Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 23, Addenda, 1562-1605. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1973.
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|Scheme for a Funeral Monument.|
Drawing of a sepulchral monument in the event of
the death of Sir William Cecil and that of his wife, Lady Mildred.
The date on the drawing is 1562, and the figures are those of
Sir William, Lady Mildred, Thomas Cecil (later 1st Earl of
Exeter) and Anne Cecil (later the wife of Edward de Vere, 17th
Earl of Oxford). Certain inscriptions at the base of the monument commemorate the death of three younger Cecil children.
1 sheet (CPM 11. 14.)
Map of land between Hoddesdon and Cheshunt, co.
Herts. Some of the entries are in Lord Burghley's hand. The
map shows certain property at Waltham in the possession of
Robert Huycke (? d. 1581). Huycke or Huicke was physician
to Henry VIII, Edward VI and Elizabeth, and purchased land
at Waltham in 1570. (See CP. Deeds 227/7.)—Undated.
Endorsed: "Hoddesdon, Cheshunt, Waltham." 1 sheet. (CPM supplementary 20.)
|Lawrence Smith to Queen Elizabeth.|
In consideration of many years of service he asks
for a lease of all the lands forfeited to the Crown by the conviction
for robbery of Richard Cole, of Northway, co. Gloucester, in 1576.
He is ready to pay £60 annually as rent, but requests that Cole's
life be granted him "in respect that the sayd landes of Coles ys
supposed for to bee intayled, whereby your Matie nor any other
by your Highnes graunte cannot receave any longer benefytt of
the sayde landes then duringe the lyef of the sayde Richard
½ p. (P. 820.)
[See Acts of the Privy Council, 1575–77, p. 186.]
|John and William Goodwin.|
|[1576 or after].||
A particular of the estate of John Goodwin,
of Muswell Hill, co. Middlesex, who died on December 26, 1575.
The property was inherited by his son William, who was 26 years
old at the time of his father's death. At the Inquisition post
mortem, held on May 22, 1576, "apud le castle in St Johns Strete"
in Middlesex, the estate was said to have included Muswell Farm,
Muswell Chapel, and cottages and lands held of the manor of
East Greenwich, with a total annual value of £9.—Undated.
Signed: William Tooke, auditor. 1½ pp. (P. 2170.)
Plan of land between Enfield and Tottenham,
containing notes in the hand of Lord Burghley. The properties
named include Pymmes and Pleasantries acquired by him in
1582 and 1588 respectively. Another named Prior's Grove was
leased to him on February 28, 1581–2, by Gabriel Grymston.
(See CP. Deeds 238/14.) The map has also a drawing of the
Endorsed: "Lands adjacent to Enfield." 1 sheet. (CPM supplementary 27.)
|F. Parker to Richard Perceval.|
|. December 2. "I have appoynted a frend of myne, one Mr Locksmith, to proceed with the offices after the death of Edward Humberston (fn. 1) and Edward Eyre this vacasion. [Marginal note: Hartford] If any inquier of them (for that I will not be seene in yt) I beseech you to directe them to the peticoner and to him; he is soliciter to Mr Swynnerton, farmer of thimposts in Aldermanburye. Therefore I praie you, make a note for a warrante for writts to Mr Hare, and that you would (if it please Mr Secretarie to graunte the other wards unto my cozen Warde) certifie me thereof by this bearer, and deliver him a note for warrants for the writts that I maie fynd the offices nowe when I am in the country. Also I beseech you, if any speake in Lucas his warde [marginal note: Lincolne] to have a care in it, and if it prove as I verylie hope to doe, I will geve you xxtie marks."—2 December.|
Holograph. Addressed: "To the worthy my very good frend
Mr Richarde Percyvall, Esquier, at his house in the layne leadinge
from Charinge Crosse to St Giles."
⅓ p. (P. 2129.)
|[After December 14, 1584].||
A rental of the estate of William
Corbett, of Leigh, Salop, deceased. (fn. 2) The lands include the
demesne at Leigh, which provide an annuity for his brother
Reynold, and tenements situated in Aston Pigot, Asterley,
Minsterley, Worthen, Sibdon Carwood, and the manor of Medlicott, in Salop, and Great and Little Hem in Montgomeryshire.
The annual value of the estate is £161:4:0½.—Undated.
