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Charles II pays his organ builder

SOUTHAMPTON, Thomas Wriothesley, earl of (1607-1667). Statesman.
Letter Signed addressed to Sir Robert Pye, 1 page folio (small fragment missing from right hand side touching three words), with endorsed second leaf, 4 March 1661/2. Ordering the payment of the royal organ maker.
'... Wheras by his Maties Letters patents under the Great Seale of England bearing date ye 8th day of May in the thirteenth yeare of his said Maties Raigne, James Farr his Maties organ maker is appointed to have ye oversight & to keepe in tune all his Maties organs at his howse at St James & in his privy lodgings at Whitehall, & the fee of Twenty pounds by the yeare granted him in consideration of his paines and attendaunce in that service[.] The same to be paid unto him or his Assignes out of his Maties Receipt of Excheq[ue]re at ye fower usuall feasts of the ye yeare during the terme of his naturall life ...'
James Farr, a somewhat shadowy figure in the history of British organ building, was succeeded as organ-maker to the king on 30 May 1681 by Bernard Smith (formerly Bernhardt Schmidt, known, as the head of his dynasty, as 'Father Smith'). Nevertheless this document shows that he served Charles II during almost all of the king's 25-year reign following the Restoration on 29 May 1660, which marked the end of the puritanical reforms including the banning and in many instances the destruction of church organs.

£425 [No: 26338]
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