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me) was in greate danger of being kill- | Barnwell and Dumwick, their com. ed in his waye; for as he was proced- plices, came to them, and the haunted ing in the duske of the evenyng down house baving been thoroughly searchthe streete that led to the tauerne ed, and a garde set on it, they were where Scudamore and Babingtone fayne to lurk in tbe bywayes of the were, a mad bulle ran at him, yea, and wood, besmearing their faces with the in such sort, that he gave himself up bushes of green walnutes. Thence they for lost, but sodainlie turning, he ran sent to the French Embassador for off, and he never sawe him more. / monie, and to Tichbourne for borses, Which action must be regarded as a / but the Embassador ordered the messpecial judgment of heaven, to punish menger to be turned from his house, Babington and his wycked compa-l and Tichbourne excused himselfe. nyons ; for if the messenger had not Being distressed for foode, they, at the arrived that night, Babington would last, retyred themselves to Harrow bave departed elsewhere on the suc- Hill, where dwelt the Bellamis, a ceed yng mornyng.* The place where famile zealous for the Catholic religion, Scudamore was, was the Rose Tavern, and adverse to the Queene, us indeed since pulled downe, where manie of wer almoste all the Papists. These our most excellent authores did after- Bellamis hidde them in barnes and wardes resort; and among others, out-houses, and gave them rusticke Mr. Decker, in whose companie I have apparel and foode, and also kept a spent many a pleasaunte houre. In sharpe look-out if any of the Queene's this place, I cannot help expressyng officers came there. Here they re. my regret, that the merites of Mr. mayned ten daies, and on the tenthe, Decker are so little prized by our an officer came to serche the place, modernes; but posteritie will dulie whereupon, John Bellamie giving appreciate his shining, wise, and wel-warnyng by a whistle, they fledde to stored minde, and in this hope I will the woodes, leave him, and returne to the messen- "And now (kind reader) have I come ger, who, as he was comanded, deli- to a passage in this historie, wherein vered the letter to Scudamore. He I was concerned, and which you may incautiouslie reading the same, it was therefore looke' to have trewly, and observed by Babington, and peeping not like the other partes of this parraover his shoulder, he read it from be- tion, at the reporte of others. Wheregynping to end, and thynking all was in you may esteem yourselfe fortunate, Joste, rose and wente out, as if to since rumor too much correspondeth paie bis shot, but realie absconded to with the elegante description of VirWestminster, to Charnocke and other gile, to be intirely confided in. For, of bis wycked complices.t Here did in the litel narration that I am aboute he relate all to them, whereat, being to make, you will finde manie thynges much affrighted, they took counsel to- extreamly contrarie to what other bisgether, and agreed to fly. Then they torians have related. Which showes changed clothes, Babington putting on we aughte not to give unconditional Gage's, Gage Charnock's, and Char- credite to everie thynge that we finde nock Babington's, that they might be in historie. But as this subjecte has the more effectually disguised. After- been so cleverlie treated lately, by an ward fleeing to St. John's wood, near author so greatlie my superior in the citie, they there fearfullie con- merite, I will pursew it no farther, cealed themselves in a deserted house but proceed with my narration. that was said to be haunted, that “ It will not paine me to confesse, belonged to the Framsham family, that in my youthe I was much given wherein no one had dared to inhabit to idle sportes, as playing at ball, at for the space of xvii years, because cardes, catching birdes, and the like. of divers strange noises that had been Now, the woode wherein Babingheard thereabouts. In a fewe days, ton bad sodainlie betooke himselfe,
abounded with birdes, and having set * The purport of this sentence is not appa a trappe for them overnight, I nowe rent, for, as he afterwards states, Babington I wente to see what successe I had met absconded that very night.-A. H.
with in the morning. But as I was + I find in other histories, that Babington escaped the night after that on which he had | proceding through the woode, by the read Soudainore's letter, but Everett's state- / ment is certainly the most probable.-A. H. I do not know who is here alluded to.
