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HISTORICAL MANUSCRIPTS COMMISSION.

CALENDAR

OF THE

MANUSCRIPTS

OF THE

Most Hon. THE MARQUIS OF SALISBURY, K.G.,

&c. &c. &c.

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LONDON:

PRINTED FOP. HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE,

MY EYRE AND SPOTTISWOODE,

rnlNTEIIS TO THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY.

And to bo purchased, either directly or through any Bookseller, from

KYRE And SPOTTISWOODE, East Harding Street, Fleet Street, E.C., and

»2, Aningdon Street, Westminster, S.W.; or

JOHN MENZIES 4 Co., 12, Hanover Street. Edinnurgh, and

90, West Nile Street, Glasgow; or

HODGES, FIGGIS, & Co., Limited, 1C4, Gra?ton Street, Dunlin.

1899.
[C—9246.] Price 2s. 8d.

CORRIGENDA.

p. 30, for Hedom read Hedan.

p. 45, 6th line from bottom, for and Hollinge read a village.

p. 86, 3rd line from bottom, for Sir Paul Baf read Sir Paul Bax.

p. 102, 11th line from top, for Herenques read Herengues.

p. 102, 14th line from top, for Dumpier read Dampre.

p. 141, 16th line from bottom, for Giminges read Groningen.

p. 169, 1st line, for Shaston read Shafton.

p. 207, 14/A line from bottom, for Fertol read Tertol.

p. 219, 12th and 17th lines from bottom, for Borck read Berck.

p. 285, 22nd line from bottom, for Chateaubriand read Chastelernnd.

p. 409, 24<A line from top, for Aucenix read Ancenix.

p. 439, 7th line from bottom, for Feradiosa read Graciosa.

p. 531, 14th line from bottom,for Parke read Parker.

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INTRODUCTION.

Part VII. of this Calendar—like the part which immediately precedes it—comprises abstracts of papers for a period of one year only, the year A.D. 1597. The chief points of this period Summary of as regards the history of England are :—the foreign policy of the country; the effort on its part to strike a fresh blow in some vulnerable quarter at the power of Spain; the progress of hostilities between France and Spain and Spain and the United Provinces, and the negotiations for peace between the two former nations; and, late in the year, the alarm of another Spanish armada. It is with these subjects that the greater number of the papers deal. Other subjects, however, of more domestic character also have their place, as, for example, the settlement of tLe Borders of Scotland (and in some small degree also the interior affairs of that country), the condition of the people of England, and the meeting of Parliament towards the close of the year. In addition, as might be expected, considerable information is forthcoming about individuals who in various ranks and employments were then living and active, including the Sovereign herself, her ministers, her soldiers and sailors, her ambassadors and agents abroad, and many other folk of more private or of humbler station. There are also many indications of the general opinions and tendencies of the time. It is unnecessary to remind the student that this Calendar does not cover the^ whole ground of English or Continental history of the year, and that there are many other sources of information, but the reminder will serve to emphasize the statement that the scope of this introduction to this part of the Calendar of Cecil papers will in the main be confined to what is to be found within its pages.

Notwithstanding the events of previous years, the minds of

most Englishmen were still bent chiefly, and in the first place,

upon a consideration of the best methods of counteracting ami

rendering innocuous the hostile power of Spain. Their allies, The contest

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