CP 152, 149
CP Volume 152 Folio 149
HMC Volume 1 Page 222 Number 707
Haynes Page 311 Number 308
Transcribed by Samuel Haynes in “A Collection of State Papers . . . 1542 to 1570” London, 1740
17 May 1560 The Quene's Majestie to the Duke of Norfolk
From a Minute of Secretary Cecill.
RIGHT Trusty and right beloved Cousin, we grete you well. We have hard Sir Henry Percy declare dyvers Things to us of the Proceedings, and present State of our Army, at his comyng from before Lethe; and in most of things requiryng Consideration and Supply from hence, we have gyven immediat Order for the same. And where it appeareth to you and others also, that our Service in Scotland hath not bene so well furdred, as might have bene, by Reason of the untoward Disposition of [blank in the original, but HMC says Sir James Croft] We be sorry thereof, and wayeng the Importance of our Service to excede any such Man's Creditt, we had rather in Matters doubfull to forsee our Suerty, than, by overmuch Tolleration, to aventure the Weight of so great Causees, as being hyndred or perverted by such a Man, maye soner take Perrill than recover Remedy. And therfore our Pleasure is, that, uppon Respect of your Entry into Scotland, or uppon any better Devise of your owne, ye shall send for hym unto yow to Barwyk, and pretending to give hym the Charg there, so staye hym there uppon that Cullor: And yet nevertheless using our Letter herewith sent unto you, directed to him, address hym by the same to us; and in his Place to appoynt, for the Governance of that Towne ether the Erle of Westmoreland or the Lord Evres, or such other as for the Tyme, shall seme mete, untill otherwise that Place may be better provided for; wherin we wold be gladd to have your Opinion. And uppon the Sight of these our Letters, if yow shall see any probable cause to forbeare the Proceeding in this Manner at this present, then our Pleasure is that ye shall furthwith with all spede certefy us with your Opinion therin. As for all other Thyngs we remit yow to the Declaration of our Mynd by Sir Peter Carew, and Sir Henry Percy Knights. Gyven under our Signett, &c.
POSTSCRIPT. If you doe not mistrust any Dangeor to our Service in Scotland, by forbearyng of his Revocatioun, we cold be content it were forborne, untill ye did advertise us with spede by your own Hand.