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1690-1700, referrible to vols. A. B. C. D. and Appendix. —Project of a Treaty of Alliance between England, Holland, and Savoy.—Papers relating to release of ships, goods, prisoners of war, &c. With answers: some by Marshal Tallard, &c.
Folio.—Copies of various Treaties, 1547-1709, referrible to A., B., C, and Appendix.
Folio.—A help to History, or Annals from 1459 to 1711, by M. Prior, Esq. (Short entries.)
Folio.—Remarks on Treaties.—Journal of proceedings in the Treaty of Utrecht, 1711.
Articles of the Treaty of Munster and Osnaburgh, 1648.
Pyrenean Treaty, 1659.
1712. Diary of Prior (several leaves in his own handwriting).
Remarks on Religion in Germany.
Many pages of Notes by Prior on events and persons.
Folio (400 pp.).—Poetical Miscellanies. A few in print. —Some fragments apparently not included in his printed works.—An Index.—A few remarks, perhaps by Lord Oxford.
A 4to volume in red Morocco.—Poems on several occasions.
A 4to volume in red Morocco.—Prose.
1. Heads for a treatise upon Learning. Begins, "What "we commonly call School-learning."
2. Essay upon Opinion. Begins, " Since Opinion is said "to be the Queen of the World."
3. Dialogue between Charles the Emperor and Clenard the Grammarian.
4. Dialogue between Mr. John Locke and the Seigneur de Montaigne. Begins, "Locke.—Is it not wonderful."
5. Dialogue between the Vicar of Bray and Sir Thomas More. Begins, " Farewell then to the dear Vicarage."
6. Dialogue between Oliver Cromwell and his Porter. Begins, "What a vicissitude doth death bring to human "affairs."
Folio (7 leaves). Fragments in prose and verse transcribed from loose papers in Prior's own hand.
A bundle of Original letters by Prior to Robert and Edward Harley, Earls of Oxford.
Folio (76 leaves). Begins, "The present design of vin"dicating the University of Oxford from the odious and "unjust charge of disloyalty to His Majesty King "George."
1721, May 12. Copy letter (in French) from Prior to Montfaucon, introducing to him Mr. Sherrard, who had been more than 20 years in the East collecting antiquities. (2i pp. fol.)
1721, July 11. Answer by Montfaucon. — Has met Sherrard before.—Thanks Lord Oxford for three plates which he has sent. •
The Duchess of Portland's Box.
Folio.—Copies of letters by Robert Harley, afterwards
Earl of Oxford, to the Duke of Marlborough, April g= Dec 25
1706 to -s—1711.—At the beginning of the volume is Jan. 0
a copy by Harley of Additional Instructions to the Duke of Marlborough, 10 April 1706.
Folio.—Parentela; sive Parentalia Hollesiorum, &c.; by Gervase Holies of Grimsby, 1658. (Extracts from this volume are in Collins's Noble Families; referring to this volume as then belonging to the Duchess of Portland.) No copy of this volume is in the British Museum, which has some volumes by the Author, who was nephew to John Holies, 1st Lord Clare.
Folio.—Original letters (and some copies of letters) to Earl Rivers, 1706 and 1707. The writers are the Duke of Marlborough, Halifax, Godolphin, Sir C. Hedges (many), Robert Harley, Col. William Stainforth (at Lisbon), James Stanhope (at Valencia), Charles, King of Spain (several originals), Sunderland, Anthony Stoughton, Somers, Prince Lichtenstein, Paul Methuen, the Duke of Berwick, Lord Coningsby, Hugh BoVawen. (The volume contains copies of some letters by Earl Rivers.)
A 4to volume containing 50 or 60 letters to Robert Harley, 21 July 1704 to 30 Jan. 1707.
Three 4to volumes of Extracts by the Duchess of Portland from various MSS.
A 4to volume containing letters by Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu to the Duchess of Portland, 1780, &c.
A 4to volume containing letters by Elizabeth Robinson to the Duchess of Portland, 1740, &c.
A 4to volume unbound. Copy of account of the defence of Bramton Bryan Castle, co. Hereford, by Lady Brilliana Harley, 1643 and 1644 (112 pp.).
Richard Pace, priest, to King Henry VIII.:—" Pleaseth "hyt your hyghnes to be advertised that upon the 21 "day of July we entered the montens named le Colle de "Tendadifficult ascent and passage.—The fifth day after " we attayned Nise, the foot of the said hil, when "themperor banketted for the space of two hours of the "Duke of Savoy, and the duchesse departed incontinent "to the camp, lying three miles beyond, in St. Laurence, "within the jurisdiction of France."—Mentions a town called Freieu;—a storm damaged the tents of the army;— the defeat of the French by the Spaniards;—two French nobles, M. Busie and Monteiaine, taken, but ransomed and gone home, &c. (3 pp., some part in cypher.)
Instructions for Pace, containing such things as he shall disclose to the Duke and Senate of Venice, or to others having principal authoritie in the government of the hien publique of that dominion. (5J pp.)
Confession of Katherine Howard. Cotemporary copy signed by Norfolk, Hertford, Stephen Winton (Gardiner), Anthony Brown, Thomas Wriothesley, and others. (About 4 pp.)
