Cecil Papers: August 1591

Pages 132-135

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 4, 1590-1594. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1892.

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August 1591

Jesuits and Seminaries.
1591. [After July.] List of certain Jesuits and Seminary priests, with notes of recent movements of some of those named.
Endorsed by Burghley :—Jesuits and Seminaries.
1 p.
R. Wright to Mr. Reynoldes.
1591, Aug. 2. Praying him to solicit his lordship [the Earl of Essex ?] to write again to Her Majesty in his behalf and also to commend his suit unto the Lord Treasurer.—London, 2 August 1591.
P.S.—“If his Lordship doth write, I desire the letters may be sent unsealed or that you would write the copies of them, that I may take a course accordingly.”
Holograph. 2/3 p.
Short drafts of letters on the back, purporting to be addressed to Mr. Sutton and Mr. Crompton, with regard to their taking up 500l. for the writer's use (in conjunction with “my servant Wright”).
Sir Edward Stafford to the Earl of Essex.
[1591, Aug. 3.] I am most glad of your lordship's departure though I be most sorry (but for your farther honour) that we lose here your most honorable company. But the weather and the wind groweth so fair as it were treason to you in friendship not to have been glad that you are so far onward. God send you as well as I wish; you shall wish yourself no better. I hear nothing since you went, but if you hear anything by writing that would not be delivered you by mouth, if you make me partaker of it you shall do it to one that with the fewest words that may be will show you in all service all the effects that can be and that lie in his power.—Undated.
Addressed : “To the right honble my very good lord the Earl of Essex, lord general of her Majesty's forces in France.”
Holograph. 1 p.
Anthony Pembruge to the Earl of Essex.
1591, Aug. 4. Touching the lease of certain parcels of Englefield's land, which the Lord Treasurer seemed willing to accomplish with some limitations; the conclusion after long attendance and debating with Englefield is that his Lordship will make stay of the whole till Michaelmas term, at which time Mr. Crompton and others of the Earl's officers will be here.—Inner Temple, 4 August 1591.
Signed. Seal. ½ p.
The King of France to the Queen of England.
1591, Aug 5/15. Madame. J'ay l'image de voz bien faicts tellement empraincte au coeur qu'ilz me sont en object perpetuel, et mes sens plus continuellement occupez en la consideration de leur merite et de votre magnanimite et grande bonte envers moy, avec souhait ordinaire entre mes plus ardentes prieres de vous pouvoir ung jour tesmoignir par quelque bon service que je n'en veulx laisser le fruict ensevely au tombeau d'ingratitude; et comme en toutes qualites je les recongnois et advoue sans exemple, aussi je vous supplie, Madame, de croire que je ne metz en comparaison avec nul autre l'estime que je fais de votre majestee ny l'honneur et l'obeissance que je desire toute ma vie vous rendre. Le secours qu'il vous a pleu a present m'accorder m'est en singuliere grace pour la qualité de celluy auquel il vous a pleu en donner la principale charge, et pour la belle force dont il est composé; et je vous en remercie tres affectueusement. Mais je vous diray, Madame, que je ne me suis de rien tant resjouy de ce que le Sr de Eeau m'a rapporte a son retour que d'avoir entendu que vous faisiez estat de venir a Portsemere lors que nous serous vers la coste de Normandye. Ce que advenant je vous supplie trouver bon que je vous y aille baiser les mains comme roy de Navarre, et estre aupres d'elle deux heures a tin que j'aye ce bien d'avoir veu, au moins une fois en ma vie, celle a qui j'ay consacre et corps et tern ce que j?auray jamais, et quo j'ayme et revere plus que chose que soit en ce monde, ec dez ceste heure je recois ung grand contentement en moymesme de l'esperance que j'ay que vous ne me desinirez ce bon heure duquel je m'asseure que la jouissance me sera ouverture et comme gage de toute felicite a l'advenir. Je vous supplie aussi prendre en bonne part la charge que j'ay encores donner au dit Sr de Reau vers vous, ou au Sr de Beauvoir s'il est encores en votre court, dont l'instance qu'il m'a faicte de luy permettre faire ung voiage par deca me rend incertain, que m'a faut en cela prendre double addresse; mais s'il n'en est encores party ce sera luy qui fera cest office, ayant en ce cas ordonne au dit Sr de Reau demeurer aupres de mon cousin le comte d'Essex votre lieutenant pour tenir la main a ce qu'il soit servy et voz forces qu'il conduict traictees le mieux que sera possible. Et soit l'ung ou l'autre qui face le dit office en votre endroict, je vous supplie luy vouloir donner benigne audience, et mesme creance, qu'il vous plairoit faire a moymesme qui vous baisant sur ce humbJement les mains prie Dieu qu'ii vous ait, Madame, en sa sainte garde.—Au Camp devant Noyen, 15 Aug. 1591.
