Cecil Papers: November 1604, 16-30

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November 1604, 16-30

The Earl of Kildare to Lord Cecil (sic).
1604, Nov. 17. At my last being with you you took offence against me, so I have refrained to repair to you since. If in my speeches I uttered any words as justifying my own cause, that you took as meaning to contest with you in any way, I protest I had no such intention. Favour me that I may repair to you to inform you the truth touching my offence; I desire to know when I may attend you.—My lodging over against Ivy Bridge, 17 Nov. 1604.
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Lord Fyvie to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 17. I have declared to the Commissioners of Scotland your desire that the meeting at Westminster might be excused for this day: which they accepted with very good will, and desired that the next meeting may be appointed to Tuesday next.—Whytehall, Saturday, 17 Nov. 1604.
Signed. ½ p. (107. 129.)
Sir Fulke Greville.
1604, Nov. 18. Warrant to the officers of the Exchequer. Sir Fulk Grevill, heretofore Treasurer of the Navy of the late Queen, and to the King since her decease, for 5 years, in that time has faithfully disbursed money to the value of near 300,000l., and stands indebted by reason of the said office in divers sums. In consideration of his long service he is hereby released of the sum of 1,000l. parcel of such arrears.—18 Nov. 2 Jac.
Unsigned. 1 p. (107. 126.)
Captain William Power to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 18. Acknowledges Cranborne's favour in getting 4s. per diem apportioned to him; yet the sum does not answer his loss of good estate, much blood, and principal limbs in the war, besides his particular services. Contrasts his rewards with those received by others. All who know him expect that by how much he has bled in the service, and has hatred among the general in Ireland for having been so forward in the State's service, by so much he should now receive reward. Prays Cranborne to augment the above proportion.—18 Nov. 1604.
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John Corbett to the Same.
1604, Nov. 18. Is informed by Mr. Levinus [Munck] of the favourable mention Cranborne lately made of preferring him to a place of clerk of the Council. Has forborne to importune Cranborne, but begs his furtherance in raising his hopeless fortunes.—18 Nov. 1604.
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Lord Balmarino to the Same.
1604, Nov. 18. The King has signed a warrant for a grant to him of some lands upon the borders, whereof neither the King nor the late Queen ever had any benefit. Begs Cranborne to signify the King's pleasure in the matter to the Lord Treasurer, so that it may be dispatched.—Whyithall, 18 Nov. 1604.
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The Earl of Worcester to the Same.
[1604], Nov. 19. This day the King being a hunting by chance cast his eye upon Francis Dakers, but said nothing until he came home, and taking me aside, used these words: "I did wonder to see one man to-day in the field." I asked who that was. He said Francis Dakers. I could hardly be persuaded but that he was mistaken, but he confidently affirmed it to be true, and so it was, as I learned after, but saw him not. He said he thought there should have been some procceding against him by the Council for his abuse. I answered I was sure I set my hand to a letter for him, but belike he could not be found, or else was committed and after discharged. "For being found," said he, "that cannot be, being no fugitive: and if he had been committed I should have had advertisement. I pray you write to my Lord of Cranborne to be certified as well of that matter as of the matter of Sir Edward Bellingham, and send with all speed." Since which time he sent once to know whether I had sent. I did not see him more moved in countenance a great while for so small an accident. I sent presently too into the town to seek him, and if he had been found I would have bound him over to appear before you, for I suppose that he could not be found at London. Furthermore he was extreme angry that the knight marshal did not attend him, swearing a lewd oath he thought he was scorned to be waited on. Recommend my service to my Lord Chamberlain and all the ladies.— Royston, 19 November.
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Postal endorsements: "Hast, hast, post hast, with speed. Ware, 20 November at twoe in the afternone."
Sir Thomas Cave to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 19. Mr. Doctor Chippingedalle, commissary and justice of Leicestershire, has long dwelt in Leicester Castle, and is tenant to the King of a certain grange, whereof they of Leicester have obtained an estate in reversion. Chippingedalle doubts whether, when his term is expired, he will be admitted their tenant. He has well deserved of the townsmen, and his abode near them greatly eases the country for the more speedy dispatch of their occasions. Begs Cranborne to further Chippingedalle's being admitted tenant of the grange, upon reasonable conditions.—Fleet Street, 18 Nov. 1604.
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The Earl of Nottingham to the Same.
