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Dm or Sir John Perrot. In your letter of the 25th September 'isi '.vrl" concerning the woad business, you say that so long as — ' you find me willing to continue my courso you will not give over to adventure as a partner with me and the rest. I would bo loath that my folly in continuing tho matter of this woad should causo loss as it is like to your Lordship. I have been moved by the partners of Androwes to offer to reemburse you the money paid, wherein I would be glad to know your disposition. Where you write that Androwes has laid out in all 2744/. and but GO acres of woad for the same, you should do well to appoint Manwaring to take his accompts. Touching Williams you shall do well not to suffer him to depart that realm without making of an aceompt, and where Androwes demands high allowances, it is convenient the same be in reasonable sort qualified. For the great matter of the Scottish Queen, you may understand that our Parliament being called only thereabout after five weeks sitting it was adjourned yesterday to the 15th February. All that has been done in it all this time has been only and first the opening of that Queen's late dangerous practices against Her Majesty and tho proceeding against her by a Statute for the same according to the late Statute of 27. Afterwards both Houses concurred with full consent in a petition to Her Majesty that so perilous a person as that Scottish Queen is might be executed; wherounto Her Majesty answering both Houses that it agreed not well with her nature to take away the life of that Queen, required them to consult and find if they could some other way than death for the punishment and restraint of that Queen in such sort as she might not be dangerous to this state ; whereupon after long consultation between both Houses they agreed all in one resolute opinion, that the cause of religion, the safety of Her Majesty's person and the quiet state of this realm and other Her Majesty's dominions could not stand with tho life of an offender of such quality and condition as that Scottish Queen is; and therefore they all insisted still upon their former petition for the putting of that Queen to death. Hereupon Her Majesty intends out of hand by proclamation under the Great Seal to publish the sentence given by the Lords of that Queen's guiltiness, and shortly after as is hoped her execution to follow, and thus I commend your Lordship heartily to God. [14 p.]

1587, Juno 20.—Inquisition post mortem of John Legerd, late of the city of London, haberdasher. Aficr stating their finding of what he died seised, tho jurors further find that John Legerd died or. the 21st of April last, and that John Legerd, his son and next heir, was eleven years and three months old. [21 pp.]

1587, July 2. Dublin. — Copy letter by Sir John Perrot, Lord Deputy of Ireland, to tho Council in England, about Sir .Richard Bingham's complaints of him and other matters. Asks for recall. [3J pp.]

1587, Dec. 15.—Account of dues payable to tho Lord Deputy of Ireland, in co. West Meatb. [1^ p.]

1587, Dec. 17.—Account of dues payable to tho Lord Deputy of Ireland, in co. Kildare. [31 pp.] 1587, Dec. 17.—Similar return for co. Dublin. [3 pp.] 1587, Dec. 17.— Similar return for East Mcath. [3ipp.] 1587, Doc. 17.—Similar return for co. Louth. [14 p.] 1587, Dec. 19.—Account of dues payable to tho Lord Deputy of Ireland in co. Kildare. [1 p.] 1587, Dec. 19.—Similar return for co. Dublin. [2J pp.] 1587, Dec. 19.—Similar return for co. Louth. [4 p.] 1587, Dec. 19.—Similar return for co. East Meath.

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1587, Dec. 19 or 20.—Similar return for co. Wcs Meath. [ip.l

1587, Dec. 24.—Note of the state of George Beacon's aceompt, whereby it appears what he owes to Sir John Perrot, Lord Deputy of Ireland. [34 pp.]

[1587?].—Copy of notes by Sir John Perrot, Lord Deputy of Ireland, of the points wherein he finds himself grieved with Sir Richard Bingham. [3 pp.]

[Probably enclosure in a letter to Sir Francis Walsingham.]

[1587 ?1.—Same as the" preceding. [2J pp.] [1517?]. — Note of charges against Sir Richard Bingham, relative to his doings in Ireland, specifying numerous acts of cruelty and extortion committed by him in his government of Connaught. [1 J- p.]

[1587 ?].—Articles setting forth the demands made by Sir Richard Bingham for extraordinary allowances as Lord President of Munster with answers in the margin by Sir John Perrot, Lord Deputy of Ireland, followed by additional explanations by Sir Richard Bingham. [34 pp.]

[1587 ?].—Copy of the preceding articles.

[1587 ?j.—Note of the entertainment of the Chief

Commissioner of Connaught [Sir Richard Bingham] Ttrxji nr according to the new establishment, as also what he has ^2jl"j'm"

had by concordatum and otherwise by the Lord Deputy's'

means, with alterations by Sir John Perrot. [2| pp.]

[1587 ?].—Similar to the preceding, but varying in a few minor particulars. [2J pp.]

[1587 ?].—Apparently the original draft from which the above notes were compiled with many marginal notes and alterations by Sir John Perrot. [Sec abovo 1586, Sept. 6. 1 p.]

1587.—Note of tho composition monoy due by the inhabitants of the English Pale in Ireland from 1579 to 1586, both inclusive ; as also the several amounts in each year paid in to Sir Edward Fitton and Sir Henry Wallop and the sums remaining in arrear. Total of arrears, 746H. 5s. lit/. [Broad sheet.]

