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co. Salop, bears not only the seal but the autograph B. York.
To a deed temp. Eichard III. is the seal of the town of Bristol, William Wykeham being mayor.
To a deed of the 16 Hen. VII. is the seal of "William Cretyng as dean of the collegiate church of Westbury.
There is a roll of the taxation of the temporalities of the archdeaconry of Worcester, 29 Edw. III.
By a deed of the 44th of Edward EH., John do Buttetourt, lord of Weleghe and Haygeleye (i.e., Hagley), states that there is a custom in the manor of Haygeleye, called Beolawe and Bodelsilver, viz., each tenant pays to the lord 2s. yearly or one sheep for the said customs. By this deed he releases a tenant for ever. There is a fine seal, the arms are a saltire of lozenges.
There are two petitions, not addressed but indorsed "aliout the prisoners at Bruges." One is dated 12th November 1798, and is by Mary Bedingfield, prioress of Nazareth, praying for the pardon of " some soldiers, "prisoners of our nation, condemned to die." The other is by Susannah Brinkhurst, abbess.
ALFRED J. HORWOOD.
P.S.—The edition of the Treatise on Tenures by Sir Thomas Lyttelton (ancestor of Lord Lyttelton) printed by Machlinia in the 15th century is as valuable as a manuscript; of this his Lordship possesses a very fine copy.
Tile Manuscripts Of The Right Honourable Lord Calthorpe, Grosvenor Square, London.
This most important and valuable collection is contained in upwards of 190 volumes, mostly in folio. All but a few were formerly known as tho Yelverton Manuscripts, and a catalogue of the original collection is in the 2nd volume of "Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae," printed, in folio, at Oxford, in 1697, and it occupies 62 pages of double columns, and describes 187 volumes.
This original collection seems to have been mainly formed by Robert Beale (one of the ancestors of Lord Calthorpe), who was Clerk of the Council to Queen Elizabeth, and was employed by her in various missions, notably to the Low Countries, and to Mary Queen of Scots while a prisoner in England. He was at the trial and at the death of tho Scottish Queen. He collected and retained and preserved many important original documents of his own and earlier times. Those regarding the Hanse Towns, English intervention in the affairs of the Low Countries, and the affair of the Queen of Scots may bo specially mentioned.
The printed catalogue was evidently taken from the manuscript catalogue* now in the possession of Lord Calthorpe, and is very copious; but although generally nearly every item in each volume is given, yet in some cases there are very important omissions, and some inaccuracies, excusable, if, as I suspect, the catalogue was made by a foreigner.
Of this original collection 17 volumes, namely, thoso numbered 15, 18, 22, 23, 28, 41, 56, 83, 94, 97, 112, 113, 114, 124, 126, 127, and 167 have been for many years, and still are, and a few others are, missing. The volumes were numbered consecutively from 1 to 187, and the volumes which remain still bear tho proper numbers. Thirteen of the volumes were some years ago lent to late Sir Francis Palgrave, and were duly returned by him. They were borrowed with a view to the then projected new edition of Rymer's Foedera, and works in execution by tho Record Commission.
The descriptions in the existing catalogue aro very brief; the majority of tho volumes are of such a nature that a new and fuller description of them would be very desirable. In the preliminary examination which I made, the extent of the collection and tho fact of the existence of a printed catalogue precluded me from doing much more than noting omissions and inaccuracies which were patent; nevertheless I have given most of Beale's notes, he having peculiar sources of information; and have amplified some of the descriptions, and, as the printed catalogue can be only in few hands, have endeavoured to give a general idea of the contents of the volumes.
Where a volume is not noticed, either it is missing or appears not to contain anything relating to this country.
Volumes I., II., III., and IV. contain copies of treaties between England and foreign powers in the 15th and 16th centuries.
In Vol. II., fo. 360, is a copy of an exemplification by Philip and Mary of a record of pleas before Spigornel and Denham, justices for the examination of records, processes, and correction of crimes, 17 Edw. II. It is translated into English. It concerns Guernsey and Jersey. At fo. 370 is a copy of charter by Queen Elizabeth, in 1568, to Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark. Then follow Orders in Council for Guernsey, 1580 and 1581; and instructions to commissioners for Jersey, 1582, appointed on the complaint of the islanders; and at fo. 388 are orders (April 1583) set down between Sir Thomas Leighton and Monsieur de Centone in the matter between Sir T. Leighton, Captain of the Isle of Guernsey, and P. De Carteret, Seigneur de St. Omer. At 3936 are set out Customs of Guernsey, differing from the customs of Normandy.
At fo. 409-412 of Vol. III. is a copy of the treaty of marriage between Queeu Elizabeth and the Due d'Anjou, &c. This is a copy certified by "Pinart, Conseiller du "Roi, Secretaire dY-stat et des finances de sa MajesteV'
Vol. IV., fo. 6 to fo. 97. A declaration of the trewe and dewc title of the Right high, &c. Henry, by the grace of God, King of England and of France, and Lord of Ireland to the Crowns of France and Navarre, and to tho Duchies of Normandy and of Guyan and Gascoyn, and to the counties and countries of Angeo, Mayn, and Torayn, Pcytow, Ponthieu, and Champayn, and of the province with the superioritie and dominion of Bretayn, by dewe succession of heritage, and answering to the false objections, surmises, and imaginacions made and put in prynte by the Frenshmen against the said title, grounded upon a surmitted law called Lawe Salique.— It contains 25 chapters, and is in a hand of the 16th century.
