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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|Francis Cottrell, Robert Cottrell and Martin Cottrell to the Earl of Salisbury.|
|[Before December, 1608].||There is at present a bill in Parliament (fn. 1) preferred by William Le Grise against Robert Cottrell, their father. Le Grise is pressing for the passing of an act authorizing the sale of all Cottrell's lands, goods and chattels, to implement a decree of the Court of Chancery. The decree, upon the evidence of a certificate signed by Christopher Grimston and Edward Slegg, states that Cottrell is short by as much as £807:7:4 in a certain account in connection with Le Grise. For their part petitioners declare that Grimston and Slegg are "men decayed in ther estatts and of bad note, who for ther owne gayne did not alowe the deff. [Cottrell] in his accompt dyvers somes of money of great valew". Upon a complaint to the Lord Chancellor, the account was subjected to a further scrutiny, but Grimston and Slegg repeated that it was deficient to the amount stated, and added certain other demands made by Le Grise against Cottrell, none of which had been included before. They also offered to indemnify Cottrell out of their own estate if they were proved guilty of wronging him in any manner. Impressed by this, the Lord Chancellor had ordered Cottrell to repay the money and satisfy the other demands put forward by Le Grise.|
|Petitioners protest that the making of an act is not justifiable, and adduce reasons, legal and otherwise, against such a step. They also state that Le Grise had attempted to prejudice the House of Commons against Cottrell by distorting the truth in his bill of complaint. They give particulars of the proceedings in the House, and allude to the fact that the case had been referred to Sir Maurice Bartlett and Mr Fuller, whose verdict and award the defendant Robert Cottrell is prepared to accept and give sureties for performance thereof.—Undated.|
Endorsed: "The humble petition of Ffrances Cottrell, Robert
Cotrell and Marten Cottrell, cetisonnes of London, humblie besech
your good lord. to give this lammentable petition the reading and
your honorable favor". ¾ p. (P. 1107.)
See P. 1188.
|[Letters of administration were given to the widow of Martin Cottrell in December, 1608. [Acts of Administration of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Vol. IV, 1596–1608, p. 34.]|
|Francis Cottrell, Robert Cottrell and Martin Cottrell to the King.|
|[Before December, 1608].||The Court of Chancery decreed that petitioners' father (Robert Cottrell) should pay William Legrise the sum of £807:7:4, a decision based on the certificate of Christopher Grimston and Edward Slegg, who were not masters of the chancery but men of dubious repute. Their father obtained from the King a commission for the re-examination of the account upon which the plaintiff Legrise had based his charge, and the commissioners reported that Legrise owed him £100:15. Since Cottrell has not been able to implement the decree nor give sureties for doing so, an act has been made authorizing the sale of his lands, which, however, he has already sold to petitioners. They ask that the act should be suspended until their interests have been examined, otherwise they are faced with ruin.—Undated.|
|Endorsed: "The humble pettition of Ffranncis Cottrell, Robert Cottrell and Marten Cottrell, cettisonnes of London, beseching your Maigistyes regard to there estattes, who are utterlie overe throwne for ever except your Maigistys carfullnes help them in stayinge the acte untill the pettitioners entrest be fully examined." 1 p. (P. 1188.)|
|[December 5, 1608].||"I have receyved of Mr Nicholas Lanier a base violl with the case for my Lord of Cranborns use in his travayll, and upon agreement he is to have for yt fyve pounds."—Undated.|
|Signed: John Finet. Endorsed: Nycholas Lanier for a vyoll bought for my Lo. Cranborne unto Ffrance. Suma vl. Rd this 5th of December, 1608, by mee. Signed: Nicholas Lanier. 1 p. (Bills 31.)|
|The Inhabitants of the Parish of St. Martin'sin-the-Fields to the Earl of Salisbury.|
|[c. December 24, 1608].||"That whereas it is a place of the Kings Mats most frequent residence and of late greatly inhabited by diverse lords, their followers and servants, many knights and gentlemen, and great number of people, whereby the churche being small was not sufficient to receive halfe the inhabitants and most commonly was so pestered as many were in daunger of styfeling and infection.|
And the said parishioners having lately made contribution
accordingly to their abillities to inlardge the said church to give it
more roome and aire, as also for the inclosing of a new churchyarde
with a brick wall, are not able to compasse it unlesse it shall please
the lords and principall man of the parish to contribute towards the
They ask Salisbury to contribute as much as "Almighty God shall inclyne your harte unto."—Undated.
