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The initial letter B, with which the first Psalm begins (" Beatns Vir "), corresponds in size and beauty with these illuminations, occupying an entire page. Besides these, there are nine illuminated letters, each filling onethird of a page. No tradition exists as to the manner in which this remarkable volume came into the possession of the family of Arundell.
2. Fragments of a Latin Bible, in folio, upon vellum, of the 12th century, which when complete must have been a very sumptuous volume. The beginning of the Old Testament and the end of the New alone remain.
3. A large volume in folio, upon vellum, of the 15th century, formerly belonging to a Canon of St. Stephen's, Westminster, whose name, however, has been carefully erased. It consists of the Sermons of Henry Herp upon the Ten Commandments.
4. A thick folio, also upon vellum, written in the 14th century, imperfect at beginning and end, containing a commentary upon the Gospel of St. John.
5. The Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with five illuminations, of the 16th century. It contains a Litany, in which occur the names of many Saxon Saints. Here also are entered various memoranda connected with the families of Heneage of Houghton, Thimelby of Irnham, and Billersby of Billersby, all within the county of Lincoln.
Besides these, the library contains several manuscript copies of the Psalter, the office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and other books of devotion, written in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Ancient Original Charters Ant) Rolls.
These form the most prominent portion of the Wardour collection, and amount probably to 8,000 or 10,000 separate documents, They relate chiefly to lands within the county of Cornwall, and to personages connected therewith; the series, however, embraces localities within several of the neighbouring counties. I have attempted to form an alphabetical list of the principal manors and lands to which these charters refer; specifying also the period at which (as far as it was possible to ascertain during a hasty inspection) each sub-division commences. This list is appended to the present Report.
Running parallel with these charters is a very large collection of Court Rolls, Rentals, Surveys, and other rolls connected with the localities indicated in the charters mentioned above. These rolls extend from about the reign of Richard II. to that of Henry VIII. The series is too bulky to be dealt with as it deserves in a preliminary inspection, and it is desirable that it should be examined more carefully hereafter. It is probable that interspersed with it will be found documents possessing more than a mere local interest. In the course of a hasty survey the following articles were noticed:—
Household Roll of the expenses of the family of Dyneham, from 41 Edward III.
Similar rolls, with notices of journies to London and Oxford, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 9 Richard II.
Bill for provisions supplied in London for one of the family of Dyneham, in 1382.
A parchment roll, without date, containing an account, day by day, of the expenses incurred by Sir John Dyneham while on his way from Hurland, co. Devon, to Harblington, co. Hants.
Mercers bill for the same Sir John Dyneham. No date.
Expenses of the same, at Christmas 1381, on going to London to be present at the marriage of King Richard II.
Tailor's bill for the same person on the same occasion.
Roll of expenses of John de Dyneham, the younger, going to London from Brightley on the marriage of King Richard II.
Subsidiary bills of parcels connected with the same accounts.
Inventory of arrows and other articles connected with archery, delivered by Sir John Dyneham to his servant William Mytchell, 25 March, 10 Hen. V.
Expenses of John Rolle, Esq., steward to Lord Dyneham, on his journeys to and from London, 2 Hen. IV. A roll of vellum.
A large collection of charters and other ancient documents ranging from the twelfth century to the period of the Dissolution, connected with the monastery of Tywardreth. Among these occurs a charter dated 25th May, 21 Hen. VIIL, appended to which is an impression of the seal representing the Laocoon, (discovered by Sir Edward Smirke), which has excited so
much interest in the antiquarian world. See Oliver's Supplement to his History of the Diocese of Exeter, and more especially "The Archaeological Journal," for 1867, No. 93, p. 46, where will be found an Essay by the Rev. C. W. King upon this Intaglio.
Miscellaneous Charters, Letters, And Other DocuMents.
A bundle of 18 documents, consisting of Letters of Confraternity, Papal Bulls, and other ecclesiastical documents, printed and in manuscript, from 1450 to 1637, granted to, or connected with, the family of Arundell.
A Bull of Pope Engonius IV. to the Abbot of Oseney, relative to the appointment of John Brantingham to the priory of Tywardreth. Original.
The will of Katherine Lady Arundell, A.d. 1479.
