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The Cecil Papers at Hatfield House
CP Volume 152 Folio 176
HMC Volume 1 Page 233 Number 737
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Transcribed by Samuel Haynes
15 June 1560. Mr. Secretary Cecill to Sir. William Petre
WE be so traversed with all by this French Bishop, as we can make no certeynte of our Proceedings. All Yesterday was spent in Articlees towchyng our Entry, our Manner of Treaty, the Abstynence of Warres; and so agreed, as we determyned to take our Iornay this Morning. Yesternight they forbare signing of them uppon cavillations, and yet gave us hope that they wold finish them by four a Clock this Morning; and now untill this Howre, which is fix, we can not have Speche with them, excusing themselves by long slepe. And so we ar in Contention about a Word; wherin we meane to have the Victory or els not to depart this Daye. Here is such abominable robberyees in the Camp by our old Captayhs, that it wold make any Prince wery to have Victory with there Service: Comenly they lack not only a half Part, but three Parts; and they also infect our Contrey Captaynes. It hath bene no small Fault of Sir J. C. which is now there, both to gyve Example and to norrish them therin. Suerly his Faults in that Part be to evident in this Towne, wherof I am sorry.
If we depart this Daye, we will wryte to Morrow from Haddyngton. And so I end prayeng God to preserve hir Majesty, and to send hir some comefort of our Travells, for otherwise, I wish my carcass might never come hence.
From Barwyk the 15th of June 1560. Yours Assuredly, W. Cecill.
To the Right Honorable Sir William Petre Knights, Chancellor of the Order, and of the Prevee-Councell.