1604, Nov. 19. Begs Cecil's favour to the bearer, Mr. Norden, who is a suitor to his Majesty for a place. The place will recompense him for his former services, whereof Lord Burghley, who loved him, made good account.—Arondel House, 19 Nov. 1604.
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The Barons of the Exchequer to the Earl of Dorset.
1604, Nov. 20. They have considered the form of condition and articles to be propounded to the next Parliament concerning the transportation of merchandises out of England into Scotland. The condition is agreeable to the usual form of port bonds, and they see no cause to alter it: but the persons henceforth bound for transportation of such goods should be Englishmen, as no process of the Exchequer runs into Scotland, and they should be of sufficient ability to answer their bonds. Suggestions are made as to what bonds should be accepted.—Serjeants' Inn, 20 Nov. 1604.
Signed: Tho. Fleminge; Roberte Clerke; Ja. Savile; Geo. Snygge. 1½ pp. (107. 135.)
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 20. I am so much pleased with all you have written to me concerning the Union as I cannot forbear to express the great comfort I conceive thereof. God has well inspired the hearts of you Commissioners so soon and so well to accord together, but how happy are we that enjoy so wise, gracious and benign a sovereign, who can so direct these great things. You write that your daily toil of mind and body has brought you already to the age that in the Psalms are reckoned of labour and dolour, and yet you possess your health; much happier were I than I am if it were no worse with me, and yet I cannot much complain of sickness, neither boast of health free from one pain or other at any time, so as these 52 years, which this very day I live to see, I may account both in my body and mind little lacking of those of my unkind mother-in-law's, which are about 84. But methinks I see your greatest causes of toil like to be well eased, for he that considers the many great affairs of state that you have run through, and most happily brought to so good perfection since our Sovereign's reign over us, may hope that you shall not hereafter in ten times so long, have the like toil; like to my Lord of Northumberland's work in his new garden at Sion, which will busy and cost him more till he can gather a "poesie" in it, than it will do in 20 years after: and yet I know he must never leave platting, digging, weeding, &c., continually as occasion serves. But you have no leisure to become a gardener. Only this I will say, that if you will not take up this your overtoiling in time, I will censure you for a wiser man to the world than to yourself, or to us your friends, who heartily desire you may live as long as ourselves at the least. You write that you have signed my new particulars, whereof I have heard nothing as yet from Cooke my man, and therefore till then I will not trouble you further thereof, except with our most hearty thanks. My wife returns you her friendliest salutations.—Sheffield Lodge, 20 Nov. 1604.
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Ralph Winwood to Viscount Cranborne.
[1604], Nov. 20. Though since the last of the 16th I have little to advertise, and what there is you shall understand by Sir Noel Caron, yet to accompany these enclosed, which I return by the hands by which I did receive them, I will be bold to represent in private to you the poor estate of these distressed Provinces, which, now abandoned of all foreign help, must rely upon the providence of God for their future conservation. I need not speak what detriment this State receives by the late peace made with Spain. The eye of sense doth see it doth sap and mine the groundwork whereon this union was first founded. Yet if these petty differences for liberty of commerce were accommodated, some hope there were these Provinces might subsist, were it not that means sufficient cannot be found to maintain the war. The state of war yearly amounts to a million of pounds sterling, which proportionably is to be charged upon all the Provinces, but Guelders and Overyssel, upland and frontier countries, will not contribute to the charge of the sea. Zeland complains to be overburdened with the charges of the Admiralty, and refuses to be subject to the repartition for service by land. These defaults the generality and Holland have supplied for many years, whereby they are both so indebted that the interest which they pay eats up a great part of their yearly revenue. The charges daily multiply. The fortifications in Flanders since the siege of Sluce amount to 500,000 guilders. It is true they go royally through with the business: but to be able so to continue when their enemy shall assail them both by sea and land, and force them for their defence to maintain two armies, hoc opus, hic labor erit. In these difficulties this consolation there is, that the General is a worthy prince, vigilant and industrious, of an excellent temper, fashioned by nature and custom to the constitution of this State, to the welfare whereof he humbles his thoughts as to the humours of them which here carry the greatest vogue. Yet his present discontents are great about the carriage of this summer's service, wherein he was overruled contrary to his judgment. But as he wisely conceals his grievances from the world, so it is hoped, before he shall have cause to go into the field, they will be digested and forgotten. I find no want of courage in any of them. They all cry O passi graviora! And so long as his Majesty will use his intended moderation in their favour, they will witness to the world at what estimate they prize the sweetness of their liberty. Their soul abhors the thought of treaty, whither when they come rage and despite will drive them, not judgment or advice.
