Letter ID: 0489
Reference: TNA, SP 84/51/201 f.199r-200v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0489/008
Date: 22 October 1595
Copies: 1265 0718 1392 



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

Endorsed: 22 October 1595 Master Bodley to my L. His Conference with Monsieur Barnevell, and others.

Later Addition: 22 October 95.


May it please your good L. After so muche delibera- tion, as in my last unto your L. the 19 of this moneth I reported at large, the States deputed Master Barne- velt, and Master Vanderwerke, with the Greffier of their college, to acquaint me with the tenor of 2 severall lettres, which they have written to her Majestie and my LL. of the Councell, tending onely to excuse the protracting of their answear to her Majesties demaundes, to shewe their curiousnesse alwaies in observing the Contract, to foresignifie the dangers, if the people should be told, that her Majestie would dissolve it, and to intreat her to have patience, till their state will permitte, that they may use a shorter course, and give her better contentation. They required me withall, with a vehement kinde of speeche, That as I tendered the advancement of her Highnes service, and the good correspondence between the two contreis, and as I knewe their allegations to be true and unfained, and founde in conversation a harde conceat the people had of this demande of restitution, I should seconde their lettres with others of mine owne, and deale in that behalf with all sinceritie, and roundnesse, whereby her Highnes might forbeare from taking an extreme or rigorous course against them. Wherunto for an answear I signified againe, that in all that they desired, I had done my duty throughly, by my former advertisments, and had faithfully delivered all their reasons to her Majestie in every suche material point, as their lettres made remonstrance: all which notwithstanding her Highnes could not finde, but if so be they would endevor to persuade the Generalitie, and therein use their op- portunities, with that dexteritie and wisedome, as they are wont in weightie causes, thei might drawe them to the fol.199v
paiment of some convenient portion: whereby perhaps she might be moved, not to presse them for a while to any fur- ther remboursement. But when nothing at all is presen- ted unto her, considering her long and chargeable succors, and considering her present domestical necessities, with other manifold occasions, of which thei had bin by me infor- med at full, and they of themselves could make the reck- ning well enough, it could not choose but engender some notable alienation. Moreover for my self I had bin charged expressely, not to yelde, or to hearcken to any dilatorie answear: for which they were not to attend my conveiance of their lettres, nor any other office, that might any way seeme to favor their present resolution. Of that which passed too and fro to this effect and the like, they made relation to their college: who for ought I can perceave goe onward with their purpose, to send away those lettres, which I thinke they will consigne to their Agent Master Caron. The Councel of Estate was very earnestly bent, to have sent unto her Majestie some men of good account, and the states, I am persuaded, had folowed that counsail, but that thei staied their proceeding upon my prohibition. And thus remaining uncertaine, what course of further dealing will be pleasing to her Majestie I will attend in that behalf your L. good direction, and take my humble leave. From the Hage. 22 October 95. Your L. most humbly bounden Tho. Bodley