ELIZABETH I, Queen of England (1558-1603). Letter signed with two word autograph subscription ('V[est]ra Consanguinea Elizabeth R') to an unidentified prince (John Casimir, Count Palatine) Hampton Court, 'Decimo die Decem[br]i An. Domini, Mo.Do. LXVIIIo Regni vo n[ost]ri XIo [10 December 1568], in Latin, the text in a forward sloping italic hand, the Queen's subscription and signature in her upright italic hand, one page, folio (small brown mark in lower left corner, despatch slits, small repair).
A diplomatic letter, expressing the wish that her correspondent's desire to see her will soon be gratified, reciprocating his good wishes, and saying that his ambassador, Johannes Junius, has explained to her the letters from him and his father, and she has given him her reply.
John Casimir (1543-1592), the second son of Frederick III ('the Pious'), the Elector Palatine, was brought up at the French court, and distinguished by his austere conduct and devotion to the Protestant cause. In 1568 he took up the cause of the Huguenots in France, and was in contact with Coligny and Henry of Navarre. Later, he was subsidized by Elizabeth to invade France and to enable him to hire German horse for use against Don Juan. Elizabeth wrote later to say that Junius (Johannes de Jonge, of Brabant) had been delayed by bad weather, and that she was sending Henry Killigrew, one of her household, with him to the Palatinate.