James I: Volume 19
March, 1606

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'James I: Volume 19: March, 1606', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: James I, 1603-1610 (1857), pp. 294-307. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=15004 Date accessed: 30 October 2014.


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March, 1606.

March 1.
Westminster.
1. The King to Sir Hugh Bethell. In favour of the marriage of Sir Wm. Auchterlony's son with his daughter; the King has no greater desire than to corroborate the Union of the Kingdoms by mutual affinities between the subjects of both.
March 1.
Durham.
2. Dean James to Salisbury. George Jarvis, from Berwick, a seminary priest, sent to him by the Earl of Dunbar, is suspected to have had some share in the "horrible and barbarous intended treason." Incloses,
2. I. Examination of Geo. Jarvis, relative to his education, and where he abode and exercised his profession, since he came into England; he will mention no places but Mr. Haggerstone's, of Haggerstone, and Mr. Carr's, of Itell.
March ? 3. List of recusants in Hampshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Durham.
March 1.
Tower.
4. Hen. Brooke, late Lord Cobham, to Salisbury. Complains of the bitter terms used against him in the Bill passed for his attainder; is punished beyond others in losing all, and being so long a captive. Solicits his liberty.
March 1.
[Gatehouse.]
5. Tho. Phelippes to the Same. Solicits compassion for his distressed estate in prison, and to be confined in his own house.
March 1.
York.
6. First examination of John Healey. His education and travels. Refuses to attend Divine Service, and denies that he was ever required to pray for Thos. Percy and that action; or that he said there was "yet another barrell to broach." [See March 11.]
March 1. Examination of Nich. Owen. Has served Garnet four years; was at Mr. Throgmorton's house at Coughton, when the insurrection broke out; Garnet said mass at Coughton, Nov. 1st., and was at Henlip, six weeks before the search; Garnet and Hall usually dined and supped with Mr. and Mrs. Abington; he served Garnet at Henlip, and had often been with him at White Webbs. [G. Plot Bk., No. 194.]
March 1.
Tower.
Examination of Geo. Chambers. Serves Hall, the Jesuit; has been several times at Henlip; saw Garnet and Hall there, Jan. 19; has only been once at White Webbs with his master; Hall has a black horse, bought of Rob. Winter. [Ibid., No. 195.]
March 2.
Tower.
7. Report by Edw. Forsett and John Locherson, of a conversation overheard in the Tower between Garnet and Hall. They confess to each other. Garnet is sure Littlejohn [Nich. Owen] will not betray him; asks Hall what was said to him of White Webbs. Garnet says they shall do, if it be not discovered that Mr. Abington knew of their being in his house; hastens away to read or write a letter.
March 2. 8. Lord Treasurer Dorset to Sir Thos. Lake. To draw a warrant, form prefixed, for payment of 282£. to Thos. Knoyle, for conveying horses to the King of Spain; and of 138£. 11s. 8d. to the Commissioners of the Borders and Mayor of Newcastle, for transport of soldiers to Flushing and the Brill.
March 3. 9. Countess of Cumberland to the Earl of Salisbury. Difficulties in execution of the will of the late Earl. Offers of Lord Chandos for the marriage of her daughter.
March 3.
Baremoor.
10. Sir Wm. Selby to the Same. In answer to his letter of 24th Feb. Proceedings for apprehension of the Grahams. Most of them have retired into Scotland. The Borders are generally quiet.
March 3. Salisbury to Sir Hen. Bruncard. Father Garnet's share in the Powder Treason detected. Lords Mordaunt, Stourton, and Montague will be called before the Star Chamber, to account for their intended absence from Parliament. Stourton and Montague were continually with Mordaunt last summer. The King is disposed to leniency with them and the other great man [the Earl of Northumberland. Irish Corresp. 1606, March 3.]
March 3.
[Tower.]
Hen. Garnet to Anne Vaux. Has received the linen, &c. Desires a loan of 11£., as he and Mr. Hall have not paid their fees. Could not read her last letter. She is to come to his keeper's mother for directions. If she come to the Tower, she may see him, but not speak to him. Catesby wrongs him if he says he approved of the Plot. If any of the Society's money can be procured, he wants beds for James, John, and Harry, who have been tortured. [G. Plot Bk., No. 242.]
March 4 ? Anne Vaux to Hen. Garnet. Sorry he could not read her letter. Will come to the garden to see him, if he will appoint the time. [Almost illegible. Ibid., No. 243.]
