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noon in the Chapel of Wortley, to 5 poor people dwell- inquisition by the Escheator, or by presentment in the
ing in or near Wortley, 5 loaves of the price of 10d., or Lord's Court.
to each poor person 2d., if the loaves can not be con- Whether necessity to tender a marriage during the
veniently got; the poor so receiving bread or money minority, or how to tender the same. Answer. Not
to raise the right hand, turn the eyes to heaven, and necessary for the single value of the marriage ; but for
say the following prayer, with the Lord's prayer, on the double it is. And then the tender ought to be of a
bended knees, with a loud voice : “ Thanks be to the woman in person without disparagement.
“ Lord God for this and all other thy benefyttes." The widows of the copyholders of W. were anciently

admitted to the whole tenements of their deceased hus-
1603. Aug. 25. Inventory on paper (six feet long) bands and paid the whole rent, and did all the services
of the goods of Sir Richard Wortley, deceased. There and served the Graveshippe,
are curtains for windows of “Linsey Woolsey," Liverey

Since the suppression this costome is 'discontinued
tables, Liverey Cubberds, Flanders Chests. The effects and not extant in the roll. But not (note ?) widow here
were at Wortley, Newhall, and Balworth.' The total

ever admitted to a third part by coppy; but the widow value was 1,1811. 108. 10d.

now plt. (plaintiff) was admitted to all her husband's

lands. 1608-1614. A paper book of 47 leaves, containing

Quære, whether the discontinuance do prejudice or entries and notes of bonds, leases, conveyances, Wills,

abolish the ancient custome, the manor being in the Court business, and other legal matters. It is seem

Crown, from the suppression till 9 Jacobi, and whether ingly the day book of the attorney of Sir Francis the

the lord may reinforce the said ancient custom. Wortley. The autograph of Edmund Cundy occurs in

(Answer) That discontinuance of the use of the custom such a manner as to render it probable that he was the

doth not abrogate the custom being duly proved to have
attorney. Some of the documents seem to be prepara-

been accustomed.
tory drafts which the attorney took the precaution to
have actually signed by the authors and duly attested.

16.. The pains of Wortley Manor (no date, but
One leaf of this book contains an Extent of the posses-

about middle of 17th century). One item is that no one

is to play at the game called Ten Bones under the pain
sions in Yorkshire and Derbyshire of the then late Sir
Richard Wortley, Kt. and Bart. On fo. 43 is an entry

of 38. 4d. (72.)
dated 1 April 1601, of “Highe wayes and other waves 16.. Two paper books of Boons and Services for
“ appointed for contynuance hereafter within the Wortley and Pilley ; such as reapings, ploughings,
“ townesbipe of Carleton.” (This paper book is in the supply of capons (no date, but about the middle of the
volume containing the Royal letters.)

17th century). (72.)
1629, Sept. 3. Thomas Bossevile, of Newhall, co. 1661. Sir Kenelm Digby's autograph to a warrant for
York, Esq., to Sir Francis Wortley, Kt. Sir Francis a lease in reversion to Sir T. Wortley, of some land
had engaged to Bossevile for great sums to get his son's part of the jointure of Queen Henrietta Maria (MM.)
pardon. Bossevile engages on demand to convey the 1666. A roll, 53 feet long. Inventory of the chattels
manor of Newhall as an indemnity: (72).

of Francis Wortley, Bart. The total appraisement was
1629. Petition of Sir Francis Wortley, Kt. and 9131. and a few shillings. He had many horses. (27.)
Bart., to the King, to summon by subpæna before the 1684, Oct. 25. A letter, signed by John Mountagu,
King and Council certain riotous persons breaking and the Master, and the seniors of Trinity College, Cam-
inclosing Hoylandswaine Common. Interrogatories in bridge, thanking Mr. Sidney Wortley for his gift to-
the case. Other proceedings in the Star Chamber, 1633. wards their new Library. (In the volume with the

Royal letters.)
1631–1636. Lists of resiants within the Constabulary 1725. Catalogue of Mr. Carpenter's library. (Y.)
of Worsborough. Upwards of 160 names, with notes of

1733. Printed Bill and Act to explain and amend an
their appearances and essoins.

Act of 11 Geo. I, regulating the manufacture of cloth
1632, Hil. Term, 7 Car. I. Petition to the Lord in the West Riding of York; and a long letter by
Treasurer of Robert Swifte, by John Kaye of the Nabbs, Cavendish Nevile, of Chevet, who was interested in
within the lordship and parish of Silkston, co. York, some fulling mills. (58.)
Gent., and Frances his wife, guardian in socage to the
said Robert Swifte, her son, aged 4 years, eldest son

1734. Board wages for servants at York were 18. 6d.
and heir of Robert Swifte, deceased. King James by

per day; stabling, one horse for one night 6d. (b. b.) Letters Patent dated 20 Feb., 2 Jac. I., granted the

