Cecil Papers: November 1593

Pages 406-428

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 1593

Sir Thomas Sherley to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 2. The victual for Ostend was shipped from London se'nnight past, as may appear unto you by the enclosed. It would seem that by the roughness of the weather the hoy hath taken some harbour between this and Dover. Mr. Beecher was here with me yesterday. He had nothing from his man since his departure with the victual.—Syon, 2 Nov. 1593.
Holograph. 1 p.
Encloses a letter dated Oct. 25, from William Becher, relating to certain victual shipped at Sir Thomas Sherley's order for Ostend.
Sir Edward Norreys to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 2. Thank you for your kind letter. I have followed your advice and written to her Majesty, wherein, not being accustomed to write to her, perhaps I might have overpassed somewhat that had been fit. I humbly beseech you to grace it and make the best of that which is written, for I mean as well as those that can write and speak better. I have written to the Council and to your father at large.—Ostend, 2 Nov., 1593.
Signed. 1 p.
Sir John Fortescue to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 3. I have sent the answer to Mr. Douglas as I received the same from you, and do find her Majesty to have conceived justly of the course by them intended, and therefore to have made an honourable, grave and wise answer, declaring herself a prince of value and resolution who cannot endure any course indignum regia majestate. I would Co God the many wise counsels that of her Highness' great favour she hath bestowed on that King might have taken better root in his mind; but what shall I say—I fear he will matrizare : for this doubling point of toleration in religion is but a cloak to shroud all practices and combinations.
Touching her Majesty's great care and favourable declaration of her princely goodness towards so unworthy and poor a servant as I know myself to be, I must entreat you to yield my most dutiful thanks and acknowledgment of “myn unhabylyty” to deserve any part of so great favour, and to assure her Majesty that neither my life nor any worldly matter whatsoever is to me so dear as the good conceit of her Highness, unto whose service I always will devote my life. I pray you remember my duty in most humble manner unto her royal person, the lack of enjoying of whose princely sight and comfortable presence hath been to me more grievous than my infirmity, which now I thank God is upon recovery, and I hope will give me leave next week to attend her Majesty at Court. In the meanwhile I acknowledge myself greatly indebted to you for your great kindness.—At Hendon, this 3rd of November, 1593.
Endorsed :—“Sir John Fortescue to my Master.”
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Lord Cromwell to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 3. Having received letters from my Lord Keeper by which appeareth that one Edward Andrewes hath exhibited a grievous complaint against me to the Queen which appeareth to me to be very false and slanderous, by which a possession is required of certain lands, contrary to an order heretofore made upon a deliberate hearing of the Privy Council, thereto required by her Majesty's special direction, and contrary also to orders made in the Star Chamber, of which lands my father died seised, having before his death of long time received the rents of the same,—Andrews hath received punishment in the Star Chamber for slandering my father and (by order then made) delivered in a submission by writing, in respect whereof some after punishment was spared. He is convinced by judgment (there and in divers other courts) of divers false practices; detected besides of great misdemeanors. Because you may be informed of the complaints before I come to answer, and may hereafter hear the cause examined, I heartily beseech you to think well of me until I deserve otherwise, and to answer in my behalf if occasion serve.—From Lawnde, 3 Nov. 1593
Signed. 1 p.
Sir Robert Cecil to the Warden of the Fleet Prison.
1593, Nov. 4. Whereas Mrs. Shelley remaineth close prisoner under your custody in the Fleet by former special order from hence, and it is informed that, through want of the open air and long imprisonment, she is much impaired in health; suffer her to have liberty of the prison as others not restrained to be close kept, till other order.—From the Court at Windsor Castle, 4 November, 1593.
P.S. [by Cecil].—My meaning is that she be so kept that she may not escape.
Seal. ⅓ p.
Richard Hesketh to William Waad.
1593, Nov. 4. The token to Mr. Ormestone from Doctor Worthington is, that the said Ormston drew a letter which afterwards was published, after that the said Doctor and Mr. Bell, now recanted, should have had a dispensation with Mr. Fleetwood, parson of Wigan, and, as I remember, with Mr. Goodman of Chester, which dispensation proved not, by reason a plot was laid to apprehend them. What the contents of the letter was, I know not, but this was the token. I have not anything to charge him further withal, the man and I being known only barely one to another, having but once in my life drunken with him, as he 'rid' by my house long since, saving Mr. Doctor thought him to be a man very wise and trusty man, and if my lord did send him in this business, he doubted not but he would be well accepted by the Cardinal and Sir William, and the rather he is a known recusant Catholic. The token that I had to Mrs. Clifton, widow, to speak with Ormston was, that her son came to Douay, about Midsummer last was twelve months, named there Hylton. And thus beseeching your favour towards me, meaning in all things to deal sincerely, happen whatsoever pleaseth God, certifying your Honour that afore my going out of England, I had no credit among recusants, and since my coming into England, I have not spoken with any, I humbly take my leave.—Dytton Park, this 4th day of November, 1593.
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Examination of Bartholomew Hesketh.
1593, Nov. 4. He confesseth that his brother Richard Hesketh went about three years since from home, and said he would go beyond the seas, and protesteth, all the while he was absent, that he never heard from him, until about Michaelmas last, his said brother came to this examinate's house, he being then with Sir Richard Shuttleworth, and lay at his house. The next morning this examinate met his said brother, between his house and Ormeskirk, having divers in his company, where he spake with his said brother, who told him that he went to New Park, the Earl of Derby's, where he been before he came to this examinate, and said he went to make the Earl privy to his passports that he had, and this was upon the Thursday before Michaelmas day. The Monday after, his brother came to his house in the evening, and told him nothing of any matter but that he was to meet the now Earl of Derby the next day at Brewerton Green, where his lordship had appointed to meet him to talk with him.
Being asked if his brother did not acquaint him with some special message he had to deliver to the said Earl, he denieth his brother told him any such thing. Being asked if his brother told him not in what places he had been beyond the seas, he saith that his brother told him he had been in Germany and in Hungary, and further saith that his brother did affirm he durst neither go into Italy nor into Spain. Being asked if his brother told him not he had been with Sir William Stanley, he utterly denied his brother used any such words, and further saith he did not speak at all privately with his brother, but in company. He saith he doth go to the Church and never did absent himself, and hath been a means to bring many to the Church.
Examined by William Waad. Signed.
In Waad's handwriting.
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Examination of Richard Baylye.
1593, Nov. 5. This examinate doth confess that he is a trumpeter, and doth serve one Francis More, Trumpeter to the Earl of Essex, and being in Sluys in the Low Countries, he was left by his master under Sir Nicholas Parker. He came over into England a little before Michaelmas, and being at an inn in Canterbury called “The Bell,” thither came Richard Hesketh, where first this examinate saw him; and the next day coming on foot along with the said Hesketh, by the way Hesketh offered to prefer this examinate so as he would go with him into Lancashire, which he, being destitute, did accept, and so went with him to Rochester, then to Gravesend, and to London, where he lay at one More's house, at Powle's wharf. From thence they went to Hampstead to Mr. Weeke's house, and from thence to St. Albans, and so into Lancashire to the house of Hesketh, always lodging in inns. And after he had been at home two days, he went to the Earl of Derby's, to whom he said he had letters, and came the same day the Earl deceased. After, he went to his brother Bartholomew Hesketh, and his brother being not at home he came back again to the Earl's house, and in his journey met his said brother, Bartholomew Hesketh, by Ormskirk, and when he had been at the Earl's house two days, he went to his aforesaid brother's, and from thence went to meet the Earl at Sir William Bruerton's (?).
