Cecil Papers: November 1591

Pages 157-161

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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November 1591

Lord Cobham to Mr. Wylks, one of the Clerks of the Privy Council.
1591, Nov. 1. Praying him to procure three months' leave of absence for Captain Brooke, with the persons underwritten, soldiers of his company, who, having a company in “Vulshinge,” was licensed by the Governor co be absent for two months, and is now gone over to .Dieppe with the writer's son William Brooke.—Blackfriars, 1 November, 1591.
Names underwritten :—James Ternden, John Colle, Percival Brooke, Richard Madlen.
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Richard Carmerden and Thomas Myddelton to Lord Burghley.
1591, Nov. 1. At their coming hither, they made enquiry of the value of the prize brought in by the Cherupin, and find the same to be small, the cargo being two thousand hides, fifty chests of sugar, some drugs, a little Brazil wood and ginger. They have, therefore, according to his directions, left orders with Mr. Heyton and others to have the same unladed, by inventory, into the Cherupin and brought on to London. They have examined divers Portingals and Spaniards which came in the prize concerning the fleet from the Havana; who report that they departed thence about the 17th July some 77 sail in all, whereof about 40 were cast away before the taking of this one, and they are persuaded that very few arrived safely in Spain. The king's treasure was landed and left at the Havana to come in six frigates sent of purpose by the king, which will start about January laden only with treasure. This fleet that came now had no treasure. These men affirm very constantly, and being severally examined do accord, that in the ship taken by Mr. Watt's ships there is in treasure of the king's 7 butts or pypes with 13 chests full of silver, which doth lie next the ballast so that it cannot be found until the ship is discharged. As these men know the ship, they intend to take one of them, a Spaniard, to Dartmouth, where they hope to find the said prize of Mr. Watts. On their arrival there, they will advertise his lordship further.—Portsmouth, 1 November 1591.
P.S.—They find the captain a very careful and honest gentleman. He will stay there to see all things orderly performed.
Seal. 2 p.
Henry Killigrew to the Earl of Essex.
1591, Nov. 2. This morning Sir Roger Williams put to sea, having lain on shipboard all yesterday staying for the wind, which coming about W.N.W : he went away in the Tramontana though in a very great storm.
Learns from the provost marshal that those sick men who are embarked and stay by reason of the contrary wind are in great distress for lack of victuals. No order is taken to provide for them and they have no money themselves, either not having received it from their captains, or more probably having spent it before embarking. With Mr. Otwell Smith has been at charge to hire a ship for them; but for the rest as beer, bread, etc., without which they must starve, if Essex would move the Commander there, he would no doubt give order they should be provided in some sort, as they are now in the King's pay.
The lord Treasurer in his letters declares that the charge of embarking the sick man heretofore should be allowed by the captains, and the like should, in Killigrew's opinion, be done now they are in the King's pay. Some twenty able men the provost intends to bring to Essex, and there are divers gentlemen there waiting for their horses, as Sir Thomas Jermin, Mr. Thornix and others, who, as soon as they get them, will wait upon him.—Dieppe, 2 November, 1591.
Signed. Seal. 1 p.
M. Beauvoir la Nocle to the Earl of Essex.
1591, Nov. 2/12. Informing him nothing has passed since the departure of M. Vitelines, and requesting him to press the King for his return for a fortnight or a month.—London, 12 November, 1591.
Signed. Seal. French. ⅓ p.
M. de Montmorency to the Earl of Essex.
1591, Nov. 4/14. Sends this lackey to enquire of his news. Has despatched a litter for the two gentlemen who are wounded.—14 November 1591.
Signed. French. ¼ p.
Maynie v. Venstrye.
1591, Nov. 5. Report of Matthew Carew as to a cause referred to him, wherein he finds that there is sufficient equity to stay the defendant's suit at Common law upon a bond in 100l., conditioned for the payment of 50l., and which bond was made by the plaintiff in trust to one John Walker, a scrivener, for the use of one Thomas Fowler, that had married the plaintiff's daughter.—5 November 1591.
Signed :—“Mat : Carew, per Ricardum Powle, deputatum Registrum.”
Preparations in Spain.
1591, Nov. 8. Instructions for Austin Halfacre sent into Spain.
In any wise to go to the Groyne and Ferroll.
To learn in what place or places the king's ships that be his armada winter, and how many they be; and to go to such places where they shall be to see them.
To understand how they be kept and with what number of men, soldiers and others.
Of what strength the place is of by fortification or any other wise.
What preparation of victuals is made in those ports.
To understand what galleys and galliasses be in Biscay and Gallicia.
Upon your arrival, it shall be well done presently with as much speed as possibly you may, after some intelligence had by you worth the sending, to despatch some one of trust hither with those intelligences, and yourself to proceed to such places as that you may bring us perfect intelligence of all these things before writing.
Unsigned. 1 p.