Draft of an Order by Lords to tenants to vote for manor of Silkston to Lewis Sawyer and Roger Elme

Mr. Stapylton, but to reserve their second vote until hurst in fee, who by deed dated 2 January, 4 Jac. I.,

they came to York. (b. b.) ...
granted to Robert Swifte, deceased (grandfather of the

Lists of voters, and objections. (b. b.)
petitioner), and Robert Greaves, one pair of iron smithies, 1739, July. Catalogue of Lady Mary Wortley's books
iron mills, or iron forges, commonly called Silkston sent abroad. 11 leaves 4to. The books are in English,
iron forges, and all iron mines and minerals in a piece French, Italian, and Latin. (Y.).
of land called High Hugsetts, and in all moors, com 1749-50. A bundle of printed and manuscript papers
mons, and wastes of the manor ; three-fourths of the on the subject of the proposed Act for taking off the
profits were to go to Swifte, and one-fourth to Greaves, duty on American iron. Letters to Montague Wortley,
each paying something to the King in part of the origi. M.P., on the subject; he apparently acted for the objec-
nal rent. The petition is against Sir T. Wortley, who tors. Drafts of letters by him. Notes for his speeches
had iron works near.

in the House of Commons. Printed list of forges in
Petition by Sir Francis Wortley, of Wortley, to the

England and Wales ; in this the returns of 23 counties

England and Wales ; 11
King and the Council of the North. It sets out the

in England and Wales gives 18,800 tons of bar iron;
bounds of Hoylandswaine. The course of the Procession

Surrey and Kent not included for the amount, although way in Rogation Week for the townships of Silkston and

their forges are stated. A letter by Broadbent and
Hoylandswaine, being two several townships or hamlets

Cockshut at Sheffield about it.
within the parish of Silkston, was to come from the
church of Silkston (the way is set out, and a certain

cross is mentioned). Cawthorne, although a hamlet of There are three folio volumes of Abstracts of Pro-
Silkstone, has a church or chapel of its own, with rights ceedings in the House of Commons. From a note at
of baptism, communion, burying, and marrying, and the commencement of one of the volumes, it seems that
there was always a distinct and several course and walk the compiler had taken the Journal of the House of
for their procession for the chapelry and township of Commons, Clarendon's History of the Rebellion, Rush-
Cawthorne from the rest of all the other towns and worth's Historical Collections, The State Tracts, &c.,
hamlets in the parish cf Silkston, which said walk used and from them to have made up his epitome. The
to be from the said church or chapel of Cawthorne (way collections fill several hundred pages, and go through
set out). The charge is that Cawthorne now goes out the following periods :-
of its old walk into part of the Silkston walk, for the

1625, June 21 to Aug. 12.
purpose of encroaching. (72).

1625, Feb. 8, to June 15, 1626. (c. 1650). Memoranda of some of the customs of

1627, March 1 to June 24. Worsborough.

1628, Jan. 20 to May 2. Whether the ward may be seised before the inquisi.

1660 to 1679. tion in the Lord's Court, or that it must be first pre

1688, Jan. 22 to Oct. 21 following. (65 leaves.)
sented by the jury there, or before the Escheator.

Answer. The ward may be seised by the lord before any

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THE MANUSCRIPTS OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE LORD Patent by Charles IX., King of France, creating Sir LORD DE
DE L'ISLE AND DUDLEY, AT PENSHURST, Co. KENT. Philip Sydney a Gentleman of his Chamber and a L


For the purpose of illustrating the Lives of the

Sydneys, Arthur Collins made a large and valuable

Sir Philip Sydney's Defence of Poetry. Folio, paper,
selection from the numerous letters and papers which

16th century, beautifully written. he found at Penshurst, which selection he printed.

Very long engraved roll of the funeral procession of

Sir Philip Sydney.
But from what remains much is to be gleaned. Sir
Henry Sydney (temp. Eliz.) was Lord Deputy of Ire-

1581, Dec. 1. Extent of the possessions of Sir Philip
land and Lord President of the Council of the Marches

Sydney. One skin of parchment, with Burghley's
of Wales, and Sir Robert Sydney was Governor of autograph signature.
Flushing; and the unprinted letters and papers of this

Temp. Eliz., paper, in vellum cover. Sermon in

French on Revelations, c. 22, v. 16, dedicated to Robert,
period are very numerous.
Something new has been found relative to Sir Philip

Earl of Leicester, K.G. In the dedication the writer
Sydney, and a few papers by Algernon Sydney.

alludes to the piety of my Lord Sidnie, the sweet swan
There is an unpublished Latin comedy by Abraham

singing on the banks of the Thames.