I send an abstract of this year's proposition presented by the Council to the States General for the entertainment of next year's service.
I have travailed to bring to some issue my Lord of Boughclou's pretensions, which Sir Noel Caron has endeavoured to facilitate by his mediation: wherein we have effected little. For though he has quitted his pretension for the generality, and the demand to have the next company of horse which should be void, and authority to raise his regiment to 20 companies, which now is but of 13, yet he peremptorily insists to have provision of 100l. sterling the short month, which is double that which either the Counts of Nassau or Chatillon or any colonel receives for ordinary entertainment. If herein he shall be refused, (which I fear he will find, for the reglement of their State will not permit so large an allowance, and the example will bring with it an ill consequence), his next demand, as he makes show, will be for recompense for his charges, which have been extraordinary in the levy of his regiment, and their favour to depart. I much desire he should receive entertainment amongst them, for he may prove a worthy instrument for their service, and a little patience with ease would effect that which no solicitations have power to obtain; for these men have their own ways, from which they will not swerve.—From the Haghe, 20 Nov.
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The Earl of Bedford to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 20. I perceive that you and the rest are eftsones troubled with one Mr. Busshen of Devon, for the floating of a great quantity of timber by the rive of Tawe to Barnstable, to the equal prejudice of my uncle the Earl of Bath and myself, who have interest both in the river and fishing for 5 miles on both sides. Albeit he aim more especially in his petition at the said Earl, I held it not fit to conceal the damage done to me, who by that means have lost well near 2 acres of the best land I have, worth yearly 4 nobles an acre, and if this transportation be permitted, am like to lose much more. One of my tenants did in a marsh ground there bestow 40l. in the repair of a breach made in the banks, and 200l. more will not repair the rest. This fellow prosecuted this matter in July last, when you and the rest referred him and us to the common law. Nevertheless he ceases not to put his wood into the water thereby to annoy us, but also to petition against the said Earl, wherein I crave with him your favour for continuance of your first order, to preserve our inheritance.—Bedford House, 20 Nov. 1604.
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Sir George Harvey, Lieutenant of the Tower, to the Same.
1604, Nov. 21. I have received your letter on behalf of Sir Art. Throgmorton, and fear very much that letters of that kind (wherewith you are much troubled) may be offensive to you, and raise a conceit of weakness in me in not discerning the difference of times. I am not ignorant that for intelligences the times are not now so dangerous as before the trials of the prisoners, and the former strictness now not needful. But if strictness at this time be an error, it is not mine, but proceeds from the prisoners themselves, who by favour from you and the rest of the Lords did set down the names of so many as they desired should come unto them, which was allowed and a warrant sent to me with a schedule to suffer those contained in the schedule and no others to resort unto them: whereby being limited I cannot do as I would, for I hold it more safe for a man of my place to be curious than careless. The prisoners now much desire that, besides those mentioned in their lists, their friends and servants might come unto them, whereunto I could very willingly give way if your lordships' pleasures were such. —The Tower, 21 Nov. 1604.
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King James to the Same.
[1604, Nov. 22]. I could have heartily wished the day if it had been possible that my little beagle had been stolen here in the likeness of a mouse, as he is not much bigger, to have been partaker of the sport which I had this day at hawking. There should ye have seen in a fair calm warm day such as a "flain" mouse could not have taken cold in and in a fair pleasant field so well flying Scottish hawks upon English fowls as ye could not but have discerned but that they had been already naturalised without any reservation, and in the midst of my good hawking got I the news of your good hunting amongst your fellows there. I protest I cannot but think myself extremely happy of the pains I took the last evening and morning before my parting, and now I will confess myself in this point unto you, that although I would gladly have won even at the first as much as I could for the furtherance of this errand because of the uncertainty of my mortal life, yet am I fully resolved that the smallest beginning of this happy errand at this time with the hearty applause of all parties will imprint such a general apprehension in the hearts of all the people, who are more ruled with shadows than substance, that the Union is already made, as the occasion will thereby be extinguished of any future crosses which otherwise might have risen upon the other points which rests to be done for the performance of that great work; for being once made friends and homely together they will no more stick upon such punctilios which as otherwise strangers they might have stood upon. It only rests that when ye end all other things ye make such a pretty reference for the full accomplishment of all other points which fault of leisure could not now permit you to end as it may appear that working in this errand shall never be left off till it be fully accomplished, I mean specially by the uniting of both laws and parliaments of both the nations; and for a fair "vale" as was time amongst you I think it were not amiss that after your conclusions some one or two of the principals of your side should bestow a good dinner upon your Northern neighbours and so end with a health to your common and indifferent master. I doubt not also but ere this time ye have received the puritans' catholic petition, for it neither names county, parish nor pastor; what such an universal complaint deserves I need not to inform you, but I deceived their expectation by dismissing the multitude in fair terms, only that knave that was the framer of the petition and drawer of them together deserving some correction, I would have been sorry that his three thousand should have boasted me, but he is so near of kin to Emmanuel as I shall distrust that race the more while I live. I heartily require you that with all convenient speed that knave may receive some public correction either in the Star Chamber or otherwise, since ye see I have daily more and more cause to hate and abhor all that sect, enemies to all kings, and to me only because I am a King. But above all let him first be shrewdly well examined.
