Queen Elizabeth - Volume 251: March 1595

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Elizabeth, 1595-97. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1869.

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March 1595

March 1. Royal assent for Gervase Babington, Bishop of Llandaff, elected Bishop of Chester. [Docquet.]
March 1. Royal assent for Matt. Hutton, Bishop of Durham, elected Archbishop of York. [Docquet.]
March 1. Grant toWm. Prichard, M.A. and preacher, of Husborne and Burbage prebend, Salisbury cathedral. [Docquet.]
March 1. Pardon to Rich. Gascoine, of Braton, co. York, for purse stealing. [Docquet.]
March 1. Lease by the Commissioners to Wm. and Eliz. LittLe, of the site of the manor of Ottringham Marsh, called Monkgarth, and a windmill, cottages, and lands in Ottringham, on surrender of a former lease; rent, 27l. 18s. 9½d., and three hens; fine, 40l. [Docquet.]
March 5. 50. Capt. Thos. Hayes to Lord Burghley. Please to read the considerations enclosed, urging the keeping of my company about to be cashiered; or if that may not be, let me be thought worthy to be preferred to the next company that may fall void, or be newly raised. Encloses,
50. I. Considerations offered by Capt. Thos. Hayes to the Privy Council. I was in one of the first 10 companies drawn out of the Low Countries for service in Brittany, and have endured great toils and hazards, having been taken prisoner at the overthrow of Crane, and had to pay 450l. as a ransom, and have not as yet received any benefit from Her Majesty, but the holding of my place, which I am informed I must forego, by the General's order, left with Sir Hen. Norris, and received from the Council. I have always been present at the several enterprises undertaken, as the taking of Morlaix and the castle there, and the toilsome Fort of Croydon, possessed by the Spaniards, yet I see others of less continuance established. Four captains named, were slain in the last service, and another has since died, and as these have been first cashiered, as others live by the dead, I see no reason why I may not do the like, and crave to have the cashiering of my company revoked.
March 6. Grant to Sarah, widow of Dr. Lopez, attainted of high treason, and her children, of the right and term of years which the Queen has by his attainder, to Mountjoy's inn and other adjoining tenements in London, which he held by lease from Winchester College; also of the goods and chattels not exceeding 100l., forfeit by the attainder, excepting a jewel set with a diamond and a ruby, sent by some minister of the King of Spain to Dr. Lopez. [Docquet]
March 6. Pardon for Sybil Warren, widow, of Southwark, convicted as accessory to John Randall, who was executed for stealing two of the Queen's silver dishes, at Hampton Court. [Docquet.]
March 6. Lease by the Commissioners to John Benyon, Reuben Seddon, and Rob. Andrews, for their lives, of Dowdikehall Manor, co. Lincoln, for a sum of money by them paid, and other considerations; rent, 22l. [Docquet.]
March 9. Warrant to pay to Lord Montjoy sums not to exceed 3,000l., for reforming certain wharfs in the fortifications of Portsmouth, according to particulars signed by the Lord Treasurer, Earl of Essex, and Lord Admiral, to be paid as the works proceed. [Docquet.]
March 9. Warrant to deliver to Sir Hen. Wallop, treasurer of war in Ireland, 5000l., to be paid by order of the deputy, for wages of 1,000 footmen sent to increase the forces there, for imprest to the captains in charge of them, and for their victualling, the said sum not tobe diverted to any other service. Also to pay to George Beverley, now at Chester, who has charge of vitualling the other forces in Ireland, sums for provision of victuals for the 1,000 men, at 6d. a man per day for three months. Also sums appointed for their coat and conduct money and transport; all to be on the account of Ireland. [Docquet.]
March 9. Lease by the Commissioners to Peter Delavale and Ambrose Dudley, for 21 years, of coal pits and salt pans, in Bebside and Cawpon, Northumberland; rent, 22l. 13s. 8d.; no fine. [Docquet.]
March. 51. Interrogatories for the examination of Mr. Tasburgh.
