The proclamation of king Henrie the second against the earle, and of the sending of Reimond to the king.
WHEN tidings was caried abrode of the good successe which the Englishmen
had in Ireland, & the news the further it went, the more it increased; and the
king being aduertised that the earle had not onlie recouered Leinster, but had
also conquered sundrie other territories, wherevnto he had no title by the right of
his wife, did set foorth his proclamation, forbidding and inhibiting that from
thensefoorth no ship from out of any place, vnder his dominion, should passe
or traffike into Ireland: and that all maner of his subiects which were within that
realme, should returne from thense into England before Easter then next following,
vpon paine of forfeiture of all their lands, as also to be banished men for euer.
The earle when he saw him selfe in this distres, being in perill to lose his friends,
and in hazard to want his necessaries, taketh aduise and counsell what were best
to be doone. At length it was agreed and concluded, that Reimond should be sent
ouer to the king then being in Aquitaine, with letters to this effect. "My right
honourable lord, I came into this land with your leaue and fauour (as I remember)
for the aiding and helping of your seruant Dermon Mac Morogh. And whatsoeuer
I haue gotten and purchased, either by him or by anie others, as I confesse and acknowledge
the same from and by meanes of your gratious goodnesse: so shall the
same still rest and remaine at your deuotion and commandement."