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mentioned in vols. 29, 30, 31. Tho most interesting papers are—

12th January 1768.—Copies of two letters, without any signature. They are written in French, and express fervent hope for the conclusion of an Anglo-ltussian alliance, and a sense cf the services performed by tho writer in bringing about that object. They are apparently written at Copenhagen, probably by M. Saldern, and came under cover from Mr. Woodford, Consul at Hamburgh.

Hamburgh, 17th July 1767. — Mr. Woodford to General Conway. Interview with M. Saldern on the proposed alliance. His statement of the interests of England in the North; how Sweden and Denmark must follow the lead of Russia and England if the latter powers united, that Russia could manage Denmark and England Sweden. Otherwise Russia would have to seize Finland for her own safety. A Northern alliance could counteract any Southern alliance.

19th July.—Plot at Copenhagen to get rid of Bernstorf and Beventlau. How thwarted. Sketch of the leading Danish politicians.

Moscow, 4th July.—Mr. Shirley to General Conway. The Turkish Casus Foederis. M. Panin's explanation of the views of Russia regarding it. Russia desired to be entirely free of the necessity of an Austrian alliance. Intrigue of the King of Prussia against the English interest at St. Petcrsburgh. Idea that was entertained in Germany that the day of the greatness of England was past, and that she must perish under her national debt.

Copy of tho King of Poland's letter to the Empress of Russia. Warsaw, 5th March 1768.

St. Potersburgh, 30th July.—Mr. Shirley to Lord Weymouth. Extraordinary abilities of the Empress. Speculations as to what will happen when the Grand Duke comes of age. Characters of M. Panin, Count Ivan and Count Zacar Czornicheff. Reconciliation of Count Panin with the Orlows. Attempt of Count Rosonowski to get the office of Hotman of the Cossacks made hereditary in his family. Its failure. Influence of the King of Prussia at the Court of St. Petcrsburgh. Affairs of Poland.

(7.) Tapers relating to French and Corsicau affairs. The most interesting are—

From Mr. John Stewart. Description of Calais and its harbour, how far adapted to bo a point of departure for an invasion.

Mr. John Stewart to Lord Weymouth, on the French preparations on the coast of the channel, with a view to immediate hostilities; the nature and consequenco of their intended invasion of Corsica, and tho general state of France .and disposition with regard to England.

14th May.—Sir Horaco Mann to Earl of Shelburnc. Apprehensions of Franco entertained by Paolie.

2nd July.—Earl of Shelburnc to Sir Horace Mann. Opinion of the English Government as to the conduct of France in Corsica. To inform General Paoli of it secretly.

29th" July.—England is sounding the other great European courts as to their proposed lino of policy now that tho intentions of Franco about Corsica have became clear.

Florence, 14th August.—Mr. John Stewart to Lord Shclburne's secretary (?). His journey to Corsica and interview with Paoli. French spies are going about disguised as English and Prussian emissaries. A long and interesting iettcr.

20th August.—The same subjects.

Copy of a mc'moire from the Count do Viry on Corsica.

Six papers, being—

(1.) A letter from Paoli to Sir Horace Mann, 27th August 1768.

(20 Paoli to Sign. Cocchi, 27th August.

(3.) A proclamation to the Corsicans, in Italian (an original).

(4.) A printed edict of the French King to the samo, in Italian and French.

(5.) A similar edict, also printed. (6.) Another edict, in writing.

An original letter of General Paoli to Lord Shelburne, in Italian.

An original lettei of Alderman Beckford to Lord Shelburne on Corsican affairs. 1st October 1768. Fonthill.

Two original letters, in French, describing battles in Corsica.

Copy of a letter of Paoli to Mr. Burnaby. Corte, 20th Juno 1768.

Discourse of tho General of tho Kingdom of Corsica Maxqitt at the opening of tho general consultation of his Nation *pows*e[ in the current year, 1768. Translated copy. —


A box containing 30 letters from Sir John Hort, tho English Consul General at Lisbon, to Lord Shelburne, from 1768 to 1792. Several other papers relating to Portugal and the Brasils.


A box containing miscellaneous papers, almost all copies, relating to France and other Foreign States.

