Elizabeth: August 1567, 1-15

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'Elizabeth: August 1567, 1-15', in Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 8, 1566-1568, (London, 1871) pp. 306-320. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/foreign/vol8/pp306-320 [accessed 22 April 2024]


August 1567, 1-15

[August.] 1541. List of Causes in the Admiralty Court.
List of depredations perpetrated by English subjects on those of the King of Spain.
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August. 1542. Advices from Venice.
The Venetian Ambassador with the Turk is stayed until a certain Jew be given up, who is lurking in the Venetian dominions, and who owes the Grand Turk 124,000 crowns. The Turk makes a great army to the seas towards Cyprus. Also news from Rome 2 August; Vienna, 31 July; and Antwerp, 24 August.
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August 1. 1543. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Is sorry to perceive that Her Majesty is no better affected to the Lords in Scotland. Fears that the Borders will be the first to feel the smart, for the disordered people will take courage when they see no effectual demonstration of friendship to the Lords. The way to keep these disordered people furthest off and the Borders most quiet is the entertainment of the Elliots. Touching the revenge to be used in cases occurent, having good warrant already for the same from the Queen, he will do the same as shall appear. Desires to know the Queen's pleasure whether he shall do the same in open manner or secretly.—Alnwick, 1 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August. 1544. Sir John Forster to the Marquis of Winchester.
Writes touching certain debts due to the Queen from her tenants, and also concerning the commission of enclosures.— Alnwick, Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 1. 1545. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
The Guises and the other side are at the Court. The Guise has required justice for the death of his father. The Ambassador of Scotland has been with him and declared that the King was determined to call him to the Council, where he should receive his answer. Finds it very strange that he should be privy in things touching his charge. Reminds him of the poor prisoners at Marseilles.—Compeigne, 1 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 2. 1546. Count Rocandolf to Cecil.
Has been informed of the dispatch sent by the French Ambassador on account of the Queen's remonstrance about his affairs, and that he did not doubt but that the Count would obtain what he wanted.—London, 2 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 2. 1547. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Queen.
The Lords are about to send Nicholas Elveston to the French King. Complains that it is long since he has heard from her. The Earls of Morton, Glencairn, and Mar remain with the young King at Stirling. The Bishop of St. Andrew's shows himself now a conformable man both in apparel and outward orders of religion. All matters here stand at a stay until the Earl of Murray's coming. The Queen is straiter kept, for now is she shut up in a tower. The Hamiltons have sent certain of their surname to have conference with these Lords.—Edinburgh, 2 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 2. 1548. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
To the same effect as his letter to the Queen of this date. —Edinburgh, 2 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 3. 1549. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Some of their men seeking their revenge in his absence and without his knowledge have come upon some of the March under Lord Hume's charge, which disorder he will look unto and see punished. Sends a packet from Sir Nicholas Throckmorton.—Berwick, 3 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 3. 1550. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
Throckmorton was feasted on Wednesday last in the Castle of Edinburgh, all secrets shown him, and at his departure certain pieces shot off. The Lords' proceedings show no fear. If they speak not English which they would fain do, they will speak French. Their borderers know the way by night as well into Scotland as they do into England.—Berwick, 3 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 3. 1551. Captain Cockburn to Cecil.
Sends letters for the Earl of Murray. News of the Court of France. Desires him to send news of the state of Scotland. —Compeigne, 3 Aug. Signed.
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August 4. 1552. The Earl of Bedford to Throckmorton.
Perceives that the Queen conceives a marvellous opinion of him of too much affection to the Lords. Has done nothing either for the Lords or their Queen otherwise than he has been directed. In goodwill and wishing them well he has favoured them and their action, for he sees it is good and honourable and the Queen's doings to be abominable and to be detested.—Berwick, 4 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 4. 1553. Sir Walter Mildmay to Throckmorton.
