Letter of Queen Elizabeth to James VI February 1589, about the treasonous letters discovered.

Quoted in Calderwood`s History. vol v, p7-8

              MY DEERE BROTHER,- I have ere now assured you, that als long  as I  found you  constant in aimitie towards me, I would be your faithfull watche, to shunne all mishappes  or dangers that, by assured intelligence, I might compasse to give you.  And according to my good devotioun and affectioun, it hath pleased God to make me, of  late, so fortunate  as to have intercepted a messinger, ( whom I keepe safe for you)  that caried letters of high treasoun to your person and kingdome; and can doe no lesse, that with most gladenesse, send you the discovered treasoun, such as you may see, as in a glasse, the true prtrature of my late wairning letters; which, if  then it had pleased you follow, als weill as read, you might have taikin their persons, receaved their treason, and shunnes  their further strenthenin, which hathe growne daylie by your too great neglecting and suffering of so manie practises which, at the beginning, might easilie have been prevented.

     Permitt me, I pray you, my deere brother, to use als muche plainnesse as I bear you sinceritie, your supposing to deale moderatlie and indifferentlie to both factions,and not  to take or punishe, at the first, so notorious offenders, as such durst send to a forane king'    for forces to land in your land under what pretense so ever, without your speciall directioun, , the same never punished ; but rather, hold foote decre and neere, with a parentage of neer allya.  Good Lord! me thinke I doe but dreame: no king a weeke  would beare this ! Their forces assembled, and held neere your persoun, held plotts to take your persoun neere the sea-side; and thatall this wrapped up with giving them offices, that they might the better accomplishe their treasoun !  These be not the formes of governements that my yeeres have experimented. I would yours  had noucht, for I sweare unto you myne sould never in like sort.

              I exhort you be not subject to suche weakenesse, to to suffer suche lewdnesse so long to roote, as all your strenth sall not plucke up, (which God forbid !)  which to shunne, after you have perused this great packet that I sent you, take speedie order least you linger too long; and take counsell of few, but of wise and trustie.  For if they suspect your knowledge they will shunne your apprehensioun. Therefore, of a suddantie they must be clapped up in saifer custodie than some others have beene, which hath bred their laughter.  You  see my follie when I am entered to mater that tuicheth you so  neere.  I know riot how to end, but with my prayers to God to guide you for your best.  My agent with you sall tell you the rest.

                          Your most assured loving sister and consignesse,

                                    (Sic subscribitur)      " ELIZABETII R."

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