A small quarto volume, containing "L'Etat des "Troupes ct des Etats Majors des Places on France, en "1752."


A. Home and Parliamentary.

Vols. 101-135.

There is nothing of any special interest in these volumes, and no detailed account is consequently given below, except in the case of Vols. 132 and 133.

Vol. 101.

A large oblong folio volume, labelled "Summary "states of the general acco. of the customs and new "impositions, &c, exhibited by His Majesty's Comp"troller General for the years 1740-1749."

Vol. 102.

A large oblong folio volume, in red morocco, lettered "Revenue." It contains tables of the imports and exports to and from England and other countries, alphabetically arranged for the years 1716-1719, 1736-1738, 1744-1745,1751-1752, 1757-1760.

Vol. 103.

An oblong folio volume, containing a general abstract of the stamp duties from 1735 to 1764, with some remarks.

Vol. 104.

A largo oblong folio volume, in red morocco, containing the detailed gross and net produce of the customs annually from Christmas 1710 to Christmas 1780.

Vol. 105.

A large folio volume, containing tho customs establishment of England for thb Christmas quarter ending 5th January 1753.

Vol. 306.

A largo folio volumo, in red morocco, containing a list of the commissioners and officers of His Majesty's customs in England, Wales, and the plantations, with their respective salaries. Midsummer 1782.

Vols. 107 and 108.

Two largo folio volumes, in vellum, containing a list of tho commissioners and officers of His Majesty's customs in England and Wales, with their salaries, for tho Midsummer quarter ending 5th July 1782, and tho Michaolmus quarter ending 10th October 1782.

Vol. 109.

A quarto volume bound in vellum, and containing a list of the officers of the customs and salt duties in Scotland, with an account of their annual salaries as they stood at Michaelmas 1752. An account of the yearlyreceipts and payments to and from the customs, and tho duty on Scotch salt since the Union.

Vol. 110.

A folio volume, containing an account of the exports to and from Spain and England from Christmas 1750 to Christmas 1765, distinguishing tho quantity and valuo of the several commodities exported and imported in each year.

Vol. 111.

A folio volumo, labelled "Trade." It contains miscellaneous papers and statistical tables relating to the trade of Europe, Africa, and America, from 1735 to 1767. With an index.

Vols. 112 and 113.

Two folio volumes, labelled " Imports and Exports." They contain a return of the imports and exports of the chief European countries, showing the balance of trade. Vol. 114.

A folio volume, lettered "English customs revenue "and reform, Isle of Man." Most of the papers it contains are copies. There are some original letters from Sir William Musgrave, Mr. John Motteux, Mr. Chs. Sutnidge, and Attorney General Kenyon.

Vol. 115.

A folio volume, lettered "Scotland, Civil establish"ment, Customs, Excise, and Miscellaneous." It contains papers relating to Scotch affairs from 1770 to 1782. Among them are letters from Robert Gordon, William Milford, John Robinson, Commissioners of customs in Scotland, Lord Chief Baron Montgomery, Geo. Berkeley, Lord William Gordon, the Duke of Gordon, Thos. Mitchell, and D. George Campbell.

Vol. 116.

A small folio volume, labelled "Revenue," and containing an account of the revenue of the Crown, by Mr. Legge, and a notice of the French revenue. It comes down to 1788.

Vol. 117.

A folio volume, labelled " Revenue notes and calcu"lations by Dr. Price." It contains several papers on the subject by Dr. Price.

Vol. 118.

A folio volume, in red morocco, containing a statement of the revenue from excise, from Michaelmas 1662 to Michaelmas 1765.

Vol. 119.

A folio volume, labelled "Excise, Taxes, Post-office, "Stamps, Hackney Coaches, Hawkers and Pedlars." It contains many papers on these subjects from 1781 and 1782, among which are letters from Mr. Brookshanks, J. Pownall, Thos. Thomson, J. Curtois, A. Todd, H. Smith, and R. Tickell.

Vol. 120.

A folio volume, being an abstract of the 1st volume of the Register of all His Majesty's honours, manors, messuages, lands, royalties, woods, mines, &c, within the Burvey of the Court of Exchequer, which have been granted or demised by the Crown from 1688 to Michaelmas 1753.