At fo. 100 aro Latin statutes and regulations for the army of Henry 6th. All were to wear a white band with a red cross or crosses; if any did not wear such, and were killed by our own men, it would be his own fault. Any enemy wearing it was to be killed.
The Declaration by Henry 6th of his right to the crown of France, fo. 105, is in English, and dated at Westminster, 14th June, in the eighth year of his reign.
The charter, of which a copy is given at fo. 110, is dated A.D. 1136. By it King Stephen gives tho manor of Sutton to God and the church of St. Peter of Winchester in exchange for the manor of Morden, which he gave to Walleran, Earl of Mel lent, and which the church long possessed. A great part of the barons and magnates assented.
In this volume, loose, are 3$ leaves in a hand of the 15th century, of Sir John Fortescue's English treatise in favour of Henry 6th and against Edward 4th's right to the throne. It is the same, within a few words, with the fragment printed by Lord Clermont in his "Life "and Works of Sir John Fortescue," p. 497, from the Cotton MS., Julius, F. vi. The Cotton MS. begins with the words " That the Kinges of Englande." Lord Calthorpe's begins "Wisdome of sadde clerkes and of othre "that the Kinges of Englande." The Cotton MS. ends "when ho was not fully eight yeares olde." Lord Calthorpe's ends with the same words. (Seethe Report on the Countess Cowper's MSS. in this Appendix for a sixteenth century copy of the same fragment.)
Vol. VII., part 1,* contains an account, by way of journal, of the doings at tho Diet or Conference of Utrecht, 1473. The orators for England were Wm. Hatteclyffc, the King's secretary, and John Russell, Doctor of DecreeD, Archdeacon of Berks and Diocese of Sarum, and William Rosse. It is about the Hanse Towns.
At fo. 82-114 is a diary of the proceedings by one of the commissioners.
At fo. 132 is part (5 leaves) of a treatise advocating war with France, temp. Henry 8th.
At fo. 140 is a Latin proposition of Peter de Monte, collector in England for Pope Eugenius 4th, made in the Parliament at Westminster, 14 Hen. 6th.
At fo. 164 is a requisition made by Henry 5th to his adversary of France on giving up his claim to the crown of France. (Nearly all the volume is in English.)
Vol. VII., part 2.—The colloquy at Bruges. This volume, like the first portion of the last, seems all about rates and merchandize. There are proofs by the English, refutations by the Belgians, council letters, and instructions. At fo. 313 are Negotiations at Brussels by Dr. Dale, sent to the Archduchess of Parma by Queen Elizabeth. The speech of the envoy begins in French, but breaks into Latin, he being only an apprentice in the
• The manuscript catalogue has an index of subjects which is not printed.
* This forms part of CLXX. in the printed catalogue,
French tongue. At fo. 317 is an original letter from the Archduchess to the Queen, 2nd Feb. 1563, with her autograph.
Vol. VIII. is an index to Negotiations and Treaties between England and other countries.
Vol. IX. is a very large collection of copies (16th century) of documents relating to trade between England and foreign countries and the Hanse Towns in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries, and controversies arising thereout.
Vol. X. A similar collection, including some documents (copies) of the 13th century. The defence of the London merchants against the writing exhibited by the Hanse towns, at fo. 266, is by Walter Haddon. The defence at fo. 338 begins with proofs from the time of Henry 3rd.
Vol. XI. A similar but smaller collection. This volume contains a printed quarto—The Answer made by the noble lords the States unto the ambassadors of Polonia. Imprinted at Amsterdam by Peter Gevaerts, 1597; London, John Windet, 1597; and a printed broadside in Latin, containing an address by the people of Cologne to the English against Spain; and reply of the English. London, John Wolff, 1598.
Vol. XII. A very curious volume of forms used in the Ecclesiastical Courts. It was written apparently by Thomas Argall, notary public. At fo. 64 is a copy of the protest made by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the 24th Feb. 1536, against consenting to the statute passed to the prejudice of the ecclesiastical power. It states that in an upper chamber without a window, in William (Warham) Archbishop of Canterbury's manor of Lambeth; the Archbishop made and interposed a protestation in writing, and openly and publicly protested, &c, in the terms of a paper schedule held in his hand, and publicly read, thus:—William, by Divine, &c, protest we will not conform to any statute in the present Parliament, held at the Friars Preachers in London, 3rd Nov. 1529, 21 Henry 8th, and thence prorogued and continued, enacted or to be enacted, in prejudice of the ecclesiastical power or the rights of our Metropolitan Church, but do dissent. Before notaries public, John Cooke, LL.D., and three others named. (See Appendix to Burnet's History of the Reformation.)
The volume contains documents, with names, from the beginning of the reign of Henry 8th to the early part of the reign of Elizabeth. At fo. 103 is pinned one leaf of the 15th century, being a copy of proceedings in a divorce at the end of the 14th century. The parties were Sir Adam Fraunceys and Margery Greene, his wife.
Vols. XIII. and XIV. Copies of the 16th century of treaties and other documents and orations about trade matters between England and the Low Countries in the 16th century, and England's military assistance to the States.
Vol. XV. The Discovery and Recovery of Ireland, and the author's apology. On paper, 16th century. (A similar copy is in the possession of Viscount Dillon, at Dytchley. See report on his MSS. in this Appendix. The author was Thomas Lee, executed for treason in 1600.)
