Letter ID: 0352
Reference: TNA, SP 84/43/172 f.172r-173v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0352/008
Date: 03 November 1591
Note: At the words 'To this effect' on fol.172v, there is a small manicule in the margin.
Copies: 1090 



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

Endorsed: 3 November 1591. Master Bodeleie to my L. His dealinge with the States towching the debt of Captains Randolphe & Wingfeeld. Copies of lettres & writinges passed betwene the States & the Emperors Commissioners./

Later Addition: 3 November 91


May it please your good L. to be adverti- sed, that wheras I was willed by your letters of the 23 of February last, to recommend unto the states the suite of certaine poore creditors of the towne of Flushing, to whome the compa- nies of Captain Wingfild and Randolphe were indebted, because, as I have formerly signi- fied, I had learned that some good portion of the said debtes was discharged already by the Magistrats of Flushing, I tooke some time to enquire underhand the particular summes; aswell of that, which was first owing, as of that which was disboursed by the towne, and also of the residewe that is left as yet un- paied. For I stoode in some doubt, lest the totall summe had bin demaunded of her Highnes. Howbeit I finde that the whole debt at the first was 892li 5sh 11d The summe of that which was re- quired of her Majestie 687li 6d so that there was discharged of the debt 205li 5sh 5d. Which is not demaunded. Wherupon understanding that the Deputies of Flushing had obtened letters of her Highnes to the General states for the paiment of the remainder, I moved them to come in con- ference with me, that we might joine in one suite unto the states: which was differred till nowe of late, for divers occasions that staied their comming. The states have alleaged many reasons, to putte the paiment from them- selves: which I have endevoured to answear, with as muche to the contrary, as I could thinke upon. But yet to say truly to your L. these affaires were so confusedly handled in the L. of Leicesters time, as I can not by any meanes fol.172v
boult out, by whome the forsaid debt ought of right to be paied. I urged them at first, to take some order for discharge of the whole debt: but plainly perceaving that I laboured in vaine, according to that which your L. had willed me in your forsaid letter, I moved them to con- descend to the paiment of some good portion, put- ting them in hope, that the LL. of her Majesties Coun- cell would be moved in compassion, to induce her Highnes to doe somwhat in like maner for the relief of the parties. Heerupon they agreed among themselves to send unto the Provinces about it: which being done more then once hath caused a long delay: but so notwithstanding as at length they have resolved, to pay the one half of that which is dewe, upon condition that her Majestie will vouchesafe to answear the remainder. To this effect they have moved me to write in their behalf, and to signifie the povertie and want of the poore widowes, which are the Creditors, and to beseeche her Majestie to pittie their estate.

I have sent your L. heerewith the trans- script of the answear made to the letter of the Emperors Ambassadors, which was joined with my last unto yow: together with the copies of two other letters, which were written by the General states (in the absence of the Councel of estate as Nieumeghen) to the forsaid Ambassadors all- together, and in particular to Monsieur Bylant which was the party that solicited a gentleman of Count Maurice, as I writte to your L. the 30 of September to be a furtherer of the Treaty. There is also a note of receat of the states lettre which was given by Monsieur Bylant to the messenger. fol.173r
But it may please yow to be informed, that wheras the later answear which is made unto the Ambassadors, of the 9 of this /last/ moneth stylo nuovo is but sent in the name of certaine Deputies of the states, it proceedeth heerupon. It was resolved in the assembly of the general states, before the receat of the Ambassadors letter, that every De- puty should repaire to his Province, to returne againe hither the 20 of December which they terme a recesse, deputing in the meane while two or three of the states of Holland, to receave in their behalf suche letters as shall be addressed to the General states: which together with all ma- ner of Propositions and Motions shall be sent by them to every Province. Some of the Deputies being therupon departed, before the Ambassadors letter was receaved, the rest that remained heere framed that answear in forme of an Act, which I send yow heerin. So that there are these specialties sent to your L. Copies of the states letters to the Ambassadors, and to Monsieur By- lant. Monsieur Bylants bill of receat of the forsaid letters. The Ambassadors letter to the states, which I sent by my last unto yow. And nowe an Act of certaine Deputies heere, in steede of an answear to the said lettre. The mater importing so muche, as I thinke your L. doth esteeme it, I thought it very requisit to signifie this precisely, and in parti- cular wise, what hath passed heere about it. And so I take my humble leave. From the Hage. November 3 1591 Your L. most humbly bounden Tho. Bodley