|[Sept.]||2486. Civil War in France.|
|Discourse by the Cardinal Chatillon on the troubles in
France, which he attributes chiefly to the Cardinal of Lorraine.
Relates certain outrages done to those of the reformed religion
in France, and refutes the charge of ambition brought against
Endd., by Cecil. Fr. Pp. 12.
|Sept.||2487. Petition of the Electors of Germany to the Emperor.|
|Remind him of the pitiful warfare in the Low Countries,
and how the Duke of Alva with his Spanish soldiers invades
and destroys them, and also of the terrible and strange manner
he spills much Christian blood as well against persons of high
degree as of low degree. Point out how likely it is that they
will invade the Empire, and also how by the assuaging of
traffic the estates of the electors and others are so diminished
that they are not so well able to resist the Turk. Beg that
he will consider some convenient way whereby this war may
be wisely redressed.|
Translated out of the High Dutch. Endd., by Cecil.
|[Sept.]||2488. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|The Admiral has in such sort battered the town of Poitiers
as they desire to parley.|
|Sir Henry Norris to [Leicester].|
|Advertised him by his last of the of August of the confiscation of the Protestants' goods. The King moves the King
of Spain and the Princes of Italy to send him some succours
of war. There is some motion of peace. The Admiral
Rough Draft. Pp. 4.
|Sept. 1.||2489. Notes for Redress of the Affairs for Muscovy.|
|Notes of complaints by the Company of Muscovy merchants
concerning the evil conduct of their agents in retaining their
goods and slandering them to the Emperor.|
Endd. Pp. 3½.
|Sept. 1.||2490. Proclamation by Charles IX.|
|As the chiefs of the new religion have taken up arms, he
commands certain leaders of the gendarmerie to assemble
themselves at Orleans under the Duke of Anjou, the Lieutenant General of his realm. The other companies of gendarmerie not specified in this proclamation are to remain in
garrison in the places formerly appointed for them.—St. Maurdes-Fosses, 1 Sept. 1568.|
Printed. Endd. Fr. P. 1.
|Sept. 2.||2491. Sir Henry Norris to the Queen.|
|1. Gives her to understand of the Cardinal of Lorraine's
dealings whereby she may judge whether the Prince of Conde's
taking up arms was forced on him or not.|
|2. First, the Cardinal, imagining his designs now to be
ripe, came to Paris, and there dealt for the receipt of 1,200,000
francs of the clergy lands besides 2,000,000 francs upon
resignations, erection of new offices, and granting patents. He
then returned to the Court and there disposed of sundry offices,
naming divers of his friends in the bailiwicks, appointing
every one of them fifty lances to be ready whenever the King
would employ them. He caused also the Queen to have in
suspect the secretaries of state, Fizes only excepted; and
commanded new letters to be written to the confederates to
entrap as many of the religion as they could, advising them
to work so surely as the complaint might come after the blow.
Afterwards he gave orders for fifty companies of men-at-arms
to be placed in garrison in divers towns most suspected, in
which towns election is made of two of the most affectionate
Catholics, who have authority to arm such men as shall seem
good to them. The captains of the garrisons have charge
to keep under the Protestants, to forage on them, and show
divers other extremities.|
|3. It was again recharged to all captains of ports and
passages to search all travellers, and to molest all those who
were suspected of religion.|
|4. The Cardinal having thus disposed these matters, minding
to move the King more readily to execute his designs,
declared that he was possessed of all the passages and towns,
and that those of the religion who remained were at the
mercy of the garrisons, and were not able to have any camp
abroad; and moreover when the time of execution should be
at hand, what by the new companies and the associations of
the Catholics, they might well bring to the field 14,000 horse
who were all enrolled, saying that he had provided 800,000
francs to muster them in one day. He also caused divers
dispatches to be sent into the provinces assuring them of the
religion that the King desired nothing more than the maintenance of his Edicts. He also addressed a certain form of
oath into all parts of the realm, by means whereof he hoped
that many scrupulous consciences would make difficulty to
arm, and be glad of this excuse to retire themselves. As for
the Catholics it is of long time evident that they were
encouraged to the war upon hopes of the confiscation of the
goods and estates of them of the religion, divers neuters
hereupon becoming very hot in their devotion. On the other
side the Cardinal by means of the Pope's Nuncio and the
ambassador of Spain promises the King great support both
of men and money.|
|5. Upon these foundations the Cardinal minding to build
his devices, soon after talking with the Queen somewhat loud