[1587?].—Note by [Sir John Perrot ?] touching the composition with the inhabitants of the province of Connaught, Ireland, in lion of cess :—States what Sir Nicolas Mai by did upon his entry into the government of Connaught. Alludes to the composition which ho himself made, and what tho Lords agreed to take.

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VOL. IV.

Examinations Taken In A Suit For Tithes Ok Lands Br Sir Henry Woddrington.

VOL. V. 4th Jan. 1588 To Aug. 1599. 1587-8.—Several notes of money duo to the Lord Deputy of Ireland, Sir John Perrot, in various counties of Ireland.

1588, May 2.—Articles entitled " Reasons to persuade "that the Judge of the Admiralty is fit to be a Master "of Requests." [2 pp.]

1588, Oct. 23. St. James'.—Queen Elizabeth to Lord Charles Howard, Lord High Admiral. Whereas we have committed certain our special service to be done at sea to Sir John Norris and Sir Francis Drake, our pleasure is that you give order to the officers of the Admiralty for the delivery to either of them of these ships named the Revonge, Nonpareil, Dreadnought, Swiftsure, Foresight, and Aid, with their ordinary rigging and furniture, for which this shall be your sufficient warrant. [Copy. 1 p.]

1588, —Observations by Sir Walter Mildmay on the nature and character of the causes used to be heard and adjudged in the Court of Star Chamber. [2£ p.]

1589, Doc. 18. — Sir Roger Manwood to Sir John

Perrot To the intent that you and your son

might certainly know whether he be in the right way or not, my desire is that 1 may speak, some day at Sergeant's Inn, a few words with one or two of bis Counsel of best learning and judgment, and afterwards let tliem give your son that counsel which they themselves would follow if they were in his estate.

1589-90, Feb. 1.—Note of money due to Sir John Perrot from the Queen us well for his service sis Lord Deputy in Ireland as for money lent to the Treasurer there in time of need to supply growing charges. Total 1,981/. 2«. 7Jd. whereof already received 1,1292. los. 4tZ., leaving 8511. 7a-. 3}d. remaining due. [1 P-]

1590, April 9. Greenwich.— 'Warrant of Queen Elizabeth to Sir William FittWilliams, Lord Deputy of Ireland, and to Archbishop (Lol'tus) of Dublin as Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and their successors, on a matter arising out of the distribution of the attainted lands in Munster, among the undertakers, namely the allotment of the barony of Aughmean and tho. lordship of Cappoquin with other parcels in the country of the Dccies in co. Waterford, to Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor of England, whereunto a continual claim is modo by Garrett Fitz-James Fitz-Garrett, heir male to tho Viscount of Decies. She directs them to take surrender and assuranco from the said Garrett and all feoffees seised of any estate therein to her use, that th>: same may be regranted from her to Sir Christopher Hatton as also a surrender of the said barony of Comragh and other lands of Garrett not found by office, in order that they may be regranted to him and his heirs. Inrollod on the Patent Rolls of the Chancery of Ireland, 32 Eliz. Copy. [2* pp.]

1590, May 2. Westminster.—Commission of Queen Elizabeth to Sir John Hawkins, authorising him to press and take up men for her service to the furnishing of such ships as are committed to his charge, viz., tho Mary Rose, Hope, Nonpareil, Rainbow, Swiftsure, and

Nobthum Foresight, in any place upon the coasts of England and BKkLAXM. Ireland any mariners, soldiers, Ac. Provided that Sir -— John and those who accompany him in the voyago, shall not willingly attempt anything that may give just cause of offence to such princes as are in good amity and league with England. [Copy. 1J p.]

1590, —Several accounts by Edward Mannering of money received and expended by him in the service [of Sir John Perrot] in various journeys.

1591, April 2. At the Court.—William Lord Burleigh (and Sir John Fortescue ?) to the officers of the Customs of the ports of Exeter, Dartmouth, and Pool, and the members of the same.—The merchants of Exeter and the counties of Devon, Somerset, and Dorset, have informed that whereas by the book of rates for customes and subsidies of merchandise made by the late Queen Mary under the Great Seal and remaining in the Exchequer, it was ordained that for every short cloth shipped by an Englishman whereof four might be made out of a sack of wool, which answered for custome 40s., there should bo paid for custome 6s. 8<i., and so after that rate for all other cloths; which custome was observed until Michaelmas last when the allowance was reduced in accordance with a printed book of rates as they suppose, but for which latter I cannot as yet find that they were made by authority,—I do think it best that these accustomed allowances be continued in these ports, as they were before the lease of customs made to Sir F. Walsyngham until better cause may be shown for alteration. Therefore I require you to ascertain what the said allowances were and to continue the like to the merchants. Provided that if the merchants shall cause the clothes to be made of greater lengths than usual or shall demand allowances of more of them to a short cloth than shall amount to the just weight of the short cloth above mentioned that then you forbear to give allowance thereof and forthwith certify me of the names of the offenders therein. [Copy. 2 pp.]