Twelve letters from Thomas Arundell, second son of Sir J. Arundell of Lanhern (co. Cornwall), to his father, from A.n. 1536-1544. Ho refers to the political transactions of the period, and mentions Lord Cromwell.
Two letters of Sir John Arundell of Lanhcrne to his second wife, Katherine, daughter of Sir T. Grenfield; upon family matters. No date, but before the suppression of the monastery of Fordo.
Various papers connected with the priory of Tywardreth, from A.d. 1506.
Resignation of Richard Martyn, prior of Tywardreth, and appointment of Thomas Colyn [1506 ?].
Cardinal Wolsey to Thomas Coleyns, prior of Tywardreth, urging him to resign. A contemporaneous copy, signed T. Card. Ebor., dated More, 26th September [1528?].
Letter from Tho. Colyns to Weston, sub-dean of Exeter, asking assistance against his enforced resignation [1528?].
Tho. Colyns to Pope Leo X. Two letters in English.
Tho. Colyns to Wolsey, complains of the poverty of Tywardreth. Contemporaneous copy.
Robert Hamlyn, Monk of Tavistock, to Colyns. Has not attempted to oust him. Orig. Hoi.
Another letter from the same to the same, much to the same effect.
Henry Courtney, earl of Devon, to Tho. Colyns, asking him to resign his priory, the King having granted the next avoidance to the writer. He shall have a pension on compliance.
John Voysey, bishop of Exeter, to Henry, marquis of Exeter, on the next presentation to the monastery of Tywardreth. Orig.
The Sheriff of Cornwall and others to Wolsey, on the threatened invasion of that county by a great army of the French. They request that a subpoena directed to John Wyett to appear in the Court of Chancery might be postponed, no man being so meet to command the forces. Truro, 6 Oct. Contemporary copy. At this time John Kyllygrew was Sheriff.
Various inventories of furniture, household books, &c, from 1547.
Account by John Tregoz, receiver general for Sir John Arundell, 36 Hen. VIII.
Letter from H. earl of Northumberland to Sir John Arundell, temp. Edw. VI.
Original letter (signed) from Queen Elizabeth to Rudolph, emperor of the Romans, recommending to his good offices Thomas Arundel, the bearer of the letter, a young nobleman of great acquirements and high character, who is on his travels through Germany and Italy. Dated at Westm. 10 Feb. 1579, 22 Eliz.
Original Articles of Surrender of Wardour Castle by Lady Blanche Arundell, 8 May 1643, after five days siege.
Letters and accounts of Sir Richard Bellings, Controller of the Household of Queen Catherine, wife of Charles II., from 1679 to 1703.
Correspondence of Sir John Arundell of Lanherne with Sir Richard and Lady Bellings, his daughter and Bon-in-law, from 1665 to 1698.
Various letters to Sir Richard and Lady Bellinges, 1664 to 1718. Among these is one giving a detailed and interesting account of the reception of the Duke of York at his landing at Yarmouth, 13 March 1682.
Correspondence of the Rev. Cornelius Nary of Dublin, from 1706 to 1718.
Two letters from Cardinal Howard, 5 Oct. 1685 and 24 Aug. 1688.
Letters of Edward Butler, sixth Viscount Montgerald.
Notes by Lord Arundell for Mb defence on the plot of Prance, Oates, and others.
List of Parishes, &c. mentioned in the Charters at W Ardour Castis, with the Date at which each Series commences.
Acrumbrayn, A.d. 1311.
Bampton Aston (Oxf.),
i E. in.
Banbury (Oxf.), 1542.
Borstall (Buck.), 1385.
Bolliwroth, E. I.
Carnodret, H. III.
1444. Chelewortb, 1347. Chcwarle, 1466. Chudderley, 1476. Codnore, 1305. Cortulher, 1532. St. Columbs Major, 1309.
„ Minor, 1503.
Codington (Bucks), 1405. Cotteleghe (Dors.), 1383. Cothyngton, 10 E. I. Corton Denham (Somers.),
Compton Doudene (Som.), 1397.
Crukmoreck, 4 Edw. IV.
Dinglnn, H. II.
Eval, Saint, H. VIII.
Fyfeld Neville (Dors.), 1433.
Felicitas, S. (Filey), 1342. Frome Whitfield (Dors.),
1303. Furhill, H. HI.
Godron, H. m.
Gregiaston, H. III.