beaten path, I oft-times saw menne, threates, and your affectionit wordes at my approache, starte from me, and were the onlye thynges in the worlde dive amongst the bushes, whereat I that could drie my teares. He sayde, was muche amazed. At lengthe, one that all my effortes were in vaine, and of them staide till I com up, call that the difference of birthe and foring loudlie to the others not to be tune entirely hindered a matche beafearde, for that it was but a boy; tweene us. Just at that verie time, whereupon they issued from the woode the odyous Marchistone came inne, againe. As I went on, I often turned and seeing mee in teares, made some rounde to looke behynd me, for I was rude jeste at my afflictyon. I acted as affrighted at the appearance of these you tolde mee; I reproued his brutali. menne, and I saw that they continually | tie, and sayde he should never come watched me, to see which waye I went. into companie, if he knewe not bowe I was so much afearde at this, that to demeane hymself properlie. At directlie I was oute of sighte, I did this, unkle flewe into a rage, sayd I not proceede to the trappe, but re- was the most insolente wenche that turned home another waye, by whiche breathed, and threatened, if I dared to I passed by the house of the Bellamis repeate my behavyour, he would lock again. Here a litel crowde was me uppe, for that Marchistone was too gathered around the officer, who was goode a hosbande for mee. I replyed, now comyng forth with his menne, I would never retracte wbat I had swaggering to the Bellamis, and say- sayde, for, that it was gospelle truth, ing they were traytors, and he was and I would do so again on occasion. sure they had hidde them somewhere Heanswered, that nothyng coulde cure aboute. Then turnyng rounde, he me but confinemente, and rudely seizsaide to the mobbe, “ Look out well, ing me by the arme, dragged me up my boyes, these cursed Papists have stayrés, and pushed me into the roome bidde Babington and his gang in the where the recordes of the familye are neighbourhoode, I'll be sworne, and kept, that being the strongest apartif you once tell me, I'll take all trouble mente. Dorothie then broughte up offe your handes, and give you a full the beefe-stakes, and the rest of my halfe of the rewarde." Then, recol- breakfaste, and gave me the letterre, lecting the strange behavyour of the which my unkle did not perceave, as strangers, the thought cam in my he was standyng at the doore with the heade, that they were the traytors, so keye in his hande, to locke it when she that I called out to the officer, and came oute. When they had retired, I told him what had happened. Where- read it over a thousand tymes, and upon, callyng to all the bystanders to every tyme wetted it with a thousand aide and assiste, while the Bellamis teeres. Oh! hasten, and contryve wrung their handes like madde, he some meenes of gettynge me oute of went to the woode and apprehended this wretched durance. I have heerde them. Although he had promised me of a ladye which escaped her crewell a full halfe, fairlie and openlie, this relacyons in a boxe, and of another, villaynous officer did never actuallie which her lover, standing on horsegive mee (by the hande of my father) back, got oute of the windowe of her one-fifthe of the summe, falselie saying roome. See if ye cannot contrive he had not receyved it himselfe.” some conynge stratagem, like to those,
Scarcely any authentic records and so rescue your unfortunate ladye; exist, relative to the life of Everett, but still lovyng and trewly affectionate from this period to 1588, except' a to her decre Richard. letter from Lady Mary Foljambe to
“Marie FOLJAMBE.” him, which, as a curious specimen of How the lady escaped, and what letter-writing at the time, we shall stratagem they made use of, I can no transcribe.
where discover ; but their marriage at " Twelve o'the cloke this sadde night
Honiton church, I find entered in the of May the 18the, 1587.
books. I suppose that it was about
this time he wrote his account of the “ OH! MY DEARE RICHARDE,
war in the Netherlands, but this is “ Dorothie broughte me youre con- uncertain. solyng letterre this mornyng. It cameAnd now, through a long tract of in goode time, for my crewell, crewell biography, we have at length arrived unkle, had juste been repeatyng his at that period when he wrote thosc
manuscripts which form the principal | he is extremely fond. “Come, my substance of the present number of brave lads, you have all eat the roast the Manuscriptomaniac. They are beef of Old England, and know how neatly bound, and lettered “Letters good it tastes-yon must'nt yield now on the Spanish Armada,” by order of to these rascally Mounseers, that come Sir Robert, -and now let us rush in over to kill your Queen, and boil you medias res.*
down for soop meagre, or whatever Letter 1.
other name these senseless scoundrels “ Dear MARY, “ July 20th, 1588. stupidly call it. What I have called
“I felt so strong a reluctance to the you together for, is, just to tell you, idea of your coming with me, on ac- that Captain Fleming has just informcount of the danger and distress which ed our Lord High Admiral, that these I thought you must necessarily en. outlandish fools have just passed the counter, that I imagined my opinions | Lizard, and so we must stand out to on the subject would never change; open sea. So, my lads, as we shall but, in this short space of time, they soon meet 'em, remember to give 'em are entirely altered. The seamen, im- a good, hearty drubbing, that their pressed with a sense of duty, which backs may be sore for a month after, ought to animate every Briton at sodan- and they may recollect how to come gerous a conjuncture, seem determined with their nonsense to Old England to make their respect for their officers again. And now, as I have no more and captain equal their determined to say, I'll end this here speech with valour and undaunted bravery; but ‘Long live the Queen, and may every yet, as we are in momentary expecta- | sailor put fifty moidores in his pouch, tion of departing hence, it would be prize-money.' Then, with three cheers, best for you to keep at home, whilst each man betook himself to his station, this state of affairs continues; and I as the Captain ordered. shall regularly send you letters, at “This morning as I was contemplatleast once a week, to assure you of ing the shore, a cry of · Look, look,' my health and safety.
