Cecil Papers: October 1607

Pages 124-125

Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House: Volume 24, Addenda, 1605-1668. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1976.

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October 1607

John Cole to the Earl of Salisbury.
[Before October 24, 1607]. He is 64 years old, and in regard of his service, age and poverty, he was able by means of his friend George Murray to present a petition to the King asking for an almsman's room at Westminster. It was granted, but when he brought it duly signed by the King to Sir Thomas Windebank, the latter lost it and the room has been withheld from him.
Petitioner requests that Windebank be summoned before Salisbury and ordered to redeliver the original petition so that it may pass the King's seals.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 1195.)
[Sir Thomas Windebank, Clerk of the Signet, died on October 24, 1607. See DNB Vol. LXII under Sir Francis Windebank, pp. 162–3.]
Sir Robert Carey to the King.
[c. October 25, 1607]. He prays that the granting of latitats and bills of Middlesex out of the Court of King's Bench be erected into an office and bestowed upon him, he undertaking to pay twenty marks annually for it into the Exchequer. He refers to the erection of the granting of subpoena out of the Court of Chancery into an office and its bestowal upon Sir Thomas Gorges by the late Queen Elizabeth. In view of this precedent, he requests that his suit be referred to the Privy Council for its consideration.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 35.)
[See H.M.C. Salisbury MSS, Vol. XIX, p. 298.]
Thomas Billingsley to the Earl of Salisbury.
[c. October, 1607]. John Quarles is a suitor to the King for his protection, he being heavily in debt to many persons including petitioner to whom he owes £2300. Petitioner is also a surety for Quarles in the sum of £7000. Hitherto Quarles has not paid a penny towards the liquidation of these debts, but has been lavish with verbal promises. It was decreed by the Lord Chancellor that certain leases in petitioner's hands should be assigned by Quarles and himself to two impartial persons, and be sold to pay off the creditors. Quarles initially agreed to this arrangement, but has now retreated from it in the expectation of obtaining the King's protection. Petitioner is unable to meet the sums for which he is surety, and has consequently been forced to stay at home for the last five months. He asks Salisbury to stay the protection until Quarles satisfies him in the matter of the above-mentioned debt of £7000.—Undated.
¾ p. (P. 965.)
[Billingsley exhibited a bill against Quarles in the Court of Chancery on October 7, 1607. See PRO, Chancery 2, James I, B39/64.]
Thomas Billingsley to the Earl of Salisbury.
[c. October, 1607]. He refers to a previous petition in which he had complained of the wrongs suffered by him at the hands of his brother-in-law, John Quarles. He has heard that Quarles may seek the King's protection, and begs Salisbury to stay it until Quarles satisfies him in the matter of debts and bonds.—Undated.
½ p. (P. 20.)