Elizabeth: September 1567

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September 1567

Sept. 1. 1655. Pietro Bizarri to Cecil.
Gives an account of an accident which happened to some gentlemen viewing the arsenal of the Duke of Ferrara.— Venice, 1 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Orig. Add. Endd. by Cecil, with seal. Ital. P. 1.
Sept. 1. 1656. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
1. The Earl of Murray in the presence of Lethington has answered him that, first, to the matter declared by him as ordered by the Queen of England's letter of the 11th August, Lethington had made good answer five days past. To his going to Lochleven, the Lords saw no more reason to accord than they had done all this while. As to the acceptation of the Regency, that was now past, and he must go through with the matter. He would have been loath to have allowed any such matter if he had not the Queen's consent thereto confirmed by her mouth. The Lords could not resolve upon any certain time for the Queen's enlargement, albeit for his own part he could be contented it were undelayedly. As for the Queen's condition and estate after Bothwell's apprehension and justifying, he answered that they could not merchandise for the bear's skin before they had him.
2. He said that the Queen's liberty would chiefly depend upon her own behaviour and considerate doings.
3. On the 30th he accompanied the Earl of Murray to his lodgings, where were assembled all the Lords. Lethington in the name of all made a summary repetition of their proceedings since the beginning of this matter. When he had finished his talk the Earl of Murray set forth at great length what great grief it would be to him in particular to have the Queen think otherwise of him than well. The Earl Morton prayed him to thank her for the favour which he received in the time of his trouble in her realm.
4. The Lords led him into a little cabinet, where they had prepared a present of gilt plate as he esteemed it better than 200 marks, which Murray required him to receive from the King. Throckmorton declared that he would not receive any present but from the Queen their Sovereign; but could receive none from the King, seeing he had attained to that name by injuring the Queen his mother. Lethington persisted with many persuasions to move him to change his mind, whereunto he did not yield. Was accompanied out of the town with a good company of the Earl of Murray's gentlemen. The Hamiltons have a convention in the West country, whence they mean to despatch to the Queen of England.—Berwick, 1 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 3¼.
Printed in Keith, Vol. II., p. 757.
Sept. 1. 1657. The Earl of Bedford to the Queen.
Concerning intelligences he knows not how he will be able to satisfy her expectation, forasmuch as such (by whom he hoped to be served in that respect) have withdrawn their goodwill that way, for they perceive she has no good opinion of them. Desires to know whether he shall meet any of the Wardens appointed in the name of the young King. Desires his revocation.—Berwick, 1 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1¼.
Sept. 1. 1658. Valentine Brown to Cecil.
This day Mr. Melvin has broken with him as from some of the Lords in Scotland to borrow if occasion should serve them a convenient sum of money upon interest, and for security to leave such pawn as shall much surmount the same in value; declaring that the Queen his mistress had committed to the Regent the chief substance of her jewels, which should be either pawned or sold to maintain this action. Has seemed unto Melville to be willing and able to furnish this request if they will keep secret his doings, requiring one month's respite to give them full resolution. It seems that Melville sorrowing his mistress' cause will in no wise be known to be any means herein. Refers the further consideration to Cecil. —Berwick, 1 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Sept. 1. 1659. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Desires answer to certain points in his former letters. Thanks him for his letters and two papers of lotteries to be holden at London.—Berwick, 1 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2¼.
Sept. 2. 1660. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
On Sunday last there repaired a herald to Dumfries publicly to proclaim the Regency committed to the Earl of Murray, but could not thereto be permitted. On demanding assistance from Lord Herries, he answered that he was letted by his commandment, willing him also to depart, and no further within any of his rules to make the like offer. Herries has received letters from the Bishop of St. Andrew's and the Abbot of Arbroath praying him to be at Glasgow on the 3rd inst. to meet them and others, unto the which meeting he has this day taken his journey.—Carlisle, 2 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
Sept. 2. 1661. Lord Scrope to Throckmorton.
On Sunday last there repaired to Dumfries a herald offering to proclaim the Regency, but he could not thereto be permitted, and demanding the assistance of Lord Herries was answered that he was letted by his commandment and none otherwise. Herries has received letters from the Archbishop of St. Andrew's and the Abbot of Arbroath praying him not to fail the 3rd of this instant to be at Glasgow, to meet them and the Earls of Argyll and Huntly with others upon consultation for the pacifying of their imminent troubles.— Carlisle, 2 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ¾.
Sept. 2. 1662. John Marsh to Cecil.
