Upon the 17th being Saturday my Lord Archbishop
of Canterbury, my Lord William Howard, my
Lord Roos, my Cousin Russell, my brother
Sackville, and a great company of men of
note were all in the gallery at Dorset House
[in London] where the Archbishop of Canterbury
took me aside and talked with me privately
one hour and a half, and persuaded me both
by divine and human means to set my hand
to these agreements [about her lands], but
my answer to his Lordship was that I would
do nothing till my Lady [her mother] and
I had conferred together. Much persuasion
was used by him and all the company, sometimes
terrifying me and sometimes flattering me,
but at length it was concluded that I should
have leave to go to my Mother.
Upon the 1st, Rivers came from London [to
Knole] in the afternoon, and brought me word
that I should neither live at Knoll nor Bollbroke.
Upon the 2nd came Mr. Legg and told divers
of the servants they should go away, and
that my Lord would come down and see me once
more which would be the last time that I
should see him again.
Upon the 9th * * * in the afternoon came
Humphrey Golding's son with some letters
that my mother was exceeding ill and as they
thought in some danger of death. * * * At
night was brought me a letter from my Lord
to let me know his determination was the
Child should go to live at Horseley [with
his sisters] and not come hither any more,
so as this was a grievous and sorrowful day
At this time my Lord was in London where
he had infinite and great resort coming to
him. He went much abroad to Cocking, to bowling
alleys, to plays and horse races, and [was]
commended by all the world. I stayed in the
country, having many times a sorrowful and
heavy heart, and being condemned by most
folks because I would not consent to the
agreements, so as I may truly say I am like
an owl in the desert.
Upon the 6th being twelfth day
>> note 1 I
went about 4 o'clock to the court with
my Lord. I went up with my Lady Arundel
and ate a scrambling supper with her and
my Lady Pembroke
>> note 2 at
my Lord Duke's
>> note 3 lodging.
We stood to see the Masque
>> note 4 in
the Box with my Lady Ruthen.
Upon the 8th we came down from London to
Knole. This night my Lord and I had a falling
out about the land.
Upon the 9th I * * * began to have Mr. Sandys' book
>> note 5 read
to me about the Government of the Turks,
my Lord sitting the most part of the day
reading in his closet.
Upon the 18th being Saturday I went presently
after dinner to the Queen [Anne] to the drawing
chamber, where my Lady Derby told the Queen
and how my business stood and that I was
to go to the King [James I], so she promised
me she would do all the good in it she could.
The Queen gave me warning to take heed of
putting my matters absolutely to the King
lest he should deceive me. * * * [The King]
put out all that were there and my Lord and
I kneeled by his chair side and he persuaded
us both to peace and to put the matter wholly
into his hands, which my Lord consented to;
but I beseeched His Majesty to pardon me
for that I would never part with Westmoreland
while I lived upon any condition whatsoever.
Sometimes he used fair means and persuasions,
and sometimes foul means but I was resolved
before so as nothing would move me. * * *
I was much bound to my Lord for he was far
kinder to me in all these businesses than
I expected, and was very unwilling that the
King should do me any public disgrace.
Upon the 20th * * * it was resolved that
if I would not come to an agreement there
should be an agreement made without me.
Upon the 22nd the Child had the sixth fit
of her ague * * * the same day my Lord came
to Knoll to see the Child.
Upon the 21st the Child had an extreme fit
of her ague, and the doctor sat by her all
the afternoon and gave her salt powder to
put in her beer.
Upon the 8th I made an end of Exodus with
>> note 6 After
supper I played at Glecko
>> note 7 with
the Steward, as I often do after dinner
Upon the 11th we perceived that the Child
had two great teeth come out, so as now she
had in all 18. I went in the afternoon and
said my prayers in the standing in the garden,
and spent my time in reading and working
>> note 8 as
I used to do. The time grew tedious so
as I used to go to bed about 8 o'clock
and lie abed till 8 the next morning.
Upon the 5th my Lord went up to my closet
and saw how little money I had left, contrary
to all that they had told him. Sometimes
I had fair words from him and sometimes foul
but I took all patiently and did strive to
give him as much content and assurance of
my love as I could possibly. Yet I always
told him that I would never part with Westmoreland
upon any condition whatsoever.
Upon the 17th in the morning my Lord told
me he was resolved never to move me more
in these businesses because he saw how fully
I was bent.
Upon the 1st I cut the Child's strings
>> note 9 off
from her coats and made her used to go
about [without them], so as she had two
or three falls at first but had no hurt
Upon the 16th * * * my cousin Russell wrote
me a letter to let me know how my Lord had
canceled my jointure he made upon me last
June when I went into the North, and by these
proceedings I may see how much my Lord is
offended with me and that my enemies have
the upper hand of me.
Upon the 30th still working
>> note 10 and
being extremely melancholy and sad to see
things go so ill with me, and fearing my
Lord would give all his land away from
Upon the 9th March brought me the King's
>> note 11 Upon
the 10th I spent the time in perusing that
and other writings, the award being as
ill for me as possible.
The first day in the morning I writ in the
>> note 12
The 13th I was one of the mourners at the
Queen's funeral and attending the corpse
from Somerset House to the Abbey at Westminster.
My Lord also was one of the Earls that mourned
at this time.
The 2nd my Lord and Sir Henry Vane played
>> note 13 This
day at night my Lady Margaret was five
years old, so as my Lord caused her health
to be drunk throughout the house.
The 22nd my Lady Margaret began to sit to
>> note 14 for
Upon the 14th Wat Coniston
[a servant] began to read the book of Josephus
>> note 15 to
me of the Antiquities of the Jews.