Examined by William Waad.
In Waad's handwriting. 1½ pp.
Earl of Essex to Lord Cobham.
[1593,] Nov. 6. I have imparted unto Her Majesty your great care of this service, intressed as well by my lord Admiral's letters as by the effects themselves. I do assure your lordship Her Majesty doth very graciously accept it. Your Lordship's servant shall have allowance for his charges, and when that the Portugal letters are deciphered and translated, and the party examined, your Lordship shall be advertised of as much as I know. In the mean time I do assure your Lordship that this practice, which we have met withal, was taken in time, for the King of Portugal's two sons had been carried into Spain out of hand. Besides, we have discovered that the King of Spain had as good a standing intelligence sent back into Spain and into the Low Countries as he could desire. There are divers engaged in it, they write not only of all matters of State, but of the private affection of every councillor to every matter that is in hand, and I doubt not but we shall discover most notable practices, which as yet are not found.—Windsor, 6 November.
Holograph. Endorsed :—1593.
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Richard Hesketh.
1593, Nov. 7. 1. Her Majesty is informed that you had a letter unto the Earl of Derby, which you have confessed yourself, as by examinations taken is avowed; I am commanded therefore to require you to set down the truth from whom that letter came, and what you did with the same, and to certify the same in writing. W. Waad. (Holograph).
2. It may please your Honour to understand that at my very departure from the White Lion in Islington towards Lancashire, a boy of the house, named John Waterworth, in presence of the rest of the servants, as I remember, did deliver me a letter endorsed and directed to my late lord of Derby, deceased, which they told me was from one Mr. Hickman, my lord's man, which letter, together with my passports, the next day after the death of my old lord were delivered to this lord, at my request, and for my discharge of the same letter; which, if my old lord had been alive, I had delivered myself, for afore I shewed my passports to him as chief officer in the country, I presumed not to go nearer my brother's house, than Latham or New Park. The contents of the letter, as Sir Edward Stanley told me, who in my behalf delivered the same to my said lord, and shewed my passports both to him and the lord Bishop of Chester, was nothing else but the news of those that died in London; and this is the very truth. I received the said letter the 16th of September last.—7th day of November, 1593. Signed.
Endorsed :—“This is to be delivered to Richard Hesketh : W. Waad.”
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Sir Michael Blount to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 8. Relative to a letter from the Privy Council directing him to remove Michael Siblye and to receive John Moorewoode in his place. Deprecates the removal of the man without any offence committed. Thanks God that since he has served at the Tower there has nothing been done or neglected by him that might hinder her Majesty's Service. Asks for advice. If Cecil knew how troublesome a place of service this is, and how unprofitable, he would be of opinion that he {Blount) should not be less borne withal than his predecessors.—The Tower, 8 Nov., 1593.
Signed. Mutilated. 1 p.
[Sir Robert Cecil to the Sheriffs of London.]
1593, Nov. 8. Her Majesty renewing speech unto me this night of the matter wherein so long you have sticked, and being offended that it was not performed, I told her Majesty that you forbore it for divers respects. One was, for that Mr. Moulton (when with kindness he might have had it) did stiffly say he would either have it against your wills or not at all. Thus much my lord of Buckhurst was told by your solicitor. Another, that you being sheriffs and presuming it was your right, were loth to ratify it as given by the Mayor, in whom you took it the power was not (for so had you been resolved), for that it might be prejudicial both to yourselves in other things and to your successors. With which answers the Queen was much displeased, and thereupon did command me to let you know, that she did wonder at your presumption thus to stand with her in this matter, either in regard of any fond speeches the party should use, or of any prejudice might grow to you by the grant in respect of your credits (so much to be scorned when her Majesty's command was in question), wherein though her Majesty of her gracious clemency never dealeth strainably with the meanest, yet now that such as you in comparison of her should presume to stand upon punctoes, her Majesty commandeth me to tell you her pleasure, that she will have you forthwith admit Mr. Moulton by oath into the place, without further disputing of the matter; wherein she hath likewise commanded me to see that he doth put in such caution for your security as shall be requisite. Which done her Majesty taketh that if it be your meaning this should not be a precedent for any questions between you and the city, you shall then do it as a. thing in duty yielded by you to her Majesty, who having already signified her pleasure so often, and this being no greater a matter, nor so carried as to determine your other rights or titles (yet undecided), her Majesty likewise meaneth not with finesse or devices to have such a precedent of her commandments no better obeyed, seeing neither justice is impeached nor your estates dangered (for more than security you can not ask), but only a mere point of your own credit disputed of; whereof, by this writing of mine own hand, I require you to take notice as her Majesty's pleasure, the not performance whereof I leave to your perils.—From the Court, this 8th of November, 1593.
Endorsed :—“Copie of my master's letter to the Shriefes of London.”
Fair copy, unsigned. 1 p.
[The Privy Council to the Sheriffs of London.]
[1593, Nov. 8.] On the same subject as the above and to much the same effect.—From the Court, &c.
Draft in Cecil's hand.
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The Earl of Derby to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1593,] Nov. 8. I have sent you a horse, which I think will very well fit your own saddle, I have never rid of a better, a right country present which I pray you receive as a remembrance of his love that holds you in right dear account. Stanley, that is beyond the sea, hath two sons, men like to prove well, by reason of their grandfather's care in bringing them up. They have been my servants long since, and yet in respect of this late action of their father's, I have forbid them for a time. I imagine it shall not be offensive to retain them as I have done, both in regard they are very good comers to church, and such as are grieved for their father's courses; young when he left his country like a traitor, and now able to judge of such an action. They are of my name, and may, and, I imagine, by following me shall, be no less able made to do Her Majesty all service. Yet I desire your opinion, for I would not offend Her Highness by keeping any. Their grandfather, whose old years the son's action hath brought near to an end, takes his only joy in them and in doing Her Majesty all service, which in the shire he dwells he doth very effectually perform. My wish is yet of your opinion herein, although I imagine, Her Majesty will not punish by her hard favour such as, near almost infants when their father did offend and such as my best endeavours shall instruct, if with her good liking I may keep them to all readiness and humbleness of serving her. I pray you commend me in all love to your honourable father, I hear he is not well, I beseech you let me understand of his being. Since I came from the Court, I have seen some directions for matters in this country, wherein I am not writ unto, as I ever was when my father was alive; I must marvel at it, and inform you, than whom I rely on no man more but your father, in affection and trust.—Newpark, November 8. Signed.
Holograph. Seal. Endorsed :—“1593.” 1½ pp.
Sir Michael Blount to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 9. I have sent you enclosed the communication in writing that hath passed between the Captain Duffeilde and the Priest Boste. I humbly desire you to take compassion of the poor Duffeilde. He is a man altogether without friends (for anything that I know); he hath been long in prison and yet not charged with anything since his coming hither. He is naked of clothes, and but that I do lend him a bad bed, this cold winter nights would kill him. If any credit may be given to his earnest protestations, he greatly desires to serve her Majesty, and often says he is able to do her service at sea, and would gladly if her Highness would please to employ him.—The Tower, 9 Nov., 1593.
