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There are, intermixed, many private letters to Thomas Mostyn from William Pyers, William Salesbury (brother-in-law to Thomas Mostyn), Rowland Thomas, Robert Hooker, and Robert Wynne, and many unsigned from a person evidently not the ordinary Newsman.
Prom two letters the signature has been torn off, and in two others portions of the letter had been carefully blotted out.
All the letters are well worthy of preservation; they should bo carefully arranged according to date, and bound in volumes of convenient bulk ;* they are valuable items of Lord Mostyn's library.
Without a more close examination it is impossible to say whether they do or do not contain new historical facts, but they certainly are very interesting and full records of the social state of the period over which they extend.
Alfred J. Hobwood.
Manuscripts At Everingham Park.
The Right Hon. the Lord Herries having permitted me to inspect his collection of Manuscripts at Everingham Park, the following articles appeared to me to be most worthy of notice.
Cartulary of the Monastery of St. Nicholas of Drax, founded by William Payncl; MS. in folio, upon vellum, consisting of 196 leaves, written in the 14th century.t
A large collection of the original charters granted to the Monastery of Drax, from about A.d. 1089. Protection for Drax in 1234, under the seal of Henry 3. Also, various charters, &c. connected with the Monastery of Tupholme and the manor of West Rasen.
Inquisition upon the lands of Cardinal Wolsey.
Blessed Mr. Southworth's speech, who died 20th Jan. 1654.
Address from the King to the Parliament about the Duke of Monmouth, in 1685.
History of the Convention, A.d. 1689.
A large collection of Political Poems, A.d. 1689.
The entertaiment of Queen Elizabeth, by Marmaduke Constable, A.d. 1573.
Heads of Agenda by the Parliament on the appointment of Oliver Cromwell as Protector.
Licence by Charles 1 to Philip Constable to go beyond five miles from his own house, he being a Recusant. 8 Ch. 1; original, signed by the King.
Letter from Charles 1 to the Earl of Nithsdale, containing the following passage:
"It is now time for me to tell you to look to yourself, "for longer than the 13th of next month I will not warrant "you, but that ye will hear of a breach betwixt me and my "covenanting rebels." The King enjoins secrecy, but the Earl may advertize Winton. He has written to the Marquis Douglas. In a postscript the King promises assistance; but when, as vet, he cannot certify him. This letter, in the holograph of Charles, is dated Whitehall, 27th March 1640.
Articles of capitulation on the surrender of Scarboro' Castle, 22nd July, A.d. 1645.
Conditions on the surrender of Newark by Charles 1.
Lady Nithsdale's narrative of her husband's escape from the Towerof London [on Friday, 23rd Feb. 1716]. This is the original, in her Ladyship's hand, and is addressed to her sister, Lady Lucy Herbert, superior of the English nuns at Bruges. It consists of 11 pages, in quarto, closely written. J
Letter from H. Heath to Sir Philip Constable, giving an account of the reception of King William 3 in the city of London. A mountebank was beaten and imprisoned for laying that if he were king he would send money to Holland. Duke Hamilton in a disturbance in the street.
The same to the same, 10th Jan. 1698. Account of a mob on the removal of the big bell from Westminster Abbey to St. Paul's.
Speech of Viscount Dundee to his troops before the battle of Killiecrankie, 27th July 1689; and letter to the King on the victory.
Father Huddleston's narrative of the death of King Charles 2, written 14th Feb. 1684-5.
Valuation of Papist's estates in various counties and towns, in 1716. A folio volume of 117 pages.
• The papers in question have been bound in ten volumes.
t This MS. was known to Dodsworth, who mado numerous extracts from it in 1620. See Dugd. Monast. VI. 195. It was then in tho hands of Marmaduke Constable, of Everingham. ~i„t.H
t See " Genuine account of the escape of Lord Nithsdale, printed
- from the original letter written by L Winifred Maxwell], Countess of
- Nithsdale, to her sister. Lady Lucy Herbert. Abbess of the Augustine "nuns at Bruges," 8vo., Durham, 1816. Another edition was privately printed, 8vo., Loud., 1827.
John Archer's History of the Earls and Barons of England, drawn up about 1630.
A volume in folio, consisting of 240 pages, compiled about 1620, giving a history of the family of Constable, of Everingham. It contains copies of various ancient charters, transcribed apparently with care, from the originals. Probably collected by Roger Dodsworth.
"A booke towchinge the order and government of a "nobleman's house, divided into 3 severall sortes." This work, written in 1608, is dedicated to Sir Philip Constable, of Everingham, Knt., by his loving uncle, George Constable. Folio, upon paper.
Lords' votes upon the trial of Lord Stafford, 7th Dec. 1680.
"A true relation of a strange apparition which appeared to the Lady Gray, commanding her to deliver a message to the Duke of Monmouth."
The original MS. of the treatise of " R. Doleman, alias "Parsons, Jesuit, concerning succession in the throne of "England."