3 pp. (P. 2170.)
|1588, April 4.||By an Act of Parliament passed in the 18th year of Queen Elizabeth, it was enacted that two Justices of the Peace within or next to a parish in which an illegitimate child had been born, were authorized to take measures for the maintenance of the child and the punishment of the mother and reputed father. "Fforasmuch as Elizabeth Walshe was of late delivered of a childe at Hatfelde in the countie of Hertford, beinge a bastarde, and as she confesseth it was begotten by one Vincente Brandon, then her Mr late dwellinge at Northemyms in the same countie; and that uppon examination and triall of the circumstances and matters by her declared of that lewid facte it appeareth that the said Brandon is the reputed father of the said bastarde, who for his purgation hath had diverse daies to clere himselfe and faileth therein. It is therefore orderid and adjudged by us Henrie Coningesbie, knight, and William Tooke, esqr, two Justices of the Peace (and beinge of the Quorum) amongest others assigned within the said countie of Hertford and next to the parishe churche wheare the said childe was borne, that the said Vincente Brandon, the reputed father thereof, shall contribute and paie towards the kepinge of the said childe xiid everie weeke from the tyme of the birthe duringe the space of seven yeares, and the mother thereof to discharge the reste duringe the said tyme; and at the ende of the said seven yeares the said Vincente Brandon his executors or assinges to take awaie the said childe from the said parrishe of Hatfelde, so as the said parrishe shall not afterwardes be charged with it. [Marginal note: the money to be paide to the Collectors for the poore within the saide parrishe of Hatfelde for the tyme beinge.] And for the performaunce hereof we do order that the said Vincente Brandon with sufficient suerties shalbe bounde in the somme of twentie poundes unto William Brockett, gent., Clarke of the peace, William Curll, gent., Edmunde Smythe and Raphe Spier, yeomen, or to the survivors of them.|
And furthermore we do order and adjudge that the said Elizabeth Walshe, mother of the said childe, shall on Mondaie the
viiith of this moneth of Aprill, sitt in the stockes in the churche
yarde of Hatfelde aforesaid from vi of the clock in the morninge
of the same daie untill the tyme of the begyninge of devine service,
and then to be broughte into the churche there havinge a white
rodde in her hande, shall stande before the mynister with her
face towards the congregation untill the second lesson shalbe
reade; and then she shall publiquelie confesse her fault and aske
forgevenes of God and of the congregation, and penitentlie desire
the minister and the congregation to praie for her. And after
devine service ended she shalbe stripped from the waste upwarde
and so to be ledd aboute the streates and circuite of the churcheyard wall of Hatfelde, and there severelie whipped and so redelivered to the stocks againe, there to remaine in the stocks
untill eveninge praier shalbe ended for an example to others."
iiiith of Aprill, 1588.
Note at bottom: to the effect that Brandon gives sureties to perform the order, the bond being made out to the parishioners.
Signed: Harry Conyngesby, William Tooke." 1 p. (200, 185.)
|The Earl of Desmond.|
|1588, August 29.||
Sessions held at Cork on August 29, 1588,
to deal with the lands of the attainted Earl of Desmond, Gerald
FitzGerald, within the province of Munster.
15 pp. (366.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XIII, p. 382.]
|Lord Burghley to Robert Petre.|
|1588, December 13.||
"I perceave yow have chested such
mony as Mr Stonly and Taylor had in chardg, but I require yow
not to suffer them to receave any more, but what so ever may
come to be offred to ether of them that yow se it delyvered to
the chardg of the other tellers, for untill they shall gyve better
answer with mony and not in words, I meane not to accept them
for ether tellers or payers. I pray yow observe this and lett the
Chauncellor know the same, and move hym to press them to
mak payment in dede and not to offer words, for nether he nor
I can pacefy the Queens great officer with cold dealyngs in this
so lewd a matter." xiii Dec. 1588.
Holograph. ¾ p. (213. 123.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. 111, p. 377.]
|Henry Ashley to the Privy Council.|
|[Before September 5, 1589].||
He submits three requests: that
the authority by oath be given to Francis Hastings, George
Trenchard, Francis Haly and William Gibbs, or any two of them,
Hastings to be one; that the Lord Marquis personally conduct
the examination of the parties and their witnesses, and report
on the same; and that the case be heard at the Council table.
He also objects to Thomas Hannam, Lawrence Hide and Christopher Anckitell being nominated commissioners on the grounds
that: it is known to some members of the Council that petitioner
and his father have been commissioners against Hannam, and
that as a result relations between them are none too cordial;
Hannam has long been a legal adviser to Sir Matthew Arundell;
Lawrence Hide is likewise Arundell's auditor; Anckitell, although
an honest gentleman, cannot be considered because "at this
tyme he was procured by Sir Mathewe Arundell to com unto me
to perswad me to disolve or adjorne the musters, muste nowe
there be examined, and therefore in this case not fitt to be a
On reverse: "Mr Trenchard, Mr Hannam, Mr Hyde, Mr Antyll, Mr Hawley, Mr Fra. Hastings, Mr Gibbes." 1 p. (P. 825.)
