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as you shall find it in reason to deserve ; which I shall take as a courtesy from your lordship, and ever rest your Lordship’s faithful friend and servant,
G. BUCKINGHAM. I thank your lordship for your favour to Sir John Wentworth, in the dispatch of his business.
Newmarket, March 15, 1618.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord,-Understanding that there is a suit depending before your lordship between Sir Rowland Cotton, plaintiff, and Sir John Gawen, defendant, which is shortly to come to a hearing; and having been likewise informed that Sir Rowland Cotton hath undertaken it in hehalf of certain poor people ; which charitable endeavour of his, I assure myself, will find so good acceptation with your lordship, that there shall be no other use of recommendation; yet at the earnest request of some friends of mine, I have thought fit to write to your lordship in his behalf, desiring you to shew him what favour you lawfully may, and the cause may bear, in the speedy dispatch of his business ; which I shall be ever ready to acknowledge, and rest your Lordship’s most devoted to serve you,
G. BUCKINGHAM. Whitehall, April 20, 1618.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honorable Lord, -Understanding that the cause depending in the Chancery between the Lady Vernon and the officers of his majesty's household is now ready for a decree, though I doubt not but as his majesty hath been satisfied of the equity of the cause on his officers' behalf, who have undergone the business by his majesty's command, your lordship will also find their cause worthy of your favour, yet I have thought fit once again to recommend it to your lordship, desiring you to give them a speedy end of it, that both his majesty may be freed from farther importunity, and they from the charge and trouble of following it; which I will be ever ready to acknowledge as a favour done unto myself, and always rest your Lordship's faithful friend and servant, Greenwich, June 15, 1618.
G. BUCKINGHAM. To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord, I wrote unto your lordship lately in the behalf of Sir Rowland Cotton, that then had a suit in dependance before your lordship and the rest of my lords in the Star-Chamber. The cause, I understand, hath gone contrary to his expectation; yet he acknowledges himself much bound to your lordship for the noble and patient hearing he did then receive; and he rests satisfied, and I much beholden to your lordship, for any favour it pleased your Jordship to afford him for my cause. It now rests only in your lordship’s power for the assessing of costs; which, because, I am certainly informed, Sir Rowland Cotton had just cause of complaint, I hope your lordship will not give any against him. And I do the rather move your lordship to respect him in it, because it concerns him in his reputation, which I know he tenders, and not the money, which might be imposed upon him; which can be but a trifle. Thus presuming of your lordship’s favour herein, which I shall be ready ever to account to your lordship for, I rest your Lordship’s most devoted to serve you, June 19, 1618.
G. BUCKINGHAM. To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord, I have been desired by some friends of mine, in the behalf of Sir Francis Englefyld, to recommend his cause so far unto your lordship, that a peremptory day being given by your lordship's order for the perfecting of his account, and for the assignment of the trust, your lordship would take such course therein, that the gentleman's estate may be redeemed from farther trouble, and secured from all danger, by engaging those to whom the trust is now transferred by your lordship's order, to the performance of that whereunto he was tied. And so not doubting but your lordship will do him what lawful favour you may herein, I rest your Lordship's faithful friend and servant, Indorsed — Received Oct. 14, 1613.
G. BUCKINGHAM. To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord,—Whereas there is a cause depending in the court of Chancery between one Mr. Francis Foliambe and Francis Hornsby, the which already hath received a decree, and is now to have another hearing before yourself; I have thought fit to desire you to shew so much favour therein, seeing it concerns the gentleman's whole estate, as to make a full arbitration and final end, either by taking the pains in ending it yourself, or preferring it to some other, whom your lordship shall think fit: which I shall acknowledge as a courtesy from your lordship, and ever rest
Your Lordship's faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAN. Hinchingbroke, Oct. 22, 1618.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord, -Having formerly moved your lordship in the business of this bearer, Mr. Wyche, of whom, as I understand, your lordship hath had a special care to do him favour, according to the equity of his cause ; now seeing, that the cause is shortly to be heard, I have thought fit to continue my recommendation of the business unto you, desiring your lordship to shew what favour you lawfully may unto Mr. Wyche, according as the justness of the cause shall require; which I will acknowledge as a courtesy from your lordship, and ever rest your Lordship's faithful friend and servant,
G. BUCKINGHAM. Newmarket, Nov. 18, 1618.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord,-1 having understood by Dr. Steward, that your lordship hath made a decree against him in the Chancery, which he thinks very hard for him to perform; although I know it is unusual to your lordship to make any alterations, when things are so far past; yet in regard I owe hiin a good turn, which I know not how to perform but this way, I desire your lordship, if there be any place left for mitigation, your lordship would shew him what favour you may, for my sake, in his desires, which I shall be ready to acknowledge as a great courtesy done unto myself, and will ever rest