Notwithstanding the Queen's letters for the revocation of an unjust sentence contrary to the intercourse against the merchants they found no hope of it. Desires that they may have other letters.—Antwerp, 2 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
Sept. 2. 1663. Richard Clough to Gresham.
Strawlee, Burgomaster of Antwerp, on Tuesday last was taken and carried to the Castle of Vilvorde, and his goods seized for the King. On the same day were Counts Horn and Egmont apprehended. The young Count of Mansfield has fled. There has been put to death in Vilvorde and Ripremond fourteen gentlemen. Divers other people all over the country have been taken.—Antwerp, 2 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
Sept. 2. 1664. The French Ambassador to the Queen.
Excuses himself for not coming to Windsor on account of illness. Informs her of the French King's progress, and desires a passport for some horses for the Queen Mother.— London, 2 Sept. 1567. Signed: Rochetel.
Add. Endd. Fr. Pp. 1¾.
Sept. 3. 1665. The Earl of Sussex to the Earl of Leicester.
The Emperor has discoursed all matters at length, but grows to no certain conclusion whereof he may with warrant write. The Archduke is looked for very shortly, when he trusts he will have speedy answer.—Vienna, 3 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
Sept. 3. 1666. The Spanish Ambassador to Cecil.
Is sorry for the misfortune of John Baptist De St. Victores, and thanks him for his favour shown towards him.—London, 3 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Lat. P. ¾.
Sept. 5. 1667. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
The Hamiltons with all that faction are now at Glasgow in consultation. The Regent means to go into the field against them. All the Borders are wholly come in and subscribed, save the Lord Herries. The Castle of Edinburgh is not yet delivered into the Regent's hands. Some of Lord Scrope's charge have made some spoil upon the Laird of Buccleugh's tenants. Desires answer touching certain points in his former letters.—Berwick, 5 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2½.
Sept. 6. 1668. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
Writes touching the tenants of Plympton, who desire to be relieved of certain burdens.—Carlisle, 6 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
Sept. 6. 1669. Charles IX. to Queen Elizabeth.
Was glad to hear of her goodwill towards the Queen of Scots, and sends the bearer the Sieur De Pasquier, who will declare to her his intentions in that matter.—Marchez, 6 Sept. 1567. Signed and countersigned by L'Aubespine.
Add. Endd. Royal letter. Fr.
Sept. 6. 1670. The Cardinal of Lorraine to the Queen of England
Thanks her in the name of the House of Guise for taking in hand the cause of their niece the Queen of Scotland, and begs that she will continue her favour.—La Marche, 6 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Hol. Add. Endd., with seal. Fr. Pp. 2.
Sept. 7. 1671. Richard Clough to Gresham.
The soldiers who came with the Duke of Alva are all placed in towns and villages and are not contented with anything that the townsmen can do for them, and have in many ways troubled the people, whereupon commission came from the Court that all offenders are to be punished and judged by the Lords of the town. The soldiers are now somewhat quieter. The Regent's ghostly father is forbidden to preach for calling the Spaniards thieves and robbers. Sends him the old bonds and a packet of letters.—Antwerp, 7 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 3.
Sept. 7. 1672. Thomas Dutton to Gresham.
1. The Duke of Alva is still at Brussels and sits every day in Council.
2. There is great complaints of the Spaniard soldiers of their "orryble levyng" and unhonest dealing in all places, but there is now such sharp order taken that wheresoever they offend they shall suffer according to the laws of the country, and there are already divers of them hanged. Antwerp is in good quietness and the people agree with the soldiers. The exchange passes at 23s. 4d. usance.—Antwerp, 7 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2½.
Sept. 7. 1673. Intelligence from Antwerp.
The Duke of Alva is at Brussels, where he is not well received by the nobility of the country, who are jealous of the absolute authority with which he is invested. The Spanish troops are very insolent, but the Duke punishes them with justice. The King is expected here, but the time is uncertain. Letters from Genoa of August 15 have arrived.
Orig. Endd. Ital. P. 1.
Sept. 8. 1674. The Queen to Bedford.
Whereas he requires to know her pleasure whether he shall meet the Wardens of Scotland appointed in the name of the Prince named as King, he is in all his actions to show himself disagreeing to such authority. He is in all things to comfort the Hamiltons and Lord Herries or any of their friends who continue in maintenance of the authority of the Queen. Will shortly determine on some fit man to succeed him.
Draft corrected by Cecil. Endd. Pp. 2¼.