March 4. 11. Hen. Garnet to Anne Vaux. Full detail of his proceedings. His taking refuge in Henlip House, with Hall. Their sufferings in their place of concealment. Discovery and apprehension by Sir Hen. Bromley. Kind treatment at Sir H. Bromley's house, on the road, and at the Tower. His several examinations and conversations with Chief Justice Popham, Sir Edw. Coke, and Sir Wm. Waad. Is threatened with torture. If he suffers, it will be for not having betrayed what he tried in vain to prevent. [Dated Shrove Tuesday (March 2nd), but indorsed, and probably finished March 4.]
March 4. Grant to Sir Wm. Ryder of the office of [collecting] Toll, Tonnage, and Poundage in London, for life. [Ind. Wt. Bk., p. 47.]
March 5. Grant to Hen. Berkley of the view of francpledge of the manor of Wymondham, &c., co. Leicester. [Ibid., p. 50.]
March 5.
London.
12. John Chamberlain to Dud. Carleton. Sir Walter Cope promises to show his letter to Salisbury. At a play at Sir W. Cope's house, had to squire his daughter about, till he was weary.
March 5. Examination of Edw. Oldcorne, alias Hall. Bought a horse of Rob. Winter and sold him again; has spoken twice or thrice with Garnet in the Tower, through the door; Garnet said he would not confess Hall's being at White Webbs; he had frequented White Webbs with Garnet, Gerard, and others, for several years, &c. [G. Plot Bk., No. 196.]
[March 5.] 13. Note by Levinus Munck concerning - Spiller, alias Bellamy, who accompanied Guy Faukes on his last return to England, and has a brother in the Exchequer. [See Feb. 28.]
March 5. 14. Examination of Hen. Spiller. [Stephen] Phelippes came to him in the Exchequer, and asked him if he had a brother in trouble; he said not.
March 5. 15. Examination of Hen. Garnet. Denies any private conferences with Hall in the Tower, though Hall confesses them; Hall may accuse him falsely, but he will not accuse himself.
March 6. 16. Examination of Hen. Garnet. Confesses that he came to Mr. Abington's house, Henlip, Dec. 4th, and remained there till apprehended, with Hall, Chambers, and Owen; White Webbs was taken by him for their meetings; Mrs. Anne Vaux, alias Perkins, he, and Brookesby, bore the expenses; had a conference with Faukes last Easter, in Thames Street; met Catesby and others at Sir Everard Digby's, Nov. 1st, and met Catesby in Moorfields at Whitsuntide; wrote to Father Baldwin to commend Sir Edw. Baynham as a soldier.
March 6. Examination of Edw. Oldcorne. Sent for Garnet from Coughton to Mr. Abington's; Tesmond came, Nov. 6th, from Huddington to Henlip, and told them of the Plot and its failure, and of the rising; they refused to join it; Tesmond was angry, and set off to rouse Catholics in Lancashire. In their conferences in the Tower, Garnet told him that if Catesby accused him (Garnet) of the Plot, he wronged him; that he hoped his being at Coughton was not known, as that was the worst thing against him; that Lord Monteagle (fn. *) had written letters by Sir Edw. Baynham; that he (Garnet), on Nov. 1st, had taken the lead in private prayers for the destruction of heresy. [G. Plot Bk., No. 197.]
March 6.
Tower.
Examination of the Same. Declines to say whether Chambers is his servant; Garnet told him he might acknowledge White Webbs, as the Lords had promised not to harm the parties there; they met at White Webbs twice a year, to confess and renew their vows; particulars of his Tower conversations with Garnet. [Ibid., No. 198.]
March 6. 17. Certificate of deaths and burials within Westminster and the Strand, for the week ending March 6th.
March 7.
Tower.
18. Hen. Brooke, late Lord Cobham, to Salisbury. Thanks for his kind motion, to have the Bill against him re-drawn; asks if his land cannot be made over to the Crown, without his being attainted.
March 7. Grant to Edw. Fowler of the office of Clerk Controller of the Peace, for life. [Ind. Wt. Bk., p. 47.]
[March 7.] 19. Memorandum of reasons for furthering the Bill for revision of a branch of the Statute 23 Henry VIII., forbidding the import of wines of the growth of France, between Michaelmas and Candlemas.
[March 7.] 20. Two copies of the above.
March ? 21. Memorandum of reasons why the action of the above bill should be deferred until after Candlemas next.
March 8.
Chard.
22. Humph. Colles to Chief Justice Popham. Notifies the arrival of Fras. Wilford and Tho. Fitzjames, with letters from Spain.
March 8. 23. The King to the Dean and Chapter of Wells Cathedral. To elect Dr. Wm. Hill to the place of canon residentiary.
March 9.
