Cecil Papers: August 1608

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Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 24, Addenda, 1605-1668. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1976.

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August 1608

Roger Lynsford to the Earl of Salisbury.
[c. August 26, 1608]. He is a labouring man with a wife and three small children. "Being hired to labour in your Lordshipps works in the digging downe of stones for your Honor at the late dissolved monastery of St Augustines neere Canterburie, was by the great fall of a piller (falling on the sodayne) most grevouslie bruised, and thereby through this hurt growen into extreeme want, and so hath continued for the space of these 8 weeks, so that he is not able to help himself, whereby his wife and poore children through the want of his labour are grown to extreeme povertie." He begs Salisbury to alleviate his distress.—Undated.
Below: The petition is signed by Thomas Paramour, Mayor of Canterbury, and another who testify to the integrity of the petitioner, and to his inability to maintain himself and his family owing to his injuries.
Endorsed: "My lords gift to him was iiil vis viiid whereof xxvis viiid was paid to him before. And now the woman his wyffe xls. And xls to bee paid to hime yearlie if hee continue lame still."
Below: August 28, 1608. Rcd xls by mee. Signed: Mari Linfrod. 1 p. (200. 186.)