Letter ID: 0145
Reference: TNA, SP 84/31/98 f.100r-101v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0145/008
Date: 02 March 1589


Addressed: To the right honorable my singular good Lorde, the L Burghley, Lorde high Treasuror of England

Endorsed: 2 Martij 1588 Mr Bodeley to my L. from the Haghe./

Endorsed: Gertrudenberg/

Later Addition: 2 March 88/9


Right honorable, and my very good Lord, since my last unto your L about 8 daies past, it hath bin certified hither, that the Duke of Parma hath assem- bled the states at Bruxels: and mustereth daily at Andwerp, and Malines: but no certaintie repor- ted of his purpose in the ende. Count Maurice who is newly gone from hens, as it is geven out, for Zeland, hath gathered together divers companies of souldiers, that meete at Williamstat: and maketh provision at Delf and Roterodame of flatte bottom boates, and some munition: wherein his intention is kept very secret. Howbeit it is thought that he doth purpose the surprise ether of Steenbergen, Gertru- denbergh, or Hertogenbosche, having had of late, not farre from thens, at Hoesden, a company of his horse cleane overthrowen, by two companies of the ennemies. Complaintes against the insolencie of those of Gertrudenbergh, come hither so fast, and so many, and seeme to touche them heere so neere to the quicke, as it is certainly thought, there will be somwhat on the soddaine attempted against them. Besides that in former letters I have certified of the Masses and Popishe preachinges that are used in some privat houses in Utrecht, and the Villages ad- joining, there is sent hither from thens, the Copie of a request, whiche divers bourghers of the towne have offered up to the states of that Province, Wherein they professe themselves to be of the Confession of Ausburgh, and make petition for some publicke place, for the exercise of the said profession. I have caused their supplication to be translated into

Later Addition: [In margin: [March] Gilpin]

Inglishe, and send /it/ yow hereinclosed: whiche for the forme and maner of setting downe, doth argue a great simplicitie in those that were the preferrers, fol.100v
albeit it should seeme to be the ennemies practise. What course will be taken to suppresse it at first, I can not yet signifie, it being but newly sent hither to the Councell of State. The inhabitants there are greatly devided, and litle hope conceaved of any good agreement, though there be deputies there from hens, that endevor it very carefully. The Count Hollocke is looked for hourely in this towne: but I can nether learne in what place nor what intertenment he desireth. For heere is litle talke, of any meant unto him. Having nothing wherwith to troble your L. any further, I take my humble leave. From the Hage. Marche 2. 88 Your L. most humbly bounden Tho. Bodley