15 . ., Jan. 15. Cardinal Wolsey to Pace, Ambassador in Italy to treat with the Venetians for aid to the Emperor against the French. (6 pp. signed by Wolsey.)
15 . ., Aug. 25. Wolsey (at Sothewell) to Mr. Secretary —Thanks him for kindness to the Provost of Beverley. —The King has taken him as his poor orator and scolar.— Asks his means with the King for his college.
15 .., Aug. 25. Wolsey (at Sothewell) to the same.—Prays him to be his friend in the uncharitable suit of Strangwasht for 700/. which he pretends AVolsey owes for the ward of Bowes.—" At his first coming to my service the matter was "ended. Perceiving that I am out of favour, destitufe of "socour, and in calamite, he has renewed his suit and "complained to the King."—Has received the King's letter, which of course the Secretary knows.—Has written to his trusty friend Mr. Cromwell to make reasonable offers to him.—Asks the Secretary's aid, according to what Cromwell shal ltell ..." In the doing whereof ye shall bind me to be your daily bedesman."
15 . ., March 2. Wolsey (at Westminster) to Richard Knight, ambassador to I^ady Margaret.—He acknowledges Knight's letter from Mechlin of the 10th instant. 4$ pp.)
1551, July 25. J. Warwyk (John Dudley) to the Lord Chamberlayn, or in his absence to Mr. Vice Chamberlayn (concerning a picture of Lady Isabel, the daughter of France, sent to King Edward).
The writer says that, Half a year or more past, when Guydot gave to the King a gilt cup, he also presented to him a picture of lady Isabel, with whom now the contract
"between the King and His Majesty is begun to be made;— "but Guydot waa only an instrument of the French Queen, "who most desires the marriage; it is well for the King "to shew that it is neither here nor there in the matter :— "he sends the picture, if the King's pleasure be so that
SiiQris "the same should be in a redynes for the last day. LookOfbaih.; <i ;np jn a (jgg^ 0f mjne j found jt there," and "recollected "that whereas Guyot gave it to the King, the King gave "it to me; thinking it my duty to Bend it to his highness "with the considerations before rehearsed."
Eight letters from Cranmer to Sir W. Cecil. (Printed in Strype's Memorials of Cranmer, Oxf., 1812.)
1551, Aug. 23. Cranmer to Cecil.—The bearer, Mr. Coverdale, bishop elect of Exeter, is now through in all matters to the consecration, save only in doing his homage and in despatch of his first fruits.—Asks, in consideration of his long attendance, and the great lack the western parts have of him (Coverdale), that he may soon take the oaths and have Cecil's assistance for obtaining his suit concerning the first fruits.—Intends, on the 30th of the month, to consecrate him and the bishop of Rochester.
A letter in Greek (45 lines) by Sir John Cheke, to his brother, Mr. Cecil, servant to the Protector.
Letters by and about Sir W. Ralegh.
1584, July 9, Feb. 10, Feb. 20. Letters to the ViceChancellor and others of the University of Cambridge (arising out of his patent for sweet wines). ■
1592, Aug. 27. Walter Ralegh to the Lord High Admiral:—desiring three ships to guard the East India Ship (the Madre de Dios), which Sir John Burgh was bringing into Plymouth.
1592, Sept. 17- Walter Ralegh to the Lord Treasurer and the Lord Admiral:—asking for a commission to enquire about the pillage of the ship at Plymouth.
1592, Sept. . . . Walter Ralegh to the Lord Treasurer. —Sir George Carew hath dealt with him to know in particular how her Majesty might be profited by the Carecke; —he cannot give account of the doings of so many persons; —of 5,000 tons of shipping her Majesty took but 1,100;— of 18,000/. in money her Maje3ty hath but 1,500/., and for the other 1,800/. has employed in her two ships;—as by Sir John Hawkins' account will appear, her Majesty hath one tenth;—he thinks 200,000/. is the value of the Carack;—if she had borne the cost, it would be 40,000/., but it stood her only 1,500/.;—if instead of 20,000/. he had made it 100,000/., he had done injury to none but himself;—hopes she will accept the benefit as his ransom.— "From this unsavoury dungeon, this of Sept."
15 . ., July 12. Walter Ralegh (at Sherborne) to Mr. Michael Hext, servitor to the Lord Treasurer.—Asks favour (partly for love and partly for honest consideration) for Capt. Springe, that her Majesty owes 300/;—he has served her long and received many wounds in her service.
July 2. Walter Ralegh (at Sherborne) to Mr. Michael Hext, secretary to the Lord High Treasurer of England, (i p. Nothing important.)
(No date.) Walter Ralegh to Sir M. Hickes/—Asks him not to press John Shollney for a debt for which he was surety for Ralegh;—if he be imprisoned Ralegh cannot get his arrearages for wines.
(No date.) Walter Ralegh to ... . about some suit about land, which he says was not his; but a lease was granted by the King to the use of his wife and children.
(No date.) Copy of a letter (eight lines) of Ralegh to Buckingham, beginning, " Sir,—You have by your media"tion put me again into the world."
