RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Alt Ref NoMS 665
Extent211 ff.
TitleTHOMAS MURRAY PAPERS
DateEarly 17th century
DescriptionCorrespondence and papers of Thomas Murray (1564-1623), Tutor (from 1605) and Secretary (1617-1621) to Charles, Prince of Wales, afterwards Charles I. The bulk of the Murray papers (MSS. 663-669) are concerned with European politics, especially the acceptance by Frederick V, Elector Palatine and son-in-law of James I, of the crown of Bohemia in 1619, and the subsequent conflict which marked the opening of the Thirty Years War. Many of the papers were sent to Murray for the attention and political education of Prince Charles. Also included are papers relating to the Prince's finances and the affairs of his Council (Murray was appointed keeper of the Prince's privy seal and of the seal of his Council in 1615, see MS. 940 item 36). Included too are original papers of Sir Henry Savile (1549-1622) as Provost of Eton College and of Murray as his successor as Provost of Eton from 1622.
[Volume three, of seven volumes].


ff. 1r-2v. Letter (original) from Jean de Beaulieu, French Secretary to James I, to Thomas Murray, with news of France. London, 22 Jan. 1618/19. In French.
ff. 3r-4v. Letter from Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury (d. 1648) [to Thomas Murray]. Paris, 20/30 January 1619 [probably 1619/20. Herbert was Ambassador in Paris from May 1619]. In English.
ff. 5r-6v. Extracts of letters from Paris, with news of France. 12 and 18 January 1618/19. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, see ff. 1-2. In French.
ff. 7r-8v. Letter (original) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning the affairs of Bohemia. 26 Feb. 1619 old style. In French.
ff. 9r-11v. Copies of correspondence of Sigismund III Vasa (1566-1632), King of Poland, with the Estates of Bohemia and with the Emperor Matthias (1557-1619), concerning Bohemia and the threat from the Turks and Tartars. March 1619. In Latin.
ff. 12r-13v. Copy of a letter from Paris with news of a meeting between Marie de Medici, the Queen Mother, and Philippe de Bethune (1565-1649). 29 March 1619. With the initials 'PD' [?Patrick Drummond]. In English.
ff. 14r-15r. Copy of a letter from Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Duc de Bouillon (1555-1623) to Louis XIII. Sedan, 4 March 1619. In French.
ff. 16r-17v. Copy of a letter from Paris with news of Louis XIII's raising of two armies to deal with unrest in France. 22 March 1619. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, see ff. 1-2. In French.
ff. 18r-20v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], in the hand of a secretary, but signed by Wake. Concerning Savoy's wish to follow James I in a policy of neutrality with regard to the Bohemian conflict, and other matters. Turin, 8/18 March 1620.
ff. 21r-22v. Letter (original) from George Hay, afterwards 1st Earl of Kinnoull (1570-1634) to Thomas Murray, concerning appointments to be made by Prince Charles. 5 November 1619. In English. Cf. MS. 663, ff. 105-6.
ff. 23r-24v. Letter (original) from Thomas Hamilton, 1st Earl of Melrose and afterwards 1st Earl of Haddington (1563-1637) to Thomas Murray concerning the transfer of lands and rents from James I to Prince Charles. n.d. Cf. MS. 663, ff. 107-8.
ff. 25r-28v. Two letters (originals) from Volrad von Plessen, Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning Bohemia and the grief in the court at Heidelberg at the death of Anne of Denmark, Queen of James I. 11 March 1619 old style and 25 March 1619. In French.
f. 29r-v. Translation of a letter from Emile Gueffier, French Ambassador in the Grisons, to Jean de Thumery, Sieur de Bassise, Ambassador Extraordinary of France in the Low Countries, concerning a manifesto about the Grisons. 29 April 1619. With an endorsement in the hand of Sir Isaac Wake. In Italian. Cf. f. 36.
ff. 30r-31v. Copy of a letter from Paris on French politics. 17 April 1619. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, see ff. 1-2. In French.
f. 32r-33v. Copy of news letters from Heidelberg 1/11 April 1619 and from Brussels 13/23 April 1619. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, see ff. 1-2. In French.
