RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
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Alt Ref NoMS 3205
TitleTalbot Papers
Date1506-1612
DescriptionFolio 1
G [Grace Shakerley, Countess of] Shrewsbury to [Francis Talbot, fifth] Earl of Shrewsbury, from York, 15 June n.a. [before 1553]. She chats about domestic matters, telling him that his building at Sheffield Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838) goes well and that [George,] Lord Talbot and his wife [Gertrude Manners] are in good health. She asks the Earl to bring some cloth to make pillow-cases with when he next visits her, at the next meeting of the Council of the North. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. 'To my lord'.
Folio 3
G[race, Countess of] Shrewsbury to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Erith, 4 June n.a. [before 1553], in support of Joan Beane of Handsworth, widow, a very poor woman. [Cf. Thomas Beane, Lambeth Ms. 696, folio 13]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 5
Elizabeth [Nugent,] Countess of Kildare, to [Gilbert, seventh] Earl of Shrewsbury, from Maynooth, 4 June n.a., asking the Earl not to believe the rumours of her husband's ill-treatment of Shrewsbury's tenants in the county of Wexford. He is unable to go into those parts without a bodyguard himself [cf. MS.3203 folio 245]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 6
Ann [Talbot, Countess of] Pembroke to [Francis, fifth] Earl of Shrewsbury, from Baynard's Castle, 19 October n.a. [after 1552], asking that Richard Bryan be made steward of the manor of Hope, Gloucestershire, in place of Sir John Pollard, deceased. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 8
Mary [Talbot, Countess of] Northumberland to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Coldharbour, 23 November 1555. She delivered her petition [for the restitution of her son, Thomas Percy] to the Queen in person in her privy closet at St. James' on Tuesday, 21 November, when the Queen asked kindly after the Earl of Shrewsbury. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 10
Elizabeth [Talbot, Lady] Dacre to the Countess of Shrewsbury, from Skipton, 22 December, n.a. [before 1558], asking to borrow £10. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 12
Elizabeth, Lady Dacre to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Lord President in the North, and in his absence to Mr. Vice-President [Sir Thomas Gargrave], from Carlisle, 3 November 1555, asking him to favour John Woddrington and Christopher Simpson in their suit with Henry Ogle and other gentlemen of the county of Northumberland. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 14
Elizabeth, Lady Dacre to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Morpeth, 29 December n.a. Hearty thanks for the loan of £10 [cf. folio 10]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 15
Anne [St. John, Lady] Clifford to [George, fourth] Earl of Shrewsbury, from Berden, 11 January, n.a. [before 1506], asking him to be a good lord to her son [Henry] who is to wait upon the Prince [Henry] and begging him not to be impatient over outstanding business with her husband [Henry, tenth Baron Clifford] for he intends to come to London to settle matters between them. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 16
Ann [Talbot, Lady] Wharton to [George, sixth] Earl of Shrewsbury, from Syningthwaite, 28 October, n.a., thanking him for consenting to the marriage of his ward, Mr. Neville, and her 'most honest gentlewoman', Bridget Savile. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 18
Katherine [Stafford, Countess of] Westmorland to [Francis,] Earl of Shrewsbury, the King's Lieutenant [in the North], from Brancepeth, 25 April, n.a. [before 1553] asking him to appoint the bearer, her servant, Ninian Menvell, a gentleman, a captain in the Border service. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 19
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Mrs. Anne Conyers, from York, 5 August 1557, advising her to repair to Court immediately in obedience to the Queen's summons. 1p. Copy, sixth Earl's hand. Address.
Folio 20
Frances [widow of Sir John] Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Albrighton, 25 May 1558. Her brother [Sir Thomas] Gifford cannot meet the Earl on the day appointed. She sends £22 for apparel for her daughter [Jane, cf. Lambeth Ms. 695, folio 47]. 1p. Endorsed. 'with speed'.
Folio 22
The Earl of Shrewsbury to John Longe, from Sheffield, 10 April [1560], asking that the proposed marriage to Lady Pope [Elizabeth, widow of Sir Thomas] be deferred, in view of his serious illness. 1p. Address.
Folio 24
Lady Pope to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 7 April [1560], condoling with him on his illness and discussing business to be transacted. 2pp. Clerk's hand, signed.
Folio 26
Ann [Talbot, Lady] Bray to the Dowager Lady Bray [Jane Halywell], from Sheffield, 17 July, n.a. [before 1553], requesting that the late Lord Bray's chain may be sent to her husband [John, second Baron] and that William Gaylor may come to her to furnish her arbour against the King's coming. 2pp. Copy.
