Elizabeth: December 1567

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December 1567

Dec. 1. 1846. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
In behalf of certain French merchants who have been spoiled by an English ship upon the coast of Brittany.— Paris, 1 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ¼.
Dec. 3. 1847. Richard Clough to Gresham.
Sends letters directed to different people which came out of Germany. Much doubts that they will not be able to do anything touching the Queen's debts.—Antwerp, 3 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Dec. 4. 1848. Sir Thomas Gresham to Cecil.
The Duke of Alva has parted from Antwerp with divers grants and subsidies for making of the castle.—Gresham House, Thursday. Signed.
Hol. Add. Endd., with seal. P. ½.
Dec. 4. 1849. Act of the Secret Council of Scotland.
Declare that all things done by them since the 10th February last to the present time was in the Queen's own default, as by divers letters written with her own hand to Bothwell the chief executor of the horrible murder of her husband, and by her ungodly and dishonourable proceeding in a private marriage with him, it is most certain that she was privy to the actual deed of the afore-mentioned murder. Therefore all who took the field and assisted in that quarrel are innocent and quit of the same, and of all action and cause criminal and civil that may be pursued against them in time coming. —Subscribed by the Lords of the Secret Council.
Copy. Hayne's State Papers, p. 453. Endd. P. 1.
Dec. 6. 1850. Sir Thomas Gresham to Cecil.
Forwards letters to him from different persons in Germany and the Low Countries.—London, 6 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
Dec. 7. 1851. Pietro Bizarri to Cecil.
Sends news from Vienna of the 27 Nov. 1567, and from Rome of 24 Nov.—Venice, 7 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. P. 1.
Dec. 7. 1852. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
The Prince has besieged Sens but retired to Montereau and there remains. The Cardinal of Lorraine has used great policy to stay the Almains from coming to the Prince, who have answered that they preferred to send out auxiliary forces, rather than to wait at home for the war which threatened them through what he called the Holy League. The Prince has taken Braye. Sends a list of the King's men-at-arms and other soldiers. The Prince's numbers are 6,000 horse and 15,000 footmen. On the 3rd inst. the King declared to the magistrates of Paris that understanding upon certain bruits of peace they were discontented, his intention was not to make any accord with the Prince and his allies. Four ensigns of the Cardinal of Lorraine's household-servants and gentlemen have been all put to the sword at Pont-surYonne. Movements at Orleans and in the South.—7 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
[Dec. 7.] Forces of the French King.
Names of the commanders and the number of men belonging to each. 32,200 infantry, and 10,500 cavalry, some of whom have not yet joined.
Ital. P. 1. Enclosure.
Dec. 8. 1853. The Princess Cecilia to the Queen.
Has had her family increased by two children. Has sent to her agent in England to make use of her license for the exportation of cloth. Hopes that in consideration of their great expenses in England, some portion of her husband's pension may be paid.—Rodemachern, 8 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Lat. Pp. 2.
Dec. 10. 1854. The Queen to the Archduke Charles.
Has received his letters by Henry Cobham. Admits that what he says about his conscience has reason, but cannot grant what he desires without injury to her own.—Hampton Court, 10 Dec. 1567.
Copy. Endd., by Cecil. Lat. P. 1.
1855. Another copy in Cecil's writing.
Lat. P. 1.
Dec. 10. 1856. N. Stopio to Cecil.
Acknowledges receipt of a letter of exchange for sixty crowns for the provision for the past year. Sends a little book.—Venice, 10 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. P. 1.
Dec. 10. 1857. The Queen to the Earl of Sussex.
1. Approves of his wisdom and diligence in this negociation. Is to assure the Emperor of her hearty acceptation of the singular favour shown to him. Her answer to the five points demanded by the Emperor is this: The very first, where the Archduke may have a place appointed for the exercise of all manner of divine services, she takes to mean for the use of the private mass and other rites invented by the Church of Rome, wherein she sees two singular difficulties: The first is a doubtfulness in her own conscience, and the other is that the same is contrary to her laws, which cannot be altered without the consent of the Estates of her realm. Another cause is that if she should privately yield to the Archduke's request, and that any misliking should happen to grow on either part she could not in hononr contrary to her own promise, how secretly soever delivered, pretend a breach upon matter of religion where in truth no such could be.