Vol. 121.

A folio volume, containing a list of the Queen Dowager's jointure lands; and at the end an account of such of His Majesty's lands as are granted in tail male, are held by leases, and are granted for terms expired or near expiring.

Vol. 122.

A thin folio volume, being a report on the present state and an opinion on the futuro disposition of the crown lands in Wales, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, by Arthur Holdsworth and John Call. April 1783.

Vol. 123.

A folio volume, containing miscellaneous papers relative to the King's civil list. ''

Vol. 124.

A folio volume, labelled "Civil List Charges to Jan. "5,1782, with the intended savings, Exchequer Trea"Bury." Most of the papers it contains are copies. There is an index.

Vol. 125.

A folio volume, labelled "Civil List Act in. 1782. "King's Household, Instructions for its better manage"ment. Mr. Gilbert's report." All the papers it contains are copies, except the original drafts of Lord Ashbnrton's bill for abolishing certain offices, and some letters from Sir W. Gordon, the Duke of Manchester, and Thomas Gilbert.

Vol. 126.

A small folio volume, in vellum, being rules, orders, and instructions for the government of the offices of Bis Majesty's works, 1767-1769; warrant for repairs in Hampton Court and Bushey Park, 1773; warrant for repairs in St. James's Park, 1776. Original.

Vol. 127.

A thin folio volume, in calf, containing " Expenses of "His Majesty's household from 1759 to Sept. 1760 paid "in the Cofferer's office." An original.

Vol. 128.

A folio volume, labelled "England." It contains several papers about the forests in England.

Vol. 129.

A folio volume, labelled "Fees and perquisitions of "offices, with a schedule." All the papers are copies.

Vol. 130.

A folio volume, labelled "City of London Papers." It has an index.

Vol. 131.

A folio volume, labelled "Mint and Coinage." Copies of various papers, and original letters from Samuel Garbett, De Neufville, W. A.'Miles, Christopher Orysel, Robt. Howse, junior, Robt. Morris, and P. Davies.

Vol. 132.

A folio volume, labelled "Papers on Corn." It contains communications between various ministers on the rise of prices in 1766, and the consequent riots. There are copies of various petitions for the prohibition of tho exportation of corn. Original letters from the Duke of Grafton, and a note from George III. on the same subject; a French memoiro, and an English paper, entitled Considerations on the high price of provisions, which contains free trade doctrines.

Vol. 133.

Contains papers relating to various events between 1760-70; also two of 1714. Some of them are very interesting.

Extracts from the journal of the House of Lords since the 1 George I., being precedents of motions in that house to "take into consideration the state of the nation."

Copies of the resolutions of the committees of the Houses of Lords and^Commons on the compensation to be given by the colonists to the sufferers in the late riots in America. The House of Lords says the colonists are "to be required," Ac, the House of Commons that "they ought." 24 Feb. 1766.

Copy of the protest of the Houso of Lords against the repeal of the Stamp Act. 17 March 1766.

Copy of the protest of the dissentient peers on the question of privilege, and the publication of seditious libels.

Printed copy of tho Regency Bill of the 24 George II. The voting at the Westminster election on Nov. 22, 1749.

Entry of Lord Shelburne being sworn a Privy Councillor. 20 April 1713. Then follows—

The copy of a letter from Lord Oxford to Queen Anne, followed by a paper entitled a brief account of public affairs, since the 8th August 1670 to this present 8 Juno 1714, to which is added the state of affairs abroad as they relate to this kingdom, with some humble proposals for securing the future tranquillity of Her Majesty's reign and the safety of her kingdom.

A paper relating to a Corsican agent who gives himself out to be a son of the late Baron Neuhoff commonly called Theodore, King of Corsica. He believes Paoli will make no opposition beyond what may obtain advantageous terms for himself.

An account of the Chevalier d'Eon.

Some notes on general warrants.

A letter to the North Briton, without date or signature. Apparently an original, as there are numerous erasures and corrections made at the time apparently of the composition of the letter. There are a few minor corrections of a later date in Lord Shelburne's handwriting. The letter is a violent attack on the Scotch. It is endorsed No. y.

