1599 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Lok

Thomas Honyman to Lord Burghley, 27 July 1599; Grosart, Miscellanies of the Fuller Worthies' Library (1871) 2:29-30n.



From Bayonne I understand that Mr. Lok had like to have been in trouble for showing his discontent at a vessel's bringing corn out of England; the people questioned what he was and what he had to do there, and talked of banishing him the town. He said he was an English traveller that would pass into Spain with the French Ambassador. He is not acquainted with Spain, yet I told him it was the most dangerous country in Christendom, and that a man might be touched there in causes when the king might not speak for him. If he pass, I know not how he can escape. For Bayonne I told him it was a town where he would quickly be noted, so he determined to travel thereabouts, and to come thither once a month till he passed. Contrary to this he took a chamber there, which was presently noted, for as it is a garrison town, none can be there without giving good reason. I told him if they once found he lay there upon intelligence only, the people would malice him.... The danger I conceive of Mr. Lok, if he pass, causes me to trouble you so far.