Letter ID: 0413
Reference: TNA, SP 84/45/213 f.209r-210v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0413/008
Date: 31 August 1592
Copies: 1181 



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

Endorsed: 31 August 1592 Master Bodeleie to my L. Repulse of the Ennemie. Rendring of Coverden./

Later Addition: 31 August 92


May it please your good L. Heere are letters from the campe, by which we are advertised, that the army of the Enemie is come neere unto Count Maurice, within lesse then half a leauge, and lodged very strongly, expecting further forces. The Count ther- upon doth solicit by his letters, which he sendes abroad to every Province, to be presently assisted with all the aide that can be spared. It is not muche that thei can spare, but what the contrey shall be able, will be sent with all diligence: aswel to give him greater strength, if the Enemie should charge him, as to as- sure their frontier places, while the siege doth con- tinue. In effect it is thought, that there are, or will be shortly, accounting horse and foote together, between ten and eleven thousand. The states that are heere, and likewise the Councel, which continueth at Swol, about two daies jorney from the campe, as greatly troubled with this mater: the more a great deale, for that Count Maurice in this siege, hath taken contrary courses to their spe- cial directions. The chiefetaines of the Enemie are men of fame, and knowen expe- rience, that Count Hohenlo excepted, we have none of like account: so as most men are persuaded, that both for their credit, and for the rescuing of Coevoerden, they will not part from our campe, with out geving some attempt, to trie the courage, and valor, and conduct of Count Maurice.

I am buisied at this present, to procure a pardon of the states, for the 53 English sea men, which are in prison for piracie in Enchusen and Amsterdam, and for whome your L. hath written very lately unto me. fol.209v
Howe I have proceeded, and what I have obtened, I should but trouble yow with rehersall, not having brought the mater to a final resolution. They were all of them condemned, before your letter came unto me, but yet I hope this intercession, will enlarge the greater multitude.

At this very instant, and at the writing heerof, we have letters from the campe, that the 28 of this moneth, about 4 of the clocke in the morning, the Enemie came upon us with a wonderfull furie, and brake into our trenches, but was valiantly re- pulsed with the slaughter of many Spaniardes, which had the vantgard of the troupes, and with the losse among ours of one onely man. Count William in the conflict receaved some hurt, but without any danger: and the Enemie is retired, but whe- ther it is not signified. For the lettres were written by some that were present, and for hast of sending first, omitted many particularities: which I thought notwithstanding, might deserve to be reported in suche sort as we have it. And so I take my humble leave. From the Hage August 31 1592. Your L. most humbly bounden Tho. Bodley