1607, Oct. 14. Receipt by Henry Lyndley for 401., a
Fraunce, dedicated to Sir Philip; and a Latin analysis
of the “Defense of Poetry," by Sir Philip's private

year's annuity bequeathed to him by his very honour.

able master, Sir Philip Sydney, Kt., deceased.
The long series of Charters of the Abbey of Roberts-
bridge (though not unknown) is most valuable for a

Sussex historian, a genealogist, and a herald.

In addition to the letters of Algernon Sydney printed

by Collins and Blencowe, the following are at Pens

hurst:-That Sir Philip held church preferment is a fact

Two large folio volumes of Commonplaces by him ; which seems not to have been known to the industrious

but the entries are not many, and consist of Historica

but the Collins, and is not noticed in Mr. Fox Bourne's Life of

and Curiosa. Sir Philip. Among the papers at Penshurst I found

One letter by him at the end of the 15th volume of
the following documents :-..

Letters was not printed by Collins.
1564, May 6.-Philip Sydney, clerk, appoints Master Statement (in the writing of Algernon Sydney, on
Gruff John, clerk, bachelor of law and rector of Skyneog, comparison with that in the British Museum by Sir F.
to be his proctor to appear before Thomas, bishop of Madden), about a Bill in Chancery to be exhibited.
St. Asaph, and excuse his absence and allege the cause; Statement in his handwriting of transactions in a
and of the rectory and church of Whitford to take admis- dispute between him and his brother Henry. It con-
sion and institution and corporeal possession; and to tains notes of circumstances under which he returned
renounce the jurisdiction of the Pope, take the oath of to England.
allegiance, &c. &c. (30 lines in Latin. This is a copy
certified by Wm. Bullock, registrar of St. Asaph).

(1564.) 6 Eliz. May 7. Original Institution by the Folio, paper. A note of the warrants and bills paid
Bishop of St. Asaph, under his seal, of Philip Sydney,* and answered by my Lord Deputy, and to be charged
Scholar, to the church of Whyteford.

upon the accompte of the coepartyneres of the ship of
1564, May 8.-Original admission by Thomas, bishop

Adventurers, viz., (two entries and a receipt by Sir of St. Asaph, of Philip Sydney, clerk, to the rectory

Henry Sydney). 1 p. and church of Whitford, vacant by the just deprivation

1558. A book containing the implement of the 231. of Hugh Whitford the last rector. Episcopal seal.-At brought over in August by Sir William Fitzwilliam. the foot is a certificate by John Prece, the bishop's vicar,

(5 leaves.) of Sydney's admission by Gruff John, the proctor.

1558. A folio account of all such moneys as Sir Henry (1564.) 6 Eliz. June 4. Copy of Indenture between

Sydney, Kt., Treasurer of the Warres there, hath

received of Her Majesty's Treasure, or by way of Thomas, Bishop of St. Asaph, and Philip Sydney,

defalcation of victual imprest or otherwise. Clerk, son of Sir Henrie Sydney, Kt., and William

1560, May 30, to 1567, June 1. Large folio account Mostyn of Mostyn (as surety). "The Bishop collates

book of the Lord Deputie, chief officers, captains of the Philip Sydney to the church of Whyteford on the

English and Irish bands, warders in divers forts. deprivation of Hugh Whitford.

1566, Aug. to 1568, Sept. Folio book of accounts of I recollect that in another bundle of papers, opened

Household in Ireland. and re-closed some time before I saw the above, there is

1569 and 1570. A. thin paper book, miscellaneous.
a paper in Italian which relates to the same subject.

Lists of mares and colts, and many accounts.
In the early part of Elizabeth's reign preferments

In 1570 Sydney gives a bond for 150 kyne, which
like the above were not uncommon.

Rory O'Brien owed him, from Col. M'Brian, Captain (1575.) 17 Eliz. 18 Aug. Bond by Sir Philip Sydney of Ferney, to Thomas Fleming, whose servant Harry F. to Richard Rodwaye, citizen and merchant tailor of

had been assailed by Rory M Brian. London, for 421. 68.; signed thus: “by me Philippe

15 . . Benefices devolved to the Queen's Majesty's
“ Sidneye;" but these words are struck through with

gift in the several dioceses following .... (Ireland).
a pen, and the seal has been torn off. The debt being
paid, the bond would naturally be delivered up can- 1574. Submission of the Earl of Desmond.-Book of

the Demands and humble Petition of Sir Thomas
1578, the last of May. Cancelled bond by Philip

Smyth and his associates, to the Queen's Majesty, about
Sydney of London, Esq., to Thomas Heynes, citizen

obtaining land in Ireland.
and merchant taylor of London. Heynes's receipt for

1567. Note of plate received by the Lord Deputy at the money is written at the foot.

the hands of Thomas Flemyng, part of the goods of
1576, Nov. 4. Letter from Sir Philip (at Greenwich) the late rebel Shane O'Neall. Among these are bason
to Mr. Walker, ordering stables and provisions for half and ewer, 87 oz., flat bowl, 92 oz., standing cups, flat
a score of horses coming out of Ireland.

