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William Dugdale Correspondence

Henry Firebrace (d. 1691)

Secretary to the Earl of Denbigh in 1640s and 1650s. He attended Charles I during his detention and was involved in his attempts to escape from captivity. After the Restoration he was appointed a clerk of the kitchen by Charles II.


Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 9 January 1654

Re. history of Feilding family & their possessions.

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Copy with annotations by Denbigh.

 

Henry Firebrace to William Dugdale, 15 January 1654

Sends details about Feildings, taken from 'my Lord of Denbigh's Evidences' signed by Jarvis Bradgate, dated 21 Jan. 1653/4.

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William Dugdale, London to Henry Firebrace, 15 January 1654

Concerning the entry for Newnham Paddox in the Warwickshire.

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Henry Firebrace to William Dugdale, January 1654

Response to Dugdale's letter of 15th January.

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William Dugdale, London to Henry Firebrace, 23 January 1654

Concerning the illustrations for Newnham Paddox. Seeks the digging of a tumulus on Denbigh's land to seek for Roman remains.

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William Dugdale, London to Henry Firebrace, 26 January 1654

Concerning the Feilding pedigree.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 29 January 1654

Sending Dugdale some finds form Monks Kirby and confirming that further digging will be undertaken.

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William Dugdale, London to Henry Firebrace, 8 February 1654

Concerning the Feilding pedigree and the digging of the tumuli.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 12 February 1654

Sending more information prepared by Bradgate.

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William Dugdale, London to Henry Firebrace, 16 February 1654

Sending transcript of the Newnham Paddox section for the Warwickshire.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 20 February 1654

Answering letter from Dugdale.

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Copy with annotations by Denbigh.

 

William Dugdale, London to Henry Firebrace, 23 February 1654

On his returning the transcript and delivering 'my draughts of the pictures and monuments to my Graver'. Dugdale plans to insert an engraving of 24 coats of arms in the windows of Monk's Kirby church 'which were taken many years since before they were broken' by Dugdale from Burton's collection.

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Henry Firebrace to William Dugdale, 26 February 1654

Concerning the payment to Dugdale for the engravings.

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William Dugdale, London to Henry Firebrace, 2 March 1654

Confirms receipt of 26 February letter and discusses the tumuli.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 12 March 1654

Conveying earl's criticism of text and detailing further excavation of the tumuli.

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William Dugdale, London to Henry Firebrace, 16 March 1654

Sends thanks to the earl for the excavations despite the lack of results. Confirms he has consulted a transcript of Leland's Itinerary and can find no reference to Longvill there.

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Henry Firebrace to William Dugdale, 20 March 1654

Concerning the Feilding pedigree and the earl's conviction that he saw something concerning Longvill in Burton's copy of Leland.

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William Dugdale, London to Henry Firebrace, 23 March 1654

Further about his research into the Feilding pedigree and assurance that he compared his Leland transcription with the original.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 27 March 1654

Answering letter from Dugdale.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 3 April 1654

Part of continuing correspondence on Feilding pedigree.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 1 May 1654

Part of continuing correspondence on Feilding pedigree.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 22 May 1654

Re. alterations to engraving of stained glass in parlour window at Newnham Paddox.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 4 June 1654

Part of continuing correspondence on Newnham Paddox entry for Warwickshire.

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William Dugdale to Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox, 8 June 1654

Agreeing changes to the engraving.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 24 July 1654

Forwarding copy of deed made by Bradgate and making other comments.

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Henry Firebrace to William Dugdale, 18 September 1654

Part of continuing correspondence on Newnham Paddox entry for Warwickshire.

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Henry Firebrace to William Dugdale, [1655]

Reaction to Dugdale's 'sudden resolution' to print his book, which requires resolution of the outstanding issues concerning the account of Newnham Paddox.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 22 July 1655

Concerning information about the Feilding Habsburg descent found among the earl's father's papers and sending copies of deeds etc.

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William Dugdale, London to Henry Firebrace, 1 August 1655

Concerning the amendments to the entry on Newnham Paddox to accommodate the Habsburg descent.

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Henry Firebrace to William Dugdale, 5 August 1655

Conveying earl's approval of Dugdale's changes.

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William Dugdale, London to Henry Firebrace, [9] August 1655

Further about the Newnham Paddox section of the Warwickshire and of a Tudor roll he has seen, which includes the Feilding arms.

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Henry Firebrace to William Dugdale, 12 August 1655

About the crests used the the Feildings in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

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Henry Firebrace, Newnham Paddox to William Dugdale, 18 May 1656

With queries about Feilding ancestors.

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William Dugdale, Heralds' Office to Henry Firebrace, Windsor, 29 April 1684

'Sir,

Having lately obtain'd from Colonell Cooke (now deceased) a Narrative of divers remarkable passages relating to K: Charles the first, upon his being taken from the Isle of Wight to Hurst Castle; Having also formerly had from Major Huntington a Narrative of what was most remarkable concerning that blessed Martyr, from the time of his being taken from Holmby, to his escape from Hampton Court: I shall take it for a great favour from you, to affoard me a few lines touching that designed getting away of his, from the Isle of Wight, by a window; which did not succeed (as you have told me) the place being too narrow for his body, though it was wide enough for his Head. If you can remember, I pray you expresse the day of the month, when his Majestie attempted it.

At Whitsontide we shall be at Windsor: I do therefore intreat you, in the meane time, to favour me with the putting pen to paper, and then I will call to you for it.

resting ever your most affectionate friend & fellow servant Wm Dugdale'.

Addressed: 'For my much esteemed friend Mr Henry Firebrace, his Majesties Clerke of the Kitchin, at his Lodgings in Windsor Castle'.

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William Dugdale to Henry Firebrace, 29 May 1684

'Sir,

I do herewith return you all your papers, with my hearty thanks. Which I have showed to the Earle of Clarendon, and Archbishopp of Canterbury, who (both of them) have deliberately read them over, to their great satisfaction; and with a high valuation of you for your most faythfull services to that blessed Martyr our late royall sovereign; commending much your care in thus preserving them.

They are very desirous to know the names of those particular persons, which are described by Letters (as yourself by D. and Col: Titus by W)

Likewise whether the common souldier in the white night cap was he, who was instrumentall in the King's second attempt to escape, but (as you told me) betrayed him to Hamond, and what his name was.

On Tuesday next I propose to be at Whitehall, about Eleven of the clock; and if you be there, intend to see you:

your most faythfull and affectionate friend and fellow servant Wm Dugdale'.

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