near the King's bed so that he might easily be heard, assured
them upon his life and honour that they might exterminate
the religion whensoever they would, and that they had the
means to see their realm as void of heresy as Spain, or any
other in Europe. If the principals accompanied themselves
too feebly they could not eschew to be apprehended, and if
they had any great number it was an apparent contradiction
of the Edict, whereupon they might worthily be charged as
criminals. If they suffered Rochelle to be taken they would
utterly lose their credit with the world and be unprovided
of all surety; and if they should rise to succour Rochelle it
might be imputed to them the breaking of the peace.|
|6. The Queen upon these persuasions resolving to follow
the Cardinal's councils, sent divers messengers to entertain the
Prince with fair promises; but he discovering the practice
began to draw of the religion about him, having regard to
Rochelle. The Cardinal perceiving his intention thought to
environ so about that he should not escape; but he having
knowledge as well of that which had passed between the
Queen and the Cardinal at the Court as of his present danger,
gathered such small force as was at hand and departed
|7. The Duke of Chatelherault minds to embark with some
forces for Dumbarton; and in the meantime whilst he passes
by sea, the Abbot of Kilwinning comes to England to sue
for his safe-conduct, as a colour whereby he may not be
interrupted on his voyage. The King looks to have 4,000
reiters. He has not yet recovered of his sickness.—Paris,
2 Sept. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 4.
|Sept. 2.||2492. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|1. Trusts he will not omit this time to recover Calais.
The Duke of Chatelherault departs with men and munitions
for Dumbarton. The Ambassador of Scotland coming to his
house on the 31st of August told him that he found it strange
that the Queen of England would not only not grant the
Queen of Scots' three requests, but also kept her prisoner,
which he thought she did for the young man (for so he termed
him) who was killed in Scotland lately. If she had been of
her counsel, she should openly have cut off his head by order
of law, for he had deserved no less. The Queen of England
did more than she might to be judge in her own cause over
her who is a queen as she is. Norris told him that he spoke
far otherwise than became him of Her Majesty, who had
handled his mistress very honourably always; and where he
talked of cutting off their King's head, better it had been by
order of law to have done it, than so shamefully to have
murdered him; and that the Queen was desirous that she
should be purged of that wherein many thought her faulty,
and that it was by his mistress's own desire that he had
taken the matter in hand.|
|2. Their determination continues to march forward against
the Prince of Conde. The King continues very weak, though
oftentimes amended of his fever. — Paris, 2 Sept. 1568.
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 3.
|Sept. 2.||2493. Charges for Berwick.|
|A note of extraordinary charges from the 25th March to
the 2nd September 1568, chiefly for obtaining intelligence
from Scotland, and sending messengers to the Court and
elsewhere. Total, 109l. 3s. 8d.—Signed by Drury.|
Endd. Almost illegible. Pp. 2¼.
|Sept. 3.||2494. The Regent Murray to Cecil.|
|Has again made some little discourse of the state of this
country to the Queen of England, which he prays him
effectuously to present to her.—Edinburgh, 3 Sept. 1568.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
|Sept. 3.||2495. Charges for Berwick.|
|Payments made by the treasurer to the officers and garrison
of Berwick from Michaelmas 1567 to September 3rd, 1568,
amounting to 6,771l. 7s. 4d., towards which he has only
received 3,815l. 12s. 9d.—Signed: Valentine Browne.|
Endd. Pp. 2.
|Sept. 4.||2496. Lord Hunsdon to Cecil.|
|1. Sent his son George to Bolton, of whose arrival the
Scottish Queen was first advertised, and at his coming into the
chamber received him very courteously, but told him that
she thought some uncourtesy in Hunsdon that passing so nigh
would not visit a poor stranger, alleging that it was along of
some of her enemies who had incensed him of some evil
against her, and prayed him not to believe her enemies till
he knew the truth, and also that where it was informed Her
Majesty that the great spoils done on the Borders were by her
followers, that being true he would punish them with more
extremity than any other, and if he would send their names
she would cause them to be punished by her friends. Yet
notwithstanding they be only such as depend upon her that
daily spoil as this day for his welcome they have taken twenty
of the Queen's subjects in rescuing their own goods, and not
four days before took forty-two oxen and kine of the mayor
of this town sixteen miles within the land. Perceives that
the other Wardens advertise that their Borders are quiet.