2. He is to assure the Emperor that she does not devise these difficulties otherwise than that on the one part her conscience being not otherwise instructed, and on the other part the present examples round about her upon diversity of religion urge her thereto. He may say that she more allows this the Emperor's notion for his brother than she did for any other.
3. For the rest of the points if the first could have been tolerated there should have been no great doubt made. If this answer does not content the Emperor and the Archduke he may qualify it so far as to say, that the Archduke shall have the exercise of his religion during the time of his abode in England for the treaty with her for the marriage. He is to set forth his answer so as to satisfy the Emperor to induce his brother not to break off his purpose for the doubtfulness of her answer.
4. Assures him that if it were not for this impediment of religion the marriage were most likely to take place.
5. If the Archduke may be induced to come he may assure him that it will be most grateful to her and her realm. He is in no wise to accord any article directly or indirectly tending to make any assurance on her part to marry with the Archduke, as she has always reserved that condition free for herself until she might see and allow of the party with her own eyes.
6. He is to move the Emperor that she may have the like dower as her sister had. Also for a league and confederation of amity between their countries, but not to have any special bonds of aiding with men of war or money, considering that his country is so subject to wars of the Turk.—Hampton Court, 10 Dec. 1567.
Draft. Endd., by Cecil. Pp. 6.
Dec. 12. 1858. The Queen to the Earl of Sussex.
After her former letter she has entered into doubt that if the Archduke should be persuaded to come upon hope that he might induce her to yield in the toleration of his religion, and she should upon conference find it unlawful to accord unto them, his coming would be both vain and dishonourable. He will do well to demand as of himself how he will take it. Is not to do anything contained in his former letter repugnant to this, and is to return as soon as he has imparted her pleasure now sent.—Hampton Court, 12 Dec. 1567.
Draft, by Cecil. Endd. Pp. 2.
Dec. 12. 1859. Proclamation of Charles IX.
Commands the Provost of Paris to search out all gentlemen of either party who have retired from either army to their houses since the battle of St. Denis, and order them to return to his army under pain of forfeiture of their fiefs and goods. —Paris, 12 Dec. 1567. Signed: Charles. Countersigned: Robertet.
Pamphlet, printed by Robert Etienne. Fr. Pp. 7.
Dec. 14. 1860. Richard Clough to Gresham.
Writes him about money matters and promises to send him sundry articles of dress which he has written for. The Germans have passed into France being 8,000 in number.— Antwerp, 14 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1¼.
Dec. 14. 1861. Pietro Bizarri to Cecil.
1. Intelligence from Rome, 6 Dec. 1567, and Vienna, 4 Dec.
2. News from Constantinople of an earthquake and great mortality from the plague. Promotions by the Pope.— Venice, 14 Dec. 1567.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. P. 1.
Dec. 15. 1862. Parliament at Edinburgh.
List of those present for the clergy, nobility, and boroughs of Scotland.
Printed in Acta. Parl. Scot., Vol. III., p. 4, large sheet.
Dec. 15. 1863. Speech of Maitland of Lethington.
Mentions the benefits they have derived from the Reformation, and urges them to continue the work and establish one order in the matter of religion.
Endd. Pp. 2¼.
Dec. 15. 1864. Sir Henry Norris to the Queen.
1. Since his last of November 24th, the two armies have been lying at eight leagues distance, and the truce being taken between them three times, lasting seven days, there were divers meetings made, and articles drawn, yet has it not succeeded as they hoped, for that the Queen Mother works all that may be to hinder the same, fearing lest new officers should cause new laws to the derogation of her authority, insomuch as there has been a letter intercepted directed from her to the Cardinal of Lorraine, wherein was promised what outward appearance soever was made that no peace should be accorded to. Again they seek by all means the ruin of the Prince of Conde and the Admiral, who once gone they hope to deal more easily with the rest. Wherefore these being vanquished and Her Majesty won to their devotion they were come to the end of their designs; which if they may not do by persuasion, then are they resolved to work it by force, and by the help of the King of Spain and the Pope to invade England, not letting hereof openly to boast. Trusts that in time she will prevent the same. There is no Prince they live in so great awe of as her, persuading themselves that she will make her profit of this their misery. The Captain of Dieppe has of late sent word that there be already on the seas fifteen of the tallest ships, so the bruit runs that she will claim Calais. The Prince of Conde has retired from before Sens to Montereau, the King's army being at Nemours, where the truce was taken between them. The chief leaders of the King's army rather desire the revenge of their enemies than the quiet of their country. Whilst they thus fly peace they have not unity amongst themselves. Martigues will not be commanded by the Duke of Montpensier. Some fearing these dissensions and lest the Prince become stronger by foreign aid, would have no further delay but would determine the matter by fight.