March 9. 52. Answer of Thos. Tasburgh to the preceding interrogatories. Threatened to bring an action against his neighbour, George Styche, of Beconsfield, co. Bucks, and his wife, for slandering him and his wife, as maintainers of Popery, and being married by a priest; he begged pardon, but said he could not rule his wife's tongue. The reason of Mrs. Styche's slander was that Tasburgh and Tredway, justices of the peace, called her husband to account, according to Privy Council orders, as keeping a victualling house. Two years ago, searched the house of Joan Hanford, finding that his clerk of the kitchen carried to her victuals and linen missing from his own house. I reclaimed some linen, lace, &c. which belonged to him, and soon after dismissed the clerk. Was married by Whitehead, minister of Twyford, co. Bucks, in the presence of Sir John Packington and others, but no more were present, because the marriage was objected to. His wife did not give him a cross, nor lose any wood out of a cross; would rather cast such a thing away than keep it for superstitious uses. Doubts not to prove that these slanders are devised by Simon Lee, parson of Beconsfield, who married Styche's daughter, &c. [3 pages.]
March 10. 53. List by Edw. Wardour, Clerk of the Pells, of 150 recusants in the several shires, with the fines paid by each into the Exchequer since Michaelmas 1594, in sums varying from 3s. to 40l.; total, 3,323l. 1s. 10d. Endorsed with a note that some fines pass in the accounts of sheriffs of counties, instead of being specially paid into the receipt, so that the amount could be known. [5 pages.]
March 10. 54. Articles agreed upon for the repair of the earth-works of the fortifications of Portsmouth; the circuit of earth-works to cost 2,100l., clearing the ditches 100l., repair of the round tower 250l., sea walls 378l., stone wall to the green bulwark, 200l.
March 12. 55. Charles, Lord Montjoy, to Lord Burghley. I request payment of 1,000l. in advance, for the fortifications at Portsmouth, having to provide stone, implements, &c., for the workmen to commence with.
March 13. 56. Sir Fras. Godolphin to Lord Burghley. The reason why more than the 400l. allowed is required for the fortifications of Scilly is, that the three sconces intended to guard the great ordnance on the lower part of the Hew Hill would be insufficient, the hill commanding those places. Therefore I wished Mr. Adams to plant the fort on the hill, offering to bear the extra charge, if needful; but their Lordships approved the change, and the fort was completed Dec. 1594. The work has been done much more frugally than others of the kind, and has been hastened by threatenings of Spanish vessels on the coast; the present garrison is not a quarter of the former number, when the dangers were not so great. Encloses,
56. I. Abstract of the charges for the new castle on Hew Hill, at St. Mary's, one of the Scilly Isles, in 1593 and 1594. Signed by [Sir] Fras. Godolphin. [2¾ pages.]
56. II. Similar abstract of the charges for building the new castle on the Hew Hill of St. Mary's Isle, Scilly, begun June 1593, and ended Dec. 1594; total, 958l. 11s. 2d., of which 450l. only is paid. With note of expenses incurred in sending information of the Spaniards' spoiling the western coast, 1594; in conveying munition to Scilly, and in the spoiling of provisions by the Spaniards, for which he claims no allowance. Also, that though other castle have cost nearly ten times as much, they are not comparable to this for defence. March 10, 1595.
March 13.
57. Instructions for Rob. Smith, sent on Her Majesty's service into Germany. You shall repair to where you know the persons remain, with whom you are to confer on the service for which sent, and speedily bring to Her Majesty's coffers the sum which you promised, for the materials bequeathed to her by Clement Oldfield, deceased. As she has promised the said materials, or 500l., before 20th April next, to Roloff Peterson, of Lubec, you are, if possible, to inform her before that time, whether you can compass the matter. If unable so to do, you are to tell Peterson that the person to whom the Queen sent for advice as to those materials is ill, and cannot attend before June, and to request a postponement till June 15, when the money or the goods will be delivered him by the governor of the Merchant Adventurers at Stade, who has received orders to that effect.
If you conclude with the parties to whom you resort for the promised sum, it may be paid at Stade, part in hand, and part on bond, and the materials delivered, without trouble or alteration, as left by Oldfield, on June 10.
