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I less will to help them then any other, though I mislike APPENDIX their fawlts. In it, therefore, Sir, I leave it to you, Plots and
Counterneyther to grant to? facilly nor deny to severly. For plots of it is no troble to me to heare, seing they are so wise as
1602-1603. they will be satisfied with mine honest and just answers. 1603.
Aug. 20. To my Lord GREY I pray you, Sir, retourne this
Lord Cecil answer : that in any thing wherein his case may be to Sir G. freended by me, without my prejudice in duty or mislike Harvey. in my Soverain,-I say it constantly and never will be Letters of
supplicafound untreu,—that I will do as much for him as I wold tion from
the Pri. ever have don for him in such a time when I held him
the Tower. dearest; protesting that, as I cannot accuse my self for
- Message any thoght or desire to suppress, nay to hinder him when to Lord
Grey. he thoght me coldest or worst afected (thogh it is treu that I had suspended my indevour to labour for himfirst, because I had somewhat els to do for others ; next, because I saw him suspicious of me, which I bare with because his estate might make him impatient), so all those conceipts or misunderstandings are as clerly buried as if they had not ben. This I write, not as needing or using to disguise, but even for trewth's sake. To which I only add this (and thereof I pray you require his Lordship to make good observation), that notwithstanding this my profession, such is his fortune as he cannot make to many freends; which, if I thoght he wold neglect one jott the rather because I have now sayd cleerly that I am his freend (duty reserved), I protest that I wold say to him that I were his enemy; and so plainely, Sir, let him see mine owne woords, that he may the better know my sense. For anything he will send me, in writing, of his case, lett him know I will receave nothing which I will not shew, at any time, to all my Lords Commissioners; and therfore let him be
VI. Plots and Counterplots of 1602-1603.
1603. Aug. 20
resolved that my friendship must in such thinges have the precisest limitts.
For any other privat letter of request, if you signe it, I will at any time receave it. For his reader, I wish he had him, and will move my Lords. But if he come in, he must not out againe. Your loving and assured friend,
SIR EDWARD COKE'S “ ABSTRACT OF THE
From the Original. Domestic Correspondence : 1603 (Rolls Housel.
1603. Out of the Examinations and proofes it appeareth August ?
there were 3 severall treasons, which, for distinction Coke's " Abstract sake, I ame inforced to name by severall names. of the Treasons."
Lord COBHAM. 1. THE SPAN- Lord GREYE. Persons.
NISHE TREASON; Sir WALTER RALEIGHE wherein the actors already GEORGE BROOKE. discovered were
Sir GRIFFITH MARCAM.
Countie ARR[EMBERGH). The Spannishe
By intelligence and meanes of ARREMTreason.
BERGH to gett and obteyne 5 or 6 hundred thousand crouns from Spaine, and 3 or 4 hundred thousand pounds from France. The Lord COBHAM to goe to the ARCHDUKE to acquaint him with his purposes; from thence to Spayne ; to retorne by the Isle of Jersey, ther to mete and conferre with Sir WALTER RALEGH,
and with the money to levie forces of discontented APPENDIX persons to take away “the KINGE and all his cubbes;' Plots and
Counterand to bring in a Spanish army to land at Milford plots of Haven.
1602-1603. The manner
Lord COBHAM only with ARREMBERGH. 1603. of the intelli- RAWLEY only with Lord COBHAM. COB
August ? gence and
conspiracye. HAM with Lord GREY, GEORGE BROOKE, and RALEIGHE; but severally. BROOKE with COBHAM. Lord GREY and MARCAM, severally.
(At my Lord COBHAM'S The places where
house in London ; Place. these treasons were
at ARREMBERGH'S plotted :
lodginge in London. The tyme : Within 5 dayes after ARREMTyme.
BERGH's coming to London.
2. THE PRIESTS' TREASON. To assemble force and strengthe, and on Midsommer-day last, in the night, to come to the Parke pale at Grenewich, to enter in by the gardein with a key, that should be borowed ; and when the numbers were come in, there should be a watche set at the dores of principall persons, and at the passages; and then to goe up to the King's lodging. And when they cam to the KING, they should surprise his person, and cary him to the Tower, and they would move him for 3 things :1, for there pardon ; 2, for tolleration of relligion ; 3, for assuraunce thereof, to preferre Catholiques to places of credit, as Watzon the priest to be Lord Keper ; GREY, Erle Marshall; GEORGE BROOKE, Lord Treasorer; and MARCAM, Secretary. They concluded to cutt of many of the Privy Councill, and to have made a Proclamation, purporting howe the KING had bene misled, and to have
APPENDIX had many things reformed. They determined to have
kept the King in the Towre a quarter of a yeare. For
1603 God's providence was defeated, they resolved to have August?
surprised his person at Hamworth, by rushinge in by tymes in the morning; and so many of the Scotts as eschaped the fury, they meant to have sent them into Scotland, for that will make the accion honorable.
WILLIAM WATZON, priest. The Confede
FRAUNCES CLARKE, priest. Confederates. rates in this
GEORGE BROOKE. treason :
Sir GRIFFIN MARCAM.
The Lord GREY, BROOKE and MARCAM,
twice ; but many tymes severally. COPLY with MARCAM; GEORGE BROOKE, WATZON, &c.
In Channon Row; in the Lady BAROWE'S Place :
house at St. James; in the Stronde. Tyme :
About the 8 of June.
3. THE LORD GREYE'S TREASON. The Lord GREY expecting a regiment of such souldiers as should be sent into the Lowe Countries, the Lord GREY, with a hundred gentlemen of quality, should have come to the KINGE, and (under colour of preferring a peticion to informe the KING of such inconveniences as were likely to growe to his Majestie and the State) to have executed the former treasons; which motion GEORGE BROUKE commended. Lord GREY required
it to be kept secret ; for though, saith he, the busines be APPENDIX honest, yet if it com to light, both the end must dye, Plots and
Counterand they about the KING would make of every mote a plots of beame. Lord GREY held MARCAM a valiant gentleman, 1602-1603. yet would not conferre with him ; but sett BROOKE to 1603.
August ? impart it to him ; with this, that MARCAM to his,viz, the Papists,-should not disclose him, nor I (saith Lord GREY) will once name him to myne.
Lord GREY's Confession.
Endorsed : “An Abstract of the Treasons.-CLARKE. MARCAM. LORD
GREY. COPLEY. Gage. Gage." 1
SECRETARY LORD CECIL OF ESSINGDON AND
OTHER LORDS OF THE COUNCIL TO SIR BEN-
1603. Dec. 4.
From the original Minute. Cecil Papers, vol. cii. § 48 (Hatfield).
Holograph. We have shewed the King's Majesty your letters, and he hath read that of Sir W. RALEGH's without superscription, evry woord. He shall heare answer, by SHEL
1 This name is so repeated in MS. The five persons here named had all made “confessions." VOL. II.