Your Lordship's faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAM, Newmarket, Dec. 2, 1618.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord,—I have written a letter unto your lordship, which will be delivered unto you in behalf of Dr. Steward; and besides, have thought fit to use all freedom with you in that, as in other things; and therefore have thought fit to tell you, that he being a man of very good reputation, and a stout man, that will not yield to any thing, wherein he conceiveth any hard course against him, I should be sorry he should make any complaint against you. And therefore, if you can advise of any course, how you may be ease of that burden, and freed from his complaint, without shew of any fear of him, or any thing he can say, I will be ready to join with you for the accomplishment thereof: and so desiring you to excuse the long stay of your man, I rest
Your Loidship’s faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAM. From Newmarket, Dec. 3, 1618.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord,—I thank your lordship for the favour, which I understand Sir Francis Englefyld hath received from your lordship upon my last letter, whereunto I desire your lordship to add this one favour more (which is the same that I understand your lordship granted him at Christmas last) to give him liberty for the space of a fortnight, to follow his business in his own person ;
whereby he may bring it to the more speedy end, putting in security according to the ordinary course, to render himself prisoner again as soon as that time is expired ; which is all that I desire for him, and in which I will acknowledge your lordship’s favour towards him, and ever rest
Your Lordship’s faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAM. Newmarket, Dec. 10, 1618.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord,–His majesty, upon a petition delivered by Mr. Thomas Digby, wherein he complaineth of great wrongs done unto him, hath been pleased, for his more speedy relief and redress, if it prove as he allegeth, to refer the consideration thereof unto your lordship. And because he is a gentleman whom I have long known and loved, I could not but add my desire to your lordship, that, if you find he hath been wronged, you would do him so much favour, as to give him such remedy as the equity of his case may require. For which I will ever rest your Lordship’s faithful friend and servant, Royston, Oct. 8, 1619.
G. BUCKINGHAM. To the Marquis of Buckingham. My very good Lord,—This morning the duke came to me, and told me the king's cause was yesterday left fair; and if ever there were a time for my lord of Suffolk's submission, it was now; and that if my lord of Suffolk should come into the court and openly acknowledge his delinquency, he thought it was a thing considerable. My answer was, I would not meddle in it; and, if I did, it must be to dissuade any such course; for that all would be but a play upon the stage, if justice went not on in the right course. This I thought it my duty to let the king know by your lordship.
I cannot express the care I have had of this cause in a number of circumstances and discretions, which, though they may seem but small matters, yet they do the business, and guide it right. God ever keep your lordship.
Your Lordship's most obliged friend and faithful servant,
FR. VERULAM, Canc. To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord,—This bearer, a Frenchman belonging to the ambassador, having put an Englishman in suit for some matters between them, is much hindered and molested by often removing of the cause from one court to another. Your lordship knows that the French are not acquainted with our manner of proceedings in the law, and must therefore be ignorant of the remedy in such a case. His course was to his majesty ; but I thought it more proper that your lordship would be pleased to hear and understand this case from himself, and then to advise and take order for his relief, as your lordship in your wisdom shall think fit. So commending him to your honourable favour, I rest
Your Lordship’s faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAM. Royston, Oct. 27, 1619. Your lordship shall do well to be informed of every particular, because his majesty will have account of it at his coming.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord,--His majesty hath been pleased, out of his gracious care of Sir Robert Killigrew, to refer a suit of his, for certain concealed lands, to your lordship and the rest of the commissioners for the Treasury; the like whereof hath been heretofore granted to many others. My desire to your lordship is, that he being a gentleman, whom I love and wish very well unto, your lordship would shew him, for my sake, all the favour you can, in furthering his suit. Wherein your lordship shall do me a courtesy, for which I will ever rest
Your Lordship’s faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAM, Royston, Dec. 15, 1619.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord, I bave been in treated to recommend unto your lordship the distressed case of the Lady Martin, widow of Sir Richard Martin, deceased, who bath a cause to be heard before your lordship in the Chancery, at your first sitting in the best tern, between her and one Årcher, and others, upon an ancient statute, due long since unto ber husband; which cause, I am informed, hath received three verdicts for her in the common law, a decree in the Exchequer Chamber, and a dismission before your lordship; which I was the more willing to do, because I have seen a letter of his majesty to the sani Sir Richard Martin, acknowledging the good service that he did him in this kingdom, at the time of his majesty's being in Scotland. And therefore I desire your lordship, that you would give her a full and fair hearing of her cause, and å speedy dispatch thereof, her poverty being such, that having nothing to live on but her husband's debts, if her suit long depend, she shall be inforced to lose her cause for want ot means to follow it ; wherein I will acknowledge your lordship's favour, and rest your Lordship's faithful friend and servant, Whitehall, Jan. 13, 1620.
