Cecil Papers: 1650

Pages 419-423

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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John Churchill to —
[1649–50, January or after]. "I have perused the papers you sent me and doe finde that you cannott regularly proceede upon the olde Contempt, but you must be enforced to serve the decree du nowe under seale upon the defendants, and demand the arrears and the rent in certeyne in the names of the executors of the Earle of Pembroke [marginal note: Executors, Wm Earl of Sa'y; Sir Ri. Pye, sen; Michael Oldesworth; Sidney Bere, Ar.] and the heire of Sir Thomas Morgan [marginal note: Charles Morgan, Esq, grandchild and heire of Sir Tho. Morgan], which may bee done without anie revives ffor that the decree is enrolled and soe stands in nature of a judgment att lawe [marginal note: but on a judgment in law there must be a Sci. Fac. and so here an order in that nature] upon which [an] execution hath beene alreadie taken out. But [? there is] one thing that is doubtfull least they should [torn] the Contempt in regarde the decree doth not [torn] the arrears either for tyme or value [marginal note: yt doth assertayne so many quarters of grayne and for the tyme affidt may be made]. However [torn] requisite to serve them with the decree and demand [torn] particular as you did before and if there happen any doubt upon the certeyntie wee can have that referred."
[Marginal note at bottom of letter: The last Earle of Pembroke died 2d Jan. 1649 [sic] (fn. 1).]—Undated.
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Endorsed: "Mr Churchills opinion concerning Earle of Pembroks busines." Damaged 1 p. (200. 82.)
Robert Nunn to William Collins.
1649–50, January 30. Acknowledges his letters of November 23 and December 12. "The first came not to my hands till after my letter sent to yow. The reason of it was, as I conceave, the weather was soe foule the Post could not come over the passage, ffor all your letters before they come to my hands doe passe by twoe Posts after they come to Plimouth." Discusses various matters relating to payments, rents and arrears, which concern Lady Bassett and her son, Sir Francis Bassett, Sir Henry Clearke and others. Refers to a rent received from "the sheaves of Illary and Clemens" by Sir Francis Bassett, to the properties called Gayre and Little Trabo, and to the quartering of soldiers. —30 January, 1639.
Holograph. Seal. Endorsed: "Mr Nunnes letter answered 5 Febr. 1649." 2 pp. (General 22/1.)
The Earl of Northumberland to the Earl of Salisbury.
1649–50, February 5. The respect I owe your Lordship and the near relation some of my children have to you occasions this present address, to let you know of a marriage that is now offered to me for my eldest daughter, though neither the quality of the person nor the fortune be so great as in other times might have been expected; yet all circumstances considered I think it not to be refused. It is my Lord Grey of Wark's son. His father settles upon him 60001 a year, he makes her 12001 a year jointure in the South with a good house upon it, and gives them 10001 a year for their present maintenance with all conveniences for themselves, their servants and horses in his house, or if they shall rather desire to live by themselves 15001 a year with a house fitted and furnished for them. The portion I give is 50001. I shall never use the authority of a father to press my children to any thing of this kind, but if she like the man my Lord Grey and I are without any dispute so far agreed upon the conditions as, having your Lordship's and my Lady of Salisbury's approbation, I believe we shall soon come to a conclusion.—5 February, 1649.
Holograph. 1 p. (197. 133.)
Enfield Chase.
[1650, October 11]. "The right honorable William, Earle of Salisbury, Lord of the Manor of Southmymes in the said county of Middlesex, and those under whose estate his Lordship holdeth the inheritance of the said manor time out of minde have, hold and enjoyed as his Lordship now doth the whole Royalty of the mannor and parish of Southmyms aforesaid with all the Courte Leete, Courte Baron, waifes, estrayes, felons goods, deodands and all other priviledges and profitts to the said mannor perteininge, together with the scite and demesne of the said mannor consistinge of fower messuages and tenements and eight hundred and fowerscore acres of land by estimation. And the soile of a large peece of waste or common ground called Bently heath and Mymes Common conteyninge by estimation three hundred acres of ground extendinge itselfe so farr as the boundes of the said parish of Southmymes doe extend, and adjoining to the Chase of Enfeild towards the east; and shootinge in length from North to South by the space of three miles or thereabouts, upon parte of which heath and common the said Earle hath a tenement called the hermitage and certaine ffishponds.
