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by the States, on Carleton's promise in conformity with his
Majesty's express letter of October last, for which "he had so
well prepared the matter before, by the means of the Prince of
Orange, that it could not well receive a denial, though it was
subject to many main difficulties. -1 ]

Captain ScoWs Representation. (Feb. 15, 1618.)

My Lords, — . . . There was handed to me on this day,
11th of February, a certain copy of a suit, raised against me on
the part of Isabella Moubray, soliciting a divorce, in respect of
which your Lordships were pleased to order that eight days
were to be given me to respond after the issue of the summons.
But since, in absence of Captain Mackenzie, the command has
been laid upon me, here in Hambach, to restrain the soldiers
from all outbreaks and disorders, according to the decrees of
your Lordships, and consequently, in his absence, it would be
very bad in me to absent myself without commission from
their Mightinesses. Therefore, with all due reverence, it is my




humble request that their Lordships will please to pay some
little consideration to this, and arrest procedure in the case
for a short time, till Captain Mackenzie shall have arrived
here ; and I shall then immediately appear in person, and
defend myself by word of mouth, and make remonstrance to
their Lordships about the injustice and abuse which hitherto
has been done me ; not doubting their benevolence, and the
righteous judgment which their Mightinesses shall administer
to me. — Herewith kissing their hands with all reverence, I
remain meanwhile your Honourable Mightinesses obedient
servant, Robert Scott. 1

Actum Ham bach, 15th February 1618.

Advice of the Council of State in the case of John Gordon.

High Mightinesses, — We do not know for what reasons ex-
Captain Johan Gordon 2 was discharged with his company,
since it happened by order of your High Mightinesses, who
undoubtedly had reasons for it.

On the strength of the old services, which he mentions in
his petition as having been done in Brabant by his late father, 3
he can make no claims on these united provinces, though it
seems he mentions them, not with a view to receive any pay-
ment for them here, but in order that your High Mightinesses
may be the more inclined to dispose favourably of his request.
And for the services rendered to these Lands by the petitioner,
he has been fully paid, so that (under correction) it is our
opinion, you knowing as well as we do how little the Govern-
ment can bear to be burdened with new salaries, that the
answer to be given to the petitioner's request be : ' Patience." 1
Nevertheless, submitting ourselves to the wise and prudent
discretion of your High Mightinesses.

The Hague, 17th February 1618.

Actum. (May 26, 1618.)
To their High Mightinesses the States-General of the
United Netherlands.
Alexander Balcanquall humbly showeth that he, the

1 See pp. 64, 65, 298 ; also, 230, note 2.

2 The company was dismissed in 1609. See pp. 236, 243, and 253.

3 See p. 47.


petitioner, having come over to this country from Scot-
land at the earnest request of the late Lord of Balclough,
with him and his regiment, served in said regiment as
surgeon for the space of over four years ; and thereafter,
on the death of Mr. Robert Beton, formerly pensioned
surgeon of the older Scotch regiment of the late Colonel
Edmont, who departed this life about the year 1607, the
petitioner has from that time till now acted and been employed
as doctor and surgeon- general of both the Scottish regiments.
And now, the said Lord of Balclough having recently left for
Scotland, the petitioner, by his advice, does not neglect to
request of your High Mightinesses ordinary pay, such as the
said Mr. Robbert Beton received in his lifetime. Further, the
petitioner was advised, in case his request should not be dis-
posed of by your High Mightinesses, to let the matter rest till
his said lord and colonel should have returned from Scotland ;
while he, the petitioner, was, in consequence, biding his time,
without pressing further the said request, the said Lord of
Balclough in the meantime departed this life in Scotland ;
whereby the petitioner's well-founded purpose has made no
advance and been ineffective.

And as it is known, and some of your High Mightinesses
are very well aware, that the petitioner has for almost fifteen
years consecutively served the country in the aforesaid capacity
with fidelity, and that there has from the very beginning been
no expedition or camp where the petitioner was not present
provided with the necessary medicines, instruments and ser-
vants, and all at his own expense, and without having received
for it the smallest payment, either from the Land or from the
captains of the said regiment, since the decease of the afore-
said Lord of Balclough ; whereby he, the petitioner, finding
that he has spent enough, and knowing of no means to make
at this time any profit in this country, would like to return to
his native country. Therefore he, the petitioner, requests very
respectfully that it may please your High Mightinesses, in
consideration of what has been stated, to grant the petitioner,
for his long and faithful services, such a sum as, after customary
deliberation, may seem to your High Mightinesses to be proper.




