Cecil Papers: December 1599, 1-15

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Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 9, 1599. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1902.

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December 1599, 1–15

James Gerald to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 1. I hope that 20 years' imprisonment will serve for an excuse for my importunate presumptions, who in a smaller unhappiness would not so much press you, as the greatness of my affliction cannot cease to trouble you, but on the honour of your nature I build the comfort of my happiness, whom I beseech, before her Majesty remove here hence, to procure me some such liberty, as a weak, sickly body, almost choked up for lack of air and scope for convenient exercises, had need to enjoy, and you shall ever bind me not to be unthankful.—“At the Tower, I would I might say, from the Tower,” 1 Dec., 1599.
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1599, Dec. 1. Particulars of the cessation for one month agreed upon at a parley holden the day and year abovesaid at Blackstone Forde near the Mill of Lowth, between the Earl of Ormond and Ossory, Lord Lieutenant of all her Majesty's forces in Ireland, in the behalf of her Majesty, and Hugh, Earl of Tyrone.
Contemporary copy. 1 p. (75. 6.)
[See S.P. Ireland, Eliz., CCVI, 57 I.; and p. 284 of the Calendar.]
Sir Alexander Clifford to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 1. Having received your letter the first of this instant in the Downs, for the staying of a Scottish ship [laden with horse of the Lord of Wemis] bound for Calyes or some other place in France, I will not fail to use my uttermost endeavours to perform the same; notwithstanding, the ship coming from the North parts may put into Calyes, or pass along in the night with a fair wind, when I shall not be able to lie for him. There hath passed divers Scots ships to Bordeaux and Rochell, of whom I have taken a view, but find them laden with commodities of their country, as Scots clothes, herrings, and deal boards; have also viewed secretly the persons of these ships; but have not found any suspect to have had colour to stay him.
I cannot write to you anything of worth, not having met with any ship from the Southwards. The King's ships are said to lie off the Islands of Assurres, waiting the return of the Hollanders, of whom I cannot hear any certainty. I took present order for the safe passage to Calys of Mr. More.—Aboard The Crane, in the Downs, 1 Dec., 1599.
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Sir Alexander Clifford to the Earl of Nottingham, Lord High Admiral.
1599, Dec. 1. On the subject of the Scottish ship to be intercepted. [See preceding letter.]
There hath divers Scots ships passed to the Southwards, some, I am persuaded, for Spain, but say they go for Burdeaux and Rochell. I secretly viewed the people in them. There are two ships bound into Spain from Calys, no doubt that are laden with the goods of the King of Spain's subjects; yet will it appear by Monsieur de Vec's pass and their letters that it is Frenchmen's goods, for they are French vessels and manned with Frenchmen. Notwithstanding the said Governor of Calys' pass, if I happen to meet them, is it your pleasure I shall make stay of them? These Frenchmen only pass all Spaniards' goods. I would be glad to do herein that might be well taken. Three men of Holland brought this day into this road three flyboats of Hamborow, laden with deal and masts, bound for Lichsbourne. They had aboard them oars also for the galleys in Spain. These Holland men-of-war have sent them to Rotterdam. I understand of 30 sail more, bound for Spain, of Easterlings. I will look out all I can to meet with them. These ships of Holland have great advantage that are able to ride on the other coasts, besides are kept very clean. The Quittauns is very foul, and the captain expects your order to come up with her. She is unvictualled, and no supply prepared for her.—The Downs, 1 of December, 1599.
[P.S.]—The Holland men-of-war wax very proud; they will hardly be spoken with. They are building in Holland eight galleys of 105 foot apiece.
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John Danyell to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 1. Understanding by some of my country footmen in their ale that there are certain books in hand to make it known to the world that Sir William FitzWilliams, through his hard dealing, forced that traitor Tyrone to enter into rebellion, and that by your father and by your means Sir William was freed from the blame thereof; in case the like book be exhibited to her Majesty or the Council, I am here to witness that Edmond McGawrane, Primate of Ardmach from the Pope, and slain by Sir Richard Bingham, Milerus O'Huggin, Archbishop of Tume in Conaght, who died in Antwerp, and Jeames O'Healie, priest, with others, as agents from Tyrone and the rest of his confederacies, terming them principes Ultonie et Conacie, were very earnest suitors to the Pope and to the King of Spain for forces of men, money, armour and munition to be sent to those rebels two years before Tyrone entered into action, to the perfect knowledge of any in Ireland. I being the last week a prisoner in the Gatehouse, saw one of my countrymen, Bryen O'Donill, a priest, passing by, whom I did see beyond the seas, and is a close prisoner, and do suppose if he be questioned withal that he will affirm my witness to be true, for he was thoroughly acquainted with those bishops, and was used as an instrument from them. I have been careful all this while to hearken to divers murmurous speeches, which, if I could find in any effectual sort to touch her Majesty, and specially your Honour, to whom I am most bounden, I would discover it, but my purse and want of liberty did not permit me to proceed in coming to the pith thereof as I would wish.—1 Dec., 1599.
