Letter ID: 0139
Reference: TNA, SP 84/30/187 f.187r-188v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0139/008
Date: 30 January 1589
Copies: 0797 


Addressed: To the right honorable Sir Francis Walsingham knight, Principall Secretary to her Majestie.

Endorsed: [30 Januar]ie 1588 From Master Bodley. The states obstinancie, especially of Barnevelt seeming to be alienat from any good concept of her Majestys doinges.

Later Addition: 30 January 88/9


Later Addition: xxxti Januarij 1588

It may please your H. I have heerewith sent the copie of that whiche I delvered the States General, uppon her Majesties Instructions: also their Answear, and my Replie againe wherin I have used Master Gilpins assistance, by whose ad- vise, as likewise by Master Killiegrewes, I did alter and adde some pointes, to drawe them on to a better accepta- tion. But I doe finde them very stiffe, wheresoever [In margin: Barnevelt]
they settle: especially Barnevelt, who, as I suspect, doth continewe in his wonted alienation, for any good conceat of her Majesties proceedinges. I have dealt with him privatly and publickly, and I have offered my extraordinarie travell, for effecting some demandes But it seemeth by his speeches, and by the cariage of himself, that he hath litle confidence in any promis[e] that we make. The answear that I send was of h[is] own penning, and savoureth altogether of his ordi- narie phrase, whiche is somewhat violent, imperious, and bitter. I hope my replie therunto will stand with your H. good liking, considering there is nothing sett downe, to prejudice suche further answear, as her Majestie shall send hither. I am urged by the

the number in the cautionarye townes to be lessened

counsell, and somwhat angerly somtimes, about the reducing of the Cautionary townes, to the number by contract: Wherto I make no other answear, but that it was her Highnes resolucion, and so doth continewe, unles their backwardnes, in graunting her peti- tions shall occasion the contrary. I can


not use more inducements unto them for the releas-


ment of Deventer, and the restitucion of those of Leiden,


the President Aisma &c then I have done already. But I see that almost the very names of those per- sons are odious unto them: of Deventer in speciall: whose very best frindes have almost given over, to solicite his deliverance. For thei finde it almost in vaine, for the common opinion that goeth of him, that being sett at liberty, he will worke his revenge, by sinister practise, ether in England, or els where against these Provinces. Moreover I have bin openly answeared at the Councel table fol.187v
that since my comming hither, and her Majesties last writing, he hath braved the Magistrats of Utrecht, with so muche insolence, as they could not disgest it. They have lately charged him againe with newe articles, and restrained him of his former liberty in prison. I doe partly see by the humor of his letters, that his owne vaine glory, doth hurt him very muche, and doth make him advise his frindes to suche courses in his behalf, as would turne in the end to their discredit, and no good to himself. Nevertheles, for that I knowe it is her Majesties pleasure I doe not give over, to practise his enlargement. He writeth very often unto me, and this day he requested me by letter to write once againe to the Count de Meurs, which I have done to suche purpose, as himself hath re- quested. Likewise for Saravia, and the rest


of Leiden, Frise &c. I can get no other answear, then that which is in writing. As yet I shall not be able to lett your H. Understand, howe well this people shall have meanes, to continewe their contributiones, what assistaunce they will yeld, for the protection of any place, that shall be offered in the revolted Provinces, Who they are among the Principals heere, that stand best affected to her Majestie. Nether can I satisfie those privat /other/ demandes, which I receaved further of your H. in a privat Memorial. For if I should speak uppon mine owne judgement, and not uppon report or opinion of others, it will require some longer continuance and triall of their actions. I have moved Master Gilpin

mony in Ger:

about the meanes, to take up mony for her Majestie uppon the marchants adventurersbandes, whiche he supposeth may be done in sundrie places of Germany.

The last that I receaved from your H. was of the 27 of December with a letter from her Majestie to Scheincke, which I sent away by an expresse messenger, according to your H. direction, but the messenger, albeit it be fourten daies since, is not yet returned. I doe not certifie your H. of the particular proceedinges of di- ers Provinces, because I knowe Master Gilpin doth it and can doe it more effectually. For their consultacions are fol.188r
commonly in Flemmishe, and likewise the booke of their recordes, whiche is alwaies in his handling. I finde every day that the states generall, and the states of Hol- land and Zeland proceede in writing and proposing of most matters, aswell heere, as to her Majestie without the privitie of the Councell of state: in which respect I am to beseche your H. that whatsoever Letters, arti- cles or proposals shalbe delivered by Ortell, or any other their minister, if they shall concerne any mater fitte to be imparted unto me, it may please your H. to acquaint me with it, for my better correspondence with her Majesties resolucions. Concerning the horsebandes and footbandes, that should be sent for Portugall from hence, because I have nothing therein in particular charge, I am the bolder to referre your H. to my L. Generals letters, and Sir Edward Norris relation, whose diligence, and discreete handling of maters in that negotiation, I can /not/ commend sufficiently to your H. wher- with I take my humble leave. From the Hage January 30. 88. Your H. most humbly bounden Tho. Bodley.