Elizabeth: August 1567, 16-31

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'Elizabeth: August 1567, 16-31', in Calendar of State Papers Foreign: Elizabeth, Volume 8, 1566-1568, (London, 1871) pp. 321-332. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/foreign/vol8/pp321-332 [accessed 12 April 2024]


August 1567, 16-31

August 16. 1601. Marsilio della Croce to John Shers.
Gives extract of a letter from Gio Andrea Doria to the Pope announcing the capture of certain corsairs and the liberation of 800 Christian captives. News from Madrid 17 July of the King's intended journey into Flanders. From Rome, 9 August. Jousts and running at the ring, and other matters of a domestic nature. From Pescara, 10 August. Desperate combat of ten near Sorbello. From Vienna 7 August.—Venice, 16 Aug. Signed.
Add. Mutilated. Ital. Pp. 5½.
August 16. 1602. Advices.
News from Rome, 16 August 1567, and Vienna, 14 August.
Endd. Ital. Pp. 3.
August 17. 1603. Richard Clough to Gresham.
1. Has received the pictures he writes of, whereof he will cause the Queen's to be made and will send him the rest. The proclamation against making and selling gunpowder is thought to be a practise of Jasper Sketz and Breder . . . . to get all into their hands. The Regent is at Brussels, but there is in manner no Court at all. The ships have not yet come to the Groyne for the convoying the King over. The Portuguese have taken three English rovers.
2. There is taken at Valenciennes 105 of the best of the burghers. On Sunday last there were taken here six Anabaptists, three or four shall be put to death and the rest have recanted. The King of Sweden will have an army to the sea of ninety ships with 3,000 brass pieces. There is great doubt of business in France. The Duke of Alva is at Namur.—Antwerp, 17 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Pp. 4.
August 17. 1604. The Earl of Sussex to [the Earl of Leicester].
The Emperor seems for his own part to be well satisfied with all that he has said, although he thinks it convenient to forbear answer until he hear his brother's mind.—Vienna, 17 Aug. 1567. Signed.
P. 1.
August 18. 1605. The Earl of Sussex to Cecil.
Refers him to his letter to the Queen for what has passed between him and the Emperor. The Ambassador of Venice coming to visit him wished that the old amity between the Queen and the Seignory were continued by ambassadors on either side. He answered that the Queen had cause to think unkindness in the Seignory that they had forborne to congratulate her since her coming to the crown. The Ambassador confessed the fault in not congratulating at the first, and excused the lack of not doing it afterwards for lack of some new occasion. They look daily for conclusion of peace between the King of Poland and the Muscovites.—Vienna, 18 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2¼.
August 18. 1606. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Desires his revocation. Sees already certain practices in hand wherein is conspired the overthrow of quietness, and the spoil of the Borders, which will force the Queen to lay some strength there.—Berwick, 18 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1¼.
August 18. 1607. Lord Scrope to the Queen.
1. Has thought meet to stay the execution of the two sons of Fergus Greame until he might be resolved therein from her.
2. The considerations that moved him thereunto are, that he thought them innocent of the murder they stand convicted of; and also that their execution would have quite subverted the quiet state of these Borders on both sides, and stirred up such deadly feuds, murders, and spoils as in long time could not be met withal.—Carlisle, 18 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
August 18. 1608. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
Gives reasons for staying the execution of the two sons of Fergus Greame. The divisions amongst the Greames are very great. Desires letters authorising him to establish order amongst them.—Carlisle, 18 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
August 18. 1609. The Marquis of Winchester to Cecil.
Sends Sir John Forster's letter relating to the crown tenants, and debts on the Borders.—18 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2¾.
August 18. 1610. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
1. Has reprieved the two sons of Fergus Greame condemned for the murder of Wat Bell. Has learnt that their father and others their friends are the chief devisers and committers of that murder and the young men clear. Would rather the murderers might be tried and executed than the guiltless, or at least the one with the other. Fears lest their father and others would leap forth and join with the like of the other realm to the disquiet of both. Does not crave pardon of death, but only for good orders sake respite of life for a time.