Transcript, by Edward Rowe Mores, of the copy made in 1587 by Robert Glover,* Somerset Herald, of the French poem upon the siege of Caerlaverok Castle. Quarto, pp. 51.
Translation of the above poem into English. Folio. A collection of the Lives of the Saints, in Latin, bearing the title, "Passionarium G. de Lacy." "Liber Monas"terii Beataj Marise Ebor." "In N. XV." A MS. of the 13th century, upon vellum, consisting of 417 pages.
A copy of the Latin Bible, written in the 13th century. At the beginning of the book of Genesis occurs this inscription in a hand of the 15th century, " Aequisivit me "[nunc librum] dompnus Thomas Stavelay ex dono Ed"mundi Gryffynge, Londoniensis. Pro nobis preces lundite "queso." And on the last leaf of the volume we read as follows:—" Biblia Sacra, Liber Monasterii Beata? Maria; "Eboraci, accommodatus dompno Waltero Hothom, mo"nacho ejusdem coenobii, per vcnerabilem patrem dorai"num Thomam Both, prjescripti monasterii abbatem."
A quarto volume, upon vellum, written in the 14th century, containing the French p,uem by William de Wygetone, called the Manuel des Peches. In a hand of the 15th century, at the top of the first leaf, occurs this inscription :— "Liber monasterii Beatae Marias Kboraci, ctnptus per fra"trem Clementem Wartbwyke. Qui alicnavcrit Anathema." The same volume contains a translation of the Dominical Gospels into French verse, beginning,
"Un homme de Pharisenus estoit Que Nichodeme a noun avoit." "Antiphonarium ad usum Ecclesiae Eboracencis," a magnificent volume on vellum, written in the 15th century. It still preserves its ancient oaken boards, on one of which is cut the following inscription in capital letters: Iste liber ptinet ad capellam bte Marie & S'tor' Angelof & Archag Ebor'. The same inscription occurs on an inner leaf, in a hand of the end of the 15th century, or beginning of the 16th.
This Antiphoner is proved to have been written for the use of the metropolitan church of York bv frequent references to localities within the Minster. 'Ihe rubrics, which are numerous and minute, detail with much precision the religious solemnities peculiar to each festival.
"Liber Ruralium Commodorum, auctore Petro de Cres"centiis." A folio, on vellum, written in the 15th century. At the end occur various medical prescriptions in English.
"Historia Trojana, auctore Guidone de Colonna." A folio, on vellum, written in the 15th century.
"Epistolae Ciceronis." Folio, on paper, 15th century. "Biblia Sacra Latina;" imperfect, beginning with the ninth chapter of the book of Judges, and proceeding to the end of the Old Testament. A folio, on vellum, of the 13th century.
"Biblia Sacra Latina." Quarto, vellum, written in 1244.
A single leaf of the Gospels, in Greek, o the 14th century, beginning with S. Matth. xxii. 4.
A MS. of the 15th century containing the treatises of S. Gregory the Great upon Ezechiel and the Canticles, and upon the Conflict of Virtues and Vices.
"Le Roman de la Rose." Folio, vellum, 15th century. "Concordantiae Bibliorum." Quarto, vellum, 13th century, with the following inscription: " Liber S. Mariae "de Bella Lands."
In addition to the MSS. here specified, the Library at Everingham contains several Devotional and Liturgical MSS. of the 15th century. Lord Herries also possesses a large and curious collection of family correspondence, ranging from 1710 to about 1730. His Lordship authorizes
• Concerning this transcript, now in tho College of Arms, sea Sir H N Nioolas's edition of the poem, Preface, p. vi., ed. 1828.
me to state that he has no objections to permit access to be had to his Manuscripts, under web restrictions as he may consider advisable, r; ;A
. ,' Jos. Stevenson.
Tablet House, Cheshire, The Seat Of The Eight
Sir Peter Leycester (an ancestor of Lord de Tabley) was an indefatigable collector of evidences for the history of Cheshire and of his own family. The manuscripts at Tabley House, the majority in his own handwriting, attest his industry. They are all kept together in a room on the ground floor of the honse.
1. Tomus primus of the Evidences belonging to Leicester of Tabley, transcribed from the originals with the proper handwriting of Sir P. Leicester, Bart., who is yet living, A.d. 1677.—Manor of Nether Tabley, the Manor of Wethale in Aston, the Manor of Helde in Aston aforesaid, and the third part of the Manor of Over Tabley cum Sudlow, belonging now to Leycester of Tabley, as the same are placed in the several boxes or drawers within the presse of evidences at Tabley. (Small folio, 190 leaves numbered, and some others blank. Many seals are drawn in the margins; some copied as early as 1645.)