St.Bartholomew's the Great.
24. Roger Manners to Salisbury. Has sent a petition to the King against Sir Thos. Shirley, who labours to get the lease of the parsonage of Bonington over his head.
March 9.
Edinburgh.
25. Earl of Errol to Salisbury. Heard at the Queen's masque that he wished for a tassell of goshawks well fore-angled; has been on the look out ever since, and now sends one.
March 9.
London.
26. W. Jenison to Dr. Thos. Lodge. On matters relating to the Muscovy Company; much has been attempted against them [the recusants] in Parliament. Proposes to place Robin with Sir Wm. Stanley. Indorsed "Jenings" [by Salisbury].
March 9. 27. [Earl of Salisbury] to the Earl of Mar. Divers priests were concerned in the Gunpowder Treason, but none have been apprehended except Walley, who confesses his privity, but says that he dissuaded from it. Importance of convincing the world that he is punished for treason, not for religion; the King will have the three Lords tried in the Star Chamber, not by common law. Differences in the Parliament concerning enactments against papists, and as to the punishment of non-communicants. Two subsidies granted; more asked for. Abuses of Purveyors suppressed. The King of France raises troops against the Duke of Bouillon. In spite of all the Scots' boast of religion, for 100 English that go to serve the Archduke, there are 500 Scots, many of them his (Mar's) followers.
March 10. 28. Edward Lord Cromwell to Salisbury. Urges the conclusion of his controversy with the college of [All Souls] Oxford, relative to Wadborough, which he has sold to the Earl of Devon, to satisfy his creditors, who have seized his coach and horses.
March 10.
All Souls Coll.
29. Warden, &c., of All Souls College, Oxford, to the Same. Request that the verdict against them to pay to Lord Cromwell 2,000£. for his claim on Wadborough asture, may be modified. Their law expences have exceeded 2,500£.
March 10. 30. Capt. Wm. Saxey to the Same. Gratitude for past favours; begs their continuance.
March 10.
Westminster.
31. The King to John Still, Bishop of Bath and Wells, John May, Fras. Bavar, and Thos. Hughes. Understands that John Hole, servant of Bevis Bulmer, now in Scotland, though convicted by them of misappropriating his master's property, in the pitches and ore in Mendip, refuses a full restitution. He is to be summoned before the Council, if he be obstinate.
March 10.
Westminster.
32. The Same to the Steward of Abbot's Langley. To draw out a grant to Edward Lord Bruce of Kinloss, of the copyhold lands of Wm. Ibgrave, deceased, escheated to the Crown for want of heirs.
[March 10.] 33. Act for better explaining the Act, 34 Hen. VIII., concerning Wales, and for declaring the Counties of Gloucester, Worcester, Hereford, and Salop free from the jurisdiction of the Council of Wales.
[March 10.] 34. Copy of the above Act, with emendations, marginal notes, &c.
[March 10.] 35. Examination of the above Act; with a list of the Presidents of Wales, from 18 Edw. IV., and notes of their places of residence.
March 11.
York.
Information of Phil. Thirlewell, of Hexham, Northumberland, as to the speeches of John Healey, servant to Lancelot Carnaby, on praying for Percy and his company, and on "another barrell yet to be broached." [G. Plot Bk., No. 199. See March 1.]
March 11. Examination of Anne Vaux. Keeps White Webbs at her own expense; since August last has visited her friends; came to London with Mrs. Abington; Catesby, Winter, and Tresham have been to her house; Wm. Shepherd, Rob. Avery, and Rob. Marshall have left her service; went to St. Winifred's Well, with Lady Digby and others whom she will not name; knew nothing of the Plot; told Garnet she feared that the horses at Winter's and Grant's were for mischief, and begged him to prevent it. He spoke to Catesby, who said they were for the Low Countries; was at Coughton Nov. 1, but knows nothing of the prayer there. [Ibid., No. 200.]
March 12. Note by Anne Vaux. Is sorry to hear that Father Garnet was privy to the Plot, as he made many protestations to the contrary. [Ibid., No. 201.]
March 12. Voluntary declaration of Edw. Oldcorne. His conversation with Humphrey Littleton, that the rightfulness of Catesby's Plot was not to be judged by its good or ill success. [Ibid., No. 202.]
March 12. Copy of the above. [Ibid., No. 203.]
March 12. 36. Account by Sir John Fortescue of moneys received for the expenses of the Coronation, and of the disbursements made for it, amounting to 19,711£. 8s. 8¼d.; with acknowledgment of the receipt of balance due to him.
[March 12.]
Wednesday.
