Cecil Papers: 1649

Pages 415-419

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 22, 1612-1668. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1971.

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Havering at Bower.
1649, April 16. Extract from the account of the bailiff and farmer of the manor of Havering at Bower, 38 Eliz., that the agistment of the park there is reserved in the Queen's hands for her beasts and foals there feeding.
At foot: "16 Apr. 1649. Ex' per Hugon Powell, aud."
Latin. ½ p. (P. 2314.)
Will of Philip, Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery.
1649, May 1. Last will and testament of Philip, Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, dated May 1, 1649. Witnesses: J. Parkhurst, Ran. Caldecott, Rob. Lovett, W. Markham, Rich. Findall, Ro. Blatchford.
Codicil annexed of the same date.
Copy. 10 pp. (197. 134.)
Thomas Spinke to George Stillingfleet.
1649, June 4. Is sorry to hear that their letters have miscarried. Discusses financial matters. Sends his regards to Stillingfleet's father, his very good friend, who, he understands, will leave for London shortly. "Here is a flying report that the Prince and the Scotts are agreed. For my parte I much feare the truth of it."—4 June, 1649.
Holograph. Seal. Addressed: "For my very kind and much respected friend Mr George Stillingfleete att Cranborne." With further endorsement: "Leave this letter att ye Lambe in Salisbury to be conveyed. Post paid." 1 p. (General 22/6.)
Samuel Stillingfleet to Mr Auditor Collins.
1649, July 12. Regrets that he is unable to come up to London to present his accounts in person, and has sent his son in his place. "I am not so ffit for travell as I have beene by reason of a winde which rises in my heade, which manye tymes is ready to overcome mee with a dizzines in my brayne when my bodye is much stird." Understands that the case concerning Sherfield's claim to Hollwell Mill has been postponed; his opinion is that Sherfield has no right to it. "I was never no suitor nor begger to his Lordshipp to bestowe any thinge upon mee, althoughe I have lived with his Lordshipp and in his ffathers house this 46 yeares." Nevertheless, it would be a great favour and an appreciable help in his old age if Salisbury would bestow on him the interest in that mill.— Cranborne, this xiith of July, 1649.
Holograph. Seal. ¾ p. (General 21/25.)
1649, August 27. "According to an order of the right honorable the Committee of Lords and Commons for the publique revenue dated the 13th daie of January, 1648, to me directed ffor the delivery of ffifty tonns of Portland stone from Theobalds to the right honorable the Earle of Salisbury, I have accordingly delivered the same containeing ffifty nine stones marked with the letter H to Richard Crooke, mason, for his Lordships use. These are therfore to desire all whom it maye concerne quietly to permitt the said Richard Crooke to carry away the said stones for his Lordships use."—Dated this twentie seaventh day of August, 1649.
Signed: Edward Carter. ½ p. (Legal 89/2.)
Samuel Stillingfleet to Mr Auditor Collins.
1649, September 21. His son fell ill of the smallpox upon his return from London, and he was unable to discuss any affairs with him until his recovery. Understands from him that neither Salisbury nor Collins is quite satisfied with his work in certain matters.
As regards Mrs FitsJames, has faithfully followed orders sent to him. "I am sure I went in danger of my life as often as I came to the sale copice, by reason of Mrs FfitsJames her sonnes carryinge theire pistolls chardged in the woode and givinge out threatninge speeches against mee, besides her raylinge tongue which she used at her pleasure."
Deals in turn with the matter of the deodand, the heriots, some of which animals he has used on his own land while accounting for their respective values in his accounts, and the fee for the city of Salisbury which the Mayor and Aldermen are disinclined to pay. "As for the olde castle (they doubtinge to enjoye the benefitt of nominating burgesses which was theire chiefe designe) they have no will nor desire to deale any further in it."—Cranborne, this xxith 7ber, 1649.
Holograph. Two seals. 2 pp. (General 21/24.)
