James I: February 1609

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James I: February 1609

251. Declaration of Andrew Hamlin, Mayor of Drogheda. [Feb. 1.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 17.

Declaration of Andrew Hamlin, mayor of Drogheda, stating the deposition of James Taffe, relative to a conversation he heard between Christopher Eustace and others on their determination to swear falsely against Sir Garret Moore.

This 1st day of February 1608 [9] came before Andrew Hamlyn, mayor of the town of Drogheda, of his own free will and disposition, one James Taffe, of Pilletston, in the county of Meath, gentleman, of the age of 45 years or thereabouts, and did swear upon the Holy Evangelists that about four years since, anno 1604, somewhat after the recovery of 500l. sterling, before the justices of assize, by Sir Garret Moore, Knight, one of His Majesty's Privy Council in Ireland, against Oliver Pluncket, of Gibbston, gentleman, the foresaid James Taffe went to the Navan to buy corn in the market there; and, wanting single money to pay the party, went into the house of Edmond Warren, of the said Navan, merchant, and seeking for the wife of the house to get his exchange. went into a chamber, where one Christopher Eustace, of Lescartane, John Drake, of Drakeston, gentleman, and a kerne in their company, were drinking, and they, hearing that the foresaid Pluncket was condemned at the suit of Sir Garret Moore as aforesaid, the deponent did then and there hear the said John Drake say, "What cursed people were the Duffes, that did not bear witness with Pluncket against the said Sir Garret, whether it were in right or wrong," and the kern that then was by said to Drake, "Would you have so done if you were called to witness?" "By God, I would," said Drake, "if all the men's lives in Ireland lay thereon;" and the said Eustace said, "I pray God I never die till I see a wringing one laid upon Sir Garret by some good warrant, and that I may be called as a witness; I pray God the Devil cut off my head, but I would swear the falsest lie against him as soon as the truest tale."

And since it is charitable that the truth should appear in all things, whereby the innocent be not damnified by the malicious, he (Hamlyn) has to this present testimonial set his hand, and for the more credit thereof, has also affixed the secret seal of his office, the day and year above said.

P. 1. Signed (seal gone). Endd.

252. Sir Thomas Roper to Salisbury. 1609. [Feb. 1.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 18.

Thanks his Lordship for the addition of 50 to his company —Island of Kerry, 1 February 1608 [9].

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

253. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [Feb. 2.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 19.

Expreses his gratitude, and leaves the same as a debt upon his posterity, who, if they receive anything from him, cannot deny to have enjoyed it by his Lordship's patronage. Since his coming into Ireland, resolving upon good cause to forbear the too much familiarity he had sometime with the Lord of Howth, he (Howth) gave out before the Lord Deputy that the reason of this was, because he (Delvin) thought Howth was the discoverer of his fault; upon which some speech passed betwixt them before his Honour, whose relation he humbly desires his Lordship to await before credit be given to any such suggestion, which the Lord of Howth may perhaps offer against him.—2 February 1608 [9].

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

254. Draft Sentence in the suit of Earl of Kildare and Sir Robert Digby. [Feb. 3.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 19A.

Draft of the sentence of the Castle Chamber in the cause betwixt the Earl of Kildare and Sir Robert Digby, chiefly as to the endorsements on the deed by Burnell.

Pp. 4. Endd.

255. Decree of Castle Chamber in suit of Lady Kildare and Sir Robert Digby. [Feb. 3.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 20.

Decree in Court of Castle Chamber by the Lord Deputy and Council in the case between the Lady Kildare and Sir Robert Digby, on the validity of the deed of jointure of Mabell, Countess Dowager of Kildare, condemning the whole of the endorsements on the deed, and imposing a fine of 500 marks on Henry Burnell for making them.—Court of Castle Chamber, 3 February 1608.

Present: Lord Deputy, Lord Chancellor, Master Treasurer, Lord Chief Justice Winche, Lord Justice Walshe, Sir Adam Loftus, Sir Richard Cooke.

P. 1. Copy, attested by A. Stoughton. Endd.

256. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Privy Council. [Feb. 5.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 21.

After receipt of their letters of the last of November for apprehending pirates and sending them over to be tried there, where the law is in force, he signified the same to the Lords President of Connaught and Munster.

