RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 668
Extent154 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 six, of seven volumes].


ff. 1r-2v. 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 Huguenot Assembly at La Rochelle and other matters. Paris, 20 Jan. 1620 old style. In English.
ff. 3r-4v. Letter (autograph) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, to Thomas Murray, describing himself as 'a man quite forgotten' and commenting on prospects for the recovery of the Palatinate and the Valtelline. 14/24 Jan. 1620/21. In English.
ff. 5r-6v. 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 1620/21. In French. Another copy is in MS. 667, ff. 35-36.
ff. 7r-8v. Copy of a letter from Gabriel Bethlen, or Bethlen Gabor (1580-1629), styled King of Hungary, to the Doge of Venice, Elector of Saxony, Duke of Bavaria etc. On the enmity of the Emperor Ferdinand and the threat to Hungary. 24 Jan 1620. In Latin.
f. 9r-v. A wrapper addressed 'for the Prince', endorsed 'January 1620', possibly related to ff. 10-34.
ff. 10r-34v. Order of the Privy Council appointing a committee to advise on the requirement in terms of of troops, munitions, and all necessities for an army to recover the Palatinate in accordance with the resolve of James I. 13 Jan. 1620/21. See 'Acts of the Privy Council ...1619-1621', pp. 332-333. Followed by 'The lyst of a royall armye consisting of twenty five thousand ffoote, ffive thousand horse...' detailing the requirements and costs of such an army, being the report of the Earls of Oxford, Essex and Leicester and the other members of the committee. Dated 11 Feb. 1620/21. In English. Not printed in the 'Acts of the Privy Council'.
ff. 35r-36v. Another copy of the Privy Council order of 13 Jan. 1620/21.
ff. 37r-38v. Newsletter from Paris concerning the assembly of the Eglises Reformees de France at Loudun. 18/28 Jan. 1620. Cf. MS. 665, ff. 176-7, 192-3, 200-1.
ff. 39r-42v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph signature. Turin, 8/18 Feb. 1620. In English.
ff. 43r-44v. Copy of a letter from Robert Miron, envoy of France, to the deputies of the 13 Cantons of Switzerland assembled at Baden. Concerns disorder in the Grisons and the dispute between Bern and Fribourg. 16 Feb. 1620. In French.
ff. 45r-46v. Copy of newsletters from Vienna and Prague. 26 Feb.-8 March 1620. In French.
ff. 47r-60v. 'Recapitulation sommaire de la conference sur la question si S.M. est tenue par obligation et en vertu de l'alliance ... d'envoyer le secours porte par icelle, ainsi qu'elle a este requise'. A discussion of the question as to whether James I is obliged to send support to the princes of the Protestant Union after the acceptance of the throne of Bohemia by Frederick V. London, 5/16 March 1620. In French.
ff. 61r-62v. Copy of a letter from Gabriel Bethlen, or Bethlen Gabor (1580-1629), styled King of Hungary, to Christian I, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg (1568-1630). 17 March 1620. In Latin. Another copy is at f. 118.
ff. 63r-92v. 'Recapitulation sommaire...'. Another copy of the document at ff. 47-60, this copy dated 'faict a Londres 5 & 6 de Mars 1620'. In French.
ff. 93r-96v. Copy of a letter from Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, to Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy. Prague, 8/18 March 1620. In French. In the hand of a secretary of Sir Isaac Wake.
ff. 97r-98v. Copy of a letter from Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, to Sir Isaac Wake. 9/19 March 1620. In French. In the hand of a secretary of Sir Isaac Wake.
ff. 99r-102v. Copy of a letter from Benjamin Bouwinghausen von Walmerode, Ambassador of the princes of the Protestant Union, to Achatius von Dohna, Ambassador of Frederick V in London, concerning the lack of success in his diplomatic initiative with James I in support of the Protestant Union and the King of Bohemia. London, 1 March 1620. In French.
ff. 103r-104v. Summary of points in a letter from Benjamin Bouwinghausen von Walmerode to James I of 20 March 1620. Compiled by George Calvert, afterwards 1st Baron Baltimore, Secretary of State, at the request of James I. n.d. In French.
ff. 105r-106v. Copy of newsletters from Prague, Vienna and Breslau. 18-29 March [1620]. In French.
ff. 107r-108v. Copy of letters from the Privy Council of Scotland to James I and to Charles, Prince of Wales, concrrning the establishing of the Prince in the full administration and governance of the principality. March 1620. In English.
ff. 109r-110v. Copy of a letter from James I to the Princes of the Protestant Union urging a peace settlement and sending John Digby, afterwards 1st Earl of Bristol (1580-1653), on a diplomatic mission with this aim. Westminster, 5 March 1620/1. In French.
ff. 111r-112v. Copy of a letter from Venice concerning the election of Pope Gregory XV, the Spanish domination of Italy and the situation in the Valtelline. 1 March 1620/1. In English.
ff. 113r-114v. Copy of a letter from Prague. 19/29 March 1620. In French.
