Bell was asked belatedly by Robert Carey to participate in Henry Scrope's funeral procession. He later showed Carey a letter critical of Carey written by Richard Lowther and an "editied" version which omitted the criticism. He told Carey he would never be able to show him letters written by Thomas Scrope.
Bell was not availble to served as Carey's clerk and Carey had to write letters himself.
Bell attended a council meeting called by Thomas Scrope about the weapons missing from the armory but was told not to make a record of the meeting.