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Charles Howard, 1st Earl Of Nottingham - Lord High Admiral: 1585 – 1619 - Spanish Armada: 1588
... rest of the justices of your shire, to cause an estimate to be first taken of the powder, shot, victuals and other charges of pay, and such like and afterwards to cause the sum to be. 29 August he informed Walsingham "There is not any of them that hath one day's victuals, and many have sent many sick men ashore here, and not one penny to relieve them...It were too pitiful to have men ... in this late service, by reason of certain extraordinary kinds of victuals, as wine, cider, sugar, oil, and certain fish, provided and distributed amongst the ships at Plymouth by my order, and Sir Francis Drake's ...

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    “Terence, this is stupid stuff:
    You eat your victuals fast enough;
    There can’t be much amiss, ‘tis clear,
    To see the rate you drink your beer.
    —A.E. (Alfred Edward)