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.

The examination of Emanuell Francisco a Portingall. 12. September. 1588.

EManuell Francisco a Portingall, saith in all things as the former examinat, till the fight at Callice, in which fight he saith he knoweth there was lost a Galliasse that ran ashoare at Callice, two Gallions of the Kings, the one called S. Philip of the burden of seuen hundred, and the other called S. Mat∣thew of eight hundred, a Biskeine ship of about fiue hundred, and a Castillian ship about foure hundred tonne all sunke. This he knoweth for that some of the men of those ships were deuided into the Admirals ship, in which this examinat was.

He saith, after this fight ended, it was deliuered by him at Page  [unnumbered] the top, that there was one hundred and twentie saile left of the Spanish Fléet, and saith that those were very sore beaten, and the Admirall was many times shot through, and one shot in their mast, and their deck at the prow spoiled, and doth con∣fesse that they were in great feare of the English Fléete, and doubted much of bording.

He saith, the Admirals mast is so weake by reason of the shot in it, as they dare not abide any storme, nor beare such saile as otherwise he might doe, & for the rest he agréeth in euery thing with the former examinat, sauing that he saw not, or vnder∣stood of any Pinnace that came from the Duke of Parma, nor doth remember that he saw aboue twentie saile with the Ad∣mirall after the first storme: and saith, that those in the shippe that he is in, doe say that they will rather go into the ground themselues, then come in such a iourney againe for England: and saith, the best that be in the Admirals ship, are scarse able to stand, and that if they tarry where they are any time, they will all perish as he thinketh, & for himself he would not passe into Portingall againe, if he might choose: for that he would not be constrained to such an other iourney.