Folio 27
Dorothy [Bray, Lady] Chandos to [Ann] Lady Bray, from Blunsdon, 23 July, n.a., [before 1560] asking her to intercede with her father, the Earl of Shrewsbury, on behalf of Richard Jones, a felon, confined in York Castle. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 28
Ann [Talbot, Lady] Wharton to [George,] Earl of Shrewsbury, from Wharton, 11 June 1562, possibly 1563, complaining of the unkindness of the Countess of Cumberland [Anne Dacre] to whom she had sent a ring as a token. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 30
An unnamed correspondent to [Mary, Queen of Scots], from Vondruice, 29 July 1574, thanking her for a letter received through Sir Francis Walsingham and giving news out of France, including an account of the funeral of the late King [Charles IX]. 3pp. Damaged Ms. Signature missing.
Folio 32
K[atherine Talbot, Countess of] Pembroke to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Court at Woodstock, 3 October 1575. Every day since she came to Court the Queen has enquired of his health. Her husband sends him his greetings and she her thanks for the company of her sister Mary [Lady Savile]. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 34
Elizabeth Smyth to the Countess of Shrewsbury [Elizabeth Hardwick], from Ashton, 10 December 1578, thanking her for standing godmother to her daughter, 'I have allwayes founde your honor so like a mother unto my selfe that it made me presume to geve your Ladyship parte of my childe'. She thanks the Countess for a bowl and cover sent on the occasion. 1pp. Seal. Endorsed.
Folio 36
Lady Constance Foljambe to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Earl Marshal and Privy Councillor, from Tupton, 22 September 1589, thanking him for procuring her enlargement by his letter to the Privy Council. Her grandson Godfrey refuses to restore the property which was put into his possession when she was confined in his house [cf. MS 3199 f.77 and MS 3204 f.121]. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 38
Margaret [Greville,] Lady Verney to [Mary,] Countess of Shrewsbury at Sheffield Manor, from Compton, 15 January 1598/9. Compliments. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 40
Mary Markham to the Countess of Shrewsbury, no place [Ollerton], no date, thanking her for help and kindness in a recent sickness. She hopes that the Earl and Countess will soon visit her. The fish 'shouted' last Thursday, market day, so that the people nearby took the spoil, but her keeper saved 300, of which she will preserve as many as possible in the dam and at Ollerton. Her son Charles has gone to Blyth. She is arranging for the making of a rush mat and has the pattern from the painter. 1p. Seal. Endorsed.
Folio 42
Lady Verney to [Mary,] Lady Talbot, from Compton, 4 August n.a. [late 1580s], requesting her picture and asking to be remembered to Lady Arabella Stuart. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 44
Mary Wharton to [Gilbert,] Earl of Shrewsbury, from Lammothe [Landmoth], 26 January 1591/2, asking for £100 in part payment of the firm owing her by the late [Francis,] Lord Talbot. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 46
Isabel [Holcroft,] Countess of Rutland to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Stepney, 23 June 1592, asking his permission to call his servant, Owen Bellot, as a witness in a case in Chancery. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed and subscribed. Endorsed.
Folio 48
Ann [Herbert,] Lady Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Hampton Court, 21 November 1592. [William] Hamond is away and she has not been receiving her jointure. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 49
Lady Talbot to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Court, 19 December 1592, further pressing for payment of her jointure and referring to his 'great occasions' hindering it. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 50
Aves Holden to the Earl of Shrewsbury at his house at London [Broad Street], from Newark, 4 March 1594/5. Her husband, the late rector of Shelton, requested the Earl in his will to care for her and her poor child. She is grateful for the first fruits of the living. 2pp. Endorsed 'with speed'. Address.
Folio 52
Mary Gower to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, 24 September 1594, begging him to pay a debt of the late Lord Talbot to her; she has asked Edmund Molyneux to solicit on her behalf. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 54
Anne [Russell, Countess of] Warwick to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Court, 28 March 1599. She is sorry but she is unable to further Sir John Byron's acquaintanceship with the Archdeacon [cf. MS.3203 folio 139]. She is delighted to hear of the Countess of Shrewsbury's recovery. 1p. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 56
Lady Mary Scudamore to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Richmond, 12 March 1599/1600, recommending Peter Burrows to be a chaplain to the Earl. 1p. Damaged Ms. Seal. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand.
