RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 669
Extent225 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 seven, of seven volumes].


ff. 1r-6v. Letters (originals) [from Patrick Drummond to Thomas Murray from Paris]. 2 June 1621 and n.d. In English and French.
f. 7r-v. Copy of a letter from the Emperor Ferdinand II to Johann Friedrich, Duke of Wurttemberg. Vienna, 28 June 1621. In French. Another copy is at ff. 18-19.
ff. 8r-9v. Letter (original) [from Patrick Drummond to Thomas Murray from Paris]. 6 June [1621]. In French.
ff. 10r-11v. 'The names of those that were executed in Prague the 11/21 of June 1621'. In English.
ff. 12r-15v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph postscript. Turin, 11/21 June 1620. In English.
ff. 16r-17v. Letter from Sir Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, Ambassador to France, [to Thomas Murray], concerning the sack of St. Jean d'Angely by the troops of Louis XIII. 26 June 1621 old style. In the hand of a secretary, with a short postscript in Herbert's hand. In English.
ff. 18r-19v. Copy of a letter from the Emperor Ferdinand II to Johann Friedrich, Duke of Wurttemberg. Vienna, 28 June 1621. In French. Another copy is at f. 7.
ff. 20r-21v. Letter from Sir Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury, Ambassador to France, [to Thomas Murray], giving an eye-witness account of the continuing resistance of St Jean d'Angely to the troops of Louis XIII. Poitiers, 15/25 June 1621. In English, in a secretary's hand with an autograph postscript by Herbert.
ff. 22r-25v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Turin, 10/20 June 1621. In English.
ff. 26r-28v. Letter (original) from Patrick Gordon, Agent of James I in Poland, to Thomas Murray. 'Danskin' [Danzig] 24 June 1621 old style. With a newsletter from Poland in Gordon's hand 7 June 1621. In English.
f. 29r-v. Letter (original) [from Patrick Drummond to Thomas Murray from Paris]. 5 June [1621]. In French.
ff. 30r-31v. Copy of a letter from 'Georgius Guilhelmus' [Georg Wilhelm, Margrave and Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia (1595-1640)] to an unnamed king, his relative [? his brother-in-law Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden]. Regiomonti [Konigsberg], 26 June 1621. In Latin.
f. 32r-v. Copy of a declaration by the House of Commons of its commitment to the cause of James I's children [the exiled King and Queen of Bohemia] and afflicted Protestants on the Continent. 4 June 1621. In English.
ff. 33r-34v. Letter (original) from P. Drummond [Patrick Drummond] to Thomas Murray. Paris, 15/25 July 1621. In English and French.
ff. 35r-37v. Copy of a newsletter from The Hague. 1/11 July 1621. In English. 2 copies.
ff. 38r-39v. Copy of a letter from the Marquess of Bagnasco to Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy, concerning the military conflict in Hungary. 10 July 1621. In Italian.
ff. 40r-41v. Copy of a letter from Zurich concerning the Grisons. 28 July 1621. In Italian.
ff. 42r-45v. Copy of a newsletter from Frankfurt concerning the military conflict in Hungary and other matters. 1 July 1621. In English. 2 copies.
ff. 46r-57v. Three letters (probably copies of despatches) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph postscript and signatures. Turin, 6 July and 3 Aug 1621 new style, and 7/17 Aug. 1621. In English.
ff. 58r-59v. Newsletter on the state of Poland, including the war with the Turks. Danskin [Danzig] 23 Sept. 1621 old style.
ff. 60r-61v. Copy of a newsletter concerning the siege of Montauban by Louis XIII. 25 October 1621 old style. In English.
ff. 62r-65v. Copies of letters from the Emperor Ferdinand II to Philip IV of Spain and to others. 15 October 1621 and n.d. In Latin.
ff. 66r-69v. 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 October 1621. In English.
ff. 70r-71v. Copy of the terms of peace between Poland and the Turks. 9 October 1621. In Latin.
ff. 72r-73v. Extracts from letters from Heidelberg and The Hague Oct-Nov. 1621. In French and English.
ff. 74r-75v. Letter (original) from [Patrick Drummond] to Thomas Murray. Paris, 16/26 November 1621. In French.
ff. 76r-79v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Turin, 10 November 1621 new style. In English.
ff. 80r-81v. Newsletter from Paris, 26 Nov. 1621. In French.
ff. 82r-83v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Turin, 14/24 November 1621. In English.
ff. 84r-85v. Newsletter from Frankfurt, 15 Nov. 1621. In English.
ff. 86r-87v. Letter (original) from Patrick Gordon, Agent of James I in Poland, to Thomas Murray, concerning the Polish-Turkish war and the peace, and the capture of Riga by Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. 'Danskin' [Danzig] 1 November 1621 old style. In English.
ff. 88r-89v. Copy of a letter from Thomas Murray to Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, concerning the death of Sir Ralph Winwood (1563-1617), Secretary of State, and other matters. 6 November 1617. In French.