2. Tomus 2, a second book of the transcript of Evidences, he, showing his ancient right to twoififth parts of the Manor of Allostock, and two fifth parts of all the wastes and commons now remaining in Allostock.—The moiety or half part of Nether Peiver cum Little Peiver, with the moiety of all the waste grounds and commons in Nether Peiver and Little Peiver.—The third part of the Manor of Over Alderley, but all his common belonging to that part called Broadheath he hath lately enclosed. 1662. All which lands came to Thomas Leycester of Tabley in right of Margaret his wife, the youngest daughter and co-heire of Robert Grosvenor of Houlme, 4 Ed. 4, 1464. (A small folio volume of 142 numbered leaves. Folios 100 to 120 are occupied with extracts from deeds in the possession of Bomstall, Acton of Aldorley, Stanley of Alderley, and Fillon of Over Alderley; some of which were copied by Bandle Holme, the Herald, in 1640.)
3. Vol. 3 contains copies of Pardons, Awards, "Wills and Administrations, Wardships, Liveries, Court Bolls, &c. (A small folio of 206 numbered leaves, and a few blank leaves.)
4. Vol. 4 contains only a few entries by a hand of the 18th century.
A folio volume, intituled "Antiquitates Buckloianaj," viz., Collections touchingBucklow Hundred in Cheshire, by me, P.L.
folio 1 to 53. Out of a book called Bostockes, lent unto me by Sir Simon Dewes, 27th Dec. 1649, as followeth.
folio 57a. First part. These copyes following I had out of the Evidences of Sir J. Warburton, at the hands of M. Peter Warburton, Esq., lieir apparent to the said John, written in the house of Mr. John Warburton, the 2nd day of Feb. 1672.
The second part is numbered to folio 312, and has an index of one leaf. It contains copies of old deeds and genealogies of old Cheshire families, with arms in colour, well drawn.
A folio volume, paper, of the 16th century, contains, 1. A note for the furniture of 5 trayned souldiers within these 15 townships, after the rate of the fourth part of the myse.
A note of all ancient rent of the parish of Alderley.
Three quatrains for health; Dr. Dyett, Dr. Quiett, Dr. Meriman.
Folio 2. Libertates do Macolesfelde; and copies of pleas, temp. Ed. 3.
Folio 16. A short draft of the Chroniole of the Earls of the County of Chester.
Folio 166. The liberties of the Barons of the Co. of Chester.
Folio 18 b. Of the pleas of the circuit of the forest of Mara and Wondum, holden at Chester before Bichard Willoughby, &c, in right of Lord Edward, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, and Earl of Chester; 31 Edw. .
Folio 21. Of the liberties of the Abbot of Deulacres; copy ofplea on a writ of Quo Warranto by Arthur, first son of Henry 7. (Ends at folio 25 6.)
Other Quo Warranto proceedings.
Proceedings in Forest claims. • . Boundaries, &c. ,-.
(All the above are in English, "translated by Wm. "Bromley;" see folio 63 6, where a new paging begins.)
Assignamentum Hospicii domini regis de anno regni sui xxviij. (and other years down to 36 Hen. 8). This gives the subsidies and petty customs of London and other places; the petre (saltpetre) customs, ulnago, and fee farms; and their respective amounts. Ends on folio 36 b.
All the Knights and Burgesses that were of the Parliament for every shire and town of England, the xiij, yeare of Queen Elizabeth, 1571.
Macclesfield Grammar School. List of lands and tenements as well for prayers for souls as for support of the school. (1 page.)
Rentals of every several township and parish within the Hundred of Namptwich (about 1590).
Rentals of other places in Cheshire.
Accounts of Hundreds.
Breviarie of Domesday Book, Cestre scire.
(The last two are by Sir P. Leycester, in the 17th century.)
A folio volume of parohment, written by Sir Peter Leycester, containing Pedigrees, and copies of old deeds in his possession, and of some not in his possession.
A copy of Sir Peter Leycester's printed work on Cheshire (fol. London, 1673), with his MS. additions on interleaves and on the margins.
The MS. in folio, with Sir B. L'Estrange's licence for printing.
A folio volume, intituled "ABooke of the Court Bolls "belonging to Peter Leycester of Tabley, Esq.," beginning 1638 (ends 1724). At the other end of the volume are Abstracts of early Cheshire deeds and Fines, tempp. Hen. 3 and Edw. 1, and "Copies of "Leases expired and running."
A folio volume, paper, of the 17th century, contains a Latin astronomical treatise. (8 leaves.)
A Latin treatise, called iEquatorium Campani. (6 leaves.)
Modus judicandi Nativitates hominum, 1470. (17 pages.)
A folio volume, intituled Cataloguo of folio, quarto, and octavo pamphlets, bound. (Many hundreds of pamphlets of the 17th and 18th centuries, down to 1731.)
A folio volume, paper, by Sir Peter Leycester, containing—
Copy of a Sermon by Richard Johnson, some time of Brazennose, Oxford, after Fellow of Manchester College, and now Master of the Temple, London, 1658, at St. Werburg's Church in Chester, on Trinity Sunday, 1st June 1645; John 8. v. 36. Transcribed from the copy remaining with Sampson Shelley, of Chester, by me, Peter Leycester, Feb. 23, 1658.
Notes from another Sermon by Johnson in 1644.
Copy of another Sermon by Johnson in 1657.
A folio volume, paper, 17th century, contains— Survey of Manors of Sir Peter Leycester. (But only 20 leaves are filled.)
