Forbes, ii. 104.
|724. Instructions to Sir Richard Lee. (fn. 1) |
|1. If the wind does not serve to carry him to Newhaven,
he shall try to arrive at Dieppe, of which he shall consider the
state of the town and the forts, and confer with the principal
English captain, and then depart to Newhaven.|
|2. At his arrival there, he shall confer with Poynings, and
view the fortifications; and show Poynings and the Controller what is necessary to be done; he shall then certify the
Queen or the Council, and only abide till he receives an answer,
which shall be sent without delay.|
Draft by Cecil. P. 1.
|October.||725. Instructions to Sir Adrian Poynings. (fn. 2) |
|He shall confer with Lee on the state of the fortifications
of Newhaven, and shall induce the captains to lay their hands
to such things as may be done with their labours, and therein
to give an example to their soldiers.|
Draft in Cecil's hol. P. 1.
|[October.]||726. — to the Queen.|
|Begs that a muster may be taken of the 400 arquebusiers
who are with the Count De Montgomery at Havre. Also
that he may have vessels to transport his men to Honfleur
to join the Prince, and that the Scottish horsemen who have
come to him from Dieppe, may be allowed to serve under him.|
Orig. [?] Endd. by Cecil: St. Maria. Fr. Pp. 2.
|[October.]||727. News from Newhaven. (fn. 3) |
|Their troubles and enemies multiply, and no succour
appears. They sent again to Dieppe for one of their bands
and such soldiers as are assembled to come hither. (fn. 4) The
merchants, who should have brought armour, have not yet
arrived. No prey happens to a sleeping fox. Asks him, to
hasten them. The bearer will inform him of their news
Orig. [?]. Fr. P. 1.
|[October.]||728. Translation of the above into English.|
|[October.]||729. The Envoys of the Count of Oldenburg to Cecil.|
|1. Have read his questions, some of which could only be
fully answered by the Count himself, for which purpose some
trusty person should be sent as her agent, They can affirm
however that he will serve her against Antichrist.|
|2. Nevertheless they will reply as they best can to his
questions. He will enlist his forces in his own dominions
and elsewhere. They cannot certainly say when he could
lead his army into France (for Antichrist has his followers
even in Germany); probably within a month he could be on
the French frontier. He has experienced captains, whose
names they cannot yet give. The pay depends on the numbers
and service. Many men-at-arms and lancers will serve, who
are accustomed to have double pay, and the officers, gentlemen,
and others expect good pay. It is usual to add supplementary
pay to each ensign. The pay of each bombardier used to be
four gold crowns of twenty-four Brabant stivers each per
mensem; but they will not serve for less than six now. The
Count can furnish cannon and all necessaries himself. If
the Queen desires it, he will serve with 4,000 horse. With
respect to the pay, they hear that she used to give to a much
inferior person 4,000 crowns per annum. He and his men
must be paid in English money, with one month's pay for
Copy. Endd. by Cecil. Lat. Pp. 4.
|[October.]||730. The Envoys of the Count of Oldenburg to Cecil.|
|Yesterday evening (as commanded) they waited for him
until 7 o'clock, and this morning they were at his door at
daybreak. Learning that he was busy at the court, they
went thither, but were not admitted. They ask him to obtain
a reply from the Queen. If nothing but their passports is given
to them, still they hope that they may carry away some signification of their having performed properly their message.
Signed: Albert Hardenburg and John Drostro, Envoys of
Christopher, Count of Oldenburg.|
Orig. Add. Endd. Lat. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 1.||731. Maitland to Cecil.|
|Lest the truth should not be reported to him, he has commanded the bearer to declare how every thing has come to
pass. The matter is nothing so difficult as some would make
it. Doubts not but that whatever has chanced contrary to
their expectations, will redound to the Queen's honour and
commodity. The Earl of Huntly will plead not guilty, and
seems to charge the youth and folly of his children with what
ever is amiss. If any fault be his, it may be thought to have
proceeded from too great simplicity rather than any craft
or malice; specially by so many as have had experience of
how he has always been accustomed to deal. Would be glad
to hear what Cecil has heard of these matters, and his opinion.