(No date.) Cecil to Michael Hicks, Esq. The body of the letter is unimportant, but the addition is, " Whatever "you hear of innocency, know they are all in the King's "mercy. For Sir W. Ralegh, his contempts are high, "however his crimes may fall in foro judicii."
1618, Midsummer eve, Greenwich.—Thomas Lorkiri to ... . He writes to correct his former in one part concerning Sir Walter Ralegh, who, according to common fame and vogue at Court, wrote to be at London, whereas in truth he is yet in Devonshire, committed to a private gentleman's house.—He mentions letters from Spain against Ralegh for the Guiana business ;—Sir Thomas Lake's place and the pretenders to it (named);—the censure of Trask (a minister) in the Star Chamber for Jewish opinions as to the Sabbath, and swine;—other news.—At Wanstead Buckingham entertains the King and the Prince. Friday last week the King was there, but the Prince was not invited, and he took it amiss.—Buckingham's excuse was that he was short of provisions, and he made it up by ordering hangings and furniture for two rooms to feast and lodge him.
[15 . .], August 23. Thomas Crumwell to Sir John Wallop, the King's Ambassador resident at the Court of France.—Directs him in what manner to justify the King's actions in the matter of the divorce and the execution of Sir Thomas More and the Bishop of Rochester, &c.—News. (6 pp.)
1559. A paper indorsed by William Cecil, "1559. "The first devise to sett the armea of England in the
"Scott Q. name."—On the other side is a well drawn Marquis and coloured shield of arms; quarterly, 1st and 4th, France op J*atu. and Dauphiny, quarterly; 2ndJ and 3rd, Scotland. On an escochen of pretence France and England quarterly.
1560, March. William Cecill to Thomas Randolfe, the Queen's servant in Scotland.—Sends a memorial by order of the Queen;—directs him to suspend as much as he thinks necessary;—he may open the question of marriage, and a league perpetual between the two countries, which, if not done now, while Queen Elizabeth is free from marriage, arid>Scotland from the band of France, may never be.
1567, Nov. 15, Norwich. The Duke* of Norfolk to Queen Elizabeth.—Opinions about her marriage with the Archduke Charles;—he thinks him not very careful of religion, and that her Majesty may persuade him afterwards to change;—hopes she will marry soon; the people desire it. (3 pp.)
(No date.) Sir Thomas Gresham to the Queen.—Information about the fall of the Exchange;—he gives the causes; alludes to Henry VIII.'s doings;—his remedies are: 1.—To coin base money into fine. 2.—Not to restore the Still Yard to their usurped privileges. 3.—To grant as few licenses as she can. 4.—To contract as small debts as possible beyond sea. 5.—To keep her credit, specially with her own merchants. (3i pp.)
1658, Nov. 3, Dublin. Sir Thomas Ware to W. Dugdale (in reply).—About the Irish bogs; and refers to Dr. Gerard Boat's Ireland's Natural History; 8vo., Lond., 1652.
Copies of three Letters by Oliver Cromwell.
1650, Sept. 4, Durham. Oliver Cromwell to his wife; telling of success in battle.
1652, Dec. 10. Cockpit.—Oliver Cromwell to Anthony Hungerford, Esq.—Explanations for not having visited him.
1655, Nov. 19, Whitehall. Oliver P. to Col. Norton ;— asks him to assist Col. Goffe, who will be at Winchester to-morrow.
Edward Hyde to Col. Gervase Holies. Fourteen letters from Paris, Breda, and other places.
Edward Hyde to . Eleven letters, beginning
"My dear," or "My dear daughter," from Madrid, St. Sebastian, Paris, &c.
Edward Hyde to Major General Massey. (One.)
The Princess Anne to King Williain III. Letter of condolence on the death of the Queen.
Charles I. and Charles II.
1644, May 16. Oxford. Holograph letter by Charles I. to his Nephew;—has sent Sir Richard Cave to tell of the end of his Sons' journey in the West.
1659, July 25. Brussels. Charles II. acknowledges that he had 200/. of the Earl of Leicester, while in difficulties.
1660, March 16. Brussels. (Charles II. ?) to .... Acknowledges his goodwill and fidelity;—has the peace and happiness of the nation at heart;—asks him to continue his zeal with friends and relations for the King. (At the corner of the bottom of the page is the letter K., apparently for the signature.)
(No date.) Holograph letter or Memorandum by Charles 11, to . . .—That Ostend be delivered to him without delay, that he may make provision for the effectual and speedy assistance of Flanders, which he can't do unless it be entirely in his hands. In recompence, he is to send 12,000 men into Flanders over and above the garrisons of Ostend and Neuport; the particulars of the treaty must take time, therefore till he have an answer to them he must put off the meeting of Parliament; "and what "prejudice the delay of time will be to the whole affair I "leave them to judge." (1 p.)
1659, June Brussels. Edward Nicholas to Col. Holies. —On politics in England.
1660, May 5. Breda. The same to the same;—has received his letter by Warner, Master of his Majesty's barge; hopes it will not be long before his Majesty makes use of his services in person. (He expects the Restoration.)
