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27. The secund precept of partising before Mr. Jhone Manderstoun comissair to the bishop of Sanctandrois, wes direct furth.

Maii 3. She wes conweytt be Bothwell and all his friends with sperris to Edynbrough castell, and for fear of accusation kast thair speres frome thayme be the way, and the next Sounday bir bannis wer proclamit be her awin precept subscriuit with her hand.

Maii 12. She came with Bothuell out of the castell to the tolbwyth before the lordis of session, and tuck her protestation and act thair of hir liberty, and so past togydder to the Abbay.

15. Thay wer publicly mareit after bathe the sortis of the Kyrk reformed and unreformed, and remaynit to the 7 of Junii.

Junii 7. He purposed ane. Rayd against the lord Howme and Farnherst, and so past to Melros and She to Borthuik.

11. The Lordis came suddenly to Borthuik. Bothuell fled to Dunbar, and the lords reteyred to Edynbrough ; she fallowed Bothuell to Dumbar disagwised.

15. Thay came frome Dumbar to Carbarrye hyll, qubair the lordis mett thayme. The erle Bothuell fled and she came to Edynbrough with the lords.

16. She past to Loychlewin and thair remaynit to the secund of maii 1568.

20. Dalgleshe Chalmerchild to my lord Bothuell wes takin and the box and letters quhilk he brought out of the castell; about this tyme my lord Bothuell fled be sea to the northe.

Julii 24. The Q. maid resignation of hir crown in fawour of hir sonne nou our souveraine, and past commissions of gouvernment. At this tyme Syr Nycholas Throgmortoun was in Scotland.

29. The king wes crownit at Striviling. Middilmoir wes present.

August 14. My lord of Murray now Regent returnit furth of France and came to Edynbrongh.

17. My Lord past to Loychlewin and spak with the Q.

22. My lord nou Regent wes mowit to accept upon him the commission of Regentrye, and geff his sylemnit ayth for dew ministration.

Decemb. 5. The parliament wes haldin and all things confirmed thairin.

1568. Maii 2. The Q. escapit furth of Loychlewin, and came to Hamiltoun; my lord being in Glascow.

13. The field wes strykin at Langsyid, besydis Glas

COW.

15. Maister Myddlemoyr sent frome the Q. Matic. caused my lord frome thence furth absteyn frome armour and violence.

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No. IV. Vol. I. Page 43.

The conclusions in the text are far more forcibly stated in the following letter from Thuanus to Cam. den." Nam demus, quod ab diversa tradentibus jacta. tur, Moravium, ambitione ardentem, scelerate regnum apetiisse; (quod tamen constanter negant omnes fide digni Scoti, quoscunque mihi alloqui contigit, etiam ii, quibus alioqui Moravius ob religionis causam summe invisus erat; nam verum fuisse aiebant extra religionis causam ab omni ambitione, avaritia, et in quenquam injuria alienum, virtute, comitate, beneficentia, vitæque innocentia, præstantem; et qui nisi fuisset, eos, qui tantopere mortuum exagitant, hodie minime rerum potituros fuisse ;) sed demus illum, calcata omni divini humanique juris religione, tantum animo scelus concepisse, quo tandem consultore et adjutore ad rem exequendam usus est? Primum omnium constat nunquam ullas capitaliores inimicitias, quam inter Moravium et Bothuelium, exarsisse. At quis sibi persuaderet, inter tam infestos de tanto scelere, qualis in regem conjuratio fuit, consilia agitari potuisse ; aut sperari, ut secretum, quod ad illam requirebatur, inter eos servaretur ? Deinde, quis credat Moravium, tantas com Botuelio inimicitias exercentem, post patratum scelus, sorori parricidæ in virum ducendi, auctorem fuisse ? Aut reginam tam supino ingenio fingi posse, ut fratri, infames juxta et periculosas nuptias suadenti, aures præbuerit? Denique, cur Moravius post hæc omnia sponte in Galliam secessit, si ex his turbis commodum aliquod sperare præcentia sua potuit? Aut cur, postea revocatus, tanta fide, rege infante, regnum administravit, et adversus Hamiltonios inbecillam ejus ætatem tutatus est, si per regis calamitatem regni occupandi spem