They long to hear the issue of this matter of France. All
things in religion go right here. Earnestly recommends the
bearer and his cause, wherein he has bestowed so much charge,
besides the loss of his goods in the ship. He has also a packet
of letters from the Queen to M. Peguillon, which she desires
to be sent into France.—Aberdeen, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. Pp. 3.
|Oct. 1.||732. Lord Hume to the Earl of Murray.|
|John Selby, the porter of Berwick, Lord Grey's deputy,
is very unreasonable, because a thief (who was delivered for
a bill of Scotland) is stolen away. Desires that he will confer
with Randolph. Signed: Alexander Hume.—1 Oct. 1562.|
Copy. Endd. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 1.||733. The Queen to Poynyngs and Vaughan.|
|The wind being easterly the ships there that can pass with
the aid of oars might be freighted with 400 or 500 soldiers and
pass to Newhaven, which number might be sent under Vaughan;
and others being at Rye, she has given orders to Captain Ormsby
to pass over with 400 soldiers to Newhaven, if the wind
does not speedily change to the north or west. They are
to consider this device, and cause it to be put into execution,
if by the masters of the ships it be thought convenient.
Poynyngs is to devise some good order for the captains and
soldiers to use themselves orderly at their entry into Newhaven.|
Hol. Draft by Cecil, and endd. by his secretary. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 1.||734. Henry Killigrew to Cecil.|
|Has written sundry letters by way of Portsmouth and
Rye. The Governor here has intelligence that the camp is
before Rouen, which he would fain succour. Desires that
men be speedily sent, and that those at Portsmouth be
embarked in the six or seven ships belonging to the Queen.
Those who are with Ormsby are sufficient to warrant this
town. All his policy cannot assure the people here, because
they see other ships arrive daily from the west, and they do
not hear from Cecil, nor from Portsmouth, since he came
hither. The people of Rouen are in good courage, and the
Governor here warrants the same if he may enter with his
men, which he will adventure immediately upon the landing
of the English, and the writer has promised to go with him.
—Newhaven, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add. Endd. Pp. 3.
|Oct. 1.||735. Henry Killigrew to Cecil.|
|1. Since his last letter (which left here yesterday at noon),
there arrived here a galley from Rouen, and M. De Mauvisier
from the Court, sent to Beauvais from the Queen Mother,
with great offers, if he would empeach the landing of our
men. He saw the letters (which were sent immediately to
Portsmouth to the Vidame), and heard Mauvisier's answer;
which was, that he should not leave the town until he could
carry assured news of the Englishmen's arrival. The galley
came for arquebuses, powder, shot, and six brass pieces, which
were embarked this morning, and shall depart this day,
with the Countess of Montgomery and her children.|
|2. The galley brought news that at Rouen they looked
for a siege within two days. If it is lost, Cecil must double
his garrisons at Dieppe and Newhaven, keep the seas, and
victual them both by force. He must hasten the forces that
are to come over, and have in mind the soldiers of Berwick,
for there will be need of them if the siege comes to Newhaven
|3. At Rouen there are 2,000 men, besides the citizens, who
will not take any composition. The Queen Mother would
it had cost her 100,000 crowns to have Montgomery out of
Rouen; because his hardiness, after her judgment, will be the
destruction of that town.|
|4. Has not heard from Portsmouth since he left. Their
lingering is like to put the whole in hazard.|
|5. The soldiers here and at Dieppe mind, upon the landing
of the English, to go to Rouen; but if the siege be there
before landing, they must enter by water, which they cannot
very well do without the help of the galley and the brigantine. It is requisite to send pioneers and engineers, and as
many more as came in the first navy, with speed. The
Governor here does rather doubt this town than Rouen, for
there are not here at present 500 soldiers. The French
victuallers came in good time. It is said that a garrison
arrives this night or to-morrow at Harfleur and Montevillier.
If the English land in time, it will ruin the house of Guise
and force them to make agreement.|
|6. In the King's camp they have proclaimed the Edict of
January; the Cardinal of Lorraine has gone to Trent; and
the Duke of Guise has gone to Nanteuil. Beauvais answered
Mauvisier in the presence of all the captains, that he should
not depart until he saw the Englishmen landed; so the
Queen Mother might be assured none of her practices could
abuse them. News came from Dieppe this morning of the
landing of certain Scots for their aid, and more expected.