Philip and Mary: (their signature and seal). Order for delivering to the parish Church of Wabridge, for the better furniture of the same, certain stuff, specified.
Letters, temp. Queen Elizabeth.
(c. 1570.) Archbishop of Canterbury to the Lord Treasurer.—The state of the Dean and Prebendaries of Chester. (1 P-)
1584, May 8. The Archbishop of Canterbury to Burghley ;—defense against charges by Mr. Beale that he spake opprobriously of the House of Commons, and the Church of Scotland.
M Ahqcis 1584, May 26. The Archbishop of Canterbury to Burgho» Bath. jey^—Certain ministers of the diocese of Ely do not subscribe :—desires that Burghley will not countenance, but rather reprove them.
1584, June 1. John Barefoot to the Archbishop of Canterbury. (Indorsed by Burghley "Touching the non-sub"scribers.")
1584, June 14. The Archbishop of Canterbury to Burghley. (Indorsed by Burghley "Concerning the Puri"tans; Dr. Goodman, his perversions not sufficiently "known.") (
1585, May 5. Council letter to the Justices of the Peace of Carmarthen (signed by Hunsdon, T. Buckehurst, Chr. Hatton, F. Walsingham, James Croft).—Alice Jordan was condemned and executed for poisoning her husband; after condemnation she accused others; such an accusation not receivable by law, and indictment insufficient; therefore, no further proceedings to be taken against them.
1588, Dec. 18. John (Whitgift) Archbishop of Canterbury to Lord Burghley:—about the putting out of Mr. Hickman from his fellowship of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Copy of Anthony Hickman's plea in answer (2 pp.).
1588, June 6. The Revenge in Plymouth sound.— Francis Drake to Lord Burghley :—He has intimation of a great fleet seen coming;—the Lord Admiral's forwardness against the arms of the King of Spain. (Seal.)
1589, May 6. London. Chr. Hatton, Cane, to Sir Nicholas Bacon and Mr. Bassingbornc Sandyc, Esq.—A reference to them of a suit about Legacies.
1589. Philip Howard, Earl of Arundel's Apologetical defense to Burghley for acting as volunteer in the Emperor's army against the Turks, and taking the title of Comes Imperii; written while prisoner in the Tower. (Copied from a MS. of the Earl of Oxford, May 13, 1/34.) 6 pp.
1589, Sept. 27. Hague. Thomas Bodley to . . .— He lauds Count Marice:—the States are to call him Highborn Prince, vice High and well born Count.—Low Country matters.
1587, Oct. 10. Hague. Thomas Bodley to Sir F. Walsingham, principal Secretary of State to her Majesty.— Low Country affairs;—he has advertised the Lord Treasurer of the exploit of Sir Francis Vere.
Same date. Thomas Bodley to Burghley:—telling what Sir Francis Vere wrote to him :—a fight within a league of Berke;—it is said Sir F. Vere is hurt in the leg with a pipe ;—it is not mentioned in his letter.
1590, July 30. Ivychurch. H. (Earl of) Pembroke to Burghley.—His opinion for the defense of Milford Haven.
1591, March 7- Dublin. W. Fitzwilliam (Lord Deputy) to Mr. Hicks, Secretary to Lord Burghley. The country is quiet; here is but 750 footmen under leaders, and a few horsemen; no money and little ammunition. The citizens of Dublin are froward and stubborn in the matter of the impost of the yearne. If her Majesty will continue it, some letter must be sent to them.
(1591.) Ro. Cecyll to Mr. Michael Hyckcs (at Stanstead near Portsmouth).—Is not coming to Theobalds : —all here are in expectation what will come of the French causes; "my lord of Essex shall be joined with the Mar"shal Biron in the siege of Roan, and shall be in all "15,000 foot and 3,000 horse, besides 5,000 foot with "2,000 horse which the King is rydd withall after he had "taken Noyon to meet the Reistres and to help to bring "them in quietly towards Roan; likewise so as it is hoped "that Roan will be easier obtained."
1593, Aug. 14. Rome. W. Cardinal (Cardinal Allen) to Richard Hopkins at Antwerp.—(Apparently the end of a letter). — Offers to present papers to the Pope, or if thought better, the parties may with the Queen's license come personally and have an audience.
1595, Feb. 4. Henry Savile to Lady Russel.—He obtained Merton College thro' the Lord Treasurer's means, and so hopes to get Eton :—Asks her mediation.
1596, July 8. Howard, Lord Admiral (aboard the Arke), to Burghley:—giving an account of the naval action off Cadiz. (5 pp.)
1597, Aug. 3. Edward Coke to the Lord Treasurer.— Thanks for liberty 1o retire into the country.
1598, May 8. London. Thomas Bodley to Burghley.— States business. (3 pp.)
No date.— Ralph Morice, formerly servant (Secretary) to Cranmer, p itions the Queen for a pension.
(1596), Mety 20. Edward Coke to the Lord Treasurer: —has found aout (he is persuaded) a speaker of the malicious slande ra against the Lord Admiral.
Letters of the 17th Century.
1603, 1619, 1620. Three letters by W. Bathon (Earl of Bath ?) of no importance.
