Officers of the port of Harwich to the Lord Admiral.
1606–7, March 1.
In reply to his inquiry, they find that no
ships or ordnance have been sold to strangers within seven years
out of the county of Essex.—Harwich, 1 March, 1606.
Signed: Ro. Whettell: Edm. Jenney, Customer: Aug.
Parker, Controller; Tho. Aire, Searcher. 1 p. (115. 123.)
Captain Richard Gyfford to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 2.
The false instigations of enemies have been
the occasion of intolerable wrongs published to my great shame,
but my comfort is that before God I know myself to be void of
all blame. I beseech your assistance whereby I may enjoy the
freedom of my country which is my due, and call me home upon
your command, which shall be carefully obeyed. And if you be
not thoroughly satisfied by my letters send me your warrant or
protection for my safe coming and going, I will instantly upon
receipt thereof repair unto you, and I hope give you that satisfaction shall be fit for an honest subject. About 16 February
last here arrived Sir Robert Dudley, and called here by the
name of the Lord of Warwick: he was married at Lyons to
Mrs. Southwell and had the Pope's dispensation for it procured
by one Captain Elliott. The great Duke [of Florence] entertains
them very honourably. There is a ship of 500 tons or thereabouts
presently to be built by him for the Duke, who has at this instant
five ships ready to set sail for the Levant against the Turk;
which ships are some 500 tons, others 400 and others 250 and
150, and carry 1,000 men. Good my Lord, favour your servant
so much as to call me home speedily lest I be forced through
necessity to enter into such courses as may prejudice me.—From
Leghorn the second of March, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (120. 114.)
Francis Trenchard to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 2.
Has been dispossessed of half of his Segniory
in Ireland, but stands charged with the rent of the whole of it
upon his patent. Prays for the remaining lands to be surveyed
and the rent proportioned.—Undated.
Note by Sir Roger Wilbraham on the case.—2 Mar., 1606.
1 p. (P. 1172)
Sir Richard Weston to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 3.
He understands Salisbury has seen the
certificate he made for Captain Orme; also that he has received
a report from a nobleman whereof he (Weston) should be the
author, that Orme was a Romish Catholic in his heart. The
nobleman he conceives to be Lord Paget, his neighbour, from
whom he had received much honourable use. Acknowledges
that, speaking of Orme, during Orme's service under the Archduke
of Austria or since his return he might say he had heard Orme
was turned Papist; but since Orme's profession to the contrary,
he has never affirmed that Orme's protestations were not to be
believed; and he presumes Paget will not charge him therewith.
He has ever studied Orme's good, and shown friendship to him.
Defends himself at length from the charge of double dealing in
the matter.—St. John's, 3 March, 1606.
Holograph. 1½ pp. (115. 124.)
Jasper Strich to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 3.
Prays him to write to Sir Thomas Leighton,
Governor of Guernsey, to order the payment of wages due to
him as gunner.—Undated.
Sir Thomas Leighton to Sir Thomas Wilbraham, on the case.—
Hackney, 3 March, 1606.
2 pp. (P. 810.)
Simon Harvey to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 4.
Urges his suit to be received among the
Farmers for the 32nd part of the Customs.—4 March, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (115. 125.)
Sir Arthur Gorges to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 4.
Vouchsafe me your favour for the
Lieutenancy of the Ordnance, if Lord Carew be called to be the
Master; which is not unlikely for his worthiness. Sir Amyas
Preston and Sir John Davys were admitted to offices of little less
account, with whom I will not value myself; nor otherwise make
them precedents for me to follow but by way of allegation a minore.
Portsmouth government I know will be shot at by men in fortune
and favour beyond me, and so the New Forest; yet I wish
myself the hap of any of them, or anything fit for an honest man,
that I might not despair, or think myself utterly lost. I will not
seek anything for the which I will be bound but to you under his
Majesty; yet not out of my merit, but out of grace from you,
though with a heart as devoted as is fit for a true gentleman to
a noble patron. I have humility and patience for my hardest
destinies, and yet a heart capable of any such preferment as
shall be fit for an honest man.—Walbrooke, 4 March, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (115. 126.)
The Earl of Kildare to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 6.
Begs Salisbury to hear the bearer as to his
suits. He has written to the Council of Sir Robert Digby's suit
against him, wherein he finds himself unsatisfied, and begs for
redress of anything that appears not to be well carried. Digby
still urges some letters written by the Lords there concerning the
controversy, as if they had been written to yield him an extraordinary proceeding: which is not meant by their Honours. As
it has been signified by the Council's letters on his behalf that
nothing was intended to the prejudice of Digby, so he begs the
Council to write to the Lords here not otherwise to interpret any
letters written at Digby's request; but that the due course of
justice shall be pursued, without respect to either party.—
Dublin, 6 March, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (115. 129.)
Sir. R. Lewkenor to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 7.
Encloses an abstract of courts and law
days of Salisbury's manor of Foorde in Sussex. These countries
and marches of Wales and people are all in quiet and peace;
therefore he does not trouble Salisbury by writing till there be
some occasion.—Ludlowe Castle, 7 March, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (115. 131.)
Sir Christopher St. Lawrence to the Same.
1606–7, March 7.
I sent you a letter by Captain John Harvey.
I have been stayed here in my journey to you by one John
Somerfeld, mercer in Cheapside, who had me arrested for a debt
which was paid him a year last Easter; and by means of my
man's drowning, which had his quittance, he came into Ireland
above a year since and would have had me pay the money again,
which I refused; upon which he complained to the Deputy, and
I proved the receipt of his quittance and the reason my bonds
were not delivered, which was because they were in Ireland with
Somerfeld's agent, who had me in suit after the payment of the
money, unknown to me. I removed it to the Chancery, and
stayed two terms after in Ireland, but heard nothing of it. If this
be not testified by the Deputy and Chancellor, let me lose my
reputation with you. Notwithstanding my having my Lord
Ambassador's warrant for my free pass, yet they used me as if I
had been the arrantest traitor in the world, and robbed me of
three score pound in gold and a diamond of some 24l.: which
they deny, but I hope you will not only send warrant for my
relief, but will send to have them punished.—From the miserable
gaol of Gravesend, 7 March, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (115. 133.)
Pass for the above and his servants into England, dated
Brussels 24 Feb., 1606.
Signed: Tho. Edmondes. 1 p. (115. 132.)
The Duke of Tuscany to the Earl of Northampton.
1606–7, March 7/17.
The Earl of Warwick, as your Excellency
knows, has come to my dominions in order to be able to live
quietly in the religion which he has so far observed. I have
received him the more willingly for his relationship to you, and
extended to him the affection I have for you. I find him very
devoted to the King and desirous to remain his faithful vassal.
And as he regards you as his father. I would ask you to treat him
as your son and keep him in the good graces of the King in spite
of the calumnies of his enemies.—Leghorn, 17 March, 1607.