The galley from Rouen brought news that they expected
no succour from England; which grew by means of Villiers
that was stayed at Rye; but the galley shall carry more
assured news to them, having seen our victuallers arrive. At
Rouen they have printed the declaration. De la Haye sent
it by one that came from the Prince; it is carried to Orleans
and has done much good there, and will do more if the men
|7. Is now factotum till the rest come; he means harbinger,
stower of victuals, and sheep keeper. M. De la Ferte's wife is
here for religion, and hopes to embark for London this day
or to-morrow.—Newhaven, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 9.
|Oct. 1.||736. Henry Killigrew to Poynyngs.|
|1. They have intelligence now that the siege is before
Rouen, which makes them here more desirous for his
[Poynyngs'] arrival, Requests him to send some from Rye,
because these men are desperate. If the wind prevents them
sailing from Portsmouth, then those at Rye should repair
hither, else these men will be out of courage. They will go
to the aid of Rouen immediately Poynyngs arrives and will
abide, although the camp come hither, which they suspect
will hinder the English landing.|
|2. If Poynyngs has not departed, he requests him to write
to the Court for Portinary, and some pioneers, and for one
of the galleys, for he will have need of all three here.—Newhaven, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
|3. Poynyngs is to tell his soldiers that unless they make
speed the French will eat their victuals. He is to bring as
many gunners as he can, there being great need of them.|
|4. P.S.—M. De Mauvisier left yesterday afternoon, and
was willed to abide his answer at Honfleur. This morning
a messenger came from M. De Vassy (who is at Harfleur), and
made great offers to the Governor of Newhaven in the Queen
Mother's name, viz., that the camp should retire from Normandy, and he be made Governor of Rouen, and have the Order,
with 50 men of arms, &c., if he would not allow the English
to enter; but he intends to surrender this place to the
|5. At dinner this day he received news from Dieppe, from
M. De Briquemault, how the camp was before Rouen. The
messenger from Dieppe said it was the Queen's pleasure that
those who were at Rye should not remove until those of
Portsmouth were entered here, which discomforted those who
were privy to the news.|
|6. If those men at Rye with Ormsby came hither it would
be sufficient to save this town until the rest came, and dispatch those here to the aid of Rouen. If Rouen is won, the
3,000 men, and 1,000 labourers will be well employed here.
The soldiers of Berwick should be remembered. All these
matters would have been out of doubt if the men at Portsmouth had departed upon Sunday or Monday last, when the
wind served. They doubt Rouen, and the fear they have
of the camp coming hither is the cause of their not sending
to the aid thereof.—Newhaven, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add. Endd. Pp. 7.
|Oct. 1.||737. Poynyngs to Cecil.|
|Understands by Mr. Kelway's letters that Cecil has had
doubts of his letters of the 27th ult., which came to Portsmouth after his departure upon Monday last. This morning
they were upon the seas by 7 o'clock, and continued until 11
o'clock contending with the wind, and at last were compelled
to return hither.—Portsmouth, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 2.
|[Oct. 1.]||738. [Poynyngs to Cecil.]|
|The wind not being good yesterday afternoon, he rode to
Southwick to the Vidame, and talked with him concerning
the articles. Finds he is not willing that they should be
sent, but rather thinks that those which Cecil sent first should
be proclaimed, which will please the people; whereupon he
would have them enter the town, demanding none of their
forts, but freely, as of good will. Thus they will, of their
own consent, deliver the town into their hands.|
Orig. Endd. by Cecil. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 1.||739. Poynyngs to Cecil.|
|1. Forgot to mention two special things; one is a minister,
which he spoke of to the Earl of Warwick, who promised to
send one hither ere this. The other is the Treasurer.—Portsmouth, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
|2. P. S.—Desires a commission for the punishment of the
soldiers, otherwise he will not be able to keep any order
Orig. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 1.||740. Vaughan to Cecil.|
|1. From last night until noon this day they have been
upon the sea striving with the wind, and they have little hope
it will serve them until Saturday or Sunday. Mr. Poynyngs
is very loath to swerve in any point from his direction
Hopes Cecil will provide some one else in his place.|
|2. Wrote to the Earl of Warwick a few orders requisite
to be put in use at their landing at Newhaven, which (after
Lord Robert and Cecil had corrected), he requested might be
sent to Poynyngs, as from the Earl of Warwick. It would be
very necessary that Poynyngs had his commission for punishing offenders, otherwise it will be in vain to give orders.—
5 o'clock p.m., 1 Oct., in Portsmouth, 1562. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 3.
