|June.||128. Remembrances touching Lord Grey.|
|His ransom. Licence to come to London. Money disbursed in Scotland and the Borders. The 400l., etc. for
victuals at Guisnes. Morgan's suit. The names of the
bulwarks from the Queen. The amendment of the old
garrison. The 100 men to Mr. Treasurer. The order of the
new watch. The repair of the Scottish victuallers to Berwick.
The lack of payment of 100 marks per annum in his Lordship's fee for these Marches. The Lord Gray of Scotland.
Sir Arthur Grey's relief. Rowland Forster's misdemeanours.|
Copy. Endd.: Remembrances to Mr. Secretary, ex parte
Domini Grey de Wilton. Pp. 2.
|June.||129. Complaint of John Blondeau.|
|Jehan Blondeau, a Frenchman and inhabitant of Rouen,
on the 12th inst. was arrested by the servant of John Martin,
Promoter, and searched for letters which he was suspected
of carrying into France. He only found letters of recommendation and papers relating to his private affairs. He,
however, took all his money, being twelve double ducats,
twenty-three crowns of the sun, a half-angel, and about
Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Fr. Pp. 2.
|June.||130. M. De Foix to [Cecil ?]|
|Jean Blondeau, a native of Guise, having been put in
prison for religion, retired to Rouen, but left that town at the
commencement of these troubles and came to London, leaving
his wife behind with child. Hearing that there were armed
forces in the neighbourhood of Rouen, he determined to go
and fetch his wife. Accordingly, on the 12th inst., he left his
brother Nicholas Walpin, who lived near "Lendguet,"
[Lambeth], taking with him his sister-in-law and his two
young nephews, and two pistols, in a boat, in which he went
to Blackfriars, to go to the Star Inn, near the bridge and the
fish market, in order to get a horse to carry him to Rye,
where he intended to leave all his money except sufficient for
his journey. On getting out of the boat he was arrested by
a servant of John Martin, who demanded whether he had not
letters for France, and searched him in the open street, and
took away some letters of recommendation and private
papers, and then, following him to the Star, took away from
him twelve double ducats and twenty-three crowns of the sun,
and carried him before Martin, where he was further searched
and despoiled. He begs that his property may be restored,
in order that he may carry out his intention. De Foix, in a
Latin postscript, also begs that this may be done.—Signed.|
Orig. Fr. and Lat. Pp. 2.
|[June.]||131. Council of Trent.|
|Headings of the requests made by the Emperor's Envoys
desiring the reformation of the Church, chiefly relating to
matters of discipline, twenty-four in number. Appended are
two canons at that time under consideration.|
Copy. Endd.: Capita extracta ex Imperatoris libello
exhibito Concilii Legatis. Lat. Pp. 4.
|[June.]||132. Borghese Venturini's Statement against the Spanish
|"A note of the reproaches and slanders laid to the charge
of Borghese Venturini, secretary to the Ambassador of
Spain, since he discharged him his service."|
|1. A statement of various sums of money withheld by the
Spanish Ambassador from Venturini, with the particulars
respecting the same.|
|2. In answer to certain charges brought against him by
the Ambassador, he states as follows:|
|3. He departed not without licence, for, returning to
Durham Place, the Ambassador talked of his departing, and
refusing to reckon with him, Venturini determined on the 23rd
of May 1562 to go, and told him that he was resolved to be
gone that night. The Ambassador answered that he was
busy, but that after dinner he would despatch him, when he
bade him do as he would. So he departed that evening.
