Letter ID: 1228
Reference: BL, MS Cotton Galba D VIII f.317r-v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/1228/008
Date: 22 December 1591
Copy of: 0369



Later Addition: To my L. Treasurer

Later Addition: Belgia 1591. December

May it please your good L. It is but three daies agoe, that your letters of the 20 and 26 of November were delivered unto me: both at one instance, and by one messenger, servant to the Com- missarie Sparkhawke: who hath shewed so litel care about the charge that he receaved, that considering how well the winde hath served and howe many letters are come hither which were written long after the date of your L. I thought it somewhat requisit to advertise you of it. Unles your L. letter require at some time a messenger of purpose, I knowe not for the most any speedier meanes, then to have them consigned by Sir Thomas Shirley to his officer at Middleborghe, with charge to convey them with the first oportunitie. For asmuche as her Majestie is desirous, that the treatye of peace proposed by the Emperor should rather be putte of, then rejected by the states, I will frame my endevors to that effect. But they are nothing yet inclined to minister any hope of inter- taininge it it any termes. They are greatly afraide, and for my self in like sort I doubt it very muche, lest if the people heere be brought to yeelde to a litle (for without their generall notice and assent their Deputies will doe nothing) by the Ennemies practises and offers, and their owne inconstant disposition, further liking by degrees may growe among them and suche willingnes at last to embrace a peace, as without res- pect to their owne securitie, they will be violently carried to pleasure the Spaniard. But in these affaires there hath nothing passed more, then I writte unto your L. the 11 of this moneth. I am daily called on to knowe her Majesties pleasure, for contenting the Creditors of Captain Wingefildeand Randolfe. Because your L. willed me expres- sely to persuade with the States, to yeelde some good portion for their part, and to promise that the LL. of the Councelwould doe their best endevor to induce her Majestie in compassion to pay the remainder, upon which condition, and not otherwise, they condiscended to pay the one halfe, I knowe not if any thing will be done for the Creditors, unles as muche be performed fol.317v

Later Addition: Belgia: 1591. December

by her Majestie as they doe offer for themselves. For they tell me for certaine that the Provinces are hardley drawen to disbourse the halfe, though her Majestie would be willing to discharge the r[est.] To avoide the comber of newe supplications, with which I doubt Creditors will importune her Highnes and for relieving the parties /in their/ povertie and neede, I thinke your L. shall doe a special deede of charitie, by persuading her Majestie to the same effect as the states desire. For your L. moving her M[ajestie] as touching my retourne, I am greatly bounde unto you, a[nd] I knowe I have bin ever, and for many more causes, then I thought you delited to heare much repeated, and so to be troubled, with the often signification of my gratefull acknowledg- ment. For next unto the favor, which I hope is continued by h[er] Majestie unto me, I doe account your L. patronage the greatest part of my happines in her Majesties service. The consideration wherof, and of the good construction you make of my proceed- inges, is so great a comfort unto me, as in respect of mine owne affection, I coulde endure the patience to remaine in any place, where her Highnes will be served. But because my domesticall estat doth cheifly consist in moveab[le] thinges, which are but slenderly disposed in the handes of m[y] frindes, and apparantly subject to many accidents and dang[[ers]] I beseeche your L. most humbly to vouchsafe me all the favor conveniently you may, for the abridginge of the time, which her Majestie hath sette downe, which yet I doe but crave, in case it ma[y] stand wth her pleasure, and likinge, which I doe allwaies esteeme above whatsoever is direct /deerest/ unto me. Hage. December 22 15[91.]