Signed. Italian. Seal. Endorsed: "Duke of Florence."
1 p. (134. 108.)
Sir Richard Walshe to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 8.
Urges his former suit for recompense of his
services. It was thought fit by Salisbury that he should have
100l. per ann. for 21 years, but he is frustrated of all hope by
infinite delays.—Shelsley, 8 March, 1606.
Holograph. ½ p. (192. 80.)
The Mayor and Customers of Bristol to the Lord Admiral.
1606–7, March 10.
In reply to his letters of January 19, they
certify that no ships of 100 tons or upwards, with their ordnance,
have been sold to strangers within seven years, or bonds forfeited
for that offence.—Bristol, 10 March, 1606.
Signed: John Barker, Mayor; William Willett, Customer
Outwards; William Lavington, Controller; Wm. Lewis, Searcher.
1 p. (115. 127.)
The Earl of Rutland to the Earl of Salisbury.
[1606–7], March 11.
I am certainly informed of the death of
Thomas Markham; therefore I earnestly beseech you that my
right of disposing the four walks in the Forest of Sherwood may
not be prejudiced by any other information, but that the King
may be rightly informed of my grant from the late Queen, and
confirmed from himself, before any other motion be preferred
unto him. This favour I crave you to afford to a poor lame man,
who would fain come to you if I were able. I only fear my Lord
of Shrewsbury's sueing for them, with whom I should be loth
to have suit. What course I have held with him, I have appointed
this bearer my servant to inform you.—From my lodging,
Holograph. Endorsed: "1606." 1 p. (115. 135.)
Lord Carew to the Same.
1606–7, March 11.
Recommends Richard Barsey, who served
under him in Ireland, and who desires to be admitted to
Salisbury's hospital. Encloses certificate of Barsey's services.—
Savoy, 11 March, 1606.
Holograph. Endorsed: "Lord Carey." ½ p. (192. 81.)
Sir William Selby to the Same.
[1606–7], March 12.
Having good cause to think that the
greatness of affairs in this Parliament time gives you little leisure
to consider my letter concerning the state of Tynmouth Castle,
and wishing to satisfy his Majesty's command by residing there,
I have, hoping hereafter to receive warrant, set artificers on
work to repair some of the lodgings, for mere necessity only, and
plumbers to supply the want of conduit pipes which convey
water to the house; whereof 300 yards have been digged out of
the ground and stolen betwixt the time of the Earl's commitment
and my entrance, and other water there is none. I have placed
some cannoniers and servants there, and hope very shortly to lie
in it myself. My company will be near 40 persons in household,
and 16 geldings. I have required of the Earl's steward such
grounds and tithes as Sir Robert Cary's deputy (for himself never
lay there) had, and at the same rates, whereto he said he could
give no answer till he had informed his Lord. Without these
I cannot keep house; and as well the Earl's father as himself,
by order from her late Majesty and Council, suffered the said
grounds and tithes to be possessed for the use of the Castle. The
like direction I crave may be given, for the time of year is now
at hand, and I know not where to bestow my horse, or to have
provision either for summer or winter.
The Gaol Delivery in this county of Northumberland was
appointed to be held on the 4th instant, with a general meeting
of all the Commissioners, and is now deferred till the 9th of April,
by reason of the Earl of Dunbar's want of health, whose presence
at the meeting for advice is thought to be very necessary. In the
meantime not only this but all the middle shires are in very good
quietness.—Newcastle, 12 March.
PS.—I now write about these matters of Tynmouth, because
I understand that the Earl of Northumberland's steward is gone
up to his Lord, to understand his mind in these matters.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1606." 1 p. (115. 136.)
Mayor and Burgesses of Kingston upon Hull to the
Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 12.
They acknowledge the receipt of the writ
sent to their Sheriff, Mr. Richard Burgis, for the election of
another burgess in place of Mr. Cole, deceased; and of Salisbury's
letters in behalf of Sir Edward Michelborne. The Sheriff called
the burgesses together; but regarding the writ more than
Salisbury's letters, he nominated to the burgesses two aldermen,
Mr. Richard Tayler and Mr. Joseph Feild, with whom, at the
importunity of the writers, he joined Sir Edward, the burgesses
to choose one of the three. Notwithstanding their dissent and
dissuasion, the burgesses chose Feild, who is altogether unwilling
to take the office, both on account of Salisbury's request, and
his own trading affairs. They advertise this to clear themselves
of the undutifulness which Salisbury might impute to them.—
Kingston upon Hull, 12 March, 1606.
Signed: George Almond, Mayor; Robert Tailler; W. Barnerde;
James Casson; Thomas Swan. 1 p. (115. 137.)
Westminster Bill of Mortality.
1606–7, March 12.
Certificate of deaths in Westminster for
the week ending 12 March, 1606[–7].
St. Margaret's parish
St. Martin's in the Fields (of the plague—j)
St. Clement Danes
Buried in all
Signed: Ric. Dobbinsoun. 1 p. (206. 37.)
The Mayor of Hull to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 12.
To the same effect as his petition of Feb. 4,
1605–6.—Hull, March 12, 1606.
1 p. (P. 1990.)
The Bishop of London to the Same.
1606–7, March 14.
Because my health serves not so well at
this time to wait upon you, I am forced by writing to give you
further satisfaction than in my former letter concerning Atkinson
the priest, who by a warrant from me and other Commissioners
was apprehended in Staffordshire, and was committed by
Mr. Crompton, a Justice of that county, to Stafford Gaol a few
days before the assizes. What judgment he has received I do
not yet understand, but I wish that he and his companion were
brought into the Star Chamber, there to receive severer punishment, and more exemplary to the terror of such lewd abusers of
authority, and satisfaction of his Majesty's subjects. To that
end I entreat your letters for his removal hither.—From my
house near Paules, 14 March, 1606.
Signed. 1 p. (115. 138.)
Mustafa Agha to James I.
1606–7, March 14/24.
I am bringing a letter from the Emperor
to your Majesty, but am detained at Marseilles, being unable to
obtain leave from the King of France to proceed to England
either by land or sea. I beg your Majesty to secure my passage to
England as I have some messages to deliver by word of mouth.—
Marseilles, 24 March, 1607.
Signed. Latin. Black Stamp of Seal. Endorsed: "The
Turkish Chians to his Maty." 1 p. (193. 86.)
The Masters and Seniors of St. John's College,
Cambridge, to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 14.
Regretting greatly that they are again
obliged to become suitors to him whom so lately they have
troubled that way. They have received from the King another
letter mandatory for the election of one Thomas Henshaw to
one of their fellowships now void, which they cannot perform
without manifest breach of their statutes whereunto they are
sworn, as also of a private composition for fulfilling whereof the
College is bound in a great sum of money; to say nothing that
in so doing they would break also the will of the dead and utterly
discourage others hereafter from being beneficial to such places
of learning when they see their beneficence not employed according to their godly intent and Christian desires. Beseech him
(as being their singular patron and principal refuge) to be a
means that the King may be satisfied and they freed from inconveniences, doubting not but that his Majesty being fully acquainted
with the matter partly by him and partly by letters supplicatory
directed by them for that purpose will rest fully contented.—
Cambridge, March xiiijth, Ad 1606.
