RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 1168
Extent17 items, bound in 1 vol.
TitleAUTOGRAPH COLLECTION
Date1526-1634
DescriptionAutograph letters and documents. 17 items.
All but two were printed (often inaccurately) in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters from the original manuscripts of many princes, great personages and statesmen, together with some curious and scarce tracts and pieces of antiquity' (London, 1753). Leonard Howard (1699-1767), who was Rector of St. George the Martyr, Southwark, was sent original papers to be printed in this work, and all, or nearly all, of the items in MS. 1168 appear to derive from his collecting activities. The documents have numerous annotations in an 18th century hand which may be Howard's.


1. Warrant to Robert Cruwis, keeper of our park of Okehampton [Devon], for delivery of a buck to John Creusse, of Crusham Orchard [Cruwys Morchard, Devon, a manor in the possession of the Cruwys family]. Dated at Shute manor [Devon], 10 Sept. 18 Hen. VIII [1526]. Original, signed.
With a note in a later hand: 'An original warrant for a buck from Q. Katherine 1526 signed with her own hand'.Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters...', pp. 212-3, where the signature is said to be that of Katherine of Aragon, Queen of Henry VIII. Also recorded in 'Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 4: 1524-1530 (1875), p. 1106, where the signature is also accepted as that of Katherine of Aragon.
Okehampton Castle and its deer park were at this time in the ownership of the Courtenay family. The signature is unlike that of Katherine of Aragon and is possibly that of Catherine of York (1479-1527), daughter of Edward IV and widow of William Courtenay, Earl of Devon, also known as Earl of Devonshire.

2. Privy Council letter to Edward North (c.1504-1564), Chancellor of the Augmentations, afterwards 1st Baron North, concerning land granted by Henry VIII to William Eure, 1st Baron Eure (c.1483-1548). 8 December 1544 [The date appears to read 1545, but the final digit appears altered. However the text refers to the creation of Eure's barony on 24 February 'last past', and this was certainly 24 February 1544. The acts for 1544 are missing from the Privy Council registers].
Original, with the signatures of Thomas Wriothesley (1500-1550), afterwards 1st Earl of Southampton (Lord Chancellor); Thomas Howard (1473-1554), Duke of Norfolk; John Russell (c.1485-1555), afterwards 1st Earl of Bedford; Edward Seymour (c.1500-1552), Earl of Hertford and afterwards Duke of Somerset; Thomas Thirlby (c.1500-1570), Bishop of Westminster; William Paulet, (d.1572), Lord St. John, afterwards 1st Marquess of Winchester; William Paget (d. 1563), 1st Baron Paget; and one other.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters...', pp. 195-6.

3. Warrant from Edward VI to Gilbert Dethick, Garter King of Arms, to take down the arms of Edward Seymour (c.1500-1552) Duke of Somerset, from their place in the chapel of Windsor Castle, following his execution on 22 Jan.1552. Westminster, 28 February 6 Edward VI [1552]. Original, signed by Edward VI. With seal.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters...', p. 283.

4. Warrant from Queen Mary Tudor to Gilbert Dethick, Garter King of Arms, to take down the arms of Henry Grey (1517-1554) Duke of Suffolk, father of Lady Jane Grey, from their place in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, following his execution on 23 February 1554. The arms were to be 'throwne downe ' and the warrant is described as 'the publycacyon at the dygradyng of Harry late Duke of Suffolk'. Original, signed by the Queen. With seal.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters...', p. 284.

5. Privy Council letter [to Edward North (c.1504-1564), 1st Baron North], concerning an affray at Westminster, and ordering that one Staunton be set at liberty. 9 August 1556. Original, with the signatures of Nicholas Heath, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor; William Paulet, 1st Marquess of Winchester, Lord Treasurer; Thomas Thirlby, Bishop of Ely; Sir Robert Rochester, Comptroller of the Royal Household; Sir William Petre; Sir John Bourne; and Sir Thomas Cornwallis.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters...', p. 182.
Calendared in 'Acts of the Privy Council', new series vol 5 (London, 1892), p. 323.

6. Letter from William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, to Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex (1526/7-1583), President of the Council in the North, concerning Edward Manners, 3rd Earl of Rutland, and seeking favour for the latter's kinsman Mr. Roos, of Igmathorp, [Yorkshire]. 31 July 1569. Original, signed.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters...', p. 202.