Vol. XVI. The first 20 leaves contain Miscellanea about Wales; the remainder of the volume consists of notes and treatises on Ireland, including two books of Ireland's History by Edward Campion—A breviate of the Conquest of Ireland and the decay of the same, made by Finglasse (see this in the Countess Cowper's Collection); A short treatise by Patrick Sherlock; and one by William Gerrard, Lord Chancellor of Ireland. There are also copies of letters by the Earl of Essex and Sir Henry Sidney, &c. A paper for the reformation of Munster, by Sir Humphry Gilbert, Kt., 1573; A conference between the Lord Deputy and the Council of the Nobility, &c. of the English Parlt., by Sir William Drury, Lord Justice.
Vol. XVII. Collections on Irish affairs, temp. Elizabeth. The paper at fo. 127, "The advice of a subject "to her Majesty, the confusion of rebellion, and ready "way to reformation in Ireland," is by Swethin Johnson.
Vol. XVIII. is absent. It consisted of the work by Sir John Davies on the state of Ireland, which has been several times printed.
Vol. XIX. This is a collection of official forms (oaths, patents, passports, instructions, &c.) It was made by Robert Beale himself, and is interesting because he has copied actual documents, with the names and dates.
Vol. XX. A collection of the 16th century, chiefly re
lating to trade, theMerchant Adventurers, and municipal laws of London and Norwich; there are papers concerning ordnance and soldiers, the swanmoote and the old forest laws. At fo. 49 is John Johnson's discourse for the repairing the decayed state of the merchants of the Staple and the erection of a certain new Staple. At fo. 65 is a Proclamation by King Edw. 6 " lycencyng the Ex"changes and Rechanges to be frequented and used in "all parts of his highnesses realm and dominions." (It is a copy of one printed by Grafton in 1552.) At fo. 167 are " Orders to be observed in the city of London in time of infection;" and Beale in a marginal note says that it is " in the hand of the Lord Tresorer." At fo. 180 is De officio Admiralitatis Anglia; (10 or 11 leaves, the beginning and end are absent). This, Beale says, is from a printed book lent to him by Dr. Caesar, Judge of the Admiralty. The paper on the Swanmoote is said to be out of an old roll touching swannery delivered to R. Thomson by Matthew Naylor, then officer of swannery under Mr. Secretary (Cecil), June 1570.
Vol. XXI. A folio of the 16th century. It begins with the treatise of Sir John Fortescue upon certain writings sent out of Scotland against the King's title to his realm of England. (It seems to agree with the copy printed by Lord Clermont in his Life and Works of Sir J. Fortescue, p. 523.) The Modus tenendi parliamentum, in English; aid John Vowel's treatise on Parliament in Elizabeth's time; papers and letters on Border matters; Sir Thomas Wiat's declaration of his inuocency, fo. 160. (This is said to be on the accusation of Dr. Bonardo unto the Council, and contains an account of what passed while he was at tho Emperor's Court, and at ISice and Villafranca. The regulations for the household of Henry 8th seem to be a Bouche of Court like that in Mr. Puleston's collection, described in another part of this Appendix, and like that printed by the Antiquarian Society in 1790. At fo. 176 is a treatise on Traffic and Exchange; and, loose, is a letter by Thomas Lupton to Queen Elizabeth, "touching the making of small money." The letter at fo. 224 from Antwerp to the Lords of tho Council is against Exchange, and is dated 1550. At fo. 259 are Reasons to buy in small monies of base alloy, and for the passing of the same above their value. At fo. 285, Certain notes given to Mr. Secretary Smithe for a device of making small moneys, by Mr. Wickliff, goldsmith, in London. At fo. 287, A discourse given to Thomas Smith for maintaining minea at Cockermouth, 1572. The discourse for establishing of traffick at Embden (fo. 296) is addressed to the Earl of Friezeland, 1572; it refers to "the making of the preceding book in 1562." The Device for erecting a Mart Town in England (fo. 331) is addressed to the Queen (Ipswich appears to be the town proposed. The tract was composed by John Johnson and Christopher Goodwin, and their object was to ruin Philip of Spain by diverting the trade of the Low Countries to England). The book touching vintners (344-359) contains the names of persons of various trades licensed to sell wine tempp. Hen. 6 and Hen. 8. Other papers on Trade and Assurance.
Vol. XXIV. General description and several maps of the maritime coasts of France as they lie upon our English seas. This is in French, and of the 17th century.
Vol. XXV. The first 48 leaves are of the 15th century; the remainder of the volume of the 16th century. The contents are copies of early Charters to the Cinque Ports (in Latin). At fo. 8, These be the maletotes of the towne and porte of Hethe (Hythe); Rules for keeping a Court Baron, and numerous forms in civil and ecclesiastical matters, including Royal Commissions. The Tree of Commonwealth, by Edmond Dudley, 1 Hen. 8, is at fo. 51. (This was printed at Manchester in 1859). The letter by Henry 8th to the Archdeacon of Lincoln is said to be "out of an old book which I borrowed of "Mr. Sayc, whoso father was principal register for "Ecclesiastical Courts."
