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Robert Venables

Resident of Chester

Robert Venables, Chester to William Dugdale, 12 September 1663

'Honoured Sir, your manyfold favours as yet are doubled by my undeserving' etc. etc. 'Since your departure Mr Hulmes hath set up a printed paper upon severall posts to which is added Sir Edw: Walkers name', claiming Holmes has power to paint the king's arms in Chester, Lancaster, Salop & North Wales and to draw escutcheons for funerals. The paper is dated 2nd May 1663 - 'it being of soe ancient a date & never set up before, & at the instant just after your departure I did not well conceive how it would be understood otherwise then as an affront to you, I durst not pull it downe or I had sent the paper itselfe, but have imployed one to procure if hee can one of the papers from himselfe & then you may expect it upon tuesday next at Northwich or if you please to send your orders I shall procure one to take the same and send it to you, soe with my most hearty thanks for your favour of your last company & the same to my noble frend Mr Ashmole & the like from my wife I onely take liberty to subscribe myselfe Honoured Sir your much obliged servant'.

College of Arms, Visitation Papers: Cheshire & Lancashire