7. Safe conduct granted by Elizabeth I, at the request of the King of Morocco, to Lewes Fernandes and Salvador Nunez, merchants, to travel with their ships and vessels between Morocco and Antwerp, carrying merchandise of the King of Morocco. Hampton Court, 11 June 1570. Original, on vellum, with the signature of Elizabeth I.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters ...', pp. 198-9.
On English trade with Morocco, see Thomas Stuart Willan, 'Studies in Elizabethan foreign trade' (Manchester, 1959), with a note on Fernandes and Nunez at pp. 145-6.

8. Letter from Richard Barnes, Bishop of Carlisle, to Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, President of the Council of the North, seeking favour for Elizabeth, widow of John Best (d. 1570), Bishop of Carlisle, she being old and blind. 17 January 1570/1. Original, signed.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters ...', pp. 200-1.

9. Letter from William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, to Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, Lord Chamberlain of the Queen's Household, expressing pleasure at the Queen's concern for his daughter, whose sickness is not thought by the physicians to be dangerous. Theobalds, 15 January 1572/3. Original, signed.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters ...', p. 202.

10-11. Two letters from William Brooke, 10th Baron Cobham, to Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, Lord Chamberlain of the Queen's Household, concerning the Queen's progress through Dover, Canterbury and Sandwich, and the state of health of those towns. Cobham, 13 and 16 July 1573. Originals, signed.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters ...', pp. 211-2.

12. Letter from Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, to Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, Lord Chamberlain of the Queen's Household, explaining his reluctance to attend the Queen because of the plague in London and Lambeth, with deaths in the families of his servants and household 'whome I doe sequester owte of my house for a tyme'. Lambeth, 2 October, no year. Endorsed 'B of Canterbury 2 October 1574'. Original, signed.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters ...', p. 292.

13. Letter from Richard Cheyney, Bishop of Gloucester, to Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, Lord Chamberlain of the Queen's Household, desiring him to urge the Queen to grant letters patent to 'Mr. Handes' [Richard Hands], the Bishop's Registrar, to be Actuary in the Queen's commissions delegatory within the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Gloucester, 1 October, 1574. Original, signed.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters ...', pp. 294-5.

14. Letter from Robert Horne, Bishop of Winchester, to Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, Lord Chamberlain of the Queen's Household, responding to the Earl's request for a hen pheasant and explaining his difficulty in providing one. Waltham, 29 December, no year. Endorsed: 'B of Winchester 29 December 1575'. Original, signed.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters ...', p. 293.

15. Letter from Richard Curteys, Bishop of Chichester, to Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, Lord Chamberlain of the Queen's Household, thanking him for defending the Bishop and certain learned preachers against libellers in the Star Chamber. Aldingburn, 16 November 1576. Original, signed.
Printed in Leonard Howard, 'A collection of letters ...', pp. 293-4.

16. Letter from Thomas Cooper, Bishop of Winchester, to Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, one of the Queen's Lieutenants for the county of Southampton, sending gifts of fish and venison. Waltham, 21 October 1585. Original, signed.

17. Letter from J. A. to his cousin John Vernon at his chamber in the Inner Temple, [John Vernon, son of Sir Robert Vernon of Camberwell, admitted at the Inner Temple 1626, called to the Bar 1634] concerning baptism for the dead (I Corinthians 29-30). Beaconsfield, 25 April, no year. [The letter cites books published in the 1620s and alludes to the recent translation of a bishop from Peterborough to Hereford; this must be Augustine Lindsell, dating the letter to 1634]. Original, signed.
LanguageEnglish
FindingAidsRecorded in H.J. Todd, 'A catalogue of the archiepiscopal manuscripts in the library at Lambeth Palace' (1812), when the letters were preserved in a case, numbered 1-17.
New description by Richard Palmer, 2013.
PhysicalDescriptionDocuments on paper (except item 7, vellum), mounted on later paper leaves and bound in one volume, 383 x 272 mm. Boards covered in leather, blind-stamped in a 16th century manner.
On an initial leaf is a table of contents in the hand of Samuel Wayland Kershaw, Lambeth Librarian 1868-1910, who probably had the documents mounted and bound.
Many items have foliation from a previous arrangement or binding of which they formed part.
CustodialHistoryPresented by Caroline Cornwallis (d. 1809), wife of Frederick Cornwallis, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1783.

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