Folio 58
Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, to [George,] Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, no date [1570s], taxing him with forgetting his 'none'. She has a great need of a plumber. Hankes has malt but needs hops for brewing. 1p. Seal. Endorsed.
Folio 59
The Dowager Countess of Shrewsbury to [Mary,] Countess of Shrewsbury, from Hardwick, 30 November, n.a. [1607], asking after her health and desiring news of her family in London, especially 'little sweet Lord Maltravers' [James Howard]. 1p. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 61
[Thomas, Baron Ellesmere], Lord Chancellor, to the Dowager Countess of Shrewsbury, from York House, 21 June 1605, giving her notice to put in her answer to a bill in Chancery, filed against her by the Earl of Shrewsbury. 1p. Copy. Address.
Folio 62
The Dowager Countess of Shrewsbury to the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury, from Hardwick, 15 January, n.a. She is sorry that Charles [Cavendish] is still ill and bids them encourage him to keep his diet. 'I shall thinke longe tyll I see you both'. 1p. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 64
Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, to [Mary,] Lady Talbot, from Chelsea, Friday, 6 o'clock, no date [1580s]. She begs to hear from her that night or she shall not sleep. Her 'jewels' Arbell [Lady Arabella Stuart] and Mary [Talbot] are well. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 66
The Countess of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place [Chatsworth], Saturday morning, no date [1577]. She asks for timber and iron, of which she has a great need, and money to buy oxen, as promised, but 'out of syght out of mynde'. Her son Gilbert has been ill since his coming from Sheffield but is now better. She thanks the Earl for arranging for the carriage of wood to Hardwick but would like it here. She has neither malt nor hops to make beer for her workmen. She presumes that he will stand his ground in his suit with [Sir John] Zouch. The Queen must agree to his removing here and she advises him to have all in readiness for his arrival. A post-script asks to hear of the health of the Earl and his 'charge and love' [Mary, Queen of Scots]. She would like to have four or five pieces of the great hangings and some carpets. 3pp. Endorsed. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.94)
Folio 68
The Countess of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, Sunday, no date [1577]. She has heard that her daughter Lennox [Elizabeth Cavendish, Countess of Lennox], her 'Jewell' [Lady Arabella Stuart] and her daughter Grace [Talbot, wife of Henry Cavendish] are likely to come here tomorrow, but he has not notified her and she thinks it would be better if they did not because of the infection. She has written to [Thomas] Stringer for the carriage of her timber, with which she would make gates. A post-script states that she has sent him some lettuce. 1p. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 70
The Countess of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, Sunday, no date Two bottles of sack sent her are of little use; one is 'lyke as tho[ugh] ytt were halfe water'. She begs him to send more. 2pp. Endorsed.
Folio 72
The Countess of Shrewsbury to [Mary,] Lady Talbot, from Chelsea, Friday, no date [1580s]. She is glad to hear that Lady Talbot and her family are well and sends her blessings. She herself has been suffering aches and pains because of the damp weather. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 73
The Countess of Shrewsbury to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Chelsea, Saturday, no date [late 1580s]. She has longed to hear from him and now she longs for Monday when she may hope to see him. 1p. Seal. Endorsed.
Folio 75
The Dowager Countess of Shrewsbury to [Gilbert,] Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury, from Hardwick, 28 February, n.a. [1597/8]. She hopes to hear from them to know that they are in health; she has heard that the Countess has had a cold, as she has had. She wants to know when they are coming to stay with her; the air would do them good. She contends that [Sir Edward] Winter has no right to the land which he is claiming [cf. MS.3199 folio 909]. She sends blessings to them and 'our thre Juyls' [their daughters]. 2pp. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 77
Anne, Countess of Warwick to [George,] Earl of Shrewsbury, Privy Councillor and Knight of the Garter, from the Court, 6 November no date, acknowledging his letter of thanks for her courtesies to the Countess and sending compliments. 1p. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 79
E[lizabeth Darcy, Lady] L[umley] to [Mary,] Countess of Shrewsbury, from the Court at London, 3 October [1604]. She has had letters from the Countess and from [William Herbert, third] Earl of Pembroke. She has heard mention of a match which she would much favour but of which she will not speak [between the Earl of Pembroke and Lady Mary Talbot]. She sends Court news. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand.(Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), iii.95)
Folio 81
Katherine, Countess of Pembroke, to [George,] Earl of Shrewsbury, from Ramsbury, 15 January, n.a. [before 1577]. The bearer brings a message from her husband [Henry Herbert, second Earl] and she hopes that this will be the beginning of greater friendship between her husband and her father. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 84
Mary Markham to [Robert, Baron] Cecil, from Ollerton, 7 February 1603/04, thanking him for his help. She will say a prayer on her knees for the King who has given her sons [Sir Griffin and Thomas, implicated in the Bye Plot] life. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed and subscribed. Endorsed.
