RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Extent273 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 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 two, of seven volumes].


ff. 1r-2v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake (1581-1632), Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray] concerning diplomatic negotiations for peace between Spain and Savoy. Turin, 27 Jan 1617/7 Feb 1618. In English.
ff. 3r-15v. Correspondence and papers concerning an attempt on the life of Henry de Lorraine, Duke of Mayenne (1578-1621). January 1617.
ff. 16r-24v. 'A declaration of the proceedings by Sir Edward Conway [Edward Conway (c.1564-1631) afterwards 1st Viscount Conway] and Sir William Byrde [Sir William Bird (c.1560-1624)], knights, by vertue of a commission of the King's most excellent majestie for the viewing of his majestie's island of Jersey and enquire into the defects and abuses as well in the martiall as the civill government there bearing date the 25th of March ... 1617'. In English.
ff. 25r-26v. 'The relation of Sir Edward Conway and Sir William Byrde, knights, touching the state ecclesiasticall of the island of Jersey'. In English.
ff. 27r-28v. Letter (original) signed 'Naborowski' [Daniel Naborowski (1573-1640), poet] to Thomas Murray, concerning the Polish-Muscovite war of 1605-18 and the expedition against Moscow of Prince Wladyslaw Vasa, afterwards King Wladyslaw IV (1595-1648). 'Stolpa' [Slupsk] 6 non. maii [2 May] 1617. In Latin.
ff. 29r-30v. Letter from John Woodford, British diplomat in Paris, [to Murray] reporting the assassination of Concino Concini, Marquis of Ancre (1575-1617), Marshal of France. Paris, 14 April 1617. In English.
ff. 31r-35v. Copies of two Privy Council letters concerning the plantations in Ireland, 27 April 1617 and n.d. [11 May 1617]. In English. Printed in 'Acts of the Privy Council of England 1616-1617' (London, 1927), pp. 235-8, 243-4.
ff. 36r-37v. A further letter from John Woodford [to Murray] concerning the assassination of Concino Concini, Marquis of Ancre (1575-1617), Marshal of France. Paris, 19 April 1617. In English.
ff. 38r-39v. Another copy of a letter from John Woodford, 14 April 1617 (see ff. 29-30).
ff. 40r-41v. Copy of a letter from Louis XIII to Monsieur Desmarets, his Ambassador in London, concerning the assassination of Concino Concini, Marquis of Ancre (1575-1617), Marshal of France. Paris, 24 April 1617. In French.
ff. 42r-43v. Another copy of a letter from John Woodford, 19 April 1617 (see ff. 36-37).
ff. 44r-47v. Copy of a despatch [from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy] concerning the war between Savoy and Spain and the military setbacks of Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy. June 13/23 1617. Endorsed by Wake 'Copye of my last dispatch 15/23 June'. In English.
ff. 48r-49v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray] concerning his visit to Berne to negotiate a league between Berne and the Duke of Savoy. Turin, 15/25 June 1617. In English.
ff. 50r-55v. Copy of a letter from Sir Thomas Edmondes (d. 1639), Ambassador to France, concerning his visit to the Elector Palatine at Sedan and other news. Paris, 22 July 1617. In English.
ff. 56r-57v. 'Secrettes confessions de la Mareschalle d'Ancre'. Confessions of the widow of Concino Concini, Marquis of Ancre (1575-1617), Marshal of France. n.d. A copy, in the hand of Thomas Murray. In French.
ff. 58r-61v. Copy of a letter from Sir Thomas Edmondes (d. 1639), Ambassador to France, concerning the execution of the widow of Concino Concini, Marquis of Ancre, and other news. Paris, 10 July 1617. In English.
ff. 62r-67v. Copy of a letter from Sir Thomas Edmondes (d. 1639), Ambassador to France, concerning relations between Louis XIII and his mother the Queen Dowager following the assassination of the Marquis of Ancre, and other matters. Paris, 5 August, 1617. In English.
ff. 68r-69v. Copies of two letters from Francois de Bonne, Duc de Lesdiguieres (1543-1626) to Louis XIII, 31 Aug 1617, and to Nicolas de Neufville, seigneur de Villeroy (1543-1617), n.d., on diplomatic negotiations to end the war between Spain and Savoy. With an endorsement in the hand of Sir Isaac Wake. These copies were enclosed in Wake's letter of 9/19 September 1617 (see f. 75v). In French.
