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LAUD, William (1573-1645). Archbishop of Canterbury. Executed for treason.
Document Signed ('Guil: Londin:'), 1 page large folio with address-leaf (slightly soiled and rubbed but in generally fine condition), Whitehall, 12 October 1632.
A Privy Council letter asking three specific Norfolk dignitories (or any two of them) to examine witnesses to supposed scurrilous speeches made by one Roger Utber of Clay, signed by Laud as Bishop of London in the year before he was to become Archbishop of Canterbury.
 The document is signed also by Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry (1578-1640), Sir Henry Montagu, 1st Earl of Manchester (ca 1564-1642), Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon (1572-1638), Philip Herbert, 1st Earl of Montgomery and fourth Earl of Pembroke (1584-1650) [husband of Anne Clifford - signature rather rubbed], Edward Sackville, fourth Earl of Dorset (1590-1652), and Sir Francis Windebank (ca 1582-1646).
'After o[u]r hartie Comendac[i]ons; Whereas upon informac[i]on formerly given to the Board by Thomas Gostwyck, customer of the Port of Clay w[i]thin the Countie of Norfolke of divers scandalous Speeches lately uttered by one Roger Vtb[..] [i.e. 'Utber'] of the said Towne, aswell against the Honnor and dignitie of this Board, as of his Ma[jes]t[ie]s high co[u]rt of Starcha[mber] The said Utber was bound ov[er] to appeare and Answere the same on the 25th of this present month; For as much as wee are likewise informed that for the beter proofe of the saide Complainte, It wilbe necessary to have the Testimonie of divers p[er]sons some of whome by reason of theire Age & other considerable respects cannot w[i]thout a great deale of Charge & trouble be brought up hether. Wee have therefore thought fitt hereby to authorize and require you S[i]r Roger Townsend, S[i]r Robert Kempe and S[i]r Augustine Palgrave or any two of you (who as wee are informed are next adioyning) forthw[i]th to call before you all such persons as the said Thomas Gostwick shall nominate unto you & to examine them upon all such articles, as shalbe be by him exhibited concerning the same. And to returne theis Examinac[i]ons to this Board by the 25th of this present being the tyme limited as aforesaid for the App[earan]ce of the said Utber. And soe wee bid you hartelie farewell. From Whytehall the 12th of October 1632'.
[Postscript] 'Wee thinke fitt, that together w[i]th the said examinac[i]ons you c[er]tifie us the qualitie & condicons of the p[er]sons examined'.
[Signatures] 'Tho Coventrye Cs, H Manchester, damaged Montgomery, Wimbledon, Dorset, Guil: Londin:, Fran: Windebank'.[Addressed at the foot] 'S[i]r Roger Townsend / S[i]r Rob[er]t Kempe / S[i] Aug: Palgrave'.[Address panel] 'To o[u]r loving friends / S[i]r Roger Townsend, Barrt / S[ir] Augustine Palgrave / & S[i]r Robert Kempe / k[nigh]te Justice of Peace of the Countie of Norfolke.'
Letters or documents signed by Laud very rarely appear on the market.

£3250 [No: 25239]
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