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Guille de la Motte to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 1/11 I was sent into this country by M. de Sourdeac to bring her Majesty news of the Spanish army and of the coming of their galleys to “Conquet”; and I was well received by her Majesty and rewarded by you. M. de Sourdeac also wrote to obtain redress for a ship and cargo of his taken by English subjects, and on this point I was promised redress.
But during my stay here, a merchant of Zealand named Baltasar de Moucheron, alleging that 150l. is due to him on a bill of exchange in respect of some munitions purchased by him for M. de Sourdeac, has had me arrested, and keeps me prisoner until the matter be tried next term before the Courts at Westminster.
Considering that this is hard treatment for a foreigner, that I was sent here on her Majesty's business, and that I was kept in this country by yourself and the Lord Admiral, I would humbly ask for your letters of protection in this matter.—The Counter, 11 Dec, 1599.
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Raphe Wilbraham to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 2. I rejoice of your Honour's care to prevent the overthrow of the house of Derby, and perceiving there must be made by sale of lands nigher 30,000l. to settle the estate, I thought it my duty to acquaint you that if those that formerly have been agents for the Earl may alone in this sale be used, they will sell lands worth four score thousand before they bring thirty clear to my Lord's use, for I hear there is an agreement already by the said agents for a great portion at like rates as the sales have been heretofore. I refer the prevention of the inconveniency to your great wisdom.—2 Dec., 1599.
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Justices of the Peace of Denbigh to [Sir Robert Cecil].
1599, Dec. 3. Recommending Robert Parry, gent., who has a suit to Cecil.—3 Dec., 1599.
Signed :—Owen Vachan, Tho. Wynn, Pirs Saluesbury, William Penryn.
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Lord Lumley to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 3. I hear from friends in the Court that this day it pleased you to have me in remembrance to her Majesty, and that you received her resolution. If it be true, seeing I cannot come to you by reason of the smallpox lately in my house, I pray you advertise me how the matter stands.—From my house, 3 Dec., 1599.
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Francis Bacon to [Lord Henry Howard].
1599, Dec. 3. There be very few besides yourself to whom I would perform this respect, for I contemn mendacia famæ as it walks among inferiors, though I neglect it not as it may have entrance into some ear. For your Lordship's love, rooted upon good opinion, I esteem it highly, because I have tasted of the fruits of it; and we both have tasted of the best waters, in my account, to knit minds together.
There is shaped a tale in London forge, that beats apace at this time, that I should deliver opinion to the Queen in my Lord of Essex's cause, first, that it was præmunire, and now last, that it Was high treason, and this opinion to be in opposition and encounter of the Lord Chief Justice's opinion and the Attorney General's. My Lord, I thank God my wit serveth me not to deliver any opinion to the Queen which my stomach serveth me not to maintain, one and the same conscience of duty guiding me and fortifying me. But the untruth of this fable, God and my Sovereign can witness, and there I leave it, knowing no more remedy against lies than others do against libels.
The root, no question of it, is partly some light-headed envy at my accesses to her Majesty, which being begun and continued since childhood, as long as her Majesty shall think me worthy of them, I scorn those that shall think the contrary. And another reason is, the aspersion of this tale and the entry thereof upon some greater man in regard of my nearness.
And therefore, my Lord, I humbly pray you answer for me to any person that you think worthy your reply and my defence. For my Lord of Essex, I am not servile to him, having regard to my superior duty; I have been much bound to him; and on the other side, I protest before God, I have spent more thoughts and more time about his welldoing than ever I did about mine own. I pray God you his friends amongst you be in the right; nulla remedia tam faciunt dolorem quam quæ sunt salutaria. For my part, I have deserved better than to have my name objected to envy, or my life to a ruffian's violence. But I have the privy coat of a good conscience. I am sure these courses and bruits hurt my Lord more than all. So having writ unto your Lordship in freedom, I desire exceedingly to be preserved in your good opinion and love, and so leave you to God's goodness.—From Graies Inne, 3 Dec., '99.
[P.S.]—I have not been at the Court now since Wednesday was seven-night, and not thinking fit to come thither at this time, I have used my letter to your good Lordship.
