Imagens das páginas


ARL need of more I am very willing to stand it, be it £800 1798, August 25.–Duke of Bedford to Major Bray.
'ESCUE. to make it £3,000, or £1,800 to make it £4,000. The chairman of the committee. (Copy.)
Pelhams allow us 205, without Scotland, where I know

1798, Sept.5.-Lord Fortescue to the Duke of Bedford.
of 10. The confusion amongst 'em is great, as ev'ry (Copy.) He cannot, as an official, express any opinion
body says, and several changes are spok'n off, which about the ministers.
with the buisinys of Flanders will destroy 'em : but I'm

1800 and 1801. - Eight letters from the Duke of afraid so late that the Country will perish with 'em. I

Portland to Lord Fortescue, Lord Lieutenant. In thoss hope to see you soon, my dear Lord, and you'll find me

of 1801 there is much about the distress among the always your very affectionate Frederick P.”

labourers in Plymouth dockyard, and the disorders 1761, March 18. — Newcastle House.-Holles-New

there. castle to Lord Fortescue. He says that Lord Lincoln

In a letter of 1801 (May 1) he mentions Lord St. Vinis sorry he can not comply with what Lord Fortescue

cent's successes in Egypt.

1801, Feb. 6.-Lord Grenville to Lord proposes. “When I recommended your brother to “ be an Earl, he (Lincoln) wished Lord Clinton would

The present administration is to be considered as vir

taally dissolved, and in a few days we shall probably “ have taken any other title, as the earldom was a new

have to declare in Parliament that we hold our situation “ grant and not a title by descent; but as his Lordship ** was in possession of the barony and title of Clinton,

only until successors are named. The immediate cause

is an irreconcileable difference of opinion between the “ Lord Lincoln acquiesced. But as that is not now

King and the majority of his servants on the subject of " the case, he hopes your Lordship will not be dis“ pleased with him for not consenting to what has been

removing the disqualification which attaches to Catholics

in Ireland. proposed.

On the break up of the Addington administration in 1792, Nov. 24.-Duke of Portland to Lord Fortescue.

1804, Pitt, who succeeded Addington, desired that Lord -About increase of seditious papers.-Since the favour

Grenville should be one of the Cabinet, but he did not able turn affairs in France have taken obliges us to have

succeed in obtaining his adhesion. Lord Eldon states recourse to speedy means of checking the evil, they have

that Pitt was very indignant with Lord Grenville. (See determined on Indictments at the Quarter Sessions at

Twiss's Life of Lord Eldon, vol. 1, p. 449, 2d edition.) Christmas, and a circular letter to the Custos Rotulorum

The late Lord Fortescue was of opinion that Pitt had no in each county directing him to give that subject par

right to feel aggrieved when Lord Grenville refused to ticularly in charge to the Grand Jury.-Gives directions

take office with him in 1804. Lord Fortescue was good about the matter and the mode of prosecution.

enough to show me a privately printed volume, intituled 1798, June 1.–Duke of Bedford to Lord Fortescue.-

“ Secret correspondence connected with Mr. Pitt's (A long letter.) Among other items, he writes that he

“ return to office in 1804,” in which his father, the late waited upon the Duke of York tendering his services.

Lord Fortescue, wrote the following note :His Royal Highness thought the raising a volunteer “I well recollect, at a small dinner party at Camelford corps in the county of Devon most beneficial. Gives

House many years afterwards, that Lord Grenville,

House m an account of his doings thereupon. He found that it speaking of the transactions of 'th was the wish of the inhabitants to join the volunteers

stance the following account of what passed between formed into a corps in 1794. He laid his plans before

him and Mr. Pitt :-Before Addingion resigned, but the committee, and they approved it. Sends their when the break of his Government seemed certain, Pitt resolutions. He offers to increase the existing corps desired to see me. He spoke of the probability of his of Tavistock volunteers, and to bear the expense of being sent for by the King to form a new Adminisclothing, training, &c. The committee only suggest tration, and expressed his decided opinion that such officers to Lord Fortescue (as Lord Lieutenant).

ought to comprise the heads of all the Parties then in 1798, June 2.-Lord Fortescue (Lord Lieutenant of opposition ;-this he should press strongly on the King, the county) to the Duke of Bedford.-(Copy.) Acknow- and do all to overcome the objection to Mr. Fox.ledges the Duke's letter with the packet containing the Asked, if he failed, if. I would join him in forming a resolutions of the Tavistock committee respecting his Government. I answered, I much regretted our sepaGrace's proposal of raising a corps of volunteers in that ration when Addington came in, but that circumstances neighbourhood, to be united to the present corps of had since brought me into political connection with Fox, volunteers to serve under his Grace. In obedience to and I could not therefore take office if he were excluded. his Grace's commands he will transmit them to Mr. Pitt then repeated that he would do all he could to Secretary Dundas, and will communicate the resolution include Fox in the arrangement short of making it a of His Majesty's ministers. The resolutions of the sine quá non. I told him he ought to know the King committee were so full and clear that it is not worth better than I did, but that I felt convinced, unless he while for the Duke of Bedford to call on him.

