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Joannes Drusius letter to Robert Beale

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Identifier: VMSS457_I22_O1
Image of Joannes Drusius letter to Robert Beale
Image of Joannes Drusius letter to Robert Beale


  • 1584 May 20


Biographical / Historical

Robert Beale (1541-1601) served as ambassador to France starting in 1570, special envoy of queen Elizabeth to the German Lutheran princes 1576, Secretary of State 1578 and 1581-1583, and was in parliament from Dorchester in 1586 and 1588. In addition, he served under Leicester in 1588 in the Netherlands probably with the transport department. As a scholar he is known for two books which maintain the principle of toleration and for works glorifying marriage and women.

Biographical / Historical

Joannes Drusius [or van den Driesche] (1550-1616) was a Flemish Protestant divine, distinguished specially as an Orientalist, Christian Hebraist and exegete.


1 folded sheet (1 page) ; 33 x 42 cm folded to 33 x 21 cm

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General Note

Autograph letter signed from Drusius [van den Driesche], with address to Beale on second leaf. Written in Latin from Leiden, Netherlands, 20 May 1584. Drusius speaks of a work by Beale which had just appeared, likely his "Book against Oaths" or his "Book respecting Ceremonies," both of which appeared c. 1583-1584, and which immediately attracted the unfavorable attention of Archbishop Whitgift. Neither of these works seems to have survived.


Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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