749. Queen Mary to Thomas Gresham. Has learned by his
letters lately addressed to the Council his diligence in the provision
of money to her use. Desires him to proceed in the bargain lately
made for the 10,000l.; if he cannot get it at 14 per cent. he is to
give more at his discretion, as well in future sums as in the present.
That he may take up the money as speedily as possible he is to
make allowance of interest for it from any day he can settle to the
day of payment the 15th May next, and get the money delivered.
He is to bargain as speedily as he can for the further sums specified
in his instructions, and to pay thereof to Sir Wm. Pickering, for
levying, &c., the German troops, as much as shall be demanded by
the order in the former warrant. Also he is to provide with the
same money such quantity of munitions of war as shall be signified
to him by the Master of the Ordnance, to whom charge has been
given to write thereupon. [Minute. Two pages.]
Copy of schedule of articles required, inclosed in the preceding
letter. [Half a page.]
The Court at Greenwich.
750. [Secretary Boxall] to Thomas Gresham. At Gresham's
departure from Greenwich he received letters from the Council to
the King. They doubt if he has delivered them, since in his first
letter he made no mention of his having done so. Prays to be
informed as soon as possible what he has done therein, that, if her
Majesty inquire, he may satisfy her thereupon. Recommends him
in all his greatest affairs to repair from time to time to the King,
and take order from him, or at least make him privy to all he is
about to do. By this he will better accomplish his charge and
find more help and favour therein. [Minute. One page. Partly
printed by Burgon, Vol. i., p. 157.]
751. Thomas Gresham to Queen Mary. Received her Majesty's
letter of the 4th inst. on the 12th at Brussels, with her own
and the City's bonds for a bargain made with Andreas Lixshalls
and the Company for 10,000l. Received also a letter from
the Council and another from the Count de Feria to the King,
which he delivered with his own hand to day at ten o'clock in the
forenoon, at his coming from the Grey Friars of Boytendalle three
English miles hence, where he has kept this holy time of Easter.
Thanks be to God the King is in as right good health as her Majesty's
own heart can desire. According to her instructions informed the
King of the taking up of the 10,000l. and of all his other proceedings, which he approved of, and said he stayed only for the
coming of the Captain of the Germans, when he would give order
to Gresham for the necessary payments. To this replied that he was
ready to make them and any other which were needed. The King
then commanded him to advertise her of intelligence had from
Dieppe out of France, which he gave to Gresham in writing. Sends
it herein. Has been referred by the King for all other matters to
the Duke of Savoy, whom he finds most ready to accomplish her
Majesty's wishes. The news here is that the King intends shortly
to be in England.
P.S.—Antwerp, April 14. After writing his formal letter, rode
over to Antwerp for the provision of saltpetre and munitions. On
the 13th inst. bargained with Jeronimus Rechingre the elder for
2,000l. at 14 per cent., and bought of him 1,500l. of saltpetre.
[Two pages.] Inclosing,|
751. I. Intelligence referred to. I. de Courteville to —.
Has been desired by the Duke to forward this report of
April 7th received by him from M. de Buzincourt. Last
Tuesday saw M. de Dlere embark at Dieppe; he was
accompanied to the ship by his wife, and the Governor of
Dieppe dined with them. He has with him 12 vessels
well fitted out and painted in his colours, and they
carry 12 ensigns of foot. It was said in Dieppe that
these men had been levied in Normandy a long while
since; also that on the same day 50 ships would sail from
Grace, Hableneuf, and Treport to meet the Spanish fleet.
Knows no other muster in France. [French. One page.]|
Copy of the preceding letter from Gresham. [Two pages.]|
752. The Cardinal of Trent to Queen Mary. The Emperor has in
his wars made use of the faithful assistance of his brothers and
nephews, some of whom have been taken prisoners and some died in
battle; they have also been present in all the wars of King Philip,
and are now taking part in them. When he heard of her Majesty's
preparations for war, thought it not inconsistent with his fidelity
towards her and her husband to offer to her the service of his
nephew, who previously served her Majesty in the Piedmontese
wars and lately at Naples, and has so cultivated the military
profession that he is considered an experienced soldier. If it meets
with her approval he could bring her Majesty 4,000 or 6,000 foot or
more picked Germans, and serve her faithfully. If he fails in
obtaining her approval, he shall be glad to have shown that his
will is ever prompt and ready to serve her. [Latin. One page.]
Copy of the preceding. [One page.]
