Hugh de Cressingham writes to Edward I noting that he received on 14 July at Berwick two pair of his letters by the hands of John de Brehille and William de Ledbury, his messengers […] he should do to the earl of Warenne speedily as he could well do, and as the earl should have need for it.
In answer to the first command, he notes that he received the entire amount of the money which the king sent him.
The other letter says that if the king had the earl of Carrick, the Steward of Scotland, and his brother, who as the king understands, are supporters of the insurrection […] he would think his business done. The king charges Cressingham herein to employ all the skill he has that he can by means of the money which he has sent him, and the king, Sir Henry de Percy and Sir Robert Clifford would not think themselves deceived.
He notes that he had been at Bolton, Northumberland by the advice of the king’s council and the earl of Warenne, the king’s guardian of Scotland and they decided to make an expedition against the enemy on Thursday before the feast of St Margaret. They would have made the expedition had not it been for Sir Henry de Percy and Sir Robert Clifford, who arrived on the Wednesday evening before and made known that they had received the king’s enemies into their peace. They were answered that even though peace had been made on this side, it were well to make an incursion upon the enemies on the other side of the Scottish sea, or that an attack be made upon William Wallace, who lay there with a large company in Selkirk forest. It was determined that no expedition be made until the earl’s arrival.
If the king does not know yet, Cressingham sends it to him under the seal of the bishop of Glasgow, along with his letter of credence and the credence which his clerk told him, which things the bishop then sent him to Roxburgh.
He will keep William de Ledbury, the king’s other messenger by his leave.