aroused my attention, and turning “On the eighteenth I arrived here, round, I shortly perceived one of the and on the very same day entered on most splendid sights that human inboard my ship, one of those sent by agination can conceive. At the disLondon, to support us against the tance of seven miles, appeared a cresbragging enemy. It is called the cent, apparently sailing on the boundDolphin, and commanded by Captain less sea, and a few ships in advance. Richard Seymour, a boisterous old I cried out, that it was the Armada, man, but very much skilled in naviga- disposed in that shape. Gradually tion and the art of war. I saw Sir increasing, it at length grew so large, Martin Forbisher, who looks much that we could distinguish each man graver and more majestic, when proud- that strode the decks. Built like ly walking the decks of the ships under lofty towers and castles, two hundred his command, than when I saluted ships came slowly sailing on, their him as my dear uncle, three years ago. flags streaming to the wind, and their We had a merry conversation, and I decks covered with bands of armed stayed to dinner with him, and some men, who sternly eyed their enemies more captains, who all agreed that the prepared to encounter them in mortal spirit of the country was so high, that fight. Their masts decorated in a it was worse than useless for the proud fanciful and gorgeous manner, looked Spaniards to attack it, and that the like triumphal columps, while on their Duke of Medina would return dis- prows was sculptured some ancient graced and wretched to his native saint of blessed memory, or some country, or spend the rest of his days daring warrior who had distinguished in the gloomy walls of the Tower. himself at the expulsion of the Moors.
“ The same day, Captain Seymour The soldiers, in splendid and uniform summoned all his crew on deck, and apparel, delighted, while they astonishmade this address, which, for your ed the gazer's eye, and the musicians amusement, I have preserved in his they had brought, as they advanced, own words, with the exception of a few struck up a loud note of defiance. In oaths, and other expletives, of which a moment our drums and trumpets
* The orthography and diction are of course / gave an answer, while every voice altered.-A. H.
cried out, “Now is the time," and
every sailor stood prepared to meet provided against this, that until they the foe in mortal grappie. My soldiers were defeated it was impossible for expecting I should lead them on, were his captain to obey the command, and fixed and ready, and al was eagerness we accordingly advanced, when a litand anxiety; when an order arrived tle galley, that was pursued by anfrom the Admiral's ship, to stand off, other ship, crossed our path, and Sey. and let the Armada pass by in peace. mour, with an oath, cried • Sink her, Unwillingly we bowed to the com- sink her.' In a moment we ran against mand, and saw our foos insult us to it, and galley, rowers, sailors, soldiers, our faces.
and all, crashed down to the unfathom“And now farewell, my dear Mary, able deeps of the ocean, with a dekeep ap your spirits, and remember, spairing groan that will always make that you yourself raised some of the me shudder when I recollect it. volunteers from the neighbourhood, “Regardless of their awful fate, on who are now ander my command ; you we bore to board Ricaldus's ship, and have read of the Spartan matron, who at the head of my men, the instant regarded not the death of her son in that we grappled it, I sprung upon the triumph of her country,-- if I fall, deck. Two or three Spaniards soon recollect it, and grieve not, I beseech | fell before me; and as my men were you, too much for the loss of
just preparing to follow with all the “ Your affectionate Husband, crew of the Dolphin, the foreigners “RICHARD Everett."
were driven to desperation, on which LÉTTER II.
Ricaldus called out to them, in Spanish,
in a loud tone, 'What will not men do, “MY DEAR MARY, “July 23rd, 1588. who see themselves in imminent dan
" There has been a battle. The day ger of destruction ! Animated by the before yesterday the Admiral sent out dread of death, and the hope of life, a pinnace to provoke the foe to fight our foes burst, I know not how, the us. It succeeded, and soon all our grappling-irons, and flew through the ears were deafened with the incessant English line to the ships of the Duke roar of the innumerable cannon. The of Medina, followed by the rest. Admiral attacked a Spanish ship, Having thus failed to secure Ricaldus, wbich he thought to be the Duke's, our ships retired, whilst I remained a but it was Don Alphonso Leva's. prisoner. Meanwhile, the Dolphin, with various “ As soon as the Duke understood other ships, commanded by Drake, that an English officer was taken, he attacked the rear of the Armada, | ordered him to be conducted before which was under the direction of him. I was accordingly led into his Ricaldus, and separated it from the cabin, where I found him seated, other part of the Spanish fleet. Many round a table, with his principal comfruitless attempts were made to board manders, wbilst some servants diliit, for, every time, by Ricaldus's di- gently fanned them, on account of the rection, other ships sailed swiftly from excessive heat. At this mark of effethe other parts, and flew into the space minacy I rejoiced, for I considered between us.
