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William Dugdale Correspondence

Sir Simon Archer (1581-1662)

Warwickshire JP, living at Tanworth. He was an early patron of Dugdale. As an antiquarian his main interest was in his own family.


Sir Simon Archer to William Dugdale, [November 1635]

Acknowledging receipt of papers and books from Dugdale. He hopes Dugdale will visit him at the end of November and extends invitation to William Burton.

Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 126

Undated draft

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 16 November 1635

Returns pedigree of the earls of Warwick and reports on progress of transcription work. Confirms intention to visit Archer on St Andrew's day.

Postscript 'This poore fellow (as you may p'ceive) hath a great Inclinacon to the love of Armes and Antiquities; but the want of meanes and learninge doth keepe him under. If my Ladie have occasion to employ him in her Garden, I doubt not but she shall finde him honest, skilfull, and industrious'.

Hamper, 151-2; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 199; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 123-4

 

Sir Simon Archer to William Dugdale, [December 1635]

Suggesting that Dugdale should not finalise Archer's pedigree until they meet again, since on looking over his papers Archer thinks they may need to make some changes.

Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 134

Undated draft

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 4 December 1635

Confirms receipt of Archer's instructions about his pedigree and his agreement with them. He hopes to visit Archer the week before Christmas, bringing the pedigree with him. Asks Archer to consult the Tanworth parish register to confirm dates of births, marriages and deaths.

Hamper, 153-4; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 199-200; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 136-7

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 3 June 1636

Concerning the progress on obtaining access to archives and other matters relating to their research into Warwickshire history.

Hamper, 154-6; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 200-1; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 152-3

 

Sir Simon Archer to William Dugdale, [spring 1636]

Archer sends Dugdale papers relating to Dudley, which may ease his access to the castle's archive.

Merevale, HT3B

Undated - before 1644, when Mr Ward became Lord Dudley.

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Warwick, 13 June 1636

Reports on visit to Staffordshire and arrangements for his visit to Archer.

Hamper, 157; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 201; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 155-6

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Warwick, 3 October 1636

Reports on progress of research and asks Archer to let him know of his plans for visiting Tamworth castle. He will visit Archer on his return from the West Country.

Hamper, 158-9; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 201; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 161-2

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 18 November 1636

Reports on his contacts with Robert Arden, Lord Digby and the Bishop of Lichfield. The finishing of the Rous Roll is proving tedious work.

Hamper, 159-60; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 202; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 164-5

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 23 March 1637

Reports completion of transcription of Erdeswicke's history of Staffordshire and visits to William Burton and Sir Thomas Leigh.

Hamper, 161-2; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 202-3; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 167-8

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, 26 March 1637

Sending Archer a pedigree and other records for Lord Windsor. He is to visit Sir Thomas Leigh, hoping to borrow the Stoneleigh Leger book. Asks Archer to let him know his plans for visiting London.

Postscript reports news of the mortal sickness of Lady Burdett.

Hamper, 162-3; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 203; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 169

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 1 April 1637

Commiserates with Archer over death of Sir Thomas Puckering. He is going to Wiltshire, but will only stay two days. Bemoans poor state of Sir Simon Montfort's valuable papers.

Hamper, 163-4; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 203-4; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 171-2

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 11 April 1637

Announces intention to visit Archer and accompany him to the sessions. Sends him Sir Thomas Leigh's book, but tells him not to bother about transcribing it, as he may supply a suitable scribe.

Hamper, 165-6; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 204; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 173-4

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Warwick, 5 June 1637

Concerning the efforts to obtain Dugdale a poursuivant's place in the College of Arms.

Hamper, 166-7; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 204-5; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 175-6

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Warwick, 30 September 1637

Reports on his collection of church notes and on contacts with Sir Simonds D'Ewes and William Burton.

Hamper, 167-8; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 205; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 183-4

 

Sir Simon Archer, Banbury to William Dugdale, 15 November 1637

Concerning the records Dugdale will search while in London and a complication over the bill for the stabling of their horses on the journey.

Hamper, 168-9; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 190

Draft

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 28 November 1637

Reports on the progress of his researches in London, where Sir Christopher Hatton is pressing him to stay longer. Sends the latest news.

Hamper, 169-70; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 205; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 192-3

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, 17 January 1638

He is returning to London at Sir Christopher Hatton's urgent request. Reports that Burton intends to start printing his book in the spring and Sir Simonds D'Ewes will write the preface. Asks whether he has gained access to the Coventry Leger book.

Hamper, 173-5; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 206

 

Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth to William Dugdale, 17 January 1638

Welcomes news that William Burton intends to publish a new edition of the Description of Leicestershire. He has seen the Coventry Leger book; his cousin Gregory is happy for them to transcribe it, but will not lend it out.

Hamper, 171-2; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 207

 

Sir Simon Archer to William Dugdale, London, [spring 1638]

Concerning Dugdale's work in London and sending greetings to their acquaintance, including Sir Christopher Hatton and Richard Gascoigne.

Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 215

Undated draft

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 15 February 1638

Reports on progress of his research and sends greetings from Sir Christopher Hatton, Samuel Roper and Sir Thomas Shirley. He has met the Kentish antiquary Sir Edward Dering.

Hamper, 175-6; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 206-7; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 212-3

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 26 February 1638

Reports on progress of work in London, where he is staying with Hatton. Reminds Archer about getting the artist currently at Warwick to draw the monuments. Sends regards from Hatton, Sir Henry Spelman and Sir Henry St George.

Postscript: 'Mr Bower & his wife doe remember their service to you & my Lady, & desire to know whither you received the Oysters they sent you before Christmas'.

Hamper, 176-8; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 207; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 217-8

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, 8 April 1638

Acknowledges receipt of letter from Archer. Promises to assist Archer's son Thomas in any way he can.

British Library, Add MS 28,564, 208; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 229-30

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 12 April 1638

Acknowledging receipt of book from Archer for Hatton, who is not yet in town. He has delivered some of his letters, but Sir David Cunningham is not in London.

British Library, Add MS 28,564, 208; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 232b-232c

 

Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth to William Dugdale, London, 16 April 1638

Enclosing a letter for Dugdale to give to his son John. He has told John to help Dugdale with his attempt to obtain a place in the College of Arms. He wants Dugdale to introduce John to Hatton and explain to him what he should do in relation to obtaining the office of Keeper of the Records in the Tower.

Hamper, 178-9; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 233

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 3 May 1638

Explains that Hatton has abandoned idea of buying the office of Keeper. Praises John Archer and suggests that he might undertake the ilustration of the Warwickshire monuments for their work. Explains that he will have to abandon work on the Warwickshire project to Archer and his son, because he lacks the resources to continue.

Hamper, 179-81; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 208-9; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 236-7

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, 15 May 1638

Apologises for not visiting Archer, during his short return home. Repeats intention to resign from the Warwickshire project, explaining at some length the amount of work required and the difficulties involved.

Hamper, 181-4; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 209-10; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 239-40

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Warwick, 21 May 1638

Seeking Archer's assistance as a justice on behalf of the Poor Rate payers of Shustoke.

British Library, Add MS 28,564, 210-11; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 242-3

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, 17 June 1638

Announcing Hatton's offer to support him in finishing the Warwickshire project, provided Archer does not want to take it on himself, and his own consequent willingness to continue. Suggests Archer and John should be responsible for the illustration of the monuments.

Hamper, 185-6; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 211; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 253-4

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 19 November 1638

Discusses the progress of his research. Having seen Burton's revised text in London, he finds it is 'foully faulty' and needs revision, though he thinks Burton will be reluctant to accept this. Sends Archer the latest news.

Hamper, 188-9; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 212; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 256-7

 

William Dugdale, London to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 21 May 1639

Reports on his progress and a meeting with Mr Dormer concerning the manor of Budbroke. The news of the Scottish campaign is uncertain.

Hamper, 190; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 212-13; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 264-5

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 3 June 1639

Returning a book on Cheshire Archer had lent to Hatton. He had hoped to visit him while in Warwickshire, but will not have time.

British Library, Add MS 28,564, 213; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 266-7

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 10 June 1639

Apologising for not visiting Archer and sending him the transcription of the heraldic visitation of Warwickshire. Hopes John Archer might be encourged to undertake a collection of seals and that Archer will lend Hatton his church notes for Northamptonshire. He has visited Sir Robert Fisher to prove his exemption from local levies and seeks Archer's help in ensuring his area's charge is consequently reduced.

Hamper, 191-2; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 213-4; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 269-70

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 4 August 1639

Apologises for not visiting Archer, but he has been busy with material sent to him by Sir Francis Nethersole and Mr Chetwynd. He thinks they have now practically seen all the available original evidence in Warwickshire.

Hamper, 193; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 214; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 278-9

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Warwick, 1 October 1639

'Honoured Sir, Since I last saw you Sir George Devereux's Bayliffe of his Mannor of Shustoke had some speech with me (as he sayth by Sir George's apointment) touchinge the Common fyne which is yet due by me for that yeare he neglected to keepe his Leete'. Dugdale has had legal opinions that say the fine is not due, & wants Archer to speak to Devereux at the sessions in Warwick about it.

British Library, Add MS 28,564, 215; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 296-7

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Sir Simon Archer, 4 March 1640

Arranges to meet Archer at Banbury, so that they can travel on to London together. He is glad a moderate like Archer has been elected to parliament.

Postscript: Asks Archer to bring his choicest deeds with him to contribute to the collection Hatton is making.

Hamper, 202-3; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 216-7; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 339-40

Hamper's date is incorrect.

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth, 16 July 1640

Having failed to meet Archer as intended, he sends him various documents etc. by the bearer, some of which should be passed on to Thomas Habington. He is about to go to Cheshire.