cups, mazers, &c.
1576, Feb. 21. Receipt by Sir Philip Sydney for 3501. 1569–1573. A book of sundrye private and particular
sent by his father.

reckonings between my Lord Deputie and divers other
1583, Nov. 6. A memorandum in Italian, whereby persons, with notes of merchants and debts sett over
Filippo Sidneio, an English gentleman, confesses that and answered to my Lord in Ireland, and paid again in
he has received of Tomaso Balbani the sum of 400 Ingland and otherwise, to the parties as followeth ...
correnti on account of a letter of credit of Acerbo (29 leaves). The last is dated 10 Feb. 1573.
Vellutelli, &c. At the foot Sir Philip has written, “Io 1571. Copy (4 pp.) of an account of the Right
" Philippo Sideneo affirmo como di sopra."

Honourable the Earl of Leicester keeping St. Michael's
There is another receipt in Italian for money, signed feast at Warwick, 1571.
" Filippo Sidney."

1576, Feb. 4. Termoundfacan. A document on
Sir Philip Sydney's poetical translation of the Psalms vellum, whereby Sir Henry Sydney grants to Thomas,
of David; a thin folio volume, paper like vellum, Lord Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland,
“ written by John Davies of the city of Hereford,” in in respect of the service intended and by likelyhood
a beautiful hand. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd psalms are to be performed by him, his license to receive into his

protection as many parsons, natives of the soyl, or any

other country or nation, except Scotts, so that he under-
* He was then ten years old.
take that they be of good and dutiful behaviour. (Sir


LORD DE Henry states in a note that the words, “ except Scotts ”

Vol. II.

LORD DE L'ISLE AND are interlined by him.)

L'ISLE AND Letters (about 80) in French, 1589-1610.

DUDLEY. 1577. Roll of accounts of the Treasurer, Comptroller,

1589, Au. 20. Nicolas, de Blocq to Sir Rt. Sidney, and other officers of the household of Sir Henry Syd

Governor of Flushing, at the Court of England. Sends ney, Kt., Lord Deputy of Ireland.

him a book on a question between those who follow
1578, April 29. The Lords and Gentilmens Suppli-

Calvin and those who follow Luther's opinion of the
cation delivered. (A petition to the Lord Deputy and Lord's Supper.
Council for release by eighteen persons.)

All but one of these letters are from De Blocq to
A thin folio. Establishment for Ireland, 1690.

Sidney in London. De Blocq seems to have been his
1698-9.-Rent roll of the Earl of Romney's estates in

agent or secretary, resident at Flushing.
Ireland (these were forfeited estates).
1691. A 4to rent roll of the estates granted by King

William III. and Queen Mary to Henry Lord Sydney,
one of the Lords Justices of Ireland and principal

Letter by Sir H. Sidney about Ireland.

Thomas Ogle to Sir Wm. Brown; dated from the
Secretary of State in England, in the counties of

Camp near Beile, 10 July, vet. He says that the
Lowth, Meath, Catherlogh, Kildare, and Monaghan,

Marquis Spinola is expected in person not later than
which came to the Crown by the rebellion of John Lord

the 12th.
Bellew, Nicholas Viscount Netervile, Sir John Fleming,
Bart, Dudley Bagnall, and Francis Eustace.- By John

Sir Wm. Browne (at Flushing) to Sir Robert Sidney

in London (many).
Gay and Richard Darling, June 9, 1691. It contains
descriptions of the properties, the number of acres, and

Letters and drafts of letters by the same to the


1602, June 15. Copy letter by Mr. Gilpin, giving WALES.

account of military proceedings. Sir Francis Vere 2 & 3 Eliz. A paper roll about three feet long. The

and Sir Horace Vere, and Captain Ogle are mentioned.
Household of the Queen's Highness' Councell of the

Letter by F. Goldyng to Viscount Lisle.
Marches of Wales. A brief declaration what my Lord

Letters (many), by J. Throckmorton to Viscount Lisle.
hath spent of his own revenues concerning the diet and

omning the diet and Petition by Ferdinando Carey and others to Viscount foreign charge of the said household above the Queen's

Lisle about the insolency of the serjeant-major, and a allowance. There are accounts for the two years (each

long statement about him. ending at Easter), and 13 weeks of a third year. Total

Several letters by De Blocq. 7.1821. 158. 92d. Stable charges and riding expenses

Signed Confession by Geo. Houghton, regarding his not included.

connexion with one Thirckle. (Popery and Recusancy). Temp. Eliz. Orders for the Council of the Marches

Papers about the Low Countries.
to consider upon (about 6 fos.)

