Elizabeth: July 1567, 11-20

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'Elizabeth: July 1567, 11-20', in Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 8, 1566-1568, (London, 1871) pp. 279-290. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/foreign/vol8/pp279-290 [accessed 12 April 2024]


July 1567, 11-20

July 11. 1430. Sir John Forster to Cecil.
As there has been no justice ministered of long time by the Wardens of Scotland, he has been forced to appoint meetings with the most worshipful gentlemen of the Borders for the stay and quiet of the same. After an agreement with them in writing he devised a purpose for the apprehending of the rebels of England, who escaped so hardly as they left their saddles behind.—Alnwick, 11 July 1567. Signed.
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July 11. 1431. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
This afternoon the Ambassador passes into Scotland. Lord Home and Lethington meet him at Coldingham; at whom as they came by Dunbar there were shot four or five great shot but did no harm. The disorder of the Borders increases. —Berwick, 11 July 1567. Signed.
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July 12. 1432. Advices from Antwerp.
Progress and numbers of the Duke of Alva's force and other news from Antwerp. 12 July.
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July 12. 1433. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
1. Yesterday at two in the morning the Earl of Morton with 100 horse and 200 footmen marched to Fawside House and got out of the same certain jewels of the Queen's. If it were the coffer she . . . . had carried heretofore with her it is of great value. It is judged that the Earl of Argyll is drawn from the devotion of the Hamiltons. The Hamiltons have made large offers to France.
2. Of late there came from them a message to the Lords at Edinburgh that if they would not deliver the Queen out of captivity, she should be placed in some other place and Stirling named, with as many of theirs for her guard as of the rest, and so they would join them in the following of the murder and the preservation of the Prince.—Berwick, 12 July 1567. Signed.
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July 12. 1434. Sir John Forster to the Earl of Bedford.
Yesterday the subjects of Scotland ran a foray at Newton. Their doings will appear by the bill here enclosed.—Alnwick, 12 July 1567. Signed.
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July 11. 1435. Foray by the Scots.
William Strudder of Kirk Newton complains that the young Laird of Creuston with his accomplices to the number of 200 men, came and feft away 400 nowt, 300 sheep, and took prisoners and hurt sundry men on the 11th July 1567.
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July 12. 1436. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
1. On the 11th he lodged at Fast Castle with the Lord Home and Lethington. By the conference he had with Lethington he finds that the Lords and he have left nothing unthought of which may be either to their danger or work them surety; they find more peril to grow unto them through the Queen's dealings than by the French or any contrary faction amongst themselves, for they assure themselves that the Queen will leave them in the briars if they run her fortune. Although they acknowledge great benefit, as well to them as to the realm of England, by the Queen's doings at Leith; yet since they have observed such things in her doings as have tended to the danger of such as she has dealt withal. Finds a disposition in them either to make their bargain with France or else deal with neither, but do what they shall think meet for their own surety. They think it convenient to proceed with both for a while pari passu.
2. They take the matter very unkindly that no better answer was made to the letter which the Lords sent to the Queen. Throckmorton answered and alleged their own proceedings so obscurely with the Queen, and that he had been sent to inform her thoroughly of the state of the matter, and upon declaration of their minds to such purposes as shall be by him proposed on the Queen's behalf they shall be reasonably answered. At this Lethington smiled and shook his head, and said it were better to leave them alone than to do good to neither, as he feared in the end it would prove.
3. If there be any truth in Lethington the Queen shall lead her life in an abbey in France reclusit, the Prince at the French devotion, the realm governed by a council of their election of the Scottish nation, and the forts committed to the custody of such as shall be chosen amongst themselves. Finds no great likelihood of his access to the Queen; it is objected they may not so displease the French King unless they were sure to find the Queen of England a good friend. As for the Queen's liberty, which he first proposed, they said that thereby they perceived the Queen meant their undoing, for as for the rest of the matters it were but folly to talk of them, the liberty going before. In the end they said the English should refuse their own commodity, before they concluded with any other. — Fast Castle, 12 July 1567. Signed.
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Printed in Wright's Queen Elizabeth, Vol. I., p. 252.