Sept. 10. 1675. James Melville to Throckmorton.
Understands that the cause why he was revoked was because he was esteemed to favour too much the Lords. The Hamiltons vaunt that they have received 3,000 marks Scots from the Queen of England. The delivery of the castle and the jewels has cooled many of their stomachs. There was another convention in Ayr of the Earls of Eglinton and Cassilis and others; the chief matter that was handled was to keep themselves in amity if they were pursued of any of the parties, for they thought it dangerous as yet to enter in any faction. They are advertised from Orkney of the pursuit of Bothwell.—Edinburgh, 10 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 2¼.
Sept. 11. 1676. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
1. The Regent has been very busy in receiving inventories of the Queen's jewels and apparel, which is said to be of much greater value than she was esteemed to have. The Hamiltons, Argyll, and Boyd have agreed to come to a conference with the Regent at Edinburgh. Lord Herries has also written that he would be loath to take anything in hand that should displease the Regent. At this convention of the Hamiltons, many who had promised to come kept back.—Berwick, 11 Sept. 1567. Signed.
2. P.S.—Sends a declaration of Browne's touching the grain at Berwick.
Add. Endd. Pp. 3.
Sept. 12. 1677. Valentine Brown to the Privy Council.
The quantity of grain here so much exceeds the necessity of this place, that in order to prevent loss from decay he begs leave to seek some market for it in Scotland, France, or Flanders.—Berwick, 12 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ¼.
Sept. 12. 1678. Provisions at Berwick.
Report of the corn, malt, beans, and other grain at Berwick, and other places for the service northwards, amounting to 10,046 quarters. Signed by Valentine Browne, who desires license to transport 3,400 quarters abroad to avoid loss. Signed.
1679. Another copy of the above.
P. 1.
Sept. 12. 1680. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
1. Understanding the Queen's pleasure that he should conform all his actions in favour of Lord Herries and the Hamiltons, he yesterday met Lord Herries, who told him that at the conference at Glasgow the Earl of Argyll refused the lieutenancy of that faction. The Hamiltons therefore have condescended to despatch certain to the Lords for their peace. Herries judges that they will accord, and accounts not to be assured of four persons besides himself to stand firmly on that side.—Carlisle, 12 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
Sept. 12. 1681. Valentine Browne to Cecil.
Desires the Queen's license to seek a foreign market for some of the grain at Berwick. Desires a lease of the late Sir Thomas Challoner's lands at Gisborough.—Berwick, 12 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P.½.
Sept. 13. 1682. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Encloses a letter from a man of his whom he sent to Edinburgh for the understanding of intelligence. Desires an answer to certain questions contained in his former letters.— Berwick, 13 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1¼.
Sept. 12. to the Earl of Bedford.
1. Argyll and the rest have agreed with the Regent, and all is like to come to pass as he can wish.
2. Lord Herries has sent to offer himself to be at his devotion. The Regent has had no word from Grange.— Edinburgh, 12 Sept. 1567. Signature torn off.
Add. Endd. Enclosure. P. ¾.
[Sept. 13.] 1683. Sir Henry Norris to [the Earl of Leicester].
1. Since his last letter there was a sudden bruit that the King would take post towards Paris, which moved him with speed to repair thither. Found not this rumour to be true, yet saw appearance of civil tumults, for the drawbridges were drawn up, lest they might be suddenly surprised. On the 10th instant, there came news that the King being at the Abbey of St. Marco, there were seen certain bands of horsemen to hover in those quarters, whereupon in all haste he removed thence, and at Meaux attends the coming of the Switzers, with whom he will march towards Paris. The chief cause of these motions has grown by reason that the King will, by consent of his Council, revoke the Edict made in favour of the Protestants, and put in force the decretals made in the last General Council. On Saturday, Mauvissiere was sent to the Prince of Conde to understand why he assembled such force about him, whereunto he returned answer that it was for two considerations: the one that the King had levied strangers which made him fear his safety; and the other to maintain the liberty of the Gospel, which the King was determined to suppress.
2. The following articles were determined on at the King's being at Meaux:—
3. First, that the followers of the new religion shall not make any conventions, assemblies, or preachings under pain of the fire.
4. That all preachers shall depart the realm under the aforesaid pain, and that hereafter all men shall live after the Catholic faith and institution of the last General Council.
5. That all governors of provinces shall assist with force of justice the execution of the Council under pain of deprivation.
