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1600 - Carew, George - To Robert Cecil (1)

Allusion
Date 1600
Author Carew, George
Title Letter from Sir George Carew to Sir Robert Cecil
Mentions Irish rebels will find a Geraldine to make their Robin Hood

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-01. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-10-30.

Allusion

"The speediest way to end this rebellion is to send James FitzGerald unto me, although he remains a prisoner in my custody, so as it may be known that, upon the extinguishing of this war, that (sic) he shall be restored to honour and blood, without the which I see no possibility to determine this defection in Munster in any short time. For, although James FitzThomas were executed, yet such is their desire to have an Earl of Desmond, as that they will evermore find a Geraldine to make their Robin Hood rather than to want a head to lead them. And therefore I do most humbly beseech you to 'intercesse' Her Majesty for her own benefit's sake to be gracious unto that gentleman, and forthwith to send him unto me. Which if she will be pleased to do (although it be with all the limitations that may be most for her security), yet I doubt not but in a short time after his landing to finish this rebellion, which is as firmly rooted as any combination ever was against their natural prince.[1]

Source notes

Parentheses and italics as in printed source. MS ref.: Vol. CCVII, pt. 3, No. 129. Marginal note: "June 27. Kilmallock."[2]

IRHB comments

The writer of this letter, George Carew, 1st Earl of Totnes (1555-1629), served under Queen Elizabeth I during the Tudor conquest of Ireland and was appointed President of Munster on Jan. 27, 1600. The recipient, Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563?-1612) was Lord High Treasurer May 1598-24 May 1612, Lord Privy Seal 1598-1612, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 8 October 1597-1599, and Secretary of State 5 July 1590-24 May 1612. The allusions has not been noted in previous lists or studies.

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