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We also fynde that the said WILLIAM SIMCOTS hath recovered ageinst the said captyve, in Hir Majesties Court of Common [Pleas'] at Westminster, his whole somme of iiij"vli., for the ransom, and xli. for damages besides. So that both the captyve and this complainant are lykely to be twice charged for the satisfaccion of one debt, unless Your Lordships take order to the contrarey. We had ordered and ended the matter to the satisfaction of all parties, and to the hinderance only of WILLIAM SYMCOTS (but with his consent), save that the Lord Maior refused it, and referred himself and the cawse to Your Lordships consideracion, to whom we humblie commende us. Your Lordships' humble at comaundment, T. HENEAGE.


Addressed :
To the right honorable and oure verie good Lords, the Lords of Her

Majesties moste honorable Pryvie Counsell.
Endorsed :
May, 1585, d. 7. From Sir Thomas Heneage and Sir Walter Ralegh.

What they have donn in the matter between Morgan Powell and
Jones, abowt the mony paid for redeminge of a Captive in Barbary.




John Owen of London, lynnendraper, with one George Williams, servant to Alderman Pullison, nowe Lord Maior, entred in bond to John Symcotts in ccli. [2001.), with condicion to paie all such somes of money as sholde be disbursed in Barbary for the

It appearith by the

condicion of the sayde ransom and redempcion of the said captives by the bonds. said John Symcotts, or any other by his order, according to bills of exchange or other remembrances to be presented to the said John Owen and George Williams for the same.

1 This word has been torn away, probably by the seal.



1585. May 7.

Thomas Powell onelie was redeemed by this meanes following :

John Symcotts, to whome the bonde was made, not having eny goods in those parts of Barbary, required one Edwarde Collyns, factor to William

Symcotts (whoe then had th' adventure of iiijeli. Witnesses to this, [4001.]), to disburse of the said William Symcotts' William Lynney, who goods iiijxxvli. [852.] for the ransom of Thomas were then present in Powell, captyve ; and to putt it to William Symcotts' Barbary, and here.

Edward, Col- accompt, and to take bylls of exchange and other lyns the factor's deposition.

assurances of the said captyve to th' use of the said

William Symcotts for the said some of iiijvli., all whiche the said Edwarde did accordinglie, as appearith by twoe bylls of exchange and one byll of debte made by the said captyve in Barbarie.

In the retourne from Barbarie, John Symcotts died. The said captyve aryvinge at London, in September 1583, mett with the said William

Symcotts, where he tould him he was redeemed with It appearith by bylls of exchange iiij"vli, of his goods, by Edward Collyns, his factor, and the byll of debte and had gyven bills of exchange and also a bill of made in Barbary.

debt to the use of the saide William Symcotts, for payment therof. Wherupon the said William Symcots and the captyve went to seeke John Owen and George Williams, who were not then in the cittie. And, having some speche with Alderman Pullison, nowe Lord Maior, for that the said George Williams was and yet is his man, the said captyve tould the said Alderman that he was redeemed by the goods of the said William Simcots. And then the said Alderman promised the

said William Symcotts to write to one Morgan It appearith by the Powell, brother to the said captyve, to send up the and by John Owen's monie, whoe thereupon sent it to London the vith letter sent to the of November, to be paid to William Symcotts, with complainant.

three letters: one to the Alderman, the other to John Owen to see the payment, and the thirde to William Simcotts, which was never delyvered to him.

When this money was sent up to London, one Nicholas Jones attached the same, as belonginge unto John Symcotts deceased, alleaginge that because the captyve was redeemed by John Symcotts' appointment (thoughe out of his brother William Symcotts goods) and bonds made unto John before his departinge England, by the sureties aforesaid, that therefore this monie was dewe unto John deceased ; and John beinge indebted to Jones, Jones attached the same money, and Jones beinge indebted to the Lord Maior payde it to him. And now the said William Symcotts (by whose goods the captyve was

redeemed) brought his action in Hir Majesties Court Confessed by the of Common Plees at Westminster upon the captyves parties to be trewe.

bill, and hath recovered the saide iiijuvli, besides xli, for his costs and damaiges, and hath judgment therupon.