Is sorry that he is so straitly enjoined to deal otherwise than he thinks to good purpose. Found the Earl of Murray very zealous in religion, and well affected to the maintenance of the amity, but doubtful to take upon him any singular government in respect of dangers that might follow to himself. Throckmorton will do well to comfort him therein. Has received letters from Mr. Man which declare that the King of Spain will take shipping at Corunna in October to pass into Flanders.—Apethorp, 4 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 4. 1554. Robert Glover to the Company of Muscovy Merchants.
1. Has endeavoured to clear himself of all charge here of purpose to have passed into England; but since coming to this town two occasions have moved him to remain until next year. The one is a letter of the Emperor's to the chief clerk of Novogorod for the receipt of 3183 roubles for the use of their worships, the recovery of which would be doubtful if he should depart before the receipt thereof; the other is understanding that they are rather bent to use rigour and cruelty towards him than by any reward to consider his long and painful travail, which causes him to bethink himself better before he departs from hence. Has sent to their agent the greater part of his substance in two chests, trusting that they will be content if he takes allowance for the furs that be in one of them. Complains that he has profited himself nothing in their service. Desires them to cause all his accounts yearly sent to them to be audited. Will be content if they entertain him to do his diligent endeavour to the uttermost, otherwise he must be forced to seek for himself by serving some other company, where he could in a short time more benefit himself than ever he did by them.—In the Narva, 4 Aug. 1567.
2. Copy of a supplication interpreted out of Russian against the right worshipful company of merchants for discovery of new trades to the Emperor the 10th of May, by certain English merchants. They allege that because they have bartered for Russian wares and sold better cheap English commodities than the company, they have procured the Queen to forbid any others than themselves to trade with Russia under pain of forfeiture of all their goods, and themseives to be put to death with most cruel death, they and their fathers and mothers and wives and children. Desire the Emperor's letters in their behalf to the Queen, and that in the meantime he will seal up the goods of the company till such time as he has answer.
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August 5. 1555. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Queen.
On the third he sent to Stirling for audience, and the next day the Lords sent answer that they could not negociate with him, the others being absent. As the matter may be so used that these men upon desperation or choler will bereave the Queen of Scots of her life as they have done of her estate, he will not now proceed with them so precisely in all points for her enlargement. The Queen daily looks to have greater restraint than she has had. The occasions are that she has won the favour and goodwill of the house as well men as women, whereby she had means to have great intelligence, and was in towardness to have escaped. The other was that they would have her consent to relinquish Bothwell, whereof he does not now so much despair as heretofore. The Earl of Huntly has sent to Stirling to procure a conference with these Lords, the Hamiltons, and himself, but these Lords do not seem to be very desirous of it. Thinks it best for M. Lignerolles to come in Murray's company, for if these men get intelligence that his errand is not plausible to them he may peradventure find Scottish entertainment. The Lords take the doings of the Earl of Bedford somewhat strangely, for that some under his charge have run two forays in the Merse. For that nothing can be more dangerous to hasten this Queen's death than the opinion these Lords may conceive of her intent to put them to a strait, it may please her to give order to the Earl of Bedford not to exasperate them by any of his actions. — Edinburgh, 5 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 5. 1556. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
Hopes nothing will chance to alter his revocation. These men defer their proceedings until the Earl of Murray's coming. —Edinburgh, 5 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 6. 1557. The Queen to Throckmorton.
He is to send to the Lords and say that it cannot but seem strange to her that they have so slightly regarded her and her good meaning not only in delaying to hear him and deferring his access to their Sovereign, but also in not vouchsafing to make any answer to her. Also that she finds their usage and proceedings towards their Queen to overpass all the rest in so strange a degree that she cannot but think that they have gone far beyond the duty of subjects, and therefore she has thought good without consuming longer time in vain to revoke him, requiring them to grant him licence and passport.
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August 6. 1558. The Earl of Leicester to Throckmorton.