Vol. 154.

A folio volume, labelled "Papers relative to the two "offices of the Secretary of State and Board of Trade." They contain a correspondence on the re-constitution of those two offices, and the establishment of the Colonial office.

Vol. 135.

A brown-paper parcel, containing a report on the revenues of the crown in tho collection of sheriffs in England and Wales, by F. Russell, 15th February 1783.

Russell's supplementary letters to the Treasury, on the subject of constituting a board for the better management of the land revenues of the crown, 16th February 1783.

Plan's- ^a,n of tae Present (1782) and of an improved day Downb. book of the stamp warehouse. A sketch of an Act for — consolidating the various branches of the revenue of the customs.

On the national debt, by John Johnson, 1758.

An account of the clear annual income of the public revenues of the crown, with the certain annual charges thereupon, 1753.

A list of the nominees to the annuities for lives, created in 1745, ditto for 1746, and their annual amount.

Of the manner of exporting goods from tho port of London, 1773. A list of all the officers employed in collecting His Majesty's revenues on salt, 1754.

A certificate and presentment of His*Majesty's officers and others residing within the palaces of Whitehall, and St. James's, and the precincts of the Verge, and also of their houses and tenements, made and rated 10th May 1757. An original.

Extracts, references, opinions, and judgments on oxcise, 1789.

A list of such pensions as have been added by warrants to the establishment, from 1741 to 1748.

An account of the proceedings in the office of Register of the lands of the crown since it was established, 1762.

An account of tho total sums paid for bounties from 1766 to 1781.

Proceedings of the commissioners appointed by the Act for an application for a sum of money granted to His Majesty for making compensation to the Royal African Company, &c, 27th January 1755. ■ Several other papers on the same subject.


Vol. 136.

A folio volume, labelled "Army, War Office, Pay "Office, Ordnance, Estimates, Militia, Home Defence."

It contains drafts, copies, &c, and original reports and letters from Gen. Sir Allan Maclean, Mr. Wilkinson, Sir George Yongc, Gen. Conway, Gen. Pawcett, R. Mackenzie, Lord Grantham, Colonel Barre", Baron Alvensleben, Duke of Richmond, Lord Mahon, Gen. Alex. Mackay, Gen. A. Gordon, Henry Maister, J. Call, Lord North, Sir Charles Grey, B. Johnson, Henry Cruger, B. Pigot, Lord Selkirk, Sir Robert Smyth, Rev. John Wesley, and some anonymous letters.

Voi. 137.

A folio volume, labelled " Navy and Army."

It contains miscellaneous papers, copies, and originals, relative to tho navy and army of England, France, Spain, Russia, &c, from 1753 to 1768, and some notes from Charles Lempriere and I. Burgoyiie. It has an index.

Vol. 138.

A folio volume, labelled "Navy Establishments, "Estimates, Patents, Commissions, Warrants, Admi"ralty and Navy Board Letters." There are no original papers, except a letter from Lord Keppel. It has an index.

Vol. 139.

A folio volume, labelled " Navy, Victualling. Seamen, "' and Marines." All drafts or copies. It has an index.

Vol. 140.

A folio volume, labelled "Navy Debt, Cash, Bills." All drafts or copies; with an index.

Vol. 141.

A folio volume, labelled "Navy Imprests, Ex"penditure." All drafts or copies. It has an index.

Vol. 142.

A folio volume, labelled "List of Shipping, 1770 to "June 1780 and 1783." All copies. There is an index.

Vol. 143.

A folio volume, labelled " Navies of England, France, "Spain, Holland, in October 1783, with comparison." All copies; with an index.

Vol. 144.

A folio volume, labelled "Dock Yard, Artificers and "Stores." All copies; with an index.

Vol. 145.

A folio volume, labelled "Transport Service." All copies; with an index.

Vol. 146. Mu,n,

A folio volume, labelled "Navy Intelligence, In- "wnl "formation, Greyson's Letters 1777 to 1780, and without — "date." Robert Greyson's letters are the only original papers it contains. There is an index.

Vol. 147.

