Letter ID: 1029
Reference: BL, MS Cotton Galba D VIII f.129r-v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/1029/008
Date: 14 April 1591
Copy of: 0296



Later Addition: 1591 14 Aprill To my L. Treasurer

Later Addition: Belgia: 1591: April


May it please your good L. although no present occasion doth presse me to troble 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 materiall. Onely as this day the Count of Overstein, and Sir Francis Vere are in hand to surprise the towne of Stralen in Guelder- land, whiche is held by 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 forme /maner/ of a triangle. Of the Enemies attemptes heere is nothing certaine. It is suppo- sed that the want of forrage, and the backwardnes of the springe in these contreis, hath staied his designe for assieging Breda: whiche is also some occasion, that the forces of these contreis, which are in good readines otherwise /very forward/ can not yet come abroade to keepe the feelde. The substitute of Commissary Wiat hath joined of late with the states Commissary, in the quarters of Guel- ders, and both 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 hath written their letters to the states of Guelders to disavowe his proceeding. For they are bent for that mater /point/ not to change their wonted course though /and yet for my self,/ in conference with them I lette them plainely understand, that they doe but strive against the streame, to refuse her Majestie in a cause of open /mater of so muche/ equitie, as when in the end they shall come to fol.129v

Later Addition: Belgia: 1591: April

Endorsed: To my L. Treasurer April 15 1591.

account, they will be forced to acknowledge. whiche I thought somwhat requisit to advertise your L. and so I take my humble leave. From the Hage. April 14 1591. Your L. most humbly bounden Tho. Bodley