½ p. (200. 180.)
|Attached: Receipt by the churchwardens of St. Martin's-in-theFields, dated December 24, 1608, for £20, "beinge his Lordships guifte towards the chargs of enlargine the parish church of St Martins in the ffeilds". (200. 181.)|
|Sir Pexall Brocas to the Earl of Salisbury.|
|[? December, 1608].||
Sylvester Dodsworth, Sergeant of the
King's Buckhounds, draws an annual fee of £37:7:7 out of the
Treasury of the Chamber. He has succeeded, however, in obtaining £40 more per annum by the King's warrant to the Keeper of the
King's Privy Purse for fulfilling the duties of his office. He is now
endeavouring to extract a further 100 marks a year for keeping a
second kennel of buckhounds, and so to have two kennels in one
office which is unprecedented. Petitioner receives 20 marks a
year for attending to the ordinary hounds of that office and adds
that, to prevent any such abuse, Queen Mary granted the post of
Master and Keeper to Sir Richard Pexall and his heirs. Dodsworth is now engaged in a plan to disinherit petitioner of his office,
claiming that all fees should go to him. Petitioner asks that any
such grant under the privy seal should be stayed until Salisbury
be advertised by the legal officers whether it be not already
At bottom: "In Fullers lane neere Greyes Inn."
1 p. (P. 1466.)
[See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1603–10, p. 473.]
|John Walley to the Earl of Salisbury.|
He has served almost twenty years in Ireland, eleven
of them in Munster, under Sir Thomas Norris, Lord Carew and Sir
Henry Brouncker, as Clerk to the Council of Munster, and deputy
of Sir Richard Boyle in that office. He was promised that he should
receive it as absolute for a reasonable composition. But since he
came to London to answer slanderous charges about his proceedings in matters of conformity, preferred against him by agents of
the towns of Munster, Sir Richard Boyle has obtained a new patent
of the office and joined Francis Ansley with him in its reversion.
The latter is in the Lord Deputy's service, and has undertaken to
pay Boyle a sum of money agreed between them. Petitioner
refers to his own long service, experience and knowledge, and to
the fact that Lord Danvers (who has been informed of his qualifications by Lord Carew, Sir Charles Wilmot and others) wishes to
retain him in that office. Petitioner asks for letters from Salisbury
and the Privy Council to the Lord Deputy that, upon payment of
the composition, he be established in the office and Ansley be
joined with him in its reversion. The Lord Deputy is favourable
to the idea.—Undated.
1 p. (P. 1856.)
[See Cal. S.P. Ireland, 1606–8, p. 423.]
|Patrick Strange to the Earl of Salisbury.|
He was rewarded by Salisbury's father, Baron Burghley,
for bringing him news from abroad. He has since then been the first
to furnish Salisbury with information in times of invasion and
rebellion. He was sent from Ireland in 1599 by the Lord President
and Sir Nicholas Walsh, the Lord Justice, to be employed by
Salisbury in foreign countries, "your Lordship conferring with Sir
Jeffrey Ffenton dismissed that service". He returned to Ireland,
where he was able to warn Salisbury of the impending landing of
the Spaniards at Kinsale ten months before it actually took place.
He revealed that Florence and his henchman, George Roch of
Kinsale, were behind the scheme a little before they were arrested.
