The Career of the Earl of Essex from the Islands Voyage in 1597 to His Execution in 1610

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APPENDIX A
COMMISSION OF THE EARL OF ESSEX, JUNE 4, 1597

Printed in The Egerton Papers ( London, 1840), pp. 239-244.

ELIZABETH R.

Elizabeth, by the grace of God, Queene of England, France, and Ireland, defender of the faith, etc. To all Christyan people to whome theis our present letters shall come greeting. Forasmuch as, looking into and deeply considering the hostile attempts dayly practized against this our Realme and person by the King of Spayne with his forces, altogether without just cause gyven by us, and understanding that the lyke is intended with great preparations to be renewed this present yeare, and so to be contynewed against us, our crowne, and countries, Wee are justly moved to enter into consideration what urgent and great cause we have to use all the best meanes we can (wheare peaceable courses on our part have not prevayled) to prevent, ympeach, and withstand such hostile attempts and preparations for the same, for the better defence and protection of our Realme and domynions and of all our lovinge subjects. Knowe ye, therefore, that having resolved uppon some speciall service to be done for this good purpose, and to withstand such attempts this present yeare, and having speciall trust and confydence in the fidelitie, wisdome, valour, experience, prudence, industrie, integritie, and singular diligence of our right trustie and right welbeloved Cousin and Councellor Robert Earle of Essex and Ewe, Viscount Hereford and Bourchier, Lord Ferrers of Chartley, Bourchier, and Lovaine, Master of our Horse, and Knight of the most honorable Order of the Garter, the said Robert Earle of Essex, our Lieutenant-Generall and Governor of such our Navye and Armye as is prepared to serve upon the sea at this present under his charge towards forraine partes against the Span-

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