made it a sine quá non, he had no chance of success.” 1798, June 5.-Has not received Dundas's answer 1807, March 18.-Lord Grenville to Lord his first or second letter; and as he is going to The King wanted his ministers to sign an agreement Devonshire there must be delays. Hopes it will not that they would never propose any manner of concession inconvenience him.

to Catholics; this they declined in writing, and he has 1798, June 5.-Lord Fortescue to the Right Hon. H. given us to understand that he must look out for other Dundas.-(Copy.) Sends additional resolutions of the ministers. Tavistock committee, &c. Asks for letters to be sent


1798, June 9.- H. Dundas to Lord Fortescue.-
Acknowledges his letter and the Resolutions;-hesitates THE MANUSCRIPTS OF THE Riau Hon. The EARL OF
to bring them before the King. Asks the Committee of

the existing Corps seriously to consider whether their
institution is likely to be improved or the public service

These manuscripts are very numerous. If regularly benefited by placing themselves under the command

arranged I think they would occupy a bookcase 25 or of a person between whom and the Government, whose 30 feet long by 8 feet high. orders the Corps must in case of emergency obey, there Their value is great; a short notice of them may be cannot exist any mutual confidence. “These obser found at p. xii. of the preface to Archdeacon Coxe's “ vations are drawn from me by a paragraph in a

Memoirs of the Administration of the Right Honourable newspaper of date subsequent to your Lordship's

Henry Pelham,* for which work the Archdeacon con" letter."

sulted and used some of them. They comprise the 1798, June 12.-Lord Fortescue to the Duke of Bed. official and some part of the private correspondence of ford.—(Copy.) Sends him a copy of Dundas's letter,

Thomas Duke of Newcastle, from the time when he together with the paragraph.

took office in 1724 until his death in 1768. 1798, June 14.- Lord Fortescue to Mr. Randall. Lord Chichester responded to the application of Her (Copy.) Enclosing a copy of Dundas's letter and the Majesty's Commissioners by kindly inviting me to paragraph.

Stanmer for the purpose of taking a cursory view of 1798, June 15.- Duke of Bedford to Lord Fortescue. the bulk and nature of the collection. The short time de-He acknowledges his letter of the 12th. He says voted to this object enabled me to give little more than that the paragraph was inaccurate, but in substance a dates, periods, and names; but the high social and correct report of a speech at the Whig Club, so far as official position of the Duke, the names of his correrelates to the high esteem he felt for Mr. Fox, and of spondents, and time in which he lived, are sure evidence the opinion he entertained of His Majesty's ministers.

of the intrinsic value of the papers. 1798, August 25.—The same to the same.-Sends a Ten thick letter cases (blue) filled with letters. A copy of the Resolutions of the Committee of the Tavi. stock Volunteers and his answer.

* 2 vols, 4to.; London, 1829.

[blocks in formation]





memorandum states that these were lent to Mr. Coxo and Sir James Mackintosh. They contain

1739–1752.--Copies of letters by the Duke to Lord Hardwicke.

1740. March 8. to 1751, Sept. 5.-Letters from Lord Hardwicke to the Duke.

1741–1766.—Minutes of things to be considered of; conferences with the King, &c.

1748, June, to 1750, August.-Letters from the Duke to Mr. Pelham.

1750–1753.—Letters from the Duke to Mr. Pelham. 1751-1753.—Letters from Mr. Pelham to the Duke.

1752, June, to 1757, July.-Letters from the Duke to Lord Hardwicke.

1752–1754.—Correspondence between Lord Hardwicke and Charles Yorke.

1757, July, to 1759, Oct.—Copies of letters by the Duke to Lord Hardwicke.

1760 and 1761.-Copies of letters by the Duke to Lord Hardwicke.

Besides the above are the following :

1738-1750.—Letters from Henry Pelham to his brother the Duke.

1752-1757.—Letters by Lord Hardwicke to the Duke. 1758-1761.—Letters by Lord Hardwicke to the Duke.

1762-1764.-Letters by Lord Hardwicke to the Duke; and some in 1763 and 1764, from Mr. Yorke.

1723.-Copies and drafts of letters by Sir Robert Walpole to his son Horace; and of letters by the Duke of Newcastle to Lord Townshend and Mr. Walpole.

1724, &c.—Copies of letters to Sir Robert Walpole (many).

1724.- A volume. Letters by Philip Stanhope (at Madrid) to Lord Carteret; and to the Duke of Newcastle who succeeded Lord Carteret as Secretary of State. These are signed by P. Stanhope. There is an index (6 pp.) to the principal points in the letters.

1724.-A volume marked Vol. III. Letters in the months of Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. sent to France. The first is marked in pencil Letter 32, and is dated Windsor, Sept. 3, 1724, from Holles Newcastle to Mr. Walpole. The last letter is No. 59, Dec. 28, from the same to the same. There are some copies of foreign documents.

1724., Jan., to 23 Dec., 1725.—A volume. Letters from Stanhope (at Madrid) to the Duke of Newcastle ; and some to Viscount Townshend while the King was in Hanover. Letters of the Marquis of Grimaldo. Copies of Spanish and French papers.

1727, May and June.--Letters from France. . 1727 and 1728.-Letters from Mr. Keene to Sir R. Walpole.

