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X.

TO MR. RICHARD DUKE, OF OTTERTON, IN

DEVONSHIRE.

As transcribed from the Original by John AUBREY. MS. Aubrey iv. v!

f. 47 (Bodleian Library, Oxford). The original letter was, for a time, kept at Hayes, and was shown to visitors. Its present abode is not known.

LETTER

X.

MR. DUKE,

I WROTE to Mr. PRIDEAUX to move yow touchinge 1584. July 26.

the purchase of a farmel sometime in my Fathers To Richard possession. I will most willingly give whatsoever in Duke. From the

your conscience you shall deeme it worth ; and if at Court.

any time you shall have occasion to use me, yow shall Proposal fynd me a thankefull frind to yow and yours. for the purchase I am resolved, if I cannot entreat yow, to build at of Hayes Manor

Colliton. But for the naturall disposition I have to that House and place, being borne in that house, I had rather seate my Farm.

sealf there then any where els. So I take my leve, readie to countervaile all your courtesies to the uttermost of my power. From the Court, the xxvi of July, 1584

Your very willing frind in all I shalbe able,

W. RALEGU.

Hayes Barton, in the parish of East Budleigh, Devonshire. See Vol. I. chap. i.

• Namely, Hayes.

1 5 8 5.

XI.

TO THE VICE-CHANCELLOR AND OTHERS, THE

SENATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.

From the Original. University Registry (Cambridge). [Transcript in

MS. Baker, xxix. 341.]

LETTER

XI.

MR. VICE CHANCELOR,

BEING (by informacion) perswaded, that your self, with the grave and well disposed of your University,

1584-1585. were so greved with the unseamelye owtrages lately Feb. 10. commytted by the young and unbridled hedds of the To the

Senate same, in contempte of the Quenes Majesties prerogatyve

of the and graunt unto me, and to my discredytt, as suffycyent University

of Cam. order by yow had been taken for this Bearer's quyett, bridge.

From which caused me to reste from requyringe reformacion

Somerset therein at my very good Lord Treasurer's handes, who House. by me as yet understandeth not of these ryotts; and On the

licensing of I did forbare, contrarye to the advyse of my learned Vintners

in CamCouncell, in procedinge to enquyer by lawe of the same bridge. ryotts, of good wyll I beare to your Universitye; and meant so to deale with yow for the other foure Tavernes, as sholde suffycyentlie have contented yow. But my to? favorable dealinge with yow hath geven such encorage, as this day I am enformed you have warned this bearer to appeare before yow, whose wills therein I have willed him to performe. And I am further enformed, yow mynde to disturbe hym agayne from using his honest

LETTER

XI.

Feb. 10.

and lawfull trade of Wynesellinge, authorysed thereunto

by the Quenes Majesties Graunt, under the Great Seale 1584-1585. of Ingland. And althoughe I know yow not, yet your

place shold tell me, that your prosedings will be with hym juste and lawfull, which onlye I desyr of yow. So yow shall pleasure yourselves, and contynewe my redynes to doe yow any good I maye. I hope, uppon your answere, I shall fynde these informacions to growe rather uppon jelosey then juste matter. So I leave you to God. From the Cort at Somerset Howse, this roth of Feb. 1584 [legal style].

Your very willing Frind,

W. RALEGH.
Addressed :
To my loving friend Mr. Vice Chancelor, and the rest of the Masters of

the University of Cambridge.

XII.

TO THE SAME.

XII.

From the Original. University Registry (Cambridge). [Transcript

in MS. Baker, xxix. 342.) LETTER I CANNOT a little marvaile at your peremtory and proud

manner of delinge. I was content to use all manner of 1584-1585. Feb. 20. curtesy towards yow (in respect of my Lord Treasurer,

my honarable good Lorde), but I parcave, that my reaTo the Senate sonable or rather to submis deling hath bread in yow of the University a proceding unsufferable. Yow have committed a poore of Cam bridge.

man to prison having don nothing but warranted by the

I too.

LETTER

XII.

Feb. 20.

On the same

Great Seale of Ingland; your sealvs supposing a privilege by Charter. I doe not know that any man or Society would take so much uppon them, before tryall 1584-1585. made. But, as I reverence the place of whence 1 you are Governors, so I will not willingly take any wrong or

subject. disgrace from yow. And I am assured My Lord Tresorer, who maye command me, will be indifferent in this case. For the matter so much concerneth the validity of my Patent elsewhere, as well as in your University, as I will try the uttermost of my right, as well for this one, which I was content to be satisfied withall, as for all the other foure. And so, having thought you would have vouchsafed an answere of my last letters, I end. From the Cort, this 20th of Feb. 1584 [legal style]. Your Frind as yow shall geve cause,

W. RALEGH.

XIII.

SIR WALTER RALEGH AND SIR THOS. HENEAGE

TO THE LORDS OF THE COUNCIL.

From the Original. Domestic Correspondence: Elizabeth, vol. clxxviii.

$ 78 (Rolls House). In the hand of an Amanuensis. Signed.

* * The extent to which, at this and at other periods (both earlier and later), the practice of carrying English captives into African slavery had grown, has been very inadequately illustrated by our historians. The State Papers abound with documents relating to it; and many of these, like the letter now printed, serve to indicate at once the mercantile character

1 for which'.

assumed by the negotiations for ransoming the captives, and some of the many abuses to which such private attempts at their redemption opened the way.

LETTER

XIII.

1585. May 7. To the Lords of the Council.

Report of an inquiry respecting the ransom of certain captives in Barbary.

IT MAIE PLEASE YOUR GOOD LORDSHIPS,

ACCORDINGE to Your Lordships' pleasures dyrected unto us from the honorable lords and others of Hir Majestics most honorable Pryvie Councell, upon a complainte exhibited by this bearer, MORGAX POWELL, WC called before us the parties to whome the cause doth apperteyne; and upon twyce hearinge therof and what was produced by the learned councell of both sides, and also themselves, we conceyve the matter to stande even as it is sett down in a paper hereinclosed. And we fynde the hardenes of the case to consist in this :—That the iiij'v.l [857.] sent by this complainant unto JOHN OWEN, accordinge to the direction of the Lord Maior, to be paid to WILLIAM SIMCOTS, for the captyves' ransom, was, by the procurement of the said Lord Maior, attached in the name of JOHNEs in the hands of the saide OWEN, as the goods of one JOHN SYMCOTTS deceased, for that the saide JOHNES, as it appearith, was then indebted to the Lord Maior; by which devise the said iiij"vl., so sent by this complainant for the captyves' ransom, is comm to the hands of the said Lord Maior for the answeringe of the said JOHNES his debt, wherby, as we take it, this complainant is much wronged. In trothe it hath directlie been approved before us that the captyve was redeemed by WILLIAM SYMCOTTS' goods, and that the byls of exchange thereupon made by the captyve in Barbary were to the use of the said WILLIAM SYMCOTTS. And therfore it scemith strange unto us and ageinst all equitie that this complainant's money shold to any other purpose be deteyned.

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