A folio volume, labelled "Contracts." Among the papers it contains there are original letters from James Grenville, Benjamin Smith, Edmund Pery, E. Bell, and others. There is an index.

Vol. 148.

A folio volume, labelled "Muster List, &c. of Sea"men, between 1750 and 1783." There is an index.

Vol. 149.

A folio volume, labelled "Naval Instructions."' Drafts, copies, and printed papers; with an index.

Vol. 150.

A folio volume, labelled "Naval Repertory from "1666 to 1693." It refers to orders from tho House of Lords, the Board of Treasury and Admiralty, <fec.

Vol. 151.

A folio volume, labelled "Naval, 1782, Sir Charles "Middleton, Mr. Greyson, Navy Contracts, Subsisting, "Committee's Report on Mr. C. Atkinson's transaction." It contains many original papers and letters from Sir Charles Middleton, and some letters from Robert Greyson. It has an index.

Vol. 152.

A folio volume, labelled "Projects and proposals "relative to Navy, War and Peace, Revenue and Taxes, "Police, &c." They are all original papers and letters from General Arnold, Judge Buffer, Adair the Recorder of London, Jeremy Bentham, and many others. Further notice of the letter by Bentham is reserved for Div. V. A.

Vol. 153.

A folio volumo, labelled "Secret Admiralty Book "in 1758—1760."

It contains copies of 65 letters from Mr. Pitt to the Lords of the Admiralty, Board of Ordnance, and Secretary at War, from 31st December 1757 to 21st July 1760.

Vol. 154.

A brown-paper parcel, containing :—

A. —Miscellaneous naval papers, and some original lettors from Robert Greyson, Montague Burgoync, James Pierson, and Major Thos. Wood, 1786, 1789.

B. —A sketch of the present mode of victualling the navy. Thoughts on the interest and discount to be paid on victualling bills in 1751. Estimates of the advantages, if such interest had arisen from an agreement.

C. —Three books of Richard Oswald's remarks on his contracts for supplying the British and allied army in Germany in 1763.

D. —Supplies to the navy, ordnance, British forces and foreign troops in Africa and America, from 1748 to 1789.

E. —Three volumes of answers from counties and towns in England, Wales, and Scotland, to the plan for augmenting the domestic force of the nation, 1782.

P.—J. Dalley's account (Oct. 7, 1782) of the tonnage of British and Foreign ships which have entered inwards and cleared outwards at each port of England, &c, in 1709, 1716, 17^3, 1730, 1737, 1744, 1751, 1758, 1765, 1772, and 1779.

Vol. 155.

A brown-paper parcel, containing :—

A. —Contract between the commissioners of the navy and W. Barnard, of Deptford, for building a third-rate ship of war to carry 74 carriage guns, 31st December 1781. Printed.

B. —Do. to build the "Hector," which was launched in 1774, a third-rate ship to carry 74 guns, 18th February 1771.

C. —Estimate of tho rebuilding and repairs of the ships of war, &c, for the year 1739.

D. —Army accompts, Anno 1700. 'Miscellaneous papers on the subject.

E. —A small folio, labelled "Sided Contract, Navy "Office, 1st Oct. 1773."

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Before concluding this report and taking leave of these MSS. till the Report of next year, I may perhaps be allowed to make a few brief observations on their character, so far as I have as yet examined them. It may be observed generally that the vols. 1-42 contain a very complete set of State Papers relating to foreign politics from 1754 to 1769, and that the large collection of documents relating to trade and commerce in this division and in Division IV. A.B., show the importance attached to these subjocts by the Earl of Shelburne, a fact otherwise witnessed to by the evidence of contemporary writers. Vols. 9, 10, 11, contain a complete account of the secret negociations which preceded the peace of 1763. The statements of Mr. Adolphus, alluded to at p. 131, are thereby confirmed. Vol. 38 is interesting for many reasons, but more especially for the correspondence between Guerchy and Choiseul. Vols. 29, 30, 31, 40 contain very full information as to the politics of the Northern Courts of Europe and Lord Chatham's schemes for a Great Northern alliance. Vol. 37 is a full account of the operations against Belleisle, and may be of interest to military writers.