ff. 34r-35v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], in the hand of a secretary, but signed by Wake. Being a copy of a despatch (first part missing) from Wake to the Secretary of State, with an added personal note in Wake's hand. Turin, 5/15 June 1619. In English.
f. 36r-v. Translation of a letter from Emile Gueffier, French Ambassador in the Grisons, to Benjamin Aubery du Maurier (1566-16360, French Ambassador at the Hague, concerning a manifesto about the Grisons. 29 April 1619. With an endorsement in the hand of Sir Isaac Wake. In Italian. Cf. f. 29.
ff. 37r-38v. Letter (original, mainly a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], in the hand of a secretary, but with an autograph postscript by Wake. Written from Heidelberg, on the strength of the Bohemian army and its allies. 12 May 1619 old style. In English. The despatch is printed in Gardiner (1865) pp. 87-9.
ff. 39r-40v. Copy of a letter from James I to Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline (1555-1622) Lord Chancellor of Scotland, concerning the transfer of the Lordship of Dunfermline and other lands in Scotland to Prince Charles following the death of the Queen, Anne of Denmark. 31 May 1619. In English.
f. 41r-v. Copy of a letter of compliments from Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy. 11 May 1619. In French.
ff. 42r-43v. Copy of a letter from Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Duc de Bouillon (1555-1623) to James Hay, Viscount Doncaster, afterwards 1st Earl of Carlisle (c.1580-1636), Ambassador on a mission from James I to negotiate peace between the Habsburgs and the Dutch and German princes. 4 June 1619. In French.
ff. 44r-49v. Copy of a despatch from an ambassador from James I to the united princes of Germany [James Hay, Viscount Doncaster, afterwards 1st Earl of Carlisle] reporting on a meeting in Heidelberg with Frederick V, Elector Palatine, the forthcoming election of the Emperor, and other matters. June [1619]. In English. Printed in Gardiner (1865) pp. 129-139, where dated Heidelberg, 19/29 June 1619.
f. 50r-v. Copy of a despatch (first leaf only) [from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy] reporting on the coming of Emmanuel Filibert (1588-1624), Prince of Savoy and Admiral of Spain, from Spain to the Kingdom of Naples and its political significance. The despatch mentions Wake's earlier report of 5/15 June (see ff. 34-35); the second half of the despatch is at f. 116. [29 June/9 July 1619]. In English.
ff. 51r-55v. Copy of a warrant from James I confirming the transfer to Prince Charles of the Lordship of Dunfermline, previously held by the late Queen, Anne of Denmark, and other possessions in Scotland. Endorsed '1619, June'. With a copy of a letter to James I concerning the same. In English.
ff. 56r-57v. Letter (original) from George Hay, afterwards 1st Earl of Kinnoull (1570-1634) to Thomas Murray, concerning the affairs of Prince Charles in Scotland. n.d. In English.
ff. 58r-63v. Copy of a despatch [from James Hay, Viscount Doncaster, afterwards 1st Earl of Carlisle] reporting on audiences with Ferdinand, King of Bohemia, soon to be the Emperor Ferdinand II, and the offer of James I to mediate between him and the Bohemians. Salzburg, 8 July 1619. In English. Printed in Gardiner (1865) pp. 156-165, where dated 9/19 July 1619.
ff. 64r-69v. Two letters (probably copies of despatches) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], in the hand of a secretary, but with autograph postscripts by Wake. Turin, 25 Jul/4 Aug 1619 and 12/22 July 1619.
ff. 70r-72v. Copies of newsletters from Germany, 1/11 July, 3/13 July and 8/18 July 1619. In French.
ff. 73r-78v. Copy of a letter to the Elector of Mainz concerning the crown of Bohemia and the election of the Holy Roman Emperor. Prague, 5 July 1619. In French.
ff. 79r-81v. Letter (original) from George Hay, afterwards 1st Earl of Kinnoull (1570-1634) to Thomas Murray, concerning the affairs of Prince Charles in Scotland. 10 July, no year. In English.
ff. 82r-85v. Two letters (originals) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning Bohemia, the Empire and the election of the Emperor. Frankfurt, 24 and 13 July 1619 old style. In French.
ff. 86r-93v. Two letters (probably copies of despatches) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], in the hand of a secretary, but with autograph postscripts by Wake. Turin, 9/29 Aug and 8/28 Aug 1619. With a personal letter (original) from Wake to Murray 22 Aug/2 Sept 1619. In English.
