Queen Elizabeth - Volume 179: June 1585

Pages 244-249

Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Elizabeth, 1581-90. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1865.

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June 1585

June 2. 1. Depositions of Alexander Prescott, servant and apprentice to James Pemerton, goldsmith, sent to the house of Lord Vaux with a bason and ewer given by Mr. Babington, of Derbyshire, to Lady Vaux. Exhibition of a papistical book by one Oseley, alias Worseley [Wolseley]. His speeches in favor of the Earl of Northumberland and against the Earls of Derby, Leicester, and Bedford. Popularity of John Talbot.
June 3. 2. Examination of Walter Wolseley, servant to Lord Vaux, as to the speeches he had uttered concerning the Earls of Northumberland, Derby, Leicester, or Bedford, or John Talbot of Grafton, in the county of Worcester. Denies the intention of any evil in his speeches.
June 4. 3. Wm. Mitton to his father, Wm. Mitton. His prosperous voyage and safe arrival. Is placed with a good master. Has had a fever, but is now recovered. Desires to be remembered to his cousin Jane Oglethorpe. Richard Hargrave has lent money to his brother, Walter Mitton.
June 4.
4. Robert Debdall to his parents. In favor of Mr. Cottam the bearer. Sends some popish tokens, as crucifixes, beads, strings of grains, &c.
June 4.
5.— Huton to Christopher Huton, his brother. Intends to remain in Paris. Requests money to be sent to him.
June 6. 6. Note of the progress of the works at Portsmouth; erection of the curtain from the Green Bulwark to the new Bulwark at the brewhouse.
June 8.
7. Sir Henry Nevell and Wm. Knollys to the Council. Arrest and examination of Gregory Gunnes, alias Stone, a Priest. Send up the popish relics found on him. Inclosing,
7. I. The examination of Gregory Gunnes, alias Stone, a priest, born in Norfolk and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford.
7 II.Information of Richard Davidson, of speeches past between Evan Ardern and Gregory Gunnes. Gunnes' speeches in favor of Edmond Campion.
June 9.
8. Earl of Sussex to Walsyngham. Attempt by four Alcaldos to surprise Alderman Bond's ship, the Primerosa, in the Road of Portugaleta, in Biscay. Spirited resistance of the crew, beating off the Spaniards and bringing away the four Alcaldos with them.
June 9.
The Temple
9. John Popham, Att. General, to same. Gives particulars of one Mr. Wood, whom he found well affected in religion. His going into France was on account of his desire to see foreign countries. His intention to go to Edinburgh.
June 9.
10. Thomas West and James Paget to the Council. Their lordships' instructions for keeping watch on the coast have been care fully observed. Apprehension and examination of Francis Middleton, a very suspected person, returned out of France, and was there acquainted with Sir Thomas Tressam and his brother William. Inclosing,
10. I. Examination of Francis Middleton, of Yorkshire, before John Crooke, Mayor of Southampton and others. His residence in France.
10. II. Deposition of Jehan Faillise, master of the ship, touching F. Middleton.
June 9.
11. Ulricke Frose to Wm. Carnsewe. Mr. Weston is at London. The melting goes well forward, but only wanting good store of rich ores. Will commence work again in eight or ten days.
June 11.
12. Sir Thos. Pullyson, Lord Mayor of London, to Walsyngham. Has taken bonds of all the cooks in London not to buy or sell any vension, nor to receive any venison to bake, without keeping a note of the names of the senders. The tabling-houses and taverns are greater receivers and destroyers of stolen vension than all the rest. Incloses,
12. I. Form of the bond, in a penalty of 40l., given by each cook in London, not to sell any manner of vension, either within the city or without.
June 12.
13. Same to same. Offers the services of a body of citizens to escort Her Majesty in her present short Progress, to protect her from the continual malice and mischievous purposes of the papistical faction against Her Majesty's person.
June 13. 14. Articles to be propounded unto the Spaniards, Who were brought over from Bilbao in the ship of Alderman Bond. The purpose of the King of Spain's preparations by sea, the amount of his forces and levies in Spain, Italy, and elsewhere.
June 13.
15. Henry Kyllygrew and Arthur Atye to the Council. That they had examined apart the four Spaniards who were brought over in Alderman Bond's ship. Inclosing,
15. I. The answer of Licenciado Francisco de Guevara, Lieutenant General to the "Corrigedor of Biscay," to the articles propounded by the Council.
15. II. The answers of John de Corrall, Alguazill de la Contratation of Bilbao, and of Juan de Cannarte marinero de Portogalete, to the same articles.
15. III. Answers of Pedro de Villa Realle to the same.
June 13. 16. Account of the weekly receipt of the Four Tellers of the Exchequer, from the sixth of June, 1585, unto the 13th of the same month.
June 15.
