Cecil Papers: 1613

Pages 9-14

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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Thomas Brett to the Earl of Salisbury.
[Before April 18, 1613]. "Accordinge to your Lordships desire I have left my faithfull servant Christopher at your devotion, and I dare be bould to promis soe much of him that the more your Lordship shallbe pleased to trust him, the more yowe will have [? reason] to become of my opinion concerneinge him. [? I know] not what particular imployments yowe will [? conceive] for him, onelie this much I dare presume confidentlie to engage my reputation unto your Lordship (which I desire ever to preserve inviolable), that his suffitientie makes him capable to undergoe manie and his honest demeanour will ever afford your Lordship a faithfull accompte in all."—Undated.
Holograph, possibly a draft. Much damaged. 1 p. (General 75/30.)
Christopher Keighley to Lawrence Keighley, his father.
1613, April 18. He has taken advantage of an opportunity to send him his dutiful affection and to inform him and his mother how the world is treating him. "I have lefte my Mr whome I did serve, which was my late Lord Threaserers steward, because he lefte his place, and ame nowe servante in my lords house that nowe is. I had thought to have come downe into the countrie with this bearer, my verie good frend Bryane Sharp, this receipte tyme, but my Mr sade he coulde not by anie meanes spare me nowe." He proposes to visit them in a year's time unless prevented by unforeseen circumstances, and in the meantime hopes that they and his brother and sisters will enjoy good health. Salisburie House, London, this 18th of Aprill, 1613.
P.S. "I hope you did heare from me by my cozen Jo: Dickinson althoughe leasure would not permit me to write."
Holograph. Addressed: "To my verie loveinge father Lawrence Keighley at Grenehamton in Yorke." 1 p. (General 71/10.)
Thomas Cranwell to the Privy Council.
[Before May, 1613]. He is tenant to Sir William Worthington, Gentleman Porter of the Tower of London, of a tenement adjoining the bulwark wall of the Tower. Complains that Sir William Wade, (fn. 1) after granting him licence, has stopped his rebuilding of the tenement, and commanded him and his workmen to be imprisoned. Prays the Council to hear the cause.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 1098.)
Thomas Morison to Christopher Kightley (Keighley).
[? 1613 or after] May 26. "I will not write muche to you, only thus muche. I moved my Lord for three thinges: the one hee refused, the seconde, if a mischance had not fallen, I had performed ere now. But for the last, it was for the carryage of cooles for which servis dyvers as well of my owne tennantes and others of my neighbors have desyered me to offer theire servis in this kind: soe as if you will bee pleased to send to Goodman Barber of Sandon and Barnerde Sherman of Ashewell, the two chefe constables, to desyer my Lords neighbors to helpe him with theire carryages I dare warrant that they will bee ready to doe this servis. This xxvith of May."
Holograph. 1 p. (General 81/17.)
Robert Michell to William, Earl of Salisbury.
1613, June 1. As to the bailiwick of the hundreds of Hertford and Braughing, and the manors of Baas, Hoddesdonbury and Giddings, co. Herts. 1 June, 1613.
1 p. (P. 1843.)
Court of Roundhedge.
1613, June 18. Warrant by James 1 directed to William, Earl of Salisbury, master forester, etc. "of our chase of Endefeild", parcel of the Duchy of Lancaster, in Middlesex; ordering the revival of the Court of Roundhedge in the Chase, for the enquiring, presenting and punishing of abuses and misdemeanours committed there. Palace of Westminster, 18 June, 11 Jac.
Contemporary copy (followed by)
Letter from Robert Hill, Deputy-Steward to the Earl of Salisbury, addressed to bailiffs and other officers, and the ministers in the several churches of the towns, parishes and hamlets adjoining the chase, commanding the above warrant to be proclaimed, and appointing the date of the first Court, to be held at the ancient place commonly called the Roundhedge in the Chase. 11 September, 1613.
Contemporary copy. 3 pp. (213. 59.)
Thomas Brett to the Earl of Salisbury.