6. The Mass shall remain in its former state.
7. The abuses of the ministers of the Church shall be reformed.
8. All archbishops, bishops, priors, and others shall be resident upon their benefices, and all religious persons shall wear the habit of their order, and shall have but one benefice, whereon they shall be resident.
9. These articles being concluded in the presence of the King, much was said by the Cardinal of Lorraine in favour of the Catholic religion, and the young duke, his nephew, did then protest to live and die in the same, to the effusion of his blood in defence thereof. Desires that such extraordinary charges, that grow either by reward to such as give him intelligence, or in sending his servants to the Court, may be allowed, as heretofore have been to Sir Thomas Smith occupying this place.
Draft. Partly cancelled. Pp. 3.
Sept. 13. 1684. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
Great bruit of civil dissensions since his last letter. Sends the articles agreed upon at Meaux. The Cardinal of Lorraine has well and duly refuted the errors in an hour and a half, so as the King hereafter will believe the Holy Council, and few sustain the new law. Trusts to find favour for his extraordinary charges.—Paris, 13 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1¼.
Sept. 14. 1685. Philip II. to the Queen.
Complains of the spoiling of certain Spanish merchants by her subjects.—Escurial, 14 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Span. P.½.
Sept. 14. 1686. Richard Clough to Gresham.
Understands that Count Horn came to Court upon the word of the Counts Egmont and Mansfield. Most of the nobles are in great fear, for most of them subscribed to the first Request. Understands that the Prince of Orange and his party have met at Erfurt, and have appointed to meet again at Nuremburg. Fears that there is no other hope but to stand to the King's mercy. All men much lament the Count of Horn, but none the Count of Egmont, for he was the first beginner, and also the first to break off. Yesterday were four Anabaptists burnt here. The Spaniards are now placed by six in a house. Gunpowder is at twenty-seven guilders. The Castle of Ghent is delivered to the Spaniards.—Antwerp, 14 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 4.
Sept. 15. 1687. The Earl of Murray to Cecil.
The Earl of Argyll, the Hamiltons, and other of that faction have been with him, and offered obedience to the King. Is persuaded that his acceptation of this public charge will rather augment his good affection. Recommends to his favour certain gentlemen travelling through England towards France.—Edinburgh, 15 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Sept. 15. 1688. The Earl of Murray to Throckmorton.
Address and endorsement of a letter dated 15 Sept. 1567.
Modern transcript of the original annexed.
Sept. 15. 1689. David Sinclair to the Earl of Bedford.
On Friday, the Regent with the rest of the Lords dined in the Castle, which was delivered to him. There is a ship come from the Laird of Grange. Bothwell has escaped. The Unicorn is broken. Grange has taken the principal man of the country. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Sept. 15. 1690. James Macgill to Throckmorton.
Desires him to obtain the Queen's passport for the bearer, whom he sends to his son in France.—Edinburgh, 15 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ¼.
Sept. 15. 1691. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
The 14th of this present came the Cardinals of Bourbon, Lorraine, and Guise hither, at which time came the King in post. It is thought that very shortly the articles he sent shall be published to the overthrow of religion. A great number of Protestants have sold what they had and abandoned the town. Not knowing whether Cecil has seen the prodigious sights which have appeared in Tartary, he sends them herewith. Encloses a letter from M. De la Mothe Fenelon.—Paris, 15 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1¼.
Sept. 13. M. De la Mothe Fenelon to Sir Henry Norris.
As the Court will stay some time at Monceau he desires him to lodge at Meaux, where lodgings are directed to be given to him and all the other ambassadors. The King sent the informations given to him to his Parliament of Bordeaux that justice might be done, but the witnesses mentioned in them did not present themselves, nor did they do so in other places.—Fere, 13 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Fr. P. 1.Enclosure.
Sept. 16. 1692. Advertisements out of France.
1. The King being at La Marche the Duke of Guise began to renew the quarrel of his father's death, saying he could not be content except better justice were done, whereupon the Queen Mother asked him whether he would not stand to the arrest of the Privy Council given for the Admiral's innocency last year. He answered no, and that if there had been 500 arrests he would never let that pass so unrevenged. The Admiral advertised hereof wrote to the King and Queen Mother that being advertised of his adversary's machinations he was constrained for his safety to have better guard about him than hitherto, and that he doubted not by the help of his friends to make the Duke "recoil." Hereupon divers troops of horsemen assembled themselves, some not far from the Court, and the Constable sent the King word that if he departed not shortly he would be taken, and so he went to La Fere in Picardy. Montgomery and others be in readiness in Normandy. There are great assemblies in the Guise's houses which tend to some mischief. On the 26th inst. is appointed in this town an assembly of the whole clergy.
