This edition, which incorporates a couple of newly-identified pieces of Bacon, has different types of document position papers with their covering letters, one recorded speech, various business letters, two reports, two court prosecutions and five legal opinions.
Essex, he reckoned, would gain honour simply by being seen to have the right people employed there and he should start by consulting those in England with experience of office or martial affairs in Ireland.
A second letter soon after shows that Essex was indeed taking a closer interest in Irish affairs and it indicates that he had asked the advice of this ignorant statesman on the ongoing talks with the Earl of Tyrone.
Success in Ireland would be not just transient and enriching victories such as Essex had already won against Spain like capturing some rich carrack but a more permanent and worthwhile achievement.
In Ireland Essex would be engaged in a civilising mission to replant and refound the policy of that nation, to which nothing is wanting but a just and civil government.