RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Alt Ref NoMS 667
Extent246 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 five, of seven volumes].


ff. 1r-2v. Copy of a letter from Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Duc de Bouillon (1555-1623) to Louis XIII concerning the situation of the Protestants in Languedoc and Guienne. 2 Jan. 1621. In French.
ff. 3r-7v. Copy of a letter from the Assembly of the Eglises Reformees de France at La Rochelle to Louis XIII. 2 Jan. 1621. In French.
ff. 8r-9v. 'Articles of direction sent by the Prince's Highness unto his Counsell 15 Januarii 1621' Instruction issued by Charles, Prince of Wales, 15 Jan. 1621/2. In English.
ff. 10r-11v. Copy of a newsletter from Paris. 20 Jan. 1621. In French.
ff. 12r-13v. Letter [to Thomas Murray] written and signed by William Boswell on behalf of Sir Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, Ambassador to France, during the latter's indisposition. Concerns the position of the Huguenots in France and other matters. 30 Jan 1621 old style.
ff. 14r-15v. Copy of a newsletter from the Palatinate concerning the situation there and the weak position of the Protestant Union after the Spanish victories in the Palatinate and Bohemia. 31 Jan. 1621.
ff. 16r-17v. Copy of a letter from Robert Miron, French Ambassador to the five Catholic Cantons of Switzerland, concerning the Grisons. 18 Jan. 1621. An Italian translation, in the hand of a secretary of Sir Isaac Wake.
ff. 18r-22v. Copy of a letter or despatch from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy. Turin, 14/24 Jan. 1621. In English.
ff. 23r-26v. Copies of newsletters from Prague, Hungary and Nuremberg, 14-22 Jan. 1621. In French.
ff. 27r-30v. Copy of a letter from James I to Frederick V, requesting the recall of his ambassador Achatius von Dohna and on other matters. 26 Jan. 1621. In French.
ff. 31r-32v. Letter (original) [? from a fellow diplomat] to Achatius von Dohna, Ambassador of Frederick V in London, concerning the abandonment of Frederick V by the Moravians and Silesians, who have made peace with the Emperor, and other matters. The Hague, 15/25 January 1621. In French.
ff. 33r-34v. Reply by Achatius von Dohna, Ambassador of Frederick V in London, to various propositions concerning Fredrick V and the crown of Bohemia put to him by James I on 6 January. 8 Jan. 1621. In a secretarial hand, with von Dohna's autograph signature. In French.
ff. 35r-36v. Copy of a letter from James I to the Princes of the Protestant Union in Germany (a reply to the letter in MS. 666, ff. 175-6). Concerns James I's support for the Union and his despatch of Sir Albertus Morton to them as Ambassador. January 1621. In French. Another copy is in MS. 668, ff. 5-6.
ff. 37r-38v. Extract from a letter from Colonel Egenberg on the situation in Moravia since the fall of Prague. Jan. 1621. In French.
ff. 39-39a. Accounts for the annual revenue and expenditure of the Prince of Wales. 18 Jan 1621/2.
ff. 40r-41v. Copy of a letter from Henri de Rohan, Duke of Rohan (1579-1638) to Louis XIII, concerning the situation in Poitou and the Assembly of the Eglises Reformees de France at La Rochelle. 4 Jan. 1621. In French.
ff. 42r-43v. Letter (original) from [Patrick Drummond] to Thomas Murray, concerning the Rohan family and the Huguenots at La Rochelle. 5 Feb. 1621. In English.
ff. 44r-45v. Copy of the response of Francois de Bonne, Duc de Lesdiguieres (1543-1626) to the complaints of the Assembly at La Rochelle. Grenoble, 1 Feb. 1621. In French.
ff. 46r-47v. Letter (original) from P[atrick] Drummond to Thomas Murray, concerning the Duc de Lesdiguieres and the Protestants at La Rochelle and other matters. Paris, 26 Feb. 1621. In English.
ff. 48r-49v. Copy of a letter from Thomas Murray to George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, concerning his mediation in obtaining for Murray the post of Provost of Eton College. London, 25 Feb 1621/2. In English. Cf. MS. 664, ff. 252-269.
ff. 50r-51v. Letter [to Thomas Murray] written and signed by William Boswell on behalf of Sir Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, Ambassador to France, during the latter's indisposition. Concerns the oppression of the Protestants in France and the expectation of war. Paris, 15 Feb. 1621 old style. In English.
ff. 52r-53v. Copy of a letter from Monsieur de Favas, Deputy General of the Eglises Reformees de France, to the Assembly at La Rochelle. 30 Jan. 1621. In French.
