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you; and so far to respect him for my sake, as your lordship shall see him grounded upon equity and reason, which is no more than I assure myself your lordship will grant readily, as it is desired by

Your Lordship's faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAM. Indorsed, Nov. 17, 1617.

To the Lord Keeper. My honourable Lord, — His majesty hath been pleased to refer a petition of one Sir Thomas Blackstones to your lordship, who being brother-in-law to a gentleman whom I much respect, Sir Henry Constable, I have, at his request, yielded to recommend his business so far to your lordship’s favour, as you

'shall find his case to deserve compassion, and may stand with the rules of equity. And so I rest your Lordship’s faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAM.

Newmarket, Dec. 4.--Indorsed, 1617.

To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable good Lord,- Whereas in Mr. Hansbye's cause, (a) which formerly, by my means, both his majesty and myself recommended to your lordship's favour, your lordship thought good, upon a hearing thereof, to decree some part for the young gentleman, and to refer to some masters of the Chancery, for your farther satisfaction, the examination of witnesses to this point ; which seemed to your lordship to be the main thing your lordship doubted of, whether or no the leases, conveyed by old Hansbye to young Hansbye by deed, were to be liable to the legacies, which he gave by will; and that now I am credibly informed, that it will appear upon their report, and by the depositions of witnesses, without all exception, that the said leases are no way liable to those legacies: these shall be earnestly to intreat your lordship, that upon consideration of the report of the masters, and depositions of the witnesses, you will, for my sake, shew as much favour and expedition to young Mr. Hansbye in this cause, as the justness thereof will permit. And I shall receive it at your lordship's hands as a particular favour. So I take my leave of your lordship, and rest your Lordship’s faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAM.

Greenwich, the 12th of June, 1618.

To the Lord Chancellor. My honourable Lord,-Lest my often writing may make your lordship conceive that this letter hath been drawn from you by importunity, I have thought fit, for preventing of any such conceit, to let your lordship know, that Sir John Wentworth, whose business I now recommend, is a gentleman whom I esteem in more than an ordinary degree. And therefore I desire your lordship to shew him what favour you can for my sake in his suit, which his majesty hath referred to your lordship, which I will acknowledge as a courtesy unto me, and rest

Your Lordship’s faithful friend and servant, G. BUCKINGHAM. Newmarket, Jan. 26, 1618.

To the Lord Chancellor. My honorable Lord,-1 being desired by a special friend of mine to recommend unto your lordship’s favour the case of this petitioner, have thought fit to desire you, for my sake, to shew him all the favour you may in this his desire,

(a) This seems to be one of the causes, on account of which Lord Bacon was afterwards accused by the House of Commons; in answer to whose charge he admits, that in the cause of Sir Ralph Hansbye there being two decrees, one for the inheritance, and the other for goods and chattels ; some time after the first decree, and before the second, there was 5001. delivered to him by Mr. Tobie Matthew; nor could his lordship deny, that this was upon the matter pendente lite.

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, 1618.

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. BUCKINGHAM. 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 him 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 eased 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 Lordship'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,
Oct. 21, 1619.

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 hímself, 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 have been intreated to recommend unto your lordship the distressed case of the Lady Martin, widow of Sir Richard Martin, deceased, who hath a cause to be heard before your lordship in the Chancery, at your first sitting in the next term, between her and one Archer, and others, upon an ancient statute, due long since unto her 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 said 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 a 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 of 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. BUCKINGHAM.

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 Leonard 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 thereof, but were pleased to defer it, until 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. BUCKINGHAM.

Windsor, May 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.

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