'to signe, wherin all Our title and interest may be past

over unto his wife and children, that We be no more 'troubled with their pittifull cries and complaints for · that busines.'





From the Original. MS. LANSDOWNE, cxlii. fol. 282 (formerly numbered

6292'). (British Museum.) Wholly in the hand of an Amanuensis. Without date. Written in 1617, after Sir Walter Ralegh's departure for Guiana.




May it please you to call to mynd that when my husband's land was taken away from hym and gyven to my Lord of SOMERSETT, all meanes and offices being


After gone from hym before, it then pleased the Kyng's Ma- June 30.] jestie to graunt his Patents to me, and after me to my Lady

Ralegh to eldest sonne, [for] 400l. by yeare, to be paid oute of the Sir Julius

Cæsar. Exchequer. I then understanding the payments were slow, I desired a covenant of the Lords for performance of Delays in that payment, which I had, under their hands and seales, ment of

her annuity as your Honour knoweth :—the Earle of SALISBURY, from the being then Treasurer; the Earle of NORTHAMPTON ;

Exchequer. the Earle of SOMERSETT; and yourself. The two first Earles having performed their covenant with Death, the third beinge not in case to perform any covenant, I must flye to yourselfe, whose honor and charity is such as I make no doubt but you will see me satisfyed and relieved in this my just desire, being agreeable to His


Majesties expresse comandement that I should receyve

my payment without molestation or delay, - which I [1617. After

am dayly put of 1 by Mr. BYNGLEY. I should have June 30.) receyved 2001. at Michaelmas; most of it being long due

to poore men from Sir WALTER, for his necessaries; and the rest to mayntayne me till Our Lady day. But I have not received one penny from the Exchequer synce Sir WALTER went.

I beseech you, Sir, to take some order for this, that I may not be thus contynually pynsshed for the payment thereof; and that you will be earnest with Mr. BYNGLEY and the officers that I may not be thus put of, from tyme to tyme; but that I may receyve ytt somewhat orderly ; paying the fees due, which is fyve pounds in the 100l. Thus, desyring your honorable remembrance and speedy helpe, I rest

att your service,

Addressed :
To my honorable good friend, Sir Julius CÆSAR, Knight, Master en

the Rolles, and one of His Majesties most honorable Prydy Councdl.
Endorsed, by Sir Julius Cæsar :
The Lady Raleigh, thut, according to the Kings Letters Patent and the

Commissioners' covenant, she may receive her yearly annuity from the Receipt of the Exchequer.

1 off

? An officer of the Treasury, under the Lord Treasurer Suffolk ; and the “Sir John Bingley” of Bacon's speech against Suffolk, in the Star Chamber ; where he is described as pimping for Lady Suffolk in her sale, for bribes, of her influence over the Treasurer.

1 6 1 8.



As printed (from the Original ?) by MANNING and BRAY, History of Surrey,

vol. ii. p. 495.

** Nothing, I believe, is now known of the causes which led to the interment of Sir Walter Ralegh in St. Margaret's Church at Westminster, instead of at Beddington, as this Letter shows to have been at first intended.

I DESIAR, good brother, that you will be plessed to let LETTER

XIII. me berri the worthi boddi of my nobell hosban, Sur

1618. WALTER RALEGH, in your chorche at Beddington, wher

Oct. 302 I desiar to be berred. The Lordes have geven me his

Lady ded boddi, thought they denied me his life. This nit Ralegh to

Sir N. hee shall be brought you with two or three of my men. Carew. Let me here presently. God hold me in my wites. On the

burial of

E. R. Sir Walter Addressed :

Ralegh. To my best brother, Sur NICHOLAS CAREw, at Beddington.



From a copy made by direction of Sir Thomas Wilson. Domestic

Correspondence : James I. vol. ciii. $ 76 (Rolls House). MADDAM,

As I remember when your Ladyship was last with me you towld me that you knew Sir THOMAS WILSON


1 though.

1618. Nov. ?



1618. Nov. ?

her influence to

Sir T.

well, adding therunto good commendacions of him, I beseech your Ladyship that you will doe me the favour as to intreat him to surcease the pursuit of my husband's

bookes or lybrary: they being all the land and lyveing Lady Ralegh to which he left his poore child, hopeing that he would Lady Carew. inheritt him in those only, and that he would apply Entreaty

himself to learninge to be fytt for them, which request I for the exercise of hope I shall fullfill as farre as in me lyeth. Sir THOMAS

WILSON hath already, by vertue of the Kinge's letter, prevent the fetched away all his mathematicall instruments. One of seizure, by

them cost a £100 when it was made. I was promised Wilson, of

them all againe, but I have not receyved one back. If Ralegli's Library there were any of theis books, God forbid but Sir

THOMAS should have them, for His Majestie,-if they were rare, and not to be hadd elswhere. But they tell me that Byll, the book-bynder or stacioner, hath the verry same. Thus intreating your Ladyship's favour that you wilbe a meane unto Sir THOMAS that I may be troubled noe more in this matter concerning the bookes; haveing hadd so many unspeakable losses and troubles as none of worth will seek to molest me, but rather give me comfort and help. Thus I rest, ever to be comanded,

and to love you truly;


I The “Lady Carew,” to whom this letter is addressed, was Joyce Clopton, wife of George, Lord Carew of Clopton, the cousin and life-long friend of Ralegh, and afterwards Earl of Totnes.


ENTERPRISES. 1589-1602.

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From the Original. Casar Papers, in Ms. LANSDOWNE, vol. cxliv.

ff. 57-60 (British Museum). To the first I aunswer, that my shippe being uppon the APPENDIX coast of Spayne the 26 of December last, mett with Commera hulke of the burthen of 350 tonns, named in an ould

cial and

Privateerpasse which they had out of the Admiralty, dated in ing EnterJuly 1587, The Aungell Gabriel, but in their bills of ladinge the Jobe of Hamborough and Middleborough ;

1589-1602. which shippe came into Spaine by the backside of Ireland, in company with some of the King of Spaines fleete that had bene here. Yt appeered by diverse letters that were in her that much of the goodes did properly belonge to one GEYTOR, an inhabitant in Cadys, and their maryed, and other Spaniards. Uppon theis presumpcions the Capten sent her to Plimmowthe by a gentleman of good accompt and lyving, named ARTHUR HALS; who at his comminge did send me such letters as were found in her, which I sent presently to the Judge of the Admiralty. And he, upon deliberate hearing and examinacion of the letters and circumstaunces, graunted a commyssion to Sir JOHN

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