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Letter from Sir Francis Walsingham to John Norris appointing him to the command of a royal army

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Letter from Sir Francis Walsingham to John Norris appointing him to the command of a royal army

Author
Sir Francis Walsingham
Date
12 May 1585
Medium
Manuscript

Less than a year into his tenure as Lord President of Munster, John Norris was recalled to England by the Queen for service in the Low Countries. In this letter, from Elizabeth I's Principal Secretary Sir Francis Walsingham, Norris is informed of the Queen's resolution to formally assist the Dutch Revolt against Spanish rule. Norris was to take charge of a royal army. Norris appears to have departed Ireland on 30 May, having been charged by Walsingham not to disclose the nature of his recall (MS. Perrott 1, fols. 119v-120). Despite his recall, Norris retained his office as Lord President. The province was to be administered in his absence by his brother Thomas as Vice-President (MS. St. Amand 8, fol. 71).

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