Letter ID: 1197
Reference: BL, MS Cotton Galba D IX f.352r-v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/1197/000
Date: 02 November 1592
Copies: 0424



Later Addition: 1592 2 November To the LLs of the Councell

May it please your good LL. for that whiche is required by your LL letter of the 17 of October. whiche I receaved the 31 enjoining the dispatche of Sr Nicholas Parkers horsband, I have advertised at large what impediments I founde: whiche I hope are already imparted to your LL if my letter therupon, whiche I addressed of late unto my L. Treasurer, be safely delivered. Sir Nicholas Parker hath bin ready, as muche as lay in him, sins the time that the army of the states was dissolved. But by reason I had no order, for the place of his Rendevous, I was forced to forbeare from urging his departure. For to embarke all his horses, and to attend a winde in Zeland, with the companies of foote, considering the uncertaintie of getting shipping for [Jeresey], it was thought it would prove the overthrowe of his troupe. Moreover though the states have bin solicited to graunt him a pasport, to remove from Duisbourgh to Berghen, where Sir John Poley is in garrison, to have the better commoditie for supplie of his companie, they doe not onely refuse to admitte him into Berghen, but they will give him no pasport for any other place. Whether they thinke by that meanes, to stay him heere for all together, or to lette him from diminishing Sir John Poleis cornet, I can not certifie for certaine. But assoone as I have notice of the place of the Rendevous, I will take as good a course, as is possible for me, to procure him a passage: and withall I will fol.352v
use what meanes I am able, to cause Sir John Poley to convey some horses unto him. I am sure it will prove a troublesome attempt, if the states be unwilling: but except they doe resist in violent sort, whiche I thinke they will not doe, I hope I shall effect it. Sir Nicholas Parker himself I have found very forward to doe any thing required: and although it be apparant, that by this last sommers service many of his souldiers are unmounted, and divers of his hors[e] dead /hurt/ and decaied, whereby his numbers are abated, yet I take his band, as it is, to be the best in order, and the most sufficient in this contrey. He maketh no doubt of persuading divers of his souldiers, whiche are of this contrey, and men of good worth, to folowe him in this voiage: and suche as shall refuse, for that they are maried, or for other respectes, he will passe them in exchange with Sir John Poley and other captaines, so as alwaies her Majestie shall be served of his troupe in very good strength. Wherein my best endevor shall appeere unto your LL and so I take my humble leave. From the Hage November 2 1592. Your LL most humbl[e] at commaundement Tho. Bodl[ey]