Letter ID: 0361
Reference: TNA, SP 84/43/224 f.224r-225v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0361/008
Date: 24 November 1591



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

Endorsed: 24 November 1591. Master Bodeleie to my L. With the Copies of D. Casimirs lettres to the States by the Emperors Commissioners./

Later Addition: 24 November 91


May it please your good L. sins the writing of my letter of the 16 of this moneth, wherein I gave yow to understand of D. Cassimires message to some special persons in this place, about the mater of Pacification, there is nowe that letter come hither, which as then I advertised, was expected every day to the General states. Many men heere dis- like it utterly, as if it were full of evident tokens of his inward inclination to second the Emperor: whereby they are persuaded, that he is wonne unto it by a pension, or by somwhat in reward: wherein the Spaniard, it is thought, will use any practise to speede of his purpose.

His letter was written in highe Dutche, wherof I send yow the copie, with the Frenche translation. It was delivered heere to some of Holland, of those that are deputed, to open all suche letters, as are directed to the states. Howbeit as yet they have nether thought it expedient, to acquaint the Provinces with it, nor to impart it to this Coun- cell. It hath bin readde but by a fewe, who are bent to suppresse it, and for ought I can perceave, not to make any answear. What course I shall folowe, for mine owne en- devors, while this mater is in motion, I attend to be instructed by your L. letters. All that I am affraied of, is, that if the Generallitie of this contrey, should be brought to accept a treatie, suche conditions may be embraced, as upon some passion of the people, and by some practise fol.224v
of the Spaniard, as may prejudice greatly bothe themselves and their neighbours. Heere go- eth a speeche that the D. of Parma is returned from the frontiers of France to Brussels: as some men report, to conferre with the Emperors Ambassadors: but as other men affirme, upon intelligence had that his government was besto- wed upon the old Count Mansfeld. How- soever, it should seeme by all advertisments, that he is greatly in disgrace with the K. of Spaine If the Commissary Sparhawke doe his diligence, having had his dispatche the 22 of this moneth I hope the companies required for the service of Rouen, will be there, the winde serving, about the end of this moneth. And thus I take my humble leave. From the Hage. November 24 1591. Your L. most humbly bounden Tho. Bodley