Jesuits In Conflict: Or Historic Facts Illustrative of the labours of the English Mission and Province Of The Society Of Jesus. In the times of Queen Elizabeth and her successors. By a member Of The Society Of Jesus.
THOMAS POUNDE, OF BELMONT, S.J. Part XIX.
" To Mr. Tripp again the xivth of September.
"Sir,—I thanke you for undertakinge to answere me at length, though at your leasure, as partely indeed you pleaded some want of leasure for any suche matters, at my first deliveringe of it Againe, some indifference you seem to shewe, that you would not have me overcharged with twaine at once; but youre cominge in cowples at first to conferre with every single man alone in theire chambers, was not soe even as youre pretence. Moreover, you have robbed yourselfe of halfe the glorie of your victorie in accomptinge my reasons to be soe light and soe easy to be overweighed, and yet that they sholde be so longe in counterpassinge. If they had been anythinge weighty they might have asked some tyme to chew vpon them, but beinge of noe weight you might have stamped, and stormed by this time, in a meat morter, soe as they sholde never have stuck in any bodies teeth, as otherwise perchance they will, without they be well and soundly answered, indeede better then in playing with my name, which in truth, I cannot deny, you beinge without malice, as by likelihoode of your pleasant vein, which I can well enough beare, I hope it will end well; I urge you to no haste in weighing them, lest you sholde mistake youre weights, and weigh either by weights, or in ballance not scaled, nor allowed by the clerks of the market, throughout the Catholick Christian comon weale. In which behalfe I warne you before hand, in the wordes of the Holie Ghost Whose cause it is, saying, Statera justa, et aequa sint pondera — 'Let balance be true and weights upright* And then, I say, * God speede the right'
"Touchinge youre sendinge back of our supplication for a defect in it, as you pretende, in havinge noe more men's handes to it but mine alone, truly you can witness sufficiently for me to the Councell, if I sholde neede to appeal therefore unto you, that it was the common requeste of the moste parte hereunto, your as well as myne, that you wolde make it to be preferred to the Councell, as theire common suit. Soe fair off I am, as you can witness for me, from movinge it onely of my owne head, which notice, therefore, of yours I rest upon as sufficient, I hope to answer for me. So much i presume you see, of your uprightness, for your profession sake, which partly I am enforced to, because I cannot well get the handes of close prisoners to it without risk of rebuke, both to themselves and their keepers. And besides that our keeper, I perceive, doth not well like the proceedinge it, as I suppose few doe of the deepest heads of your side, whatsoever some may persuade it. You will give me leave to be plaine with you, which cannot speake in these matters, but as I think. Moreover, if you woulde needes have any more handes to it, I wolde rather make humble suite that I might have leave to goe unto the handes of the chief, and best learned in England of our side, than present up the names in it of any persons more inferiour, whose petitions perchance wold be more contemned for their obstinancie, than by the tendering of it thus in all our names universally, by sufficient conjecture, as you see, that all other sorte are of the like minde that you here have found us. Let my offer, therefore, be sufficient for the matter, as I hope it may, seinge more than my life I cannot gage, otherwise if you require any more for your preferringe it, we may all well think that it is for some delay, or for some further ende, which I will drawe no man vnto. Howsoever, I offer myselfe vnto God's protection in so common a cause. At your choice, therefore, be it, whether you will prefer it accordinge to your promise, or else to abyde the danger of the dis-credite it may be to your side, as thoughe you were afraide to have it goe forward. Neverthelesse, I have added thus much more to it as a letter comes to, which I have written to the Lord of London, in the same behalfe, which I beseeche you cary to him, and our supplication again vnder seale also, to rest as muche longer at his deliberation what to doe in it, which if it come back any more, I thincke none of oure side neede to doubt what bad likinge of it you have to proceede.
" Almighty God blesse you, to Whome I commit you. 1580. Your well wisher in our Lorde.
" To the Righte Hon. Sir Christr. Hatton, Kt, Vice Chamberlaine to Her Mtie -, and one of Her P. Councell.
" Your noble courtesie towards me, already shewed in writing so exceeding friendlie to my L., as you did of late, for some favor at lest towardes me for your sake, altho' it were but for a few days respite, to have some of my debts cleared before my removing, which yet wolde not be granted, terminge .me, as you vouchsafed, your old acquaintance and companion, both in Courte, and before in Inns of Courte, dothe embolden me ofte times to beseech your honour, that you will not be denyed the obtaininge of so much favor towardes me, as that my man, or boy, may be admitted to me in this miserable and desolate place, to bringe my diet, or for any other servile service for necessitie of nature, although he sholde be searched, if any suche jelousie were of me, at all tymes of his repair. O God ! Sir Christopher, I woulde you saw the spectacle of it, what a place I am brought into here! It is nothing but a large, vast room, cold water, bare walls, noe windows, but loupholes too high to looke out at, nor bed, nor bedsteade, nor place very fit for any, but the homliest thinge in the middest of the house, a highe pair of stockes, such a pair of urginalls, 1 as made my poor boy to see, although far too bigg either for his fingering, or footinge, all athwart my cold harbor, and nothinge else but chains enough, which yet I am not worthie of. And if there were neither meet, nor drink, neither for love nor money, then the end wolde be but short And yet what is all this, or ten times more for Heaven, which upon this cause dependeth. Shall hunger, or cold, or stenchinge, or taintinge, or any kind of persecution, separate vs from the holie unitie of Christ's Church, for which He hath shedd His pretious Bloode ? No, God defend, at youre mercie, and Her Majestie's I am, while our pining time continueth, whether this much respite, as I humbly sue for on my knees, shall be had or no, well hopinge if your honour will vouchsafe to present my petition, that her highness will not be soe vanquished by her vassals, but that even for her poeticall present's sake, which Her Majesty disdayned not to take at poore Mercurie's hands, if you remember it, at Killiegeworth Castle, 2 she will now vouchsafe, of her princely good nature, to give me as good a gifte again for double requitall thereof, as this suit comes to, especiallye knowinge as Her Highness well doth, what is written—That it is a blesseder thing to give than to take, wherein I humbly beseech your honor at your wisdom and discretion, to trie once more what stead you can stande me in, accordinge to youre goodwill, whereby for ever you shall bind me more and more unto. At Stortford, before my entering, ye 18th of September, 1580.
" Youre servant to God in dayly prayer.
1 Urginals, probably thumb-screws, from Urgeo to press.
2 By this allusion to Kenilworth Castle, we may presume that Pounde had also acted there during the Queen's stay at that place. He had also, perhaps, presented the Queen, as he had done at Winchester College, with a poetical complimentary address.