The continuation of this report will, as stated above, appear in the next Report of the Historical MSS. Commissioners. I hope in any case to bring it down as far as the end of Division II. and of the Correspondence. These two heads contain the most important portions of the MSS. now under review, since they relate to the war and the peace with America. Mr. Bancroft, as stated by him in the preface to his History of the United States, has been given free access to this collection; but his work, which is now in process of completion, has not as yet reached so far as 1783. Sir Cornewall Lewis also, when writing his " Ad"ministrations of England in the 18th Century," made nse of some of these papers, as mentioned in the notes to that work; while the most important portions of Mr. Oswald's letters have been printed by Mr. Sparks in the notes to Franklin's Correspondence. As, however, these MSS. are very numerous, I am not altogether without hope of finding some fresh information even on those topics which are the subject of the above-mentioned books.

Edmokd Fitzmaurice.

Tbte Manuscripts Op The Most Honourable Tite Marquis Op Salisbury, At Hatfield House.

The Cecil MSS. liiQns The collection of MSS. in the possession of the Kit* Marquis of Salisbury at Hatfield House is, perhaps, —' the bargest, certainly the most valuable, of any private "collection in this kingdom. It consists partly of an«ient vellum MSS. of early date, partly of correspondence commencing with the reign of Henry VIII. and ending with that of Charles II. But the great bulk of the collection refers to the reigns of Elizabeth and James I. The royal letters alone, during the lives of these two sovereigns, are so numerous and so important as to exceed by far any other similar series: and during these periods there is scarcely a personage of any eminence in the Church or in the State who has not contributed to these treasures. In this respect the Cecil Papers rise to the rank of national importance, and the loss of them would be an irreparable injury to English history and biography, during the most brilliant and stirring period of our annals. How much 'hey have already contributed to the elucidation of great even-ts in the times of the last of the Tudors and the first of the Stuart princes is known to all who have studied the history of this country with any degree of care The valuable collections of Haynes and Murdin, which still remain as the most important contributions we p»ossess towards the original materials for the reigns of E dward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth, were taken exclusively from the Salisbury Papers. How much Lodge, how much Birch in his Letters and Works of Lord Bacon, how much in later times the editors of the Camden Society, and the authors of the lives of Raleigh and other Elizabethan worthies, have been indebted for their most valuable information to the same sources, may be seen by reference to their pages. In fact, it would be

quite impossible for the history of the Reformation, and Maequis the changes consequent upon the accession of the Stuarts, Buk"8" or for the great religious and political questions of those — times, or the conduct of those who were engaged iu them, to be fully understood, without the assistance of these papers. A tolerable fair guess may be made how minute, varied, and interesting that information is from the necessarily jejune list of names and dates here subjoined.

The collection consists at present of papers bound in 310 stout volumes, and of others not yet bound, which it is calculated would fill 20 volumes more, allowing for 150 to 200 documents to each volume. They are not yet arranged throughout in chronological order. A catalogue of one portion of them, made in 1834 by Mr. Stewart, the bookseller, was copied and deposited in the National Record Office for the Record Commission. It was not suspected until I visited Hatfield that this catalogue was incomplete; and it was generally supposed that Mr. Stewart had furnished the Record Commissioners with a complete list of the Hatfield Papers. On a subsequent search fresh letters and papers, now bound in 58 large volumes, were discovered, during the life of the late Marquis, many of them of the greatest interest and value; and scarcely less important than those in Mr. Stewart's catalogue. In the year 1868 the present Marquis instituted a further search, which resulted in adding to his collection a number of letters relating to Queen Elizabeth's history before her accession—to the intrigues connected with Mary of Scotland—and to the Gunpowder Plot. Among them also was found one of the casket letters of Mary Queen of Scots, of which the Hatfield collection now possesses two. This last discovery must be considered very important, for though this letter is evidently part of the series already known, and is numbered by Lord Burleigh in his peculiar way, the handwriting of it differs from the rest, and the French, in which it is written, has undergone numerous corrections. All these papers lately brought to light had, through the great and unfailing courtesy of the present Lord Salisbury, been examined by me with some attention, even before I was employed by the Historical Commission to report upon them. I had also examined with some minuteness the entire collection, which Lord Salisbury generously threw open to my inspection without the least reserve;—a kindness for which I cannot sufficiently express my acknowledgments.