Nearly all in this volume are without date.
1570. Copy of Instructions for Her Majesty's Coun.
saill in the Marches of Wales; Sir Henry Sidney, Kt.,

Lord President.

A thick volume, labelled 1561-1601. Some of the
1567. Account of Wm. Blunt, receiver for Sir Henry papers relate to Ireland and some to Wales.
Sydney, Lord President of Wales.

1574. From E. Waterhouse at Dublin.
1576. Account of Hercules Raynford, receiver for Sir

1575. F. Walsingham at Woodstock to Sir Henry Henry Sydney, K.G., Lord President of Wales.

Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland.

1576. Many by Thomas Ormonde to the Lord

Ashover Wood. Upwards of a dozen books of ex 1576. Several by Walsingbam.
penses for the Iron forges, tempp. Henry VIII., Edw. 1577. Giphanius to Robert Sidney.
VI., and Queen Mary.

1577. From George Wynter (at London).
1556. General account of the Steel works.
10 Eliz. Another similar account.

1577. Richard Vaughan from Mortimer's Tower,
5 & 6 Edw. VI. Account of William Blackwell,

f william Blackwell Ludlow, to Ld. President of Wales.
clerk of the Ierne works, to Sir William Sidney.

1589. Wm. Porlas to Sir Robert Sidney, Governor of
Declaration of the gain, 138 tons, & cwt. at 81. the 'ton, Flushing. Several in French, about Flushing.
1,1031. 68. After abatements the balance was 3121.78.4d. 1589, 91, &c. Many from Edmund Uvedall at Flush-
(There are many of these accounts tempp. Edw. VI. ing.
Mary, and Elizabeth.)

1590. Letter from Chr. Huygens. Letters from

Roger Says, F. Goldynge, Rowland White (many), and
1611, March 20. Receipt by Thomas Smythe from Geo. Gilpin.
Visct Lisle of 1001., his adventure on the 2nd voyage to

1596. Several by Sir Francis Vere and Sir W.
the North-West passage, and his freedom of the same Browne.

1597, July 28 and Nov. 3. Two of these dates, by
1649, Jan. 20, and other dates. Notes of agreements

Prince Maurice de Nassau. by Sir Cornelius Vermuyden and the Company of Ad

Letter by J. Throckmorton. venturers for draining the Great Level of the Fens.

Nearly all the contents of this volume relate to


Vol. V.
Twenty-six volumes, of which six are lettered on the
back as having been published (by Collins); these six

Labelled 1601-6. The contents are, with two excep-
are not mentioned in the following brief notices. tions, receipts.
Vol. I. Thin folio, contains letters in French, Latin,

Vol. VI.
and English, and other papers without date. Among
them is a petition of John most unfortunate Bishop of 1601-4, but bound up in reverse order.
Lincoln,* asking for time to answer the information

1604. Several letters by Thomas James.
against him, unless the King choose to change his im-

Letters by Sir Wm. Brown at Flushing to Lord
prisonment in the Tower for perpetual imprisonment

prisonment Sidney, Lord Chamberlain to the Queen and Governor
in all the faculties of soul and bodie to do His Majesty's of Flushing, at the Court or at Baynard's Castle.
Letters to and by Sir William Brown.t

1603. Some letters by De Blocq.
Two letters by Ñ. De Blocq to Sir W. Brown. One

Letters by J. Throckmorton at Flushing, and George

letter by N. De Blocq to Ld. Sydney, Great Chamber-
lain to the Queen. Letters by Robert Arthur to Sir

1601 and 1602. Letters by Maurice de Nassau.
Robert Sidney. Two letters in Latin from Joachim
Camerarius, one dated from Mentz, and the other from

Vol. VII.
Nuremberg. The contents of this volume are chiefly

Labelled 1605-1606.
on Low Country affairs.

A thick volume containing letters by Sir Wm. Browne
at Flushing, J. Throckmorton at Flushing, and others.

There is one from M. Everarde at the Camp by Wessel,
* Lord Keeper; translated to York, 1641.
# He was Deputy Governor of Flushing,

1605, Oct. 31.



Vol. VIII. Labelled 1607-1609.

A thick volume containing letters by Sir W. Browne and a few from J. Throckmorton, and others.

1607, June 8. Thomas Pott, at Flushing, to Lord Sydney. Has lost his fellow labourer M. Daniel de Dieu ;-Asks for another from England, and to have elders to assist the Minister, and that he may be joined to the Classis of Walcheren.

1608, Oct. 20. Copy of a letter by Ralph Winwood to the Assembly of the States on the 24th.

VOL. IX. Labelled 1610–1612.

A thick volume containing letters by Sir Wm. Browne and J. Throckmorton to Ld. Sidney.

In August 1610, Sir W. Browne was ill; therefore Throckmorton writes.

1611 and 1612. Letters by De Blocq.

After 1610, Throckmorton seems to have taken the place of Sir W. Browne in the correspondence.


