CP 152, 60
CP Volume 152 Folio 60
HMC Volume 1 Page 189 Number 628
Haynes Page 257 Number 236
Transcribed by Samuel Haynes in “A Collection of State Papers . . . 1542 to 1570” London, 1740
28 Feb 1559 Letter from the Counsayle to Sir James Crofts
From a Minute of Secretary Cecill.
After our very harty Commendations. We knowe your Wisdome and Disposition to serve your Countrey, so well, as, in Matters of Necessite of Seruice, although thesame shuld be very hard, yet ye will not refuse to employe your self, being therto appoynted by the Queen's Majesty. This Consideration maketh us the bolder with you at this sodden Instant. And therfore, wher her Majesty hath presently wrytten to our very good Lord the Duke of Norfolk and to your self also, for to accompany the Lord Grey at this present, the same we most ernestly require yow to accept with good Will, and sett apart all other your lacks in respect of such a Poynt of necessary Seruice, as that is. It is mente not to burden yow with any Charge, as long as the Lord Grey shall for hys owne Person prosper; saving to bestowe your Aduice and Counsell. Exsides that, the Lord Lieutenant will haue due regard of your lacks, and thera augment your interteynment. We knowe ye might alledge many excusees to yow from so soddayn a Jornayne: But surely none can be, nor will be allow from such a Necessite, as this semeth to be; which also cannot be there presence otherwise remedyed, but by this meane. And so we require yow to thynk no la of Frendshipp in any of us your old Acquaintance and assured Frends.