Cecil Papers: August 1609

Pages 174-175

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 1609

Mary Gate to the Earl of Salisbury.
[Before August, 1609]. She has long been a suitor to the King for the benefit of the false purchase of Hunmanby, which he once granted her before giving it to the Earl of Suffolk. (fn. 1) Since then Sir Daniel Donne has informed her that six other suits of hers have been rejected by the King. She reminds Salisbury of his father's esteem for her father, Sir Henry Gate, and requests that he intervene with the King to procure for her a 30 years' lease of so much land as will provide her with £50 annually. Otherwise, she appeals for assistance in some form or other in accordance with the King's wishes.—Undated.
¾ p. (P. 427.)
John Littleton.
[Before August 28, 1609]. A clause in a covenant to the effect that if John Littleton consider that Thomas Littleton, his son and heir, or any other son of his, or any other beneficiary of his will, be disobedient, undutiful, dissolute or ungrateful, then he shall be entitled, upon the performance of certain formalities, to alter or revoke any disposition of lands made by him to them. Undated.
Signed by the following witnesses: Thomas Paget, James Paget, Humphrey Perrott, John Mayor, Richard Mayor, Anthony Tincock, William Harwood, Nicholas Mariot, John Hall. (fn. 2)
1 p. (P. 2306.)


  • 1. She was in possession of Hunmanby in August, 1608. [See Star Chamber Proceedings, James I, 134/20.]
  • 2. Buried on August 28, 1609. [See The Registers of Mary Le Bowe, Cheapside. Pt I, p. 182. Probate of his will granted in the same year. See Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1605–19, p. 206.]