The next morning he said that he would not pay him anything which he owed him if he would not promise him first to
go into Italy, and so they broke off without further proceeding.|
|4. He is no subject of the King of Spain, but born at
Bersighella, in Romagna, and divers of his kinsmen are
citizens of Faenza, now under Don Francisco D'Este, brother
to the Duke of Ferrara.|
|5. When Venturini went to serve the Ambassador he was
sent from Rome by Gio. Ludovico Di Carpi, in company of
Girolamo Di Quadra, and his parents, dwelling and country
are as he has above declared. Charles Del Gesso, himself,
and Alexander Del Gesso, his brother, are friends; yet he says
that it is not true that he said to Charles, "Look how the
arrows fly in the air," but bade him draw his sword, as he
would fight with him, to which end he went into the said
fields alone, with no other weapon but his sword and dagger,
as the other also had.|
|6. Besides all these persecutions, the Ambassador goes
about "to do him displeasure by sending spies and persons
armed with daggs and such like engines" about the place
where he is.|
|Endd. Pp. 12.|
|June 1.||133. A statement of various sums of money withheld by the
Spanish Ambassador from Venturini, forming the first article
of the previous document.|
|Dated and endd. by Cecil. Ital. Pp. 2.|
|[June.]||134. Articles against the Bishop of Aquila.|
|1. That he answered haughtily and slanderously to the
reply that was made to the Nuncio's demand.|
|2. That he directed the prisoners to reply to the Apologia,
and sent them the principal heads to which they were to
|3. That [he said that] the Queen had granted a church to
the Spanish heretics, and that as many as came were acceptable to her.|
|4. That Shan O'Neil and twelve or fourteen of his household heard Mass in his chapel.|
|5. That he wrote that when the Queen of Scots was on her
journey to Scotland the Queen equipped vessels to intercept
|6. That [he said that] the ships sent into Guinea belonged
to the Queen, and were sent to annoy the Spaniards; that
they took timber and other prohibited wares to the infidels;
that she would make a treaty with France against Spain, and
that she was the mortal enemy of the King of Spain.
Further, that she said at Richmond, when the Spaniards
were returning to Spain, "Let the negroes go and roast in the
torrid zone, and when they are gone I shall have as many
friends in Flanders as the King has."|
|7. That [he said that] the Queen always tried to stir up
tumults against the King in Flanders, and to introduce
heretics there, and divide his patrimony amongst them, and
that the arch heretic Haddon was sent over for that purpose.|
|8. That [he said that] she allowed books to be printed
containing insults against the King of Spain, from which it
might be seen in what small estimation she held him.|
|9. That he often said that the Queen was married to Lord
Robert before only two or three witnesses. Prefixed is a
notice of the articles which are to be declared. (fn. 1) |
|Lat. Pp. 3.|
|June 1.||135. Venturini's Statements against the Spanish Ambas
|1. Has heard him say that the Queen was secretly married
to Lord Robert, of which he had informed the King of Spain.
The Ambassador made a sonnet upon the subject, full of
dishonour to the Queen and Lord Robert.|
|2. The Ambassador has written to the King in the most
abusive terms of Cecil, whom he designates as The Heretic.
He informed Cardinal Granville that it was through Cecil's
means that a pasquinade against the Cardinal was published
|3. He has endeavoured to induce the King to declare war
against England in favour of the Papists and the son of Lady
Margaret, as the Bishop of Arras informed Venturini at
|4. The Ambassador told Venturini that when the King
sent an army into the north to remedy the affairs of England
one of the nobility there would assist them.|
Hol. Endd. by Cecil, and dated by him: 1 June 1562.
Ital. Pp. 4.
Labanoff, i. 140.
|136. Queen Mary to the Queen.|
|Desires a passport for Arthur Granger, a merchant of
Edinburgh, and his factors, to go through England with their
goods on their passage to and from France.—Holyrood, 1 June
Orig. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Broadside.
|June 1.||137. The Earl of Rutland to Cecil.|
|1. This day the Council here have ended the controversy
between the Earl of Northumberland and Lord Grey and
others, so that these two noblemen are now friends.|
|2. Thomas Clavering shall appear before the Privy Council
the morrow after Midsummer Day, which day he gave him
upon the instant suit of Sir Henry Percy, for the despatch of
his great business in Northumberland.|
|3. The writer's wife longs to hear some good news of the
Prince of Condé. They thank him for the last he sent.—
York, 1 June 1562. Signed.|
|4. P. S.—Whereas he moved the Lord Treasurer for the
parsonage of Scarborough, who granted the same, he now
asks that he will perform this grant, so that the writer may
enjoy it at least during his service here. Things are exceeding dear in this country.|
Orig. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 2.