July. 12. 1437. N. Stopio to —.
Sends news from Vienna, 3 July, and Posen of the 2nd July.—Venice, 12 July 1567. Signed.
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July 13. 1438. Pietro Bizzari to Cecil.
Sends intelligence from Rome, 5 July 1567; also from Posen, relating chiefly to the wars against the Turk in Hungary and Transylvania.—Venice, 13 July 1567. Signed.
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July 13. 1439. The Earl of Bedford to the Queen.
Cannot devise how to preserve the peace on the Borders, unless she commands her Ambassador in Scotland to treat for order to be taken for the holding of days of truce as has been accustomed. Desires that he may have her pleasure for his duty in writing.—Newcastle, 13 July 1567. Signed.
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July 13. 1440. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Complains of the disorderly state of the Borders. If the support demanded of the Lords had been granted them it might have been occasion to have kept the Borders in better quiet.—Newcastle, 13 July 1567. Signed.
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July 13. 1441. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
Sends him the warrants of the ten gunners late of Guisnes who cannot get their pay. If causes be not compounded shortly, the Borders cannot be kept in order. — Carlisle, 13 July 1567. Signed..
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July 13. 1442. The Earl of Bedford to the Earl of Leicester.
Understands that the Queen means to give no support to the Lords of Scotland, which will be the readiest way to wreck the Borders, as the disordered people will not only be permitted but encouraged to do all manner of spoil. Desires him to be a means to get him some good and sure warrant, as thereby he may do such service as may stand with her Majesty's pleasure, her people's safety and his own honour, or else to procure his discharge from this place, wherewith for his health's sake he could be better satisfied. Sends herewith the copy of a letter from the Earl Morton to the Lord Warden of the Middle Marches, wherein he may see his request (see Morton to Sir John Forster, 6 July).— Newcastle, 13 July 1567. Signed.
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July 13. 1444. Thomas Jenye to Cecil.
The Earl of Murray being in hazard of detaining by force besides some peril of his person, required Sir Henry Norris to assist him by some policy to escape secretly out of France, Was despatched to Dieppe or Rye to stay some English bark for he will pass in no Frenchman. Means to return to Dieppe where a messenger attends his arrival to give knowledge to Murray. There are promises of new garboils.— Rye, 13 July. Signed.
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Printed in Wright's Queen Elizabeth, Vol. I., p. 255.
July 14. 1445. The Queen to Throckmorton.
As he shall deal with the Lords having charge of the young Prince for the committing of him into her realm, so shall he in treaty with the Queen offer her the same. He shall so deal with her to stay her from inclining to the French practise to convey the Prince into France.
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July 14. 1446. Pietro Bizarri to Cecil.
News from Rome, 7 June 1567, proceedings against the Archbishop of Toledo. News from Vienna, 5 June, war with the Muscovites in Lithuania. Proceedings at the Imperial Court. Injury done to the Campanile of St. Mark's at Venice by a tempest.—Venice, 14 July 1567. Signed.
Much injured by damp. Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. Pp. 3.
July 14. 1447. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Queen.
1. Came to Edinburgh on the 12th. The 13th being Sunday, appointed for a solemn communion in this town and also a fast, he could not have conference with the Lords, which however was grounded principally on the absence of certain others of the Council. Lethington said that where he pressed greatly to have speedy access to the Queen, there was great difficulty especially because they had refused the French King's Ambassador the like. Throckmorton answered that one ambassador was sent before these accidents happened to impeach the Queen's marriage, and the other could have no order forth of France concerning these matters; and he might boldly say that the Queen had better deserved unto the most of this assembly and the whole of the realm than the French had. Lethington said that for his own part he was much bounden to her, but to be plain there were not many of this assembly that had found so great obligation at the Queen's hands as at the French King's, for the Earls of Morton and Glencairn were the only persons who took benefit by her aid at Leith, and the Queen and the whole world took as much benefit by that as the realm of Scotland did: and Morton and such as were with him for the death of Davy found but cold favour at the Queen's hands when they were banished.