About the same time Jennings, the pirate, who often frequents these coasts, as they have heard, came into a place called Irris [Erris], in the county of Mayo, in Connaught, with a Dutch prize of some 180 tons, where some of his people were apprehended by Sir Theobald Burke, and a certain number of soldiers appointed of purpose to lie in wait for such stragglers by the Lord President, who, both before and after the signification of their Lordships' pleasure, carefully intended that matter. Most of them were found to be lame and feeble persons, hurt in a fight which the pirate had had with a Frenchman, so that they could not be conveniently brought out of that boggy country at such a time, when the fresh waters were so great and high. Besides, it was credibly alleged by one of the prisoners that there was a great party of them discontented and mutinous against their captain about the sharing of the Dutchman's goods and the hard usage they had sustained in that behalf; in regard whereof a third part of the whole company would gladly aid and assist such as should be appointed at any time to surprise Jennings and his party, as of themselves they were otherwise inclined to do, if they had opportunity and means. In consideration, therefore, of this suggestion (which on proof they found to be very true), and forasmuch as they had no present means to surprise him, it was resolved to let the sick mariners return again aboard from whence they came, taking the oath of one of the principal malcontents to be secret and trusty to further the service when means and occasions should serve to attempt it. Diligent watch is laid to attend what this practice will come unto amongst themselves; but for his (Chichester's) own part, he can hope for no good effect, considering the jealousy and circumspection of the pirate, and that there is no convenient shipping upon this coast. The pirate and the prize at this instant ride near the mouth of the river Shannon, where he expects an answer to a letter written to the Earl of Thomonde, of which a copy is here enclosed, to be considered. Prays their Lordships' resolution and direction therein, with as much speed as may be. In the meantime has advised the Earl of Thomond, if he cannot otherwise by practice or force, surprise them with effect, to use some connivance in the matter, and to permit them quietly to rest thereabouts until he (Chichester) shall hear again from their Lordships, in answer to the pirates' offer and demand, which he promised might be within 20 days or thereabouts. This, he conceives, will temper them, and restrain them for the time from doing further mischief. Three of the pirate's consorts were sent hither yesterday from Athlone; one of them was the boatswain, who left him upon discontentment, as he says; his name is John Williams, a Norfolk man; another is called John Lodge, of London, and the third is one Thomas Reinoldes, of Cork. The two first shall be sent to Chester, together with their examinations. As for the third, it is evident that he was a poor shoemaker's man, and was, upon occasion of business with the pirate, detained and carried away against his will, as shall further appear by his examination taken. Thinks fit to release him after some further restraint. There are very strict commandments given in all the counties upon the sea-coasts, that no man shall pre sume to relieve this sort of men with any victuals, but rather shall lay hands upon as many of them as they can. Hopes this order taken will make them weary of these coasts.

But this kind of pirates and sea thieves is much inferior for malice and dangerous effects to another sort, which infests this land and sea. They are such cursaries as, indifferently and without war, specially prey upon His Majesty's proper subjects of this realm; and they are so presumptuous and obstinate an enemy to this State as cannot otherwise be suppressed or expulsed but with fire and sword. These are the seminary priests and Jesuits, who daily repair into this land in great numbers, with their receivers, favourers, and defenders, offering violence to religion and laws, in this only place of the world without punishment or control. Formerly wrote a serious letter to their Lordships about the restraining of them while this remnant of His Majesty's forces is yet on foot; and as he has hitherto received no direction nor answer thereto, he is timorous to deal with them in such sort as is expedient and necessary. It is needless for him to urge it any further, but he begs them to consider of it, and of what he has written in that behalf. It is a matter of great weight and consequence, wherein if there be no reformation, all the buildings and labours here are but in vain; and this needs no further demonstration nor argument.

The realm otherwise is at this present in good quiet. By reason of the fine of 1,000 marks imposed, as they have heard, upon the northern counties (in case they should relieve traitors amongst them) and the effectual levying of some small part of it, where it is requisite, (with intimation to levy and take the whole arrear if they shall neglect to perform their duties required by the proclamation published in that behalf), the principal rebels are driven to great necessities and misery, for which they lie close, and intend to steal up into some of these parts, where, as he is informed, they have friends that promise to secure them, and he is in good hope to catch them if they come. The county of Armagh has made petition to him to pardon their wood kerne, he means some of them, or else to permit them to go beyond sea. Has answered them that for the principal, as Oghie Oge O'Hanlon, Brian M'Arte's base son, and such like, he will neither pardon them nor license them to depart the realm. As for the rest, that shall do any acceptable service for the State in cutting off of some of their own consorts and fellows in rebellion, he has promised them pardon and license to depart this realm for some other, if their Lordships shall allow of their banishment.