1608, Dee. Robert (Earl of) Salisbury to the Prince.— A fulsome letter :—he calls himself the King's beagle.
1609, May 20. Council letter to Lord Knyvet.—About procedure with the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in the matter of the aid [for knighting the Prince] :—appoint & day for executing the Commission. •
16 . . John Donne to the Prince (Henry).—Having dedicated a book to the King, he presents a copy to the Prince. (A didactic letter. Seal, a crab.)
1610, Sept. 14. Skinckseane. Sir Edward Cecyll to the King.—Army news.—Sends for delivery to the King "that arch Jesuit, father Baldwin."
1614. Letter from H. Wotton.
1618, May 25. Venice.—H. Wotton to the Lord High Trcasurcr.-r-Thc whole town is in confusion upon discovery of a foul and fearful conspiracy of the French against this State:—no less than 30 lives have already suffered very condign punishment, between men strangled in prison and drowned in the silence of the night, and hanged in the public view. And yet the bottom is invisible.
1617, Dec. 1 and 3. Frederick, Elector Palatine to King James I. (in French).—News of his journey, and of his arrival;—expected accouchement of his wife.
1619, Nov. 13. Fr. Verulam. Cane. (Lord Chancellor Bacon) to (the Duke of Buckingham).—News.—Lord and Lady Suffolk fined 40,000/. and imprisoned, llinglcy fined 2,000/. and sent to the Fleet. Sir Edward Cook did his part, and he (Bacon) never heard him do better.
1617, Dec. 5. Council letter to the King:—about retrenchment of his Majesty's expenses.
1621, Nov. 9. Henry de Rohan to the King of England.
1623, July 21. London.—Thomas Lorkin to —
16 . . Prince Charles, his guifts and presents at his departure out of Spain.
To the King, a sword set with dymonds of great value.
To the Queen, a fan and relucent dymond esteemed of 20 carats, and a triangle and two ear-rings of dymonds as big as a bean.
To the Infanta, a string of 250 great pearls of rare perfection, and of five carats; one dymond which can not be valued; two pear pearls of inestimable value, and other pearls of great esteem.
Then follow presents to Don Carlos, to the Lord Cardinal Infante; to Olivarcs and his wife and daughter; to four other persons; to all the gentlemen of the Chamber; to 14 of the King's Pages; to the Gard of Archers 4,000 crowns, and to every one a gelding; to the Condc de la Puchla Maestre, a chain of 1,170 dymonds.
A printed sheet, two sides. Description of things to be rifled and won by chance at Dice.—At Mark Taylor's house of the King's Majesty's servants, in Lincoln's Inn Fields, near Master Garter's new House in High Holborn.
Hamilton [Duke of] to [the King]. Begins, Placs your hcines.—Thanks for recommending his right to the Duchy of Chatelherault to the Due de Bouillon.
(16 . .), May 23. T. (Earl of) Suffolk to (the Lord Tieasurer)—about the Company of Merchant Adventurers.
1628, March 6. H. Wotton to Sir Ed. Bacon.—London and foreign news.
1629. The same, from the College.—News (and part of another letter containing news).
1629, Aug. 8. Hornsey. Jo. Lightfoot to Thomas Bedford, Schoolmaster at Adderston, co. Warwick.
1632. Copy of Memorial sent by Sir Henry Vane (Ambassador from King Charles I. to Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden) to King Charles I. concerning words spoke by Gustavus Adolphus; 16th May 1632.—It seems that Vane asked a pardon for Lieut.-Col. Douglas who was imprisoned; and whom the King had already pardoned on a former offence; the King used offensive language to Hyde, and words offensive in regard of the King of England, to which Hyde replied properly: and the Swedish King sent the next day and apolojfized.
1637, Ashwednesday ("from your College") Henry Wotton to his nephew. (Personal matters.)
1643, Sept. 28. Prince Maurice to Monsieur de Henflied (at the Hague).—Asks assistance for William Birdal and Richard Ford, Merchants in Holland.—Dated, " a Milton "au siege de devant Derthmouth."
1 Ml, March 1 and 8. Paris. Francis Windehank to his official Correspondent.—Two private letters, endorsed "for your self."
(1642, Feb. 1.) Sir Kenelm Digby to Sir Robert Henly, K.B.—Many years ago he had from Henly a medicine (tincture of strawberries) for the Stone;—has found more good from it than from any other medicine;—as years grow he finds that infirmity increase.—Wishes for liberation from restraint, and the Lord Mayor who was the occasion
Win of his confinement has promised to move it for him.—He ■'JiTM' will not act to the prejudice of the Parliament.
1666. Due de Roquelaure to the Duke of York. Clarendon (Lord Chancellor) to the Ambassador of the King of Great Britain at Breda.—Directions for his conduct.—The Princess Elizabeth is, by the death of the late abbess the Princess Palatine of Deux ponts, in the possession of the abbey of Hertforts in the territory of the Elector of Brandenburgh.
Several letters by the Princess Elizabeth in 1674, &c.; one dated from Hertfort.