1728.-Letters from Stanhope, Walpole, and Poyntz, while in Spain.

1729, July and Sept.-A volume. Letters from W. Stanhope and H. Walpole, and sometimes S. Poyntz, from Paris, to the Duke of Newcastle. Copies of articles, treaties, &c.

1730, Jan. 1 (N. S.), to 3 May, 1730. Letters from Paris. Letters by Stanhope and Poyntz; and copies of State papers.

1730, June-December.-Letters to France.
1731, January-May.-Letters from France.
1731, June-September.-Letters from France.

1731.-Copies of letters by the Duke to Waldegrave at Paris. Some in cypher.

1732, January-July.-Letters from France.

1733, January, to 1733, November.-Letters by the Duke to Waldegrave.

1734, January-June.—Letters from France.

1734, Oct., to Jan. 30, 1736.—Letters from Waldegrave (at Paris) to the Duke. Many are in cypher; all are secret and confidential. They relate to the designs of France.

1735.--A large bundle of letters from Horace Walpole.

1735 and 1736.-A few from Sir Robert Walpole to the Duke.

1736.—Letters from Horace Walpole (at the Hague and Hanover) to the Duke.

1737-9.-Letters from Mr. Keene, and from Mr. Keene and Castres (at Madrid) to the Duke.

1737-1752.--Minutes of Council.

1739-1752.---Copies of letters by the Duke to Lord Hardwicke.

1743.—A bundle of letters from Henry Legge, going to, and while at, Berlin, to the Duke. Some are to the Duke while in Hanover.

174, 1745, 1746.-Letters by the Earl of Chesterfield to the Duke. At the beginning he dates from the Hague; later from Dublin Castle, whence the letters

are interesting about the Scotch rebellion. He alludes to the bill in the Irish House putting a price on the head of the Pretender, dead or alive.- In a letter dated 23 March 1746, he says, We know that the rebels receive provisions from the Isle of Man; that the provisions allowed to be sent to the loyal clans are by some fatality always shared by the disloyal ones. He has seized a ship with grain manned by six Scotch rebels in their plaids, who said it was for the loyal clans; but as he was not acquainted with those loyal clans he should not suffer them to proceed. He has sent ammunition to Fort William, besieged by the rebels. His Royal Highness (the Duke of Cumberland) says, that though the loyal Lord Seaforth is with Lord Loudoun, his wife and his people are in open rebellion with the Pret Pretender, and that the loyal Lord of Grant's people have signed a neutrality with the rebels; and he says that if such collusions are not punished Scotland will never be without rebellion, because there will be no forfeitures. There is a draft of a long letter to Lord Chesterfield by the Duke.

1747-8.--Letters to and from the Prince of Orange and Count Bentinck.

1748.—Letters to and from the Princess Amelia. 1748–9.-Letters from Mr. Keene at Madrid. 1749, &c.—Letters of intelligence from various courts.

1752, and other years.-Copies of letters from and to the Duke while in Hanover.

1750 (about).- A few papers about the Duke of Athol and the Isle of Man.

1753, Feb.-Examination before the Council of Lord Ravensworth, D. Fawcett, and the Dean of Durham, about words concerning Dr. Johnson, Bishop of Gloucester, said to have been spoken at the Dean's house.

1754-8.-Letters from Sir C. H. Williams (at the Hague) to the Duke. Also from Portugal and Spain.

1754.-Letters about the Pretender's son.

1754-1760.—Copies of Dutch and Flanders mails. Secret information.

1754, 6, 7, 8, 1761, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7.--Lord Hardwicke's letters, private and personal.

1761-3.-Letters to and from the Marquis of Granby.

1762-8.–Lord Rockingham's correspondence with the Duke.

1763-8.-Duke of Portland's correspondence. 1763-6.-Duke of Grafton's correspondence.

1763-8.-Lord Albemarle's correspondence. (The last letter is dated Nov. 6, 1768.)

1765-8.-Duke of Richmond's correspondence with the Duke. (The last letter is dated Nov. 11.)

1763-7.-Mr. John White's letters.

1763, 5, 6, 7, and 8.—The Archbishop of Canterbury's correspondence with the Duke.

1763-8.- Thomas Pelham’s correspondence with the Duke.

A bundle of letters and papers relating to the University of Cambridge, the Duke being Chancellor.

1754-61 (eight years).-Copies of letters and letters from Madrid, France, Berlin, and Brunswick. Many from Andrew Mitchell, Ambassador to the King of Prussia. Much about an alliance with him to protect Sweden against France. Many are dated from Head Quarters, with the King of Prussia.

1756, May 16.-Robert Keith (at Vienna) to the Earl of Holdernesse.-Kevenhuller is Kaunitz's ame damneé. Kaunitz's pride and insolence will ruin the country.

1756, 1759, 1760, 1761.-Many letters of intelligence from various courts.

1758, 9.-Many letters from the Hague.
1758, 9.-Many by R. Keith about Prussia.

1758.--Examination (long), at the Council, of Dr. Hensey, about Count Gisors and La Ponce, his secretary, touching the plot for the conquest of Ireland by the French. And other papers about it.