Signed. Seal. ½ p.
The Earl of Derby to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 9. I have sent up the subsidy for Lancashire, as it was ever in my grandfather's time and my father's. And I do find Hesketh, the lawyer, brother to him I brought up, hath in one of the Hundreds taken upon him another course than hath been accustomed, only to cross me and win himself some credit. I shall desire you to send for him, for he is now at the term, and to tell him your opinion, going about in malice as he doth, to draw the government from me to himself, who though it be but a trifle, yet would I be loth to be thwarted by so mean a man. I think he is angry that I used myself so honestly touching his brother.—Newpark, 9 November, 1593.
Signed. ¾ p.
Books of Sir Charles Davars.
1593, Nov. 10. A list of books in Italian, with the following note :—“All these parcels were sent to the Right Worshipful Sir Charles Davars, Knight, as true owner thereof, by me Edmond Bruz, being delivered to Mr. Thomas Barnes, part owner and purser of the “Gallion Sutt” Ship of London, in Venice the tenth of November, Ao. 1593.
Endorsed :—A catalogue of books.”
4 pp.
Sir Thomas Shirley to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 10. Upon my knowledge, the apparel is sent over for the soldiers in Ostend more than sen'night past. It was appointed first to touch at Flushing, both that Mr. Alten might go along with it to see it distributed, as also because the merchants' factor is at this time at Flushing. Sir Edward Norris' exclamations are more than needeth. I assure you the merchants have done exceedingly well and diligently, both in that and in the sending in of victual as is possible for men to do so speedily, warned as they have been with such suddenness. I will be at Court to wait upon your Honour tomorrow and shall I trust satisfy everybody very well in the matter.—Syon, 10 November, 1593.
Holograph. Seal. 1 p.
Sir John Fortescue to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 10. I am right sorry that my infirmity thus detaineth me from doing my duty in attending her Majesty and my Lord, your good father, whose sickness doth as near touch me as any, his children excepted, for that I know him to be such a Counsellor qualis, ut arbitror, nemo unquam erit, ut affirmare possum, apud nos nunquam fuit. By these I am to desire you to let her Majesty understand that I do in all humbleness recognise her great and most princely goodness in having care of so mean a subject, whose ability faileth to perform the duty he oweth to so gracious a prince and mistress, but had rather sink as depressed onere officii quam quod cum fide impcsitum est aut propter perfidiam abjicere aut infirmitatem animi deponere. This day Mr. Goderouse is with me and, I hope, will grow to the full cure of mine infirmity, which I trust will be so perfected as by this day sevennight I may be able to come to the Court.—At Hendon, 10 Nov., 1593.
Signed. ½ p.
Lord Cobham to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1593,] Nov. 11. My good son, most willingly would I have granted your request to Mr. Ketredge, had I not some few days afore my coming from Court promised at Harrison's request and his wife to one that of long time has been my chaplain, that thereby Harrison's son might have some reasonable portion to maintain him in the University. Such was Harrison's good will towards mine that they being scholars of Cambridge that did continually visit them and presented them with such gratuity as was in his small power, which moves not to be unthankful to his; and with all to bestow it upon one who of long time hath served me and looks, as in reason, to reap the fruit of his service.—Cobham, 11 Nov.
Endorsed :—“1593.”
Signed. ½ p.
Joash Newton to Mr. Beard at the Fleet.
1593, Nov. 11. I had thought that my too kind usage of you would have given you occasion to have used me better than you have, but since your discretion is so small that you respect gain before honesty, I will observe your “haviour” better. I did think your business in my custody were to seek how lawfully and honestly you might get yourself discharged and not to be a solicitor for any prisoner in my custody without my privity. You have amended the matter with a greater fault, to take a simple and silly gentlewoman into your company and make her drunk. I tell you I may not endure such knavery. I admonish you, seek to satisfy me in better sort than you have done, or else you may not find me continue you, to maintain play and expense, as I have hitherto, and answer no duty of that place.—St. Albans, 11 Nov., 1593.
[In the margin are notes, apparently by Beard, denying the facts charged against him, etc.]
Signed. 1 p.
Ja. Parry to his Cousin, Mrs. Jane Shelley at Fleet.
1593, Nov. 11. As I am glad of your liberty of the Fleet so am I sorry to hear how you use the same. You know I oftentimes conferred with you, both about your liberty there and elsewhere, upon the necessary conformity to order, and I told how greatly it stood you upon to reform your course. You know when all your greatest kinsmen in Herefordshire refused to put their hands to certify the abuses offered you by your husband's varlet, I, in charity (knowing the truth), did both certify and procured divers gents., justices of the peace, of your contrary religion, to put to their hands upon your promise and our hope of conformity by conference, upon which Mrs. Blanche Parry procured your maintenance of 200l. by year. Cousin, I write not this to seek thanks, but would willingly do you any kindness I can—only I fear (as I often told) your peril to lose the whole. And what then? Consider, good Cousin, the cunning practice of your enemies, and how you were entrapped by your own religion, and their practice, I mean your husband's kinsmen, etc. How ever you obtained your liberty I am ignorant, only Mr. Beard, your husband's cousin, taketh on him to be the author—which if true, look to yourself. Beware of false measures for all you have in England. Your drawing to the place of your surfeit was for purpose more than you look into, as I am assuredly told. Therefore my plain and simple advice is to take heed you use none of their chambers nor company in private. Mr. Warden is greatly grieved with Mr. Beard for this practice, and truly you are beholden to him, for his care is great of your peril. And if he will have you to go and lie at Kensington until his coming home for your good, to shun your danger, I pray you refuse it not. When I come to the Fleet I will tell you more and peradventure how you were bought and sold. And so, good Cousin, for God's sake remember yourself, your house that mourneth for you, and be thankful to Mr. Warden for his care.
[P.S.] I dare not write that I will tell you.—St. Albans, 11 Nov., 1593.
Sir Robert Cecil to [the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London?].
1593, Nov. 11. It is not unknown to you how many times by letters written by Her Majesty's commandment, the case of Mr. Moulton has been recommended to your Lordship and your brethren, and specially to the Sheriffs of the City, wherein the question made, in whom particularly the interest should be, hath made this long protraction, to Her Majesty's miscontent. And, therefore, to the intent that neither of your rights should be determined by other cause than ordinary, and yet to avoid a precedent in such a matter upon such scruple to have Her Majesty's request unsatisfied, Her Majesty hath commanded the Sheriffs by themselves, and now requireth you of yourselves, to confirm either severally or jointly this grant, which Her Majesty hath so often and so earnestly recommended, which being done, as Her Majesty will graciously accept, so in whomsoever there shall be found either scruple or delay, Her Majesty doth purpose to make it known that she will be better regarded, that is, provided always that the said Moulton shall put in such sufficient security, as shall be thought fittest in such cases.—From the Court. 11 Nov : 1593.
Endorsed :—“M : to the Sheriffs of London, concerning Mr. Moulton.”