37. Abstract of Sir Rob. Cotton's speech, at the Committee on an intended petition for restitution of deprived ministers.
March 12.
Trinity Lane.
38. Thos. Pelham to Salisbury, as Master of the Court of Wards, &c. Requests him to favour the daughter of Mr. Staply, of Sussex, who is in extreme danger of death.
March 12.
London.
39. John Chamberlain to Dud. Carleton. Sir Walter Cope has spoken for Carleton to Lord [Salisbury], who will not allow him to go abroad, nor attend Parliament, till Lord [Northumberland's] cause is decided. Two witnesses declare that he (Carleton) was "privy to the hiring of the house for the main blow." Lady Fanshaw going out of town.
March 12.
Tower.
40. Examination of Hen. Garnet. The letter sent by Sir Everard Digby was to say they were going into Wales; last July, Tesmond, alias Greenwell, revealed Catesby's project to him; Catesby promised him he would not proceed without asking directions from the Pope, how to relieve English Catholics; Catesby or Winter told the Plot to Tesmond, but as he was told it in confession, he ought not to reveal it, even to the Pope; efforts by foreign Ambassadors to obtain relief for Catholics from the King; Father Parsons wrote to him last Michaelmas, to ask what plots the Catholics had on hand; did not answer the letter; burnt all his letters from Rome, and kept no copies of his answers.
March 13. 41. Declaration by Garnet, that since the King's accession, he had tried to persuade Catesby not to plot against Government, that course being forbidden by the Pope. In June, 1604, Catesby and Winter told him of a sure plot they had, but gave no particulars; Greenwell told him they had something in hand, but he (Garnet) disapproved of it; could not persuade Catesby that it was unlawful to take arms.
March 13. 42. Voluntary confession of Hen. Garnet. About a year before the late Queen's death, he received two briefs from Rome, one addressed to the lay Catholics, and one to the priests, bidding them not consent to any successor to the Crown who would not submit to Rome; he kept them secret during Elizabeth's reign, and burnt them on her death, but had shewed them to Catesby, who considered that they authorized his proceedings. There was a league between the Pope and the Kings of France and Spain, to establish a Catholic successor to Queen Elizabeth, by means of an armed force, but her death put an end to the project.
March 13. 43. Thos. Strange [to the Lords Commissioners]. The first news of the Plot was brought by Hen. Huddleston to Harrowden, on 4th November, Mr. Jarret [Gerard] and Mr. Singleton present; he left Harrowden and went to Henlip.
March 13. Examination of Edw. Oldcorne. Garnet shewed him at White Webbs, the Pope's bull, excommunicating all Catholics that should take the part of any Protestant successor to the Throne. [G. Plot Bk., No. 204.]
March 14.
Tower.
44. Examination of Hen. Garnet. On arrival of the two briefs above named, he showed them to Catesby, Percy, and Winter, at White Webbs; but finding all quiet on the Queen's death, he burnt them; Greenwell told him the design of the Plot, but refused to tell particulars, being bound to secresy.
March 14. Grant, in reversion, to John Lepton, of the office of Receiver in Yorkshire, for life. [Ind. Wt. Bk., p. 46.]
March 14 ? 45. Declaration by the Lord Treasurer of the state of the King's receipts at the Parliament, anno tertio, the Crown debts being 735,280£. [See Journ. Commons, vol. 1, p. 284.]
March 14 ? 46. Statement of the whole receipts and disbursements of the Crown, as rendered by Auditors at the same Parliament.
March 14 ? 47. Anonymous to the King. Bitter complaints against the Council, who rule him, and will not suffer him to relieve his people. The Masters of Requests attend to the rich, and put off the poor. The "covetous bloody Popham" will ruin many poor men, by his offer to drain the Fens. Complaints of glass-houses and iron mills, which consume wood; of the growth of wood and manufacture of starch, which make land and flour dear. Additional subsidies demanded; "horrible fees" of lawyers; proposed fines on assart lands; flesheating in Lent. The King laughed at for giving up housekeeping to economize; the Commons trenching upon the prerogative; "in her Maty's time, all the subiectes in England durst not once think of it, or crosse her in whatsoever; your Matie wanteth some of her knoledge, bredeinge, and stomache."
March 16. 48. Particulars of disbursement of 400£., issued by orders of six of the Council. Part of it was paid for arrest and prison expenses of the late traitors.
March 16. 49. Warrant to pay to Thos. Emerson, creditor of Sir James Sandilands, 300£., being part of 1,500£. granted to Sir James, out of the payments of recusants.