A folio volume, paper, 17th century, contains—
Extracts from deeds and charters.
Extracts from Plea Rolls of Edward 1, Edward 2, Edward 3, Richard 2, and Henry 4 (21 leaves), all relating to 1 ands in Cheshire.
This vol. is endorsed "Mr. Whilleby, his copies."
A folio volume, paper, 17th century, contains—
3rd Oct. 1660. Sums taxed upon the gentry within the townships of Bucklow Hundred by virtue of the late Act of Pole Money, received by Sir P. Leycester (3 leaves); net total, 449Z. 0s. 5d.
Extracts from a book, intituled A brief and perfect relation of the answer and replye of the Earl of Strafford to the Articles exhibited against him by the House of Commons, 13th April!1641. (Article 27 only, 1 page.)
Extract from Mr. Leigh of Adlington's book.
Copies of Council Letter, 1625, King's Letter, 13th Aug., 1 Car. 1, and another on county business.
Calendar of all the Privy Seals within the county and city of Chester, 1625. (5 pages.)
Form of a Privy Seal, 1625.
Form of a Privy Seal, 34 Henry 8.
Two Council Letters to the Earl of, Derby, 1625, about recusants. ', .
Notes about the practice of Trained Bands.
Commissioners' inquiry for moneys received for assessments, sequestrations, &c, since 1642 (dated 1662).
Instructions by Fansbaw, writ, and letter of Ashley (1662) to the Clerk of the County. .
Extent of the Hundred of Bucklow, 1642. (9 pages.)
Commissioners of Array to the Earl of Derby, 1640 and 1641.
Copy of Prince Eupert's letter (19th May, 20 Car. 1) to Eobert Viscount Kilmorey and others, giving power to act for the King.
Instructions to Prince Rupert, 15th Feb., 19 Car. L
A Commission of Musters, 1660.
Orders resolved on at Warrington by Charles Earl of Derby, 1660.
Copies of other letters on county matters.
Proclamation prohibiting seditious and unlawful meetings and conventicles, 10th Jan. 1660.
Proclamation prohibiting the seizing of any persons, or searching houses, without warrant, except in time of actual insurrection, 17th Jan. 1660.
Letters, including one to Sir Peter Leycester, enclosing intercepted letters by An. Da. to Mr. Sparry, Pastor of Mostley, and Captain Yarington. Copies of Council Letters, &c.
Catalogue of all Papists, Quakers, and other Sectaries within the parishes of Bucklow Hundred, with their adjacent chapelries. (5£ pages.)
Council Letters on deputy lieutenants and county business, the last dated 167*.
A folio volume, paper, 17th century, contains—
Copie s of Charters and Genealogies of the families of Mobberley, Leycester, Lee, and Davonport.
Verses (composed about 1620) concerning the Earls of Chester and their Barons, said to be made by Mr. Bostock. Begin:
"When Saxon Harold, Godwin's sonn,
"Who had been king without all right." (23i pages.)
A folio volume, paper, 17th century, contains— Extracts from Collector's book of the Mise on the creation, of the Prince, 21 Henry 6. (7 leaves.)
A folio volume, paper, 17th century, contains—
Arraignment of the Earls of Essex and Southampton in Westminster Hall, 19th Feb. 1600. Begins: The place was appointed in Westminster Hall in a court made on purpose, square and spacious. Ends: The arraignment began about 9 of the clocke in the morning, and ended about 6 of the clock at night. (16 pages.)
Speeches of my Lord of Essex the night before his execution, &c. (74 lines).
The execution of the Earl of Essex. Begins: The 25th of Feb. 1600, being Ash Wednesday. Ends either trouble or stirr. (1$ pages.)
P. 21. Arraignment of Sir W. Baleigh. Begins: The same Commissioners being set in the Court, and the Sheriff's precept being demanded. . . . Ends; Thus am I overthrown, because I would not overthrow him.
P. 25. Considerations touching the marriage of the Prince with the house of Savoye, 1612. Sir W. Raw. Begins: There is no bodie that persuades our prince to match with Savoy for any love to the person of the Duke. . . . Ends: those we leave that depend upon themselves, to wit the French, for them that depend on others, to wit the Savoyards and Florentines. (Printed in the Oxford edition of Raleigh's works.)
P. 49. The arraignment of Richard Weston, yeoman, at the Gildhall in London, 19th Oct. 1615, for the poysoning of Sir Thos. Overbury, Knight, prisoner in the Tower. Begins: The Commissioners were the Lord Cook. . . . Ends: he was condemned, and the next after at Tyburn to be executed, 25th Oct. 1615.
P. 57. Term Mich'as. 1615. A summary Collection of the answers of Sir John Hollis and Sir John Wentworth, Knight, and Thomas Lumpsden, Esq., one of the King's servants in the Star Chamber, ore tenus, upon their examination and confession, 10th Nov. 1615. Begins: Sir Laurence Hyde, the Queen's Attorney.* 1 inform against these three offenders at the bar: I shaU name them not as they be in waight.