The treasury here is emptied long since, as they may truly guess, and there is no lawful means which they have not tried to supply their wants hitherto. Now at length the soldiers of necessity are forced in many places to cess upon the countries adjoining, or by violence to borrow of them, with incredible bitterness and grudging of both sides. Beseeches them to remedy this dangerous inconvenience in time, by making even with them for what is past, and by sending over their portion in the beginning of every quarter, according to the hope they have heretofore given them. The King saves nothing by this protraction of time, and yet the subject is much damnified and discontented.

Where their Lordships have required him to permit some corn to be hence transported into the sea towns of England, he has restrained the transportation of any elsewhere out of the King's dominions. Finds by certificates from divers parts that there is no great store here to be transported, specially in Connaught, which, as the Lord President advertises him, is supplied for corn out of Leinster. The price in most places is about 16 and 17 shillings, harps, the Bristowband barrel, and it is like to be enhanced in time and by licenses of transportation thither, which he intends to give as the time and plenty shall serve, and as their Lordships shall direct. In Ulster there grows little other corn but barley and oats, which is at reasonable rates as yet; for which he has not restrained them at any time, because the commodity of transportation from thence is only for Great Britain, and not elsewhere.

There are many servitors and other persons of good merit and quality that expect some portions of land in Ulster, upon the division and disposing of that province, which is, for the most, now in the King's hands by just escheat and forfeiture. Some of them, fearing to be neglected or forgotten in that behalf (they being either out of sight or not known to their Lordships), or otherwise to satisfy their appetites, have been instant with him (Chichester) to permit them to repair unto and solicit their Lordships, each man for himself; but, foreseeing that the same would be a continual vexation to their Lordships, and knowing that private suits and private respects have ever been and will be noisome to public deliberation and counsel, such as that of the settlement of Ulster is, he has therefore persuaded them to stay, with assurance that there will be just consideration and regard had of every one of them, without their troubling their Lordships or themselves any further in that behalf. Prays their Lordships to enable him to perform towards them according to this assurance, which he has given and formerly received from them.

Their Lordships in some former letters ascribed it to some want of providence in him that the forts within the main were not always victualled for two or three months beforehand, as in the last year they were. It was one of his instructions, therefore, to Sir Oliver Saint John, at his going hence, to certify them that, howsoever necessary the same be for His Majesty's service, yet they have no money to do it with; for the Treasurer, after the victual was spent, defaulked the money from the captains, and now has no means to supply them again till their Lordships shall assign money for that purpose. Beseeches them to consider of it with effect, or otherwise he holds himself excused; for magazines, there is none in this kingdom such as they supposed.

Lastly, begs to be resolved what course he shall take with Sir Neale O'Donnell and Sir Donnell O'Cahane, prisoners in this castle, from whence they practised to escape of late and were by accident discovered and prevented within this five nights. Besides that they are very dangerous to be long kept in this weak prison, they are likewise so poor and needy that he (Chichester) is constrained, in respect of their qualities, to lay out money for their meat and apparel. The reason is, that howsoever they are reputed to be great lords at home (as in effect they are as to the bodies and goods of their tenants while they live and converse amongst them), yet when they are accused and restrained for matters of this kind for which they are now laid up, their tenants and creaghtes for the most part forsake their land, howsoever they provide for the contrary, in respect of the King's possibility thereunto.— Dublin Castle, 5 February 1608[–9].

Sends herewith two papers containing the Lord of Howth's declaration against Sir Garrett Moore, under his own hand. Transmits them, fearing the copies which he formerly sent might not be found, and what use their Lordships may have of them he knows not.

Pp. 6. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd. Encloses,

257. Jennings, the Pirate, to the Earl of Thomond. [Jan. 23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 21 I.

Prays his Lordship to be a mediator for their pardon. Offers to deliver up the ship and stores.—River of Shanon, 23 January 1608[–9].

P. 1. Endd.

258. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Earl of Northampton. [Feb. 5.] Cotton. MSS. Tit. B. x. 9 (1), f. 191.

