Correspondence of King James VI. of Scotland with Sir Robert Cecil and Others in England: During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth; with an Appendix Containing Papers Illustrative of Transactions Between King James and Robert Earl of Essex. Principally Pub. for the First Time from Manuscripts of the Most Hon. the Marquis of Salisbury, K.G., Preserved at Hatfield
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Page i - By a third statute passed seven years afterwards (35 Hen. VIII. cap. 1), immediately before the expedition to Boulogne, after declaring the succession to be in Prince Edward, the heir apparent, it was enacted, that if the Prince should die without issue, the crown should go- in succession to the King's daughters Mary and Elizabeth, subject to such conditions as should be limited by the King by letters patent, or by " his last will in writing, signed with his most gracious hand.
Page xxxiii - Secretary, though he knew there were in it some letters from his correspondents, which to discover were as so many serpents, yet made more show of diligence than of doubt to obey, and asks some one that stood by (forsooth in great haste), for a knife to cut up the packet (for otherwise he might have awaked a little apprehension); but in the mean time approaching with the packet in his hand, at a pretty distance from the Queen, he telleth her it looked and smelt ill-favouredly, coming out of a filthy...
Page xxxix - He was not certain," he told them, " how soon he should have to use arms; but whenever it should be, he knew his right, and would venture crown- and all for it".
Page xxxviii - Elizabeth's reign, by conveying the letters of some great lords of England, who worshipped the rising sun, to King James, and his letters back to them ; this way of obliquity being chosen as more safe than the direct northern...
Page 12 - I might rather be left to mine owne discouerys of their greatest secretts, then to receaue any lyght from you of their deepest misteryes. For this I do profess in the presence of Him that knoweth and searcheth all mens harts, that if I dyd not some tyme cast a stone into the mouth of these gaping crabbs, when they are in their prodigall humour of discourses...
Page xxxiv - ... Sir Robert Cecil. After the execution of Essex he had begun a secret correspondence, which, combined with the Queen's wise policy, virtually assured James of the succession. With fearful care he kept all knowledge of his letters from Elizabeth: the Queen's "age and orbity," he wrote in later years, "joined to the jealousy of her sex, might have moved her to think ill of that which helped to preserve her.
Page xxvii - Secretary speak any words to that effect; only there was a seditious book, written by one Doleman, which very corruptly disputed the title of the Succession, inferring it as lawful to the Infanta of Spain as to any other; and Mr. Secretary and I being in talk about the book, Mr. Secretary spake to this effect, ' Is it not a strange impudence in that Doleman to give as equal right in the Succession of the Crown to the Infanta of Spain as any other?
Page vii - Essex was what in those days was termed " full of humours," wayward, uncertain, impatient, fantastic, capricious; acting by fits and starts, upon impulses and prejudices; but ever with a dash and brilliancy that were nearly allied to genius. Sir Robert Cecil was his very contrary in all these respects. Brought up at the feet of his pre-eminent father, he acquired, perhaps inherited, the highest official qualities; a calm, quiet, patient thoughtfulness, the power of mastering and applying details...