Request of Andrew Hunter.

Illustrissimis potentiss. et consultissimis D.D. Dominis
Ordixibus Generalibus Unitarum Provinciarum, — Numerosa
familia, labores mei in sacrosancto ministerio, passim in
omnibus vestris provincijs, apud longe dissitas vestras scoticas
centurias et non exiguae impensae factae in itineribus satis
periculosis a me necessario susceptis versus Juliacenses trans-
isulanos et eos qui in finibus Brabantiae et Cliviae morantur,
me adeo urgent ut in extraordinario mihi longum concesso
stipendio vestrarum Illust ium opem implorare cogar. Peto
idcirco obnixe ut decurrentis hujus anni (cuius pars una est
elapsa, altera elabitur) stipendium ducentorum florenorum
concedere dignemini. Andreas Honterus,

Euangelij Jes. Christi Minister
in Copijs Vestris Scoticis.

[The Recorder of the States-General noted on the margin]
Fiat continuatie van het advertissement van des suppl.'s tracte-
ment. gelyck hij dat voor desen genoten heeft. Actum den
xxvii July 1618.

Letters and
Requests to
the Council
of State.

To the Council of State. (Nov. 6, 1618.)

My Lords, — I was a short time ago at Alckmaer on par-
ticular business, when I learned from trustworthy burghers,
that the lieutenant of Colonel Henderson, then in garrison,
passed off a great number of ' passevolenten ' 1 and inhabi-
tants on half pay in his company ; and the same was also
told me by a soldier who formerly served under him. And
even after he had left the service, the lieutenant requested
him to pass as a ' passevolant, 1 at the last review. In short,
it is true, that the majority of the burghers complained
about it, and the lieutenant himself was frequently blamed,
even in presence of the bailiff, for having held false mus-
ters ; and I doubt not, that if he were taken unawares, with
a muster extraordinary as it were, of which he should have no
suspicion, there would certainly be an exposure, for I have

1 Men hired for the inspection.


learned that it is too gross and extensive, and that he thus
passes a considerable number. But I wished to inform your
worships. — Herewith etc., your Worships' 1 obedient servant,

Flores Serooskercke.
Tholen, 6 November 1618.

To their High Mightinesses, the States-General of the
United Netherlands.

Bentgen Jansz, sorrowing widow of Captain Wilhem Mon- Records of
cryflf, 1 Scotsman, humbly showeth, that as her late husband General,
served this country for many years and lately departed this
life in the service of the country, having been wounded at the
Couwensteyn Dyke, leaving her at the age of nearly seventy-
one years without livelihood, except from the generosity of
your High Mightinesses, which she has received annually out
of commiseration, and for which she must thank your High
Mightinesses, and whereas she never troubles you on other
occasions, except in the greatest need and at the most pressing
times, being also past the set limit of lifetime, therefore she
prays you in her old age, poverty, illness, and distress, in this
hard winter, to consider her desolation, to take into favourable
consideration her husband's services, and accordingly as you
deem best, to give her generous assistance to maintain her this
winter that she perish not in her old days on the streets. And
by your doing so, she will ever feel bound to pray for the
prosperity of the rule of your High Mightinesses and the
unity of the good inhabitants.

[In the margin is written :] ' Let the last resolution taken
regarding the previous request of the petitioner be first looked
into. Actum 17th November 1618.

To the Council of State. (Oct. 31, 1618.)

My Lords, — Your lordships' 1 letters of 30th inst., new style, Letters and
with the annexed request of Lieutenant Livingston, having the^councU
been handed to us, we summoned before us the following of State,
creditors of said lieutenant, and directed their attention to the

