Simancas: May 1590

Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 4, 1587-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.

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'Simancas: May 1590', in Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 4, 1587-1603, (London, 1899) pp. 580-581. British History Online [accessed 1 March 2024]

May 1590

6 May.
Paris Archives, K. 1571.
593. Bernardino De Mendoza to the King.
A Scotsman named Charles Boyd has written to me from Rouen, saying that he has arrived there from Scotland ; and that it is important for your Majesty's service that he should proceed to Spain. Although he has not, he says, hitherto had any communication with me, he ventures to ask me as your Majesty's minister to assist him to get to Spain. I have written to Havre de Grace for them to give him a passage in some zabras (Biscay Smacks) that have arrived there. This is all the information I can give about his voyage, as the man is unknown to me.—Paris, 6th May 1590.
25 May.
B.M. Lansdowne, 63. French.
594. Don Cristobal (fn. 1) to Lord Burghley.
The recollection I have of the goodwill and affection shown to me by your lordship when I left England to come to this country, inspires me with the confident expectation that I shall obtain my liberation if I still retain your favour, and, so long as I possess it, I will not despair. I can assure you that my desire for liberty is not less inspired by a desire to devote my life to the recovery of Portugal, than to serve the Queen ; to whom I will always declare that my release is due. I know well that all who are in trouble experience the effect of your goodness, and it is impossible that captives should fail to share it, particularly a captive who respects and loves you as his father.—Morocco, 25th May.


  • 1. Don Cristobal was the second son of Don Antonio, the Portuguese pretender, who, as will be seen in the correspondence, had been sent as a hostage or pledge to the Sheriff of Morocco for the loan promised by him in aid of the cause of Don Antonio. Some of Elizabeth's correspondence with the Sheriff on the subject will be found in Harl. MSS, 296.