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Letter to Sir John Norris, concerning the Spanish Armada, from Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

My Lord Marshall I received lettres this Evening from the Lordshipes of the Counsell (which I have sent unto you herein inclosed) conteyning a resolution from her Majestie of the hole dischardge of the Army as you maie perceive by the saide lettres And touching the Companies brought over by Coronell Morgan. Mr Secretary certifieth me that it is determined they shold be placed in Kent neere the sea Coast. I most hartelie praie your Lordship according to the contentes of the saide lettres that you will take present order for the Dissolution and totall discharge of the saide Army, and that the Threasurer (who is now here \at London/) shall have present notice therof to make his repaire unto you for the better discharge of the same. I am very well gladd that her Majestie will still contynew the Capteins and [ms. torn] althoughe the Soldiours shalbe discharged which will no doubt be a notable incouragement unto them. And so not doubting of your Lordshipes carefull proceeding herein according to the contentes of the saide lettres I most hartelie Committ your Lordship to god. Wansted the xviiith of August 1588.

Your Lordshipes assured Loving freinde

R Leycester

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Letter to Sir John Norris, concerning the Spanish Armada, from Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

Author
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
Date
18 August 1588
Medium
Manuscript

On 22 July 1588 Sir John Norris was appointed Lord Marshall in the army, stationed at Tilbury and commanded by the Earl of Leicester, raised to counter the threat of the Spanish Armada (TNA SP 12/213, fol. 13). On 24 July Norris was sent by Leicester to Dover, Kent, to put the troops in readiness to face a Spanish landing (TNA SP 12/213, fol. 38). The Spanish landing, however, never materialised. On 28 July the Armada, having taken anchor, was attacked with fire ships by the English fleet (Hammer, Elizabeth's Wars, p. 151). With the fire ships causing havoc amongst the Armada, the English fleet followed up their success the next day and, with the aid of the wind, forced the Armada into the North Sea (Martin & Parker, The Spanish Armada, pp. 174-81). On 18 August Leciester wrote this letter to Norris ordering him to discharge his troops, the danger having passed.

Transcript

My Lord Marshall I received lettres this Evening from the Lordshipes of the Counsell (which I have sent unto you herein inclosed) conteyning a resolution from her Majestie of the hole dischardge of the Army as you maie perceive by the saide lettres And touching the Companies brought over by Coronell Morgan. Mr Secretary certifieth me that it is determined they shold be placed in Kent neere the sea Coast. I most hartelie praie your Lordship according to the contentes of the saide lettres that you will take present order for the Dissolution and totall discharge of the saide Army, and that the Threasurer (who is now here \at London/) shall have present notice therof to make his repaire unto you for the better discharge of the same. I am very well gladd that her Majestie will still contynew the Capteins and [ms. torn] althoughe the Soldiours shalbe discharged which will no doubt be a notable incouragement unto them. And so not doubting of your Lordshipes carefull proceeding herein according to the contentes of the saide lettres I most hartelie Committ your Lordship to god. Wansted the xviiith of August 1588.

Your Lordshipes assured Loving freinde

R Leycester

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