Cecil Papers: April 1575

Pages 95-96

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 2, 1572-1582. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1888.

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April 1575

244. Sir Wm Babington, Sheriff of Oxford to —.
1575, April 4. By command of the Lord Chief Baron and Mr. Justice Lovelace at the last Assizes for the county he examined George Currier, a notable thief, who desires to disburthen his conscience to the Lords of the Council. On Currier's accusation he has put Thomas Banes, shoemaker of Banbury, and Thomas Webbe of Drayton under arrest. The latter is of great wealth and has purchased Drayton Manor or town, which is worth 200 marks a year, although for 30 years by his own confession he has not been worth twenty shillings. Asks that timber from Shotover may be supplied for repair of the Castle bridge at Oxford. 4 April.
Enclosing the examinations of Currier, alias Reve, and Webb :
1. 1575, March 30.—Currier accuses divers persons of felonies, with circumstantial additions.
2. 1575, April 2.—Webb denies the accusation and says that another of the same surname, a tailor, has resorted much to Drayton during the past three years.
3. 1575, April 2.—Currier in re-examination denies all knowledge of Webb the tailor.
4. The names of the persons impeached by Currier alias Reve for divers felonies committed and concealed by them.
Endorsed :—“Brief of the examinacion of George Currier.”
245. The Queen to Lord Burghley.
1575, Apr. 16. Encloses the copy of a letter of instructions addressed to Lord Cobham, Warden of the Cinque Ports, and requests him to cause the same instructions to be carried out in all the ports under his control. Given at St. James, 16th April, 1575.
1 p.
Enclosure :
Copy of Instructions to the Warden of the Cinque Ports to prevent the landing of the Prince of Orange or of any of his aiders, helpers, and abettors in the conspiracy against the King of Spain; and also to prevent their receiving any aid, succour, or relief in men, armour, or victual, from any of the said ports.