RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Alt Ref NoMS 666
Extent253 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 four, of seven volumes].


ff. 1r-2v. A newsletter from Paris concerning the capture by Louis XIII of the castle at Caen. 15/25 July 1620. In English.
f. 3r-v. Grants of leases and offices under the signet and privy seal [of Charles, Prince of Wales] 15 June-18 July 1620. In English.
ff. 4r-8v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Concerning Spanish and Neapolitan troops passing towards the Palatinate and other matters. Turin, 7 July 1620. In English.
ff. 9r-10v. Copy of a newsletter from Heidelberg. 13/23 July 1620. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, French Secretary to James I. In French.
ff. 11r-12v. Letter (original) from Sir Dudley Carleton, afterwards Viscount Dorchester, Ambassador at the Hague, to Thomas Murray, concerning the troops being raised to defend the Palatinate and other matters. 26 July 1620. In English.
ff. 13r-14v. Copy of newsletters from Prague, Heidelberg and Vienna, 12-27 July 1620. In French.
f. 15r-v. Copy of newsletters from Heidelberg, 20/30 July 1620. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, French Secretary to James I. In French.
ff. 16r-17v. Letter (original) from Ludovick Stuart, 2nd Duke of Lennox, Steward of the Household of James I, Sir Thomas Edmondes, Comptroller of the Household of James I, Sir Anthony Weldon, Clerk of the Green Cloth, and four others to Sir Henry Hobart (c.1560-1625), Chancellor to Charles, Prince of Wales, and to the other members of the Prince's Council. Concerns a contract to be made on behalf of Charles, Prince of Wales, for the export of tin from Devon and Cornwall, seeking to reserve a supply for the King's household. 10 July 1620. In English.
ff. 18r-30v. Manifesto issued by Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia. Prague, 1 July 1620. An English translation Two copies. One of these appears to have been sent with a letter from the Ambassador of Bohemia 19 Aug. 1620 (see f. 43r).
f. 32r-v. Copy of a newsletter from Paris concerning Louis XIII's attack on Angers. 2 Aug. 1620 new style. In English.
f. 33r-v. Newsletter concerning the movements of troops and artillery at Malines. 5 Aug. 1620. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, French Secretary to James I. In French.
ff. 34r-35v. Copy of a letter from Maximilien de Bethune, Ist Duke of Sully (1560-1641) to his son Maximilien, Marquess of Rosny (1587-1634), reproaching him for his disolute conduct. 23 Aug. 1620. In French.
ff. 36r-37v. Letter from Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury (d. 1648), Ambassador in Paris, [to Thomas Murray]. 27 Aug. 1620 old style. In English.
f. 38r-v. Another copy of the newsletter at f. 32.
ff. 39r-44v. Copy of a letter from Sir George Calvert (1580-1632), afterwards 1st Baron Baltimore, Secretary of State, to the Ambassador of the King of Bohemia [Achatius von Dohna], with the Ambassador's reply concerning the imminent danger to Bohemia and the Palatinate and invoking the aid of James I. 18-19 Aug. 1620. In French.
f. 45r-v. Copy of a letter from Gabriel Bethlen, or Bethlen Gabor (1580-1629), styled King of Hungary, to his ally Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia. 28 Aug. 1620. In Latin.
ff. 46r-47v. Copy of the reply of the united princes of Germany to a proposal from James I. Followed by the names of the Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, the Duke of Wurttemberg and the Margrave of Baden. Oppenheim, 24 Aug. 1620. In French.
ff. 48r-51v. Copies of newsletters from Germany, Austria and Bohemia. August 1620. In Latin, French, Italian.
ff. 52r-53v. Copy of a letter reporting on the military conflict in the Valtelline. Coira [Chur, Grisons], 20 Aug. 1620. In Italian.
f. 54r-v. Copy of a newsletter from Paris. 1 Sept. 1620. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, French Secretary to James I. In French.
ff. 55r-56v. A further letter (see ff. 46-47) from the united princes of Germany to James I. Followed by the names of the Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, the Duke of Wurttemberg and the Margrave of Baden. Worms, 7 Sept. 1620. In French.