ff. 94r-103v. Copy of a despatch [from James Hay, Viscount Doncaster, afterwards 1st Earl of Carlisle]. Hanau, 7 August 1619. In English. Printed in Gardiner (1865) pp. 188-203, where dated 7/17 Aug. 1619.
ff. 104r-107v. 'Compendiosa narratio eorum quae ab obitu Imp. Matthiae inter serenissimum Regem Ferdinandum II in Regno Boëmiae legitimum successorem et rebellantes ibidem subditos acciderunt'. Endorsed 'King Ferdinand's information against the Bohemians receyved at 3 August 1619'. In Latin. Printed in Gardiner (1865) pp. 182-188, where described as a memoir delivered to Viscount Doncaster 3/13 Aug. 1619.
ff. 108r-111v. Copies of despatches [from James Hay, Viscount Doncaster, afterwards 1st Earl of Carlisle]. Cologne 16 Aug. 1619 and Aix 18 Aug 1619. In English. Printed in Gardiner (1865) pp. 205-209, where dated 16/26 and 18/28 Aug. 1619.
f. 112r-v. Copy of a letter from the Emperor Ferdinand II to the King of France. Frankfurt, 29 August 1619. In Latin.
ff. 113r-115v. 'Proposition faite pars les Estats de Boheme en leur Assemblee à Prague sur l' election d'un Roy. 1619. 16 Aug 1619. In French. The final leaf of this document (blank except for an endorsement) is at f. 175.
f. 116r-v. Copy of a despatch (final leaf only) from Sir Isaac Wake, with an autograph postscript in his hand. 29 June/9 July 1619. The first portion of this letter is at f. 50. In English.
ff. 117r-118v. Copy of a letter from Heidelberg on the deposition of Ferdinand II as King of Bohemia. 26 August 1619. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, see ff. 1-2. In French.
ff. 119r-122v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Turin, 22 Aug/2 Sept. 1619. Concerns Emmanuel Filibert (1588-1624), Prince of Savoy and Admiral of Spain. In English, with enclosures in Spanish.
f. 123r. Copy of a letter from Prince Charles to his Council in Scotland. 24 August 1619. In English.
ff. 124r-127v. Two letters (originals) from George Hay, afterwards 1st Earl of Kinnoull (1570-1634) to Thomas Murray. 10 and 26 Aug 1619. In English.
ff. 128r-129v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake to Prince Charles. Turin, 22 Sept. 1619. In English.
ff. 130r-131r. Letter from Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury (d. 1648), Ambassador to France, [to Thomas Murray]. 29 Sept 1619 old style. In English.
ff. 132r-135v. Copy of a despatch [from James Hay, Viscount Doncaster, afterwards 1st Earl of Carlisle] reporting on discussions with Frederick V, Elector Palatine, concerning Frederick's efforts to win James I's support for his acceptance of the crown of Bohemia, and as to where Elizabeth, Electress Palatine, should be during his absence from Heidelberg. Frankfurt, 27 Sept 1619. In English. Printed in Gardiner (1868) pp. 45-51, where dated 27 Sept/7 Oct 1619.
f. 136r-v. Extract from a letter from Heidelberg concening the support of the German princes for Frederick V as King of Bohemia. 24 Sept. 1619. In French.
f. 137. Blank.
ff. 138r-139v. Copy of a letter from the Bohemians to Frederick V announcing his election as King of Bohemia. 3 Sept. 1619. In French.
ff. 140r-141v. Copy of a letter from Heidelberg, speculating on the consequences of Frederick V becoming King of Bohemia. 10/20 Sept. 1619. In French, in the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, French Secretary to James I.
ff. 142r-149v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph postscript rejoicing that Prince Charles is reading his letters to Murray. Concerns a dispute between Berne and Fribourg, enclosing an abstract of a letter to Wake from Monsieur d'Erlach, Baron de Spietz, a principal counsellor of Berne [the enclosure appears to be MS. 941, item 165]. Turin, 20/30 Sept 1619. In English, with further enclosures in French on the same dispute.
