CP 153, 87

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CP Volume 153 Folio 87

HMC Volume 1 Page 261 Number 834.

Haynes Page 369 Number 372

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

17 Aug 1560 From the Quene's Majestie to Mr. Warner, Lieutenant of the Tower

From a Minute of Secretary Cecill.

TRUSTY and welbeloved, we grete yow well. Our pleasure is, that ye shall, as by our Commandment, examyn the Lady Catharyne very streightly, how many hath bene pryvee to the Love betwixt the Erle of Hertford and hir from the begynning; and lett hir certenly understand that she shall have no Manner of Favor, except she will shew the truth, not only what Ladyes or Gentillwomen of this Court wer therto privee, but also what Lords and Gentillmen: For it doth now appere that sondry Personagees have delt herin; and when it shall appeare more manisestly, it shall increase our Indignation ageynst hir, if she will sorbeare to utter it. We ernestly requyre yow to bestow yowr Diligence in this. Ye shall also send to Alderman Lodg secretly for Sentlow, and shall put hir in aw of divers Matters confessed by the Lady Catharyn; and so also deale with hir, that she may confess to you all hir Knowledg in the same Matters. It is certayne that there hath bene great Practisees and Purposees; and sence the Death of the Lady Jane, she hath bene most privee. And as ye shall see Occasion so ye may keep Sentlow two or thre Nights more or less, and let hir be retorned to Lodgee's or kept still with yow, as ye shall think mete. We have signed a Licence for your absence, but we wold that ye shuld forbeare for a fortnight, and not to depart, untill also our Pleasure be furder signifyed.