Cecil Papers: February 1608

Pages 139-141

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 24, Addenda, 1605-1668. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1976.

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February 1608

The Earl of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Salisbury.
1607–8, February 2. He encloses answers to the letters which he has received from the Countess of Arundel and his daughter, and informs Salisbury that he wrote to him the day before. "My Lord of Pembroke is now heere, havynge made a postyng jorney hither on no other errand then only to visite us. He retornes back to morrow unles he will be intreated to stay one day longer." —At Sheffield Lodge, 2 of February 1607.
Holograph. Seal. Endorsed: "1607. Feb. 2. Erle of Shrewburye to my Lord." ½ p. (85. 7.)
Robert Chamberlayne to—.
[1607–8] February 14. Business has prevented him from paying his respects. He has received through Captain Willis's brother three letters and two books, viz. La Magica Rustica and another on the same subject, for which he thanks profusely. His business in the Corte de pupilli [Court of Wards?] is not yet finished, but he has not pressed it for reasons which he will explain viva voce. "And to relieve you of any doubt in which my writing may have left you, these reasons concern not me (for I have no intention of attending to such studies) but my mother who has some knowledge of that language and enjoys such things. For my part, if it turns out in my favour, I remain firm in my resolution." The only news from London is festivities, weddings and masks. Lord Haddington (who saved the King's life) has married the Earl of Sussex's daughter. (fn. 1) The King has borrowed large sums from his citizens to spend (it is said) on his favourites. He will give his regards to Signor Amerigo, but not to his uncle who is now dead. Signor Tobias is out of prison but confined in the house of one Edward Jones. (fn. 2) He has spoken with the Lords of the Council. His confidential news [segrete] have given great satisfaction.—London, the 14 of February.
Holograph. Italian. 1 p. (194. 118.)
John Van Erpe to the Earl of Salisbury.
[c. February 19, 1607–8]. He is a foreign merchant resident in London. Last April, William Cannon who had loaded a ship of Lynn with corn sailed in her for St. Mary in Spain. Upon his arrival, he conspired with Michael de Oviedo, the Providor there, to falsely accuse petitioner and his brother, Rodrigo van Erpe, resident in Seville, of being Zeelanders and importing and exporting goods from Holland and Zeeland into Spain via England. To justify his accusations Cannon attempted to suborne John Geraldo to swear to their truth, but he refused. Rodrigo van Erpe, however, felt it necessary to absent himself from Seville until he had obtained an order from the King of Spain directing the Providor to submit the charges to a court, which he avoided doing and would have subjected Rodrigo to the rack if he had been able to lay his hands on him. Neither petitioner nor his brother have traded in Holland or Zeeland, a fact testified by the oaths of six men who have perused his account books, as well as by the farmers of the King's Customs. But these slanders by Cannon have cost them money, not least by the interruption of their trade. Cannon himself has since fled from Spain and returned to England, and petitioner asks that Salisbury issue a warrant for his arrest and appearance before him.—Undated.
¾ p. (P. 1689.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XX, p. 76.]
Garrald Nugent to the Earl of Salisbury.
[Before February 26, 1607–8]. "I perceave an unwillinge disposition in the Lords of the Counsaile conserninge my departure into Ireland, My selfe ame a strainger in this countrie, and before now never knew what want ment. Yf I offer to goe I shall incurre their displeasure; yf I staie, for want of frends and meanes I am certaine to endure misery." He requests Salisbury's advice how to act in this dilemma.—Undated.
Holograph. Seal. Endorsed: "1607. Mr Nugent to my Lord." (124. 103.)
[See Cal. S.P. Ireland, 1606–8, pp. 404, 427.]
The Earl of Hertford versus Lord Monteagle.
[? Before February 28, 1607–8]. Reasons adduced by the counsel for Lord Monteagle against granting an appeal on the arguments submitted by the Earl of Hertford's counsel, and counterreasons advanced by him for the rejection of such an appeal.— Undated.
Endorsed: "L. Mowntegles Abstract." 1¼ pp. (197. 30.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XX, p. 86.]
The Earl of Hertford.
[? Before February 28, 1607–8]. Matters concerning the dispute between Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford, and William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle.—Undated.
Endorsed: "Touching the L. of Hertfords appeals. Ed. Stanhope, Dr; Ed. Stanhope, Esq," and in another hand: "The businesses of the Erle of Hertford and L. Monteagle." 3 pp. (130. 136.)
Thomas Cecil to the Earl of Salisbury.
[February, 1607–8]. He has wished for nothing more than to do the Earl of Salisbury some service, and Lord Cranborne has provided him with the opportunity. "The course Mr Dean of Westminster commended unto us wee doe take, and 'tis the best (I thinke) wee can take. His Lordship of himselfe is ready to heare, willinge to learne, forward to conferr with my selfe and other younge gentlemen which learne with him. Soe that wee shall (I dought not) gett some learninge. But it commes to a man as deseases leave him, by little and little, like a deawe not like a tempest. Mounetaynes of promises often tymes bringe foorthe but mole hills of perfourmaunces." He undertakes to bring love, duty and diligence to the service he has taken in hand.—Undated.
Holograph. Seal. Endorsed: "Feb. 1607. Mr Tho. Cecill to my Lord from Cambridge." 1 p. (200. 121.)


  • 1. Lord Haddington married Elizabeth, daughter of the Earl of Sussex, on February 8, 1607–8.
  • 2. Tobie Matthew was released from the Fleet on February 7, 1607–8. [See D.N.B., Vol. XXXVII, p. 64.]