conceperat? Nam minus invidiosum et periculosum illi era cum Hamiltoniis, si rem perfecissent, perduellibus, de imperio decertare; quam sororis filium, a matre regnique ordinibus tutelæ suæ commissum, opprimere. Postremo, quid aliud, quæso, in causa fuisse putas, cur Hamiltonii, qui tyrannidem adfectabant, in Moravii necem conspiraverint; quam quod superstite tam strenuo regiis infantis regnique vindice, de successu desperarent? Ex adverso, apud animum tuum reputa, familiarem plus, quam opportuit, reginæ, etiam ante parricidium, cum Botuelio consuetudinem; regis miseri apertum post Rizii cædem odium; et ex eo contemptum; dinde post parricidum, annitente regina, festinatum de Botuelii, qui non solum facti suspectus, sed omnium opinione quasi convictus habebatur, innocentia judicium; moxque dissolutas turpiter Botuelii cum Gordonia uxore nuptias, ut alias mox turpiores contraheret. Nam raptum illum quis non rideat? Aut non potius ex iis, quæ memoravimus, necessario colligat, ingentis animi fæminam, nisi suopte ingenio et præoccupata diu ante voluntate ad id fuisset inducta, nunquam tam facile in illas nuptias fuisse consensuram ; aut eas postea tam artificiosis literis apud nos excusaturam? verum hæc tecum, et semotis arbitris. Nam quenquam accusare, aut ullius defensionem suscipere, neque his brevibus literis neque toto opere nostro instituerim. Nam ab omni insectatione et obtrectatione, ut mens, sic stilus abest: et me plurima lenitate mollivisse, quæ alii acerbius scripserant, ipsa lectione comperies. Rem, ut ex Scotorum, qui interfuerant, sermonibus didici, eta literis mandavi; et ad eorum fidem scripta a Buchanano expendi. De cætero nigrum in candidum in cujusquam gratiam convertere, neque animus ab initio fuit, neque nunc esse debuit," &c.-Camdeni Epist. 73. Thuani Opera, i. 40.

No. V. Vol. I. Page 48.

Double of the Council's Letter to the Queen Regent of

France concerning King Harry's murther, sent by
Lethington and subscribed by him.

Scot. in

MADAM, L'ESTRANGE fortune advenue en ceste ville la Brit. Mus.

Ayscough's nuict passe, nous constrainct prendre la hardiesse de Cat. 3199.

from Mem. vous escrire ce petit mot pour donner a entendre vostre, le malheureux faict qui a esté perpetré en la Colleg:

Scot. Paris. personne de Roy, d'une façon si estrange que l'on n'a jamais ouy parler d'une semblable entreprise. C'est qu'environ les deux heures aprez minuit, son logis, lui estant couché en son lit, a este enlevé en l'air par force, de poudre a cequi l'on en peult juger par le son et la terrible et subite execution, qui a eté si vehement, que, d'une salle, deux chambres cabinet et garderobe, il n'est rien demeure que tout ne soit emporté loing de la et redigé en pouldre, non seulment la couverture et plancher, mais aussi les murailles jusque au fondement, de sorte qu'il n'est demeuré pierre sur pierre. Et en failly de bien peu, ceux qu'ils sont autheurs de ceste mechanceté, qu'ils n'ayent par meme moyen destruict la Royne, avec la plupart de sa nobless & seigneurs qui sont pour le present en sa suytte, qui y ont esté avec le Roy en sa chambre jusque bien pres de minuict. . Et peu s'en est faillie que sa majestie ne soit demeurée pour y loger toute la nuict, mais Dieu nous a esté si favorable, que ces assassineurs ont esté frustréz d'une partie de leur attente, ayent reservé sa majestie pour en prendre la vengeance telle que merite un act si barbare et inhumain. Nous sommes apres les en

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