|Oct. 1.||741. Abington to Cecil.|
|1. Has spoken to Mr. Morley, to provide shipping for the
Earl of Warwick and 400 men.|
|2. On Monday, the 28th ult., Poynyngs and all the captains
and soldiers left the haven, but were obliged to return the
following night. They took with them between four and six
days' victuals for all their soldiers, and he victualled 17 ships
which have in them 199 marines, to the full of 14 days.|
|3. Also shipped wheat, biscuit, beer, beef, powdered bacon,
oxen and sheep alive, and wood, all of which arrived safely on
Michaelmas day. As those ships return to Portsmouth he
will lade them again from hence with victuals.|
|4. His clerks there have mended one brewhouse, so they can
now brew 10 tuns of beer at once. They have in store there
already 300 tuns of beer, which will serve 3,000 men for 40
days. The bakehouses being very small, they have begun to
make a large one, which will be finished before next Saturday.
—Portsmouth, Thursday morning, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
|5. P. S.—This morning, Poynyngs, with all the captains and
soldiers, left for Newhaven.|
Orig. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 3.
|Oct. 1.||742. Money for Newhaven.|
|Delivered at Portsmouth 1,400l., whereof for the pay there
to the captains and bands, the Master of the Ordnance, Henry
Stranguishe, and the Provost Marshal, 1,296l. 19s. 8d., so there
remains in hand 103l. 0s. 4d.|
Copy. P. 1.
|Oct. 1.||743. Diego Perez to his Cousin Juan Mancebo.|
|Inquiries respecting Mari Martinez and Miguel De Velasco,
his cousin. Professions of regard and thanks for services
rendered.—London, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Span. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 1.||744. Diego Perez to his Cousin Antonio Perez.|
|Letters sent by way of Flanders to Juan Cuerton at
Bilboa, will be carefully delivered. Commendations to friends.
—London, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add.: To his cousin Antonio Perez,
in the house of Dr. Medel. Span. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 1.||745. Diego Perez to the Inquisitor Ybarra.|
|1. These letters go by Bilboa, to the care of Juan Cuerton.
The Queen here has declared for the Huguenots in France,
and sends 3,000 troops from Portsmouth and 1,000 from Rye,
which are to land at Havre and Dieppe. She has published a
declaration to the effect that 6,000 additional troops are about
to be embarked for the assistance of the French King against
the persons who have usurped his authority, meaning the
House of Guise. The Ambassador has remonstrated with her
in the name of his master, but she is resolute. Much of this
is directed against Spain. There are many more Catholics
than heretics here.|
|2. It is reported that the bastard brother of the Queen of
Scots (who has much influence with her) has killed one of her
chaplains. The Catholic Bishops and other chief personages
whom this Queen keeps in prison here, remain there without
any hope of liberty. The relations of Francisco De Arbieto
who are here, have been most kind; his mother is the chief
Catholic lady here.—London, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Endd.: To Ybarra, at Calahorra.
Span. Pp. 3.
|Oct. 1.||746. Diego Perez to John Cuerton.|
|Wishes to be informed as to the arrival of certain letters.
Will write again shortly. The relatives of Francisco De
Arbieto have been very kind; in whose favour the Spanish
Ambassador writes to the Inquisitors. Signed.|
|Orig. Hol. Add.: To Juan Cortun [sic], at Bilboa. Span.
|Oct. 1.||747. Diego Perez to his Brother Pedro Perez.|
|Immediately upon his arrrival write to announce his safety.
Is in good health, and hopes soon to leave. Hopes that the
education of the children and their sister will not be
neglected. The English have found out what he is. Has
become friends with three of them by means of a few reals
and some good wine. Thinks of sending "the pewter" to
Doctor Medel with 100l. on hs own account, which will be
money well laid out. The girl will keep it clean; some day
it will be more effective, if she is worth anything. Commendations to their brothers.—London, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Hol. Add. Span. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 1.||748. Clough to Challoner.|
|Since writing the enclosed, has received his packet of the
13th of September, from Spain. Marvels that he had not
received his bill of exchange for his money delivered to John
Fleming on the 1st of June, as two were sent; encloses
another. Is surprised at Francisco Bravo's ill usage of him
touching his money.—Antwerp, 1 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 1.||749. Vertusius, Provost of Deventer, to Cecil.|
|Having heard of Cecil's virtue and learning from Mr.
