Letter ID: 0326
Reference: TNA, SP 84/42/262 f.262r-263v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0326/008
Date: 31 July 1591
Copies: 1064 



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

Endorsed: Ultimo Julij 1591. Master Bodeleie to my L. His occasion of busines to goe to the Haghe. Advertisements.

Later Addition: 31 July 91


It may plaise your L. to be advertised, that after the writing of my last, which I sent away from Arnham the 24 of this moneth, I was constrained, for some urgent occasion in my privat estate, to make a steppe unto the Hage. Wherto the opportunitie did serve me very fitly, our army lieng still, without present apparance of any enterprise towardes, whereby her Majestie might have wanted any part of my service. Howbeit I am ready to returne, assoone as I shall learne, where the Councel will reside, at their next removal. For as they have written to this place, they have certaine intelligence, that the Duke of Parma is passed the Maese, with a part of his forces, the rest remaining yet at Mouwicke a village fast by Grave: leaving still in Nieu- meghen but the ordinary garrison. Wherupon it is resolved, that they will presently in hand, with the siege of that towne. But by reason of muche raine, that hath fallen in those quarters, the Wael is greatly risen, and the transportation of our troupes, in the places neere to Arnham, is founde very difficult. It is therfore thought [In margin: Tyell]
good, to passe over the army fast by Tiel, where the contrey is called, between Maese and Wael: which is a sure place to encampe, and hath stoare of all provision. There is certaine ad- vertisment, that many of the chiefest inhabitants of Nieumeghen, will abandon the towne for feare of our comming, and that some are gone already, with their housholdes and gooddes: and the Duke, it is thought, will be forced to returne, to succor the place, or els there is no doubt, but we shall carie it away soddainly. Heere is also a bruite, and supposed to be true, that we have newly fol.262v
defeated a company of horse of the Enemie, and taken the rutmaster prisoner: which was done about [In margin: Groll in Zutphen]
Grolle, in the Countie of Zutphen. Verdugo is returned towardes Groeninghen, with 200 horse and many promises of further assistance. It is heere reported by certaine Amsterdame shippers, which come newly out of Spaine, that there is lieng at the Groine a fleete of 40 shippes, which are ready to be imploied in some present service.

At the instant sute of the Frenche kinge, the states of these Provinces have yelded to send him fower double Canons, and 4 demy Canons, with powder and boullet, so muche as may serve for 4000 shotte But all is with condition, that it shall be im- ploied to the siege of Rouen, and not otherwise: wherof the King is to notifie his determinat pur- pose. There is a speeche, that the Duke of Parma hath given order, to rase the fort of Rees: but we knowe it not assuredly. Having no other mater of any worthe, I take my humble leave. From the Hage. July 31. 91. Your L. most humbly bounden Tho. Bodley