Signed: Richard Clynton; Roger Worrell; Arthur Johnson;
John Allenson; William Hellund; Thomas Berds; Wm.
Billingsley; W. Nelson; Christopher Foster. Endorsed:
"Fellows of St. John's College in Camb. to my Lord." 1 p.
Sir Oliver Manners to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 15.
He acknowledges Salisbury's favours to
him, and the free passage of his suits to the King, while he lived
at Court. He understands by his uncle, Mr. Roger Manners,
that upon some untrue reports of him he would have been
deprived of all means, unless Salisbury had, upon his first letters
from Florence, given way to the passage of such money as
Mr. Scriven, his brother's solicitor, was to send him. Expresses
his thanks to Salisbury for his good will to him and his house.
Though he be the last of his family, and the least deserving, he
hopes Salisbury will find the measure of his love to equal those
who are able to show greater effects thereof.—Perugia, 15 March,
Holograph. 1 p. (115. 139.)
Tibbot Gorges to the Same.
1606–7, March 18/28.
On my return from Angers I did not take the
direct road, but to see the country made a little detour by Maine,
Allençon, Caen and all those quarters of Basse and Haute
Normandie, arriving at Paris later than I had intended. There
three or four days after my arrival, being the 23rd of this month,
the King gave audience to the Ambassador being then at the
house of Mons. Jamet, showing plainly in his face some discontent,
having it is said been advertised the same day of the "traict'
that Prince Janvil had delivered to him (luy avoit baillé) touching
the Countess de Moret the King's mistress, which has since
caused him to quit France and go into Lorraine, as on another
occasion into Germany for a similar cause. It is said also he will
soon go into England; so that Madame la Hay, who is only
beginning to be in the King's good graces, is much more esteemed
by him since this accident, having tasted in advance of his
liberality in bestowing on her very ample means.
For myself, if you think well and have no occasion to employ
me otherwise, I propose to commence my journey towards Italy
a month hence at latest, and to pass the summer in those parts
of France which are nearest Italy; and then at the commence
ment of autumn to take the first commodity to pass the Alps,
awaiting nothing but your good pleasure.—Paris, the 28th day
of March, 1607.
Holograph. French. Seal. Endorsed: "1606 (sic). Mr.
Tibbott Gorges to my Lord." 1 p. (120. 144.)
Sir Richard Hawkyns to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 20.
It wounded him deeply, when he hopes for
comfort from Salisbury, to receive the censure of an abuser. He
has informed Salisbury the naked truth, and his causes will abide
the fire of justice and the hammer of equity. He begs that he
may be judged by the laws of the land, seeing his Majesty gave
commission to inform the justice, and not the equity, of the
cause; and that two years since he submitted himself to the
Council's censure of equity when the Frenchman was rated, and
his own right justified. He desires that certain persons be
appointed to hear the cause, and to report thereon to Salisbury.—
20 March, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (115. 140.)
Sir John Fitz Edmond Gerald to the Same.
1606–7, March 21.
I have several times sent this bearer my
son into England about my suits. You, to whose favour I
directed him, being overburdened with matters of state, he
thought unfit to press upon you and came back each time. Now
I, being of that age that deserves consideration for former services
wherein I was never slack for the crown of England, have presumed to crave the continuance of your favours, if not for my
own, yet for your father's sake, who before you were born or
much thereabouts, vouchsafed to think well of my services to
her late Majesty. If through your countenance his Highness may
afford me some contentation in my later days, I shall think my
services a slender recompense.—Cloine, 21 March, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (115. 141.)
Count Maurice of Nassau to his brother,
Count William Louis.
1606–7, March 21/31.
Upon the continual instance that the
Archduke has made since your departure to come to some conference or treaty with the States General, the affair has gone so
forward that some articles have been concluded, of which I send
you the copy subjoined. The Estates find themselves in great
trouble and perplexity, and that chiefly because of the retardment
and cooling down of the succours from France; so that as far
as I can perceive they already sufficiently agree to what is contained in the said articles, except that which is underlined, upon
which they are still disputing. But I much fear, seeing the
point is not of so great importance, that the dispute will hardly
continue. For I see that the most part of them proceed with
such warmth in this matter that notwithstanding all that I can
remonstrate with them to the contrary, they are allowing themselves in the end to be carried to the brink of their ruin. I would
ask you, if it were possible within your governments, to meet the
disorders and inconveniences which I see are apparent; but in
as much as it is not, and your presence is entirely necessary, I
pray you to hasten your return as much as possible in order to
hinder by all means, and as much as you shall be able to on your
side, that these people here do not submit to the enemy. Meanwhile I will here do all that is in my power.—The Hague, 21/31 March,
Underwritten: The Archdukes are content that there be
a cessation from all sieges or surprises of frontier towns, invasions,
and lodgments in the Provinces or quarters, of building of any
new forts. And all other acts of hostility by sea and by land, in
all the Low Countries, and by sea in Spain and everywhere, as
well in regard to the King as to their Highnesses, from the — day
— of this year 1607: and on condition that if from the said day
and month either party, from not having been advertised hereof,
undertake anything against the other, it shall be revoked and
Copy. French. 1 p. (120. 142.)
Mattheo De Renzi to Peter Van Loor.
1606–7, March 22.
In reply to the complaints of Diego Duarte
and Paiva. two Portingals, made against him to Lord Salisbury
by means of the President Richardot through Sir Thomas
Edmonds: of non-payment of their moneys. Since his misfortune, he has paid above 28,000l.; and would have paid the
above two, and the rest of his creditors, if his debts had come in
according to expectation. He has been greatly cozened by those
he put in trust of his money, debts and wares; and certain of
his creditors, named, deny the receipt of moneys paid to them,
while others refuse the composition agreed upon. He cannot
receive a penny of the 15,000l. owing to him. If Duarte and
Paiva will take a proportion of those debts for their satisfaction,
he will be content.—22 March, 1606.
Holograph. 2 pp. (115. 142.)
Dr. James Mountagu to the Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 22.
Your first I received on Friday at Cambridge, but knowing how the matter had been dealt in the Tuesday
before by my Lord Hay, I did not purpose to have his Majesty
acquainted with anything I received from you, supposing it
would come unseasonably having been debated so much before
his Majesty so long before I received your lordship's. Upon
Saturday at one I received your second at Cambridge, whereupon
I had some speech with Doctor Cleyton, and told him my opinion
that it would be expected he should give way to the King's
letters. But I found him very stiff, so that if he were committed
for it he said he would never do it, being both against the statutes
and the will of the dead. Whereupon finding his resolution I
moved him to this course, that he should read his Majesty's
letters before the Seniors at the election, and satisfy them if
they could possibly; if they could not, yet that his Majesty
might perceive how much they respected his command, that
Hinshaw, for whom these letters come, might be sent for, and
there before them all assured of the next place that fell void in
the College whereof he was capable by statute; and this promise
to be made good under the Master and Seniors' hands. In the
meantime some allowance to be made to him that he might be
counted as a probationer fellow, till the place fell. This the
Master has promised to perform, and this Hinshaw has very
willingly accepted of, and desires no more.
