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STATE PAPERS OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN MARY DURING THE YEARS 1553 AND 1554.

(In continuation of Appendix III.)


[Rymer has admitted into his collection of Foedera, &c. many documents belonging to this period, but which are chiefly patents conferring offices, or relating to other matters of a personal nature; these have not been inserted in the present catalogue, which is confined to such documents as relate more immediately to the conduct of the queen's government.]

Register of the Privy Council of queen Mary, commencing July 16, 1553, and continuing to the 3d November in the same year.

Printed in the Cecill Papers; by Haynes, p. 155-195.

Extracts from the Register of the Privy Council made by Ralph Starkey, MS. Harl. 643. They commence on the Aug. 1553, and extend to the close of Mary's reign.

Some passages were selected by sir Henry Ellis and edited in the Archaeologia, vol. xviii. pp. 173-185; but for the year 1553 there are only one or two paragraphs that were not already printed in the Cecill Papers, as above stated.


July 8. Letter of queen Mary to sir George Somerset, sir William Drury, sir William Waldgrave, knights, and Clement Heigham, esquire, signifying to them the death of king Edward, and commanding them to repair to her at Kenynghall. Dated July 8, 1553.

MS. Lansdowne 1236, fol. 29.


July 9. Letter of the queen to sir Edward Hastings, requiring him to support her title, especially in the counties of Middlesex and Bucks

Original in MS. Petyt; printed in Strype's Memorials, iii. Appx. I.


July 20. Letter of the council to queen Mary, dated from Baynard's castle immediately after her proclamation in London.

Draft copy in MS. Lansdowne 3, art. 26: printed in Strype's Cranmer, Appx. No. LXXI.; Ellis's Original Letters, second series, ii. 243.


July 25. Letter of the authorities at Guisnes to the queen, announcing the arrest of Henry Duddeley [1]

Printed in Strype's Memorials, vol. iii. Appx. III.


Aug. 5. Letter of the council to the commissioners at Brussels, recalling sir Philip Hoby and sir Richard Morysine, and directing the bishop of Norwich to remain as ambassador resident; carried by sir Thomas Cheney, K.G.

Copy in MS. Cotton. Galba, B. XII. p. 253, printed in Howard's Lady Jane Grey and her Times, p. 299.


Aug. 12. Letter of the council to doctor Wotton, sir William Pickering, and sir Thomas Chaloner, conveyed by sir Anthony St. Leger, to continue doctor Wotton as ambassador in France.

Original in MS. Lansdowne 3, art. 27.


Aug. 20. Letter under the queen's signet to the chancellor of Cambridge on the government of that university.

In MS. Cole, Brit. Mus. vol. xlii. p. 426; printed in Ellis's Orig. Letters, second series, vol ii. p. 216. Sept. 21.


Sept. 21. Letter of the council to sir William Cecill, directing him to surrender the seals belonging to the order of the Garter.

Printed in Cecill Papers, by Haynes, p. 201.


1553-4

Jan. 22. Letter of the queen, under her signet, to sir Hugh Pollard, sir John St. Leger, sir Richard Edgcomb, and sir John Fulford, to oppose sir Peter Carew's rising in Devonshire.

Original in the State Paper Office: printed in Miss Wood's collection of Letters, iii. 285.


Jan. 26. Letter of the queen, under her signet, summoning the lady Elizabeth to court.

Printed in Miss Strickland's Lives of the Queens, v. 346.


Jan. 27. Circular letter of the queen, under her signet, desiring the levy of forces to oppose the duke of Suffolk and his brethren.

Original in MS. Tanner, Bodleian Lib. 90, f. 196; Wood, iii. 287. Also printed in the present volume, p. 186.


Jan. 28. Letter of the duke of Norfolk to the council, describing his march against Wyat: dated from Gravesend.

Original in the state Paper Office: printed in Cruden's History of Gravesend and the Port of London, 1843, 8vo. p. 175.


Jan. 29. Second letter from the duke to the council.

From the State Paper Office, ibid. p. 176.

-------- Letter of lord Cobham to the duke of Norfolk, and another of lord Cobham to the queen, the latter inclosing a letter of sir Thomas Wyat to lord Cobham.

From the State Paper Office, ibid. pp. 178, 179.


Jan. 30. Letter of lord Cobham to the queen: describing the rebels' attack on Cowling castle.

From the State Paper Office, ibid p. 180.

 

------- Letter of the queen to the earl of Sussex, requiring him to raise forces against the rebels.

Original in MS. Cotton. Titus, B. II.; Wood, iii. 289. List of prisoners for treason in the last rebellion, and method of proceeding against the said prisoners. Printed in Cecill Papers, by Haynes, p. 192.


Jan. 31. Letter of lord Abergavenny to the council, on the duke of Norfolk's defeat.

From the State Paper Office, in Cruden's History of Gravesend and the Port of London, p. 180.


Feb. 1. Sir Thomas Cheney to the council, from Sherlond, excusing his delay in attacking the rebels, on account of "the beastlyness of the people" and indisposition to serve with him.