2. It is thought that the Council shall be published which the King has already signed. The Provost and Echevins of this town have presented a request to the same intent, requiring liberty to search men's houses suspected for the exercise of religion, and desiring the King to accord confiscation of body and goods. News of the arrest of Counts Egmont and Horn.—16 Sept. No signature. The address carefully obliterated, apparently to W. Haddon.
Endd. Pp. 2½.
Sept. 16. 1693. Robert Melville to Throckmorton.
Grange has come home and the Earl Bothwell escaped. How they missed him was he chanced to be on land in Scotland, and the Laird of Grange took deliberation to pursue the ships. Grange's ship [ran] upon a crag. Bothwell seeing the whole manner took a boat and recovered his ship, and after they chased him sixty miles. It is judged he is in Norway.—Edinburgh, 16 Sept. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
Sept. 16. 1694. The Spanish Ambassador to Cecil.
Refers him to the bearer for information on certain matters. —London, 16 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Lat. P. ½.
Sept 16. 1695. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Has received the Queen's letter with her pleasure touching his meeting with the Wardens opposite, and showing favour to the Hamiltons. Hears from Scotland that the Earl of Argyll and others have submitted themselves to the Regent. It is thought there will be seige laid to Dunbar. Bothwell has escaped and Grange come home. The young Laird of Tallo has opened the whole device of the late murder. Thinks it a hard matter for any man of his to have access to the Queen of Scotland. The Queen must send force to the Borders, for otherwise they cannot be kept quiet.—Berwick, 16 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 3¼.
Sept. 16. 1696. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
Has apprehended certain of the Greames and their accomplices, whom he intends to keep till the next assize.—Carlisle, 16 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
Sept. [17]. 1697. Proceedings of the Hamiltons.
They have appointed three Regents, John Abbot of Arbroath, Argyll, and Huntly. They are agreed upon four articles: 1. The liberty of the Queen. 2. To pursue the murderers of the King with all rigour. 3. To obey the Prince but not as King. 4. To seek the relief of the Lords who took this in hand. They have appointed to levy 400 footmen. Also different noblemen have promised to bring 9,000 men. They require to be allowed to go to the Queen.
Endd.: 17 Sept. Pp. 1¼.
Sept. 17. 1698. Occurrences in Scotland.
The Regent has denied the Hamiltons assurance to come to Edinburgh to parley, and has refused to suffer the servant of the Earl of Huntly to come to him. He has also refused Lord Herries leave to come to him. Hay of Tallo is taken. It was said that the King was dead.
Endd. Pp. 2½.
Sept. 18. 1699. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
There is good hope of quietness now, though afore the fear was such that they of the religion sold their goods and abandoned the town. The Ambassador of Scotland has declared to him that he has been willed by the Cardinals of Lorraine to advertise him that the King had intelligence that he had sent word to the Queen of eight ships furnished for the wars to be sent to fetch away the Prince of Scotland. Finds it strange how they came by this knowledge. If Cecil has not conferred thereof with the French Ambassador, he must needs think Jenye so faulty that he will send him to be examined, and if faulty desires he may have such punishment as may be to others example. — Paris, 18 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 19. 1700. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
At the request of Mr. James Macgill he has given his passport to Adam Wauchopp his servant to depart to the Court.—Berwick, 19 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ¼.
Sept. 20. 1701. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
1. Has according the Queen's pleasure addressed a man of his to the Regent of Scotland to have access to the Queen and bring him word what her contentation is touching the authority of the new Wardens, but thinks it will take small effect. In the meantime for want of meeting continual disorders are committed, and sundry of Her Majesty's subjects harried and some slain. Finds the Regent most willing to continue the peace and quietness of the Borders.
2. Desires a warrant for the payment of certain extraordinary charges.—Berwick, 20 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 1702. The Regent of Scotland's Answer to Colwiche.
The Scottish Wardens will be always ready to minister justice according to the laws of the Marches. Has sent for the barons, gentlemen, and others of the Middle Marches to be at Edinburgh before 18th September to take good order how the Warden shall be able to satisfy for the attemptats committed by them within his charge. Will also by some private means cause David Kerr to be delivered to Bedford as one of the chief authors of the present disorders.
Copy. Endd. P. 1.
Sept. 20. 1703. The Earl of Sussex to Cecil.
