Letter ID: 0368
Reference: TNA, SP 84/43/280 f.280r-281v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0368/008
Date: 15 December 1591
Copy of: 1223



Addressed: A Monsieur Monsieur Edward Norris Chevalier & Gouverneur de la ville de Ostende.

Endorsed: Master Bodley 15 December 1591

Later Addition: 1591 December 15 United Provinces


Sir I knowe not what it is, that yow might looke for at my handes, but I have dealt in your behalf very honestly and frindly, as well in this present as in all your other causes, since I came unto this place. If yow have heeretofore, as yow signifie your self, conceaved the contrary, I pray yow signifie the cause. For if it were sufficient, then I thinke, yow have no reason to conceale it from me, or to alter your conceat of my unfrindly proceeding: and I must and will be ready to make yow satisfaction. But if maters were surmised, without any occasion given, upon the glavering reportes of busie headded persons, then I leave yow to consider who hath faulted in frindshippe. Howe farre yow have bin drawen upon suche weake imaginations to speake to my prejudice, I will make no rehersall, because it seemeth by your letter, that yow acknowledge the error of that former opinion. Nevertheles I can not choose but signifie, that there are some at home of your best and neerest frindes, that have abused me highly by their publicke, injurious, and inconsiderat speeches: for which I purpose in time convenient, to addresse my self unto her Majestie and to bring them to account. For these occasions and the like, I must pray yow very hartely to hold me excused, that I refuse to make or meddle in the causes depending between yow and the states. What her Majestie and the LL. shall commmaund me from home, I will accomplishe in that order as they shall direct me: and also in my advises in the councell of state, I will frind yow to my uttermost: which yow can imagine by your owne experience in these contreis, how little it will availe yow, considering the qualitie of the busines between yow. And thus for this present I commend yow to God. From the Haghe the 15 of December 1591. Your most assured to my power, Tho. Bodley.