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the seas, and have been highly commended to that wise Governour, who hath used me accordingly. So I leve to trouble yow at this time, being become like a fish cast on dry land, gasping for breath, with lame leggs and lamer loonges. Your's, for the little while I shall desire to do
most honorable Privy Councell.
TO SIR ROBERT CECIL.
As printed by MURDIN, from the Original, in the Cecil Papers (Hatfield).
I PRAY be a mean to her Majesty for the signing of the bills for the Gards' coats, which are to be made now for the Prograsse, and which the Cleark of the Cheeck
July.] hath importunde me to write for.
To Sir R. My heart was never broken till this day, that I Cecil.
[From the hear the Queen goes away so far of, — whom I have Tower.] followed so many years with so great love and desire, Routine in so many journeys, and am now left behind her,
now left behind her, Captain of in a dark prison all alone, While she was yet nire the Guard.
Passionate at. hand, that I might hear of her once in two or regrets for
loss of the three dayes, my sorrows were the less : but even now my Queen's heart is cast into the depth of all misery. I that was
favour. wont to behold her riding like Alexander, hunting like Diana, walking like Venus, the gentle wind blowing her fair hair about her pure cheeks, like a nymph ; sometime siting in the shade like a Goddess; sometime singing like an angell; sometime playing like Orpheus. Behold
the sorrow of this world! Once amiss, hath bercared me of all. O Glory; that only shineth in misfortune, what is becum of thy assurance ?
All wounds have skares, but that of fantasie; all affections their relenting, but that of womankind. Who is the judge of friendship, but adversity? or when is grace witnessed, but in offences? There were no divinity; but by reason of compassion; for revenges are brutish and mortall. All those times past,—the loves, the sythes, the sorrows, the desires, can they not way down one frail misfortune? Cannot one dropp of gall be hidden in so great heaps of sweetness ? I
may then conclude, Spis et fortuna, walite. She is gone, in whom I trusted, and of me hath not one thought of mercy, nor any respect of that that was. Do with me now, therefore, what you list.
I am more weary
miost honorabli Irizar Couriell.
TO THE LORD HIGH ADMIRAL, HOWARD OF
(Rolls House). Hclograph.
I HAVE sent to Sir JOHN HAWKINGS to have his August oppinion touchinge the Great Susan, and both hee and
my scalf do verely think that in removing the vitles att
this tyme of the yeare,—the drink turnde on the leese, -all wilbe spoyld, so as I see no way but to leve the
1592. shippe and sell the remayne of the provisions; for I
August ? know no boddye but my sealf (if I had byne att
To Lord libertye) that would undertake to sett her out, and a Admiral
Howard. good strenght is therby wantinge, especially where [From the
Tower.] a few mens? [?] ayde is required. It is hard to lessen
Affairs of that that was; but it is more profitable to punishe my the Navy.great treasons, then that I should ether strenghten the Thanks for fleet, or do many other things that lye in the diches. Howard's
interposiHere ar besides all the mariners that came in the prize, tion with and the soldiers. They run up and down, exclayminge
the Queen. I dare not speak with them that I might cumpare their names with my booke, to know when they entr'eat 2 into paye and what hath bynn imprested, and so that order may be directly taken for their discharge. For now both thos of good and ill desart ar mixed without respect : the on: unpunished, the other unpayde. I beseich your Lordship, if it be thought fitt, that order be geven to Sir GEORG [CAREW] that they may cum unto mee, to stay all farther exclamacion.
I was yesterday advertesed from a man of mine cumminge from the coast of Britayne [Brittany] that ther ar twentye shipps of warr for the leauge, that lye between Silley and Ushent to take up our newlandmen and to watch for any prises that shalbe sent home. If any of the ships in the Narrow Seas weare sent for a time, or some other course taken, it weare most necessarye; or elce wee shall lose all, and be a scorne to all nacions. But wee ar so mich busied with the affaires of other nacions, of whos manghangled trobles ther will never be end, that wee forgett our own affaires,
This reading is doubtful.
2 So in MS.
So in MS.
1592. August ?
our profitt, and our honor. Hee is of a mean consait that lookes not into the purpose of this Peace, which may as well be turnde over,-finesse contra finesse,to our most advantage. But in the meanwhile the few mean actions of our own ar utterly neglected.
To conclude, I must humblie thank your Lordship for your most honorable care of mee in this unfortunat accident. But I see ther is a determinacion to disgrace mee and ruin mee. And therfore I beseich your Lordship not to offend Her Majestye any farther by sewing for mee. I am now resolved of the matter. I only desire thatt I may be stayd no on 1 houre from all the extremetye that ether lawe or presedent can avowe. And, if that be to 2 litle, would God it weare withall concluded that I might feed the lions, as I go by, to save labor. For the torment of the mind cannot be greater; and, for the boddye, would others did respect themsealvs as mich as I valew hit att litle. And so, with my humble dewtys, and thancks which I canot express, I leve your Lordship to God.
Your Lordship's poore kinsman to do
you servece for ever,
To the right honorable the Lord High Admirall of Ingland.
PREFATORY NOTE TO LETTER XXVII.-CAPTURE OF A
SHIP OF BAYONNE.
Howard, from Byfleet, to Lord Burghley on the 28th of NOTE TO August, 1592, with a letter from himself in these terms
“My very good Lord, this enclosed letter, directed to your Lordship
1592. and myself, coming to my hands, I made bold to break open, and
August. do find the same to be an answer unto a letter written from us unto Sir Walter RAWLIGHE touching a ship of Bayone taken by his man FLOYRE. For the particulars whereof I refer your Lordship unto itself; and think good only to touch the last part where he saith that Florre delivered over the ship and goods to my Vice-Admiral upon letters from me which required the same. So it was that the Frenchman that made claim to the goods, having obtained commission out of the Admiralty Court for restitution of his ship and goods unto him, had also letters of assistance unto the same from me, by virtue of which the ship with some of the fish was recovered by the ViceAdmiral of Somerset, and delivered unto the Frenchman by order out of the Admiralty Court. Whereof I have thought good to advertise your Lordship."