Historical Manuscripts Commission. 78. Report on the Manuscripts of the late Reginald Rawdon Hastings. Volume IV 1543-1750. Edited by Francis Bickley. University of Adelaide Library. 942.006.
Index: p.69 Adair, Archibald, Bishop of Killala (Donegal, Ireland) p.85 Adair, letter from, mentioned p.85 Adair, tried for favouring the Covenanters p.85 Adair, Archibald, his son intercedes with Laud
p. 69,John Bramhall, Bishop of Derry, to William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury (England). 1635, July 20. Ireland, Sligoe. Athlone. Short extract: "It would be for his Majesty's honour to be the founder of the Church of Connaght as his father was of Ulster, but I see both great danger and great advantage if they be found for the King.It overthrows all subordinate estates and leaves them entire to the Church, but confirms those estates which have been gained surreptitiously from the Crown.If we except them, it preserves the Church from such surreptitious patents, but leaves it subject to those abominable alienations that have been made by ourselves. Her is neither the Archbishop of Tuam nor the Bishop of Elphine or Clonfert to advise me, but only Killala (Bishop Archibald Adair). Draft, written on the back of Laud's letter of May 11, 1635.
pp.84, 85.William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, to John Bramhall, Bishop of Derry. 1639-40, Jan. 18.Lambeth. (short extract) "In the Bishop of Killallah's case (Archibald Adair) I saw all the testimonies of the witnesses, which you sent hither to my Lord Deputy, and upon view of them I caused a short brief to be made of all the points that were proved against the bishop (Archibald Adair) and delivered it to my Lord to be sent to you.This is a good while since ; for I detained not the papers in my hands three days.This I thought fit to certify you, because you mention no such thing in your letters, as received by you.
But the matter is the less, since you conceive the proofs against the bishop come home, and that the witnesses which he excepts against will be otherwise supplied ; though every exception against witnesses cannot take off their testimony.
For the business itself, 'tis true as you write, the deprivation of a bishop is a matter of great and weighty consideration.But yet, if such a convenanting crime be proved against him, God forbid but the sourest (sowrest) example should be made of him.And what to say more I know not; saving that I am confident you will be careful there shall be a just and a grave proceding." (then continues latter -) "This in answer to your letter.But now I must tell you farther that just as I was going to write these letters to you I received a letter from the Bishop of Killallah by his son (Lieut. Andrew Adair of co. Mayo, cousin of Sir Robert Adair), in which he denies all.But denial will not serve against proof.His son would very fain have had me hear counsel for his father.But I told him that could not be done, both because I had nothing to do to hear anything that was upon a legal way of trial in Ireland, and because there could be no justice in it for me to hear counsel for his father when there was nobody to speak on the other side for the King. And I added that if his father was innocent, as both the letter and he pretended, he would have no cause to fear the proceedings in Ireland.To which I left him.And since that have heard nothing of him."