1761.--Foreign correspondence.

1761.-Letters from France, as to Louisiana.Letters from Cressener at Versailles.

1761 and some years previously, numerous letters to Col. Yorke.

1762, Jan.-Letters from Lord Bute and A. Mitchell about the Emperor of Russia's designs on Sleswick.

1762.-Choiseul to Lord Egremont, about the points for a treaty between France and England.

1762.-Letters between Lord Barrington and the Duke.

In a letter of June 1762, it is said that the King was ill, and had been blooded, and that there was anxiety about him.

1764.-H. Stanley (at Paris) to Pitt, about a projected peace with France. Many papers about this.

1766 and 1767.-Large correspondence between the Duke and Lord Rockingham.




and the monks there of the Cistercian order all donations, sales, and grants to them rightfully made, viz. the Abbey of Kirksted, with the granges, viz. two Dafwodes, Stratton, Burton, Snellesland, Duntham, Ulteby, Sthainton, molendin' Northcotes Sepewas, Branzeton, Ludward, Ruchard, Straingias, forgias de Sunnocliffe, and all possessions in the territory of Tatersale, Kirkeby, &c. (10 lines of names of places), and pasture, &c., and the largest exemptions and privileges, including the not being liable to answer to any one except the Chief Justice; referring to a charter by King Richard.

29 Hen. VIII.—Extract from the 1st part of the Patent Roll of that year, of lease by the King to Sir John Markham of the site of the Abbey of Rufford, co. Notts, for 21 years, and all lands in the hands of the Abbat at the time of the dissolution. In the margin, “ pro “ Georgio Comite Salop.”

32 Hen. VIII., Nov. 28.-Grant by the King to Nicholas Wombwell in fee of the grange of Seenocliff.

7 Edw. VI., May 29.-Grant by the King to Robert and William Swift and the heirs of William, of numerous lands (a skin and a half of parcels), late of Thomas Boswell, in Mursheborough, co. York, part of the possessions of Jesus Hospital in Rotherham, the priory of St. John of Jerusalem, &c. &c.

ALFRED J. Horwood.

1768.-Letter by West to the Duke, about Wilkes's trial. (About the North Briton, No. 45, and the Essay on Woman.)

Onslow correspondence with the Duke, 1763, 4, 6, 7, and 8. The Duke's correspondence with

Admiral Keppel, July 6, 1767, to Dec. 31.
Mr. Rigby, March 1767 to March 1768.
Sir J. York, June 1762 to Oct. 1767.
Mr. Pitt, March 1763 to Aug. 1768. '

Chas. Townsend, Feb. 1763 to April 1765.
Lord Bessborough's correspondence with the Duke,
Jan. 27, 1763, to Nov. 5, 1768.

J. West's correspondence with the Duke, Jan. 27, 1763, to Nov. 1, 1768.

The Duke's correspondence with the Bishops of Oxford, Durham, and Salisbury, and Archbishop of York, 1763 to 1768.

The Duke's correspondence with the Dukes of Devonshire, Cumberland, and Bedford, 1762 to 1767. That with the Duke of Bedford is only in 1767.

Lord Cavendish's correspondence with the Duke, May 1763-Nov. 1768.

Mr. York’s correspondence with the Duke, 17641768.

Lord Ashburnham's correspondence with the Duke, 1763-1767.

Mr. Page's correspondence with the Duke, 1763– 1767.

The Duke's correspondence with Mr. Legge, 1762– 1764.

The Duke's correspondence with Mr. Walpole, 17621765.

The Duke's correspondence with Lord Grantham, 1763-1768.

The Duke's correspondence with General Conway, 1764-1767.

The Princess Amelia's correspondence with the Duke, 1763-1768.

Abstract of narrative of disaffected people in Scotland; and a long report to the Queen.

1714.- A letter from J. Plumptre about the election at Nottingham. He and Gregory had been round and given 18. each man to drink to such as would accept it; about 500.--Unless there be an opposition he thinks that 7001. will fix the town in good hands for several years.

Bill of Mr. Truman for election expenses. The electors had ll. each. Their names are given. The payments amounted to 6531. 7s. ld. Three other bills make up the bill to 8641. 19s. 8d.

Letters from Philip and Charles Stanhope. The latter was promised the office of treasurer of the Chamber, but an intrigue against him made him ask and obtain an audience of the King, who promised he should have the office.

ALFRED J. Horwood.



GAGE. By his Lordship’s permission I examined, at the office of his Solicitors, at Lewes, a selection of early charters. His Lordship possesses the manor of Alsiston in the county of Sussex, which was given by William the Conqueror to Battle Abbey, and other property formerly belonging to that Abbey; and some early charters relating to these possessions are among the deeds which I examined.

