Elizabeth: October 1566

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Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 8, 1566-1568. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1871.

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October 1566

Oct. 3. 740. Otto Duke of Brunswick to Cecil.
The Emperor is very successful against the Turk, who seeks peace. Sends an account of his dispute with those of Hamburg and desires him not to believe what they say. Does not intend to restore any of the ships which he has taken from them. All these quarrels have arisen from their desire to extend their boundaries at his expense.—Hamburg, 3 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Lat. Pp. 3½.
Oct. 3. 741. Hugh Fitzwilliam to Cecil.
There is great bruit that the Turk has taken Sigeth. Complains of the difficulty of sending his letters. The Constable is of great authority with the King and the Queen Mother; and being mortal enemy to the House of Guise is with his nephews and the Protestants for his life. The Venetians are greatly renowned for driving the Turk's galleys out of Italy.—Paris, 3 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 3.
Oct. 3. 742. The Earl of Murray to Cecil.
Earnestly desires his favour for the relief of Lord Keith, who has been now seven years and eight months in so lamentable a state of servitude.—Edinburgh, 3 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Oct. 4. 743. Maitland of Lethington to Cecil.
Exhorts him not to be cast out of the way by any misreports of malicious or ignorant men, but not to weary of doing such good offices as he was wont. Argyll's journey towards Ireland was for the recovery of Sarlebois, brother to James M'Connell, out of the hands of O'Neile, but to avoid suspicion the Queen has countermanded him. Desires favour for his man Graham.—Edinburgh, 4 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
Oct. 4. 744. Cecil to the Count of Emden.
Thanks him for his present of a large cask of Rhenish wine.
Draft, in Cecil's writing. Endd. Lat. P. 1.
Oct. 4. 745. Sir Thomas Gresham to Cecil.
Desires a warrant for the payment of money, and sends a letter from Clough whereby he may perceive the scarcity of money.—Gresham House, 4 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ¼.
Oct. 5. 746. Mary Queen of Scots to Cecil.
Always had a good opinion of him that he at all times did the duty of a faithful minister in the entertaining of mutual intelligence between her and the Queen of England until the strange dealings of Rokeby. Understands, however, by Melville's report that he is nothing altered from his former good inclination. Is of the same goodwill towards his as she was before. Desires him to procure the Queen's license to come into Scotland to the baptism of the Prince.—Edinburgh, 5 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
Oct. 6. 747. Lord H. Scrope to Cecil.
1. Received a letter from the Master of Maxwell, which he encloses.
2. Is surprised that any from that Queen should have license to treat with John O'Neile, being the Queen's enemy.
3. She minds to be at Edinburgh the 10th instant to keep a court of justice.
4. There is within these two days fallen a great feud between the Armstrongs and the Johnstons within the Master's office.—Carlisle, 6 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1¾.
Oct. 4. 748. The Master of Maxwell to Lord H. Scrope.
Came from the Court the 3rd instant. Argyll has obtained license to pass into Ireland to speak with O'Neile to labour for James Macconnell's brother and Rowmis, and because amongst their people there is little trust to be given, he has got of the Queen one hundred harquebusiers to pass with him. Understanding how O'Neile is with the Queen, before the Council the writer (opposed) his going. Argyll declared unto him in the presence of the Council that he would remain but four days in that country, offend no man there, nor leave none of his harquebusiers there with O'Neile. The Queen intends to be the 10th instant in Edinburgh, where he trusts she will see such reformation done as shall be to the contentment of the subjects of both realms.—Dumfries, 4 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Oct. 8. 749. Lord H. Scrope to Cecil.
Has intelligence out of Scotland that the Earl Bothwell being in Liddisdale apprehended the Lairds of Mangerton and Whithaugh, with other Armstrongs, and put them in the Hermitage. And yesterday in going about to take like persons of the Elliotts, he encountered John Elliott, of the Park, and shot him with a dag, upon which he assailed the Earl and killed him.—Carlisle, 8 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
Oct. 9. 750. Francois Van Der Spurt to Cecil.
Understanding that a gentleman has arrived in London from the Queen of Scots, he begs that he will cause him to make inquiry of Simon Sterk as to certain moneys sent into Scotland.—The Compter in Wood Street, 9 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Fr. P. ½.
Oct. 9. 751. Sir Richard Lee and Valentine Browne to the Privy Council.
Have finished the works for the year on Michaelmas, so as Her Majesty is disburdened of all charges from that touching the same, saving of twenty persons that have remained about the new storehouses. And where he, Brown, has borrowed at Newcastle and this town 2,900l. and promised repayment of 1,200l. thereof at London, beseeches the same may be performed to such as shall bring his bills.—Berwick, 9 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Oct. 9. 752. Sir John Forster to Cecil.
Since coming hither finds Mr. Treasurer appalled at advertisement from thence that Her Majesty should not be satisfied of his dexterity in this service, and therefore desires his help for his comfort.—Berwick, 9 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. ½
Oct. 9. 753. Sir Thomas Gresham to Cecil.
