges, the complainants, if more than justly aggrieved, may obtain fresh reprisals. But no reprisals shall be granted by either Prince against the other's subjects except under the great seal of his realm.
Article X.
All ships sent out by direct warrant of the Princes or of the chiefs of the royal fleets shall be held as belonging to the royal navies and any damage committed by them shall be made good by the Princes themselves.
Article XI.
It shall be publicly proclaimed that no division, transport or alienation of goods captured at sea be permitted, or that anyone shall buy, receive or conceal the same, except they be declared just and lawful spoil by sentence or decree of a Judge of the Admiralty. The magistrates of the maritime states and cities of either realm shall not receive in their ports those proscribed as pirates by the laws of the other, or permit them to stay within the boundaries of those states and cities. And the inhabitants of the same shall not show hospitality to the said proscribed pirates or offer them food, assistance or any favour, but shall detain them and bring them to justice; and this under due penalties and compensation for damages and interest.
Endorsed: Articles between France and England.
Latin. Draft with corrections.
4 pp. (205. 55.)
Letter of Recommendation.
[Eliz.] Instructions to send to Flushing a general letter of recommendation for all merchants coming thither from Lisbon chartered by Jacopo di Bardi a Florentine merchant, and consigned to Ipolito Affactati and Pietro Ducco; also to recommend Baldassare Musino, a Portuguese, to Jacopo di Bardi. Italian. Undated. Unsigned.
?In Sir Horatio Pollavicino's writing. (205. 80.)
Petitions to the Scots Ambassador [?Archibald Douglas.]
[Eliz?]. 1. Peter Saryson, a Dane.—Is prisoner in the Marshalsea for piracy. Prays him to make means to the Queen for his pardon.
Undated. ½ p. (294.)
2. Rowland Wood.—Prisoner in the Marshalsea. Offering bail, and prays for a warrant from the Council to get in debts due to him.
Undated. 1 p. (705.)
Merchant Taylors of London to the Privy Council.
Eliz. There is great decay in their trade through a restraint procured against divers merchants for the transporting of cloths, unto whom petitioners were accustomed to make great sales of cloths dressed and dyed within the realm. By the restraint also a large number of poorer people are like to be undone for want of employment: also there is great hindrance to the Queen's customs. They pray that such good merchants as will undertake the same may be licensed to transport cloths dressed and dyed within the realm into foreign nations, as heretofore.
Signed: Henry Webbe, James Best, and 36 others.
Undated. 1 p. (186. 101.)
Monsieur la Chaste to Monsieur du Raulet [?Sir Walter Ralegh.]
[Eliz.] "Je ne panse pas que Villars nous aproche avecques Des Preses. S'il nous vient voyr il sera tres bien reseu. Attandans de vous voyr a ce soyr."
Undated. Holograph. 1 p. (205. 86.)
— to —
[Eliz.] What I humbly desire should be inserted in my commission for the better performance of her Majesty's service and accomplishment of my duty.
That it may be expressed in my commission as well to command the men appointed for those services with their officers, as the keeping of the fort with the ordinary guards, also what number and whence I am to require them upon occasion.
That the pay of myself and my officers be made equal with others of like place.
That I may be permitted to leave my Lieutenant to command in my absence, when I shall be urged upon necessity to answer other services elsewhere.
That I be authorised to use my reasonable discretion for the advancement of her Majesty's service at all times upon occasion in matters appertaining to my place.
Undated. ½ p. (205. 114.)
[Eliz.] Remonstrance unto the King's Majesty, declaring that his just pretensions shall be much advanced by showing favour unto Catholics.
First it is presented to his Majesty to be considered that a great part of both realms be Catholic, and that of the wisest, wealthiest and valiantest sort.
That the Catholics of both realms be uniform in their religion, and the Protestants disconform, therefore with time his Majesty shall find more assurance and force in the united nor can be in the disunited.
That the English service and "heirrithe" is as odious to the Scottish ministry as is that of the Roman Church, for which cause his Majesty shall never be able to please both without liberty of conscience.
