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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.
most honorable Pricie Councdl.
8 Oct. 1593. Sir Walter Rawley to my Master.
TO SIR ROBERT CECIL.
From the Original. Cecil Papers, vol. xxii. fol. 49 (Hatfield). Holograph.
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
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.
From Sherburne Castell, this 25 of February (1593-4).
Majesties most honnorable Privy Councell.
farvur of Captain Henry Thynne,
PREFATORY NOTE TO LETTER XLI. – THE BARRYS OF
B.ARRY'S COURT, AFTERWARDS EARLS OF BARRI:
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Majesties most honnorable Pricy Councell.
Barry." And, in another hand : “ To recommend' Lord fiarty."
1 Lord Barry, the bearer of this Letter. See Letter IV.