ff. 150r-155v. 'Sommaire veritable de ce qui s'est passé en Boheme, Moravie, Austriche et Hongrie depuis le 18. de Sept. iusque au 26 de cette annee 1619'. In French.
ff. 156r-157v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Concerns Emmanuel Filibert (1588-1624), Prince of Savoy and Admiral of Spain, and his attack on the city of Sousse, south of Tunis, and other matters. Turin, 6/16 Sept 1619. In English.
ff. 158r-159v. Letter (original) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning the offer to Frederick V of the crown of Bohemia. Heidelberg, 30 Sept 1619 old style.
ff. 160r-161v. Copy of a letter from the government of Berne [?to Sir Isaac Wake]. 21 Oct 1619. Endorsed 'Sir I.W.' and seemingly an enclosure from a letter written by Wake. In French.
ff. 162r-163v. Manor of Macclesfield, Cheshire. An estimate of how the commons and waste may be divided amongst the freeholders and copyholders and the likely profit for Prince Charles. 13 October 1619. In English. Cf. MS. 932/22.
ff. 164r-165v. Copy of newsletters from Heidelberg, Stuttgart and Aachen Oct-Nov 1619. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, see ff. 1-2. In French.
ff. 166r-167v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake to Prince Charles concerning his delivery of Prince Charles' congratulations on the marriage of Victor Amadeus, Prince of Piedmont and afterwards Duke of Savoy, to Christine, sister of Louis XIII of France. Turin 5/15 September 1619. In English. The letter was enclosed in Wake's letter to Murray at ff. 181-183.
ff. 168r-171v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Concerns the welcome and entertainments for Christine, sister of Louis XIII of France and Princess of Piedmont, on her entry into Savoy. Chambery, 22 Oct/2 Nov 1619.
ff. 172r-173v. 'Representation des occurences d'Allemagne, Boheme, Moravie, Autiche et Hongrie par les escrites du 9 et 10 d'octobre 1619'. In French.
f. 174r-v. An unsigned letter endorsed 'Copy of a letter from Prague', addressed to 'Nobilissime Domine', on the military threat to Prague. 15/25 June 1619. In Latin.
f. 175r-v. Final leaf (blank except for an endorsement) detached from the document at ff. 113-115.
ff. 176r-177v. Copy of a letter from the deputies of the churches of Bearn, in the Pyrenees, France [to the assembly of the Eglises Reformees de France meeting at Loudun]. Pau, 26 Oct 1619. An enclosure from the letter of Jean de Beaulieu at ff. 200-210. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, see ff. 1-2. In French.
f. 178r-v. Copy of a newsletter from the Grisons, reporting the banishment of the French Ambassador Emile Gueffier. 25 Oct 1619 old style. An enclosure from Sir Isaac Wake's letter of 2/12 December 1619, see f. 205r. In French.
ff. 179r-180v. Copy of a despatch from the Ambassador of Savoy at Lucerne to the Duke of Savoy about preparations for military action between Protestant and Catholic cantons of Switzerland. 31 Oct 1619. In Italian.
ff. 181r-183v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray] concerning the confirmation of the Duke of Osuna as Viceroy of Naples and other matters, with Wake's autograph postscript concerning a letter from the Prince of Piedmont to Prince Charles. Turin, 5/15 October 1619. In English.
ff. 184r-187v. Two letters (originals) from George Hay, afterwards 1st Earl of Kinnoull (1570-1634) to Thomas Murray concerning the affairs of Prince Charles in Scotland. 14 Oct, endorsed '1619', and 14 Oct, no year. In English.
ff. 188r-189v. Letter (original) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, on the election of Frederick V to the crown of Bohemia. Heidelberg, 14 October 1619 old style. In French.
ff. 190r-191v. Copy of newsletters from Nuremberg 21 Nov. 1619 old style, and Worms 26 Nov. 1619 old style. In French.
ff. 192r-193v. Copy of a letter from the deputies of the assembly of the Eglises Reformees de France meeting at Loudon to their colleagues in the province of the Isle de France concerning petitions which they have addressed to Louis XIII. Nov. 1619. An enclosure from the letter of Jean de Beaulieu at ff. 200-201. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, see ff. 1-2. In French.