ff. 90r-95v. Three letters (originals) [from Patrick Drummond to Thomas Murray]. Paris, December 1621. In French.
ff. 96r-97v. Copy of a newsletter from Paris. 10 Dec. 1621. In English.
ff. 98r-101v. Copy of a letter from Frederick V, King of Bohemia, to the Comte de la Tour concerning the disobedience of troops in Moravia in surrendering. Bratislava, Dec. 1621. In French.
ff. 102r-103v. Description of a monstrous creature found in Paris in 1621. In French. Another copy, in the hand of Patrick Drummond, is at f. 128.
ff. 104r-105v. Copy of a letter concerning Bohemia and its invasion by the Emperor. n.d [1620]. In French.
ff. 106r-109v. 'Les points les plus necessaires qui concernent l'ambassade de S. M. de la G[rande] B[retagne] vers l'Empereur et en Alemagne'. A memorandum of advice to James I [concerning the mission of John Digby, 1st Earl of Bristol to secure peace between Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, and the Emperor]. n.d. [1621]. A draft, in the hand of a secretary of Achatius von Dohna, Ambassador of Frederick V in London, with corrections in von Dohna's hand. In French.
ff. 110r-111v. Conditions for peace between Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, and the Emperor, proposed by Johann Schweikhard von Kronberg (1553-1626), Archbishop-Elector of Mainz . n.d. [1621]. In French.
ff. 112r-115v. 'Troisieme lettre de Monsieur le Duc de Rohan au Roy' (La Rochelle, 1621). Printed. 8pp. A letter from Henri de Rohan, Duke of Rohan (1579-1638) to Louis XIII, concerning the Assembly of the Eglises Reformees de France at La Rochelle, 31 Jan. 1621. In French.
ff. 116r-118v. Two letters (originals) [from Patrick Drummond to Thomas Murray]. Paris, 1 and 8 January 1622. In French.
ff. 119r-120v. 'Coppie de formulaire de la submission que Messieurs de l' Assemble Generalle des Eglises Reformees de France et Souveraineté de Bearn ont envoyé a monsieur l'Ambassadeur d'Angleterre'. Copy of a letter from the Assembly of the Eglises Reformees de France at La Rochelle to Louis XIII 10 Jan.1622. In French.
ff. 121r-123v. Three letters (originals) [from Patrick Drummond to Thomas Murray]. Paris, 1/11 to 16/26 Feb. 1622. In French.
ff. 124r-125v. 'Coppie of a letter written by the Emperors Secretarie concerning the Palatinate and the Electorate'. Feb. 1622. In Latin.
ff. 126r-127v. Letter (original) [from Patrick Drummond to Thomas Murray]. Paris, 5/15 March 1621. In English and French.
f. 128r. Description of a monstrous creature found in Paris [in 1621]. In the hand of Patrick Drummond and sent by him to Thomas Murray. In French. Another copy is at ff. 102-3.
ff. 129r-139v. Eight letters (originals) [from Patrick Drummond to Thomas Murray]. Paris, March to April 1622. In French.
ff. 140r-143v. Extract from a letter from Heidelberg. 21 April 1622. In French. 2 copies.
ff. 144r-145v. Newsletter from Mannheim. 15 April 1622. In English.
ff. 146r-147v. Copy of a letter from Charles, Prince of Wales, to his uncle Christian IV of Denmark. 15 April 1622. In Latin.
ff. 148r-149v. Copy of a letter endorsed by Murray: 'Copie of S. F. N. to S. S. G. from Manheim May 1622', reporting the military actions of Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, and Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld, following the relief of Hagenau. In English.
ff. 150r-151v. Letter (original) [from Patrick Drummond to Thomas Murray]. Paris, 9 May 1622. In French.
ff. 152r-154v. Copy of a letter from the Emperor Ferdinand II to Philip IV, King of Spain, concerning the mission to Spain of John Digby, 1st Earl of Bristol, and urging the King to resist any proposals for reinstating Frederick V as Elector Palatine. Vienna, 11 May 1622. In Latin, with an English translation.
ff. 155r-156v. Copy of a Privy Council letter to the Lord Lieutenants of the counties of England and Wales ordering a general muster of the trained bands. 18 May 1622. This copy addressed to the county of Derby. In English. See 'Acts of the Privy Council ... 1621-1623', pp. 225-226, where dated 19 May 1622.
ff. 157r-158v. Receipt for £6 received from Thomas Murray for a half-year's rent of a mill on Hounslow Heath. Signed 'E.Worcester'. 20 May 1622. Cf. MS. 663, f. 79. In English.
ff. 159r-162v. Copy of a letter from Sir Horace Vere (1605-1665), in command of the English troops supporting the Palatinate, from Mannheim. 6/16 May 1622. In English. 2 copies.
ff. 163r-164v. Copy of a letter from the Hague concerning a victory of Frederick V against Tilly in the Palatinate. 3 May [1622] old style. In English.
f. 165r-v. Extract from a letter from Achatius von Dohna, formerly Ambassador of Frederick V in London. The Hague, 3 May 1622. In French.