Vol. XXVI. This volume (nearly all of the 16th century) contains many papers touching plots by the Kings of France and Spain, the Queen of Scots, and the Duke of Norfolk against Queen Elizabeth, and some papers on trade and on religious matters. The volume opens with copies of three letters in French against the introduction of the Inquisition into this country. A writ in Latin, 8 Henry 6, ordering observance of the treaty of friendship between Henry 5th and Charles of France, which is given in full in English. (This paper is of the 15th century.) There are copies of a letter by Thomas Norton, a prisoner in the Tower in 1580, to the Lord Treasurer, and of letters by him to his ■wife, and a diary of him of his doings in London, and on his journey to Rome in 1579, where he lodged, and notices of the Englishmen he met there: it is continued to his return to London, 18th March 1580.
At fol. 110, The names and dwelling places of papists at whoso houses I have been since my coming into England at Midsummer last. (Apparently by Robert Woodward.)
A treatise in French against the Queen of Scots, fol. 137-145.
A Latin declaration of the causes which moved some of Her Majesty's navy coming from Portugal to seize some ships laden with wheat sent to Lisbon. The Latin ha3 been corrected by Beale. This is followed by an English translation printed in 4to, 1589. At fol. 282 is The "View of France in the method of travaile.
From fol. 350 to fol. 369 the catalogue gives a "Brief chronology of occurrences in England, 1559 to 1562." Begins The marriage between the two duckes at Shene. How Northumberland suspected he Bhould have been betraied there, and therefore came not thither. Ends December 1562. Letters sent for the lending of hundred pounds throughout the realm. (It may be an abstract of some book.)
Vol. XXVII. Copies of three treaties of peace and amity between foreign sovereigns; the first is between James, King of Scotland, and Charles VIII. of France. The volume contains other papers, mostly on French, Flemish, and Dutch affairs. The Demand for Calais by the Queen of England and the Answer of Charles IX. of Franco, 1579; this is in French.
Vol. XXIX. This volume contains, amongst other thiugs, some papers on the Star Chamber. The notes and collections on it (fol. 11) are dated 1589, and were sent by Walsyngham to William Mylls, clerk of the Star Chamber. At fol. 17 are notes by Beale. At fols. 52 and 57 are extracts from the books of the Court of Requests, 2 Henry VIII. and 12-14 Henry VIII. At fol. 118 is a tract in French concerning officers at Court, their several offices and allowances from the King. From the names—Barth. do Badlesmere, Hugh Despenser, and the Bishop of Ely, Chancellor—I think the original was of or refers to the time of Edward II. At fol. 154 is a letter from John Vowel, Chamberlain of Exeter, to the Mayor and Senators there, sending them a translation of the Modus tenendi parliamentum, which translation follows.
Vol. XXX. Copies of two papers on the State of France. Treaties and papers concerning Turkey and Spain. At fol. 256 is a list of presents sent to the Grand Signor by W. Harborne. They were sent in the Susan of London for the Grand Signor and various officers of his Court; the total amount was £1,913.19«. lrf.
Vol. XXXI. This important volume is, with two or three exceptions, occupied with letters and papers some original, about Mary Queen of Scots and various conspiracies by the Duke of Norfolk and others on her behalf. At fol. 45-70 is The discourse of the proceedings of the Queen of Scots' affairs in England since 11th April 1571 to 26th March 1572. A note by Beale says that tho original was found in tho study of the Lord Henry Howard, brother to tho late Duko of Norfolk, in his house beside Ivy Bridge, when he was apprehended after the departure of the Lord Pagett and Charles Arundell; and Lord Henry confessed before . . and Robert Beale that, on the departure of the Bishop of Ross from England, he sent this book unto him by a fellow that sometime was servant to a stationer dwelling at tho sign of tho " Olifant," in Fleet Street.
At fol. 74 and 75 are extracts from lives of the Archbishops of Canterbury. The notes of the evil demeanour of the Queen of Scots after death of Lord Darnley, and the examples for the execution of Queens (fol. 76-78), are in the hand of Beale. The form of a petition to Her Majesty for executing the Duke of Norfolk, is said to be "provided by T. N." The Duke's speeches on the scaffold, fol. 112. In the margin is tho name L. Cheyne, and on the margin of 117 is the name of Glernham. At 129, A Declaration of the just causes moving the Nobility of Scotland to abide with the Kin" when Religion was opposed; this is said to be licensed to bo printed, 1582. At fol. 135 is The sum of all the conferences between the Earl of Morton and John Dury and Mr. Walter Balgangwall, and tho chief things which they heard of him the day the Earl suffered, ■which was the 2nd July 1581.—At 140, a Copy of a proclamation from Holyrood House, the last of Feb. 1583, against false rumours and riotous behavour.—The discovery of a gaping gulfe, fol, 149, is a printed tract,
