America and West Indies: Addenda 1581

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 9, 1675-1676 and Addenda 1574-1674. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1893.

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Addenda 1581

Feb. 25.
11. Walter Rawley to Secretary Sir Francis Walsingham. "Would God the service of Sir Humphrey Gylberte might be rightly looked into, who, with the third part of the garrison now in Ireland, ended a rebellion not much inferior to this, in two months; or would God his own behaviour were such in peace, as it did not make his good service forgotten, and hold him from the perferment he is worthy of. I take God to witness, I speak it not for affection but to discharge my duty to Her Majesty, for I never heard nor read of any man more feared than he is amongst the Irish nation; and I do assuredly know, that the best about the Earl of Desmond, yea, and all the unbridled traitors of these parts, would come in to him and yield themselves to the Queen's mercy, were it but known that he were come amongst them. The end shall prove this to be true." [Extract, Correspondence, Ireland, Vol. 80. No. 82.]
There is a letter from Sir Hamp. Gylberte to Sec. Walsingham, dated 25 Oct. 1581, in answer to the Secretary's objections to the entertainment of Gylberte's ships in Ireland (the Ann Ager is one), which were employed there by the Governor's arrests and commands, and not by any desire of his own. He prays for what is due to him for those services, or he shall be utterly undone, and not able to show his head for debt. [Ireland Corresp., Vol. 86, No. 40.]
July 11.
Minster Sheppey.
12. Sir Humphrey Gylberte to See. Sir Francis Walsingham. Great extremity forces him earnestly to crave his Honor's speedy furtherance of the small sum of money, remaining due to him for her Majesty's service with three ships of his in Ireland stayed and employed there by the Lords Justices arrests and not by his own suit. He lost by that means above 2,000l., as he was stayed here and could not be permitted to return to Ireland to save his ships and goods which were stolen and carried away. His reckoning is set down and allowed by the auditors of Ireland, and the Lord Deputy wrote letters to the Privy Council for payment, but as yet he can get nothing. "A miserable thing it is, that I, poor man, having served her Majesty in wars and peace above seven and twenty years, should be now subject to daily arrests, executions, and outlawries, yea and forced to gage and sell my wife's clothes from her back, who brought me so good a living. The Queen's Majesty hath always said that her Highness would relieve me, and shall I now starve (without her Highness' privity) for want of my own. Her Majesty did never yet deny me anything that I ever asked, although I never enjoyed anything to profit that ever Her Majesty gave me." Begs his Honor to present this his pitiful petition without delay to her Majesty's own consideration, who, Gylberte is sure, will never detain his own from him, nor yet deny him any reasonable suit for his relief. [Dom. Eliz., Vol. 149, No. 66.]
12. i. Note out of the auditors' last book, of Sir Humphrey Gylberte's reckonings for his ships, the "Anne Auchier," Relief, and Squirrel, employed in the Irish Service from 21st July to 16th October, 1579. [Correspondence, Ireland, Vol. 69. No. 67.]