ff. 54r-55v. Copy of a letter from Francois de Bonne, Duc de Lesdiguieres (1543-1626) to Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy. 22 Feb. 1621. In French, in the hand of a secretary of Sir Isaac Wake.
ff. 56r-57v. Copy of a letter from Berne concerning the Grisons. 6 Feb. 1621. In French, in the hand of a secretary of Sir Isaac Wake. A more complete copy is at ff. 69-70.
ff. 57r-58v. Copy of a letter from Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld (c.1580-1626) [to Sir Isaac Wake], concerning his renewed service in command of the army of Frederick V, and seeking urgent financial support. Amberg, 28 Feb. 1621. In French. Endorsed: 'Copie du lettre du Conte Mansfelt a moy du 28 de fevrier 1621'.
ff. 59r-63v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Turin, 2 Feb. 1621 old style. In English.
ff. 65r-68v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Turin, 17 Feb. 1621old style. In English.
ff. 69r-70v. Copy of a letter from Berne concerning the Grisons. 6 Feb. 1621. In French. A more complete copy of the item at ff. 56-7.
ff. 71r-71a verso. Memorandum of instructions conveyed to Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld, via Monsieur Wasseron, his agent in Piedmont, 20 Feb. 1621, with Mansfeld's replies dated 26 Feb. 1621. A copy, in the hand of a secretary of Sir Isaac Wake, enclosed in Wake's letter of 6/16 March (see f. 131r). In French, with some headings in English.
ff. 72r-73v. Copy of instructions given by Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld to Monsieur Wasseron on the latter's return to Sir Isaac Wake in Piedmont. Heilbronn, 26 Feb. 1621. A copy, in the hand of a secretary of Sir Isaac Wake. In French.
ff. 73r-79v. Copies of reports from Leipzig, Vienna and Prague. 26 Jan- 9/19 Feb. 1621. In French.
ff. 80r-84v. 'Memoire de certains poincts exhibitez a Mons. le Chevalier Morton, Ambassadeur du Roy de la Grande Bretagne, de la part des ... Princes Unis ... assemblees en cette ville de Hailbrun'. Replies of the princes of the Protestant Union to Sir Albertus Morton, Ambassador of James I. Feb. 1621. In French.
ff. 85r-86v. 'Unvergreiffliche Postzeitung' [the title of the Frankfurter Postzeitung from 1621 to 1623]. A printed newsletter with reports from Rome, Venice and towns in Germany 30 Jan.-18 Feb. 1621. In German.
ff. 87r-96v. Copies of newsletters from Vienna, Prague, Augsburg, Bohemia and Moravia 1-19 Feb. 1621. In French.
ff. 97r-98v. A list of companies of troops raised in the Low Countries for service in the Palatinate. Endorsed by Murray: 'Liste de levees qu'on fait aux pays des Archeducs'. 26 Feb. 1621. In French.
ff. 99v-100r. Copy of a newsletter from 'Heimbourg, frontiere d'Hongrie', 7 Feb. 1621. In French.
ff. 101r-104v. Copies of newsletters from Heilbronn and Heidelberg. 15/25 Feb-2/12 March 1621. In French.
ff. 105r-106v. List of books in English, French, Italian and 'Dutch' sent to Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia. Feb. 1621 [probably 1621/2]. In English. Cf. f. 118a.
ff. 107r-108v. Copy of a newslettter from Vienna. I Feb. 1621. In French.
ff. 109r-110v. Letter (original) from P[atrick] Drummond to Thomas Murray. Paris, 27-29 March 1621. In English.
f. 111. Grants of offices and leases etc passed under the privy seal and signet of Charles, Prince of Wales, 15 December [1621] to 15 March 1621/2. In English.
f. 112. Grants of offices and leases etc passed under the privy seal and signet of Charles, Prince of Wales, 14 December [1619] to 28 February 1619/20. In English.
ff. 113r-114v. Letter from Sir Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, Ambassador to France, [to Thomas Murray] concerning the growing threat of action by Louis XIII against the Protestants at La Rochelle and other matters. Paris, 8 March 1621 old style. In the hand of William Boswell, with Herbert's signature reflecting the problem with his hand mentioned in previous letters. In English.
ff. 115r-116v. Copy of a letter from Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Duc de Bouillon (1555-1623) concerning the position of Frederick V, King of Bohemia, and other matters. Sedan, 17 March 1621. In French. Another copy is at ff. 145-6.
ff. 117r-118v. Letter from Sir Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, Ambassador to France, [to Thomas Murray]. Paris, 19 March 1621 old style. In the hand of William Boswell, with Herbert's signature using his left hand. In English.