1642-50. Letters by Philip Lord Lisle to his father the Earl. Letters by Battier on army matters. Letters by Sir J. Temple.

Letter by the Countess to the Earl, on the occasion of the King making him Lord Lieutenant in 1644.

1648, Oct. 17. Copies of King Charles's final answer to the proposition touching delinquents; and of the proposition to the Parliament.

Letters by Philip Lord Lísle, in 1649 and 1650 (many and interesting), to his father ; only 3 or 4 of these have been printed.

Vol. XV.

1653–1665. Thin folio. All the letters except about 20 or 30 are by Algernon Sidney ; and all those by Algernon S., except the last, have been printed by Collins.

Letters by Leicester, B. Worsley at Dublin, Lord Strangford to Leicester, his father-in-law, the Earl of Northumberland; copies of replies by Leicester to Northumberland, and letters by Sir J. Temple to Leicester.

Vol. XVI. This volume contains a few good letters by Philip Viscount Lisle, by the Countess of Leicester to the Eari; and a few undated and out of place by other persons, including the Countess of Carlisle. One is by Dr. Hammond, Vicar of Penshurst.

VOL. XVII. A volume concerning the long law suit between the Berkeleys and the Lords Lisle, 1415–1606 (concluded by an Agreement in the Evidence room at Penshurst,


1610–1614. Letters by J. Throgmorton. 1614. Letters by De Blocg.

Two or three letters by John Flemynge (at Flushing) and Thomas Amyce, about the serjeant-major.

1614. Letter by Dorothy Throgmorton about injury to Mr. Throgmorton by the serjeant-major.

1614, May 1. J. Throgmorton says that the rumour of the match with Spain“ befits our King very ill with " this people in this conjuncture.”

1616. Letters from John Fleminge (at Flushing), De Blocq, and the town of Middlebourg.



1615-1616. Letters from J. Throckmorton and the town of Middelbourg, Jo. Bere (at Middelbourg), Thomas Pott (at Flushing), and a few others. The town of Middelbourg writes about the Merchant Adventurers.

Court of Wards papers, temp. Eliz. The papers in this volume are chiefly temp. Elizabeth; but a few are earlier.

Vols. XVIII., XIX., and XX. Three folio volumes of letters by Robert Sydney, afterwards Earl of Leicester, to his wife Barbara (Gamage), 1588-1620. At the end of Vol. XIX. are a few by other persons, in French and Italian, to the Earl of Leicester. Those in Vol. XX. to his wife are undated.

Lives of the Sydneys, with Index (by Collins).

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1635–1639. In this period Robert Earl of Leicester was Ambas, sador Extraordinary at Paris.

In this volume is the King Charles's summons to the Earl to attend the King's coronation, on the 2nd Feb. On account of the plague there was to be no procession through London until the 2nd of May. Dated 19th Jan. 1 Car. I.

Letters by and to the Earl and Countess of Leicester, 1636. The Earl tells Mr. Hawkins that he wishes for 3 plays by Beaumont, viz.: Philaster, or Love lies bleeding, King and no King, and the Maid's Tragedy.

1636, Feb. 1o. Hawkins tells the Earl of Burton's imprisonment for the book News from Ipswich; and other news.

Hawkins' letters tell the Earl the English and town news.

1636. May 20. Henry Earl of Manchester to his son Walter Montagu, (Abbat of Nantveil), on the subject of his turning Roman Catholic. (7 pp.)

Letters by David Buchanan at London, G.R. Weckerton at Whitehall, Sir Thomas Aylesbury.

Letter of Lucy, Countess of Carlisle, to her sister, Countess of Leicester.

1639, May. Three letters from Sir John Temple at Newcastle, on army matters.

1639, May 2. Sir Ralph Hopton, at Durham. 1639. News letters from John Battier at Paris. Letters from the Earl to Hawkins about Ship Money. Copies of letters by Leicester to the Queen.

Letters by Sir John Hobart and the Earl of Northumberland.


1640–1641. Many letters from Battier at Paris to Hawkins.

Letters by W. Hawkins, Sir J. Temple, the Earl of Northumberland, II. Percy.

Some letters by Sir J. Temple, in 1641, are partly in cypher, some decyphered.

1613–1615. Old copies of several letters from Sir J. Throckmorton at Flushing to Robert Viscount Lisle, giving news.

1593, June 19. Copy of letter by James VI. of Scotland to Sir R. Mcline (McLean). He may explain that James Stewart, late Chancellor, is not received into favour. His Parliament shall meet at the day appointed to act against them that trouble religion. , 1593, July 21. Original draft of a long letter by Sir Robert Mcline at London to King James, about the annuity allowed to the King by Queen Elizabeth. Court news and general news.