Would be loath to accuse any man's doings, but has not heard
any man more cried out of than Sir John Forster for suffering
the Queen's subjects to be burned, spoiled, and robbed without
redress. Some of those he has taken assurance of are those
who annoy the East Marches most. Is but newly come, but
they begin so handsomely with him that he trusts not to die
in their debts. They must either seek revenge or suffer such
outrages as never in the wars were offered. Will rather
smart than suffer.—Berwick, 4 Sept.|
|2. P.S.—Had not so soon ended his letter, and scant lain
in his bed, but there was a great alarum in the town, whereupon they repaired with all speed to the castle, where within
twelve score was slain one of their scouts, having four wounds
of the greatest that ever he saw besides divers others.|
|3. Gives a list of seven names of those who are common
robbers and spoilers upon the Borders, depending wholly upon
the Queen of Scots.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 2½.
|Sept. 4.||2497. Sir William Drury to Cecil.|
|Understands that upon the Queen of Scots' denial that
there are any troubles worthy of complaint upon the Borders,
that the Queen has written to Lord Scrope and Sir John
Forster, who have answered that in their charges all is quiet
and that of any within Drury's charge they hear nothing
Thinks that Scrope's answer is true, but marvels much at Sir
John Forster. Sends a paper herewith for some testimony
that since the Queen's removing from Carlisle the Scots have
not lived so quiet as she alleges and Sir John Forster pretends
a wilful ignorance of. Gives an account of the murder of the
scout by the Scots. Forster cannot be ignorant of the provocations ministered by the Scots, for besides the frequent
visitations of his brother Rowland Forster, who daily exclaims
upon their disorders, he himself said to Drury that this
manner of life of the Scots could not but breed either them
(the English) to sit with unsupportable injury or else certain
wars. If this will not suffice offers to produce other testimony.
—Berwick, 4 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 3.
|Sept. 4.||2498. Information against Sir John Forster.|
|1. Complaint that Sir John Forster has exceeded his commission and acted contrary to the laws of the Marches in
executing a certain man for stealing sheep.|
|2. Exhibited to the Privy Council of Cuthbert Horsley.—
4 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Endd. P. 1.
|Sept. 4.||2499. M. Chastellier to Sir Nicholas Throckmorton.|
|The violation of the law and the King's Edicts by their
adversaries has for a third time driven them into civil war.
They are however full of courage, some of their leaders being
in arms in the field and others in this town. Trust to be
strongest on the sea, and hopes that the Queen of England
will send them assistance.—Rochelle, 4 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add., with seal. Fr. P. 1.
|Sept. 5.||2500. The Cardinal Chatillon to Charles IX.|
|Having discovered the design of his enemies to seize him
in his house and to execute their evil will upon him, he has
been compelled to quit his house and the realm, which he
hopes that the King will not take ill.—Senarpont, 5 Sept.
Copy. Endd. Fr. Pp. 1½.
|Sept. 6.||2501. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|Has received a letter from Mr. Man, who is sick at Abbeville
and not able to travel any further. There is one Pierre
Roulet, secretary to the Queen of Scots, who has brought
certain portraitures of Her Majesty and others, who is sent
by the Cardinal of Lorraine and accounted a crafty merchant.
