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Beinecke MS 563
Sir Francis Drake, Letter signed to the Earl of Essex, Plymouth, 16 Febr. 1587-8
Right Honourable, this gentleman captayne Hart is so desirous to returne to your Lordship as I
[wrote] you touchinge our busynes ... Written at Plymouth this 16th of February 1587. Your
good Lordship who will honour you, pray for you and alwayes love you, Francis Drake.
[Post-script:] The imployment of Your Lordship's crownes and myne shal be in victualls, powder,
small municion, sp[ades], shovelles ... God hath much trew honor to ** Your Lordship, for it is
he that hath given you this true magnanimitie.
[On verso:] Sir Fr. Drake
Letter by the famous seaman Francis Drake (c. 1540-1596) to the young Robert Devereux, 2nd
Earl of Essex (1566-1601), favourite of Queen Elizabeth, concerning a common plan for a raid
against Spanish shipping. About Drake, see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, v. 16
(Oxford, 2004), pp. 858-870.
Paper, f. 1, 340 x 240 mm.
Written in Gothica Cursiva Currens (Secretary), the signature only in Drake's hand.
A. Huth Collection. Tudor Exhibition in London 1889-1890, reg. no. 71. Henry C. Taylor
Collection. Bequest of Henry C. Taylor, 1971.
Bibliography: Taylor Collection, no. 8.
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