That it is not one part of his realm that may bear him out in his just pretensions, but the whole body of his realm, for which cause it appears necessary to extend equal favour upon all, especially in matters of conscience.
The English Catholics seeing his Majesty grant liberty of conscience at home, shall seek no foreign prince to assist them; and the Protestants may well judge thereby that his Majesty being a Protestant will not prejudge them for the pleasure of the ministers.
The great argument against his Majesty, founded on the canon of the Council of Trent, shall be elided; for where it is objected that he is incorrigible and to be excommunicated, and his subjects commanded to render themselves unto the next heir Catholic, he, showing this grace to Catholics, it shall be an argument of good inclination and of no induration, whereby Spanish placebos shall be more confounded.
This favour shall not only move the Pope to favour his Majesty's title, but also to "prece" all Catholic princes to do the same.
That the French King found the Pope's favour so necessary before he was established, that without it he had hardly ascended, for which cause his Majesty being in like case for many respects should not contemn the Pope's assistance; but that he had need in time to take heed, because the Bishop of Camerin, his Holiness's Nuncio in France, will no more visit his Majesty's Ambassador, nor the Queen of England.
In France the laws positive were as much or more against Protestants as the Acts of Parliament in Scotland be against Catholics; and in respect of French Catholics the number of French Protestants be far less than the number of Scottish Catholics be unto that of Scottish Protestants, yet the King and Estate of France thought it necessary to ease the consciences of a handful of Protestants, notwithstanding ancient laws. Yea, the French ministers did cry out that there was no Christian liberty where this liberty of conscience was refused.
The wisdom of England hath found it necessary for the quietness of their estate to grant some favour unto recusants upon payment of a pecuniary fine, and not only that, but her Majesty most graciously suffered some priests to appeal unto the Pope against their Arch priest, and recommended them unto the King of France to solicit for them at Rome. Her Majesty hath thereby turned the hearts of many stubborn subjects from foreign courses unto loyalty. What inconvenience is it then to his Majesty to conform himself unto the example of a Princess of incomparable prudence and felicity?
To this same effect the Nuncio aforesaid, in behalf of his Holiness, hath already entreated the Most Christian Majesty to solicit his Majesty by his Ambassador resident in Scotland, the more to excuse his Majesty whenas the ministers shall see his Highness pressed by such as he cannot well refuse without some prejudice of favour and estimation.
Endorsed: Remonstrance for liberty of conscience in Scotland.
Undated. 2 pp. (205. 122.)
Verses by A.P.
[Eliz.] Begin: "What penn cann well report the plit of thos that travelle on the seae."
End: "For this our gentell liberty."
28 lines.
Hand of Elizabeth's time. (205. 123.)
Begin: "The carfull cares that hantes my brest Expells from me all quiet rest."
End: If any seke to know his name Piner thy sellf thou hads great rong."
24 lines.
Begin: "If I had leve and lesur both to writ my mind of love"
End: "Inouf is sayd unto my frinds to shunne so great ane ell (?an ill)."
58 lines.
Hand temp. Eliz. 3 pp. (205. 124.)
[Eliz.] Proposals for building and repairing the waste and decayed churches in the Irish pale; also as to contributions for the justice kerne and soldiers; and as to the charges upon the people in the English pale.
Undated. 2 pp. (205. 129.)
John Anderson to Lord [Ambassador Archibald] Douglas.
[Eliz.] Begs for 5 angels to make up a sum due by him. Begs him to accept "this poor novelty," as if it were the worthiest present in the world: thought by some to be "an artificial ramme bred in Gennye, given to me by a dear friend of mine."
Undated. Holograph. 1 p. (213. 4.)
— to [Sir Robert Cecil ?]
[Eliz.] "I am informed that my cousin Mr. Nicholas White goeth about to labour some grant from the Queen's Majesty of the Commandry of the Crook [co. Waterford] which is one of those farms I obtained of her highness at my late being in England; wherein I do acknowledge myself most bounden unto your honour as the only mean . . . of my despatch. Wherefore seeing I have the thing passed unto me under her Highness' broad seal, I trust you will stand so much my good master as I shall not be . . . I have though I say it myself painfully deserved it, as I suppose you partly know by the report of those under whom I served."—Undated.