4to, 1579; it is by W. Stnbbes; An answer in MS. to it, by Lord Hen. Howard (or by Francis Throjrmorton), follows. Before 176 is a copy of a letter of six leaves, dated Sheffield, 14 Nov., 1581, to Mr. Secretary, by some person (perhaps Bealo) who had been sent to have an interview with Queen Mary of Scotland, wherein ho gives an account of the interview. At 190 is an account of Parry's execution, by Vaughan. At the back of fol. 191 is a poetical epitaph on Parry.—Tho copy of Mary's adherence to the Association is in French, and certified as true, the original having been seen by Beale in tho hands of Walsingham. At p. 209, The execution of fivo traitors, Ballard, Babington, Savage, Robert Barnwell, and Chidiock Tichborne. An unpaged copy of Examination (in French) of Nicholas Lambert, 1569. Copy of marriage contract between the Queen of Scots and Bothwell. Letter of tho Earl of Shrewsbury to tho Earl of Kent, Sir Amias Powlet, Sir D. Drury, and R. Beale, 1 July, 1588.—A defence of tho honor of tho right high right mighty and noble Princesso Marie Quene of Scotlande and Dowager of Fraunce, &c.; imprinted, 1569. This is a 4to of 8 leaves, ending imperfectly, with signature B 4.—A confession of Nicholas Haubert, 9 August 1569, about the death of Darnley (in French, 4 leaves).—Beale's Conferences, various. Among tho letters to and from the Queen of Scots aro somo to Mendoza, 27 July, 1586, to the Archbishop of Glasgow, Sir Francis Engleficld, Lord Paget, (in French); and others in French, for the deliverance of the Queen of Scots by the King of Spain, and letter by C. Paget to the Queen. Letters botween Mary and Babington and others, and extracts of intercepted letters to Mary. At 272, Instructions given to Air. Wood, sent to tho King of France. This has the autograph of Elizabeth (or an imitation, but it has not tho usual flourish) and Davison. At 296 is an original letter by Walsingham to Beale.—Defence of tho Common Civil Law (fol. 301). Beale's noto says "written by Dr. Hammond," before the going of tho Lords and other of H.M. Commissioners to Fotheringay.—The proclamation declaring the sentenco against the Queen of Scots is printed in black letter on 3 pieces of paper fitted together, in all a yard long.— Fol. 363, A discourse touching the full execution of the Queen of Scots. A note by Bealo says that this book was made by Geo. Puttcnham. The work begins, "It has not happened since tho momorie of man;" "ends, in the defence of truth itself there is a certain "measure to be used." (Qmcro whether the same as Harl. MS., 831.)—The printed letter to the Earl of Leicester, in French, is 4to, Londres, par. C. B., 1587. It is on Low Country affairs.—A vellum document signed by Henry Earl of Kent, Amias Powlet, D. Drury, Thomas Andrew, "then Shryve," Robert Beale. It is an address by the Earl of Shrewsbury (not signed by him), tho Earl of Kent, and others defending themselves about tho execution of Mary, and praying that the Commission to them might be recorded. It is cut throngh by scissors. After this comes a largo pen and ink drawing of the trial of Mary at Fotheringay; the figures are numbered, and Beale gives the names at the back. At the end of tho note of the proceedings at Fotheringay is a note by Beale. At 476 is a note by Beale of what he heard the Spanish Ambassador Mendoza say, Dec. 1587, about the papers implicating Mary, found after her death. At 477-506 is a Defence of tho honourable sentenco and execution of the Queen of Scots, &c, &c.; at London, printed by John Windct. A note by Beale says, It is commonly thought that tho book was made by Thomas Martin, D.C.L.; and being printed, the books were suppressed by tho Archbishop of Canterbury. (In a bookseller's catalogue, about a year ago, I saw what seemed to be the original or copy prepared for the press of this work; the name of tho author was carefully obliterated from the title, and certain passages and words were marked as to bo omitted.) Fol. 525. Touching the Commission for tho execution of tho Scottish Queen. This has notes by Beale.—Fol. 534. Copy of the Queen's Commission for executing Mary, signed. 5356. Beale's letter from Fotheringay giving an account of his journey and tho execution of Mary. 540. A pen and ink drawing of tho execution of Mary. Papers on tho proceedings in the Star Chamber against Davison.
Vol. XXXII. Copies of charters to London, and other papers relating to London, Yarmouth, and tho Cinque Ports, &c. At 185, A treatise on the Admiralty; tho first part is in French.
Vol. XXXHI. The volume seems to bo chiefly about conspiracies against Elizabeth, where Spaniards wero concerned. At fol. 51, a letter from Dr. Sanders, iu Madrid, to Dr. Allen, 1577.—By Sanders's hand, but in the name of James FitzMaurice, is a copy of a letter from one of the rebel lords to the Earl of Kildare. Fol. 64, A practice of the Q. of Scots and others to invade England. On the back of this is written, "Thomas Norton's chain of treasons." Fol. 73, A collection touching the attainder of Philip Earl of Arundel. Beale in a note says that this was gathered by Mr. William Waad, one of the clerks of the Council, who was used in the said examination to attend upon Thomas Heneage and other H.M. councillors appointed for the purpose.—Fol. 122, A general discourse of the Pope's Holiness's devices (this seems to be a repetition of the Diary and Discovery of priests contained in vol. 26).—Account of Dr. Lopez's treasons; and confessions of various Spaniards.
Vol. XXXIV. A treatise "Of the civil law in case of divorce, whether either party may marry again. Begins There hath been and yet is no small doubt among the learned. (39 leaves in large writing.)
Vol. XXXV. After a few pages relating to Godfrey of Bologne's expedition to the Holy Land and early English history, come copies of writs and petitions for privy seals, and patents, and copies of such. Copies of various documents, and passages in English history in the reigns of Edw. 2, and Hen. 6. An account of the deposition of Bichard 2nd. Surrender of various fortresses in France.—Fol. 131. The title and claim of the crown by Bichard Duke of York, and replication thereto; an agreement between Hen. 6 and the D. of York. 39 Hen. 6.—Fol. 139. Articles of the commissioners of Kent, 1460, and thoso of Yorkshire, 14691486. Fortescue's Treatise on the difference between an absolute and a limited monarchy.—Fol. 165-175. Here endcth the cronycle of Julius Cffisar, <fec, translated by John Lidgate, monk of Bury St. Edmund, 1400. (Bealo has given to this the title of the Serpent of Division.)