All secrecy is to be observed, that it may not be supposed that the Queen has any other interest in the said materials than as a princess to whom, for their rareness and preciousness, they were offered; but that, there being now in the realm some acquainted with them, she has left them to the disposition of a servant of hers, by whom you are deputed to make such benefit as their value allows. Peterson is to be led to suppose that your journey to Germany is to being to Her Majesty a person who can inform her about the materials. You are to send a speedy report of the result of your mission, that orders may be given accordingly. [2½ pages.]
March 14.
58. The Council to Alderman Saltonstall, governor of the Merchant Adventurers of London, resident at Stade. We send you three cases, two of wood, and one of black cotton, all sealed, with glass bodies therein, which you are to send to the company, to be safely kept until further orders. If before or about 20th April next, Roloff Peterson of Lubec shall claim, by a writing from Her Majesty, either the said cases or a sum of money in lieu thereof, he is to requested to postpone his claim till June 10, since a person for whom Her Majesty sent to judge of the quality of the things contained in the glasses could not hitherto come to England because of sickness, but she has now sent into that country a special messenger for him. You are to keep your having the glasses a secret from Peterson, Rob. Smith, and all others, and only to deliver them on order from [Sir] Thos. Wilkes. [1½ pages. Copy.]
March 16. 59. List of 11 captains at Plymouth, and of 15 absent from thence; and similar list of 19 captains, with the numbers in their companies. Endorsed [by Burghley] "Captains for Brittany and Ireland." [2 pages.]
March 17. 60. Account of allowances made to Sir T. Sherley, in the Low Countries; total, 869l. 18s. 4d.; also of his payments to his deputies and paymasters, 894l. 6s. 8d., being 23l. 8s. 4d. in excess of his receipts, except that he has the 100th penny allowed by the garrison soldiers for conveying the treasure from Middleburg, which makes 380l. a year; and also the pay of 30 men allowed for convoy of treasure. The sums disallowed him in August last came to 273l. 15s., and 800l. which he had received for portage, not included in his statement of receipts. [1½ pages.]
March 17.
61. Foulke Aldersey, mayor of Chester, to the Council. I have provided, as ordered, shipping at Chester and Liverpool, to convey 1,000 men to Ireland, but without aid, Sir John Savage being in Hampshire, and Sir Hugh Cholmley busy about the soldiers. George Beverley has raised the price of corn and other victuals in and about the city, by making provision for Ireland. He could have got it cheaper, and done better service by providing it in more distant places. Send directions for the entertainment and diet of the soldiers, whilst here and at sea.
March 20. 62. John Swinnerton to the Queen. Having enbanced the revenue by farming the imposts on French and Rhenish wines at a higher rate than formerly, I am hindered by the devices of Mr. Haughton, the late farmer, e.g., by pretending that the Spaniards are near, and will attack the wine fleet; accusing me of concealing wines; and hindering strangers from bringing in wines, by pretending there is great store in. I am preparing, as ordered, to leave the farm at Michaelmas, but would continue it on the same rent, freeing 1,050 tuns for Her Majesty from imposts, receiving the sureties from the outports, and not delivering them to the collectors, &c., on condition of Her Majesty's favour therein. [2 pages.]
March 20. 63. Estimate of the yearly charge of the army in the Low Countries, of 225 horse and 4,750 foot; total, 70,783l. 16s. 10d.; viz, ready money, 45,867l. 9s. 4d.; victuals and arms, 7,080l. 13s. 4d.; apparel, 17,835l. 14s. 2d. Also list of the 30 foot bands there, with the names of their officers, and of their stations. [Noted by Burghley. 3 pages.]
March 22.
Warrant to the Master, &c. of the almshouse of Ratcliff parish, near Bristol, to admit Wm. Powell to the place of guider of the sick and diseased there. [Warrant Book I., p. 109.]
March 24. 64. Statement by Ric. Carmarden, of an offer made by Alderman Haughton, for farming the impost of French and Rhenish wines, when Mr. Swinnerton took the farm; 10,000l. a year rent, 200 tuns of wine for the Queen's household, allowances for the nobility, &c., not to exceed 1,050 tuns, and not to take the composition of 10s. a tun from the out-ports, except Chichester and Hampton, &c.