Enclosing folio 83
A statement of the debts of Thomas Markham and a request that Sir Griffin may be confined in a place where creditors could agree on a means of payment. 1p. Clerk's hand. Address in seventh Earl's hand.
Folio 86
E[lizabeth] Pierrepont to Lady Talbot, from Holme [Pierrepont], 16 January 1586/7, apologizing for not writing and sending greetings. 1p. French. Endorsed.
Folio 88
Frances [Cavendish, Lady] Pierrepont to the Countess of Shrewsbury, from Holme [Pierrepont], 8 January, n.a. [after 1590]. She has heard from [John] Hacker that the Countess is now better; her own indisposition has prevented her from visiting and she must write to enquire after the Countess's health. 1p. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 90
Lady Pierrepont to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from the Earl's house at Chelsea, 18 December, n.a. [c.1615]. She begs for an advance, reminding him that she has nothing else to live on but her farm of Codgrave [Cotgrave] and her annuity. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 92
Henry Constable to the Countess of Shrewsbury, no place, no date [1608]. He understands that the Privy Council intends to exile him. If so, he seeks two requests; first, that the exile be not irrevocable; secondly, that he may go into Spain. He protests his regards for her. [Cf. MS.3203 folio 489]. 2pp. Seal. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.498)
Folio 94
Henry Constable to the Countess of Shrewsbury, no place [France], no date [1608], sending her elaborate greetings. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), ii.499)
Folio 95
The Countess of Shrewsbury to Henry Butler, no place [The Tower] 7 February, n.a.[1611/2]. She advises him to go to Welbeck for his instructions [cf. MS.3203 folio 588]. She has not the leisure to write at the length she would wish but thinks that it would be as well if he set aside certain tithes in Yorkshire as planned. She advises him to set down carefully his transactions over Tankersley. A post-script states that she does not want the bellows at Sheffield removed to Kimberworth. 2pp. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 97
The Countess of Shrewsbury to Henry Butler, no place, 16 December 1610, begging him to collect as much money as possible before Michaelmas. £1,200 must be paid Mr. Basset of Fledborough. She is in debt to the Earl and Countess of Pembroke for over £3,000. She knows not which way to turn. 1p. Endorsed 'with speed'. Address.
Folio 98
The Countess of Shrewsbury to Henry Butler, no place [The Tower], no date [1612]. She wants £200 which Butler has for her delivered to the parson of Tankersley; she begs him set down the payment in his accounts carefully. She asks him to take great care of all matters entrusted to his care and hopes to see him again soon. 1p. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 100
Ann, Lady Talbot to [George,] Earl of Shrewsbury, from her house at the Savoy, 20 February, n.a. She has stayed to see the Queen, which was not easy, for Parliament is in session, but she has done so and told her that the Earl lived to serve her. She thanks him for his letter in answer to her brother's suit for money, which he told her was to repair houses but she has discovered that it was for a seafaring venture in one of Sir Walter Raleigh's ships. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 102
Elizabeth Stapleton to [Mary,] Countess of Shrewsbury, from Pool, [20 February 1604/05], assuring her of her devotion. She has presented a petition to the King for an annuity of £300 and been helped by [Henry Howard, Earl of] Northampton. She asks the Countess to write to Sir Julius Caesar and Viscount Cranborne on her behalf. 1p. Damaged Ms. Endorsed. Address gives date.
Folio 104
Elizabeth [Talbot, wife of Henry] Grey to the Countess of Shrewsbury, no place, no date, presenting her service and stating that her greatest pleasure is to receive letters from her mother and father. 1p. Seal.
Folio 105
Elizabeth Wingfield to the Countess of Shrewsbury at Sheffield, from the Court at Richmond, 3 November, n.a., pressing for the payment of a debt and expressing a wish to see Sir Charles and Lady Cavendish. 2pp. Endorsed.