ff. 70r-71v. Copy of a letter from Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy, giving news of the progress of the war. 2 Sept. 1617. In Italian.
ff. 71r-72v. Letter (original) from Sir Thomas Edmondes (d. 1639), Ambassador to France, to Thomas Murray, concerning negotiations for the marriage of Prince Charles to the Spanish Infanta. Paris, 30 September 1617. In English.
ff. 73r-76v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray] concerning negotiations for peace between Spain and Savoy. Turin, 9/19 September 1617. In English.
ff. 77r-78v. Copy of an agreement between the Kings of France and Spain for the implementation of the Treaty of Asti, as negotiated by Philippe de Bethune, Ambassador of France, and Pedro Alvarez de Toledo, 5th Marquis of Villafranca, Governor of Milan, 9 October 1617. In French. Cf. MS. 941, item 153.
ff. 79r-80v. Copy of a letter from Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy, to Philippe de Bethune, Ambassador of France. 17 October, 1617. In French.
ff. 81r-84v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray] concerning the negotiations for peace between Spain and Savoy. 5/15 October 1617. In English.
ff. 85r-86v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray] concerning progress towards peace between Spain and Savoy. 2/12 December 1617. In English.
ff. 87r-92v. Copies of two despatches [from Sir Isaac Wake] concerning the negotiations for peace between Spain and Savoy, 19 and 31 Dec 1617 old style. With an original letter from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray] sending a printed discourse by the King of Spain's Confessor. Turin, 31 Dec 1617/11 Jan 1618. In English.
ff. 93r-94v. Copy of a declaration by Louis XIII to Pedro Alvarez de Toledo, 5th Marquis of Villafranca, Governor of Milan, that Charles Emanuel, Duke of Savoy, has disarmed his troops and conformed to the Treaty of Asti of 1615. Signed by the King at Rouen 30 Nov 1617 and by Philippe de Bethune at Milan, 31 December 1617. In French.
ff. 95v-96r. Petition to James I for letters patent to manage the Royal Exchange. The petitioner is named only as 'A.B.' 1617. In English.
ff. 97r-102v. 'Remonstrance presentee au Roy, par les Princes, Ducs, Pairs, anciens Officiers de la Couronne, & principaux Seigneurs de ce Royaume. 1617'. Printed. The Remonstrance is dated at Soissons, 14 Feb.1617. In French.
ff. 103r-110v. 'Advis aux Francois sur la declarations des Princes, Ducs, Pairs et Officiers de la Couronne & confederez pour le restablissement de l'authorite du Roy & la conservation du Royaume 1617'. Printed. In French.
ff. 111r-115v. Copy of a defensive treaty between James I and the united Electors, Princes and Estates in Germany. 17 Jan. 1618 old style. In French.
ff. 116r-117v. Order of Louis XIII concerning taxes, the 'droit annuel'. 15 Jan. 1618. In French.
ff. 118r-119v. Articles agreed on 24 February 1618/19 concerning the respective interests of Prince Charles and James I in tenures in the counties of Cornwall, Cheshire and Flint belonging to the Court of Wards. In English.
f. 120r-v. Copies of letters between Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy and Pedro Alvarez de Toledo, 5th Marquis of Villafranca, Governor of Milan. February 1618. In Italian and Spanish.
ff. 121r-126v. Three letters (originals) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], in the hand of a secretary, but two of them signed and dated by Wake. Turin, 13/23 March, 23 March/3 April, and 6 March 1618. In English.
ff. 127r-128v. Letter (original) from J. Young [probably John Young (1585-1654), Dean of Winchester] to his friend Thomas Murray, asking Murray to use his influence with Prince Charles and James I to further his petition concerning his business interests in Ireland. 8 April 1618. In English.
ff. 129r-135v. Three letters (originals) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], one autograph, the others in the hand of a secretary but signed by Wake. Turin, 27 March/17April, 19/29 April and 15/25 April 1618. In English.