1591-2, Jan. 20. Westminster. — Proclamation by Queen Elizabeth for the reformation of sundry abuses in the making of cloths called Devonshire kersies or Dozens, whereby the statutes made in Queen Mary's time, regulating the weight, length, and breadth thereof, may be duely observed hereafter. Printed by the Deputies of Christopher Barker at London. [One long strip of paper.]

1592, June 27. Dublin Castle.—Decree made by .the Lord Deputy of Ireland, Sir William Fitz-Williams, the Councill and Grand Councill, appointing that the yearly composition of 1,5002. in lieu of cess originally fixed by Letters from the Council in England of the last of April 1583, but abated under the government of Sir John Perrot, as the proportion payable by the five counties constituting the English Pale, should be again imposed in the proportions following; viz., Dublin to contribute 2502., Kildare, 250L, Louth, 2,5002., West Mcath, 2502., and Meath, 5002., in order to relieve the out counties which have recently been overcharged. [Copy. 4 pp.]

1594, July 1.—Note of the silver plate belonging to the 9th Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy.

1595. —Note of the goods and debts appertaining to John Dent, late of London, deceased, which were placed under embargo in Spain and Portugal at the breach of the last peace with Spain in 1595. [1 p.]

1595-6, Jan. 29. Hexham. — Ralph Lord Eure to Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland. At my first entry on Tuesday before New Year's day, tho Burnes, Younges, and Mowes, with 27 mounted Scots, came to your town of Rugley near Alnwick, and despoiled your tenants of 40 cattle and 4 horses. They continued in the town two hours, and although the fray came to Alnwick town and the common bell was rung yet none rose to the aid of the poor tenants, though 30 horses were that night in the stable of Sir John Forster, as Mr. Fenwick your Lordship's constable saith, besides two bands of foot from Berwick in the town. Another of your tenants was saved from death and spoil by the Burnes, whereupon the Younges quarrelled with the rest, yet in all that space no aid came. The Saturday after New Year's day the Younges, not satisfied with their former feat, camo again with 25 horse and spoiled the whole town, save one Salkeld a relative of Sir John Forster, but though the country rose the track could not be found this time, and so the cattle went their way. I beseech you acquaint tho Lords herewith, and lot it not be kept from the Queen, for if your Lordship seek not according to Her Majesty's laws to get remedy, the country will not rise neither for your Lordship's tenants nor for the Queen's. Your Lordship may easily judge

the cause of your tenants' spoil, and I assuro yon Mr. Idckk Fenwick tells me that among all your tenants he cannot Nokthi shew 12 able horses, so pitiful is their estate, and stand BBELJ! in need of your present help. Lamenting the general misery Northumberland is fallen into, and is like to continue without Her Majesty's aid and assistance. [IP]

1595-6, Feb. 19. London.—Robert Devrcux, Earl of Essex, to Mr. Justice Beamont. 1 understand by my servant Meirycke of your willing disposition to favour Thomas Percy [William Percy PJ, a near kinsman of my brother of Northumberland, who is in trouble for some offence imputed to him, I pray you to continue the same that thereby his life may not be in hazard; he is a gentleman, well descended, and of good parts, very hable to do his country good service. You shall do a thing very acceptable to us both and not disagreeable to equity which we will on all occasions deserve of you. P.S. In the Earl's own hand. I pray you good cousin have special regard of this my request. [Copy. } p.]

Dorso in a modern hand. "Concerning Thomas Percy "(who it should seem, was afterwards concerned in "the Gunpowder conspiracy), and had been engaged "now in some action that had brought him in danger "of capital punishment." [N.B. Thomas Percy mentioned in this letter is probably a mistake of the copyist for William Percj', a brother of the Earl of Northumberland, who inflicted a serious wound on a gentleman named Henry Dennye, who died the following month. See 30th March, 1595.]

1595-6, Feb. 21. From the Court at Richmond.— The Lords of the Council to the Justices of Peace for co. Sussex, requiring a return of what quantity of corn has been transported from any port or creek in Sussex since Michaelmas last, by whom, from what port or creek to what place, and by what warrant'; likewise what corn above 40 quarters since that time has been bought up and engrossed by any one person within that shire, by whom, of whom, at what price, to what end, by what warrant, and what has become of the same; lastly, what quantity of pieces of iron ordnance have been shipped out of that shire either overtly or secretly, by whom, from what port, to what place, of what weight, and by what warrant. [2 pp.]

1595-6, Feb. 24. At the Court.—Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst, to Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland. If the Earl will not join with the rest of the justices in the searching out of the abuses mentioned in the last letter, asks him to send such informations to the justices as have been brought to his knowledge touching these abuses, in order that they may be stopped and the offenders punished. [1| p.]

