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1579. Oct. 27. 133. A LETTER from the LORD JUSTICE and Council to Vol. 597, p. 83. sundry Men in MUNSTER.
These are to require you to put yourself and your whole forces in readiness to serve her Majesty upon one hour's warning.
Given at our camp at Fanningstown, 27 October 1579.
Sigmed at the beginning: W. Pelham ; at the end: Tho. Ormound, Ni. Malbie, Ed. Waterhouse.
Contemp. copy. P. 3.
Oct. 27. 134. DR. SANDERs to ULICKE BURKE.
Vol. 597, p. 83a. “A letter from Dr. Sanders to Ulicke Burke, and by him sent to my Lord, the 27 October 1579.”
God permitting your father to be taken prisoner, meant to warn you, his sons, to provide as well for his liberty as for your own.
Nowadays the heretics, as your Worship knoweth, violently oppress God's honour in this world, abandon His Vicar, and, by false pretence of God's Word, cut off and wipe away whole books of the Holy Scripture. We fight against them by the authority of the Head of the Church. If it please you to join with us in this holy quarrel, you shall be under the protection of that prince whom God shall set up in place of this usurper, and of God's Vicar, who will see every man rewarded for his service to the Church ; you shall also deserve well of your country. When our aid is come, which daily we look for, when the Scottish and English nobility are in arms, and when strangers begin to invade England itself, it shall be small thanks to be of our company.
Touching the controversy of inheritance betwixt your brother and you, where may you hope to have that better decided than in his Holiness's camp :
24 September 1579.
Signed: Nicholas Sanders.
Contemp. copy. Pp. 23.
Oct. 27. 135. MUNSTER, Vol. 597, p. 84. A note of the noblemen, chief gentlemen, and towns in Munster, taken the 27 October 1579, at Fanningstown. Contemp. copy. Pp. 23.
Oct. 28. 136. LoRD JUSTICE PELHAM to SIR JAMES FITZGERALD.
Vol. 597, p. sea. The Lord Treasurer (Ormond), your cousin, has made me ac
quainted with your letter to him, expressing how you have been
countenanced by the former Governor. You shall not want my
favour and friendship, both for your own sake and for the
commendations which the Earl of Ormond has made of you.
I pray you to cause the letters herein sent to be delivered.
137. The Lord JUSTICE and CouncIL to the MAYOR OF
We understand from Constaunce Ailward that you have not only stayed the beefs which he was bringing for the army, but also have taken from him our commission for taking them up. Captain Piers also complains that a certain laborer of that town has stolen certain furniture from him. We command you to restore the aforesaid commission, and to send hither into the camp the aforesaid furniture and the party likewise that took the some. The boats belonging to the city of Limerick will serve to sundry purposes for furtherance of her Majesty's service. As “you of that corporation are thought to be admirals of that whole haven,” we commit to you the special trust to draw home to that city all the boats of that river without delay.
Camp at Fanningstown, 28 October 1579.
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138. The l’ARL OF DESMOND to LORD JUSTICE PELHAM.
Received 28 October 1579.
I have received your letter. As I cannot presently repair to your Honour, I have sent my wife to declare the causes of my present stay, and how my country has been burnt and spoiled, my castles taken, and myself misused by Sir Nicholas Malbie.
Askotten, 27 October 1579.
Signed : G. Desmond.
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139. The ARMY.
“The number of her Majesty's army in the province of Munster at Fannyngestown, the 28 October 1579.”
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140. The EARL OF DESMOND.
Articles whereupon the Earl of Ormond and Ossory, Ilord Treasurer, is to treat with the Earl of Desmond, dated at Fanningstown, 28 October 1579.
(1.) You are to require the delivery of Doctor Sanders and the strangers to me, the Lord Justice.
(2) As divers suspicions are conceived of his disloyalty since the delivery of his son as pledge, you shall demand the possession of his houses of Asketten or Carigofoill.
(3) He is to be required to submit and repair to me, the Lord Justice.
(4.) He shall with all his forces join with you in the prosecution of his rebellious brethren.
(5.) If he refuse these conditions, declare that I will proclaim him a traitor and prosecute him with her Majesty's forces.
Signed by Pelham at the beginning and end.
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141. DESMOND to PELHAM.
Brought to Crome by Thomas Oge, 30 Oct. 1579.
Yesterday I had conference with the Earl of Ormond, and shewed him my commission to speak with the rebels, my griefs, my service since the arrival of the traitor James FitzMorris, my attendance upon the late Lord Justice, and how discourteously I have been rewarded by his Lordship in restraining me from liberty. Sir Nicholas Malbie has burned and spoiled certain of my manors and castles, assaulted my mansion house of Asketten, burned the abbey thereof, and defaced my ancestors' monuments therein. I have put in my only son as a token of my obedience. Upon the Earl's motion, I am contented, on restitution of my castles now wrongfully kept from me, and recompense for my losses, to put into his hands any manor except Asketten, that I shall to the uttermost of my power serve against my unnatural brethren, the traitor Doctor Sanders, and their adherents, in the company of the said Earl.
Crogh, 30 October 1579. Signed.
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142. PELRAM to DESMOND.