1675, Ashwednesday. W. Dugdale to . . . Account of a great elm (a wicb hazell or elm) which about 40 years since, was in the parish of Leigh in Staffordshire where Sir Hervey Bagot then lived. When felled it measured 120 feet in length, 8 yards and 18 inches about by girth measure in the middle.
16/5 (?), Sept. 18, Camp de Soignies. The Prince of Orange to the Secretary Coventry.—Thanks for letter sent by Ambassador Hyde.
16/5, another, complimentary. (Both these are in French.)
16/8, July 30, Rome. Letter in French by Queen Christina of Sweden to King Charles II.—Asks to look after her pretensions, in the Treaty of Nimeguen. (Seal over floss silk.)
16/8, Aug. 5, Rome. Cardinal of Norfolk to King Charles II.—-Queen Christina got him to send the letter :— he offers his services.
1679, May T4T, Nerac. Algernon Sydney to Henry Coventry, principal Secretary of State.
1679, Oct. 14, Paris. Sir Hen. Savilc to (Henry Coventry). —Asks whether there is anything in the treaty with France to prevent their harbouring another ally (as the Turk and the Divell may be) that brings in our ships as prizes. (Indorsed " for your self.")
Collections of Papers principally relating to the Family of Harley.
Old Harley Papers.
Attcrbury to the Rev. Dr. Hickes at King Street, Bloomsbury.—Copies a passage from Wharton's book De Episcopis Londinensibus relating to the charters of
Ingulphus which he yesterday spoke of. Mr.
Wagstaff has some papers of Bishop Laud in his hands, in order to writ e a preface before them. They were formerly in his (Atterbury's) hands. He retained some manuscript Minutes of Acts of Convocation: they may be useful to Wagstaff. Atterbury had leave to retain them.
Cypher, for correspondence between the Duke of Marlborough and Secretary Harley, 1705.—A large sheet; words are printed and the figures are written against them.
Copy of a long letter about the election of the ViceChancellor of Cambridge; addressed to Dr. T. T.
1730, June 11. A letter (in French) from Le Courayer to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
A bundle of letters, ternpp. James I., Charles I., and Charles II., and later.
(No date.) Steenie (the Duke of Buckingham) to the King James I.—Beginning "Dere dad & gossope."— Imagines that by this time he has read an answer of his last letter which came with the suger pese, and made mention of his (the King's) removes. ..." I since have received
"the fesant egs Tell your sweet babe Charles
"I will waite at your bed before manie ouers pas, & by the "grace of God be at the death of a stag with you." (Much of the letter is about a place for a dependant.) Ends " your "humble slave & doge, Steenie." (nearly 3 pp.)
The same to the same (beginning and ending with the ■ same words as the last).—Assures the King,of his affection; . . . had entertained himself with a dispute " whether "you loved me now better than at the time which I shall "never forget at Farnham, when the beds hed could "not be found between the master & his doge." (1 p.)
1648, Nov. 21. Pass, signed by T. Fairfax, for Gervase Holies.
165B, Jan. 13. John Lilburne to O. Cromwell.—Asserts his innocence.—Col. Pride, the bearer, a great favourite in London, will tell more than can be properly written.—Asks for freedom, (lip. close.)
1652 and 1653. Letters from Geo. Ratcliffe (at Paris and elsewhere) to Col. Holies (abroad).
1657, 8, and 9. T. Ross to the same (many). (All the letters to Holies contain news.)
1653, Sept. 10. G. Morley (at Antwerp) to Col. Holies. —Alludes to a projected great work by Dugdale, and a projected polyglot Bible: the 1st sheet already printed.— Hopes for peace between the English and Dutch.—A letter from England says that Sir Robert Philips (Phelips) of
Montagu (Montacute), Co. Somerset, is apprehended and Maeqcis is to be tried by a high Court of Justice now erecting, for OF Kajhcarrying on a plot against the State. - H
1653, March 2, and April 18. Two letters from the Duke of Ormond, "for yourself."
1665, May 3. Tangier.— H. Chomlmely to Lord Feversham.
1673. Finglish and French passports for Oarleton and others, for the Treaty of Peace at Cologne.
1673, May 6.—Arlington to the Duke of York :—about the movements of the Dutch.
1673, May 1-1.—The Earl of Shaftesbury, Lord Chancellor, to the Duke of York :—acknowledges, and acts with the officers of the Navy according to, the Duke's two letters. The MasteroftheOrdnunce assures him that three ships with materials for a descent are before this on the Downs.—The King had been told that the Duke's turning out through the Middle Grounds was a thing of great hazard if the Dutch had lain within a distance to have taken advantage; but he much justified the Duke's conduct and gave much the same reasons. He (the King) looks on the Duke as the person in the world he may best trust.
Several letters from the Earl of Strafford.
1673, Aug. 22. Lord Brouncker to Prinoe Rupert.— Congratulates him on his escape.
Letter by John Evelyn.
1686, June 22. W. Churchill to John Gibbon, (Blewmantlc):—about the arms and descent of Churchill.
John Muddyman to the Earl of Rochester :—facetious.
Letters from Henry Savile (at Paris) to the Earl of Rochester's jBon :—(some quaint stories in them.)