March 17. 50. The King to Sir Fras. Newport. Requests him to prolong for a year the time allowed by him to Sir Hen. Bromley, for redemption of the manor of Dithoure, Montgomeryshire, sold him by Sir Henry.
March 17.
Boswell House.
51. Sir Edw. Phelips, Speaker, to Salisbury. The Bill of Grievances re-committed. Was pressed to put the Bill of Purveyors to the question, but put it off, as not being wholly ingrossed. Begs a discretionary power in circumstances "not varying from the matter prescribed."
March 17. 52. Earl of Devonshire to the Same. Henry O'Haggan is in London; will endeavour to find out where he is.
March 17.
Austria.
53. Wm. Joys to Rob. Waverley. Glad to hear of an attempt to release English Catholics from servitude. Sorry for Catesby's death in the good cause. Is prepared to risk his life for it, and will soon come over to England.
March 18. 54. Sir John Roper to Salisbury. Sends a present of pheasants and partridges.
March 18. 55. Power of Attorney from Nich. Porter, of Aston-sub-Edge, co. Gloucester, to Samuel Browne, of Longworth, Berkshire, to receive certain rents reserved to him, in the grant made to Sir Edw. Greville of lands of the late monastery of Eynesham.
March 18. 56. Examination of Rich. Gibson, concerning the speeches of John Healey relative to his being requested to pray for the late intended treason, and saying that "there was a barrell to broche which was not yet knowne."
[March 18.] 57. Message from the King to the House of Commons, relating to the augmentation of the proposed supply of two subsidies, restraining the undue discussion of grievances, and expressing his willingness to receive a petition thereupon.
[March 19.] 58. Message from the Same to the Same. Thanks for their readiness in granting him an additional supply. Will not abridge their freedom. Is glad to be thus enabled to repay his loans.
March 19. 59. Salisbury to Sir Hen. Wotton, Ambassador at Venice. Praises the course he took with the Papal Nuncio. People may now see that the severe laws against Catholics are not made against them merely for their religion, but for treason; since Garnet, the Provincial of the Jesuits, not only confesses his knowledge of the Gunpowder Plot, but thinks it justifiable. Parliament has made severe laws against the papists, and granted the King liberal supplies. Has no authority to permit the return to England of [Sir Rob.] Bassett or [Thos.] Fitzherbert; the times are not fitting for their recall. Bassett's goods will be confiscated, to satisfy some French merchants, robbed by a pirate for whom he was surety. Two extracts.
[March 20.] 60. Abstract of a letter from the Commissioners for the Borders on the state of the Borders. The fugitive Grahams presume on hopes of the general pardon. The Earl of Cumberland is requested not to let his lands to them.
[March 20.] 61. Propositions desired touching the government of the Borders and the Grahams; with notes of proceedings thereon.
March 20. 62. Ralph Dobbinson, Bailiff of Westminster, to Salisbury. Has shut up a partition door in Mr. Lyne's house, in consequence of some having died of the plague there. Asks if the street door is to be closed.
March 20.
Dover Castle.
63. Writ of attachment from the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, for Judith, widow of John Myng, to answer a charge of contempt preferred against her by George Tucke. Annexed is,
63. I. Mayor and Jurors of New Romney, Kent, to the Lord Warden. Certify their inability to execute the above writ, because since its receipt, Judith Myng has not been found within their town or liberties. April 9, New Romney.
March 21. 64. Confirmation of grant to Hugh Brooker, Prothonotary of the Common Pleas, of 10£. per ann., for enrolling pleas in suits made in formâ pauperum, with arrears from the death of Lawrence Radford, who lately held the office.
March 21.
Dorset House.
65. Earl of Dorset to the Officers of Customs. Order to permit the transportation of certain provisions for the Household of Sir Edw. Conway, Lieutenant Governor of the Brill in Holland.
March 21. 66. Sir Rob. Wingfield to Salisbury. Solicits the wardship of the son of John Purpett, of Newborn, Suffolk, the father being likely to die.
March 21 ?
[London.]
Anne Vaux to Hen. Garnet. Asks if the spectacles will fit his sight. The Attorney [General] says he (Garnet) acknowledges that he knew of the Plot, but was not a practiser in it. Requests directions. Other friends will write to him, if they can do so safely Life without him "is not life but deathe." [G. Plot Bk., No. 244.]
March 21.
Gatehouse.
67. Thos. Phelippes to Salisbury. Has been shut up 7 weeks "in a corner 10 foote square." Desires the ordinary liberty of the house, on account of his disease and infirmities.
March 22.
Saturday.