ff. 57r-67v. 'Exceptions collees selon la suite du discours tenu avec Sa M. a Winsor le 10 Septembre 1620'. A response by Achatius von Dohna, Ambassador of Frederick V, to the arguments of James I explaining his lack of support for his son-in-law Frederick V in the Palatinate and Bohemia. 17 Sept. 1620. In French. 2 copies, in the same secretarial hand, both with von Dohna's autograph signature.
ff. 68r-69v. Letter (original] from Achatius von Dohna, Ambassador of Frederick V [to Thomas Murray] concerning the lack of support from James I. 22 Sept. 1620. In French.
ff. 70r-73v. Copy of a letter from Gabriel Bethlen, or Bethlen Gabor (1580-1629), styled King of Hungary, to his ally Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia. 18 Sept. 1620. In Latin. 2 copies.
ff. 74r-77v. Copy of newsletters from Prague, Vienna, the Palatinate and elsewhere concerning the progress of the war. September 1620. In English.
ff. 78r-81v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Concerning discussions between the Duke of Savoy and ambassadors of the Catholic League. Turin, 20/30 Sept. 1620. In English.
ff. 82r-83v. Copy of the edict of Louis XIII for the reunion of Navarre and Bearn to the crown of France. October 1620. In French.
ff. 84r-85v. Extracts from letters from Bordeaux concerning Bearn, 10 and 11 Oct. 1620. In French.
ff. 86r-87v. Copy of letters of the papal nuncio to Louis XIII and to Charles d'Albert, Duke of Luynes, Marshal of France, with congratulations on the triumph in Bearn and the reconciliation of Louis XIII with the Queen [Marie de Medici] his mother. Paris, 26 Oct. 1620. In Italian.
ff. 88r-89v. Letter from Edward Herbert, afterwards 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury (d. 1648), Ambassador in Paris, [to Thomas Murray]. Concerns the fate of the Protestants in Bearn and the calling of a further meeting of the assembly of the Eglises Reformees de France. Paris, 21 Oct. 1620 new style. In English.
ff. 90r-91v. Copy of a letter from Armand Jean du Plessis, afterwards Cardinal Richelieu, to Hercule de Rohan, Duc de Montbazon, on the position of the Protestants in France. 23 Oct. 1620. In French.
ff. 92r-93v. Copies of newsletters from Vienna, 22 Dec. 1620, and from ?France, n.d. Incomplete. In French.
ff. 94r-95v. Copy of a letter from George Villiers, Marquess and afterwards Duke of Buckingham, to Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, Count of Gondomar, Ambassador of Spain, concerning the good faith of Spanish diplomats with regard to the invasion of the Palatinate. 2 Oct. 1620. In French. Endorsed by Thomas Murray 'The Amb. of Spain disports the copies of this letter written to him by my Lord Marquis of Buckingham'.
ff. 96r-97v. Copies of newsletters from Vienna, 3 and 18 October 1620. In French.
ff. 98r-103v. Two letters (probably copies of despatches) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signatures. Turin, 18/28 October and 3/13 October 1620. In English.
ff. 104r-105v. Copy of a newsletter from Cologne, 9/19 October 1620. In French.
ff. 106r-107v. Copy of a letter from Prague on the military situation and an audience with Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia. 14 October [1620]. In English.
ff. 108r-109v. Copy of a letter from John, Count Palatine, Duc de Deux-Ponts, to James I, on the progress of the Spanish army in the Palatinate and appealing for aid. Heidelberg, 7 October 1620. In French.
ff. 110r-113v. Copy of newsletters from Vienna and elsewhere, October 1620. In French.
ff. 114r-115v. 'Exceptions most humbly offered agaynst the giving of the tytle of a counsellor of ffee in ordinary eyther unto the Secretary of the Counsell in the North or to his Deputy or to any other person but the ffower that are appoynted to attend in ordinary by reason of their profession and practys of the comon lawes of England'. Endorsed '6 October 1620'. In English.
ff. 116r-119v. Copies of newsletters from Nancy, Paris, and the camp of the King of Bohemia. October 1620. In French.
ff. 120r-121v. Letter (original) from the Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, the Duke of Wurttemberg and the Margrave of Baden to Charles, Prince of Wales, praising his courage in support of the Palatinate and asking for further support to avert disaster. From camp, 27 October 1620. In a secretarial hand, with autograph signatures. In French.