1613, June 23. He has entreated with Sir Julius Caesar that Salisbury may be excused the payment of £300 to the King as long as possible, and Caesar has agreed. Caesar showed him the list of those who had not paid, and some of them had less justification than Salisbury for not doing so. Sir Robert Rich has given his bond to pay what remains of the financial agreement with Salisbury. "The Kynge hath not signed your sylk farme as yett, but will performe yt to morrow at Greenwich. Mr Chancellor did lykwise shewe me both thos bylls which he cold not gett to be signed uppon Sonday last, but are deferred untill to morrow. I have receaved 1500l more of my Lord Rochest[er] and one [on] Fryday shall receave the last 2000l, all which God willing shalbe husbanded for your Lordships best satisfaction, viz, the greatest part therof for the payment of your Lordships debts by specialtye and the rest for your owne present use and the contentment of your porrest and most clamarous creditors." Refers to the sale of Worthy Mortimer for £950, and of Wymborne Alhallowes by Cranborne for £450 to Sir Anthony Ashley. There is a possibility that Bathford will be sold, and Dackombe has undertaken also to sell Salisbury's land at Edmonton. Salisbury's solicitor is prepared to act as his auditor twice a year, and he "only desyreth that your Lordship wold be pleased to geve him leave to lodge within your howse and to have his dyett, and he protesteth he will only intende your Lordships businesses". Brett is of the opinion that he deserves every confidence, "for I fynd him industrious and understanding in the practise of his place". Discusses further the lands in Edmonton, including Hellams Farm, and in Kent which are proposed to be sold. Lord Hay and Lord Rochester further mentioned in connection with transactions affecting Salisbury's property and debts. Salisbury Howse, 23 June, 1613.
P.S. "To morrow I will send your Lordship a warrant for revyving the court of swannemoote or cowm'hedg."
Holograph. Seal, broken. 3 pp. (General 18/10.)
Agnes Fowler to the Earl of Suffolk, Lord Chamberlain.
[? 1613, after July]. Richard Brown, (fn. 2) messenger, Turner and Prowdlove, constables, Symon Paule and others have by force entered her house under pretence of searching for priests and Jesuits, ransacked it, and taken money and other things. Prays for redress.—Undated.
Copy. 1 p. (P. 249.)
The King to the Earl of Salisbury.
1613, October 2. Warrant to cause to be taken out of the Park at Cheshunt 50 deer which the King has given to the Earl of Suffolk, Lord Chamberlain, for the storing of a ground of his, and to deliver them to the said Earl. The Honour of Hampton Court, 2 October, 11 James I.
Sign Manual. Signet. ½ p. (129. 118.)
Sir John Leveson to Captain Thomas Brett.
1613, October 11. Such has been the importunity of my neighbour Henry Hervy as without my letters to you he will take no satisfaction at my hands. For the trespasses laid to his charge, he denieth part and confesseth part, for which he offereth to make recompense without expense in law, for the preventing whereof he prays that you will forbear to send any process for him, and promises at my coming to London this next week to attend you, and refer himself to any indifferent order for all. He has been mine "avalient" neighbour, and therefore I cannot refuse to commend his suit to you, the rather because I doubt not but at our meeting such may be the conclusion as my Lord may have reparation for the wrong done to him. Hallyng, 11 October, 1613.
P.S. I pray if there be any settling of the Chief Justice's places, let me hear from you thereof by this bearer.
Holograph. Endorsed: "Sir John Leveson about Yonge." 1 p. (196. 62.)
Thomas Lambert to Sir Thomas Parry.
1613, November 26. Requests a warrant for timber from Enfield Chase, for repair of his tenement on the King's manor of Enfield.
Note by Parry: granting the same. 26 November, 1613. 1 p. (P. 1842.)
Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
[? 1613]. List of names. Cornwall: Sir Reynold Mohun; Sir William Godolphin; Sir Barnard Grenvile; Sir Richard Edgcombe; John Arundell of Trerise. Devon: Edward Seymour, baronet; (fn. 3) Sir William Courtney; Sir Amyas Bampfield; Sir Robert Chichester. Somerset: Sir Edward Phellips, Master of the Rolls; Sir Francis Popham; Sir George Speke; Sir Maurice Berkley.—Undated.