The King continues still in his ague. There still continue
great and many murders here, insomuch as DuVal, counsellor
of the Court of Parliament of Paris, was on the 30th August
most cruelly murdered at Mont Severin without any justice
done on the offenders. The Queen Mother told him on the
4th instant that she would have no wars, and that the King
would reconcile his nobility by the great clemency he intended
to use towards them. It is for certain agreed that if the
Duke of Alva brings his purpose to the desired effect in
Flanders he will forthwith invade England. There be certain
Scottish men sent by the Cardinal of Lorraine, who feigning
themselves banished for religion must advertise of the proceedings in England for the Queen of Scots. The post Rowland
is taken at Rouen and his letters sent to the Court.—Paris,
6 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Partly in cipher. Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 2.
|Sept. 5.||2502. Sir John Forster to Cecil.|
|Complains of spoils committed by certain of the Queen of
Scots' party within his charge. Sends two letters from the
Regent Murray.—Alnwick, 5 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.
|Sept. 5.||2503. Lord Hunsdon to the Queen.|
|Has had no leisure since his coming from hearing poor
men's complaints who are nightly spoiled only by such as
appertain to the Queen of Scots. Unless speedy remedy be
had a great part of the Borders will be utterly spoiled.—
Berwick, 5 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. P. 1.
|Sept. 5.||2504. Lord Hunsdon to Cecil.|
|1. This Sunday morning at seven o'clock Rowland Forster
came to him with complaint of those men who had been at
the killing of the scout, and brought the names of divers of
them, who in preying upon him had killed one of his men
seventy years old and hurt divers others, and carried away
their cattle with crying Kill and Slay. Was not so soon come
down to go to church but he had six other complaints as ill
as that, and some poor men crying out that they must live upon
him, for all that they had was taken by the Scots. No night
escapes without spoiling and killing of the Queen's subjects.
If he has not money he must revoke the footmen who have
lain in the country to save it, and cannot send for the
horsemen which is most needful until he has it. Sends the
names of the leaders of such injuries. The munition here is
very little. There is reasonable store of powder, but he fears
that it is most of it cast away for lack of looking to.—
Berwick, 5 Sept.|
|2. Encloses the complaints of divers who have been spoiled
or taken prisoners by the Scots. Also the names of those
who were at the killing of the scout. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 3½.
|Sept. 6.||2505. Mr. John Wood to Cecil.|
|Found the Regent very quiet here, the nobility being gone
home to prepare either for the entry of the French or them
selves to come on the 25th to Richmond. Laments the hurt
done to her friends by the proceedings and countenance of
the Queen of England. What trust may be put in the
promises of the adversaries all times past have declared
manifestly, and this present day their continual attempts
upon the Borders and their practices and preparations in
France. Notwithstanding which the Regent is deliberate in
person to justify his cause before ever he will stir armour.
He lacks the opportunity of conference with Cecil "and says
he must needs have it by one means or other."—Edinburgh,
6 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 1½.
|Sept. 7.||2506. The Regent Murray to Cecil.|
|Desires him to put the Queen of England in mind of the
preparation of the Frenchers intended towards Scotland, who
are daily looked for by that faction in whose favour they
allege their voyage enterprised. They continue in their
intention of coming into England. Understands that the
25th inst. is appointed, which they think a great favour.
Desires safe-conducts for the Earl of Morton, the Earl of
Glencairn, Lord Lindsey of the Byres, the Bishop of Orkney,
and the Commendator of Dunfermline, or any three of them,
an Earl and a Lord being of the number, accompanied with
100 horse or within; also another for himself with 100
persons in his company. Meant not to sue for safe-conducts
if it were not that the King's mother might peradventure
desire to detain them.—Edinburgh, 7 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Draft of part of a safe-conduct for Murray in Cecil's
writing. Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|Sept. 7.||2507. Lord Scrope to Cecil.|
|Has received a letter from Lord Herries, which he encloses.
—Bolton, 7 September. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. ¼.
|Sept. 8.||2508. Mr. Robert Stewart to Cecil.|
|Fears that he will be constrained to remain some time
longer in these parts. Will be glad to be advertised what is
doing in the matters whereof he had charge.—Edinburgh,
8 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.
|Sept. 8.||2509. Lord Hunsdon to Cecil.|
|Beseeches him to send down money with speed, and then
they will deal well enough with the Scots without putting
the Queen to the charge of the 100 horsemen. Has sent for
the gentlemen of the Borders to take some order for the
victualling of the soldiers which lie there for their defence.
