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These were all the visitants that I remember we had eyther at Manzo or during our aboade in Burgos, whethor that night wee retourned.
The tewsday following I craved leave of my lord to passe to Madrill by the way of Vallodolid: the same desire possessed some others of his lordship's attendaunts, as namely the worthy and religious gentleman my Master M' Tho. Carye, of the princes Bedchamber, and M' Kenelm Digbye, a kinsman of my lords: so that wee, accompanyed by Mr Hopton and my brother, left tho company at Burgos, from whence shortly after my lord and his troop departed, having now for theyr better commoditye obtayned some court officers who were to attend them in theyr journey to Madrill.
When I arryved at Madrill, I found there Mr Stone, a gentleman of my lords, who had bin sent from him on purpose to provyde my lords house in redyness to receave him at his comming; but as I conceaved, notwithstanding all the diligence which he used, itt was long before he could [procure] a hows to be appointed, and I am sure itt was after my comming before he had directions for furniture wherwith to furnish the house; and yet thys was all the chardge or trouble unto which my lord dyd detcrmyn to putt tho King or his servaunts.
By reason of this slackness, my lord, when he came to
a villadge Caramiichell, 3 myles from
Madrill, did fynd that as yet there was no commodity to receave him prepared; and therefore (although in his discretion he pretended matter of spirit) yet I conceaved thys was the cause which kept him 8 or ten dayes in that little villadge.
Helmingham Hall: The Seat, In Suffolk, Of John Tollemache, Esq., M.p.
In the Library there, which the owner laid open unreservedly for the purposes of the Commission, are many valuable and interesting Manuscripts.
First must be noted the splendid Anglo-Saxon volume, King Alfred's translation of Orosius. One quire of eight leaves is absent, but the missing portion has been supplied on six leaves from the rather later Cottonian MS. The volume is in fine clean condition. An original fly-leaf at the beginning has on it drawings of the symbols of the four Evangelists, and Runic letters, with their meanings, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, i, k, 1, m, n, o, q, r, s.
Trevisa's translation into English of Bartholomew de Glanville's work, " De proprietatibus rerum ;" a superb MS. in folio, with illuminated letters and marginal ornaments; parchment, 14th century. It commences with 24 lines of verse, not in the printed edition:—
1. [A] Croys was mad all of reed
2. In fe begyniiyge of my booke . . .
23. And this game reule and lede
24. And brynge to a good end.
A Brute Chronicle in English (folio, paper, end of 5th century). It extends to 10 Henry 6. Another Brute Chronicle in English (folio, parchment, end of 14th century). It extends to the death and burial of Edward 3. Eight leaves between 223 and 232 are wanting.
Higden's Polychronicon in Latin (folio, parchment, 15th century). The last date is 1333.
Hardyng's Chronicle, in verse (folio, parchment, 15th century). The first leaf is defaced. The work ends with Edward 4. It seems to contain more than the edition by Sir Henry Ellis. At the end is " A lament"able complaynt of our Saviour and Kyng eternall to "sinfull man, his brother naturall," having 27 stanzas of seven lines each, so plaintive and musical that I cannot refrain from giving the commencement. "Brother, abyde! I the desire and pray, "Abyde, Abyde, and here thy brother speke; "Beholde my body in this blody way "Bruysed and betyn with whippes that wold not "breke."
There is a copy of Clement of Lanthony's "Harmony "of the Gospels" (4to, parchment, end of 14th century), translated into English by Wiclif or a Wiclifite. This copy is, however, not perfect; it begins in th 3rd part. (See MS. Reg. 17, C. xxxiii.)
An early English treatise, beginning " Of Maumetrie. "For as much as by sleth of the devil "... ends at fo. 11. "for the wicked living of false cristen men;" then follows, " The sermon following was said at Paules "in London the Jeer of our Lord 1389." It is an
English sermon on tho text, "Redde racionem villi"cacionis tue," and begins, "Mi deere freendis, $e "shalen tmderstonde y' Crist I'hu auctour and doctour "of tru]>e." . . . Tho end is wanting. (12mo., parchment, c. 1400.)
In an 8vo vol. (parchment, c. 1400), containing the "Sermones moralissime magistri Johannis Quintini," is the old English Sermon just mentioned in a complete state. At the end, in a later hand, is a Latin note assigning the treatise to Nicholaus de Aque villa. [Waterton ?]
A thick folio of parchment, beautifully written in the 14th century, containing a Calendar, Gospels, and Epistles, "and pistils and lessons of the old lawe." A fine vol. of old English; letters illuminated.
Latin treatises on the Decalogue, in which there are many passages of prose and two short poems in old English. Two vols., paper. 15th century.
