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Sir Gilbert Cornwall

Shropshire gentleman

Sir Gilbert Cornwall, Burford, Shrops. to William Dugdale, Bridgnorth, 2 September 1664

'Sir, I am growne oulde and lame and cannott possibly ride soo far as Bridgnorth to wayte upon you as by your summons, besides I am not able at present to procure my petegree which was registred at London aboute 40 yeares paste (when I lived in London) by one Mr Augustine Vincent .. my anntyent writeings (in the late Rebellius tymes) were left by my mother, beinge Executrix to my father in Truste with one Mr John Barnaby', who has promised to deliver them to him or his eldest son Thomas, who lives at Stapleton Castle, Herefs. .. 'things of that nature were little Esteemed of in the late wicked tymes and Therefore I never muche reguarded to looke after or preserve antiquityes, being then so vilifyed for my fidelity to his Majesty and his royall father and in Effecte ruined'. His second son, who waits on the king, will attend Dugdale in London and he'll send a note on the issues and matches since Vincent's pedigree.

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