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Henry Hyde, earl of Clarendon

Patron of John Dugdale

Henry Hyde, earl of Clarendon to William Dugdale, Blyth Hall, 16 January 1685

Responding to Dugdale's letter of 25 October and suggesting that they should take action to ensure that John may succeed him.

Merevale, SP


William Dugdale, Blyth Hall to Henry Hyde, earl of Clarendon, Whitehall, 24 January 1685

'My most honoured Lord, I cannot sufficiently expresse how highly I hold myselfe obliged to your Lordshipp for your many and constant favours to me and my son; especially in that of late, in order to his being admitted my Deputy, in which there was so much delay (whereof how, I am not ignorant: but of that, and the observance which may be made thereon, I shall take the boldnesse to enlarge myselfe, when I have the happinesse to wayt next on your Lordshipp which (God sparing me life and health) I purpose at Easter next.

Your Lordshipps most obliging Letter of the 16th instant, hath much cheered me up; and the more, for that I finde you discern how earnest and desirous some of my Fellows are to be rid of me; which I have long observed; and therefore, though my great age be sufficient to incline me to a retirement; yet that (though I did not mention it to your Lordshipp) did not a little prompt me thereto. My Son can tell your Lordshipp what on of them very lately expresst to the Earle of Huntington concerning me.

I perceive I am much obliged to the Earle Marshall for his candid estimation of me, which I will endeavour to my utmost to deserve.

As to what your Lordshipp is pleased to expresse in reference to my sons succeeding me, and the proposall you make in order thereto; I am exceedingly sensible of your Lordshipps great kindnesse to us both therein; but cannot apprehend the way which your Lordshipp intimates, to be prudicable (sic), or regular. When I come up, I shall intreat your further advice therein.

If Mr Charles Hatton (who transacted my buisnesse of printing with Mr Moses Pitt), had been returned from Gurnsey, my Copye of the Summons to Parliament had been in the presse ere this time: but now I see I must stay till my coming up: At which time I shall humbly intreat your Lordshipp to view my preface, as also those Observations, which I have made in sundry respects upon that worke: whereunto I have added an usefull Index.

I shall also intreat your Lordshipp's favour, in perusing those Additions, which I have made to my History of our Late Troubles; most of which are extracted from Whitlock's Memoires, and are very considerable.

My Historie of St Paul's Cathedrall with the continuance thereof to these times, is also ready for the presse; with an Addition thereto of our Northern Cathedralls, and Collegiate Churches.

I have about a weeke since sent up to my son, to show your Lordshipp certain considerable Notes, which I purpose to shew to the Earle Marshall, of sundry particulars relating to the Honour of our Nobilitie, wherein it will be requisite that consideration be had; but intreat your Lordshipps opinion of them, before I come up. There are more, which, when our carryer comes next up, after Candlemasse, I also desire your Lordshipp to peruse; All tending to the preservation of good order and regularity.

I forget whether I sayd anything to your Lordshipp in reference to the Title of Lord Cobham, concerning which Mr William Herbert (son to Sir Charles Herbert deceased) was with me a little before I came last from London, on behalf od Sir Thomas Whitmores Lady, the 3d daughter and coheir to William Brooke, nephew to Henry Lord Cobham attainted in the first yeare of K. James Qu: where this William Brooke lived ? Some report that he was a knight, but I finde him not registred.

A few days since, hither came to me a speciall messenger from Sir Arthur Rawdon Baronet, sisters son and next heire at Law to the late Earle of Conway; who hath miscarryed upon a Tryall in Ireland very lately, for those lands whereof the Earle dyed seized; and is now adventuring to do what he can for the recovery of the great estate, which that Earle had in this county of Warwick. Finding that this his uncle deceased was summoned to parliament as Lord Conway, in the life time of his Father, who was a viscount; he tells me, by his Letter, that Mr Pollixfen, and Mr Holt (two eminent lawyers) are of opinion that the said summons of his uncle, will intitle him t the dignity of a Baron, being his next heire at Law (vizt his sisters son) but herein they are much mistaken, as I have already in answer to his Letter, manifested to him, and shall farther do, when I speake with his Councill. He hath been with my Lord Brooke, and divers of the cheif of this county, and curteously entertain'd by them. It is a wonder to me, that his uncle should be so prevail'd with in his sicknesse, as to give all his estate away to strangers from his neerest kinsman in bloud, without any colour of cause given by his kinsman to occasion it. Had he endeavoured to shorten his days by poyson or otherwise, as the Lord de Warr's nephew long since did his uncle; it might justly have provoked him to wrath: but being a virtuous man, and well esteemed of by the king (as I heare) it is a wonder to me, that his uncle, if he was compos mentis, should disinherit him.

As to payen Fisher's animadversions upon the Epitaphs and monuments in Pauls, I looke upon it as a begging buisnesse. I have seen the man, but never had any acquaintance with him, nor do I desire it.

All that I have at present further to say, is to crave your Lordshipps pardon for this tedious trespassing upon your better imploy'd time: and so heartily praying for your Lordshipps good health, I rest your lordshipps most humber and most devoted servant.'

Bodleian, MS Eng Lett c. 130, 25