STRAFFORD, Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of (1593-1641). Four autograph letters signed ('Wentworth', as Lord Deputy of Ireland), the first a memorandum to Charles I, Wentworth, 10 August - Dublin, 19 August 1638, 6 pages, 8vo (trimmed at upper edge, touching words on 3 pages, lightly browned, occasional small spots, stitch holes in inner margins, tear in upper right corner of 3rd leaf, repaired); the second to [Sir Arthur Ingram], Dublin, 22 August 1634, 4 pages, folio; the third to an unidentified lord, Wentworth, 27 September 1636, one page, folio, integral blank leaf (tape repairs in folds on verso); the fourth to the Earl of Holland (Henry Rich), Dublin, 18 October 1637, one page, folio, integral blank leaf (2 dampstains); and a letter signed (as Lord President of the Concil of the North) to Sir Henry Slingsby, Wentworth Woodhouse, 2 July 1629, one page, folio, integral blank leaf.
The memorandum to the King includes recommendations on the disposition of new troops comprising one troop of 'Curassiers' and three of 'Carabins', to be commanded by the Earl of Ormonde, Sir Jacob Ashley, Lord Conway and the Master of Ordinance ('a very honest gentleman ... the only man wee have qualified to command in cheefe under mee'), suggesting also a command for his brother Sir George Wentworth, and adding 'I beseeche you [the Earl of Antrim] may not be admitted as a thing that would be displeasing to all the English on this side, his religion, nor yet his descent (being the grandchild and son of your Ma[jes]tye knowes whom) sortse not well with it'.
Ingrams is indignantly rebuked for having, in Strafford's absence, collected the recusancy fines, 'therby Magnifying your meritt in his Ma[jes]ties service with diminution to me', the third letter refers presumably to the fine levied against the City of London for failing to honour the conditions of its charter for land in Ulster (the site of Londonderry); to Lord Holland Strafford expresses his pleasure 'to fine myself soe rightly and nobly understoode by your Ldp'. (5)