Cecil Papers: April 1605

Pages 205-207

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 1605

The Countess of Derby to Viscount Cranborne.
1605, April 1. She refers to the financial agreement between her and the Earl of Derby, and to the fact that the Lordship of Hawarden is hers by the concurrence and assignment of the Earl. Nevertheless, he has presented the parsonage of Hawarden to one Rankyns, and nominated Mr Davenant to the living upon the death of the late incumbent. Petitioner wishes to preserve the most amicable relations with the Earl, but is desirous of exercising her undoubted right of chosing the incumbent. She asks Cranborne to draw the Earl's attention to this, and to remind him of other privileges which she has allowed him to exercise by the same agreement.—York House, this first of April, 1605.
Seal. Endorsed: "1 Ap. 1605. Countesse of Derby to my lord." 1 p. (P. 1964.)
Paul Bayn to Viscount Cranborne.
[? After April 10, 1605]. He writes to him again to request his favour in the matter which he has already brought to his notice.—Undated.
¼ p. (P. 28.)
[See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1603–10, p. 211, and H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XVII, p. 287.]
Paul Bayn to [Viscount Cranborne].
[? After April 10, 1605]. "My appearance is the poore leapers return who when he was clensed came to give thanks." He expresses his gratitude for the favour shown to him and make one further request, "that wheras I have lived hithertoe unsuspected of turbulencie, it would please your Lordship graunt your letters to our Chancellor that my questioning here may not prejudice me there".—Undated.
½ p. (P. 1265.) See P. 28 supra. p. 205.
Sir Alexander Tull, Edmund Pyke, Marmaduke Jennings, John Laver and William Owsley to Viscount Cranborne.
[c. April 16, 1605]. They are the executors of the last will and testament of the late William Sandes, and have been entrusted with the care and education of the deceased's eldest son Emanuel, "a very weeke and sickly infant of the age of eleaven yeares", and the other children. At an inquisition held after the death of their father, one Robert Westcourt claimed on oath, without any evidence to support him, that 65 years ago five acres of the deceased man's land were parcel of the manor of Southpetherton and held of the King in capite. On the sole basis of this testimony Emanuel was declared to be a King's ward. Petitioners, knowing Westcourt's allegations to be false, have entered a formal denial in the Court of Wards where they intend to prosecute the matter. In respect of the physical debility of Emanuel and the dependence of his sister on a part of his estate (a farm held of the Earl of Hertford) for her portion, and the fact that he is now being taken care of by his grandmother, petitioners ask that nothing be done to change the present arrangements as regards ward and property until the case has been heard and determined. If they lose it, they will surrender Emanuel and his lands, and pay such legal costs as may be awarded against them.—Undated.
¾ p. (P. 1528.)
[See PRO. Wards 7, 37/81.]
Timothy Smyth to Viscount Cranborne.
1605, April 29. Three years ago, the Court of Wards awarded him possession of the person and property of Thomas Crump, which had been detained by Edward Marsh and his wife, Margaret. Upon a further petition to Cranborne, the Attorney of the Court of Wards called both parties before him and made an award between them. Upon certain complaints that neither had respected the award, Cranborne had directed Sir Thomas Bigge and others to determine the issue, but they too had failed. Petitioner has again been summoned to perform the award, but circumstances make it difficult for him to comply. He requests that he be permitted to enjoy the lands granted to him in the first place by Cranborne.—April 29, 1605.
Note by Cranborne: "Let Mr Surveior and Mr Atturney heare this petitioner and certify me if they can not end it."
On reverse: a detailed account of the proceedings between the parties and the termination of the dispute by mediation. Signed by: Cuthbert Pepper.
2 pp. (P. 24.)