2. The Duke of Guise and M. Tavennes are on the frontiers with 3,000 horse, to join the Count Mansfield and the Duke of Lorraine with 3,000 more, and so to fight with the reiters at their entry into France. The reiters are 4,000 with 4,000 lansquenets. Macon is rendered to the King by composition. Lignerolles having been sent to the Emperor to practise the stay of the reiters, and in his return to the Count Palatine to desire him not to succour the Prince and his associates, affirming that their rising was not for any zeal of religion but only to rebel against their Prince, the Count brought him to speak with a gentleman from the Prince, who declared that the chief cause of the Prince's taking arms was for the maintenance of religion, the which the enemies of the truth attempted divers times to exterminate, and work the ruin of all them who professed the same, as was to be proved by sundry things since the last wars; especially by letters sent to the King Catholic by young L'Aubespine, and intercepted in his journey into Spain, which the gentleman showed to Lignerolles before the Count, the King's being subscribed by the elder L'Aubespine, and the Queen Mother's by her secretary. The said letters containing that it was the King's meaning after that he had despatched certain of the heads out of the way, to make one conformity in state and religion throughout the realm of France, wherefore the Prince seeing the imminent ruin to religion and his own person endeavoured to defend his life and state. Young Lansac has brought hither with him two Ambassadors having charge to declare to the King that the Count Palatine's meaning is not in any sort to damage the state of his realm, but only for the maintenance of religion. Whereunto the King replied that the estate of himself and realm was so intermingled with that of the religion that the Count might not touch one without offence to the other.
3. The reiters are already past the Rhine, bringing with them certain pieces of artillery and 700 or 800 empty wagons, trusting to be no greater losers by this dissension than by the last. The Prince of Conde taking truce and understanding of the reiter's coming abandoned Montereau on the 11th inst., being gone to join his forces with theirs. The King's army follows him with speed. Hears that there is money levied in Germany to raise 5,000 more reiters for the Prince. The Parisians are highly offended to have peace talked of, and for the maintenance of the war they lend the King 1,200,000 francs.—Paris, 15 Dec. 1567. Signed.
4. P.S.—Last night the Prince encamped between Sens and Troyes, and marches very great journeys, so that the King's army is not able to catch him, his footmen being gone from Montereau two days' journey before his departure. The reiters are in Lorraine, being 6,800 with 4,000 lansquenets. Yesterday the Queen Mother told the chiefest of the Parisians that ere it were long her son should be known for a King or nothing. The Parisians made this day a general muster and were to the number of 30,000 men, such as they be. M. De Guise has sent word that his force is not sufficient to encounter the reiters. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 6½.
1865. Rough draft of portions of the above relating to Lignerolles' mission to the Count Palatine with certain alterations.
Pp. 4.
Dec. 15. German Reiters.
List of German reiters with the names of their commanders, 8,000 men in all.
Ger. P. 1. Enclosure.
Dec. 15. 1866. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
Is desirous to hear whether he has received his letters sent by two Scotchmen, as his servant Jenye after he had passed Dieppe was set on by eight robbers, having another gentleman in his company. They defended themselves very honestly, but were forced to yield and were spoiled of all they had, and now lie hurt at Rouen. Trusts shortly to send him advertisements from the Prince and the Admiral, and wishes that aid might be given before it be too late, and that at least if nothing else can be attained that he will preseve them from ruin and conclude a peace. Letter from the Queen Mother to the Cardinal of Lorraine. Has heard nothing from the English merchants for whom he procured the King's letters. Has sent him all the Edicts since the beginning of the troubles.—Paris, 15 Dec. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2½.
Dec. 15. 1867. Sir Henry Norris to the Earl of Leicester.
Notwithstanding the King's former letters, Leicester's servant Montagina is still detained in prison. Has again obtained letters with the King's express commandment for his delivery. Gives the same news as that contained in his letter to the Queen of this date.—Paris, 15 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. Pp. 4.