An octavo vol. of parchment, of beautiful execution, c. 1400, containing—1. Hampole's "Pricke of Con"science," translated into English verse. 2. "The "Lapidary, or Book of Stones, (translated from the French); at the end, " Explicit Lapidarye, and in tyme "bo merye, quod IIullc." In this volume was once a third work, which has been cut out. The entry on the board of its title (" A romance of the beginning of "the world ") has been not quite erased.
Lydgate's version of Guido de Columna's " Destruc"tion of Troy." "Sir Gennerides;" a long romance in English verse:—
Both these are in one volume (large folio, parchment, 15th century); the latter work exists only in this MS. It has been printed by the Roxburghe Club.
There is a copy of the 15th century on parchment of "The Booke of Morall Seyinges of Phlysophres, trans"lated out of ffrenshe into Englysshe, the same probably as that printed by Caxton as " The Dictes and "Sayinges of Philosophers."
There are several volumes containing materials for the History of England in the 16th and 17th centuries.
A quarto volume contains " The order of the arraign "ment of Sir Nicholas Throgmorton, Kt., in Gildhall, "London, the 17th of April 1554," in 38 leaves.
A letter sent by Sir Nicholas Throgmorton to tho Queen, from Parrys, declaring his innocence of his first arraignment.
An English letter, not addressed, dated 28th Dec. 1575, and signed Francoys D'Alencon, concerning an attempt to kill with poisoned wine.
A treatise, in 12 leaves, by John Bradforthe. addressed to the Earls of Arundel, Shrewsbury, Derby, Pembroke, &c, on the religious state of the country.
A long letter by John Montgomery addressed to the Earl of Leicester, sending him a treatise concerning the maintenance of our navy. A.d. 1571.
The same volume contains copies of several orations, temp. Queen Elizabeth, Edward 6, and Henry 8, by members of one of the Universities; one of them is by Roger Marbeck.
Another 4to volume contains "A relation of the "occurrences happening in the beginning and after "our landing in the Isle de Ree."
A relation of the occurrences that passed between the Lords of the Privy Council and Sir John Corryton, Kt., concerning the affair of the loan (Cornwall).
A true description of the late deceased Prince of Bohemia taken in the year 1629. (Six folios.)
The State of Rochell at the King's entrance thereunto, 1628.
A paper volume in folio, 17th century writing, contains — A translation into English, by Christopher Tooke, Gent., of Antonio de Herrera's description of the West Indies.
A long account of the practices of and proceedings against a Portuguese gentleman called Stephen de Ferrara de Gama, "a follower of King Don Antonio." The Queen (Elizabeth) ordered the Earl cf Essex to apprehend him. Ferrara was at London at the house of Dr. Lopez, physician to Her Majesty's household; he was taken to Windsor, and delivered to Don Antonio as being his servant. Ferrara seems to have been a spy of the King of Spain. (A marginal note says "Dr. Lopez "advertiseth from the Court beyond the Sea.") Then follow, "Matters of Estate advertised under terms of "Merchandize," 3i pages; and a Letter of Manuel Lewis to Ferrara containing a confession. This matter occupies 34 leaves. Dated 1592-3.
Lists of Officers of State and Revenues of Court* and Fees (temp. Elizabeth).
List of Fugitives over Sea, returned into the Exchequer, 19th January 1573.
A paper volume in folio (writing of the 16th and 17th centuries) contains an account of thejourney of Anthony Jenkinson, from London to Persia, A.d. 1561.
A commentarie or explication of a letter written hy Cardinal Allen in defense of Sir William Stanley's act of betraying of Deventer. (In 4 parts.)
Relation of Sir Anthonie Standen. Memoirs of a Turkish voyage, collected in Constantinople in 1578. (16 leaves.)
A relation of the City of Florence and State of Tuscany, A.d. 1585.
A relation made to the Catholic King's Council of State by the Duke of Alva, 1579 (about Portugal).
The State of a Secretarie's place and the perille, written by the Earl of Salisburie.
The Earl of Salisburie's project against the Jesuits Schoole, Hostages and league with Spaine, delivered in a speech to Queen Elizabeth. (5 pages.)
A letter of Secretary Walsingham to Mons. Cretoy, Principal Seoretarie to the King of France, in defense of the Queen's Majestie, and her proceedings in causes ecclesiastical against the Catholiques.
In a paper volume, folio (writing of the 17th century), are Speeches of King Charles 1 to the House of Commons and addresses by the House to the King.
The Collection of Sir John Eliot's Speech in Parliament, "taken by H. W., T. B., and others." Begins, "We sit here as the greate Councell of the King."
Speeches in Parliament by the Lord Keeper, Mr. BowBe, Sir T. Wentworth, Sir Robert Phelips, Sir Benjamin Rudyere, Sir John Coke, Sir D. Digges, and others. And notes of Speeches of several other members of the House of Commons, temp. Car. 1.
Proceedings in the Star Chamber in the matter of Sir John Eliot, Miles Hobart, Peter Haymon, and Denzill Holies, and the pleadings thereon.