They tried to sue him for £1000 for defamation, and out of friendship Lord Carew released Roch on bail. Subsequently Roch joined
Don Juan. For all these services and to combat his poverty, he
asks for a pension and a farm from the Crown, and the King has
referred his suit to "the right honorable lorde appointed for Irish
¾ p. (P. 1073.)
[See Cal. S.P. Ireland, 1608–10, p. 79, and ditto, 1601–3, pp. 119 and 199.]
|Dame Alice Fortescue to the Earl of Salisbury.|
Salisbury has been informed of the spoliation of the
King's trees in the Forest of Barnwood allegedly committed by her
during the past year, that is, in 1607. She denies that she ever
intended that any timber should be felled. As further evidence
of her concern in this matter, she directed her officers not to meddle
with the cutting of any trees until Sir John Dormer with certain
verderers had decided what trees were fit for felling and warrantable
by her lease. Salisbury will also see from the woodwards' accounts
of the profits of the trees sold by them, that such trees could not be
regarded as timber because of the low prices they had fetched.
Nevertheless, petitioner is prepared to submit to censure by
Salisbury. But she requests that she be permitted to cut the underwood this present year, which otherwise runs the risk of being
damaged by the borderers. It would assist her also to discharge
her rent to the King.—Undated.
1 p. (P. 1053.)
|Joan Baker to the Earl of Salisbury.|
Her husband Nicholas Baker, of Thornbury, Gloucestershire, is gravely ill and not expected to live. (fn. 2) Should she
become a widow, she will be left with five small children to support.
She requests that she be given the wardship of their son, John
Baker, which would assist her to give a good upbringing and
education to the children.—Undated.
¾ p. (P. 1023.)
|Simon Wells to the Earl of Salisbury.|
His patron and master, Lord Stanhope, has presented
him to the living of Terrington, Norfolk, but the Bishop of Norwich
has delayed his admittance because of a caveat put in by the ViceChancellor of Cambridge University. Salisbury has written to the
Bishop that the person presented to the rectory of Terrington
should present himself and show by what right and title Lord
Stanhope claims to bestow the living. Petitioner (fn. 3) is ready to
produce Lord Stanhope's authority, and requests Salisbury's favour
for his admittance to the benefice.—Undated.
¾ p. (P. 855.)
Map of the demesne land of "Haltarines", drawn by
1 p. (General 40/6.)
|The Earl of Salisbury to Viscount Cranborne.|
"I heare so well of your disposition to follow study
whilst yow are to tarry in England (which shalbe no longer then
Alholautyde) (fn. 4) and have heard by the gentlemen abowt the King
that yow dyd use your self so dwtyfully to him and so civilly to all
others, as I think good to take notice to yow that my favour shall
dayly increase towards yow if it continew, as I must confess it dyd
coole towards yow (thogh I made no owtward shew of it) when I
saw your hart so sett uppon all other things and so alienated from
lerning, a riches which yow will sell for no gold when yow have it,
thogh now yow preferr dross before it; and if yow gett it not now,
it will never come hereafter. Proceed therfore and use your self to
study but for the short time yow tarry, and let me but once heare
that yow have passed thexercises which may make yow worthy of
your degrees given yow, and then I shall leave the rest of your lyfe
to be spent as yow think good in all other exercises worthy of a
gentleman, towards which yow shall want nothing. I like your
letters well but your hand is not good, for thogh it be romane yet
it doth not leane in your letters as gentlemens hands do, but rather
like a woman or a scholler. God bless yow with his grace to serve
Holograph. 1 p. (228. 23.)
|John Cotterell to the King.|
Five years ago petitioner and many others with their
ship and cargoes were seized at Milo in the Straits by Frenchmen. (fn. 5)
He himself lost goods to the value of £60. They were set ashore in
the "Arches of Peligo" and there captured by the Turks and sent
to the galleys of Schio. He is still held in slavery, "to the great
daunger not onelie of his life but allso of his soule by the cruell
enforcements of the Turks in theire blasphemeous religion". They
have fixed his ransom at £40, which he is totally unable to pay.