f. 118a. A bill of costs for 4 porters who carried books from Whitehall, a cart to bring books from St. James etc. n.d. Possibly related to the books sent to Elizabeth Queen of Bohemia; see ff. 105-6.
ff. 119r-138v. Three letters (probably copies of despatches) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Concerning the election of Pope Gregory XV, the endeavours of Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld to raise troops despite the lack of finance (enclosing papers, see ff. 71-71a), the diplomatic mission of Albertus Morton and other matters. Turin, 3 March 1621 new style, 6/16 and 19/29 March 1621. In English.
ff. 139r-140v. Copy of a letter from Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld. Hirschau, 29 March 1621. In French.
f. 141. Blank.
ff. 142r-144v. An account of proceedings in Parliament against the corrupt politician Giles Mompesson (1584-1663) 11 March 1620/1. In English. Cf. ff. 188-191, 225-228.
ff. 145r-146v. Copy of a letter from Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Duc de Bouillon (1555-1623) concerning the position of Frederick V, King of Bohemia, and other matters. Sedan, 17 March 1621. In French. Another copy is at ff. 115-6.
ff. 147r-148v. Extract from a letter from the Three Leagues of the Grisons to the Protestant Swiss cantons of Zurich, Berne, Basel and Schaffhausen. 31 March 1621. In French translation.
ff. 149r-150v. Copy of a newsletter from Vienna. 28 March 1621. In French.
f. 151r-v. Copy of a letter from James I to Ambrogio Spinola, Marquess de los Balbases (1569-1630) concerning the diplomatic mission of John Digby, 1st Earl of Bristol, and urging Spinola to assist in the pursuit of peace. 5 March 1621. In French.
ff. 152r-153v. Copy of a letter from John, Count Palatine, Duc de Deux-Ponts, to James I, concerning the Palatinate and the Imperial ban on Frederick V and others. 28 March 1621. In French.
ff. 154r-155v. Copy of a newsletter from Madrid concerning changes following the accession to the throne of Philip IV (1605-1665). 15 April 1621. In French.
ff. 156r-157v. Letter (original) from [Patrick Drummond] to Thomas Murray. Paris, 18/28 April 1621. In English.
ff. 158r-159v. Letter from Sir Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, Ambassador to France, [to Thomas Murray], concerning the Assembly at La Rochelle of the Eglises Reformees de France and the progress towards La Rochelle of Louis XIII's army. In the hand of William Boswell, with Herbert's autograph postscript. 25 April 1621 old style. In English.
ff. 160r-161v. Copy of a letter from Francois de Bonne, Duc de Lesdiguieres (1543-1626). Fontainebleau, 18 April 1621old style. In French.
ff. 162r-169v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Turin, 16/26 April 1621. In English.
ff. 170r-171v. 'Articles accordez entre Mons. de Bassompiere [Francois de Bassompierre (1579-1646)] ... Ambassadeur Extraordinaire pour le Roy en Espagne et les Sieurs Hierosme Caymo et Jean Ceuya pour le Roy Catholique sur le sujet de la Valteline'. Copy of the articles agreed between France and Spain concerning the Valtelline. 25 April 1621. In French. A Spanish text is at ff. 175-6.
f. 172r. Declaration by Johann Schweikhard von Kronberg (1553-1626), Archbishop-Elector of Mainz and Ludwig V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (1577-1626) that Ambrogio Spinola has promised to accept a truce in the Palatinate if urged to do so by James I, subject to certain conditions. 2/12 April 1621. In Latin. Cf. ff. 193-4.
ff. 173r-174v. Copy of an address to Frederick V, King of Bohemia, from Adamus Sarcander, Dean of Tabor, Bohemia. 13 April 1621. In Latin.
ff. 175r-176v. Copy of the articles agreed between France and Spain concerning the Valtelline. 25 April 1621. A Spanish text of the document at ff.170-1.
ff. 177r-178v. Copy of a letter from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, to Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld, concerning the powers conferred on the latter as Marshal General of Frederick V. Turin, 7 April 1621 new style. In French.
ff. 179r-180v. Extract of the report of the ambassadors from the Princes of the Protestant Union to the Emperor. Vienna, 10/20 April 1621. In French.
ff. 180r-182v. Copy of a letter from Gabriel Bethlen, or Bethlen Gabor (1580-1629), styled King of Hungary, to Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia. April 1621. In Latin.
ff. 183r-184v. 'Sommaire de la resolution de l'Empereur donne par escrit aux Ambassadeurs des Princes Unis a Vienne'. The reply of the Emperor Ferdinand II to the proposals for peace of the Princes of the Protestant Union [April 1621].
ff. 185r-186v. Copy of a letter from Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld, to Frederick V. 16 April 1621. In French.
