Cecil Papers: 1667

Pages 453-454

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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Elizabeth Sackford to Lady Cranborne.
1667, October 8. "Though I could never reach the honoour to be knowne to your Ladyshippe, yet had the good lord your father and everhonoured lady mother lived (who vouchsafed as theire neighbour and country woman to admitt me theire confident) I had attayned longe since that happines. And now after my many years affliction am sorry for nothinge more than that our acquaintance should have soe rude a commencement. But such is the iniquity of my fate I cannot (it seemes) choose my adversaries, but am condemned to encounter my freinds. Yet in reverence to the memories and remaines of those noble personages, I am willing to relaxe what in me lyes (beinge only as a trustee for payment of my late husbands debts) the severity of lawe. And if you doe not thinke them worth the replevyinge (a lawe suit being its consequence), your Ladyshippe may redeeme the coachhorses (now my prisoners) att an indifferent rate (payinge me the same, I beinge executrix and accomptable as aforesaid). And as for those great names with which some pretended agents from your Ladyshippe doe threaten the silly oastlers that have them in custody, I hope those illustrious lords goodnes is such as will not suffer theire greatnes to further oppresse a poore distressed widdowe and trouble poore men, I beinge the party cheifely concerned. Soe that if your Ladyshippe please to embrace this proposition of commutative justice, viz, your Ladyshippe to receive the horses and I theire vallue at the same tyme, we may be both just and freindly to each other. From my lodging next dore to the Rose Taverne in Cursitors Ally, this 5th of 8ber A° 1667."
P.S. "Madame, whats donne is according to my Lord of Pembroks desire and directions as may appeare by his answere in Chancery and elsewhere when he hath bin sollicited about this affaire."
Holograph. Seal. 1 p. (General 29/22.)
Prince Rupert's Narrative.
1667 [October 31]. The account given by Prince Rupert to the House of Commons of the naval events and miscarriages of 1666 and 1667.
2½ pp. (131. 199.)
[Printed in Commons Journals, IX, 11; Warburton Prince Rupert and the Cavaliers, III, 480. For another copy among the House of Lords' Records, see Historical MSS Commission, Report VIII, App. p. 219.]