From the State Paper Office, ibid. p. 183.


Feb. 4. A second letter of sir Thomas Cheney to the council, dated from Sittingbourne.

From the State Paper Office, ibid. p. 184.


Feb. 11. Letter of the lord admiral, sir Edward Hastings, and sir T. Cornwaleys from Ashridge to the queen, relating the particulars of their interview there with the lady Elizabeth.

From the State Paper Office; in Tytler's Edward VI. and Mary, ii. 426.


Feb 25. Mr. secretary Bourne, and other commissioners, to the lord chancellor and secretary Petre, respecting their examination of Wyat, and other prisoners, in the Tower.

From the State Paper Office; in Tytler, ii. 313.


Mar. 13. A commission (in Latin) to deprive Robert archbishop of York, Robert bishop of St. David's, John bishop of Chester, and Paul bishop of Bristol.

Patent roll 1 Mar. pars 7, printed by Burnet, Hist. of the Reform. vol ii. Records to book II. number 11; Rymer, vol. xv. p. 370.


Mar. 15. A commission (in English) from the queen to deprive John bishop of Lincoln, John bishop of Worcester and Gloucester, and John bishop of Hereford, who had been made bishops by king Edward VI with the express clause quamdiu se bene gesserit.

Printed by Burnet, Hist. of the Reformation, vol. ii. Records to book II. number 12; Rymer, vol. xv. p. 370.


March. The treaty for the marriage of the queen with Philip prince of Spain.

Printed in Rymer's Foedera, edit. 1713, vol. xv. p. 377; also in Carte's History of England, iii. 301.


1554

April 20. Letter of queen Mary to king Philip.

Original in MS. Cotton. Vesp. F. III.; Wood, iii. 290.


May 23. Circular letter, under the queen's signet, to the justices of peace, directing them to search for the authors of seditious tales and vain prophesies.

Original, filled in for the county of "Norffolke," in MS. Cotton. Titus, B. II. f. 119; printed by Burnet, Hist of the Reform. vol. ii. Records to book II. number 14; and in Miss Wood's Letters of Illustrious Ladies, vol. iii. p. 292.


June 25. Ratification of the marriage treaty by Philip.

Rymer's Foedera, vol. xv. pp 393-403


July 4. Letter of the queen to the lord treasurer (marquess of Winchester), respecting a grant to sir Edmund Peckham; the postscript in her own hand, "My Lord, I moste hartely thancke you for your dayly paynfulnes taken in my service." Dated "From Farname, the iiijth of Julye."

Original in MS. Cotton. Titus, B. II. f. 157; printed in Ellis's Original Letters, second series, ii. 253.

-------- The queen's instructions to the lord privy seal (the earl of Bedford [2]), sent to meet king Philip.

Original in MS. Cotton. Vesp F. III F.12. This document is entirely in the queen's hand, as follows:
"Instructions for my lord Previsel--
"Fyrste, to tell the kyng the whole state of this realme with all thyngs appartaynyng to the same, asmyche as ye knowe to be trewe.
"Seconde, to obey hys commandment in all thyngs.
"Thyrdly, in all thyngs he shall aske your advyse, to declare your opinion as becometh a faythfull conceyllour to do.
"
MARYE THE QUENE"

This is supposed by sir Henry Ellis, Orig. Letters, second series, ii. 252, to have been written "upon the arrival of Philip II." It is remarkable that Mary speaks of him as "the kyng," and not the prince of Spain.


July 27. Proclamation declaring the king and queen's style.

Rot. Patent. 2 Mar. p. 2, m. 5; Rymer's Foedera, xv. 404.


Aug. 4. Letter of the lady "Anna the daughter of Cleves" (the divorced queen of Henry VIII.) to the queen, from her "poor house at Hever," desiring permission to wait on her majesty.

From the State Paper Office; in Tytler, ii. 433.


Oct. 2. Letter, under the queen's sign manual and signet, to the earl of Sussex, to admonish the choice of such knights, citizens, or burgesses to the parliament "as may be of the wise, grave, and catholic sort."

Original in MS. Petyt; printed by Burnet, Hist. of the Reform vol. iii. Records to book V. number 14.


Nov. 5. Instructions given to lord Paget and the master of the horse, sent to meet cardinal Pole.

Imperfect draft in the State Paper Office; Tytler, ii 445.


Nov. 30. Supplication of the lords and commons, addressed to the king and queen, submitting the realm to the pope, and praying absolution from the legate cardinal Pole.

MS. Cotton. Titus, C. VII 118; translation in Howard's Lady Jane Grey, p. 347. See also in Elder's tract, antea, p. 160.

Several despatches of the English ambassadors to the emperor and the king of France during the same period, are printed in Tytler's Edward VI. and Mary, from the originals in the State Paper Office; but these belong rather to foreign than domestic politics. The despatches of the French ambassador, Noailles, from England, are in print, and have been frequently quoted in the present volume; those of the imperial ambassador, Simon Renard, have been partially published in Mr Tytler's work.

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