HAMPDEN, John, letters, autographs, documents, manuscripts

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A civil war signature of great rarity

HAMPDEN, John (1594-1643). Statesman.
Document Signed ('Jo Hampden' across a seal-tag), 1 page folio (oblong) on vellum, signed also by Thomas Lane, 26 June 13 Charles I [1637]. The assignment of a lease of land in Buckinghamshire. Signed on the reverse by Sir Thomas Sa[u]nders (twice), and by four witnesses.
Extremely rare. There appears to have been only one example of Hampden's autograph on the market since 1934 (Sotheby's 20 July 1980, lot 14), a deed of sale of property in Amersham. The present document is the assignment of a lease of a property called the Berry in the parish of Agmondesham [Amersham] and Becconsfield [Beaconsfield], Buckinghamshire, held by John Hampden and Thomas Lane on a ninety year pepper-corn lease from Sir Thomas Saunders and Francis Saunders, his brother. The unexpired portion of the lease is now assigned to Sir David Watkins of London and his brother, Edward.
 Hampden represented Buckinghamshire in Parliament, and if was for his lands there that he was assessed for Ship Money. There was a long-standing, although probably unfounded, account that Hampden together with his fellow parliamentarian Sir Arthur Hesilrige and Oliver Cromwell intended to emigrate to America in 1638. It is conceivable, therefore, that Hampden would have rid himself of this property in anticipation of such an event.
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