P. Wright to Edward Reynolds [Secretary to the Earl of Essex].
1591, Nov. 11. I do well allow your discretion in forbearing to solicit my lord for letters, when as there was no hope they would do good. I pray you now join with Mr. Smith to procure his lordship's letters to Sir Robert Cecill, whose mediation would be greatly available for my suit to her Majesty. I am persuaded that he is an honorable friend to my lord and would do any office of friendship which my lord will impose on him. If my lord be pleased to write, I desire that the letters might first come to my hands that some other effeqtual means might be used with the delivering of the same.—Salisbury Court, London, Il Nov. 1591.
Holograph. Seal damaged. 1 p.
M. Houlfresmon to Dom Fernando de Neronho, Conde de Llnhares.
1591, Nov. 12/22. A letter endorsed “Only private affairs.”—22 Nov. 1591.
Signed. Seal. Portuguese. 1¼ pp.
James VI., King of Scotland, to Lord Burghley.
1591, Nov. 15. In behalf of Garret, son of Tuelough Carew, dispossessed of his living and proper inheritance in Westmeath by the sinister information of Tibbut Dillon, merchant of Dublin. They have been pleading their cause these 13 years and it is now stayed upon the apprehension and captivity of the said Dillon.—Holy rood House, 15 Nov. 1591.
Jehan de Lobel to “Le Or.”
1591, Nov. 18. I pray you to convey this letter by the first post or other parting for London; and if you receive answer or any money, to give advertisement thereof, together if Mademoiselle Veron send you some 3 or 4 barrels of butter, to convey it unto me at St. Thomas a Laudesson de Clecy, with the least charges possible.—From St. Thomas, 18 November, 1591.
Addressed :—“To Monsr. Monseigneur and good friend, le Or, at Calais.”
Copy, seemingly of an intercepted letter. 1 p.
Robert Redhed to the Queen.
1591, Nov. 20. For lease for three lives of land held by him, parcel of the manor of Mychelny, Somerset, upon surrender and fine.
Endorsed :—20 November 1591.
Note by J. Herbert that the Queen grants the petition.
1 p.
John Dutton, of Duttou, Cheshire.
1591, Nov. 20. Petition to the Queen for licence to impark 200 acres of his demesne, in the Queen's forest of Delamere, Cheshire. The Commissioners of Survey sanction it.
Endorsed :—20 Nov. 1591.
Note by J. Herbert that the Queen refers the petition to the Lord Treasurer.
Note by Lord Burghey :—“The certificates to be shewed forth.”
1 p.
—to Jaques de Barler.
1591, Nov. 23. Utrasque litteras tuas, et superiores 2o et recentiores 16o Novembris, ad me scriptas, uno eodemque tempore accepi. Ex hiis etiain, quamquam promiseras me de omnibus prolixe certiorem facere, liihil tamen certi colligere possum. Melius erat omnino non promittere quam vana promissi expectatione fovere, vel talia scribere quae lectione non sunt digna. Nam (ut vere tibi dicam quod sentio) ea quae scribis nullius snnt momenti et omnibus nota. A tricessimo die mensis Aprilis nullas a te recepi litteras nisi ambas illas quas ad me nunc demum misisti. Quid in causa fuit tantaa intermissionis ex patre tuo scire cupiebam; et certe nisi ultimas tuas litteras jam tandem recepissem, ejus obligationem in jus vocassem. Nunc autem optas me velle meas litteras Philippo de Tayllior, mercatori gallico, destinare, eumque eas ac omues alias res ad te satis tuto missurum putas. ad mihi non bene arridet; sod si certum scire potero quando Caletum reverteris et in quo dinorsorio dinocteris, mittam aliquem ad te qui de omnibus nostris negociis tecum transagere queat. Interim si ullas ad me litteras miseris, ut melius te intelligam, quaeso sermone gallico scribuntur. Vale. Tui amantissimus ·X·—Dieppe, 23 Nov. 1591.
Addressed :—“Amantissimo amico Jacobo de Barler.”
Endorsed :—“Copy of my letter to Jaques de Barter.”
1 p.
Spl. Pettingarre to Edward Reynoldes.
1591, Nov. 27. Here is little news, but for certain my Lord Chancellor is dead, whose greatness is descended from his heaven here in earth, but whither he is gone, I cannot make any report, nor the devil himself. The gentlewomen commend themselves in general unto you, and if I come, be assured you shall hear from them.—From Walsingham House, this 27th of November 1591.
Postscript, signed, “Fra : Mylles.”—I salute you right heartily with mine own bad hand, wishing my lord's continuance here, rather than his return to you, which I think would be a present occasion and mean for all your revocations—of yourself, at least, that are fitter for Muses than for Mars.
Signed. Seal. 1 p.
Lands of Robert, Lord Rich.
1591, Nov. 29. Account of lands and other possessions in Essex and London whereof Robert, lord Rich did sue his livery after the death of his father.
The total value of the manors and other property shewn in the account amounts to 1,857l. 3s. 9d. ob.
The following note is added at the foot of the account—
In possessione Regine, 919l. 3s. 7d. ob. q.
Summa de quibus prosequitur liberationem suam specialem, 1,812l. 10s. 5d. q.
In reversione, 903l. 6s. 9d. ob.
The fine, 1,370l. 17s. 0d. ob. q.
Henry Sexten and Edward Price, of the Queen's Kitchen.
1591, Nov. 30. Two petitions to the Queen and to Lord Burghley. In consideration of long service pray for a lease in reversion of 20l. per annum for 21 years.
Endorsed.—30 Nov. 1591.
Note by Wm. Aubrey stating the Queen's pleasure to grant the petition.
½ p.
Walter Vaughan and Marten Smith.
1591, Nov. Petition to the Queen for renewal of the grant of the office of water bailiff of Severn, which they hold, in their own names.
Endorsed :—Nov. 1591.
Note by J. Herbert that the Queen grants the petition.
1 p.