And the tenants of the said Earle as well of the said demesne lands as of above fifty severall tenements and about five hundred acres of customary land there hold of the said mannor by coppy of Courte Rolle, and the ffreeholders there doe and have done time out of mynde enjoyed common of pasture in the said Chase of Enfeild by vicenage for all manner of theire cattle at all times of the yeare, and pannage for theire hoggs in maste time, payinge nothinge for the same, and libertye to cutt and carry away bushes and thornes in the said Chase at all seasonable times in the yeare only to mend and maintaine the hedges and fences of theire ingrounds borderinge next to the common adjoyninge to the said Chase of Enfeild as aforesaid.
All and singuler which customes, priviledges, rightes and profitts the said Earle desireth may bee preserved entire to him and his tenants of Southmymes aforesaid accordinge to the law.
And likewise that accordinge to the proviso in the Acte of Parliament for the sale of the chases of the late Kinge, he may receive satisfaction for his Lordships lawfull interest in the said Chase of Enfeild by letters pattent under the seale of the Dutchy of Lancaster dated the 29th day of July anno xx Jacobi duringe the lives of the said Earl and Charles, Viscount Cramborne, the particulers of which interest are exprest in the paper hereunto annexed, that is to say:
1. The offices of Master of the game of deere in the said Chase; of cheife fforrester and keeper of the said Chase, East bailye, West bailye and South baily; of Ranger of the said Chase, and of Keeper of all and singuler messuages, howses and lodges within the same Chase.
2. And the herbage and pannage of the said Chase, and the issues, revenues and profitts of the same herbage and pannage.
3. And all the antient and accustomable ffees, wagies, profitts and vailes which of right did apperteine to the said offices, viz:
(1) the Master of the game his ffeewood alowed yearly, 30 loades;
(2) the Ranngers ffee allowed yearely (with thirty loades of wood) in mony—ixl iis vid, and 30 loades of wood.
(3) and the keepers of the said three lodges and walkes, each of them in mony vil xxd, in all p. ann xviiil vs. Besides the ffees for venison, and the yearely benefitt of theire dwellings and fewell, and the pasture and profitts of the grounds within theire rayles adjoyning to theire severall lodges respectively."
Endorsed: "A Copie of ye clayme for Enfeild Chase and Southmyms. D[elivere]d to the Surveyors, 11 October 1650." 1 p. (Legal 90/4.)
The Earl of Northumberland to the Earl of Salisbury.
1650, October 21. "The overture that hath beene lately made for the renewing the treatie of marriage with my Lord Grayes sonne came now from the young man, but I presume not without the knowledge of his parents. I deferred the giveing any answer att all till I heard from your Lordship, and now have only sent him word that untill I do fully understand the sence of his freinds, and see what invitation will be offered to perswade me to entertaine any further thoughts of that businesse, I can give little satisfaction to his desires. If the tymes were as they have beene, I should not doubt of a better fortune for my daughter, but all things considered, I can finde little cause (in my owne opinion) to make any greate difference betweene my Lord Grayes sonne and those young men that are here amongst us unmarried, their births and qualities being much alike, though some of their revenews I know will be better then his, yet other advantages may countervaile that. If any further addresse be made to my satisfaction, I shall not faile to give your Lordship an account of it; and till then I humblie pray that no notice may be taken of what I have writt unto you in this particular." Would like to see him, but fears that a journey in such weather would prove troublesome to Salisbury.—21 October, 1650.
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Earl of Northumberland to the Earl of Salisbury.
1650, November 11. "Since I had the honor to see your Lordship I have receaved my Lord Greys concessions to all my demands, and some further satisfaction concerning the person of the young man, who I have some cause to beleeve hath beene scandaled by those that will not justifie it. As soone as the fathers health permitts him to follow businesse, an agreement betweene us two may speedily be drawne to a conclusion, if all other things answer our expectations." Requests him to acquaint Lady Salisbury with the contents of this letter.—11 November, 1650.
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  • 1. He died on 23 January, 1649–50.