Contemporary copy. Endorsed :—“Mr. Francis Bacon's letter, to my Lo. Henry Howard.” 1 p. (75. 14.)
[Printed in Spedding's “Life and Letters of Francis Bacon,” Vol. 2, p. 161.]
Lord Henry Howard to Francis Bacon.
[1599, after Dec. 3.] I might be thought unworthy of that good conceit you hold of me, good Mr. Bacon, if I did not sympathise with so sensitive a mind in this smart of wrongful imputation of unthankfulness. You were the first that gave me notice (I protest) at Richmond of the rumour, though within two days after I heard more than I would of it. But as you suffer more than you do deserve, so can I not believe what the giddy malice of the world hath laid upon you. The travail of that worthy gentleman in your behalf, when you stood for a place of credit, the delight he hath ever taken in your company, his grief that he could not seal up assurance of his love by fruits, effects and offices, proportionable to an infinity, his study (in my knowledge) to engage your love by the best means he could devise, are forcible persuasions and instances to make me judge that a gent, so well born, a wise gent, so well levelled, and a gent, so highly valued by a person of his virtue, worth and quality, would rather have sought after all occasions of expressing thankfulness (so far as duty doth permit) than either omit opportunity or increase indignation. No man alive, out of the strength of judgment, the grounds of knowledge and the lessons of experience, is better able to distinguish between public and private offices, and to direct a course of keeping measure in discharge of both, to which I will refer you for the finding out of the golden number, and in mine own particular opinion, esteem of you as I have ever done and your rare parts deserve, and so far as my voice hath credit, justify your carriage according to the warrant of your own profession, and the scope of my better wish in all degrees towards you. My credit is so weak in working any strong effects of friendship, where I would do most, as to speak of blossoms without giving taste of fruits were idleness; but if you will give credit to my word, it is not long since I gave testimony of my good affection in the ear of one that neither wants desire nor means to do for you. Thus wishing to your credit that allowance of respect and reverence which your wise and honest letter doth deserve, and resting ever ready to relieve all minds (so far as my ability and means will stretch) that groan under the burden of undeserved wrong, I recommend you to God's holy protection, and myself to the best use that you will make of me.—Undated.
Contemporary copy. Endorsed :—“My Lord Henry Howard's answer to Mr. Francis Bacon's letter.” 1 p. (75. 13.)
[Printed in Birch's “Memoirs,” pp. 460, 461.]
Richard [Bancroft], Bishop of London, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 4. I am advertised from my very good friend Mr. Foulke Grevyll, how much I am bound unto you for your very honourable words unto her Majesty in my behalf concerning Dr. Richardson's sermon. You know, Sir, how impossible it is for me or for any man living to prevent such escapes. When I write unto them that are to supply that place, I charge them in my letters to intermeddle with nothing but with matters of faith, reformation of manners, or with the common adversary. And if they overshot themselves otherwise, I neither have nor will be wanting to call them to account for it, and to proceed against them in such sort as by law I may. I do therefore very heartily intreat your Honour to continue your friendly care of me in my place, and to procure unto me her Majesty's good opinion, which I respect more than all the world besides, desiring to live no longer than her Highness shall think me worthy of that her most princely favour, shewed in preferring me before many others to this bishopric. You cannot, peradventure, easily surmise how much I am grieved, that taking so great pains for the discharge of my duty (as I dare assume to profess) I am so oft depraved unto her Majesty; for the meeting with which inconvenience, and my better encouragement, might it stand with your Honour's pleasure to prefer this my most humble suit unto her high and royal wisdom, not to believe anything against me, or to be offended with me, until I may be heard what I am able to say in mine own defence, I shall account myself more beholden unto you for the comfort you shall thereby obtain for me in the holding of my bishopric than I was to your late good father in being a chief instrument in the procuring it for me. I am, I confess, over bold in pressing you thus far; but your former kindness makes me in this sort to presume on your assistance herein; assuring you that, amongst a great number of your well willers, you have not many that is and will be more at your commandment.—At my house in London, 4 Dec, 1599.
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W. Fletewoode to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 5. On behalf of his son-in-law Sir Oliver Lambert who now executes the Marshal's place in Ireland; that he may be continued in that place, and be one of the Council there.—5 Dec., 1599.
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H., Earl of Lincoln to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 5. Being so near Cecil, and his griefs and infirmities making him unfit to go abroad, he writes to express his desire to see Cecil, the rather that, after her Majesty's remove, he intends to subject himself to some course of physic and a more private life.—5 Dec., 1599.
