Monthly Archives: September 2009

Highlights of other people’s mail

Since I’ve been doing a bunch of transcribing lately, I thought I would add some tidbits I liked that I ran across.

In March/April 1659, Richard Cromwell or his Council (it isn’t clear from the newsletter.   It could have been parliament, too, I suppose) spent £1000 on bibles for Bohemian and Polish exiles.  I find myself wondering if they bought them any food, or just the bibles.  I also wonder what language said bibles were in.

In a letter dated Dec. 22, 1632 to William Raylton, Strafford (or Wentworth, I guess would be more appropriate) complained that his “eyes have used me very hardly for this last moneth, and would not performe all the work I had for them.”  My eyes are fine, with the exception of being rather near-sighted, but I still like the formulation and plan to use it next time I don’t get as much done as I wanted to.

Some odd gift giving: in a letter dated February 1633/4, Wentworth requested plate rather than money for his New Years’ gift.  It’s not clear who the gift was to come from, but he requested that his agent Raylton find and purchase a piece for him.  I would hope that Raylton was not on the line for that.  In the same letter, Wentworth responds to Raylton’s earlier letter about Lord Deputies being required to send gold to the Privy Councillors and their clerk as a Christmas gift.  Wentworth didn’t see why he should be required to do so.

Back-handed gift giving: nothing like giving your newswriter an appreciative gift of a lamp — so that he can write you at night, too.

I was going to add more, but I just realized that it has been a really long time since I posted anything, so I’ll just put up another post when I have more.

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