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TO SIR ROBERT CECIL.
From the Original. Cecil Papers, vol. xxvi. fol. 25 (Hatfield). Holograph.
THIS night, the 13th of Aprill, wee have taken a notabell Jesuite in the Lady STORTON'S house, - wife to
1594. old Sir JOHN ARUNDELL,—with his copes and bulles.
April 14. Ther hath bynn keipt in this house, as I have formerly to Sir R. informed, you above thirty recusantts.
From Sir GEORGE TRENCHERD, Sir RAUFE HORSEY, and Sherborne. my self ar now ryding to take his examinacion, which, Capture of
a Jesuit in by the next, you shall receve att large. Sir GEORG and
the house Sir RAUFE have used great dillegence in the fynding of of Lady
Stourton. this notable knave.
Being in hast, I do for the present humblie take my leve. From Sherburne, this 14th of Aprill (1594]. Your's, ever to do yow service,
[POSTSCRIPT.]–Hee calls hyme sealf JOHN MOONEY, but hee is an Irishman and a notabell stout villayne ; and I thinke can say miche.
To the right honorable my very good frinde, Sir ROBERT CECELL. Endorsed : 14 Apr. 1594. Sir Walter Rauleigh to my Master. John Moone,
a Jesuite, taken in the Lady Sturlon's house.
TO THE LORD KEEPER, THOMAS EGERTON;
(Afterwards Viscount Brackley.)
From the Original. MS. Harl. 6696, fol. 132 (British Museum).
the hand of an amanuensis. Subscribed and signed.
MY VERIE GOOD LORD,
THERE hath been a subpena graunted out of the 1594. May 2. Star Chamber for the appearance of one THOMAS To the
WHITFORD and WILLIAM DOBB before your Lordship Lord Keeper.
and the rest of her Majesty's most honorable Privie From Councell, for verefying their knowledg in a Stannery Sherborne.
Court, as witnesses in an action uppon the case between Proposing the re
one DENSHIRE and STEVENS. The triall and penaltie moval of a cause,
of the offence, if any shalbe proved, is to be censured Denshire
in her Majesties absolute jurisdiction of the Stannery; v. Stevens, from the and her Majesty hath been pleased of late, uppon Star Chamber to the complaint by me made unto her, to signifie to my Stannary Court.
honorable good Lord the Lord Treasurer, that the Stannery authoritie shall consist and continue, according to the auncient custome and prerogatives, and not to be contradicted by private censure; and that all abuses uppon my informacion shalbe presentlie reformed. I thinke your Lordship is not thoroughlie acquainted herewith, because a Stannery cause is suffred to be prosecuted in that Court; and therefore I am bold to putt you in mind thereof, and to praie you to dismisse the same out of the Starre Chamber, to be tried in the
1594. May 2.
Stannuries, where it is determinable. And so I humblie take my leave.
From my Castle at Sherborn, the second of May,
Great Seale of England.
TO THE LORD ADMIRAL HOWARD.
From the Original. Cecil Papers, vol. xxvii. fol. 8 (Hatfield). Holograph.
MY HONORABLE GOOD LORDE,
Your Lordshippe may perceve, by the intelligence sent by my brother, bothe of the strenghte of the Spanishe fleet as also of their reddiness to sett sayle.
June 21. The master hyme sealf, which was taken out of Dart
To the mouth, is returned. The intelligence your Lordship Lord had before was from too of his men which weare sett Admiral
From free; but this master, called MAKERELL, is a man of
Sherborne. good judgment, and very honest. If your Lordship News of consider, too things especially ? ... in this intelligence: the
Spanish first, that sume surprize is purposed by the hast,- for Fleet.
1 This reading is doubtful, the word being nearly illegible.
? So in MS., the verb being wanting. Probably, the word 'appear,' or some equivalent, was intended after especially.'
1594. June 21. Desire to serve under the Admiral against Spain.
the carpenters and all other about the fleet worke the Saboth dayes; next, the hugeness of the shipps, which must neads cary many soldiers, or else lesser vessells weare farr fitter for the coast of Bryton.
Ther ar also many shipps taken of ours; sume of good burden, but all of good wealth ; as may appeare by the report sent the Lords.
How the Spaniards have proceeded about Brest, your Lordship may also understand by this report: First, havinge receved no impeachment, they have finished the fortifications at Old Croydun, -which your Lordship well knowes is within the port of Brest,—and the better to cumand the haven, they have also built a stronger peere at the very entraunce. Now, if it pleas your Lordship to pardon mee, I pray remember that their wilbe no entraunce for the Queen's fleet, what weather so ever happen; for Blewatt, and Brest, and Belsho ar theirs. The Spanishe shipps ar huge ; wherof eyght ar betwen 800 and 1000 toones; 10 shipps more, of good burden ; divers galles, and full filde with soldiers. I hope also that your Lordship will remember it is the Queen's honor and saufty to assaile and not defende. And, for ought I here, your Lordship's fleet wilbe far to weake.
I hope your Lordship will take my remembrance in good part. And if your Lordship will vouchsaife [to ask] her Majesty for me to attend you privatly in her service, I hope I shall stand your Lordship in the place of a poore marriner or soldier. I have no other desire but to serve her Majestye. And seinge I deserve nor place, nor honor, nor rewarde, I hope it wilbe easely graunted,-if I be not condemned to the grave; no libertye nor hope left that ether tyme or the geving of
1594. June 21.
my life may recover, or be a sacrifice for, my offences.
Inglande, in haste.
21 Junii, 1594. Sir Walter Rauleighe to my Muster.
TO SIR ROBERT CECIL.
From the Original. Cecil Papers, vol. xxvii. fol. 46 (Hatfield). Holo
graph. The address is in the hand of an amanuensis.
To Sir R.
IT seemeth that the late advertisement of the Spanishe preparacions is now confirmed, and this last weeke ther weare three great Spanishe men of warr, that
July 20. gave chace to an Inglishe shipp and her too prizes, and drave them yeven to the very mouth of Dartmouth. It Cecil. is likely that all our Newfounland men wilbe taken up Sherborne. by them if they be not speedely driven from the coast, News of for in the beginninge of August our Newland 1 feet ar
Spanish expected, which ar above a hundred sayle. If thos Fleet.
Cornish should be lost, it would be the greatest blow that ever Miners for
Ireland.was geven to Ingland.
Intended I beseich you to remember my leve to go privatly expedition
to Brittany. i So in MS.