Ye must also specially take heed that in this act of Naturalization my promise be neither restricted till the full accomplishment of the Union or to any certain time, but only that I have declared my gracious pleasure and intention not to press too hastily to the preferring of Scottish men to such and such places, which without a reasonable process of time they cannot be fit for for many respects, but the words must be conceived alike for both the nations, and this ye know is according to my last conclusion with you in this errand, because I would have no terminus ad quem in this reservation but only that it should be left to the maturity of time, which must piece and piece take away the distinction of nations as it hath already done here between England and Wales. But what should I weary myself by setting down particulars thus in writ. [I] have employed herewith so sufficient a messenger as "my father" your fellow secretary, whom I have directed to forewarn you that what for the pleasure I take of my recreation here and what for the fear I stand in to offend the puritans I mind not to return to London till after that profane Christ's tide; and therefore you may for a two three months send your niece to remain with your daughter in the country, where she may be well brought up. Let 3 [Northampton] be your co-partner of this letter, as he was of many a one before I ever saw either of you; commend me to your honest fellow labourers, and tell the Chamberlain I would wish him here to be breathed before Christmas.—Undated.
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The Earl of Worcester to Lord —.
[1604], Nov. 22. I have delivered your packet according to the direction, concerning that point of "prorative" that his Majesty was careful. I conceive his meaning was that in the penning of the act it might not appear to the Scottish Commissioners that they were in worse case than before, by reason of the exception of being capable of those dignities and places of government, and not only of the impairing of his prerogative, of the which he knew you would be sufficiently careful.—Roiston, 22 Nov.
PS.—This day his Majesty takes his journey toward Hinchinbrooke, from whence God send us a short return.
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The Earl of Shrewsbury to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 23. My wife having received certain letters and a book from one who seems to be very careful of her soul, who did also send another letter, a seal, a book and a little picture to one Henry Butler that serves me, we have thought good to send them all to you. Henry Butler brought them to my wife, saying he had received them of one he knew not, nor ever had seen before, who went away before they were opened, the books being sealed up also. Butler protests he cannot remember ever to have seen the party that wrote them, neither did ever before receive letter or message from him, or any other of that profession. He has served us 13 or 14 years, and we take him to be as honest a poor man as any that is towards us, and one never inclined to the religion of the papists. Whether this be any plot or practice, or mere simplicity (through blind zeal) in the party that wrote them, I know not: but if we may understand from you that he be held a dangerous person to the state, and that he shall send again to have answer of his letters, we will do our best to cause him to be apprehended. For ourselves we never heard of any such man before.—Sheffield, 23 Nov. 1604.
At foot: Countess of Shrewsbury to the same:—To make you my confessor, I thank God I am so well settled in the points of religion that touch my salvation that I hope on God's goodness I need not to seek further: and being so far satisfied I hold it greater sin so deeply to offend the law I have been bred and born in and do live under, than it can be meritorious to reform myself in matter of form, though we would allow that profession to be freer from exception than I think it is. But whether this proceed from plot or simplicity, I should be heartily sorry to be the cause that any man should be called in question. But this I will leave to your consideration, and ourselves to your best concepts.
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Lord Compton to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 23. The Lord Chancellor has made stay of his book until he has a warrant from the Lord Treasurer or my Lord of Berwick. Begs Cranborne to further the dispatch of the matter.—Savoy, 23 Nov. 1604.
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Sir Francis Hastings to the Same.