18th cent. copy by Murdin or Haines.
1 p. (213. 74.)
— to Lord —
[Eliz.] Prays for grant of lease of certain lands in Yorkshire, coming to the Queen's hands through the attainder of one Shirwood, of Walkington, Yorks, for murder.
Undated. ½ p. (213. 100.)
Ecclesiastical Commission.
[Eliz.] Portion apparently of a commission for the enforcement of the ecclesiastical laws.
Begins:—"or against the received order for governance in the Church of England in any county, city, borough or other place or places exempt or not exempt, &c." Ends: "or any three of you as aforesaid shall cause to be put or affixed a seal engraved with the Rose and the Crown over the Rose and the letter E before."
Eliz. Sheets 5 to 21: 17 sheets. (214. 49.)
The Royal Exchange.
[Eliz.] Ground plan of Royal Exchange, London.—Undated.
Vellum. (Maps 1. 9.)
Carlisle Castle.
[Eliz.] Plan of Carlisle Castle, by W. Garfurth.—Undated.
1 sheet. (Maps 2. 28.)
William Saull.
[Eliz.] A discourse for the training of Englishmen in warlike discipline, by William Saull.
Undated. 11 pp. (239. 12.)
Military Estimates.
[Eliz.] Calculation of the pay of 4 regiments and 4,000 horse for 4 months; followed by notes apparently giving reasons for the employment of Swiss troops.
Undated. 5 pp. (239. 13.)
The Cloth Trade.
[Eliz.] The commodities that should grow to England by translating the trade of clothes from the Netherlands to Emden in Fresland, a free town.—Undated.
3 pp. (239. 19.)
[Eliz.] Paper upon recoveries, and recoveries in value.
Undated. 12 pp. (244. 2.)
An Antidote.
[Eliz.] Discours d'ung Antithode pour obvier aux meschantes et mauvaises entreprises que l'on basse contre l'Eglise de Dieu et la Royne d'Angleterre, deduict par aulcune lieux communs necessaires à considerer en ce faict.
Undated. 19 pp. (246. 47.)
Commonplace Book.
[Eliz.] Commonplace book, extracts principally referring to civil law and polity.
[Eliz.] Epitome Operum Galeni.
(273. 2.)
[Eliz.] "Certain selected chapters selected out of Nicholas Machiavel his 3 books of discourses upon the first decade of Livie."
(273. 3.)
Eliz. "Lazarus Erkerne, chief master of the Emperor's Mines in Bohemia, right and most perfect way of the whole work of saltpeter, now translated into English by Joachim Gaunz of Prage." Dedicated to Sir F. Walsingham.
(276. 5.)
William Fuller.
Eliz. Admonition of William Fuller to the Queen touching the anti-Christian state of the kingdom and including an exposition of the Ten Commandments.
(284. 4.)
Theological Treatises.
[Eliz.] On the doctrines &c. of the Romish Church, in Latin. 8vo. (310. 2.)
[Eliz.] Tractatus Theologici.
[Sir Robert Cecil ?] to —
[Eliz.?] Sir, I have received a letter from you with a confession of some speeches uttered by one Heathcock concerning me to one Richard Mason, heretofore my cook, wherein although I have reason to give you thanks, as I do, for the care you have taken to examine and rectify the truth thereof, so when I consider first in general the nature of all these railing speeches and particularly the condition of this caitiff, together with his confession of drunkenness, I have thought good to entreat you to dismiss him privately without further corporal punishment or charge unto him as one of whom I disdain to take any revenge, and towards whom I thank God I can very well continue charity with forgiveness, knowing how many greater sins I must hope to be forgiven at the hands of Almighty God.
Endorsed: "Minute of Charity."
Undated. Draft. (213. 3.)
— to —
[temp. Eliz.] I have received your letter praying me to levy in Coulrudg, Stanborough, Lyfton, Rowborough and Tavistock, 26 men. To press a man without authority from my Lord of Bath I can not nor dare not. I must not leave such a gap open to any my private evil willers, that thereby I may receive so great prejudice as loss of goods and liberty. I wish you would call in your precepts until you have order from my Lord of Bath. The townsmen of Plymouth have advertised up of the last view that was there taken.