1 See p. 46.


offer made by him in the said request. And on the part of the
same begged them to rest satisfied therewith. Whereupon the
widow of the late Dirck van Kattenborch, to whom he is
indebted forty-eight guilders, also the man Van Oerken Segers
of the Heringbuijs, to whom he owes a like sum of forty-eight
guilders, and Wilhem van Kattenborch, to whom he is indebted
twenty-six guilders, all declared, avowed, and answered, that
they would accept the said offer, provided Captain Sir Henry
Livingston, brother of the said lieutenant, shall guarantee and
be security for payment in full. Item. Floris van Riemsdyck
in regard to his arrears, amounting to the sum of two hundred
and fifty three guilders ten stuivers declared that he held the
promissory notes and bond of the said captain's wife. And
Beel the brewer said, that the said captain had made her a
promise for the amount due to her of one hundred and three
guilders, and had signed for it in her account-book, and both
of them wished to abide by that. In regard to the man and
the house rent, with a claim according to the foresaid
request amounting to fifty-seven guilders, he does not live in
the town, but under the jurisdiction of the Maas and Waal,
and we spoke to his brother Wilhem van Freycamp about
it, who declares that he will invite his brother to come
us with his answer. Also Johan van Kattenborch appeared
before us, to whom the said lieutenant owes the sum of three
guilders four stuivers, and like the first three creditors aforesaid,
declared that he was satisfied. All of which we mention to
your Hon. Mightinesses also as a more complete reply, respect-
ing the rearrangement of the request aforesaid.

Burgomasters, Aldermen and the Council


31st October 1618.

To the Council of State. (Nov. 27, 1618.)

My Lords, — We cannot in the first place omit to mention
in regard to your Lordships repeated writings of 21st inst., new
style, with the request again presented to you by Lieutenant
James Livingston, brother of Captain Sir Henry Livingston,
that we have summoned before us and exhorted to our utmost
the creditors of the said lieutenant, mentioned in his previous


request presented to your Lordships and forwarded to us, to
rest satisfied with the offer of payment made to them. Where-
upon Floris van Riemsdyck, mentioned in our last, declared
that not only he himself, but also the others refused to accept
the offer, for reasons stated in our foregoing rescript, addressed
to your Lordships (which the foresaid lieutenant neither con-
ceived nor directed). To-day we have once more summoned
before us and exhorted the said Riemsdyck, and besought him
to rest satisfied with the offer made by the foresaid lieutenant.
And with that end in view, strongly urged him to weigh well
the reasons mentioned in your Lordships last writings. On
which the said Reimsdyck answered, and expressly declared,
that he would have no dealings with the said lieutenant, but
on the contrary since said captain's wife had granted him a
certain bond for goods received, he would have recourse to the
law, and bring said captain before the court of this town. After
hearing his answer, sentence was pronounced, an extract of
which is annexed. To this he wished to adhere, trusting also
to be upheld therein, according to the bounden duty of the
judges. And if the said Captain Livingston considered him-
self oppressed thereby, he could have his appeal according to
the laws of this town. Thus we could not induce the said
Floris van Riemsdyck to agree to the request of your Lord-
ships. He said also that it did not concern him when and
where the said lieutenant came by his sickness and maiming,
except to remember well that when he came into garrison here
he was whole. And in this we have done nothing further, and
we know not what to do, nor can we do anything, etc.

Burgomasters, Aldermen, and Council
of the City Tijel.


Extract jrom the Foreigners' Case. — The Signets
of Tijel

The Court, in view of the representation or complaint of
Floris van Riemsdyck, handed over, along with the bond in
favour of the pursuer, on the one side, and on the other side


the answer of Henry Livingston, knight and captain, defender.
After weighing properly the contents of these documents, as also
the power of attorney, given by the said Livingston on the 4th
February in favour of his wife, who acknowledges the foresaid
bond ; do condemn the said defender to lay down and pay to
the said pursuer, within the period of three weeks, the two
hundred and fifty-three guilders ten stuivers mentioned in the
foresaid bond, with the costs of the action, in terms of the
verdict, by right of authority.

Actum 31st October 1618.

(Feb. 14, 1619.)

My Lords, — Captain Robert Scott in garrison at Hambach
has come to me with the complaint that your Lordships
summoned him to the Hague for the disposal of the suit
against him. Now since the said captain, as the senior among
the Scottish soldiers here, is in command of the garrison, and
sometimes certain disorders and disputes arise, so that his
presence among the soldiers of his nation is necessary, I
hereby submissively entreat your Lordships to be graciously
pleased to inquire into the circumstances of his charge, and
therein make such good provision that he may be despatched
soon and again returned hither to command and maintain due
order among the people of the Scottish nation, and to
command. . . . (Signed) Fkid Pithax.

In the Castle of Gulick, 14th February 1619.

(Feb. if 1619.)