[P.S.]—Since writing the above he so is much worse that he has required my Lord of Shrewsbury to excuse him. As soon as his pain and the extreme swelling of his eyes is assuaged, he will ask Cecil again to afford him some time to come to him.
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Ireland. The Earl of Tyrone.
[1599, Dec. 5.] A message brought to Sir William Warren from the Earl of Tyrone and delivered unto the Lord Lieutenant of her Majesty's army in Ireland by the said Sir William in my hearing, which I was commanded by his Lordship to impart to Sir Robert Cecil, as followeth :—
That the said Earl of Tyrone, without O'Donell's privity, could not conclude any peace, notwithstanding, after he hath had some conference with O'Donell, if he were assured that her Majesty would make a thorough peace with him and receive him again into grace and favour, he would not care to deliver in as pledges for his own loyalty both his sons. And for the rest of the Irishry that have taken part with him in this action, they shall demand nothing but that which shall be fit for subjects to have, and honourable for her Majesty to grant; and for their loyalties they shall deliver in such pledges as her Majesty shall make choice.—H. Sherwood.
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Richard [Bancroft], Bishop of London, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 6. I do think myself exceedingly bound unto you for your very honourable and kind letter. Dr. Richardson is now come, whom I send unto you, together with those words (set down by him) that were disliked. When your Honour hath perused them, it resteth in your pleasure whether you think it meet to talk with him yourself, or to give me direction what course I shall hold with him. Certainly the ma hath much more learning than discretion, as, if you speak with him, you will soon perceive.—At my house in London, 6 Dec., 1599.
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William Treffry to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 7. I received this instant by a barque of this haven now arrived from Bayon, the enclosed, containing matter of intelligence. The late tempestuous weather has hindered their speedier deliverance. It is reported, as you may perceive by these letters from Mr. Marsh to me, that the King of Spain appoints his sea and land forces by the next March to be in a readiness.—Fowy, 7 December, 1599.
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The Earl of Rutland to Sir Robert Cecil.
[1599,] Dec. 7. Fain would I have seen you at my departure if your leisure or my haste would have permitted. When I took my leave of her Majesty, I found her gracious, which makes me hope of my suit. Therefore, if it may please you in my absence to tender the same and so to effect it, you shall give notice to the world you have made me beholden to you, and you shall find me ready to deserve your favour.—7 Dec.
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William Stallenge to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 8. Encloses a letter from Mr. Trefrie.
The bark wherein John Fleming went for the coast of Britten and Galizia is arrested by the Vice-Admiral for the offence which Fleming did upon the coast of Britten. The bark, as I have heretofore signified to you, belongs to an honest merchant, who was very willing to furnish her for her Majesty's service notwithstanding he had determined to dispose of her otherways. Wherefore I pray you to move my Lord Admiral therein, that the owner of the bark receive no further hindrance, considering by him there has not any fault been committed, and rather y his means the bad dealing of Fleming has been discovered.
Again urges his former suit; so far as if there shall be any other joined with Mr. Darell, he may receive Cecil's favour therein.—Playmouth, 8 Dec., 1599.
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Richard Plunket to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 8. Urges his suit for the reversion and rent of the 30l. of the lands of Moyare. Refers to his losses and charges in following her Majesty's service upon his charge voluntarily these 20 years.—London, 8 Dec., 1599.
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Edward Thornburgh to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 9. Begs Cecil's favour in obtaining from the Queen the grant, particulars of which he has left with Mr. Ferdinando. Has been unable to attend Cecil on account of his poverty and long sickness.—Demy, 9 Dec., '99.
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Sir Thomas Egerton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 10. I have imparted to the Earl of Essex her Majesty's gracious pleasure, signified by you letter. He taketh great comfort in this, and in every circumstance that proceedeth from her Majesty, from whom only he expecteth all comfort of mind, howsoever his body were. In this suit of his wife's he commendeth her care, but placeth no contentment nor comfort in secondary causes. For his soul, God, for his mind, her sacred Majesty's immediate comfort, must relieve him. He is tried with physic and patching up an overthrown and decayed body. His conference with physicians is wearisome and loathsome. His delight is in spiritual meditations and exercises. Mr. Hopkins (his preacher) with long attendance and extraordinary pains, is grown weak and falling into some extreme and dangerous sickness, in regard whereof his Lordship desireth to have in his stead Mr. D. Sharp to attend him, that whilst he liveth, he may enjoy the exercise and heavenly comfort of God's Word. I deliver you shortly and abruptly, as my weak head could conceive, that in substance which he delivered to me.—10 Dec., '99.