[March 24.] 65. Statement by Alderman Haughton of his proposal for farming the impost on wine. The terms as above; the conditions, a lease for 10 years; a yearly commission to take wines in London, Southampton, and Chichester as before, at the Queen's price of 9l. a tun, unless the merchants compound for the same; and for merchants to be allowed to bring in wines in stranger bottoms, where there are no English ships. I would rather manage it on commission, without salary for the first year, but there should be a speedy resolution, or the service will be hindered. [1½ pages.]
March 24. 66. Declaration of Capt. Wm. Morgan, before Lord Admiral Howard, Sir Robt. Cecil, and Sir Thos. Wilkes. Went away to avoid being hanged by the endeavours of the French ambassador, for supposed piracy, and resolved to go where the Queen should not have him, but not to be a traitor to his country. Relieved Englishmen to the extent of his power. Always gave advice to the Lord Treasurer and Lord Admiral of all he heard of or knew in Spain, dangerous to Her Majesty and his country. As to his coming home without any matter of importance, resolved to come home as soon as he could get means, and finding their malice in Spain against England to continue, both to destroy Her Majesty and to invade the kingdom, thought it no trifling matter to give advice how to intercept this fleet, and finding they had two strings to their bow, the one for England and the other for Ireland, to declare what places in both kingdoms would be attempted. To prove his truth, has named all the persons that are dangerous men, and fit to be apprehended. The Earl of Tyrone will be backed against Her Majesty from Spain; heed should be taken of Count de Fuentes, who is wonderfully infected with malice against Her Majesty, and is exceeding skilful in poisoning, having already poisoned three Popes and the Duke of Parma. Procured many English cannoniers, whom he found in the King of Spain's service, to abandon it, and return to England. Was the first that gave advertisement that the Spaniards had determined to fortify Brest. Gave warning that the late Lord Strange should be dealt with for practices against the State, but as to a certain thing contained in a paper, knows no more than what he has learned by the report of Parsons to the Adelantado. [2pages.]
March [24?]
67. Capt. Wm. Morgan to the Lord Admiral or Sir Robt. Cecil. I am well pleased with my imprisonment, or anything else that may stand to your good liking. I hope, being destitute of money, some order will be taken for my victuals, until you are fully resolved of my behaviour in Spain towards the state of England, and of my goodwill to the Englishmen there. If you can hear of any Englishman from Spain, who will deny that I was always willing, the four years I resided there, and did, as often as opportunity presented, certify to the Lord Treasurer, or to you and the Earl of Essex, any pretence there against England, I will suffer any torture, and if possible worse than law can impose. Most of the Englishmen that have come from thence for the last four years came by my means and directions; if this is doubted, let Thos. Barnes, Mr. Wormeal, or any other that lately came from Spain, be sent for, and if their speeches do not agree with what I write, let me be hanged out of hand; until you find other matter than well of me, I trust you will not let me perish for want of victuals; being a prisoner, I have no means of helping myself.
March 25.
68. Foulke Aldersey, mayor of Chester, to Lord Burghley. I have provided the shipping for 1,000 soldiers for Ireland, but have not yet received instructions for their victualling and coat and conduct money. I want an imprest, there not being money in the city to defray the same. George Beverley has in hand much of Her Majesty's money, and butter and cheese as well: without this provision, sufficient cannot be had.
March 25. 69. W. Waad to Attorney General Coke. I am ordered by the Earl of Essex to send information against Edw. Hall, porter of Wisbeach Castle, on which he should be examined, especially touching words supposed to have been spoken by him, that the 38th year of the Queen's reign would give the priests some hope. Endorsed [by Coke] "26 May 1596, excep."
[March 25.] 70. Note of the profits of the coinage of tin in Cornwall and Devonshire, as answered to Her Majesty by Sir Francis Godolphin, Receiver General of the Duchy of Cornwall, for the year ending Michaelmas 1594; total, 2,465l. 8s. 7¾d. [Latin. With notes by Burghley.]