2. Understands that before the reprieving was known to their friends that their father with his adherents and others rode forth of the town and assembled divers of the Greames and a number of Scotchmen of intent in revenge of the death of his sons to have ridden upon the spoil of the Queen's good subjects. Considering that they were not to be brought to apprehension otherwise than under assurance, which he meant utterly to avoid, he has dissembled the cause, and has answered the informer that he was sure Fergus would not attempt any matter otherwise than he lawfully might.
3. Has made an instrument of one of his own clerks, who is a special friend of theirs, with whom he used his cunning, seeming that he well knew they would take in hand no such enterprise. He by his secret letters caused Fergus to repair to him, whose excuses he seemed to accept and suffered him without challenge to pass. Warns him against giving credit to the bearer of his other letters. After he has apprehended and executed the murderers, makes no doubt by their example to continue the Frontiers in perfect order. Desires him to keep his letters from the knowledge of any man.—Carlisle, [18] Aug. 1567. Signed.
4. P.S.—Desires a special letter charging him to decide on the divisions among the Greames, by colour whereof he will have good occasion to send for them all, and at their coming pick out the principal of his purpose without any suspicion.
Add. Endd. Pp. 4½.
August 18. 1611. The Spanish Ambassador to Cecil.
Complains of new spoils by English pirates.—London, 18 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Lat. P. 1.
August 18. 1612. The Spanish Ambassador to Cecil.
Complains that two more vessels have been spoiled by pirates, and another followed nearly to Gravesend.—London, 18 Aug. [1567]. Signed.
Add. Endd.: 1565. With seal. Lat. P. ½.
August [19]. 1613. The Archbishop of St. Andrew's and Others to Throckmorton.
Understand by his letter of the 13th that he can come to no purpose with the Lords or prevail in anything, and that he had further charge to declare that the Queen of England liked not their proceedings, and also to desire of them and their confederates to know what would be their part towards their Sovereign's liberty and restitution. They are deliberate by all honest means to seek their Sovereign's liberty, and to restore her to her former estate as good and dutiful subjects, willing also the preservation of their native Prince, punishment of the horrible murder to be executed, and the surety of them that enterprised against Her Majesty. Doubt not but that the Queen of England will help them, and desire that her mind herein may be sent to the Lord Herries. — Signed: St. Andrew's, Arbroath, Fleming, R. Boyd.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
August 20. 1614. Throckmorton to the Archbishop of St. Andrew's and Others.
Has received their letter, and will with expedition signify the contents to the Queen of England. The Queen has recontinued his charge in this country until such time as some issue of these Lords' proceedings may be seen.—Edinburgh, 20 Aug. 1567.
Copy. Endd. P.½.
August 20. 1615. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
1. It were better he were revoked and none other sent hither for a time, for neither is it convenient that he who has spoken so roughly should by and by speak mildly, nor any other be sent until some minister come from hence to the Queen. The Lord Regent, who will be published within these two days, will go more stoutly to work than any man has done, for he seeks to imitate rather some who have led the people of Israel than any captains of the age. He means to use no dallying. Either he will have obedience for the young King of all estates, or it shall cost him his life. Sees no disposition in him either to bereave this Queen of her life or keep her in perpetual prison. He is resolved to defend these Lords and gentlemen who have taken this matter in hand, though all the Princes in Christendon would band against them.
2. As for the Hamiltons and their faction their conditions be such, their behaviour so inordinate; the most of them so "unhable," their living so vicious; their fidelity so "tyckle;" their party so weak as he counts it lost whatsoever is bestowed upon them. The Lord Herries is the cunning horseleech and the wisest of the whole faction, but as the Queen of Scots says of him, there is nobody can be sure of him. Reminds him how he suffered the hostages to be hanged for promise broken by him.—Edinburgh, 20 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp.1¾.
