Letter ID: 1207
Reference: BL, MS Cotton Galba D VIII f.273r-v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/1207/008
Date: 16 November 1591
Copy of: 0357



Endorsed: To my L. Tresurer November 16 1591.


Later Addition: 1591 16 November To my L. Treasurer

Later Addition: Belgia: 1591: November


May it please your good L. sins I sent you my last the 11 of this moneth, there is a German come hither, under coulor of other buisines: but hath brought certaine letters of credence from D. Cassimiere, of which one is adressed to Loeninus the Chauncelor of Gelderland; and one among us in the Councel of state, an other to Barnevelt, and a third to Cant the bourghmaster of Amsterdame. That which the messenger doth deliver by vertue of his credence, is the advise of Cassimire to the forsaid parties, that in any wise they shoulde persuade with this people, to walke very warely in returning an answear to the Emperors Ambassado[rs] Not to reject them over peremptorily, nor yet to embrace their motions, but so to qualifie their answear, as both they may seem desirous of peace, and yet to trust to no treaty that is offered by the Spaniard. that besides they should urge the treaty betwee[n] her Majestie and this contrey, and the neere conjunction of their cause with the present state of France: for which they may request of the Emperor to procure a cessation of armes of all handes, and in all places, and that then they coulde be willing, to come to any treaty, that shall tend to a publicke peace. This message of the Duke is but a preparative to a further letter, which as the party doth report, he is resolved to send hither to the General states. For as it seemeth he is hardly pressed by the Emperor, to concurre in the furtherance of this action with him, and /yet/ his privat affection to the state of these contreis doth move him to be carefull, that they should not be entrapped. Because his other letter to the states in general is expected every day, there is no answear yet resolved to be given to this Messenger. Howbeit esteeming that your L. would be willingly informed how every thing doth passe by the Spaniards procurement, I thought it also requisit to signifie of this writing of Cassimire hither. Hage November 16 1591.