Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia

Nadine Akkerman (ed.), The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Vol. 1: 1603–1631

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500. ELIZABETH in The Hague to ROE in London                    12 March 1629

Holograph, TNA, SP 16/138, no. 8 (fo. 28). Address fo. 28v: 'To Sr Thomas Roe'. Roe's endorsement, fo. 28v,: 'From the Queen of Bohemia 2: March: 1628/9'. In answer to Letter 491 (20 Jan. 1629); for Roe's reply, see Letter 506 (1 Apr. 1629).

Honest Thorn Roe, though when you went from the Brill I was so full of greef as I was not able to answere your kinde letter with your verses with thankes,1 yett now I haue taken some breath, I doe, and assure you, that I ame still constant in my oppinion of you which I haue lett Sr Robert Carr know who is a verie honest man, pg 735and much my frend,2 my Lord Thresorer,3 in his letter to me doth promiss me much for you, I hope he will performe it, and I heere that if the peace of France goe one, Sr Isack Wake shall goe thither4 so as I hope you shall haue your desire,5 thus you see that sadness cannot make me forgett my frends especiallie those I esteeme so much as I doe you, Croft6 will tell you all the newes heere, and assure you that you are not forgotten, I pray commend my loue to your good wife and assure her that I loue her trulie and ame euer to you both constantlie

  • Your most assured
  • louing frend
  • Elizabeth

the Hagh this 12/2 of March

the king7 desires you to beleeue the same of him,

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Editor’s Note
1 Roe included elegiac verses in his letter of condolence for Palatine prince Frederick Henry: see his letter to Elizabeth of 20 Jan. 1629, Letter 491.
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2 Kerr had visited Elizabeth's court in The Hague in Feb. 1629 to offer condolences on behalf of Charles I: see Letter 495.
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4 Following the conclusion of the Franco—Stuart war in Apr. 1629, Wake was promoted from dual ambassador to Venice and Savoy to Stuart ambassador ordinary to France. Even though he received his letters of credence as early as Jan. 1630, he would not arrive in Paris until May 1631 because of engagements in Savoy and an outbreak of the plague which affected thirteen members of his household (ODNB, 'Wake, Sir Isaac'; Bell F216).
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5 Roe had apparently regarded Wake as a candidate for the position of Stuart ambassador to The Hague. Rumours were indeed circulating that Wake would be appointed as such, but Wake himself was not keen. In Feb. Wake confided to Francesco Corner, Venetian ambassador in Savoy, that 'there [was] some idea of giving him the Holland post, to serve the Queen of Bohemia, and [that] he would like it'. Corner pointed out in his letter to the Doge and Senate, however, that Wake's satisfaction was polite pretence, continuing 'but I do not think he would be pleased, and he does not consider it a very conspicuous position' (CSP Venice, xxi, no. 739; see also Elizabeth's postscript to her letter to her brother of 12 Jan. 1629, Letter 489).
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6 Madge Crofts: see Elizabeth's letter to Essex of the next day, Letter 501.
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7 That is, the King of Bohemia.
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