ff. 136r-137v. 'Abatement in the revenues of Ireland and the establishment to begin from the first of Aprill 1618'. In English.
ff. 138r-139v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray] concerning problems in the implementation of the peace between Spain and Savoy. 4/14 May 1618. In English.
ff. 140r-141v. 'Copie de la lettre escrite par S. A. a Mons. le Mareschal'. Copy of a letter from Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy. 18 May 1618. In the hand of a secretary of Sir Isaac Wake. In French.
ff. 142r-143v. Copy of [a diplomatic despatch?]concerning the revolution of the Protestant nobility of Bohemia, the defenestration of Prague and the expulsion of the Jesuits. Also passing on an account of the 'Spanish conspiracy' against Venice. Prague, 27 May 1618. In English.
f. 144r-v. Copy of a declaration by Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy, promising to return acquisitions made during the war. 19 May 1618. In Italian.
ff. 145r-146v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], in the hand of a secretary, but signed by Wake. Concerning problems in the implementation of the peace between Spain and Savoy. 18/28 May 1618. In English.
ff. 147r-148v. Copy of the order for the banishment of the Jesuits from Prague. 2 June 1618. In French.
ff. 149r-150v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], in the hand of a secretary, but signed by Wake. Concerning the restitution of Vercelli to the Duke of Savoy in accordance with the peace. 15/25 June 1618. In English.
ff. 151r-154v. Grants and warrants under the privy seal of Prince Charles July 1617-June 1618. In English. Cf. ff. 198-199.
ff. 155r-156v. A further copy of the order for the banishment of the Jesuits from Prague. 2 June 1618. In French.
ff. 157r-158v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], sending a copy of his latest despatch. Turin, 13/23 July 1618. The despatch (of the same date) is not present here, but an extract is printed in Samuel Rawson Gardiner, 'Letters and other documents illustrating the relations between England and Germany at the commencement of the Thirty Years' War', Camden Society, 1865, pp. 4-5.
ff. 159r-161v. Letter (original) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, concerning the affairs of Bohemia. 16 July 1618 old style. In French.
ff. 162r-163v. Extracts from letters concerning Bohemia, 15 and 16 July 1618. In French.
ff. 164r-167v. Letter (original) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning the crisis in Bohemia and the demand from the Empire that the Estates of Bohemia should disarm. 8 July 1618 old style. In French.
ff. 168r-172v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], in the hand of a secretary, but signed by Wake. On continuing tension and suspicion of Spanish intentions in Northern Italy. Turin, 24 Aug/3 Sept 1618. In English.
ff. 173r-179v. Three letters (originals) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning affairs in the Empire and the Bohemian crisis. 5-20 August 1618 old style. In French.
ff. 180r-183v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], enclosing papers on recent events. Turin, 23 Sept/3 Oct 1618. With a copy of a letter to Wake from the Council of Berne 2 Sept 1618. In English and French.
ff. 184r-185v. Copy of a report on a victory by the forces of the Duke of Savoy at Felizzano, near Alessandria, in the Duchy of Milan. Written in the hand of a secretary of Sir Isaac Wake, and endorsed in Wake's hand 'From the camp at Felisan 4 September'. [1617]. In French.
ff. 186r-188v. Letter (original) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning the Elector Palatine and the affairs of Bohemia. 17 Sept. 1618 old style. In French.
ff. 189r-190v. Copy of a letter from Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy, to the Council of Berne. 6 September 1618. In French.
f. 191r-v. Copy of a letter from Sigismund III Vasa (1566-1632); King of Poland, to the Estates of Silesia concerning their support for the Bohemian revolt. 19 September 1618. In Latin.
ff. 192r-195v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], in the hand of a secretary, but signed by Wake. On negotiations between Savoy and the representative of Gomez Suarez de Figueroa, 3rd Duke of Feria (1587-1634), Governor of Milan, and other matters. 9/19 Sept. 1618. In English.
ff. 196r-197v. Letter (original) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning Bohemia and soliciting support from James I. 24 Sept. 1618. In French.
ff. 198r-199v. Grants and warrants passed under the privy seal of Prince Charles July-Dec. 1618. In English. Cf. ff. 151-154.