1649, September 29 to 1650, June 24. Household expenses compiled by Thomas Darrell. They include taxes paid for the Army and the Westminster militia, fees and expenses of Edward Cecil's tuition, etc, at Mr Baily's school, from which he moved in January to Mr Atkinson's school, and also: "For a Romance called the Illustre Bassa in 3 volumes for my Lord, 19s."
52 pp. (Box L/11.)
Cranborne Courts.
1649, October 10. Proceedings at the courts of Cranborne and Cranborne Chase, those at the latter being primarily concerned with authorized and illicit killing of deer in the various walks. Reports presented by the keepers, one of whom "desires tyme till the next courte to present hunters, they being persons of such quality and so many, that he stands in daunger of his life to walke the grownd if he should discover them at present."
3 pp. (Legal 89/9.)
1649, November 6 to 1649–50, January 28. Bill sent in by Francis Metcalfe, apothecary, for medicines, etc, supplied by him during the illness of the Earl of Pembroke and up to the time of his death. Gives a detailed list of the ingredients and drugs used by him. Total sum is £177: 17: 10.
5 pp. Various endorsements: "Feb. 16, 1649[–50]. These particulers have beene delivered for his Lordship and the Lady Dowager. Signed: Tho. Bawtre.
Abated of this bill sixty five pounds for that many particulers not being used were taken back though with some loss, and soe there remains due of this bill, 122l 17s 10d.
14 May, 1651. Which said 122l 17s 10d I have assigned unto Mr Henry Box of London, grocer, and I do hereby give full power to him to receive the same, and give a discharge for it to the executors of the late Earle of Pembroke. Witness my hand and seale the day and yeare abovesayd." Signed: Franc. Metcalfe. Seal.
9 April, 1653. Receipt signed by Henry Box for £120, and for a further sum of 57/10 on April 16, 1653 by the hands of Sidney Bere. (General 12/19.)
1649. Memorandum of financial transactions between Lord Dirleton and Francis Menell, Alderman of London, and Mr [John] Priestwood. Moneys received by Lady Dirleton from Lord Roxbrough, Sir Nicholas Cole, Sir Thomas Widrington, Lord Argyll and others.
Valuation of jewellery, etc, of Lady Dirleton. List of plate and jewels follows and includes: the Duke of Holston's (Holstein) picture set round with table diamonds; a great necklace of 33 or 34 pearls "of a perfect good oriental water valued by Lord Dirleton in his time at 15001"; a ruby valued by Lord Dirleton at the same price and which "was offered by the late Duke of Richmond 13001"; and "a turqois ring of the old rock with Lord Dirletons crest ingraven on it".
Unsigned. 3½ pp. (Box B/66.)
Margaret FitzJames to the Earl of Salisbury.
[? 1649 or before]. Tenant of coppices belonging to the Chase in the parish of Barwick, co. Wilts. Prays for time to pay her rent; is in arrears by "reason of these troubles"; prays also for allowance of disbursements she has made for the coppices.— Undated.
4 pp. (P. 707.)
The Enclosure
Particular of the above disbursements, including quartering of soldiers, repairing hedges carried away, and a mare taken for Lord Essex's service.
Lyson Hopkins to the Earl of Salisbury.
[? 1649 or before]. Innkeeper of Pensford, co. Somerset. For payment for feeding cattle in connection with Salisbury's Honour of Gloucester. He is "exposed to imprisonment, plunder, exile and other miseries without any the least reparation, (incident to those in these parts who with faithfulness served the Parliament)".—Undated.
The Enclosure
Bill of his charges: last date named is 1647.
2 pp. (P. 1387.)
Laurence Meadwell and others to the Earl of Salisbury.
[? 1649 or before]. Tenants of lands in Brigstock Park. Their great charges through the armies having been in the field all the last summer, they paying their full taxes, and the army having been quartered with them this last winter, and continuing their payments to the garrison. Pray Salisbury to continue the former abatement for the present half year, and either set some moderate abatement on the lands, or accept them into his own hands.— Undated.
1 p. (P. 1995.)
Nathaniel Weston to the Earl of Salisbury.
[? 1649 or before]. His guardian John Fettiplace holds for him the tolls of Ware Bridge and other places in co. Herts. The rent has been in arrears by reason of Fettiplace's imprisonment for being in arms for the Parliament, and Salisbury has forfeited the lease. Prays Salisbury to order an account of profits received, and to restore him to possession.—Undated.
1 p. (P. 616.)