Cobham, he makes bold to write to him. Has a secret of the
greatest importance, which it is necessary that the Queen
should know without delay. As Cecil cannot come to him, and
as he cannot go into England, desires that a gentleman may be
sent with full authority to confer with him. Suggests Mr.
George Cobham, whom he knows. Goes in two days' time to
Frankfort, and, after the convention is finished, to Aix-laChappelle.—Cologne, Cal. 1 Oct. '62. Signed V. G. (fn. 5) |
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. by Cecil: By Mr. Cobham.
Lat. Pp. 3.
Forbes, ii. 84.
|750. The King of France to the Queen.|
|By the treaty of Cateau Cambresis it is stipulated that
neither of the parties shall afford aid to the rebellious subjects
of the other. Has been advertised that many of his subjects
are presently in England, amongst whom are the Sieur De
Maligny, the Vidame of Chartres, La Haye, the Sieurs De St.
Aubin, De la Rocque, and De Vertigny, Jourdemare, Master of
the Artillery at Havre, Jehan Fercy, Bouchart, the Bailly of
Dieppe, &c. He requires her to deliver up these persons to
M. De Foix, his Ambassador.—Gaillon, 2 Oct. 1562. Signed:
Orig. Add. Endd. Fr. Broadside.
Forbes, ii. 84.
|751. The Queen to Poynyngs.|
|Upon his arrival at Newhaven, Beauvais, the Captain there,
will depart with all soldiers and captains, as he may have
money to pay them. She has given order that 1,000l. be sent
him by Dennis, whereof he shall pay Beauvais 300l., using
therein the knowledge of Killigrew. The remaining 600l.
[sic], if he find it to the advancement of her service, is to be
paid to Beauvais, and by him delivered to the Captain of
Dieppe. If Vaughan shall pass over before him, the 300l. is
be delivered to him, and paid to Beauvais in the manner
Draft in Cecil's hol., and dated and endd. by him. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 2.||752. M. De Foix to Cecil.|
|Is grieved to hear of the wrongs done to the English merchants in France, but more so that the Queen is preparing to
take possession of some towns in Normandy, contrary to her
oath and the treaty of peace, and her promise to him and
M. De Vielleville. Will give the bearer a letter to the King,
from whom he will receive a safe conduct to go into
Bretagne.—London, 2 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Fr. Pp. 2.
|[Oct. 3]||753. The Queen to Poynyngs.|
|Ormsby was lately addressed to Dieppe with 400 men;
trusts that the Earl of Warwick will not be long. Captains
Read and Brickwell will shortly arrive with 250 from Berwick.|
Hol. Draft by Cecil. Endd. Pp. 2.
Forbes, ii. 85.
|754. Vaughan to Cecil.|
|1. He and Poynyngs differ respecting the receiving
of Newhaven; Poynyngs should carry with him the device of
the Vidame under the Great Seal, that it may be proclaimed.
Poynyngs being specially appointed to receive it, thinks he
may not proclaim it without further commission, otherwise
than by himself at his coming; and so has willed him not to
meddle with the receipt of the charge of the town, artillery, or
munition before his arrival, but to aid them in the mean
time. The writer will not refuse to receive possession of the
castle, or anything else that they offer.|
|2. Began this letter yesternight, but being ill he finished it
this morning; now entering the barque, he cannot so largely
certify him [Cecil] of all things. There is now a good wind;
he trusts they shall go together. Sails in the Swallow.
"God maintain her wings." — Portsmouth, 3 Oct. 1562.
