Cecil Papers: April 1604

Pages 152-153

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 23, Addenda, 1562-1605. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1973.

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April 1604

The Duke of Lennox to Lord Cecil.
[1604] April 14. "I have moved the Kinge for Mr Sydney Mountague, that it woulde please his Matie to place him secretarie to the Prince, which his Matie hath granted. I understande by Mr Mountagu that he hathe a desyer to travell the better to fitt himselfe for that place againste suche tyme as his service shalbe requisyte aboute the Prynce. And for his further assurance of this place at his returne, hee is desyrous to procure a bill under his Maties signature of the grante therof, wherein I desyer your Lordship woulde give him your favoure and furtherance, and cause Sir Thomas Lake to present the same unto his Matie, and I shall rest ready to requyte your Lordship with any lyke kyndnesse that is in mee."—Courte, this 14 of Aprill.
Holograph. Endorsed: "Duke of Lenox to my lord concerning Sydney Montacut his being secretary to the Prince, 1606 [sic]." ⅓ p. (116. 5.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS., Vol. XVI, pp. 99–100.]
[After April, 1604]. Jasper Hellam purchased from one of Sir George Harvey's servants the office of registrar or clerk of a three weeks' court held for the liberty of the Tower of London, for which he paid £20. He was admitted to the office by Sir George and Mr John Astell, Steward of the court, in whom the authority to award the office is invested by law. Hellam has been associated with the court for seven years and has first hand experience of its proceedings. Moreover, he was trained as clerk to the late Francis Tilney, attorney and gentleman. (fn. 1) "The said Jasper had att his admission all the records of the same court delievered unto him, which he still hath and detayneth in his owne hands." He now demands "either the place or his xx1."—Undated.
¾ p. (P. 2338.)


  • 1. He was buried on April 9, 1604. [See Harleian Society Vol. LXXII, Register of St. Michael Bassishaw, 1538–1625, p. 170.]