Letter ID: 1253
Reference: BL, MS Cotton Galba D XI f.100r-101v
Citation: DCB/001/HTML/1253/008
Date: May 1595
Note: Fire damage.
Copies: 0773 1255 



Endorsed: Copie of my lettre [.] May 95.



Later Addition: [[.]] Quene

Most gratious Souveraigne, I send your Majestie heere- inclosed the effect of that ouverture, with which for sundrie great respectes, aswell for winning of tyme, as for the clearing of doubtes, and for the framing of it fully to your Highnes contentation, I thought it most expedient to returne my self in person. And if your Majestie will accept it, I make no more doubt to conduct it to your lyking, then whatsoever other service, that may seeme exceeding easie: as I am also in some hope, that when the mater is once a foote, I shall compasse their consents for the augmentation of the offer. True it is, it is but knowen to some fewe of the States (for so the project doth requyre, and the na- ture of their government) but yet they are those chiefest, and their worde in this case, hath the force of a warrant. The common sort thincke no other, but that I went to make report of the State of their affai- res, and to come backe againe, with your final resolution For that was their desyre, and I did gladly yelde unto yt, to give some coulor to my departure And where your Majestie supposeth they will impute it unto me for a very simple part, that I would be their messenger: and that it might be some touch to your Majesties wisdom, for sending unto them so weake a person. Your Highnes if you please may Vouche safe with good reason, a more favorable construction. For first the principal among them were acquainted altogether with the hidden cause of my returne, and esteemed it so requisit, as it could not but redound to your singular satisfaction. And for the Generalitie they did not so much hope (though it be not specified in their lettres unto you) that their answear would persuade you to accept of their refu- sal, as that your Highnes by it, might the sooner be in- duced, to qualifie your demandes: wherby they have not that conceat, that I am onely returned with their answear unto you, but that by meanes of their fol.100v
answear and my relation, therupon you w[[.]] your resolution to the State of the/ir/ Province [[.]] They have made a long tryal for many [[.]] together of my proceedings in yor service [[.]] which I am assured their persuasion is good [[.]] when they see that effected which your Majestie [[.]] in this mater of such moment, both I trust [[.]] will increase my credit among them, and [[.]] them I am certaine, to inclyne heereafter [[.]] easely to all my motions for your Majestie. were it so most gratious Souveraigne, that [[.]] erred in the forme of this my comming now [[.]] if I present you so good and so honorable [[.]] as will put you in possession of that whic[[h .]] desyre, I had undoubtedly just cause to conce[[.]] assured hope, that both in regard of this [[.]] endevor, and of x yeares together of my [[.]] best age, consumed in your service, and that [[.]] any recompence, and with the utter neglect [[.]] domestical estate, I should not in this m[[.]] have found my welcome so bitter, so farr [[.]] your usage to other of your servants, and fro[[.]] Highnes wonted maner, both in your lettres and [[.]] used to my self: wherein nothing move[[.]] more, then that your Majestie should account [[.]] great a frind unto the States: whose causes [[.]] I further, it is to serve your turne the be[[.]] was never yet to prejudice any jote of your [[.]]

And for my courses in such cases, I coul[[.]] member your Highnes of my very last cariage [[.]] King of Scottes proposal; wherein if I adventure [[.]] for the advancing of your service, though I had n[[.]] just commission, to purchas his displeasure (wher [[.]] I am advertised as in trueth I did expect it) it [[.]] were too grosse a fault in pollicie, to preferre the [[.]] pleasuring of the states (who this mater endev[[.]] must be strangers unto me) above your Majestie [[.]] fol.101r
contentation, whose lyking or dislyking is all my ma- king or undoing. For which I falle before your Majestie with all humblenes of duetie, and I beseech you most submissely to use your excellent insight, in discerning what is tould or discoursed against me, and to put it out of question, that if it derogat any whit to my diligence or care to serve your Majestie /syncerely/ there is either joyned with it an ill affection to my person, or want of knowledge how to deale in the causes of that Contrey, or that usual imperfection, which is readier to detract, then to allowe of others actions. And soe in hope your Highnes of your singular bountie will examine my proceeding with a gratious respect to my desertes heeretofore, and to my present painefull service, I most humblie take my leave./