ff. 194r-195v. Letter (original) from Thomas Hamilton, Earl of Melrose, aferwards 1st Earl of Haddington, Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline, and John Erskine, Earl of Mar, to Prince Charles, responding to a letter from Thomas Murray concerning appointments being made by Prince Charles in Scotland. November 1619. In English.
ff. 196r-199v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph postscript, concerning negotiations between Savoy and Spain. Turin, 16/26 Nov 1619. In English.
ff. 200r-201v. Letter (original) from Jean de Beaulieu, French Secretary to James I, to Thomas Murray, enclosing copies of correspondence concerning the meeting of the Eglises Reformees de France at Loudun (see ff. 176-7 and 192-3), and with further news of the same. London, 13 Dec 1619. In French.
ff. 202r-203v. Letter (original) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning the threat from the troops of the Duke of Bavaria. Heidelberg, 31 Dec 1619. In French.
ff. 204r-205v. Letter from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], in a secretary's hand but signed by Wake, concerning the conflict between Berne and Fribourg, and enclosing a letter from the Grisons (see f. 178). Turin, 2/12 December 1619. In English.
ff. 206r-207v. Copy of a letter from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray] concerning pressure on the Duke of Mantua to implement the Treaty of Asti, possible marriages for the Prince of Piedmont and other matters. n.d. [endorsed '1619' in a later hand, but certainly before the Prince's marriage on 10 Feb 1619 and more probably Autumn 1618; see MS. 664 f. 199r on the Duke of Mantua's implementation of the Treaty of Asti in Oct. 1618].
f. 208. Blank.
ff. 209r-211v. Copy of a letter to James I from unnamed Frenchman, reporting on the affairs of Germany following the election of Frederick V as King of Bohemia. n.d. In French.
LanguageEnglish, French,Italian, Spanish, Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding, 356 x 280 mm., late 20th century. Spine lettered: 'Papers of Thomas Murray'.
Paper leaves, being loose papers bound together.
CustodialHistoryRecorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Thomas Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40).
The papers appear to have been loose on acquisition. They were bound in their present order,and each item numbered, by David Wilkins. The present catalogue refers to the more recent foliation rather than to the item numbers.
CopiesPositive Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library Box 666
RelatedMaterialStrays from the main body of the Thomas Murray papers (MSS. 663-669) are found in the Gibson papers and Bacon papers. Most, and possibly all, of the following are stray Thomas Murray papers, often identifiable by endorsements in Murray's hand.:
Gibson Papers:
MS. 930, items 71-74, 77, 84, 85, 87, 89-111, 113-120, 122-130, 134, 136-143, 145-150, 152-153, 155, 159-161, 163, 176, 178, 206, 221.
MS. 931, items 26-31, 34-35, 43.
MS. 932, items 5, 12-16, 18-19, 21-23, 25-28, 31, 40-43, 46-47, 51.
MS. 933, items 3, 5, 7, 17-18, 119, 125.
MS. 934, item 51.
MS. 936, items 263-264.
MS. 940, items 36-43
MS. 941, items 59, 81, 99, 102, 141-145, 147-183.
Bacon papers:
MS. 661, items 176-182 (relating to Eton College).

Extensive related papers are in the National Archives, State Papers, Foreign.
PublnNoteA number of items are printed in Samuel Rawson Gardiner, 'Letters and other documents illustrating the relations between England and Germany at the commencement of the Thirty Years' War', 2 vols, Camden Society, 1865 and 1868.

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NA2179Charles I (1600-1649); King of England, Scotland and Ireland1600-1649
GB/109/18303Herbert; Sir; Edward (1582?-1648); 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury; 1st Baron Herbert of Castle Island.; diplomat and philosopher1582?-1648
GB/109/21680Von Plessen; Volrad (1560-1631); Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine1560-1631
GB/109/19062Frederick V (1596-1632); Elector Palatine1596-1632
GB/109/16175Sigismund III Vasa (1566-1632); King of Poland and Sweden1566-1632
GB/109/18334Louis XIII (1601-1643); King of France1601-1643
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GB/109/17198Anne of Denmark (1574-1619); Queen Consort of James I1574-1619
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GB/109/18278Ferdinand II (1578-1637); Holy Roman Emperor1578-1637
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GB/109/21689Hay; George (1570-1634); 1st Earl of Kinnoull1570-1634
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