March 25. 71. Offer of Lord B[uckhurst] to farm the tin works of Cornwall, paying only the coinage and custom the first year, and afterwards 7,000l. a year, comparing the same with the offers of Lord O[xford]. With account of the last Midsummer and Michaelmas's coinage of tin, and the customs due thereon, 6,733l. 6s. 8d. Also of the tin exported and spent in the realm, between Michaelmas 1592 and Michaelmas 1593. [Similar to that given Sept. 13, 1594. see Vol. CCLI. No. 8. 1¾ pages.]
March 25. 72. Certificate from Mr. Skinner to Lord [Burghley], that being directed to pay for victuals for eight ships which were employed under Sir Martin Frobisher at Brest, three months longer than intended, he finds no privy seal upon which it may suitably be charged. States the payments made to the full amounts on the privy seals of 14 June and 15 Oct. 1594, and of sums paid on the dormany privy seal of 16 Jan. 1589; 1,300l. 7s. is still due, and should rather be paid by a special privy seal to the victualler, than by an ancient one granted for the intended invasion. [2 pages.]
March 26. 73. Warrant from Sir John Norris to Sir Thos. Sherley, to pay to him 282l. 10s. defalcated upon seven cast companies, consisting of 339 men, formerly serving in Brittany, now disposed among the other bands, for five weeks, from 13 Jan. to 16 Feb. 1595, after the rate of 3s. 4d. a week each man, the said sum to be employed in paying the accounts, and contenting such seven bands, as the others gone out of Brittany to Ireland were allowed for the said five weeks. With receipt by Sir John for the same from Jo. Molle, Sir Thos. Sherley's late deputy. [Copy.]
March 28. 74. The Queen to George, Earl of Cumberland. Considering the many hostile attempts against the realm and our person, without any just cause, we are moved to consider means to prevent all occasions of hazard and danger, and disable and weaken the forces, strength, and wealth of all persons so maliciously affected against our dominion and subjects; knowing your approved fidelity and valour, we hereby commission you to chose and constitute captains and other deputies, to levy, assemble, arm, and victual so many of our subjects as are willing to serve, and are fit and apt for war, by land and sea, as you shall think fit, and transport the same to invade and destroy the power, forces, &c., of the King of Spain, his subjects or adherents, and those of any Prince not in league and amity with us.
For the better strengthening you in this service, you are to victual and arm for sea the Malescourge, and such other ships and pinnaces as shall be appointed by you, not exceeding six. All prizes that shall be taken by you, or by any person or persons appointed by you, are to be brought into the most convenient haven, without breaking bulk or making any distribution of shares, until our further pleasure is known. The persons whom you shall send with such ships are to have the same authority to execute any thing for this service as you might have done if you had been personally there. We charge all those who shall serve in any of the ships to yield duty and obedience to you, or to such as you shall appoint, and to avoid all causes of disorder to the hindrance thereof; also all others to be aiding and assisting therein. [3½ pages.]
March ? 75. John and Thos. Bolton and Rich. Catcher, drapers and merchant tailors, to the Council. With reference to our offer for apparelling the forces in the Low Countries:
1. We will undertake to make the suits for 5,000 men at the prices set down by us, if established by April 1, and allowed the time specified.
2. We were commanded by Mr. Smith, upon sight of the patterns and the officers' and privates' suits, to return an absolute answer, but as yet we have seen but part of each, which is the fault of the sealer who is appointed to oversee them, and who so handled the matter that he could not tell one from the other, and brought for a private soldier's cassock one made of very good cloth, lined with baize worth 2s. 6d. per yard, faced in the collar and sleeves with rich black taffety, and trimmed with silk buttons and loops, a thing far surpassing the standard. We will show you a suit delivered to a soldier of Capt. Prudder by Mr. Beecher.
3. The sealer also showed us the stockings for the private soldiers, made of good Devonshire kersey, worth 2s. 6d. a pair, while Her Majesty's allowance is but 15d.
4. We are willing to use our utmost endeavours in the service, and to deliver every 15 days a proportion to the value of 1,000l. until the full complement is performed; and we will bring three of our friends, being citizens of good substance, who will pass bonds for our performance, provided payment is made as promised; viz., that at the delivery of every parcel to the value of 1,000l. or more, and its being allowed to be according to pattern, present payment be made for the same. Noted [by Burghley] that sureties for 10,000l. are to be taken for the making of the apparel, as also for its transport and delivery. [1½ pages.]