A paper volume in 4to (writing of the 17th century) contains Vox populi in Newes from Spain.
A similar volume contains Sir Thomas Overburie's Observations on the state of the 17 provinces of France, and first upon that of the provinces united.
A paper volume in 4to (writing of the 17th century) contains entries of Privy Council Letters and other Letters of the 16th and 17th centuries, chiefly official on Suffolk matters.
A quarto of tho 17th century is a "Conference be"tween Signior Gondomar, his Majesty's Embassador "for Spain, the Frier Confessor, and Father Baldwin, "the Jesuit, at Elie House in Holborn, Nov. 20th "1621." At p. 1 is Box Spiritus Sr W. R. G. (? Sir Walter Raleigh's Ghost). 102 leaves.
In 12mo, paper, 16th century, is "Cupidinis et Psy"chis Nuptiao," 1573, in Latin hexameters, dedicated to Nowell, Dean of St Paul's, by Thomas Achelleus. Dedication 2 leaves, poem 11 leaves; evidently the presentation copy.
In a 4to vol. of tho 15th century is (inter alia) a Latin Grammatical treatise ending " Expliciunt genera "secundum usum Newerchice," also a Latin poem of seven pages, describing a house, its parts, its uses, its furniture, &c, with English glosses.
There is a 12mo vol. of the 15th century which possibly was once in Winchester College. It bears the motto, "Manners makyth man," and the 2nd tract in it is "Synodus Magistri Johannis Gerveys quondam "Episcopi Wyntoniensis."
A thick folio of the 17th century contains a translation into English of what I recognize as Buchanan's History of Scotland.
There is a late copy (15th century) of the " Visio et "Exortacio Sancti Edwardi Regis et Confessoris."
A 4to volume (15th century) of French Poetry iB worth notice.
Here (as at Kimbolton Castle and Port Eliot) is 17th century Poem without title. It begins— "Whilom divided from the main land stood "A forest in the circle of a flood, "Which was the Caledonian wood yclept, "And long time there the Lyon his court kept."
At the end of this copy is a note, not in the hand of the transcriber of the Poem, "Wrust of Trinity Hall "fesit (sic) an. 1628." The first word is obscure. I have, however, ascertained that the author was John Hepwith; and the poem was printed at London, 4to, 1641. The characters in the Poem (which seem of political import) are disguised as animals.
The Drama is represented by a Play of the 17th centurv, written by John Pallin, Chancellor of the Church of Lincoln. After the Epilogue is a Poem addressed to the then Countess of Dysart.
English Law has not been neglected. Two very early MSS. contain the Statutes to the end of Edward 1. A folio of the 15th century contains the Statutes in French to the 9 Hen. 6. A Bimilar volume contains the Statutes from Edward 3 to 23 Henry 6, the greater part in English.
In one of these early volumes are some treatises by Hengham, &c, Ac.
Besides the historical matter already mentioned, there are two parchment Rolls of the 15th century, containing the usual genealogical and historical matter from the beginning of the world, English history in later times bein<^ predominant.
Divinity is represented by several splendid MSS. of the Bible, and some of the Fathers and other works; six or seven volumes of the Fathers are of the 11th and 12th centuries, and some of them came from the Monastery of St. Osyth, in Essex.
Several old medical works in English, of the English School, are here.
From the above notes, gathered in a cursory view of the MSS., the Commissioners will see that this is an interesting Collection. The greater number seem to have been gathered by Lionel Tollemache (temp. James 1).
Under a large portrait of the last Tudor Sovereign, beside a lute, once touched by her hand, lie two letters of condolence, written to a lady by Charles 2 while an exile in Paris. One of them I read through; it is perfect in composition and stately grace.
The examination of this Library was, alone, a great pleasure; but the pleasure would have been poor in the absence of the very warm hospitality and kindness of those who honoured me by making me their guest at Helmingham.
Alfred J. Horwood.
P.S.—A MS. of some of Chaucer's poems has been lent to Mr. Bradshaw, Librarian of University Library, Cambridge; and letters by Sir C. Cornwallis on Spanish Affairs (temp. James 1) have been lent to Mr. Aldis Wright. These I did not see.
Manuscripts At Burton Manor, Stafford.
Mr. Francis Whitgreave, of Burton Manor, near Stafford, having permitted me to inspect the Manuscripts in his custody, I there found the following documents.
"A Relation of the Journey olvo English Stu
"dents from St. Omer to Seville."
The narrative of the adventures of these students fills 83 folio pages, and is exceedingly curious. It extends from 7 August to 14 Nov. 1622. They are apparently connected with the Jesuit College of St. Omer. The author nowhere mentions his own name; but his companions were, William Appelby, George Champion, Thomas Conyers, Peter Edwards, William Fairfax, Thomas Kensington, Peter Middelton, Robert Neale, John Robinson, John Woodas, and James Wadsworth.