Harnham (Wilts), 1460.
E. I. Hec. 1499. Helgyn, 2 E. III. Hedy, Saint, H. III. Hescomb, 1405. Hertono (Dev.), 14 E. I. Hetecumbe, E. I. Hendra, 1576. Herdeswerpe (Dev.), 56
S. Mawgan, 1323.
Nanstadron, Edw. I.
Nymet Bordeville, 1380.
Orgaport (Devon), 1286.
Radeworthy, Hen. III.
Sandford Peverell (Devon), 1407.
Shireburn (Dorset), 1321.
Shepwas (Devon), 1272.
Symondsburgh (Dorset), Hen. III.
Sock (Somerset), 1612.
Steepleaston (Oxf.), 1535.
Stoke Carey, 4 Edw. I.
Suothdone, Edw. I.
Sulderne (Oxf.), 1576.
Sutton (Dorset), 1380.
Suta, Edw. I.
Stantonpyke (Dorset), 1357.
Talvern, Edw. I.
Trethenil, Hen. III.
Trearven, Hen. III.
Trehongcner, Hen. III.
Trelowarg, Hen. III.
Trembroth, 1498. Tremodres, Edw. I. Trenansly, 1276. Trenelgy, 1347. Trenevin, Hen. II. Treloy, 1260. Tregluyn, 1390. Trewyn, Hen. III. Trewynhelek, 1465. Trewynswortha, 1525. Trewvthyall, 1386. Trewneverrack, 1584. Trewassack, Edw. I. Trenavack, 1355. Trewidnant, Hen. III. Treworthken. 1356. Tresodken, 1367. Trewothenowe, 1456. Trewolleck, 1530. Trewerdre, Edw. I. Trevicky, Hen. III. Trevor, 1333 Treverryn, 1536. Treverkvs, 1380. Treverubitan, Hen. III. Trevelwyth, Edw. II. Treveglos, Edw. I. Treverth, Edw. III. Trevelwood, Hen. III. Treverne, Hen. III. Trevennel, 1327. Trevythvyan, 1527. Trevorrack, 1543. Trevyscarvean, 1522. Trevian Lyon, 1401. Trevythkyn, 1401. Trevennick, Ric. II. Treworgan, Hen. III. Trevennock, Hen. III. Trelaweder, 1323. Tredeysek, 1323. Tregenstek, 1323. TregoUes, 1323. Tregavedyn, Hen. VII. Tregawle, 1534. Trefruthken, 1410. Trevythvan, 1596. Tregadek, 1327. Tregahy, Hen. III. Tregenowe, 1274. Tregentallan, 1342. Tregeanwen, 1410. Trelameder, 1313. Tregenstick. 1313. Tregene, 1326. Tregonna, 1593. Tregonwall, 1457. Tregowas, 1369. Tregollas, Edw. I. Tregustock, 1326. Twykebere, 1274. Twyarnale, 1523.
Ware (Herts), Edw. I.
Whitchurch (Devon), 1513.
The Manuscripts Op The Right Honourable Lord
The Manuscripts consist chiefly of letters (and copies of letters) of the 17th and 18th centuries. There are a few letters and papers of the end of the 16th century.
Some of the letters of the 17th century illustrate the Civil War.
Those of the 18th century are interesting; a great number being addressed to George Lord Lyttelton, well known as the historian of King Henry II. of England. In this century there are letters by the Duchess of Marlborough, Swift, Pope, Fielding, Voltaire, Dr. Johnson, Lord Monboddo, and others.
In the 16th century is a holograph letter by Queen Elizabeth; and there are some Star Chamber papers.
A great number of the letters have been printed in Sir Robert Phillimore's Life of Lord Lyttelton.
Some letters and papers relating to South Carolina and Jamaica in the middle of the last century may be useful for Colonial history.
In rapidly looking over this collection, I made notes of what seemed to present points of interest.
A 4to volume of 142 pages contains copies by Charles Lyttelton (President of the Society of Antiquaries, and Bishop of Carlisle) of letters at Hagley chiefly written by the heads of the family. They are of the 16th and 17th centuries, and include letters from Sir John Lyttelton, Mrs. Muriel Lyttelton, Sir Thomas Lyttelton, Sir Henry Lyttelton, Sir Charles Lyttelton, and their wives during tho Civil War and the Revolution; a few are from Capt. Churchill, afterwards Duke of Marlborough; one from the Duke of Monmouth.