f. 187r-v. Copy of a letter to Frederick V, King of Bohemia, from Tabor, Bohemia. 13 April 1621. In German.
ff. 188r-191v. A further account of proceedings in Parliament (cf. ff. 142-144, 225-228), including a speech of James I. April 1621. In English.
f. 192r. 'Les conditions iniques et deshonorables dont le parti de l'Empereur menace Sa Maieste de Boeme'. A list of conditions for peace proposed by the Emperor's party. Endorsed 'Memoire donne a Monsieur Dikenson 28 Avril 1621 a la Haie'. In French. Two further copies of the first half of the document are at ff. 199-200.
ff. 193r-194v. Treaty agreed, with the intervention of Johann Schweikhard von Kronberg, Archbishop-Elector of Mainz and Ludwig V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, between Ambrogio Spinola, Captain General of the Imperial army in the Palatinate, on the one part, and Joachim Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, General of the army of the Protestant Union and Johann Friedrich, Duke of Wurttemberg, on the other. Mainz, 2/12 April 1621. In Latin. Cf. f. 172. Another copy is at ff. 233-4.
ff. 195r-196v. Letter (original) from P. Drummond [Patrick Drummond] to Thomas Murray. Paris, 4/14 April 1621. In English.
ff. 197r-198v. Copy of a letter from John, Count Palatine, Duc de Deux-Ponts, [to James I], concerning the peace treaty agreed on 2/12 April. Heidelberg, 9 April 1621. In French.
ff. 199r-200v. Conditions of peace proposed by the Emperor's party. Two copies of the first part of the document at f. 192. In French.
ff. 201r-202v. Letter from Sir Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, Ambassador to France, [to Thomas Murray] concerning negotiations between Louis XIII and the Assembly of the Eglises Reformees de France at La Rochelle. Paris, 10 April 1621 old style. In the hand of William Boswell, with Herbert's autograph postscript. In English.
ff. 203r-205v. Two letters from P. Drummond [Patrick Drummond] to Thomas Murray. Paris, 7 and 2 April 1621. In English.
ff. 206r-207v. Letter from Sir Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, Ambassador to France, [to Thomas Murray] concerning Louis XIII and his forming an army in Poitou. Paris, 18/28 May 1621. In a secretary's hand, with an autograph postscript by Herbert. In English.
ff. 208r-218v. Five letters (originals) from P. Drummond [Patrick Drummond] to Thomas Murray. Paris, 4/14 May -17/27 May 1621. In English.
ff. 219r-224v. Three letters (originals) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray. Heidelberg, 16, 23 and 31 May 1621 old style.
ff. 225r-232v. Further accounts of recent proceedings in Parliament (cf. ff. 142-4, 188-191). 8 May 1621. In English.
ff. 233r-234v. Treaty agreed 2/12 April. Another copy of the document at ff. 193-4.
ff. 235r-236v. Copy of a letter from Christian IV, King of Denmark, to Frederick V, King of Bohemia, on his inability to help in the calamities which have befallen Frederick. Copenhagen, 2 May 1621. In French.
ff. 237r-244v. 'Recit veritable de ce qui s'est passe à Prague en Boheme le 23 May dernier [1618] et jours ensuivans contre le Conseil de l'Empereur et du Roy Ferdinand son cousin et successeur designe, et comme les Estats du Royaume se sont retires de l'obeisance et sujection de la maison d'Austriche'. n.d. [1618 or 1619]. Two copies, in French.
ff. 245r-246v. Copy of a letter from Frederick V, King of Bohemia, to James I. The Hague, 3/13 May 1621. In French.
ff. 245r-246v. Letter from one of the allies of Frederick, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, to James I, on the occupation of his lands by the army of Ambrogio Spinola. The Hague, 3/13 May 1621. In French.
LanguageEnglish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding, 355 x 278 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 667
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).

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NA2179Charles I (1600-1649); King of England, Scotland and Ireland1600-1649
NA2506James I (1566-1625); King of England, Scotland and Ireland1566-1625
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GB/109/14808Boswell; Sir; William (-1650); diplomat and patron of learning-1650
GB/109/18303Herbert; Sir; Edward (1582?-1648); 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury; 1st Baron Herbert of Castle Island.; diplomat and philosopher1582?-1648
GB/109/15861Wake; Sir; Isaac (1580-1632); knight; diplomat1580-1632
GB/109/19062Frederick V (1596-1632); Elector Palatine1596-1632
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GB/109/16064de Bonne; François (1543-1626); Duke de Lesdiguières; Constable of France1543-1626
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GB/109/19671John II (1584-1635); Count Palatine and Duke of Zweibrücken1584-1635
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