August 20. 1616. Cecil to Throckmorton.
The Queen is in a continual offence against all those Lords. They cannot move her to mitigate it, but do what they can to move her to hide it. The more they deal in it the more danger some of them find of her indignation. Is sorry to behold the likelihood of the loss of seven or eight years' negotiation with Scotland. If religion may remain he trusts the divorce will be rather in terms than in hearts, especially if Murray take upon him the government. After writing thus much, he moved the Queen what he should write touching the allowance of any ambassador from the young King, wherein she so misliked his motion as she noted in him no small folly, adding that she would never admit anything prejudicial to that Queen. After much speech she assented to these points following: first, he should procure answer to her earnest message in favour of the Queen; secondly, he should again attempt by means of Murray to see the Queen; thirdly, he should use all means he could to induce Murray to take or refuse the Regency as he should find it most beneficial for the saving of the Queen's life. She will have him say in her name to the Earl of Murray that it will be a hard thing for him to avoid public ignominy if he take upon him the Regency, and that until she may certainly know that it is the Queen's mind without coercion that he should be governor, she will never admit anything that shall affirm the same.—From the Manor Place at Guildford, 20 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Hol. Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 3.
August 21. 1617. — to Cecil.
Encloses advices from Antwerp, 17 Aug.; Vienna, 25 July; Rome, 26 July.—From London, 21 Aug.
Signature torn off. Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. Pp. 2.
August 21. 1618. Gresham to Cecil.
Has received certain bonds. Has given order for the making of Cecil's gallery. Sends him a letter. — Gresham House, 21 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P.½.
August 22. 1619. The Earl of Sussex to Cecil.
On the 19th and 20th, Swetcovitz showed him over the arsenal and gardens of pleasure. On the 21st, the Emperor sent for him and carried him in his coach about the city without the walls, and showed him the order of the fortifications; and then they went into an island where he had great store of red deer and wild boars. He also showed him twenty of his principal horses and his hunting places. Spoke to the Emperor about Calais, who said that the French would only give fair words.—Vienna, 22 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
August 22. 1620. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to the Queen.
1. The 22nd August the Earl of Murray was in the town of Edinburgh declared Regent. Justice Clerk administered to him the same oath which the Earl Morton made for the Prince at his coronation; which oath being solemnly made by the said Earl, there were certain articles read unto the Lords proposed on behalf of the Earl, and promise made on their parts to be observed. There was great joy made amongst all sorts. His regency and authority was by heralds proclaimed at the High Cross. Of forty persons summoned to appear on the 22nd, for the murder of the late King, there did only appear three, but forasmuch as such gentlemen as were summoned to be on the jury did not appear they were dismissed for this time and the court discharged. Of the number who did not appear there was put to the horn the same day twelve.
2. The Abbot of Kilwinning has treated with the Earl of Murray upon these points: First, to have a suspension of the Regency until the Duke of Chatelherault's return. That being refused he required to have a like suspension until certain of both parties might have access to the Queen to know her mind. This being refused he desired that the Hamiltons and their friends might not be constrained to obey the Regency; which being denied also, he required that the proclamation of the King and of the Regency might be abstained from publication in their bounds. This was also refused, and further the Earl said that there should be no subject exempt from the King's authority and from obeying him, being Regent. Sends the articles proposed and consented to on both sides. Desires to be revoked. The Earl of Murray being Regent minds to take the precedence of all ambassadors. —Edinburgh, 22 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 3¼.
August 22. 1621. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
Refers him to his letter to the Queen for news, and desires that his revocation may be sent him.—Edinburgh, 22 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
August 22. 1622. Oath taken by the Earl of Murray.
Promises to maintain true religion, rule the people justly, preserve the rights of the crown, and to root out heresy.
Endd. P. ½.
Printed, Keith, Vol. II., p. 751.
August 22. 1623. Articles between the Earl of Murray and the Lords.