16-<8, April 17. The Earl of Clarendon to the Duke of
. . . .—Sends Dr. Burnet's two papers, and a parliamentarian pacification: also Mr. Fagell's letter to M. Dalbeville (both in French and Dutch) upon the same subject; and a pamphlet called The way to peace among Protestants.—Peter Walsh died last month; he signed a retractation, as Romish priests call it:—sends a copy of it. The original is in the hands of Ginetti, an Italian secular priest, who is now with the Nuncio.
(No date.) The Duke of Marlborough to Mr. Robert Long.—Your uncle Egremont is at his country house; so that I can not come to the Manuscripts to show to Sir R. Cotton until his return; therefore I pray ye to send him such word.
Voltaire (in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden) to (Lord Oxford)—telling him that the French are proud of the name of Harley:—that Harley acts a noble part in the Henriade:—asks when he can wait on Ld. Oxford. (In English.)
A Bundle of Original Letters, Sfc.
1654. A game at Piquet:—A Dialogue between Cromwell, Lambert, Lawrence, Fleetwood, and all manner of people.
1717, July 2. Copy by Ld. Oxford, of his letter to the Duke of Newcastle in answer to one telling him that he was not to come to Court. (Newcastle's original letter, dated July 2 is here.)
Letter by George Lord Lyttelton on Religion.
1763. Memoir of John Earl of Granville.
Alexander Pope to the 2nd Lord Oxford; 133 (perhaps more) original letters.
Dr. Beattie.—1753, Jan. 12. Aberdeen. Letter to a lady (Duchess of Portland ?) 7 pages.
Another by Dr. Beattie in 1775, sending her specimens of Gray's writing, viz., " two sheets of his directions to me "when I was preparing the beautiful Glasgow edition of "his works."
Another in 1773.
Matthew Buckinger (without hands or feet) to Lord Oxford :—offers to write; or to make all manner of curiosities.
Sir Cloudesley Shovel.—One to the Mayor of Rochester, and others to Secretary Harlev.
1753, April 3. H. Cavendish Portland (Duke of Portland) to the Speaker :—consenting to the sale of the Harleian Collection, on condition of its bearing that title.
1759. Long letter from Lord Kinnoul (to a lady) giving an account of the Wells at Buxton.
1661, June 3, Dunkirk.—Hurry Fitz-James to Sir Edward Harley:—thanks for consideration and favours shown him:—proffers his services.
Another Bundle of Letters, fye.
J. Gay to Lord Oxford :—About a box for Lady Oxford at the Theatre.
171' and I7I-?. Letters, &c. by Lord Oxford in the Tower.
Copy of letter by Lord Oxford to Lord Dartmouth after nine months imprisonment.
Mahquis 17-0, March 8. Bramton Castle.—Request (by Lord Of Bath. Oxford) for special thanks in the General Thanksgiving,
mwiing and evening, for his delivery from imminent death,
as from that day.'
1706 and 1/0/. The Duke of Marlborough to Harley.
Several by the Duchess of Marlborough.
Conyers Middleton to Lord Oxford (172;!, Jan. 11, Cambridge).—Asks for the loan of a MS. of Maximus Tyrius for V. C. Davies to collate.
Lord Bathurst to Pope. 1730.
Pope to Mr. Mosley. (1722, Dec. 13, Twickenham) :— acknowledgments for a second present of Oysters and Eringo Roots; &c.
The Scriblerus Club. Several poetical; eux d'esprit between , the members of the Club and Lord Oxford.
Swifl to Lord Oxford (1724, Nov. 27, and 1738, April 3, Dublin).
Transcripts of Letters to and by Swift; most of them printed in Scott's life of Swift; but the omissions are curious.
Arbuihnot to tne same.—Three letters, (1713, 1726, and one undated).
Pope. Verses by him (autograph) to Polly Blount, with the date of her birth day, 15 June 1723. But the verses are dated Feb. 21, 172±.
Letters by the 2nd Lord Oxford to Pope; and a letter by William Murray (Lord Mansfield) Pope's Executor returning them to the Duchess of Portland.
A folio containing copies of letters by Atterbury.
170.9, May 28, Oxford. Thomas Hearne to Lord Oxford: —concerning Chaucer; and the various editions and copies of his poems. (8 folio leaves.) He cites MSS.—Cod. Fairfax, 16:—Cod. Hatton, 1 :—Selden's MS. B. 30. Bodl.
Edward Gibbon. Letter to Ld. Weymouth, dated 20 Aug. 1779, with the War Manifesto (which in his Memoirs he says he composed in French).
Letter by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.
John Locke. Two letters, one dated, London, at Dr. Goodsall at the College of Physicians, Warwick Lane, 16 March 1684, addressed to his sister:—the other dated at Mr. Pawling's, over against the Plough Inn in Little Lincoln's Inn Fields 25 Sept. 1694, addressed to Sir Edward Harley.
Gilbert Burnet to Sir Edward Harley; (15 letters).
James Bynt to ... . sent by post. (A note on this states that the writer was 110 years in March 1740, and that he lived at Kinton near Sir Edward Harley, at Eywood.)