While at sea tbey were taken prisoners, first by a Dutch ship, and afterwards by an Algierine pirate, which carried them to Algiers, where they were exposed to much persecution, having been sold as slaves.
Wadsworth, one of their number, published a quarto volume at London in 1629,* which professes to give an account of these transactions; but his narrative differs in many important particulars from the present MS.
"The Poems of Sir Aston Cokaine." A MS. in 8vo, being the original autograph, abounding with corrections, extending sometimes to whole lines.
Prefixed are letters to the Author's uncle, Sir John Stanhope, Lady Mary Stanhope, "Sir Allibond," Mr. Herbert Aston, and Mr. John Bullock, of the Inner Temple.
Next follow letters signed by Andrew Corbet, addressed to Sir [Peter] Alibond, Mr. John Bullock, of the Inner Temple, and Sir Allibond, Student of Lincoln College, at Oxford.
In the course of his poems the Author mentions his father, Thomas Cokaine, and refers to his wife's brothers, Gilbert and Thomas Kingeston. One of his poems is addressed to his sister, Mrs. Catherine Weston.
• The English Spanish Pilgrime or a new discovcrie of Spanish Popery and Jesuitic*". Stratagems.
Mr. Whitgreavc authorises mo to Btate that he will permit farther access to he had to these Manuscripts for the objects of the Historical MSS. Commission.
The Manuscripts Belonging To John Harvey, Esq.. Op Ickwell Bury In Hertfordshire, And Flnningley Park, Yorkshibe. A box containing 58 volumes was sent by Mr, Harvey for inspection. Tho majority of these volumes contain only printed tracts, chiefly of the time of the Great Rebellion; but a few contain manuscript bound with the printed tracts, and a few volumes arc wholly manuscript. The latter I will first describe.
A 12mo volume, containing—
1. A speach made by Mr. Richard Martin, Esqre. Recorder of the Citie of London, to King James, tho day before his Coronation. (3 pages.)
2. King James, his answerc. (14 pages.)
3. Tho Recorder of London's speech to Queen Anno at her Coronation. (3 pages.)
4. An oration made to Prince Charles at Portsmouth, by Mr. Thomas Whatman, of tho Inner Temple, Recorder of Portsmouth. (12 pages, full of conceits.)
5. Sir Thomas Witherington, Recorder of the City of Yorke, his speech to King Charles at his departure from York. 1639. (34 pages.)
6. Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Keeper, speech to Serjeant Hutton, when he received his Patent to be one of tho Justices of the Common Pleas, 17th May 1617. (3 pages.)
7. Sir P. Bacon, Kt., Lord Keeper of tho Great Seal, speech to Sir John Denham, Kt., when he received his Patent to succeed Baron Altham as one of the Barons of tho Exchequer. 1617. (34 pages.)
8. Sir F. Bacon, Lord Keeper of tho Great Seal of England, speech to Sir Wm. Jones, Chief Justice of the King's Bench in Ireland.
9. Dr. Williams, Bishop of Lincoln, being Lord Keeper, his speech in tho Common Pleas, tho 27th Oct. 1621, at tho swearing of Sir Wm. Jones to bo Judge there.
10. The effect of that which was spoken by Sir F. Bacon, Knight, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, at the taking of his place in Chancery, 7th May 1617, for performance of the charge His Majesty had given him when he delivered the Seal. (20 pages.)
11. Speech of Dr. Williams, Dean of Westminster, elect of Lincoln, and Lord Keeper of tho Great Seal of England, at his taking of his place in tho Chancery the first day of Michaelmas term, 9th Nov., A.d. 1621. (13 pages.)
12. Mr. Justice Doddcridgo, Exon., 2 Caroli Regis. (A charge of 34 pages.)
13. The Lord Keeper Finch's speech to Serjeant Littleton and Serjeant Foster, 27th Jan. 1639. (10§ pages).
14. Tho Lord Keeper Finch's speech to all the Judges in the Star Chamber, 13th Feb. 1639, before their Circuits. (11 pages.)
15. Mr. Witherington's speech to His Majesty, as he passed in his progress into Scotland to bo crowned, being Recorder of York and Berwick. 1633. (54 pages.)
16. Duplicate of No. 5 above.
17. A speech delivered by Sir Thos. Witherington to His Majesty at his second coming to Berwick, 27th May 1639; at which time His Majesty came thither to settle the Scottish affairs, then in great distraction. (54 pages.)
18. Sir Edward Littleton, Knight, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England, speech at his first sitting iu Chancery in the presence of the Lords that accompanied him. (94 pages.)