1. Since his last of the 13th the Emperor has remained much troubled with the gout. The Archduke has written that he will be here next week. The post is not yet returned from Spain. The Ambassador of Spain has heretofore dealt nothing with him in the matter.—Vienna, 20 Sept. 1567. Signed.
2. P.S.—Frederick Spedt has been here; he is ready to serve the Queen with 2,000 or 3,000 men. There be men of substance and good quality that have made offer of their service to the Queen.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1½.
Sept. 20. 1704. Maitland of Lethington to Cecil.
Desires him to show favour to the bearer George Clapperton of Leith, who presently repairs with his ship towards London. —Edinburgh, 20 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
Sept. 21. 1705. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
1. Sends a letter which he has received from Lord Herries. —Carlisle, 21 Sept. 1567. Signed.
2. P.S.—As there is great appearance of a new tumult amongst the citizens at the election of the mayor, he desires directions.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
Sept. 20. Lord Herries to Lord Scrope.
The Earl of Argyll they think does not his part, the rest drive time until the Abbot of Kilwinning has spoken with the Queen of England, and knows the King of France's pleasure if they may have support. As they are not certain of the Queen of England's mind they dare not be plain. Desires him to set Fergus Greame's sons at liberty upon sureties.—Dumfries, 20 Sept.
Copy. Endd. P. ¾. Enclosure.
Sept. 21. 1706. Richard Clough to Gresham.
1. Writes touching certain bonds and letters. The Count of Egmont is friendly used in his imprisonment, but the Count of Horn is very straitly handled and may speak with no man. The lands of the heir of the Marquis of Barrow are confiscated for that he was one of the confederates. The Regent and the Duke of Alva have given order for the taking up of eight regiments of Walloons and 4,000 horsemen.
2. The Prince and all the nobles who are abroad have been with most of the Princes of Germany. All the Protestants have departed the French Court, and D'Andelot is in the field with 2,000 horsemen.
3. The Duke of Cleves was nearly taken whilst hunting by certain Albanian horsemen sent by the Duke of Alva.— Antwerp, 21 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add., with seal. Pp. 2½.
Sept. 15. Alexander Lynzeo to Clough.
Writes to make the old proverb a liar "Out of sight out of mind." The noblemen that are apprehended shall be carried to the Castle of Ghent. The King is like to be gracious to all offenders except such as have practised any outward alliance or confederations. Backersell, the Count of Egmont's secretary, has confessed by torments divers matters of great peril to many. Next week they look for a general convocation of all the Princes of the land, and such as will not appear it may be to his degrading and peril.—Brussels, 15 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2. Enclosure.
Sept. 21. 1707. Richard Clough to Gresham.
Forwards a parcel from the Earl of Sussex.—Antwerp, 21 Sept. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
Sept. 22. 1708. Proclamation in Flanders.
Forbidding the carrying of any stuff or goods out of the country.—Brussels, 22 Sept. 1567.
Endd. Pp. 6.
Printed by Michael Van Hamont, in Dutch.
Sept. 23. 1709. Richard Clough to Gresham.
Sends letters. The Counts Egmont and Horn and other noblemen are in prison, and all the gentlemen that served against Valenciennes are fled. The spirituality have determined to put up a request for the releasing of the Count Egmont. They begin to smell that this plague will fall upon them as well as on the nobles and commons, and that they will displace bishops and abbots and put Spaniards in. It is proclaimed in Paris that all men are to live according to their conscience.—Antwerp, 23 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 23. 1710. The Regent Murray to the Earl of Bedford.
Has received his letter desiring that the bearer, Colwiche, might have license to speak with the Queen. Sees no ground why he should look for the performance of that at his private desire which so lately has been refused to the ambassadors of the two greatest Princes in Christendom. The Queen is in all good health, and to outward appearance as merrily disposed as at any time since her arrival in the realm.— Edinburgh, 23 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 23. 1711. Lord Scrope to Cecil.
Sends the copy of a letter from Lord Herries, and desires direction in what sort he shall answer the same.—Carlisle, 23 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 21. Lord Herries to Lord Scrope.
Except the King of France or the Queen of England take the matter in hand, he sees no relief for their Queen, for the great part will obey the Regent. They are making to the siege of Dunbar. Believes that if the Queen of England would enter into that matter they neither would nor durst refuse such appointment as she thought good.—Dumfries, 21 Sept. 1567.