March 28. 76. John Bolton and Ricd. Catcher to Lord [Burghley]. In our former offer, we declined to enter into bonds for 10,000l., as required by you, for due performance of our contract; requiring no trust committing to us, we thought we ought rather to be secured for payment of what we deliver, which is according to the standard in the wardrobe; yet, to show our willingness to go through with our undertaking, we are willing to enter into a bond, together with our friends, for 1,000l., for due delivery by a certain day of the full complement for 4,020 men.
March 29. 77. Robt. Dow to Lord Burghley. I send copies of two warrants received from you, for the free passage of the summer and winter apparel as mentioned, sent into the Low Countries in 1594, according to the estimates of Sir Thos. Sherley.
March 30. 78. "The first offer for apparelling," addressed to [Council]. Being the rates at which apparel can be provided for the troops, viz., summer apparel for the soldiers, 1l. 8s. 3d.; gentlemen, 1l. 11s. 4d.: winter apparel, soldiers, 1l. 14s. 7d.; gentlemen, 2l. 9s. 6d.
March 30. 79. "The second offer for apparelling." Similar paper, with slight differences in the prices.
March 31. 80. Offer by Jolles, merchant of London, to the Queen, to arm, apparel, victual, and pay the forces in the Low Countries and Brittany. I will allow out of the apparel the full sum formerly offered by myself and Mr. Cage, and deliver it in the garrisons and towns beyond seas at my own adventure. I will renounce certain corn licenses, custom free, allowed to Beecher and Leicester, the better to victual the garrisons, and make no provision out of England during the dearth of corn.
If Her Majesty take no profit out of the soldiers' apparel. I will undertake the loss now falling upon the Exchange, by reason of under-valuing our monies in the Low Countries, and still make them good to her, at 34s. 9d., Flemish as it now is, and will put in good security to perform it to the Treasurer at War. I will take Beecher and Leicester's servants into my employ, and allow them their former wages, if either of them is commanded to join with me, and they do not adopt any sinister means to withdraw their servants. If any differences should arise between me and Sir Thos. Sherley, about the sureties, I desire that the same be decided by the Lords of the Council.
If the Queen and Council take the profit out of the apparel for the garrisons, so that I do not meddle with the exchange, I beg that it may be kept secret, for fear of mutiny among the soldiers. [Endorsed by Burghley.]
March 31.
81. Capt. Wm. Morgan to Sir Robt. Cecil. The bearer is the person I sent from Spain, with such advices as I thought were requisite to be in forwardness before I came myself; I had proofs of his honesty divers times before, or I would not have trusted him. His coming to England has been so noted that he dares not venture back to Spain any more, which is no small hindrance to him; passing through Chester with a message for me, he got into some trouble with the officers there, about the transportation of some victuals bought the August before. I want a letter to the officers, directing them not to trouble him; also my liberty.
March 31.
Soissons Castle.
82. Edw. Gorges to Sir Robt.. Cecil. The honourable care you have of me, as also your letter to Mr. Edmondes in my behalf, has given me hope that I am not yet at the last of my fortunes, although the miseries of this place are such that an honest death were much to be preferred before so miserable a life. The best medicine against evil fortune is a good heart, and the pain I suffer is nothing when I remember the worthiness of the subject for whom I endure, and for whom I will be prodigal of my best blood, and esteem myself happy if my life might breed Her Majesty the least contentment. If to have companions in misery be any contentment, I want none, for all sorts arise here every day, and some of those that were with Monsieur in England, who have often advertised the Governor of my mean estate, but his hopes are altogether built upon the King's purse, and his demands so beyond all reason that I am almost hopeless of ever getting out. Monsieur de Bouillon has done me many favours, without which I might have starved, as my charges are so great; I hope you will find some means to requite me. Remember me to your lady and my uncle Sir Thos. Gorges.
March 31.
Port of London.