Will understand by the Queen's own letter her pleasure for his return, which dispatch was made in Mr. Secretary's absence. She has commanded him to say somewhat to him. He is ere he depart to persuade and exhort Murray by all means he can devise possible to employ himself to the help and safety of his Sovereign, and to let him know how acceptable it shall be to all princes, and thereto he may boldly offer in the Queen's behalf whatsoever in honour or reason he shall require. [He] may be well assured she will spend anything . . . . . might redeem that Queen out of captivity. He is to understand by all the policy he can use how the Earl of Murray deals with these Lords; also he is to make all search to understand what party may be made for the Queen there, and whether the house of Hamilton stand towards her as they did. Lastly, he is to use all means to let the Queen of Scots know the Queen's great grief for her, and how much she takes care for her relief, and he is to use all ways of best comfort to her in the Queen's name. The Queen takes the doings of these Lords to heart, as a precedent most perilous for any Prince.—6 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 6. 1559. The Earl of Leicester to Throckmorton.
His other letter was written by the Queen's commandment, but to be plain with him she is most earnestly affected towards the Queen of Scots, and he finds almost all kinds of persons in great mislike with those Lords for this strange manner of proceeding with their natural Sovereign. There is no persuading the Queen to disguise or use policy, for she breaks out to all men her affection in this matter, and says most constantly that she will become an utter enemy to that nation if that Queen perish. Though he must confess her acts to be loathsome and foul for any Prince, yet is her punishment most unnatural. They have plain commandment in the Scriptures to obey and love their Sovereigns though they be evil. The words be plain and the example true. Lethington who with most large and bountiful bonds was tied ought not to let private security banish due pity. Speaks not thus to serve his Sovereign's pride but for conscience sake. Though the Queen has deserved punishment at God's hand, she has deserved better consideration at some of her servants' hands. Desires him to let Lethington know what he would say. The Queen greatly likes Throckmorton's doings. Believes that there is no less pity towards the Queen of Scots in Murray's heart than both nature and duty binds.—6 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 6. 1560. Sir Henry Norris to the Privy Council.
On the 5th inst. he received his answer by the mouth of the Chancellor that touching such depredations and wrongs as were done to the Queen's subjects, the King's meaning was for their better satisfaction, a commission to be granted to any that Norris should think meet to execute the same, by virtue whereof they should be assisted by the King's officers. The King trusted that the Queen would render the "reciproke" favour and justice in the like cases of his subjects.— Compeigne, 6 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 6. 1561. Captain Cockburn to Cecil.
They have raised a bruit here that the Bishops who were in the Tower are set at liberty, and that the Queen has commanded them to set up Mass and the old religion again. Footmen are listed in Paris to keep the town all Papists. The Duke of Alva has passed with 10,000 foot and 2,000 horsemen. Desires him to cause news of the state of Scotland to be sent to Norris.—Compeigne, 6 Aug. 1567. Signed: George Bimont. Not in Cockburn's handwriting.
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August 7. 1562. Sir Henry Norris to the Queen.
Information of the answer given by the French King to his request for redress of injuries inflicted on her subjects; and desires her pleasure how he shall further proceed in the matter. It is said that she has set at liberty the Bishops who were prisoners for religion, and offered to join in league with the King of Spain. The King of Spain's army in passing through Burgundy have spoiled divers houses and villages belonging to the Prince of Orange. The French are jealous that she should make the Queen of Scots in any way beholden to her.—Compeigne, 7 Aug. Signed.
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August 7. 1563. Sir Henry Norris to [Cecil].
Has received reasonable answer from this King's Council. Desires him to appoint two merchants to represent the cause in behalf of the rest. Forwards letters from Cecil's friend. G. Beaumont (see 6th Aug).—Compeigne, 7 Aug. Signed.
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August 7. 1564. Sir Thomas Gresham to Cecil.
Desires him to remember the 7,000l. which he showed him yesterday that he should presently have part of. Has received a packet of letters from the Earl of Sussex.—Gresham House, 7 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 7. 1565. Bernard Hampton to Cecil.