|June 1.||138. Challoner to Cecil.|
|Little matter has occurred since the despatch of Henry
King with two letters addressed to Throckmorton, which he
requested to be signified to Cecil. Has not heard from
England by land since March. Two days since he received
by sea a packet from his servant Farneham, wherein he
mentions a packet with a letter of Cecil's enclosed, dated
about the middle of April, which he sent by the ordinary of
Flanders, which has not yet come to hand, and as he suspects
has been intercepted, "for here they stand in jealousy of us
for France." For dearth, manners, religion, and air Spain is
least fitted for an Englishman. Understands that Sir Henry
Sidney is sent to France, which is not liked here. Here is a
bruit that the Queen has the dropsy. The Prince of Spain is
well recovered, and now the former sorrow turns into feasts.
Ere long he will send Cecil the pictures.—Madrid, 1 June
Copy. Endd. by Challoner: M. to Mr. Secretary, 1 Junii
1562, sent in Mr. Throckmorton's packet. Pp. 3.
|June 1.||139. Challoner to Throckmorton.|
|1. The double of the letter enclosed to Middlemore he sent
to Throckmorton by a secretary of the Conté De Mansfeld,
lying at Brussels, who promised to deliver it for him to
M. De Chantonet's secretary at Paris within six days after the
|2. It is accounted here for certain that the King Catholic
has resolved to send aid to the Guisians to the number of
10,000 footmen and 3,000 horsemen, part from Spain, Piedmont, and the Low Countries. It will take some time before
they are ready, for soldiers are not so soon levied in Spain,
but it is intended; so the Protestants must prepare to resist.
He understands divers Italian and Spanish captains are
already despatched to levy soldiers in Biscay and Navarre,
as well as those in Catalonia. The Spanish will enter France
by Perpignan, and join the Duke of Savoy's band. It being
tedious for him to repeat these premises to Cecil, he writes
only a brief letter, referring him to the double of the two he
sent to Throckmorton, requesting him to send the same to
Cecil accordingly. He desires Throckmorton to inform him
which faction the King and Queen Mother favour.—Madrid,
1 June. Signed.|
|3. P. S.—Perchance the premises in part may vary as the
occasion may alter.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. A large portion in cipher,
deciphered. Pp. 3.
|June 1.||140. Hugh Tipton to Challoner.|
|1. On the 28th ult. received Challoner's letter by Humphrey
White, dated the 20th ult., whereby he perceives his offers
for assisting Englishmen here. The spices for which he wrote
are cheaper at Madrid than here, but he has sent ten pounds
of pepper, five pounds of "mases," five pounds of cinnamon,
and five pounds of cloves. He will also send some butter,
but he fears it will be lost through the heat.|
|2. On the 25th ult. he received letters from Canaria from
Edward Kingmell (Antony Hickman's servant), who writes
that one of the Queen's pinnaces that was in company with
the Primrose and Minion is stopped there. One of these
merchants, called Emery Lake, goes thither to see if he can
redeem an English mariner condemned to the galleys, and
requests Challoner to favour him therein.—Seville, 1 June
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add. Endd. by Challoner. Pp. 3.
|June 1.||141. Lawrence Turner to Challoner.|
|1. Some time since he wrote to Challoner from Cadiz.