83. Account addressed to Lord Burghley, by Edw. Swayne, comptroller of the petty customs of the port of London, from 9th January to 31st March 1595, received by Thos. Phellippes, collector, total, 9,405l. 1s. 2d., and of payments therefrom.
March ? 84. List of 46 captains, and notes of counties appended to many of the names, probably the counties where troops commanded by the captains are to be raised. [Partly in Lord Burghley's hand.]
March. 85. List of 10 counties to furnish troops for Ireland, with the names of the captains for each.
March. 86. Comparison of the cost of the foot bands in the Low Countries, according to the late and present establishments; saved by the latter 6,506l. 3s. 5d. yearly. Endorsed, "Conference of the pay of the soldiers in the Low Countries, and what is saved by the lendings."
March ? 87. Petition of Chris. Wilson to the Queen. Has served your Majesty 34 years, in the Low Countries and elsewhere, by sea and land, with many losses and no recompense; has spent 140l. in the keeping of prisoners committed to him; was an officer under Sir Ralph Lane, in the Portugal voyage, and to entertain six soldiers at his own charge, pawned his house and land in the isle of Ely, and has been constrained to forfeit them. Is now aged and in extreme poverty; begs the office of water bailiff of the Ouse, from Lynn to Boston. for 21 years, on rent of 40s., such an officer being necessary to preserve the spawn and brood of fish, and prevent its inordinate taking by the common fishers. Endorsed with note, that he is recommended by Sir Thos. Morgan and others, and order granting the petition, signed by J. Herbert, [Master of Requests.]
March ? 88. Abstract of the proceedings in the Exchequer chamber, between Hiegate, plaintiff, and the Earl of Arundel and others, defendants. The plaintiff complains that certain marsh lands, parcel of the demesne of the Queen's manor of Sudborne, whereof he is farmer, are withheld from him; that 50 tenants, holding by copy of Court Roll of the said manor, have withdrawn their service from the said manor, and done service to the Earl of Arundel, as of the manor of Aldborough, and this by consent or default of Chas. Buller, late farmer of Sudborne manor; in regard of which, and as the bounds between Sudborne and Aldborough manors are not perfectly known, he prays process against the Lord of the latter manor, and the occupiers of the said marsh, and a commission for a division of the two manors. The defendants claim the marsh called Overy Slips and Catmarsh as copyhold, and admit theydo not know Larderne Marsh by the bounds, but claim South Marsh, and if Larderne Marsh lies within those bounds, then they claim that also, as the freehold of the Earl of Arundel. They submit that as the plaintiff once offered the Earl 200l., he knew the right of the Earl to be very good, and so marvel he should now seek to recover it. They also pray that, the Earl being restrained of his liberty by Her Majesty's commandment, no commission may go out, as some of his evidences lie in places where he will not willingly trust others to have access. There are many presentments in the Court Rolls, to prove the marshes to belong to Sudborne manor, and there are divers demises thereof mentioned therein.
March ? 89. Statement that two years since, there was a consultation at Rome, between the Duke of Sesson, ambassador for Spain, Cardinal Aldebrandino, Aquaviva, Parsons, and other English, about placing three bishops in the North of England, viz., Blackwell for York, with a pension of 4,000 crowns yearly from Spain, Haddock for Durham, and a third for Carlisle, with pensions of 2,000 crowns. The drift of this device was to stop the King of Scots, when the time should serve, from entering into England, and to make a strong part for the Infanta, but this being dashed by some objections made against it by an English priest, they fell to the following.
The young Earl of Arundel being thought the fittest instrument for the said drift, they deliberated how, by Parson's workings from Rome, and Baldwin's practices in the Low Countries, he might be got into Flanders; whereupon one Baylie was sent into England with a good ship, to convey him over; it was thought in Rome that the Countess his mother was acquainted with it, and that it might be effected. Baylie about that time was also employed to view Hull and Tynemouth. His abode is mostly in Flanders; he is the Jesuits' messenger to England, comes over habited as a Dutchman, and the letters he brings are usually in Dutch, to English merchants, but are in fact to be delivered by him to such Jesuits and other persons as he is privately directed to, by Baldwin, Owen, &c. [In the handwriting of Thos. Wilson.]
March ? 90. Copy of the above.