1596 - Fenton, Geoffrey - To William Cecil
|Date||14 Feb. 1596|
|Title||Letter from Sir Geoffrey Fenton to Sir William Cecil|
|Mentions||Feagh M'Hugh must not be allowed still to live as Robin Hood|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-01. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-10-30.
[...] If Feagh M'Hugh might now be taken in, with any honourable provisions, it would do much to appease the general storm of the realm, or at least to make suspicious to the Spaniards, the hopes and promises that have been made to them by Ulster and Connaught. It might easily have been done, before the present prosecution of Feagh began. Doubts not that it will be objected, that it is not honourable for Her Majesty to have him taken in. In respect of himself, Feagh is worthy of no favour, but, inasmuch as the iniquity of the time straineth the State [in Ireland] to do unworthy things, the indignity of this point is avoided. By his taking in, the safety of Ireland is assured, and, contrariwise, if he be suffered still to live as a Robin Hood, he will be a ground of a great desolation in the English Pale, if not the whole ruin thereof. The staying of Feagh will break the combinations of the north.—Dublin, 1596, September 30.
MS ref.: Vol. CXCIII, No. 49. The cited text is a calendar summary or paraphrase of the original.
The writer of the letter, Sir Geoffrey Fenton (c.1539-1608) was an English author, Privy Councillor, and Principal Secretary of State in Ireland. His letter is addressed to Lord Burghley, i.e. William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (1520-1598), Lord High Treasurer (Jul. 1572-4 Aug. 1598), Lord Privy Seal (1590-1598), Secretary of State (22 Nov.1558-13 Jul. 1572). The allusion has not been noted in previous lists or studies.
- Not included in Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 315-19.
- Not included in Sussex, Lucy, compil. 'References to Robin Hood up to 1600', in: Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 262-88.
- Atkinson, Ernest George, ed. Calendar of the State Papers, relating to Ireland, of the Reign of Elizabeth, 1596, July — 1597, December (London, 1893), p. 130.
- Historical persons
- Robin Hood – a rebel
- 1593 - Atkinson, Anthony - To Robert Cecil
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- 1596 - Fenton, Geoffrey - To Robert Cecil (2)
- 1597 - Cecil, Robert - To Thomas Burgh
- 1597 - Norreys, John - To Robert Cecil
- 1597 - Fenton, Geoffrey - To Robert Cecil (1)
- 1597 - Fenton, Geoffrey - To Robert Cecil (2).