At the present time he had cause to come to Seville, where
he met this bearer going to the Court to sue for an Englishman condemned to the galleys, for whom he intercedes with
Challoner. His brother, Mr. Francis Challoner, is in the
Court there with him [Challoner], from whom he wishes to
hear.—Seville, 1 June 1562. Signed.|
|2. P. S.—Don Alvaro De Baecan has lost his two galliases,
which were burnt through negligence in trimming them, and
upon which he lately spent 8,000 ducats.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. by Challoner. Pp. 3.
|[June 2.]||142. The Spanish Ambassador to Borghese Venturini.|
|Asks credence for Luis De Paz. Begs him to remember old
friendship, to put away his animosity, and to return. Luis
will explain.—Signed: Il vescovo.|
Ital. P. 1.
|June 2.||143. Borghese Venturini to Cecil.|
|The Ambassador has sent the enclosed this morning, asking
Venturini to speak with him at "Durem plazza." Has
declined, in consequence of hearing from Cecil that the
Bishop had made some statements to the Queen to the disadvantage of the writer. Begs to know how he shall act.—
2 June 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. by Cecil. Ital. Pp. 2.
|June 2.||144. Borghese Venturini.|
|"Heads of certain matters respecting which Borghese Venturini needs comfort and information from Secretary Cecil,"
arising from the calumnies, persecution, and treachery of the
Spanish Ambassador, from whose service he has recently
Ital. Pp. 4.
|June 3.||145. Randolph to Cecil.|
|1. On Sunday last the Ambassador of Sweden took his
leave, and received letters unto his master, with a safe-conduct
for the King and his navy to the number of sixty ships to
arrive in any coast of Scotland for the space of two years.
He was presented with two fair basins and ewers, two
"broode" cups, and two standing pieces of silver. To M.
Varrame was given a chain worth 140 crowns, and to the
Secretary one worth one hundred. They embarked on
Tuesday. He had the honour to banquet six of the Queen's
chief ladies, whom he treated very honourably. To one he
gave the King's picture to be presented to the Queen. Is
assured that it is placed in her secret cabinet among the rest
of the things she esteems. This matter was committed to him
in great assurance of his silence. Before their departure the
Frenchman, who brought him letters from his countryman
who is prisoner, came again to bid him farewell in his master's
name. The writer questioned him as to the gentleman who is
kept prisoner, who assured him it was true, and that advertisement would shortly come to the Queen otherwise. He
thinks the Ambassador who was in England gave some advertisement from thence, for he was fourteen days in the court
before any such crime was laid to his charge. As it was a
matter expedient to be kept very secret, Randolph asked him
whether he thought that the Ambassador or others have at
any time since their being in this country talked of that
matter in the hearing of such as might spread it abroad. He
assured him that he had never spoken or heard of that
matter since leaving Sweden, and that he thought his master
would have spoken somewhat of it if occasion had served.
Gave him a couple of angels, and advised him to comfort his
countryman with the assurance that he knows himself
innocent, and a nobleman unjustly suspected of a shameful
|2. On Monday last there was a proclamation against the
sayers or hearers of Mass, to the great regret of the miserable
Papists. The occasion arose upon certain in the west, as the
Earl of Eglinton and the Bishop of St. Andrews, who have
their daily Masses. The pain is death, reserving always the
Queen's own liberty in her house.|
|3. On Monday next the Queen passes to Dumferline, and
there abides Lethington's coming. Many are in doubt of the
interview for this year. All men that shall go are warned.
This afternoon the Earls of Mar and Morton, and other nobles
went to the castle to visit the Earl of Arran. His wits serve
him as well to any purpose that is demanded of him as ever
they did. He desires greatly to be at liberty. With the Earl
Bothwell and Mr. Gawain [Hamilton] they did not speak.
—Edinburgh, 3 June 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary Pp. 4.
|June 4.||146. Challoner to Cuerton.|
|Could not receive the 300 ducats on the last of May,
being requested by Lectary to respite him four days longer,
but received the same this afternoon. Will seek out some
merchant to consign the same over to Burgos. For two
months he has not received letters from England. Prays him
to send his fardel of cloth by the first, and some English
butter and cheese.—Madrid, 4 June 1562.|
Copy. Endd. by Challoner: Sent by the Bishop of Aquila's
secretary. Pp. 2.
|June 5.||147. Hugh Tipton to Challoner.|
|Answered Challoner's letter, and sent it by Robert King.