Queen Anne to Lord Treasurer Harley. (Between 50 and 60 letters.)
Wycherley to Pope, 170§-1710. Copies; most of them have been printed.
. A 4to. volume of Extracts by R. Harley from the Journal of Ann Clifford, daughter and heiress of George, 3rd Earl of Cumberland, wife 1st of the Earl of Dorset, and 2nd of the Earl of Pembroke.
It begins in 1603 (" In Christmas I used to go much to Court ") and ends in 1619. (91 pp.)
Folio. Another beginning in 1652 and ending in 1658. (Between 20 and 30 leaves.)
Original letters in Turkish from the Sultan and Vizier to Charles II.
A few letters by Madame Royale (whose son was to marry the Infanta of Portugal) to Charles II. She sent the Count of Mayenne as Ambassador.
Four folio volumes. Talbot papers, transcribed by George Clifford about 1704 from Nathaniel Johnston's Compilation, 1694. Taken from originals, histories, and MSS. formerly in Sheffield Castle. (The originals* were presented to the College of Arms.)
Folio, paper, 17th century. Genealogy of the family of Villiers. (39 fols.) Arms, pedigrees, and extracts from Records.
Folio. Journal of the Council of Richard Cromwell: from 3 Sept. 1658 to 22 March 165J. (31V pp.)
Dudley Pedigree: by Cooke, Clarencieux, 1580,vellum; large long folio: very beautiful.
Pedigree of Thynne from 1010 to 1741. Large folio; beautifully executed.
The Muniment Room.
Cage 1, 1 —A roll of vellum, containing an early copy in French of the Laws of Oleron: Coutumes de la mcr.
 Vellum. Account (as it seems) of the Confederacy between Edward I. and the Count of Flanders.
10 Richard II. Memoranda of Ornaments of the Chamber. ,
• Copies or some aro in tlie "Hopkinson MSS." Sec Report 011 the Collection of Mr. Wilson of GuKrevc.
15 Richard II. Memoranda of stable furniture, saddles, Mm
&c. op Bi
1427. Inventory of Goods at the Chateau d'Eu.
Edw. IV. and Edw. V. Book of the Customs received at various ports.
26 Hen. VI. Latin; Wardrobe Account, by William Cotton, Keeper; from Michaelmas to the Feast of the Nativity.—Entries for Drapery, Mercery, &c, Reparations, deliveries to the King, foreign liveries, &c. (Paper, between 50 and 60 leaves.)
Henry VI. Statement of Customs by Farmers at various Ports.
Cage 1, No. 2. Folio, paper. Proporcion for coronacion of Henry VII. at Westminster.—At the Palace of the Bishop of London, &c.—Claims at the Coronation.
17 Hen. VII. Names of Creditors and amounts of debts; divers offices at the Palace of the Bishop of London for the late Prince and Princess.
Ordinances for the King and Queen at the Serjeant's feast.—Ordinance for the Lord Cardinal.—Ordinances for Ladies in the presence.—For the Lord Mayor of London and for two others. (5 pp.)
Bills of fare for various days in the Bishop of Ely's palace. (10 pp.)
Creditorsof the Serjeant's feast. (12 leaves.)—Giftsarid Rewards; (1 p.)—Fees and Rewards; (3£ pp.)
10 and 11 Hen. VII. A paper diet book.
Ordinance for the King and Queen at Richmond, 23 Jan. 17 Henry VII. (2 pp.)
Charges for making Knights of the Bath. (2 pp.)
Venison from divers Parks, 13 Hen. VII. (li p.)
Ordinary breakfasts in the Kings houses and chambers, 13 Hen. VII. at Shene (the various persons are named). 3 pp.
Fare for the King and Queen at Christmas; Shene, 13 Hen. VII.—Poultry for Christmas, do., &c. &c.
Cage 1, No. 3. Henry VIII. Copy of Indenture of Queen Katlierine and other things material relating to her jointure.
26 Henry VIII. Expenses at the King's Palaces and of his barge called " The Lyon." (Headed "The Pye Book.")
37 Henry VIII. Copy Commission by the King to enquire into Chantries lands and hospitals, issued to John (Voysey alias Harman) Bishop of Exeter, Sir Richard Edgcumbe and others.
28, 33 and 36 Henry VIII. James Nelson's (the King's Surveyor) Outlay in sundry Palaces.
Cage 1, No. 4.
18 Henry VIII. Accounts of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, at Ledstone and Pontefract. (Folio.)
27 Henry VIII. Another do. Accounts at Lewes, Sheffield and Tonge. (Large folio.)
Cage 1, No. 5. Philip and Mary.—Ordnance and Armour in Fortresses in England. (Large folio.)
Cage 2, No. 6. 3 and 5 Elizabeth. Accounts of various Manors of the Crown sold.
1567. Council letter to the Archbishop of York about Sir Henry Gates and John Vaughan. u 30 Elizabeth. Names of all the Members of Parliament.
Mary, Queen of Scots. Modern copy of " Sundry devices "& posies on the glass windows at Buxton, about her."
Cage 2, No. 7-
Cage 2, No. 9.
Cage 2, No. 10.
Cage 2, No. 15.