Cecil Papers: January 1576

Pages 125-126

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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January 1576

357. Dr. Valentine Dale to Lord Burghley.
1575/6, Jan. 4. Forwarding copy of Monsieur's letter to him, the original of which he has sent to the Queen, and a statement of occurrents at Paris since Sir Henry Cobham's departure. Hopes daily to hear the name of his successor.—Paris, 4 January 1575.
Endorsed :—“4 January 1575.”
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Enclosed :
1. Monsieur to Dr. Dale.
As the attempt upon his life will be variously reported writes himself the true facts. Last evening there was served at his collation some wine so strongly poisoned that immediately the Sieur de Thore, his cousin, and others drank it they were taken with such violent vomiting that but for prompt help their enemies would have had the satisfaction they desired. Begs Dr. Dale to inform the Queen of England that he is well now. From Charrens, 27 December 1575.
Postscript.—Begs Dr. Dale to assure the Queen by the earliest despatch that he is quite well and out of danger.
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2. At Paris, 4 January 1575.
From Monceaux, 12 leagues from Paris, the King came on the 2nd inst. to St. Denis, thence to Noiset, a house of Marshal Retz. He goes to meet the Queen Mother in a day or two. The Reiters do make the more speed by reason of the new accident to Monsieur.
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Endorsed :—“Mr. Dr. Dale to my Lord. From Paris, the coppie of a letter sent unto him from Monsr.”
358. Captain John Smith to Dr. Wilson.
1575/6, Jan. 29. Copley has told him of a gentleman of great worship in England who is ready on sight of his letters to send him 8 or 9 thousand soldiers and eight hundred mariners, and who had bought the “Mary Ross,” one of the Queen's ships. One Hubbard wished the writer to tarry, as he was a fit man to serve the King of Spain, while he and the King of France set upon England. The Pope has sent him very much money. Copley's pretended service to the King of Spain is stayed because the Hollanders will yield to the King, desiring a peace for six weeks. But his Excellency desires him to seek some means of hurting Zealand. Thos. Hubberd saith Sir John Arundell is a great friend of the King of Spain, and also one who married Lady Sturton.—29 January 1575.
Endorsed by Wilson :—“Receaved this 29 of Januarie by one De Teck companion to Smythe, the Capitayne here, &c.”
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