1 p. (P. 2235.)
Simon Bell.
[1613]. Simon Bell's bill for making the Earl of Salisbury's head piece for the masque at the Lady Elizabeth's wedding. (fn. 4)Undated.
½ p. (199. 132.)
The Merchant Adventurers to the Privy Council.
[? c. 1613]. They complain that the officers and farmers of the Customs, more vigilant of their own profit than regardful of the Council's commandments, suffer other subjects to transport woollen commodities in strangers' bottoms to places where petitioners alone are solely privileged, and chiefly for Amsterdam; so that the merchants of Holland and other places who used to repair to their mart town of Middleboro do not frequent that place, finding their turn served nearer home by interlopers in Holland. The Company cannot continue their residence at Middleboro unless this disorderly interloping trade be restrained. —Undated.
1 p. (P. 2094.)
[See Acts of the Privy Council, 1613–14, pp. 328, 329; and Cal. S.P. Dom., 1611–18, p. 183.]
Sir William Constable (fn. 5) to the King.
[Before 1614.] Prays the King to relinquish an extended rent which is laid upon a lordship that is to descend to petitioner.— Undated.
½ p. (P. 489.)
Gentlemen of Kent.
[Before 1614]. List of the gentlemen of Kent, under the various laths and hundreds, with the valuation of their property. The list includes: Sir Thomas Palmer; Ed. Engham; Sir H. Oxenden; Mr. Ed. Oxenden; David Hole; Sir Tho. Harfleet; Sir Wm. Southland; Sir Sam. Peyton; Sir [? Samuel] Boyes; Sir Roger Neveson; Sir Fra. Swann; Mr. Blechenden; Sir Ed. Hamond; Mr. Sylliard; Sir Tho. Waller his heyr; Mr. George Waller; Mr. Halls; Sir Roger James; Sir Tho. Hardres; Mr. Wm. Halls; Mr. Bargrave; Sir Anth. Aucher; Mr. Fotherby; Mr. Gibbon; Mr. Denn; Sir Tho. Wilford; Mr. Tho. Boyes; Sir W. Monnings; Sir Tho. Edolph; Mr. Tuck; Sir W. Crayford; Sir Edwyn Sandes; Mr. Master; Mr. Goosam; Mr. Sprackling; Sir Peeter Manwood; Dr Fotherby; Sir Charles Halls; Sir John Wyld; Dr Newman; Sir Tho. Thomson; Sir Jo. Boys his heyr; Mr. Mann; Sir Steeven Thornhurst; Mr. Hadd; Mr. Fleet; Sir H. Crispe; Sir Jo. Scott; Sir Norton Knatchbull; Mr. Tho. Knatchbull; Mr. Blechenden; Mr. Godfrey; Mr. Berry; Sir Tho. Honniwood; Sir Peeter Hayman; Mr. Hart; Mr. Mantle; Sir John Smith his heyr; Mr. Brockman; Mr. Sawkins; Mr. Broadnex; Mr. Herdson; Mr. Scott; Mr. Hammond; Sir Jo. Tufton; Sir Nich. Tufton; Sir Isaak Sidley; Mr. Tuck; Mr. Browne; Sir Wi. Lovelace; Mr. Chewt; Sir Wi. Hall; Mr. Moyle; Mr. Tho. Scott; Sir Robert Edolph; Mr. John Hall; Mr. Robert Master; Mr. Taylor; Sir Moyle Fynch; (fn. 6) Mr. Tho. Twisden; Mr. Swann; Sir Robert Darrell; Mr. Parkhurst; Sir Nich. Gilborn; Sir Anth. Deering; Mr. Honniwood; Sir Michel Sonds; Sir Richard