"Saturday at four o'clock in the morning." Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 3.
|Oct. 3.||755. Troops for France.|
|1. A note of the numbers sent to Newhaven from Portsmouth 3rd Oct., viz., Sir Adrian Poynyngs 213, Cuthbert
Vaughan 213, William Bromefeld 158, Turner 211, Leighton
211, Zouche 211, Morton 211, Haward's band 211, Gilbert
Erth 211, Stranguish 80, Barry 11. Total, 1,931.|
|2. Sent from Rye to Newhaven; Captain Ormsby 211,
Thomas Kemiss 105, Cookson 105. Total, 421. Total to
|3. Sent to Dieppe; Captain Wyndebank 100, Captain
|4. Sent from Portsmouth to Newhaven; Mr. Blunt 105,
Parkinson 105, Warde 105, Sawle 105. Total, 420. Mr.
Whittingham two servants.|
|5. Sent to Newhaven from Rye; Captain Rede 100, Captain
Orig., in Cecil's hol. and endd. by him. Pp. 2.
Forbes, ii. 96.
|756. M. De Beauvoir to the Queen Mother.|
|Could not send M. De Mauvissier sooner with the news of
the arrival of 4,000 English at Dieppe and other places; 4,000
more are expected to-morrow or shortly after under the Earl
of Warwick, with 1,200 horse. Is sure that when she hears
of the agreement which has been made with them she will
be marvellously content, as their only object in coming is
the glory of God and the deliverance of the King, whereof the
protestations of the Queen of England ought to satisfy her.
If she allows her anger to be excited against them by those
who, having ruined this kingdom, seek further to destroy
that of Jesus Christ, it will be the quickest way of aiding the
desires of those who seek to hazard her domination. As some
may try to turn this announcement into a menace, he denies
that it is meant as such. The most assured means for peace
and quiet would be for her to punish the Guises for their
crimes. For their own part they are determined not to reject
the assistance which God has sent them, and that if any
are to be ruined it shall be their enemies, or at least the
ruin shall be common to both parties. The Prince of Condé
is ready to obey her, and the intentions of the Queen of
England are honourable.|
Copy, in a French hand, dated and endd. by Cecil. Fr.
|Oct. 3.||757. Another copy of the preceding, in a French hand.|
|Endd.: Oct. 7. Fr. Pp. 4.|
|Oct. 3.||758. Cuerton to Challoner.|
|1. Has received his three letters.|
|2. Solchaga and Martin Deborgoa say that he has shown
them great kindness.|
|3. Withepole arrived in Dartmouth on the 12th ult.
Trusts that Master White arrived in London long ago.
Moffett informed him that he left Saint Sebastian five days
ago in a ship for Bristol.|
|4. None of the Queen's men are, nor ever were, before either
Calais or Rouen.|
|5. Wrote him some days since by a young man who went
to Mistress Clarencius with his two firkins of butter, and
which the writer bought here for him. Will buy some cheeses
for him; has sent to Shropshire for some.—Bilboa, 3 Oct.
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add. Endd. by Challoner. Pp. 4.
|Oct. 3.||759. [Marsilio della Croce] to John Shers.|
|M. De Bordiglione, the French Legate in Piedmont, has
refused to obey the patent for the restitution of the four
fortresses ordered to be delivered to the Duke of Savoy,
upon the plea that it was signed only by the King and Queen.
In the writer's opinion the Duke will not recover them
except by force. The intelligence of the death of Bajazet
is confirmed. The marriage of the Duke of Ferrara with a
daughter of the Emperor is considered certain.—Venice, 3 Oct.
1562. Signed, but the signature torn off.|
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add.: To Shers, in London. Ital.
Forbes, ii. 88.
|760. Poynyngs and Vaughan to the Queen.|
|1. They sailed from Portsmouth Haven on Saturday at
7 a.m., the wind being N.E.; and on Sunday they entered the
roads at 3 p.m., and immediately landed as many men as they
could with that tide. Their arrival was joyful to Beauvois,
the gentlemen, and the town. They conferred with Beauvois,
of her writing under her seal, which he liked very well, and
said he would cause it to be proclaimed. He offered to
deliver the castle and the town, which they requested to be
respited till the next day in consequence of their late
|2. The same night they supped with him, and he declared
the good news which he had received from Rouen, being partly
besieged by M. D'Aumale. The King and his mother are in
the camp. No battery is laid thereto yet, nor will they be
able if the town continues in its strength and courage by the
comforting of the Count Montgomery. At their coming to
wards the shore certain of Harfleur and Montivilliers came
to the cliff side to view their entry; Beauvois sent fifty
horse to encounter them, who took twenty-five prisoners,
and slew twenty more.—Newhaven, 4 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 3.
|Oct. 4.||761. Poynyngs and Vaughan to the Council.|
|Containing the same intelligence as their letter to the Queen
of the same date, but omitting the account of the skirmish
between the troops of M. De Beauvois and those of Harfleur.