In attempting to prepare this report numerous difficulties presented themselves. The collection is so large and the papers so important that I was at a great loss how to begin and where to end. No mere selection of the more interesting documents, and no general description, where all was so minute and interesting, seemed to me adequate to meet the requirements of the case, or likely to satisfy the justifiable curiosity of those, to whom this collection of MSS. is naturally a subject of very great interest. Dividing, therefore, the whole into two parts, i.e. the reigns of Elizabeth and James I., I had to determine which of the two I should first grapple with; and though I have inverted the chronological order in so doing, I have given tho preference to that of James I.; because as the late accessions to this part of the collection were moro numerous (as it seemed to me) and more important, so they wore also less known ; and chiefly because the works of Haynes and Murdin, taken exclusively from the earlier portion, seemed to me in in some measuro sufficient to enable all readers to form a judgment of tho rest.

In preparing the following list, which contains all the correspondence now existing in Hatfield House relative to the important reign of James I., my progress was necessarily impeded by the want of chronological order in a collection of papers, which had by successive discoveries reached its present state. Besides, in examining that portion of it of which a report had been furnished many years ago, I found numerous omissions I had not suspected. I was, therefore,compelled to proceed tie novo; to recollate all that had been previously done, and arrange tho whole series in one uniform clironological order; not indeed altering the place or position of the papers in the volumes where they now stand, but leaving them as before. The present list may be considered as presenting an exact index of all the papers relating to the reign of James I. And they can now easily be referred to without the necessity of re-arrangement. In this work I have been greatly assisted by Mr. Gunton, his Lordship's secretary and librarian, who is now engaged in preparing a complete catalogue of the whole collection, upon the same plan as that adopted in the Calendars of State Papers, published under the superinten

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Countess Op Southampton To Earl Of Southampton.

My dear lorde and only Joye of my life, I bechichyou love me ever, and be pleasd to knoe, that my La: Biche wil nides have me send you word howe importunat my Lo: Biche is with hir to come to London, fearing he shale lose most of his lande which my Lo: Chamberlan hopes to recover, but he thinkes if she wer heare [in] London she wolde make means to have the swet [suit] not presed tel hir brother's coming home, which elce he fears wil goe on to his loues befor that time ; therefor goe to him nides she must. She is, she teles me, very loth to leave me hearo alone, and most desirus, I thanke her, to have me with hir in Essex tel your rctorne unto me, and teles me she hath writen both to you and hir brother that it may be so. For my selfe I protest unto you that that your wil is,"ether in this or any theng elce, shale be most plesing to me, and my minde is alike to all plasis in this il time to mo of your abBenc from me, being at quiat in no plase. I pray you resolve what you wil have me do, and send me worde of it. If you wil have me goe with hir, she desirs


that you wil write a letter to my lorde Biche, that I may do so, and she hath sent to hir brother to do the like, for she ses she knoes his [h]oumer so wel as he wil not be pleasde unles that corse be taken. She wil be gon befor Bartolmy daye, therefor before that time let me I pra you knoe your pleasur what I shale do, which no earthly power shal make me disobaye; & what you dislike in this letter I bechich you lay not to my charge, for I protest unto you I was most unwiling to give you case of trobel with thinking of any such matter for me in your absenc, but that she infinitly desird me to do it; k this lastly protesting unto you againe, that wher you like best I shuld be, that plas shal be most pleasing to me, and all others to be in most hatful to me, I end never ending to praye to God to kepe you ever from all dangers parfitly wel andsone to bring you to me, whoe wil encLusly be your faithful and obedient wife,

E. Southampton.

Chartly the 8th of July.

All the nues I can send you that I thinke wil mako you mery is that I reade in a letter from London that Sir John Falstaf is by his MTM Dame Pintpot made father of a godly milers thum, a boye thats all heade and veri litel body; but this is a secrit.

Addressed: To my dearly loved husband the Earle of Southampton.

Endorsed: The La: Southampton to her lord.

