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The manuscripts included in this volume consist of so much of the large collection at Kilkenny Castle, other than correspondence, as, falling chronologically within the period covered by the correspondence printed in Volume I. of the present series of the Ormonde Papers, is of historical importance, and has not been already dealt with in earlier reports. The letters printed in Vol. I. date from 1572 to 1660. Substantially, however, those letters are the correspondence of James, 12th Earl and 1st Duke of Ormond. By far the greater number of them belong to the two decades between 1640-1660 ; and are concerned with the Irish Rebellion of 1641, the period of the Civil War in Ireland, and the exile of Charles II. and his Court. The documents here printed have precisely the same range, and illustrate the same phases of seventeenth century history. With the exception of the manuscripts illustrative of the early life of the great Duke of Ormond, which belong to the reign of James I., the whole of Vol. II. falls within the same period, and deals with the same great events. But they have more to do with the decade 1641-50 than with 1651-60. Inasmuch as the manuscripts, though belonging to the same period, are conversant with quite separate episodes in its history, it seems most convenient to deal separately with each of them in this introduction.
I. Letters of the Irish Lords Justices, 1641-1644 :
The volume from which these transcripts are taken is a large folio handsomely bound in calf, lettered on the back “Manuscripts,” and comprising -728 closely-written pages of manuscript in seventeenth century handwriting. It does not contain, and apparently has never contained, any title or other preliminary indication of the nature of its contents. It commences with a full transcript of the well-known letter of the Lords Justices and Council of Ireland, dated October 25, 1641, to the Earl of Leicester, the Lord Lieutenant, detailing the plot for the seizure