CP 153, 43
CP Volume 153 Folio 43-44
HMC Volume 1 Page Number 787
Haynes Page 360 Number 357
Transcribed by Samuel Haynes in “A Collection of State Papers . . . 1542 to 1570” London, 1740
29 July 1560 Duke of Norfolk to Secretary Cecill
From the Original.
I AM sorye that I shuld impute the slakness off my wryhtyng unto you all this tyme unto Rume, wyche hathe so troublyd me, as I was nother able to eate nor slepe; thys Cuntrye and I cane yll agree. I ame sorrye to understand of your falle, and yeat glade, consyderyng the Place, you skapyd so well. Nowe you are aryved att the Court, I dowgt not but that you shall fynd alteratyon off your last Letter unto me. Blind Men cane schewes no Colowrs: Perchans they that make most of their payntyd schethe, wyll never doe fuche sarvys unto this Realme as you have done in concludyng thys Peace. I dare in Argument stand with them all, that the Quene's Majestye cowld not have bowgt thys Agrement to derlye, Perchans sume wyll saye, with dyffaryng we myght have had Calay's: But I will rather thynke, that we myght have spede lyke the Doge in Esop's Fables, wyche havyng a Bone in his Mowthe and seyng the Shadowe theroff in the Walter, gapet to have fechet yt, and so lost bothe; but lette this Matter passe, and lette me tell you now off ower State heare. Thys Nygthe we loke for the Tresor heare, wyche shall stope the Mowthes off a great menye Cryers, and I hope discharge all. The Tresorer hathe sent you ane Estymate off the Chargys thys Jorney, with allso a nother Boke ageynst Sir James Crofts; perchans he that made ane Informatyon unto you ageynst Syr Francys Leke, spake rather off Malyce, than off enye just Prose. I mynde to excuse no Mane farder than I have sene: This I will say, that ther ys no Mane ys able to fynd Fawlt wythe hys Sarvys syns my cumyng hether, but that he hath usyd hyme selfe as worchypfullye and sarvysablye as enye Mane whoesomever he be, and I beleve whan you shall heare the Trawthe, no Bodye lyke hyme; but whether Malice maye styre an untrawthe, you maye juge in hyme that told you the Tale. I have written an Ansure unto my Lords off Cowncell, wyche I send you here, and have taken Order for the cassyng off one thousand Mene. As well as my Lord Grey dede agree unto the Artycles which were apoynted, that the Capteyns shuld be sworne unto, yeat secretlye he made a metyng with Barwyke Capteyns, at wyche yt was agreyd that no Bodye shuld consent unto yt; but nowe they ar cume to a new Land, they wold be contentyd to have no Bodye have the Charge off enye Number above one hunderyd; but they wold kepe ther Wagysys stylle, as they ar att thys Daye: Thys Sute was monyd unto me by my Lord Grey; yt wold prove a proper mache for the Quene's Majestye. I assure you I marvell they ar not aschamyd off suche unresonable Demands; yf you doe not nowe, whylst tyme serves, seke for the Redresse off thes Thyngs, I thynke yow shall never have the lyke Tyme ageyn. Ther must presentlye sume Order be taken for the Plegys. I pray you procure me sume Dyrectyon, wher they shall be placyd. My Lord Ryven hathe made an ernest Sute unto me that hys Sone maye be so placyd, as that he maye prosper in lemyng: For God's Sake, helpe to place hyme with sume lernyd and good Buschop. Thus leayng mynone callyng home to your good Rememberans, most hartelye thankyng you for your fryndlye Letters, I bede you most hartelye farewell.
From Newcastle the 29th off July 1560. Yours most beholdyng,