Cecil Papers: January 1582

Pages 498-499

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 1582

1137. [Lord Burghley ?] to the Lord Deputy of Ireland.
1581/2, Jan. 1. “After the closing up of my other letters, her Majesty had some conference with me about the points I had written to your Lordship of. Wherein she willed me to signify unto you touching the first, that she doubted not but that by virtue of her letters heretofore written unto you for cassing of bands, you had performed as much as it importeth, so as she hoped her charges were by so much lessened in Munster. And for the second, concerning the disburdening of her Majesty of the pay of five or six hundred soldiers to be cessed upon the particular countries of that Province, she willed me to let your Lordship understand that though she could wish that some such device might take place, because it would be so much ease unto her coffers, yet she would not peremptorily command it, before your Lordship were acquainted withal; and therefore referred it to your discretion to do, with the advice of the Council, as you should think good. Notwithstanding, she did the rather desire it, because she was informed that, if the countries were not by some such means burdened, they would be harbours of rebels, whereas now, to be eased of these charges, they will be the more willing to withdraw such rebels as heretofore they have yielded unto them, but also be more forward in joining with her Majesty's forces against them. And, in case, by your Lordship and the Council there, it shall be found expedient to put the plot in execution, she would have you forbear to charge the county of Tipperary, unless my Lord of Ormond may be drawn to assent thereunto, who otherwise, in respect of his regalities, may find himself grieved withal : and yet Mr. Rawley hath informed her Majesty that the allowance for the 200 soldiers might be so taxed as none of my Lord of Ormond's tenants should be charged therewith. A third point she willed me to acquaint your Lordship withal, that by an extract of the book lately sent from the Auditor, she findeth herself charged with divers unnecessary officers, as corporals of the Army, scout-masters, and trench-masters; and therefore her pleasure is that your Lordship should presently discharge all the extraordinary officers of that kind, and retain on pay such only and so many as by the establishment are allowed to the garrison of that realm. And so I humbly take my leave. From London, the first of January, 1581.”
Endorsed:—“1 January 1581.—To the Lord Deputy.
Draft much corrected. 1½ pp.
1138. Mary Queen of Scots and the English Crown.
1581/2 Jan. 15. “A Proposition of the Queen of Scots for establishing her Title to the Succession of the Crown of England after Queen Elizabeth.”
Appeals to the Queen, Lords, and Commons of England, as one descended of the blood of England, and having the quietness and prosperity of that realm at heart, no less than any faithful subject therein; desires permission to send some one with proofs of the right that pertaineth to her, and by her to the Prince her son, to suceeed to the Crown of England; mentions her descent from Margaret Queen of Scotland, sister of Henry VIII.; denies that she can be counted an alien (as her enemies allege), having been born within the isle; enlarges on the non-validity of the last Will and Testament of Henry VIII., of which the original could not be produced; expresses how she fled for protection to the Queen of England, and notwithstanding her treatment always endeavoured to do what might be agreeable to her, of which she challenges denial; states how she offered her good services concerning Ireland, and favoured religious liberty in Scotland; considers that she and the Prince her son should experience better treatment from Elizabeth, under whose protection they have reduced themselves; and prays that the right of herself and of the Prince her son may be openly declared. —Sheffield Castle, 15 Jan. 1581.
[Murdin, pp. 366–370. In extenso.]
5 pp.
1139. Claims of Mary Queen of Scots.
1581/2, Jan. 15. Fragment of the foregoing.
Endorsed :—“A copy of a bill which was cast abroad in favour of the Queen of Scots' title to the Crown &c.”
½ p.
1140. The Privy Council to the Lord High Treasurer.
1581/2, Jan. 28. Granting license to the city of Hamburg to transport out of England certain quantities of rye, barley, and wheat.—Westminster, 28 Jan. 1581.
Signed :—T. Bromley, Canc., E. Lyncoln, R. Leycester, Jamys Croft, Chr. Hatton, Fra. Walsyngham.
Seal. 1 p.
1141. The Privy Council to the Lord High Treasurer.
1581/2, Jan. 28. Granting license for the transportation of 4,000 or 5,000 quarters of malt and barley from Lynn [co. Norfolk].—Westminster, 28 Jan. 1581.
Signed :—E. Lyncoln, T. Sussex, R. Leycester, Chr. Hatton, and Fra. Walsyngham.
Seal. 1 p.