11th or beginning of 12th century.-A fine Latin document in round letters. Cyrographum in large letters, cut through, shows that the document was executed in duplicate. It is an agreement between the Abbot of Battle and Drogo, heir of Rennbert, concerning land in Alsiston. It states that " post plurima “ placita et plures contentiones," he put the land on the altar and is recepit societatem ” of the monks of St. Martin, for himself, and his wife and his children, and Rennbert; and, for remembrance, at his request, the. monks put Rennbert in their Calendar, and he and his were to be put there when they died. The witnesses on the part of the Abbat were Fulbert de Cillaham, by whose knife, which he lent for the purpose, Drogo put that gift on the altar of St. Martin; Siredus Broder Alumnus Heremannus presbiteri, Rotbertus de Welles, Radulfus de Mepham, * * Rodbert de Wi, et homines eorum de hastinges, Hugo decanus, * * * * Wluric brad, Colebrant de familia abbatis * * * Rennbertus Malgar, * * * Ægeluuinus * * Goduuinus de Wic. On the part of Drogo the witnesses were Radulfus de dene. ** Willelmus Anglicus, Gamelin de Ponte Rodberti, * * Malgar de inneham, Martinus husbunde, Turstanus prisun, et alii plures hinc et inde, Duo quoque nepotes Rennberti, Ricardus et Warmundus in Kalendario post suum obitum ponentur. (Each asterisk among the above list of witnesses represents another name.)

11th century. Philippus de Braiosa to all his barons, friends, and servants of the Castelry of Bremble (Bramber). He grants and confirms the alms of his father which he gave to St. Martin and the monks of Battle, to be held free from all persons as well his heirs as his servants. No one is to claim anything from the church except prayers and the rites of the church (orationes et ecclesiæ beneficia). Witnesses on the part of the abbat, Alexander the monk, Rennbert his servant, Mariscot, Edric, Aluricus. On Philip's part, Bucius the sheriff (vicecomes), Rad. de Penbrugge], et alii multi.

11th century. Philip de Braiosa confirms to the church of St. Martin of Battle all that his father William gave.* It contains a statement as to the market. The witnesses were Rad. de Penebruga, Ric. de herolcuria, Adam cerneila, Buzeus vicecomes, Rodb. salvagius, Ric. de Sancto Dionisio, Will, de storaliis, Rad. de Grensteda, Rodb. de bucai, Simon comes. On the part of the monks were W. de hastinges, Rad. de dena, and Rennbertus.



His Lordship kindly sent to the Record Office a box EFFING- containing some documents which he thought might be

of use to the Commissioners.

There is a beautifully written deed, about 15 inches long and 11 inches broad, whereby John de Builli gave to the Abbey of Roche all the land which his father Richard gave to them in the territory of Kimberworth (the bounds are given), and certain manorial rights and certain easements. The witnesses were, Osmund, Abbot of Roche, Hugh de Bulli, and 12 others. The seal is pendant, but it is not heraldic. (Richard de Builli, father of the grantor, was one of the founders of the abbey, A.D. 1147.)

1524, April 29, 16 Hen. VIII.-Lease by Richard, Abbat of the Monastery of St. Mary of Kirksted, co. Lincoln, and the convent, of one of their granges called Seenocliff, in the parish of Ekkysfeld, in the county of York, to Brian Hastyng, of the parish of Camsall, co. York, for the term of 99 years from the year 1600, at the rent of 41. And they license him to dig iron stone, paying therefor 20 marks in the year 1620, and 20 marks in every succeeding 20th year. Seal of the abbey: Virgin and Child under a canopy, and a coat of arms on each side of the figure.

27 Car. II., June 27.-Inspeximus and allowance of letters patent of 1 March, 5 Hen. IV., from the Patent Roll of the same year; in hæc verba K.7.. being an Inspeximus of an Inspeximus by Henry III. (19 April, 36 Hen. III.), of a charter of his father King John, dated 1 June, 11 John, granting to the Abbey of Kirksted

[ocr errors]

* See Chronicon Monasterii de Bello: (8° Lond. 1846), p. 36.



Circa 1130. Ricerius son of Gilbert de Aquila and his wife (not named) quitclaim to St. Martin of Battle all rights over Hesistune. The witnesses on Gilbert's part were Anschitell de reis, Simon son of Drogo, Radulfus de dene, and Rothsbertus his brother, Richard de Hartefeld, Ricuhard, Adelard son of Drogo, and many others. On the part of St. Martin were Anselm de frahel villa, Stephen de Turnaa and Roth. his son, Alain and Rotbert his brother, and Syward the son of Bigar of Hastings, Bartholomew (son of?) Rotbert de Geslinges, William de Sumeri and Jerard his brother Reinald the priest, .... Simon and Warner, nephews (nepotibus) of Warner the abbat,* and Rotbert nephew of the Bishop of Chichester, Rotbert the clerk, Ralph Blunt, ... Eduuin But, and Wfric grab. And of this thing was witness also Igenulfus son of the said Ricerius, and many others. (Portion of large seal, but the design on it is doubtful.)

* 12th century. Reginald de Waren t testifies that Milo de Haremela has quitclaimed 12 denariates of land to God and St. Martin and the monks of Battle before him and the whole county then at Burbege; and that for the quitclaim Geoffrey the monk gave to Milo 12d. in their presence; and they asked him to certify it. Names of witnesses ; seal gone.

