The copie of a letter sent out of England to Don Bernardin Mendoza ambassadour in France for the King of Spaine declaring the state of England, contrary to the opinion of Don Bernardin, and of all his partizans Spaniardes and others. This letter, although it was sent to Don Bernardin Mendoza, yet, by good hap, the copies therof aswell in English as in French, were found in the chamber of one Richard Leigh a seminarie priest, who was lately executed for high treason committed in the time that the Spanish Armada was on the seas. Whereunto are adioyned certaine late aduertisements, concerning the losses and distresses happened to the Spanish nauie, aswell in fight with the English nauie in the narrow seas of England, as also by tempests, and contrarie winds, vpon the west, and north coasts of Ireland, in their returne from the northerne isles beyond Scotland.
Burghley, William Cecil, Baron, 1520-1598., Leigh, Richard, 1561?-1588, attributed name., Mendoza, Bernardino de, 1540 or 41-1604.

IOHN ANTHONIO DE MONONA AN Italian, sonne to Francisco de Monona Pilot of the ship called Sancta Marie de la Rose, of a thousand tonnes cast away in the sound of Bleskey. 11. September. 1588.

EXamined the xi. of September saith, that he and the rest parted from the English Fléete, as he thinketh, about the coast of Scotland, and at that time they wanted of their whole Fléete foure Gallies, seuen ships, & one Galliasse which was the Captaine Galliasse, and there were then dead by fight & by sicknes viii.* thousand men at the least. Where he left ye Duke he knoweth not, but it was in the North Seas about eightéene daies sithence, he saw then no land, and therefore can name no place, but they seuered by tempest, the Duke kept his course to the sea: we drew towards land to finde Cape Clere, so did di∣uers other ships, which he thinkes to amount to the number of forty ships: with the Duke there went fiue and twenty ships.

Hither he came round about Scotland, he thinkes the Duke is by this time nere Spaine, the Dukes desire was, after his stay before Callice, to go to Flanders, but by reason of the contrariety of the winds, the shallownesse of the water (his ships being great) he could not arriue there.

Besides the ships before mentioned, he remembreth that two ships were sonke vpon the coast of Scotland,* by reason of shottes receiued from the English ships, the one called S. Matthew of fiue hundred tonnes, wherein were drowned foure hundred and fifty men, the other ship a Biskey of S. Sebastian of foure hundred tonnes, wherein were drowned Page  [unnumbered] thrée hundred and fiftie men, and the ship wherein he was cal∣led S. Marie Rose, of one thousand tonnes, wherein of fiue hundred there escaped but himselfe, in which ship of principall men there were drowned, these principall men following. The Prince of Ascule base sonne to the King of Spaine, Cap∣taine Matuta,* Captaine Conualle a Portingall, Rupecho de la Vego of Castill, Suryuero of Castill, Montanese of Castill, Villa Franca of S. Sebastian Captaine of the said ship. The Ge∣nerall of all the Fléete of Guipusque called Don Michael d'O∣quendo, twentie other Knights and Aduenturers vpon their owne charges.

He saith,* that the Fléete was in great want of fresh water, and being examined what ordinance, wines or other matters of moment were in the ship here cast away, saith, there were fiftie great brasse péeces▪ all Canons for the field, fiue & twenty péeces of brasse and cast iron belonging to the ship, there is also in her fiftie tonnes of Secke. In siluer there are in her fiftéene thousand Duckets,* in gold as much more, much rich apparell and plate and cups of gold.

He saith also, that the Duke of Medina appointed all the Fléete to resort and méete at the Groyne, & none of them vpon paine of death not to depart there hence afore they should know his farther pleasure.