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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. Royal Favour (1581-1582). Chap. III. This visit of Ralegh''s to the Court was the turning-point in " his career. How it became that has been explained in different ways. According to Naunton a variance between him and Grey drew both over to plead their cause. Naunton goes on to say that Ralegh '' had much the better in telling of his tale ; and so much that the Queen and the lords took no slight mark of the man and his parts ; for from thence he came to be known, and to have access to the Queen and the lords.'' It is natural to suppose that Ralegh''s Irish campaigns were concerned with his sudden rise at Court. Thenceforward he was a high authority on Irish policy, j His Irish experience continued to be the sheet-anchor of his ascendency with the Queen. Naunton''s tale, too, is-snpported by evidence from the Hatfield and the Irish State papers of Ralegh''s disposition to form and push Irish plans of his own, and of Grey''s keen jealousy of the habit. Burleigh on January i, 1582, in a letter to the Lord Deputy, mentioned that Mr. Rawley had in- formed her Majesty how the charge of five or six hundred ldiers for the garrison of Munster might be shifted from the Queen to the province without umbrage to Ormond, its most powerful land-owner. To this the Lord Deputy speedily re- plied, vehemently criticising '' the plot delivered by Captain Rawley unto her Majesty.'' He condemned it as a plausible fancy, '' affecting credit with profit,'' but '' framed upon impossibilities for others to execute.'' To Walsingham he complained bitterly of misrepresentations at Court in the same January,and, in the following April, declared that he '' neither liked Chap. III. Captain Rawley''s carriage, nor his company.'' On the other """"" hand, Grey is not known to have returned from Ireland till A...

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