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Captain Thomas Bruge to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 10. Praying for his enlargement.—From the Gate House. 10th December, 1599.
Endorsed :—“Captain Bridge to my Master.”
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Mons. Noel de Caron to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 11. It was seven in the evening before I received your letter, and as I am in London, I fear I cannot reach the Court by nine to-morrow morning. My coach and horse are at Clapham. I will try to speak with you before I see the Queen.—London, 11 Dec., 1599.
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Frances, Countess of Essex to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 12. Simple thankes is a slender recompense (good Mr. Secretary) for so honorable a kindness as you have done me, in procuringe me her Mate gracious consent for my infynitly wished access to my weake lord : yet when they come from a minde truly desirous to deserve it, and from a person that only wantes ability to requite it, I doubt not but the same virtue that led you to so charitable a worke, will likewise move you to accept in good part so beggarly a tribut. Beeleeve, Sr, I pray you, that as pitty only and no merritt of mine was the true motive of your honorable mediacon on my behalf : so no time or fortune shall ever extingwish in my lord ad mee a thankfull memory and due acknowledgment of so undeserved a benefit, from him whom this friendly favour assures mee will never bee proved my lord's maliceious enemy; the respect of your manifold busies makes me forbeare to trouble you longer with my scribbled lines, but in thankfullest manner to rest your exceedingly beeholdinge frend, Fra : Essex.”
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John Danyell to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 13. Thanks Cecil for calling him unto him last Tuesday. Immediately after his discharge out of the Marshalsea last February, he exhibited to Queen his petition, to the effect of the enclosed, which she referred to Sir John Fortscue, who did nothing for him. Last summer he was arrested and committed to the counter in Wood Street, and afterwards to the Gatehouse, and is continually tossed from prison to prison, and is daily threatened by his creditors to be committed. Prays for his relief a grant of 120l. of fines and forfeitures, and an increase of his annuity of 5s. a day. —13 Dec., 1599.
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Dr. Ch. Parkins to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 13. He returned from Carlisle on Monday last. Offers services.—“My Lodging at Westm.” 13 Dec., 1599.
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Sir Thomas Egerton to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 14. I received your letter at 8 yesternight, being in bed and ill affected in my health. I have resigned to the Earl and his physicians those rooms you write of. And long ago I entreated him to make choice of all the rooms this vast disordered house hath. I have always found the air and accidents of this place noisome and unwholesome to my weak body. I wish it may be good for his. What use he will make of these rooms you mention, I know not. He hath taken physic this morning. God bless it with good effect.—14 Dec., '99.
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Dr. Julius Cæsar to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 14. I have perused the letter of La Motte, and I find that in ordinary course of like proceedings heretofore, he ought to be protected from such arrests for old debts during the commandment of his abode here, laid upon him y my Lord Admiral and your Honour; and that Balthasar De Moucheron, or his attorney here in his absence, ought to be required to discharge La Motte (upon notice given unto him of the said commandment) from the said arrest, or else himself to be committed till he have done the same.—DD. Com. 14 Dec., 1599.
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Captain Thomas Lee to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 15. Is setting down with his pen both the discovery and the re3covery of Ireland, showing in the former the corruptions and in the latter the remedies for the same; which rude work he purposes to dedicate and present to Cecil. The present state of Ireland is like a snake without teeth; more odious to behold than dangerous to handle. He is not to be supposed to be desirous to be called to counsel, but is loth to have Cecil abused by the ignorance of the unskillful in these affairs. If his 20 years' experience as a captain in those wars be anything, it is at Cecil's command.—15 Dec., 1599.
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Nicholas Huge, alias Hooke, to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 15. His father, a bachelor of Divinity of Cambridge, was favoured by Lord Burghley, the more for his mother's sake, who was a daughter of George Dallabour, near of kin to the house of Trwyn, from whom Lord Burghey descended. Speaks of his services to the Queen and country. Has had several letters from the Council for a pension, which he has never received. Prays for money, having neither clothes nor money to carry him down; or for letters to Bishop Anmer to the same effect.—15 Dec., 1599.
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Jo. Croke to Sir Robert Cecil.
1599, Dec. 15. Reports upon a matter in dispute between Conradus and Hare, as to the stopping up of ancient lights. Has advised them either neighbourly to apply themselves the one to the commodity of the other, or to submit themselves to the opinion of the judges. Sir Walter Ralegh and Mr. Edward Darcie had endeavoured to adjust the dispute.—15 Dec., 1599.
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