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March 26. Vol. 628, p. 287a.
May 29. Vol. 628, p. 288.
10th of May next, leaving the sword and authority to Sir
87. The QUEEN to the Lord DEPUTY (SYDNEY).
By your letters of 25th November 1578 (sic), we understand the evil success of Thomas Chatterton's enterprise upon O'Hanlon's country, granted him by us. You were advertised by our Council to deal with him for the revocation of that grant, which to do and to compound the matter with him you thought you had not sufficient warrant. The premises considered, and that you wrote you could not then get of the tenants there above 60l. of yearly rent, we accept his resignation of that grant. If you can make 100l. ster yearly there, we are pleased to grant him so much. He shall enjoy the same as of our gift during his life.
Greenwich, 26 March 1578, 20 Eliz.
Contemp. copy. P. 1.
The QUEEN to the LoRD DEPUTY (SYDNEY).
We have received letters from yourself and our Council there, excusing your abode and stay longer than was prescribed in our last letters, and imputing the same to the matters of cesse and to the conference appointed by us between you and our Chancellor (Gerrard). It has been necessary to stay the Chancellor here till now ; so we will allow of your stay till his arrival. We now again signify our pleasure that you make your immediate repair hither.
The bills for the Parliament sent hither by you have been considered. That for renewing the impost is very necessary; and it is also requisite that the composition for cesse be passed by Parliament. But many other inconveniences contained in those bills may be remedied by the Governor and Council.
We require you to give credit to our Chancellor, who has greatly satisfied us and our Council touching the general and particular state of that country, not without great show of good affection and love to you. We have dispatched him
* Thomas Jenyson. f Sir Edward Wyton.
May 29. 89. THE PRIvy CouncIL to the LoRD DEPUTY (SYDNEY).
Vol. 628, p. 289. We have long since advertised you of the receipt of your letters brought by the Lord Chancellor of that realm. As to the cesse, the chief cause of his repair hither, we have sent you our opinions with the effect of all our dealings in that behalf. The Lord Chancellor is now licensed to repair to you. Touching the Parliament, her Majesty has heard the several laws reported, and thinks the same unneedful; but she will have a Parliament for the continuance of the subsidy. Touching the Earl of Clanricard, her Majesty stays resolution until you repair hither. For the nobilitation of Tirloughe Lenoughe, his L. (Gerrard 7) has the instruments. You require some learned [men] to be sent over to serve as justices there. One at least shall be sent over shortly to serve as Justice of the Common Place. By your letters of 30th April sent by Waterhouse, we perceive that the perfecting of the cesse is the principal cause of your stay. Upon the repair thither of the Lord Chancellor you are to enter into conference about that matter, to bring the same to some final and speedy end. Her Majesty has given order to the Earls of Kildare and Ormond to repair home. Your repair hither is to be with expedition. We have considered the depositions of certain persons touching the disorders of the soldiers that followed you in your journey to Kilkenny. The faults were not so great as we were informed. —, 29 May 1578. Contemp. copy. Pp. 24.
May 29. 90 SIR WILLIAM DRURY, LORD JUSTICE.
Vol. 611, p. 351. “Instructions given by the Queen's Majesty, with the advice of her Highness'Council, to Sir Wm. Drury, Knight, [whom she hath appointed Lord Justice of Ireland, and Wm. Gerrard, Esq. Lord Chancellor of the same land.”
They shall assemble the rest of the Council there, and “enter into the estate of the four provinces, Ulster, Connaught, Munster, and Leinster, how and by whom every or any of these estates be perturbed, how and in what sort at this day the loyal and true subjects are defended from the enemies, and at what charge to her Majesty and at what charge to the country. After, to consider whether any part of the garrison now in pay [may] be diminished and the country sufficiently defended. Then, to consider of all our castles and forts, which
at this day at our charge are guarded and kept, what main-
laws against marriage and fostering with the Irish and using
You, the Lord Justice, and Lord Chancellor, with our Council, shall enter into the consideration of all officers and offices in our Court of Exchequer established to determine causes touching the revenue, and consider what appertains to the duty of those several offices, what fees they have, and whether our said revenue may not be received by fewer officers and at lesser charge.
Be careful to see our people governed by justice, that they may defend themselves from all oppressions, exactions, spending, coynes, liveries, payments of black rent, or any other Irish tribute or payment.
Search and try out what beefs the Irishry yield and pay us, and what they ought to yield.
Whereas upon the change of governors many good servitors in office have usually been displaced, and the friends and followers of the new governor admitted, although unfit, you shall have care that there be just matter inducing before you displace any.
Have special consideration of all such as hold any their lands of us, that we be not defrauded of any service.
At Michaelmas next, and so forth quarterly, send us a true accompt of the receipts and charges of the quarter, and a perfect certificate of your proceedings.
Copy. Pp. 9."
PETITION of the GENTLEMEN of the PALE to the LORD
We have remained prisoners since 6th February last until this 28th June for the matters of cesse. We had no intent to gainsay any part of the Queen's prerogative. We acknowledge that in times of necessity the Queen may lay charge upon her subjects here as fully as in England, and we submit us to the same; “the whole effect whereof we have by sundry other submissions, heretofore exhibited to your Honours, acknowledged in the plainest manner that we could devise.” We beseech you, therefore, to take some good order for our discharges of fines and imprisonment, and also to reduce the charges of diet and fees of this Castle (which have been out of measure increased and enhanced since the time of the Earl of Sussex's government) to the old rates then used and accustomed.
Signed : Thomas Delvin, Christopher Howthe, James Kidlen, P. Trimleston, Christopher Chevers, Oliver Plunkett, Thomas Nugent, Wm. Talbott, Nicholas Nugent, Jo. Nettervill, Patrick Nangle,f Tho. Nugent, George Plunkett, Patrick Bermyngham, James Nugent, Edward Plunkett, Lavelen Nugent.
Contemp. copy. P. l.
2. Another copy of the above. P. 1.
92. The ExPENDITURE.
“Ireland.—The Queen's Majesty's Charges there concerning the martial affairs, as well Ordinary as Extraordinary, for two whole years, beginning the 1st of October 1575, and ending ultimo Septembris 1577.” Diets, wages, and entertainments, 55,016]. 12s. 110.5 extraordinaries, 17,218, 7s. 1130. Total, 72,335l. 0s old.
Vol. 628, p. 367.
* Dated in the margin, by Carew, “Anno 1579.” There is another copy of these instructions in the lecord Office, dated 29 May 157s. f “Mangle” in MS.