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The Cecil Papers at Hatfield House
CP Volume 138 Folio 32
HMC Volume 1 Page 215 Number 687
Haynes Page 300 Number 293
Transcribed by Samuel Haynes
28 April 1560. From my Lord his Grace to Mr. Secretary
From the Duke of Norfolk's Book of Entries.
YE shall receive herewith a Lettre of my Lord of Leddington's sent unto you; and also certein Articles, propowned by the Dowagier of Scotlande unto the Lords of the Congregation; by the whiche you may sown gather, whatt the French shute att. I for my Part cann judge non other, but that they wold make the Queen's Majestie loose all here excessive Chardgs, and in the Ende goo forwards with their former Devises, when Tyme shall serve them, both against the Scotts and us. What have they lost if they geate Dumbrytten for Lythe? And why may not they, whensoever they lyste? And are best hable, having under their Conduction the hoole Havens of Scotland, beinge in greter Nombers of Men then ever they had yet. And if the French kepe Dunbarr, and if I shuld speke like an Englissheman, I had rather they had Lythe still: Loke upon yt well; for if it fall out so, I look the Quene's Majestie shall rather augment here Barwick Chardgs, then dymynysshe yt. I wryte the more ernestlye, for that I wold be lothe that hereafter it shuld be said, "And if we had thought somuche, we wold better have looked unto yt." I cannot fynd (the lyklyhoode of wynnyng the Towne being so good, as my Lord Gray wrytethe,) that ther is any sure waye for us and the Scotts, but that waye. And so, &c.