Letter ID: 1163
Reference: BL, MS Cotton Galba D IX f.258r-v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/1163/008
Date: 29 July 1592
Copy of: 0407



Later Addition: July [[To]] my L. Treasurer

May it please your good L. Upon the sight of your lettre of the 20 of this moneth, which was delivered me to day, I should thinke it very long, till your L. receaved mine answear unto it, but that I hope the sundrie lettres which I have lately sent from hens, will make it evident altogether, that I have used no slacknes in writing unto you. For where the 20 of this present my lettre onely of the 4 was delivered to your L. it may please you to consider, that I went immediately upon it towardes the campe, and being come as farre as Swol the 10 of this present, I receaved there the lettres, which her Highnes writte about the companies: which I imparted the 11 to the Councel of estate: the 12 I returned towardes the Hage: the 14 I delivered my lettres to the States: and I have signified their answear, with other partinent maters, by my lettres of the 15 16 19 and 25 of this moneth, which I hope before this will be all with your L. And yet I see there is some cause to doubt the diligence of the Post, to whome my lettres to your L. are commonly consigned. For his servants tell me plainely and give it out very often in their speeches abroad, that their Maister hath no benefit by the cariage of suche lettres, as I doe writte unto your L. Whereby they seeme to be unwilling to continue suche a course, as is burdensome unto them, and give me good occasion to doubt in some sort their speedy [conviance]. I should mervel at that which was written from Flushing, of a practise of Mondragon for surprising Breda, and /at/ that in like manner for the taking of Verdugo, but that I finde by the lettres of the English gentlemen of Flushing, and likewise by their conference, when they come to this place, that they are muche misinformed of the actions and affaires that passe in these quarters. For heere was never no suche report, nor any bruite to that purpose: as it were not almost possible, that any occurence of suche consequence should be kept from my knowledge: nor I would not be so careles, as not to write it with the soonest. Certaine hazarders of Berghen have mette a post of the Enemey, which was going towardes Brussels, and intercepted his lettres, which the Governor sent to me, to be further conveied to the Councel and Count Maurice. I have opened them all to the number of 30 being written for the most from the Spa, and from the townes about Grolle, by those that of late have passed the Rhine, their lettres bearing date the 29 30 31 of this moneth, after their account. There is nothing to be gathered by their lettres from the Spa, but that the Duke of Parma is in good disposition, and as they doo conjecture, about the first of September will returne into fol.258v
France. The rest of the lettres from the townes about Grolle, doo g[[reatly]] discourse the weaknes of their forces through want of mony and munition, vituals, good commanders of their troupes, with other necessaries, for which they growe in disorder, and diminish every day, with sundrie particularities which are fitte for Count Maurice to knowe out of hand: for which I have imparted the lettres to the States, and sent them presently to the Campe. As touching that Levie of 2000 men which was promised long since, to be made in Juliers, the time appointed was the first of August after this contrey stile, the partie that undertooke it was one Stolbergh a Coronel. He pretendeth by his lettres to be almost in a readines: but as farres as can be learned by intelligence of others, they are nothing nighe the number: and those that he hath raised are unarmed altogether. Whereby the Enemy lieng between us and them they shall hardely be able to joine with Count Maurice. Howbeit Count Hollocke with two cornets of horse, and 3 or 4 enseignes of foote, is gone to Sherembergh, which is a towne of the States upon the borders of Zutphan, about 2 miles distance from Disbourgh, and situat thence southwest upon a gutte of the Rhine. There the Count will expect the Companies of Juliers, and if he be not hindred by a greater force of the Enemy, convoy them to the campe, and then furnishe them after with necessarie armour. I will send your L. commendations to my yong L. of Bedford, who is at Leiden at this present. Albeit I am bound for many privat respectes, to doe his L. any service, that my qualitie will affourde, yet I trust he doth parceave that your lettre unto me, which I receaved of himself, was a speciall obligation. And so I take my humble leave. From the Hage July 29 1592.