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Dingle of the Husseys, Part 17 and end

The last day:
The twenty-ninth we marched to Corke, where the Maiour and citizens receive the Lord Justice after their best manner. We met there with the wheat and malte which your lordship sente for the provision of the army, to their grete comfort ; and here I must lette your Lordship to understand, that your grete care and providence in sending hither of said shippes and good store is gretely commended, for it is gretely murmurred that the same is miserably misused and delayed by the victuallers and their ministers both before and after it cometh thyther, besydes the length of tyme ere it came. We camped before the cittie the space of fower dayes, during which tyme we entreated the citizens for the loan of 3 or 4 LI (£3— 400), who, after many persuasions used to them, lent the Lord Justice c LI (£100) in money ; c LI (£100) of wynes ; and offered him another c LI (£100)'s worth of fishes, pork, and beofe (beef) and such other havings for the souldiers, which, I assure your Lordship, was gretely pulled down with their journies and ill waies, ill wether, and grete want of brede (bread), whereof some dropt by the waie. They are able to endure alle this, if they had but bredde, the lack whereof is the only derthe here, and nought els.
And so the story of the expedition ends, with the descent onto Cork in search of provisions.

I hope you've enjoyed this account of a journey to south-west Ireland 437 years ago. For me, it's a work in progress, thinking about how I will use it for my wider project on Nicholas White's life.

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johnny9fingers
Jun. 29th, 2017 04:55 pm (UTC)
It's been an illuminating journey.
coth
Jun. 30th, 2017 09:26 am (UTC)
It's been interesting. Thank you for posting.
redfiona99
Jun. 30th, 2017 09:53 am (UTC)
It's been interesting. I'd never considered the difficulties of victualling an army before standing armies were a thing.
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