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* Letter from Walsingham to Standen, April or early May 1587 *
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* (Catalogue reference: SP 98/1 pt 1 f18) *
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* That although the generality were carried away with some doubt of the said preparations, yet men of judgment here knowing the weakness of Spain by sea, so long as he is divided from his forces in the Low Countries, did never make account of those bruits.

That to show how little we here did fear them, Sir Francis Drake is sent to lie upon that coast, with thirty sails of ships, and hath, [?] his repair thither, entered into the harbour of Cales [Cadiz], and fired thirty of great ships and sunk two galleys, and doubteth not to stay there all this summer, notwithstanding the great preparations that are there made.

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That her Majesty doth accept very well of his advertisements and prayeth him that he will continue in doing good offices between her and the Duke.

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