As soon as I came to Royston that night, I had some speech
with his Majesty of this matter, and told him how you had
delivered my Lord Hay the letters to send to Cambridge, but I
feared the Master and Fellows would hardly be drawn to yield
to them; but what they could do they would; and that they
desired his Majesty would accept of the next place that Hinshaw
was capable of by statute, he should have it with all their good
likings, and they would think themselves bound to his Majesty
to give them leave to keep their statutes and observe the will
of the dead. His Majesty answered, for his part he was content,
if the party were satisfied. I told him the party craved no more;
whereupon his Majesty willed it should be so. By this means the
King is contented, the party is well pleased, and the College are
very ready to perform it; so if it shall please my Lord Hay to
like too, I think this matter is at a good point.—Court at Royston,
22 March, 1606.
Holograph. 2 pp. (115. 143.)
Thomas Farmer to Earl of Salisbury.
1606–7, March 22.
Though through great age and infirmities
he has not for sundry years been able to go out of his chamber,
yet he is now begged by one Mr. Chambers, a groom about her
Majesty, as a recusant, for not coming to church. By the favour
of Lord Burghley he long enjoyed the benefit of his conscience,
freed from these penalties and forfeitures; and begs that by
[Salisbury's] goodness he may pass his few days in peace.—
Cookham, Berks, 22 March, 1606.
Holograph. 1 p. (115. 144.)
Hugh Lee to the Same.
1606–7, March 23/April 2.
My last unto you was 4 February past under
cover to Richard Langly; since which here departed 4 other
carracks for the East Indies, which makes 7 in number departed
for this year 2 carracks being daily expected thence, which
wintered by the way last year. The Armada of this place is now
beginning to prepare to be ready by the end of June next. Here
is not above 10 galleons that will be serviceable, nor mariners to
furnish them without the help of strangers, though proclamation
made that no mariner of this Kingdom go to the Newfoundland
this year, but all to attend the Armada; and yet not sufficient
unless other shipping come from the Indies, Brazil and other
places to supply them, so barren are they here both of shipping
and men. The chiefest number of shipping is preparing in
Biscay, whither is sent from hence all the iron ordnance that was
here to the furnishing of that shipping. Yet is the pride of the
Spaniard such that they think all nations owe a duty unto them,
and our disagreement with them here is the rather that they
being all martial men seek to govern all by rigour, delighting
rather in stirring up occasions of discord than the maintenance
of concord; for by the one as soldiers they will profit, where by
the other they suffer penury; and generally we find as well with
the Portingale as the Spaniard that neither have regard to the
performance of whatsoever promise they make to our nation
further than it sort to their own liking. So well are they practised
in the art of equivocation that there is no trust to be reposed
nor credit to be given unto anything whatsoever, they shall never
so solemnly swear to perform. And if we complain of bad dealing
we are demanded by the common sort why we come hither, we
are not sent for, neither will they acknowledge they have need
of anything we bring, so that if we like not our usage here we
may keep us from hence. It is verily thought that the Spaniard
has since the peace taken from his Majesty's subjects unjustly,
yet under the colour of justice, more in value than was in the
time of reprisals taken by the English from them; for here have
been many western men utterly undone by them, and the
Londoners have not escaped free. Yet of late here is some
instigation of their former outrageous dealings by the many
complaints made by the Lord Ambassador in the Court of Spain,
and commissioners appointed here to receive notice and certify
to the Council the wrongs which formerly have been here offered
unto all strangers; whereby we hope of amendment. The 5 of
this month departed from St. Lucas 7 galleons towards the West
Indies, which are gone for treasure.
It is reported here that Don Pedro Bravo Decunna (?) drew
together in the West Indies 1000 shot musketeers and embarked
with them at Lima. From thence they sailed to the Islands of
the Malluccas, where they took 3 several forts which the
Hollanders had made, whom they put all to the sword, with a
king of one of the islands and his son, besides 5000 Indians.
They rased the forts and returned for the West Indies with great
triumph, and within 4 days after their arrival the captain Don
Pedro Bravo died. He has a brother here called Don Luis
Bravo who now mourns for the death of his brother; but it is
thought the news is not so complete as the report.
The news from Venice is that the wars go forward against the
Pope and that the Venetians have published themselves to be of
the Religion; that the Word of God is daily preached in Venice
by preachers from Geneva; and that the Venetians have
published his Majesty our Sovereign to be their protector, which
is here hardly thought of. How true it is God knows, but such
is the report here.
Here is the master of an English ship which came lately from
Leghorn and is freighted to return thither again who reports
that he saw the proclamation in print that his Majesty was
proclaimed protector to the Venetians; but [he] wanted the
discretion to buy one of them.
Here is lately arrived one Thomas Jenings with 2 letters to the
Conde de Aguilar, one from the Privy Council, the other from the
Lord Ambassador of Spain residing in England, in behalf of
Mr. Hugh Gurganey prisoner in the Inquisition; which were
taken very kindly by the Conde, and according to the contents
of the letters he has confidently promised to do what lies in his
power for his enlargement. If these ships stay but 8 days I hope
I shall be able to write somewhat touching the effect of the
Conde's proceedings in this cause.
Pardon me in troubling you with such complaints as daily
arise amongst his Majesty's subjects here one against another;
for the company being now dissolved I know none to complain
unto fitter than your lordship who has been ever ready to put
remedy in any disorder, the patron of perfection. Besides the
disorders amongst the younger and most ungoverned sort of
merchants, here is many times disorders amongst the mariners
and sea faring men, in such sort that great quarrels are many
times likely to arise through their wilful follies; and principally
betwixt the Scottish masters and the English touching the wearing of their flags, which now are made with both the red cross
and St. Andrew's cross joined in one; and the Scot wears the
English cross of St. George under the Scottish, which breeds
many quarrels, and were very fit it were decreed which should
be worn uppermost, for avoiding contention. Which discords
are not fit to be brought in question here in these countries where
they would rather rejoice at our discord and animate matter
thereunto than be means of any concord. So that for my own
part I rather persuade with the English masters to forbear here
and to complain at home, for here is now a Scots master that
has said he will so wear his flag. in despite of who shall speak
against it. It were very good that an order might be put herein
to be observed, upon a certain pain to whomsoever should do the
The ship brought into St. Lucas bound for Virginia, which in
my last I wrote you of, is not yet released, but good pledge is at
Bordeaux in France laid hold of for her better restitution.