P. 69. The arraignment of Ann Turner, widow, in the King's Bench, 9th Nov. 1615. Begins: Poyson laid in the indictment with green and yellow rosaker. Ends: go to God with a cleare conscience; who doubts of another life after this. Executed at Tyburn, 14th Nov. 1615.
In the State Trial*, Sir F. Bacon, A.G., prosecutes; but Hyde pro**utes in Mrs. Turner's trial.
P. 75. Arraignment of James Franklin, late of London, in the King's Bench, 28th Nov. 1615, as accessorie before the fact of the poisoning of Sir Thos. Overbury, &c. Begins with the Chief Justice's charge to the Juria. Ends: (Cook's speech) to instruct you to savo the better part, your soul.
_P. 81. Arraignment de'Sir Gervas Elwes, Kt. Begins (Cook's charge): For every action in this world the opportunities and occasion of time is to be considered. . . . Ends: Cook proceeded to judgment. Executed at Tower Hffl, 20th Nov.
P. 89. The copie of a letter sent to the Lord Deputie of Ireland the 7th of Feb. 1613, for his coming into England.
P. 91. Short instructions for a traveller. Begins: For the better informing in the State of any prince or country, it shall be necessary for you to consider.
P. 96. Copy of "A letter of Sir P. Sidney to his "brother Robert, about travell." (3 pages.)
P. 99. The Ladie Riche's letter to Her Majesty. Begins: Early did I hope this morning.
P. 101. Anthony Bacon to the Earl of Essex. Begins: Her Majesty proceeding with your Lordihip thus by gradation. (Copy).
P. 103. Copy of the Earl's answer to the above. Begins: I thank you for your kind and careful letter.
P. 104. Copy of Essex's letter to the Queen from Dover. Begins: Most dear and most gracious Sovereign.
P. 106. Copy of a letter, beginning: My dutiful affection to your Majesty alwaies . . .
P. 107. Copy of the Queen's letter to Lady Norris, to comfort her for the death of her son in Ireland.
P. 107. Copy of Mr. F. Bacon's letter to my Lord H. H. Begins: My Lord, There be very few besides yourself.
P. 108. The Lord's answer. Begins: I might be thought unworthy of that good conceate.
P. 109. The parley at Essex House, between the Earls of Essex and Southampton and Sir Robt. Sidney, sent from the Lord Admiral, then Lord General of Her Majesty's forces, with the manner of the said Earl's yealding. Begins: The Earl of Essex being sent for upon Sal/ night. Ends; were conveyed to the several places of their commitments.
P. 113. A new summarie report of the most material poynts of treason.laid to the charge of Philip, late Earl of Arundell, at his arraignment at Whitenall, 1589. Begins: It was first said of Her Majesty's counsel learned that.
P. 115. Sir Thomas Mounson's speech when he received his pardon. (12th Feb. 1616.)
P. 116. Their Lordships' answer.
P. 117. Articles proved against the Earl of Arundell at his arraignmeet.
P. 118. Transcript of a printed book, "The Questions "to be resolved at the convening of the Estates and "General Assemblie appointed to be at the Burgh of "Perth the last day of Feb. next to come.—Edinburgh, "printed by Robert Waldegrave, printer to the King's "Majestie, A.d. 1597." (About church matters.)
P. 122. The Oath of Association.
P. 125. A good bond voluntarily made by the good subjects of the King of Scots for the preservation of His Highnes person and pursuit of his undoubted right to the Crowne of England and Ireland, made the year 1599.
P. 127. Articles concerning Her Majesties offers for her disposiug her lands in Munster in Ireland.
P. 131. A list of the prisoners which went forth with the Earl of Essex. (Tower, Fleet, Newgate, Ludgate, Gatehouse, Brownfeld. In the Counter Poultrye, Marshalsea, White Lyon, King's Bench, and Counter, Wood Street.)
P. 134. A letter of the Lords of the Conncell to the Judge upon Essex's rising. And address to Sir R. Lewknor and the rest of the Council established in the Marches of Wales, and their answers.
P. 136. Account of some proceedings in the Star Chamber. Hil. Term, 43 Eliz.
P. 140. Queen's Speech, 30th Nov. 1601.
P. 142. Lord Mountjoy's letter to the Lords. (From the Camp before Kinsale, 27th Sept. 1601.)
P. 144. Essex's letter to the Queen. (From your Majestie's good shipp the Elizabeth Bonaventure, at the sea.—29th Apl. 1587.)
P. 145. The poore man's petition to the King.
P. 146. Advertisement of a loyal subject to his gracious Sovereign, drawn from observations of the people's speeches. Begins: It is said your Majesty will not continue the protection. . . . Ends: as they shall continue Kings of England until the dissolution of tho universal. 1603.
P. 150. The King's Speech for the Union.
P. 151. Observations against altering the name or stile of England and Scotland into the name of Great Britain, to be made and delivered on the conference thereto, &c. Begins: The objections are of four matters.
