Cecil Papers: 1665

Pages 449-452

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 22, 1612-1668. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1971.

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Tiptree Heath, co. Essex.
1665, May 22. Declaration by (Diana) Viscountess Cranborne of her title to the lands known as Tiptree alias Triptree Heath, co. Essex, and her commission to John Keble of Great Lees, co. Essex, and John Norden of Stratford Langlin, co. Essex, to treat with all persons who have made enclosures or encroachments on these lands.—May 22, 17 Car. 11.
Endorsed: "This copy my Lady is to kepe." 1 p. (Legal 108/16.)
Samuel Percival to William Battison.
1665, June 14. The Earl of Salisbury desires to see the agreement with Captain Rider before he seals it. "I doe not much doubt of speeding for Dr Wintner. But you know our hunting begins not till July is well in. After that tyme, if the Dr will please to write to mee his desires, I will use my best endeavours to gett them complied with. You can expect little newes hence. Only I will assure you that the fishing trade is a pittiful trade this yeare."—14 June, '65.
P.S. "You forget the River Act from Jonas Moore."
Holograph. 1 p. (General 17/17.)
Sir Thomas Gardiner to Lady Diana Cranborne.
1665, June 15. Acknowledges the receipt of her letter in which she mentions her title to, and interest in, "a large wast or common lying neere unto me, I meane, Madam, your inheritance of Tiptrie Heath, an improvement whereof I understand you have some yeares aimed at, and to that purpose have lately laid your commands upon Mr Kebell and Mr Norden, giving them power to treate with such as have enclosed. The condition of your estate, I thinke, I am not a stranger to, having seene the transactions concerning it that passed that very yeare King James gave it unto your ffather. If, Madam, your intention be (as I am apt to presume it is) to proceed upon those termes that were then propounded, whereby the poore inhabitants will not be oppressed nor the neighboroud prejudicd, whatsoever may any waies contribute to the advancement of your designe I shall manifest my free compliance with."—Bourcheirs Hall, June ye 15th, '65.
Holograph. Seal. Endorsed: "Sir Thomas Gardners letter consarning Tiptrey." 1 p. (General 26/25.)
1665, September 29 to 1666, September 29. Household charges and privy purse expenses compiled by Thomas Bridges. Inter alia:
To Mr Lewis for schooling for his Lordships grandchildren:
For a years schooling. 75 0 0
For dancing, writing, fireing, bookes, paper, inck and pennes. 17 0 4
Given to my Lord Cranbornes coachman and postillian when they brought home the children from schoole. 00 4 6
For bringinge newes of the Dutch to Hatfeild. 00 5 0
To a messenger that came with newes of the Dutch to my Lady Sandys by my Ladys comand. 00 10 0
To the ringers att Hatfeild. 00 10 0
To Giles at the Lyon for drinke at the bonfire. 00 5 0
To the trumpeters when the soldiers mustred in the parke by his Lordships comand. 00 10 0
For 12½ lb of Spanish tobaccoe. 07 00 0
58 pp. (Accounts 130/5.)
1665, September 29 to 1666, September 29. Household expenses and other payments compiled by George Evans, steward of the household. They include repairs made to that part of Hatfield House damaged by fire during the year, and other expenses incidental to that accident:
Rewards in money to Hertford, St Albons and other assistants when Hatfeild House was on fier. 06 19 00
To 43 men that watched the fier the night following. 03 04 06
10 men the next night. 00 15 00
4 men the 3rd night. 00 06 00
2 men the 4th. 00 03 00
Makeing good St Albons Towne bucketts. 00 11 00
For repairing some bucketts from Hertford. 00 03 00
For bred, beare, tobacco, etc, for all helpers the day the house fired. 02 12 06
For gudgions to store the river. 00 11 00
To the ringers at Hatfeild on the news of the victory att sea. 00 10 00
Given to the carters to drinke that went to remove my Lords goods when the fier was att London. 00 05 00
For beare, tobacco, etc, for the workemen att house rearing per custome. 00 04 00
To Thomas Avis and Francis Hare for removing the pulpitt in Hatfeild Church. 03 12 04
(Accounts 130/7.)
The Earl of Northumberland to the Earl of Salisbury.
1665, November 14. "These tymes of infection have so dispersed all persons, and cutt off all communication, as tis not easie to heare newse of ones friends. I haveing occasion att present to send a servant of myne to Newmarkett, appointed him to goe by Hatfield, that he might bring me an account of your Lordships and my Ladyes healths, wherein both my wife and myselfe are much concerned. Your Lordship is in so happie a condition as not to neede the service of any."—Petworth, 14 Nov., 1665.
Holograph. 1 p. (200. 33.)
The Countess of Rutland to the Earl of Salisbury.
[? 1665]. "Your favour to my daughter is so great, and commands are of such prevalencie with me, that I prepare now all things for expediting this consummation, (fn. 1) but beseech your Lordshipes patience a while longer, for she hath a course of phisick to goo thorough, and her legg not wholl nor when ill the surgen cannot determin, though hopes about Michall; before which time, if you please to honour us with your presence, the Tewesday after, with the blessing of God we shall give your noble grandsonn a recompence for his long patience."—Undated.
Holograph. 2 pp. (200. 62.)
Viscount Cranborne to Viscountess Cranborne.
[1665] "the 27." "The housse of commons have impeached Mr William Pen, (fn. 2) and this day Brunckard and Harmarn was also questioned, wich is all the newes."
Holograph. Seal. Addressed: "For the Lady Cranborn att Hattfeild." 1 p. (200. 146.)
The Countess of Rutland to the Earl of Salisbury.
[1665 or after]. "Accept, I beseech you, all trew thankes for your favorable propencions to have come to London for my sake. I leave the relation to the sweet young man and (hope) his good wife of our transactions heare, and now betake me to thoughts of the contrie which in my way unto shall at brave Hatfeeld present my selfe to your Lordshipe and my Lady."—Undated.
P.S. "Our mony being retorned by small sums of 2, 3, 4 and 500l, I pray that Mr Dorrell may have order to receive it so from us untill the wholl be payed."
Holograph. 2 pp. (200. 68.)


  • 1. According to the Complete Peerage, Vol. XI, p. 408, James Cecil, Viscount Cranborne married Margaret, daughter of John Manners, 8th Earl of Rutland in or about 1665.
  • 2. Admiral Sir William Penn.