Recommends Mr. Nettervylle, who came over with his Lordship's honourable testimony, and has borne himself since that time with great discretion. Thanks his Lordship for the many favours which he has done to himself, and upon his recommendation. Owing to unfavourable winds, only one passage has come to them since October, and they have received few directions from their Lordships, and little money. This has "enforced the soldiers to wrong the country," which causes great discontent both to the army and to the people. Wishes he could bring the kingdom to keep itself, but of this there has long been small likelihood. If Ulster were once settled by a plantation of honest and industrious men, it might be hoped that the King would in a few years be greatly eased of his charge. This is now in hand. Many good and deserving men have applied for licenses to repair thither. Prays his Lordship to have care of these suitors, for they are the fittest and best assured men to make the plantation good. As he moves for them, so neither does he forget the natives, who must likewise be provided for or removed; the latter may be spoken of and wished, but hardly and not without great expense attained. Sent by Sir James Ley and Sir John Davys a brief account of the escheated lands, but either it was not perused or not understood, for he hears that their Lordships complained that no scheme was sent to guide them in the form of the plantation. If he were thoroughly informed of their wishes as to the ordering of the plantation, no one would be more zealous nor have better power to give them furtherance.

When he heard that suit was made to His Majesty for the lands of the traitor O'Doghertie, he directed his servants there to put forward his claim towards obtaining them for himself, and has received intimation of his Lordship's "noble inclynation to give furtherance to his desire." If he obtains it, will do his best "to reforme it by a cyvile plantation." Assures him that the prosecution of "the traytor [O'Doghertie] and his accomplices hath consumed both the people and the goods of the countrie, and it will be long ere it can be brought to any good."

The Baron of Howth is gone thither to prosecute his accusation against Sir Garrett Moore, and has brought certain persons to support his charge. The accusation is "here thought to be grounded more upon malyce than good matter," and that "some of the parties brought in support of it are not of sufficient honestie upon their wordes or oathes to condemne a horsboye." "If he thought that Sir Garrett Moore bore a false or traitorous harte towards His Majesty he would hate and persecute him more severely than Tyronne or anye other traytor in the lande." Hitherto, however, he has given countenance to the accuser, and has debarred Sir Garrett from access to the Council table and to this city.

Suggests that the cause, when it shall have been opened to the King, may be remitted hither, where it may receive "a juditiale triall in the place to which it is most proper." Otherwise his (Howth's) representation of "his greatness with the King and of the mean opinion made of most of them will begett a daungerous opinion among this people."—At His Majesty's Castle of Dublin, 5 February 1608.

Pp. 5. Hol. Sealed. Add.

259. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [Feb. 6.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 22.

Calls his Lordship's attention to the pressing want of money, and the manifold inconveniences arising therefrom. All the several points have been answered in the former dispatches. Points out that the servitors coming over to sue for escheated lands is attended with inconvenience; and therefore makes suit on their part that they shall be remembered in the plantation settlement. A discourse has been sent by Sir James Ley and Sir John Davys giving an account of the Ulster lands in each county. Explains the reason why he did not send an exact project. Renews his own suit for a grant on Innishowen in O'Dogherty's Country. Refers again to the cause between the Lord of Howth and Sir G. Moore. It is certain that the Lord of Howth is the publisher of his own discourse. Represents strongly that the cause ought to be transmitted thither for trial, in order to maintain the authority of the State, which has been too meanly respected by the Lord of Howth.

Sentence has been given in the cause between the Earl of Kildare and Sir R. Digby. Recommends Mr. John Denham to be Chief Baron.—Dublin Castle, 6 February 1608–9.

Pp. 6. Signed. Add. Endd.

260. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Bishop of Derry, Rapho, and Clogher. [Feb. 6.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 23.

Not having occasion of greater importance to write, and yet being willing to acquaint him with this, which it somewhat concerns him to know and the State to remedy, sends enclosed letters from Captain Vaughan and the Dean of Derrie to be used according to his own discretion and wisdom. The presumption in priests and friars is like to grow to an exorbitant greatness, except some remedy be soon applied answerable to the desperate disease. Wrote a long letter of purpose to the Lords, that forasmuch as the continual flocking of such locusts into this realm is like to produce dangerous effects, their Lordships should grant warrant to castigate them like rogues and beggars by martial law or other like course, such as they thought fit and effectual to make them forbear this place, and, being in it, to make them study how they might quickly get them hence. Has had no answer to this hour, though the matter was serious and of exceeding consequence and weight. Has now again touched that matter to the Lords, and he (the Bishop) may urge it to the King if he pleases. His not receiving any answer to it seems to him a tacit interdiction to proceed with them as is requisite; and on the other side, if nothing be done upon these crying occasions all will fall into contempt, the last degree towards the ruin of a State.