2. The Queen of Scots remains in good health at Lochleven, guarded by Lords Lindsey and Lochleven. Lord Ruthven is employed on another commission because he began to show great favour to her and give her intelligence. She is waited on by five or six ladies, four or five gentlemen, and two chamberers. The Earl of Buchan has liberty to come to her at his pleasure. The Lords who have her in guard keep her very straightly. Their rigour proceeds by the order of these men, because she will not by any means be induced to lend her authority to prosecute the murder, nor will not consent to abandon Bothwell, but avows constantly she will live and die with him, and say that if it were put to her choice she would leave her kingdom and dignity to live as a simple damoisel with him, and that she will never consent that he shall fare worse or have more harm than herself. The Lords mean a divorce between the Queen and Bothwell, which cannot take place if the Queen be at liberty and have power in her hands. They do not intend to touch the Queen in surety or in honour, for they speak of her with respect and reverence.
3. The Lords have for the guard of this town 450 harquebusiers, for whose entertainment they sue to her to aid them with 10,000 or 12,000 crowns of the sun.
4. Howsoever La Forrest and La Croc have used language in the Queen's favour and to the Lords disadvantage to her. La Croc carries with him such matter as shall be little to the Queen's advantage. So as it is thought the French King upon his coming will rather satisfy the Lords than pleasure the Queen, for they have their party so well made as the French will rather make their profit by them than any other way. Sends the last bond signed by the Hamiltons, Argyll, Huntly, and sundry others. Since his coming the Hamiltons have sent to him a gentleman with a letter from the Bishop of St. Andrew and the Abbot of Arbroath, as has also the Earl of Argyll.
5. On the 20th there is a general assembly of all such churches, shires, and borough towns as be contented to repair to these Lords, where the whole state of this matter will be handled; and he fears much to the disadvantage of this Queen, unless Lethington and some others who be best affected to her provide some remedy. The great number and in manner all, but chiefly the common people, who have assisted in these doings, greatly disfavour the Queen, and mind seriously either her deprivation or her destruction. Has used the best means to prorogue this assembly. The chief Lords here dare not show so much leniency to the Queen as they could be contented to for fear of the rage of the people. The women be most furious and impudent against her, and yet the men be mad enough, so as a stranger over busy may soon be made a sacrifice amongst them.
6. The Earl of Lennox is much desired by these Lords. Believes she may use him to promote her purpose with them. Finds amongst the Hamiltons, Argyll, and that company, two strange and sundry humours. The Hamiltons prosecute the Queen's liberty because they would have these Lords destroy her rather than she should be recovered from them by violence. Another time they seem to desire her liberty, because they would compass a marriage betwixt her and the Lord of Arbroath. The Earl of Argyll affects her liberty because he would marry her to his brother.
7. Knox is in the west parts, he will be at the great assembly. Fears his austerity against the Queen.
8. There is a disposition of the Queen of Scots to retire into England or France. If she comes into England without the French King's consent she will lose her dowry; and if she goes into France she may be an instrument to work some new unquietness. Desires to know her pleasure with speed how he shall answer the same if it be propounded unto him. —Edinburgh, 14 July 1567. Signed.
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1448. Draft copy of the above.
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July 12. 1449. The Bishop of St. Andrew's and the Abbot of Arbroath to Throckmorton.
Certify him of the good mind of the greatest part of the nobility to employ themselves for the Queen's relief, willing no ways the hurt of the noblemen the detainers of the Queen, but always deliberate to procure their security. If they refuse they doubt not of the favour and assistance of the Queen of England.—Hamilton, 12 July 1567. Signed.
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July 14. 1450. Throckmorton to the Bishop of St. Andrew's and the Abbot of Arbroath.
Perceives by their letter their honourable disposition for the enlargement of their Sovereign annexed to other good considerations, whereof he will not fail to advertise the Queen of England.—Edinburgh, 14 July 1567.
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July 11. 1451. The Earl of Argyll to Throckmorton.
Sends his special servant with his mind to him to know the state of matters as he shall think most expedient to communicate with him.—Castle Campbell, 11 July 1567. Signed.
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July 14. 1452. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Earl of Argyll.
