Letter ID: 0470
Reference: TNA, SP 84/50/85 f.90r-91v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0470/008
Date: 04 March 1595
Copies: 1241 0675 0769 



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

Endorsed: 4 Martij 1594 Master Bodeleie to my L. A third lettre intercepted./

Later Addition: 4 March 94/5


May it please your good L. Among divers lettres sent from Brussels, and intercepted heere of late, I sent yow two with my last of the 26 of February and heerewith a third, which was also written by the same Crytten to James Tyrius the Scottishe Jesuit at Rome, and did not seeme to be regarded by those that kept the lettres. But I finde it worth the reading for many respectes, because it doth manifest that there are many brabbles and discontentments among those of that nation in Brussels and els where: and that they are in despaire of good suc- cesse in the Enemies actions both heere and in france. It is also easie to perceave by perusing the wordes interlaced, with the figures, that there is mater there signi- fied of special importance: which if it can not be deci- phred by any at home, I am of opinion, that a copie of the lettre being sent to some man that is of capacitie, and imploied by your L. in Brussels or Andwerp, if he /be/ but acquainted with the Scottes that are there, and the factious among them, it will be presently discovered. These that are heere of the Scottishe nation, for want of know- lege, who they are that are there, and howe they stand for affection one to an other, can give me no light. As touching my negotiation, the returne of the Deputies of Guelders and Overysel are daily nowe expected, and then the states, I am certaine, will deliver me their answear, without putting me of to a further day. We have assured intelligence from divers places of the Enemies contreis, that the vulgar people every where crie openly out against their miseries, shewing manifest token that they desire to be joined to the rest of this union. And as farre as I can judge of the states inclinatio, if the motion proceede from the other side to them, fol.90v
thereafter as it is, they are fully bent to intertaine it, to the best advantage of their cause. But whether it were expedient, that we should strike at this iron, while it is hotte, and be the first that should send to the Enemies Provinces, that doth rest in deliberation: albeit I doe perceave that most men are of mind, that we should not sturre in this case, but as occasions are presented from them unto us. For this is alleaged for it, That before they send to the Enemie, in a mater of that importance, they must first of force heere at home have recourse to every Province, to purchase autoritie, whereby it will be impar- ted to every towne, and so come abroade among the people, who, as every man doubtes, may prove so every hedlonge in suche a plausible motion, as perhaps when they see it is once sette a foote, they will violently thorowe, without regard to their owne securitie. The feare of this hu- mor in the multitude, doth stay them from proceeding as they are otherwise willing. It is comonly reported that the Enemie prepareth for the siege of Huy, which he will finde a very hotte and a costly exploit. For Haurangieres the commaunder is a valiant expert souldier, and will undoubtedly perfourme as muche as can be required. And thus I take my humble leave. From the Hage. March 4 1594. Your L. most humbly bounden Tho. Bodley