He asks the King to issue his warrant to the Lord Mayor of London
to allow the bearer of the petition to gather charitable contributions
towards the ransom from the citizens of London.—Undated.
1 p. (P. 895.)
|.||"A Register of all the Proclamations in the studdye as they weare printed from tyme to tyme unto this yeare 1608."|
These are 19 in number, but a further list of "proclamations
brought from Mr Barker" includes another 105.
11 pp. (243. 6.)
|G. Sharpe to Lord [? Salisbury].|
|[1608, or before].||
By the sickness of Mr Lilye, brother of the
Savoy, three places yet in his hand are likely to fall void, the place
in the Savoy, a prebend in St Paul's, and a prebend in Salisbury.
Prays his Lordship's favourable letters for any one of them, either
to Dr Neile, (fn. 6) Mr Dean of Paul's, or the Bishop of Sarum.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 11.)
|Alexander Mayne to the Earl of Salisbury.|
|[1608 or before].||
He is a merchant of Plymouth. John Peacher,
of the same town, owned goods in Middelburg to the value of £500,
which goods were the subject of legal proceedings. A verdict was
returned in Peacher's favour and he travelled from Plymouth to
Middelburg to receive them. Soon after his arrival he died, (fn. 7) and
there is every likelihood that this will result in further legal action
concerning the disposal of the goods. He asks that Salisbury
provide him with letters to the Burgomaster of Middelburg and
to the council of the town requesting them to certify to petitioner
under seal whether Peacher died intestate or not, what goods or
money he had made out for England, and what papers, merchandise
or goods he had in Middelburg at the time of his death.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 1431.)
|Thomas Kedby to the Earl of Salisbury.|
|[1608 or before].||
He is a clothier and formerly employed many
hundreds of people in his trade. Owing to losses amounting to
£4000, he has incurred substantial debts, in particular to Gerrard
Gore, (fn. 8) a London citizen. Unlike other creditors who have charitably allowed him respite to discharge his debts, Gore has imprisoned
him and is harassing him with legal proceedings.—Undated.
Partly illegible. 1 p. (P. 1262.)
|Damerham and Rockbourne.|
Map of woodland and fields in the neighbourhood
of Damerham House, Damerham Church and Rockbourne, probably the work of Thomas Forte. Sir John Cooper's residence at
Rockbourne is shown on the map.—Undated.
1 sheet. (CPM supplementary 80.)
[The manor of Rockbourne was sold to Sir John Cooper in 1608. See Victoria History of Hampshire, Vol. IV, p. 583.]
|William Ockold and Herbert Shepherd to the Earl of Salisbury.|
|[? c. 1608].||
They are both in Salisbury's service and request
the grant of the wardship of Evan Jones of Montgomeryshire, which
is worth about 20 nobles a year.—Undated.
1 p. (P. 1293.)
[Their names appear in Accounts 8/25.]
|Hatfield and Enfield Chase.|
Map of Hatfield and Enfield Chase with adjacent
portions of Hertfordshire and Middlesex. Probably contemporary
with map of Hatfield (CPM supplementary 23).—Undated.
1 sheet (CPM supplementary 22.)
Map of the manor of Southam, Gloucestershire,
showing the house and the fields comprising the property. The
manor was sold by the Earl of Salisbury to R. Delabere in 1609.
[See Deeds 132/29).—Undated.
1 sheet. (CPM supplementary 42.)
|Elizabeth Lupo to the Earl of Salisbury.|
|[? Before 1609].||
Her husband, Francis Lupo, (fn. 9) an instrument
maker by profession, has removed himself to Amsterdam where he
is following his trade. He has sent for her and their daughter,
Sibil Lupo, to join him there. She requests a warrant to leave
England with her child who is a year old, and proceed to Amsterdam.—Undated.
⅓ p. (P. 182.)