—Newhaven, 4 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 4.||762. Poynyngs to Cecil.|
|Reminds him of the money for the payment of the soldiers
here, and also of the commission which he requested at his
departure.—Newhaven, 4 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary.
Forbes, ii. 89.
|763. Vaughan to Cecil.|
|1. Poynyngs and he have informed the Queen of their safe
|2. Cannot express the joy of the soldiers and inhabitants
here, at their arrival. If Rouen should be surprised it might
give the French suspicion on their part that the Queen means
but an appearance of aid, thereby to obtain such things of
theirs as may be profitable to her and most annoying to themselves. He esteems Rouen to be such a jewel to this town,
that by no means is it sufferable to become an enemy. Poynyngs still continues suspicious.—Newhaven, 4 Oct. 1562.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary.
|Oct. 4.||764. The Vidame of Chartres to Cecil.|
|Sends this bearer to remind him of some things which are
necessary for Dieppe as well as Havre. As they do not intend
to succour Rouen, he begs that they will do so for Dieppe.
Cannot express his affliction at seeing that the preservation
of Normandy (which was the principal object in asking the
Queen's help) has not been followed up. Advises Cecil to
send men and stores to Dieppe, as otherwise the town will
be ruined. Money must be sent to M. De Fors; 6,000
crowns to M. De Beauvois, as his men have been unpaid for
two months. Poynyngs should be asked to allow the merchandise at Havre to be shipped, which it was agreed should
be sold for their advantage.|
Orig. Hol., with seal. Add. Endd. by Cecil. Fr. Pp. 4.
|Oct. 4.||765. Henry Killigrew to Cecil. (fn. 6) |
|1. . . . . . . . besides the Queen is bound in honour, and
a penny spent now will save three. Her fame is great here,
and it lies in her hands to banish idolatry out of France.
Cecil will think him over holy for a soldier. He received the
communion this day with other Christian soldiers who are
of that opinion. Refers Cecil to Poynyngs who is now
writing. He wishes that the 3,000 crowns which Cecil gave
had been brought with these men.|
|2. Mauvissier has by this time informed his friends of the
house of Guise of the Earl's coming hither. Desires Cecil to
remember the soldiers of Berwick and the western miners.—
Newhaven, 4 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Hol. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary.
|Oct. 4.||766. Memorial of MM. Montgomery and others.|
|1. They desire to know what force the English can put in
the field, leaving 1,500 men to garrison Havre.|
|2. Also whether the Earl of Warwick can assist them with
his forces, without first sending to England to obtain the
|3. Also which of them the Earl of Warwick wishes should
go to the Queen.|
|4. Also to what place they are to take the soldiers whom
they withdraw from Rouen, Dieppe, and other places; and
how they are to pay them until the pleasure of Condé shall be
|5. The Queen should have in readiness the 100,000 crowns
which she promised to the Prince; and also that she will cause
the merchants of London to take the goods in Havre at a reasonable price. The remonstrances of others to this course
should not be received, as the Vidame and M. De Beauvois
have more than 300,000 crowns' worth of property in
|6. If the Prince's army comes into these parts, the Queen
must assist them with provisions.|
|7. Ships should be sent with corn and wine.|
|8. The Earl of Warwick should ask the Queen to send over
the two Breton ships staid at Rye, which are laden with corn.|
|9. Also that she will send arms and some merchants and
artizans to them. Signed: De Montgomery, Briquemault,
Beauvois la Nocle.|
Orig. Fr. Pp. 4.
|Oct. 4.||767. Another copy of the above, with some trifling omissions.|
In a French hand. Fr. Pp. 2.
