Cecil Papers: February 1611

Pages 293-294

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 21, 1609-1612. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1970.

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February 1611

Captain Richard Gyfford to the Earl of Salisbury
1610–11, February 8. I have often signified my desire to do you service, both since my coming into England by Mr. Kerckham, your Lordship's secretary, as also from Florence in the time of my imprisonment by Sir Stephen Lesieur. I have endeavoured by all means possible after my coming home to attain your presence, but never could be so happy There was a proclamation granted at the instance of the Turkey Company, and I was put therein amongst many notorious malefactors whom I never knew, and without giving cause of any witting offence; as is now well known to the merchants themselves, who have given me hereupon their certificate for my discharge. Notwithstanding this, there was a warrant granted by the judge of the Admiralty to apprehend me, of which notice being [sent] me, I went of myself to the judge to know thereof, who presently committed me to prison where I have been this seven or eight weeks, there being no cause in the court against me, my Lord Admiral truly satisfied therein, the merchants' general acquittance, and the Florentine agent ceasing from his indirect pretence. Neither can I imagine of any cause by me given except some letter be mistaken, which I did to a good intent towards my country, and because something which I hope your Lordship has been given to understand might not be made frustrate, which afterwards when too late might be wished for. Wherefore I beseech your presence, whereby I may satisfy you in every respect; or else it may please you to admit sufficient bail to be accepted for the answering of anything which may be supposed will be objected against me. 8 February, 1610.
Holograph 1 p. (128 103)
Draiton Manor (fn. 1)
[1611, before February 9] "Survey of the manor of Draiton taken by Commission." The manor consists of copyhold land (930 acres), leasehold land (550 acres), and woodland (100 acres). The firat are in the hands of John Smithe, and John and Janes his children, for their lives at an annual rent of £34:9:6 which the survey enhances to £41. The leaselands produce an annual rent of £39. The woodlands are in the possession of Sir Jervice Clifton and his two brothers who have leased them for their lives at £20 per annum. Undated
Endorsed by Salisbury: "The suit of Mr Speaker." 1 p. (P. 2369)
Oath for the Archbishop-Elect of Canterbury
1610–11, February 27. Warrant to the Lord Chancellor and others to minister an oath to the Bishop of London, chosen to be Archbishop of Canterbury, before the delivery to him of the congè d'eslire. The oath to be in such form of words as they shall think fit, but of the same substance and effect as the King has already signified to the Lord Treasurer. Newmarket, 27 February 8 Jac.
Signed by the King 1 p. (195 139)
Sir Henry Hobarte to the Lord Treasurer
[1610–11, February 28.] I neither saw my Lord Coke since nor wrote to him concerning the prohibition, for I heard of it but by the way of reading your letter, not having direction from you to send, for then I would have had some note of the persons and causes. I remember the letter said that my Lord Bishop of London should give me knowledge of it, that thereupon I might write. But I never heard of the Bishop, and therefore I know not what is further to be done by me. I will wait on you and do as you direct. Undated
Holograph Endorsed: "28 Feb. 1610." 1 p. (195 140)
Christopher Abdey to the King
[?1611, c. February] To prevent the waste of wood caused by permitting "certain runagate base Frenchmen" to make green glasses, he propounded a course to import them, which would have yielded 500l per annum to the King. Lord Salisbury referred the matter to the Lord Chief Justice, who concluded that the King might suppress all glass houses provided their inconvenience exceeded their profit. Argues that by continuing these houses some few "outlandish rovers" are maintained here at the expense of 10,000l worth of wood a year, and that the suppression of the houses will be profitable to the realm; and prays for order to Lord Salisbury that his motion be put to present execution. Undated
Petition 1 p. (196 93)
[See Cal.S.P.Dom., 1611–1618, pp. 13, 224]


  • 1. Parliament was dissolved on February 9, 1610–11.