[See Acts of the Privy Council, 1589–90, p. 80.]
|[c. November, 1589].||Reasons for the invalidation of the grant made to Mr Wardour.|
|"Ffirst, for taking it by the name of Clericus Thesaur, where in deede there was never any such officer since the erectinge of an undertreasourer, and he that was first undertreasourer was before that Clericus Thesaurar as it wilbe proved, and his office in truth at that tyme in another personne as by the ffee therunto apperteyninge will manifestlie appere.|
|Next, that it annswereth not in forme any of the grauntes made to his predecessors.|
|Further, that because he arougateth to hym selfe by his said graunte an authoritie to lay owt and allowe of the Quenes treasure for all kinde of necessaries expended in the receipt, the whiche he that graunted hym the patent coulde or wolde not dar with owthe the Quenes spetiall warrante.|
|Next, for that he taketh uppon hym by the said graunte the Tellers office to make contentes of the money, to put his seale to the bagges and chestes, etc.|
Lastlie, for that he hath it with an expresse ffee that none of
his predecessors ever had and under the Lorde Treasurers seale
at armes, his predecessors having the same time . . ." [partly
Endorsed: "Allegations for the annihilating of Mr Wardours patent." 1 p. (P. 2227.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XIII, p. 417.]
|Sir Thomas Heneage to Queen Elizabeth.|
|[1589 or before].||
"That your Maty shold mislike me is my
unwillynge fawte and my wurst fortune, which I finde by your
wordes, must confesse by my lackes, and suerly wold faine forgoe
by my labor. But nether any of my deserts nor all my desire
hetherto hath enabled me to contynew your Mats favor, or to
avoyde the contrary. My bitter experiens prooves yt, specially
in matters of Parliament whear nether heartofore my best speeche
with my most burden for your Highnes coold be thought worthe
thanks, nor now my silens can stand withowt blame. Moch
more happy be they that by popular speeches can purchase
credyt in the world and by partiall reportes procure favor from
your Highnes. Howbeit, I wold never coome by happines with
soch condityons nor seek ether ii strings to my bowe nor ii
bowes for one marke. For I will never shoote but to serve your
Maty alone, leavyng divers markes for conynger archers, whether
I save or lose. To doe all thinges that might be most acceptable
to your Maty is that the honestest seeke but the wisest can not
find. And yet my selfe that is so unsufficyent, if I wear sometymes warranted of your Highnes will by your wordes, I coold
doe better than offend you, thoe not so well as to content you.
Which grace if it be thought to great for me, yt might yet please
your Matie of your goodnes, when men of more consideratyon
and of your Cowncell (fn. 3) shall say nothing with your favor, not
to impute it as a fawte that I shew not my follye, I mean to speake
sodenly in soch causes as by some experyens I can telle yow may
be better served in with sylens. As for your Mats sharpest
speeches, I acknowledge with all humblenes it becoomes me to
beare them, tho it be reputed to other a matter of prayes that
was reckoned to me in way of reproche. And thus will I conclude:
whatsoever be the cause that the dogge must be strycken, I can
best assure your Matie he will nether breake cheyn nor coller but
byde at your feete."—Undated.
Holograph. 1⅓ pp. (114. 38.)
|Court of the Admiralty.|
|1591 to 1604.||
List of names, possibly of those who were
involved in legal proceedings in the Court of the Admiralty.
128 pp. (243. 2.)
|1593, April 1.||
A letter from Captain Francisco de Arcola
Vergara, alderman (regidor) of the Island of Tenerife and Governor of the naval fortress of Santa Cruz, to Dr Pedro Farfan,
judge, Florian de Mansilla, Dr Juan de Quesada and Fray Juan
de Aguirra. They are authorized to arrange a meeting with the
King at the Court with a view to recommending that Vergara
be nominated Captain of Tenerife.—San Cristobal in the Island
of Tenerife, April 1, 1593.
Spanish. 1 p. (205. 66.)
|1593, June 28.||
A letter from Doctor Pedro Farfan in recommendation of Lope de Vallejo, alderman (regidor) in the Island
of Palma.—Madrid, June 28, 1593.
Spanish. 1 p. (205. 66a.)
|Henry Damstorff to the Lord Treasurer.|
|[Before September 25, 1593].||
Mr Sebastian a Bergen has
asked petitioner to approach him on his behalf to obtain "cassationem repressaliorum Georgii Leakii" under the Great Seal,
accompanied by letters from the Privy Council, as promised by
the Judge of the Admiralty, for the restitution of the £234 which
Leake has already received. Leake's whereabouts are unknown
and the plague is becoming more virulent from day to day.