17. Commission to William Lord Marquis of Winchester, and Henry Earl of Sussex, constituting them Lieutenants of the county of Southampton, to levy and arm the whole force of the shire, and to keep them in constant readiness to repel any invasion by a foreign enemy.
June 15. 18. James Forth to his parents. Desires their blessing, and to be remembered to his brethren and sisters. Has received some money of Myles G., and also of Mr.Worth.
June 16. 19. Extracts from the statutes of Trinity Coll., Cambridge: "De cubiculorum distributione;" "De sacerdotiorum collatione;" and decree of the Master and eight of the Seniors touching precedence. Latin.
June 19.
Carisbrook Castle.
20. Sir Geo. Carey to Walsyngham. Has given order for all passengers towards Spain arriving at Portsmouth, the Cowes, or Hurst Castle to be stayed; and would take care that stricter charge should be kept. His readiness to be employed to do any service in this doubtful time.
June 20.
21. Commission to Bernard Drake, Esq., to proceed to Newfoundland to warn the English engaged in the fisheries there, of the seizure of English ships in Spain, and to seize all ships in Newfoundland belonging to the King of Spain or any of his subjects, and to bring them into some of the western ports of England, without dispersing any part of their lading until further orders.
June 20. 22. The Queen to the Inhabitants of Newfoundland engaged in the fisheries there; in effect as the preceding.
June 20.
23. John Hill to Walsyngham. The new sluice at Dover is now finished, and answers well. The other works proceed, but have been interrupted by stormy weather. 128 men are employed upon the works.
June 22.
24. Edmund Metcalfe to Mrs. Anne Brearton. Has received her letter enclosing a ring from his mother, and a crown in money. The price of her masks is three shillings. Expressions of regard.
June 22.
25. Same to Giles Grene. Has received his letter of the 7th of February, which gave him singular comfort. The natural desire to hold correspondence with those whom we love and esteem. Sees a great preparation for war, but for what end God knoweth.
June 22.
26. Same to same at Northumberland House. Writes at this time and sends letters, having so convenient a messenger.
June 22. 27. Clement Charde's confession of certain lewd speeches, the conversation he had heard between Mr. Meere and Mr. Drury about Mrs. Best, and the part taken by Mr. Lucas in bringing Meere to Mrs. Best's chamber.
June 22 ? 28. Petition of Robert Pyle to Sir F. Walsyngham. Charges against John Meere, in his conduct towards Mrs. Best, and contempt of Mr. Secretary's order that he should not visit her, did not hinder her from visiting him. His sorceries and threats against her, threatening to trouble her with the sight of the devil, unless she consented to his desires, &c. Pyle's resistance in defence of his mistress. Prays to be protected from the actions brought against him by Meere.
June 23. 29. Examination of John Meere, of Dorsetshire, student of the Temple and prisoner in the Fleet, examined before Tho. Randolph and Henry Kyllygrew by commission from Mr. Secretary, in relation to his conduct towards Mrs. Best. Being demanded if he had used any sorceries or witchcraft to trouble her with the sight of the devil, he denieth it wholly. Her light conduct with many persons.
June 23. 30. Examinations of John Bye, John Luttrelle, and William Legge, Papists, taken coming from the seas at Dungeness, within the liberties of Lydd. They each refuse to take the Oath of Supremacy.
June 23. 31–33. Three papers found upon Mr. Legge, all of which had been torn, and the fragments collected and pasted together again:—First, a letter to Mr. Legge, the signature torn off, to deliver some money to Edmond Smyth, or in his absence to Edmond Broad; second, receipt of Geoffrey Poole of the sum of 25l. from Anthony Fortescue for half a year's rent of Lordington in Sussex; third, a letter of directions to inquire of Mr. Welles for Mr. Lawrence Povey, at the Mermaid's Head in Fleet Street, or for Mr. Cocks, the writer being in want of money.
June 24. 34. A perfect Muster Roll of all such Soldiers as were mustered and trained by Oliver Cromwell, Esquire, captain of the said band, and John Oliver, muster master for the shire; with all such furniture as belong unto the said soldiers, as pipes, calivers, bows and arrows, within the Hundreds of Toseland and Hurstingston, in the county of Huntingdon.
June 24. 35. Note of matters to he had in consideration touching the further proceeding with the Earl of Arundel and other persons in the Tower. What may be further done with the Earl of Arundel and the Lord William Howard. Shelley to be examined as to the acquaintance of Giles Greene with the Earl of Northumberland's treasons. Case of the Lieutenant of the Tower.
June 25.
Carisbroke Castle.
36. Sir George Carey to Walsyngham. Desires to know how Her Majesty intends to revenge the arrest of the English shipping and goods in Spain. Offers to fit out privateers at his own charges to make reprisal on the Spaniards. Offers of one Flud, a valiant and skilful pirate, to survey the coasts of Spain, and bring intelligence what preparations were making.