P. 153. The Earl of Salisbury's speech to the Lower House of Parliament.
P. 168. Tho courses of proceedings against the Earl of Northumberland in the Star Chamber, 27th June 1606. Mr. Attorney's charge divided into four parts.
P. 173. A further declaration of the proceedings against the Earl of Northumberland in the Star Chamber on Friday, 27th June 1606.
P. 175. The censure of the Earl of Essex his cause being heard in Tork House, upon his coming out of Ireland. &c.
P. 182. Collections out of the Earl of Essex his letters to my Lord of Eutland concerning his travel. Begins: Your Lordship's purpose is to travel.
P. 185. Sir Philip Sidney's letter to Q. Elizabeth, concerning her marriage with Monsieur.
P. 187. The humble petition of the Earl of Tirone to the Lord Lieutenant General of Her Majesty. (See p. 175.) Begins: Imprimis, that all the inhabitants of the land may have free libertie of conscience.
Note of the noblemen and gentlemen slain in the late troubles in Ireland. (10 lines of names.)
P. 188. Letter concerning plantations in Munster. Greenwich, 24th Feb. 1585. (See the Articles at p. 127.)
P. 190. A discourse of Monsr. de Vair, late Lord Chancellor of Prance, at his delivering up the seal to the King,
P, 193. A letter written to the Lord Coke by another, unknown. Begins: My good Lord, Though it be true that who considereth the wind and rain shall never sow nor reape. . . . Ends: but the danger that is expected is both less and half prevented.
P. 199. Sir W. Ralegh's letter. Begins: As I have not hitherto given you any account of our proceeding and passage towards the Indies.
P. 200. Another of the same. Begins: Sir, since the death of Kemishe . . . Dated from St. Christopher, one of the islands of the Antilles, 21st March 1617.
P. 205. Parliamentary, 1610. Grievances. Demands in the matter of tenures, with the answers. 1st, Against Jesuits. (Ends p. 211.)
P. 212. The Ecclesiastical Discipline of the Reformed Churches in France (14 chapters, the first being of Ministers and Pastors). Ends: Made and delivered in the national synode at Vergault in the month of May 1601, Josias Mercer being chosen to write in the synod, and lately translated by G. S., laus deo.
P. 279. Sir W. Ralegh's apologie to the Lords of His Majestie's Conncell for his action in Guiana, 1618. Begins: Because I know not whether I shall live.
P. 283. Sir W. Ralegh his apologie. Begins: If the ill successe of this enterprise of mine . . . Ends: for by so doing of one I had robbed the King of Spain, and been a thiefe, and by the other a disturber and breaker of the public peace.
P. 300. Sir W. Ralegh, his letter to his wife. Begins: You shall receive, my dear wife, my last words.
P. 302. 29th Oct. 1618. Sir W. Ralegh led to the scaffold in the Palace Yard by the two sheriffs of London, &c. &c. His words were to this effect: I have had these two days two fits of a fever . . .
P. 305. The speeches of Sir W. Ralegh, beheaded in the old palace at Westminster on Thursday, the 29th of Oct. 1618. Begins: This day whether the sun refused to be a beholder or in pittie withdrew himselfe . . . Ends: and for whom alone they believed their Btories.
P. 312. An answer to Sir Lewis Stucley's petition. Begins: Vultus est index vita3 (saith the poet), the face is the table of our life . . . Ends: unto the bottomless pit of everlasting fire (p. 319).
P. 321. Thomas Allured's letter to the Lord Marquis of Buckingham. Begins: Though to advise may deem presumptuous:—(against the Spanish match). Ends p. 330.
P. 333. A treatise on France, addressed "To the "King's most excellent Majesty. When beyond any "desert or expectation of mine it pleased your Majesty "to honor me with the charge of your Ambassador or
"resident in France "1st. Concerning the
name of France. Countries for the most part receive their names. . . . Ends (p. 450): allowing them tho coast of the Mediterranean Sea for their share.
P. 452. The arraignment of the Lord and Countess of Somersett. Begins: Sir, I thought to advertize you that the arraignments are now past; upon Friday, the 23rd of May . . . Ends: broke the staff openly in the Court and went his way.
P. 255. The names of the Earls and Lords that were of the jury (the names), besides Lords and Ladies present at the arraignment. The arraignment began at 9 of the clock in the forenoon, and lasted almost till 11 in the night.
A folio volume, paper, 17th century, contains— Account by Sir Peter Leycester of the manner in which he obtained the Chest of Violes, then in his custody, 1659. He says that they were Sir George Ratclifl'e's, and after the surrender of Chester to the use of the Parliament were seized by Henry Brookes of Norton, Esq.: that Coll. Wm. Darnell challenged property in one half, and gave it up to Sir P. Leycester. (1 page).
Directions for the tuning the viols.
Encomium musiccB. (li pages.)
A treatise on Music by Sir P. Leycester, intituled Prolegomena historica de Musica. P.L.
Chap. 1. Of the first authors and inventors of music and musical instruments.