Signed. Not addressed. 1 p.
The Queen to the King of France.
[1593, November l4.] Si ce soit naturelle à cela qui desire d'assister un autre à l'acquerir quand elle en est frustree. Je n'entends tel language! Mettez mon honneur, je vous prie, en meilleur lieu que tant me faire mespriser. Si, en lieu de telle requeste, m'eussiez mandé honorables respect, pourquoy en deus estre frustre moy mesme et en quelle sorte. A cest heure c'est en vos mains qui nagueres disiez estre en la possession d'aultruy. Yous eussiez faict tour de prince. J'en tends par ce porteur une raison irraisonable au pis aller en mon jugement, qu'une dame ose tant presumer de la volonté de son mari qu'elle face part de quelque sien heritage, en especial estant d'un tel seigneur qui n'est tant enamouré de Huguenots qu'il ait en vie de tant leur complaire. Les licences des femmes de France, peutetre, sont plus libres qu'en aultre pays de quoy je ne m'en mesleray. A conclure, en ce que dignement je puis, ne fauldray a ce gentilhomme pour qui tant favor-ablement m'ecrivez, mais soubs exception que je me preferre devant cent Vidasmes; mais en manquant d'en avoir part, je le prefere devant les aultres. Priant le Createur que peussiez tousjours faire bonne election de veritables serviteurs.
Endorsed :—“14 of November, 1593. Copy of her Majesty's letter to the French King by Monsr Lauarayne.”
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Jo. Stileman to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 12. As to deer killed in the chace, etc. Begs him to move the Chancellor of the Duchy to stay his warranty which he usually grants every year for trees and other wood for firewood. If it be not looked into, it will decay both wood and deer. The tenants complain and present the abuses every court day, but no redress can be had. P.S.—The children are well.—From my poor cottage, 12 Nov. 1593.
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Lord Cobham to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 12. I send you here inclosed a letter which I received from Calais, as also a note of such advertisements as were sent me, which is all the news I have had since I last wrote unto you, wherewith I would have acquainted the Lord Admiral, if I did not think he, ere this, were gone from the Court, at whose return pray do you show him what I have sent you.—Cobham, 12 November 1593.
Signed. 1 p.
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Nicholas Fourmes (?) to Lord Cobham.
1593, Nov. 9/19. Count Charles, having filled Gravelines with all sorts of munitions of war, keeps himself quiet, and appears to do nothing, awaiting the Italian forces, Albanians, and French bastards to join with him, to constitute a naval force or perform some grand enterprise. The King has created two new companies, one of cavalry and the other of footmen, and it is said there will shortly come 200 Swiss. The leader of the cavalry is Captain Camin, who was at one time lieutenant to M. de Gourdain at Calais, and afterwards keeper or captain of the Castle of Hames {or Haines). The leader of the harquebussiers is M. de Bedouatre, lately governor for the League of the Castle of Hardelot, which he left, and by the advice of the late M. de Gourdain, uncle of his wife, became again the King's servant, and afterwards when Count Charles, having taken Estaples, summoned him, he yielded the place to him, and came safely [ses bagues sauvés] to Calais, where he has since been. Commandment has been given to all in this place to make provision of corn for one year, and those who have no. arms to provide them within a week.—Calais, 19 November 1593. Signature cancelled, but apparently, “Nicholas Fourmes.”
Holograph. French. Seal. 1¼ pp.
The Queen to Princess Catherine of Navarre.
1593, Nov. 13. Madame, On m'accoustume tant cette annee de mervailles que je ne fais autre chose que m'estonner de tels estranges accidens. Entre les autres, ne penseriez vous point que j'ai si bien merité du roy, vôtre cher frere, qu'on ne me nyeroit une platte piece de terre, qui n'a ni ville, ni maison, ni bâtiment quelconque. Nos troupes ne se sont monstrés si indignes de regard à qui en quasy cinque ans nul lieu de retraicte, de sauvegarde ni de couvert leur a ête concede; et nagueres en demandant les Hourdes on le me nye a plat, disant être à M. de Nevers. Et astheure [sic] c'est si bien en ses mains qu'il le donne à un autre. Je ne puis imaginer que le roi veut que je pense pour me voir tant méprise. Je ne nye point mais que j'ai si honorable regard au Vidasme que le postposant et cent tels a moimême si est ce que je loue le roi d'en avoir fait si bon chois; mais, à ne vous déguiser rien, je me figure qu'on ne cuida qu'il le debuoit acquerir et que tant je m'offensasse que le roi sur ce s'en deffairoit sous cette ombre; peutetre que je me decois, mais si ce soit ou non, la fin le monstrera. Et pour vous, madame, pensez que je le prendrai à gloire pour vous faire chose agreable qui est en moi, demeurant toujours solide en vôtre endroit; aviene qui peut, toujours je serai vôtre tres affectionée sœur.
Endorsed : “xiijth November, 1593. Copy of Her Majesty's letter to Madame la Princesse, sister to the French King.”
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Jo. Budden to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 13. As to the “assurances” for the assignment of the wardship of Bampfield Chace in which Sir Robert Cecil, Sir George Brooke and Sir Geo. Trenchard were concerned.—St. Albans, 13 Nov. 1593.
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Sir John Danvers to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 14. Asking that his name may be removed from the list of names for the sheriff of the co. Gloucester, he being one of the deputy lieutenants of Wiltshire.—Cyseter, 14 Nov. 1593.
Signed. Seal. ½ p.
Sir Michael Blount, Lieutenant of the Tower, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 16. Enclosing the talk that passed between the priest Bost and Doffin this last week. Asks if a letter from the priest to Parson Warcoppe in Oxfordshire may be sent.—The Tower, 16 Nov. 1593.
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Guido Malepart to Lord Burghley.
1593, Nov. 16. For licence to export certain green wood, on which he has paid custom, but which he was unable to export within the 12 months limited, by reason of his house being visited with the plague.—Endorsed :—“27 Oct. 1593.”
Note by Burghley, and note by Richard Young and other Customs officers on the case.—16 Nov. 1593.
M. Chasteaumartin to Lord Burghley.
1593, Nov. 17/27. Of the affairs of Spain, l'armée du passage is ready to depart at the first fine weather from “Vint Voeles,” for Brittany. The nephew of Don Juan D'Aguilar goes with a regiment of 600 men. all good soldiers, and some companies of “bisognos,” recently raised in Arragon, making in the whole 1000 men. Their design is, if before their departure the war recommences in France, to go to the army of Bordeaux, if there be need, and if the truce continue to continue their journey for Brittany. The Governor of Havre has sent a man to the King of Spain to propose an enterprise against the Isles of Guernsey, but has not done much. A man he [Chasteaumartin] sent to Madrid to understand of this negotiation has returned, and reports that about three weeks ago a Scotsman arrived with letters from the King of Scotland. He had his address with one called Colonel Simple [Semple?] also a Scotsman, who took him to the Escurial, where he spoke with the King and was despatched three days after his arrival. There is at Madrid a Burgundian, who served the Ambassadors of France, and has the entrée to all the Ambassadors there; he is usually with Don Juau y Diaques, and often employed. He would be able to do service, and could advise of all that goes on there. Is told that he may be gained by giving him some suitable entertainment.
