Francis Heaton to Lord Cecil.
[July 8, 1604].
He is one of the customary tenants on the
Queen's manor of Kingsnorton. He and his predecessors have
long enjoyed a piece of ground of some two acres, which formerly
belonged to the common or waste of the manor, and for which no
rent was paid. Some years ago, he expressed a wish to hold the
same by copy of court roll, and to pay a fine and yearly rent for it.
He obtained a warrant from Sir John Fortescue, then Chancellor
of the Exchequer, to the steward of the manor to that effect, and
was granted the land in question by copy of court roll. Recently,
however, after the conveyance of the manor to Queen Anne as a
part of her jointure, some of the tenants have insisted that he be
fined and amerced in the manor court for laying the land open
contrary to the said copy of court roll. He asks that letters be
sent to the tenants and keeper of the manor court, directing them
to refrain from subjecting him to fines or interfering with his
enjoyment of the land.—Undated.
Note by Cecil: "Let this petitioner repaire to the Queens
Chancelour and her counsaile lerned uppon whose report I will
Note by Sir Roger Wilbraham: "Yf he hath bin of contynuance
and by tolleration of the late Queenes officers tenant hertofore, I
think it not inconvenient that he be continued in his dwellinge
beinge but two acres, except the steward of the mannor and bailiff
ther doe fynde it prejudiciall and a cause of great inconvenience
to the rest of the tenants ther."—8° July, 1604.
Note by Robert Hitcham: "I think fitte that the petitioner
should injoye his estate accordinge to his grant by copy untill the
steward do certefie cause to the contrary."
1½ pp. (P. 1250.)
Richard Worden to the Countess of Derby.
1604, July 10.
About twenty-five years ago, he entered the
service of John Bannester as his clerk, and after his death he
became Deputy-Clerk of the Peace in Cheshire. He married
Bannester's daughter, and has been able to maintain her and his
eleven children decently. Now his position is being jeopardised
by the treachery of an intimate friend of his, Robert Whitly, who
is Clerk of the Pentice in Chester and an attorney at the Assizes
and Exchequer there. Whitly has taken advantage of his close
acquaintance with Henry Jones, Clerk of the Peace, who is
constantly in attendance on the Lord Chancellor of England, and
with Sir John Egerton, Custos Rotulorum of Cheshire, to obtain
the Clerkship of the Peace and deprive Worden of his post. He
requests the Countess of Derby to procure letters for him from the
Earl of Derby to the effect that Whitly should restore his office
to him.—July 10, 1604.
1 p. (P. 14.)
Thomas Henshaw to the Queen.
[Before July 23, 1604].
He has delivered to her goods to the
value of £11,000, for the payment of which the King gave instructions by Privy Seal. Nevertheless, he has still received no
payment, and is in danger of losing his credit. He begs her to
intervene with the King for the discharge of some of his debts,
"to releeve his present extreme necessitie which he little
suspected he should have encurred by his faithfull and loyal
service to your Highnes".—Undated.
½ p. (P. 247.)
[See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1603–10, p. 136.]