Sends Clough's letters. Has paid the 7,000l. according to the Queen's warrant.—Gresham House, 9 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ¼.
Oct. 10. 754. Hugh Fitzwilliam to the Queen.
Has not since his abode here received a groat from her purse, and is compelled to borrow. Her marriage with the Archduke is well liked of the best and wisest sort.—Paris, 10 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
Oct. 10. 755. Captain Cockburn to Cecil.
Movements of the French King. Sees none called to the Court but Papists.—Paris, 10 Oct. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Oct. 10. 756. Advices from the Emperor's Camp.
On the 7th a gentleman of the chamber was sent into Spain with the Emperor's congratulations on the birth of the Infanta. The Emperor has determined to summon a Diet as soon as possible, in order to make provision for this war.
Endd. Span. P. 1.
Oct. 12. 757. John Fitzwilliam to Cecil.
The temples are to be built of brick, and they will build two more. The Prince of Orange has this day parted towards Holland. The friars and other religious fear that they will be driven out in his absence. At Ghent there are no fewer than 40,000 Protestants, there are 4,000 soldiers and certain horsemen set in by the Count of Egmont. The townsmen refuse to contribute to their pay. If any more come they have appointed only to go half at once to the sermon. They go all with pistols to the sermons under their cloaks.—Antwerp, 12 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
Oct. 13. 758. Thomas Champneys to Cecil.
The King of Spain has given him good entertainment in Naples, which he means shall be no longer than the Queen thinks well of it. Has sent to the Queen plats of the new work at Malta and of the Goletta.—Naples, 13 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
Oct. 13. 759. Pietro Bizzari to Cecil.
Advertisements from Rome, Genoa, Naples, Pesaro, and Vienna, chiefly relating to the movements of the Turks.— Venice, 13 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. Pp. 3¼.
Oct. 14. 760. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
1. Yesterday he received a letter from the Privy Council touching the levying of fifty horsemen. Trusts to make that number, and for leading them he has one in his house, named James Brigham, who has been constable of this castle.
2. Has learned that although Bothwell was carried in a cart for dead yet is he recovered.—Carlisle, 14 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
Oct. 15. 761. Sir John Forster to Cecil.
Yesterday he met the Warden of Scotland and Justice Clerk and received justice, and was promised that they shall be answered of all that they are plaintiffs of. The Queen was there in a secret manner, and Murray and others of the nobility. She minds to lie at Jedburgh fifteen days longer, and to come to Kelso, and so through the Marches about her frontiers. She has done small in anything touching her justice court. Liddisdale is yet forth and under no obedience. Bothwell came this day to Jedburgh in a litter. Has sent to Bedford the order of the watch, and for the defence of the new town; he desires Cecil to be a means to the Queen for twenty horsemen to lie at Harbottle for his help to keep that country. Has a man in Scotland to understand and learn what will come of Argyll's doings in Ireland. The Queen and her husband agree every day worse. He lies at Linlithgow. —Berwick, 15 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
Oct. 15. 762. Hugh Fitzwilliam to Cecil.
1. Has written to the Queen that she may make the more speed in sending her ambassador or take some order for himself.
2. The matter that is towards the Admiral seems strangely handled that his servants being cleared before the King, are now wrapped in such troubles. Here is proclamation made that none should use guns or dags.
3. One of the commissioners of the Admiral's matters took to service a cook, who within five days made a dish for his master which if he had touched it he had been in danger of poisoning as his boy was.—Paris, 15 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 3¼
Oct. 17. 763. M. De Foix to Cecil.
Desires him to obtain license for Anthony Bigot, a native of Normandy and naturalised in England, to sell wine in London.—Monceaux, 17 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Fr. P. 1.
Oct. 17. 764. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
The Queen of Scots on Tuesday the 15th instant, visited the Earl of Bothwell at the Hermitage. He caused a court of Oyer and Terminer to be summoned to be held at the Hermitage the 16th instant, as well for reformation of disorders amongst them as for redress of causes by those of Liddisdale attempted against the Queen's subjects, at which court there was not any appearance, for that the country fears that the Earl rather seeks to be revenged of his former displeasure than with lenity to make either reformation or redress. It is thought there are not in Liddisdale six persons in obedience.—Carlisle, 17 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. ½.
Oct. 18. 765. The King of Denmark to the Queen.
Understands that the Princess Cecilia of Sweden has been secretly enlisting her subjects to serve against him on the seas. Begs that this and all other piracies may be suppressed. With respect to the complaints of her subjects who have been injured by his, he has given directions to his judges to hear all such, and yet none have been brought. Complains of certain of her subjects for not paying the sound dues.— Copenhagen, 18 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Lat. Pp. 6¼.
Oct. 19. 766. Hugh Fitzwilliam to Cecil.