1596, March 29.—Examination of John Peck, barbersurgeon, of St. Antlyns, in London, taken before Jon Chakhill, coroner for Middlesex, concerning the death of Henry Dennye, gent. On the 26th Feb. 1595-6, this examinant being then warden of the Company of Surgeons, was sent for with Mr. Gale, the master of tho same company (no surgeon being allowed to undertake any cure where there is any danger of death or maim without the sight and understanding of the master and wardens or some of them), to see one Mr. Dennye, gentleman, who had been hurt in the fields by William Percy, Esq., brother to the Earl of Northumberland, and finding the wound to be a prick under the chin two inches deep, and of easy cure, they left it to the skill of Mr. Thornie, a surgeon who had undertaken the cure, the said Mr. Dennie being more doubtful of Mr. Percy's health than of his own danger. About 20 days after, this examinant was again sent for with Mr. Fenton, a man very skilful in his science, to see Mr. Dennye who had been sick for the space of a fortnight or three weeks of a burning ague, and at that time was very ill and senseless, and was doubtful lest his wound had not been perfectly cured for that he was so heavy in his head, and asked that they would make probation whether the wound were cured: finding that it was cured, his physician treated him for inflammation of the brain, but he shortly after died, and upon a post-mortem examination they found a collection of humours on the brain, which this examinant believes to have been the cause of his death. [2 pp.]

1596, March 30.—Examination of Thomas Thornie, citizen and barber-surgeon, of London, to the same effect as the preceding. [If p.]

1596, March 30.—Inquisition taken at a coroner's inquest, held in the parish of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, before Jon Chalkhill, coroner for Middlesex, 22 March 1595-6, upon view of the body of Henry Dennye. The jury find that being lately recovered of a wound received in the fields by William Percy, Esq., and then falling 3 or sick of an ague, after 20 days he became senseless by reason of the same sickness, and by the visitation of _ God died 19 March 1595-6. [1 p.]

1596, May 29. Greenwich.—Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth concerning the true and lawful winding of wools. [2 printed pages.]

1599, Aug. 17.—Muster roll for the rape of Bramber, co. Sussex, certifying the names of the persons charged with furnishing lances, light-horse and carbines, who put in appearances. [1 p.]

1599, [Aug. 17].—The like for the rape of Hastings, co. Snssex. [1 p.]

1599, Aug. 17.—Muster roll for co. Essex, certifying the names of the persons charged with furnishing lances, and the names of the riders, viewed at London. Total 45 lances, besides the officers belonging to the band. [Long strip of paper J

[1599, Aug. 17.]—Similar to the preceding. [Broad sheet.]

1599, Aug. 18. London.—Letter of authorisation to George Gill, Captain of the Horse, in co. Herts, to return home with his troop, but to keep them in such readiness as upon one day's warning he may be here [in London] to be employed for her Majesty's service as shall bo thought fit. [Draft. 4 p.]

1599, Aug. . Essex House.—Several orders by Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, to William Meredith, Vice-Treasurer of Her Majesty's forces lately erected, to deliver to various captains (named) Her Majesty's prest for certain soldiers and attendants.

1599, Aug. 20.—Muster roll of the names of the owners and of the riders of the volunteer lances and light horse, as also of trained horse, within the division of Sir Philip Parker and Sir Anthony Wingfield, co. Suffolk, and under the charge of George Brooke, commander both of the ordinary and volunteer cavalry for that division. Total volunteer horse, 36; trained, 73. Dorso. Warrant for pay given the 22 of August. [3 pp.]

1599, Aug. 22. Barbecon.—Several pass warrants not filled up for captains, in this form.—The companies hereabout are many, the town pestered, and your placo of abode not far hence, you are therefore to depart home, where your charge of horse with the owners may be better kept, but to take such order that upon ono day's notice you may be hero with your company.

[1599, Aug. 22.]—List of the names of such captains as have pass for the country.

1599.—Several muster rolls of tho names of persons charged with the furnishing of various troops in Suffolk, Snssex, and Surrey and several other counties.

[1599, Aug.].—Note of the number of soldiers, foot and horse, to be supplied by the several counties named to tho army at London, with the places of their rendezvous: total, foot 17,000, horse 1,280. For tho army of Kent, to be furnished by Kent and Sussex: total, foot 10,000, horse 680. Mem. That letters bo written to provide for the quartering and supply of victuals for these numbers. [1£ p.]

VOL. VI.

1572 To 1590.

1591-2, January.—This volume contains various illustrative documents relating to the trial of Sir John Perrot, Lord Deputy of Ireland, in 1591 and 1592. Comprising the defence prepared by Sir John Perrot, with copies of several letters of and to the Queen and Council, and a series of papers originally arranged in bundles distinguished by the letters B, C. Besides numerous other papers of a cognate character, chiefly relating to tho character of the informer, Sir Dennis O'Roughan, priost, and Henry Byrde, who are shewn to have forged the Lord Deputy's signature, and to be in other ways unworthy of credit. The Calendar continues therefore to distinguish these papers in tho same way, indicating also those which at tho present time are missing. Several of these papers appear to be identical with those mentioned in "A note of certain writings "required by Sir John Perrot," being a list of papers which, by the Queen's command, he delivered to the Lord Admiral and Lord Buckhurst, or left at the Lord Chancellor's when he was examined, or at the Lord Treasurer's when committed to the Tower. See Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Eliz. Vol. CCXLI. 15.

Vol. vn.

23 Feb. 1600 To 1607.

1599-1600, Feb. 23.—Inventory extracted from the accompts of tho vear ended 22 Feb. 1599-1600, of all

such provisions for tho household uso of the Earl of nun or Northumberland as have been provided, with tho prices Nobthumpaid for the same. Total, 346Z. 17s. 3d. [3* pp.] Bdblahd.