158 6.



From the Original. MS. Harl. 6994, fol. 2 (British Museum).


March 29.

To the


You wrate unto me in your laste letters for pioners LETTER to be sent over; wher uppon I moved her Majestye, and

XIV. found her very willing, in so mich as order was geven for 1586. a cummission ; but since, the matter is stayd. I know not for what cause.

Earl of Also, according as your Lordshipe desired, I spake for From the one JUKES for the office of the back-house, and the matter Court. well liked. In ought else your Lordshipe shall finde me The send

ing of most asured to my pouere to performe all offices of love, Pioneers to

the Netherhonor, and service towards you. But I have byn of late lands. very pestilent reported in this place to be rather a drawer bake, then a fartherer of the action wher you govern. Your Lordshipe doth well understand my affection towards Spayn, and how I have consumed the best part of my fortune, hating the tirrannus sprosperety? of that estate, and it were now strang and monnsterous that I should becum an enemy to my countrey and conscience. But all that I have desired att your Lordship's hands is, that you will evermore deal directly with mee in all matters of suspect dublenes, and so ever esteme mee as you shall finde my deserving, good or bad. In the mean

? So in MS.

il.e. in the Netherlands. VOL. II.



1586. March 29.

tyme, I humblie beseich you, lett no poeticall scribe work
your Lordshipe by any device to doubt that I am a hollo
or could sarvant to the action, or a mean well-willer and
follower of your own. And yeven so, I humblie take
my leve, wishing you all honor and prosperety. From
the Court, the xxix of March, 1586.
Your Lordships, to do you service,


[POSTSCRIPT.]—The Queen is on very good tearms with you, and, thank be to God, well pacified; and you are agayne her 'Sweet Robyn.

Addressed :
To the right honorable my singuler good Lord, the Earle of LESTER,

Governour of the Low Countres for her Majesty.
Endorsed :

29 March, 1586. Sir W. Rawlegh.

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From the Original. MS. Sloane, 1519, fol. 137 (British Museum).

Without address or endorsement. Holograph.



1586. May 29. To Sir John Gilbert. From the Court.


LETT the bread which was left of my cussen? CLYDLE'S proportion be in wredines, for my barks are cumming about ? for hit, and the sider which I wrat to you for. My Lord Admirall's judg calleth out for accompt, and says I shall forfet my office if any shipps

1 This word is scarcely legible.

: 1.c. to Plymouth.



will go to Newfounland in consort to ..... Spanierds.
Wee will sett out sume from hence and go together. I
pray inquire of the howers. From the Court, the 29 of
May (1586).
Your most assured loving brother,


1586. May 29. On the Victualling of Ships at Plymouth.

1 5 8 7



From the Original. MS. Tanner, lxxix. fol. 117, formerly marked 175

(Bodleian Library, Oxford). Holograph. Without address, the fly-leaf having been destroyed. (See fac-simile.]



With mich ado I procured [?] 3 her Majesties leve for Sir FRANCIS (DRAKE] to višatt your Excelency,

1587. which I would most willingly have doun my sealf, wear

Oct. 8. it possible. But wher soever I remayn, none shal be to the more redy to serve yowr Excelency then my sealf. Sir Earl of

Leicester. FRANCIS is in good hope to return for the Indies. If it From

Windsor. may be brought to pass, I doubt not but all shalbe

Announce recoveryde [?]: I hope your Excelency will assist what

ment of you may. Hyme sealf can deliver best the estate of all the Visit

of Sir things here. And so, with my humble dewty, I kiss Francis

Drake to your hands. From Winsor, this 8 of October (1587]. the Nether

lands. Your Excelences to serve you,

W. RALEGH. i Here a small portion of the letter has been torn away, probably by the seal.

2 This word also is doubtful. 3 These words are doubtful, being scarcely legible.

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