The Queen having resolved to call Throckmorton home commanded the writer yesternight to draw a letter to him, but it being very late he was driven to forbear the sending of the packet until this morning.—Windsor, 7 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 7. 1566. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
1. Has received the Queen's letter of July 29, containing her pleasure to bestow 100l. upon the Elliotts by way of reward.
2. These country people under his charge despairing of any redress by order of justice, have run a foray upon their neighbours and taken a town called Lammerton, not half a mile from the bounds, the principal doers of which he has committed to prison. Understands that he is thought to be too forward in favour towards the Lords and too slack towards that Queen. Affirms that he has used no act of partiality towards either. Prays that some one may be appointed in his place, for his health cannot bear it.—Berwick, 7 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 9. 1567. The Earl of Sussex to Cecil.
1. Since his embarking at Donawerth there has been such extreme rains that the river of Danube rose to a greater height than it has for forty years and carried away all the bridges. Was forced to stay at Lintz. Arrived here all safe on the 5th.
2. Will write fully within four days.—Vienna, 9 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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1568. Another copy.
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August 9. 1569. The Duke of Savoy to the Queen.
Desires a passport for the bearer who is going into Scotland. —Turin, 9 Aug. 1567. Signed: Philibert.
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August 9. 1570. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Queen.
1. On the 6th and 7th the confederate Lords arrived in this town. The Laird of Tullibardine visited him on the 7th, by whom he understood that the Queen was not without great danger of her life, for those who had assisted in this action could find no surety in case she should live. Also that the Hamiltons and the Earls of Argyll and Huntly and that faction forbear to join with these Lords only because she was suffered to live; reasoning that she would come to liberty some time or other, and if they should conjoin with her adversaries they would both lose the thanks for their former proceedings and incur as much danger as if they had been first in this action against her. They said if these Lords would so provide that they should come to no dangerous reckoning (meaning thereby the despatch of the Queen) it should not be long ere they would accord and run all one course. Throckmorton said that he could not think that noblemen could have such double faces or such traitorous minds, and also that they might make a better profit of the Queen's life than of her death, she being divorced from Bothwell, by marrying of her.
2. Tullibardine said that these matters had been in question amongst them, but that they saw not so good an outgate by any of those devices as by the Queen's death, as they account but the little King betwixt them and home, and that the Bishop of St. Andrew's and the Abbot of Kilwinning had proponed this to them within these forty-eight hours. Throckmorton used what persuasions he could to make him dislike these purposes, and in the end brought him to abhor the Queen's destruction.
3. On the same afternoon Lethington came to him, to whom he imparted part of her instructions of the 27th July. Lethington told him that the Hamiltons and he concurred together for that they had nothing in their mouths but liberty, but nothing less in their hearts, and that if he had used the speech to the Lords which he did to him all the world could not save the Queen's life three days. He also said that if they took the Queen's life all the Lords who held out would conjoin with them in two days, and that that morning the Bishop of St. Andrew's and the Abbot of Kilwinning had sent to them for that purpose, and likewise the Earl of Huntly had sent to conclude with them upon the same ground.
4. Throckmorton desired leave to have access to her, which he promised to move the Lords for. These Lords have accorded a conference by interchangeable commissioners with the Hamiltons, and the Earls of Argyll and Huntly. Fears that this accord will bring little better fortune to the Queen. The Earl of Bothwell accompanied with 200 men is arrived in Orkney and intends to assail the Castle. To defeat him and his force they are about to send the Lairds of Tullibardine and Grange with 400 soldiers and four ships. The Queen of Scots has her health better than at his last dispatch. She is lodged in the tower of Lochleven as a place more sure to guard her in the night than the lodgings she had before.—Edinburgh, 9 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 9. 1571. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Earl of Leicester.