753. Obligation by John Ribault, citizen of Dieppe, to pay to
John de Palme, a Portuguese, certain sums of money pursuant to
sentence pronounced against him by the Parliament of Rouen.
[French. Certified copy. Five pages.]
754. Sir Edward Carne to Queen Mary. Since his letter of the
16th nothing has occurred here, except that his Holiness heard
from France on the 10th that the sons of the Duke of Paliano and
Antonio Caraffa, his nephew, should not come from France until
the French King and he were better accorded. Nevertheless, on
the 17th the Pope had word of their having licence, and so they
arrived on the 19th. Cardinal Caraffa is expected here to night or
to-morrow at the farthest. Prior to his Holiness hearing of the
Cardinal's arrival at Ancona, he was in great heaviness and had
no cheer within him, seeing there had been no tidings of the
Cardinal from the time that he took his galley at Venice, which,
as some say, was on Easter Eve, others on Good Friday, from which
time till the 20th no certain intelligence of him had been received.
On that day, however, a post came with accounts of his safe arrival
at Ancona on the evening of the 19th. This so much delighted the
Pope that he gave the post 500 crowns, and now his Holiness is
well amended in his strength and is merry. Upon Wednesday last
he kept a Consistory wherein he deprived the late Bishop of
Pergamo [Bergamo], declaring him a heretic. He has also made
process against Sign. Carnesicca in Venice, whom Carne knew here
when he was Secretary to Pope Clement. John Bernardine, her
Majesty's servant at Venice, has written to him that the Venetians
have in full readiness 120 gallies well appointed. Hears no speech
of the Turk's army now. Bernardine also informs him that the
Duke of Ferrara's Ambassador there says the marriage of the Prince
of Ferrara with the Duke of Florence's daughter is concluded. As
yet the Duke of Norfolk's dispensation for his marriage is not had:
it must tarry the coming of Cardinal Caraffa. [One page and
755. Thomas Gresham to Queen Mary. By his letter of the 22d
inst. signified to her Majesty that he had bargained with Lazarus
Tucker for 11,000l. at 14 per cent. to be repaid on the 20th May
twelvemonth. Since then has been to Brussels by order of Mr.
Pickering with 1,500l. for the dispatch of Capt. Wallerthum.
Saw the King there in good health upon St. George's Day in his
robes, and the Duke of Savoy with him; the feast was kept very
solemnly by the King with all his nobles and gentlemen about him.
Since his return to Antwerp has bargained with Jacob Van
Gottesheim for 3,000l. at 14 per cent. to pay as above. Has bought
55,000 weight of serpentine powder, which is the whole remainder
of her commission for powder, as he has signified to the Council.
Begs her Majesty's pardon upon his account, which he did not
trouble her with on his leaving England. This his uncle Sir John
Gresham always had of King Henry VIII. under his broad seal of
England. His credit was at a great stay both in Flanders and
England because he was so long upon the ending of his account.
Has written to the Council to plead with her for him in this behalf.
[One page and a half. Partly printed by Burgon, Vol. i., p. 107.]
756. Thomas Gresham to Secretary Boxall. By his letters of the
22d inst. signified to him the bargain made with Lazarus Tucker
for 11,000l. at 14 per cent., to be repaid the 20th May twelvemonth
Has since been at Brussels by order of Sir William Pickering with
1,500l. to bring Capt. Walertone [Wallerthum] whose demands
have been very great, to some agreement. Left the declaration of
it to Pickering. Returned with the money, by Pickering's advice,
to Antwerp. When they agree, their next way will be to come to
Antwerp, where he will be ready to pay them whatever sums the
King commands. Has bargained with divers men of Antwerp for
55,000 weight of serpentine powder at 3l. 3s. 4d. a hundred, to be
delivered by the 10th and 20th prox., which is the remainder of
the Queen's commission for powder. Has bought 400 dags, 200
splints, 200 skulls, 300 morions, and 150 pair of sleeves of mail.
Will not ship them till further orders, for there are no ships of war
at Antwerp to carry them. Mentions his bargain with Jacob Van
Gottescheim and asks for the necessary bonds. Requests him to
be the means of getting his pardon upon his account. [Two pages.
Partly printed by Burgon, Vol. i., p. 196.]
757. Contract of marriage between Mary, Queen of Scots, and
Francis, Dauphin of France. [Copy. French. Eight pages. In
Sir Joseph Williamson's Collection, 1st Series, Vol. ii., p. 130.
Printed by Keith, History, Appendix, p. 353, ed. Spottiswoode
Socy. and Acta Parl. Scot. Vol. ii., p. 511.]