1600, Nov. 22. Barwick. — [The President of the Council in the North; Thomas Cecil, Lord Burghley] to Queen Elizabeth. On the state of the garrison there, and defending his own character. [Copy. 2 pp.]

[1600 ?].—A project how to bring the Irish into ono kind of language, manners and civility with the English and to convert their lands to the best profit, and to increase merchandise and manual trades. [3 pp.]

[1600 ?]. —[Robert Earl of Essex] Lord Deputy of Ireland to Queen Elizabeth. Begins The cause why of late I have so often troubled your Highness with my long letters. [On Irish affairs; and defending himself amongst other things from tho machinations of Henry Bagnall, a follower of the ruler of Machiavelli and not his (Essex) friend, since his sister was married to the Chancellor's son and heir. 1} pp.]

[1600?].—Demonstration how tho wars of Ireland may be maintained with little or no charge to her Majesty or the roalm of England, but by Ireland itself, whereby the means of the rebels to maintain wars shall be much abridged, tho crown of England enriched without prejudice to tho realm or traffic, and the trade of Ireland re-established. [5 pp.]

1600- 1, Feb. 7. Westminster.—Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth at the suit of the clothiers of SufFolk, Norfolk, and Essex, for the mitigation of tho statutes 5 & 6 Edward VI., and 4 & 5 Philip and Mary, regulating the manufacture of woollen cloths, whereby the trade of clothing in those parts is like to be overthrown, the clothiers being continually molested by informers and searchers. [Printed copy. 1 p.]

Annexed.—Orders to be observed by the clothiers of Suffolk, Norfolk, and Essex, in the making of woollen cloths, so that in future they shall not bo sued or molested by any alnager, searcher, or informer for not performing tho said statutes. [Printed copy.]

1601, Oct. 19.—Account by William Wicliffe of his expenses and losses when taken prisoner by tho Scots, 19 Oct. 1601 ; for which he prays to be relieved, and to have the [Earl of Northumberland's ?] warrant for allowance thereof. Amongst other items are 236Z., paid to the Scots for his ransom and charges.

1601- 2, Jan. 6.—A full narrative or description of tho reception and entertainment of the Muscovito ambassador and of an Italian nobleman, the Duke of Brachiana, who were received at the Court of Queen Elizabeth, together with the names of the noblemon in attendance on her Majesty at her dining abroad upon Twelfth-day January 6, 1601-2. [Much damaged at the edges by fire. 6 pp.]

1602, April 8. Cork.—Sir Richard Percy to Edmond Powton. I understand of the conclusion almost of my suit by your great caro and industry. . . The rebels have made me so poor by intercepting all my carriages, that I shall be new to begin tho world again. [1 p.]

1602, April 20. — Brief abstract of nine several accompts of the household expenses of [Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland] during the two years and four weeks ended 27 March, 1602. Total 24,6742. 17s. [2 pp.]

[1602, April 20] .—A more condensed abstract of the same expenses. [1 p.]

[1602, April 20].—Brief accompt of the expenses of the [Earl of Northumberland] whilst in the Low Countries, by the space of 33 weeks, during the years 1600 and 1601. Total, 4.013Z. 19s. 2H, besides 1.121Z. 18s. \0d. for purchase of horses. [$ p.]

1602- 3, Feb. i^. Prague.—Commission from tho Emperor of Germany, Rudolph II., to Ernest Count Shaumburg and Baron a Minckewif z, investing them . . with full powers to negotiate the treaty of Bremen, regulating the privileges of tho merchant adventurers of England in Germany, and of the citizens of tho Hans

Towns in England. [Latin copy. 2 pp.]

1602-3, Feb. 22. Dublin Castle.—Copy of act of oblivion or general order by the Lord Montjoy, Lord Deputy, and tho Council in Ireland, for all spoils done in the late rebellion prior to 1 Nov. 1602. [2 pp.]

1602-3, March 15.—Protestation on the part of tho envoys and commissioners deputed by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England to the conference at Bremen, with the envoys of the Emperor Rudolph H. of Germany, against the subdelegation of his authority by Ernest, Count of Shaumburgh, to the persons named, who profess their words and writings to be of no authority. [Latin. Copy. 1 p.]

1602-3, March 16. — Reprotestation of the Commissioners deputed from the Emperor, Rudolph II. of Nokth"'- Germany, in reply to the protestation exhibited on the Sbelahd. part of the English Commissioners. [Latin. Copy, li p.] — Sec post, p. 153.

1603, June 10. Greenwich.—Privy seal, being a warrant dormant to the Treasurer and Chamberlains of the Exchequer to pay to Sir Georgo Howme, Treasurer of Scotland and Undor-Trcasurcr of the Exchequer, all sums due for the diet of the Lords of the Council in attendance, or for the fees, wages, diet and rewards of the Treasurer, Chamberlains, Chancellor, Barons of tho Exchequer, Undcr-Troasurcr, and all other officers, deputies, clerks, &c, entitled to receivo the same, and payable at tho receipt of the Exchequer, also for the rewards of tho Judges, Sergeants, and Attorney and kiolicitor-Ceneral, Customers, Comptrollers, and others; together with tho cost of stationery, and other things nt-cessary appertaining to their respective offices. [Copy. 3J pp.]

