Cecil Papers: March 1605

Pages 204-205

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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March 1605

[See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1603–10., p. 200, and H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XVII, pp 70 and 73.]
Robert Bullen to George Calvert.
1604–5, March 6. He requests that the bearer be permitted to ask Calvert for his assistance in effecting the grant of the bailiwick of the Honour of Clare, which has been awarded to him. The bearer will pay all due fees, as well as the 26/8 which petitioner left with Calvert to hand to the auditor as his fee.—Bale, this vi March, 1605.
¼ p. (P. 1928.)
Ralph Ewens to Viscount Cranborne.
1604–5, March 10. Sir John Bowyer of Sydway Lane, co. Staffs., has died, and William Bowyer, his heir, is only 16 years of age. The estate is held in capite, and is worth £500 a year. Sir John was M.P. for Newcastle-under-Lyme in the last Parliamentary session, and was formerly of Gray's Inn, "a professor of the laws". Petitioner is ready to establish the King's title at his own expense, and asks to be granted the wardship of the son and heir.—10 March, 1604.
Seal. ½ p. (P. 1930.)
Hannibal Vivian to Viscount Cranborne.
1604–5, March 19. Mr Chamley has obtained from Cranborne the presentation of Clare which was surrendered by Mr Bodley, but is one of the livings of Tiverton church in the possession of Vivian's cousin Trelawney, a King's ward. The presentation belongs to his cousin Courtenay and himself as descendants of the eldest sister. On the basis of that right they presented two other livings to which Sir Jonathan Trelawney objected and took legal action against them, but the verdict was returned in their favour. Vivian will not proceed against Chamley without Cranborne's permission, although he deserves little consideration since he was well aware of the rights of Vivian and Courtenay in this matter, and had received a promise to be heard if he could persuade Bodley to surrender the living.—Trelawaren, the 19th of March, 1604–5.
Holograph. Seal. ⅓ p. (P. 2169.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XVII, p. 155.]
Erasmus Cooke to the Privy Council.
[c. March, 1604–5]. He is a prisoner in the Gatehouse, where he was committed for a certain "indiscreet action". He acknowledges his error and expresses his unbounded regret for having affronted the Council. He begs to be given his liberty.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 1713.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XVII, pp. 98 and 107.]
Lewis Pickering to the King.
[? March, 1604–5]. "There is a fragment of poesie latelie come to light, the circumstances whereof being well considered might bring soe much proffitte unto others as it hath done shame to me." He apologizes for his indiscretion, confesses that he has had a fair trial, and hopes that his sincere contrition will earn him a pardon since his offence proceeded "rather from a hatred of the dumbe ministers, non-residents and maintayned by his authoritie, then from any mallice to his person or contempte of his place". He hopes his long imprisonment will be regarded as sufficient punishment for his offence, especially as he never intended to say anything defamatory of the King or the late Queen Elizabeth. "For the matter of Bywater, I protest my owne innocencye saving the reading of his booke after it was delivered. I have put my shoulder to the wheele of your Mats fortunes, and wold be sorrie that my service, having prospered in the blade and shott up in the stalke, should nowe become blasted in the eare." He asks to be given his freedom and spared the fine, and is prepared to give every possible assurance of loyalty.— Undated.
Damaged. Endorsed: "1605. The humble petition of Lewis Pickering." 1 p. (P. 502.)
[See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1603–10, p. 206, and H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vols. XVII and XVIII, under Pickering.]