Hamper, 197-8; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 215-6; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 321-2

 

William Dugdale, Packington to Sir Simon Archer, [August] 1640

He has returned from Cheshire. Having an arms painter with him, he will take him to Warwick to record the Beauchamp chapel and hopes that Archer will meet him there.

Hamper, 198-9; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 217-8; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 342-3

 

William Dugdale to Sir Simon Archer, Warwick, 5 October 1640

Apologises for not having visited him, but hopes to see him before he goes to London. Hopes that Archer will be a member of the new parliament. The bearer has a suit before the sessions, which Dugdale hopes Archer will 'further'.

British Library, Add MS 28,564, 216; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 329-30

 

William Dugdale, London to Sir Simon Archer, 30 November 1640

He has received Archer's letters, with Thomas Habington's. He will try to answer their queries, but he has little time available.

Hamper, 201; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 216-7; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 334-5

 

Sir Simon Archer, Tanworth to William Dugdale, [1641]

Letter of introduction for a German Protestant doctor, who is seeking naturalization, and who Archer is sending to Dugdale because of his acquaintance with members of the House of Commons.

British Library, Add MS 28,564, 220; Bodleian, MS Eng Lett b 1, 127

Undated draft

 

Sir Simon Archer to William Dugdale, [1650]

Concerning details of Warwickshire research and a dispute over payment for the mending of a tomb.

Hamper, 247; Merevale, HT4/3

Fragment

 

Sir Simon Archer to William Dugdale, [1650]

Concerning details of research on Warwickshire.

Hamper, 248; Merevale, HT4/3

Fragment

 

Sir Simon Archer to William Dugdale, [1650]

Sending notes collected by his son-in-law in Shropshire. Complains of the distraction of being Sir Thomas Puckering's executor.

Hamper, 249; Merevale, HT4/3

Fragment

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, [1650]

Apologising for not having yet examined the documents from The Priory, Warwick.

Merevale, HT3F (part 1)

 

Sir Simon Archer, London to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 21 February 1650

About having sent two books and hoping to be in Warwickshire before the return of the carrier.

Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 20 March 1650

Covering letter, forwarding letters and books from D'Ewes.

Hamper, 225; Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 27 March 1650

About letters from Dodsworth and D'Ewes and asking for extracts from Dugdale's collections.

Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 10 September 1650

Forwarding him a collection of documents from Richard Newdigate.

Hamper, 239; Merevale, HT4/3

Fragment

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 14 October 1650

Explaining that his daughter's wedding has distracted him from their project'.

Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 21 October 1650

Fowarding Dugdale letters from William Bromley and Edward Ferrers.

Merevale, HT3F (part 1)

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 5 November 1650

Sending him materials for use inthe Warwickshire.

Hamper, 239-41; Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 20 November 1650

Telling him that he has written to Sir John Dryden of Canons Ashby about access to his records relating to Warwickshire.

Hamper, 243-4; Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 3 December 1650

Sending him documents for the Warwickshire and addressing his queries.

Hamper, 244-5; Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 28 December 1650

About the sessions rolls that he had viewed with Mr Holbech.

Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 4 January 1651

Mentions a letter passed to Dodsworth. Hopes that his troubles over his ward will soon be ended and he will be able to assist Dugdale more.

Merevale, HT3G

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 16 May 1651

Arranging to meet at Solihull.

Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 10 June 1651

Concerning the continuing work on the Warwickshire.

Hamper, 257-8; Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 14 July 1651

Concerning the map of Kineton hundred and other matters for the Warwickshire.

Merevale, HT3B

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 11 November 1651

Concerning the collections of Henry Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton.

Hamper, 265

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 16 December 1651

About urging his cousin Verney, who has recovered from smallpox, to draw the map of Kineton Hundred etc.

Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 1 February [1652]

Acknowledging receipt of letter to forward to Dodsworth and asking Dugdale to ask him how estate is settled following death of Lady Bale.

Merevale, HT3B

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 22 March 1653

Concerning garnering support for the publication of the Warwickshire among the local gentry.

Hamper, 269

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, Heralds' Office, 28 November 1653

Various antiquarian matters, including the suggestion that Dugdale should print one of the available manuscript county histories.

Hamper, 272-3; Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, 8 May 1654

Concerning the illustrations for the Warwickshire and the pursuit of subscriptions.

Hamper, 279-80

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, Heralds' Office, 12 March 1655

Concerning the engravings and subscribers for the Warwickshire.

Hamper, 287-8; Merevale, HT4/3

 

Sir Simon Archer, Warwick to William Dugdale, Heralds' Office, 9 April 1655

Concerning the engravings for the Warwickshire.

Hamper, 289-90

 

William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Sir Simon Archer, Warwick, 9 September 1657

Concerning a copy of William Willington's will.

Hamper, 328; Gentleman's Magazine, 1812,vol. 82, pt. 2, no. 3, p. 205; British Library, Add MS 28,564, 219