Has declared to his servant the heads which the Queen of England has given him in charge to treat of with these noblemen here.—Edinburgh, 14 July 1567. Signed.
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July 14. 1453. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
Refers him to his letter to the Queen of this date. Finds by Lethington that it is no time to speak of the delivery of their Prince. He wishes that the Queen had not made such difficulty to have employed amongst them 10,000 or 12,000 crowns in respect publicly that she would pursue such a murder committed against her subject and kinsman, and to separate such an avouterer from her cousin as Bothwell.— Edinburgh, 14 July. Signed.
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July 15. 1454. News from Germany.
The associated Princes and the free towns has asked the Emperor to set at liberty the Duke of Saxony, who answered that the charges against him had not been sufficiently examined. The Turk is displeased with the Venetians. The Count Palatine has sent his ambassadors with a present to the French King. News from Vienna of the 15th July, concerning the measures for raising an army to resist the Turk. One of the Emperor's captains being taken prisoner by the Turks has for his cruelty against them been rolled down a hill in a cask studded with nails.
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July 15. 1455. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Besides two forays committed at his last writing, the Scots have been on the Borders last night with 500 horse, and to night they look to have with them 1,000. The Queen must either plant men on the Borders and seek redress by way of justice, or else give her subjects leave to revenge themselves. Is exclaimed on by the subjects of England, and neither can procure them justice, nor dares give them leave to procure their own amends. Has not heard anything of the Queen's pleasure these three months. Would be glad to know whether he should levy the power of the bishopric and bring them to the Borders or muster his whole charge.— Berwick, 15 July 1567. Signed.
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July 15. 1456. The Earl of Bedford to the Queen.
Complains of the disorders on the Borders, and desires to receive instructions and order as to what he shall do; and whether he shall levy the people in the bishopric and bring them to the Borders or else muster his whole charge. — Berwick, 15 July 1567. Signed.
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July 16. 1457. Advices from Antwerp.
Report of the King of Spain's intended journey to the Low Countries.—Antwerp, 16 July.
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July 16. 1458. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
Lord Herries having made proclamation that all disordered persons should enter unto him and lie in sureties before yesternight, this day the most part being ready to come in and be received to pardon upon composition, got secret intelligence that he had "umbewrappid" them about with 400 of his best men. Whereupon suddenly they all to the number of 300 men "lappe" from him, and crying Treason, Treason, continued in chase shouting and pricking either party at other the most part of the day till night, and many great strokes, spears broken, and "pickt" on both sides.—Carlisle, 16 July 1567. Signed.
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July 16. 1459. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Queen.
On the 15th the Lords came to his lodging, where he delivered her letter and declared his instructions. They, however, would give no answer without the advice and consent of their fellows. He advertised them of a great spoil made on the frontiers, and they promised to send the Laird of Grange to set things in good stay. The Queen of Scots is in great fear of her life, and can be well content either to live in a nunnery or with the old Duchess of Guise. Bothwell has been with the Earl of Huntly, who will not adventure much for him. He has gone to Spynie, and will go to the Orkneys. The Hamiltons and Argyll begin to enter into traffic with these Lords. The Lords have sent Melville to Lochleven. Lord Robert of Holyrood came here yesterday. The Lords will not suffer Mr. Nicholas Elveston [Elphinstone] sent from the Earl of Murray to have access to the Queen nor to send his letter to her.—Edinburgh, 16 July 1567. Signed.
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July 16. 1460. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
These Lords be on the way to make an end of their matters with their Sovereign amongst themselves. It were well to make a virtue of necessity, unless the Queen will use arms against them.—Edinburgh, 16 July 1567. Signed.
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Printed in Wright's Queen Elizabeth, Vol. I., p. 256.
July 16. 1461. Charles IX. to the Queen.
Letter of credence for M. De Lignerolles sent into Scotland. —Escouen, 16 July 1567. Signed.
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July 16. 1462. Catherine De Medicis to the Queen.
Letter of credence for M. De Lignerolles, whom she has directed to visit her on his way into Scotland.—Escouen, 16 July 1567. Signed.
