State & Government:
Of illuſtrious Perſons,
and great Agents; in the
Reigns of Henry the Eighth, Queen Elizabeth,
K:King James, and the late King Charls.
In Two Parts.
In which the Secrets of Empire, and
Publique manage of Affairs are contained.
With many remarkable Paſſages no where elſe Publiſhed.
Printed for G. Bedel, and T. Collins, and are to be ſold at their
Shop at the Middle-Temple-gate in Fleetſtreet, 16541654
Two Romanesque figures around a coat of arms with a sun and clouds in the background. Below the coat of arms is a Roman head with a banner behind it stating Munimentia Regia and surrounding the head is Georgius D.G. MAG. BR. PR. ET HI? REX P.D.
Myſteries of State,
Letters of the great Ministers
of K.King James and K.King Charles.
Much of the publique Manage of Affaires
Faithfully Collected by a Noble Hand.
Printed for M. M. G. Bedell, and T. Collins, and are to be ſold at
their Shop at the Middle-Temple Gate in Fleetſtreet,
I remember in 158888. waiting upon the Earl of Leiceſter at Tilbury Camp, and in 158989. going into Portugal with my Noble Maſter the Earl of Eſſex, I learned ſomewhat fit to be imparted to your Grace.
The Queen lying in the Campe one night, guarded with her armie, the old Lord Treaſurer Burleigh came thither, and delivered to the Earl the examination of Don Pedro, who was taken, and brought in by Sir Francis Drake, which examination the Earl of Leiceſter delivered unto me to publiſh to the armie in my next ſermon. The ſum of it was this.
Don Pedro’s confeſſion Don Pedro being asked what was the intent of their coming, ſtoutly anſwered the Lords, What? But to ſubdue your Nation, and root it out.
Good, ſaid the Lords, and what meant you then to do with the Catholiques? He anſwered, We meant to ſend them (good men) directly unto Heaven, as all you that are Heretiques to hell. Yea but ſaid the Lords, what meant you to do with your whips of cord, and wyer? (whereof they had great ſtore in their ſhips) What? ſaid he, We meant to whip you Heretiques to death, that have aſſiſted my Maſters Rebels, and done ſuch diſhonours to our Catholique King, and people?. Yea, but what would you have done (ſaid they) with their young Children? They (ſaid he) which were above ſeven yeares old, ſhould have gone the way their fathers went, the reſt ſhould have lived, branded in the forehead with the Letter L. for Lutheran, to perpetual bondage.
This I take God to witneſſe I received of thoſe great Lords upon examination taken by the Councel, and by commandement delivered it to the armie.
The Queen the next morning rode through all the Squadrons of her armie, as Armed Pallas attended by Noble Footmen, Leiceſter, Eſſex, and Norris then Lord Marſhal, and divers other great Lords. Where ſhe made an excellent Oration to her armie, which the next day after her departure, I was commanded to redeliver to all the Armie together, to keep a Publique Faſt.Ll2 Her 260 Ll2v 260
Her words were theſe. My loving people, we have been perſwaded by ſome, that are careful of our ſafety, to take heed how we commit our ſelf to armed multitudes for fear of treachery: but I aſſure you, I do not deſire to live to diſtruſt my faithful, and loving people. Let Tyrants fear, I have alwayes ſo behaved my ſelf, that under God I have placed my chiefeſt ſtrength, and ſafeguard in the loyal hearts and good will of my ſubjects. And therefore I am come amongſt you as you ſee, at this time, not for my recreation, and diſport, but being reſolved in the midſt, and heat of the battaile to live, or die amongſt you all, to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and for my people, my Honour, and my blood even in the duſt. I know I have the bodie, but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and Stomach of a King, and of a King of England too, and think foul ſcorn that Parma or Spain, or any Prince of Europe ſhould dare to invade the borders of my Realm, to which rather then any diſhonour ſhall grow by me, I my ſelf will take up arms, I my ſelf will be your General, Judge, and Rewarder of everie one of your virtues in the field. I know alreadie for your forwardneſſe, you have deſerved rewards and crownes, and we do aſſure you in the word of a Prince, they ſhall be duly paid you. In the mean time my Lieuetenant General ſhall be in my ſtead, then whom never Prince commanded a more Noble or worthie ſubject, not doubting but by your obedience to my General, by your Concord in the Camp, and your valour in the field, we ſhall ſhortly have a famous victorie over thoſe enemies of my God, of my Kingdomes, and of my People.