Vol. XXXVI. Copies of tho Old Scoth Laws, Begiam Majestatem, &c. Before the alphabetical table are 10 latin hexameters and pentameters, signod G. B. They are beautifully written like large printed italics; begin Cuncta tuo cum colla jugo dot sponte juventus. They may bo possibly by Buchanan to James 6th.
Vol. XXXVIII. Low Country Genealogies, beginning with the house of Luxembourg; coloured arms in the margin. A large volume of the 16th century, in French. At fol. 263. Miroir des fleurs de la Noblesse du pays bas college par Corneille Domburg fitz de Martin Zelandoir en l'an 1586. The vol. ends with fol. 344.
Vol. XXXIX. Copies of various papers regarding truce between England and Spain; and one original letter from B. Sidney to Beale, dated Ostend, 18 June 1600. Before fol. 127 are several pages of notes by Beale.—Fol. 141. Copy of a device for alteration of religion, 1 Eliz., out of a book by Sir Thomas Smith. Some papers regarding ecclesiastical matters in England.—Fol. 175. A letter by Philip and Mary to the ; hires, 22 March, 1 & 2 P. & M. This has the autographs of the King and Queen.
Vol. XL. The 1st document is Instructions to ambassadors or commissioners to treat with the authorities of a city (not named) for the surrender thereof; the city had never been taken; and the phraseology is very peculiar and seems studiously obscure. At fol. 2 is a corrected draft of the same. It is English, and seems to be temp. H. 8.—Fol. 27. Latin instructions to the Seneschal of Morlaix, which he is to intimate to the King of England on the part of the Duchess.—Fol. 36. Original letter by Thomas Crumbwell (Cromwell) to Dr. Boner, telling him to set out directly, and to cause his ship to be rigg'd and made ready; understands that he has his commission already sealed. If he has not received the Duke of Heist's letter, Mr. Gostwyk shall deliver it to him or to Cavendish.—Draft of a long letter by Bonner and Cavendish to the King (altered to Queen) giving an account of their going to Wirberg, and their interview with the Duke of Heist, 2 Oct. 1535; and drafts of other letters to the King on the same business. At fol. 98 it appears that the Duke was aggrieved that the King did not address him as King of Denmark. In 1536 (see fol. 120) he was recognized as King of Denmark.—Letters of Adam Parry to Bonner.—Original letter by Cavendish.— The papers in this volume are all about 1535 or 1536; they are either original or contemporary copies or drafts. Wirberg was then besieged.
Vol. XLII. This volume contains extracts from Latin histories and other works, regarding the Pope's jurisdiction in England; and from 54 to 82 tho proceedings
before Edw. I. on the right of succession to the throne of Scotland after the death of Alexander 3.
Vol. XLIII. Copies of the letters patent of Henry 8 and Edward 6 to Eton College, and other grants. At fol. 63 is The form and pattern of a chesse board, declaring that the King's exchequer is the most ancient court of record. This is on 9 leaves of vellum of the 16th century.
Vol. XLIV. This volume contains many of Bealo's compositions relative to church matters.
Vol. XLV. Ecclesiastical matters. Extracts in Latiu from decrees of general councils, &c.
Vol. XL VI. Account of the High Court of Parliament; extracts from journals and copies of speeches and arguments there and in the Star Chamber. At p. 140 Beale says that he was then (39 Eliz.) burgess for Bishop's Castle in Shropshire.
Vol. XLVII. Genealogies of Anglo-Saxon, Danish, Anglo-Norman, and Welsh Princes and Kings, and of English Dukes and Earls; in large neat writing of the 16th century.
Vol. XLVIII. Propositions to show tho unfitness of Queen Elizabeth (being a woman) to bear rule; and the Answer thereto. The Answer is by Bichard Bertye, husband to the Lady Catherine, Duchess of Suffolk, against the book of John Knox, 1558.—Fo. 11. Declaration of the right of succession the Queen of Scots had to the Crown of England, with a defence of her honour. (Beale says that this was printed; and was first published in writing at the time of the northern rebellion. —Fo. 72. A treatise of the Queen of Scot's right to the Crown of England, made by Morgan Phillipps, B.D., assisted by Anthony Browne, Kt., one of the Justices of the Common Pleas, 1567. Printed at Liege 1571. (Beale has written in the margin " Mr. John Hales, his hand "). —Fo. 97. A discourse of the troubles that happened in Scotland between the Queen and the King her husband, and certain their nobility: "Written by Lord "Buthvy of Scotland a little before his death, at which "time he protested that all things were true contained "in the same, and that he did leave it in writing that "every man's part might he known that were privy to "the enterprise." (Beale writes underneath " Testi"fled by Mr. Bandolph, who wrote the lines above "). —Fo. 124. De Jure Begni apud Scotos Dialogus. (Georgo Buchanan and Thomas Metellanus are the interlocutors). Fo. 175-182. A Discourse in French (From the commencement and the ending, I recognize it to be the celebrated tract De la Servitude Volontaire, by Etionne de la Boetie, the friend of Montaigne). Fo. 216 to the end is another French tract against Mary of Scotland.
