O'Neil's last official act of co-operation with the Dublin government may be considered his participation in the Parliament convoked by Sir John Perrott in 1585, and prorogued till the following year.
Brought thus to a standstill for a moment, Arthur and Susan congratulated Hughling Elliot upon his convalescence, he was down, cadaverous enough, for the first time, and Mr. Perrott took occasion to say a few words in private to Evelyn. "Would there be any chance of seeing you this afternoon, about three-thirty say? I shall be in the garden, by the fountain."
Castle after castle belonging to his cousins and himself was taken by the powerful siege trains of President Perrott; Castlemaine, the last stronghold which commanded an outlet by sea, surrendered after a three months' siege, gallantly maintained.
In the afternoon, it was a wet Saturday afternoon Lady Tonbridge sitting in the drawing-room, saw the science mistress of the Dame Perrott School coming up the drive. Madeleine knew her as a "Daughter," and could not help scowling at her unseen. She was at once admitted however, and spent a short time with Delia in the Library.
In accordance with this scheme which continued to be acted upon for nearly a century Sir Edward Fitton was appointed first President of Connaught, and Sir John Perrott, the Queen's illegitimate brother, President of Munster. Leinster and Ulster were reserved as the special charge of the Lord Deputy.
Perrott paid no attention to the steamer or to the weather. "Miss Murgatroyd," he began with his usual formality, "I asked you to come here from a very selfish motive, I fear.
That defect was soon supplied, however, by the statute 27th of Elizabeth, "against witchcraft and sorcery." Sir John Perrott, successor to Drury, trod in the same path, as we judge from the charge of severity against recusants, upon which, among other articles, he was recalled from the government.
Subordinate to Perrott, the office of Governor of Connaught was held by Sir Richard Bingham founder of the fortunes of the present Earls of Lucan and that of President of Munster, by Sir Thomas Norris, one of four brothers, all employed in the Queen's service, and all destined to lose their lives in that employment.
You'd want women for that. I'd love to start life from the very beginning as it ought to be nothing squalid but great halls and gardens and splendid men and women. But you you only like Law Courts!" "And would you really be content without pretty frocks and sweets and all the things young ladies like?" asked Mr. Perrott, concealing a certain amount of pain beneath his ironical manner.
A few miles of this river were visible from the top of the mountain where some weeks before the party from the hotel had picnicked. Susan and Arthur had seen it as they kissed each other, and Terence and Rachel as they sat talking about Richmond, and Evelyn and Perrott as they strolled about, imagining that they were great captains sent to colonise the world.