Letter ID: 0715
Reference: Hatfield, MS 34/69
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/0715/008
Date: 27 August 1595
Copy of: 1260



Later Addition: XVII. [54]

Endorsed: Copie of my lettre to my L. Tresurer

Later Addition: 27 August 1595


May it please your good L. By a former lettre written the 17 of this moneth, I made reporte unto your L. howe I founde them heere affected to the mater of my message. They have delegated sins certaine persons of their College to repaire to Co. Maurice and the Councel of Estate, with their advise to be assisted in the training of their aunswear, These, it is thought, will hasten their returne and be heere againe, I ghesse, within these 8 dayes at the furthest. In the meane season, if either my owne endevors, or the travailes of my frindes had bin able to discover, to what kinde of course they are secretly inclined, I have used all my meanes, and my uttermost diligence and yet I rest as uncertaine as when I came hither. But if I should imparte my privat conjecture, as I can not well perceave, at their State is sufficient, to give her Highnes contentation of any good portion, so I doubt if it were, there will nothing be obtained, but by a newe treatie. For this I finde to be a reason urged by them all, and I suppose it will goe currant, when the mater is referred to the peoples resolution, That to yelde any paiment by vertue of the Contract, were to construe the Contract to be ended already, and to confesse that they are bounde to present rembour- sement of all that debt unto her Majestie which I finde by all their humors is a neere impossi- bilitie to persuade them to acknowledge.

Heere is at this instant a troublesome advertise- ment come from the Campe, That the 23 of this moneth, Co. Philip going fourth with 500 Cornets upon notice of it given to the Enemie before, by some spial among us) in Lieu of those 3 he founde at the least 14 and 1000 foote in ambusche. The charges and rescues and all fol.69v
the fight of our horsemen was valiantly perfourmed, but oppressed in the end with the Enemies numbers, were forced to returne with the losse of 40 men, and 70 horse, for which we had 50 horse of the Enemie, and 16 prisoners, having slaine by supposal above a hundred. But Co. Philip himself was grievously hurt, and taken pri- soner, with the young Co. Ernest his brother, and Co. Ernest of Solmes a very gallant young gentleman, who was also so hurt, as niether he nor Co. Philip are lyke to escape it. Sir Nicholas Parker in this encounter, is noted to have done very singular service. It was bruted heere a while that de Fuentes was remo- ved from the siege of Cambray: but this day we have lettres from Abbeville and Calais, that he continueth very stronge, and doth use many meanes to streiten the Towne, which is all that I can signifie for this present, and so I take my humble leave. Hage 27 August 95.

Postscript: It is also signified unto us by lettres from the Campe that Master Robert Vere Sir Francis brother was slaine in the conflict.