ff. 166r-167v. Copy of a newsletter from Mannheim concerning military engagements. 6/16 May 1622. In French.
ff. 168r-170v. Three letters (originals) [from Patrick Drummond in Paris to Thomas Murray] concerning the siege by Louis XIII of La Rochelle. 8/18, 12/22 and 16/26 June [1622]. In French.
ff. 171r-172v. Copy of a newsletter from Mannheim concerning the military situation in the Palatinate and a proposal by Frederick V and Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld, for a truce. 11 June 1622. In French.
f. 173r-v. Letter (original) [from Patrick Drummond to Thomas Murray]. Paris, 18 June [1622]. In French.
ff. 174r-177v. Copies of newsletters from Mannheim on the war in the Palatinate. 6 and 11 June 1622. In English.
ff. 178r-179v. Copy of a letter from Benjamin de Rohan, Duc de Soubise (1563-1642) to the Assembly at La Rochelle concerning the military situation. 2 June 1622. In French.
ff. 180r-183v. Copies of newsletters from France concerning the war at La Rochelle. 8/18 and 22 June 1622. In French.
ff. 184r-185v. Copy of newsletters from Germany concerning the victory of the Imperial army against Christian, Duke of Brunswick (1599-1626) at Hochst. 25 and 27 June 1622. In French.
ff. 186r-189v. Four letters (originals) [from Patrick Drummond in Paris to Thomas Murray]. 2/12 to 12/22 July [1622]. In French.
ff. 190r-191v. Letter (autograph) from Jean de Beaulieu, French Secretary to James I, [?to Thomas Murray] concerning the conflict in France and the publication of letters patent of Louis XIII declaring the Duc de Rohan a traitor. 9 July 1622. In French.
f. 192r. Letter (original) [from Patrick Drummond in Paris to Thomas Murray]. 20/30 July [1622]. In French.
f. 193r-v. Copy of a newsletter from Sedan concerning the war in Germany and the troops of the Duke of Brunswick. 8/18 Aug. 1622. In French.
ff. 194r-195v. Two letters (originals) [from Patrick Drummond in Paris to Thomas Murray]. 2/12 and 13/23 August [1622]. In French.
f. 196r-v. Copy of a newsletter from Paris concerning the entry of Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld into the service of the United Provinces of the Netherlands and other matters. 20 Aug. 1622. In French.
f. 197r-v. Copy of a letter from Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Duc de Bouillon (1555-1623) concerning his fears with regard to the unemployed, ill-disciplined army of Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld. Sedan, 15 Aug. 1622. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, French Secretary to James I. In French.
f. 198r-v. Another copy of the letter at f. 196.
ff. 199r-200v. Copy of a letter from Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, to the clergy of his diocese, ordering them to put into effect a mandate from James I for the control of preaching. Farnham, 15 August 1622. The letter incorporates the texts of the mandate from James I to George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, dated 4 August 1622, and of a letter from Abbot to the bishops ordering the King's mandate to be carried into effect, 12 August 1622. In English. Cf. ff. 202-3, 210-211.
f. 201r-v. Copy of a mandate from John Williams, Bishop of Lincoln, Lord Keeper, to circuit judges, conveying a writ of James I for the indulgence of imprisoned papists. 2 Aug. 1622.
ff. 202r-203v. Copy of a letter from George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, to the bishops, clarifying James I's instructions concerning preaching and rejecting the suggestion that they will diminish the number of sermons preached. 5 September 1622. In English. Cf. ff. 199-200, 210-211.
ff. 204r-205v. Two letters (originals) [from Patrick Drummond in Paris to Thomas Murray] concerning Louis XIII's siege of Montauban. 1 Sept and 1/11 Sept [?1621]. In French.
ff. 206r-209v. Three letters (originals) [from Patrick Drummond in Paris to Thomas Murray] 22 Jan. 1622, 5/15 Jan. 1622, and 4 Dec.[1621?]. In French.
ff. 210r-211v. 'Directions concerning preachers'. The directions of James I, 1622. In English. See ff. 199-200, 202-203.
ff. 212r-219v. Declaration of the Emperor Ferdinand II and the Electors and Princes at the Diet of Regensburg concerning the Palatinate and Bohemia. 7 January 1623. In Latin.
ff. 220r-221v. Report of considerations in the Estates of Bohemia as to whether they could come to terms with Ferdinand and whether he could be their King. 17 August 1619. In Latin.
f. 222r-v. Copy of a newsletter from Brussels concerning the illness of Ambrogio Spinola and his medical treatment. 24 July 1621. In English.
f. 223r-v. Letter of introduction for Henry Mu...[?Murray, text missing] travelling into France for his health. Addressed to Gabriel Baudry at Dieppe. London, 6 July 1643. In French. Cropped, with text missing on right margin.
ff. 224r-225v. An agreement between Francis Pierrepont and William Wheeler on behalf of William Staunton of Staunton, Notts. 16 Feb. 1646/7. In English.
LanguageEnglish, French, Italian, Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding, 355 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 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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