Letter ID: 1392
Reference: TNA, SP 103/35/118 fol.294r-295r
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/1392/000
Date: 22 October 1595
Copy of: 0489


To my L. Tresurer 22 October 95. After so much deliberation as in my last unto your L. the 19 of this moneth I reported at large, The States deputed Master Barnevelt and Master Vanderwecke with the Greffier of their College, to acquaint me with the tenor of two severall lettres which they have written to her Majestie and the LL. of the Councell, tending onely to excuse their protracting of their answear to her Majesties demaundes, to shewe their curiousnes alwayes in observing the Contract, to foresignify the dangers, if the people should be told that her Majestie would dissolve it, and to intreat her to have patience, till theyr State will parmitte that they may use a shorter course and give her better contentation. They required me withall with a vehement kinde of speeche That as I tendered the advancement of her Highnes service, and the good correspondence between the two contries, and as I knewe theyr allegations to be true and unfained, and found in conversation a hard conceate the people had of this demande of fol.294v
restitution, I should second their lettres with others of mine owne, and deale in that behalfe with all sincerity and roundenesse, whereby her Highnes might forbeare from taking an extreme or rigorous course against them. Whereunto for an answear I signified againe, that in all that they desired I had done my duety throughly by my former advertisements, and had faythfully delivered all their reasons to her Majestie in every such materiall pointe as their lettres made remon- strance: all which nowithstanding her Highnes could not finde, but if so be they would endevor to parsuade the Generalitie, and therein use their opportunities with that dexterity and wisdome, as they are wont in weighty causes, they might draw them to the payment of some convenient portion, wherby parhaps she might be moved not to presse them for a while to any further remboursement. But when nothng is presented unto her, considering her long and chargeable succors, and considering also her present domesticall necessities, with other manifold occasions, of which they had bin by me informed at full, and they of themselves could make the reckning well enough, it could not choose but engender some notable alienation. Moreover for my self I had bin expressely charged, not to yeeld or to hearken to any dilatory answear, for which they were not to attende my conveyance of their lettres, nor anie other office, that might any way seeme to favour their present resolution. Of that which passed too and fol.295r
for to this effect, and the like they made relation to theyr College, who for ought I can parceave goe onward with their purpose to sende away those lettres, which I thinke they will consigne to their Agent Master Caron.