G. BCCKINGHAM. To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord, Understanding that there hath been a long and tedious suit depending in the Chancery between Robert D'Oyley and his wife, plaintiffs, and Leonaru Lovace, defendant; which cause hath been heretofore ended by award, but is now revived again, and was, in Michaelmas term last, fully heard before your lordship; at which hearing your lordship did not give your opinion thereot, but were pleased to defer it, undi breviats were delivered on both sides; which, as I am informed, hath been done accordingly: now my desire unto your lordship is, that you will be pleased to take some time, as speedily as your lordship may, to give your opinion thereof, and so make a final end, as your lordship shall find the same in equity to deserve. For which I will ever rest your Lordship's faithful friend and servant, G. BCCKINGHAM. Windsor, Jay 18, 1620.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord,–His majesty having made a reference of business to your lordship, concerning Sir Robert Douglas and Mr. David Ramsey, two of his highness's servants, whom he loveth, and whom I wish very well unto ; I have thought fit to desire you to shew them all the favour your lordship may therein; which I will acknowledge, and ever rest
Your Lordship's faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAM. The reference comes in the name of my brother Christopher, because they thought it would succeed the better; but the prince wisheth well to it. Farnham, the last of August, 1620.
Indorsed—Touching the business of wills.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord, -There is a business in your lordship's hands, with which Sir Robert Lloyd did acquaint your lordship; whereof the prince hath demanded of me what account is given. And because I cannot inform his highness of any proceeding therein, I desire your lordship to use all expedition that may be in making your answer to me, that I may give his highness some satisfaction, who is very desirous thereof. And so I rest
Your Lordship's faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAM. Royston, Oct. 14, 1620.
Indorsed — Touching the register of wills.
To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord,-I desire your lordship to continue your favour to Sir Thomas Gerrard in the business concerning him, wherein I signified his majesty's pleasure to your lordship. And one favour more I am to intreat of your lordship in his behalf, that you will be pleased to speak to one of the assistants of the Chancellor of the Duchy, in whose court he hath a cause depending, as he will more fully inform your lordship himself, to see that he may have a fair proceeding according to justice ; for which I will ever rest
Your Lordship’s faithful friend and servant, G. Buckingham. Royston, Oct. 15, 1620.
Letters from other persons than Buckingham respecting Suitors of the Court
From the University of Cambridge.* Right Honourable,—The confidence which the lownsmen have, in obtaining their charter and petition, makes us bold and importunate suitors to your honour, by whose favour with his majesty and protection, we again humbly intreat the University and ourselves may be freed from that danger which by them is intended to us. By their own reports, it is a matter of honour and advantage for which they sue : when they were at the lowest, and in their meanest fortunes, they ever shewed themselves unkind neighbours to us; and their suits with us, within these few years, have caused us to spend our common treasury, and trouble our best friends, and therefore we cannot expect peace amongst them, when their thoughts and wills shall be winged and strengthened by that power and authority which the very bare title of a city will give unto them. Since our late letter to the right honourable Lord Chancellor, your honour, and his majesty's Attorney General, we (being better informed of the course they take, and of their confidence to prevail at the end of the next term) have sent letters from the body of the University to the King's majesty, the Lord Chancellor, and others, our honourable friends; shewing them of our fear, and their purpose, and to entreat them to join with your honour and us, to his majesty, to stay their suit before we be driven to further charge or trouble, in entertaining counsel, or soliciting our friends. Thus humbly entreating your honour to pardon our importunity, and often soliciting your lordship in this business, with our earnest prayers to the Almighty for your honour's long life and happy estate, we end this. Your Honour's in all duty to be commanded. February, 1616.
Sir Francis Englefyld † to the Lord Keeper. Right Honourable,-Give me leave, I beseech your lordship, for want of other means, by this paper to let your lordship understand, that notwithstanding
* Sloan MS. 3562. art. 41.
This gentleman was very unfortunate in his behaviour with regard to those who bad the great seal; for in Ililary term of the year 1623-4 he was fined three thousand pounds by the Star Chamber, for casting an imputation of bribery on the Lord Keeper Williams, Bishop of Lincoln. MS. letter of Mr. Chamberlain to Sir Dudley Carleton, dated at London, 1623-4. Sir Francis had been committed to the Fleet for a contempt of a decree in Chancery ; upon which he was charged, by Sir John Bennet, with having said before sufficient witness," that he could prove this holy bishop judge had been bribed by some that fared well in their causes.” A few days after the sentence in the Star Chamber, the Lord Keeper sent for Sir Francis, and told him he would refute his foul aspersions, and prove upon him that he scorned the pelf of the world, or to exact, or make lucre of any man; and that, for his own part, he forgave him every penny
his fine, and would crave same mercy towards him from the king.-Bishop Hackets Life of Archbishop Williams, Part I. p. 83, 84.