The Lords agree to assist Murray in governing the kingdom, establishing religion, &c., and Murray promises not to contract with any foreign Prince towards peace or war, the estate of the King, his marriage, the liberty of the Queen, nor to speak with or write to her without the advice of the Lords of the Secret Council.
Copy. Endd. Pp. 2.
August 22. 1624. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
1. Finds in the Regent and his assistants a determinate resolution to govern the realm in the King's name and to have obedience of all sorts. If the Hamiltons and their faction will not acknowledge the authority and obey it, he intends to extend his force against them.
2. Is perplexed whether he shall give the precedence to the Regent, and desires to be revoked.—Edinburgh, 22 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd.: 23 Aug. P. 1.
August 22. 1625. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Prays him to think upon a successor to come in his place, as his health requires his revocation.—Holy Island, 22 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P.¾.
August 23. 1626. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
The Borders are so near breaking that it is a wonder they have holden out so long. Trusts he has him in remembrance for his discharge hence. The state of his body is such as may not endure the tarrying here. Cannot watch or walk the walls for search in the night as he was wont to do.—Berwick, 23 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
August 23. 1627. The Earl of Bedford to [Throckmorton].
Hears that the Earl of Murray was yesterday proclaimed Protector and Governor of Scotland, and marvels that he has heard nothing thereof from him. Forwards letters.—Berwick, 23 Aug. 1567. Signed.
August 23. 1628. Albert Knopper to Cecil.
Has done all he could to assist and further John Foxhall who was here as the Queen's envoy. The war between the Kings of Denmark and Sweden still continues.— Copenhagen, 23 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Lat. Pp. 1¼.
August 23. 1629. Sir Henry Norris to the Queen.
1. Where he required a commission to send some persons to the sea coasts for recovery of the goods taken, they would be glad to know to what judges or officers he would have them directed. The House of Guise bears most sway with the King and his mother, and under colour of a frontier progress the Cardinal seeks to lead the King to his house at Marches, where many secret matters and practices will be treated on touching religion and Scotland. Lignerolles has written that the Earl of Murray has assured him that he will in every condition observe his promises made to the King at his departure. The Cardinal of Lorraine has greatly entered into the favour of the King, who will neither ride, go, or eat without his good cousin Mons. Le Cardinal de Lorraine. With this the Queen Mother is nothing pleased knowing his ambition. There is some bruit that he continues his former practise to have a synod national.
2. It is bruited that the King has appointed a convocation of the clergy in Paris about the midst of September to continue a certain subsidy granted him five years past. The Papists brag that when the King of Spain's forces are arrived in Flanders, this King will revoke the Edict of pacification. Certain captains or "centeniers" have been appointed for Paris and other towns. Sends news from Germany. The Papists' meaning is where it is permitted by the Edict of Pacification to all barons and high justiciars to have preaching in their houses only for themselves and their tenants, and for others of lower degree for their household only, now they allege that divers strangers have repaired to other places than where they ought, whereby the King's Edicts have been broken, and therefore commissioners should be sent into every country to certify who have been the chief offenders. Their mark is to bring all the noblemen and gentlemen within the danger of the law.—Paris, 23 Aug. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 4¾.
August 23. 1630. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
If it had not been for Cecil's help religion had been as cold in England as in other places. The attempt to be made against them is like to be sudden and how soon unknown. Humbly craves that they may soon have comfortable news touching their demand.—Paris, 23 Aug. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
August 24. 1631. Pietro Bizarri to Cecil.
Sends news from Rome, 16 August 1567, and also from Vienna.—Venice, 24 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Much injured by damp. Ital. Pp.3.
August 24. 1632. Pietro Bizzari to Cecil.
Sends news from Rome, 17 August 1567, and from Vienna 15 August. Guido Gianetti has been taken bound to Rome by the sbirri.—Venice, 24 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. Pp. 3.
August 24. 1633. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Murray is proclaimed Governor. Trusts he has his revocation in remembrance.—Berwick, 24 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1¼.
August 24. 1634. The Queen to Lord Scrope.