ff. 122r-123v. Letter (original) from Achatius von Dohna, Ambassador of Frederick V [to Thomas Murray] concerning the English troops in the Palatinate and other matters. 15/25 October 1620. In French.
ff. 124r-125v. Letter (original) from the Duke of Wurttemberg to Charles, Prince of Wales, with news that Charles' nephew and niece are safely in his charge. Worms, 29 October 1620. In French.
ff. 126r-127v. Accounts of expenditure by Achatius von Dohna, Ambassador of Frederick V in London, for the arms, provisions and transport of troops to the Palatinate since May 1620. With an autograph declaration by von Dohna. 8 October 1620. In French.
ff. 128r-129v. Extract from a letter from Berne. 12 Nov. 1620. In the hand of a secretary used by Sir Isaac Wake. In French.
ff. 130r-131v. An account of proceedings of the Diet of the 13 Cantons of Switzerland 18 Oct- 3[?] Nov 1620. In Italian.
ff. 132r-135v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. 15/25 Nov. 1620. In English.
f. 136r-v. Extract from a newsletter from Paris. 15/25 Nov. 1620. In French.
ff. 136r-137v. Extract from a letter from Frederick V, King of Bohemia, to his Ambassador in Breslau on the situation following the defeat of his forces at the Battle of White Mountain and his flight to Silesia. 12/22 Nov 1620. A French translation.
f. 139r-v. A list of Scottish noblemen convened 25 November 1620 [concerning contributions to support the Palatinate, see ff. 143-6]. In English.
ff. 140r-142v. Copies of newsletters from Paris (16 Nov), and from Frankfurt, the Palatinate and elsewhere in Germany 3-6 November 1620. In the hand of Jean de Beaulieu, French Secretary to James I. In French.
ff. 143r-144v. Copy of a letter to James I from his Council and nobility [in Scotland] concerning contributions for the support of the Palatinate. 27 Nov. 1620. In English.
ff. 145r-146v. Letter (original) from Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline (1555-1622) Lord Chancellor of Scotland, to Thomas Murray, reporting on a meeting of the nobility of Scotland concerning James I's request for contributions to support the Palatinate. 27 Nov. 1620. In English.
f. 147r-v. Copy of newsletters from Breslau, Linz and Lublin, reporting the fall of Prague, the arrival in Breslau of Frederick V and other matters. 21-26 Nov. 1620. In French.
ff. 148r-149v. Copy of a letter from the Duke of Bavaria to the Elector of Mainz in Prague. 29 Nov. 1620. A Spanish translation.
ff. 150r-151v. Copy of a letter from Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld (c.1580-1626) at Pilsen to Count Reinhard de Solms, Vice Governor at Amberg in the Palatinate. On the truce following the defeat of Frederick V. 18/28 Nov. 1620. In French.
ff. 152r-153v. Copy of a letter from Henri de Rohan, Duke of Rohan (1579-1638) to Louis XIII, concerning unrest in Poitou, the position of the Protestants and the Huguenot general assembly at La Rochelle. 18 Dec. 1620. In French.
f. 154r-v. Extract of a letter from France concerning a diplomatic mission to James I. 16 Dec 1620. In French.
ff. 155r-156v. Another copy of the letter from Henri de Rohan at ff. 152-3. This copy dates the letter to 8 Dec 1620. In French.
ff. 157r-158v. Copy of newsletters from Paris concerning the Huguenot general assembly at La Rochelle. 9 Dec and 7/17 Dec 1620.
In French.
ff. 159r-160v. Extract from a letter from Germany 29 Dec. 1620. In French.
ff. 161r-164v. Two letters (probably copies of despatches) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signatures. Turin, 9 Dec 1620 new style and 13/23 Dec. 1620. In English.
ff. 165r-168v. Copy of a letter from Nuremberg concerning the affairs of Bohemia. Dec. 1620. In French.
ff. 169r-170v. Declaration by Frederick V, King of Bohemia, of his intention to withdraw himself to a place of safety. 12/22 Dec. 1620. In English.
ff. 171r-174v. Letter from James I to Joachim Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1583-1625) expressing his continuing support for the Protestant Union after the defeat of Frederick V. 10 Dec. 1620. In French. 2 copies.
