Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia

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

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523. ELIZABETH in Rhenen to ROE [between the siege-works of Bois-le-Duc and Amsterdam]                                     23 July 1629

Holograph, TNA, SP 81/35, fos. 228–9. Address fo. 229v: 'For your goodlie selfe'. Endorsement in Roe's hand, fo. 229v: 'From the Queen of Bohemia 13 July 1629'. Printed source: Baker 79 (misdated as 13 July 1629 New Style). For Roe's reply, see Letter 526 (29 July 1629).

Honest Thom, I send you letters for my Vncle and my Grandmother,1 if you think it fitt I will send you one for my brother2 doe but tell Ashbournhame3 and he will send one of purpose to me else I will send it by Gomelton4 to my Lord of Dorchester,5 I hope the winde will not change but you may haue time to send me word, and I answere you before your can send for England, if Ashbournhame, can tell you all the newes heere the>o<ugh there be verie little, th we heare them shoote as they were madd, my windowes shakes with it,6 honest fatt boobie7 be assured that you haue not a better nor truer frend then

  • Your constant frend
  • Elizabeth

Rene this 13/23 of Iulie

[written vertically in the left-hand margin] I pray doe not forgett to make a great compliment for me to the King of Sweden and the Queene8 if you see herpg 769

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1 King Christian IV of Denmark and his mother Sophie Frederica of Mecklenburg, Elizabeth's maternal grandmother. Roe would reach Denmark in early Aug.: see Letter 508 n. 11.
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2 Roe advised her that a letter sent by her own conveyance to Charles I would be more welcome: see his reply of 29 July 1629, Letter 526.
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3 Ashburnham, sometime Master of Elizabeth's household.
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4 Elizabeth's page, William Gomeldon.
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5 Elizabeth sent another letter bearer to Dorchester the next day, but the haste with which she wrote that missive makes it unlikely that she also sent letters to Charles I at that time: see her letter to Dorchester of 24 July 1629, Letter 524.
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6 For the noise indicating that the siege of 's-Hertogenbosch was increasing in strength see also Letter 512.
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7 booby: 'A dull, heavy, stupid fellow: a lubber' (Johnson); 'a clown, a nincompoop'. Its etymology is presumably Middle High German (cf. the Dutch boef), suggesting where Elizabeth picked up the epithet (OED n. 1a). Elizabeth repeatedly called Roe fat: see, for instance, Letter 510.
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8 King Gustavus Adolphus and his queen consort, Maria Eleonora. Roe would have an audience with the Swedish king at Marienburg about the end of Aug.; it is uncertain whether he also met the Swedish queen consort at the time (Strachan 199).
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