1594, July 1. Receipt of David Forbes, Esq., sent to Her Majesty from the King of Scots, for 1,0001. part of a Privy Seal for 4.0001. as å benevolence (not signed).

1594. Copy of Passport and Protection by James VI. for Robert Bowes, treasurer of Berwick, as Ambassador of Elizabeth ... day of . . . . 28th of his reign.

1595, September 25. Original letter by James VI. (signed by him at the foot) to David Forbes, pñtler (pantler), at London. The long delay of your despatch, proceeding upon a misknowledge by our dearest sister the Queen, of the varding of Buccleuch, signified to us by her Ambassador, whose answer we behoved to accept, although we know it to be a feigned excuse; we doubt not, that long ere now our letter and her Ambassador have come to her hands, which will certificate her of that matter, that she can pretend no further ignorance. Forbes is to treat earnestly about the annuity, and the certainty, quality, and time of payment thereof; . . . and to congratulate the Queen on the success of the Earl of Essex. (Wafer scal, almost gone.)

1625. A few news letters to the Earl of Leicester from Sir John North (at Salisbury), Sir John Temple, and Throckmorton.



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LORD DE 1650, Dec. 13. Philip Sydney to his father. Informa L'ISLE AND tion is come of the arrival of the Portuguese Ambassa

dor on the coast of the Isle of Wight. . . . A report (vesterday) was made to the Parliament of the proceedings against the late King, which the House approved of and ordered to be registered among the records.

1745, Oct. 15. James Biston (at Norwich) to Wm. Perry. In great hurry and terror here, because of the Scotch rebellion ;-busy in associating and raising forces and subscriptions to raise money, which all here cheerfully enter into :-hopes that the troops lately arrived at Newcastle will soon give a good account of the rascals.

1745, May 26. Rochford (just arrived at London) to Wm. Perry (in Jermyn Street). Is told that the head engineer of the Dutch has deserted from Tournay, and given the French a plan of the fortification, and that the whole garrison threaten to desert unless the Governor will surrender the Citadel. A grenadier of the 1st regiment of guards, just before they went to engage, stepp'd out of the ranks and called out to the Duke, and said, “ Let us do things decently ;" flung his grenadier's cap down, knelt on it, and said, “For what we are “ going to receive the Lord make us thankful," and then returned to the ranks.

1745. Two letters by Thomas Osborne to Wm. Perry (at Penshurst), about the Sidney letters.

Bundle of letters by Mr. Arthur Collins (1746), while engaged in editing the Sidney papers (2 vols. fol. 1756).

Letters from Collins to W. Perry, 1749, &c.

Copies of letters by and for Collins from letters at Penshurst and elsewhere.

MISCELLANEOUS VOLUMES. Folio, paper, 20 leaves. - Original book of Court Annuities, 12 Eliz. The names of Sir Henry Sydney and the Earl of Leycester occur.-Marc Anthonio Bassanio had an annuity of 301. 88. 4d. — John Young, agitator Comediarum, 668. 8d.—John Cliffe, keeper of the Library at Westminster, 131. 68. 8d.-Ralph Worseley, keeper of the Lions, and their keep, 581. — Reginald Wolfe, typographer, 265.8d.-Arthur Bassano, musician, with his robes, 741. 168. 8d.-Lewis Bassano, musician (no pay for him is stated).

Temp. Eliz. – Gravesend and Milton. Orders and Constitutions established by the Portreeve, Jurats, and inhabitants of Gravesend and Milton, by the advice and assistance of George Lord Cobham, Sir Henry Sidney, Kt., and Sir Wm. Brook, K.G., for the direction and government of watermen serving the passage from Gravesend to London. (3 pp.)*

Folio paper, 16th century. Ars Naupegica. Art of Shipbuilding, by Edmund Harlow, gent. Begins, A ship, being a body, hath three dimensions in nature. (9 leaves.)

Folio, paper, 16th century. Instructions to Sir Francis Walsingham, sent by Her Majesty to the French King, 6 Aug. 1570; followed by copies of all the papers and correspondence down to his recall, 19 March 1573 (240 leaves). These are printed in the volume intituled, The Compleat Ambassador, published

The Compleat Ambassador published by Sir Dudley Digges in 1665.

A quarto volume, containing an early copy of Ley. cester's Commonwealth. The first leaf is absent.t

A quarto volume, containing an 18th century copy of Sir Philip Sydney's answer to Leycester's Commons wealth. I

A quarto volume, paper, 1589. La difference des divi. nations licites et illicites pour juger des changements et ruines des republiques. Dedicated to Sir Robert Sydney, Governor of Flushing, by N. de Blocq. (45 leaves, besides the dedication.) Begins, Devant que nous parlions particulierement des divinations. On the cover Sir Robert has written, “ This Blocq I knew, “ Secretary of Flushing, and have many letters of “ his.'