1249, the Morrow of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. Richard II., minister of the church of Chichester, i to all, &c. With the consent of G., the dean and the chapter of the church, he confirms to the Abbat and Convent of Battle, that, as from the foundation of the monastery, they may be always free from great and small tithes in the demesnes of the manor of Alsiston, given to them by William the first, their founder, with the appurtenances, viz. Lulington, Alvericheston, and Clopham. Large seal, with a view of the cathedral and a star above it; and a smaller seal, with a bishop's effigy on it.

13th century. William Peissun grants land in Tiletone and other places to Battle Abbey, in frankal. moigne.

1341. A deed between the Dean and Chapter of Chichester and the Abbat, &c. of Battle. The Dean and Chapter grant upon certain terms the church of Alceston, but not the chapel of Lullington.

Henry VIII. Two manumissions of vileins by the Abbat of Battle.

About two dozen deeds of the 13th and 14th centuries, relating to property of Battle Abbey. All the above are in Box 16.)

Copies (16th century) of grants of liberties to Battle Abbey, by Pope Alexander III., 17 kal. April, 1173; and of others by Popes Gregory and Honorius. (Box 17.)

In a wooden box, not numbered, is a deed dated 11 Feb., 23 Henry VIII., with the autograph and fine seal of Margaret Salisbury (Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, beheaded by order of Henry VIII.).

To a deed dated 26 Edward III, is the seal of Dame Katherine, widow of John St. John, of Lageham. A female figure holds in each hand a shield : the dexter shield bears the arms of St. John.

To another deed of the same reign is the shield of John of Schelvestrode: the arms are five fusils in fess.

18 Edw. II. Attached to a deed of this date is the seal of arms of William de Worthe, the grantor; viz., a lion rampant debruised of a bendlet. (Box 4.).

10 Edw. III. Licence by John Giffard, of the parish of Westferles, to his son John, to endow at the church door Christiana, daughter of John de Bykynton, of two parts of all his lands in Westferles. (Box 4.)

12 Edw. III., July 27. Copy, on paper, of Inquisition on the death of Giles de Badlesmere. (Box 3.)

Edw. III. to James I. Court Rolls and Bailiffs' Accounts for the Manors of Eighington and Lamport. (Box 3.)

10 Henry IV. To a deed of this date in the seal of arms of Philip, son and heir of Philip de Mestede, Knight; seems to be a fess dancetty guttée between three cinquefoils voided. (Box 4.)

1441, Sept. 14. Copy of the Will of Philip Mystede. (Box 4.)

24 Henry VI. To a deed of this date is the seal of William Lovell, Esq., of Rotherfeldgrey; the arms are barry nebuly, quartering St. Clair (a sun in splendour). (Box 5.

2 Henry VII., Nov. 4.-Contemporary copy on parchment of Inspeximus, of this date, of an Inspeximus of

Edward IV., of an Inspeximus of Richard II., of an In. speximus of Edward III., of an Inspeximus of Ed. ward II., of an Inspeximus of Edward I., dated York, 10 Feb., 2 Edw. I., of a Charter of Henry III., dated 20 June, 37 Hen. III., and another dated 8 June, 8 Hen. III. This confirms all the privileges of inspected Charters given to St. Mary and John the Baptist, and the Hospital of Jerusalem. (Box 8.)

1519, Oct. 2. Lease by Thomas Docwra (last Prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem) to Sir J. Gage, of the Manor of Compton, co. Sussex. Rather large seal, having a full face in high relief; with legend : Sig. Prioris Hospit. Hierus. in Angliâ. (Box 8.)

22 Henry VIII., Sept. 27. Copy of Inquisition of this date, taken at Lewes, regarding the possessions of Thomas Cardinal of York (Wolsey) on the 28 Aug., 15 Hen. VIII. or 2 December in the same year, or any day after the said 2 December. It seems that he had the site of the Abbey of Begham (Bayham). (Box 19.)

26 Henry VIIT. Inspeximus of Inquisition dated 19 July, 17 Hen. VIII., regarding the possessions of the Abbey of Begham (Bayham, co. Sussex). It held the manors of Begham, Rokeland, Ockham, Foston, Haylesham, Helynge, Fyston, Excete, Dolakyston, and Kethenham ; and certain privileges in other manors. (Box 19.)

11 Elizabeth, Jan. 20. Inventory (11 pages) attached to probate of the Will, dated 17 Dec. 1566, of Sir Gerard Gage, Kt., of his plate, stuff, stock, and store. (Box 7.)

2 James I. Licence to John Gage, His Majesty's ward, to travel abroad.

6 Charles I. Inquisition before Antony May, on the recusancy of Sir John Gage, Bart. It tells all his real estate. (Box 19.)

1630. Schedule, on vellum, of parts of the possessions in Sussex and Surrey of Sir John Gage, Bart.; and an order for a lease thereof. Signed by Cottington, Weston, and W. Noy. (Box 19.)

There are Court Rolls of Sholvestred (Sholstrode in East Grinsted), temp. Edward VI.; and

Court Rolls of Heighton St. Clair, tempp. Edw. III., Henry IV., Edward IV., Henry VII., Henry VIII., and Elizabeth.

Bailiffs' accounts for Sholstrode, temp. Elizabeth, and for Heighton St. Clair, tempp. Henry IV. and Edward VI.