A 12mo volume containing—
1. An Essay or Character of a King, by Lord Chancellor Bacon.
2. A Dialogue between two friends, servants to His Majesty, written by the Earl of Salisburie. (12 pages.)
3. A Dialogue between a melancholy dreaming hermit, a mutinous braine-Bick soldier, and a busie tedious secretarie, written by Mr. Cuffe, servant to tho Earl of Essex. (20 pages.)
4. A speech made to Queen Elizabeth, touching Jesuits Schoole hostages and league with Spaine, by tho Earl of Salisburie. (22 pages.)
5. A spoech by Sir Edward Phillips, Knight, Speaker of the House of Commons in the first Parliament of
King James, which continued seven years before it was dissolved. (18 pages.)
6. A speech by Dr. Usher, Lord Primate of Ireland, before the Lord Deputie and the Great Assemblie at His Majesty's Castle of Dublin, the last of April 1627. (15 pages.)
A 12mo volume (end of 16th century) contains—
1. The manner of Sir Philip Sidney's death, written by the Right Honble. Fulke, Lord Brooke, 1586. (94 pages.)
2. A military discourse, whether it bo bettor for England to give the invader present battaile or to temporize and defer tho same. (454 pages.)
3. The advice of the Lord Gray, Sir Fras. Knollos, Sir Thos. Leighton, Sir John Norris, and others, touching the meanes fittest to be obtained for defense of the realm, anno 158/. (64 pages.)
4. The politic of the United Provinces. (8 pages.)
An oblong note book, of which 82 pages are filled, contains Notes of a Tour on the Continent, by John Harvey, in 1688 and 1689. He left London on July f}1688, crossed from Dover to Calais. At Angers he heard of the landing of tho Prince of Orange in England, so fearing war with France, he took horse for Lyons, Jan. y, crossed Mount Cenis into Piedmont, and descended Italy as far as Rome, where the Journal ends. He gives accounts of the churches and buildings, pictures, sculptures, and curiosities which he saw.
A quarto volume marked © on the side, contains— A letter by King James to the Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, concerning the point of rcmaimding offenders on the borders of England and Scotland. Sir Edward Phillipps being Speaker, 1st June 1607.
Another letter from King James, to the Serjeant-atArms of the House of Commons (12th May 1621) to set at liberty Bryan Badger, committed for heretical opinions.
Letter from Sir John Popham to tho Speaker, the last of Feb. 1606.
A submissive letter by Sir Chas. Cornwallis (to King James), who was committed to the Tower for Parliament business. (No date.)
Letter by tho Earl of Hertford to Sir John Hollis, M.P., desiring him to make known the truth of an imputation wherewith he was taxed in that bouse, 4th May 1606 (in the matter of Musters for Somersetshire and Wilts).
Earl of Northampton's letter of excuse for tho absence from the House of Commons of Mr. Hinson, member for Barnstaple, 14th March 1609.
Request of tho Earl of Cumberland and others to tho House of Commons, not to alter form of government of tho Borders, or to provide a better.
Letter by certain Justices of the Co. of Cornwall to others of their own rank and to the freeholders generally, to join with them in taking care to elect men of moderation and gravity for Knights of tho Shire, 10th Feb. 1627.*
Another letter by certain Justices (Co. Cornwall) on tho same subject.
To the High Court of Parliament:
The J?ad man's Admonition
Now or never to be put in execution.
Three speeches by King James in Parliament, 1614.
The humble submission and supplication of the Lord Chancellor (Bacon) to the House of Lords, 22nd April 1621.
King Charles 1st speech to both Houses, 18th Jan. 1625, and other speeches and proceedings in tho same Parliament, and in 1626 and 1627, including a long speech by Sir John Eliot, and the Earl of Bristol's answers to the Articles against him. (p. 45 to p. 94.)
Account of proceedings in the House of Commons, 1640. Tho speeches of Pym, Eliot, and others are pretty full.
Tho quarto volume lettered N. contains, at the beginning, a report made by Sir Thos. Rowe, of the Houso of Commons, of a Declaration, by the Earl of Bristol to a committee of both Houses, touching what had passed between the English and Scotch Commissioners in the late treatie at Ripon (1640).
The Scottish Commissioners preamble to the Lords, delivered by the Earl of Bristol, concerning thoir losses
* Sir John Trelawny, Bart., has the original of this letter, and at Montacute in Somersetshire is tho warrant by Lord Keeper Coventry for removing Sir John Eliot and others from the office of Justice of tho peace, which warrant wis the cause of the letter.'
and charges; and an account of the charges; both signed Adam BlayTe, 1640.
The Lord Andover's speech in the Higher House of Parliament touching the first causes and grounds of the Scottish Warr.
The Declaration of the Scotts to the House of Commons concerning the maintenance of their army.
The Scotch Commissioners Preamble to the propositions of the Lords.
An Index of the eminent heads in the eight demands for establishing of a firm and settled peace.
The answer of the Lords to the Scots' eight demands.
In the volume marked A on the covers, is a sermon by Mr. Peters, at Christ Church, 7th April 1643.