Folio 106
Elizabeth Wingfield to [George,] Earl of Shrewsbury, from St. John's, 15 December, n.a. She has sent the Countess a little coffer containing the things she needs. She has not set ruffs to the smocks as she is uncertain that the Countess likes them. The Queen will be at Whitehall Thursday next and will spend Christmas at Greenwich. 1p. Endorsed. Address in sixth Earl's hand.
Folio 108
Lucrece Hatcliffe to [Mary,] Countess of Shrewsbury, from Great Grimsby, 30 June 1606, concerning the lease of a water mill and improvements to the harbour. 1p. Clerk's hand, signed. Endorsed.
Folio 110
The Earl of Pembroke to the Countess of Shrewsbury, from Hampton Court, 15 September [1606]. He has acquainted the Earl of Shrewsbury with all the news, but he would not have her think him neglectful of her; his wife is well, staying at Penshurst. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand.
Folio 112
Grace Cavendish to Gilbert Earl of Shrewsbury, from Chatsworth, 23 March, n.a. She begs, on her husband's behalf, for the £1,000 a year promised him. 1p. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand.
Folio 114
A. Lunton to the Countess of Shrewsbury at Sheffield, from Newark, 15 December 1607. He has sent her prepared steel. He has not tried preparing steel with water as did Dr. Turner but sends her half which he gave hi?. He will try to draw forth the spirit from sugar. 1p. Seal. Endorsed.
Folio 116
Thomas Crew to the Countess of Shrewsbury, from London, Sunday, 18 February, n.a. [1597/8]. He would like to meet Sir Charles Cavendish at Nottingham after the assizes to discuss legal business. [Robert Devereux, second] Earl of Essex held his Earl Marshal's Court at Essex House on Thursday last, when the question of arms between the heir-general and heir-male of the house of Abergavenny was disputed. 1p.
Folio 118
Grace Cavendish to the Countess of Shrewsbury, from Broad Street, 5 April [1608]. She is most grateful to her sister; her husband was weary on the journey to London but is now recovered. She hopes that he will follow the Countess's wishes. She is aware that the Dowager Countess of Shrewsbury left the Earl only £3,000. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 120
Elizabeth [Butler], Countess of Ormond, to the Countess of Shrewsbury, from the Carrick, 15 July 1608, sending a brace of her fairest greyhounds and thanking the Countess for the present of knives. 1p. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand.
Folio 122
A[ndrew] Melville to the Countess of Shrewsbury, from Garvoke near Dunfermline, no date [June 1607]. He has had a letter from Mrs. Seton concerning an old debt, which he has had sent to the Countess's London home [Broad Street], and another from his cousin Robert Adamson in good French, which he encloses. He sends greetings to Sir Charles and Lady Cavendish and to cousin [Henry] Cavendish and his lady. 2pp. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Enclosing folio 123
Robert Adamson to Andrew Melville, from Orleans, 15 June 1607, sending greetings and protestations of service. 1p. French. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 124
A[ndrew] Melville to the Countess of Shrewsbury, from Garvoke, 8 December 1605. He has not heard from her for some time; he enquires after the health of the family. He asks that letters be sent to him c/o Mr. Walter Hickman at the sign of the Falcon in Fleet Street, 1p. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 125
A[ndrew] Melville to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Garvoke, no date [20 November 1608], reporting on an earthquake on 8 November. 1p. Endorsed. Address gives date.
Folio 127
W[illiam] Bellenden to the Countess of Shrewsbury, from London, 22 February 1608/09, sending a piece of the Holy Cross and the measures of the length and breadth of the body of St. Mary Magdalen, from St. Maxent in Provence. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand.
Folio 129
Anne [Dacre, Countess of] Arundel to the Countess of Shrewsbury, no place [Arundel], no date [27 October 1606], thanking her for the good red deer. Her daughter [Lady Alathea Talbot, Countess of Arundel] is well, She has been worried lest the Earl's foot stop him from coming to London. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand.
Folio 131
Anne, Countess of Arundel, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, nd. [late 1606]. She is glad to hear that he is better. She does not marvel that gold is procured from coal and stone only with great trouble. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand.
Folio 133
Anne, Countess of Arundel, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, no date She apologizes for being troublesome about a lease of ironstone workings; she had no wish to inconvenience Sir George Mainwaring. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 135
Alathea, Countess of Arundel, to the Countess of Shrewsbury, no place, no date She has felt ill because of physic but hopes to be the better for it in future. She thanks her mother for her advice. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 137
Anne, Countess of Arundel to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, no date, sending a present of fish. She could not send mullet or bass because they go out of season with the buck. 1p. Endorsed.