Of other matters, there is nothing new, except that the Cardinal signs for the King and governs everything. He, the writer, goes often to the frontier to make assurance of things, which causes more than usual expense, by reason he cannot go unaccompanied, because of the people there; to which he prays him to have regard. He has taken up some money from Joseph Jackson, and prays him deliver to Jackson what is due to him for his service, of which a year will be ended next January, and if it please him to add something in consideration of the extraordinary expenses of his journeys to the frontiers, to deliver the same to Jackson or to his brother Arthur.
If Her Majesty desire to have most advantageous terms of peace, she should make an enterprise against Spain. He has means to seize Oporto in Portugal, by the intelligences he has there, and to put it into the hands of persons who will deliver it to such as Her Majesty shall command, but for the execution thereof he will require 500 men.—Bayonne, 27 Nov., 1593.
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Dr. Ch. Parkins to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 20. For that I think her Majesty will have no mention made of Kelly's matter that is now dead, I will attend the occasion well to bury it. As for the Emperor's professed disposition, in all the points of my negotiation it is assuredly as good as may be wished. I have warrant hereof in his own letters. Ernestus's good nature and temperate manners have ever been far from insulting against his betters. If he be now fallen into this infancy, it being as it ought thoroughly contemned, the note of dishonour remaineth there. The men that are about both these princes are in part so full of Spain and Rome that they must needs be evil disposed this way, so that if they understand their speeches or doings may any whit move or trouble here, they have what they desire; yet, if they be so dull that they cannot distinguish between insinuation and oblation, mention and proffer, prysing and giving, or if they be so uncivil that by their unskilful fancy they will fall into rude discourtesy, by occasion of honourable conceits moved of others, they are for that part rather ex professo to be contemned as barbarous blockheads than to be esteemed as civil gentlemen. But for that this matter toucheth her Majesty's service in the which I have been employed, pleasing it her Highness in some good sort to allow that I apply my wits, made acquainted with incidents hereunto appertaining, I doubt not but that I should find some remedy of these evils. As for the letter to Signor Curtius, when it shall be allowed of, I will spread it abroad, especially in the Low Countries, and (if it please) together [with] my first proposition made for the Emperor, whereof I sent a copy to my Lord Treasurer the 22 July from “Hoane,” and for the better memory I send it here enclosed. It seemeth very conformable with Curtius's letter, wherein if anything must be changed, I will to that effect, if it be liked of, attend at the Court till I fit the conceit, which thing I shall easily perform if I be made acquainted with the especial settled words used in this matter. And thus well vexed and humbled on every side with daily change of exceptions against me, I rest most dutiful and ready, etc.—Harrow Hill, 20 Nov., 1593.
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Walter Tooke, Auditor, to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1593, Nov. 20.] Upon perusing the office of late found after the death of Mr. George Kenshame, it appears that Elizabeth Kenshame, late wife of the said George and Grandmother to George Kenshame now Her Majesty's ward, is joint purchaser in the lands holden. And so nothing as yet descended to her Majesty but the wardship of the body, for a tenure in capite in reversion cannot draw the socage lands to be charged in possession until the tenant for life die.—St. Albans.
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The Lord Keeper to Lord Buckhurst and Sir Robert Cecil.
[1593,] Nov. 20. Having caused Mr. Attorney to draw into a brief collection or summary the horrible treasons of Hesketh, I have thought good to send them to you, the natures of them being such and of so great consequence, to the end Her Majesty may be informed of them, and give direction, whether all of them or what part of the same shall be put into the indictment, and to be openly published in evidence. For thereafter, as Her Majesty shall please to appoint, shall the indictment be framed. If Her Majesty be pleased that the indictment shall be spared till Sunday, and that the arraignment and trial shall follow on the Tuesday, then may I wait on Her Majesty, in the mean, either on Friday night or on Saturday, to know her pleasure in such points as, in the mean, may be found meet to inform Her Highness; otherwise if it shall please Her to have the indicting and trying of him to be sooner, then upon your certifying of Her opinion what shall be the matters contained in the indictment, the same shall be effected accordingly.—Tuesday night, 20 Nov. Signed :—Jo : Puckering.
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Jo. Budden to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 21. As to the necessity of restraining the cutting of timber till “the bargain be fully perfected,” etc Advises certain precautions whereby the L. Windsor would be the more careful not to cut or sell any timber—St. Albans, 21 Nov., 1593.
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Lord Cobham to Lord Burghley.
1593, Nov. 21. Enclosing letters etc. from the Mayor and other Commissioners for the reformation of the passage at Dover. Some part of them concern one Edward Pemberton, lately arrived there from Douay, as may appear by certain articles ministered to him, and his answers thereunto. Another is from the Mayor and Jurats of Dover touching the great want of money for repair of the harbour. They and I are humble suitors for orders in regard to such money as is already come into Her Majesty's Receipt for the tonnage allowed toward the repair of the said harbour.—Cobham, 21 Nov., 1593.
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Richard Young to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 21. I am bold to put you in memory of Mr. Anthony Tirrell, prisoner in the Marshalsea, being very penitent and sorrowful for the offence, and confessing that, being somewhat behindhand with his creditors, he did purpose to absent himself for a time, not then persuaded to go beyond the seas, until he happened into this lewd company by whom he was induced and brought into these troubles. I find him steadfast and constant in God's true religion and very desirous to continue his preaching of the same, with full resolution of amendment. His punishment, as I hope, will be a mean to reclaim him from his follies. I entreat some favour towards him, being persuaded of the truth of the premises and greatly pitying his want and penury, and also moved by the pitiful request and suit of his wife.—London, 21 Nov., 1593.
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Dr. Ch. Parkins to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 22. I send two lewd books, the which came to my hands yesterday; the one from among my stuff sent from beyond sea, this book is inscribed Responsio pseudo philopatri—he writeth philopatri. I had this book beyond sea of your servant Proctor, and I kept it with me to some use of Her Majesty's service. The other was sent me from Thomas Lording, who brought letters from Cardinal Battori to Her Majesty. He signified that he brought this book for duty's sake, to make Her Majesty acquainted therewith, seeking to perform the same by my means, sending it to your Honour. Lording bought it at Brosborough, the chiefest city of the Cardinal, wherein the Jesuits have a nest, and thence they breed often times books of the like sort. It would do well, if with answering the Cardinal his letters, some man about Her Majesty should also write unto him, as of himself, to 'dehorte' him from permitting like works in his dominions, signifying that Her Majesty knowing thereof might have just cause for offence.—Harrow Hill, 22 Nov., 1593.
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John Penruddoke to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 23. Requesting preferment in the “call” of Serjeants. It is almost too late for him to practise among children, and such as at his several readings he has called to bar and practice, which often strive for privity in hearing.—St. Albans, Nov 23, 1593.
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Jo. Budden to Sir Robert Cecil
1593, Nov. 23. The book between you and Sir George Trenchard is ready to be sealed. I have taken care of the commissions post mortem Hugonis Hurleston, Ar. I hear not any more of south Mymes.—St. Albans, from one Brown's, a locksmith by the Cornmarket place, 23 Nov., 1593.