This volume contains a very curious collection of printed satirical tracts, some poetical; mostly in 1647 and 1648.
A quarto volume lettered F. contains—
1. Sir Benjn. Ruddyard's speach concerning the Queen's Joynture.
2. The King's speech to both Houses (16th Feb.) at the passing of the Bill for triennial parliaments.
3. Sir E. Littleton, Lord Keeper, his speech to the King at the Banquetting House, Whitehall, the same day.
4. A copy of the propositions made to the King by the Ambassadors of the United Provinces of the Low Countries, 12th Jan. ,
5. The King's speech in Parliament, 10th Feb.
6. A short relation of the case of Sutton Marsh. Petitioners in the House of Commons in Parliament, Margaret Kcrby, widow, Henry Derham, Esq., Captaine Francis Wrenham. (5 pages.)
7. A conference with the House of Lords, 22nd March.
8. A letter from the English Army to the Earl of Northumberland, Wednesday, 24th March.
9. A poem of nine stanzas of six lines each, beginning, "You wylie Projectors why hang you the head." Each stanza ends, "God a mercy good Scott." It is against Patentees, Papists, and the Bishops.
10. A Christmas Caroll (16 lines), political, commencing,—
"The House of Commons having latelie sent "A member into France from Parliament, "The Lords have instantly dispatcht one thither, "That they might have a conference together." 11,12, and 13. Copies of Summons to Parliament. 14. The Lords of the Great Councell at York, their letter to the Citizens of London, for borrowing 200,0001. to supply the King's occasions and keep his army from disbanding, 26th Sept. 1640.
Then follow copies of the King's, Lord Keeper's, and the Speaker of the House of Commons speeches in Parliament in November 1640; and Diurnalls of proceedings in both Houses in the same Parliament to 20th November in the following year.
After printed Copies of Diurnals, from 27th Dec. 1641 to 28th March 1642. follow—
Manuscript Diurnals from 28th March to 4th June. Printed Diurnals to the 25th July conclude the volume.
In the quarto volume lettered S., at page 218, are "Touching the Liturgie and Episcopall Government."
Begins: To ratifie your demands both concerning the Liturgy and Episcopall Government.
1. For the book of Common Prayer, it may be abridged. (6$ pages.)
In the quarto volume marked ^ on the sides, aro— "A Dialoguo between Philoleutheros, a lover of Libertie, or a Parliament man, and Philopolites, a lover of his Countrie, or Motives to induce annual Parliaments."
Begin*: Well mett (worthie Philopolites), what busines occasioneth your presence. . . .
Endsand wishing successe of their worthie proceedings. (44pages.)
The Right Honble. George Lord Digby, his speech in Parliament, 29th January. (9J pages.)
(In this volume is an engraved portrait of Richard 2, from the picture at Westminster Abbey, as frontispiece to a tract printed 1641.)
The quarto volume marked Q on the sides, contains—
Copies of the second and third treatises in the 12mo volume described at page 62 of this Report; and also
A project how to increase 200 sayle of shipps, and every shipp 2 and 300 tunn in burthen, and 2,000
mauryners, all to be raised in tho space of three or four yeares. Which shipps and marriners shall be continually mainetayned within the Kingdom, ready on all suddaine occasions, to be sent to sea if the State shall find cause. (7 pages.)
Bretanno-Belgicus, proving a necessity of consolidating the English with the United States of the Lowe Countries indissolublely; by Thos. Powell.
Begins: Sir, It seemes you are a Dutchman by your habitt, but an Englishman by your haviour. (78i pages.) I think this has been printed.
The" quarto volume lettered M. contains—
His Majestie's offer of Pardon to the Rebelles now in armes against him. Given at our Court, Edg-hyll, 24th Oct. 1642.
His Majestie's gracious Proclamation to tho Citties of London and Westminster. Given at our Court at Ayno, 27th Oot. 1642.
(This volume contains several printed tracts concerning the King's captivity in the Isle of Wight.)
The quarto volume lettered Y. contains— "The abuses and remedyes of the High Court of "Chancery; written by George Norburye, and pre"sented unto tho Right Honble. the Lord Keeper." (28 pages.) The author states to the new Chancellor that he was a clerk of the Chancery: lauds Sir Edward Phillips, M.P., for having done away with references: alludes to the orders lately published by the Lord Viscount St. Albans.
Orders in Chancery. (Pages 18-30.)
The Manuscripts in this Collection being contained in bound volumes, and an examination of the 58 volumes having shown that the Manuscripts were not very numerous, I thought it better at once to note every item.
The printed tracts do not come within the scope of this Commission; but I may remark that the volumes contain many tracts of great rarity and interest. Some have woodcuts and some have engraved portraits. There arc two (different) portraits of Pym, one of great brilliancy. Bound in the volumes are a great number of single sheets: these ephemeral and destructible things were fortunately bound up with the other tracts in the 17th century.