Six consecutive leaves of vellum, containing the end of the 33rd and portion of the 34th chapters of Bonaventura's Life of Christ, in the English translation of John Morton. (See CCXLII. of the Catalogue by Nasmyth of the MSS. at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.) This fragment is early in the 15th century.

In Box 1 is a deed of apparently the end of the 13th century, whereby John de Gatesdene grants to Benedict Marescal all the land which Roysa de Northetone held of him in vileinage in his manor of Hectone, in the parish of West Ferles. The witnesses are Roger de Hyda, W. de Meynulle, John Dabunn, and Henry Blauncfrunt, Knights, and nine other persons. I notice this deed because a John Gatesden, who, accord. ing to Bale, was a fellow of Merton College, and flourished A.D. 1320, was the author of a medical work called Rosa Anglica, printed in folio at Venice, 1516.




WHARNCLIFFE. His Lordship most obligingly sent these Manuscripts to the Record Office for the purposes of the Commission, and with them he sent an elaborate Inventory (in a folio volume) compiled a few years ago ; and also a large folio volume containing transcripts made in the last century from Records and Deeds relating to the family of Wortley.

The Royal Letters and a few other papers are bound up into a volume. Some early deeds are in a portfolio. The other documents are arranged in bundles, which are distinguished, some by numbers and some by letters, so that reference to them from the index is easy. Nearly all are found on examination to relate merely to the property of the Wortleys. A few, however, are of general interest, and are briefly noted below.

There are some notices of customs in the Manor of Worsbrough (or Wirksburgh); of a dole of bread in Wortley Chapel, temp. Eliz.; of the Iron Works at Silkston, co. York, temp. James I.

Copy of a deed whereby Clemence de Lungvilers, daughter of John Malherbe, gives to God and St. Mary and St. John the Evangelist of Apleton and the nuns there, land in Wirkeburg,

* As Warner was abbat from 1124 to 1138, the date of the charter can be nearly ascertained.

+ This must have been the second son of William, the second earl. See Dugdale's Baronage.

He was Bishop from 1247 to April 1253.


Copies of Extracts from the Charter Rolls, temp. Henry III., about Clemence de Lungvilers grant to the priory:

July 25, 33 Hen. III. Copy of a charter whereby the King confirms to God and the Church of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist of Apleton and the nuns there, certain gifts, viz., the gift of Clemence de Lungvilers, land in the vill of Wiresburg, and the naifs and their chattels and sequels; grants soc, sac, tol, theam, ingfangthef, and quittance from shires and hundreds and wapentakes, with all pleas and all complaints, except for murder and robbery, and that their people and animals be free from all toll, passage, pontage, and all other customs which to the King pertained, whence soever they came, by land or by water; none are to vex or disturb them. Tested at Woodstock.

28 Edw. I. Copy of Inquisition ad quod damnum if the King grant to Simon de Barnby, chaplain, license to alienate to the Prioress and Convent of Apleton 4 bovates of land and 10 marks of rent in Wirksbrough in fee, except that Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln, may have ward and relief when they fall, since the land and rent are held immediately of the said Earl by the fourth of a half of a knight's fee and a rent of 11 d., ad fines wapentagii per annum, which wapentake is in the hands of the Earl; and the said land and rent are worth twelve marks per annum. The names of the jurors are there.

1294, 23 Edw. I., May 12. H. de Lacy licenses Simon de Barneby to alien half a water mill in Wirkeburg to the Prioress of Apleton.

1294, 23 Edw. I., Feast of Nativity of the Virgin Mary. John de Karleton, Kt., in Holdernesse, grants to Simon de Barneby, rector of the church of Queldrake, in fee, all his land and rent in the vill of Wirkesburgh and without, in demesne ; and binds to warranty all his lands in Karleton and Bownewyke. Among the wit. nesses is Ralph Wortley.

1299, 27 Edw. I., St. Oswald's day. H. de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln, licenses Simon de Barnby to alien to the Prioress of Apleton land in Worksburgh.

1299, Thursday before St. Valentine's day. Simon de Barnby, rector of the church of Queldrake, gives to the Prioress of Apleton, &c. land in Workesbrough. Two of the witnesses are Nicholas de Wortley, Kt., and Ralph de Wortley, Kt.

All the above are copies. Some are certified by Edward Beseley.

29 Edw. I., Hilary Term. John, son of William de Thornhill, sues John de Horbyry, parson of the church of Horsleye, for assault and battery. The jury found for the plaintiff 301. damages; but as the plaintiff had laid his damages at only 20 marks, judgment was entered for the latter sum. (The large folio.)

By a deed (temp. Edw. I.), Thomas de Horbiry, bro ther and heir of John de Horbiry, grants the manor of Shetelington, &c. to Sir Nicholas de Wortelay in fee. Among the witnesses is Sir Robert de Baliol.

6 Edw. III. Ralph de Bulmer and Nicholas de Wurtelay by letters patent of 7th Oct. were commissioned to raise 300 archers and 700 foot in the county of York, to go with the King to oppose the Scots if they attempted anything in the Marches. (The large folio.)