68. Sir Fras. Bacon to the Same. Purposes to report the subsidy on Monday morning. Though it will be a day of triumph (the anniversary of the accession) he hears of no adjournment of the House.
March 22.
Westminster.
Proclamation touching a seditious rumour suddenly raised, that some ill accident had befallen the King printed. [Proc. Bk., p. 122.]
March 22. 69. Rich. Neile, Dean of Westminster, to Salisbury. Requests him to write to the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge, to contradict "this day's brute," in order that the preacher at the afternoon sermon may declare his Majesty's safety. His Lordship's son to be transferred from Mr. Casse to Mr. Morrel.
March 22.
Whitehall.
70. Pass for Capt. [Wm.] Turner to repair to England on the King's service and to return again.
[March 23.] 71. Account of receipts in the farm of the Customs, and of the disbursements thereof.
March 23. Declaration by Garnet of the address of the two papal briefs (see March 14); that the "matter of Spain" was in the winter 1601-2; particulars of his intercourse with Fras. Tresham. [G. Plot Bk., No. 205.]
March 23. Further declaration by Garnet of his intercourse with Tresham, 1600-1603. [Ibid., No. 206.]
March 23. Examination of Wm. Vavasour, servant to Fras. Tresham. A paper which, in a note affixed, he had affirmed to be written by his mistress for his master, and by him witnessed and taken to Sir Walter Cope for the Earl of Salisbury, he now confesses to be in his own handwriting, dictated to him by his master, shortly before his death, when too weak to write himself. [Ibid., No. 207.]
March 24. Examination of Anne, widow of Fras. Tresham. Her husband dictated the declaration to Salisbury sent by her to Sir Walter Cope, without instigation of any person, and Wm. Vavasour wrote it. [Ibid., No. 209.]
March 24. Sir Edw. Coke to Salisbury. Particulars of the two preceding examinations. Tresham has acted upon his book of equivocation, by affirming "manifest falshoods, in articulo mortis." Gladdis, Mr. Abington's man, has confessed the plot by which his master was to have excused himself. [Ibid., No. 208.] Incloses,
I. Declaration by Fras. Tresham to the Lords Commissioners, retracting his former confession that Walley (Garnet) had any connection with the Spanish negotiation; and declaring that he knew not that he had any, nor had he seen nor heard from him for 16 years. Dec. 22. [Ibid., No. 210.]
I. Anne Tresham to Sir Walter Cope. Requests him to deliver the above declaration to Salisbury. [Ibid., No. 211.]
March ? 72. List of relics, church stuff, &c. belonging to Mrs. Brookesby and Mrs. Anne [Vaux.]
March 24. Examination of Anne Vaux. Francis Tresham, her cousin, often visited her and Garnet at White Webbs, Erith, Wandsworth, &c., when Garnet would counsel him to be patient and quiet. They also visited Tresham at his house in Warwickshire. Subscribed as true, by Garnet. [G. Plot Bk., No. 212.]
March 24. Copy of the above. [Ibid., No. 213.]
March 24.
Serjeants' Inn.
73. Chief Justice Popham to Salisbury. A packet of letters, some in cipher, found 3 weeks before on the plains near Winchester, has been sent to him, which he forwards, lest they may be of moment.
March 24.
Serjeants' Inn.
74. Chief Justice Popham to Salisbury. The man who was expected is missed. Matthew's boat must be looked for. Has imprisoned Hickmote. Incloses,
74. I. Examination of John Jacob, mariner. He brought Anthony Hickmote from Calais; would have brought another Englishman described, but the man would not come with him, because he talked with Captain Turner, who was known at Calais to be a spy of the English Government.
March 24.
Tavistock.
75. Earl of Bath to the Same. Thanks for informing him of the Bill preferred against him in the House by one Bushton, whose drift is to transport timber through the Earl's lands.
March 24 ? 76. Notes relative to an Act for carrying timber down the river Towe to Barnstaple.
March 24 ? 77. Objections against the above Bill, as profitless to any but the patentee, and opposed by the Earls of Bath and Bedford.
March 25. Edw. Oldcorne to the Lords Commissioners. Sets down, in order, the conversations between himself and Garnet in the Tower, as before detailed, with a few added particulars; viz., that when Garnet was in the Gatehouse, he received a letter, written with orange juice, telling him that Tesmond was gone over the sea and that Greenway would follow, and that in his examination, he had denied sending Winter and Tesmond into Spain, and would not confess that Lord Monteagle knew of the mission; also that he thought the examiners wished to "save my Lord Monteagle's credit." Oldcorne begs that Mr. Abington may not be punished for entertaining them. [G. Plot Bk., No. 214.]