Bergen proposes to delegate full authority to Herman Langerman,
merchant of the Steelyard, to prosecute Leake for the repayment of
the money. Bergen also requests that no commission of reprisal
be granted to Peter Gerrard against the Hamburgers, since the
Judge of the Admiralty has informed him that Gerrard is not
desirous of any such commission, nor, in the Judge's opinion,
can he legitimately claim one. Finally, Bergen asks that both
Leake and Gerrard be persuaded to rest satisfied with what law
and justice shall award them at Hamburg.—Undated.
Endorsed: "The humble petition of Henry Damstorff of the Stillyard." 1 p. (P. 1973.)
[See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1591–94, p. 373.]
|William Ball to the Privy Council.|
Three years ago petitioner married the sister of
James Reynolds. He discovered that the greatest part of her
estate was in ready money, but that it had been borrowed from
her by her brother who had not troubled to give her bonds or
receipts, or arranged for witnesses to be present at such transactions. Moreover he declined to make a full reckoning of his
debts to her for more than two years. Eventually, at Lord
North's house last Christmas, petitioner and Reynolds agreed
to approach Lord North and request him to adjudge the matter
between them. He showed himself willing to do so on condition
that both parties stated their respective cases and demands on
paper. This was done, and after due examination and discussion,
it was decided, following upon pressure by Reynolds, that out
of an estimated £341 he should be asked to repay only £230.
Reynolds faithfully promised Lord North and petitioner on his
word as a gentleman that he would implement the agreement.
Now he refuses to honour it on the grounds that it was not formulated in strictly legal terms. Petitioner asks that Cecil oblige
him to do so, especially as he obtained all that he demanded, and
gave his word to an eminent person like Lord North.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 1790.)
[See Acts of the Privy Council, 1592–93, pp. 487–8.]
|Richard Young and John Ellis.|
Certificate to the effect that Richard Young
held a messuage in Stratford at Bowe in April, 1590; that his
son-in-law, John Ellis, agreed to subscribe with him to a bond
for the payment of Young's debt of £1200 to Reynold Tardiff, (fn. 4)
and that in consideration of this Young conveyed the messuage
to John Ellis. For the past two years Ellis has been residing
on the estate, and to strengthen his title to it Young releases
himself absolutely from all rights to the property.—Undated.
Endorsed: "Mr Ellis." ⅓ p. (P. 2340.)
|Baynham versus Ashley.|
|[? c. May, 1594].||
A note to the effect that Baynham has been
granted in reversion for 31 years the demesne of the manor of
Allington, and the best part of the manors of Maidstone and
Boxley. Ashley desires to purchase a part of the manor of
Boxley, but will have to pay heavily for it "unles hir Matie
please to have the more gratious consideration of him onely
becawse he nor his children shoulde not be molested hereafter
by his adversaries whoe pretended to further the Queens title
and gett to him selfe this commodious grant". Baynham has
the manor house of Boxley and is alleged to have cut down some
of the Crown's woods there, whereas it is denied that Ashley has
felled any trees but those for which he has paid.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 2370.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. IV, pp. 538–9, and PRO. Depositions of the Exchequer, Kent, 30/31 Elizabeth, Mich. 19.]
|Sir William Dansell.|
|[? c. May, 1595].||
Details of the allowance granted to Sir
William Dansell, late Receiver-General of the Court of Wards,
which amounted to £210.—Undated.
Signed: Walter Tooke, auditor. ⅓ p. (P. 2209.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. V, p. 222.]
|Humphrey Plessington to [Sir Robert Cecil].|
|[After October 25, 1595].||
He has been given the wardship of
Henry Farr of Burstead, co. Essex. Next Monday he is to bring
a case in the Court of Wards against Pease and others for committing waste on his ward's property. He understands that
Cecil will not be present in the Court that day, and asks him to
speak to the Attorney on his behalf.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 1337.)
[See PRO. Wards 9/348.]
Map of Redrith (Rotherhithe), co. Surrey between
the River Thames and Long Mead. Certain places are shown,
such as, "Pickeringes", "Nashe", a limekiln and other buildings
and fields. In 1595 a lease was granted to Carpenter of Pickering,
Nashe and Samshore. (See CP. Legal 24/16).—Undated.
Endorsed: "Bermondsey" and in another hand: "A survey or plotte of Pickeringe and Nashe, Redrith". 1 sheet. (CPM supplementary 49.)