Dec. 15. 1868. Dr. Man to Cecil.
1. Hears from Vienna that the Queen's marriage with the Archduke Charles is concluded. The truce betwixt the Turk and the Emperor for five years is like to take effect. The French King has of late practised to borrow of Venice 250,000 ducats.
2. The King of Spain has increased his galleys to 150, and named Don John of Austria his general. There is great provision of ships to be sent out of Portugal against the English ships in their Indies.
3. Gives an account of the case of William Makepeace, a prisoner in Seville, and also the remark of the Duchess De Feria about England, to the effect that she marvelled how God could prosper the realm, seeing they were all heretics and lived worse than Turks and Jews.—Madrid, 15 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2½.
1869. Copy of the above.
Endd., with seal. Pp. 2½.
Dec. 17. 1870. Advices.
News from Rome, 17th, and Vienna, the 15th Dec. 1567.
Endd. Ital. Pp. 2.
Dec. 19. 1871. The Earl of Sussex to Cecil.
Thinks assuredly that if some lewd matter had not been uttered here, either wilfully or negligently, that the Emperor was rather inclined that the Archduke should himself have sought his satisfying there at his coming, than required assurance before going. Is glad the Duke of Norfolk has so well discovered his opinion. If Protestants be but only Protestants he mistrusts not a good resolution, but if some have a second intent which they cloak with religion, and place be given to their counsel, God defend the Queen with His mighty hand. The Queen should make herself strong against such as be so cold in her marriage, and so hot in seeking another successor, whereby must grow her present peril.—Vienna, 19 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Partly in cipher. Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1½.
Dec. 20. 1872. Act of Attainder against Bothwell and Others.
Declares that Bothwell and his accomplices having been duly summoned to appear and answer for the murder of the King and other crimes, and not having done so, have incurred the crime of treason and forfeited all their lands and goods to the King, and their persons to underlye the pain of treason.
Printed in Acta. Parl. Scot., Vol. III., p. 5.
Dec. 20. 1873. Advices.
News from Rome, 20th Dec., and Vienna, 18th Dec. 1567.
Endd. Ital. Pp. 3.
Dec. 21. 1874. Advices from Antwerp.
News from Antwerp of 21st Dec. Departure of the Duchess of Parma.
Endd. Ital. P. 1.
Dec. 21. 1875. Sir Thomas Gargrave to Cecil.
Hears that Lord and Lady Lennox find themselves aggrieved with the late commissioners for the sale of their corn and cattle. Gives explanations. From —, 21 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. 1.
Dec. 21. 1876. Jean Simenes De la Montagina to Sir Henry Norris.
Desires him to give credit to such things as the bearers shall inform him, for when any man comes hither to ask for him, they say that here is none such. Desires his favour to rid him out of prison.—Pont de l'Arche, 21 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
Dec. 21. 1877. Letters Patent of Charles IX.
Enjoins his officers to seize on all benefices and immovable property, and to sell all moveable property belonging to rebels.—Paris, 21 Dec. 1567.
Pamphlet printed by Jean Dallier. Fr. Pp. 15.
Dec. 24. 1878. Ordinance of Charles IX.
Commands all those of the pretented reformed religion to leave Paris within twenty-four hours in order to avoid troubles. They are to retire into the country, but will be allowed to return when peace is restored.—Paris, 24 Dec. 1567. Signed: Charles.
Pamphlet printed by Guillaume De Nyverd. Fr. Pp. 6.
Dec. 24. 1879. The Queen to Sir John Forster.
Authorises him to receive certain disordered persons upon the Border to her mercy upon their lowly submission. For his coming up next term, after Christmas, he shall let her understand the state of the place, whereupon he shall have resolution of her pleasure.
Draft in Cecil's writing. Endd. P. 1.
Dec. 25. 1880. Advices.
1. Intelligence from Rome and Vienna, 25 Dec. 1567.
2. Enclosing a Latin couplet on the death of Hieronymus Priuli by Stopio.
Endd. Ital. Pp. 3½.
Dec. 26. 1881. M. De Lumbres to Cecil.
Excuses himself for not having written before or sent him what news he has been able to gather on the frontiers, and hopes that Her Majesty will not impute it to carelessness. [Rue], 26 Dec. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Fr. P. 1.
Dec. 26. 1882. Occurrences in France.
