Page images
PDF
EPUB

spent, with the effects of any thing wrought by this voyage (howfoever we remaine fatisfied with your own particular cares and travels of body and mind) yet you muft needs think that we that have the eyes of forreign Princes upon our actions, and have the hearts of people to comfort and cherish, who groan under the burden of continual levies and impofitions, which are occafioned by these late actions, can little please our felfe hetherto with any thing that hath been effected.]

In another branch of the fame letter, reflecting her royal regard upon her owne honour interested in this delay, hath these words.

of the fame let

[Whereunto we will add this one thing that doeth 4 second clause more displease us then any chardge or offence that hap-ter. pens, which is, that it must be the Queen of England's fortune (who hath held down the greatest enemy fhe had) to make a base bushkerne to be accounted foe famous a Rebel, as to be a perfon against whome foe many thousands of foote and horfe, befide the force of all the Nobility of that kingdom, must be thought too little to be imployed.]

In another branch, difcovering as upon the advantage ground of her princely wifdom what would be the iffue of the courfes then held, hath these words.

ter.

[And therefore although by your letter, we found your A third claufe purpose to go Northwards, on which depends the main of the fame letgood of our service, and which we expected long fince should have been performed; yet because we do hear it bruited (befides the words of your letter written with your own hand, which carries fome fuch fenfe) that you who alledge fuch fickness in your army by being tra

velled

gear and important affairs

ge your felf perfonally Aurenant) when you have e, might victual a fort, or e who have lately profpered awhen we call to mind how his course, and what dependeth uncation of garrifons in the North, Sandal it would be to our honour to Rebel unaffaied, when we have with fo tion of our enemies engaged our felves echon; foe that without that be done, all er courfes will prove like via navis in mari: ut our power, which hetherto hath been dreadent enemies, will now even be held contempnengst our Rebels. We must plainely chardge according to the duty you owe to us, foe to unite andreis of judgment to the zeal you have to doe us ovce, as with all speed to pass thether in such sort,

e are might be put to the root of that tree, which hach been the treasonable stock from whom foe many goyfoned plants and grafts have been derived; by which proceedings of yours, we may neither have cause to repent our imployment of your felfe for omitting those opportunities to shorten the warrs, nor receive in the eye of the world imputation of foe much weakness in our felfe to begin a worke without better forefight, what would be the end of our exceffive chardge, the adventure of our peoples lyves, and the holding up of our own greatnefs against a wretch whom we have raised from the duft, and who could never profper, if the

chardges

chardges wee have been put to were orderly imployed.

Her Majestie in her particular letter written to my Her Majestie to my Lord of Lord the 30th of July, bindeth ftill exprefly upon the Effex 30th Northern profecution, my Lord, ad principalia rerum, in July.

these words.

[First, you know right well when wee yielded to this exceffive chardge, it was upon no other foundation then to which your felfe did ever advise us as much as any, which was to affaile the Northern traitor, and to plant garrisons in his countrey; it being ever your firm opinion, amongst other our Council, to conclude that all that was done in other kind in Ireland, was but waste and confumption.]

Her Majestie in her letter of the 9th of Auguft to my Lord of Effex and the Councel of Ireland, when after Munfter journey, they began in a new time to diffwade the Northern journey in her excellent ear, quickly finding a difcord of men from themselves, chardgeth them in these words.

the Council of

[Obferve well what wee have already written, and ap- Her Majestie ply your Counfels to that which may shorten, and not to my Lord and prolong the warr; feeing never any of you was of other Ireland 9th opinion, then that all other courses were but confump-August. tions, except we went on with the Northern prosecution.]

The Lords of her Majesty's Council in their letter of the 10th of August to my Lord of Essex and the Council of Ireland, do in plaine termes lay before them the firft plot, in these words.

[blocks in formation]

The Lords of

the Council to

the Council of

Ireland 10 h
Auguft.

[Wee cannot deny but wee did ground our Counfels upry Lord and on this foundation, that there fhould have been a profecution of the capital rebels in the North, whereby the warr might have been shortened; which refolution, as it was advised by your felfe before your going, and affented to by most part of the Council of warr that were called to the question, foe must wee confefs to your Lordfhip, that we have all this while concurred with her Majeftie in the fame defire and expectation.]

My Lord of Effex and the

My Lord of Essex and the Council of Ireland, in their letter of the 5th of May to the Lords of the Council before the Munfter journey, write in hæc verba.

[Moreover, in your Lordship's great wifdom, you will Council of Ire- likewife judge what pride the rebels will grow to, what land to the advantage the forreigne enemy may take, and what loss Lords, 5th May. her Majestie shall receive, if this Summer the arch traitor be not affailed, and garrifons planted upon him.]

ly.

My Lord of Effex in his particular letter of the 11th of July, to the Lords of the Council after Munster journey, writeth thus.

The Earl to the [As faft as I can call thefe troops together, I will goe Lords, 11th Ju-looke upon yonder proud rebel, and if I find him on hard ground, and in an open countrey; though I fhould find him in horse and foot three for one, yet will I by God's grace diflodge him, or put the Council to the trouble of, &c.]

The Earl to the Lords, 14th Auguft.

The Earle of Effex in his letter of the 14th of Auguft to the Lords of the Councel, writeth out of great affection, as it feemeth, in these words.

Yet must these rebels be affailed in the height of their pride, and our base clownes must be taught to fight a

gain, elfe will her Majefty's honour never be recovered, nor our nation valued, nor this kingdom reduced. J

Befides it was noted, that whereas my Lord and the Council of Ireland, had by theirs of the 15th of July defired an increafe of 2000 Irish purposely for the better setting on foot of the Northern fervice; her Majestie, notwithstanding her proportions by often gradations and rifeings, had been raised to the highest elevation, yet was pleased to yield unto it.

1. The first part concerneth my Lord's ingrefs into his chardge, and that which paffed here before his going hence; now followeth an order, both of time and matter, what was done after my Lord was gone into Ireland, and had taken upon him the government by her Majefty's Commiffion.

did wilfully and contemptu

2. The fecond part then of the first article was to That my Lord fhew, that my Lord did wilfully and contemptuously in this great point of eftate, violate and infrindge her Majesty's direction before remembred.

cufly violate ber Majefty's dire tion touching the Northern

In delivering of the evidence and proofes of this parte profecution. it was laid down for a foundation, that there was a full performance on her Majefty's part of all the points agreed upon for this great profecution, fo as there was no impediment or caufe of interruption from hence.

This is proved by a letter from my Lord of Effex, and the Council of Ireland to the Lords of the Council here, dated 9th May, which was fome three weeks after my Lord had received the fword, by which time he might well and thorowly inform himself whether promife were kept in all things or no, and the words of the letter are these.

[blocks in formation]
« PreviousContinue »