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Political miscellany

Reference code
Political miscellany
16th century - 17th century
Level of description
Extent and format
Paper; ff. ii + 151.
Leather binding, brown, spine gilt.
Scope and content
Copies of political papers; temp. Eliz.-Jas. I. Written in several hands. Contents:-

(1) Form of oath of the (Lord) Mayor, with copies of charters granted to the City of London, temp. Hen. I-Edw. VI (the last with note of confirmation, temp. Eliz.). fols. 1-46v;-

(2) 'A generall Colleccon of all the offices in England wth their fees in the Queenes Mats guifte'. List of offices and fees in the courts, household, etc., of Qu Eliz. Very few names of officers are given. fols. 47-66v;-

(3) Letters Patent of James I for the Spanish Company, 31 May 1605. fols. 67-80v;-

(4) 'A remonstraunce of many Greevances'. The statement of grievances conc. the farming of fines, patents granted, taxation, etc., agreed by the House of Commons and read to James I by Sir Francis Bacon, 14 May 1606 (see W. Notestein, The House of Commons 1604-1610 (1971), 164-77). fols. 81-8;-

(5) Indenture granting to Arthur Ingram, Esq., and other citizens of London, an additional imposition of duty on prohibited woods used in dyeing, 9 July 1608. fols. 88v-104;-

(6) Part of Samuel Lewkenor's speech in Parliament relating to subsidies and impositions, 16 Nov. 1610 (W. Notestein (1971), 417-18). fols. 104v-5;-

(7) An address (copy, temp. Jas. I) by 'W. G.' to the Lords Edzard (Edgarte) and John, Counts of East Friesland, conc. the danger from Spain, the need for the safekeeping of East Friesland, and for an alliance of princes, with references to trade in Flanders and other parts, including Eastland (Danzig), and (fol. 126) to English merchants in 'this last somer.. 1564' (see correspondence, 1563, 1565, in BL Royal MS 13 B. 1). fols. 106-49v;-

(8) Statement of reasons why the new English Company would be better situated at Stade (near Hamburg) rather than in Hamburg. The new company of the Merchant Adventurers was incorporated 29 Aug. 1615 and dissolved 27 Nov. 1617; CSPD Jas. I 1611-18, 305, 499. fols. 150-1v.
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Archival history
Presented by Joseph Spilsbury, FSA, of Curzon St., London, 30 Apr.1795 (fol.ii). Minute Book XXV, pp.413-4. Archaeologia, 12 (1796), 430.