Letter ID: 1115
Reference: BL, MS Cotton Galba D IX f.119r-v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/1115/008
Date: 22 March 1592


May it please your good L. having written of late to Sir Robert Cecil that which his H. will imparte to your L: I have the lesse at this present to signifie unto you. Count Maurice purpose to surprise Gertrudenberg hath had some impeachmentes, for which it hath not bin attempted. Howbeit his forces were landed 4 daies since & the Easte parte of the towne called Langstraet is kept by Count Hohenloo with 2 regimentes of foote & certaine horse to the nomber of 2000 & more, who hath used great expedition in pro[tecting] his people, & hath planted alredy 10 peeces of battery, which I think as this daie shall plaie uppon the towne. Count Maurice doth besiege the west parte, but hath neither yet entrenched, nor begon any worke whereof we knowe not heere the reason, but because of his slacknes, & for that there have messengers passed between him & the Governor Monsieur de Magires, yt is conceaved that the Governor doth give some hope of composition. Whertoo yt is thought he will yeeld the rather because that Monsieur de Waterdick who hath bin Governor once before, ys now againe appointed by lettres out of Spaine, which discontenteth exceedingly Monsieur de Magires & all the souldiers of his garrison. This is as much as is presently reported. This Councel of estate hath conferred heere of late with divers commissaries of this Country about the reformation of abuses in their musters aswell in the Companies, that are paid by her Majestie, as of theyr owne entertenment / that which they do suppose to be amisse in the Englishe, & to empeache the concurrence of the Comissaries of both contreys in taking the musters joyntly together, they have exhibited in writing to the end I should send it: as with all they desire that for the better parfourmance of those services, theyr late placcart of Musters may be practised by her Highnes Commissaries, & if yt shalbe found that there ys any thing in it either against the Treaty or otherwise faulty in what respect soever, they will enter into conference & willingly redresse yt. And thus I take my humble leave. Hage. March 22 1592.