Quarto, paper, 16th century. Symbolicæ Philosophiæ liber, 4tus et ultimus. De Symbolis absolutis ad illustrissimum Dominum Robertum Sydneyum. Title, one blank leaf and 19 leaves of text. Begins with a description of Symbols; at the end a description of Symbols, mottoes, and verses on them; followed by the name

Abrahamus Fransus. (This was Abraham Fraunce, LORD DE author of The Lawyer's Logicke.)

L'ISLE AND Folio, paper, 16th century. A Latin Comedy (seem. ingly called Victoria), by Abraham Fraunce. Dedicated to Sir Philip Sydney. The characters are Fidelis, amans; Narcissus, ejus servus ; Onuphrius, poeta, fidelis preceptor; Octavianus; Barbara, filia ejus; and others. (About 44 leaves.)

Two large folio volumes contain various papers in the matter of the great law suit between the Berkeleys and the Lords Lisle, which lasted from 1415 to 1606.

A large folio volume contains papers in the suit in the Star Chamber against Sir Robert Dudley, who pretended to be Earl of Northumberland.

In one of these volumes is a brief description of the receiving the Queen's Majesty into the City of Cam. bridge, August 1566 (6 leaves) ; with a speech (in 4 smaller leaves) by Sir J. Throckmorton.

Quarto, paper, 16th century. Analysis tractationis de Poesi contexte a nobilissimo viro P. S. equite aurato.

After a Latin decastych, signed Wm. Temple,* the text begins, Antequam aggrederes tractationem de poesi, præstantissime Sidneie. The author discusses poetry, and then dissects Sydney's treatise. (33 leaves.)

Folio, paper, c. 1600. Neat copy of King James's Basilicon Doron.

Folio, paper. Sir Walter Ralegh's Discourse of Exchange, &c., copied for the Earl of Leicester, 1629. “ This book I borrowed of my Lord of Northumberland, who had it of Sir Walter Ralegh, whose arms were “ upon the cover. Copied out by Mr. Lawled at “ Penshurst, 1629. Leycester.”

Folio, paper. Copy by Robert, 2nd Earl of Leycester, in 1634, of a treatise supposed to be by Sir Wm. Beecher, one of the Clerks of the Council in ordinary at this time, and not disavowed, on Coinage and Money. Lent by the Earl of Bedford. Begins, The first inven.. tion of money is for a pledge. (50 pp.)

Folio, paper. Sir Richard Martin's Treatise on the Mint. Dedicated to King James I. After the dedication the text begins, As all countries and common weales are governed by certain principal persons. (34 pp.) This is followed by Gerard Mallyne's Treatise on Exchange, 1610. (44 pp.)

Folio, paper, 16th century. A discourse of Exchange by Sir Francis Knowles. After a preface the text begins, A conference of the weightes, boolion, and values of the silver money of England. (60 pp.)

Folio, paper. A brief collection of extraordinary payments out of His Majesty's Exchequer since March 1602 to Christmas 1609. (18 leaves.)

Folio, paper. The privileges or several rights belonging to the Baronage of England. The 1st section is of Proxies, and the last is of making deputies of places of trust.

Folio, paper. Dialogue between a Justice of the Peace and a Privy Councillor, by Sir W. R. Begins, When Lord Treasurer Salisbury is most inveighed against.

Quarto, paper. Diary of Robert Earl of Leicester, 31 Dec. 1646 to 8 April 1661, and a few notes in 1614; a few, pages of what a few pages of what he had heard.

Folio, paper. General account of the State's Army by land. Names of English officers.

England's Epinomis, by Jno. Selden..

1628. Folio, paper. Relation of the proceedings in Parliament from 20 January 1628 to the dissolution thereof.

1640. Quarto. Speech of Mr. St. John against Ship money.

1628. Folio. Arguments on the Liberty of the subiect, beginning with speech by Sir Dudley Digges.

Two or three Commonplace Books by Robert, 2nd Earl of Leycester (temp. Car. I.)

Folio. Élizabeth Countess of Bridgwater's Meditations on the Bible (going through all the books). nearly 700 pp.t

Folio, paper, 17th century. Arguments and judg. ments on Sir Thomas Darnell's Case, 3 Car. I.; Richard Beckwith’s Case, 12 James I. ; and the Cases of Corbet, Darle. Hampden, and Hengham. 3 Car. I.

Folio, paper, 17th century. Of Parliaments. A discourse, &c. collected out of the Common Law. Begins, The most common and best meanes. Ends, And in my

* The Society of Antiquaries have two printed Broadsides (1559 ?), showing the fares between London and Gravesend and London and Windsor, and the intermediate landing places.

† Printed in 1584 and 1641.
I Printed by Collins, vol. 1, p. 62.

* Private secretary to Sir Philip.

+ A volume of devotional pieces by her ladyship is among the additions to the Egerton MSS. in the British Museum.

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