I have received your letter by Thomas Oge, You reject the offers made you by the Earl of Ormond either for your coming to me or for the delivery of Sanders and the strangers, as you answer me nothing directly. I am therefore compelled to publish a proclamation against you in the highest degree of treason. But I will forbear to do so till Monday next, in hope that you will in the mean season repair to me or deliver one of the houses demanded by Ormond, or else Sanders and the Spaniards, as promised by you to the late Lord Justice. “Part of the Spaniards long since were your prisoners in the house of the Island, and faithfully promised by you to be delivered, which neither you nor Morris Shean can deny.”
From my camp at Crome, 30 October 1579. Signed.
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Vol. 597, p. 90a,
143. SKIRMISH at RATHKELL.
List of “the names of such as were seen in skirmish at Rathkell against her Majesty's forces the last of October 1579.”
Vol. 597, p. 91.
Nov. 1. Vol. 597, p. 92.
Nov. 2. Vol. 597, p. 92a.
“Gibon Ree, servant to Edmond, the White Knight's son, did see these persons.” Sir John of Desmond was there, and talked with some of the company.
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144. DESMOND to PELHAM.
Brought to Rathkell by Thomas Oge, l Nov. 1579.
I have received your letter by Thomas Oge. You think I have not directly answered to the motions made to me by Ormond. I made as reasonable answers as any subject may. The house demanded by Ormond, called Carigopoole, is none of mine, but on restitution of my castles I will put into his hands any manor or castle of mine which he shall choose. I humbly beseech you rather to have respect to my good service and my reasonable offers than, through the persuasion of Sir Nicholas Malbie, to proclaim me; and that my servant may go with my complaints to her Majesty and the Council, whose judgment I am contented to abide. I never promised to deliver Doctor Sanders and the Spaniards to the late Lord Justice, but to endeavour to take the said Spaniards. “As for the four Spaniards whom I had prisoners in the Island, when I was restrained of my liberty, the constable flying from thence, they made an escape.” I call God to witness that “I will remain as true hearted a subject to her Majesty as any one that seeketh to undo me.”
31 October 1579. Signed.
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145. PELHAM to DESMOND.
Though you utterly refuse my offers, I add a further one. If you will repair to me, you shall have licence to go into England. If either the former offer or this be not performed by eight o'clock to-morrow morning, I shall publish the proclamation.
Camp at Rathkell, 1 November 1579. Signed.
Postscript.—Your man, Thomas Oge, far contrary to your letter, delivered from you a message, that if your offers were refused, you would do your best to trouble the whole realm, and that you would first burn the Earl of Ormond's
country. Her Majesty has ministers to withstand your malice.
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PROCLAMATION against the EARL of DESMOND.
Gerald, Earl of Desmond, has not only practised with foreign princes to bring in power of strangers to invade this land by his devilish instruments and agents James FitzMorris, Doctor Sanders, and others lurking beyond seas, “but also, upon the late landing of such strangers as were brought in by the traitor James FitzMorris, and which fortified at Smirwicke,” (albeit the said Earl pretended to dislike thereof) permitted them to be entertained among the inhabitants of his county palatine of Kerry. He let slip his wicked brethren, John and James of Desmond, to commit that horrible murder done at Tralighe upon Henry Davells, Arthur Carter, and others. He commanded the slaughter of Edmond Duff, an Englishman, that lay in the next bed to the said Henry Davells. Hearing that Lord Justice Drury was repaired to Limerick to surprise the fort wherein James FitzMorris and the strangers were settled at Smirwicke, he colorably besieged the same, and perceiving also that the Queen's vessels had taken away all their shipping, and thereby all hope spent for the traitors to escape by sea, he removed his siege, and opened the way for their escape by land, and gave part of them leave to fortify the place, “Nevertheless, repairing colorably to the Lord Justice, and finding him disposed to march forwards to the fort, he returned into Kerry, though he were commanded to the contrary, and so practised with the strangers (being, as it is to be proved, his own soldiers in pay), as they abandoned the place and repaired to the town of the Dingle and other places at his devotion, and were better entertained than any other of her Majesty's subjects. And after he, entering the fort, distributed the ordnance thereof to the rebels, as appeareth by a note found in a portmanteau of Doctor Allin's, one of the traitors, lately slain in the encounter executed by Sir Nicholas Malbie, Knight.” He set at liberty such strangers as were apprehended and kept by him colorably as prisoners, and appointed them to guard his own houses and castles. He has joined himself openly with the proclaimed traitors his brethren, and with Dr. Sanders, that odious, unnatural, and pestiferous traitor against his native country. He has caused Richard Ewstace, Simon Brian, and others, the Queen's servitors, to be taken and hanged. Under the leading of sundry of his household servants and chief captains, the traitors' forces, with the I'ope's standard traitorously displayed, assaulted Malbie, lieutenant under the late Lord Justice (upon his visitation of sickness) of all her Majesty's forces in Munster, and had the overthrow given them at Monaster Inenagh. The Earl's ward in his castle of Asketten slew two or three of her Majesty's soldiers. These things considered, and forasmuch as he refuses to come in to us the Lord Justice, or to deliver the said Doctor Sanders and the Spaniards,--has of late caused sundry houses, castles, towns, and provisions to be burnt up, to desolate the succours meet to refresh her Majesty's forces, is expecting further foreign aid, has invited Turloughe Lenoughe and other chief men to join with him, and lastly, on Saturday last, his chief men and followers, being with his brethren, offered skirmish against her Majesty's forces, in which one of