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TO SIR ROBERT CECIL.
From the Original. Cecil Papers, vol. lviii. & 52 (Hatfield). Holograph.
Wholly undated. The Hatfield Catalogue assigns this letter, by oversight, to 1597.
I AM sorry to be now so nire that my letters may cum to your hands. But this unfortunate yeare is such as thos that weare reddy and att sea too moneths before
Sept. ? us ar beaten bake agayne and distressed. This longe staye hath made mee a poore man, the yeare farr spent, Robert and what shalbe cum of us God knowes. The boddy is written at wasted with toyle; the purse with charge; and all things worne. Only the mind is indifferent to good fortune or
an expedi. adversety.
stormy Ther is no newes from hence worth the writtinge. If weather. I weare more fortunate, I should be the more worth the cummandinge ; as I am, yow may dispose of mee; and thus, for the present, I leve yow to all good fortune, and my sealf quo me Fortuna retrudet. Yours ever to do yow service,
W. RALEGH. [POSTSCRIPT.]—I pray be gracious to my frends in my absence, and not too credulous. And further that yow wilbe pleased, if any of my officers be suters unto yow in my behalf, that you will vouchsafe your favor towards them. I pray excuse mee to my Lord your father; havinge nothinge worth his reeding to write of.
most honorable Privey Councell. Endorsed : "Sir Walter Rawley.”
TO SIR ROBERT CECIL
From the Original. Cal Pepers, vol. xxix fol. 44 (Hatfield). Holograph.
My carelessness in loosinge the coppy of the letter
the Earle's ? hand I beseiche you lerne by sume means; From Sherborne that I may butt know wher it weare lost, or otherwise Loss of a
imbeseled. What you have vouchsaufed for the stay letter which had of my sutes in law, especially for the widdo SMITH, fallen into the hands I humblie pray you to lett me know, for I stay butt for of Essex - the winde to bringe about the shipp. I shall be wiser
one day, and I shall withall, I hope, do you sume service, after so many of thes troblesome affaires. Till then, and ever, I shalbe your debtor and most your's of all livinge,
Sherburne, the 21 of December (1594).
most honorable Privey Councel.
21 Dec. 1594. Sir Walter Raleighe to my Master.
1 Earl of Essex.
TO SIR ROBERT CECIL.
From the Original. Cecil Papers, vol. xxix. fol. 53 (Hatfield), Holograph.
I AM so importuned by this bearer as I cannot refuse hyme to write unto you. His desire is to retayne towards you. What your disposicion hath bynn in thes 1594.
Dec. 26. thinges I know well, but hee will not be otherwise
To Sir R. aunswered att my hands. I would be gladd he would Cecil.
From sew to serve the Earle of Essex, to which I have per- Sherborne. suaded hyme. I hope to here how you do, and, for my In favour sealfe, this wynde breakes my hart. That should cary
who mee hence now stayes mee heere, and holds 7 shipps in desires to the river of Temes. As soone as God send them hither, Cecil.I will not lose one houre of tyme. Ever anxious to do
Guiana you service,
by con W. RALEGH.
winds. Sherburne, the 26 of December (1594).
of a page,
most honorable Privey Councell.
Charles, that was sometyme his page.
1 In the sense of 'that which,'
TO SIR ROBERT CECIL.
From the Original. Cecil Papers, vol. xxix. fol. 61 (Hatfield). Holograph. LETTER
You must esteeme me for your yevell spirritt that 1594
haunts you thus with so many tedius busineses. I To Sir R. could not dispach with that debt of SYMSON'S for the Cecil. widoe SMITHE. She hath a sonn that waytes on the From Alresford. Keper, and her doughter maried Mr. W'ILKES, so as it Private wilbe the harder to clere. Yet, seeing I am butt a affairs : Lawsuit
suretye for SPILMAN, and never borrowed penny of her, with Mrs.
it hath the more reason. If it be not stayde, all that I Smith. Proposal have wilbe taken uppon the execusion in my absence. for a restraint of And, if she will not geve longer day, I thinke the next shipping.
way wilbe that the Shirrif of Dorsett be cummanded
[POSTSCRIPT.]—It is more then tyme that ther be a restraynt of all shippinge bound out to the warrs; for
ther ar multetuds going for the Indies. If any men be taken (as sume every yeare ar) the Queen's purpose wilbe frustrate. And if EATON's shipps go, who will attempt the chefest places of my enterprize, I shalbe undun; and I know they wilbe beaten and do no good.
From Alsford, this Saterday after I left you, with a hart half broken.
most honorable Privy Councell. Endorsed :
Dec. 1594. Sir Walter Raleighe to my Master,
TO SIR JOHN GILBERT.
From a MS. copy of the Original, made for its then possessor, the late
MACVEY NAPIER, Editor of the Edinburgh Review. BROTHER,
WHER by my last letters directed vnto yow LETTER concerninge the levieing of sailoris and marrineris I gave direction that they should be readie against the
1594? xy of this moneth at Dartmouth, which I am now
John thorowe manie vrgente occasions constrained to deferr ; Gilbert. herebie prainge yow to haue speciall care that they be on a
levy of levied from places least infected, and to be readie at mariners; Dartmouth the twentith daie of this present moneth to apparently tak shippinge. I have sent money by LUSKOMBE for Guiana
expedition. ther conduct: I praie supplie anie thing necessarie that is wanting ; I will see that annswered at my cominge about. I haue likewise sent by him proclamations to be proclaimed with yow and sent vnto my servaunt