1603, July -y'o-—Articles of a treaty of peace concluded between James I. of England, and Henry IV. of France, guaranteeing the independence of tho Low Countries as against Spain, and arranging tho conditions of mutual aid in the event of the King of Spain (Philip III.) declaring war cither against England or France. [Copy in French, certified by Sir Thomas Wilson. 4 pp.]

1603, Oct. 15. Aldingborn.—Bishop Watson of Chichester, and Dr. John Drury, to the Lord Treasurer [Thomas, Earl of Suffolk]. In this visitation it appears that Pearson, a lay Puritan, and divers others of that sort have passed with great diligenco through theshiro [of Sussex] and in some places by means of a schismatical minister have called together multitudes of tho meaner sort of the people, and moved them by false reports to subscribe a petition, as we think, of the tenor inclosed; and another petition on the same subject is conveyed to the Deputy Lieutenants, &c. [Copy. 1 p.] Encloses.—Form of the petition said to have been subscribed by the commonalty in Sussex to the king. Tho grievances arc—1. Insufficient ministers; 2. the ecclesiastical courts. [51 pp.]

1G03, Oct. 18. Court at Winchester.—The Council to Bishop Watson of Chichester, and Dr. Drurie; acknowledge their letter of tho 15th instant, and require them to examine Pearson, and any other leaders or stirrers in this matter, and to send him with two others in custody of the messenger to this court. [Copy. 1 p.]

1603 ?—Petition of Henry, 9th Earl of Northumberland, to James I. on his accession. That Henry late Earl of Northumberland, petitioner's great uncle, was induced by tho wicked persuasion of some of his own servants, to disinherit his brother and heir, petitioner's grandfather, and to give all his lands to King Henry VIII. after his own decease without issue male; and thereupon after the Earl's death, his Majesty having the lands in his hands, gave tho manors of Hunmanby, Natl'erton, Wanford, Gcmbling, and Kirk-Leventon in co. York to your Majesty's ancestors, Matthew, Earl of Lennox, and the Lady Margaret his wife and their heirs: afterwards Queen Mary, of her princely bounty, for tho rajsing up of your subject's ancient house of nobility did not only restore petitioner's late uncle, Thomas, and his father Henry to their ancient titles, but withall gave them all the possessions of the said earldom which then remained in the crown, and amongst the rest the reversion of the manors above named. Asks the King to bestow tho said manors, being part of the ancient possessions of his earldom, upon him.

[Draft written on the fly leaf of a letter, addressed to Sir Peter Fretchville, Knight, at Stavelcy. 1 p.]

1603?—'List of the persons in co. York who lent money to the late Queen Elizabeth upon Privy seals, with the amounts advanced by each and not yet repaid. [Certified copy. 5y pp.]

[1603].—A Treatise or Discourse addressed to king James I. [on his accession] exhorting him to weed out abuses from tho Commonwealth, which like catcrpillers are crept into this land, viz., bribers, &c, &c. Tho author refers to a book written by him to the late Queen Elizabeth, which book, with other matters therein expressed, was the cause of the afflictions of Gilbert Wilkinson and himself, although they meant well to our prince, country, and commonwealth. [Unfinished copy. 3 pp.]

[1603 ?].—MS. treatise written by some person unnamed, but apparently of great observation and knowledge, entitled "A yearly observation of tho English "and Spanish fleets, which were set forth one to anoy '' the other, from the year 1585, when the war with Spain "began until the year 1603, when his Majesty [James I.]

"mado his happy entrance into this kingdom, showing Drm>< "tho designs, escapes, and errors on both sides, with tho NoBnir "names of the Queen's ships and commanders." It BBtL"1 commences with tho voyage of Sir Francis Drake to tho West Indies in 1585, and gives many minute particulars of tho several naval expeditions and voyages of discovery which were undertaken during tho succeeding years, until the accession of James I. The last chapter is devoted to an inquiry as to the existence of a northwest passage, and the information derived from the return of Hudson's ships ; also how to proceed upon voyages of discovery.* [75 pp.]

[ 1C03P].—List of proposed Acts of Parliament, entitl ed *' A calendar of laws which may bo thought on, and "out of which some may be choson to bo propounded "for tho general good of tho king and the subjects."

[1603].—Petition praying the king to grant one especial office of keeping register books of all licences and recognisances hereafter to be taken of any alehouse-keeper or victualer, tho keeper to receive a fee of 2s. yearly of every of them.

1603^1, Feb. 16. Cork.—Sir Richard Percy to Edmond Wilson.

About some suit at court. "There is a flying report "of certain Dukes, Marquises, and Earls to be created "the next Parliament amongst whom my Lord of "Northumberland is nominated; of this and all other "occurrences let mc bo partaker." [1 p.]

1604, March 25.—A check-roll of the names of tho retainers and servants of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, amongst whom was Thomas Percy, afterwards concerned in the gunpowder treason. [1 p.]

1604, Nov. 10. Whitehall.—The Council to Sir Thomas Parry, English Ambassador in France. English cloths at Rouen, to the value of 60,000/., having been seized by reason of a few being faulty, he is to deal with tho king and his council not only for tho present release of the said cloths, but also for tho revocation of tho late rigorous edict. [Copy. 2 pp.]

