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The active intervention of the Jesuit priests in t,he Scottish Catholic conspiracy of I 581-82 had not been a success, and in the changed aspect of affairs since the. failure of the Armada, the Company-as has been explainedcontinued to oppose any scheme for the settlement of English affairs which should lcad to a compromise, or to the doubtful conversion of James Stuart. Either the Scottish Catholic nobles had now grown reckless, and knowing the price to 1 HattieId I’qlers, vol. iv. FATHER CECIL SENT TO SPAIN 41 be paid for Spanish help to their cause, were prepared to pay it, or else they had satisfied themselves finally that Catholicism could never depend upon James, and they were determined to sacrifice him.

69). n, being despatcheti from &bon. This mission was no other than to sound Lord Derbv and hia son as to their willingness to accept. the Pretendership ;o the English crown. Father Persons’ instructions to them whilst they were still at Lisbon are uow at Hattield, having been doubtless banded TREASON 42 AND PLOT been detected on each occasion that they had sent either written conmmnications or blanks to Spain. Robert Bruce, too, had played them false and betrayed their secrets, and on this occasion, at Whitsuntide I 593, “the disguised one,” as they called Cecil, carried his intelligence in his head instead of in his wallet; bearing only a pre-arranged token of confidence to his old rector at Valladolid, Robert Persons, who, it was known in Scotland, was Philip’s principal guide in the affairs of England.

If the Cecil party had been able to have their way an agreement woltld probably have been made. 1 Lhe union of England and Scotland under James would then have been extremely unlikely. JAMES VI. “l gives us the key to James’s other- incnmprehensible action in the matter. The Catholic nobles had only told him half the truth, or less, and instead of making nsc! of them, he was their dupe. It was not to gain the crown of England for him, so much as the control of affairs by the Cat,holic faction, that they sought Spanish aid.

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