English causes at the Court of Spain have very slow dispatch
as is written from thence, but I hear the captain which took the
ship wishes he had given 4000 d°s. [? ducats] that he had never
meddled with her. The Spanish Ambassador there has certified
the Conde de Aguilar that there is a great complaint made of
him unto his Majesty that he has taken from his Majesty's
subjects to the value of 50 thousand d°s. [? ducats] for the sustentation of the King's garrisons in corn and money; whereupon
the Conde to clear himself examines divers witnesses. But I
think the matter was mistaken for it is very likely the complaint
should have been upon the Conde de Eldar who indeed did take
both corn, money and fish, for which there are complaints made
to the King who has commanded he should make restitution;
which command is not yet accomplished, but many fair promises
are made and hope that he will in time perform.
Upon 23 March last, being Friday, betwixt 7 and 8 in the
evening here was in Lisbon a great earthquake, since which here
is a report that the plague is entered the city. The like earthquake was before the last great plague here. The will of God
be fulfilled in all things!
Henry Fludd makes show that he labours earnestly for the
enlargement of Mr. Hugh Gurgeny, but hitherto prevails little.
Those sort of people are much daunted here by the proceedings
of the Venetians, which have somewhat becalmed them.
Sir Anthony Sherley is in great grace with the King of Spain
who has knighted him of the Order of St. James and given him
a pension for his maintenance, with some other favours, admirable
unto many.—Lisbon, 2 April, 1607, stilo novo.
PS.—Since finishing my letter I have received from the Court
of Spain a more particular relation of the favours done unto
Sir Ant. Sherley by the King of Spain, and as I hear them, so it
may please you to accept it. The King has made him of the
Council of War and State in Italy; General of his shipping
de A'ltabordo en la mar Mediterranum. He has given him many
large gifts of great worth, among the rest a chain which he wears,
wherein is 270 diamonds set, with a model of gold wherein is the
retrato of this King and father pendante; and daily is expected
the habit of St. James with a good sum of money, which no
doubt will be accomplished unto him, for his favours with the
King are more than ordinary—which he has obtained partly by
force, for he has not wanted back friends. Yet I presume he
will hold his allegiance to his Majesty, which partly I noted in
his falling out here with Father Fludd, and with a tailor, English,
who would maintain the action of the Powder at Westminster,
which he utterly detested; and [he] is very forward to do what
good he can unto any English, and in his honourable place I
nothing doubt but any subject of his Majesty shall so likewise
find him inclined.
Holograph. 3⅓ pp. (120. 134.)
King James to the Earl of Cumberland.
1606–7, March 23.
Whereas under a grant made to the Earl
your brother deceased in lease for forty-one years of divers lands
on the late borders between these realms of England and Scotland, you claim lands held by William Graam alias Rosebrees
and George Grayme his brother, and forasmuch as these Graimes
hold their lands by letters patent of Henry VIII and have ever
been true subjects to the late Queen and to us, we think it fit
to make a difference between him and others of that name.
whose lands are contained in our grant to your brother, and we
do require [you] to permit the said William and George his brother
to continue in possession of such lands as they and their tenants
hold, yielding for the same such reasonable fine and yearly rent,
as his ability can afford. Given under our signet at our Palace
of Westminster, 23rd March in the 4th year of our reign of Great
Britain and Ireland.
Copy. Endorsed by Salisbury: "1606; the K's letter to the
Earl of Cumberland." ½ p. (134. 93.)
The Earl of Cumberland and Lady Anne Clifford.
[Before 25 March, 1607.].
Two papers: (1) "The true manner
of the proceedings between the Earl of Cumberland and the
Lady Ann Clifford in the Court of Wards."
It was agreed in Michaelmas term was a twelvemonth before
the Earl of Salisbury in his lodging in the Court, the counsel on
both sides being present, that a commission should be awarded
to the King's officers and to three commissioners to be named by
either party for finding the office; and that there should be a
duplicate, which the Lady Anne did not prosecute but exhibited
an information. To this the Earl, though privileged by reason
of the Parliament, presently answered without taking advantage
of his privilege in hope to have satisfied her.
But her ladyship complains of delays since 30 June last by the
(i) for not bringing in the evidences according to the time
limited in the order, and for bringing in but a small number;
(ii) for not being examined in Trinity term;
(iii) for not answering sufficiently to the interrogatories;
(iv) and because the two Lord Chief Justices differed from
Mr. Surveyor's opinion touching the carriage of the commission
and bringing in two inquisitions.
Answers of the Earl upon these points.
(i) The term was adjourned. Within three days after the
fortnight the evidences were brought in. The Earl's solicitor
attended the court daily for a week. During that time none for
the Lady Anne ever desired to see them, until the last day of the
term, her counsel moved for sight of them, which was ordered to
be this term. Though the number be not many there are conveyances since Henry VI's time. It has been offered in court
that any officer shall have full view of all at Skipton, where
there are many. The Earl's oath is he has brought in all which
are come to his hands to his knowledge and are appointed to be
brought in by the order.
(ii) The interrogatories came in but two days before the term's
end. It ended on a Wednesday and the examiner, though sent
for three times by the Earl, did not come before the Saturday.
The Earl having urgent occasions went forth of the town on this
day. When he came again in Michaelmas term, he sent for the
examiner. The Earl finding no hand to the interrogatories
refused at first to be examined, but being told the next day that
the paper book was allowed by Mr. Attorney he was examined.
(iii) The Earl in his answer has particularly by name set down
what lands were conveyed to him by his father for life, and that
the reversion being come to the late Earl's brother, he for 1250l.
by fine and recovery and other assurances assured them to the
now Earl and his heirs male. Now being examined what lands
were conveyed to him for life by his father and what conveyances
his late brother made to him of those lands, he refers himself to
his answer. Being examined what lands Sir Ingram Clifford
conveyed to him for life and what estate, he answers he
remembered not what conveyances were made by him, but the
lands were all sold by his brother and himself and such conveyances as were made were delivered over to the purchasers.
Being asked what lands the late Earl had which were given to
the heirs of the body and the remainder in the Crown, and what
lands are come to the Lady Anne, he answers directly not any
to his knowledge. So he thinks he has made as full an answer
as is possible for him to do.
(iv) The Judges' opinion was in regard the inquisitions, if there
were any, were matters remaining of record, the Earl was not to
be enjoined to bring them in. For the proceeding to the commission Mr. Surveyor would not give any order at all but left
that to the Master of the Wards. This being referred by his
lordship to the censure of the two Lord Chief Justices, it was
held fit by them, and so ordered, that Mr. Surveyor should
appoint indifferent commissioners and a time and place, and
either party should be allowed their challenges; that he should,
after it was sealed, deliver it to such of the commissioners as he
thought fittest. Now the Earl's solicitor has since attended
Mr. Surveyor for a whole week together and more and yet none
came from the Lady Anne. So the Earl thinks there is neither
cause nor colour to tax him with any dilatory intent.—Undated.
