[T]o the right honorable [coun]tes of Shrewsbury [t]his at Chattesworthe ...by wheare
After my due and moost humble commendacions vnto your honorable good Ladyship may it please the same tunderstand that I cannot lerne the certaynetie of all the causes of thoccasions that the duke was committed to the tower; but thei say one was one was for sending mony to relive the lordes of the Scotishe quenes syde, as by mony and lettres intercepted it may appeare; for the Scotishe quene as thei say. sent the duke a lettre of her owne hand at good lengthe; requiring him to send ayde to her frendes in Scotland, or elles thei were hable to hold out no longer; wheare vpon presently he sent .vj.Cli in golde with a lettre to the Scotishe Quene an other to the Lordes of Scotland of her syde, and an other to Banister all his doer in the northe, to conveaye the same; the which was broughte to a marchant man to conveye with speed in the name of .l.li the marchant annswered that he wold receve it heare, and cause it to be payd immediatly there; but that cold not be but to be conveyed as it was seald vp; The marchant marveling at the earnestnes of chicford; and after he was gonne feling the waighte of the bagge, being very hevy; brook the seales and opened the bagge, and found the lettres and the gold; wheare with being very muche a feard; came to the court and showed the bagge and the lettres; wheare vpon, my cosen Kipwithe was sent to the duke that no man shold talke with him but in his hearing, and Chicford his Secretary was sent to the tower on Saterday at the night, and on sonday in the morning was examined by Sir Thomas Smythe and master Doctor Wilson, and his examinations sent to the court; and there vpon Sir Raufe Sadler was sent to the duke and came thither by .ix. of the clocke in the morning and discharged his howsehold and continued with him till he went to the tower; and imediatly after Sir Raufes comming; according to Chicfords confession, thei did searche; for their sifer; and he did appointe a wronge place, and found it not; but there thei found the Scotishe Quenes lettre; wheare vpon the duke was had to the tower; and chicford came from the tower to the Cherterhowse, and found the sifer in the rowfe amongest the tyle stones; whiche discovered the hole matter The laste weeke the duke sent to the Quene, that if her majestie wold send to him my Lord of Burly he wold declare the hole matter; and whan he came; he wold nauther say nor writte, but denyd probable thinges; and the same day came in to the tower Banistar his man; and there was examined, and stowtely denyd matters layd to his charge; in so muche as chicfordes examinations was sent to the duke; and chicforde was broughte face to face before Banister; who was racked on Wednesday twysday last; and barker was going to the racked; and vpon his confession was stayed; yesterday Sir Thomas Wrothe Master Osburne, and others was sente to the Charterhowse to take an innuentory of all his goodes; and the saing is that the duke tooke vpon interest .xx.Mli but thei cannot fynde wheare abowe .vj.Ml hathe bine bestowed of it. His doing is so evident and playne to vndermyne our moost soverayne Lady that if he scape deathe yet never imprisonment as longe as she lyvethe; but suerly he will hardly escape that is to be layd to charge.

Thei say the Quene wilbe at my Lorde of Burlyes howse besides Waltam, on sonday nexte, wheare my Lord of Oxford shall marry mistress Anne Sicelle his daughter;

Chippine Vitellus is comme in to fflanders agayne out of the Spanishe court and hathe given him the Contie of Holstroughte in the Lowe Contryes; and the duke de Medena seli is comming by sea with a .xxx. sale; whereof is .viij. men of warre.

Thei say the Turke dothe muche harme bothe by sea and lande; and good newes of good conclusion is looked for out of ffraunce by the nexte messenger of the consumation of the mariages; but there is nothing spoken of the Quenes majesties mariage.

He that murderd the Earle of Linaux and he that let thennemyes in at the posterne gate be bothe executed.

And thus leaving all my matters to determyne of the almightie god, that seethe the wronges that is donne me; who with his mightie power will revenge my cause whan it shall please him. I moost humbly take my leave of your honorable good Lady wishing my Lord and yow all helthe with encrease of honor to godes pleasure scribeld at London the .xxj.th of September .1571. I cannot lerne Banisters confession vpon the rack, as yet, but he was put to the rack for the draying of moost manifeste trothes at the first.

Your honorable good Ladyship's ever to command during lyfe

Hugh ffitzwilliam


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