Requires him to stay the execution of Fergus Greame's sons; also to compound all matters in controversy amongst the Greames.—Farnham Castle, 24 Aug. 1567.
Draft corrected by Cecil. Endd. P. 1.
August 25. 1635. Lord Scrope to Throckmorton.
Lord Herries has lately received a letter from the Earl of Murray and the Lords demanding that he should repair to Edinburgh; whereunto he has refused, neither will he have any conference with them as long as they detain his Sovereign in captivity, unless he may have good assurance freely to speak with her and hear her pleasure. He has appointed tomorrow to meet Scrope.—Carlisle, 25 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
August 25. 1636. Advices.
Intelligence from Rome, 25 August 1567, and from Vienna, 21 August.
Ital. Pp.3.
August 26. 1637. Advices.
Occurent at Rome, 23 August 1567; Constantinople, 2nd; Ferrara, 26th; and Vienna 22nd August.
Endd. Ital. Pp. 3¼.
August 26. 1638. Petition of the Burgesses of Ostend.
Beg the States General assembled at Brussels for redress of injuries sustained by one of their townsmen at the hands of certain English pirates, with a copy of the depositions adjoined.—Ostend, 26 Aug. [1567].
Endd. Fr. Pp. 6.
August 27. 1639. The Earl of Sussex to Cecil.
On the 25th the Emperor had long conference with him, and said that he would write again to the Archduke. The Poles have given the Moscovites an overthrow. Great numbers are imprisoned at Rome by the Inquisition. The Princes of Germany desire the delivery of Duke John of Saxony. The Queen of Poland is now here.— Vienna, 27 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
August 26. 1640. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
Sends a copy of a letter from Lord Herries. In two or three days Murray will lodge in the Castle of Edinburgh. Bothwell is in Shetland, and has taken a large ship of "Breame" which he arms. Prays that he may not any longer tarry here, where he does more harm than good. Lignerolles departed on the 26th. The Earl of Murray has written at great length a particular letter to the French King.—Edinburgh, 26 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1¼.
August 23. Lord Herries to Throckmorton.
Desires him if he finds any appearance whereby the Queen may be relieved and the apparent troubles with wisdom pacified, to command him to serve therein.— Dumfries, 23 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Copy. Endd. P. 1.
August 24. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Lord Herries.
Has received his letter of the 23rd. The Queen of England has charged him to move the Lords to desist from their undutiful behaviour, and even use some severe speech unto them. Notwithstanding this they neither will consent to the Queen's enlargement nor suffer him to speak with her. Has advertised the Queen and expects further order.—Edinburgh.
Copy. Endd. P. 1.
August 27. 1641. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
This night Lignerolles lay in this town, who will make all haste to Court. He departed not best satisfied touching the charge he had in hand. A Hamilton of Lothian will come up, who has commission to deal in things and so to go into France.—Berwick, 27 Aug. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
August 27. 1642. Sir Henry Norris to the Earl of Leicester.
Is advertised that Leicester is offended with him and has him in suspect that he draws some other course than he has ever pretended, which he never had the thought to do. As to his being jealous of Barnaby's doings, he never either received letter from the Queen or wrote any to the same which he did not first show him. Barnaby's allowance is as much as Norris receives from the Queen for his office, being 20l. a year. Excuses other faults which Leicester finds, and trusts by his true and upright dealing to answer his doings touching his charge.—Paris, 27 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 28. 1643. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
The French King is "fleeting" about the country, wherefore it will be longer ere he has answer of his negotiation. If certain charges of his are not allowed he will not be able to do such service as others to whom they were allowed, for oftentimes he is forced to send to the sea coasts and the Court to understand the certainty of things.— Paris, 28 Aug. 1567. Signed.
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August 29. 1644. Sir Henry Norris to the Queen.
1. Has received her commands to hasten towards the Court. The King since his departure has never rested above one night in one place.
2. The Swiss draw nearer and nearer, being in number 5,000 besides 1,000 followers. These motions will rekindle some flames of civil commotion.