Positions and commanders of the armies of the French King and the Prince of Conde. As soon as the reiters arrived the vanguard of the King retired, as is thought looking for the conclusion of a peace. The conditions of agreement will be that the Edict of January shall have force throughout the realm, that strangers shall depart, and that the Prince of Conde shall undertake the administration of affairs. The reiters who have arrived amount to 6,500 men; and it is thought that a great number of Germans, Swiss, and Italians are in arms ready to declare themselves in favour of the Prince's party if this agreement does not take place. The Ambassadors of Spain, the Emperor, and the Pope threaten the French King with war if he makes peace. Gives a list of the Princes of the New League in Germany, France, and elsewhere. The Emperor has informed the King of Spain and the Duke of Alva that he can no longer restrain the German Princes, and has declared in full consistory that he in no wise intends to be of the Holy League.
Endd. Fr. Pp. 2.
Dec. 26. 1883. Henry Cobham to Cecil.
Spoke with the Duke of Alva at Brussels, who gave him letters to carry to certain people. Encloses the number of certain horsemen with their captains' names. They are well mounted and armed, and will muster in Lorraine.—Augsburg, 26 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
Dec. 26. Almain Cavalry.
Names of the commanders of 6,300 Almain cavalry, with the numbers belonging to each. On a slip of paper enclosed in Cobham's letter.
Dec. 27. 1884. Dr. Man to Cecil.
1. Sends his servant with minutes of his letters in case Cecil has not received them. This King is fully bent to aid the French King by all means against the Protestants. Many have demanded of him whether the marriage of the Queen with Don Carlos of Austria is concluded.
2. P.S.—The King takes up 2,000,000 ducats. The Pope has given him the third part of every benefice for one year. They stand in great doubt of the Turk.—Madrid, 27 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
Dec. 27. 1885. The Earl of Sussex to Cecil.
The Count John of Friesland has visited him and declared how much he rested at the Queen's devotion, and said that he understood that letters had come to him to prepare certain bands of horsemen, and asked him whether he knew of any such matter. He answered that he did not, but would write to the Queen of his good inclination.—Vienna, 27 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1¼.
Dec. 27. 1886. Advices.
News from Brussels, 27 Dec.; from Spain undated; and from Rome, 6 Dec.
Endd. Ital. Pp. 2½.
Dec. 28. 1887. Pietro Bizarri to Cecil.
1. News from Vienna, 18 Dec. 1567; and Rome of the 20th Dec. Sends the answer in Latin from the reiters to the Emperor and the French King to the effect that they preferred to send their forces abroad rather than to wait at home for the war, with which they knew they were threatened by the League called Holy.
2. List of the numbers and leaders of cavalry raised in Germany for the different parties in France, and for the King of Spain.—Venice, 28 Dec. 1567. Signed.
Add. Endd., with seal. Ital. Pp. 3.
Dec. 28. 1888. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.
1. On the 16th inst. were published the King's letters patent for confiscation of the Protestants' goods, which have not been left unexecuted in any point to the utmost. On the 17th the King dismissed the two ambassadors who came from the Count Palatine and young Lansac to accompany them, who was taken by the Prince's people. They were minded to have detained M. De Teligny in his place. There was great bruit that peace was concluded; but besides religion they be entered into other difficulties: the one for disarming, for that the King will incontinent upon the accord being made [have] the Prince and his chief associates within twenty four hours come to him with their ordinary trains; the other the payment of the reiters, which they seek to have satisfied by the King. Gives an account of the different movements of the forces on both sides. Wishes that the Queen would send over some noble personage to take up these differences betwixt the King and his nobility.—Paris, 28 Dec. 1567.
2. P.S.—On the 23rd the Prince of Conde passed a little river, where were divers of the King's men overthrown, and many taken prisoners. On the 28th it was given to understand that the Prince was joined with the reiters, being 6,000 and ten ensigns of lansquenets. The King's army is 30,000 footmen and 15,000 horsemen. The Prince's army daily increases.— 1567. Signed. Written on a separate sheet of paper.
Add. Endd. Pp. 4.
Dec. 30. 1889. Frederick II. to James VI. of Scotland.