ff. 175r-176v. Copy of a letter from the princes of the Protestant Union to James I concerning the situation following the defeat of Frederick V and the need for support from James I. Followed by the names of John, Count Palatine, Duc de Deux-Ponts, Joachim Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, and Johann Friedrich, Duke of Wurttemberg. 12 Dec. 1620. In French.
ff. 177r-180v. Articles proposed by the princes of the Protestant Union to the principal towns of the Union concerning their absence from a meeting at Worms to discuss a truce. Worms, 8 Dec. 1620. In French.
f. 181r-v. Copy of a letter from Ambrogio Spinola, Marquess de los Balbases (1569-1630) to John, Count Palatine, Duc de Deux-Ponts. 24 Dec. 1620. An English translation.
ff. 182r-185v. Copy of a letter from Nuremberg, with news of the despoliation of Prague and other matters. 20 Dec. 1620. In English. 2 copies.
ff. 186r-187v. Copy of a newsletter from Heidelberg. 20/30 Dec. 1620. In French.
f. 188r-v. Copy of a letter from the Papal Nuntio to the Abbot of Disentis, Grisons, concerning the destruction of heresy in the Grisons. Lugano, 23 Dec. 1620. In Italian.
ff. 189r-190v. Copy of newsletters from Breslau, Prague, Vienna and Linz. 28-30 Dec. 1620. In French.
ff. 191r-192v. Another copy of the letter of James I at ff. 171-4.
ff. 193r-196v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Gives an account of the reflections of the Duke of Savoy on events in Germany and Bohemia in 1620. Turin, 26 Dec. 1620/6 Jan 1621. In English.
ff. 197r-199v. Copy of a letter from Francois d'Arsein, to Sir Noel de Caron (d. 1624), Ambassador of the United Provinces of the Netherlands to James I, concerning the political situation in Europe and the need for James I to support the allies. New Year's Day ('ce jour de lan 1620'). In French.
f. 200r-v. Copy of a letter from Sir Isaac Wake to the Margrave of Baden-Durlach concerning the passage through Savoy of troops of the King of Spain. n.d. Endorsed '1620'.
ff. 201r-202v. Newsletter from the Palatinate concerning the defeat of Archduke Leopold at Hagenau. n.d. [1621 or 1622]. In English.
ff. 203r-204v. Memorandum of the Ambassador of Bohemia [Achatius von Dohna] to James I on the need to succour his exiled grandchildren, the children of Frederick V. n.d. In French.
f. 205v. Letter from Charles, Prince of Wales, to Frederick V after his election as King of Bohemia. A copy, in the hand of Thomas Murray, endorsed by him: 'copie of the pr. letter to the K of Boh after his election 1620'. In French.
ff. 206r-217v. 'Advertissemens sur l'information contre les discours des Estats de Boeme'. An historical discourse concerning the electoral nature of the crown of Bohemia. n.d. In French.
ff. 218r-219v. 'An Ferdinandus ex electione et coronatione quam in Bohemia habuit jura illius regni acquisiverit'. n.d [endorsed '1620']. In Latin.
ff. 220r-221v. Articles agreed by the assembly of the Estates of Bohemia. A summary of resolutions made after the election of Frederick V as King of Bohemia in 1620. n.d. In French.
ff. 222r-230v. 'De l'origine des mouvements et de la necessite et justice des armes des Etats Protestants de Boheme'. n.d. In French.
ff. 231r-233v. 'Information sur les points proposez par Sa Maieste le Roy de la Grand Bretagne [James I] au Seigneur Baron Christoffle de Dona [Christophe von Dohna (1583-1637)] sur les affaires de Boeme'. A reply to questions raised by James I concerning Bohemia and the election of its monarchs. n.d. In French.
ff. 234r-239v. 'Pactorum de perpetua successione in regnis Hungariae & Bohemiae ac Provinciarum ad ea pertinentium, instrumenta 6. & 15 mensis Junii anno DCXVII [sic, recte 1617]. Pragae confecta'. Printed. In Latin.
ff. 240r-241v. Newsletter concerning Switzerland and the Grisons. n.d. [endorsed '1620']. In French.
ff. 242r-253v. 'La question est, Premierement si la cause des Etats de Boheme est juste...' A treatise on the power of the Estates of Bohemia to depose one king and elect another. n.d. [endorsed '1620']. In French.
LanguageEnglish, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding, 353 x 290 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 and 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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