Undated. Unsigned. 1 p. (213. 13.)
— to the Queen.
[Eliz.] For licence to transport out of Wales and such other remote parts of the realm as may well spare them 5,000 dicker of small tanned hides called commonly Welsh runts.
Undated. ½ p. (213. 20.)
Muster Roll.
[Eliz.?] Portion of a muster roll of Rye, Sussex, and other places.
Undated. 1 p. (213. 40.)
An Endorsement.
[Eliz.?] "Sr. du Motley to my L. Treasurer. Confession du foy."
An endorsement only. (213. 42.)
— to the Queen.
[Eliz.?] Prays for authority to compound with all persons that now stand outlawed for debt, during the term of 21 years next, paying the third part of such composition to the Receipt at Westminster, and retaining the residue.
Undated. 1 p. (213. 81.)
[Eliz.?] An account of domestic and other payments, commencing "Paid to Mr. Blighton 16l., to Dodson 7l., &c., &c. Includes loans to Lady Jobson, and "Boges, the warder." Note at end "Remembrance to carry down a quire of paper, all my books touching prisoners' diets, and wages of the warders."
On reverse: "Haunc Lymerker. Peter de Lanoy."
Undated. 2 pp. (213. 97.)
Brian McCahir and his men.
[Eliz.] A list of 147 names beginning with Bren McCahir McArt Kavanagh.
Note at foot: "5 in pardons; no fine: no proviso."
Undated. Parchment roll. (218. 11.)
[Eliz.?] The purpose respecting which he conferred with his Lordship is not taking effect for the present. Prays for his information and good counsel as to his suit, and for letters to some nobleman.
1 p. Undated. (2160.)
Richard Bold and John Ashton.
[Eliz.] Notes of remembrance concerning Richard Bold and John Ashton. List of lands in Warrington and elsewhere, Lancashire, whereof the Queen's title is discovered by them. They pray for confirmation of their estate in lands in their occupation in Burtonwood and Great Sankey.
1 p. (2187.)
Mill at Bromeley.
[Eliz.] State of the cause between Charles Baldwin and Robert Smythe. The cause refers to a mill in Bromeley, and a riot caused by the rival claims thereto.
Undated. 1 p. (2267.)
Sir H. Parke's debts.
[Eliz.] The state of Sir H. Parke. Yearly value of his lands in the North, in Essex and in Somersetshire, £1,210l. He pays yearly, to Lady Compton during her life 266l. 13s. 4d.; to the Queen out of his Somersetshire lands 130l.; to the Queen for the parsonage of Melling, Lancashire, 35l.; to his brothers and sisters 120l. Total debts 4,600l.
1 p. (2268.)
M. Darell and E. Reynolds to Lord [—]
[Eliz.] Report upon the cause between George Watkins and Mr. Holliland, touching the place of garnitor and riding purveyor in the Queen's stable.—Undated.
1 p. (2290.)
Ralph Westroppe.
[Eliz.] Note as to the grant by the Queen to Ralph Westroppe, one of her sergeants at arms, of a lease in reversion of the parsonage of Hudmanbye, Yorks, of which he is tenant.
Undated. ½ p. (2335.)
(Cf. Cal. of C.P. xiii, 476.)
Agenda paper.
[Eliz.] To procure a licence from the Queen for Anthony Mayney, esq., of Downham, Essex, to travel into France for 2 years; also licence for John Gaze of Firle, Sussex, the Queen's ward, to travel into France for 2 or 3 years.
Undated. ½ p. (2326.)
[Eliz.] Proposition that the Queen should take into her hands all the salt sold in the land; which being now sold at 4s. or 4s. 8d. a bushel, might be sold at 5s. Almost all the salt comes by Flemish or Scottish ships. The Queen could be paid 20,000l. a year, and the profit would be 30,000l. or 40,000l. The yearly consumption in London is put down at 3,000 tons, and the rest of England at 6,000.
