Calendar of State Papers, Spain (Simancas), Volume 4, 1587-1603. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.
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729. Report of the Council Of State to Philip III. on Irish
On the 25th August the Council of State represented to your Majesty how advisable it was that some succour should be promptly to the Irish Catholics, who are exposing their lives for their faith and their devotion to your Majesty. This was needful, we said, not only in fulfilment of your Majesty's promises, but also as the best way of harassing the queen of England. Your Majesty replied a few days ago, requesting the Council to advise what could be done in this matter at present.
It has been again considered, and the Council is of opinion that it is more needful now than ever that O'Neill and the rest should be encouraged and consoled, since earl O'Donnell's death. (fn. 1)
As the state of affairs will not allow of our sending men at present, and as the news comes from London that 2,000 Scotsmen have joined them (i.e., the Catholics) it will be advisable for your Majesty to send them 20,000 ducats out of the 50,000 promised for next March, and a quantity of munitions. The rest of the aid might be sent them in two further instalments, and good hopes given to them for the future.