Understands that the Hamiltons make their profit of such conferences as have heretofore passed between him and them, so that he is forced to desist from treating with them. Has sounded the Earl of Mar and finds him nothing rigorous towards the Queen, and so no way tractable to revolt from his associates, neither inclined to do any act which may derogate from the regality of the young King. Has so travailed with Lethington and others, that he dares affirm that this woeful Queen shall not die any violent death unless some new accident chances. Desires that his revocation may be no longer deferred.—Edinburgh, 9 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 9. 1572. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
Perceives that these men could be as contented he was hence as he could desire it. Lethington told him the night before that it was to no purpose that he tarried, and that he may make matters worse, for they could not satisfy the Queen of England unless they cast their King, their country, and themselves away. He also said that they knew all the good purposes which have passed betwixt him, the Hamiltons, and the Earls of Argyll and Huntly since his coming. Sees no great purpose of his tarrying here any longer.—Edinburgh, 9 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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Printed in Wright, Vol. I., p. 262.
August 10. 1573. Pietro Bizarri to Cecil.
Sends news from Rome, 2 Aug. 1567. A certain Perugian who has written a libel on a lady condemned to the galleys. His sentence confirmed by the Pope. Gives copy of a letter from the Pope to the Dean and Chapter of Toledo dated 20 July, and written in Latin. News from Posen 30 July 1567.—Venice, 10 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 10. 1574. Advices from Antwerp.
Expected arrival and commission of Alva, &c.—Antwerp, 10 August.
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August 10. 1575. John Man to the Earl of Leicester.
The King has advanced the Count De Feria to the estate of a Duke, only by calling him Duke, and has given him 25,000 ducats to pay his debts, and 5,000 yearly for the charge of his table. The Emperor has of late required this King instantly to deliver his sons the Princes of Bohemia.—Madrid, 10 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 10. 1576. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
On the 8th came the Earl of Murray. Thinks that he will continue a good Scotchman. The hard speeches used by the Queen have somewhat driven him from the affection he was of towards this realm. If he takes the charge upon him he does it not without some difficulty. Towards that Queen he finds him neither over pitiful nor cruel, her life he means shall not be touched. On Friday last Cessford was carried away with fourteen of his men from his house, no man knowing whither or whose doing it was. This day a crayer came to Eyemouth from Bothwell for munitions with letters to some of the gentlemen of the March, which was stayed. Begs that he may be despatched home at Michaelmas, as he feels already decay of his health.—Berwick, 10 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 11. 1577. Sir Henry Percy to the Queen.
Has received letters touching the setting at liberty of the Master Marshall of Scotland. Denies that he is more straitly dealt herein than any nobleman in his case has been. He has at sundry times practised to escape, which doing has required more strait handling.—Tynemouth, 11 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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1578. Another copy.
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August 11. 1579. Sir Henry Percy to Cecil.
Has agreed with the Earl of Murray and the Master Marshall upon bonds for his liberty in Scotland for the space of three months according to their requests. Denies that he has dealt straitly with him.—Tynemouth, 11 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 11. 1580. The Earl of Sussex to the Earl of Leicester.
Thanks him for his letter which he received on the 9th. His entertainment here has been very great. Will have audience to-morrow, when he will enter as far into the matter he came for as time will serve.—Vienna, 11 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 11. 1581. The Earl of Sussex to Cecil.
Refers him to his letter to the Queen for intelligence. Is very honourably received and lacks nothing. The Emperor seems frank of speech and courteous. He utters his speech of the Queen as though he would it should be conceived that to honour her he would thereto humble himself towards her, and yet when he speaks of other Princes he speaketh like an Emperor. The Venetians are angry with the Pope.—Vienna, 11 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 12. 1582. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Desires him to remember his revokement hence. His life cannot last long if he remains here. The Borders are now in indifferent good quietness.—Berwick, 12 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 12. 1583. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Queen.