1604, Nov. 23. Thanks Cranborne for the honourable message received from him by his cousin Sir Hugh Beeston: also for the licence granted for transferring the wardship of his wife's son to Mr. Pole of Devon. Prays that Pole may be allowed to surrender all he had from him (Hastings), and take all in his own name.—23 Nov. 1604.
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Lord Cobham to the Same.
1604, Nov. 24. Since this bearer my servant was with you last he has been sick, so that I could not give you thanks for the kind message you sent me by him. Though the appearance be not great, yet now I will not despair, because from you I know the King in good time may think of me, and that for ever I shall not be a prisoner. These be deeds of charity, which in this world and in the everlasting world you shall receive the merit of. In the meantime you have given some comfort to him that was comfortless.—From the Tower, 24 Nov. 1604.
PS.—You have granted me that myself most desires, that I shall see my nephew when he comes from Cambridge, whereof I will put you in mind when I hear he is come. Give my servant leave to speak with you touching some particular business of mine.
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Sir Thomas Lake to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 25. As soon as I was come hither I acquainted his Majesty with what you had said about the Duke's instructions, whereunto his Majesty took time to make answer: only I perceive that he will not use him in any matter of state. For the letter of Sir Henry Wotton, when his Majesty had read the letter he was well pleased that he is sought unto, but liked the Ambassador's answer well. He said he was in no wars with the Pope in particular, but yet would preserve his dignity. Therefore he liked well your opinion that the Ambassador should be warned to have as little to do with him as possibly he can; but if the Nuntio will press it further, so as he will come to his house as other Ambassadors of princes have done, or if he meet him casually or any otherwise, so as the King may not seem to yield a precedency, his Majesty can be content to hear what he will say. But in no sort that Sir Henry Wotton shall fall into any dealing with him as though the King regarded him otherwise than a temporal Prince. For the matter of scandal, if the Ambassador be known, as he is, to be sound in religion, his Majesty thinks that to be sufficiently thereby avoided.
All things that have been done about the Union his Majesty likes exceedingly well, and thinks himself not a little beholding to you for so quick expedition. He was bold to amend the draft of the article of naturalization sent to him, because he thought there was some superfluity in it: the substance he takes no exception to, but prays to be excused for playing the Secretary.
This morning his Majesty willed me to write to my Lord of Northampton to deal with my Lord of Canterbury elect, touching the ministers not conformable: that where his Majesty conceives, so being informed, that many of them are disposed, though not to conform themselves precisely at the day, yet afterward within a month or two: his Majesty thinks fit that in that case where any shall be found of that disposition that will give hope of conformity, though not in the present, all proceeding against him may be forborne for a month or two: and that if this disposition of theirs be but counterfeited and to win him, they may be the more roundly dealt with afterwards.
This morning came the packet subscribed by you which brought my Lord of Canterbury's letter about the Deanery of Worcester. His Majesty was resolved that the Dean of the Chapel [James Montague] shall have the Deanery of Worcester if he will, and Dr. Buckridge the Deanery of Lichfield if he remove. Upon this I made bold to be suitor to his Majesty to bestow upon my brother the parsonage of Freshwater in the Isle of Wight, which the Dean had: and if you have not any special purpose to confer it upon any of yours, I beseech you to give liking to it. But if you have been moved for any other, I will submit myself.
I enclose in this packet divers bills which his Majesty has this morning signed for his service, specially the bill for the discharge of the recusants, which must be passed the seals with all speed: for if they have it not before the end of the term it will be of no use for them. Therefore cause it to be passed the seals presently. That for Mr. Talbot I have advised Sir William Anstruther not to offer to his Majesty until the Council may be better satisfied of it: whereupon he is gone to London to speak with you about it, and to leave it or persist as he shall be directed. This letter to my Lord Chancellor is only my own, to beseech him that if the benefice of Freshwater be under the value and in his gift, it will please him not to bestow it, because his Majesty is minded towards my brother.—Huntingdon, 25 Nov. 1604.
PS.—After this written, his Majesty willed me to let you know, and that you may impart it to my Lord of Northampton and such as you think good, that now the points of the Union are agreed on, he would have you consider above all other arguments heretofore used how necessary it was to be done, considering he is newly advertised by a Scottish gentleman arrived out of France that the French King has been very inquisitive about it, and whether the Scots would ever yield to it, and if they would not desire the King's second son to be their king, and whether they would be so base as to lose the dignity of a kingdom and the presence of a king amongst them. Which curiousness his Majesty thinks an argument of his disposition to prevent the quietness of this isle if he had opportunity, and therefore hopes you will think it wisdom that all occasion thereof be taken away.