In this volume are copies of records of a suit in tho Star Chamber, 34 Eliz., wherein Gilbert Lyttelton and Humphry Pakington, Esq., were Plaintiffs as Executors of Sir John Lyttelton, and Lord Dudley, and many other persons were Defendants regarding an estate which had been purchased by Sir John from Lord Dudley.
At page 45 is copy of a letter by John Lyttelton to Sir Walter Raleigh, in dignified language, deprecating his hostility, and two letters by him to his wife Muriel; one is dated from Newgate, and in the second he directs certain letters in a painted casket to be burned.
1642. Aug. 20. Letter by Edward Nicholas (Secretary of State) to the Commissioners of Array for Worcestershire.
1642. Sept. 19. Lord Falkland (at Stafford) to Sir Thomas Lyttelton. The King is satisfied with him; desires to advise with him, and for that purpose commands him to come to Shrewsbury. In a P.S. he says that eight troops of horse, and 10 of dragooners, are coming to Worcester, and that ordnance shall be sent from Shrewsbury by water.
16 . . Sept. 30. Phil. Cary to Sir Henry Lyttelton. Alludes to the change in the ceremony of marriage made by the Parliament: "The Protector was yester"day overturned in his coach, and so bruised in his "belly and his thigh, that ho cannot stir himself in his "bed, and his secretary's leg is broken. How the "accident came is a great secret, becauso of the dis"honour of it; for he would needs drive his coach "himself, and the horses, ran away and threw him "amongst them."
A funny letter by the Duke of Monmouth (not dated), to Lady Phil. Lyttelton about "your sister, my niece."
Four petitions to Oliver Cromwell, by Sir Henry Lyttelton. Ho was imprisoned for providing arms without license. In the third, he says that he had been in prison near 17 months.
In the Appendix is a letter dated 1654, January 5, from Robert Hope to Secretary Thurloe (about searching for arms in Worcestershire); he received the order the last day of December to take Sir Henry Lyttelton, the High Sheriff, and Sir John Pakington; both were taken and sent to London. Then follow the information of the carrier's brother (the boxes were addressed to Sir Henry Lyttelton). Examination of Charles (Sir Henry's son), and examination of Sir Henry taken by Thurloe, 29th January 1654; (he said that he got the arms because of his appointment as High Sheriff,) and examinations of other persons.
1662. Aug. 26. Katherine Lyttelton to her husband Sir Charles; written on her arrival at Sleeton. She describes her company on the journey: "If I had not "had Cyrus,* I had been undone, for I never had three "such wearisome days in my life."
1663. Feb. 22. Henry Bennett (Secretary of State) to Sir C. Lyttelton at Jamaica; sends the King's instructions.
1664. Feb. 24. Charles II. to Sir C. Lyttelton. He has appointed Sir Thomas Muddiford Governor; gives Sir C. leave to come home, being unwell; to deliver up the seal, records, &c, belonging to him as Chancellor of the island to Sir Thos. Muddiford.
1678. May 10. J. Churchill (at London) to Sir C. Lyttelton; army matters.
1678. July 12. The same to the same. "We are "again very furious upon the war; so that I hope it "will not be long before I have orders to come over."
1678. July 18. The same to the same. It is generally believed we shall have war; notices changes in offices.
In an undated letter, the Duke of Monmouth writing to Sir C. Lyttelton at Bruges, says, "Let me know how "strong every regiment can march out on Thursday, "for I can give you no longer time." Does not intend that all regiments there shall march, nor can he say which shall stay behind until he see him.
In a letter from the Camp at Dundalk, Nov. 6th (no year), Sir H. Lyttelton gives in account of his shipwreck near Dublin; he says that the men died like rotten sheep; they could get no strong liquors. (It appears from the letter, that the writer had served under a commission from King William, whom he had joined when Prince of Orange, soon after his landing.)
A folio of 27 leaves contains copies of letters from Sir Henry Sidney to Sir John Lyttelton and of several from Mrs. Muriel Lyttelton and others, chiefly relating to proceedings in Worcestershire during the Civil War; also of letters of the Lytteltons after the Restoration. (A note of the transcriber says that he has transcribed them fair into a 4to volume.) Among these are: —
Letter from Lord Falkland at Beverley to Sir Thomas Lyttelton, in the King's service.