1604, Dec. 25, after.—Petition of the merchants of Exeter and other towns in tho West of England to the Council, complaining that there is a greater rate demanded by the farmers of the customs upon tho cloths shipped out of the ports in the western parts than over has been paid until 25 Dec. 1604, last past, and praying redress, [t p.]

[1604 ?].—" An Act for the continuance and prescrv"ation of the union of the realms of England and Scot"land, and for the abolishing and taking away of all "tho hostile laws, statutes, and customes that might "disturb or hinder the same." [8J pp.] [? 1606, stat. 4 Jac. I. c. 1.]

[1604 P],—Several papers and petitions about woollen cloth.

[1604 ?].—Bill of charges for portage of the Earl of Northumberland's money to London from TopclilT in co. York. Total, 24/. 12s. 6d. [7i p.]

[1604 ?].—Note of the several sums given as Now Year's gifts, by the Earl of Northumberland to tho king, and various officers and servants at court. Total, 50/. 5s. 2d. [J p.]

1604-5, Feb. 20. Dublin.—Proclamation by the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland, against travelling with armour or weapons. [Copy, broad sheet.]

1601-5, Feb. 20. Castle of Dublin.—Tho liko revoking all commissions of martial law granted to any persons before the date of the proclamation.

1604-5, March 1. Thetford.—Proclamation by the king for the recalling of mariners from tho service of foreign states. [Printed copy. 2 sheets.]

1604-5, March. Greenwich.—The Council to the Lord Treasurer. The merchants of London trading into France obtained in tho time of Elizabeth an authority for the levying of certain money upon all sorts of cloth shipped hither, towards the great charges which tho said merchants sustained at that time, in prosecuting the revocation of an edict set forth by the French king for confiscation of English cloths, supposed to be badly wrought or stretched on the tenter; as also by occasion of letters of marquo granted against them, and likewise of a law or custom there used, called "Droict d'Aubeync," which authority being now void and out of force, by the decease of tho late Queen, the merchants have made suit that it may be at this time renewed. . . Ask him to give present direction to the officers of tho several ports, and of the customs, to causo tho undermentioned dues to be levied on tho several cloths,

* Sir Win. Mouson was tho author; see Copies of tho Treatise in ths Collections of the Marquis of Bath and the Marquis of Westminster.—

pur? or kerseys, baize, and other commodities exported for Imijjd" France, and to pay over the same to Ottowell Smith, — ' and Robert Bell, nominated by tho merchants to receive the same.

Under written.—Bates of the dues to bo levied upon the several kinds of cloths, kerseys, baize, cottons, &c, exported to France. [Copy. 1J p.]

1605, March '28.—Copy of certain points extracted out of tho Lords' letters, dated 28 March 1605, on the behalf of the Earl of Tyrconnel, with ^he postils of the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland in the opposite column. P PP-J

1605, June 16. Dublin.—Act of composition agreed upon between the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland, and the agents appointed by the nobility and chief gentry of the English pale, and entered in the council book. [Copy. 2 pp.]

1605, July 20. College of Physicians at London.—The President and Censors of the college of Physicians, to , that Mr. Lnmkine [Jenkins P], Surgeon, was lately convented and convicted before us for his sundry bad practices in physic, contrary to the statutes of this realm and the privileges of our college, for which together with his uncivil behaviour before us we thought it fit to commit him to prison, and fine him according to the statutes ; notwithstanding, upon receipt* of your Lordships' letters we have enlarged him, hoping of your favour in the maintenance of the privileges ranted to our college by the statutes of this land. P-]

1605, Sept. 6. Wells.—True bills found by the jury at the assizes, hold at Wells in cos. Carlow and Kilkenny, Ireland, against the several persons named, with tho names of the jurors. [4 pp.]

[1605], Nov. 5.—Description of the personal appearanco or physionomy of [Thomas] Percy [one of the gunpowder conspirators, as given in the proclamation for his arrest]. [Modern copy. 1 p.]

[1605], Nov. 24. —[Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland ?] to

This is a point of great [importance] and therefore I pray your Lordship look into [it that] the examinations cross not, so I humbly take my leave this 24 of Nov., 6 of the clock.

P.S. Mem. That my lord of Sussex went away in the afternoon from my house before myself that 5 of Nov.

[Copy much burnt, i p. This letter appears to have been printed, where ?]

[1605], Nov. 24.—[The same to the same ?] I pray your Lordship open this letter inclosed, albeit I know that Buch lettera as are directed to the whole table you do not ordinarily ; for there is in it, concerning me, that I would you should not sleep without knowing it. Your Lordship's true friend to command.

[Copy. 4 p. On the same paper as the above, and appears to have been printed.]

[1605], Nov. 25.—henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland ?] to

and the warrant to extend to the sealing up of Percy's closet door at Alnwick. Tho reason is that I hear Sir Henry Witherington was appointed to the looking to tho castle; there are bonds thero of his to the value of ouo thousand marks, which he being keeper, may dispose of lb his own advantage. Now your Lordship knows my desire, I refer the rest to your consideration. I have lost enough already and loath to lose moro; thus with my best wishes I rest, your Lordship's true friend to command. N.

