Letter ID: 1173
Reference: BL, MS Cotton Galba D IX f.271r-v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/1173/008
Date: 08 August 1592
Copy of: 0409



Later Addition: [[15]]92 8 August To my L Treasurer

May it please your good L. Wheras her Majestie hath eftsoons written in the case of Coronel Sonoy, and your L. in your last that concerned his affaires, required me to bring it to some final conclusion: I have don[e] in that respect for the Coronels advantage what was possible for me. But for as muche as his demaundes are not all of one qualitie, and this people most unwilling to shewe him any kinde of favour, I have bin forced for his benefit to temporise in my dealing, to solicite men in privat, to part his suite into divers motions, and to observe some other courses which those that are his factours did thinck behoofull to continue. For this occasion I could not write yow any resolut answear about his busines and to put you to the trouble of understanding all the causes of those delayes that were used, considering Master Sonoy was well informed by his friendes, I thought it not convenient. But nowe that all is effected, that I am able to obtene, it may please your L. to be certified, that maters stande in these termes, That of the Coronels whole demaunde, amounting almost to 5000ll sterling, there is onely payed unto him 80ll for certaine gonne powder, which he had left of his owne in the towne of Medemblick: and 500ll sterling more, for that he was indebted to the inhabitants of the towne, which I have gotte to be discharged. But wholy against the heare, and with very muche contention in my conference with them. And for that which is remaining of the summe afore mentioned, which is due for arrie- rages of divers intertenmentes, I can gette no other answear, albeit I have used very speciall endevours, but that he shall be so considered as the rest of their creditours: which is so sette downe at length in their booke of resolutions, wherof they have sent me an autentical extract, and the transcript in Frenche shall be joined with this lettre, as I have also sent a copie to the Coronel himselfe. But all their awnswear in that behalfe is no better in effect then a cunning deniall. For if they were inclined to any equitie in his suite, they know his case doth differ muche from the most of the rest, to whome the country is indebted. For when y they made their composition he was actual governor of the towne of Medemblick, and they contracted plainely with him that ether he should continue as governor in the place, or have an honorable discharge, and contentment with reason for all his services forepast. Whereupon I have insisted, that although they do pretend the want of means and habilitie to pay the summes that he demaundes, yet it is a matter in their power, and a part of their covenant, to restore him to his government. The replie that they make, is but a dallieng abuse, by parvertinge the sense of a plaine composition. For they say they are but bounde to content him with reason: and they thinck he ought to take it for a reasonable contentment, in that they promise to intreate him as the rest of their creditours. Which in effect is no better, but fol.271v
presently to leese the benefit of his gouvernment, and to have as muche as not[[hing]] for his recompense heereafter: and so I have not failed to lette them understand. But to impart to your L. my privat conceat, though they themselves will not signifie the misterie of their meaning in this twart kinde of dealing, yet they make it very manifest by the course of their doinges, and by the cleerenes of their speeches in the causes of some others. For thus they are parsuaded, and nothing can be said, that will dissuade them from it, That when my L. of Leycester was chosen to this government, he had a present intention, to make a conquest of the country, and that divers suche as Master Sonoy did not onely what they could to second his dessignes, but were the principal plotters of those intended alterations that were essayed in divers townes. And this opinion of their disloyaltie is rooted so deeply in a number of this nation, that though they seeme in open shewe, not to seeke to revenge it, they will grieve the parties underhand, by all the meanes they can devise.

Of the occurences at the Campe, I can not, being heere, make a parfitte report: and because I do attend upon her Majesties pleasure,about the sending for the companies, I can not as I would conveniently goe thither For the statesresiding heere, with whome I must negotiat in affaires of that nature, if I should be at the Campe, with the bringing thither of my lettres, and my returning hither againe, there would be paradventure a greater losse of time then her Majestie would like. Touching that which was advertised from the Councel of Estate, that certaine forces of the Enemy were marched out of Brabant, and passed the Maese, I knowe not whereupon it came, bu[[t]] they speake no more of it. For which the Englishe companies continue still in garrison, and Count Maurice proceedeth in th e siege of Coevoer[[den]] having gained already the bourgh before the Castell, and beaten dow[[n]] a great part of the castell it self: wherby his hope is er be long to [[.]] that woorke unto an ende. Upon secret intelligence from certaine in Groeninghen that sins Stenwick was taken the chiefe within [[the]] towne are devided among themselves, of which some are desirous to tre[[.]] these countries, upon hope of obtening more equal conditions, the states [[have]] written to the towne a very kind lettre, which is sent by a trumpet from the [[camp]] whose returne is expected within five or six daies. And thus I tak[[e my]] humble leave. From the Hage. August 8 1592.