Letter ID: 0226
Reference: TNA, SP 84/35/210 f.210r-211v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0226/008
Date: 24 November 1589
Copies: 0882 0881 


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

Endorsed: 24 November 1589 From Master Bodley recommendenth Monssieur Lect. and sheweth whoe is intended by the states touchinge his negociation.

Later Addition: 24 November 89


It may please your H. The bearer herof Monssieur Lect is deputed by the citie of Geneva, to so- licit her Majestie and other Princes, in the behalf of their afflicted state, wherof he himself and his letters will geve ample informacion. He was forced to come first into these quarters, by con- trarietie of winde and wether, and having letters to the General states of these Provinces, hath bin instant with them, and obtened a very favorable answear. For they have promised to recommend his cause effectually to the Provinces and townes, and to be carefull in calling uppon them for a spee- dy returne of their determinacion. And if they can not be induced to yeld to some relief, by way of publicke cesment and contribution, they have put him in hope that some order will be taken for the generall collecting of every privat mans benevo- lence, wherein they give their worde to doe their uttermost endevor: whiche I thinke they will per- fourme in good sort, for their owne reputation, and to remove the opinion conceaved of their want of zele and good affection to the cause of religion. Uppon this their willing resolucion, for which he hath staied heere but fower daies he hath left a suffi- cient person behinde to negotiat in his absens, which is also done with their advise, for the winning of time. Whiche I thought expedient to impart with your H. and to take therewithall my humble leave. From the Haghe. 24 November 89 Your H. most humbly bound Tho. Bodley

Postscript: The frost is heere so ex- treme at this present, that those about Gorchum, Bommel and Dort stand in very great feare of some attempt by the Enemie. For which cause Count Maurice is already departed towardes those quarters, and there is order taken for the Englishe companies whiche are heere in Hollande, to folowe presently after.