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Sept. 24. 1712. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
The bearer, Mr. Gawain Hamilton, Abbot of Kilwinning, makes his resort to the Court, and means to pass into France. Does not think that there is any hearty agreement between the Hamiltons and the rest. Morton and Home have taken up the town of Dunbar lest the castle should spoil the same.— Newcastle, 24 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 25. 1713. Richard Clough to Gresham.
The Prince of Orange was like to have been taken by the Duke of Brunswick, who appointed a company of horsemen for the doing thereof; he was, however, too strong and slew twelve of them. The Duke of Cleves also escaped very hard. The Duke of Alva has demanded of the town of Bruges to have their privileges, which they have denied. No man who is a freeman of that town can by treason or otherwise forfeit his goods but only his life, which much troubles the Duke, for all the noblemen and most of the rich men are freemen.— Antwerp, 25 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 26. 1714. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Dunbar is besieged with cannon. If it should be his mishap to tarry here longer, he prays that some meeting may be had on the Borders, that the English who have been damnified, may at least have some comfort of remedy.— Newcastle, 26 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 27. 1715. Sir John Forster to Cecil.
Desires license to come up at Michaelmas. The nights now be long and no justice ministered, so that the Borders are [like] to suffer great spoil. Desires that fifty horsemen may be allowed to continue at Harbottle, as otherwise the country cannot be defended from spoil.—Alnwick, 27 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 27. 1716. The Duke of Chatelherault to Cecil.
Desires him to convey the bearer to the Queen, to whom he has given him charge to declare his mind.—Arques, 27 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 27. 1717. The Duke of Chatelherault to the Queen.
Thanks her for her passport; his voyage having taken some alteration he desires her to give the bearer her passport in ample form for himself and suite.—Arques, 27 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 27. 1718. Albert Marquis of Brandenburg to the Queen.
According to his annual custom sends her twelve falcons.— Konigsberg, 26 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 27. 1719. The Queen to Sir Henry Norris.
If the Queen of Scots' deliverance be dealt withal by way of force and hostility, her life was like to stand in great hazard, and gentleness has not hitherto prevailed, so the matter being in balance should be well thought upon before anything were taken in hand. M. Pasquier hearing her say thus much, has thought good not to go forward until he may understand from his master what shall be further done herein. Has thought upon a third device, which is that by common consent of the French King and her, order may be taken that the subjects of Scotland be not suffered to traffic into either of their realms unless they acknowledge the Queen to be their Sovereign and renounce their obedience to her son; so that the people being letted of their traffic and thereby conceiving an evil opinion of the Lords' doings, the said Lords may be brought to some better conformity. Has caused this to be advertised to the Ambassador.—Windsor, 27 Sept. 1567.
Draft corrected by Cecil. Pp. 2.
Sept. 27. 1720. The Earl of Sussex to Cecil.
The 24th the Archduke Charles arrived here, and gave him audience the 26th at nine in the morning. This afternoon or tomorrow the Emperor will also give him audience.— Vienna, 27 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 28. 1721. Thomas Dutton to Gresham.
Gives the same information as that contained in Clough's letter of this date, touching the imprisoned noblemen; the proclamation at Antwerp; and the designs against England. —Antwerp, 28 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 28. 1722. Richard Clough to Gresham.
Proclamation is made that no one having kept house within this country shall send away any kind of household stuff or moveables or depart themselves without giving the merchants to understand one month before. The Count Egmont takes his imprisonment very patiently, but the Count of Horn not. He is much lamented of all, but the Count of Egmont of no man. There goeth a bruit that he took of the spirituality 100,000 crowns to break off from the rest of the nobles. The Countess of Egmont has been with the Regent beseeching her to be good to her husband, who bade her go to the Duke. The Lords of Antwerp being commanded by the Duke of Alva to make provision of money for the making of a castle at Antwerp, answered that they owed more than they were able to pay, whereupon there passed great words by the Duke. There are great bruits amongst the soldiers that they will have a say with England. There is great preparation of ships and victual. Wishes the "pistolet" were commanded to be used, and then they need fear no foreign power.—Antwerp, 28 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 29. 1723. The Earl of Bedford to Cecil.
Those of Scotland offer all good justice if it may be received at their hands. The things that require redress be many and great. Hopes that his despatch from this office is well on the way towards him. The ministers that were abridged of their livings by the Queen of Scots shall now be restored to their thirds. Dunbar falls to parley. Sends a note of charges employed in the Queen's service, for which he desires payment. Has been forced to send to York for a physician. It is very needful that the Queen should appoint horsemen for Harbottle. —Newcastle, 29 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 29. 1724. Valentine Brown to Cecil.