[Copy. J p. Much burnt, the first 8 or 10 lines being entirely lost, but the letter appears to have been printed.] 1605. Inventory of the goods remaining at Alnwick, belonging to [Thomas] Percy, [i p.]

1605, Dec.—Account by William Wickliirc of moneys received by Thomas Percy belonging to Henry, Earl of Northumberland, and remaining unaccomptcd for j so it appears ho has robbed your Lordship in toto of 1,929/., and I dare engage my credit, when tho bonds and bills left in his custody come to be examined, you will be fonnd to bo deceived of no small sums of money besides this now appearing. [1 p.]

[1605 ?].—Notes apparently written by some person [not named but] who had been committed to prison for his heterodox opinions in matters of religion, justi lying his refusal to take the required oaths, and calling in question the right of the authorities to interfere with their mootings. [J p.]

1605 ?—Bcasons in favour of the projoct for restoring good moneys again to Irolaud, consisting of harps of Stirling silver and somo small copper moneys, in place of the base money lately coined during the reign of

Elizabeth, the valuation whereof is now in effect reduced to the true value, viz. from 12d. to 3d. [2J pp.]

[1605], or after.—Petition of William Davys, messenger of the chamber, to Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland. Upon his petitioning tho late Queen Elizabeth for 100/., owing by the late Sir John Pcrrot to Foulk Bobartes of London, skinner, which debt had become due to petitioner through his marriage with Bobarte's widow, her Majesty signified it to be bor pleasure that the Countess of Northumberland should

Say tho same out of that royal gift which her Majesty ad bestowed upon her Ladyship of Sir John Perrot's goods, debts, and leases; but petitioner had hitherto been unable to obtain the same. Asks for commiseration.

1605-6, Feb.—[Henry, Earl of Northumberland?] to . My Lord, it is very true I had received my Lord Treasurer's answer. I thank you for your good wishes and travail in this cause, there is no harm done but your Lordship's trouble. 1 cannot condemn your judgment in persuading me to put on foot such a matter, for it was reasonable in most men's expectations though I gave it over, after three days, as an abortion. I fear [Captain] Whitlock ha3 been too pressing. Nothing doubting that my Lord Monteagle will be any changeling, I rest. [Draft. 1 p.]

[1606], July 14.—Particular of the charges demanded by the steward and butler for the provisions for the dinners in the Star Chamber, with a list in tho'opposite column of what is thought sufficient. Total of all such deductions 3011. 6«., besides the deductions that might be taken from the steward's great bills of fare, if a bill thereof were delivered every dinner, that a true survey might be had of the same. [11 pp.]

[1606, July 14].—Observations on the means to be adopted for controlling the excessive charges of the steward for the dinners in tho Star Chamber, &c. The chiefest occasion of all these abuses, as I think, arc the patents which they pretend to havo from the king, by colour whereof they are so emboldened, that it is in vain for me to intermeddle. [J p.]

1606 ?.—Beport on the state of the question in debato between the Attorney-General on the one part, and Sir Johu Crooke and Sir Francis Bacon on the other, concerning the matters in question between the King's .Bench and the Lord President and Council of tho Murches of Wales, as to the extent of jurisdiction, tho competency of the King's Bench to examine the oquity of a cause ordered or in suit in the Marches, the awarding of prohibitions, &c, specifying in what points they are agreed and in what they differ; also further points touching usage, which tho Council for the Marches conceive to be agreed. [1 p.]

1607, April J*.—Conditions of a truce proposed to bo concluded between the Archdukes and tho Statos General of the United Provinces of the Netherlands,— on the basis of the acknowledgment of tho independence of the States, and that each party shall abide with that which he at present holds, unless by a common consent an exchange of some towns or places bo effected. [3PP.] _ _ .

1607, June 22. James Town, in Virginia. — Tho Council in Virginia, to tho Council of Virginia in England. Wo acknowledge ourselves accountable for our time here spent were it but to givo you satisfaction of our industries and affections. Within less than seven weeks we aro fortified well against tho Indians, we have sown good store of wheat, we havo sont you a taste of clapboard, wo have built some house.", we have spared some hands for a discovery, and intend to better our proceedings. Our easiest and richest commodity, being sassafras roots, were gathered up by tho sailors with loss and spoil of many of uur tools and drawing away our men, without our knowledge, from their labour. We earnestly entreat you to sec that we be not thus defrauded, since they are all our waged men, yot we wish so that the loss fall not entirely on them nor on ourselves. We believe they have two tons of sassafras, which if thrown on the market at their pleasure, will pull down the price for a long time. The laud would flow with milk and honey if so seconded by your careful wisdoms and bountiful hands. Wo are set down 80 miles within a river, for breadth, sweetness of water, length navigable up into tho country, deep and bold channel so stored with sturgeon and other fish, as no man's fortune has ever possessed the like. The soil most fruitful, covered with good oak, ash, walnut tree, poplar, pine, sweet woods, cedar, and others yot without names, that yield gums pleasant as frankiuceuso and experienced amongst us for great virtues in healing green wounds and aches. We entreat your succours for

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