1. On the 11th the Earl of Murray made his repair into this town, M. Lignerolles accompanying him. Met him three or four miles before his coming to Edinburgh. Finds him very honourable, sincere and direct, not resolved what he will do, abhoring on one side the murder of the King, which he can like in nowise should pass with impunity, so on the other side he finds in him great commiseration for the Queen his sister. Thinks that he will take the Regency upon him, being pressed thereto by all the Lords and gentlemen who have dealt in this action, all of whom be the men he values and esteems most in this realm. As far as he can understand Lignerolles' errand was rather for the manners sake to purchase the Queen's liberty than for any devotion they had to it, which is confirmed to him by Lignerolles' own words. He also told him that he had in charge, first, to seek the uniting of the nobility together, which done he thought they would better devise for her relief, for the honour and quietness of the realm and their own sureties. Then he had to show reasons for the Queen's enlargement and good treatment.
2. The Earl of Murray was received into Edinburgh with great joy of all the people. Understands that Lignerolles has brought particular letters to most of the nobility, and intends to press greatly the renovation and continuation of their ancient league.
3. Murray had given him at his coming forth of France a present which was valued at 1,500 crowns of the sun, and a pension of 4,000 francs yearly. Lignerolles has found means to assure all these Lords that his master is as careful of their well doing as they could wish.—Edinburgh, 12 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 12. 1584. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
The French do not take greatly to heart how this Queen speeds, whether she lives or dies. The mark they shoot at is to renew their old league. Thinks that the Earl of Murray will run the course that these men do and be a partaker of their fortune. Hears no man speak more bitterly against the tragedy and the players therein than he. The whole Protestants of France will live and die in these men's quarrels. Desires him to further his revocation.—Edinburgh, 12 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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Printed in Wright's Queen Elizabeth, Vol. I., p. 263.
August 13. 1585. The Earl of Sussex to Cecil.
The Emperor being sick has had no audience since his letters of the 3rd. The Emperor sent word that he hoped he would have access to him within two or three days, and that the Archduke would be here about the middle of next week. Thinks that he daily expects answer from the King of Spain by his courier sent upon Sussex's first secret audience. Looks for him on the 29th at the furthest.— Vienna, 13 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 13. 1586. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Queen.
On the 12th Lignerolles had audience with the Lords and declared his commission, and desired to have access to the Queen and leave to pass to the Hamiltons. The Lords required him to take in good part that they suspended their answer until they had consulted upon the matters proposed by him. The Earl of Murray also required leave to see the Queen, who was answered as they had answered Lignerolles. Afterwards Lignerolles came to his lodging, by whom he found that the French King meant never to trouble this country with sending of any men of war. The Regency will light upon Murray.—Edinburgh, 13 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 13. 1587. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
The French have taken another course with their ambassador than the Queen has with him, who uses himself very mildly and all to the contentation of these men. Finds the Earl of Murray to concur with these Lords as seriously as any of them.—Edinburgh, 13 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 13. 1588. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Bishop of St. Andrew's and the Abbot of Arbroath.
Having spent a long time to no purpose, not being able to prevail in anything with the Lords to his Sovereign's satisfaction, she has revoked him. Has in charge to know before his departing what they and their confederates will do to set their Sovereign at liberty by force or otherwise, to the end that the Queen of England may concur with them in this enterprise.—Edinburgh, 13 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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1589. Another copy.
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August 13. 1590. The Earl of Bedford to the Queen.
The state of the Borders is meetly quiet. Has not done anything to show any favour towards the Lords since he knew her pleasure. Hopes she will not cause him to tarry here where his life should be shortened. Has also some suits at law next term for the which he humbly prays that he may be discharged hence.—Berwick, 13 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 13. 1591. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Thanks him for his gentle letter. The Lords it is thought will most of them become French. Complains of the want of munitions and money. Does not desire to be called hence to avoid service, but only for respect of his health. Sends a letter from the Laird of Grange.—Berwick, 13 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 10. 1592. Kirkaldy of Grange to the Earl of Bedford.