Further he willed me to signify that he is advertised that Dr. Chatterton, who was one of the disputers at the conference, does not only not conform himself as he seemed to promise at the conference, but rather gives ill example in the University. Therefore because he is of Cambridge, where you are Chancellor and head of a House, his Highness thinks it fit you should consider what is meet to be done with him if he persist, and what you as Chancellor may do to remove him if he continue obstinate.
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Sir Thomas Lake to Viscount Cranborne.
[1604], Nov. 25. Since I wrote to you this morning his Majesty, having written to the Queen and my Lord of Barwick, has willed me to excuse him to you of not writing by reason of his weariness in the other letters; and that by Tuesday at farthest you shall hear from him of his own hand, and then also understand his pleasure about the Duke. About the petition at Royston, his Majesty would have all that could be gotten out of Hildersham, who he says is apparently guilty. For Sir Fr. Barrington, I find not that his Majesty conceives aught to touch him, except it appear by any discovery there; but if anything should fall out, because he is a man of note, his Majesty would rather deal with him than another man.—25 Nov.
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Sir Thomas Lake to Viscount Cranborne.
[1604], Nov. 25. Among other things whereof I have this day twice written to you, I forgot one which his Majesty gave me special charge of; that is that where you had told him of a letter from his agent in the Low Countries which you were desirous he should peruse: but he then had no leisure. If you think good, now that he has more time to see it, to send that letter hither, he will very willingly give it the reading.—Huntingdon, 25 Nov.
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Lord Fyvie to the Same.
1604, Nov. 26. Because I know your lordship has infinite "adois," having this morning penned a project of that was committed unto us, I have thought meet to send it you, not as worthy to be seen or considered but that you may know I am not unmindful of anything committed to my charge. I entreat you give it to any of your clerks and direct him to form the same as you may think most for the purpose; for albeit this might be tolerable in other respects, I know it is neither conform to your forms nor good English. After four afternoon I shall God willing attend to wait with you and to approve any form you shall ordain to be set down for this matter that it may be ready to-morrow in due time.—Whitehall, Monday, 26 Nov. 1604.
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Sir Stephen Proctor to the Same.
1604, Nov. 27. Details proposed terms for the sale of certain leases. Sir William Ingilby named, also Thriske Mills, and wastes in Kirkebyshire.—27 Nov. 1604.
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Sir Thomas Cave to the Same.
1604, Nov. 27. Has received two privy seals, for 50l. and 40l. This happens very unfitly for him, he being in agreement for a marriage between a knight's son, his neighbour, and one of his daughters: and he is already indebted above 1,000l., and besides, he lent 50l. to the late Queen which is yet unsatisfied. Begs to be discharged of the privy seals.—Holborne, 27 Nov. 1604.
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Lord Fyvie to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 27. I have shown to our Commissioners the King's judgment and correction of our act of naturalization, which we will all very well allow of to be so mended, as it may please you to propose it, either as of the King or as of yourself. I have also spoken with some of our specials anent the form of subscribing the three writs to be given to the King and Parliaments. We think meetest there be nothing spoken of that, but when the writs shall be ready your lordships shall first subscribe one on what side you please, and when we are subscribing that on the other side, your lordships shall subscribe the second where you please, and so the third, and we shall follow you.
PS.—Because I have understood by my Lord Beruike you thought meetest the alteration of the words in the act of naturalization should be proponed by our side, I shall propone the same.—27 Nov. 1604.
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Sir John Parker to the Same.
1604, Nov. 29. Of the matter between the Six Clerks and him. Sends herewith an answer to their supposed case with which they have abused Cranborne, containing the truth of the case. Cranborne will find his suit is for the common good, and desired of all men save only the Clerks, from whom it is like to draw a principal feather, and yet leaves them feathers enough to fly high. Trusts Cranborne will grace him in the matter to his Majesty.—29 Nov. 1604.
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The following three papers formed possibly the Enclosure in the foregoing:
(i) On 9 Apr. 36 Eliz., the day before Sir Thos. Egerton was sworn Master of the Rolls, Sir John Parker obtained from her Majesty a grant of the keeping and filing of all bills, answers, etc. in Chancery, with a new fee of 12d. thereby imposed upon the subject for every such pleading, and also the benefit of all second copies, and exemplifications of the same.
Upon this Patent, 2 questions arose:—
1. That the Six Clerks, as officers under the Master of the Rolls, were bound by their oaths to file the said pleadings, and then to deliver them to the Master of the Rolls.