Alfred J. Hokwood.
The little I have to say in reference to this foundation, I gathered from the information given me by Dr. Cartmell, the Master of the College, who received me very courteously, with an expression of regret that he had not more to tell me. Had it been desirable that I should then inspect any of the documents, it would not have been possible, he said; as a meeting of the Master and Fellows would be first necessary for the sanctioning of such a step, while no such meeting could take place Defore next October. The College, however, does not seem to possess anything likely to come within the scope of the object of the Commission, with the exception perhaps of—
Thirty-seven early documents and charters of Creake Abbey, in Norfolk. These came into tho possession of tho College, Dr. Cartmell informed me, in the following manner:—In consequence of the death of tho Abbot, in the reign of Henry 7, and there being no surviving members of the Convent to elect another, the Abbey was deemed to be dissolved, and its possessions escheated to the Crown; upon which, in the 22nd year of that reign, they were granted to Margaret, Countess of Richmond, by whom they were given to this College, which she had recently founded.
Admission Book of tho College, A.d. 1622-1655 J, John Milton's name occurs under the year 1624; also, in another part of the book, that of Christopher Milton, his brother.
The College is also in possession of a large number of documents, with an old Index; but all in the nature of title-deeds, more or less.
Henry Thomas Rilet.
Cambridge: Corpus Cubisti College.
The various books and other documents are described in the order in which they were shown to me by Mr. Snell.
A small folio paper volume, in old calf, beginning ICth January 1628, and ending about 1684. It contains a register of the general business of the College, resolutions passed by the Masters and Fellows, admissions of undergraduates, moneys received from them, and lists of caution-money from time to time in the possession of the College.
A lolio volume in rough calf; containing the" Brewhouse and Bakehouse accounts of the College, from 1714 to about 1792.
A small quarto volume of miscellaneous papers, bound up together in boards, about eighty years since; containing Inventories of College property of various descriptions, in the 16th and 17th centuries. Among these is a list of the College Jewels, dated 14th February 1591, as also, an Inventory of "College "Stuffe" (furniture) in the Master's Lodge in 1603. Under 1604 there are entries, with the numbers, of "Fellows' tablecloths, towells, skreene clothes, table "napkins, schollers' clothes, basons and ewers, old "table, old cupbord, bread binne, chipping knife, "brasse candlesticks, and a pewter flaggon." There are also in this volume entries of payments under the Byllyngworth Foundation.
A large folio volume, bound in boards, of about 400 leaves of paper, containing accounts of the College from 1590 to 1684. Siinay of the items are of interest, as throwing light upon the habits and usages of the times.
A small folio paper volume, bound in boards, the leaves not numbered, but forming probably 400 pages, being miscellaneous entries bound up together. Its title is "The College Store Book," from A.b. 1479 to 1575. Allowances to the Fellows are set forth in Latin; among them, fuel, sedge, salt, bread, mustard, peas. The book is full of matters of interest, in reference to the then mode of living.
Audit Book, 1550-80; a small folio paper volume, the entries collected about a century siuce, and bound up in boards; no attention being paid to the proper sequence of the contents. It contains miscellaneous entries of allowances in commons to the Master, Fellows, and Scholars, and the computi of the Bursars as to receipts of rentals.
Audit Book, 1575-90; a thin folio, bound up in boards. Its contents are of a similar nature to those of the preceding volume, and are thrown together without regard to date.
"Liber Actorum in Collegio Corporis Christi et "Beats Maria Virginis, in die Sancti Michaelis "Archangeli, A.d. 1569;" a folio paper volume, bound in boards. The first 50 pages contain Acts of the Master and Fellows in Chapter (Capitulo), and various indentures; after which come, leaves of absence (in Latin): "Decreta" of the Master, for the regulation of the College; elections of Fellows; and admissions of Pensioners. About 170 pages are filled, and 90 left in blank. The last entry in this book, at p. 145 of the old numeration, is in a hand of probably the middle of last century ; there being much erasure at the top of the page, in the way of blotting out some entry, contemporary with the erasure, as to an election: —" John Mundey, B.D., one of the Fellows of this "College, was the person whose name is erased above, "and who was elected by the Society, August 4, 1626, "to succeed to Dr. Walsall in the Mastership; but his "election being soon after made void, the wags of "those times posted the following sentence on the "College gate ;—' Sic transit gloria Mundi.'"
There are many Audit Books, of the 18th century, and several Lease Books.
Accounts of Landbeach, A.d. 1486-1510, an oblong paper folio; forming a thick volume of accounts, the College being both proprietors and lords of the manor of that place.