Undated. 1¼ p. (2426.)
Undated: Sixteenth Century.
[Amendments proposed to a Bill relating to Soldiers.]
Refers to the Statute, 18 Hen. VI. c. 18, 19 and suggests some verbal alterations in a proposed draft.
The pressed to be testified under the hands of the said Commissioner and two Justices or other Justices of Peace, and the voluntary by 'sen under teste of the Captain and the purser. The Justices of Peace that have no sufficient commission to press but by letters as in large shires they are pressed in several divisions, where the lieutenants are not present, and, therefore, these men so pressed without sufficient commission are without the law.
1 p. (57. 93.)
A List of names. (67. 35.)
The Names of all the Hundreds and Half-hundreds in Norfolk, and in every Hundred the Number of Towns.
Valuation of a tenth. 2 pp. (67. 73.)
List of offices held by the Earl of Pembroke.
pp. (98. 169.)
Extract from "Nomina Villarum."
Libertas de Britannia. Johannes de Britannia, Comes Richmondie.
Ville. Domini.
Burgus Richmondie Johannes de Britannia Comes
Mikelton Henricus filius Hugonis
Cutherston Radulphus filius Willelmi
Scotton Willelmus le Latymer
Bodall cum Frythby Heres Briani filius [sic] Alani
Masham Hugo de Hopham
Burton super More Rogerus Cisell
Swynton Radulphus de Normanvill
Fogherby Reginaldus de Clifton et Johannes Alward
Esyngton et Elyngstring: Abbas de Jervals
Heredes Ricardi Cisell
Thyrn Reginaldus de Clifton
Undated. ½ p. (185. 163.)
[—] to "liber Charneilius (?Cornelius). He would have written, but has waited for Cornelius to write, but has had no letter from him. Prays for help to travel. Asks for a dozen pounds "ein Tusent funt."
Undated. German, ½ p. (205. 57.)
A Fanciful Description of the Organisation of the Legal Profession.
Draft with corrections. 4 pp. Latin. (205. 60.)
Portion of the Catalogue of a Library.
Contains amongst other works, Acts of the Council of Trent, Remedy against poison, Syntaxis of Philip Mclancthon, Aristotle's rhetoric, the Judgment of Martin Luther, Cicero's Pro Aulo Cecina, the "Visions of Pasqualle the Frenchman," a work of Calvin's, &c.
1 p. Latin and French. (205. 63.)
Plan for the construction of a fort at "Bradichrag." Italian. Signed "Giovanni di Rosetti.' Endorsed "Plan for Borthie Crag.' and elsewhere 'Fossanus' and two heads roughly drawn.
(205. 78.)
Portion of letter in some Oriental language [Persian or Arabic ?]
Parchment, much injured.
(222. 18.)
Tuscan Military Training.
Order for exercise of war and training of soldiers that be appointed and enrolled within the dominion of the state of the great Duke of Toscane which be of his own country towns and castles.
Undated. 19 pp. (239. 21.)
Military Institutes of Florence.
"Instituta Militaria Illustrissimi domini Cosmi Ducis Florentiae. Missa ad Regem Angliae."
Undated. 5½ pp.
Military Treatise.
Treatise on the military art, both by sea and land, composed by Prince Monseigneur le Duc Philipes de Cleves, Seigneur de Ravestain: presented by him to the Emperor Charles V.
French. Undated. 83 pp. (239. 20.)
Defence by the Venetians of their Treaty with the Turks.
Defensio Venetorum qua sese Pontifici ac omnibus Christianis Principibus purgant de federe cum Turcis inito, et quare discesserint a Societate Hispaniensi insciis atque invitis sociis.
Undated. Incomplete. 12 pp. (246. 84.)
"Joannis Sturmii Topica, et de Elencho Sophistico."
42 pp. (276. 1.)


  • 1. See 3 papers about East Witton in C.P. Vol. xiii., pp. 538, 558 and 562.
  • 2. Died at the beginning of March, 1598; cf. C.P. viii, pp. 82, 83, 165.