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July 16. 1463. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
On the 13th received letters from Dieppe. The bark "Young" and another are ready rigged into Brazil as is said, but it is thought she will a roving. There is not any good ship in the haven which has not gone abroad. There is also commission come there for all the ordnance to be mounted with speed. Villeroye is returned without having had access to the Queen of Scots. There is a most wicked Englishman named Nicholas Saunders, who has set forth two most detestable works, one entitled, "The treatise of the Image of Christ and of his Saints," and that it is unlawful to break them and lawful to honour them, wherein he speaks most unreverently of Henry VIII. The Earl of Murray has refused their gifts and offers. The Protestants have made some motion that the Queen should assist them with some piece of money.—Paris, 16 July 1567. Signed.
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July 16. 1464. Count Rocandolf to Cecil.
Thanks him for his goodness in trying to obtain from the King of France a safe-conduct for him for forty days to go to France to justify himself, and begs that he will continue his favour.—London, 16 July 1567. Signed.
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July 17. 1465. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
M. De Croc was sent from the King with a present of plate worth 3,000 crowns. The Duke of Chatelherault has come to the Court.—Paris, 17 July 1567. Signed.
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July 17. 1466. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
The Borders continue in great fear of breach, for the outlaws and others continue their riding. This is Bothwell's procuring as the Lords affirm. They have promised for their friends and all whom they may command that good quietness shall be used. The Queen of Scots is calmed and better quieted than of late, and takes both rest and meat, and also some pastime as dancing and play at the cards, much better than she was wont, so as (it is said) she is become fat.— Berwick, 17 July 1567. Signed.
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July 18. 1467. Sir John Forster to the Earl of Bedford.
Has bound the gentlemen of Scotland till Lady-day next, save only the Laird of Bedrule who refused. He with others who are summoned for the King's death are they who seek the disorders upon the Borders for the better help of their evil matters. Martin Elliott has been with him. Has promised to bring him to Bedford at Berwick. Martin says that Bothwell was within these ten days in Tividale, where he talked with a company for the breaking upon the Borders. Had never a falser company to deal with than the gentlemen of Scotland.—Bamborough, 18 July 1567. Signed.
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July 18. 1468. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Queen.
1. Cannot perceive that as yet access to the Queen will be granted to him. Robert Melville returned from the Queen on the 17th, who has written desiring better treatment, and has offered to commit the government wholly to the Earl of Murray, or else to the Duke of Chatelherault and other noblemen. She has written that he may have access to her. She will by no means abandon Bothwell for her husband. She yields to the prosecution of the murder. Has found means to let her know that he has been sent hither for her relief, and has persuaded her to renounce Bothwell. She sends word that she would rather die, taking herself to be seven weeks gone with child, and by renouncing him she would acknowledge herself to be with child of a bastard. Knox arrived on the 17th. Has persuaded with him and Craig to preach leniency. Finds them both very austere in this conference. The Bishop of Galloway assures these Lords that there is a good disposition in the other party to concur with them, and they can be content that the Queen's restraint be continued until the murder be punished. Captain Clerke who served at Newhaven has killed Wilson a seaman, by whose death the enterprise to impeach Bothwell is dashed. The Hamiltons would concur with these Lords in all things in any extremity against the Queen, so that the Earl of Lennox's son should not inherit after the Prince.
2. Though the Lords and counsellors speak reverently and charitably of their Queen, so that he cannot gather from their speech any intention to cruelty or violence, yet he finds that the Queen is in very great peril of her life, by reason that the people mind vehemently her destruction. It is a public speech that she has no more privilege to commit murder and adultery than any private person. Earl Bothwell has been put to the horn. His porter and another servant have confessed that he was one of the principal executors of the murder in his own person accompanied with sundry others. Bothwell is still in the north. These Lords keep the passages from the north and west with their harquebusiers. Of late this Queen has written a letter to the Captain of Dunbar, which being surprised discovers matters little to her advantage. —Edinburgh, 18 July 1567. Signed.
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1469. Copy of the above.
