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LETTER
XXXIX.

your Honnors fauvor therein,-which he is able himselfe

lawfullie to aunswere, except he be overborn by his 1593 Oct. 8.

adverse partie,-I praie you, in reguard of the honestie To Sir R.

of the gentleman and of the desire he hath to deale Cecil.

indifferentlie and uprightlie, to assiste him so farre that From Wey- he maie receave no hard measure. And so I humblie mouth.

take my leave. In favour of the

From Weymouth, the Sth of October, 1593. bearer, John Woll

Your Honor's to do you service, ridge, who had a

W. RALEGH. matter pending in

[POSTSCRIPT.)-Sir, I have written to my Lord the Court of Wards. - Admirall the newes of Rimonde att large. From whom News of Rimonde. I pray yow to be acquaynted. This bearer, W'ULREDGE,

-being sent for by my Lord, your father, --was here stayde sumewhat longer to examyne a cawse of the Admiraltye, so as I beseich yow to excuse hyme.

Addressed :
To the right honorabl. Sir ROBERT Cecili, K'night, one of ker Vannas

most honorable Pricie Councdl.
Endorsed :

8 Oct. 1593. Sir Walter Rawley to my Master.

XL.

TO SIR ROBERT CECIL.

LETTER

XL.

From the Original. Cecil Papers, vol. xxii. fol. 49 (Hatfield). Holograph.
Sir,

This gentelman, HENRY THYNNE, without sending for is cum up to aunswere the cumplaynt of the Frenshmen, for (which] my brother was lately called before yow. Hee was an adventurer in that journey, and lost

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Feb. 25.

all. For the fishe prize, hee did nothing but by cummission, and hath accompted for the same.

1593-1594. I beseich yow to favour hyme this mich, that hee be not charged with more than hee receved, and [that] he

From may have tyme till the next terme to bring in the Sherborne. accompt, which now resteth in other mens hands; and, In favour

of Henry in the meantyme, no hard dealing be offered hyme. Thynne,

I shall think my sealf mich bound unto yow for any ceedings at favor yow shall afford hyme, and so, being allwayes sea had

been com your servant to be cumanded, I humblie take my leve. plained of

by the W. RALEGH.

French.

whose pro

From Sherburne Castell, this 25 of February (1593-4).

Addressed :
To the right honorable Sir Robert Cecili, Knight, one of her

Majesties most honnorable Privy Councell.
Endorsed :
25 Feb. 1593 [legal style). Sir Walter Raleigh to my Master ; in

farvur of Captain Henry Thynne,

PREFATORY NOTE TO LETTER XLI. – THE BARRYS OF

B.ARRY'S COURT, AFTERWARDS EARLS OF BARRI:
MORE.

X TETO
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IT was; at all times of life, a characteristic of Ralegh’s mind

that no sive pride of “consistency" hindered either his acknowledgment of error, or his advocacy, when dealing

with business, of wiser counsels than those which on imperfect The Barnes

knowledge he had himself previously given. We have seen, of Barry's in the letters with which this volume begins, that at an early Court.

stage of his concern with Irish affairs he had counselled severity towards the half-hearted men who were not quite ready either to throw themselves fairly into the rebellion, or to cast their lot with the Queen's decided supporters. Of such men was Lord Barry. Ralegh had himself seized Barry's Court. Perhaps his own personal intercourse with its owner may have helped to convince the half-rebel of the wisdom of becoming a wholly loyal subject. At all events, the very man whom Ralegh had strongly denounced, he now as strongly commends. And there is ample evidence that the commendation was merited. Lord Barry and his family rendered honourable and brilliant service to the Crown in Ireland.

The Barrys, of Barry's Court, in the county Cork, have a famous ancestry and a curious family history. The stock, one vigorous branch of which came to its death, or almost to its death, in a recent "Earl of Barrymore” of very unenviable notoriety, was itself an offshoot of a race of Welsh princes, already of a respectable antiquity in the twelfth century. David Fitzjames Barry, Viscount Buttevant (the “Lord Barry of Ralegh's letter), was lineally descended from an elder brother (Philip de Barri) of Giraldus Cambrensis.

Philir. Barry's ancestor and the founder of the Irish house, was there

TORY
NOTE TO

XLI.

fore a grandson of the “ Princess Nesta," by her first marriage PREFAwith Gerald de Windsor, Constable of Pembroke.

Lord Barry adhered very faithfully to Queen Elizabeth in LETTER the trying times that immediately preceded her death, and also to her successor. Several of his sons died in the field for the same cause; and in succeeding generations many of his and their descendants were equally conspicuous for loyalty to Crown and country.

The builder of Barry's Court was also—it is more than probable—the founder of that house of Dominicans at Cork, part of the ancient possessions of which were, I believe, included (among other forfeited Geraldine lands) in Ralegh's Irish estate, under the grant of 1585.

XLI.

TO SIR ROBERT CECIL.

From the Original. Cecil Papers, vol. xxii. fol. 52 (Hatfield). In the

hand of an amanuensis; the subscription and signature in autograph.

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SIR,

This honorable gentleman, the Lord BARRY, one that is well affected to her Majesty and her Estate, is in humble suite to her Majesty, and hath entreated my

1593-1594.

March 4. letter to your Honnor that such fine or benefitt as

To Sir R. FLORENCE MACCAR'ry hath by graunt obteined from Cecil

.

From Dorher Majesty, by reason of his former offence in Ireland chester. (which is well knowen to your Honnor), may be again Affairs of

Ireland. revoked and remitted.

i Compare Giraldi Cambrensis Expugnatio Hibernica, edit. Dymock, vol. v. pp. 351 segg. (Chronicles and Memorials), with Monasticon liberHacum, $ Cork.

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4.

rence

And if my opinion herein maybe reguarded, I thinke

that his pardon which her Highnes graunted him hath 1593-1594. March

wrought his true affection, and his entire disposicion to Recom- honnor and serve her Maiesty with such unfeined mends

obedience as can be required; and therfore not fitt to Lord Barry ; be discountenanced by FLORENCE MacCarty, [he] and asserts that Flo- being a man reconciled to the Pope, daungerous to the MacCarty

present State, beloved of such as seeke the ruine of is not sin

the Realme his native cuntrie, and not worthie to bee cerely reconciled relieved by her Maiesties goodnes. He maie for a to the English time dissemble, and in revealing his poverty, by occasion rule.

of his imprisonment in the Tower, protest that obedience which he ought to performe: but he is not to be trusted. His alliance and friends in Ireland are great and manie, and he wanteth nothing but mony to execute his practices, whereunto the Pope hath animated him.

This noble gentleman' hath, to my knowledg, a long
time lived civilly and conformablie to all her Majesties
directions and commandments, and hath not deserved
theis troubles and discontentments. I praie you so
much to favour him by yourself, or by the meanes of
my honorable good Lord, your father, that hee maie
bee discharged of this demaund; and I will reckon it
amongst the rest of your favours. And so I humblie
take my leave.
From th' assises at Dorchester, the 4th of March, 1593-
Your Honor's humblie att cummandment,

W. RALEGH.
Addressed :
To the right honorable Sir RobeRT CECILL, L'night, one of her

Majesties most honnorable Pricy Councell.
Endorsed : “4 Mar. 1593. Sir Walter Rauleigh to my Master. 1...

Barry." And, in another hand : “ To recommend' Lord fiarty."

1 Lord Barry, the bearer of this Letter. See Letter IV.

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