Letter ID: 0431
Reference: TNA, SP 84/46/62 f.63r-64v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0431/008
Date: 22 March 1593
Note: At the words 'may be practised by her Highnes Commissaries' the writing runs perpendicular in the left hand margin.



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

Endorsed: 22 Martij 1592 Master Bodeleie to my L./

Later Addition: 22 March 92/3


May it please your good L. Having written of late to Sir Robert Cecill, that which his H. will impart to your L. I have the lesse at this present to signifie unto yow.

Count Maurices purpose to surprise Gertrudenbergh hath had some impeachements, for which it hath not bin attempted. Howbeit his forces were landed fower daies sins: and the Est part of the towne called Langh- straete is kept by Count Hohenlo, with 2 regiments of foote, and certaine horse, to the number of 200 and more, who hath used great expedition in qartering his people, and hath planted already 10 peeces of batterie, which I thinke, as this day, shall play upon the towne. Count Maurice doth beseige the west part, but hath nether yet entrenched, nor begonne any worke, wherof we knowe not heere the reason. But by cause of his slacknes, and for that there have messengers passed betweene him and the Governor Monsieur de Magires, it is conceaved that the gouvernor doth give some hope of composition: whereto it is thought he will yelde the rather, because that Monsieur de Waterdike, who hath bin gouvernor once before, is nowe againe appointed by letters out of Spaine, which discontenteth exceedingly Monsieur de Magires, and 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 com- missaries of this contrey, about the reformation of abu- ses in their musters, aswell of the companies that are paied by her Majestie as of their owne intertenment. That which they doe suppose to be amisse in the Englishe, and to empeache the concurrence of the Commissaries of bothe contreis, in taking the Musters jointly together, they have exhibited in wriitng, to the end I should send it: as withall they desire, that for the better perfour- mance of those services, their last placart of Musters may be practised by her Highnes Commissaries: and if it shall be found, that there is any thing in it ether against the Treatie, or otherwise faultie in what respect soever, they will enter into conference, and willingly redresse it. And thus I take my humble leave. From the Hage. March 22 1592 Your L. most humbly bounden Tho. Bodley