Is constrained to have 200 soldiers remain still there. Has
but 250 within this town.—Berwick, 8 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.
|Sept. 7.||2510. The Earl of Westmorland and the Bishop of Durham to
|According to the Queen's commandment they have diligently
done their endeavours to put in readiness the 100 light
horsemen, who will not be ready before the 20th inst.
Complain of the hardship of the inhabitants of the Bishopric
being constantly liable to serve without recompense.—Auckland, 7 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Pp. 1½. Enclosure.
|Sept. 8.||2511. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|Sends a book of architecture by him who makes the
Queen's Tuilleries here. Cannot recover the letters which
were taken from Rowland or obtain the poor man's liberty.—
Paris, 8 Sept. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. P. ½.
|Sept. 8.||2512. The Cardinal of Chatillon to the Queen.|
|The attempts to surprise the Prince of Conde and the
Admiral has obliged them at length to seek a place of safety.
Has himself been compelled in order to avoid falling into the
hands of his enemies to seek refuge in her realm. Desires
to be allowed to come to the Court.—Dover, 8 Sept. 1568.
Add. Endd., with seal. Fr. Pp. 1½.
|Sept. 9.||2513. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|On the 7th inst. M. De Mouy sent to him expressly to request
the Queen of England's aid of 3,000 men to be landed betwixt
St. Valery and Dieppe, being otherwise so entrapped as hardly
shall he escape. Had audience of his unpleasant message the
8th inst. afore the King, his mother, and his council, and after
he had declared his charge was desired to send it him in
writing, which he intends to do to-day.—Paris, 9 Sept. 1568.
Add. Endd., with seal. Partly in cipher. P. ¾.
|Sept. 9.||2514. Declaration of the Prince of Conde.|
|Protests that he does not take up arms to attempt anything
prejudicial to the King; but only to protect those of the
religion from the tyranny and oppressions of their enemies.
Form of oath to be taken by the nobility, officers, and others
of the Prince's army, by which they engage to obey all his
orders, and to avenge the murders and violences perpetrated
against those of the reformed religion. Regulations for the
maintenance of discipline in the said army, chiefly for the
prevention of desertion, private plundering, excess in baggage,
and numbers of camp followers, and disorders and quarrels.—
La Rochelle, 9 Sept. 1568.|
Endd. Printed pamphlet in French. Pp. 16.
|Sept. 9.||2515. Declaration of the Prince of Conde.|
|Copy of the protestation and form of oath in writing.|
Endd. Fr. P. 1.
|Sept. 9.||2516. The Regent Murray to Cecil.|
|Letter of credence for Mr. John Wood sent towards the
Queen of England instructed of his mind.—Edinburgh, 9 Sept.
Add. Endd. P. ½.
|[Sept. 10.]||2517. Message delivered by Sir Henry Norris to the French
|The Queen of England has charged him to desire the King
that this message may be declared to him in the presence of
his Privy Council. The Queen on her honour declares that
she had nothing to do with his subjects during the last
troubles, and if she interferes now it is only on account of the
duty due to her subjects, the friendship she has for the King,
and the preservation of her own estate. Complains of the
non-observance of the Edicts of Pacification, and the murders
and injuries perpetrated on those of the reformed religion,
which if he does not remedy, she will be obliged to provide
for the danger threatening her own estate. Signed: Henry
Endd. Fr. Pp. 6¼.
|Sept. 11.||2518. Advices.|
|Rome, 11 Sept. 1568. Obsequies of Don Carlos. News of
the Papal Court. Aid promised to the French King. Turin,
 Sept. Negotiations between the Prince of Conde and the
Duke of Savoy. News from Vienna, 9 Sept.|
Ital. Pp. 4.
|Sept. 1 & 11.||2519. Lord Herries to the Regent Murray.|
|Requires to be advertised certainly whether the obedient
subjects of the Queen of Scots shall assure themselves in
bodies and goods to be untroubled by any of the other party,
at least until their return out of England. Complains of the
proud thieves of these parts, who are assisted by some
Englishmen in all manner of wrongs. If Murray will give
the charge of the Wardenry here to any true man he promises
his assistance whilst this great matter of the authority be tried
betwixt the Queen and her son and the estates of the realm.