Prays him to remember to effect something for the poor Dean, answerable to his merit and integrity and the lines he formerly wrote in that behalf. His experience and the hard life he has lived in that discomfortable country deserves a good consideration to be had of him.—Dublin, 6 February 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

261. Sir Thomas Ridgeway to Salisbury. [Feb. 7.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 24.

Hopes to hear from England without further delay. Has received no treasure since October. In order to meet the urgency of the present demands, requests that two quarters may be sent at once.—Treasury, near Dublin, 7 February 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

262. The King to Sir A. Chichester. [Feb. 7.] Philad. P., vol. 1, p. 296.

Edward Sexton, of Limerick, having represented that he is seised of the Abbey of Ffayres, with other hereditaments its appurtenances in the city of Limerick, which were granted by King Henry VIII. to his grandfather, Edmond Sexton the elder, reserving an annual rent of 2s. 2d., as also of the abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the lands and hereditaments thereof, and having made petition to be allowed to surrender and to have a re-grant of the same, His Majesty directs him (Chichester) to accept the surrender and re-grant the said abbeys and land, at the reserved rent of 20s. Irish.—Given under the signet, at Westminster, the 7th of February, in the sixth year of the reign.

Pp. 2. Orig. Add. Endd. Enrol.

263. Lords of Council to Sir A. Chichester. [Feb. 8.] Philad. P., vol. 3, p. 167.

Information having lately been given by Sir Humphrey Winche, Chief Justice, of the urgent necessity of providing fitting depositories for the safe keeping of records of attainders, inquisitions, surveys, and other public documents, for want of which they have remained in the custody of officers in their private houses, he (Chichester) is to take order that a fit place be assigned and proper receptacles be provided for the safe custody of the public records. And with the advice of the Chief Justice and others of the Council he is to appoint some persons of sufficiency and discretion to take charge of them.—Whitehall, 8 February 1608–9.

Signed: T. Ellesmere, Canc., R. Salisbury, T. Suffolke, E. Zouche, W. Knollys, T. Herbert, Jul. Cæsar.

P. ½. Orig. Add. Endd.

264. Corn Powder sent into Ireland. [Feb. 11.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 25.

A note of such proportions of corn powder as have been issued out of His Majesty's store within the office of the Ordnance, and sent into His Highness's realm of Ireland in the several years following:

20 March 1594, 8 lasts; 8 Sept. 1595, 13 lasts; 20 July 1596, 8 lasts; 18 Jan. 1596[7], 20 lasts; 27 Jan. 1597, 12 lasts, half by sea and half by land; 16 Mar. 1597[8], 10 lasts; 5 July 1598, 12 lasts; 16 Jan. 1598[9], 100 lasts; 8 June 1600, 12 lasts for Dublin, 5 lasts for Munster; 2 May 1601, 15 lasts for Dublin, 5 for Munster; 30 Aug. 1601, 20 lasts; 7 Oct. 1601, 30 lasts; 9 Jan. 1601[2], 60 lasts, whereof 40 by sea and 20 by land; 7 Aug. 1602, 6 lasts for Munster; 19 Aug. 1602, 12 lasts for Dublin; 8 Aug. 1603, 5 lasts; 23 Jan. 1604[5], 10 lasts, sent all by sea; 7 July 1606, 10 lasts; 12 May 1607, 10 lasts. Total, 383 lasts. This is a true collection according to such warrants and proportions of delivery as do remain with me in the Office of His Majesty's Ordnance, Fra. Morice, Roger Dalyson.

P. 1. Endd.

265. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [Feb. 12.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 26.

Had long expected the treasure, the Establishment, and other dispatches from thence, and when he was most in despair by reason of the continuance of the adverse wind, dispatched a packet containing sundry points, the mention of which he might have spared, if his Lordship's letters (which he has even now received) had come sooner to his hands, for they give full satisfaction in that which he made humbly bold to recommend to his remembrance; and with them the bark in which he dispatched the packet is (as he hears) driven back, which makes him to hasten these aboard her to give him to understand that the treasure, the Establishment, and two letters from the Lords of the Council are come to hand, and one from the King's Majesty, declaring his princely pleasure in the behalf of the Archbishop of Cashell. Those from the Lords of the Council bear date the 17th of January and declare their pleasures touching the corporations, their claimed customs, and for the fines imposed upon the recusants in Munster, and concerning the plantation of the escheated lands in the county of Tyrone. In this he will carefully carry out his Lordship's directions; but until the project come over in print (which is here generally noised to be prepared for that purpose), finds few will resolve what to do, albeit the most part of the servitors and others here have heretofore earnestly importuned to have shares there, but doubting (as they say) that their purses will not answer their minds for planting those lands according to the conditions to be laid down, they will see the printed copy before they will resolve further, after which he will hasten the names of those that intend to set up their fortunes in the plantation and settlement of that country.—Dublin, 12 February.