"The Sheriffe havinge her Mats wrytt of execution
to enter into a howse and to putt an other man into the possession
therof (which howse is purposelie kepte with greate force againste
him by manie desperate persons soe that he dare not enter), he
requireth A.B. (A justice of the Peace) to aide and asiste him,
and uppon theire approchinge unto the saide howse the said
Sheriff readeth his wrytt unto them, and useth perswasions with
them and all other the good meanes he maie by two longe howers
that they shoulde avoid out of the same, wherbye he mighte make
execution therof accordinge to her Mats comandement; whoe
obstenatelie refuse to doe the same and answere that they will
sooner loose theire lives then the possession, and then they
thretten the saide Sheriffe and A.B. of theire lives and throwe
greate stones, shoote arrowes and also gonns at them, wheruppon
the saide Sheriffe and A.B. sett uppon them, and a servant of the
saide A.B. (beinge farre of from the saide A.B. and without his
privytie) killeth one of them with a gonne.
The question is whether the killing of this rebellious person be murther or manslaughter or justifiable by the saide A.B. and his servant or by anie of them."—Undated.
Endorsed: "The case upon the deathe of John Curtys." ¾ p. (P. 2292.)
[See Acts of the Privy Council, 1595–96, pp. 228–9, 239–40, 247–8.]
|William Claxton to Sir Robert Cecil.|
|[September 1596 or later].||
He is an apprentice in Newcastleon-Tyne, and since April 13 last has been in prison, where he was
committed by the Mayor and other magistrates of the town.
Their reason for doing so was the suspicious arrival of a letter
from France addressed to him but delivered into their hands,
but of which he knew nothing until it was shown to him at his
examination. He denies knowledge of the identity of the sender,
neither was he ever at the place from which it was sent, nor knows
any living person there. Petitioner can only assume that it is
part of a conspiracy to discredit him in the town. After suffering
five months of close detention, and despite the efforts of his
master and others to have him released, the Mayor and other
magistrates refuse to do so without instructions from Cecil. He
begs that letters be sent to them authorizing a re-examination
of the case, and that he be dealt with according to his guilt or
½ p. (P. 1797.)
|[His indenture as apprentice is dated June 24, 1595. He was transferred to a second master in January, 1596 and to a third on April 27, 1598. [See Newcastle Merchant Adventurers, Vol. II, p. 223. (The Surtees Society, No. 101.)]|
|— to Philip II, King of Spain.|
A petition describing how the English forces took
possession of the city of Cadiz, and seized a number of prominent
men and women from whom they demanded a ransom of 120,000
ducados. Fifty of the prisoners, most of them clerics, were
shipped to England because they did not pay the money asked
of them by their captors. Petitioners request the King that
instead of sending the Fathers of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy
and of the Trinity to the territories of the Moors, he dispatch
them to England to effect the release of the above-mentioned
Spanish. Imperfect. 2 pp. (205. 65.)
|Robert Smith to Sir Robert Cecil.|
By means of forgeries and perjuries Robert
Harrison, of Ely, with the connivance of William March (fn. 5) of the
same town, has succeeded in depriving petitioner of his estate.
Others have suffered the like treatment at his hands, and petitioner
proposes to submit a petition to the Privy Council since no course
by law is open to him. He asks Cecil to view his case with
sympathy and favour.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 364.)
|Sir Francis Willoughby.|
"My true and just conceipt, as farr as my understandinge can judge, of the valew of the wardshipp and lease of
her Mats parte of the land duringe the mynoritie, protestinge
that I will sett it downe no lesse but rather more then I judge it
to be worthe, and would nott in that pointe abuse so honorable
a frend for x soche wards." There follows an evaluation of the
lands of the late Sir Francis Willoughby which have been conveyed to his heir Perceval Willoughby and to his widow, and
out of which an allowance is to be made for the maintenance and
inheritance of the seven daughters of Sir Francis. An estimate
is also given of the provision left to Frances Willoughby, the ward
and one of the daughters, who has been awarded no marriage
portion and very little inheritance in land. It is signed by
Michael Molyns, who adds the further information that Sir Francis
had sold much of his estate before his death and mortgaged a
certain portion of it to Lady Arbella, all of which is to be excluded
from the benefits which the Crown may expect from the wardship.
Endorsed: "Mr Fra. Willoughby. Richard Bolton of Little Bolton in Lanc." 1⅓ pp. (P. 2298.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. VII, pp. 233, 493, 545, and Vol. XIV, pp. 27–8.]
|West March between England and Scotland.|
Map of part of Dumfriesshire and Cumberland referred
to as "the debatable ground between England and Scotland."
Endorsed: "1597". 1 sheet. (CPM 1. 3.)