My Lords, — It has been reported to me by John Law,
soldier, belonging to the company of General Cecyl, by way of
complaint, that the lieutenant commanding the company gave
the said soldier his leave, and against his desire handed him
his passport because of this, that said soldier was struck in the
face by God Almighty, and the lieutenant heard that he was
declaring so. And since, through the testimony of officers, I
have ascertained that the said soldier has long and faith-
fully served the country — both in Ostend, Flanders, and


elsewhere — and has served latterly seven or eight years in the
company of the said Mr. Cecyl, I hereby object to the dismissal
of the said soldier, and to hunting him out of the country.
I have therefore thought good to inform your Lordships
regarding this affair, with the request that you may be pleased
to write to me, stating what course I shall take in the matter.
Your Worshipful Mightinesses' obedient servant,

(Signed) Jacob Croessen.

Utrecht, this £f February 1619.

(March 19, 1619.)

My Lords, — Since the magistrate of the city of Thijel, etc.,
handed to us a certain missive, with a copy of the request of
Thomas Brussen and Jacques Stuart, forwarded to us by your
Lordships, wherein they as petitioners made known, and
declared what they knew, regarding the murder committed
by Sergeant Geddi on the person of Jan Brusson. So we
could not do otherwise than inform you that we have used all
proper means in order to obtain evidence. Of which evidence
we immediately granted a copy to the petitioners. Then we
also notice from the request that they have not shown the said
copy, and have grievously accused some soldiers, who had been
present at the fight, and on whom they desire to have justice
and judgment administered, whilst we cannot discover that
these soldiers had any hand in the deed. Therefore we feel
bound to forward hereby the said evidence to your Worshipful
Mightiness in order that your worships may thereby be able to
perceive the real state of the case. Which having seen, we
expect the advice and commands of your Lordships as to what
we shall have to do further in the matter. — Praying, etc.

The Governor and Court-Martial, convened in Tijel.

(March 19, 1619.)

Evidence taken in the case of the murder committed by
N. Geddi, sergeant, belonging to the company of Sir Francois
Henderson, Kt., etc., on the 3rd February 1619, in the
chamber of the redoubt on the person of Jan Bruessen.

Elsken the wife of Antonis Dirck, living in the redoubt,


on being heard, declared on oath that she saw that Sergeant
Geddi wishing to go home about eventide, had had some
words with Jan Bruessen, soldier, belonging to the company of
Sir Henry Livingston, and that the words 'thou liest "* were
spoken, though she knew not who uttered them. Hereupon
the said Jan Bruessen struck the said sergeant in the face.
On which the sergeant seized the chamberpot, and threatened
to strike with it. Then as she the witness prevented him from
doing so, the sergeant felt for his rapier, drew it, and ran
at Jan Bruessen. After which she, witness, noticed that the
said Jan Bruessen was wounded in the body, from which
wound he died during the night, between the 3rd and 4th day
of February 1619. But the witness declared that she did not
observe in what manner the wound was made. This was
signed with the following mark +

Andrew Grant, corporal under Captain Henderson, declared
that on the 3rd of February 1619 he sat on the redoubt with
Jan Bruessen, above the town of Tijel; and as the company
were about to separate, some words passed between Sergeant
Geddi and Jan Bruessen the deceased about betting, running,
and shooting; and that they had a dispute about the two
pounds of the bet that was arranged. After which he the
witness saw that Jan Bruessen the deceased, with hot words,
struck Sergeant Geddi in the face ; and after this happened
then Geddi and Jan Bruessen shook hands, but I know not on
what terms. And on separating, Sergeant Geddi unsheathed
his rapier and stabbed the deceased, but he the witness did not
observe how the wound was made. He the witness declared
that he knew nothing more about the wound, and he signed
his declaration with the following mark A.

John Watson, soldier in the company of Sir Francois Hen-
derson, declared, that he, witness, sat on the redoubt drink-
ing with other soldiers, on the 3rd February 1619, and that
in the company there remarks were made about leaping by
Sergeant Geddi and Jan Bruessen. And finally there was a bet
between them for two tuns of beer, as to who should be first in
a foot race to Nimmegen. For which Jan Bruessen pledged his
coat, desiring that Geddi likewise should give his mantle in
pawn ; who immediately ran to Sergeant Fressell and brought


his mantle, saying there is my pledge. Whereupon Jan Bruessen
said, that is not your mantle, I wish to have your mantle, you
are not worthy to carry such a mantle. Which conversation
being ended, remarks were afterwards again made about the same
bet and the mantle, which Geddi would have given in pledge, of
such a nature that Jan Bruessen, after some passing words, again
said, you are not worthy of such a mantle. After which he,
witness, saw that Jan Bruessen struck Sergeant Geddi on the
left cheek, but he could not make a pertinent declaration as to
the reasons. He, witness, also declared that he saw the said
Geddi with his rapier under his arm, which he unsheathed,
and struck with it towards Jan Bruessen ; but he, witness, did
not observe in what direction the stab was made, and the above
was signed with the following mark — M I.