March 25 ?
Wanstead.
78. Earl of Devonshire to Salisbury. If sufficiently well, will meet him according to appointment.
March 25. Grant to Wm. Morley of the office of a forester of Galtres Forest, co. York, for life. [Ind. Wt. Bk., p. 63.]
March 25. 79. Account by Hen. Harris of increase of rates upon the silk farm, for the last quarter.
March 25. 80. Note of the times proposed for payment of the subsidies and fifteenths, by the clergy and laity.
March 25. Grant to Edw. Newport, of the Grange, of Coggeshall, co. Essex. [Ind. Wt. Bk., p. 67.]
March 26.
Skipton.
81. Francis Earl of Cumberland to Salisbury. Prays his helping hand, for the better settling his northern affairs.
March 26.
Warwick.
82. Chief Justice Anderson and Sheriff Warburton to the Council. Have examined sundry persons, but Mr. Fortescue has not appeared before them, though summoned.
March 26. 83. Hen. Wright to the Earl of Salisbury. Sends him a "theorike with an overture"; having served him in small matters, offers his services in great. Can do something in scholarship. Incloses,
83. I. Same to the Same. Account of his theorike; has discovered the mode of distilling the water of life, and of turning metals into gold. Begs that in compensation for his services "in discovering of villainous practices," he may have a place that will bring him in money to supply his furnaces, &c. Promises Salisbury and the King the benefit of his discoveries. Clerkenwell, March 26.
March 26. 84. Petition of the Clothiers to the House of Lords, to pass a Bill sent up from the Lower House, for repeal of the Act 14 Eliz., concerning the length of kersies; with reasons in favour thereof.
March 26 ? 85. Bill to make His Majesty's supreme authority and government more clear, over persons and in causes ecclesiastical.
March ? 86. Schedule of profits to be derived by the King from Courts ecclesiastical, if all processes were sealed with his Seal.
March 26. 87. Declaration by Hen. Garnet. Gives the substance of the two briefs and of the letter to the Nuncio, the object of which was to establish a Catholic succession in England; the Nuncio was ordered, whenever "that miserable woman died," [Queen Elizabeth], to let the Pope know at once, and to publish the bulls in England.
March 27. Sir Edw. Coke to Salisbury. Requests him to return Mrs. Anne Vaux's examination of March 24. [G. Plot Bk., No. 215.]
March 27. Sir Wm. Waad to the Same. To know whether Garnet should not ride to Guildhall to his trial. Requests to have a part of the bar railed off for himself. [Ibid., No. 216.]
March 27.
Edinburgh.
88. Earl of Dunfermline to the Same. From the great intercourse formerly kept up between Scotland and France, hopes the English Ambassador in France may be especially instructed to assist all Scotchmen; and that they may be allowed to apply to him, as they have no separate ambassador of their own.
March 27.
London.
89. John Chamberlain to Dud. Carleton. Description of the tilting, which was very meagre. Proclamation concerning the late alarm [of the King's danger]. Chain presented to Sir Lewis Lewkenor by the Spanish Ambassador, for bringing him the good news [of the King's safety]. The three subsidies and six fifteenths are to be paid in four years. Abington, Hall, and Strange sent to Newgate, to be conveyed to Westminster for trial. Arraignment of Garnet; he comforts himself with sack to drown sorrow. The Council of Scotland have issued a declaration of the causes of the imprisonment of ministers there.
March 27.
Rycot.
90. Dud. Carleton to John Chamberlain. The party warmly welcomed to Rycot. The report of the King's death had been generally believed. Letter from Sir Wm. Clarke to his son thereupon.
March ? Thos. Abington to Salisbury. His obligations to his Lordship's late father; his substance spoiled by imprisonment; begs relief. [G. Plot Bk., No. 238.]
March ?
Fleet Prison.
91. Thos. Abington to the Council. To be released from prison, that he may recover the losses sustained by destruction of his house.
March 28. 92. Sir Julius Cæsar to Salisbury. Statement by Mr. Stapers and other owners, of the case of the ship Vineyard, arrested at Milo, near Scio, by two Sardinian and Maltese vessels, for having on board a quantity of gunpowder.
March 28 ? 93. Notes [by Sir Edw. Coke] of parties implicated in the treason, and of the examinations, &c., by which they are implicated.
March 28 ? 94. Salisbury to [Sir Edw. Coke]. Sends directions from the King on the trial of the Gunpowder Conspirators. He is to shew that their practices began on the Queen's death, and before the severe laws against the Catholics; to disclaim that any one of them wrote the letter to Lord Monteagle, and to praise his conduct, as the King did in his own book, because he has been suspected to have a hand in the Plot; also to make [Hugh] Owen, the Jesuit, as foul as possible.