Pp. 2. Signed. Add. Endd.

266. Henry Pyne to Salisbury. [Feb. 16.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 27.

Has shipped 95 planks of divers sorts. Refers to the proposal of Sir R. Boyle and his partner to hire ships at Amsterdam. Suggests a course to counteract it by freighting English vessels.—Mogeley, 16 February 1608–9.

Pp. 3. Signed. Add. Endd.

267. Henry Wright to Salisbury. [Feb. 17.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 28.

Has shipped the timber for the King's service on board the Seamew.—Iron Mills, near Talaughe, 17 February 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd. Encloses,

268. Charter-Covenant of the Ship "Seamew." S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 28 I.

Agreement of Baslian Cornelius, master of the Seamew, to ship 95 oak planks, and to unlade at Woolwich or Deptford. —17 February 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed.

269. Bill of Lading. S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 28 II.

Bill of lading of the above timber and account of expenses disbursed in the shipment, 17 February 1608–9. Signed by Wright and Pyne.

Pp. 2.

270. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [Feb. 17.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 29.

Recommends young Mr. Plunkett, son to the Baron of Killene. Begs his Lordship to intercede with the Countess of Kildare not to use him and her daughter so hardly.—Dublin, 17 February 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

271. Sir Arthur Chichester to Salisbury. [Feb. 21.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 30.

Recommends that Sir Thomas Rooper shall have a pension allowed him, in case he should be deprived of his company.— Dublin, 21 February 1608–9.

Pp. 2. Signed.

272. Sir Garret Moore to Salisbury. [Feb. 23.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 31.

Has come hither in obedience to the commandment of the Lords of the Council, signified by the Lord Deputy, for answering the accusations of the Lord of Howth. And though he has a great desire to do his duty, yet standing as he does, he will not adventure to offer himself to their honourable presence without their license, neither has he presumed to stir out of his lodging since he came, nor will he do the one nor the other till he shall understand their further pleasure.

Though the consciousness of his own innocency and the knowledge that he is to appear before the most honourable, the most grave, and most just assembly in the world, support him, yet he holds himself a most unfortunate man to have so much as the least question made of his loyalty, which has been ever of dearest esteem unto him. To plead his innocency or his service, or to say that his persecutor is malicious or infamous, are no justifications to him, as he must be justified or condemned as their Lordships shall see cause, only humbly attends their honourable pleasure.—23 February 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.

273. Sir Arthur Chichester to the Privy Council. [Feb. 24.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 32

Has been obliged to detain Sir James Perrott for the prosecution of the rebels Oghie Oge O'Hanlon and others. He has already contrived the apprehending of Roor O'Doghertie, only lawful brother to the traitor Sir Cahir, and the killing and taking of many others. Begs that the agent he had sent may receive contentment and satisfaction in effecting his suits.—Dublin Castle, 24 February 1608–9.

P. 1. Signed. Sealed. Add. Endd.

274. Lord Chancellor of Ireland to Salisbury. [Feb. 24.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 33.

Thanks his Lordship for the grant of the fee farm of Tristernaghte. Claims protection against Lord Howth's calumnies.—St. Sepulchre's, Dublin, 24 February 1609.

P. 1. Signed. Add. Endd.

275. Lord Danvers to Salisbury. [Feb. 24.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 34.

The course concluded on some few days since has been so well carried by the Lord of Toumond [Thomond] that Jennings is already prisoner, and his Lordship writes that the ship with all her goods will be delivered into his hands by the rest, who promise to yield upon sight of a letter from him (Danvers). Leaves the particulars to his own relation, which he makes account to convey more speedily by Dublin. Has sent the vice-admiral aboard to inventory all things and prevent spoil, which in some measure cannot be avoided, for they are very rich in commodities apt to be carried concealed; but the best shall be done for the proprietor's benefit.

