Cecil Papers: October 1577

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Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 2, 1572-1582. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1888.

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October 1577

481. Guillaume Silvius to Lord Burghley.
1577, Oct. 6. Recalls the kindness of his lordship, ten years before, when the writer dedicated to Elizabeth his work “Rerum Anglicarum libri quinque Authore Guilielmo Neubrigensi.” Desires to obtain privilege from the Queen that no one in England may print his “Justifications.” Is at present engaged in issuing them, by consent of the States-General, in seven languages, and amongst others, in English. His labour on the work. Sends certain copies of it to the Queen, and two to Burghley. His lordship will learn therefrom of affairs in Holland, and chiefly of the practices and execrable conspiracies of their common adversaries.—Antwerp, 6 Oct. 1577.
French. 1 p.
482. Agreement between the Earls of Argyle and Atholl and Alexander, Master of Mar.
1577, Oct. 22. Bond by which the Earls promise to assist the Master of Mar in defence of the King, he agreeing not to dismiss them, nor deliver the King without the Earls' special consent. Also they undertake to defend John Cunningham of Drumquhassill, he keeping the castle and fortalice of Dumbarton for the King. Subscribed at Striveling the 22nd day of Oct. 1577.
Endorsed :—“Copy of the bond.”
Draft unsigned. ¾ p.
483. Sir Wm. Winter to Lord Burghley.
1577, Oct. 27. Repels unjust accusations, viz., that he was a comforter of pirates, e.g. John Callis, preserved hitherto by his means; and that Wm. Bates was his man, brought up by him. Never spake with the former, nor received the worth of a farthing from him. Bates was never his man, nor brought up by him. When in Zealand in the Queen's service, he found Bates in the entertainment of the Prince of Orange, carrying the mind of an honest subject towards Her Majesty. Takes it that a person so reputed is little better than the offender himself. Can say without brag he has brought to slaughter and to trial more of that kind of people than all the gentleman of the day or others in England.—Tower Hill, 27 Oct. 1577.