|[Oct. 4.]||768. Another copy of the preceding in English.|
|Copy. Endd. by Cecil. Pp. 4.|
|[Oct. 4.]||769. Answers to the preceding questions in English.|
|Endd. Pp. 2.|
|Oct. 4.||770. M. De Montgomery and others to Sir H. Sidney.|
|As Condé must employ all possible means whereby he may
be aided, they ask him to move the Queen that she will
succour the Prince. They enclose a memorial signed by
them.—Havre de Grace, 4 Oct. 1562. Signed: Montgomery,
Beauvois La Nocle, Briqeumault.|
Orig. Add. Fr. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 4.||771. Translation of the above into English.|
|Oct. 4.||772. Francisco Bravo to Challoner.|
|Expected to have been able to have sent the money at the
end of last month, but is now compelled to ask for a further
delay of two or three days.—Palaçios, 4 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. by Challoner. Span.
|Oct. 5.||773. Throckmorton to Smith.|
|Received two letters from Smith of the 26th ult., dated at
Abbeville. If Smith has any letters for him from the Queen
or the Council for his revocation, and his [Smith's] presentation, is sorry they were not sent by his servant, who
arrived here on the 4th inst. Such matters have fallen out, and
he stands in such terms as he can neither safely depart from
Orleans or repair to the Court unless he has a safe-conduct; not
because he has exceeded the behaviour of an Ambassador, but
because the malice of the world is against him, as Smith may
perceive by the bearer, his cousin Middlemore. Communicates
his mind to Smith by him rather than by writing. The
servant whom Smith met with at Calais could have informed
him that the writer was here. Sends his cousin to the Court
with a letter to the Queen Mother, and so instructed as he shall
declare unto Smith, whom he has given charge to return to
him with all speed. In the meantime his opinion is for him not
to remove from where he is.—Orleans, 5 Oct. 1562.|
Copy. Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|Oct. 5.||774. William Bromfield to Cecil.|
|On the 3rd inst. about 5 a.m. they left Portsmouth, and on
the next day at 5 o'clock p.m. they arrived at Newhaven.
They find within the town 500 soldiers. The Duke of
Guise, the Constable, and the Duke D'Aumale upon Tuesday
last applied their force to Rouen, and upon Wednesday
began the siege. By sallies from the town the enemy
has lost 500 men. Condé will meet with his friends about
the 10th inst. and join together to raise the seige. Yesterday afternoon certain horsemen sallied towards Fécamp (a
Papist town), where they were encountered by the Papists
whom they overthrew and took thirty of the Papists' arbuebusiers and two men of arms prisoners. Newhaven is not of
such force as reported, and if any siege should be attempted,
4,000 men at the least would only suffice to guard it at this
present.—Newhaven, 5 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary.
|Oct. 5.||775. Vaughan to Cecil.|
|1. Poynyngs and himself find M. De Beauvois agreeable to
all the Articles. They have appointed to-morrow at 8 o'clock
to receive the castle and artillery, and such other places of
strength as are meet for their purpose.|
|2. Beauvois has requested to be answered of two Articles;
the one, for money to despatch their soldiers out of the
town; the other, to have the aid of 200 men to accompany
them towards Rouen. Poynyngs and the writer cannot see
what excuse to make, so he will pledge his chain and little
plate which he has here to borrow 1,000 crowns to serve
them with, and will help them with 200 men, although it
is contrary to their instructions. Poynyngs will consent to
it only by earnest persuasion, and therefore no one is to
blame but himself.—Newhaven, 5 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. by Cecil's secretary.
|Oct. 5.||776. Borghese Venturini to Cecil.|
|The Ambassador Quadra still is a persecutor, and has just
played him a shrewd trick. Having left a trunk at Brussels
which contained certain of his effects, he arranged with a
Flemish carrier for its conveyance hither. Quadra caused it
to be intercepted, and has possessed himself of the writings
which it contained. These were of great importance, consisting of autograph letters from the Bishop to the writer, then
in Flanders, which might be considered as summaries of his
correspondence from London with Flanders and Spain. There
were also some concerning the concubines and children which
he [the Bishop] had in England; instructions about affairs
which the writer managed for him, and vouchers for money
expended for him in Flanders, which he fears he cannot now
recover. The knavish carrier is said to have returned to
Flanders, but it is more probable that he is secreted at Durham
Place. Asks for protection and assistance.—Walthon [Waltham], 5 Oct. 1562. Signed.|
Orig., with seal. Add. Endd. Ital. Pp. 3.