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Earl of Shrewsbury to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 23. I am advertised by Kydman, my servant, of your very honourable and kind proceeding in some causes concerning me, as in a late complaint of Mr. Francis Leake's, wherein (as it seems) I am interested, as also in another later and more clamorous complaint by a great number of rude base people, exhibited to Her Majesty, whereof I cannot forbear both to take knowledge and also to yield unto you my best and most hearty thanks. My servant hath also informed me your profession of the continuance of your like good favour and kindness. As I am, the love and thankfulness of my mind is all the requital I am able to tender you, but thereof you may as perfectly settle your account and reckoning as of any other friend you have. I pray you look at a copy of my letter to the Lord Chamberlain and Lord Buckhurst in answer to one they wrote jointly to me on the behalf of those exclaimers.—At Handesworth, 23 Nov., 1593.
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Sir Michael Blount, Lieutenant of the Tower, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 23. According to your commendment, I send you hereinclosed this last week's communications between the Captain Doffin and the priest, and also a letter that the priest hath sent to a friend of his in the North. He delivered the letter to be carried to Doffin, who told him that he should be delivered out of prison, and that he would go in the North Country, to live there amongst the Catholics, for his conscience' sake. The letter is written to Mrs. Constable, the wife of Joseph Constable. He would neither write her name, nor his own to the letter, but he told Doffin that she did know his hand well enough.—22 November, 1593.
P.S.—I humbly desire you to let my lord, your father, know that the parson of the Tower is dead and the Church is void of a minister. If it please him or if your Honour will acquaint Her Majesty therewith, that thereby the place may be supplied by some honest learned man, Her Majesty's servants here shall have cause to thank you therefor.
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Encloses :
My sickness, good Sr., doth continue and is a fever pestilent which hath had sundry sore fits, but all tolerable, if the worst be not yet to come, which, if it bring soon after end of all sorrows, is my long wished medicine that salveth all sores. In my present need, God sent me ever yet some comfort, and where I had the least hope I found the best hope of a fast friend, in whom I do not joy so much for those comforts and commodities which I myself have for these five weeks received, which no other in the world could afford me, as I do for that, without danger, you may be partners with me of his courtesies, and find comfort, counsel and commodity of his company, if you give him that entertainment which I hope you may, and will at my request, which he desireth for himself a man and a boy and two geldings, for which you shall find him bountiful, and a friend in your need. I commend him to you as myself and all other accidents since our departure I shall declare by word. You shall know him by delivering unto you the last message I received from you. To you all as to myself for the one, and longer joy and comfort in the other; your servant, my own man, Godfather Umfray.—Addressed :—“To Mr. Wylfrey, Clerk.”
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The Queen to the King of France.
[1593, Nov. 24.] Vous avez à ceste heure, mon bon frere, l'experience qu'on pourra tirer proufit par son ennemi, sinon de suivre au moins de fuir tel exemple. Jugez aussy de tels espritz, qui sous si peu de fondement ont persuade esbransler vos amis, parler les discourantz et mettre en affront vostre reputation. J'espere que ce fait vous ouvrira les yeux pour voire clair comme ils cherchent plustost la gloire d'un aultre prince que l'honneur de leur souverain, et, pourveu qu'ils s'asseurent des aultres, ne se chaillent de vous. Vous m'obligez extremementpour m'envoyer ce porteur, et ne puis croire qu'estant que trop bon vers vos malveillans, pourrez user de la cautelle a vos plus fidelles, qui me faict croire ce qu'il me diet. M'esbahissant non obstant bien fort que hazardastez vos amis pour en avoir trop juste souspcon de ce qui se pouvroit plus commodement traicter par aultre moyen que par un expres messager a la court d'Espaigne, de quoy tout le monde en parle, et est la cause de retardement de beauconp de nos aydes. Je le scay et n'en parle sans scavoir quelque chosp, plus que la commun. Mais estant passe et qui ne se peult remedier, gardez vous bien de suivre tel conseil pour le plaisir de telz qui plustost vous perillent qu'oncques vous serviront en affaire grand, et que l'ombre de faire bien a la France ne nerille le roy. Je voy, par le discours de vostre ambassadeur, que le nombre de vos assaillans croissent et que, pourtant en desirez ayde, vous scavez comme souvent j'ay este deceu par l'attente de forces qui ne vindrent mais furent en esperance. Pourtant, comme par mon dernier despesche vous pouvez entendre que sans m'esclaircir plus de vos asseurees forces et de tel nombre dont je puis attendre bon et glorieux succes, je seray plus sage que n'ay este, et m'arresteray a te advertissement, et vous snpplie croire qu'il n'y aura personne plus preste a vous assister pour ruiner vos ennemys que nous, pourveu que je voye la mode et de qucy, comme Dieu scait, a qui je prie vous concedes la grace de flageller vos rebelles et cherir vos affectiones.
P.S.—Mille et mille graces je vous rends pour ce porteur qui me fait a croyre qu'il n'a jamais use mot qui me toucheroit en vostre regard; vous le scavez le mieulx et en pouvez juger le mieulx.
Endorsed :—“24 November, 1593. Copy of her majesty's letter to the French king by Monsr Lanerayn.”
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The Lord Keeper to Sir Robert Cecil
[1593, about Nov. 24.] Her Majesty is pleased that it be opened in the evidence against Hesketh that my lord of Derby, being by him moved etc., did presently apprehend the party, and made it known to Her Majesty. Mr. Attorney herein desireth to be advertised from you of some other that knoweth this to be so, that he may have some warrant of that he shall affirm therein, having otherwise no ground as of himself, either of his own knowledge or by examination, to affirm it. I did move you herein, and you did say the Earl himself made you acquainted of his dealing therein. I pray you for the furtherance of this service, that you will bestow a few lines either to the Justices of the King's Bench or to the learned Counsel, the which if I may have tomorrow morning, I will send away with speed, because the learned counsel will tomorrow make all profit to proceed with the matter on Monday.
Signed :—Jo. Puckering.
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M. Chasteaumartin to Lord Burghley.
1593, Nov. 24/Dec. 4. The ship carrying his despatches of the 27th being delayed, he adds the present to inform him that seventeen companies are arrived to embark, beyond those he wrote of. They were levied in the Kingdoms of Valencia and Murcia, and, including the 1000 of which he made mention, make together 2000 men. The only good soldiers are the regiment of the nephew of Don Juan Daguilar, of about 600 men; all the rest are bisognos. If the weather is favourable, the army leaves in two days; there is no alternation in their purpose. Five companies of cavalry have arrived in Navarre to remain in garrison. The King of Spain is returned to Madrid, very feeble.—Bayonne, 4 Dec, 1593.
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Lord Cobham to Lord Burghley.
[1593,] Nov. 25. This letter I received this morning, whereby it doth appear what the enemies' intention is; which if it prove true, there is good ground to prove M. de Viclosayn, whether he will rely upon Her Majesty's favour, and take aid of our nation. This may be done by sending one over with such instructions as shall please Her Majesty to let me know, for in these causes I would not deal without warrant. If Her Majesty shall take this course, I think Captain Vinebaynge, nephew to him that is clerk of the Signet, a fit person to be sent over, there to remain some time, or to return as occasion shall be given. The like would be done at Boulogne, and withal Sir Robert Sydney should have in charge to move the French King to place a true man to him in Boulogne, for at this present the government is loser there.—Cobham, 25 November.