2. That the benefit of the said second copies and exemplifications belonged to them.
Whereupon Sir John Parker solicited the now Lord Treasurer and Sir John Fortescue to mediate the matter between him and the Six Clerks, the conclusion whereof was that Sir John Parker should deliver up all his interest and title to the second copies and exemplifications, and that the six Clerks should do their best endeavour to gather the said 12d. of the subject for every pleading; which they carefully did during the Queen's time, certifying the names of such persons as refused to pay. Upon his Majesty's entrance, the people, emboldened by his proclamation against monopolies, refused to pay the said 12d., which moved Sir John Parker to appeal to his Majesty by petition to have the keeping and filing of the pleadings according to his patent; which petition, by consent of Lord Bruce, now Master of the Rolls, was referred to the Chief Justices of the King's Bench and Common Pleas, and to the Chief Baron of the Exchequer, who adjudged the right of keeping the pleadings unto the Master of the Rolls.
Hereupon Sir John Parker, finding himself aggrieved, has exhibited divers complaints against the Six Clerks, charging them with the receipt of the said 12d. to their own uses, which he cannot prove, and laboured to draw from them some consideration in regard of the loss of his said office; wherewith the Six Clerks have nothing to do. Howbeit they have declared their readiness to collect the said 12d., if he would have procured them from his Majesty a warrant for the receipt thereof, considering that otherwise, as the case stands, they are not to intermeddle therewith.
Unsigned. Endorsed: "1604." 1 p. (109. 1.)
(ii) Sir John Parker's answer to the foregoing; merely a re-statement of the case, giving no further information.
1 p. (109. 2.)
(iii) "Reasons to approve the Six Clerks have no interest in keeping and filing the records but by the Master of the Rolls' sufferance, and therein is gathered what is thought they will object and answer to the same. 1604."
1 p. closely written. (109. 81.)
Captains William Saxey and Edward Bassett to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 29. It pleased Cranborne to consider them worthy of pensions, but in what measure he values their services was not spoken of, by reason of the interposition of the Lord of Berwick. They desire him to take knowledge that there are captains of their rank who are recompensed, some with 10s., and some with 8s. a day during life. They prescribe nothing but submit to his censure, and beg that his servant, Mr. Calvert, may signify his pleasure to them.—29 Nov. 1604.
Signed. 1 p. (108. 2.)
Sir Thomas Lake to the Same.
[1604], Nov. 29. Although I have no great matter to advertise you of, yet because Sir Fra. Darcy goes away in the morning post in company of the Duke of Holst, I thought good to advertise you that your letters dated yesterday came hither this day about noon, his Majesty being first gone abroad, as I wrote you in the morning, and now this evening returned somewhat late, but much better disposed than when he went forth; and having cause to write to my Lord of Berwick, would not pain himself to write any more so soon of his own hand, but commanded me to signify his pleasure. It is only about some things of Scotland, and so I will not trouble you with repetition of them. I delivered your letters this evening at his Majesty's return to Sir Ph. Harbert, and the same instant also were presented your grapes brought by your footman, which were very welcome to his Majesty. For Mr. Dacres, his Majesty is pleased that on Sunday, or when you think fit, he may be called before you again and discharged, making it appear unto him that it is at the suit of my Lord Chamberlain.—Hinchinbrooke, 29 Nov. at 8 in the night.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1604." 1 p. (189. 45.)
George Nicolson to Viscount Cranborne.
1604, Nov. 30. Lord Cranborne's and Lord Berwick's promises of favour have encouraged him to present the enclosed suit.—30 Nov. 1604.
Holograph. ½ p. (108. 4.)
The Enclosure:
Note of reasons for appointing special notaries to make charter parties, and examiners for the King's service. Details the various losses of customs suffered under the present system, which the above arrangement would remedy. It is proposed that the notaries should also register passengers' names, to the discovery of practisers going and coming in the ships they make charters for, a matter of good service to the State. Also that they should inform the King of the destination, lading, and probable length of voyage of ships, by which the King may stay or alter their voyages. The writer begs to be granted the office of placing of fit persons for the above purposes. Her late Majesty granted such an office to one Gurlin, which by her death was not perfected.—Undated.
1 p. (108. 3.)
Sir Thomas Sherley to Lord Cecil (sic).
