A letter to the right worshipfull M. John Dee Esquire,
conteyning the summe and effect of M. Edward Garland
his message, delivered to Master Dee himselfe, (Letterwise) for a more perfect memoriall thereof. Anno
RIGHT worshipfull, it may please you to understand, that
I was sent unto you from the most mightie Prince Feodor
Ivanowich, Lord, Emperour and great duke of Russia
&c. As also from the most excellent prince Boris Feodorowich, Lord Protector of Russia: to give your worship
to understand the great good will and heartie desire they
beare unto you; for that of long time they have had
great good report of your learning & wisedom, as also
of your good counsel unto Princes: whereupon his
Majesties most earnest desire and request is unto you;
that you would take the paines to come unto his Citie of
Mosco, to visite his Majesties Court: for that hee is
desirous of your company, and also of your good counsell
in divers matters that his Majestie shall thinke needfull.
And for the great goodwill that his Majestie beareth unto
you, he will give you yeerely toward your mainteinance
2000. pound starling; and the Lord Protectour will give
you a thousand rubbles, as also your provision for your
table you shall have free out of his Majesties kitchin:
And further whatsoever you shall thinke needefull or
convenient for you, in any part or parts of his dominion,
it shall be at your worships commaundement. And this
is the summe and effect of my message and commandement given me by his Majestie and the Lord Protectour.
In witnesse whereof I have written this with my owne
hand, the 17. of December 1586.
By me Edward Garland.
In Trebona Castel
otherwise called Wittingaw in
: to which place this M. Edward Garland came
to M. Dee with two Moscovites to serve him, &c. He
had sixe more, which by M. Dees counsell were sent
Witnesse M. Edward Kelley, and M. Francis Garland,
brother to the foresaid Edward, and divers others.
IT seemeth that this princely offer of the Emperour
Pheodor Ivanowich, and of the L. Boris Pheodorowich
Protectour to his Majestie, was made unto the learned
and famous Mathematitian M. John Dee, partly to use
his counsell & direction about certaine discoveries to the
Northeast; and partly for some other weighty occasions:
but because their conquest to Siberia
was not as then
fully settled, & for divers other secret reasons, it was for
yt time with al thankfulnes refused.