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Lyttelton Correspondence

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Lyttelton Correspondence
c. 1592-1634
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Extent and format
ff. ii + 74. Folio. Half leather binding, brown, with marbled boards.
Scope and content
Letters and papers of John Lyttelton of Frankley, Worcs., who was implicated in the Essex Rebellion of February 1600/1, convicted of high treason and died in prison, 29 July 1601; c. 1592-1634. As follows:-

(1) Letters and papers of John Lyttelton relating to the Star Chamber case, c. 1595, of Gilbert Lyttelton (d. 1599; father of John Lyttelton) and Humfrey Packington as executors of Sir John Lyttelton, knt. (d. 1590; cf. MSS/0141), v. Edward, Lord Dudley, and many others conc. violent entry to lands of Prestwood House, stealing cattle, etc., on 12 Oct. 1592. See Burke, Extinct Peerage (1866), 342, for a summary of the case. fols. 1-10, 44, 48, 74v;-

(2) Letters of John Lyttelton on family matters, before 1601, including a dispute v. Thomas Cornewall and his wife, Anne (sister of John Lyttelton), fols. 27v, 40-1v, 46, difficulties conc, his mother's rights of dower, fols. 53-4v, letters mostly to cousins, fols. 57-8v, 61-3, 68-9, 71-3v;-

(3) Letters, etc., from John Lyttelton in prison, 1601, mostly to his wife, Meriel, including (fol. 23) instructions for his brother to burn certain letters in a little painted casket. With a draft of his letter from Newgate to Sir Walter Raleigh (fol. 21), instructions for Lord Thomas Howard (fols. 25-9v, 35) conc, his forfeit lands, and note (fol. 30) by a prison clerk of his death in Southwark, 29 July 1601. fols. 11-16v, 19-30, 35;-

(4) Letters of John Lyttelton to others, before 1601, including his cousin, Humfrey Parot (fols. 17-18v), Sir Charles Danvers (fols. 38-9v), several to Sir Thomas Coginsby (Coningsby) (fols. 42-3v, 46-7v, 55), and a social letter to the Bp of Worcester (fols. 50-2v). fols. 17-18v, 36-9, 42-3v, 46-7v, 50-2v, 55, 59-60v, 64-6v;-

(5) Letter of Gilbert Lyttelton (d. 1599) to a friend thanking him for a favour. fol. 56;-

(6) Royal warrants, with sign manual of James I, to the Attorney General, Sir Edward Coke, for the restoration of forfeit goods and lands to the wife and children of John Lyttelton, 30 Apr., 30 May 1603. fols. 33-4v;-

(7) Letter of Thomas Habington to Sir Thomas Lyttelton, 1st Bt., conc. the pedigree of the Lytteltons, 1634. fols. 31-2v.
Lyttelton family, Viscounts Cobham
Lyttelton, Thomas (1596-1650), 1st Baronet, Royalist
Habington, Thomas (1560-1647), antiquary
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Archival history
Note by the Rev. Charles Lyttelton, 14 Nov. 1750, fol. ii, that he had transcribed the whole (for his copies at Hagley see HMC Second Report (1871), Appendix, 36).