Cecil Papers: 1653

Pages 428-429

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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The Earl of Northumberland to the Earl of Salisbury.
1652–53, March 1. "Unlesse it be upon some extraordinarie occation, I forbeare to trouble your Lordship or my Lady of Salisburie with any of my concernements. But there haveing beene some propositions lately made unto me from my Lord Capell and his mother for a marriage with my daughter, I shall be very glad to understand your Lordships sence of it. The debts being payed, the estate (as it is represented to me) will not be great, but free and cleere from all manner of incumberances, and such as one may live happiely upon. The portion demaunded is more then ever I intended to give, or is indeede consistant with the condition of my fortune. But to provide well for this daughter I am contented to straine my selfe, if in other things I receave satisfaction, and that your Lordship and my Lady of Salisbury shall give your approbation to our further proceedeings. If your Lordship care to know the particulars, I have appointed my servant Champion to give you an account of what is proposed."— 1 March, 1652.
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The Earl of Northumberland to the Earl of Salisbury.
1653, 14 May. "I have with the best care I could informed my selfe concerning my Lord Capell and his estate, and have receaved so good satisfaction in both as I think we shall now sodainely proceede to a consummation of that marriage. (fn. 1) By all my observation of the young Lord, I judge him likely to prove very well; his disposition, temper and understanding seemes to me more then ordinarily good, and lesse of impertinencie in him then I have seene in one of his age and condition. My daughter I hope will be as happie with this fortune as she could be in any that are now within our view, and the more in haveing it accompanied with my Lady of Salisburys and your Lordships well wishes."–14 May, 1653.
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The Earl of Northumberland to the Earl of Salisbury.
1653, August 18. "The waiteing upon your Lordship and my Lady of Salisbury att Hatfeild was a principall motive to my thoughts of makeing a journie to Hadham when my daughter should be settled there. But the summer will be so farr spent before she and her Lord goe from hence that I think I shall lay aside those intentions till an other yeare, and expect some other opportunitie of offering though an unprofitable service yet one that shall be payed you with much sinceritie when you have ocation to commaund."—Petworth, 18 August, 1653.
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1653, November 19 to 1654, September 29. Household expenses, etc, compiled by John Lacy. Inter alia:
December 9 For varnish to varnish a picture that hangeth over the dininge roome doore at Hattfielde. 0 2 6
February 10 To Mr Lilly ffor my Lord and Ladys pictures with guilt fframes. 30 0 0
To Mr Bridell for my Lords charge when he went to see Fflorence run his heate and his charge when he saw the match. 3 7 0
July 15 Given to the ringers by my Ladys commaund too severall dayes when my Lord was chosen knight of the shire. 0 15 0
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  • 1. Arthur Capell, 2nd Baron Capell of Hadham, married Elizabeth, 5th daughter of Algernon Percy, Earl of Northumberland, on 19 May, 1653.