Vol. XLIX. Letter from Thomas, Duke of Norfolk, to Sir John Wallop and Sir Francis Brian, dated Lynn, 25th July. Sends a letter from the King to himself, to be read and returned. Asks them to find out how the King takes the breach of the truce with Scotland; if they find that he firmly sticks to the King, then to advance the same; if he would have the same renewed, then show him that he (Norfolk) has sent two posts with letters to tho King's Highness for the same purpose, whereof he looks to have answer in 8 or 10 days.— Four original letters by Henry 8th to Sir F. Brian and Dr. E. Fox on an Embassy lo the King of France. Minute of the King's letter to Dr. Bennet, 18th November 1532. Instructions to two cardinals for peace between England and France.—Original draft of letter by Benct to the King (partly from Innspruck and partly from Bologna) dated 2nd and 27th May. Tells of his interview with the Emperor on his way to tho Pope from Henry.—Another with P.S. from E. Karne (date of
1530 indorsed). Another from E. Karne to the King from Venice, 1530. Letter from Benet to the Duke of Norfolk, from Bome, 7th Feb. 1532. Letter from Benet to the King, from Bome, 18 Sept. 1530 (8 pp.). Brian and Fox to the King, from St. Quintin, 28 Nov.
1531 (8 pp.). Draft of letter to my Lord of Winchester by the King (17 pp.) about a proposed meeting of the French King and the Emperor which Henry did not like. Instructions to Sir Henry Knyvett by the King about matters to be opened to the Queen of Navarre and afterwards to the Duke of Norfolk. Copy of Henry 8th's letter to his Ambassadors in France, the King of France having offered to mediate between the Kings of England and Scotland. Minutes of two of the King's letters to Fox (and I think Sir F. Brian). Tractatus deprEedationum, in Latin, a propos of a treaty of peace between France and England, 30 Aug. 1525. Treaties of peace in Latin between England and France, 1526-1527. Notes for a Treaty between England and France, 1596. Papers relating to Spain and the Spanish Match, &c, &c.
Vol. L. Cardinal Wokey's Negotiation. It begins with copy of my Lord Legate's letter to the King's orator at Rome, 20 March. The volume is of 345 leaves. Prom a note at 324 b. some, if not all, of the contents are copied from the Cotton MSS.
Vol. LI. Sir Francis Walsingham's negotiations in France. A very thick folio, 17th century, beginning with Instructions for Walsingham from the Queen, 11 Aug. 1570. There are copies of letters to and from Walsingham; the last is from the Earl of Leicester in Sept. 1572.
Vol. LII. This volume is of the 16th century. It contains, amonst other things, The manner of government or policy of the realm of England; by Sir Thomas Smith.—A communication or discourse of the Queen's Highness's marriage.—A discourse of the Commonwealth of the realm of England (more than 50 leaves). The preface begins, Considering the manifest complaint of men touching the decay of this Commonwealth, There is a conversation where the Knight, Merchant, Doctor, Husbandman, and Craftsman take parts. Tracts on Coin.
Vol. Lin, A folio of the 16th century. John Lesley's History of Scotland, and Fordun's Sootichronicon from book xi., Mortuo Alexandra tertio. Ends in 128 6.
Vol. LIV. A volume of the 16th century, containing numerous original documents and copiesof documents relating to Mary Queen of Scots, and to Scotland generally. The Queen of Scot's title confuted. The history and life of James the Sext. (This was edited and printed by Malcolm Laing in 1806.) A treatise to the Queen of England, containing the title to the Crown of England by the Queen of Scots; begins Many manifold and great.—A genealogy of the Kings of Scotland from Robert Bruce. (Lent to Beale by Sir Alexander Haye, 1579).—Po. 173, &c. Letters to the Queen Elizabeth from Sheffield by the Earl of Shrewsbury and Beale and to Mr. Secretary about the Queen of Scots. Copy of Elizabeth's letter to Mary and of Mary's letter to Elizabeth. Original Instructions, 1583 and 1584, for the Earl of Shrewsbury and Beale to deal with the Queen of Scots. About a dozen letters and copies of letters by Mary, seven of which are not in the Prince Labanoff's printed collection. The first is a duplicate signed and sealed, addressed to Mau vissiere, of the letter to Elizabeth, 22 Nov. 1582, Labanoff, 5,319.—A printed broadside, 1595, being a proclamation by James 6th against the Spaniards.— Printed proclamation for a convention of professors of true religion to consult on the imminent dangers and conspiracies of the Papists: At St. Andrews, by Robert Lekprevik MDLXX.—The King of Scots' proclamation concerning Sir Wm. Stewart and Mr. Gray.—A letter from Walsingham to Beale, partly in cypher, 1583.
Vol. LV. A 16th century copy of the Regiam Majestatem.
Vol. LVII. Sir Thomas Darnel's case. Mich. 3 Car. 1. Banco Regis. Arguments and Judgments at length.
Vol. LVIII. H. Elsynge's Manner and form of holding parliaments. (This has been printed.)
Vol. LIX. Notices of proceedings in Parliament. 7 and 8 James 1.
Vol. LX. The case in Parliament of Sir John Eliot and others, and proceedings in the King's Bench.
Vol. LXI. William Lambardo's Archaion, or the High Courts of Justice in England (printed).
Vol. LXTJ. Names of the Chancellors down to Lord Bacon; List of other officers; Treatise on the Court of Chancery. (17th century.)
Vol. LXIII. Reports in the Star Chamber. 1, 2, and 3 Charles 1st. (85 leaves, 17th century.)
Vol. LXIV. A treatise on the Star Chamber. (Upwards of 300 folios, 17th century.)