June 25. 37. Particulars of the Islands of Sheppey and Elmeley. Mr. Cromar's statement of his tenure of the Island of Elmeley.
June 26.
Bishopsgate Street.
38. Christopher Hoddesdon to Walsyngham. Declines accepting the office [in Holland ?] that has been offered to him by Her Majesty, unless he might have an allowance of 40s. a day..
June 26. 39. Note of the special natures of munitions wanting in the store; with their remains at this present.
June 26. 40. Note of powder and saltpetre remaining on hand in the city of London.
June 26? 41. Deposition of Nynyan Challoner of the saying of Mr. Meere, that Mr. Secretary did not forbid Mrs. Best to visit him.
June 26 42. Examination of Thomas Drury, prisoner in the Fleet, touching Mr. Meere's contempt of Mr. Secretary's order, relative to Mrs. Best.
June 26. 43. Deposition of Tho. Lucas, prisoner in the Fleet, against Mr. Meere.
[June 26.]
44. The Council to the Lord Mayor of London. Indignation of the Queen at the infamous libels spread against the Earl of Leices-ter, of which most malicious and wicked imputations, Her Majesty,in her own clear knowledge, doth declare and testify his innocency to all the world. Her Majesty believes, in her conscience, that none but the devil himself could deem them to be true. Indorsed by Burghley, "1585, a copy of a lre wrytten by Hir Mats. comad"ment to ye Mayre of Londo in defence of ye Er. of Leicestr.
[June 26.] 45. Copy of the above.
June 28. 46. Note of things to be executed by the Lords Lieutenants of Counties:—Musters and training of the forces; to disarm ill-affected and suspected persons; watching the beacons; to erect a band of petronells; guarding the places of descent; trained shot on horseback.
June 28. 47–49. Orders to be observed by the Lords Lieutenants of Counties: similar to the above, but rather more detailed. [Three copies.]
June 29.
Fleet Prison.
50. Clement Charde to Tho. Drury. The Warden's severe dealing towards him. Thanks him for his kindness. P.S. by Tho. Randolph and Henry Kyllygrew to Walsyngham, in behalf of Charde, whom they find greatly to be pitied.
June 30.
51. Warrant to the Lord Chancellor to issue commissions of lieutenancy to various noblemen named, in certain counties, to levy, arm, and train the forces of those shires, and to keep them in constant readiness to repel any invasion or other emergency: with the commissions for that purpose, and for appointing Deputy Lieutenants under them.
June 30. 52. List of names of the Deputy Lieutenants in the counties enumerated in the preceding warrant.
June 30. 53. List of Lords Lieutenants in various counties, with their Deputy Lieutenants.
June ? 54. List of Lord Lieutenants for the Maritime Counties in 1585, compared with those in 1569.
June ? 55. Orders to be observed by the Lieutenants of the Inland Counties:—general musters to be held, account of armour in store, &c. Every Justice of Peace to find two petronells on horseback.
June? 56. Form of Oath to be taken by every captain of the trained bands.
June? 57. List of the priviledged Cities and Towns in various counties in England. Fourteen out of the seventeen parishes in Bristol are in the county of Gloucester.
June. 58. A note of certain Commissions of Lieutenancy sent to Walsyngham from the Earl of Bedford, in two boxes; specifying his various commissions from the 14th of March, 1558, to the 4th of June, 1574. With the names of those thought most by the Earl to be in the letters of deputation. [Probably sent up by the Earl in June, 1585, when new commissions were issued to the Lords Lieutenants of Counties, the Earl being then extremely ill. He died in July, 1585.]
June? 59. Heads or proposition by Walsyngham, apparently submitted to the Queen, on the state of the defences of the realm, the strength of the Queen in treasure, and in the number of her subjects trained and armed for defence. With answers and observations upon each proposition, by some very high personage.
June? 60. Information of frauds and concealments committed in the Exchequer on the accounts of several sheriffs of Lincolnshire, in the offices of Thomas Morrison and George Allington of the Pipe Office.
June? 61. Interrogatories (in Popham's hand) to be answered by Thomas Alfield, as to his knowledge of Bagshaw and Clowdsley, and the purport of various points in Alleyn's letters and writings.
June? 62. Names of the prisoners in the Tower, and by whom committed. The Earl of Arundel, Lord Wm. Howard, Thomas Somerset, Dr. Atslowe, and others.
June? 63. The names of certain Priests in various parts. Opinion of the Papists that Queen Elizabeth is not of ability to go through with the wars of the Low Countries. The wars in France. Proposition to put 3,000 men into Ostend.
June ? 64. Book of the particular collection of the fifteenths and tenths out of all the Wapentakes within Kesteven Division, co. Lincoln.