John Mueleman, Cadet, declared, that he along with other
soldiers sat on the redoubt above the town Tijel, on the 3rd
February ult., where there were present among others Sergeant
Geddi, and Jan Bruessen, soldier, under Sir Henry Livingston,
Knight, etc., between which two persons words were exchanged
about betting. And finally a bet was made between the two
for the sum of two pounds, as to who should gain a foot-race
to Nimmegen. For which bet Jan Bruessen pledged his coat,
which he undid from his person, asking Sergeant Geddi that
he in like manner would pledge his mantle. And as Sergeant
Geddi had no mantle by him, he, witness, declared that he had
seen the said Geddi go to Sergeant Fressel and request from
him his mantle, which Fressel handed to him. And as Geddi
offered to pledge it against the coat, Jan Bruessen would not
receive it, saying, it is your comrade's mantle, I will have your
own mantle. After which he, witness, saw that Jan Bruessen
gave the said Geddi a slap on the cheek, and forthwith
Bruessen immediately ran to the gun, which lay on the bed in
the room. And he, witness, saw that Sergeant Geddi immedi-
ately on receiving the slap drew his rapier and passed him
the witness, going towards Jan Bruessen with a naked rapier.
Thereafter he, witness, heard that Jan Bruessen was wounded,
but he, witness, did not see how he came by the wound.

Piere La Rame, soldier in the company of Mr. Brichenau,
capt., declared that he, witness, was on the redoubt above




the city Tijel on the 3rd February 1619, when among others
sat Sergeant Geddi and Jan Bruessen, that the last named
Jan Bruessen slapped the said Geddi, and Sergeant Geddi
immediately drew his rapier and stabbed Jan Bruessen,
through which he died during the night. He, witness, declared
that he knew not out of what the dispute arose.

Thus done and sworn in the Assembly of the Court Martial
at Tijel on the 8th February 1619, by me the Auditor,

(Signed) Johan Dieren.

dence, 1618-

Recommendation by the Council of Scotland of Margaret Hamil-
ton, daughter of the late Captain John Hamilton. (1620.)

Tkes-hauts et tres-illustres Seigneurs, — Le Capitaine Jean
Hamilton, qui vous a fidelement servi plus de quarante ans en
vos guerres, estant depuis peu de jours mort, sans laisser
aucuns enfans legitimes en vie excepte Damoiselle Marguerite
Hamilton, sa fille unique, qui pour recouvrer la succession de
son feu pere allant aux pais de vostre obeissance, nous a supplie
de la recommander a vos Seig nes arm que par vostre juste
faveur elle puisse obtenir la possession et paisible jouissance
des biens appartenans a son feu pere et recouvrer payement de
ses debtes et descomptes. Et si la malice des parties interessees
la contraint d'entrer en proces pour ses legitimes affaires et
actions, qu'il plaise a vos Seig ries de commander que bonne et
brieve justice luy soit faicte. Encore que soyons asseurez que
requite de sa requeste soit suffisante pour impetrer de voz Seig ries
ce que ne refusez a personne, ayant recours a vostre j ustice. Ne-
antmoins le respect que nous portons a beaucoup de gens de bien
et d'honneur en ce Royaume, ausquels lad. damoiselle appar-
tient, nous a induit a vous supplier bien affectueusement de la
proteger et favoriser en toutes ses bonnes affaires et actions, et
la recommander aux Magistrats et autres ayans jurisdiction et
charge es lieux ou les biens de son pere seront trouvez, Afin que
par leur faveur equitable, elle puisse obtenir bonne et briefve
depesche de ses affaires. Ce que nous obligera de continuer ou
plustost augmenter en vers les subjects de vos Seigneuries, ayans
affaire par deca, la bienveillance que de tout temps nous leur

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