Is much discomfited that the Queen is displeased with him. Was driven to complain through necessity. Where he is commanded to come into England, he does not know what to do with the Queen's plate. The chief talk here is of matters of Hungary. The French bruits are very uncertain.—Paris, 19 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 4½.
Oct. 19. 767. John Fitzwilliam to Cecil.
On Thursday night certain people broke into the great church to pull down the altars. The Count of Hoogstraten with his gentlemen and guard set upon them and hurt many and took 20 prisoners, six of whom were executed very early the next morning. It appears not that these men were any such as did it for religion, but for the spoil. The Government would fain get out of Brussels, but the townsmen will not let her. She is much indebted to the artificers.— Antwerp, 19 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
Oct. 20. 768. Richard Clough to Gresham.
This is no time here to run upon the exchange. Mentions the destruction in the church given in John Fitzwilliam's letter of the 19th; the leader of the rioters was a drunken gentleman. The country is full of trouble. Desires him to put Mr. Secretary in mind for order to be taken for some reasonable interest between man and man, and he does not doubt that there would be more money found in London than in Antwerp. Mr. Secretary's paving stones are not come.—Antwerp, Oct. 20, 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 4.
Oct. 21. 769. Pietro Bizarri to Cecil.
Sends news from Vienna 10 Oct. and Constantinople 14 Sept., chiefly relating to the war between the Emperor and Turks, and the taking of Sighet.—Venice, 21 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. Pp. 2.
Oct. 21. 770. Advices from Antwerp.
Disorders in the Cathedral at Antwerp suppressed. The Prince of Orange has gone to Holland. Brussels is well guarded. News from Hungary.—Antwerp, 21 Oct. Signed: Bto. Spla. [Spinola].
Endd. Ital. Pp. 2.
Oct. 22. 771. Hugh Fitzwilliam to Cecil.
1. There be gone from Rochelle 20 ships and 4,000 men. Has no money to bring him home. The Nuncio who should have gone into Scotland is now stayed. The Admiral is this night in Paris with the Constable. The Constable at this present rules France. The Admiral has made exceptions against Bourdin the King's Procurator, and thereby driven the matter by order to Mesnil, the King's advocate, whose brother is all the doer for the Cardinal of Chatillon.
2. There is great execution done of all those Protestants who consented to the killing of the 300 Catholics in Languedoc.—22 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 3.
Oct. 23. 772. Sir John Forster to Cecil.
The Queen of Scots remains at Jedburgh in her justice Oyer, and has not executed one, but has put all offenders to fine and payment of money. The Earl of Bothwell came to Jedburgh the 21st instant in a horse litter. The Queen comes this week to Home, and so minds to pass her frontiers and view Eyemouth. The Elliotts are all loppen. Has received good justice since her coming to Jedburgh.—Berwick, 23 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Oct. 24. 773. Maitland of Lethington to Cecil.
The Queen of Scots has been so sick that her life was in danger. M. De Croc, the French King's agent, has advertised his master somewhat desperately of her, and now writes to the French Ambassador the contrary information. Desires that his letter may be safely conveyed to him.—Jedburgh, 24 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Oct. 26. 774. Maitland of Lethington to Cecil.
1. Upon a new accident which fell to the Queen yesterday morning, for half an hour they were all desperate of her life, but now they perceive evident signs of convalescence.
2. Desires that the bearer may be furthered and have favourable passage into France.—Jedburgh, 26 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Oct. 27. 775. Catherine De Medicis to the Queen.
Has received her letter in favour of the Count Rochandolf. The King has granted the said Count letters of safe-conduct for two months in order that he may come and purge himself of the charges against him.—Monceaux, 27 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Fr.
Oct. 28. 776. Dr. Christopher Mundt to Sir Anthony Coke.
Wrote to him Nov. 13, 1565, complaining of the smallness of his pension. The Elector Palatine is desirous of sending his youngest son to the Queen's Court. Requests him to remind Cecil to answer his letter on this matter.—Strasbourg, 4 cal. Nov. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., by Cecil. Lat. Pp. 1½.
Oct. 31. 777. Hugh Fitzwilliam to Cecil.
Received his letter of the 2nd containing his discharge from this place. Desires a warrant for the delivery of the Queen's plate, and also some money to help him home. The Landgrave and certain other German princes have sent hither two ambassadors. Certain officers were sent to arrest them as rebels and traitors, whom they would not obey. The Spanish Ambassador is thought to be the setter on of this, which the Protestant Lords much mislike.—Paris, 31 Oct. 1566. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 3.
Oct. 31. 778. The Queen to the Countess of Argyll.
Has made special choice of her to hold her place as godmother at the christening of the Prince of Scotland. The Earl of Bedford will do her at the ceremony all service and honour.
Draft in Cecil's writing. Endd: The like to the Countess of Murray if the other happen to be sick.
Endd. Pp. 1½.
[Oct.] 779. Edward Cook to Cecil.
The address and signature of a letter.