Yesterday there came news out of Lagos that the Turks had
taken three English ships, and three Frenchmen and hulks
that were with them. Between the Cape and Cadiz are fifty
galleys of the Turks and Moors. By this bearer Challoner
will receive in four little packets some spices, he having sent
some previously by Robert King, of which he encloses the
amount. Cannot send the butter by this carrier, but will by
the next.—Seville, 5 June 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol., with seal. Endd. by Challoner. Pp. 3.
|June 5.||148. Pedro De Colchaga to Challoner.|
|Acknowledges the receipt of one hundred reals to be sent
to Mr. Cuerton.—Madrid, 3 June 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Endd. by Challoner. Span. Pp. 2.
|June 5.||149. Lord Grey to Cecil.|
|This day received letters from Mr. Randolph, with a copy
of the directions for the Wardens of the Middle Marches of
Scotland, which are herewith enclosed. Amongst them is an
order for the redress of slaughter and for fugitives. Randolph
writing him that proclamation may be made within his
charge for the receipt of fugitives of Scotland, believes that
there is not one of them within. Has already made proclamation against the receipts of fugitives and their goods, and
has caused wait to be laid for them. Asks for answer
touching the ransoming of prisoners before the 18th instant,
that being the day appointed for the Wardens of the Middle
Marches of both realms to meet. Sends a packet of letters
from Randolph.—Berwick, 5 June 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd. Pp. 3.
|[June 5].||150. Throckmorton to the Constable.|
|The Constable having informed the writer that peace was
so forward that they only waited for its conclusion, he did
not defer sending such agreeable news to the Queen. Begs
to be informed as to its conclusion by the present bearer.|
Copy. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Fr. Pp. 2.
|June 5.||151. The Constable to Throckmorton.|
|The Queen Mother has set out for Janville in the Beauce,
to confer with the Prince of Condé. They expect the meeting to take place to-morrow, when he will inform him of the
result.—Longjumeau, 5 June 1562. Signed.|
Copy. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Fr. Pp. 2.
|June 5.||152. Throckmorton to Thomas Windebank.|
|Mr. Barnsby (Lord Robert Dudley's servant,) has just
arrived at Paris with letters for Mr. Cecil and Windebank.
By the letters he has received from Mr. Secretary, he has occasion to confer with them, and therefore desires them within
two or three days to repair to him [Throckmorton]. At Mr.
Cecil's lately being here, he said Windebank's month would
expire in five or six days, so he may stop till the expiration
of the same, providing he does not allow Mr. Cecil to go to
any other place without his company, nor to abandon him.
Upon Tuesday last, when departing, Mr. Cecil promised him
that he would go straight to Dammartin that night, but he
perceived he did not keep his promise. They have no certainty of peace. He understands two of his dear friends are
dead, by news from England, namely, Mr. Goodriche and Mr.
George Medley.—Paris, 5 June 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Pp. 2.
|June 5.||153. John Cuerton to Challoner.|
|1. Received a letter from Challoner, brought by Gogher
and Wynsola, who came in good time, as four days since they
departed in a ship of London with James Connaul. Has the
two coffers of Chamberlain's, and one coffer to send for a
gentlewoman of the Countess De Feria; with it he will
send Challoner's cloth, and that which came for him from
London, before eight days are past, by a carrier. Has written
for his butter, but there is no cheese to be sold. Four days
since received another from him by the black man. Sent to
Challoner a bill of 300 ducats. Is glad the Prince is better
or else it had been ill with Spain. The Englishman he wrote
of, who was a prisoner in Calahora, is sentenced to perpetual
imprisonment. The Spanish Ambassador in England wrote
to the Archbishop of Seville and to the King's Confessor in
his behalf, which letters were delivered by Chamberlain's
secretary. If Challoner would get one of his servants to
demand an answer to the same, he would do a good deed.—
Bilboa, 5 June 1562.|
|2. His wife sends her commendations to him and Mr.
Cobham. He has his glasses ready. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. by Challoner: Received 17th
of the same. Pp. 4.