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July 18. 1470. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
Never saw greater confusion amongst men, for they change their opinions very often. They be always resolute to use all severity against the Queen. She is in very great danger. They will not suffer Mr. Elphinstone to have access to her. The people be greatly animated against her.—Edinburgh, 18 July 1567. Signed.
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July 19. 1471. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
Prays him to advise what is best, this Queen being dead either in body or estate, that this country run not the French devotion. Herewith sends a tragical dialogue.—Edinburgh, 19 July 1567. Signed.
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July 19. 1472. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
The Borders have grown rather to further disorders. The spoils committed upon the subjects of England are so intolerable that they come to him with outcries and exclamations tending to his great dishonour, as if he should either wink at the Scots or encourage them thus to do. The Scots are so lusty as this last night they came within courier shot of the castle wall, and had not the scouts raised the alarm they had carried away a right good booty. There is come one Cormack O'Connor, to whom he has delivered 10l. for his charges to the Court. Desires some direction and order from the Queen.—Berwick, 19 July 1567. Signed.
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July 19. 1473. Advices from Stopio.
Intelligence from Messina, 4 June 1567; from Rome of the 12th July; from Vienna, the 10th, and Posen, the 9th July. —Venice, 19 July 1567. Signed.
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July 19. 1474. Proclamation by the Earl of Bedford.
Commands all within his charge to abstain from reiving or stealing from the subjects of Scotland. For such riefs as have been made upon them, the Queen minds to have the same mended by justice.—Berwick, 19 July 1567.
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July 19. 1475. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
Finds the Greames willing to have no other dealing in any action of Scotland than as they are appointed. M. De Croc minds to impeach the coming of the Earl of Murray into Scotland, and has despatched letters for his detainment.— Carlisle, 19 July 1567. Signed.
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July 19. 1476. The Senate of Hamburg to the Queen.
Express their willingness to maintain friendly relations with her subjects and their goodwill towards her.—Hamburg, 19 July 1567.
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July 20. 1477. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Earl of Bedford.
Finds here that they mean to do him (Bedford) all the displeasure they can so soon as they find the Queen will not favour them in their present actions. Assures him that the late offence upon the Borders was not by any knowledge from these Lords, but by Ferniehurst at the solicitation of Bothwell. Warns him to travail for some order from above, for it is high time. Was never in so busy and dangerous a legation in his life. They have not yet given him audience. Has been written to by the other side. Bears them all fair in hand that he may the better discover their meanings and designs. The Queen is in great danger by reason of the great rage and fury of the people against her.—Edinburgh, 20 July 1567. Signed.
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Printed in Wright's Queen Elizabeth, Vol. I., p. 256.
July 20. 1478. The Queen to Throckmorton.
Has received his letter of the 14th, wherein he says that the Lords are loath to have him repair to the Queen. Can in no respect allow her captivity. If any device can be found by them whereby the Queen may be restored to her liberty and estate, they will find her very ready to satisfy any reasonable requests for aid to the prosecution of the murder and the preservation of the Prince; otherwise she cannot consent to their demands how beneficial soever they may be to her, by aiding them from adhering to the French whilst their Queen is in captivity. Likes well his dealing with Argyll and the Hamiltons. With respect to the Queen's coming into England cannot yet resolve any certain answer. Is to require redress for the late spoils on the Borders.
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July 20. 1479. The Queen to the Earl of Bedford.
He is to require Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to make ample declaration of the disorders on the Borders to such of the Council of Scotland as he shall think meet, and to press them for speedy and particular redress to be made by the Wardens; adding that if redress shall not follow it must not be found strange that restitution be sought by her subjects in the best way they can. In the meantime he is to cause the power of the Marches to be in readiness. Means not to give aid for the continuance of the Queen of Scots' captivity, but rather to procure her liberty.
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July 20. 1480. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
The troubles and disorders upon the Borders grow and increase. The remedy exceeds order of justice. Hopes that he will procure order and direction for him to follow.— Berwick, 20 July 1567. Signed.
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July 20. 1481. Pietro Bizarri to Cecil.
Sends intelligence from Rome, 12 July 1567; and Posen, 9 July.—Venice, 20 July 1567. Signed.
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