Thanks him for the license for the vent of the overplus of the corn. Touching the jewels, he will in no case deal nor meant not to do so but for the Queen. Was suitor touching a lease of Sir Thomas Challoner's lands in Yorkshire, wherein he is ready to do as much as any other.—Berwick, 29 Sept. 1567.Signed.
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Sept. 29. 1725. Fortifications at Berwick.
Charges for six months ending 29 September 1567; total, 1,807l. 12s., with a further charge for lime burning.
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Sept. 29. 1726. M. Pasquier Bochetel to Cecil.
Has received his letter, and spoken with Killegrew on certain matters.—London, 29 Sept. Signed.
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Sept. 30. 1727. Sir Henry Norris to the Queen.
The civil wars so long breeding are now openly declared. The King coming from Meaux with his 6,000 Swiss there came 700 horsemen and gave them the skirmish, which continued until there came hence 400 horsemen, who conducted him to Paris, where he daily gives order for the levying of his power. The adversaries daily take towns, and chiefly such as be by the river's side, whereby they let the provision from coming to Paris. Great are the murders which are committed against them that be known to be of the religion and daily like to be more. The Prince of Conde has asked four requests: that Swiss be dismissed; the Spaniards banished the realm; the Queen Mother sent to one of her houses to make account of the money granted for defraying the King's debts; and that all taxes lately granted should be pardoned. The Queen Mother has required him to advertise her hereof, being greatly dismayed. The Chancellor has been sent to see whether he can persuade them to desist their arms. Gives names of towns taken in the Prince's behalf.—Paris, last of Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 1728. Intelligence from France.
Rigorous measures against the Protestants in the University of Paris and elsewhere. Attack on the Swiss near Meaux and attempt to seize the King. Levy of troops on both sides.
Rough draft. Endd: To Mr. Secretary. Pp. 3.
Sept. 30. 1729. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
Refers him to his letter to the Queen for news. Sends him the ordinance set forth for the mustering of soldiers. Both parties have such diligent eyes upon the passages that it is hard escaping, therefore he desires to have one of the couriers here during the troubles; also that Barnaby or some other man may be sent over to assist him.—La Torrette en la Rue de Seint Germeins de Pres in Paris, 30 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 30. 1730. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
Yesterday dined with the French Ambassador and M. De Pasquier, who desired to see the Tower of London, Hampton Court, and other places. Desires that order may be given for them to see the armoury and artillery as well as the Tower, and also the Queen's houses before mentioned. The Ambassador thinks it will be a needless matter for De Pasquier to make any voyage into Scotland.—London, last of Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 30. 1731. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton to Cecil.
Desires a passport for the bearers, two Frenchmen, servants of the Queen of Scots, to go into France, also for four or five Scots, some scholars and some merchants, to go also.—London, last of Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 30. 1732. Sir William Drury to Cecil.
1. The Regent has now all the holds but Dumbarton, which is in the Lord Fleming's hands. He is very bare of money. The Queen's jewels shall to gage if not sold outright. Robert Melville has often recourse to the Queen. She waxes fat, and instead of choler makes show of mirth, and has already drawn divers to pity her, who before envied at her and would her evil, the Regent's Mother for one. She calls now and then for some money, a small portion Robert Melville from the Regent brings unto her.
2. Some little dryness there was between the Laird of Lethington and Lord Home, both requiring to have the Castle of Dunbar, but Lord Home shall have it. If he be not Earl of March he will not rest satisfied. The next work to be taken in hand is the Parliament, and then for redress for the many spoils committed upon the Borders. Desires his favour for a kinsman of Mr. Harrington.—Berwick, 30 Sept. 1567. Signed.
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Sept. 1733. Memoranda by the Earl of Bedford.
Note of things to be done on his recall from the Governorship of Berwick. Signed.
Additions in Cecil's writing. P. 1.
Sept. 1734. Memoranda by the Earl of Bedford.
Note of things to be mentioned to the Queen and others on his recall from the Governorship of Berwick. Signed.
Endd. P. ½.
[Sept.] 1735. Soldiers sent to the King of France.
A list of officers and the number of horsemen commanded by each who were sent to the King of France by the Duke of Savoy.
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[Sept.] 1736. Spanish Soldiers in Flanders.
Complaints against the Spanish soldiers in different parts of the Low Countries on account of the murders, rapes, and pillagings committed by them.
Endd. Fr. Pp. 4.