nyng of

me to keepe - the on? hath sinc bin many tymes

defaced, and the other spoylde and pred. From this 1581. May 1.

iland the traytors can never wante nether wine nor salte, or iron, or any other necessary provision, or if neede bee advertisement from Spayne or elswher; being common for any man to lande on. Notwithstanding, it is left naked and the castle broken that stood in the entranc therof for defenc. I have, by great perswacion of the Commissioners, gott leve to edifie the same, and leve a ward therin; and if it shall please your Honor to thinke mee woorthie the keeping and custodie therof I will at myne owne coast buyld it up agayne and defend it for her Maiestie. I would the rather bee an humble and ernest suter to your Honor for it in that I

heire the Lord Generall purposeth, when I have taken * “This is the beegin

the toyle in making it defencible and bin at the charg,

to turne me over for my charges to the Queene and that platt which, by dispose of the iland to some other. I hope your Honor Mr. Fent, I have

will stand my good lord therin. If it please your Honor advertize

to give commission ther may bee an other hundreth ment of, for the soldier layd uppon the cuntre heire aboute. * I hope fynding of a certayne it willbe a most honorable matter for your Lordshipe, garrison gratis to

most acceptable to her Maiestie, and profitable for the Her Majestie.”

cuntre ; and the ryght meane to banish all idle and ---Mar- frutles galliglas and kerne, the ministers of all miseryes. ginal note on this Thus, most humblie beseeching your Honor not to passage by the Lord

condemne any of us that are willing to deserve your Deputy. Lordshipps good favor, I humblie take my leve. From Corke, the fyrst of May.

s Copie of .... (Captain Rauley's]

letter (the name being in cypher). Endorsed : 1 May, 1581. Copie of a letter to the Lord Deputy, from Corke.”

' preyed! 3 This title occupies the usual place of the subscription and signature.

i one.



From the Original. MS. Harl. 6993, f. 5 (British Museum).

I MAY not forgett continually to put your Honor in LETTER V. mind of my affection unto your Lordshipe, havinge to 1581. the worlde bothe professed and protested the same.

Aug. 25.

To the Your Honor, havinge no use of such poore followers,

Earl of hathe utterly forgotten mee. Notwithstandinge, if your Leicester.

From Lordshipe shall please to thinke mee your's, as I am, Lismore. I wilbe found as redy, and dare do as miche in your ser- Profes

sions of vice, as any man you may cummande; and do, nether,

attachso miche dispaire of my self but that I may



Dissatisable to performe as miche.


with the I have spent some time here under the Deputy, in Irish

Irish sersuche poore place and charge, as, were it not for that Ivice.--

Recom. knew him to be on of yours, I would disdayn it as miche mends to

the Earl as to keap sheepe. I will not troble your Honor with John Fitz

Edmund the bussiness of this loste lande ; for that Sir WARRAM

of Cloyne. SENTLEGER ? can best of any man deliver unto your

I one.

: Sir Warham St. Leger, an eminent soldier, passed a considerable portion of his life in the Irish wars, and in them he ended it, almost nineteen years after the date of this letter. The Commissioners of Munster, when narrating to the Lords Justices of Ireland certain events which occurred in their province during Tyrone's rebellion in 1599-1600, thus describe Sir Warham's martial death : After reciting Tyrone's march "out of Barry's country” into that part of Munster of which Sir Warham had the immediate charge, they say that he and Sir Henry Power rode forth "to se if they might meete some of the cumpanies straglinge from the rest,” and at length “discreed a cornett of horse, and drew towards them. And knowing the same to be Macgowire, they made a charge upon him and his horsmen. Sir Warham encountered Macgowire, and with his pistole shott towe bullets into his brest. He with his stafe strake Sir VOL. II.




1581. Aug. 25.

Lordshipe the good, the badd, the mischeifs, the meanes to amend, and all in all of this common welthe, or rather common woo. He hopethe to finde your Honor his assured good Lorde, and your Honor may most assuredly cummande him. He is lovingly inclyned toward your Honor. And your Lordshipe shall win by your favor towards hyme a wise, faythfull, and valient gentleman, whos worde and deede your Honor shall ever find to be on!

Thus, having no other matter, but only to desire the continuance of your Honor's favor, I humblie take my leve. From the Camp of Leismore, in Irland, August 25 ? (1581)

Your Honor's faithful and obedient,


[POSTSCRIPT.]—I am bold, being bound by very conscience, to cummend unto your Honor's consideration the pitiful estate of John FITTS-EDMONDS, of Cloyne, 3 a gentleman, and the only man untucht and proved tru to the Queen, bothe in this and the last Rebellion. Sir Warram can declare his service, what he is, and what he deservethe.

Addressed :
To the right honorable and my very good Lorde the Erle of LEYCESTER,

of Her Majesties most honorable Pryvey Counsell.
Endorsed : “26° August, 1581. W. Rawley."

Warhame into the braine, of which blowe within four daies he died; and
Macgowire was not far gon but he fell from his horse dead.” – Luter to
Lords Justices, &c. in MS. Tenison, dcxv., fol. 10. (Lambeth Palace.)

Ralegh had first written 26,' and then alters to *25.'
* John Fitzedmund Fitzgerald, a loyal Geraldine, whose name will recur ;
and who is to be distinguished from his Geraldine namesake, the insurgent
Seneschal of Imokilly.




1 5 8 3



From a transcript made, for Dr. THOMAS BIRCH, from the original letter,

then in the possession of Major POMEROY GILBERT, of Plymouth. MS. Addit. 4231, f. 85 (British Museum).




I HAVE sent you a token from her Majesty, an ancor guided by a lady, as you see; and farther, her Highness willed me to sende you worde that she wished 1582-1583.

March 17. you as great good-hap and safty to your ship, as if her

To Sir H. sealf were ther in parson ; desiring you to have care of Gilbert

. your sealf, as of that which she tendereth; and therfore, Richmond.

With a for her sake, you must provide for hit accordingly.

token from Farther, she commandeth that you leve your picture the Queen,

and good with me. For the rest, I leve till our meeting, or to the wishes for

Sir Humreport of this berer, who would needs be the messengre phrey's of this good newse. So I committ you to the will and Voyage. protection of God, who send us such life or death, as he shall please, or hath appointed. Richmonde, this Friday morning [March 17, 1582–3].

Your treu brother,

· W. RALEGH. Addressed :

To my brother, Sir Humfry GILBERT, Knight. Endorsed : “ Reseved the 18th of Marche, 1582 (legal style].


TO THOMAS EGERTON, SOLICITOR-GENERAL; (Afterwards Viscount Brackley and Lord High Chancellor.)

As printed from the Original, in the Collection of the Earl of Elles

MERE, by Mr. J. PAYNE COLLIER; Egerton Papers, p. 94 (Camden
Society's Series).




YT hathe pleased her Maiestie to bestowe the leases 1583.

of Stolney and Newlande, lately graunted unto her from April 10.

Al-Solne Colledge in Oxon, upon me, or any other that To the Solicitor. I shall agree withall. And for that of late I have barGeneral Egerton.

gande with WILLIAM TOUSE and CLEMENTE STUPNEY From the for the lease of Stolney, I ame to request you that the Court.

assignement maye passe by your good helpe from her The Queen's Maiestie to them, they payenge all fees and chardges the leases

thereto belonging. And soe, with hartie thanks for of Stolney many other courtesyes, I byd you farewell. From the land, and Courte, the xth of Aprille, 1583. Ralegh's assign

Your very lovinge friende to command,
ment of

Addressed :
To my Worshipfull frende, Mr. EGERTON, Esquire, Solycyter

to her Highnes.

grant of

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