Endorsed: "1606" and in the Earl of Salisbury's handwriting
"Sr. Moyle Finch [struck through] Erl of Comberland." 1½ pp.
(2) Particulars of the Lord Cumberland's dilatory proceedings
in the Court of Wards, from Trinity Term to Hilary Term, 1606;
his insufficient answers to interrogatories; and his affidavit
repugnant to the express orders of the Court.
The case concerns Lady [Anne] Clifford's claims; her pretended disinheritance: and the Lord Cumberland's title to her
Endorsed: "1606." 1¼ pp. (193. 14.)
Matheo De Renzi to the Earl of Salisbury.
1607, March 25.
To the same effect as his letter to Van
Loor, 22 March, 1606, (p. 69 supra). He is content to transfer
the 15,000l. owing to him for the satisfaction of his creditors in
general, but cannot as yet draw them to any good end.—London,
25 March, 1606 (sic).
Holograph. 1 p. (115. 147.)
Sir John Smythe to the Same.
1607, March 25.
It has been an opinion conceived throughout
these kingdoms of England and Ireland by all sorts and degrees
of callings of those that have known, do know, or have heard of
me, that your lordship has been in the time of the Queen's reign
that dead is, both since and some years before I came out of the
Tower, and now also in this King's time since he came to possess
the sceptre, the greatest enemy and hinderer of me, in my suits
that the King four sundry times granted me in the hearing of
many noblemen, knights and gentlemen, both English and
Scottish, in his privy chambers, that ever I had in my life. All
which notwithstanding, divers of my friends have advised me to
make certain proof whether your lordship has been and is so
great an enemy of me as the voice of the world has been, or is;
and that as I shall find those reports to be true or false I should
make account of your lordship. All which considered I crave
these two favours at your hands; the one, that upon mine
obligation and bond which I have sent you by this bearer, you
will lend me 300l. for a twelvemonth and a half; the second,
that you will be a mean unto his Majesty that he will discharge
me of my debt of 600l. which I owe his Majesty in the Exchequer.
Which 600l., with 10,000 marks more, I have spent in the services
of the crown of these kingdoms of England and Ireland with so
much loyalty as I am ready to prove that never a man in these
kingdoms of any degree has performed more faithful love and
duty of allegiance, with a present also of armours and weapons
and other things of price, that I presented unto the King at
Greenwich at his first coming thither when he came out of Scotland, which cost me above 400l. Which my two requests if it
please you upon wise consideration to effect, I shall have great
cause not only to acknowledge the disposition of a noble gentleman in you, but also be bound to make known both far and near
by my words, writings, and all other ways to all men of honour,
worthiness and honesty, how greatly the world and myself have
been deceived in my imagined implacable malices of your lordship towards me.—From Toffts my house, 25 March, 1607.
Signed. Endorsed: "Sir John Smith of Essex to my lord."
1 p. (120. 138.)
Sir Carew Reynell to the Same.
1607, March 25.
I will not express the great grief I have taken
at your conceived displeasure towards me, nor how much it has
added to my long sickness. But the respect I owe your person
and place and the Christian duty I owe unto God embolden me
not only to entreat your good opinion of me, but also to give you
any satisfaction if justly I have deserved your displeasure or
that you have been by any misinformed of me. Which I desire,
not that I intend to press you in any of my fortunes, but upon
the two former grounds which I assure myself you will allow of.
and therein to do me right.—From my lodging, 25 March. 1607.
Holograph. Seal. Endorsed: "25 March. 1608 (sic)." 2/3 p.
The Bishop of Carlisle to the Earl of Salisbury.
1607, March 25.
After many tedious examinations about the
late robbery done upon the person of Richard Craven deputy to
his Majesty's receiver here. I have gotten of Christopher Pickering,
one of the offenders, his voluntary confession which I here present
to you subscribed with his hand. that you may see the truth
concerning the contriving the acting, and the consequent of that
felony. Because the slight passing over of so notorious a crime
by persons of their birth in the inner parts of the country might
have bred fear and danger especially when his Majesty is yet at
great charge for reforming the more desperate parts thereof, I
could not have discharged the trust committed to me if I had
omitted any means for sifting out the truth or apprehending
those charged with the robbery. I have promised him upon this
his sincere declaration of the truth to petition you for procuring
his Majesty's pardon. He being but a child lived under me some
time in Orfoord (sic). At that time his whole behaviour was staid
and virtuous; and all that have known his conversation since
give him this testimony, that he never liked of rioting and other
lewdness too common among persons of his quality when they
come once to their own government. When he came to be
examined neither did his tongue nor countenance frame to
dissimulation. By that which I have seen in him heretofore and
observe in him now I rest assured he would never have thought
of such a desperate attempt if he had not been drawn unto it
by those masters of corruption whom he hath here discovered.
They have heretofore been dangerous members of their country
both in their persons and in entertaining notorious thieves and
murtherers: and if now they should escape without exemplary
justice done upon them the sequel I doubt would be fearful. I
think it a great mercy to the poor lambs to cut off such ravening
wolves. If therefore this poor gentleman ashamed of his offence,
may by your mediation obtain his Majesty's pardon, and the
authors of this robbery be brought to their trial. I have great
hope his Majesty shall not be often troubled with complaints of
this nature from these parts.—Carlisle 25 March, 1607.
Signed. Seal broken. 1 p. (120. 140.)
Examination of Christofer Pickering, taken at Carlisle, 24
He gives details of a conspiracy between himself, Thomas
Musgrave of Norton, his uncle John Musgrave of Caterlen, John
Musgrave of Fayrebanke, Thomas Musgrave of Cum Catch, and
Edward Fenton, Thomas of Norton's man, to rob the King's
receiver when at Penarith. Their secret conferences were held
at Eadenhall, the house of Sir Richard Musgrave the younger.
The examinate, Thomas of Norton and John of Fayrebanke,
overtook the receiver at Crookdale Hause, and took from him
and his man 2 canvas bags containing 50l. each. Particulars of
the division of the money. Lord Wharton being at Eadenhall,
sent over to the examinate, commanding him to absent himself
from that house until he could be acquitted of suspicion of the
robbery. Details their subsequent proceedings down to his own
2½ pp. (115. 145.)
Sir William Dethick to the Earl of Salisbury.
1607, March 25.
His losses, through being put from his office
and all his livings. Prays for payment of the annuity granted
him for the composition of his office, and of charges for the
King's and Prince's installations at Windsor.—25 March, 1607.
1 p. (P. 1162.)
Henry Dillon to the Same.
1607, March 26.
For his 5 years' service as Attorney in the
Province of Ulster, the Lord Deputy has advanced him to the
office of Chief Justice of the Province of Connaught, upon the
death of Thomas Dillon, late Chief Justice there. But the Earl
of Clanricarde, Lord President of that Province, has recommended
to the Lord Deputy another man and seems somewhat distasted
of the writer, without doubt upon sinister report. He begs
Salisbury to entreat the Earl to favour his appointment, and
refers to the Lord Deputy for his character. It will be a great
disgrace to him to surrender his patent, which he purposes to
do if he may not obtain Clanricarde's favour.—Drogheda, 26
Holograph. 1 p. (193. 87.)