Votre plus affectiouue frere et serviteur.
Copy. 1 p.
Sir Thomas Shebley to the Earl of Essex.
1591, Aug. 7. I am heartily glad to hear of your safe arrival. Sir Robert Cecyll was sworn of the Privy Council upon Monday last. Her Majesty goes forward in her appointed progress. From the Low Countries we hear that the Duke is removed with all his forces from the parts about Newmeygne [Nimeguen] and Count Maurice is before the town with all his strength.—London, 7 August, 1591.
Holograph. 1 p.
Henry IV., King of France, to the Earl of Essex.
[1591,] Aug. 9/19. Noyon was delivered up to-day. Sends Sir Roger Williams to tell all that has passed during the siege.—Noyon, 19 August.
French. 2/3 p.
Sir T. Heneage, Vice-Chamberlain, to John Fortescue, Under Treasurer of the Exchequer.
1591, Aug. 12. Her Majesty this day commanded him to write that he should take order that a book were made of a lease in reversion for Roger Parker, her servant, for the value of 30l. or thereabouts, of such lands as he shall think fit to be letten to the least prejudice of the tenants and his most profit, which if he have not before Michaelmas the poor man will be undone.—Farneham Castle, 12 August, 1591.
Signed. ⅓ p.
Captain Thomas Denton.
1591, Aug. 14. Warrant by the Earl of Essex directing the Treasurer of the Wars to imprest unto Capt. Thomas Denton the sum of thirty pounds sterling for his company, to be reckoned for his weekly lendings; beginning the 9th of this month.—Arques, 14 Aug. 1591.
Signed. ½ p.
David Caiknis, burgess in Burntisland, to The Scotch Ambassador.
1591, Aug. 14. Complaining of his treatment in the matter of a sale of salt ai Line [Lynn ?].—“Line,” 14 August, 1591.
Addressed : “To the Right Honourable Lord Ambassador of Scotland, dwelling now at Lime Street, this be delivered.”
1 p.
R. Douglas to [The Scotch Ambassador].
1591, Aug. 17. Concerning payment of a debt of 23l. sterling due for a chain of gold weighing 8 oz.—Edinburgh, 17 August, 1591.
Holograph. 1 p.
Henry IV., King of France, to the Earl of Essex.
[1591,] Aug. 20/30. Having heard of his arrival at Compiegne sends the Marquis de Pisany to welcome him till he can see him himself.—Noyon, 30 August.
French. ½ p.
M. Mouy to the Earl of Essex.
[1591,] Aug. 29/Sept. 8. Has written to Roger Williams of what he could' learn of the enemy, and his advice as to the course the Earl should take.—Mony, 8 September.
Endorsed :—“1591.”
French. 1 p.
Sir Henry Unton to the Earl of Essex.
1591, Aug. 30. I would have been most glad, as well for the satisfying of her Majesty's expectation who doth greatly long to hear of your lordship as also for my own poor private contentment, that it would hove pleased your lordship to have imparted unto me the intention of your present enterprise, as also what will become of your lordship and how the King intendeth his courses, that I might for her Majesty's better service accordingly dispose of myself, hoping I shall be very shortly able so to do. But the want thereof I impute to your lordship's great occasion of business. Notwithstanding, as soon as I shall be in some better state of disposition (it to look abroad, I will not fail to come to your lordship with all the speed I can, both for the better discharge of my duty to her Majesty and likewise for the desire I have to attend your lordship, being exceedingly weary of this place. In the mean season, vouchsafe to let me know how your lordship doth dispose of yourself, and to advise me how I may with best safety find your lordship, for the which I have no other means to rely on but either on your lordship or the King's help, I should have communicated with your lordship divers things which I have received from her Majesty, but for lack of assurance of sending I am loth to commit the same to paper.—Dieppe, 30 Aug. 1591.
Addressed : “To the right honorable my very good lord the Earl of Essex, lord general of her Majesty's forces employed hither to the king's aid.”
Signed. Seal. 1 p.
M. de la Chatte, Governor of Dieppe, to the Earl of Essex.
1591, Aug. 30/Sept. 9 Assuring himself of the Earl's speedy return he on Wednesday last despatched M. de Saint Sere, his lieutenant in Picardy, to obtain carriages, and prayed M. de Basquerville to assist him with 300 English, which he is willing to lead himself.—Dieppe, 9 Sept. 1591.
French. Signed. ½ p.
Duplicate of the above.