Sondes; Sir Tho. Hawkin; Ralph Clark; Mr. Fage; Mr. Edwards; Mr. Master; Mr. John Mills; Mr. Hayward; Mr. Thomson; Mr. Pettitt; Mr. Franklyn; Mr. Sare; Mr. Whitefeild; Sir Henry Gulford; Mr. Henden; Sir Henry Baker; Sir Tho. Robert; Sir Tho. Hendly; Mr. Plumer; Mr. Courtop; Sir Ed. Halles; Giles Master; Samuel Boyes; Mr. Foale; Mr. Geo. Scott; Sir Ed. Hoby; Sir William Pordage; Mr. Fynch; Mr. Osburne; Sir Tho. Norton; Mr. Taylor; (? Sir John) Cromer; — Rooper; Mr. Levesey; Mr. Ed. Roaper; Mr. Cobb; Mr. Chapman; Sir D. Digges; Sir Peetr Buck; Sir Alexander Temple; Mr. Leigh; Mr. Hayward; Lord Wotton; Mr. Fludd; Sir Warham Sentleger; Sir Fra. Barnham; Mr. Tho. Colpeper; Sir Justinian Lewen; Sir W. Steede; Sir Ed. Fylmer; Sir Rich. Smith; Sir Jo. Asley; Sir H. Cutt; Mr. Levin Buffkyn; Mr. Barham; Sir Rich. Potman; Mr. Knatchbull; Mr. Washington; Mr. Horspoole; Mr. Hall; Mr. Wyatt; Sir Ed. Duke; Sir Anth. Mayny; Sir Jo. Lewson; Sir W. Page; Sir Max. Dallyson; Lady Brook; Sir Rob. Brett; Sir Geo. Fane; Sir Wi. Twisden; Sir H. Whetnall; Mr. Welden; Mr. Lawrence; Sir Oliver Butler; Sir Anth. Colpeper; Mr. Campion; Mr. Beswick; Mr. Geo. Robart; Mr. Dyke; Mr. Roe; Sir H. Fane; Mr. Dyxon; Mr. Thomson; Sir Geo. Riber; Sir Tho. Smith; Sir Fra. Fane; Mr. Shepherd; Mr. Byng; Mr. James; Mr. Moulton; Mr. Bryan; Mr. Nich. Miller; Sir Geo. Chowne; Sar. Loane; Lo. of Abbergaveny; Sir W. Sydley; Sir W. Selby; Mr. Manningham; Mr. Watton; Mr. Clark; Mr. Tucke; Mr. Womble; Sir Tho. Walsingham; Sir Eustace Hart; Sir Samuel Leonard; Mr. Cook; Sir Gouldsmith; Mr. Champney; Sir Perceval Hart; Sir Anth. Roaper; Mr. Rich. Sydley; Mr. Leonard Lovelace; Sir Robert Bosvile; (? Sir) W. Swann; Mr. Battersee; Ld. Dorset; Mr. Sampson Leonard; Sir Ralph Bosvile; Mr. Theobald; Mr. Watson; Mr. Cranmer; Mr. Gibbon; Mr. Cooper; Mr. Petley; Mr. Polhill; Mr. Bromfeild; Lo. Lisle; Mr. Potter; Mr. Berisford; Sir Tymothy Thornhill; Sir Tymothy Loe; Mr. Stile; Mr. Lee; Sir Wi. Roaper; Sir Wi. Barnes; Sir W. Harvey; Mr. Newton; Sir Moulton Lambart; Sir Fra. Lee; Sir Ed. Darcy; Sir Tho. Josleyn; Mr. Roger.
10 pp. Damaged and illegible in parts. (186. 80.)


  • 1. Sir William Wade was discharged from the lieutenancy of the Tower on 13 May, 1613.
  • 2. Richard Brown was one of the two messengers who asked to be awarded a moiety of the fines inflicted on those harbouring recusants contrary to the Statute. See Cal. S.P. Dom., 1611–18, p. 196.
  • 3. Died in 1613.
  • 4. She was married to Frederick V, Elector Palatine on 14 February, 1613.
  • 5. Chamberlain refers to the death of Sir William Constable at the Brill in his letter dated 5 January, 1614. See Letters of John Chamberlain, Vol. I, p. 499.
  • 6. Died in 1613.