Captain Baxter to the Same.
1607, March 26.
I understand by the Master of Requests, that
these things contained in the letter may not be granted, for some
consideration. I am not able to stay here any longer, having
some people staying at the water's side upon my charge, to go
dwell with me in Ireland; but I desire your lordship to understand, that within these 3 years I had great losses, and was three
times in prison for debt. I had 3 horses burned in the Strand
by the last fire, and have spent 100l. in staying for this last suit,
which your Honour at first was bent to further me in. Seeing
these concealments named may not be granted, which are brought
to light by my means, and part of them in my own possession,
I beseech you to weigh my poor estate that I shall return back
in, and help me to the grant of the reversion of 3 or 4 small
things that be in lease yet for 9 or 10 years to come, the names
whereof I have, and one of them in my own possession; and
that you will vouchsafe that I may speak with you, and receive
some good direction for my relief.—26 March. 1607.
Holograph. Seal. ½ p. (121. 63.)
The "Ministres et Anciens des Eglises Réformées."
assembled in National Synod, to the Duc de Rohan.
1607, March 26/April 5.
They declare their desire for peace in the State,
which they endeavour to further by enjoining on those in their
charge obedience to magistrates. It is their duty also to lead
men to the true way of salvation; and the sight of many under
the servitude of Antichrist caused them to confirm that which
was resolved upon at Gap. Nevertheless, in sole view of the
mandate of his Majesty, they have decided to abandon that
Article, but without relinquishing the substance of their
Confession.—La Rochelle, 5 April, 1607.
Contemporary copy. French. 1¼ pp. (193. 95.)
The Same to the Duc de Sully.
1607, March 26/April 5.
On the same subject, with more detail. Give
their views as to the word "consubstantial." Beg him to submit
to the King the just reasons they have for confirming their
doctrine.—La Rochelle. 5 April, 1607.
Contemporary copy. French. 2 pp. (193. 95.)
[—] to Count Ernest of Nassau.
1607, March 27.
The day you gave that magnificent banquet
to the Estates a man arrived from Brussels with commandment
from their Highnesses, and a memoir from Spinola containing
that if on this side they were inclined to some simple cessation
of arms for 7 or 8 months, that their Highnesses would send
some one, having their passport, to treat. Thereafter was sent
from Brussels one Vernier Crubbel with a Dr. John Meyen,
native of Antwerp. Commissary General of the Friars Minor,
confessor of the Archduke and almoner of the Infanta, who
arrived secretly the 13 February, saying that their Highnesses
had resolved to treat with this State as a free republic over which
they made no pretensions, having commission to treat for a
truce or cessation of arms for 8 months, during which neither
party should undertake either siege or invasion against the other,
to resolve thereafter the matter of peace. The substance of the
answer of the Estates (which the monk copied with his own hand
to carry away) was: That they should be held by their Highnesses
for a free state over which they had no pretensions; that they
should treat of a truce by land only and not by sea or by water,
in rendering or exchanging one to the other certain places for its
good performance. They went away and returned the 7th of
March to the Hague, bringing the declaration abovesaid signed
by their Highnesses, except that their Highnesses wish the
cessation of arms to be as well by sea as by land, and in Spain
and everywhere. And it seems that except for the cessation of
arms by sea these Provinces are inclined to conclude the said
truce. The very iniquitous conditions that the King of France
has proposed have much advanced this affair; which are, that
to discharge themselves of all the costs and doings of the war
they should place themselves under the sovereignty of France,
with the contributions and revenues that they collect to carry
on the naval warfare; that the said conditions could be modified
and changed after the reduction of the other provinces; that he
desired to know what privileges they demanded should be confirmed to them; that it was necessary to give free exercise to
the Roman religion, and to re-establish those of that clergy, his
Majesty being willing to make war for the State and not for
religion. You can think what assurance they can have in this
proposition. His Excellency is in great perplexity about it.—
From the Hague. 27 March, 1607.
Copy, headed: "Copie d'une lettre a Monsr. le Comte Ernest
de Nassau." French. 1 p. (120. 141.)
Sir Griffin Markham to the Earl of Salisbury.
, March 27.
It much grieves me I have no opportunity
to give by act a true demonstration of my willingness to become
a suitor to you: but since my hard fortune and demerit have so
far disabled me that I must still only rely upon mercy, grace and
mere honour, give me leave to make relation of the truth of my
poor estate and to crave your assistance for my return. I
receive by certain intelligence out of England, that my friends
or at least such as should be my friends, deal so hardly with me
as what by any extremity can be wrested from me is not spared;
and I am easily induced to believe it by reason my smarting
wants make me feel it. My father's weak old age is wrought
against me. My father-in-law is dead and by reason of my
absence I can receive no portion. Sir John Harrington, because
he has security of my lands to save himself by, I fear presses not
my brother Skinner to give that due satisfaction which might
discharge him and assist me. Thus all my estate stands embroiled
so as presently it affords me nothing and will afford less if it be
not helped; and the intricacies are such as none can do it but
myself. Out of England I vow I have received but 20l. since
my coming away, and that with difficulty; here these 9 months
I have never received anything but words, neither expect any
thing else, by reason some that sway here desire not too much
my good. Take compassion of this distressed case and assist me
to my return, whereby with my presence and diligence I may
help myself; and by this favour you shall enable me the better
to serve you. I foresaw this inconvenience before my banishment. which made me loiter, and by that means gained your
displeasure; and were it not for fear of incensing where I have
been so much bound I vow I would rather by my return put
myself in prison to redeem my state than by staying here disenable
myself to live and per consequence not be valued.—Brussels,
this 27 of March.
Holograph. Endorsed: "1607." 1 p. (120. 143.)
The Archbishop of Canterbury to the Earl of Salisbury.
1607, March 28.
The long languishing suit of the petitioners
for Ripon church, and their daily mourning supplications, have
drawn me once again to trouble you in their behalf. They
desire nothing more than a speedy end of their 20 years' suit.
Of the manifold imputations laid against them, if any one matter
deserving blame or shame can be duly proved they will yield
themselves to be guilty of all and will surcease this their suit
immediately. And they deeply protest they are so far from
seeking their own profit therein, corruptly or indirectly, that they
offer presently to yield up their livings and preferments in that
church, so that the work may well proceed. Vouchsafe some
conference therein with this bearer Mr. Fouler, to me well known
many years and an approved preacher under the testimony of
the University of Cambridge above twenty years, who with the
rest of the company submit themselves and this public cause
wholly to your ordering.—At Lambeth. 28 March, 1607.
Signed. ½ p. (120. 145.)