Bothwell has passed with five ships to the Orkneys. He and the Laird of Tullibardine have the charge to pursue him. If he once encounters him he will bring him dead or quick to Edinburgh. Ferniehurst takes in very evil part a raid of the men of Tynedale.—Edinburgh, 10 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 14. 1593. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Hears that Murray will take the Regency upon him. The French Ambassador works all he can to make the Lords become French. He deals little or nothing for the Queen's liberty, for that is not the mark he shoots at. Cannot see any likelihood of any service for matter of advertisement when Sir Nicholas Throckmorton is revoked, for such as be his friends be altogether with the Lords, who seeing the Queen nothing bent to favour their action will wax cold in friendship towards him, so that having no credit with any he will not be able to do service, and therefore desires that he may be revoked. The words the Queen spoke to Alexander Home are not well digested, and have lost many hearts. —Berwick, 14 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 14. 1594. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Queen.
1. Has received her letter of the 6th containing his revocation, but has thought meet to conceal the same, partly because the Earl of Murray is in some expectation to have liberty to visit his sister, and partly for that he has written to the Hamiltons this day. Has used the best means he could to persuade the Earl to be favourable to his sister. Finds him much perplexed with the matter, his honour and nature moving him to lenity and commiseration on the one side, the assured friendship betwixt him and the Lords, their surety, and the preservation of religion drawing him as far on the other side. The Hamiltons would not permit the herald to proclaim the young King at Hamilton. The Duke of Chatelherault has a pension given him by the French King of 4,000 francs, in recompense of his Duchy, and also a cupboard of plate worth 1,500 crowns. The Lords have required him to understand whether she would receive graciously an ambassador sent in the King's name, otherwise they mean not to deal any further with her.
2. Lignerolles is not like to speak with the Queen or confer with the Hamiltons, and yet his answer is but dilatory and not peremptory. The Earls of Athol and Argyll accompany Murray to Lochleven tomorrow. This day after dinner he had private talk with the Earl of Murray, who told him that his going to Lockleven was like to be broken. Insisted earnestly to move him to make his voyage thither. The Hamiltons and their friends much impugn that Murray should accept the Regency.—Edinburgh, 14 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 14. 1595. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Queen.
Found the means by Robert Melville to send to the Queen of Scots, who with some difficulty answered him, which he sends herewith. Has declared at length to Murray and Lethington such instructions as the Earl of Leicester gave him. They heard him patiently and said they would have more conference with him in three or four days. Gives the causes of his longer stay.—Edinburgh, 14 Aug. Signed.
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August. 1596. Mary Queen of Scots to Throckmorton.
Thanks him for the goodwill which he has borne her, and desires him to continue the same. Thanks the Queen of England for her affection towards her in her affliction.— Lochleven. Signed.
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August 14. 1597. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Earl of Leicester.
Murray will not accept the Regency until he knows the Queen's allowance, which is one of the causes of his journey. The way to amend this Queen's fortune and treatment is for the Queen of England to deal more calmly in her speech of them than she does. If the Queen refuses to accept their ambassador sent in the young King's name all the ablest and wisest of this nation will become good French.— Edinburgh, 14 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 14. 1598. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
Thanks him for his revocation. Desires to know the Queen's allowance in case these Lords send an ambassador in the King's name, if it be refused Actum est de amicitiâ.— Edinburgh 14 Aug. Signed.
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August 15. 1599. Sir Walter Mildmay to Throckmorton.
Could wish Throckmorton's abode there to be a little longer, as he doubts when he is gone the French shall have more scope to work what they seek, and the more so because the Queen continues in offence against the proceedings in Scotland. The Queen hearing of the coming of the King of Spain into Flanders furnishes certain of her ships.—Apethorp, 15 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 15. 1600. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
The lack of the Queen's favour to the Lords of Scotland will prove the very firebrand to kindle all disorders on the Borders, for that will be the way to open their discontentation. There is no other way to keep their own but that the Queen prepare some force to lie on the Borders to be ready at all events. The mischief is grown so near to a ripeness as they daily look when it shall break forth.—Berwick, 15 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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