1415. 3 Hen. V. John de Wortley by letters patent dated 29 May was, with others, commissioned to muster and array the men at arms in the West Trithing of the co. of York, and employ them for the defence of the sea coasts and elsewhere, and to place beacons in the usual places that notice might be given of the approach of enemies in case they attempted to make a descent while the King was beyond sea in his expedition against France. (The large folio.)

1474. 14 Edward IV., Nov. 29. Indenture under the King's seal between the King and Thomas Wortheley, Esquire, whereby Thomas is retained to do service to the King in his wars in the duchy of Normandy and his realm of France for one year with 2 spear. men, himself being one, and 20 archers properly accoutred and armed: he receiving wages for the said spearmen 12d. each by the day and 6d. by the day by the way of reward for each spearman, and 6d. by the day for each of the archers. (The portfolio.)

Letter under the sign manual of King Henry VII., addressed to his trusty and well beloved knight for his body, Sir Thomas Wortley ; reciting that in the war which the King by his Council proposes to make upon the Scots, the King is determined to set forth in person

towards Scotland soon after Easter; and that the Lord LORD Daubeny, the King's Chamberlain, with 10,000 men


CLIFP under his command, has already marched forward, whom the King intends to follow in person with his great army; and the King has appointed him, the said Sir Thomas Wortley, with 30 demi-lances, to attend apon the said Chamberlain in defensible array, at the . King's wages. The King gives him notice to be in readiness. Dated at the palace of Westminster the 18th day of February. (On the back is this memorandum, “Md that I dyd resseyff thys lettyr the xxviij dey “ off Marche.”)

Letter under the sign manual of King Henry VII., addressed to his trusty and well beloved knight for his body, Sir Thomas Wortley, reciting that the late rebel. lion in the west parts hath deferred the advance of the King's army against the Scots, and in quelling which rebellion the Lord Daubeney, the King's Chamberlain, happened to be somewhat hurt, so that he is disabled from leading the van as he was appointed to do, the Earl of Surrey, Warden of the East and Middle Marches, on account of his office, wisdom, truth, and knightly courage, has been chosen in the place of the said Lord Daubeney to advance with 10,000 well chosen men, 4,000 of whom are to be raised in the county of York: the said Sir Thomas Wortley is therefore desired to resort immediately to the said Earl of Surrey with the number of men appointed to him, &c. Dated at the Manor of Shene, 9 July.

Letter under the sign manual of King Henry VII., addressed to his trusty and well beloved knight for his body, Sir Thomas Wortley, reciting that by other letters the King had signified to him why he wished him to attend upon his person in harness with a certain number of men and on horseback (as he had done to all the noblemen of his household); but now the King desires, if the rebels shall land north of the river Trent, the said Sir Thoinas should give his attendance and assistance to the Earl of Surrey, not only with the number of men appointed to him, but also with as many others as he can enlist. Dated at the Manor of Drayton, the 8 day of August. (There is a memorandum at the foot that Sir Thomas Wortley received it on the 13th of August.)

Letter under the sign manual of King Henry VII., addressed to his trusty and well beloved knight, Sir Thomas Wortley, requiring him to attend the Earl of Surrey, Warden of the Marches of Scotland, with such a number of persons defensibly arrayed at the King's charge as the Earl shall limit. Dated at the Manor of Shene, the 22nd day of December.

(These letters are printed in Hunter's South Yorkshire, 2, 313.)

Paper copy (17th century) of Inquisition post mortem Roger Rockley, of Yorkshire, taken 30 June, 26 Hen. VIII. He died 7 January, 25 Hen. VIII., leaving Robert his son and heir, upwards of 6 years old.

Henry VIII. Paper copy (17th century) of a Petition by John Talbot and Isabel his wife, of the county of York, to the Reverend Father in God Thomas Cardinal Archbishop of York and Chancellor of England. It was agreed between William Fitzwilliam, of Studleight co. York, and Nicholas Wortley, of Wortley, that Thomas, son of Nicholas Wortley, should marry Katherine, daughter of William Fitzwilliam, and William was to give to Nicholas 500 marks, and Nicholas was to give to Thomas and Katherine and the heirs of their bodies the Old Hall of Wortley, 40 acres of land, 80 acres of pasture, 40 acres of meadow, and 40 acres of wood. Tbey married, and had issue Isabel. The parents died, and the right came to the petitioners. The deeds are in the hands of the representatives. The petitioners ask a subpæna. (72.)

1539, Nov. 21. An award under the hands and seals of Lord Chancellor Audley and Thomas Lord Crumwell (Lord Privy Seal) on disputes between Thomas Wortley, Esq., son and heir of Sir Thomas Wortley deceased, and Nicholas Talbot, Esq., son and heir of Isabel Talbot, daughter of the said Sir Thomas Wortley and Katherine his wife, concerning the estates late of the said Sir Thomas Wortley. Also signed and sealed by Thomas Wortley and Nicholas Talbot.

[1597.7 April 28, 8 Elizabeth. A deed whereby Richard Corbett, . second son of Robert Corbett, of Moreton Corbett, grants to Francis Wortley and his heirs certain lands in Wortley and Hoylandswaine, on condition that Francis Wortley and his heirs do every Sunday give or cause to be given, after service before

« AnteriorContinuar »