A few parchment Bolls (some in a tattered state) of the Guild of St. Mary at Cambridge,—one of the two Guilds to which the College owed its foundation,— temp. Edward 1 and Edward 2. Under 29 Edward 1 (a.d. 1300) we find an entry (translated from the Latin), —" Roger Wollemonger and his wife entered the Guild "and Fraternity on the Friday next after the Feast of "our Lord's Nativity, on paying fine of two quarters "of malt, to be delivered at the Feast of the Nativity "of the Blessed Mary [1 January], together with "wax." In the same year all the brethren and sisters
of the fraternity are directed to assemble at the Church of St.Mary, after morning Mass, there to celebrate a solemn Mass for the deceased brethren and sisters of the Guild, under the penalty, in each case of neglect to do so, of paying half a pound of wax. Another fine the same year, on admission, is three quarters of barley, with wax. This Guild was governed by an Alderman, and three " Coadjutors and Advisers."
Bede Rolls of the Brethren and Sisters of the Guild of St. Mary, before 1349, comprised in three membranes of parchment. Tho "bidding" is (translated from the Latin),—" Fray, brethren and sisters, for the "Alderman, and brethren and sisters, of the Guild of "St. Mary at Cambridge, ever a Virgin; and for all "our Benefactors, living and deceased. Pray for the "souls of the Founders and Foundresses, of the brethren "and sisters, and of all the Benefactors, of the said "Guild, and of all the faithful, deceased, whose names "herein are written." Among the names entered to receive the suffrages of the Guild, are "Margaret "Fyndesilver," (" Findsilver Lane" is still a locality known in Cambridge,) "Royse Edmundis wyf, "Thomas Outlaw and Beatrix his wife," "Matildis Out"lawe," "CassandriaSymundis wyf Scau." Prayers are also asked—" for the soul of Hyssabella [Hyssabella], "wife of Leyre the Miller." At the end of one roll is added, in a different hand (translated),—" For the soul "of Sir Walter Reynald, formerly Archbishop of Can"terbury, and for the souls of William, father of Sir "Ralph de Windeshore, and of Agnes, his mother." At the foot of the membrane is then added (translated): —" Also, for the souls of those deceased in the mor"tality and pestilence, in A.d. 1319." Among the names written on the other side of the same membrane are, "Agnes Skippeaway," "Gerard at ye Pond," "Thomas le Flevshewer [Butcher]," and "Isabella "Skipaway."
A thin quarto volume, with paper leaves, rather tattered, not numbered, and bound in paper; containing tho accounts of the Guild of Corpus Christi at Cambridge, beginning in 1349. In one page, bearing reference to the foundation of the College, there is a passage, not noticed, so far as I can discover, by Dr. Lamb in his Edition of Masters's History of the College—(translated)—" On Thursday the feast of Our Lord's Ascen"sion in the 27th year [of the reign of King Edward "the Third], William de Eytone, late Rector of the ". Church of St. Benedict, was received into the Con"fraternity of Corpus Christi, as partaker of all the "benefits thereof. Be it remembered, that the same Wil"Ham, by arrangement [ordinationem] of his friends, "gratuitously resigned his rectorship of the Church "of St. Benedict into the hands of* the Bishop, in order "that the brethren, who had acquired the advowson of "the said church, might have an immediate oppor"tunity of presenting to the same. The same William "gave, to the use of the College, for the saving of his "soul, a certain tenement, built near to the church"yard of the said church, for the purpose of enlarging "the dwellings of the said college; the same being; of "the value of 10 pounds. Also, the same William "gave to the brethren, to the use of the College, the "reversion of a certain tenement, which he acquired "of Margery, formerly the wife of William Ton; a "tenement which could be sold for 30 pounds. Also, "the same William gave to the brethren, to the use of "the College, a garden, his own orchard, situate in "Newenham, near to the tenement of Henry Tagmere; "which garden could be sold for 13s. 4d." The London list of Benefactors to the Guild and its incipient College, given on a pago without date, is curious. Among them is named, "Simekyn Simeon, Esquire of our "Lord the Duke of Lancaster," who entered the fraternity. In another page, " John Joachym" is mentioned as entering the fraternity, 25 Edward 3. (a.d. 1351). The first part of the book contains a list of admissions of some hundreds of persons by name, with their localities in many instances. The last eleven pages are devoted to payments, some of the particulars of which are of interest. The Guild traded and made money, it appears, by selling boars, pigs, steers, sheep, malt, bran, grains, and herbs from their garden. Among the items of expenditure in 1348 are the following (translated from the Latin):—" To Little Robert, "for sharpening a knife and an axe, and for shoes, 5d. "For wattles for the dam [pro wattlis pour le dam], "For 2 pairs of shoes for Little Robert, 8d. To a cer"tain carpenter at the dam [le dam] for a day, and to "one boy there for a day, 3i<Z. To William Brik"lynge, for lathis, hengis, hokis, and the like, 4*. 6d. "For the servants at Grancetre [Grantchester], for