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State Papers. Transcripts of political and legal papers

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State Papers. Transcripts of political and legal papers
17th century
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ff. ii + 53 (leaves missing before fols. 27, 46).
Vellum binding. 'E Libris J. Humberstone MCCCCCCC', inside the front cover, fol. i.
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(1) Charges to grand juries from Judge Doddridge (Sir John Doderidge), 18, 22 Jas. I, and to the Oxford assizes, 2 Chas. I (fols. 1-2v, 4v-10, 51v-3v), and Sir Edward Coke's charge to the Lincoln assizes, n.d. (fols. 10-16v);-

(2) Resignations:- Francis (Bacon), 1st Viscount St Alban, as Lord Chancellor, 1621 (fols. 2v-4v); Lord Ellesmere as Lord Chancellor, 8 Feb. 1616/17 (fols. 23v-4); M. du Vair (Guillaume Du Vair, garde des sceaux to Louis XIII), 1616 (fols. 46-8v); Sir Thomas Lake, the elder, as Secretary of State, 1620 (fols. 48v-9v);-

(3) Letters:- Anthony Babbington to Queen Elizabeth, 19 Sept. 1586 (fol. 17v); Roger Ascham (d. 1568), to his brother (extract, fol. 22v); an unsuccessful candidate for Eye, Suffolk, to James I, giving details of a proposed speech anti-Papists and Scots, 1614 (fols. 24v-6v, lacks end); F. Norris to James I conc. an assault by Lord Willoughby (Francis, 2nd Baron Norris; see CSPD Jas. I 1611-1618, 306, 308, for this affray in which a servant of Lord Willoughby was killed, 10 Sept. 1615) (fol. 27r, v); Sir Walter Raleigh to James I, 1603 (fols. 31v-2, 35-6) and to his wife, 1603, 1617 (fols. 32-3v, 45r, v imperfect). See Remains (1702), 166-8, 185-7, 191-6; Louis XIII to the Parliament at Rouen, conc. the plot by the Maréchal D'Ancre, 1617 (fols. 33v-5); Patrick Ruthven, 3rd Earl of Ruthven (d. 1566), to the Earl of Northumberland complaining of infamous verses (fols. 36-7); (Sir) John Holles to William (Cecil), Lord Burghley, as Lord Treasurer, objecting to aspersions on his ancestry (fols. 37v-9); end of a letter from Edmund Anderson (?Sir Edmund Anderson, Lord Chief Justice of Common Pleas; d. 1605) (fol. 46); 'M. N' to the King of Denmark's secretary conc. a wrong done to him by a woman (fols. 49v-50);-

(4) Petitions:- Francis Phillips to James I on behalf of his brother, Sir Robert Phillips, in the Tower (not Sir Thomas as in the heading; cf. CSPD Jas. I 1619-23, 374-5), 12 Apr. 1622 (fols. 18-22); House of Commons to James I asking to be informed of the true constitutions of their house (1614) (fol. 23r, v); Carew Raleigh (b. 1605) to James I conc. his father's Sherborne estates (fol. 50r, v; see Raleigh, Works, I (1829), 402n);-

(5) Miscellaneous papers:- Reasons inducing James I to make Lady Compton Countess of Buckingham, August 1618 (fol. 17). Lady Compton, mother of the Duke of Buckingham, was created Countess of Buckingham, 1 July 1618; apology of Sir Gervase Elwes, Lieutenant of the Tower, conc. the death of Sir Thomas Overbury, 1613 (fols. 27v-31); speech of James I to the Parliament at Edinburgh, 17 June 1617 (fols. 39-45).
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