how few of our own captains would “It is impossible to describe our not think it a disgrace to be so wosituation. Surrounded by smouldering manish. Only Ricaldus and Leva, smoke,only lightened by the awful blaze the bravest captains in their fleet, reof the cannon, which, for a moment, mained aloof, eyeing, with curled dispelled the mist, and shewed us the mustachios and looks of fixed disdain, forms of our foes; we heard in the the ignoble behaviour of their utworintervals of this earthly thunder, the thy associates. loud voice of Seymour or of Drake, « The interpreter, a flippant and imissuing orders, and directing the at- pertinent young fellow, who seemed tack; or the quick speech of Ricaldus to pay more attention to the cultivain a foreign tongue, as he called to tion of his whiskers than that of the the Spanish gunners. At length, the languages, stepped briskly forward, ship which Ricaldus had summoned and, after an animated stare at myto his assistance, half-shattered into self, directed a smiling look of inquiry pieces, bore off, and the Spaniard sent towards the Duke of Medina, who orders for another to take its place. I gave an answer in Spanish. The But Forbisher and Hawkins had so interpreter instantly squeaked out,
• Caballero, vat nombero Daca, vishou the English sailors above, 'Down with dira,—to zay, to zay. Of course, I Spain, - Down with Philip! and my could make nothing out of this strange heart beat audibly, whilst hope shot gibberish, and I only replied by a look across my quivering heart, just revivof perplexity, that put the Duke in a ing from the blackest despair, like the rage with the self-styled interpreter. lightning that bursts from a dark The youngster was soon told to re- cloud above, and illuminates the spot tire, crest-fallen, and he left the room on which it falls. At length my prison with his usual flippant glance, sunk door was opened, and Valdez rushed into a dolorous look, well calculated in, pursued by an English officer with to excite the beholder's laughter. a drawn sword in his grasp. The
“ Unwillingly dragged forward, an- coward sunk shaking at my feet, imother interpreter slowly advanced to ploring me to save him ; then seeing the table, who received with sulky I regarded not him, but was wholly deference the commands of Medina, occupied with the blest thought of reand then, turning round, said to me, covered liberty, fell into a swoon; I
Senhor, the Duke wish that you in- cannot at present proceed. . form him how great your army of “These, my dear Mary, are the ships. Surprised at bearing such hazards I have already passed through, good English, I replied, “ As an officer and in these, Providence has always of British marines, I consider such | interposed its shield between me and a question an insult, and would sooner the savage cruelty of these furious inbe broken on the wheel than give an vaders. May it still continue to grant atom of Yiecessary information to the its protection to enemies of my country.
“Your affectionate Husband, “ When the Duke heard my speech,
“ RICHARD Everett." he seemed to be much enraged, and
LETTER III. indignantly called out to his attendants; who bore me off, and conveyed
“My Dear MARY, July 25th, 1588. me to a great galleon, commanded by “My last letter was written on the Don Pedro Valdez. This man, fero 23rd of July, at two o'clock in the cious in appearance, is, in heart, a morning, (that being the only time I very coward, as this letter will soon bave to myself,) on board the Dolphin, shew.
whither I am now returned. Captain “ I was informed, by one of the in Seymour was overjoyed to see me, terpreters, that the succeeding morn- , and my men, who thought I had been iny would, unless by important dis- slain by the Spaniards, received me closures I redeemed my insolent rash- with universal congratulations and ness,' witness my limbs stretched upon inquiries after my adventures. But the torturing rack. Don Pedro ordered to resume.. me to be conveyed to a wretched cabin, “At break of day, on the 22nd, we where I was loaded with chains and found the Duke of Medina setting all blows, whilst the infamous captain his ships in order, and making great gave orders to prepare the hellish in- preparations for a general fight. A strument he named, to torment me, as sharp skirmish took place, in which soon as dawn should appear. I could the ship of Oquenda, in Biscay, was not rest that night, for though I dread taken, and sent off to Weymouth. not death, as my encounter with Mer. The success, with which fortune hitherchiston well shewed, I could not bear to favoured us, so raised the spirits of the idea of these cruel Spaniards wit- | the seamen, that they began to say, nessing, with cool inhumanity, my that one Englishman was a match for agonizing sufferings, and beholding, twelve Spaniards. The chaplain without the pity every generous breast of the ship, who actually, at the must feel, a victim to torture, stream- period I arrived, bad left off drinking ing with blood, and shrieking with a bowl of punch per diem, now resumed pain. Whilst these wretched reflec tbat most moral and religious custom, tions crossed my brain, the awful and might be seen, on the evening of thunder of the cannon sounded above, the 22nd, stretched dead drunk on the the little light my window afforded deck! Alas! when the sailors have was obscured by smothering smoke, such instructors, what right have we and all announced that a battle was to complain of their lax morality ? taking place. I heard the shouts of l “On the morning of the 23rd, the 82.-VOL, VII.