Letter ID: 0296
Reference: TNA, SP 84/41/330 f.330r-331v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0296/008
Date: 15 April 1591
Copies: 1029 



Addressed: To the right honorable my very singular good Lord the L. Burghley Lord highe Treasuror of England

Endorsed: April 15th 1591

Later Addition: 15 April 91


May it please your good L. although no present occasion doth presse me to trouble yow, for that the affaires of this state doe minister litle mater yet I thought it not superfluous to give your L. so muche notice, that heere is nothing in action that is greatly material. Onely as this day the Count of Overstein and Sir Francis Vere are in hand to surprise the towne of Stralen in Guelderland, whiche is held with a garrison of the Enemie, but being a land towne and weakely fortified they make good account to speede of their purpose. It hath neere adjoining unto it Venlo, Wachten- donke and Gelre, which are situat about it in maner of a triangle. Of the Enemies attemptes heere is nothing certaine. It is sup- posed, that the want of forrage, and the backwar- dnes of the spring in these contreis, hath staied his designe for assieging Breda. Whiche is also some occasion, that the forces of the states, whiche are in good forwardnes otherwise, can not yet come abroade to keepe the feelde. The substitute of Commissary Wiathath joined of late with the states commissary, in the quarters of Guelders, and bothe together have passed a muster and signed their bookes, with allowance of the 15 dead paies. The Councel of state being certified of it, is highly offended with their officer, and have written letters to the states of Guelders to disavowe his proceeding. For they are bent for that point, not to change their fol.330v
wonted course: albeit for mine owne part, in my conference with them, I lette them plainely un- derstand, that they doe but strive against the streame, to stand with her Majestie in a mater of so muche equitie, as when in the end they shall come to account, they will be forced to acknow- ledge. Whiche I thought somwhat requisit to advertise your L. and so I take my humble leave. From the Hage. April 15 1591. Your L. most humbly bounden. Tho. Bodley