1642. June 25. Charles I. to Sir Thomas Lyttelton. Confines him to Worcestershire, notwithstanding the orders of both or either house of Parliament.
There is a letter from Sir Thomas to Viscount Fielding, Ambassador Extraordinary at Venice, but it is not important.
1642. Aug. 17. Lord Dunsmore, at Warwick, writes to Sir T. Lyttelton: "We are told that great forces are "coming down to us under the command of Hali, Earn"den, and Lord Brooke, but out of the appearance we "have of the assistance of your county and the rest of "our neighbouring countrys, we are not much affrighted "with it. We have here already nine troops of horse, "to-morrow shall have five more, besides 200 firelocks "and 300 dragooners. These are of the King's forces. "Then we have the force of the county besides, and *' this night the forces of Leicestershire will be with "us. To-morrow we shall have the King with us at "Killingworth," i.e., Kenilworth.
18 Car. I., June 22. Royal instructions from York for Prince Charles, Edward Lord Dudley, and Lord Coventry, and the rest of the Commissioners of Array for the county of Worcester.
1672, January 2. An unsigned letter and paper giving an account of the great storm at Guernsey, the damage to Cernet Castle; Lord Hatton's wife and mother were among the killed, and he was blown out of his room into a well at a distance.
In 1675 John Williamson writes to Lord Lockhart, Ambassador in France, recommending the widow of
* Madame de Scudery's ponderous romance.
Mr. Lyttelton,—" he that was killed at the battle near "Strasburg."
In 1701, Sept. 21, Chas. Lyttelton writes to Sir Charles L. at Hagley, giving an account of the visit of Louis XIV. to James II. at St. Germain.
A 4to volume of nearly 70 leaves contains extracts from the Tower Records, and from the original letters of the Visitors of Monasteries (at the time of their suppression), and several curious small pieces extracted from MSS. in the Bodleian Library and elsewhere, and which have never been printed. These seem to have been made by the Bishop in 1749. The volume contains curiosa from the Close, Patent, and Liberate Bolls; Extracts regarding the Monasteries, from Dodsworth's Collections. (Some of these may be found in the Camden Society's volume on the suppression of the Monasteries); at p. 18 is an account of an odd despoilment of Bishop Braybroke's corpse in St. Paul's, oy a lady, the Duchess cf Cleveland. (Signed H. Colraine, Dec. 10, 1675, who had it from those who saw it.)
1617, June 20.—Leith. Letter from Scotland to a friend in England, at King James being there in 1617 (from Dodsworth's Collections); the writer gives an account of the country and people, and of the reception of the King and his people.
The letter from Queen Elizabeth which is copied below.
Letter from Queen Anne (wife of James I.) to the Duke of Buckingham, beginning " Very kind dogge."
At p. 41 are some extracts from the Ashmolean and Harleian MSS.
A 4to volume contains observations on the reign and character of Queen Elizabeth, made in the year 1733, by George Lord Lyttelton (61 pages). A note adds, "Not to be printed unless any false copy of it should "be printed, G. L." Begins " It was now a consider"able time that King James I. had reigned in Eug"land, with a conduct very different from that of his "predecessor, when Sir Walter Raleigh was released "from the confinement under which he had languished "for several years." . . .—(The piece assumes the form of a conversation between Sir Francis Bacon and Sir Henry Wotton.) Ends " I don't know how to end "that conversation better than by repeating a saying "of Lord Burleigh that Queen Elizabeth was the "wisest woman that ever was; for she understood the "interests and dispositions of all the princes in her "time, and was so perfect in the knowledge of her "own realm, that no counsellor she had could tell her "anything she did not know before."
A 12mo volume contains a voyage from Plymouth to New York in the Galatea, written in French (17 leaves). Begins "Lo 9 do Juillet 1776 nous levames "l'ancre do la sonde de Plymouth." The last date is the 7th of August. It ends before they reached New York. The second loaf and the last leaf but one are torn out. The writer received his commission the 30th of March 1776, and hoisted his pennant at Deptford on the Galatea. The name W. A. Merrick is on the first page.
