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The Cecil Papers at Hatfield House
CP Volume 152 Folio 175
HMC Volume 1 Page 232 Number 735
Haynes Page 326 Number 331
Transcribed by Samuel Haynes
12 June 1560. Sir Thomas Parry and Sir William Petre to Secretary Cecill
From the Original.
ALBERT the Quene's Majestie knoweth, and is well assured of your ernest Zeale and carefull Mynde to bring all Things to good Ende, with as moche Honour to hir Majestie, and Suertie to hir Realme, as you may; yet uppon some Occasion at this Tyme ministred by the Frenche, wherof hir Majestie is well informed, she hath comannded us to remember you specially of thies two Things. First, That, in your Treatie with the French Comissioners touching the great Injuries don to hir Majestie by their Usurpation of the Titles and Armes of hir Realms, &c. you do not only provide for the leaving therof herafter, so as it may be from hensfurth no more used; but also, bycause their doings in this Mater be openly publisshed to the Worlde, that some suche Satisfaction may follow by the Frenche King's Quene, as wherby hir Majesties Honor, just Title and Right may appere to the Worlde, aswell by some publike Demonstracions, that Injurie hath byn don to hir Majestie in this Parte, contrary to all Right and Justice, as by suche other Wayes and Meanes, as you can think good, and may obteyn to be agreed unto; the good order of which Mater, as a Thing touching highly-hir Honor and Estate, hir Majestie prayeth you to consider specially, and provide for accordingly. The second Pacquet is for Tharticle of Reservation conteyned in the last Treatie with Frannce, and for one other Article touching any Innovation on either Side during eight Yeres, the Copies of both which Articles we send unto you herewith. And albeit the said Articles (where good meaning is) be very reasonable and good for bothe Parties; yet because the French in those, and all other their Promises, do serve the Tyme, and contrary to good Faith, pretende Matters for their Purpose, when they list: Hir Majestie woold be glad if in this Treatie (wherin she knoweth you will provide for Confirmation of thother) you might obteyne some fuller Exposition or Declaration, to provide as moche as may be by Convenant for this. For they do now excuse their using of hir Majestie's Titles and Armes to be no Innovation, considering that the same was begon to be used by them before the Date of that Treatie, and therfore (as they cavill) no Innovation; contrary in dede to the trew meaning of the Treatie and all good Reason: Which Mater hir Majestie prayeth you to consider, and to provide for the Remedy, the best you may. And thus with our most hartie Comendations we byd you hartely farewell.
From Grenewich the 12th of June 1560. Your assured loving Frends, Tho. Parry, Will. Petre,
To the Right Honorable and our very loving Frende Sir William Cecill Knight, the Quene's Majesties principall Secretary.