f. 115r-v. Copy of a letter from Prague. 5/15 March 1620. In French.
ff. 116r-119v. Copies of two letters from Gabriel Bethlen, or Bethlen Gabor (1580-1629), styled King of Hungary, to Christian I, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg (1568-1630). 16-17 March 1620. In Latin.
f. 120r. Copy of a newsletter concerning the Empire. Luneville, 19 March 1620.
ff. 120a recto-121v. Letter (original) from Volrad von Plessen (1560-1631), Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to Thomas Murray. 2 March 1620 old style. In French.
ff. 122r-123v. Copy of a letter from Pedro Téllez-Girón, 3rd Duke of Osuna (1574-1624), Viceroy of Naples, to Gaspar de Borja y Velasco (1580-1645), also known as Cardinal Borgia. Naples, 20 April 1620. In Italian.
ff. 124r-125v. Letter (original) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, to Charles, Prince of Wales, on the fevered state of European politics. Turin, 7 April 1620 old style. In English.
ff. 126r-127v. Copy of a newsletter from Vienna and Prague. 23-27 April 1620. In French.
ff. 128r-133v. Copies of letters from Benjamin Bouwinghausen von Walmerode, Ambassador of the princes of the Protestant Union, from Paris on Easter Day 1620 and Orleans 12 April 1620. In French. [probably to Achatius von Dohna, Ambassador of Frederick V, with greetings to friends in London].
ff. 134r-135v. Copy of a letter from the princes of the Protestant Union to James I following the return of their ambassador Benjamin Bouwinghausen von Walmerode. Halle, 24 April 1620. In French.
ff. 136r-137v. Copy of proposals to be made to the King of France and his Council by Benjamin Bouwinghausen von Walmerode on behalf of the princes of the Protestant Union. Orleans 12 April 1620. Another copy of the document at f. 132v. In French.
ff. 138r-141v. Letter (probably a copy of a despatch) from Sir Isaac Wake, Ambassador to Savoy, [to Thomas Murray], with Wake's autograph postscript. Turin, 15/25 May 1620. In English.
ff. 142r-143v. Copy of newsletters from Prague, Vienna and Augsburg 1-8 May 1620. In French.
f. 144r-v. Grants of offices and leases etc passed under the privy seal and signet of Charles, Prince of Wales, 15 March-15 June 1620. In English.
f. 145r-v. Letter from James I to Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, congratulating him on the designation of his eldest son as successor to his crown. 14 June 1620. In French.
f. 146r-147v. Letter to the theologians of the United Provinces congratulating them on the success of the Synod of Dort and thanking them for the gift of a printed copy of the proceedings. Westminster Abbey, 13 June 1620. A draft, in the hand of Thomas Murray, followed by a cypher, possibly CW [Charles, Prince of Wales]. In Latin.
f. 148r-v. A note concerning the 'rent of Bute' in money and in kind. n.d. In English.
ff. 149r-152v. Memoranda concerning James I's proclamation concerning obedience to the acts of the Council of Perth. 8 and 15 June 1620. In English.
ff. 153r-154v. 'Traitté entre les Princes unis Evangeliques et Romains en l'Empire'. With signatures (copies) of Maximilian I, Duke of Bavaria, and Joachim Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach. 23 June 1620. In French.
LanguageEnglish, French, Italian, Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding, 355x280 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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CodeNameDates
GB/109/14511Murray; Thomas (1564-1623); royal tutor and college head1564-1623
GB/109/18303Herbert; Sir; Edward (1582?-1648); 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury; 1st Baron Herbert of Castle Island.; diplomat and philosopher1582?-1648
GB/109/14808Boswell; Sir; William (-1650); diplomat and patron of learning-1650
NA2179Charles I (1600-1649); King of England, Scotland and Ireland1600-1649
NA2506James I (1566-1625); King of England, Scotland and Ireland1566-1625
GB/109/15861Wake; Sir; Isaac (1580-1632); knight; diplomat1580-1632
GB/109/18349Morton; Sir; Albertus (c. 1584-1625); Diplomatc. 1584-1625
GB/109/19670Bethlen; Gabriel (1580-1629); Prince of Transylvania and Duke of Opole1580-1629
GB/109/19062Frederick V (1596-1632); Elector Palatine1596-1632
GB/109/19676Charles Emmanuel I (1562-1630); Duke of Savoy1562-1630
GB/109/17722Digby; John (1580-1653); 1st Earl of Bristol; diplomat and politician1580-1653
GB/109/21680Von Plessen; Volrad (1560-1631); Minister of Frederick V, Elector Palatine1560-1631
GB/109/19677Téllez-Girón; Pedro (1574-1624); 3rd Duke of Osuna1574-1624
GB/109/19678Borja; Gaspar de (1580-1645); Cardinal; Archbishop of Seville and Toledo1580-1645
GB/109/19673Dohna; Achatius II de (1581-1647); Count1581-1647
GB/109/21691Joachim Ernst (1583-1625); Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach1583-1625
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