Folio 139
Anne, Countess of Arundel, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, no date [March 1608]. She is sorry to hear that the Countess of Shrewsbury grieves over the death of the Dowager Countess of Shrewsbury. Alathea, Countess of Arundel, would have come to her mother but she is ill with a fever. She leaves the matter of the ironstone to the Earl's discretion [cf. folio 133]. 1p. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand.
Folio 141
Anne, Countess of Arundel, to the Countess of Shrewsbury, no place, Sunday night, late, 3 March [1607/08]. She has been 'evil of the stone' and her son [Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel] has had a bad cold. She does not expect her daughter [Alathea, Countess of Arundel] to be better until the child is born. Their 'littell jewell' [James Howard, Lord Maltravers] is teething. She hopes that the Countess of Shrewsbury's melancholy decreases and advises her to take fresh air. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand.
Folio 143
Anne, Countess of Arundel, to the Countess of Shrewsbury, no place, 21 August [1608]. Her daughter [Alathea, Countess of Arundel] has a second son [Henry Howard] 'a most ernest criar', but she has been fearful that the child would die unbaptised. The christening is postponed by the wish of the Queen, who is to be godmother; her son [the Earl of Arundel] has toothache but hopes to go to the Queen at Woodstock shortly. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 145
Anne, Countess of Arundel, to the Countess of Shrewsbury, no place, 11 September [1608]. The young Countess is well for 'a woman in hir case'. The elder boy [James Howard, Lord Maltravers] is not sick but has diarrhoea, the younger [Henry] cries constantly and has fits, worrying her greatly. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 147
Anne, Countess of Arundel, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, no date [September, 1608]. Her son is suffering toothache but has been persuaded to take medicine. The Queen has stated in a letter that she is afraid of the plague and does not know what to do about the christening [cf. folio 143]. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 149
Anne, Countess of Arundel, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, no date [September, 1608]. She is glad to hear that the Earl's gout is better. The child has been christened Frederick Henry [cf. folio 143] and the Queen, Prince [Henry], and Princess Elizabeth all seemed pleased. It was a pity the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury could not be there. She has had a lot of worry with the child's health and been obliged to call Dr. Foster because of sickness and fever, but he seems better now. 1p. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), iii.238)
Folio 151
Anne, Countess of Arundel, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, no place, Monday night late, no date [August, 1608], offering her congratulations on the birth of his grandson [Henry Howard, cf. folio 143]. Her daughter is sleeping, her son trying to do so after toothache, and she can scarcely keep her eyes open. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 153
The Earl of Shrewsbury to Henry Butler at Sheffield, from Whitehall, 25 June 1611. He feels sure that Butler will see to it that all the money comes to him without fail by 14 or 15 July, for the estate is forfeited or redeemed on 16 July. A post-script invites Sir Charles Cavendish to read the letter and then seal it. Sir Charles adds a note that the King has allowed the Countess, imprisoned in the Tower [cf. MS.3203 folio 588], to have six servants visit her, 28 June 1611. 1p. The seventh Earl's and Sir Charles Cavendish's hands. Endorsed. (Edmund Lodge, Illustrations of British History (second edition, 1838), iii.282)
Folio 155
Alathea, Countess of Arundel, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Whitehall, 18 January [1608/09]. She promises that her sons [Lord Maltravers and Henry Howard] shall visit the 'good Lord and his Lady', as requested by the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury, after they return from Sutton. The Earl of Arundel would have written but he has gone to Royston with the King. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
Folio 157
Anne, Countess of Arundel, to the Earl of Shrewsbury, from Sutton, 11 December [1608], hoping that his grandsons will be a comfort to him in later years. Lord Maltravers has no more teeth than when the Earl last saw him; his younger brother promises to grow as good-looking as he in time. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address in seventh Earl's hand.
Folio 159
Anne, Countess of Arundel, to the Countess of Shrewsbury, no place, no date, thanking her for the books which the Countess sent her. Lord Maltravers has cut a large tooth. 1p. Seal. Endorsed. Address.
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PublnNoteMS 3205, f. 102: Helen Payne, "Aristocratic Women, Power, Patronage and Family Networks at the Jacobean Court, 1603-1625", in James Daybell (ed.), 'Women and Politics in Early Modern England, 1450-1700', 2004 [KA391.P2]
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