Chap. 2, sect. 4. He describes the sackbut (like a trombone), " Hoobies and Schalmes made of wood, and "are such as the Waites of our cities commonly use. "The Shalme hath a little reede put into the end, "which may be taken out at pleasure, only being fitted "to the hole of the instrument is soon put into the end "thereof when it is to be played upon, which reed "artificially ordered causeth the instrument to yield a "loud and shrill sound." He also describes the hoobie, cornet, flute, recorder, and bagpipe.
Chap. 4. Music in England; and he gives the names of lutanists in Queen Elizabeth's time, and of the best artists in musick in 1640 (11 names). This very interesting treatise is in 20 folios.
Another book of Collections touching Bucklow Hundred, cited in my Notes by the name of Liber B. In the end is a brief history of Ireland's Conquest, with a Catalogue of the Deputies and Lieutenants there to King Charles 2.
Copies of deeds, showing the genealogy of Leycester (with arms in colours).
Deeds belonging to the Priory of Norton, in Cheshire, as I find them copied out in a large parchment rooll of a very ancient character remaining among the evidences of Dutton, A.d. 1665. (3i pages.)
Sir P. Brooke's Deeds. Other Collections for Bucklow Hundred.
Collections touching Ireland, by me, P.L., 1st March 1659. (19 pages.)
Folio, containing a Mise Book of Cheshire, alphabetically transcribed, A.d. 1671. At tho beginning is a Table, as follows :—
1. A Mise Book of Cheshire, alphabetically beginning from 1 to 16.
2. An alphabetical table of sundry places in Cheshire not named in the mise book, beginning at 17.
3. Names of churches and chapels within the ancient Deaneries of Cheshire, beginning 35.
4. A survey of all the churches and chapels in Cheshire, with the townes belonging to every parish, 37-69.
5. A table showing the proportion of every hundred in Cheshire for every sum whatever laid upon that county, 85-100.
6. An abstract of Domesday Book, touching Cheshire, 107-135.
7. A new freehold book of Cheshire, made 1671 (152 to the end), containing the names of all such who held any freehold lands of inheritance there, and ought to appear at Assizes and Sessions.
A folio of the 17th century contains—
Tho proceedings between Donald Lord Reay and David Ramsay, 1631. (87 pages.)
P. 89. Sir Ralph Hopton's patent.
P. 91. A brief journall or a diurnall of the siege against Latham, in the county of Lancaster, 1643, 1644. Begins: The Earl of Derbie in the rise of this rebellion . . . Ends: lost above 500 men, besides 140 maymed and wounded.
P. 105. Axiomata legum Angliaa (in Latin), taken out of an old book in the custody of Thos. Hartley, one of the King's attornies in the Exchequer of Chester.
P. 115. Notes taken out of Charters appertaining to the city of Chester.
P. 121. A journall of the proceeding of my Lord Buckingham in his voyage. Begins: June 24, 1617, being Sunday, after divine service. . . . Ends: some commanders of this fort were killed with 100 or 120 common soldiers : killed of the English in battail (19 names). Hurt of the English (12 names).
P. 133. Extracts from books of Sir Thos. Delves.
P. 139. Order of precedence; and Sir Peter Leycester* s notes.
P. 169. Copies of deeds, &c. (from Richard 2), from the originals at Bock Savage, now belonging to Thomas, Earl Rivers, Sept. 1669.
A folio volume containing notes of 197 deeds from the time of Richard 1, and copies of seals taken "Ex "Chartis Thos. Venables de Kinderton, per Samp"sonem Erdeswick de Sonde in com. Stafford, col"lectis, about the year of Christ 1600."
A folio volume, of the end of 16th or beginning of 17th century, contains—
Liber feodorum militum ducatus Lancastrian in partibus borealibus; beginning with Halton. (60 or 70 leaves.)
A folio volume of the 17th century contains—
Extracts from Records of the Duchy of Lancaster, prefaced by the following note by Sir Peter Leycester: —" In the collections following 1 have not only with "my own hand transcribed from the original charters "and the Coucher books remaining in record in the "Duchy Office at Gray's Inn within cited, but have "likewise diligently compared and examined my "transcripts with the same authorities vouched. "A.d. 1646.—P. L."
Pages 1 to 9 contain transcripts from documents lent by Dugdale, Sir S. Dewes, Booth of Twemlow (and he received them from old Mr. Wodnoth).
P. 10. Out of one of the Great Coucher books at Gray's Inn.
P. 18. Out of the other.
P. 32. Extracts from a book in the possession of P. Daniell.
P. 36. Out of Mr. Sneyd's deeds.
A folio volume contains—
The descents or genealogies of certain families of the gentry of Bucklow Hundred, 1665, by Sir Peter Leycester. (100 pages), with drawings of arms. The families are Booth, Daniel of Over Tabley, Dutton, Holford, Leycester of Tabley Mainwaring, Mobberley, Toft of Toft, Warburton of Ailey, Mere of Mere.
A folio volume contains a copy of Domesday for Cheshire, transcribed by Sir P. Leycester, 1646.
