Letter ID: 0455
Reference: TNA, SP 84/49/56 f.56r-57v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0455/008
Date: 21 July 1594
Copies: 0037 1376 1378 



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

Endorsed: 21 Julij 1594 Master Bodley to my L. From the Haghe. Monsieur de Caron advertisment of the request made to hym the 15 of Julij that he was contermanded by Sir Ro. Cecills lettre

Later Addition: 21 July 94


May it please your good L. assoone as I had sealed my former unto yow, upon a newe adver- tisment sent hither from Master Caron to the states, there were certaine deputed to conferre againe with me, and to learne what I could signifie, as touching those de- maundes which were made by her Majestie and proposed to Master Caron the 15 of this moneth, in your L. house in London. But declaring unto them at I had not understoode the particular pointes, they imparted them unto me, and signified with all, That for 9 or 10 shippes for 3 monethes required of her Majestie they did not thinke that the contrey would make any diffi- cultie: nor for the twentie thousand weight of powder. But they could not comprehend what was meant by that point, wherein her Majestie doth desire, to be served of 2 monethes victuals, for two thousand men. For they doe presume that all kinde of victuals are more abundant, and better cheape, and more ready for that service in England then heere: and that they can not well carie for more then 3 monethes victuals. Againe they seemed to mervaile, that if it were intended, that the Fort before Brest should be taken from the Enemie, there was no mention made of munition, and that of powder in like maner so smalle a quantitie was de- maunded. for that in these contreis they doe make provision at the lest, at the siege of any place, that is of importance, of two hundred thowsand weight, and of fivetie thowsand onely to serve for the smalle shotte. I could not tell what to answear to any of these doubtes, because I had receaved no co- mission about it, nor was not rashely to conjecture at her Majesties meaning. Howbeit perceaving by their speeches, that they would not shrinke in their as- sistance, but were rather inclined to affourd a greater proportion of every thing demuanded then was mentioned by her Majestie I solicited them in that behalf, declaring fol.55v
for the rest, that /I thought/ those demaundes were onely made by way of communication, and proceeded of an unper- fect project cast upon the first meeting onely, and that they should be throughly satisfied, when I had my letters, which I expected every houre. Wherupon they concluded, that for the reasons alleaged, at the time of my Audience (which I have sette downe in my former to your L.) and because Master Caron the very same day that he had speeche with her Majestie in your L. house, recea- ved after a letter from Sir Robert Cecill, wherein he was requested in her Majesties name, to stay his dispatche for that she had not yet taken a full resolution, they could not take order upon any thing proposed, but presently upon notice of her determinat final purpose, and some 16 or 20 daies warning, they would be ready with their navie, and all thinges appertening. And thus I take my humble leave. From the Hag[e] July 21 1594. Your L most humble at commaundement Tho. Bodley