[Letter from an unknown correspondent touching the Gunpowder Plot.]

Who so ovar finds this box of letars let him cary hit to the king's magesty; my mastar litel thinks I knows of this, but yn rydinge wth him that browt the letarto my mastar to a katholyk gentlemans hows anward of his way ynto lin konsher (Lincolnshire), he told me al his purpos, and what he ment to do; and he beinge a prest absolved me and mad me swar nevar to revel hit to ane man. I confes myself a katholyk, and do hate the protystans relygon with my hart, and yit I detest to consent ethar to murdar or treson. I have blotyd out sartyn nams yn the letars becas I wold not have ethar my mastar or ane of his frends trobyl aboute this j for by his menes I was mad agoud katholyk, and I wod to God the king war a good katholyk; that ys all tha harm I wish him; and let him tak hed what petysons or suplycasons he taks of ane man; and I hop this box wil be found by som that wil giv hit to the king, hyt may do him good one day. I men not to com to my mastar any mor, but wil return unto my contry from whens I cam. Aa for my nam and contri I consel that; and God mak the king a goud katholyk; and let Ber Bobart Sesil, an my lord Cohef Gustyse lok to them selvse.

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1603. January. Jan. 14. Sir Griffin Markham to Cecil.

17. J. do Cardenas to the


18. W. Udall to tho King.

22. Same to the Bishop of Bristol. February. Feb. 24. Earl of Mar to Cecil. March.

Mar. 24. Sir E. Hoby to the same.

25. Sir W. Bowes to the


26. Same to' the Privy

Council. „ The King to Sir Jo. Lindsey.

,, Sir G. Carew to Cecil.

27. Sec. Herbert to the same. „ Ld. Burleigh to tho same. „ Lesieur to the same.

[Sir B. Mansell] to the same.

,, Chief Justice Popham to

the same. ,, The King to the same. ,, Same to the same. ,, Sir G. Carew to the same. „ Sir E. Seymour to the


,, Sir H. Leo to the same.
„ The King to the Privy

James I.—cord.
Mar. 27. Commrs. at Bremen to the

28. Sir E. Hoby to Cecil.

,, Lord Cobham to the same.

29. Dr. D. Dun to the same.
„ Ld. Cobham to the same.
,, Ld. Hume to the same.

,, The King to John Dalston.

30. Sir H. Wallop to Cecil.

,, Sir G. St. Pol to the same.
,, Lord Zouch to the same.
,, Ld. Mordaunt to the same.
,, Ld. Burleigh to the same.
,, Mayor of* Chester to the

,, Sir W. Fitzwilliam to the

,, Dr. Chippingdaile to the

31. Bishop of Chester to the


,, Capt. Jackson to the same.
,, Mr. Tusser to tho same.
,, D. Foulis to the same.
,, Jo. Dalston to the same.
,, Sir Jo. Feme to the same.
,, E. of Bath to the same.


April 1. Capt. T. Dale to the Bame.
,, Bancroft, Bp. of London,

to the same.
,, Sir B. Molyneux to the


,, The King to the same.
,, Sir Ja. Elphinston to the

1603. James I.—cont. April 1. M. Begnault to the same. ,, Jo. Peyton to .

2. Dr. Duport to Cecil.

,, Sir N. Parker to the same.

3. Sir Jo. Carey to the same.

4. Sir Th. Lake to the same. „ Lord Burghley to the


5. liOrd Mountjoy to the


,, Mayor of Plymouth to

the same.
Sir Th. Fane to the same.
,, Ld. Burleigh to the same.
,, Ld. Fyvie to the same.
,, Commrs. for Passengers

to the same.
„ The King to .

6. Ld. Ch. Just. Popham to


,, Sir E. Coke to the same.
„ F. Clerk to Sir G. Mark-

7. Ld. Burleigh to Cecil.

„ Mathews, Bp. of Durham,
to the same.
T. Smythe to the same.
Ld. Eure to the same.
Lady F. Chandos to the

E. of Montrose to the same.
Privy Council to the

Master of Gray to ■

W. Brewster to Cecil.
Bo. Wingfield to the same.


9. 10.

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