Some suspicious disorders which have arisen amongst the Mahonnes and the Cartyes have kept him here this month, and although he can find no just cause to fear, yet as the time of their assembling in consultations and some in arms falls in with Neil Garve's intended escape, he thinks fit to speak with the Lord Deputy, the clearlier to compare these plots and correspondence with the intelligence which he has in his possession. Hence it will be April before he can come over.—Malo, 24 February.

P. 1. Signed. Endd.: "25 Feb."

276. Ralph Birchensha to Salisbury. [Feb. 27.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 35.

His Lordship's of the 15th January arrived on the 14th hereof. Thanks him for his good opinion of his service. Although he might use brevity herein, yet the remembrance of some remarkable points in his Lordship's letters invites him to enlarge a few lines, as well in order to give him satisfaction in some words used in his last as to acquit himself of weakness in suspecting an ill office done before he had cause.

Regarding his letter of 17th May, enclosed to a friend to deliver to his Lordship, his friend's letter has these words:—

"I delivered your letter to my Lord Treasurer at his house in the Strand, which, after he had read, he sent to Mr. Dudley Norton, his secretary for Irish causes, and said there should be an answer written unto you, and after Mr. Corbett told me (being there at the delivery of your letter) that my Lord said you should be sent for to come over; I then went to Mr. Norton, who was sick in his chamber, and prayed him to remember the dispatch to you, and to further it with the best expedition he could, and that you at your coming would be thankful unto him for any kindness he showed you. He said he would do no less than further it, because it was for the King's service, but for your particular, you had deserved little kindness at his hands, because you had heretofore used him and some of his friends not so kindly as you might have done, &c. About this time I saw a letter of Mr. Norton's written to a great man here, which had these words, such a man (and naming him) shall come strongly armed against Mr. Birchensha," &c.

Hereupon, finding his Lordship's purposes for sending for him not effected, and writing again in June following, without hearing anything thereof, he concluded that Mr. Norton's omission to remind his Lordship of him was the chief cause of his receiving no answer; therefore thought good to point thereat, as in his last was expressed.

Defends him from the charge of presumption in expecting an answer to such a poor snail as himself, whereas he ought rather to address himself for redress of abuses to the Lord Deputy. Alleges that it is no new thing, but ancient and usual, for officers of his place to inform such men as his Lordship by place and office of such occurrence and present condition of the strength, state, and manner of dealing with the soldier, for from thence that infinite number of instructions and ordinances sent from England hither to reform abuses in the musters hath grown. So that he levels not the mark but where he ought, neither does he inform that into England which he is afraid to speak of in Ireland.

Touching the Lord Deputy: he is wise and of good knowledge where and in what manner the King is abused, very willing and ready to see all things amended, nevertheless he (Birchenshaw) doubts not but he is content that courses might be had from England, to direct and command that, which in wisdom and policy, himself would not entertain here.

Will not further enlarge, as his Lordship has signified that the verbal relation of Sir James Fullerton has given him satisfaction touching the musters; indeed he had sufficient matter from himself (Birchenshaw) at his departure to have shown the truth and the necessity to bemoan the time.— Dublin, 27 February 1608.

Pp. 3. Signed. Add. Endd.

277. Lady Arabella Stuart to the King. [Feb. 1609.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 36.

Petition of Lady Arabella Stuart to the King, for a grant to her and her assigns, for the term of 31 years, of certain privileges and impositions upon hides, and for license to transport yearly from Ireland 40,000 hides, paying a poundage and a rent of 50l. per annum, with a statement of reasons in support of the petition.

Pp. 2. Not dated, but certainly not later than February 1609. Encloses,

278. Points of the Petition. [Feb. 1609.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 36 A.

Points of the petition touching transportation of raw hides of Ireland; with observations upon the bearings of each particular point.

Pp. 3. Endd.

279. Objections to the Petition, and Answers thereto. [Feb. 1609.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 36 B.

Objections and answers in the Irish suit concerning the exportation of raw hides.

Pp. 6. Endd.

280. Objections to the Petition, and Answers. [Feb. 1609.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 37.

Copy of the above.

Pp. 5. Endd.

281. Depositions of Lord Delvin. [About Feb. 1609.] S.P., Ireland, vol. 226, 37 B.

Depositions of Richard Lord Delvin, touching the matter betwixt the Baron of Howth and Sir Gerrot Moore. He imputes Howth's accusations to malice. Examines the character of one Eustace, an informant in the cause.

Pp. 2. Signed by Delvin (in two places on each sheet).