CP 152, 144

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CP Volume 152 Folio 144

HMC Volume 1 Page 219 Number 701

Haynes Page 305 Number 302

Transcribed by Samuel Haynes in “A Collection of State Papers . . . 1542 to 1570” London, 1740

11 May 1560 Minute of a Lettre from the Quene's Majesty to the Duke of Norfolk

From a Minute of Secretary Cecill.

RIGHT trusty and right welbeloved Coosyn, we grete yow well. By the Lord Graye's Lettres of the 7th hereof, we perceyve that on Tewsdaye last an Assalt was gyven to Lethe, wherin, by means of disorder, our Men had a Repulse; and for that it semeth the Place was not saltable, there was not any second Assalt gyven; nor, as we can understand, the Lord Gray will not, with the Nomber which he hath, auenture to gyve another Assalt, but will kepe the Feld and Sege. We be sorry to see that the Success was no better; but consideryng the Importance of the Matter will nether suffer delaye, nor retyre, but that the Enterprise must nedes be acheved, for the Honor and Suerty of our Realme and our selves, we meane further so to reinforce this Matter with all manner of Thyngs lackyng, that it shall not by God's Grace be left undoone. And therfore where yow haue taken order to levy within your Lieutenancy two thousand new Men, we meane also to send with all spede two thousand moo, out of the Shyrees that lye next to your Lieutenancy. And we wold that ye shuld presently reconfort our Army in Scotland, with assarance of a spedy Reenforcement: And to lett them know that there shall lack nothyng that maye accomplish the Enterpriss; but that your self will rather come in Person with a mayne Power, than it shuld not be spedely accomplished, to our Honor. Appon your next Lettres we will furder wryte.