1604, Nov. 30. Pardon my boldness if I address my heavy lines to you in all my distress. I have ever found more true comfort from you than from all England besides. How his Majesty's letters written for me to the Great Turk did miscarry, and lose their virtue, this gentleman Mr. Glover can tell, for he has since his arrival in Constantinople been a great "autor" in my woeful tragedy. I was bold to use your name to him, and told him that whatsoever pain he did undergo for me, you would take well at his hands, as a thing done to a dependent of yours. Verify my word to him, and so shall he at his next return be the readier to deal for me, my cause being recommended to him from your mouth.—Constantinople, 30 Nov. 1604.
Holograph. 1 p. (191. 91.)
Lord Grey to Viscount Cranborne.
[1604, ? Nov.] I am fully informed by my honest friend that last attended you of your kind sense of my misfortunes and noble disposition, as with just reservation you may to relieve my extreme miseries: together with a seasonable and sweet incision unto the quick of that deadly wound, which, concealed, first rankled and near wrought my destruction. Whereby I am not only revived from the despair wherein till your noble letter I was plunged, but am now quickened with hope yet one day to recover your favour, than which I value no earthly thing more dear: and am so far from shadowing my former error with excuse or any pretence that I plainly confess it. Yet know I your noble nature will never deny that necessity of times and fate threw on me causes of unkindness which by nature least able to resist and most sensible of, inflamed with strange accidents and my ill-tempered choler, ran me headlong into my ruin. But now since my misfortunes have utterly changed my natural constitution, and instead of abundance of choler, which drew on me a disease so deadly, threatens no less desperate peril from "fleam," which strangely exceeds in me, I appeal to you for some seasonable remedy. Consider the desperate plunges I have endured, with the long protraction of my imprisonment now not wanting a month of fully eighteen, and that miserable lying at Winchester, which may well stand for 18 more, and, good my Lord, with as good speed as you may, set in motion some course of ease. Some 8 or 10 days hence, which will want little of that fatal 9 of December when we were saved, I will entreat my cousin Hill again to attend you if you please to direct any acknowledgment, by occasion of that happy day, unto the King for so life-giving a mercy; or else to sit still till you command.—Undated.
Holograph. Seal. 2 pp. (106. 118.)
Sir Edward Coke, Attorney General, to the Same.
[1604, Nov.] I have by your warrant drawn a grant of two parts of Sir John Perrott's goods and chattels to Mr. Lepton, one of the grooms of his Highness's chamber. I verily think this gentleman will turn to my Lord of Northumberland's great vexation. Therefore if you would be informed of the true state of the case before it passes, it may avoid much contention, and it may be turn to Mr. Lepton's good to sue for somewhat of greater benefit; for assuredly Sir John Perrot assigned over his personal estate before his treasons to two colleges in either of the Universities, and her Majesty (that now is with God) granted in effect all his leases to the Countess of Northumberland.—Undated.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1604, Nov." 1 p. (108. 5.)
The Earl of Northumberland to Viscount Cranborne.
[1604, ? Nov.] Lepton has got a grant of Sir John Parrott's goods, or concealed goods, as I hear. I take it that Sir James Perrott is the man that has set him on. This practice he has embraced since he was frustrated of that he went about, which was granted to my wife. Whether this be to trouble me, or out of malice to some other, I know not certainly; but much of the goods I had when I was married, which my wife claimed as being made over to certain colleges in Oxford by Sir John Parrot. I hear you have given order that his book should pass. My desire is that it should be stayed until I know the contents of it, and how far it may wrong me, or until I may make his Majesty acquainted how much it may concern me. I desire not his loss, so it hurt not my interest.—Syon.—Undated.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1604." 1 p. (108. 152.)
Richard Bell to the Same.
[1604, ? Nov.] Late warden clerk of the dissolved West Marches of England for 38 years. He extracted and exhibited to the King a book of the dissolved treaty of truce, and petitioned for 30l. pension or other relief: of which he begs Cranborne's furtherance. He offers him the "second" of the said book.— Undated.
Petition. 1 p. (189. 67.)
[See Calendar of S.P. Dom. 1603–1610, p. 167.]
Captain Ro. Luffe to the Same.
[1604, Nov.] Begs his furtherance of his suit to the Lord Treasurer for relief; or else that Cranborne would bestow on him some small means to satisfy his surgeon and his charge, lying lame one whole yeare. He encloses a testimony from Sir Richard Hauckings of his services. He is presently to depart for Spain.—Undated.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1604, Nov." 1 p. (108. 7.)