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Dr. Ch. Parkins to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 26. I have given order this morning for bearing by Laude Sigr. Curtius's letter, wherein for conforming the style, I have transposed some words, wholly keeping the sense, doubting nothing but, if occasion shall require, I shall be countenanced about such points as have been added. I will this next week for more assurance send another copy. I am also thinking how I may spread it abroad, the which I might well perform if I were at the Court or at London. I sent you on Friday last Dydimum and Philopatrum, for that I will have no herbs of such smell about me without order. These books are full of school points and verbosity; very childishly fitted, but for that they are in many hands beyond sea, in Latin and.Dutch, and by like malice may be shortly in Italian, French and Spanish, it would do well if there were some medicine devised to convert these conceits to Her Majesty's honour and to the enemy's disgrace. It might fall out handsomely by two epistles, as it were between Dydimum and Philopatrum, the one writing to the other from places where these books are thought to have been printed, each of them signifying what the one hath heard of the other's book, for they are both of one argument, diversely handled. I think it would make much for her Majesty's renown as well for this present age as for our posterity, if these were somewhat written with order, discreetly and briefly, in some grave manner, as might delight the wise and seem worthy to historiographers to be inserted amongst their writings. Thus much for duty's sake, beseeching you so to esteem it and leaving the matter to your further consideration.—Harrow Hill, 26 Nov. 1593.
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Sir Thos. Egerton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 26. I think myself infinitely beholden unto you for your great favour.—26 Nov., 1593.
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Jo. Budden to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 27. As to conveyances and notes received from Lord Windsor's solicitor, and as to a question of title in connexion with them, etc.—27 Nov., 1593.
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Sir T. Heneage, Vice-Chamberlain, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 27. God's will, that hath laid the heaviest cross of any that ever yet I bare, I trust will give me ability to bear it better than yet I can. The whilst, as I cannot express my loss, so can I not but tell you that I best know, you have few such friends and so sure left on this earth as she was unto you that is now gone to Heaven, but mortalia durant nulla diu. Touching Mr. Stanhope's lying in my chamber, as I love the gentleman and would be glad to do him ease and pleasure, so think it most reason that her Majesty command her own house, and shall ever be best pleased to have her Highness use her pleasure, not only of my chamber and anything I have, but also of myself that by greatest bond and cause am all and only hers. So not for 2, 3 or 4 nights, but for as long as he will and it shall please her Majesty, I will give order that Mr. Stanhope shall have my chamber.—The Woful Lodge of Copthall, 27 Nov.
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W. Waad to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 28 I was at the arraignment of Hesketh, as I was commanded by my lord Keeper, but the man did confess the indictment and acknowledge all his former confessions and declarations to be true, so that there needed no other testimony against him. Nevertheless, Mr. Attorney General laid open all the plot and course of his treasons for satisfaction of the standers by, in very discreet sort, and did make collections out of his confessions, and to note the malice of those fugitive traitors and other Her Majesty's enemies to proceed from no other ground but for that Her Majesty prefers the true worship of God and the peaceable government of her subjects above all other things, which they endeavour to subvert. My lord Chief Justice, before the pronouncing of the judgment, did use a very grave speech to the comfort of Her Majesty's good subjects, by these and the like graces God had shewed. I would have waited on you to have made relation hereof, but I am troubled with so vehement and grievous indisposition in my stomach. I send you a note out of a letter Mr. Gardener hath received from his factor, to whom he directed Hesketh's letter, by which you may perceive there is discreet means and diligence used to recover the instructions he had of Worthington. Bartholomew Hesketh beseecheth your favour for his return : he professeth he spake not with his brother, but after he had been with the Earl, and as his brother told him, to shew the Earl his passport.—Belsize, 28 Nov. 1593.
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Thomas Stephenson to Richard Hesketh.
1593, Nov. 28/Dec. 8. I received your letter at Abraham his hands the 8th of December, dated the 20th of September, according to your count. We are all in good health, and I am greatly glad of your safe arrival. Your letters sealed with the two “floure” are safely delivered to Abraham, together with my letter to you, and to my very beloved Mr. Leigh. What you have signified to be written to my lord his Grace, shall be performed with speed. As yet I hear no word from him, but I hope to hear by our men, who departed hence the 15th of September, and as yet are in the City. The Archduke Ernestus is here with His Majesty, and is daily to depart into the Low Countries; his departure hath been twice denounced and twice deferred. I hear no news of the French King, all rumours are “whisht.” “Our” Lord send us a King, and some more comfort after so many surging waves. Mr. Thomas is in health. I have been with him twice. Sir Edward is at Lieben, not yet in his flower. Mr. Hammon is become a new man, and I hope will continue. Commend me to your good bedfellow, though unacquainted. I beseech you deliver my letter to Mr. Leigh. Farewell, good, loving and beloved Mr. Hesketh, this present 8th of December, out of my cabin beset with smoke, but beneficial by reason of the heat. Signed.
P.S.—Mr. Scott was with me, and told me of your passage. He took his leave of me about the end of November. He is, sure, a good man Abraham hath taken a new guest at my request, one Mr. Samuel Lukenor, a very proper gentleman, he is an Essex man. Mr. Tankard is in better health, as he writeth from Vienne; this day is come Mr. Edwards from thence.
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Thomas Stephenson to Henry Leigh.
[1593,] Nov. 28/Dec. 8. Courtesy compelleth me to write, and our old acquaintance moveth me continually to remember you. I marvelled of your so sudden departure from us, without any further notifying of your meaning, but you, I doubt not, did all for the best, and so, as I understand, it has fallen out, and wrote of you from London, that you were become a good subject for the current time. Howsoever it be, no tales, nor talk nor flying words shall make my will to shrink, so long as I live I will not leave dearly on you to think. I desire heartily to see you. Sir Edward is at Lieben, and was delivered two months ago. This day and yesterday were the great ordnance discharged and solemnly sung Te Deum in token of thanksgiving for the late obtained victory in Hungary against the Turks. The fort named Villeck is taken, and about 2000 Dorffes. The Archduke Ernest is here, and daily expecteth to depart for Flanders. Abraham is in good health, and like to be wealthy. The Landestage is like to be at Reynspurge, after the new year, it is not as yet fully certain. I hear no news of the French King, because he is not as yet. I heard that the Lord Hume should have received certain Spaniards on the Scottish coast towards Ireland, and that the most of the nobility be secretly Catholic. The young Prince of Spain goeth into Council, and the old King, his Majesty, is in good health. I heard there were some Englishmen with the King's ships about the Sluys. Commend me to all those gentlemen of whom we talked in our garden, Mr. Thomas L., Mr. Wilf, and his good mother and her husband. Account me as your most assured, and mindful of you, and of good Mrs. L. quondam, for likeness of the names.—From Pr[ague] 8th December, on which I received Mr. K. his letter, written from his house in Lan. Signed :—Tho. Steph.