Desires to have his house again, which Murray caused to be
taken when he was with the Queen of England; at which
time she promised him there should be no hurt done to him.
—Dumfries, 1 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
The Regent Murray to Lord Herries.
|1. Since Herries' coming into Scotland all hostility has
been forborne by him. What on the other part has been
their behaviour Herries knows well enough; as also the
outrages attempted to make him and other noblemen of the
King's council prepared to pass into England stay at home
and consequently retain the realms in continual confusion.
Minds inviolably to keep the abstinence to all subjects (the
persons and goods of them who by law are justly forfeited
excepted) till his returning forth of England; the like being
observed by the other party. Is glad of his disposition to
offer assistance to such as Murray may appoint to the
Wardenry, and if he had been as willing this twelvemonth
past, assuredly theft and oppression had not been so frequent.
If Herries had continued in the Wardenry, he was not
minded to have altered it. To speak plainly asks him if he
has not proclaimed himself Warden, and commanded that
none obey the King or him; reducing that March into a
province by itself. And now to desire him to give the charge
to some true man, what shall it profit, where Herries has before
taken the charge on himself, without he promises for himself
and dependants obedience to the Warden in the King's name.|
|2. As for his houses he had not sought none of them out
of his hands; if he had served in the charge of Wardenry
himself, or made his men and servants obedient to such as
Murray in the King's name should have placed in that room.
Will boldly take in hand to answer both England and
Scotland for all attempts committed by any professing the
King's obedience.—Edinburgh, 11 Sept. 1568.|
Copy. Endd. Pp. 3.
|Sept. 12.||2520. Advices.|
|News from Rome of the 12th September; and from Constantinople of the 14th August.|
Endd. Ital. Pp. 2.
|Sept. 12.||2521. Information of George Carr.|
|Declares that James Ogle refused to subscribe the information against him for using disrespectful speech in the Warden's
court, and complaining that he is not equitably dealt with
by the Warden.|
Endd. Pp. 2½.
|Sept. 12.||2522. Charles IX. to the Queen.|
|Sir Henry Norris having informed him of the charge
which was given to him, he sends the bearer, the Bishop of
Rennes, with his answer.—St. Maur des Fosses, 12 Sept.
Add. Endd., with seal. Royal letter. Fr. Broadside.
|Sept. 12.||Catherine de Medicis to the Queen.|
|Letter of credence for the Bishop of Rennes.—St. Maur
des Fosses, 12 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Royal letter. Fr. Broadside.
|Sept. 12.||Advices from Rome.|
|News from Rome of the 12th September of affairs passing
in Italy and the Papal Court.|
Endd.: Copy of a letter sent to the Cardinal of Lorraine
from Paris, 29 August. See that date. Ital. Pp. 2.
|Sept. 13.||2523. The Queen to Philip II.|
|Praises the bearer, Don Diego Guzman De Silva, his late
ambassador at her Court, for his zeal in fulfilling the duties
of his office and perserving the mutual amity. Considers
that Man was displeasing to him not through his own fault,
but through the malice of certain Englishmen residing at his
Rough draft, corrected by Cecil. Endd. Lat. Pp. 2.
|Sept. 13.||2524. Lord Hunsdon to Cecil.|
|1. The Earl of Argyll and the others fortify Dumbarton,
which is able to receive 3,000 men. The Borderers of
Tividale do all they can to procure war.|
|2. The English horsemen are not able to encounter them,
They ride not under 200 or 300, and upon any fray they will
be within three hours 1,000 or 1,200, which the Marches
cannot deal with. Where there is a town of 100 or 200
householders not three of them are English but all Scots, and
in some towns all Scots. Even at Tweedmouth there are
more Scots than English. Meets Cessford on the 25th inst.