A 12mo log book of the proceedings of the British fleet under Sir Charles Hardy, Kt., from the return of the fleet to Spithead on the 4th of September to the end of the campaign, November 24, 1779, kept by Capt. William Augustus Merrick of the Incendiary fire ship.
Do. in the summer of the year 1779, kept by Lieut. W. A. Merrick of the Victory. Begins on Wednesday, 16 June, and ends on September 2nd.
Poetical epitaph by Geo. Lord Lyttelton on Captain Thomas Grenville, Commander of the ship Defiance, wounded in fight with the French, died 3 May 1747.
Some other poems by Lord Lyttelton.
Copy of letter by Lord Lyttelton to Stanislaus, King of Poland, on his accession, dated Nov. 26, 1771 ; and of the answer by the King's own hand, dated at Warsaw, Janry. 18, 1772.
Papers about the death of Thomas Lord Lyttelton in 1779. Relation of Miles Peter Andrews, formerly M.P. for Bowdlcy, about Lord Lyttelton's ghost appearing to him.
Account (six folio leaves) of the naval engagement with the French off Mahon, May 20, 1756, The writer
thinks that had they all engaged, that day might have been recorded with a similar glory as May 19, 1692 (La Hogue).
A letter by Major J. Cockburn to J. Lyttelton, Esq., at Wimbledon Park. Ho tells of Lord (Thomas) Lyttelton having written Dialogues of the Dead in imitation and ridicule of his father; remembers three of them, and has them somewhere. If he recollects right they are replete with wit, spirit, blasphemy, and patriotism. The parties were King David and Cffisar Borgia, tho Saviour of the world and Socrates, and Epaminondas and General Wolfe; gives an account of Mr. Coombe and the Lyttelton letters.
Letters from Thomas Lyttelton, while abroad, to his father.
There are several portfolios of letters. Among these are:—
Autograph letter by Queen Elizabeth to Lady Paget, on the death of Lady Compton, as follows:—" E. R., "cal to your mynde, good Kate, how hardly we princes "can broke a crossing of our commandos; how yreful "will the hiest power be (may you be sure) whan "murmur shal be made of his pleasingst wyl. Let "nature therfor not hurt your sclfe, but give place to "the Giver, and thogh this lesson bo from a sely "Vikar, yet it is sent from a loving Souveraine."
1659, Oct. 25. Edward Hyde (at Brussels) to Mr. Charles Lyttelton; he can not advise him to depart from the post where he is until he (Hyde) knows what the King is like to do.
1660, January 3. King Charles II. at Brussels; recollects and will reward the sufferings of him and his relations.
Letters from Pope, Fielding, Garrick, Voltaire, Johnson, Swift, Warburton, Phelps, Horace Walpole.
A letter from Dr. Johnson, dated Bolt Court, July 28, 1780, contains thanks for offers regarding Lord Lyttelton's life (for the "Lives of the Poets "), but he has no need. Asks for information concerning West, about whom he is quite at a loss.
In another letter dated July 27, Dr. Johnson says that his desire is to avoid offence and to be wholly out of danger, and he proposes that the historical part should be written by a friend under Lord Lyttelton's direction, and that ho (Johnson) will only examine the poetry.*
A political letter from Pope (in the autumn of 1735). addressed to Mr. Lyttelton, Secretary to His Royal Highness, at Bath (5 pages).
A letter from Voltaire, dated Paris, 1750, contains a criticism on Thomson.
A letter from Richard Phelps in 1761 is about Voltaire.
A letter from Warburton in 1741 is about Dr. Middleton's work on the Roman religion, and another in 1768 is laudatory of Lord Lyttelton's Life of Henry II.
A letter from Swift, dated Dublin Deanery House, 5 June 1739, says that in a letter to Pope ho had recommended Mr. M'Auly to Lord Lyttelton's favour; perceives he has interceded with the Prince to prevail with the University to choose him for a member to represent that body in Parliament; has been informed that some of the Fellows have sent a remonstrance to the Prince of Wales pretending an engagement to Mr. Tisdal; protests his respect, &c. for the Prince.
A letter from Horace Walpole, dated 25 August 1757 (4 pages) contains notices of Gray's poems and criticisms of his phrases.
Letter of George Lord Lyttelton to Lord Monboddo (6 pages) on the origin of the human race. Lord Monboddo's answer to the above (9 pages).