Vols. LXV. and LXVI. The first contains accounts of parliamentary proceedings from 17th March 1627, and ends with the Remonstrance intended to have been presented to the King. The second volume contains parliamentary proceedings in the reign of Edward 3rd. It contains many extracts from and references to the Close Rolls.
Vol. LXVII. contains reports of Star Chamber cases in 38 & 39 Elizabeth and 17 James 1st.
Vol. LXVIII. This volume contains, inter alia, an address (in upwards of 60 leaves) by George Cary, ambassador to France, to King James. It seems to be about the relations between England and Venice.—The rather rude tract called Tom Tell Troth.—A discourse concerning the Palsgrave's accepting the Crown of Bohemia.—The lady Elizabeth's answer to Sir Thomas Pope sent to her by Queen Mary, concerning marrying with the elect King of Sweden, mado at Hatfield, 26 April 1558 (by Sir T. Pope). Short treatises on war
between Great Britain and Spain (temp. James 1) and two on the same subject by Sir Charles Cornwallis and Sir W. Raleigh. Questions propounded by Queen Mary, and answered by her Council, touching the continuance of a treaty made by Henry 8th with the Emperor and the King of France. Copy of the Bull for Henry 8th's second marriage. The advice of the Lord Gray, Sir Francis Knollys, and Sir J. Norris, and others touching the means fittest to be obtained for defence of the realm.
Vol. LXLX. The first article in this volume is a copy on 11 leaves, of a Latin treatise. It is headed I.H.S. N.R.I. It begins Cum instigante humani generis inimico .... miles quidam nobilis et legum expertissimus exulantes more apud Scotos in suam fidelitatem ad Christianissimum Regem Angliaa H. 6 perseverans, &c. It is a defence of the right of Henry 6th to the Crown of England in opposition to the claim of Edward Earl of March. From the nature, language, and arguments, I think it is the long lost Latin treatise by Sir John Fortescue. It is a neat transcript of the 16th century Castra Regia. This is a
treatise addressed to Queen Elizabeth by Roger Edwards, dated 10 Kal. Jan. 1568; and ho argues against the necessity of providing for the succession to the Crown. (This was printed by the Roxburghe Club.)— Accounts of the rebellion and trial of Robert Earl of Essex. — The Pope's excommunications of Christian princes unlawful. (A note by Beale says that it was made by Dr. Hamond at the request of the Lord Treasurer, before the setting forth of the book called Justitia Britannica.) Copies of the Pope's briefs to the Prince of Wales, 1623.—An apology of the Earl of Essex against those which falsely and maliciously tax him to be the only hindrance to the peace and quiet of the country. (To Mr. Anthony Bacon.) A letter from the Queen to the Justices of the Peace for General Musters (endorsed, May 25,1574) and another to the Lord Deputy of Ireland touching the preparations of Spain.
Vol. LXX. A large collection of papers, temp. Elizabeth, in matters of religion. A brief sum of the Examination of John Penry, by Mr. Vanshawe and Mr. Yonge, and papers and letters by Penry. Certain notes of Dr. Hamond (out of Hamond's autograph R.B.) The History of matters touching the Book of Common Prayer (also from Hamond's autograph). A conference at Lambeth about things to be reformed in the Book of Common Prayer. Copy of Petition of the inhabitants of the parish of South Farnham, in the Co. of Surrey, to the Bishop of Winchester, for spiritual instruction. (Beale's note is that it was exhibited by Sir William Moore. For in the Parliament time, 1583, ho shewed it unto me, subscribed with many hands; but nevertheless the Bishop hath referred nothing.) Petition of the same to the same against their vicar. (Beale adds "no redress.") Papers about John Udall, and a letter sent by him to Sir Walter Raleigh, asking Sir Walter to intercede with the Queen for him, and to get his punishment commuted from death to banishment. Dated from the White Lyon, 22 Feb. 1590. John Hodgkin's arraignment upon the statute of 23 Eliz. 1589 for printing of this Matiname (sic). (It seems that the author was Job Throgmorton of the Co. of Warwick. The confessions of Symon and Tomkins were obtained by racking and great torment.) A project for the increase of the number of preachers, 1575. (Beale adds " out of a book of Mr. Secretary Walsingham.)—The Lords of the Council to the Benchers of the Inns of Court to expel Papists out of Commons, 20 May 1569.—An Act to compel spiritual persons to grant the copies of libels to any person for any cause. (Beale's note is " out of an old printed book, temp. H. 7). —Interrogatories to and answer of Mr. Cartwright.
Vol. LXXI. A large 4to, vellum, 16 century. A.n oration made by the Lord Keeper to the Queen's Majesty in her gallery at Westminster, exhorting her to marriage. Copies of speeches by the Lord Keeper to the Queen, to the Council, and others on various occasions; and other speeches.
Vol. LXXII. The first 14 folios are occupied with tracts for bettering the condition of the Church; thence to fo. 90 are extracts from Hall's Chronicle, and various later chronicles of English History, &c. Then follows Wolsey'sLife, by George Cavendish, and two other papers about Wolsey.—Copies of four or five letters by Henry 8th to Sir F. Brian.—Of the divorce of Henry 8th from Queen Katherine; begins, It is an old true sayd saw, gentle reader, that truth is the daughter of tyme. (8 pp.) The 1st book of the treatise touching the pretended divorce between Henry 8th and Queen Katherine; begins, Foras'much as the matter is incident to the life and doings of Sir Thomas More. The 2nd book begins, We will the