Bennett sold ordnance, shot, powder, and all manner of things
under his charge that any man would give him money for,
and the Queen must be contented with the loss, for he died
not worth a groat. Desires the Queen's favour and mercy
for Ralph Swynhowe of Cornwall (Cornhill), who has
remained two years in prison at Durham for the killing of a
man, but who was not near the slain man by twenty-two
score. The Lord Home gathers all his friends. Intends to
stand upon his guard.—Berwick, 13 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Pp. 2.
|Sept. 14.||2525. The Cardinal Chatillon to Cecil.|
|Letter of credence for the bearer, M. De Luzy.—London,
14 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd. Fr. P. ½.
|Sept. 14.||2526. The Cardinal Chatillon to Charles IX.|
|Regrets that he should be obliged to abandon house and
country, which he does not from any distrust in the King's
goodness, but in order to avoid the danger and violence of
his enemies. Has not come here for any practice, as he had
not determined to come three hours before he left his house.
Begs the King not to take his favour from him.—London,
14 Sept. 1568.|
|The Cardinal Chatillon to Catherine De Medicis.|
To the same effect as the above.—London, 14 Sept. 1568.
Copies. Endd. Fr. Pp. 3.
|Sept. 15.||2527. Sir Henry Norris to the Queen.|
|1. On the 9th inst. he had audience at St. Maur, afore the
King being yet not able by his late sickness to rise out of
his bed. Having at length declared that which he was commanded by her letters, the King required him to have patience
in a gallery adjoining to his chamber till he had conferred
with his Council. Whilst he was there he is credibly informed
that the Cardinal of Lorraine praised God that the Queen of
England had declared war for the religion, because she lost
by that means the favour of the King of Spain and the
Emperor, who would be very glad to follow the enterprise
against England, and for that the natural of the English is
not willingly to suffer a prince stranger, it would be meet to
begin the war by some of their own nobility who have already
means thereto, and the affairs troubled it would be easy to
send forces into that country. This done Norris was required
to come to the King, who desired that he would grant him
in writing that which he had declared by mouth, as the matter
was of great consequence so might he and his Council deliberate
thereupon, which thing Norris promised, and the next day
sent to him.|
|2. Mons. Montmorency has sent expressly to him requiring
that the Queen might be advertised speedily that it was
determined in their Council that answer should be sent
shortly by the Bishop of Rennes, to whose requests if she
accords unto she does the thing most agreeable to the
Cardinal of Lorraine, but greatly prejudicial to the religion;
contrariwise if it like her not to grant to any of his requests
all his enterprises are utterly overthrown. The Prince of
Condé with the Count Rochefoucault remains about Rochelle,
and his army lies presently severed in the towns, whither
do daily repair of the religion from all parts of the realm.
D'Andelot has lately taken St. Lo in Britanny.—Paris,
15 Sept. 1568. Signed.|
Add. Endd., with seal. Partly in cipher. Pp. 2½.
|Sept. 15.||2528. Sir Henry Norris to Cecil.|
|1. Desires him to foresee the inconveniences that may come
by granting the Bishop of Rennes' requests, and return him
without granting any one of his demands, and so shall he
greatly benefit the religion, and utterly frustrate the Cardinal
of Lorraine's enterprises. The King being determined that
an edict should have been published disannulling all protections made for them of the religion, the same was presently
upon Norris' message stayed. Thinks if it had been
published the number of them of the religion had been ruined
|2. The slaughter was not so great at Orleans as was reported; the number was but six of the soldiers appointed to
keep the doors during the time of the preaching. The King
has determined to send his nobility to their charges. Thanks
him for his goodness shown to the bearer.—Paris, 15 Sept.
Add. Endd., with seal. Partly in cipher. P. 1.
|Sept. 15.||2529. Proclamation by Charles IX.|
|Commands certain bands of gensd'armes and archers to
assemble at Orleans by the 20th inst., under the command
of his brother the Duke of Anjou.—St. Maur des Fosses,
15 Sept. 1568.|
Endd. Printed broadside in French. P. 1.
|Sept. 15.||2530. The Regent Murray to Hunsdon.|
|Understanding the late attempts against him he has come
suddenly to this town hoping to apprehend certain of the
principal attempters. Has apprehended him who was guide.—
Jedburgh, 15 Sept. Signed.|
Add. Endd. P. 1.