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Report of survey of Courts of Revenue

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Report of survey of Courts of Revenue
1552. copy, c. 1794
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Transcript (c. 1794) of the report, 10 Dec. 1552, of Thomas, Lord Darcy of Chiche, Lord Chamberlain, and other commissioners appointed, 23 March 1552, to survey the Courts of Revenue.

Consists of a survey of the revenues and expenditure of the courts of Exchequer, Augmentations, Duchy of Lancaster, First Fruits and Tenths, and Wards and Liveries, for the year ending Michaelmas 1551, fols. 1-90v, and recommendations of the commissioners, fols. 91-118.

The source of this and other 18th century copies is a manuscript now in the Royal Library at Windsor, which is signed by the commissioners. The only other contemporary sources known are the draft report (BL Harl. MS 7383, fols. 1-72) and fragments in the PRO (E 163/12/19).

For the sources see G. R. Elton, 'Mid-Tudor finance', The Historical Journal, 20, pt. 3 (1977), 737-40, and J. Alsop, 'The Revenue Commission of 1552', ibid., 22, pt. 3 (1979), 511-33; the report was edited, from an 18th century source, by W. C. Richardson, The report of the royal commission of 1552 (Morgantown, West Virginia, 1974).
Thorpe, John (1682-1750), antiquary
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