ff. 199r-202v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake [to Thomas Murray], in the hand of a secretary, but signed by Wake. On the implementation of the Treaty of Asti by the Duke of Mantua and other matters. Turin, 8/18 October 1618. In English.
ff. 203r-206v. Letter (original) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning Bohemia, 15 October 1618, enclosing a copy of a letter from von Plessen to James I agreeing to send his reports in future to Sir Robert Naunton, Secretary of State, 14 October 1618. In French.
ff. 207r-208v. Copy of a newsletter from Heidelberg, with news of a meeting of the Assembly and discussions concerning Bohemia. 7/17 October 1618. In French.
ff. 209r-210v. Copy of a 'Note of the names and fines of the merchant strangers in the Star Chamber'. With the copy signatures of Francis Bacon, Lord Verulam, and Sir Henry Yelverton. Endorsed '1618' but dated Michaelmas term 17 James I [1619].
ff. 211r-214v. Two letters (originals) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning the Bohemian crisis. 27 Oct. 1618 old style and 26 Nov. 1618. In French.
ff. 215r-216v. Extract from a letter from Paris concerning French politics and foreign affairs. 23 November 1618. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, French Secretary to James I (see MS. 665, ff. 1-2). In French.
ff. 217r-221v. Three letters (originals) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, on military action between the Bohemian and Imperial armies. 13 Nov, 19 Nov old style and 27 Nov 1618. In French.
ff. 222r-224v. Copies of inquiries made by the Privy Council concerning coinage, the mint, and means to bring more silver into England. 31 Dec. 1615 and 16 [...]ber 1618. In English.
ff. 225r-226v. Letter (original) from Volrad von Plessen, Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray, concerning the influence of James I in Europe and de Plessen's purpose in keeping James I informed of events. 11 Dec. 1618. In French.
f. 227r-v. Copy of a letter [from Sir Isaac Wake] to James I reporting on the restitution of Vercelli to the Duke of Savoy on 5/15 June [1618], and crediting the support of James I for the Duke of Savoy as decisive in achieving peace between Spain and Savoy. n.d. [June 1618]. In English.
f. 228r-v. Document headed: 'Archiduces Brabantiae libros... edi vetuerunt'. Concerns a work by Jeronimo de Ceballos, 'Tractatus de cognitione per viam violentiae in causis ecclesiasticis et inter personas ecclesiasticas duplex' (Toledo, 1618).
ff. 229r-236v. 'Sommaire recit de ce qui s'est passe au pais des Grisons en l'annee 1618 ... publie par ordonnance des Seigneurs Chefs, Conseillers et Comunes des dits pais ...1618'. Concerning the trial of Rudolf and Pompeius von Planta, leaders of the revived Spanish party, for disturbing the peace of the Grisons.
ff. 237-273. Papers relating to Eton College.
ff. 237r- 251v. Correspondence and papers relating to a complaint by Sir Henry Savile and the Fellows of Eton to the Board of Green Cloth concerning an imposition of composition money upon the College's parsonage house at Sturminster Marshall, Dorset. December 1618-March 1619.
ff. 252r-266v, 269r-v. Papers concerning the appointment of Thomas Murray to succeed Sir Henry Savile as Provost of Eton. Included are a letter to the Vice Provost and Fellows from James I (original, signed, ff. 110-112) and from John Williams, Bishop of Lincoln, Lord Keeper and Visitor of the College (copy, ff. 254-255), and a draft letter from Thomas Murray to George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (ff. 258-259). February 1621/2. See. MS. 667, ff. 48-9, and cf. H.C. Maxwell Lyte, 'A history of Eton College' new edition (London, 1889), pp. 199-201.
ff. 267r-268v, 270r-273v. Papers concerning a dispute between the Provost and Fellows of Eton College and John Williams, Lord Keeper and Visitor of the College, over the election of John Smith (d. 1635) as a Fellow. [1622]. See H.C. Maxwell Lyte, 'A history of Eton College' new edition (London, 1889), pp. 201-2. Additional papers on this dispute are in MS. 661.
LanguageEnglish, French, Italian, Latin, Spanish
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding, 390 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 665
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.
PublnNoteDoran, Susan. 'Elizabeth I and her circle' (OUP, 2015) [KA355.D6]

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