Has received his letter written on the 30th September confirming the news of the slaughter of his father and requiring that the Earl Bothwell should be handed over for punishment. Bothwell, who has been made prisoner and sent to Denmark, declares that he has been legally acquitted of the murder. Thinks that he will be satisfied if Bothwell is kept in close confinement.—Copenhagen, 30 Dec. 1567.
Copy. Endd. Lat. Pp. 2¼.
Dec. 1890. Reply to the Articles sent by the King to the Prince of Conde.
They have had no intention to enter into capitulations or to give the law to the King, but only humbly to require such things as are necessary for the liberty of their consciences and the preservation of their lives and goods. Require that the Edict of Orleans shall be observed without any alterations; that balliages shall be appointed for the free exercise of religion; that they shall be preserved in the enjoyment of their estates and offices; that those of Lyons shall have the same liberty as the rest of the subjects of the realm; synods to be permitted, and that the Edict of Pacification may be declared irrevocable.
Endd. Fr. Pp. 3. Another copy under Jan. 4, 1568.
[Dec.] 1891. Report of the Envoy of the Prince of Conde.
1. Has been commanded to come over by the Prince of Conde and the Admiral, that the Queen and her Council may know the truth, and considering it may grant them some assistance. About the 20th of November whilst going to Dover he met two Spaniards, one of whom seemed to be a financier and the other a lawyer. He pretended to be a servant of M. De la Forest's, and entered into conversation, when they said how impossible it was for those of the new religion to endure, and that when the King of France had settled his affairs with the aid of the King of Spain they might look for some great thing in England; also that the King had a great party there through the Catholics. The one who looked like a financier showed him some double pistoles new coined, and told him that a few days before he had brought 18,000 or 20,000, which he had left in London and other places for his master's service.
2. Desires him to appoint a time for him to speak more fully with him.
Undated. No signature. Fr. Pp. 2.
1892. Catalogue of Books to be sold at Embden.
List of books sold by Gaspar Staphorst, bookseller, of Embden, in Latin, French, Italian, Dutch, and German, nearly all of a theological character.
Printed broadside. Endd.: Dated 1567.
1893. Extraordinary Charges at Berwick.
Memorial of certain extraordinary charges at Berwick for one whole year, amounting to 3,911l. 6s. 1d.
Endd. Pp. 3.
1894. Works at Berwick.
1. A memorial of certain reparations to be done at Berwick to the bridge, old wall, and wharf at a charge of 187l. 16s.
2. Also an estimate of shovels and other tools meet to be provided.
Endd. Pp. 1½.
1895. Works at Berwick.
Petition of certain persons employed on the works at Berwick, who now, since the breaking up of the works, are without any entertainment.
P. ½.
1896. Assessment of Townships in Northumberland.
Assessment of divers persons and townships to pay for the spoil of a certain ship, with the amounts paid by each and what is still due.
Undated. Endd. Pp. 2.
1897. Matters enquirable in a Warden's Court.
List of matters constituting march treason.
Endd.: Sent from Sir John Forster. Pp. 2.
1898. Petition of the French Merchants.
Pray that the French Ambassador will obtain the removal of certain vexatious duties and restrictions on their commerce in London.
Undated. Endd. Fr. P. 1.
1899. Grievances of the French Merchants.
Complain that the custom charges have been doubled and in some cases increased fourfold since the reign of Henry VIII. Give a list of different articles and the duties payable upon them in 1545 and 1562 respectively. Complain also of the rigorous laws about obtaining sureties, the want of wharfage, and other grievances.
Rough draft, undated. Endd. Fr. Pp. 13.
1900. Complaint of Piracies.
List of piracies committed by young Monluc and others on Englishmen in the river of Bordeaux and on the coast of Brittany.
Undated. Endd. Fr. Pp. 1¾.
1901. Spoils made by the English upon the Portuguese.
Numerous piracies committed by divers Englishmen on the subjects of the King of Portugal in different parts of the world, extending over a period of more than ten years.
A manuscript book, undated. Endd. Lat. Pp. 47.
1902. Dowry of the Countess of Lennox.
List of land given to the Countess for dowry in Scotland by the Earl her husband before marriage, of the yearly value of 500 marks sterling.
Undated. Endd by Cecil. P. ½.
1903. Vaticinatio Disperato.
Manuscript pamphlet under the above title, describing a supposed conversation betwixt the Pope, Hypocrisy, and Conscience.
Undated. Ital. Pp. 20½.