3. The Prince of Conde wrote to the Queen Mother against the King's revoking the Edict of Pacification, who assured him on the faith of a princess that as long as she might prevail he should never break it, and if he came to Court he would be as welcome as his heart could devise (sic), and as for the Swiss they were to defend the frontiers in case the Spanish forces should attempt to surprise any piece. Certain cornets of reiters hover about the skirts of Lorraine to come to the aid of the Protestants, who prepare themselves and gather money secretly. The Duke of Chatelherault goes to the Court to take his leave of the King.—Paris, 29 Aug. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 3.
August 29. 1645. The Queen to Throckmorton.
Has received three letters from him advertising her of all the hasty proceedings there, which she nothing likes. He is to let the Hamiltons plainly understand that she well allows their proceedings so far as they concern the relief of the Queen. He is to advertise Lord Scrope to show himself favourable to them in their actions that appear to tend to the relief of the Queen, and the maintenance of her authority.
Draft in Cecil's writing. Endd. Pp. 1½.
Printed, Keith, Vol. II., p. 747.
1646. Address and endorsement of another copy of the above.
A fragment.
August 30. 1647. Advices.
News from Rome, 30th August 1567; Naples, the 23rd; and Vienna the 28th of August.
Endd. Ital. Pp. 5.
August 30. 1648. Adolph Blyleven to Gresham.
1. Sends him a copy of a proclamation said to have been published in France.—Antwerp, 30 Aug. 1567. Signed.
2. Proclamation ordering all law officers, advocates, and other lawyers to make an attestation of the Catholic faith, and those who do not do so to lose their offices, and if gentlemen to lose their nobility. Confession to be made at least once in the year, disobedience herein and baptism after Geneva fashion to be punished with confiscation and banishment.
Add. Endd., with seal. Fr. Pp. 3.
August 30. 1649. The Regent Murray to Cecil.
Prays that this public charge may to the State be more commodious than to himself it is welcome or pleasing. Assures himself to find Cecil the same as heretofore, like as in himself there is nothing changed. Has more need of true friends than ever he had, and therefore heartily desires him to "persecute" him with his accustomed goodwill, and be a means to move the Queen to continue in her good opinion of him and his proceedings.—Edinburgh, 30 Aug. 1567 Signed: James Regent.
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August. 1650. An Exhortation to the Regent and Lords of Scotland.
A rhyming exhortation desiring them to put down idolatry and to relieve their poor labourers and tenants, also to eject a "cursed byke" in Aberdeen of sophists, and in their place put learned men of God.
Endd. Blackletter broadside.
August. 1651. A Declaration of the Lords' Just Quarrel.
Ballad commencing "Not lang ago as I allone did walk," condemning the conduct of the Queen of Scots and Bothwell, and justifying the Lords in imprisoning the Queen by various examples in ancient history.
Endd. Blackletter broadside.
Printed at Edinburgh by Robert Lekpreuik, 1567.
[August.] 1652. An Answer to the Bills set up against the Regent of Scotland.
An answer to the slanderers that blaspheme the Regent and the other Lords. At the foot written in Drury's hand, Robert Symple is the doer hereof.
Endd. P. 1.
[August.] 1653. Proclamation of the Regent of Scotland.
Gives a brief account of the proceeding of the Queen and Bothwell up to her imprisonment at Lochleven, and the appointment of the Earl of Murray as Regent.
Imperfect. Endd.: 1568. Blackletter broadside.
August. 1654. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Understands by a very friend that the Queen works with the Hamiltons against the Lords. This is the next way to bring the French into the country again and breed her great disquietness in the end. As soon as the Hamiltons understood hereof they sent to the Lords and offered the sooner to agree so their title were saved, for that this were the way to have one Scotchman to cut another [Scotch]man's throat and so to lose France. Lord Herries desires to come up to the Queen. He is the subtlest and falsest man for practices in Scotland. Signed.
Hol. Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.