A folio volume, paper, 16th century.—
The 1st booke of the History of Ireland, &c. This boke includeth the 1st part of Cambrensis History divided into 3 distinctions. Begins: Ireland the uttermost western He known.
Folio 35. The 2nd book, the Conquest of Ireland by King Henry 2. Begins: Dermot M'Morogh, King of Leinster, haute and leacherous.
The last date is 1504, when Gerald, Earl of Kildare, was appointed to be Deputy to the Duke of York.
A folio volume, 17th century, contains copies of Summons to Parliament.
A quarto volume of 18 leaves of French poetry, addressed to Prince Charles by Pierre Menyot, 1614, and two anagram poems and a sonnet. The volume is bound in white vellum, semee of gold fleur-de-lis, the arms of the Prince in the centre.
A copy in folio, 18th century, of the verses on the Earls of Chester (see p. 47 of this Report).
A folio volume, 17th century, contains— A true collection as well of all the King's Majesties offices and fees in any the Courts at Westminster, as of all the offices and fees of His Majesty's honorable household, with all fees appertaining to captains and soldiers having charge of castles, bulwarks, and fortrewses within the realm of England, and likewise the offices and fees of His Higlmes's honorable houses, parks, forests, and chases within the said realm (19 folios). Begins: First. The placing of estates and charges of nobility in England. . . .
A small folio, Glossary of legal and antiquarian words, by Sir Peter Leycester.
A folio volume, vellum, 15th century, contains— The Statutes, in French, from 14 Edward 3 to 15 Henry 6 (imperfect at the end).
A very large folio volume of Cheshire Genealogies, with coloured arms.
A quarto volume, 17th century, contains— Orders of his Highness and the Council for securing the peace of the Commonwealth, 21st Sept. 1655 (printed); followed by Sir P. Leycestor's account of the seizure of himself and others, and of their examinations, and how they were brought to London and gave bonds.
A quarto volume. Sir. P. Leycester's book of Disbursements, 1648-1678.
A quarto volume. Collections touching a Court Baron.
A quarto volume. A Mise Book of Chester. 1594.
"Two questions concerning the soul of man examined "and illustrated; 1. Whether it be created or pro"created. 2. Whether it be mortal or immortal. By "me, P. L. 1653."
P. 96. The letter of Mr. Samuel Shipton, late parson of Alderley, unto me, concerning the book and some other passages about the same subject. (A long correspondence between them, occupying between 60 and 70 leaves.)
A thin quarto volume of Arms and Pedigrees of Welsh Princes.
A quarto volume, 17th century, contains, " The tragedy "of Amuratb, 3rd tyrant of the Turkes, as it was pub"lickly presented to the University of Oxford by the "Students of Christchurch, Mathew's day, 1618." Begins: A supposed victory of Amurath,
Attained in Greece, when many captains slain.
A quarto volume, 17th century, contains An Account of the Earls and Bishops of Chester. (20 folios.) Then follows a short notice of the Chester Mystery plays. "The ancient Whitson playes in Chester wero set "forth at the cost and charges of these occupations, "and played yearly on Monday, Tuesday, and Wed"nesday in Whitsun week, being first made and .... "and put into English tongue by one Randall Higden, "a monk of Chester Abbey, A.d. 1269." The Companies as they have joined, and the parts that they played at their own costs, here follow. (The drama of the World was presented in 25 portions, the first being the fall of Lucifer, and the last being Doomsday. Nine of these were given on the first day, nine on the second day, and seven on the third day. On the first day, the Barbers and Tanners bring forth The falling of Lucifer; the Drapers and Hosiers bring forth The Creation of the Worlde. On the 2nd day the Cooks, Tapsters, Hostelers, and Innkeepers presented The Harrowing of Hell. The last on the third day was Doomsday.)
All the streets and lanes in the city of Chester, with their names, in the time of Edw. 3.
All the wards in Chester viewed and set forth by the worthie Mr. Henry Gee, May 1533.
The oaths of officers.
Recorders, Mayors, and Sheriffs, Lists of, down to 1657. A short chronicle of events after each.
A 12mo volume, 17th century (24 leaves), contains "Old verses concerning the Lord Stanley, at Latham, "in Lancashire." Begins:
It chanced after, a goodly man's son,
A 12mo volume of Poems, by Sir P. Leycester, is very noticeable, as containing an " Epilogue to Taming "of the Shrew, acted at Nether Tabley, by the servants "and neighbours there at Christmas, 1671. P.L."
There arc a great number of loose pedigrees and local papers; and a copy of a letter from the Duke of Lorraine, dated Luncvil, Nov. 26, N.S. (evidently addressed to Queen Anne), alluding to the remonstrance of the Queen's Minister at Utrecht, in relation to the removal of the Chevalier St. George, lauding the Chevalier, and declining to expel him.
There is also a complete collection of the printed books and MSS. on the dispute between Sir Peter Leycester and Sir Thos. Mainwaring, about the legitimacy of Amicia, daughter of Hugh Cyveliok, Earl of Chester.