[March 28.] 95. Narrative of charges against Father Garnet, and his answers to them on his trial. French. [Fuller than in the printed narrative of the trial.]
March 29.
[Tower.]
Sir Wm. Waad to Salisbury. Cannot prevail on Garnet in certain particulars. Sets down what he has written on equivocation. [G. Plot Bk., No. 217.] Incloses,
I. Statement at full by Henry Garnet of his sentiments relative to equivocation. It is justifiable only when used for a good object. Is reluctant to judge in the case of Fras. Tresham's equivocation, as he did it to save a friend; but that which is lawful in life may also be done in death. Would consider himself justified in equivocating in death, relative to Gerard's share in the treason, if by so doing, he could clear him; but thinks all treason should be revealed, by any means short of breaking the secresy of the confessional. March 29. [Ibid., No. 217 A.]
[March 29.] 96. Bill to enable the subjects of England and Wales to trade freely into the dominions of Spain, Portugal, and France.
[March 29.] 97. Reasons for maintaining the Spanish charter, in opposition to the above Act. The King of Spain has lately promised to redress sundry grievances complained of by English merchants.
March 29. License for twenty-one years to Wm. Chesshall to ship and carry to Ireland ore, cinders, &c., for making iron. [Grant Bk., p. 25.]
March 30. 98. Dud. Carleton to John Chamberlain. The company assembled at Rycot.
March 30. 99. Ric. Hadsor to Salisbury. Has prepared an answer to the complaints on the supposed grievance of the Duke of Lenox's patent for the New Draperies. Is willing to answer those about the tax on currants and the farm of customs. Has refused to act as counsel for the merchants who follow the grievance concerning the merchants of Southampton and the West Countries.
March ? 100. Instructions upon certain concealed lands to be obtained from the King, viz., particulars of the lands on the upper grounds of the Bank side, formerly belonging to the Temple Church, on part of which formerly stood a chapel, now fallen to decay, and part were granted by the late Queen Elizabeth to Lord Hunsdon. Mr. Hadsor, of the Middle Temple, holds the evidences.
March 30.
Gatehouse.
101. Hen. Lok to Salisbury. Has obtained license of the Lord Chamberlain to part with his place; solicits the loan of 6£. or 7£.
March 30.
Co. York.
102. Examination of Lancelot Carnaby, relative to his knowledge of Sicklemore, the priest. Will not swear to defend the King against the Pope.
March 31. 103. Sir Herbert Croft to Salisbury. Sends the bearer to be paid for his horse, which died after his "extreme journey" to the King, upon the death of Queen Elizabeth, "being at least 20 miles more than any other man rode that day, Mr. Douglas only excepted."
March ? 104. Offer by Sir Herbert Croft to the Queen's Council, for a lease of her manors of Leominster, of which he is steward. [See 1608, Feb. 6.]
March 31.
Enfield.
105. E. Reynoldes to O. Reynoldes. Has written in his favour to the Earl of Northampton. Directions on his private affairs. Thanks to Mr. Turnbull for his tobacco. Distates Mr. Potts' tricky and dilatory answers.
March ? 106. Rob. Earl of Sussex to Salisbury. The Earl of Devonshire's danger ; intends to apply to succeed him in Portsmouth, if Salisbury will favour his suit.
March ? 107. Sir Edw. Clere to the Same. Surprised at the objections against his unworthiness. Salisbury's ancestor, the Earl of Surrey, wrote an epitaph on an ancestor of his family, lauding their high descent. Beseeches liberty to attend his causes in Parliament, with his keeper, or on bail.
March ? 108. Brief of the debts owing by Queen Anne to divers creditors, amounting to 4,067£. 15s. 1½d.
March ? 109. Proviso [not inserted] in the Bill against recusants, enjoining banishment on not paying the value of two parts of their lands, or a fine of 6£. 13s. 4d. per annum.
March ? 110. Recusants of England to the [Archbishop of Canterbury ?]. Remonstrance on the new laws now before Parliament. [Found in Drury Lane.]
March ? 111. List of the places where Blackwell, the archpriest, and his twelve assistants, "doe for the moste parte remayne."
March ? 112. Certificate, by Dr. Peter Turner, of the ill state of health of Sir Walter Raleigh. Advises his removal to a room near the still-house, which he has built in the [Tower] garden.

Footnotes

* The words "as I think," are interlined by Oldcorne himself, after the name of Lord Monteagle. See . 291, No. 111 supra.