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Sir T. Heneage, Vice-Chamberlain, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. 29. I send enclosed the answer of Mr. Hesketh to the matters objected against him by the Earl of Derby. I am right sorry my Lord should conceive evil opinion upon any untrue suggestion, rising I know not from what offence of some other than his lordship's self, as I am persuaded, but as to me the answer seems reasonable, and as I am assured the gent, hath due regard and greatly honoureth my Lord and much desireth his good favour, so I refer you to your own judgment of liking his answer.
P.S.—I have good experience of Mr. Hesketh in divers of H. M. services and have found him to deal ever as loyally, carefully, and sufficiently as any man whatsoever. If my judgment be worth anything, I know not a more honest man nor more sufficient.—Copthalle, 29 Nov., 1593.
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Jo. Stanhope to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1593, November.] Thinking to return this day, a sudden alarm came hither of the death of my Lady Scrope's page and of her Majesty's remove, which made me think it fitter to send, than uncertainly to wander and know nowhere to rest. Here I found the lord sad and the lady full of tears, till her Majesty's princely care gave comfort to both, who acknowledge this so gracious remembrance to proceed only out of the infinite treasure of her sweet disposition which hath hitherto nursed their hopes and, as they say, shall ever preserve their faith and love, in all dutiful sort, spotless and firm to the last hour of their lives. The two brothers being at Greenwich and desirous to go to London on some business, the day being very wet and the waterman without a tilt, one of the watermen did borrow a coverlet of a bed to cast over the boat, which had lain, as it may seem, over some had died of the sickness. That night Robert Darcye fell sick and without hope of life, but took physic, and God and nature wrought his escape. John Darcye, being lightly troubled with headache, scorned to take physic, neither felt himself heart sick from the Monday till the Friday that the marks appeared in his neck, and then he went to bed and the next day drank 8 or 9 jugs of cold drink, and died that night. Both the watermen sickened that carried them, and the woman that kept them had the sickness and escaped. I pray you, advertise me of her Majesty's resolution that I may dispose myself accordingly, for I long to be near her whose presence preserveth all those who know her worth.
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Lord Stafford to Sir Robert Cecil.
1593, Nov. Notwithstanding my presenting your letter to Mr. Justice Shuttleworth, Mr. Townshend did continue his sitting at the last Welsh Assizes all the time that my cause was pleading, and so it fell out to my further trouble and charges; for although John Thyn's lawyers as well as mine did agree that all suits depending in the Star Chamber be excepted out of the pardon of this last parliament, because in the Star Chamber I have long sued both him and Wm Hopton, the Shropshire Sheriff, for this “unlawfull” and riotous entry into Caurscastle, yet did the said Mr. Justice refuse to grant me restitution (upon their being indicted) according to the Stat. 8. Hen. 6., because the indictments differed, but only in one word from the Parliament Roll remaining within the Tower of London; for the indictments were according to all the printed law books, expulsus et disseisitus, and the Parliament Roll is expulsus vel disseisitus, which words in the Parliament Roll being written in lawyer's French, is exemplified under the Great Seal of England by the favour of my Lord Keeper, shewed unto my enemy John Thyn, which is the only thing that the said Mr. Justice said did draw him from granting me restitution of the said Castle, yet, after, he told me that if I could procure me the hand-writing of any two judges to testify that they have allowed indictments with the copulative as with the disjunctive, then he will restore me to my possession.
P.S.—This word ou after the lawyer's French, Mr. Justice did expound to be or in English. Therefore I have sent a true transcript of the exemplification.—Stafford, Nov., 1593.
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Lady Anne Went worth to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1593, Nov.] As I have in the beginning been bounden unto you and found you unto me as you would be unto any, honourable and pitiful, so must I entreat you to be still, though I cannot deserve it. My business hitherto hath been especially furthered by you and indeed my best assurance resteth in your assistance, which I confess with all thankfulness, and will requite it according to my power ever. The office is found and resteth wholly in your father to do me good, who, by your means hitherto, hath done me all favour, which I desire by you may be continued. The bearer can acquaint you with the whole business, and the meanness of my boy's part, and thereby it will appear how I am left. The especial cause why I desire to have my son and her Majesty's part is for the better bringing up of him and his sisters, which, without this honourable help, I shall not be able to do.
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Ferdinando, Earl of Derby, to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1593, Nov.] I perceive that the bearer hath a warrant for the bringing up of the Baron of Newton before H.M. Lords of Council, which makes me call to remembrance that the gentleman did bring Hesket unto me when he spake with me at Brewerton; in regard whereof I questioned then with Hesket whether he were acquainted with anything or not; to which he protested he was not. For I assure you if he had, I would not have failed of informing her Majesty thereof. But not finding that he was privy thereunto, I both forgot to speak of him when I was there, and also till now have thought it needless. But finding he is sent for I thought it not amiss to send what I know by this bearer. The gentleman is at London, and I have informed this messenger where, I imagine, he shall find him, as also of his name, left out of the warrant, and his barony, unrightly termed.
Undated. Endorsed :—“Nov., 1593”
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Sir Robert Cecil to [the Sheriffs of London].
[1593, Nov.] I have received your letter and have imparted to the Queen that you have yielded, for Her Majesty's pleasure (because by her recommendation the party had formerly enjoyed it) this matter to Mr. Moulton. The Queen with that, and some more reasons delivered by me, is now not unsatisfied. For my part I may say this, that for matter of further City's questions this is not meant to be made a precedent, though this be now dutifully granted in which Her Majesty was before engaged. And therefore, as I shall never be found willing to do any man wrong, much less men of your place that are public officers, and so withal I confess that I shall be sensible as any other of any scornful taking knowledge of Her Majesty's pleasure signified by me, in regard to the prejudice that may grow to the credit of Her Majesty's service, though of myself in particular that laid aside, I will as much avoid any opinion of “outer caydance” as you or any private person living.
Holograph. Draft. Endorsed :—“Nov., 1593. My letter to the Sheriffs of London,”
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The Countess of Derby to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1593, Nov.] It is no little “comfort,” my good cousin, to me that my lord finds you so good a friend, and the more it glads me that it is the more for me, which I perceive by him, nor will deceive your requital in any honorable kindness that my poor fortune can afford you. I doubt not but he shall be crossed in Court and crossed in his country, but I imagine his uprightness and honourable carriage will, by the means of so good friends as your father and yourself, upon whose love and kindness he chiefly and only doth rely, be able to support him against any “malles,” and to this let me be a mover. A. Derby.
Endorsed :—“Nov., 1593.”
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Baron of Walton.
[1593, Nov.] The priest's name that reconciled the Baron of Walton, as I remember, is Grisley; he was reconciled at London, about Midsummer, before Babington and the rest were apprehended, and the priest was with him the same summer in Lancashire, at his own house, as the priest himself told Bell.
His wife is daughter to Sir John Savage, and was very well affected before he married her, and now is an obstinate recusant.
The opinion had of him by the Cardinal, Sir William Stanley, and the evil affected there.
Hesketh was directed to him.
He knowing Hesketh to be come from beyond the seas, having been absent three years, brought him to the speech of the Earl
Upon my lord's coming up hither, being a follower of his lordship, he came not with him, but in this time of infection came up to London, where he was apprehended by their lordships' warrant.
Endorsed by Waad :—“November, 1593. Those things wherewith the Baron of Newton (sic) is to be charged.”
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