Draft of letter (in French) to the secretary of the King of Prussia, on his sending a book of poems published by his master. Wishes he had omitted the letter to Lord Keith. Laments his materialism.
Copy of letter in 1735 to the Prince of Wales on tho notion that an increased public grant might be proposed on the occasion of his marriage (printed).
Copy of another letter to the Prince, asking to bo allowed to serve him for nothing (printed).
Letter from Frederick Prince of Wales.
Letter from the King of Poland, 1772 (printed).
Letter from Lord Monboddo, 1773, in reply to Lord Lyttelton's comments on his book.
• It is rather curious that, after this letter, Johnson's remarks on Lord Lyttelton should be so caustic,
Cards were (if not sent by post) at least used as missives in the last century. Here is one by Lord Chesterfield thanking Lord Lyttelton for the first two volumes of his history (of Henry II.), and begging for the third which he hungers for.
Letters by H. S. Conway in 1752, 1755, and 1757.
A letter from Lord Mansfield in 1759 dated from Kenwood, says there are no chances of getting the bishoprick for the son. (But Lord Lyttelton's son Charles got the bishoprick of Carlisle in 1762.)
Letters from Geo. Grenville, Thos. Whately his private secretary, Lord Temple, Lord Rodney, Lord Hardwicke, in the middle of the last century: some of these are printed.
Letters from Lord Lyttelton to W. H. Lyttelton, governor of South Carolina, from 1756 to 1765; seventeen letters, eight or nine of which are printed. Lord L. told him all the memorable events in the political world until he returned from America.
Letters to Governor Lyttelton from Bishop Lyttelton and Sir R. Lyttelton, chiefly in 1756, 1757, 1758, and 1759. They contain political news and gossip.
About 26 letters from Lord Chatham to George Lord Lyttelton, and Governor Lyttelton.
A large collection of papers and letters including those from Secretaries of State to Wm. H. Lyttelton while Governor of South Carolina, and afterwards while Governor of Jamaica.
Letters by and relating to Thomson tho poet, and correspondence between Lord Lyttelton and Dr. Doddridge.
Among these are some verses in Thomson's handwriting, and a letter by him to Lord Lyttelton dated 14 December 1747, in which ho praises a lady whom apparently they wanted him to marry, but he says that she does not take his fancy, and that he is too old to marry; and,
A letter by Lord Lyttelton in 1738 to Dr. Doddridge, excusing himself from applying to the Prince on Doddridge's behalf because the latter is a Dissenter.
In the last letter to Doddridge, dated 19 Sept. 1751, Lord Lyttelton says that he hears from the Bishop of Worcester that Doddridge had gone to Bristol in an ill state of health.
A part only of this correspondence is printed.
Letters by various members of the Lyttelton family at the end of the 17th century and during the 18th century, and by other persons; among these are,
A letter by John Hough Bishop of Worcester to Sir Thomas Lyttelton, acknowledging the receipt of Warburton's "Divine Legation of Moses;" he would have preferred observations on the "Life of Cicero," as the author is as intimate with Cicero as Middleton is.
A letter from R. Lyttelton to his father, dated at Ghent 19 Nov. 1742. Orders from His Majesty to march by way of Aix-la-Chapelle towards the Rhine. Don d'Arenberg has this moment arrived and is in consultation with Lord Stair. The army is in great spirits, if we have frost we shall do very well.
A letter from Sarah Duchess of Marlborough, dated 26 August 1733,to Dr. Sandby, prebendary of Worcester. A patriotic letter, about voting for members at the next parliament.
A letter from Geo. Lyttelton to his father, dated 25 April 1747, about his last speech ; news from Holland. The Prince of Orange is declared full stadtholder of the seven provinces. The Duke at the head of 110,000 brave men is within 10 miles of Antwerp; he cannot stay there two days for want of forage without either taking the town or beating the French.
A letter from George Lyttelton to Miss West (1751) about the regency. The King is very kind to the Princess and his grandchildren.
Extracts from a MS. of Mr. Doraston of West Felton, co. Salop. During the civil war Prince Rupert made Wellescourt his head quarters for somo time. It gives an account of a singular escape of Prince Rupert from a trooper.
Letters to George Lord Lyttelton from Henry Pelham (5), Lord Chesterfield (12), H. Fox, Lords Bolingbroke, Bath, Egremont, Marchmont, Rockingham, and the Duke of Newcastle (mostly printed).