Sir William Waad to the Same.
1607, March 29.
Give me leave to be a suitor to your lordship
that there may a more favourable consideration be had of me,
to receive those sums which his Majesty allows for the diet of
prisoners. Before my coming to the place the Lieutenants [of
the Tower] were ever paid at the end of the quarters, or in very
short time after, where[as] I am behind at this present for the
whole half year: wherein you may consider that it is not the
forbearance of that sum which presses me only, but chiefly that
my expenses here run on still, which I assure you is greater than
stands with my poor estate. Therefore I very humbly beseech
you that some course may be taken that this place may be
regarded in that sort as I may be able to perform the service,
maintain my poor credit, and not consume my weak estate.—
29 March, 1607.
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. (120. 146.)
Examination of — Dumothey.
1607, March 29.
He is a native of Lodun, in Touraine, and
came to England to find employment. He came from Dieppe to
London with a Scotsman who said he had been in the French
King's Guards; and an Englishman who called himself George
Southwell. At Dieppe Southwell placed certain books in the
charge of the landlord of the "Ville de Londres," where they
lodged, who showed them to examinate. Seeing them to be
tous contraires a ceux de la Religion, he expressed to Southwell
his surprise that any one calling himself of the Religion should
carry such, to which he replied that it was in order to acquaint
himself with religious controversies; that he wished to be a
ministre, and had studied theology four years in England and
Germany, and was then coming from Italy, where he had been
obliged to disguise himself as a monk in order to pass. Having
embarked at Dieppe, Southwell begged him to put the books into
his trunk, which he did; and on arriving at Rye, and the trunk
about to be searched, begged him, if asked, to declare them to be
his; but the question was not asked. Then they came to London,
he advancing the expenses. They lodged at an inn in a street
called "Crucit Frairs" [Crutched Friars] where at supper
Southwell was recognised by one present, and charged with
having been taken prisoner at Dieppe; which he confessed, and
said it was for leaving England without the King's leave. Southwell then drew examinate aside, and begged him to give him his
books, as he feared the man who recognised him would betray
him to the Council. He did so, and Southwell attached them to
his aiguillettes under his mantle, and went away, promising to
return the next day, which he never did.
He arrived at Rye on Wednesday, March 18, and in London
on the Friday. He has been twice au presche des Francois,
where he heard Monsieur Capel; and also twice to see the Court.
He brought letters to a lady named Dame Barbar, given him in
Paris by a Scots gentleman; and another letter to Sir John
"Rannetsy," given him by Monsieur Schin, a Scots gentleman
in the French King's Guards. Is of the Reformed Religion.—
29 March, 1607.
French. Endorsed by Salisbury: "Confession of a Frenchman
that was stayed by Sir J. K." 4½ pp. (193. 88.)
Mustafa Agha to James I.
1607, March 31/April 10.
I left Constantinople charged with the settlement of some matters relating to the subjects of the King of
France, and also with a letter to your Majesty. I first went to
Barbary on the business mentioned, then to Marseilles, where I
have been five months without being able to get leave to proceed
to England. I have informed the British Ambassador in Paris.
Will your Majesty, on receiving this, send me instructions how
to proceed by a safe messenger?—10 April, 1607.
Signed. Latin. 1 p. (193. 97.)
The Bishop of Hereford to the Earl of Salisbury.
1607, March 31.
It has pleased God to visit me with sickness
20 days past, and I am in fear of a worse infirmity; and have
obtained his Majesty's licence to depart, which I desire may not
be offensive to you. I beseech that as I have served your father,
and observed with all joy your advancements, so you will vouchsafe me still the sweet aspect of your protection. It may be
that ignorantly I have committed some errors; if I have, I
most humbly submit myself.—From my lodging in the College
of Westminster, this last of March, 1607.
Holograph. 1 p. (193. 91.)
Mary, Lady Wingfield, to the Same.
The greatness of your favours to my undeserving son both he, his friends, and fame itself have let me hear.
Let it not detract from my poor thanks what is added to their
slackness (I could not suddenly find way forth of my passions)
they are unfeigned now or whensoever they come, though little
worth but what you please to value them. It was the joy of
my thoughts that I had a son your servant: my hope, that time
and his endeavours would fit him for your service. It is my
grief he is become unworthy the cognisance of such a lord; my
fear that time will not so fit him, as he be thought unfit to serve
you. But here is the remnant of my hopes, that though he is
become unworthy to stand before you, having thus offended
with his sword, yet that his sword may help to make his country
recompense; and then I doubt not but your lordship, whose
power is known abroad as well as seen at home, no less in war
than here in peace, will let him feel the same hand of reward
which he has done lately of bounty and protection: and it is an
exceeding great (though unfortunate) reward to make him pass
unpunished. This with all dutiful thankfulness I must acknowledge, and he with all humbleness profess, that you have given
him his life. He holds it of you, and for ever I renounce him if
he be not always ready to spend it for you.—Undated.
Holograph. Two seals over silk. Endorsed: "March, 1607."
1 p. (120. 147.)
[The King] to the Archbishop [of Canterbury]
We directed our letters heretofore to Sir John
Paginton, knight, for the reconciling himself to the Lady Paginton
his wife, as the laws of God and good reason would require, of
which our letters no effect has ensued in regard Sir John seems
to stand upon his justification and pretends to lay the fault as
well of the beginning as of the continuance of this unkindness
and living asunder to the said Lady Paginton and her friends;
from some of which we rest assuredly persuaded that no other
offices have proceeded but such as stand with due consideration
both of reputation and conscience: whereby we conceive that
this Christian work cannot be effected without some examination
in "whither" [sic: which] party the fault rests. We have thought
good to entreat your Grace, to whom the knowledge and handling
of causes of this nature most properly appertain, and your
lordship who are otherwise of the High Commission, and were
trusted as overseer of the will of the former husband of the said
Lady Paginton, and therefore we suppose will the rather be
content to take pains between them, to take such course by
mediation or otherwise as to your wisdom shall seem fit for the
ending all unkindness between them, and to draw both parties
to reconcile themselves and to cohabit in the fear of God, both
for their own comfort and the avoiding of such example, which
in persons of their quality is not a little to be respected. And
so hoping your lordship [sic] may have good success in this good
work we bid your lordship very heartily farewell.—Whitehall,
this—of March, 1606.
Draft. Endorsed: "March, 1607. Minute to the L. Archbishop. Concerning Sir John Packington and his lady." 1¼ pp.
Wives of the Marines of the Trial to the Privy Council.
[1607. Before April].
For recompense for the loss of the
lives, goods and wages of their husbands, taken by the ships of
the Viceroy of Cicilia, and tortured, famished or poisoned, so
that three only returned alive. Can obtain no justice from
Note by Salisbury that the Council and the Spanish Ambassador
will write to the King of Spain again thereon.
1 p. [See Cal. S.P. Venice, 1603–7, pp. 482, 483, 486, 488.]