A letter by Bolingbroke, dated 29 Nov. 1740, is about Windham's death (not printed).
A letter from Lord Lyttelton to Lord Bolingbroke, dated 14 April 1748, about the "Idea of a Patriot King." Asks him to leave out all about him (Lyttelton) and not to publish it yet. (A note says that "it was "originally writ in the form of a letter to Lord Lyttelton, "being then in the Prince's service. I have it in MS. "and it was writ in my Lord's own hand.")
A letter by Lord Rockingham, dated 28th February 1772, about the Royal Marriage Act; what is meant by Royal family; is going to have good law advice.
A letter by Holies-Newcastle (i.e., the Duke of Newcastle the Prime Minister) to Lord L., dated 14th Oct. 1760, on the reduction of the Canadas.
Letters from Richard Lyttelton to his father Sir Thomas, 1744, &c.; some while he was in service in Flanders where he was wounded. In a letter of 1744 he says that he went to Ranelagh and had a long talk with the prince and princess.
A few letters from William Lyttelton to his father in 1746-8, from the Temple and from Berlin.
A bundle of letters from George Lyttelton to his father, 1729 and 1730, from France, Italy, and Venice.
Letter by Samuel Hood (Sir Samuel Hood the Admiral) at Philadelphia, dated 10th Sept. 1754, addressed to Admiral Smith at Hagley, telling that he has now possession of Jamaica.
Among the numerous early deeds preserved at Hagley, the following may be thought deserving of notice.
King John by his Charter tested at Clarendon on the 8th of August, in the 17th year of his reign grants the manor of Hales to God and St. Mary at Hales. Tho seal is pendent.
King Henry HI. by his charter dated the 5th of April, in the 11th year of his reign, confirms the above grant by King John; the exemptions are very full. Among the witnesses is Herbert de Burgh, Earl of Kent. The seal remains.
King Henry III. by charter, dated the 18th of October, in the 31st year of his reign, grants the church of Waleschale, Walsall in Staffordshire, to the Abbey of Hales. The seal remains.
Of the date of 14th of the Kalends of November, 1282, is an appointment by the Bishop of Worcester of a vicar to the church of Hales by virtue of a Papal Bull recited. Part of the seal in green wax remains.
King Edward III., by letters patent dated the 2nd of May, in the 11th year of his reign, and tested at tho town of London, licenses Joan Buttetourt to alienate Wyrnelcy in Worcestershire to the abbat and convent of Hales Owen. A large part of the seal in green wax remains.
By deed dated Friday after the feast of St. Mark 11 Edward III., Richard Fekenham grants to Lady Joan Botetourt, one half of the manor of Werneleye with the appurtenances, which he held of the inheritance of John de Sutton of Dudley.
On the 4th of January 1331 Adam, Bishop of Worcester confirms various grants by Bishops of Worcester the founders and several Popes regarding the appropriation of the church of Hales Owen.
There are other ancient deeds relating to tho monastery of Hales Owen; and bailiff's accounts for the abbey 34 & 35 Edw. III.; and a Cartulary of the Abbey in the shape of a roll three or four feet long, and—
A hundred roll of the burgh of Hales, 6 Edw. I.
Deeds of the 13th and 14th centuries relating to lands at Frankley, co. Worcester.
By charter of Edward I. tested at the tower of London, 5 Oct., 2 Edwd., the King grants to his beloved valet Licard de Henyn in tail tho manor of Arneleye which John de Burgh the elder held of King Henry III., in capite, and which the said John gave to Robert Burnell (bishop of Bath and Wells), and which Robert surrendered to the King (Edward). The seal of green wax remains.
By charter tested at Westminster, 4th June, 4 Edw. I., the King recites the above grant and licenses Licard to alienate the manor to Roger de Mortimer in fee, and licenses Roger to purchase it, under the service of one knight's fee.
The grant by Licard to Mortimer is there.
Attached to a grant of land by Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent (temp. Hen. III.), is part of the seal in green wax, the arms are three lozenges in fess; the lozenges seem to bo vairy.
A grant, 20th December, 27 Hen. VI., by Richard Duke of York to Ralph Lord Cromwell and others, as feoffees in trust, of the manor and vill. of Cressege,